Wednesday, April 20, 2016
My First Library (Well almost)
This was my first library. Well, almost. Earlier we had a mobile library because my section of Philly was considered almost a suburb. Most of the houses were built in the forties. What was your first library?
What I remember most about this glorious library was that I went every Friday after school and took out the number of books I was permitted often. I have told this before but the children's librarian was an African-American woman named Mrs. Robinson. She was the smartest person I knew and tried to steer me from reading Cherry Ames and Sue Barton books and on to more classical works. A hard thing because I was wedded to reading dull books about nurses instead of exciting ones about going into space of boating down the Mississippi or Amazon. When I was twelve, I moved into the adult section and waved longingly to Mrs. Robinson who was trying her best with other kids by then.
I never had an overdue book and still dread having one today.