A Trip Down Memory Lane

I was compiling a list of some of my favorite authors and then thought of my local library growing up, the Casa View Branch of the Dallas Public Library. I was dismayed to find that it will be moving from its current location and building (for sentimental reasons), but was happy that the city is constructing a new library in the area (Lochwood Branch). Casa View and Lochwood are two close neighborhoods in far East Dallas. The groundbreaking for the new library was held in April 2008 and the new building is near completion. This new building (located where the old Lochwood YMCA used to stand) will be “green,” will have a theatre and meeting space, and will have all the technological accoutrements expected in a new, modern library. The first photo is from the library’s website and the following photos are from the current Casa View Library MySpace page :

This is the main entrance, but most people use a side entrance closer to parking.
The tile is slippery when wet!


Ground zero for my reading life–the Children’s section.

If this were a “style” blog–bland 60’s surburban decor!

The magazine section now has other media to check out.


Card stacks used to be to one side of the table area. This is where I wrote my junior year Macbeth paper. Now it is full of computers.

And it all seemed so modern to me then . . .

I might have to swing by the old library soon and say good bye to some of my favorite books I read again and again growing up nearby. One of my very favorites that comes to mind when I think of that particular library is Manners Can Be Fun by Munro Leaf. Mr. Leaf’s illustrations are very comical and teach children table manners and other proper behavior. Mr. Leaf’s most well known of his 40 books is The Story of Ferdinand. Written at the time of the Spanish Civil War, this book was thought to be pacifist propaganda. Another author and artist illustrated this book (Robert Lawson).

Another one of my favorites that I checked out again and again (as a teenager) at Casa View was Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow. I need to reread it since it has been about 20 years since my last reading, but it is the story of two young women heading west to California. One is going to meet her fiancé and get married and the other is an actress seeking fame in the West. This book was made into a movie and I remember that Forrest Tucker played a major role.

  2 comments for “A Trip Down Memory Lane

  1. June 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    I can still remember what the library smelled like in our hometown. It was a tiny room in an old church in the town square and had that wonderful dusty musty smell I still associate with books. When it moved to a new glass and steel modern building out on the bypass, it just wasn’t the same! Thank you so much for sharing your memories.

  2. June 16, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Cathy, On Facebook a friend left a comment saying that this library did smell the same as she remembered from years ago! I love to check out the local library in any city I visit, too! The older, mustier ones are the best! Thanks, Denise

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