December 11, 2007

Retired Librarian Writing New History of San Leandro

San Lorenzo book coverRetired San Leandro Librarian Cindy Simons is writing a new book on the history of San Leandro. The book, to be published by Arcadia Publishing, is part of the Images of America series. The series also features Castro Valley, Hayward and San Lorenzo. The book will build on an earlier history of San Leandro she wrote in July 2004 for the Alameda County Historical Society.

According to Simons, “The book will cover the stories of San Leandro from the time of the Jalquin and Yrgin Ohlone tribes to the 21st century. There are so many great stories in San Leandro's past -- cherries, oyster pirates, tractors, and Portuguese Holy Ghost festivals to name just a few.” Unlike “A Garden Grows in Eden” by Harry Shaffer or Reginald Stuart’s “San Leandro...A History,” Simons’ history will use about 200 photographs to tell the story of San Leandro’s history, including important recent events and issues.

The book is expected to be published in September or October 2008. If you have pictures of old San Leandro or stories of the “good old days,” contact Simons at (510) 910-3215 or by email at

Simons was a librarian for the City of San Leandro for 11 years and was responsible for the History Room at the library and the Casa Peralta. Simons also took on curatorial responsibility for the exhibits at the history museum when funding was approved by the City Council.

In September 2005, the City of San Leandro commissioned an outline for a book on the history of San Leandro, but cancelled the project when the writer proposed to write about housing discrimination in San Leandro.

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