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Beginning with the first of November, The Mother Church opened its Reading Room at 60 Norway Street, opposite the new Publishing House, at 8 a.m., instead of 9 a.m., keeping it open throughout the day and until 9 p.m. Doing this was largely an experiment, but it was an experiment worth while. Each day the librarian has received many expressions of gratitude for the opening of the Reading Room at that early hour.

Two schoolgirls found they could read for half an hour or more before going to school. A number of men and women decided that they could study there before going to business, and that the Reading Room was much more quiet and peaceful than their homes, with all the busy preparations of the morning going on. One young man said the opening of the Reading Room at eight o'clock was an answer to his prayer for peace and quiet. He had read the Lesson-Sermon in the park each morning during the summer, and now that cold weather had come the Reading Room just filled his need.

Other who are now users of the Reading Room from eight o'clock said they drove into town with friends who are employed at an early hour, and that previously they had walked around until it was time for them to be on duty, but that now they spend the interval usefully in the Reading Room. One man came from a railroad station without any knowledge that the Reading Room was open, but hoping that it might be, as he had some special work to do.

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January 4, 1936

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