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September 22 we will be celebrating 85 years of the Carnegie library building. The building was designed and built by Mr. Elmer H. Ranck, a local building contractor and completed in 1919 for a sum of $11,000. As early as 1914 the Carnegie Corporation of New York had agreed to donate money for the erection of a free library but it was not until 1918 that action was taken. The land the library stands on was purchased by subscription from Mrs. Lena Henry for a sum of $550.00. The members of the Civic Improvement Club’s Finance Committee, Mrs. Albert Rochelle, Mrs. Lon Galbraeth and Mrs. Albert Bucher were integral in the success of the drive. The lawn was seeded in 1923 and trees and shrubs were also planted then. It is interesting to note that the library collection in 1917 consisted of 1,346 volumes and by 1952 had risen to 7,000. Today the library houses 29,160 items including books, media materials and periodicals.

The Open House will be held from 5-7 p.m. please be sure to stop in. Chin Lash, Kate James and Carla Stroh will be providing musical selections during the evening. It would also be a great time to check on your library card and update your information.

Please start saving your Decker Receipts dated September 1, 2004 – May 31, 2005! Once receipts total $150,000 the organization receives $1000 from Deckers. The Friends of the Library use this funding for purchasing children’s books; all items purchased with these funds are denoted with a bookplate. Thank you for saving your receipts!

New books in the adult library include “Blackbird House” by Alice Hoffman, “Day of the Dead” by J. A. Jance, “Hide Yourself Away” by Mary Jane Clarke, “Triple” by Ken Follett, “The Wizard of Karres” by Mercedes Lackey “Love and Death in Kathmandu” by Amy Willesee, “Elvis Presley” by Pamela Clarke Keogh “Marion Jones” by Marion Jones, and “Retirement for Two” by Maryanne Vandervelde.

For the young adult, there is “The Wizard’s Dilemma,” “A Wizard Alone,” and “A Wizard Holiday” by Diane Duane.

Our junior reader’s will enjoy “The Case of the Million-Dollar Mystery” by James Preller, “Danger on the Great Lakes” by Carolyn Keene, “Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars” by Sheri Holman and “Samantha’s Journey” by Karen Bentley.

For our younger readers, there is “Show Me the Bunny!” by Steven Banks, and “It’s Justin Time, Amber Brown” by Paula Danziger.

“Autumn” is the theme for Storyhour on Tuesday, September 21, 2004. Storyhour is held each Tuesday throughout the year from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m children 3 through kindergarten.

334-3274 is the Dial-A-Story number. Dial-A-Story is sponsored by the Friends of the

Library. Dial in and hear an exciting story today!

Stop by and Visit Us Soon!