Monday, October 31, 2005

American Library in Ankara

In my junior high years in Ankara, my father had a certain meeting in Kizilay, he took me to the American Library in Kizilay. The lady in charge at desk, introduced me to the children's book section of the library. Although I had limited fluency in English language at that time, I had a wonderful time that day and thereafter. I received my first library card to borrow wonderful books.

Later in time, library moved to a new environment with more space, more new books to offer on the Cinnah Hill. I continued to attend and borrow books. I graduated from university, I still continued to go to the library on Saturdays, and borrowing new books.

Due to growing security threads, library has limited its services and one day it is completely closed. Now we do not have a library. Ladies of the borrowing desk got retired. My childhood memories were left at past. Books are gone.

There is no substitute in Ankara, what a pity.

1 comment:

ssbb said...

I've such memories for the American Library in Izmir. Its also closed now,and passed all the books to the Ege University Library, but I miss the smell!