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Diamond Jubilee: Seventy Five Years of Public Service

IX. Quotable

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"On March 12 the flood from the St. Francis Dam released an avalanche of water upon the residents of the [San Francisquito] canyon and entirely wiped out two branches of the Los Angeles County Free Library . . . "
Head of Branches Department (1928)
 
"Library work consists of something more than just checking books out or in, that besides being a business it is also an art to bring the right book to the right person at the right time."
Books and Notes (1929)
 
"January-May 1932. All full-time employees of the County Library together with other County employees contributed two per cent of their salaries to relieve unemployment."
Los Angeles County Public Library:
Twenty-Five Years of Growth
(1937)
 
"Some idea of the extent of the territory served by the Los Angeles County Public Library is revealed in the fact that fifty-eight branches were located in the area affected by the earthquake on March 10."
Books and Notes (1933)
 
"The pay was $115 a month, but required a forty-four hour work week."
Johanna Tallman on her first librarian position
with the County Library in 1938 (in Check Out a Librarian)
 
"In the Librarian's judgment the rate of sixty-five cents per hour set as a maximum for part-time jobs is too low for well-qualified library assistants."
Helen Vogleson, County Librarian (1940)
 
"Memories of the early days of the library brought to mind Mr. Hardman's generous services in pre 'library-express' days when he made a weekly journey to Central on the street car, carrying a huge suitcase of recalled books and an arm load of the choicest blooms from his garden, returning to the branch with books to fill patrons' requests."
honoring a volunteer at the rededication of the San
Vicente Library, enlarged under a WPA project (1940)
 
"The first effect of the War felt by this branch was in a change in schedule. Situated on the municipal pier which is blacked out each night by Army orders, we had no choice about whether we should stay open until 9:00 p.m. or not."
Hermosa Beach Library (1942)
 
"This branch has probably been affected more by the War than any other in the system. The closing of Santa Catalina Island as a resort, the loss of almost half of the population due to unemployment, the curtailment of transportation to the Mainland, and the social activities since the quartering of troops here, have resulted in a greatly decreased circulation. The few 'Islanders' left are reading for recreation, and demand only light books."
Avalon Library (1942)
 
"All Japanese residents have been evacuated, creating a loss among juvenile and high school age patrons. When they left, every Japanese borrower returned all his books and every fine was paid."
Strawberry Park Library (1942)
 
"Due to the fact that many unemployed, as well as employed persons are finding it difficult to make their usual trips to libraries for books because of the rationing of gas, the Los Angeles County Public Library is making its Vacation Book Privilege available for the duration of the war."
The Messenger (1943)
 
"Our little library is a very important part of our rural life as we are twenty miles from any town or village."
Fairmont Library (1943)
 
"Many flaws have appeared in the binding and packing of books, while the cost of books has increased, their quality and format have become poorer due especially to lack of good paper . . . Standard juveniles, such as Mother Goose, were reported out of stock temporarily or 'for the duration' in all the favored editions."
Chief Order Librarian (1944)
 
"The demand for fiction continues at a great rate partly because of the natural interest in entertaining reading and partially stimulated by the high pressure advertising campaigns carried on by publishers these days."
Library's Annual Report (1946)
 
"Aside from the revolutionary change in registration no other activity brought as much comment from the Branch Librarians as the use of paper books for popular fiction. Like some of their patrons, branch librarians were first inclined to look down their noses at cheap reprints but the load which it has lifted from those who had to provide quantities of Western and Mystery novels is only now being appreciated."
Chief of Branches (1948)
 
"Television has really not made as serious inroads on library reading as anticipated a couple of years ago. In fact, in many ways, television has aroused interest in hobbies, travel, etc. that has resulted in many new borrowers at this Branch."
El Monte Library (1953)
 
"The local chapter of the Saints and Sinners Club, national welfare organization, gave the Library 50 copies of The Story of Davy Crockett when it was learned of the acute Crockett shortage and the overwhelming juvenile demand for books about this historical figure."
Library's Annual Report (1955)
 
"Most of the branch outlets are being inundated by school children engaged in library research and study on school related topics."
Library's Biennial Report (1963)
 
"In the last few years the Library has been learning to cope with this new world in the most positive manner possible. Such formalized activity as Affirmative Action, collective bargaining, as well as staff cutbacks, have all had their effects. Some of the 'literature' produced by these activities is still in correspondence form, awaiting historical perspective to clarify and distill their meanings."
William S. Geller, County Librarian,
in Los Angeles County Public Library:
60 Years of Service
(1973)
 
"Citizen support is going to become an increasingly important factor in our future."
Carol E. Moss, County Librarian,
at the "Planning Institute" (1977)
 
"I strongly believe that we librarians must take charge of our destiny, must translate vision into solid planning based on a thorough understanding of the needs of the communities we serve."
Linda F. Crismond, County Librarian,
in Library Journal (1986)

Diamond Jubilee:
Seventy Five Years of Public Service
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