Library Annual Report 1948

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Your Library in 1948

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Books and readers

Over 5000 Villagers were registered at the library last year and they borrowed 90,670 books. In addition, the pictures and phonograph records borrowed brought the total of all items circulated to 97,516. Fiction continued to decline in popularity. This year only 57% of the books read by adults were novels or short stories. Ten years ago they comprised 64%. The largest increase was noted in the use of books on economics, sociology and international relations.

Reference work

Our records show that this year we answered 7282 of your reference questions, but undoubtedly the number we did not remember or have time to record, would swell this total considerably. There seems to be no limit to the things that people want to know: how to apply for a patent, where to market home weaving, where to send clothing for displaced Arabs, where to get talking books for the blind, why Democracy works, why St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th, how to test for color-blindness. These are a random sampling of the questions we have been asked. Often a telephone call to the library provided a patron with the desired information.

Work with the children

The children's librarian continued her efforts to stimulate an interest in reading, through exhibits of new books, collections sent to class rooms in the schools, consultations with parents and teachers, story hours, and the Vacation Reading Club.

Music

Our noon hour record concerts were continued. One of our borrowers said: "I always like to come to the library at this time, the music sounds so lovely". Though more women than me borrowed records to take home, it was the young men, school and college students, who most enjoyed listening to records in the library. Records are now circulated free of charge for one week, just like new books.

Television

Because we believe that television will soon equal radio in bringing educational and cultural programs of value to the American public, the library is now equipped with a set. In addition to the scheduled showings, an individual may see other programs of interest to him, by appointment.

In conclusion

Many borrowers have commented on the excellence of the book collection, and the fact that when it does not contain what they need, books are purchased or borrowed for them. Some people don't wish to take books home but they do like to browse or even snooze in the reading room, to do a spot of research, or to put on the ear phones to listen to a favorite recording. In short, most people like the library, and what it offers. If you have no used it heretofore, why not begin in 1949?

Board of Trustees
Mr. Arthur L. BrainerdPresident
Mrs. John S. ShermanVice-President
Mrs. Frank Maguire2nd Vice-President
Mr. Richard T. WoodSecretary
Mr. James L. Black, Jr.Treasurer
The Hon. James A. O'Hearn
Mr. Raymond W. Sterling
Ex-officio