Monday, May 9, 2011

A Library Tour: Los Griegos Branch

Welcome to the first branch in our tour-Los Griegos!  It is located at 1000 Griegos RD NW, on the southwest corner of 10th Street and Griegos Road in a residential neighborhood. You can find directions from the freeway, by surface street & by bus here.

Los Griegos might look unassuming from the road (I found it easy to miss driving west on Griegos-twice!), but there is a charming walkway nestled amongst the trees.  Once inside, it is light & airy. 

Los Griegos offers many of the ABC Libraries' typical amenities-there are several public computers available, a fax service, Fiction to Go (slightly used, recently published fiction titles for sale-$2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks) & materials such as voter registration forms & bus schedules can be picked up here. This branch also offers a Free Magazine Swap!  Los Griegos does not have a meeting room or study rooms for public use.

A lot of artists use the Los Griegos Library, which is reflected in the display wall at the branch.  There is a two year wait list to be featured!  Right now, puppets from the Puppet Playhouse are on display.

There is a lot of other art to see scattered throughout the library while you are there!  My favorite is this heart:

Los Griegos, one of the first branches in the library system, has a lot of loyal patrons!  One library staff member knows a 50-year-old woman who got her first library card as a child at Los Griegos & it is still her branch library!  & who wouldn't like spending time at Los Griegos?  For instance, it's very kid-friendly:

As you can see, they are already gearing up for Summer Reading with their African drum on display!  The program doesn't start until June 3rd, but you could still stop by before to check out Miss Lin & her miniature guitar at Early Birds Storytime or Big Birds Storytime!

Miss Lin
Each library branch has its own web page, which you can reach from the ABC Libraries home page.  Visit the Los Griegos page to view contact information, hours, directions, featured resources, & event information.  Besides storytime, Los Griegos offers a variety of programs, including Second Saturday Stitching, Los Griegos Reading Group, & computer tutoring. Stop by & inquire about the new book group Los Griegos is starting!

There have been a lot of articles about the Los Griegos neighborhood in the local blog Duke City Fix: check out "Hidden Los Griegos"; "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"; "San Isidro de Los Griegos"; & "Los Griegos" for more information.

Since the Los Griegos Library is in a residential neighborhood, there are not a lot of attractions in the immediate vicinity. However, the branch is about halfway between 4th Street-not too far from Garcia's Kitchen-The Original, the China Phoenix 2 stamp store, the French Riviera Bakery &  the VSA North Fourth Art Center-& Rio Grande Boulevard, where it's just a quick drive to Johndi's barbecue restaurant (at 3851 Rio Grande Boulevard NW), Flying Star Cafe (in the retail plaza that also contains Bookworks, Pennysmiths Paper, & Lily Barrack) & La Montanita Co-op

If you are in the area, make Los Griegos one of your stops during Summer Reading! You can get a stamp for your passport & kick back at this friendly, mellow branch.

More Los Griegos pictures are available on Flickr.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Lovely write-up of my local branch! Los Griegos is a well-lit, tranquil library--I never have trouble finding a place to park myself and waste a few hours. The magazine exchange is great, and their kids' Spanish collection is especially nice, too.