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Today in Westside Library history: Margaret Burlingame retires

Margaret Burlingame was the first librarian to head the Westside Library branch. She started working at the Westside Library in 1978, when it was no more than just a trailer located at the Westside Recreation Center. Burlingame announced her retirement in January of 1991.

Read more here:El Paso Times 10 February 1991
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You Missed It! Visit from Santa

On December 22, Santa visited the library! First, we read stories with Mrs. Carmen, then Santa arrived with his elves and gave out a present to every child that came to see him. Not only was there Santa, but Papa John's brought us pizza for the Holiday party! After meeting with Santa, families made glittery snowflakes. Wish you were here!

Today in Westside Library History: Fundraising for new library, 1977

In order to raise money for the new Westside Library, the Friends of the Library held a book sale at the Thunderbird Bowling Alley in December of 1977.

Read more here: El Paso Herald-Post 15 December 1977

Today in Westside Library history: Library Opens Westside Branch

The Westside Branch Library was first opened on Saturday, December 9, 1978. The library was run out of a trailer in the Westside Park Recreational area. It had one librarian, Margaret Burlingame, and two assistants, Grace Medrano and Ivo Gomez. The library was funded through used book sales from the Friends of the Westside Library.

Read more about it: El Paso Times, 8 December 1978

You missed it! Winterfest Celebration at Westside

On December 1, the library had a Winterfest program. We made snowman ornaments and lots of "Holiday Slime!" It was ooey-gooey fun!

Wish you were there! Check out our upcoming programs online at the website calendar.

Today in Westside Library History: 1985 Thanksgiving luncheon

In 1985, children at the Western Hills United Methodist Church came together to raise money for the Westside Library Building Fund. Children and their parents prepared food to raise money and earned more than $100 towards the fund for a new library building.

Read more here: El Paso Times 27 November 1985

Branch Manager Reviews: Broad Band by Claire L. Evans

Broad Band by Claire L. Evans This nonfiction book tells the story of women in computing. Women were once very prominent in computing, working as "human computers" and later, as programmers, like Grace Hopper. Over time, their contributions have been forgotten and left out of computing history.

Evans story is easy to follow and includes descriptions of the personalities behind the technology, many of whom she interviewed herself.

The most interesting part of the history of computers for me was learning about all of the women programmers who worked on the programming language, COBOL in the 1950s, which is still used today!

Check out your copy of Broad Band from the Westside Library today!