A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George RR Martin

Ah, the library trip. I remember being a small grade nine last year as I stepped into the massive campus of SFU, experiencing my first TALONS trip. Here we are again, but now I am in grade 10, and this time we went to the Vancouver Public Library and MacLeod’s book store. I am really sorry, I only took one picture during the trip, so the rest are from Google images.

My Goals For the Trip

Last year, I didn’t take out any books from the SFU library, so I was determined this year to find a book that interested me and that I could take out. This was my main goal that I was thinking about during the trip, but I made it a goal of mine right before we were about to leave, to try to socialize with the grade 9’s on the trip and help them out wherever needed. Honestly, in the beginning of the year I was pretty scared of the grade 10’s, mainly because I didn’t make much effort to talk to them, and they didn’t make much effort to talk to me. I know that if I was a new grade 9 in TALONS, I would want to know that the grade 10’s aren’t that scary after all.

The Day

It was a normal morning in Vancouver until a “swarm” of 60 loud TALONS kids invaded the streets of Vancouver. Before we split of into our groups, all together we did an “urban” solo spot. Even though I was really cold and for some reason my leg had started bleeding, this was one of my favourite parts of the trip. Watching busy workers and businesspeople walk and run (and scooter) in the streets right in front of me, was a surreal moment. I felt like I was in a high definition movie

Photo taken from Google Images, the interior of the library

Photo taken from Google Images, the interior of the library

while I was not really there. We split into two groups after that, and my group was headed to the Vancouver Public Library first.

I forgot to mention this, but I had never seen the Vancouver Public Library before, and I was in awe of the architecture of the massive building

when I saw it for the first time on that trip. I had never seen a building dedicated to books so large before, and I thought the SFU library was pretty big. We got to explore the seven or so floors of the library before we head out for lunch. I was pretty much in awe of everything from the scale of the building to the amount of books there were and the to fact there were escalators in a library. It was pretty incredible. Before I could look for

Picture from Google Images, The cover of "Radioactive"

Picture from Google Images, The cover of “Radioactive”

books I was extremely hungry, so I had to eat pizza (at 10:30 am) to fill me up before I could venture up the many many floors of the library. After that, I had finally found the section of books on Marie Curie and I was ecstatic. There were at least ten books on the ground in front of me as I tried to pick which one to check out. I decided on “Radioactive” by Lauren Redniss. As you can see, it is not your typical biography, and exactly why I chose it. I mean, look at those pages, how can you not take that book out?

The photo I took at the Pizzeria

The photo I took at the Pizzeria

So after I had taken out the book, it was finally time for lunch. I went to “Straight outta Brooklyn NYC Pizzeria” for lunch, (I know I had pizza twice in one day, don’t judge me 😉 ) and I was really impressed with the pizza ( I mean how can you not

be impressed with pizza, it’s pizza!).

After lunch our group headed down to MacLeod’s Books, a bookstore located a few blocks away from the Vancouver Public Library. I stepped into the bookstore, and immediately knew it was my type of store. You know that smell you get when you buy an old book and read it for the first time? Well imagine walking into a room of that. There were so many piles and shelves and boxes of books, at on point I almost tripped on some books which would have caused me to face plant into more books. Since I had already found one book, I wasn’t really looking for Marie Curie books, but Ms. Mulder gave me one that was written by Marie Curie’s daughter. I tried to read as much of it as I could in the short amount of time we

Taken from Google Images, MacLeod's books

Taken from Google Images, MacLeod’s Books

had, and it was really interesting, even though I only got though a few pages. I also flipped through books on modern art and female graffiti artists which I found really interesting, and probably would have bought if I had brought the money for it. I really enjoyed just being in that bookstore and getting to experience having all of those books containing words and knowledge around me. I found it really comforting for some reason, and I would really like to go back there in the future.

That pretty much sums up the trip. I did get to talk to a few grade nines on the bus and in the streets, but I would definitely like to talk to them a lot more of them in the future (I am sorry grade nines I have failed as a ten ): )

What did I learn?

Not only did I learn about Marie Curie, and the nines, but I also learned a lot about the history of Vancouver and Vancouver in general. In the library, I tried to read as much as I could about Marie Curie. I read and learned so much about her, I actually started to feel a bit dizzy by the time we had to go. I already talked about learning about the nines, so I will skip straight to my discoveries of Vancouver. In the solo spot, I learned a lot about Vancouverites and how Vancouver works in general. I go to Vancouver maybe once every two months, so I got to see a lot of new streets and stores and I even saw the Vancouver Public Library for the first time. In MacLeod’s books, I picked up a book on the history of Vancouver. It had pictures from when Vancouver was just becoming a city, comparing it now. I learned that the changes over the past 100 or so years have been so drastic when it comes to buildings, streets, and population.

What was the theme?

In my perspective the theme of the trip for me was crammed information. We first went to the library where there were so many books, even for a seven or eight floored building. There were so many shelves and stacks of books it would take me twenty years to count all of them. Of course, MacLeods’s books was the definition of crammed information. There were books on the floors and stacked almost up to the ceiling. It was the craziest, most reorganized and beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life. Other than the library and the bookstore, I tried to get to know the nines in such a short period of time. The only time we have with the nines is on field trips or outside of class time, making it hard to get to know each other, so in this trip, I tried to find out as much as I could from the nines.

I really really enjoyed this trip with TALONS, and I am sad that this will be the last library trip I go on :( Grade 10 is flying by, and soon enough, eminent and in-depth and the adventure trip will be over and I will be in grade 11. I am trying to savor these moments with TALONS, because before we know it it will be over.