Many sketchers favor coffee shops on cold, rainy days. It’s a good place to get in some people sketching. However, my suburban town only has a couple tiny shops where it might be too obvious what I’m doing.
I’ve decided the newly renovated libraries may well be a go-to place for such incognito people sketching. It was raining, but not cold, today. I decided it would be a good day to see the newly re-opened downtown library. These two quick sketches were done with fountain pen in new Field Notes “workshop companion” limited edition series.
The downtown Renton library has undergone a year long renovation. Well, renovation is an understatement. It was gutted. There were no walls intact. Only the frame was left after demo. But we’re all happy it still spans the river.
Like the also newly renovated Fairwood library (up the hill in Renton), it has wide open spaces and a large meeting room with sliding doors. There are lots of computers and desks.
But, surprisingly, not very many books. The fiction section is about 4 rows of shelves barely 4 feet tall. The nonfiction section is somewhat larger. However, one can request a book from any other King Co. library, so I suppose there isn’t a lot of reason to have a large selection at any one library.