Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sepia Saturday # 120 Library



Okay posted Friday, as we all know it's holiday time.  Good Friday today, Easter Sunday (here) Passover (7th) and Easter Saturday (7th Australia).

Simply said, a library is:    any place where books and information are waiting for people to enjoy for amusement or learning.

While these girls worked in this "Library Tent" for the FSA - Farm Security Administration, they received credit in the Junior Campers League, inside the mobile camp for migratory farm workers, at Odell, Oregon. 1941

This is my post for Alan at Sepia Saturday, blog and we're celebrating "library" or any other subject from the past, sepia or otherwise.  You can join too!

Or just visit other Sepia Saturday posts!

Two of my most favorite things are old buildings and books.  Libraries sum that up quite well.

This is pretty much a standard view of a "library" taken in 1933, but often many still appear much like this.  Photo taken at Audubon County, Iowa inside their Audubon Public Library.  Photograph by Samuel (Herman) Gottscho, featuring bookshelves, newspaper racks and table and chairs for your enjoyment.


Old Time Library?  Or just a never changing old building?  Yes, another Historic American building.  Complete with, bookshelves and chairs, at Concordia College Building, Concordia, Altenburg, Perry County, Missouri. 

Who cares, just as long as it serves the purpose of being available upon request.

Some people have their own library.  I have books in every room of our house except the bathrooms.  How about you?

Irving Berlin, (American Composer and lyricist of Jewish heritage) had his own special library at his residence in New York City, at 130 E. End Avenue.


Like editor Roy Takeno's desk, in 1943.  I think he's rather proud of his little collection here at his private desk.  What do you think?
This photo is courtesy of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. but can you tell it's the work of Ansel Adams?

Abused? Overused? Stuffed? But certainly not ignored by any means.

I know, you're thinking messy books on this bookshelf at Ojo, Sarco, New Mexico.  It's a one-room school in an isolated mountainous Spanish-American community.  It has eight grades and two teachers with children able to study with these selections (above) from the public school system of MICHIGAN and all have little relation to Spanish culture.  Photo taken January 1943.

Seriously, there's something to be said about most of the buildings where books are housed.  They are each fascinating in their own way. 

So whether you enjoy reading, touching, or just plain holding a book, or perhaps find the quiet within libraries satisfying, you must admit that each building offers a magical experience in one way or another.

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Little Nell said...

As usual Karen you have selected an eclectic and interesting mix for us. I love the idea of a library tent but anywhere with bookshelves is a magnet for me. I’m one of those nosy people who can’t resist scanning other people’s bookshelves when I visit, so this post of yours is a real treat.

Filip Demuinck said...

It has something special these black and white or sepia pictures. Have a happy Easter.


Wendy said...

Those are great chairs in the first photo. I'm surprised you don't have books in the bathroom. Don't many people refer to the bathroom politely as "the library"? HA

Bob Scotney said...

This is a superb collection of library shots. I thought each one was my favourite until I saw the next. I settled on the Audubon in the end.
We have books in every room except the bathrooms as well.

Postcardy said...

I have books all over the place--I have too many.

Alan Burnett said...

You never disappoint, whatever the subject you always find a collection of fascinating images - indeed a library of images.Easter greetings from one librarian to another.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I couldn't agree more with everything you said. :) I've been trying to use the local library more and accumulate books less, but somehow it isn't working.

Cheryl Kohan said...

What a great post! The photos are terrific. The Audubon library is my favorite.

In our house, besides the books in the bookshelves, they're stacked on the coffee table, side tables, footstools, chairs...I just got out the gardening books and they're out in the porch where they're easy to grab.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Fascinating post- I like the first pic. I have books stacked here there and yonder. Would be quite upset if I misplaced any of them.

barbara and nancy said...

I liked the 1st photo best, also. It's so great that the books were made available to the migrant workers.
The Ansel Adams was a surprise. Not his usual subject matter.

Galen Pearl said...

Great photos! Made me think about how much I love to hold books in my hand rather than reading them on a screen.

JJ said...

Fabulous library shots! To answer your question, I have books in every room in the house, including the bathrooms.

Queen Bee said...

Enjoyed your excellent selection of library photos. Think my favorites were the Ansel Adams picture along with the log cabin library. I also have books in every room in the house except the bathrooms.

Titania said...

Hi Karen, a wonderful collection of Libraries; I think the most important place in any Home! I am a library addict and have not yet posted my Sepia Saturday; tomorrow I have time. Yes, Karen, I have books everywhere, not in the bathroom, though. Liked your post very much with all kinds of libraries. My old classics are really old looking they have been read and read...

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, Karen, I loved this! Where did you get the first one? Is that the same as Odell Lake? I have been looking for info about that area.

Thanks so much for giving us such a variety of libraries today.

Kathy M.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Love this. Awesome library in tent - and the dresses on the young girls...

Pat transplanted to MN said...

I skipped this Sepia week because I ran out of time and don"t believe I have any library photos although I grew up using our public library and treasure my home library today. I would not have guessed the women in the tent had a library going but your explanation cleared that. Some great photos of books and collections of them. Happy Easter.


I must say it is the Concordia College building that intrigued me most.

Rek said...

A great range of pictures which have added to my knowledge of libraries.
Your pictures are truly your narrators. Hope you had a happy Easter and enjoy your week ahead.

CameraCruise said...

Great post as always.
Same here, we have books in every room except the bathroom.
Wish you a wonderful day.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

BooKS!! i love them and have so many...scattered all over. some of my shelves do look a lot like the 'messy' one. there's just not enough room!! and might find one in the bathroom too!

always love your sepia pictures karen!