Monday, December 9, 2013

Only dry readers may enter the library

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I was happy to discover the Joseph Meyerhoff Public Library in Beer Sheva.
Interesting system: to borrow one book you leave a 50 shekel deposit in cash or check, or for two books NIS 100.


At the entrance a page from Bechalomi, a book by Miriam Yalan-Shteklis,
 a beloved Israeli writer and poet famous for her children's books:
I think there's no need to make poems and songs.
They make themselves.
And how do they do that?
That's their secret. 


And a sign on the door that struck me funny down here in the Negev desert:
NO ENTERING THE LIBRARY
IN WET CLOTHES!
Thanks
the Management


Maybe kids get their clothes wet walking through the fountain right outside the library in Fannie and Max Targ Square, next to the Beer Sheva Conservatory of Music?
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(Linking to Our World Tuesday, signs signs, and Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)
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16 comments:

Fun60 said...

How funny. I've never seen people in wet clothes trying to enter a library!

Spiderdama said...

Hehe, wet clothes:-)
I think it is expencive just to borrow. Here it is free, you pay just for a card.

Dina said...

Spiderdama, it is only a deposit. The Beer Sheva library will keep the money only if you never return the book. The service is actually free if you return your borrowed books.
Here is Meitar I had to give our library an undated check for 250 shekels. They will only cash it if I run off with tons of books and DVDs and never return them.

Life Images by Jill said...

I love that quote at the entrance of the library. And yes it is funny to think they would have to tell people not to come inside with wet clothes! What if you got caught in the rain?
Have a wonderful week. I am joining you through Our World Tuesday. I have a friend from your corner of the world, so it is interesting to see your posts.

William Kendall said...

Ah, that would explain a lot!

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm sure you're right. The fountain would be irresistible on a hot day.

toby said...

All great finds - I love the poem!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Seems like your life has been so full, lately. Family, friends, rain, icons, work, hilidays, adventures......

VP said...

The deposit is a wise precaution, but the wet thing is a bit strange for a place in the Negev...

Marleen said...

Is that a stone sign on the first photo? It's beautiful.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Is there a pool nearby? There's a similar sign on many RV Resort offices (but people might come in from the swimming pool otherwise and drip all over the floor).

Also, in Oregon where it rains all winter it might be hard to go into the Library at all ;>)

Jim said...

Very interesting place.

Taken For Granted said...

I can envision kids playing in the fountain and then walking dripping wet into the library. The sign is understandable. I love those fountains. Fun to watch kids play in them, but it must be warm.

RedPat said...

The kids must love that fountain!

Lesley said...

I really like the tiled book page!
The deposit system is interesting - but you are limited to only 2 books?

crystal said...

That looks like a fun fountain for when it's hot outside :)

Here the library is free but they bill you if you don't bring back books and they won't let you take out more if your fine gets too high. Nice that you were able to find a nearby library.