Patrons of the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library better look twice when they pass the old phone booth in the middle of the Biography section. They just might find Clark Kent changing into the Man of Steel.
For most of the last century, phone booths were on practically every street corner and in most public buildings, but now it’s quite rare to see one. They have gone the way of the washboard and the typewriter.
“We’ve had it since the ’70s,” said Mary Stein, assistant library director. “We moved it out of the way when the phone company took the phone out because they no longer serviced pay phones.”
Stein said when the phone booth was in the front by the circulation desk, children were always going in and out trying to figure out what it was.
“When you show a child a rotary phone, they don’t know how to work it,” she said.
And where will it go when the new library is built? Stein isn’t sure.
“I love it,” she said. “I would love to repurpose it, but as of yet, there’s not a place for it in the new building.”
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