Waiting in line at ….the Library?
Yes, folks, that’s right, people do gather outside the Central Library long before the doors open. I’ve seen small groups of people gathered at the still-locked doors on weekdays, but admittedly the largest group seemed to be on the Sunday that I arrived thinking it opened at noon when it actually doesn’t open until 1:00. The crowd was mixed. I would have to guess that some people were merely waiting to enter a public and, most importantly, air-conditioned space. But there were also parents with kids, obvious tourists, people with books in hand, and the nice elderly woman who was just happy to see that so many people are still interested in reading. And, of course, I was there to return a book and stock up on a few more.
And besides going to the Denver Central Library for the books and air conditioning, it’s just a great building.
As for advice, I would just offer up one tidbit, and that is if you are going to the Central Library for specific books or topics and you have internet access at home, look it up before you go (denverlibrary.org). The terminals there can get kind of busy and you find yourself walking around trying to find an open one.