The old “free” library in the City of Concord

September 30, 2010 12:00 pm · 19 comments

Thanks to “Wonton” for this photo, which he picked up at a second hand store in Pacheco! He also purchased a few more, which we’ll be sharing with you soon!

You can click on the photo for a much larger view!

1 Radar September 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM

That library was the Carnagie library that was in Todos Santos Plaza up until 1958 when the new library opened at the civic center.

2 Marlette September 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM

I used to go there as a kid in the early 50’s. Mrs. Kristik was the librarian at that time. She lived next door. Was fascinated by the stereopticons there. (stereopticon, sometimes simply referred to as a viewer. Used to view the vintage stereo cards.)

3 anonamom September 30, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Beautiful and historical, well worth saving; but deemed expendable to progress. So sad. It would have made a lovely little museum.

4 KJ September 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I’ll say this for Andrew Carnege, the money he made as a Robber Baron sure built beautiful libraries. Maybe some of the 400 current billionaires might get inspired (or fearful of having to meet St. Peter) and start building new, gorgeous public buildings.

5 Marlette September 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

To anonamom: Yes, sad to see it go. Being a Concord native, I have seen too many buildings razed. Besides this there was the Lambert Bakery on Salvio, the Odd Fellows Hall also on Salvio. Concord seemed to have a “scorched earth policy” between the 50’s and 60’s: if it was in the way, no matter how historic, it got torn down.

6 jtkatec September 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I would love to have that house now. I bet it was beautiful in the inside.

7 SK September 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Where in Todos Santos was it located? On a corner? Next to which street(s)?

8 Radar September 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

There is a video about Concord with scenes of the Lambert Bakery being torn down. It is: Concord In the Town of Todos Santos. It was done in 1967 as a summer school class project along with several CVHS teachers contributing including Bob Dourghty (standing in front of the Lambert Bakery as it was being torn down dodging the debris) and Dick Ellis. Ellis did the voice over in the movie. The book can be found in the Clayton library and the movie is in the Clayton museum

9 Sheila Gronemeyer September 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

It was located on salvio St. right in the middle. i spent many happy hours there in the 40’s and 50’s

10 Ron vandergroen September 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I dont consider my self old but, I used to entertain myself with thier wide selection of view master cards. Wow I guess I am old.

11 Spanky Fortuna September 30, 2010 at 3:10 PM

It was in Todos Santos Park. I got my first library card there. I recall wooden floors that creaked. Thanks for the remembrance.

12 ClaytonGal September 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM

I love local history.

13 Dianne September 30, 2010 at 10:38 PM

I thought it was on the corner of Grant and Salvio, facing the Enean theatre, well, the Hot Dog Palace really. We used to be left to play in the playground, while my mom went into the library.

14 wonton September 30, 2010 at 11:28 PM

I’m always on the lookout for interesting old pictures of the area! Does anyone have any pictures of the Great Entertainer?

15 GoGo Gomez October 1, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Thank you for sharing that great photo of our past.

16 MO October 1, 2010 at 6:54 AM

I remember getting my library card there.
I recall it sat with it’s back to Willow Pass, and it’s front to Salvio….somewhere in the plaza (Todos Santos whatever)……….a beautiful building. And it had a magical feeling of ”old” to me….and as I kid I was already interested in History and Genealogy………and this place was amazing. And sooooo quiet.

Speaking to the post about Concord changing…or a post in another thread… I left Concord as a young adult with a family…in 1970…back then we didn’t travel back and forth to visit like we do now………..and somewhere between then and 1990….Concord was transformed….it appeared that a generation of folks wanted to scrape the beauty of Concord from the earth and erect ONLY NEW/MODERN monstrosities … poles –and change what ”was” to something ”modern”……..when, the charm and beauty could have been retained and still modern life could have prospered. I never could find anyone who could tell me what the reasons were to DESTROY what was, and then not be successful with what they tried to use in its place.

17 anon October 1, 2010 at 7:45 AM

There use to be a saying that in Concord, the only time we pulled a building down to make a park was the Library!

18 JD October 1, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Does anyone remeber the little house on Port Chicago Hwy that was a candy store? They made candy there and you could watch thru the side window? It was closed down about 1964 and was right around Pacheco St

19 dangerous October 1, 2010 at 11:15 AM

I remember the candy store on Port chicago Hwy. The building later was turned into a pet store.
I don’t remember the library looking like this building. I remember it being a one story building that I used to climb on and play tag with other kids. I also remember it having a bathroom on each side with Ivy growing on it. This building I don’t recall at all.

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