In addition to seeing some spectacular sites, visiting a coffee farm (Golden Roseapple Farm), and making the general tourist stops (Arecibo Lighthouse, Arecibo Observatory, San Juan National Historic Site, and the Bacardí Distillery...
|My lovely daughter enjoys her rum cocktail at the Bacardi Distillery|
we, of course went looking for a public library. We noticed the iconic library sign when we arrived in Old San Juan, but quickly felt as if we'd been sent on a wild goose chase.
First, we discovered the historic archives library in the Ateneo Puertorriqueño, of which only a small area was open
|I noticed this bust of Miguel de Cervantes on top of the shelf. I had actually just downloaded Don Quixote to my iPad to read during the trip. I have not read this classic work since 1990.|
A web search eventually brought us to the San Juan Community Library, which was nowhere near where we first saw the sign. It was about a seven mile drive, in fact.
|The library was open and welcoming|
|The breezeway entry had books for sale and a place to sit...|
|And a reminder letting people know to get their library card!|
|In this library on this very bilingual island, books in English and Spanish sat side-by-side on the shelves. Blue dots marked English-language; red for Spanish.|
|There was a lot going on in a relatively small space, including a special corner for children|
(photo credit James Hayes-Bohanan)