Today I visited the Rusty MacDonald (RM) branch in Lawson Heights. It is located at 225 Primrose Drive, right across from the Lawson Heights mall - how convenient!
I have been to this branch once before, so I was a little familiar with it. I think one of the neatest things about this branch is that its in the Lawson Civic Centre! Which means there's a swimming pool and a gym all in the same location. So when you're done taking your kids to swim lessons, or you don't want to watch them, you can hang out in the library reading until its done!
When you first walk in the doors there is the entire children's section to the right. It's a pretty decent sized collection and there's even a play kitchen area, puzzles, games and other activities. To the right is the circulation desk. Further in there is the DVD section, the paperback fiction and books on CD/tape. Keep going and there is a small bank of computers, beyond that the hardcover fiction and at the very back of the library is the non-fiction section. I like this branch because you can see where everything is. It's a straight shot - no confusing corners - and the signage is quite clear.
RM has a lot to offer its community as well. Along with having auditorium and board room rentals it has a beginner computer classes for adults , and several different story times. It does boast a "Young Adult Lounge" which was underwhelming at best, but I admire the fact that they recognized the need for youth to have a little privacy.
One thing I did not like about the branch was the lack of Sci-Fi and Fantasy selection. Although we have the "One province, one system" thing going on and I can request a book from anywhere, if I ever happen to drop in to get a book, it's likely I won't find much there.
And that's Rusty MacDonald!
Oh, and on a side note.... I picked up the 17th installment of the Anita Blake series today. It came all the way from Air Ronge up north and the spine as never even been cracked! I'm super excited for it's inaugural reading this weekend! :)