Fascinating Papers on California Library History

LHRT News and Notes is delighted to share these three wonderful histories below about California library history…you can read the full posts in our Library Chronicles section


Three Women Gave Santa Barbara a Library

By Susan Miles Gulbransen, edited by Steven Gilbar

Author Bio: Susan is a popular columnist and a Santa Barbara native, writer, and book reviewer, as well as teacher of writing. Steven edited Library Book: Writer on Libraries and more than twenty other anthologies including Reading in Bed: Personal Essays on the Glories of Reading and The Open Door: When Writers First Learned to Read

The blog is honored to publish this wonderful passage from Library Book: Writer on Libraries, a recent book that celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Central Library…


The Library in the Park – A Short History of the Huntington Beach, CA Central Library

By Stephanie Beverage

Author Bio: Stephanie Beverage is currently the Director of the Huntington Beach Public Library. She has overseen the 100 year centennial of the Library, and the 40th Anniversary of the Central Library in Central Park. Stephanie is a proud Native Californian and has spent her career working in Southern California Libraries. This essay on the Huntington Beach Library was a collaboration between a number of staff members over time, and Ms. Beverage was a contributor and final editor.

This post focuses on the history of a very unique and architecturally significant library building…


A History of the Monterey Public Library

By Jeanne McCombs

Author Bio: Jeanne McCombs retired from the Monterey Public Library in 2017 after 35 years of service. Through the decades, she developed, promoted, and presented many hundreds of community cultural, literary, and musical programs for residents and visitors. Her award-winning adult storytelling program, Stories for Adults, is the longest-running program of its kind in the United States. Her work as the Library’s Public Relations Specialist has told our story and raised community awareness of the vital importance of libraries.

Here is an example of a great web page about a library’s history…


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