- Seeing the wonderful community engagement at the Edinburgh Central Library
- The not-so-secret hidden stairs behind the bookshelves!
- Hearing about the Edinburgh Youth Talks Program
- Special collections at University of Edinburgh New College Library
- The World's End pub
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Edinburgh Central Library
|My window view of Arthur's Seat|
|Book cases that open to reveal hidden stairs!|
After our tour, we got to hear some of the library staff talk about projects that they participate in for the community. More than anything, I was struck by the Youth Talks Program that helps to support teenagers in the area. It seems like the library and other groups in Edinburgh have really come together to provide safe, enriching experiences for teens to participate in during their free time. There was also a Digital Toy Box Program aimed as exposing children to STEM based classes and concepts. Overall, I was very impressed by this particular library’s interaction with the community. I think this is one of the main criteria in distinguishing a productive public library.
New College Library, Edinburgh University
|New College Library|
Now that class was over, we had some time to relax and enjoy the city before everyone left for more traveling or the trip home. Friday afternoon I went with my friends, India and Emily, to meet Emily’s husband that had just gotten to town. We spent some time at The World’s End, a historic pub that was once located at the gates in and out of the city of Edinburgh. Later that night, India, Jess, and I ordered Indian food and watched a movie while we waited on our laundry. It was a great way to unwind after a month of focusing on school. We had one more day in Edinburgh before the first part of my trip would come to an end.