Librarian’s Report — 1933

From the Minneapolis Public Library.

“In 1933, when the nation was in the Depression and prohibition had just been lifted, the Minneapolis Public Library was hard pressed to serve its public. The Annual Report of Director Gratia Countryman for that year talks of many of the same concerns we have today about our libraries. In 2004 we face a $4.6 million budget reduction, and library hours are being drastically reduced while bar hours are being extended. Reading Miss Countryman’s report is disturbing but also comforting: the library system did endure and, despite the pains of today, there is hope for a bright future for your Minneapolis Public Library.