To shake up the routine a bit, I did my work from a car service department for the entire morning and was planning on working from a public library for the second half.  Before I get into the library, the car dealership = perfect work environment.  They had work cubicles, free wifi, coffee, soda, water and snacks and a television for waiting patrons.  I took my car in to get annual maintenance but now I might just go there more often to get my car "serviced" and use it as my other office.  Just kidding.  But maybe not.

I went to the public library around my neighborhood around 2 pm, which is apparently when kids get out of school.  Did you know that?  The library was overrun with pre-teen and teenage kids but also grownups.  In the middle of the afternoon.  I couldn't find a free table and I couldn't believe it!

I was also expecting the library to look like this:

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Or this
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Or even this
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But no, it looked more like this:
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It was really quite sad.  There were barely any books or people among the stacks.  Even the children's area, where you're used to seeing bean bags and cute little bookshelves, was empty.  But the computer lab was bursting full and there were people lounging at the tables with laptops.  I left shortly afterward.  I had it in my head that I was going to get a library card and wander around for a few hours.  Are people just not into reading anymore?  Have we really become so inundated with technology that no one sits down and just picks up a book?  I really do pity those people.  Books have always been an escape for me, a trip to adventureland and an easy way to exercise my imagination.  Next week I might check out another library and I cross my fingers that it will be jammed pack with books and people reading them.