Go Book Yourself! – St. Louis Public Library / Central Library #70

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Cake #70 at the St. Louis Public Library

Cake #70 at the St. Louis Public Library / Central Library 

When’s the last time you meandered through the aisles of your local library taking in all the shelves of books and choosing one (or more than one…) to take home with you?

If it’s been a while (a little guilty of this myself…), might I recommend reigniting the library loving flame in your soul with a trip to the St. Louis Public Library on Olive Street downtown?

I will admit that until Mercutio and I stood on the steps of this colossal monument to the written word to check out the cake, I never even knew that this building, which I had passed numerous times on trips downtown, was actually a library.

Cake #70 at the St. Louis Public Library / Central Library

Cake #70 at the St. Louis Public Library / Central Library

And not just any library at that! The first St. Louis Public Library was opened to the public in 1874 – before then you had to be a paid subscription member to use the books in the collection – with only around 1,500 books.The St. Louis Public Library/Central Library on Olive Street was built in 1901 with funds from a gift from Andrew Carnegie along with six other branches, four of which are still in use. Currently the St. Louis Public Library has expanded to 16 branches including the Central Library and is home to a 4.6 million item collection of books, antiques and other memorabilia. Talk about expansion!

On the side of the library building

On the side of the library building

The Central Library itself underwent a major renovation in 2012 and has since won numerous awards for its decor both inside the library and out. IMG_2337Mercutio and I were able to admire a little of its grandeur just by walking around the area where the cake was placed and seeing the fountain pictured above and the lamp post that the cake was directly in front of that was so ornate and expansive that the cake was almost hidden behind it.

So with our seventh cake of the day in the books (hehehe), we began to make our way to the car for the short trip to the next cake location but not before Mercutio added to my growing collection of accidental Mercutio Krispytreats selfies. 🙂 2014-04-18 15.20.43

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