Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Florence Normile graduated from Wadleigh High School for Girls in Harlem in 1910 and began work as a clerk for a publisher.
She joined the NYPL Probationary Class in 1911 and became a children’s librarian in 1912.  That year Normile also started classes at the NYU School of Commerce but never graduated.  She also took some classes in the NYPL Library School.

Between 1912 and 1928 Normile worked at 11 different branches in all three boroughs served by NYPL—Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.  During that time she lived in Manhattan with her mother.

Normile was appointed Branch Librarian at the Port Richmond Branch on Staten Island in 1928 and the following year became head of the Hunt’s Point Branch in the Bronx.  In 1933 she took a leave of absence due to illness, and she never returned to NYPL.  I have no information on her life after that point except that she was receiving Social Security benefits in Central Islip NY when she died in 1984.

Today would be Florence Normile’s 119th birthday.

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