We will start this adventure in the room that makes our library
unique from any other library in the world! It's called the "Quiet
Room" or Local History Room. It is the heart of our library and
contains extensive written, photographed and illustrated historical
information about Laguna Beach. Here are a few treasures you will
find in this room:
* Biographies of notable residents.
* News accounts and other information about local fires,
earthquakes, floods and other disasters as reported at the time they
* Art Festival original brochures and news coverage.
* Laguna's first newspaper, "Laguna Life." First printed Nov.
1919, plus subsequent papers including "The South Coast News," "The
Coastline" and "Laguna Beach Post."
* Laguna Beach High School year books.
* A treasure house of photographs including one depicting a time
when tents were the only structures at Main Beach.
* A collection of Laguna Beach postcards from 1908.
* Laguna Beach phone books dating from 1935 and advertising,
along with other still operating establishments; Bird's White House
Cafe & Tavern - telephone 134.
* "The Oak Book Case," contains several historical books
describing Laguna Beach's part in creating the present-day Orange
County. Two excellent examples are "Laguna Beach of Early Days" by
Joseph S. Thurston - copy 1947 and "The First 100 years in Laguna
Beach, 1876-1976" by Merle and Mabel Ramsey.
This is just the beginning of our odyssey through our grand
library and we will continue exploring its treasures in future
If anything incites your interest, please, "Check Us Out."
* Doug Bowler is a native Californian, who along with his wife,
has been experiencing the good life of Laguna Beach for the past 18+