The Claremont Library has closed for renovations starting this past Monday. Claremontography took a last look around before the closure. No one is exactly sure when it will reopen, but hopefully by 2019 we can enjoy a new space.
The refurbished Children’s Room (2014) will not need any touch-ups at this point.
One can still drop off books at the library, but for ordering books from the county system, you can go to the Hughes Center to pick up and return books.
The hours are slightly different, though, and it was only by visiting the Hughes Center that Claremontography discovered them.
A post about a library is a great place to link to poetry about libraries. Enjoy these poems by Nikki Giovanni.
Walker Wall at Pomona College started out completely whitewashed, ready for new news. I don’t think that Banksy really Wuz Here, though.
Art at the Last Drop Cafe
Another Little Free Library popped up on 10th Street.
Claremont UCC celebrated 23 years of becoming an Open and Affirming Congregation.
Rocco the Raccoon at Trader Joe’s is already showing of his Halloween Costume.
We’ve had lots of construction on the streets lately.
And a cloud photo, just because.
Last week was the hottest week I can ever remember since living in Claremont. And that is 31 years. It’s one thing when the dry heat gets up to 105-110 degrees during the day, but when it only gets down to 80 at night, well, that’s really awful. To make matters worse for us, our air conditioner was broken for the entire week. So we had to find ways to beat the heat.
Ride Bikes at the Beach
In 2012 we had a great day riding at the beach, so we thought we’d finally try it again. The winds were very strong, so we didn’t make it all the way to Bolsa Chica, but we did enjoy the landscape of Huntington Beach.
Go to the Mall
I usually go to the mall once every few years, but I found it a great place to get in a few thousand steps and look at the art that has been going up in the past year.
Go to the Library
This time I spent a few quality afternoon hours in the Honnold Library Cafe at the colleges. It’s a popular place, but I still managed to find a place to plug in my laptop and get some work done.
Claremont was not on the path for the eclipse totality, but that didn’t stop many locals from gathering at the library to see the 62% eclipse of the sun. People shared glasses, a telescope, some people brought their own devices for watching, and some made shadow art with colanders.
July started for us in Iowa. Besides seeing the covered bridges in Madison County, we took in our favorite West End Architectural Salvage in Des Moines.
Winterset, Iowa has a Little Free Library with a sign next to it showing you where to go.
Claremont’s Fourth of July carried on with familiar traditions.
Claremont and Iowa had lots of puffy clouds with some humidity thrown in.
The Claremont Library has expanded hours – hooray!
We introduced friends to the Kogi BBQ truck in Diamond Bar.
And in the end…
Our fair city’s newspaper, the Claremont Courier, has moved offices and is now on Olive Street. I stopped by to take a photo of the new site.
One block south, I ran into yet another Little Free Library on the corner of Green and Olive.
With summer coming up, there seems to be a plethora of reading material available for free throughout the city.
In all this book lover’s reporting on Claremont’s Little Free Libraries, never has there been a Grand Opening of one of these treasures. Until now. The kind owners of this local book exchange live at 406 Springfield (just south of Arrow Hwy) and hosted a neighborhood party to showcase their official Little Free Library (registered at littlefreelibrary.org).
Not only does the official box have a nice selection of reading material, it also has doggie treats and a little guest book to sign, as well as a bench.
The party included a bookmark-making station and a nice spread of goodies, as well as a table full of books for the taking.
You can follow this library on Instagram under Claremontlittlefreelibrary.
Of course, this was the first poem that popped into my mind about books.