Patron experiences visiting the central library former mayor Maureen O'Connor long ago told the town would be a "story book library" will give them opportunities to dream, with time, life in San Diego will grow more promising. Alone, at work on gaining knowledge in the light, or, in the library crowds, sharing words with neighbors.
Monday,during the 9 am to 8 pm hours, the brave visitor can learn to have vision. Author Geraldine Brooks, a pulitzer prize winner, counts on a warm reception fit for a model creator. But, her revelations are just a beginning.
The life of the library, its lessons for the moment today, ones that can last, wait for the first to come on the 5th floor, and above. Floors still a little rough made, and, on lease to the construction workers finishing the library room building enterprise. Turner Construction comes in on budget, though not all done before the Saturday the 28th opening for the most curious fans in the public.
Trips up the main elevator, an all glass elevator that will have views on the floor lands and, art that shows up, once construction work stops, will lead patient studiers to the 5th floor reading room, and art's friends to the rock garden seen out a window. Who says there is no time to lose while surrounded by the world affairs collection? Poets biographies are not the only place to find pearls of wisdom. San Diegans, who love to look at sandcastles, need visions as useful for learning as the words in printed copies and electronic copies.
San Diegans who walk in off the street set on a plan to find a job can find an employer to match their work at the career center sponsored by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. Staff have room to work until the center construction gets done.
Formal classes take up time in students' lives at e3 Civic High on the 6th and 7th floors. Eventually, 500 students will dedicate work to getting ready to work a career, or go to college. The education creed leaves room for beauty. Life's temperaments can be seen in a leaf framed outside the elevator on the 8th floor.
The pleasure in reading in the light under the dome in the floor's large open reading room simply does not raise eyebrows like laying eyes on creative art works.
Favorite chapters in editions in the arts, music, and recreation collection stand the test of time lit by the light shading through the lattice work on the eight steel ribs and eight mesh sails that cover the 255 foot high dome. A dome as wide as the Parthenon's the building features to inspire the enlightenment in democracy. Note the applauded messages bound. For students from the 17 schools within a two and a half mile radius collaborating with San Diego Central Library, not in a hurry to prepare for a life in a 21st century career at the IDEA lab, love for discovery does not need to run short. The learning enterprise can grow into a habit in the 8th floor nooks.
Rare books are not the only crowd attractions on the 9th floor, even the washed out pieces that show up only on electronic screens. Out the door at the top of the stairs from the 8th floor below, patrons face the lead icons at the sculpture garden's passage opening. Local painters' masterpieces are found, on the left, in the standing art gallery endowed with museum quality collections that take a turn in the showing room. Showings will change as promised by the full time curator the typical visitor can count on finding there and the Arts & Culture Commission.
Have a ground floor auditorium music show in mind, but, can not get a seat inside? Seize an opportunity to see a simulcast show captured by the auditorium's robotic cameras on screen up on the 9th floor in the special events room. A green light on overflow seating in the 500 person forum is standard. At a time one in the year's series of civic and social events does not have its day.
Central Library's best enjoyment might be found in this room. The vaulted dome covers a watch tower floor. Even when the room is not filled with crowd claps or smiles, the height gives a San Diegan an opportunity to learn a secret about the city that had stayed hidden from view. Light from the bay and East Village shines through the large window, and out onto the outdoor bay terrace. A spectator, not limited to small scale elevator art, who comes to the top, can see the Coronado Bridge line.
In the future, the sky is the limit for the events that can be seen on the room's simulcast screen. A partnership with UCSD set up to make seeing a university event from downtown possible is on standby.
Library building enterprise outdid the past handy work done to give locals a serious opportunity to learn all that they deserve in life.
This is the second part in the two part story on the new Central Library opening. Read the first part, San Diego's past not forgotten at new Central Library
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