Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Entertainment

A lot of good things in life ARE free (well, except that you pay for it with your taxes, haha).

William likes to go to story hour at the library ... any library. Tuesday morning it was the one in downtown Nashville. Very impressive building. You can park in the parking garage which is free for one hour and a half. Then you take the elevator up. When you get out of it you can see this impressive hall.

And art all around.

There is even a court yard where we wanted to take a rest later. But a free concert was about to start and it was just too loud. What are they doing to our ears? Seems like ours have not yet been damaged enough and are still quite sensitive.

The entry to the Children's Theater is very interesting. the showcases have very interesting displays, marionettes and hand-puppets from different countries.

Danke means thank you in German. This special hand-made marionette was donated in 2001 by the Magdeburger Puppet Theater. Magdeburg is a (university) town in Germany.

We were a little early.

But actually a lot of people were late and the program started late. 

It ended up very full though. William was mostly interested in the other children. 

William and I sat on the floor close to the front but for the last few minutes we crawled to the back because he seemed to have enough. I took this long-arm photo. 

Besides being a library which makes it interesting anyway, the building is also very interesting and I could have done a lot of exploring and photo-taking (without a toddler).
This statue outside of a pile of books is called La Storia della Terra, which means The Story of the Earth, is a 20 foot tower of stone books commissioned by Judy and Noah Liff. The sculpture was created near Mainz, Germany by the Kubach-Wilmsen Team. There are 26 books, one for each letter of the alphabet. The stones - granite, marble, and quartz - come from all over the world. Five continents are represented.
When Helen was working for the company who built or remodeled city libraries and schools, she was responsible for arrangements for the statue to be shipped from Germany since she is fluent in German.

The Library's great bronze doors were created by Alan LeQuire, a Nashville artist. The doors depict the native plants and animals of Tennessee, as well as scenes of people reading and learning. These scenes are visible when the library is open. When the library is closed, you see the reverse side, which is a simple, classical design.

I think it will be even more fun when William is older.

1 comment:

  1. What an incredibly beautiful library. Now I want to go to Nashville to see a LIBRARY!! I love libraries - they have always seemed like magic places to me. "You mean I can go in there and take as many books as I can carry?" Wow.