November 10th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1928, the Santa Ana Register carried a report of the Seal Beach Library’s book circulation in October.

Library patrons had checked out 699 books and 69 periodicals during the 39 total hours the library had been open in October. The library took up the second floor of the city hall in the Labourdette building pictured above.

Library circulation was not normally reported in newspapers in 1928, but the city fathers were trying to drum up support for a bond election to build a new city hall. A previous election on the issue had failed earlier in 1928, and boosters of a new city hall building were working every angle, including mentioning that a busy Seal Beach library needed a new city building to expand.

Their efforts were successful. A new city hall was built and opened the next year, complete with a new modern quarters for the library.

– Michael Dobkins


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