Monday 13 February 2012: Library
This looked so much better and arty in my minds eye but I'm still going to use it as this is one of my favourite parts of the library. No longer accessible to the public, this was the main entrance to the lending library when it was opened in 1902. There is a definite public institution feel to the heavy wooden doors and wide staircase. Falkirk Library was started in 1886, when Robert Dollar, who had been born in Falkirk and made his fortune in Canada, offered $5,000 to stock a library within the YMCA - Falkirk Council took over the running of the Library in 1896. In 1897 another great Scot who had made his fortune overseas, Andrew Carnegie, offered £2,500 to build a library - this was opened by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. The original library remained very much unchanged until an extension was added in 1993 and many of its original features sit unchanged side by side with the modern addition.
Was congratulating myself on purchasing a dozen Tesco value tennis balls for Coco but we're already down one as I had to give it to her friend, Amber, when Coco ran away with Amber's rubber ball and destroyed it - as another dog walker says about the beagle she once owned - lovely dog but I couldn't do a thing with her!