Sunday, May 24, 2009

Library with a View

Here is the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. You can see the McDowell Mountains in the background behind the palm trees.

And yes, that is a big quill pen statue in front of the library. It is rather cool looking.  

The Scottsdale Civic Center Library has over 800,000 items and circulates over 2 million items pr year.  It is located at the Civic Center Mall.

The architect was Bennie Gonzales, who designed the majority of Scottsdale's municipal buildings, including city hall. He was recognized with over 131 architectural design awards.

Join a book club or just check it out at Scottsdale Civic Center Library. The phone number is 480.312.READ (7323). The address is 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard. Scottsdale has five city operated libraries.

21 comments:

Christopher Raun Leth said...

A nice library and I love the quill. Puts it in the right perspective.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Hopefully young people today are not becoming so attached to computers that they are missing out on the traditions, reading programs, and experience of browsing the shelves and finding a comfortable chair in which to read at the library.

Abe Lincoln said...

Beautiful shot. You have some really nice weather there and the mountains are beautiful in the background. Patty and I used to go to nearby Lewisburg, Ohio and there along I-70 was a restaurant with a huge buffalo out front. The food was so-so, but the view out over the valley was just mesmerizing.

Sadly, as in any business, the owners get greedy and begin to imagine making lots of money so they begin to make cuts. A little less of this and that and the good waitresses are let go for a dozen teenagers in heat, and before long the place is sold and then the doors are closed in bankruptcy. Now it is totally gone and only a cement slab remains.

The view is still there though.

brattcat said...

This is a beautiful design for a library. The roof line is like an open book. And you've captured the city in the valley below and those exquisite mountains in the background. Rich shot, Julie.

B Squared said...

One of the cornerstones of any great community is the public library.

Clueless in Boston said...

Great view of the library. I have visited that library on my trip to Phoenix and Arizona.

I can never resist visiting a library when traveling. Unlike Cheers in Boston, they may not know your name but everyone is usually helpful and friendly.

Have a great Sunday and Memorial Day Weekend.

Hilda said...

Unusual roof line, but I love it! The quill sculpture too. And the view of the mountains is magnificent.

Jacob said...

Love the looks of this. I don't think I'd recognize Scottsdale anymore.

magiceye said...

very elegant

That is the chicken said...

I love libraries and I love when communities provide great libraries for their citizens! this one looks fun!

irina said...

Beautiful shot...I love very much the background...

kisses from Romania,

irina

p.s.(Thank you for visiting my blog)

Olivier said...

belle architecture, avec cette immense plume, j'adore
nice architecture, with this huge feather, I love

Carlos Lorenzo said...

You chose the right moment of the day to take the picture. I like the light, specially on the feather. Those mountains add up to the image too.

Baruch said...

That is an awesome view!

JM said...

What a great set for a library! Wonderful shot!

Thiên said...

Well, how nice to see a library on my first visit. :) Warms my librarian heart.

Thanks for visiting Seguin, Julie. I always enjoy meeting new friends on the daily photo blogs. I hope you have a wonderful new week. BTW, I am really enjoying your blog.

Tash said...

The architecture of the library is really interesting. Nice view of the library & the view!

Frankie / Nick said...

Absolutely brilliant - a dual purpose accomplishment.

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

WOW
Scottsdale is spectacularly majestic and beautiful, and I love that quill sculpture! OK, Scottsdale is magnificently worthy of a daily photo site, and you are wonderfully qualified to represent. Thank you...
David

Lessie said...

This is a library whose building and skyline deserves a "wow!" :)

Hyde DP said...

The quill does indeed look cool.

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