Library Daily Happenings: Roosevelt Library
April, 1936: “Every two weeks, Miss Young changes the books in the display windows beside the door. She does it with much enthusiasm for she enjoys the colorful book jackets and would like to read every one of the books.”
January, 1938: “Notwithstanding all the cold weather, the circulation at Roosevelt Branch has been very good. The patrons who did come to the library took out books for all the family. I never have seen such a parade of small boys loaded with large paper sacks of books.”
April, 1953: “One man wanted to get some ‘fresh ideas on making a speech.’ When he returned the books he had borrowed, I asked him whether he had given the speech. Yes, he had and had won first place!”
April 1960: “We received a lovely azalea plant this month from one of our patrons for, as she said, ‘always coming through with the answer.’”
Minneapolis Public Library Daily Happenings were recorded by branch managing librarians and submitted in monthly reports. Read more library stories from the MPL archive in Special Collections.
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My master’s thesis could never have existed at all without the worldwide institution of librarianship. The Internet was helpful, but libraries (public, academic, and attached to nonprofit organizations) were absolutely indispensable. The Hennepin County Library’s special collections are what got me started, so they have a special place in my heart. I don’t know what my thesis would have looked like if I hadn’t thought to look there—or if I hadn’t gotten the response that they had many files on that subject and I should come take a look, which turned into multiple days of sorting through packets of newspaper clippings and photographs I’d had no idea existed. I was in heaven. Sometimes I think about coming up with another local history project just so I have an excuse to go back.