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Posted by murrisk on November 28, 2000 at 00:25:32:

The old library on Churchill was a delightful place. Slam the bicycle against the wall, up the steps and into heaven. I loved the smell of the library and literally spent hours on
Saturdays leafing through and scan reading all manner of books. At a young age I started at the front end in the junior books. My first two books were Treasure Island and Moby
Dick - picture books of course. In time I progressed to the next two rows or was it three rows (?) which were Fiction. The back wall was the Science and Engineering" section with
a littlte chair and table at each end.. Wonderfull geography and chemistry books. Right front was a secret place of old books, Mayo history and MAPS! Mr. Nally was a constant
fixture of this area - almost daily to be found bulling his way around. Children and youths were generally not allowed in this 'reference" section but where there is a will therer is a way.
Left front just inside the door Kathleen Walsh (?) kept a cheerful eye on things. I think she was actually the assissant Librarian but she was great to deal with. You were only allowed
two books per week, but what avid reader could be satisfied with only two books per week! I'd swear she new every time I 'snuk' extra books out in the waist band of my trousers
or in a bag. Maybe I was just feelijng guilty. Anyway, every book was returned but I still think she knew !

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