The Inglewood Public Library is a community gem. As you enter, the breathtaking work of Inglewood artist Michael Massenberg greets you with his community inspired piece, “Inglewood Stories.” As you make your way into the library and over to the children’s division, there seems to always be something exciting going on in there. I know by the way my daughter snatches her hand away and runs off to get lost in the countless books and activities.
As the librarian glanced at me, we shared a moment of, “It happens all the time. Get used to it.” Going with the flow, I helped Isis navigate the computers as she learned her letters in the computer lab.
After she made it as far as she could, we hurried over to where the kids were playing with Legos. As I picked up a calendar, I learned that Wednesday is Lego day. And that’s just one of the activities the library has to offer children.
Since taking Isis to the library and signing her up for her very own library card, she’s had a new book to read almost every day. On top of that, she’s participated in kids crafts, watched an African Drum & Dance show, a puppet show, and has been introduced to one of my favorite artists—Salvador Dali.
It’s amazing the treasures you find when you get out into the community and explore what it has to offer you. I’ve been personally satisfied with the Inglewood Public Library, as I’ve found countless volumes of research material for independent study projects I’ve been conducting over the last few months. The facilities are cool, calm and quiet, and a great place to come and get lost in on a hot summer day like the last few we’ve had here in the city. Probably the best part about it all is, if you’re on a budget, coming into the library for a day trip that won’t cost you a thing.