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Archive for Sunday, July 3, 2011

100 years ago: Lawrence library purges old files, requires new cards from patrons

July 3, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 3, 1911:

  • “Evidently July doesn’t intend for June to have anything on it, that is as far as hot weather is concerned. Yesterday the mercury at the university observatory mounted to 103 and remained there while the people of the town sweltered under the burning rays of the sun. This sets a record for this year.”
  • “Independence Day is not to pass by in Lawrence unobserved and the celebration of the day promises to be a good one. While there will be no special effort to enforce a rigid ‘sane’ ordinance, the small boys and the elongated fire cracker will be looked after and he must not get too noisy. There seems to be no disposition in Lawrence to stop the use of fireworks entirely so long as it keeps within the bonds of decency.”
  • “A new registration of ‘borrowers’ has been started at the city library, beginning with July 1. This is done in order to clean out the cards of people who have moved away from town, to straighten out addresses, and otherwise place the records of the library in good shape, so that there will be no confusion or delay when books are called for.”

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