First off, I love the idea of a LFL in front of my childhood YMCA. As a girl, I spent what in hindsight seems an inordinate number of hours at the Y. Back in the 80s, one didn't languish in Pike for session after session. You could actually learn to swim and advance through the classes Pollywog, Pre-Minnow, Minnow, Guppy, Pike, Fish, Flying Fish, Shark, etc. Don't quote me on the progression or the class names, but I took them all, not because I had a huge passion for swimming so much as because my next youngest sister had a real passion for swimming and so we all had our "own stuff" to do at the Y. That being said, more than half of my YMCA visits were spent outside the pool while my sister was practicing or competing. With no cell phone or tablet to turn to, I had a rotation of things I did to while away my time at the Y: visit the "new' water fountain near the racquetball courts, watch adults play racquetball from the upper viewing area, hope for a turn with the pool table or foosball, test the dryers in the locker room, pester my mom for change for the gumball and vending machines, read every scrap of paper on every bulletin board, read every plaque on the walls, review the posted swim team records (my sister had one, NTB), and, of course, if I came prepared, read a book.
Had an LFL existed in those days, checking its offerings would have been my most savored ritual of each trip to the Y. Without a doubt. Fast forward thirty-plus years.
This LFL is a fairly basic model. The wood is a bit faded, but I like the red-tinted glass. I'm a big fan of the message: Travel the world starting with books. Don't we all want young readers to expand their worlds through books? I've visited so many cool places in books and can't imagine my life without those "travels." Side note: I was interested to note that the phrase "Young Men's Christian Association" is emphasized on the front of the LFL since the word "Christian" has completely disappeared from the Y where I live now.
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