A few curious observers huddled around Mike McDaniel to better hear the story of the origin of the Burbank city library. As the tale unfolded, Helen von Seggern nodded, quietly confirming the details as she remembered them.
Von Seggern brought her children to the library, originally located on Olive Avenue, when they were young. She made several trips with students during her 43-year career as an educator — sometimes with UCLA students, sometimes with the Burbank Adult School.
When she researched a trip to Ireland and Scotland years ago, she checked out every travel book she could because "the more reading you do ahead of time, the more rich your experience will be."
A couple of children's books about Scotland told the story of Roman occupiers — von Seggern found those streets when she got there.
From McDaniel's history talk, she moved on to another table set up at the library last Saturday. Dozens of tables taught dozens of skills at this "How-to Festival" celebrating the 100th birthday of library services in the city.