“Press any button to hear a story from an anonymous bibliophile about a story they loved.” This is the sentence you hear when you pick up the receiver of the old pay phone in the Los Gatos library.
Reviews are read from different book lovers. Unfortunately there was no volume button. Some recordings are hard to listen to from the recording quality and the speed of the reader. But the personal account is priceless. Some are short and sweet but most of them are true personal recollections.
Press 0 and you’ll hear a pitch for ‘Call me Ishmael’ or if you are at home in front of your computer you can watch their YouTube video for their earlier kickstarter project.
Currently the book selections are from Sarah Boynton’s Pyjama Time! , a picture book, to classics like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, to the Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
If you like to record your own review you can do this by calling 774.325.0503. On the CMI website you can also listen to featured calls.
A fun way of learning about new books! The personal touch of the stories makes it feel like a friend is telling you about a book they loved, and the Los Gatos library is a great place to hang and discover new books.
The day I explored Los Gatos it was raining. So, the cute upscale outdoor shopping district wasn’t too much fun.
But what is the cultivated person supposed to do when it rains? Right, go to a museum. The NUMA is a little gem. (Not only on rainy days!)
The high school exhibition Social Matters blew me away with the depth of the pieces. High schoolers from around the area painted, photographed, sculpted and wrote a piece about the art and the social matter that they were depicting.
Take for example Adi Lahav’s Fetal Position, a piece that speaks for itself.
Next was the hat exhibit, different hats with tools to make them. Although just a one room collection a very interesting look at the history of different headgear and tops.
The More Than Your Selfie exhibit has, amongst other pieces of various techniques a very emotional video from Christina Nunez.
She tells her life story and how she used selfies as a therapeutic device.
As a special treat you can buy yourself some little art from the art-o-mat. I did not have $5 in coins, but sure will bring some next time! Have you ever used an art-o-mat?