The new ... in theory , temporary ... municipal library which rejoices in the name "Pop-Up Library" ( such a dispiriting name ) is full of bewildered Leeuwarders , cardboard boxes , new machines , an assortment of old armchairs and new Ikea dining tables , a windup gramaphone and the roaring of mechanical dinosaurs in the lobby .
And , depending on the time of day , Dutch lessons for bewildered foreigners , spontaneous Bible lessons by a young man in a wooly hat , unofficial lessons/workshops on how to use the new machines for the older staff by the very youngest stagaire and weird clanking of hot water pipes .
No , it's not the most peaceful of places any more .
Until I sat down at one of the tables this afternoon to hunt for my library card and found a cat .
I think all libraries should have a cat and I hope he comes to the old jail/new library , sometime in the Spring .
4 days ago