The first library I went to was Park Library. Then we moved to Woodhouse, and that was the one I really started going to. It was very strict then. You know, you couldn't go in unless your hands were clean. The librarian had been known to clip 'em about the heads if they were really black. She sent no end back because of their hands. At that time you couldn't take as many books as they can take out now, and they was all checked when they came back and if they were dirty you were banned for so long. But it was really good. All the kids wanted to go to the library then, because they hadn't got a lot of things, televisions weren't in every household. That was in the early '60s, that was when I started.
There used to be film shows at the library for the children and they were great. It was a monthly event and the kids would be queuing up from after school, waiting to go in at night to watch these film shows. That was a good event. Then again, librarian had got the upper hand because if you didn't behave and didn't stand still – she knew everything! But you know, there were lots of kids. I don't think there was anybody I knew who didn't go to library. And if you went and got to do a job for them you got a badge that said "library help" and everybody was so proud of that. And then my mum and dad used to go to their listening group, that was an evening monthly one that they used to do, and they used to like that. That went on for a long time – in a way now I think it's just been restarted. Woodhouse at that time wasn't as big as it is now, it was more of a village type, and at Christmas and that they used to put on shows in the library. It was really nice, it was a fun place to be – if you were clean, and you weren't dirty! If you were allowed in!
Name: Dot (library worker)
Library: Crystal Peaks