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Posted by Flatbush Kid on Sunday, August 6th 2017:

In Reply to: Brooklyn Public Libraries posted by Harris on Wednesday, August 2nd 2017:

My local Brooklyn Public Library branch was the Flatbush Branch on Linden Boulevard just east of Flatbush Avenue. From about 5 years of age, I went there with my older brother and sister for their school work. I started to go on my own from about 10 years on, for my school book reports.

My greatest memory of the library, however, is from the summer of 1958. Except for one week away, I was in Brooklyn. Options for a 13 1/2 year old boy were limited as many of my friends were away at camp or otherwise unavailable, for the most part. We didn't have air conditioning and that was a real drag. I could go only to the Kings, Kenmore Albemarle or other theaters just so many times. Otherwise it was so hot and humid; a typical Brooklyn summer.

However, the library was air conditioned! So, I decided that it would be a great place to go to and be comfortable for the entire day. Squirreled away in the stacks, I could read about about s-e-x and have many of my questions answered. That helped clear up the b.s. I heard from other boys. Of course, I found interest in other areas as well including architecture, travel, transportation, fiction, etc.

It was close enough to go home (East 18th and Albemarle) at lunchtime and then return or to stay and quietly brownbag it. Looking back, that library was a godsend as it gave me keys to knowledge. Priceless!

Reference ID: BK94992


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