Malaga Cove Library

A library is the delivery room
for the birth of ideas,
a place where history comes to life.”
Norman Cousins

The Malaga Cove Library

Libraries have always been such a big part of my life. This morning I made a visit to one of my favorite hide-a-ways, the Malaga Cove Library. When I visit this particular library, it’s always such an inspiration. I leave there with all these new ideas popping into my head, and my creative juices flowing. It’s such a magical place.

Tucked away behind the Malaga Cove Plaza shopping area, this charming  library was built in the 1920s. Designed by Pasadena-based architect Myron Hunt, the library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

The grounds surrounding the library are another reason I take such pleasure in visiting this library. If I’m in need of a quiet spot to enjoy nature, this is where you can find me. It’s also where you’re sure to catch sight of the popular peacocks who like to roam the grounds.

The peacocks of Malaga Cove

Malaga Cove is only .66 square miles with approximately 2,000 residents. It’s a charming area that, still retains an old-world charm and small-town feel.

The Olmstead Brothers helped with the initial design of the Malaga Cove Plaza and were responsible for the park-like feel of the city. At the time of the city’s incorporation in 1939, the business and shop area around Malaga Cove contained almost all of the Peninsula’s earlier buildings.

malagaplaza

Malaga Cove Plaza serves as the official entry point into Palos Verdes Estates and features beautiful Spanish Renaissance architecture and elegant archways.

On weekends the Plaza holds art exhibits for local artists. The library has weekly and yearly events as well, which are free of charge.

They say “the best things in life are free.” Today, that usually isn’t the case. Except when it comes to visiting the Malaga Cove Library.

Shine On

Good Writings to Read

“I find television very educating.
Every time somebody turns on the set,
I go into the other room and read a book.”
                                                                                            Groucho Marx

Groucho Marxism

This year I decided that I spend too much time in front of the television. Not that I don’t enjoy watching all the shows with my husband, but if I have to watch another “Mecum Auto Auction, Fast N’ Loud, Bitchin’ Rides or Street Outlaws” just to name a few, I think I’ll scream.

Last year I promised myself that I would read a book a week. I came very close to that goal and missed it by only three books. Actually, I would have exceeded my goal if I had not watched so much television.

Most of the books I read last year were from my friendly public library. This library where I get my books is a beautiful old building from the 1920s situated on exquisite grounds with peacocks wandering throughout the property. I love visiting this library because of its picturesque setting and the fact that it is never busy. I’m always able to get whatever books I want to read without having to wait weeks or days.

My favorite way to read is using the iPad. Most of the books are downloaded to my iPad from the library using OverDrive. I really enjoy reading books on my iPad because of its ease of reading. There’s only one small problem, my husband and I share the iPad, so he has it 90% of the time; usually while he is watching his car shows on the television.

I’m seriously thinking of getting a Kindle. The Kindle might work better for me, because I want to up my goal to over a hundred books to read this year. Between the lack of access to the iPad and spending time driving to the library, it might be worth the few bucks to buy a Kindle. Also, most of the books I want to read this year are the classics, which are all available for free through OverDrive.

Whichever means of reading books I choose this year, I will have my plate full of good writings to read.

Shine On