Old downtown library was stacked high with memories for many

Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed.


-- Charles Medawar

They plan to open the new downtown Augusta library a month from today, but many of you still have fond thoughts of the older main branch that recently closed next door to it.

When I asked for your memories this month, you were quick to respond.

John Welch wrote: "I found my Pre-School Certificate that certifies that I had listened to 10 books during 'the Summer of 1968.' I framed it and it now sits in my office at work."

Robert Williams, who lives in Washington, D.C., was pretty descriptive with this remembrance of the old building at Greene Street and Ninth: "It was modern, open, airy, and always had this fresh distinct smell. I loved ploughing through the children's section where we'd spend hours, ending the outing with a stack of books. I can even remember the sound the checkout stamp would make on the books and the 'credit card' like swiping of those old library cards."

And Linda Carter Adams, of Augusta, told this story.

"I took our boys (1970) when they were young and a lady read books to them. I just remembered her as being a nice, gray-haired lady who kept them spellbound. They were given certificates for this. A few years later I met her at the YMCA pool doing exercises in the water. Sammie Lackey Flaherty said she had retired from the Augusta Library. When I got home I looked in the boys scrapbook and there was her name."

WHAT ABOUT YOU? If you have any good memories you want to share of the old Greene Street library, e-mail them to my address below.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I'm getting so old, my friends in heaven are probably worried I didn't make it.

PET BIRTHDAYS: I asked how you celebrate with your animal companions, and Arden Lowndes , of Martinez, was quick to answer.

"We have five small dogs in our household, so birthdays are always a big deal," she wrote.

"We once even invited the neighbors' dogs for Dixie's B-Day. Besides a new squeaky toy, our favorite thing is to find the most decadent dog food in a can -- you know the kind -- looks good enough for human consumption -- and put a candle in it. We all sing Happy Birthday and help them blow out the candle.

"Warning: Don't let dog close to candle until fully extinguished and removed!"

TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one from Bill Wood in Hephzibah.

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch.

After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip. When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table, and she didn't miss them until they had been driving for about 20 minutes.

They had to turn around to go get them, and all the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man.

He fussed and complained, and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive.

The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn't let up for a minute.

To her relief, they finally arrived back at the restaurant.

As the woman got out of the car, and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, "And while you're in there, you might as well get my hat and the credit card, too."



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