Friday, October 03, 2014

Interior Views of Sandusky Library from the 1940s

Here is a view of a portion of the adult section of the Sandusky Library from the 1940s:

The framed Audubon prints seen in this picture are now in the Quiet Reading Room of the Library. The door on the far right of the picture led to the director’s office. Miss Mary McCann was the director of the Sandusky Library at that time. This area served as a music hall, known as Carnegie Hall, until around 1929, when it was replaced by more library space. The western portion of the original Sandusky Library building is labelled “Music Hall” in this 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map:

 The charging desk in the adult section of Sandusky Library was new in 1941. It featured a modern filing system, which allowed employees to sort the cards according to fiction and nonfiction.

The decor of the Sandusky Library in the 1940s was functional and modest, yet the library’s resources were definitely appreciated by local residents as they faced the challenges of the Great Depression and the Second World War.

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