Graphic designer and cyclist who enjoys the world of words...
Published January 29th 2014
“Be awesome, be a book nut” - Dr Seuss
"What is this obsession people have with books? They put them in their houses like they're trophies. What do you need it for after you read it?" -- Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld
As a voracious reader, I can appreciate Jerry's comment, and over the past few years of being a mortgagee (this place has saved me a small fortune), have come to thoroughly appreciate the free books at my local library.
Membership at the City of Vincent Library is free to all permanent residents of Western Australia, to join you just need to show proof of current address. Once a member you can borrow anything from the library, use the computers, and access free wi-fi. As well as books there are magazines, DVDs, CDs, large print books, and audio books. Having joined a few years ago, I've been constantly surprised by the number of new books always ready to devour. And if it's not on the shelf, you can reserve books online. I often go through the online catalogue before a library visit, and browse my favourite authors - compiling a list in readiness. Otherwise it's quite overwhelming being faced by so many great titles.
For those with children, there's a Baby Rhyme Time for babies up to 18 months held every Monday and Thursday at 10am. All pre-schoolers are welcome to Storytime with craft activities on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10.45am and there are school holiday programs to keep older children entertained. It's an amazingly versatile place.
There's also a Local History Centre for those interested in the past. I've found the family history research quite fascinating.
The Vincent Library building is aesthetically pleasing, with floating lights in the ceiling, and waterfall windows. It's a place of peace (as libraries are meant to be), with a calm vibe and something for everyone. In this instance, you really can judge a book by it's cover.