Friday, August 14, 2009

Simi Valley Ladies Research in the Sahyun Library

Five researchers, members of the Genealogy Group of Simi Valley Senior Center, spent the day on Friday, August 13, 2009, researching in our Sahyun Library. Ethel brought her handy portable scanner to scan pages of books rather than photocopying them. Regina, a member of the SBCGS, researched on our computers using the Internet. Sondra, Kathy and Judy pulled many books off the shelves. They promised to return soon to put in some more time in the stacks.

There were several librarians on staff that day to assist the visitors------ Jan and Mary, Dorothy, Ruth, and Marnie in the morning, and Connie and Dorcas in the afternoon.


  1. Looks like it was a productive, successful day for all at the Sahyun Library. What is the origin of the library name?

  2. The library is named for the donors, Melville and Irene Sahyun, and the mother, Geraldine Valdes Sahyun. They donated the land of over one acre with a Victorian cottage, several storage buildings and block building that was Dr. Melville Sahyun's laboratory. Dr. Sahyun, the father, formulated Visine there and was instrumental in helping Dr. Sansum develop insulin for diabetics. The society is now in the process of a capital campaign to raise construction funds for expansion of the library. The new wing doubles the stacks space and will allow the use of the existing stack area for small classes and other society functions. You can view our Cherry of the Rio Grande Tree Mov-ie at a link in the archives or on our website at The tree was moved to allow room for the new wing.