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Posted by Harris on Wednesday, August 2nd 2017:

In the early 1950's, there was a small branch of the Brooklyn Public Library located on either E. 13th St., or E. 14th St., between Avenue I and Avenue J. I remember that we had to walk up a steep flight of stairs to access that branch, on the second floor. I went there a number of times between 1950-1954. Then, on Dec. 20, 1954, the Midwood branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (on E. 16th St., between Avenue I and Avenue J) opened. I was there the first day that it opened, and the place was packed, with hundreds of youngsters. I used that library until the late 1960's. The last time that I was there, was on a visit to Brooklyn, in 1989. The only other library that I used in Brooklyn, was the main branch at Grand Army Plaza. The latter branch was the granddaddy of all of the Brooklyn libraries, as the place was massive. I also went to the main library in Manhattan on 42nd St. The last time that I was there, they were still using those obsolete pneumatic air pressured tubes. I believe that they also used them at the Grand Army Plaza library. I'm sure that they have since been discontinued, since everything has probably been computerized by this time.

Reference ID: BK94979



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