The first stop on our tour of every library branch in Edmonton was the Meadows branch.

Meadows entrance from inside the rec centre

And it was stunning. Brand new, the Meadows is located in the southeast side of the city in the new Meadows Community Recreation Centre. Though it seems a bit small (sorry—I compare every library to my childhood “home” of the St. Albert Public Library), the high ceilings and bright windows give it an airy feel.

This would be a great place to study or to sit and read for a bit since it’s rather quiet mid-week and midday. Also, because it’s attached to the rec centre, this is your one-stop shop for mind/body rejuvenation. Hit a workout and then hit the books. Absolutely love the energetic feel of the space (but again, it could be due to those gorgeous windows).

Baby F and I are on the hunt for EPL’s “100 great books to read together”—they’re scattered across the city and my OCD to check off every list item compels me to find these books. Casually browsing through the children’s section, we stumbled upon two!

A few of the books Baby F and I will read this week.

I didn’t look for anything for me since I was picking up the book below (should be an interesting true crime story) and my little guy gets grumpy when I look around too long, so we came to pick up my book, grab a couple for him, and get out. Then we wandered around and looked at the rec centre.

Salacious true crime book for mom.

Favourite feature? At the far end of the library in the children’s section, there’s an art installation that appears to be a small green hill extending up toward the window. I can only imagine how much kids like sitting on this and running up and down. I was even tempted to wheel my stroller up and roll down with Baby F.