|Portland's Central Library|
|Beautiful lobby staircase|
The crown jewel of the library system is the downtown Central Library, which opened in 1913 as one of the first libraries in the U.S. to feature an open plan. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains 17 miles of bookshelf space, and has more than 130 computers accessible to the public.
The only way I can afford my book habit is to use the library HEAVILY and stock up on paperbacks at our local school's annual used book sale. I rarely buy books for myself, but instead for others. I have a great system for the library--I put the books on hold online, and my husband is my free delivery service!
|Festival of Lights at the Grotto|
- Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Festival (Director Park)
- Christmas Tree Lighting (Pioneer Square)
- Oregon Zoolights (Oregon Zoo)
- Portland International Raceway (have no desire to go to this one!)
- Christmas Ships on the Willamette and Columbia River: up to 60 ships decked out in lights
- Peacock Lane, a four-block street known for its decorated homes...thousands come each year to view all the lights
- Festival of Lights at the Grotto (my personal favorite, because it's not just secular, kitschy crap, although the nativity sets on display are might kitschy!)--they have a petting zoo, great choirs, and puppet shows
|Two of my boys at Peacock Lane several years ago|
Portland also kicks off the summer with the Starlight Parade, with illuminated floats and lights going through the city streets.
Read my other A to Z posts here, and stay tuned for tomorrow: mountains, Multnomah Village, and McMenamin's.