Historical Library Photographs

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Historical Library Photographs


Photographs of public libraries in the Taylor Center area and Taylor, Michigan prior to and including the year 1985.


People of all ages have pursued reading in Taylor (or Taylor Center, as it was then known) since at least 1921. These photographs are windows into library moments. Included are Koth's store, where the children's shelf was mobbed by eager 2nd graders when there were new books; a small but single-purpose building in 1929; one lone truck courtesy of the Wayne County Library Service in the 1940s; a grand opening in 1953 when a photographer miraculously got groups of eager children and teens to stand still with books, and various buildings you might even remember since then.


Taylor Community Library


Library History file, Taylor Community Library


Taylor Community Library




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Taylor Community Library


Library History file, Taylor Community Library


Photographs, various sizes


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Photographs, both black and white and color


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Collection Items

Taylor Center Library (interior) , 1929
Interior wall, with window, seat, and 2 bookshelves with books and what could be magazines. Note on back in pencil says: "Taylor Center, July 1929"

Taylor Center Library (exterior), 1929
Black and white photograph of front view of library building in Taylor Center (also Taylor Township) now City of Taylor), Michigan, taken in 1929. Note on back gives identification: "Taylor Center 1929".

Taylor Public Library, Taylor, Michigan, 1956
Front view of the Taylor Center Branch Library, from across the street. Building is thought to be on Goddard Road somewhere west of Telegraph. Back of photo is glued to matting, but a typed note is just visible that says: "Taylor Center Branch Wayne…

Taylor Library (interior #1), 1953 presentation
Taylor library, interior of cinderblock building, with a lady and three gentlemen standing by a United States flag on a pole, near a bookshelf. She is exchanging a small object with one of the men.

Taylor library: children's area w/children, 1953
Black and white photograph showing children near some bookshelves, looking at and reading books. 4 room screens at right in the background. On back of photograph are: typewritten, "Taylor Center Branch Library February 2, 1953" and stamped: "Photo…

Taylor library: children at check out desk, 1953
A library staff member writes on a card (very likely checks a book out to a boy) while a crowd of children with books watch.

Taylor Center Library (exterior #2), 1923
Small black and white photograph of the black truck used for book deliveries from Detroit, and a view of the street and neighboring buildings in winter. Also shows the front corner of Koth's store, housing the Taylor Center (now City of Taylor),…

Taylor Library (exterior #1), 1923
Small black and white photograph. View of the library, neighboring buildings, and street, from a distance across the street in winter. Taylor Center area, now the City of Taylor, Wayne County, Michigan.

Richard J. Trolley Library Dedication, 1968
Photograph of a large number of officials cutting the ribbon for the Grand Opening of the Taylor Public Library at Mortenview and Wick Roads. On the back of one copy of this picture, there is penciled handwriting as follows: "1968, Oct 16…

Taylor Center Library Branch, Koth's store, 1922
Front view photo of Koth' s General Store, advertising among other things Wayne County Library Service; 2 women and a child stand in front of the store, as well as a black truck that says Detroit Public Library Wayne County Service on the side (book…
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