My parents were avid readers and took us to the libraries often. Since I grew up in Warwick before the Warwick Public Library was built (I remember when it opened), we used to go to the William Hall Library in Cranston and the Washington Park branch of PPL quite often.
I worked at PPL during the summer of 1965. I was 15 years old. It was my first real paying job (60 cents/hour!). I took the bus from Warwick where I lived with my family. My job was to go into the stacks and get reference books for patrons; they had filled out a slip of paper with a book request on it. It was a great experience and I have used libraries wherever I have lived, from Colorado to New York City to Rhode Island and more. I am now in my third year as a trustee of the South Kingstown Public Library.
When the libraries reopen, I look forward to coming for a visit to PPL to see the renovations. I try to visit all the branches in Rhode Island and am always so pleased to see even a small library.