LIB1LIB2LIB4LIB5LIB6LIB7LIB8LIB9LIB11LIB3The Athenaeum  Music & Arts Library is a beautiful La Jolla gem. This  cultural institution specializes in obtaining and curating two of my favorite things: music & art materials (along with exhibitions and concerts). The Spanish-Renaissance styled building silently hums under the  boisterous chorus of countless restaurants, boutiques, and galleries  that surround it. The aged visual & aural ambience of old books, wooden textures, card catalogs, ornate embellishments, decorative bust sculptures, a thicky thick dusty & comically giant dictionary  that no one actually leafs through (or not), and rustic  furnishings are a refreshing, traditional departure from today’s contemporary library (used to Love Library & Central) , with a instrumental  touch of a photo gallery and two grand pianos (which were unfortunately covered at the time.


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