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As they walked through the door she had to wait for her eyes to adjust to the darkness inside, she blinked a couple of times as the dimly lit room became clearer, looking round she saw yet more wood, polished wooden floorboards below her feet and huge wooden beams over her head. As her senses came alive the first thing that struck her was the smell, it was a strange smell, warm and fusty but not at all unpleasant, she wrinkled her nose as she tried to recognise it but it was like nothing she'd ever smelt before. There was an eerie silence too, apart from the odd rustling sound and a footstep here and there she heard nothing, and even her father didn't speak.
She gripped her fathers hand tightly as they approached the building for the first time, slightly nervous at the sight of it with its wooden shutters and darkened windows. It wasn't a particularly large building, standing only one story high but to a small child it looked huge and unwelcoming. She noticed the wood first, so much wood, this wasn't a brick building like her own house, more like a large barn surrounded by a walkway, itself edged by wooden railings. This was definitely an old building she thought, probably even older then her father.
Instead he guarded her gently into the main part of the building and her eyes opened wide in wonder as she took in the sights around her. Shelf upon shelf loomed before her, each of them as high as the ceiling and each of them filled to bursting with books. In the centre of the room stood a large sturdy wooden table and sitting on the chairs that surrounded it were a couple of people so engrossed in their own books that they failed to notice the small child starring at them.Her father led her to a small corner where the shelves weren't quite so high and the walls were more colourful. Seeing a book she'd read at school she squealed with delight and made a dash for it. Out of nowhere came a loud 'Shhhhhhh' and she turned to see a stern looking woman with her finger pressed tightly against her lips. Her father quickly told her that she must be really quiet at all times and if she wanted to speak then she had to whisper so as not to disturb other people. She thought that this was quite a silly rule and wanted to say so but the stern lady was still looking at her so she just nodded her head and kept her mouth closed.
As he showed her all of the different books her father explained that she could pick out her favourite three and take them home with her, not to keep of course, just to borrow for a couple of weeks and even better, when she had read and returned them she could take three more. When she left the building holding her three chosen books tightly in her arms she looked back and thought what a wonderful place the library was...Over the years as I grew up I returned to the library on a regular basis, although I have two older sisters more often then not it would just be myself and my father who would walk hand in hand to that wonderful building. For many years I was only allowed into the small children's corner and I longed for the day when I was old enough to explore the rest of the building.
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