I think that what jumped out to me the most was that I felt much more comfortable in Trexler vs. the Allentown Public Library. Part of this has to do with a sense of belonging that I have established within Muhlenberg and have yet to find with the city of Allentown. Both libraries were pretty similar but Trexler feels homier to me with the beanbag chairs and the coffee/tea. APL had a sketchy bathroom and advertising/community outreach stuff that seemed out of-touch/outdated. The Trexler whiteboard polls were always spot on.
I don’t feel super comfortable navigating either library and I think they could both use an organizational facelift. Both these libraries pale in comparison to the Santa Monica Public Library where I grew up visiting. It’s huge, modern, organized, friendly, and it even has a cafe. It’s a social space. Wow. This freewrite is very representative of my feelings of connection and belonging to Allentown, Muhlenberg, and Los Angeles. It’s going to get better. I believe that. I did feel a strong sense of nostalgia in APl while looking at the DVD (woah! DVDs??) collection. I never found what I was looking for in APL though, that’s kind of funny. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.