Who remembers the library in Willistead Manor? The first time I remember visiting the library was with my mother. Once I was a little older, she would let me walk from our home on Devonshire alone. This was when it was normal for a 6 or 7 year old to walk a few blocks on their own and no one worried about them. Mother didn’t allow us to check out books because she firmly believed that one should never be a borrower, even with books, because you never knew what could happen to them at home so I spent hours reading the Bobbsey Twins or Nancy Drew. Sometimes the librarian would allow me to sit outside and read and, to this day, nothing pleases me more than a book and cold drink in the shade of the yard. Mother worried that I didn’t spend time outside playing with other girls but Nan, Bert, Flossie and Freddie* were the children that I most loved spending time with. I was not the type to play sports in the street or push dolls in strollers.
The beauty of Walkerville and it’s buildings has always intrigued me and I am incredibly lucky to have grown up there.
Catherine – 72 – Windsor
* Bobbsey Twin Characters
Picture from the Windsor Public Library. Click here to see original source.