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As I walked home from Saint Clement’s Elementary School, up the one way street, lined on both sides with row houses, my neighbor intercepted me. “You better not go home right now, They...

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Growing up poor in a drug infested area on the Southside of Chicago; I learned early that life was not easy. In high school I studied hard with hopes of going to college and having a better life....

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There was only one reason that I went to the Sparta Library for the first time. It was a last resort. I had my year and a half old daughter with me.  I couldn’t bear to go back to the...

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A couple summers back, I wondered how I’d make it through the next two and a half months. At the time my children were ages four, six and seven, and not the types to willingly attend summer...

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By the time a woman reaches middle age, she has racked up a recollection of firsts: first bra, first kiss, first love, first lover; roller coaster rides at the time of occasion, rocking chair...

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Our town library is not just a place to get books (though I am decidedly grateful for those!); it is a veritable hub of social connection and community activity.  Prosser library was in...

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The library is free.  I learned that early on when Mother explained that “public” meant “free,” so we could afford it.  The library that liberated me as a child...

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As a youngster in the l950's, I was living with depression era parents. We weren't allowed to buy anything that wasn't a necessity...it was a carry over from them feeling the pinch and not wanting...

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Was my husband having an affair with a librarian?  This thought crossed my mind when previous rare visits to our public library became nightly happenings.  Who or what was so alluring?...

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Kristy dragged me towards the old building, the big wooden doors splayed open in the late afternoon sunshine. Her straw colored pigtails bounced off her shoulders as she practically bounded into...

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