The Alexandria Library Company first met in Gadsby's Tavern and was a subscription library for 125 years. It donated its books to the Alexandria Public Library and serves as a supporter to this day. The lectures are quite the thing, a black tie event.
This got me thinking about my own childhood library. I am a reader. I used to take a book up to the top of a tree and read. I set the dinner table with a book in one hand. I resort to cereal boxes if there is no book on the breakfast table. Drove my Mother crazy. (Not one to talk, she polished off two or three books a week after she retired.)
Our little library was also a subscription library. One of the few left at the time I think.
The little library started life in a temporary home at a plumber's supply house on Norwood Avenue.
In 1909 Mrs. Kean started looking for a permanent home. By 1910 they had moved to the Post Office building. This was still the building for the PO when I was a kid. There's a new post office now.
One of the members, Mrs. Clarence Porter, asked her mother Mrs. Charles Cook to donate some land she had inherited and leased to the Washington Wilsons. Mr. Cook was a member of the Tiffany family and had been president of Tiffany's Fifth Avenue. They lived on the SW corner of Lincoln and Ocean. Washington Wilson was president of the shirt company Earl and Wilson, later Arrow Shirt. He owned a park like property bounded by S Lincoln to the corner of Elberon Avenue and back to Lawrence in Deal. His will directed the house to be torn down! The property is where Temple Beth Miriam stands today.
Kevin and Elby at 1023 Ocean (note the WWII watch tower)Librarians Mrs. Jean Goddard (still alive at 95) and Mrs. Marguerite Buckner with her armful of gold bracelets always had a bowl of cool water for him and let him nap under the new book bin seen below.