Adventures in Microfilm: Renton, 1965

One of my absolute favorite things in my day-to-day work at the library is when a records request gives me the excuse to pour over some of the old microfilm records at the Renton Library.

First, just take a look at our brand spanking new microfilm reader! It does all the fancy things we weren't able to do (or at least not well) on our old readers. It saves digitally! It straightens crooked lines! It automatically rewinds. I think I'm in love.

My most recent journey through the past had me poking around several Record Chronicles from 1965. The first interesting thing I found was a story about the Skyway Library Book Sale- a tradition that continues on to this day.

This is especially cool when you know that this would have been when we were still in the old branch that was operated out of the back of Kimball's Bakery from 1953 to 1970.

Seeing as we just opened our beautiful new Skyway Library branch on January 23, that would now make this two libraries ago!

One last thing that I have to share is this entry for the Renton School District lunch menu. The chipped beef and peach Jell-O salad are quite telling, as is the very fact that this was published in the local newspaper; it really gives you the sense of a much sleepier town. I love how it feels like I'm opening up a new time capsule every time I look through these reels.

If you'd like to see a snapshot of your local history, come on down to the Renton Library and see what kind of interesting things you can find!