Okay, so on Twitter on Thursday I saw this post:
Now clearly this is fake (hence the Twitter handle ‘Fake Library Statistics’), but I thought two things were funny: 1) That it’s probably accurate; and 2) That it got so many likes accompanied by so many Librarians posting pictures of other libraries in the comments.
And indeed, I went out of town over the Easter weekend and indeed, I did visit two other libraries. The first was the Pioneer Memorial Library in Fredericksburg, TX. Here’s a shot:
The second was the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at College Station, TX.
We were out and about Austin way for the weekend and hit this place up on the way back, so I’m blogging now to say WOW!
Very, very cool. We dropped by on Easter Sunday (yes, they were open) and were greeted by a very warm, friendly, welcoming staff. There’s a cost for entry to the museum and the ticket prices are posted HERE.
The reasons we went was to see the Leonardo DaVinci: Machines in Motion exhibit.
So we meandered our way to see this exhibit on a beautiful Easter day and yes, it was totally worth it! The idea is simple, engineers have reconstructed machines based upon plans and illustrations drawn up by Da Vinci during his lifetime. Machines are separated into the four categories of water, air, earth and fire and are move-able (the library museum staff encourage you to give them a try). You will see a variety of machines, from simple devices which allow man to walk on water, to deconstruct-able military bridges, to complicated cranes and pulleys and an early military tank. Evidence of Da Vinci’s mastery of geared devices is easily seen and this is a wonderful and interesting exhibit for all ages. My husband had as much joy in telling me how everything worked and related to machinery used today (such a car transmissions, aircraft, etc, etc….), as my daughter did moving the machines to see what connected with what and how it all worked. It’s a great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) exhibit, if that’s what you are looking for. But it’s great for us history buffs too. What you are seeing is history and brilliance come to life. A genius’ work at work. If this is the exhibit, my dream come true would have been to see Da Vinci’s workshop.
Here are some picture of what’s on offer, to give you a taster.
If you get a chance to run by College Station to the George Bush Presidential Library, do so. As I said, we did go on our way home from Austin specifically for this exhibit, but the museum itself, which tells of the life of the 41st President of the United States, is fascinating and fun. The Library has done a brilliant job of displaying and preserving artifacts, but it is bright and colourful and brilliant for families.
Don’t forget to take a walk to the statue of the horses jumping a section the Berlin Wall (The Day the Wall Came Down– the statue’s wall is a repro, but there is the real thing in the exhibit). Also meander down to the lake, with the wonderful flower garden, and to the cemetery in the back (the future burial site of the 41st President and First Lady).
Here are some pics to entice:
Overall, I’d recommend this for a wonderful country drive, a nice day out and an interesting visit.
The Da Vinci machines are on display from March 1st, 2018 to January 6th, 2019, and the Presidential Museum exhibit is a regular attraction.