The library has always been my happy place. I love to wander up and down the rows and rows of yet-to-be-discovered titles, browsing in the fiction section, or shivering in the mystery aisle, or visiting old friends in the young adult stacks. And when I come to feel at home in a particular library, well, it becomes a very special place indeed.
Leaving my beloved Sherwood Library was a wrench, but I was excited to discover the riches of the Buffalo library system. Peanut and I have enjoyed almost weekly walks to our local branch (tour coming soon), but today I want to show you around the Central Branch. It’s not my regular branch – it’s about a fifteen minute drive away – but I’ve spent quite a bit of time there, soaking up the book-lovin’ atmosphere.
Walking up to the imposing building, you will begin to feel a fluttery sensation deep down. Don’t worry about it. That’s your soul rejoicing at the thought of all the books you’re about to encounter.
When you walk in, immediately to your left, you’ll see the adult fiction and children’s sections. The BEST parts of the library, if you ask me! There’s a cute story area for the kiddos and plenty of room for Mom to browse.
Deeper into the building, you’ll come across the non-fiction and reference sections, complete with study tables. (To get here, you’ll have walked past Fables Café – yes, a café in the library, I know, I was excited too – and the Mark Twain Room, with a well-curated selection of Mark Twain manuscripts, early editions, photographs and artifacts from his time in Buffalo. I didn’t take any pictures in the Mark Twain Room because I doubt photography is allowed, and because I wouldn’t have felt right about taking pictures even if it was. But if you’re in Buffalo, go check it out, especially if you’re a Twain fan. I’m not, don’t hate me, Buffalonians – I have tried many times but just can’t get on board the Twain train – but hubby is, so we spent a good twenty minutes looking over the exhibit.)
Upstairs, there are offices and meeting space, including a big room where I spent four Saturdays training to be an adult literacy tutor. But if you just want to grab a sandwich and park it at Fables, I won’t judge. I’ll be in the fiction section if you need me.