Locke Branch staff found an old stash of annual reports dating all the way back to when the Library first opened over 100 years ago in 1917. They were so interesting we decided to include them in a series of blog posts.
Now let’s examine the 1940-1949’s reports to get a look into the past.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! East Toledo, the location of Locke Branch, still holds an annual East Toledo Storybook Festival in late Spring. Librarians from Locke help plan and attend this celebration of books to continue this tradition.
Look for these children’s books from the 1940’s in our catalog:
Things have come a long way since 1942! Our policy now would not allow for this to happen, unless there is a subpoena and approved by our executive director.
Back in 1947, Locke Branch had extremely popular story hours with reports showing 175-275 children attending per program. We may not get that many children in 2020, but we still have adults commenting on our high numbers of children after school, which can range from 50-80 kids daily.
In this bleak account of 1944, we see what life was during World War II in East Toledo.
To think about how close the library was held to the soldiers’ hearts is incredibly touching. These snippets from 1944-1945 parallel with personal interactions I’ve had with today’s customers. A man once told me while in long-term hospital care, he couldn’t wait to come back to the library and thank the staff for our support. As soon as he could leave the hospital, he came straight to the branch to see us. Interactions like these adds to the many reasons why we love our jobs!
Many think to be a librarian is to sit and read in a quiet building, when actually it is more like this excerpt from 1944. Life as a librarian is based in empathy, making connections and serving others. Toledo Lucas County Public Library provides staff training on how to best meet the needs of our community, so we are ready each day to help everyone we encounter.
I can only imagine what life was like for these librarians after years of war. After celebrating the end of World War II in 1945, they hope for a busy and vibrant library again, but this will take many more years.
RANDOM HISTORY BONUS:
Locke Branch’s namesake, David Ross Locke, also known as Petroleum V. Nasby, knew Mark Twain. We have the picture to prove it!
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