The library used to be on the main floor of the Wingham Town Hall. The two lower windows on the right hand side indicate where it once was housed while the first lower window on the left hand side indicates where the ladies' rest room was. The Council Chambers are on the right side towards the back and the auditorium is located upstairs.

Postcard of Wingham Town Hall

"...the town hall with its exotic cupola hiding the legendary bell ..." (p. 67, Lives of Girls and Women)

"She joined the Great Books discussion group which was meeting every second Thursday during the winter in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall." (p. 72, Lives of Girls and Women)

“...and then we went to the library, which was a room in the Town Hall. On the windows on one side of the main door of the Town Hall were letters that read LAD ES REST RO M. On the other side they read PUBL C RE DING ROOM. The missing letters were never replaced. Everybody had learned to read the words without them." (p. 115, Lives of Girls and Women)

"There was a rope beside the door; it hung down from the bell under the cupola, and the browned sign beside it said: PENALTY FOR IMPROPER USE $100. Farmers' wives sat in the windows of the ladies' rest room, in their kerchiefs and galoshes, waiting for their husbands to come and get them. There was seldom anybody in the library except the librarian" (p. 116, Lives of Girls and Women).

"I was happy in the library. Walls of printed pages, evidence of so many created worlds - this was a comfort to me." (p. 116, Lives of Girls and Women)

"The Town Hall auditorium was large and draughty, as remembered, the stage curtains ancient dark blue velvet, gold-fringed, royal, as remembered." (p. 129, Lives of Girls and Women)

"The Council Chambers directly below the stage - and connected to it by a back staircase" (p. 133, Lives of Girls and Women).

"We went into the ladies' toilet in the Town Hall - wet floor, sweating cement walls, harsh ammoniac smell" (p. 154, Lives of Girls and Women)

"The library had been left some money and had b ought a supply of new books, mostly on the recommendation of Mrs. Wallis, the doctor's wife, who had a college degree but not perhaps the tastes the Council had been counting on." (p. 171, Lives of Girls and Women)

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