Hennepin County Library

Apr 18

Library Daily Happenings: Linden Hills Library

April, 1936: “I heard a couple of small boys say as they approached the library, ‘Let’s go into the library—I’m tired of that movie stuff.’”
December, 1936: “These are unusually interesting library days—busier, with more books to interest the people. It does not take the public long to discover that there are new books.”
September, 1938: “An amusing telephone call asked for the date on which Thanksgiving fell. It was on that date that her son first shaved himself and she was writing his biography. All a bit personal, but in this way the librarian keeps her pulse on the community.”
September, 1953: "We hear all sorts of philosophies and comments over the desk, but the one we liked for this hot weather month was from a woman who was looking over some books at the desk, and on seeing Rombauer’s "Joy of Cooking" remarked that she would much rather read a book on the joy of eating out."
October, 1957: “One young patron who had a fine to pay told us we could keep his friend for ‘evidence’ while he ran home to get the money. The friend was a little dismayed to think he might be the ‘bond’ until he was assured that it wouldn’t be necessary.”
February 1960: “A patron requested a book by an author named Swan—not sure of the title—something about investments. It turned out to be Barton Crane’s ‘The Sophisticated Investor.’ ‘I knew it was a bird!’, said the patron happily.”

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.
This week is National Library Week (April 13-19). Hennepin County Library invites you, our patrons, to share how library services, spaces, and staff support YOU! Post to Tumblr, or visit us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ to share your stories using the hashtag #myHCL.

Library Daily Happenings: Linden Hills Library

April, 1936: “I heard a couple of small boys say as they approached the library, ‘Let’s go into the library—I’m tired of that movie stuff.’”

December, 1936: “These are unusually interesting library days—busier, with more books to interest the people. It does not take the public long to discover that there are new books.”

September, 1938: “An amusing telephone call asked for the date on which Thanksgiving fell. It was on that date that her son first shaved himself and she was writing his biography. All a bit personal, but in this way the librarian keeps her pulse on the community.”

September, 1953: "We hear all sorts of philosophies and comments over the desk, but the one we liked for this hot weather month was from a woman who was looking over some books at the desk, and on seeing Rombauer’s "Joy of Cooking" remarked that she would much rather read a book on the joy of eating out."

October, 1957: “One young patron who had a fine to pay told us we could keep his friend for ‘evidence’ while he ran home to get the money. The friend was a little dismayed to think he might be the ‘bond’ until he was assured that it wouldn’t be necessary.”

February 1960: “A patron requested a book by an author named Swan—not sure of the title—something about investments. It turned out to be Barton Crane’s ‘The Sophisticated Investor.’ ‘I knew it was a bird!’, said the patron happily.”

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.

This week is National Library Week (April 13-19). Hennepin County Library invites you, our patrons, to share how library services, spaces, and staff support YOU! Post to Tumblr, or visit us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ to share your stories using the hashtag #myHCL.

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