Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2010

100 years ago: Lawrence public library patrons reported to be checking out more books than in 1909

November 24, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 24, 1910:

  • “Patrons of the Lawrence public library are not only doing more reading than they did a year ago, but are doing more of what is called ‘solid’ reading. The report made by the librarians to the board of directors show that 3941 books were exchanged in the month of October. In October of last year the number was 3757, 184 less. Fiction always has had largest exchange; for the last month 2642 books were taken from the department. From the non-fiction department 445 books were taken, and from the juvenile department 925 books were taken. One hundred and one membership cards were issued last month. The librarian collected $28.35 for fines, duplicate pay books and country patrons.”
  • “Having proved so popular on Massachusetts, the White Way will be extended to include the darkest portions of Vermont. The firms in the eight hundred block are planning to illuminate this dark street with Tungstens, which have left such a trail of blazing light along the main business street. This street leads to the city library and is a short cut to several south side churches.”

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