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Culver Citizen - January 14, 1915

$10,000 For Library

Carnegie Corporation Will Give That Amount for Culver-Union Township Building.
$10,000 For Library

The receipt of the following letter marks another advance step in the public library project. Plans will now be solicited, and when accept ed by the Carnegie corporation bids will be called for:

Carnegie Corporation or New York, 576 Fifth Avenue-E. E. Parker, Esq., President Library Board, Culver, Indiana, Dear Sir:

Responding to your communications on behalf Of Culver City and Union Township, Indiana, if the city and township agree by resolution of council and township trrustees [advisory board] to maintain a free public library, at a cost of one thousand dollars ($1,000) a year, and

provide a suitable site for the bilding, Carnegie Corporation of New York will be glad to giv ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to erect a free public library bilding for Culver City and Union Township, Indiana.

It should be noted that the amount indicated is to cover the cost of the library bilding complete, redy for occupancy and for the purpose intended.

Before any expenditure on bilding is incurd, the approval of proposed plans by Carnegie Corporation of New York must be secured, to obtain which pleas send tenta-tiv plans for inspection.

Very truly yours,

Carnegie Corporation op New York. By Jas. Bertram, Sec'y.

Culver Citizen - January 21, 1915

Public Library Notice

Public Library Notice

Next Tuesday is general registration day. All patrons are requested to visit the rooms on that day and register their names.

Culver Citizen - April 29, 1915

The Projected New Carnagie Library Building

The Projected New Carnagie Library Building

The Projected New Carnagie Library Building

Culver Citizen - June 24, 1915

Duties of Librarian

Custodian Has Vastly More Work Than Merely Receiving and Discharging Books
Duties of Librarian

A generally prevalent idea of the duties of the librarian of a public library is that the work consists simply of taking in and handing out books and keeping a record of the transaction. If that were all any school girl could qualify. The fact that it requires about two years of study and training to thoroughly prepare one for the duties of a pro fessional librarian shows that there is a great deal more in the position than that. A knowledge of litera ture in general is an essential qual ification. In addition a librarian must be familiar enough with the contents of all the volumes on the shelves to be able to give the inquiring patron some general idea of the character of each, if desired, or to be able to suggest titles to borrowers desiring books on a certain subject or of a certain type or style.

The librarian who is to be of value to the community must not only have a discriminating literary taste, but be, to a certain extent, a judge of the essential values of the subject matter of the books in the library in order to be a practical guide to the patron of immature mind or undeveloped taste. Especially is this true in the juvenile department, for, while the well-organized library contains no actually undesirable books, there is always a choice to be made, and certain books are better adapted to children of certain characteristics than others. There are many parents who look after the food and clothing of their children with care and judgment who pay but the slightest, if any, attention to what they read. The librarian who studies the young people of the community finds a wide field in superintending the reading of such children and is perhaps of the greatest value to the public in this branch of the work,

In the reading room, which is an indispensable adjunct of every library, the orderly quiet which is essential must be maintained, but it must be a cheerful quiet, tactfully accomplished by the librarian without any feeling of stiffness, or restraint that would keep away the very ones to whom it should be most helpful. This may look easy, but like many another result, the easier it looks the greater the ability that produces that appearance.

The competent librarian keeps posted on the books of a popular nature issued recently, by means of reviews in the daily press and through the publications devoted to library interests, and is; able to advise with the book committee of the library board upon purchases of new books. This also includes some knowledge of the various publishing houses, their prices, terms, etc.

A librarian is also expected to be up-to-date on general library conditions in the country at large, and this means more or less reading of the bulletins and other literature issued by the National Library association.

There is also a certain amount of clerical work connected with the librarian's business, for modern library boards desire to know (and in fact the law requires) a good many things concerning the patronage of their libraries -not only how many books are taken out, or how many people use the reading rooms, but what kind of books, and the proportion of fiction, history, science, nature study, etc.; whether the proportion varies from year to year, and how - and many other things connected with the taste of the reading public that are only to be ascertai

Culver Citizen - September 9, 1915

Our Library

Our Library

Work on the library last week was held up by the non-arrival of lath, which delays lathing and plastering. This, in turn, keeps the tinners from getting at their work. The lath is here now and work is going on.

Culver Citizen - October 7, 1915

The Public Library

The Public Library

The monthly meeting of the library board on Monday night was devoted largely to discussing various details of construction. It is probable that the error of the architect in his specifications for the front entrance will be remedied at his expense. It was decided that the building committee proceed at once to get bids for furniture arid to order a car of coal. Unless the Carnegie corporation can be prevailed upon to give another $1,000, there will be a deficit when the building is completed. Certain unavoidable changes have had to be made which will carry the cost of the building beyond the $10,000. Just how deficit can be met is a problem yet to solved.

It was voted to permit each coun-try school district to draw not more than five books at one time to be retained not longer than 30 days, but these books may be exchanged at any time. The number will be increased as the library grows.

The board acknowledged another most acceptable gift from its generous friend, Mrs. Elizabeth Marmon, namely, 28 new volumes of juvenile books and a year's subscription to 20 of the leading magazines and periodicals.

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