One of the errands I ran today was to pick up a few books that our local fabulous library had on hold for me.
As I walked through the front door, my eye immediately went to the far back window of the building, where I saw this:
While it may be difficult to discern from the photo, this stained glass window is massive. It occupies a full three windows wide, and goes from the floor to the ceiling of the library. (I’m terrible with estimating sizes, so please forgive the numbers I’m about to offer [I tried to find the actual measurements via an online search, but couldn’t locate them anywhere]…. I’m going to guess the piece is 10 feet wide, and 15 feet tall?) At any rate, it’s big – and it’s beautiful.
Famous quotes are etched on the glass at various places. Most of the quotes are literary, but a few are loosely associated with books, reading, libraries, etc. Here are some of my favorites.
I had no idea that my routine errand of picking up books would result in such a delight. I continue to be so grateful to libraries (and all of the people who encourage and support them), and to artists who work for a pittance (usually) to make our public spaces more meaningful and beautiful.
“The measure of any great civilization is its cities, and a measure of a city’s greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks, and its squares.” -John Ruskin