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November 26, 2017

coffeeneuring 2017: ride #2
posted by soe 9:08 am

I forgot to take photos of the Georgetown Library interior when I was there on this day, so the indoor shots are all from a month later.

Coffeeneuring Ride #2: Georgetown Neighborhood Library (3260 R St., N.W.) and Boulangerie Christophe (1422 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.)

Georgetown Neighborhood Library

Sunday, Oct. 15; 3.5 miles

Tea, chocolate chip Viennoise

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library has been my regular library for the past couple years, when the West End branch closed for renovations. I usually stop by once a week or so and then often head down to the waterfront to read for a while.

The building was opened in 1935 and used to be a much darker place. (I wrote a paper on Siddhartha there when I was a senior in high school visiting my dad, who was working in D.C. at that time.) But it had a fire in 2007 (coincidentally the same day Eastern Market suffered a similarly devastating fire) and was rebuilt at that time, reopening in 2010.

The building sits atop a crest of Wisconsin Avenue, giving it lovely views of the surrounding area. The park behind the library gives the neighborhood its name, Book Hill, and usually is the first place I see spring bulbs forming.

New Book Room at Georgetown Library

Fiction and a/v materials are in the reading rooms on either side of the main foyer. Children’s books are in a well-lit room in the basement (which opens onto an outdoor amphitheater), while nonfiction and teens get space on the second floor. The third floor holds a reference room on the history of Georgetown with papers from the original Peabody Library in Georgetown established in the early 19th century.

Children's Room at Georgetown Library

After picking up my books, I decided to check out a relatively new French bakery that had opened up further down Wisconsin Avenue, Boulangerie Christophe. Georgetown is lacking bike parking overall, so I locked my bike to a street sign and then headed indoors. I ordered tea and a chocolate chip Viennoise.

Tea and Chocolate Chip Viennoise

There was a back patio and it was a pleasant afternoon, so I headed outdoors to read. I was delighted to find they’d painted the adjoining wall to make it look like you were sitting outside a French café.

Boulangerie Christophe

It really was a nice way to spend an afternoon. I stopped at the garden and then pedaled home.

Category: books,dc life,sports. There is/are 2 Comments.

Nice! And, that French pastry! Yum!

Comment by AsKatKnits 11.26.17 @ 2:30 pm

@Kat: It was very good!

Comment by soe 11.29.17 @ 5:34 am