I returned with hundreds of photographs from my trip, and thanks to a long, cold, snowy winter that has forced me to stay indoors quite often, I finally finished sorting through, and editing, all of them. So, I’m ready to share some memories with you, and I’d like to start with one of my favourite hangouts as a child: the ‘Montreal Children’s Library’ that was located down the street from my home.
In this building:
The library was founded in 1929, and it was the first one that was free for children in Montreal. I visited there as often as I could, and left with a mountain of books each time. I’ve always loved reading, and it’s possible (as I jokingly commented on Tina’s blog yesterday) that “I was born with a book in hand.”
Let’s cross the street and get a glimpse of the actual entrance I used as a child.
There it is!
|When I stopped to photograph this building, and the entrance to the library,|
I was really overwhelmed with emotion. So many memories.
Over its many years, new branches of this library were opened in response to community needs, and this was one of them. Sadly, it’s no longer here. But when I crossed the street to take a photo of the door, I discovered this pleasant surprise:
Today, the Montreal Children’s Library is composed of three branches, and all its programs and activities continue to be free, targeting children ranging from 0 – 10 years of age.
I will be sharing more Montreal memories with you over the next few weeks.