Sunday, October 05, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Going to the Library

Pontiac Library, Warwick, RI, photo by Midge Frazel, August 2014

Love Your Library by Going to the Library
I love to read. I have always enjoyed writing and photography. Every job and career that I have had was made better by reading and writing. Sometimes, I am surrounded by "math" people and have had to help them with reading and/or writing. 

In my recent adventure, Hubs and I went into nearby Warwick to take a few photos of what I call Pontiac Village. As a child, this is where the nearest library was located. "The Plat" is physically closer to Warwick and because of the housing developments of the 1950s, businesses and schools were built in places that were once empty space.

Before I was five, I went with my friend to get a library card. Even though I was not a Warwick resident, I was eligible to get a library card.

However, this is NOT the library that was there at that time. The library that was in this village was a tiny building located in what is now the parking lot of this library. We parked our car near the spot where the old library was located. Miss Edith Knight was the librarian in that building It was a small library heated with a pot belly stove. (Wow, am I old!) (History)

Parking Lot for the Present Library built in 1957, photo by Midge Frazel, 2014, 
I was allowed a library card because I could read. My friend picked a book at random from the stacks and handed it to the librarian and she made me read from it. I was sent home with a card for my parent to sign. We walked home, my mother signed, and we walked back to give it to Miss Knight. Then, I could take books out. I picked a book and we walked back home. I remember this better than I do what happened yesterday. Miss Knight was a stern, no nonsense person. 

1 comment:

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Yes! Libraries are treasures! You never know what you will find when you browse the shelves.