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Gail Borden Public Library History

   
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  1. 200 N. Grove Ave.
    Photograph of an outside view of the Gail Borden Library in July 1975.

  2. 200 N. Grove Ave. #2
    Photograph of an outside view of the Gail Borde Library in August 1975.

  3. 200 N. Grove Ave. #3
    Photograph of an outside view of the Gail Borden Library in July 1975.

  4. 200 N. Grove Ave. #4
    Photograph of an outside view of the Gail Borden Library in August 1975.

  5. 4th of July, 1954, Spring Street
    Photograph of a collage of the American flag, the July 4th, 1954 calendar page, American history books, and the Declaration of Independence.

  6. Administration, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of the Administration Office with Florence Begalka at the reception desk.

  7. Adult Area, Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL
    Construction photograph of the Adult Area of the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library located at 2751 W. Bowes Road, Elgin, Illinois

  8. Adult Reading Room, Spring Street
    A view of the entry and adult reading room on the mail floor shows the curved circulation/reference desk in the background. Miss Cecil C. Harvey was the librarian until her death in 1903. Miss Katherine L. Abbott took her place and remained Gail Borden's librarian until retiring in 1943.

  9. Adult Reading Room, Spring Street
    The adult reading room was on the first floor of the building. Notice the architectural features, particularly the columns, arches and moldings. Some light fixtures were a combination of gas and electricity.

  10. Adult Reading Room, Spring Street
    Gail Borden Library had over 13,000 volumes, newspapers and periodicals in 1894. A survey taken in 1893 listed Gail Borden as the sixth largest library in Illinois and led all public libraries outside Chicago in circulation per capita. This is a view of the adult reading room on the main floor looking south.

  11. Adult Services area of the Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL
    Construction photograph of the Adult Services area of the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library located at 2751 W. Bowes Road, Elgin, Illinois

  12. Adult Services Department, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1980-1989
    Photograph of patrons using the catalog in the Adult Services Department.

  13. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of patrons in Adult Services in August 1975.

  14. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of two patrons talking in the Adult Services Department in July 1975.

  15. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of a patron using the card catalog in the library.

  16. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of patrons in Adult Services.

  17. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of Adult Services in August 1975.

  18. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of a man studying a book and a chess board in Adult Services.

  19. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of a patron using a copier in Adult Services.

  20. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of a patron studying in Adult Services.

  21. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of a man looking at an atlas in Adult Services in August 1975.

  22. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of a patron looking at the record collection in Adult Services.

  23. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of the Adult Services Room in July 1975.

  24. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1999
    Photograph of the Adult Services Room in 1999.

  25. Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1999
    Three patrons sitting on the floor in the Adult Services Room, 1999.

  26. Africa Display, Spring Street
    Photograph of two display cases holding photos, cloth, and handicraft from Africa, or in an African style.

  27. Air vents in clerestory, 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL
    Construction photo of the air vents in the clerestory at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library located at 2751 W. Bowes Road in Elgin, Illinois.

  28. Aquarium, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
    Aquarium in the Children's and Youth Department of the Gail Borden Public Library at 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Illinois. The aquarium was donated by Dr. Jean Jederman in memory of Esther M. Glenap.

  29. Archives, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of the Archives collection in 1975.

  30. Artwork, 200 N. Grove Ave.
    Photograph of artwork being displayed in the library.

  31. Attorney Joseph McCarthy, Spring Street
    Photograph of seven people. Attorney Joseph McCarthy is at the center of the table.

  32. Aviation Display, Spring Street
    Photograph of a male patron looking at a display of aviation, especially military aviation, books and photographs.

  33. Basement, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1970-1979
    Photograph of the basement of the library in 1975.

  34. Beam after signing, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
    Beam that had been signed by staff and patrons of the Gail Borden Public Library to be installed during construction of the library's new building at 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Illinois.

  35. Beam installation, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
    Photograph of staff members during the installation of the signed beam onto the Gail Borden Public Library building located at 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Illinois.

  36. Beam installed, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
    Beam signed by staff and patrons installed during construction of the Gail Borden Public Library's new library building at 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Illinois

  37. Beam signing, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL, 2003
    Library patrons and staff were encouraged to sign a beam that would be used in the library building's construction.

  38. Bells Display, Spring Street
    Photograph of a woman standing before a display case full of unusual bells.

  39. Bible Display, Spring Street
    Photograph of a Bible display in the library in June 1957.

  40. Board Meeting Room, Spring Street
    The Board of Directors of the library held their meetings on the second floor around this beautiful table, which we still use for receptions today. Mrs. A.B. Church furnished and decorated the room, which was also used for the Every Wednesday Literary Club.

  41. Bob Drafall, 200 N. Grove Ave.
    Photograph of Bob Drafall.

  42. Books and more / by E. Mike Alft
    History of the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois

  43. Branch Director's Office, Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL
    Construction photograph of the Director's Office of the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library located at 2751 W. Bowes Road, Elgin, Illinois

  44. Buttress construction, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
    Buttress construction on the Gail Borden Public Library building located at 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Illinois.

  45. Card Catalog, 200 N. Grove Ave.
    Photograph of employees filing cards in the card catalog.

  46. Ceiling above self-check area, 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL
    Construction photo of the ceiling above the self-check area at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library located at 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL

  47. Ceiling of Adult Area, Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL
    Construction photograph of the ceiling over the Adult Area looking toward the clerestory of the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library located at 2751 W. Bowes Road, Elgin, Illinois

  48. Central Rotunda, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
    Photograph of the central rotunda in the Gail Borden Public Library's new library building at 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Illinois in 2003.

  49. Children's and Youth Gateway, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
    Photograph taken by George Lambros for FGM of the gateway leading to the Children's and Youth Department of the Gail Borden Public Library located at 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Illinois in 2003.

  50. Children's Center, 200 N. Grove Ave., 1990-1995
    Photograph of children and librarians interacting in the Children's Center before the interior was changed. Gail Lundgren is pictured.

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