You know how you can be inside some libraries and almost not know whether it’s day or night? Sometimes the windows are tiny, or located very high up on the wall, or even blocked by book shelves.
Now that can be a valuable quality when you’re cramming for a big test or trying to get lost in a great novel. But when I take my toddler to the library nowadays, we’re more in the mood for light and charming than dark and cozy.
Light and charming is definitely what you’ll find at the Montgomery campus of the Oswego Public Library. This location only opened about 1 ½ years ago, and it is a real beauty, with a stone front and a low-slung quality that reminded me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style architecture.
Inside, the library has giant windows facing to the east, west and south, and the light just pours into the building. Because there is not much development in the immediate vicinity, you have a great view of some farmfields and patches of prairie.
My daughter and I spent about 90 minutes there last month, and during that time, we watched as the sun disappeared below the horizon. It was just a wonderful time to spend a sunny, but very chilly, afternoon.