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06 June 2006

Going to be in New Orleans for ALA, and you like Library History

This is from the e-mail list of the ALA-Library History Round Table:

"Do you need something to do on Monday morning during the ALA conference? Join members of the Library History Round Table for an historic tour of New Orleans Public Library's main library, a scenic ferry ride, and a visit to a Carnegie Library at Algiers Point!

Wayne Everard, City Archivist at NOPL, is offering a tour of the main branch, including historic photos, tales, and more. Meet us at 9:30am at the Louisiana Division on the 3rd floor of the Main Library, located at 219 Loyola Avenue. Everard has worked at NOPL for more than 20 years, and has been described as a "New Orleans historian extraordinaire." The current library was opened in 1958 and has fascinating history. For a teaser, see "219 Loyola," an online exhibit.

Following our tour, we'll walk down to the Canal Street Ferry for a ride over to Algiers Point. This is a FREE boat ride that provides great views of the city. The ferry leaves every 30 minutes, at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour. We hope to make the 11:15 launch. See Friendsoftheferry.org for more details.

Upon arrival at Algiers Point, we'll talk along either Delaronde or Pelican Avenue, taking in some of the sights of this historic neighborhood. It's only 8 blocks to our final stop, the Cita Dennis Hubbell Library (725 Pelican Avenue). Built as a Carnegie Library in 1907, it had been closed in 1965 after damage from Hurricane Betsy. Through the efforts of Cita Hubbell and others in the community, it reopened in 1975 and has survived Hurricane Katrina. Once we arrive, we'll be greeted by new librarian Seale Patterson, who will let us "poke around." For more information about the Hubbell branch, see (the pre-Katrina site) and the new site.

NOPL staff have assured me that our way is safe, and I've verified that the ferry is running on schedule. If you decide to join us, please wear good walking shoes, comfortable clothes, and sun protection. You might also want to bring bottled water, a snack, and anything else to help you enjoy the morning. If you plan to attend, please contact Bernadette Lear, LHRT's member-at-large, at BAL19@psu.edu. We don't want to leave without you!

What a great opportunity for people who enjoy libraries and their history!"

Bernadette A. Lear/ Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian/ Penn State Harrisburg/ 351 Olmsted Drive/ Middletown, PA 17057/ bal19@psu.edu/ (717) 948-6360

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