Re: Who Remembers the Parkside Library's Summer Reading Program?

05/22/16 - posted by Frank Dunnigan

I remember the library's summer reading program for grammar school students in the late 1950s. The library issued an impressive looking certificate--the same one used during the school year by teachers at St. Cecilia School, showing a simple line drawing of a boy and a girl reading a large book (I'll see if I can find a copy & scan to Woody & David for posting).

Reading was always a great way to spend a foggy SF summer day and it was good preparation for SI's summer reading list. Just realized that it's now exactly 50 years since I had my first SI summer reading list: Call of the Wild, Robinson Crusoe, All in the Family (not the satirical TV comedy, but a political-family novel based loosely on the Kennedys), The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop, plus the Salinger trilogy (Catcher in the Rye, Franny & Zooey, and Nine Stories), plus a couple of others.

Here's a link to an SFPL image of the interior of the Parkside Branch library in 1959:

http://webbie1.sfpl.org/multimedia/sfphotos/aad-8584.jpg

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