Posted by Flatbush Kid
on Wednesday, February 13th 2019:
In Reply to: Libraries in Brooklyn, NY posted by Nate Goldman on Thursday, February 7th 2019:
My local Brooklyn Public Library branch was the Flatbush Branch on Linden Boulevard, just east of Flatbush Avenue. A particularly fond memory of it was during the summer off 1958. I was 13 1/2 and the days were hot and humid. Movies were not always an option, nor was the beach. Somewhere along the line, I found out the library had air conditioning! This was a big deal in 1958.
So, before the age of "Google," I could go there and immerse myself in whatever I would like to find out more about. Be it Washington, D.C., Brooklyn history or whatever, I could squirrel myself away in a relatively uncrowded area and be comfortable and happy as I read to my hearts delight. I was close enough to home where I could go for lunch and then return.
There was even an opportunity to find out about s-e-x that I might not have understood in junior high health class but was too ashamed to ask. Aha, now all misunderstandings were straightened out!
It was a wonderful oasis during that time of otherwise seeming endless boredom. In later years, I would be a supporter of the local library where I live. This was my way showing my thanks for what was available for me and to pay it forward to those who would be better people for having it available to them.
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