May 11th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1962, the new Seal Beach branch of the Orange County Library was dedicated in an afternoon ceremony at 8th Street and Central Avenue.

In May 1973, the Seal Beach City Council unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the Orange County Board of Supervisors rename the Seal Beach library the “Mary Wilson Branch Library.” Mary Wilson had recently passed away, and the new name was in honor of her thirty years of service as Librarian of the Seal Beach Branch Library and how “in that time, Mary Wilson opened up the ‘wonderful world of books’ to generations of Seal Beach residents who will ever be in her debt.”

A ceremony making the new name official was held on November 3, 1973. The Central Avenue location was closed in December 1977, and the library collection and the “Mary Wilson Branch Library” name moved to the current library location on Electric Avenue, opening on January 9th, 1978.

– Michael Dobkins

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