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In the 1950’s when I went to school at St. Francis of Assisi, we did not have a library in the school at that time. I see by the history of the Parish they did have one earlier but had to use the space to make more classrooms. So the children of the school use the Library of the Germantown Friends. This was located up Germantown Ave. between Church Ln. and Coulter St., which is 6 or 7 good blocks from our school. I think I was in the 3rd grade when the Nun marched us up Logan to Germantown Ave. and on to the Friends Library, I can’t recall if the girls class was with us but if it was just the boys this time, you have to give a lot of credit to the good Nun on handling almost 60 boys of this age on their tract up the Avenue.I remember the name of the first book I got out of the library “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel”. At first they let us look thru the children’s section and I couldn’t find anything, then one of the librarians suggested this book to me. Interesting how we learn, because of this book---to this day I call those types of machines as steam shovels even though I don’t believe I ever saw one that ran on steam.I used this library for years even into my high school years. Below is a photo of the Vernon Library in Vernon Park from the early 1960’s, I did use it a few times when I was at Germantown High.