History of the Larkspur Library
Larkspur Library was founded in 1913 by a committee of seven members of the Larkspur Women’s Club under leadership of Belle C. Brown. It was located in a small room in the City Hall and staffed by volunteers. Fund raisers and donations kept it going. After ten years, in 1923, the City Council adopted an ordinance and assumed responsibility for the operation of the library. Five trustees were appointed to a Larkspur Library Board.
For the next thirty-six years, Mrs. Helen Wilson was Head Librarian and responsible for the library’s growth. She enlarged the library collection significantly, and developed library services. With her strong personality and sense of humor, she put her personal stamp on the library in a number of ways. Council Member, Joan Lundstrom remembers that she had a big rubber stamp that she put on the inside cover page of books that said: “Please wash your hands before using this book.” She was strict in protection of the library materials and even required the nuns across the street at St. Patrick’s Church and School to pay fines...read on.