1959 Santee Library News

With the push to build a new library in Santee becoming almost daily news, it seemed appropriate to post a newspaper articles from 1959 when a new library was also being built in Santee.

1959 library shelvingShelving Considered

Santee – A new idea in book shelving, whereby metal strips are attached to a wall to support wooden shelves, is being considered for the county’s proposed library in Santee.

Miss Frances Hahn, county librarian, said the new shelving costs about half that of the ordinary bracket-shelf type.

Negotiations are being completed for the rental of a 1,000 square foot building, two doors south of the Santee Post Office on Magnolia Avenue. The building, rented at $110 a month, is owned by the Cameron Construction Co. of Santee.

Miss Hahn said she is ordering furniture for the branch and hopes it will be opened before the end of February.

March 1959 - Libary Dedication


Santee —  Santee’s county library branch will open at 2 p.m. tomorrow with 3,000 books to loan.

Mrs. Natalie Bettencourt of El Cajon will be in charge of the library on Magnolia Avenue.

The library will be dedicated today in community ceremonies with Miss Frances Hahn, county librarian, as speaker.

The county had loaned books to Santee residents from a corner of a hardware store in the business section. This facility was closed six months ago.

The library will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Thirty per cent of the books will be juvenile volumes.  The library will include a reference collection, fiction and non-fiction.

The Santee Chamber of Commerce is providing funds for magazines this year. Magazines are purchased at the beginning of each year through competitive bidding. No funds were set aside by the county for Santee periodicals.

San Diego Union March 15, 1959

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