Long Beach Public Library History and Memories

Steve Quinney – 1997-to date

The Library and the Union (IAM) The IAM involvement really stemmed from a group of Branch Librarian DLI’s pushing for equality with Main DLII’s. A group of Branch Librarians around 2005 felt that we had at least as much responsibility (being in charge of stand-alone buildings without security) as the Main Department Heads. I think it was mainly Karen Cressy, Sue Taylor, Karol Seehaus, Lynda Fritz and myself (I may be missing a few). We put together a lot of documentation and statistics that were presented to Human Resources. Eventually we won a compromise where Librarians at bigger / busier Branches (Eldo, North, Harte, Dana…I think!) were promoted to DLII (possibly 2006). As a result of all our meetings, Karol and I realized that Library staff needed better representation and presence with […]

Jennifer Songster – 1999-to date

It’s funny, even after almost 20 years (!!!), it seems like I don’t have any interesting memories of any length! How can that be? I do remember my first children’s department program, which was a Summer Reading Club program the year the theme was Ancient Egypt. Never having worked with a large group of children before, I had no idea that they required so much attention! The program was a craft – making a mummy casing and decorating it with hieroglyphics. The preparation, getting the supplies and making the sample, wasn’t that big of a deal, but I think 40 or 50 kids showed up and we all went down to the auditorium lobby. Each of the kids had two pieces of butcher paper that we stapled together and then they decorated […]

Pam Carlson – 2000-to date

Memories of Lynda Fritz          Lynda Fritz was my first supervisor when I arrived at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library. She was a hoot – plain spoken and completely devoted to the patrons. She lived across the street from Minnie Gant Elementary School just a few blocks from the library and walked to work. Almost every morning before her shift began, she would greet the kids heading off to school. On rainy days, she would put on her “hip waders” and splash her way to work. Lynda loved books. She could name every title in a mystery series if anyone asked her. She wasn’t much on cooking but owned many of them. Her house was filled with piles of books with aisles in-between. She was from St. Louis and dreamed […]

Janet Katz – 2001-to date

Converting from DYNIX to HORIZON   The Library has had several computer systems.  Janet Katz shared this memory, from 2003 or 2004. Verse written by Laurel Prysiazny who oversaw the conversion.   SOMEWHERE OVER HORIZON to the tune of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Someday after migration- Someday soon- We will all be so happy- We’ll sing a cheerful tune- Somewhere over Horizon Books are due- And the holds that you place, They will really come to you. Where cheerful patrons pay their fines- And no one covers books with lines- That’s how it will be. Someday after migration- Someday soon- We will all be so happy- We’ll sing a cheerful tune. Where time-out software really works, And kicks off patrons who are jerks That’s how it will be. Where no […]

Staff Caricatures

  Long Beach Public Library was fortunate to have a talented artist working at the library in the 1990s—Rick Ewing.  Rick was actually a clerk, but during breaks and lunch hours he would sketch library staff (with their permission!).  I’m not going to identify who is who (except for the drawing of Rick) in these 1995 illustrations—I’ll leave it up to you to decide. My thanks to Evelyn Matzat who provided them.