IT’S NOT A LIBRARY NOW BUT IT IS STILL FULL OF BOOKS AND BOOK NERDS!
I had the pleasure of meeting a new client recently and we got to talking. Given the relevance to her work, I told her about a couple of nice ladies who visited the practice recently. These two ladies came in with huge grins and were so pleased the building was occupied. The memories they had were of my little hospital being the library they read books in and had story time at when they were little girls back in the early 50s!
I remember when this space was M Theory and know it was later My Backyard and a gallery, but I was curious about what it had been originally.
So, my client did some research and I am so so pleased to report that 2234 30th St was in fact the Burlingame Branch Library from 1949 to 1956! I think this building looks like it was built as a library! It makes perfect sense.
Here’s the facinating article in the San Diego Free Press Called “Growing Up in North Park in the 1950’s: Burlingame Memories” about our local area over half a century ago by Evelyn Roy Kooperman, a former librarian from the Central Library:
I didn’t have the sense to get the names of the kind ladies who shared their childhood memories with me but I throw a general “thank you” out into the world. Reading and learning, adventures & solace in books, research in journals and knowledge from textbooks have enriched my life immensely and given me the career of my dreams. I’m so happy we are able to know the original history of this building, contribute to education and foster learning with our clients. I hope we do the legacy of this building proud!
***squuuueeeeee*** & thank you to Kathryn for the research and sharing what you found