Wednesday, March 25, 2009

90th Anniversary Display at the Buena Park Library

The Buena Park Library celebrates 90 years of service with a display of photographs, artifacts, and newspaper clippings about the history of the library. The exhibit is on display in the library lobby now through April 28, 2009.

The early residents of Buena Park created a library in 1905 with donated books in a spare room of the old Lily Creamery. In 1919, the Buena Park Woman's Club sponsored a petition drive and election forming the Buena Park Library District. A library was built on the corner of what are now Beach Boulevard and Pinchot Court. The 18 x 22 foot building was stocked with 283 books. After several remodels, the facility proved inadequate for the growing community. Land was purchased and a new library constructed on La Palma Avenue in 1969.

The above photographs by Marcia Miyoshi will give you a flavor of the display:
  • 1960's: Photographs of the groundbreaking and construction of the library in the early 1960's. Dedication program from April 1961.
  • 1930's: Photograph of the Buena Park Library circa 1935, after the remodeling using WPA labor (Photograph courtesy of the Buena Park Historical Society)
  • 1920's: Picture of Katherine Berkey (Librarian 1924-1946) and library accession books from the 1920's. Every book acquired by the Library was recorded in the accession book, including price, title, author, publisher, etc. Catalogue cards were created and filed in the card catalogue.

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