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FEBRUARY 12, 2008

"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration." These words spoken by Andrew Carnegie are the absolute embodiment of what your public library represents.

Each year thousands of people come to the David A. Howe Public Library in search of something they are missing. Whether someone seeks knowledge or simply comfort, the library can provide both. Any individual that enters this building instantaneously becomes rich, not in monetary terms, but in terms of entitlement.

As soon as someone gets his first library card all political and social structures are erased. A patron that enters our library with a card is empowered to learn about everything and accomplish anything. The one thing Mr. Carnegie did not mention is that in our Free Public Library, those with no rank, office, or wealth will receive the most absolute consideration.

Please share in the experience this winter at the David A. Howe Public Library. The winter community lecture series begins this Tuesday, February 19 at 7pm in the library’s Monday Club Room. This year’s series offers three unique lectures from professors of three different universities and colleges.

This "Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Brian Hildreth, the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published biweekly in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Click on a date below to read a recent article. 

Find a complete list of articles on the Search the Library page.

Click here to read the Wellsville Daily Reporter online

The first lecture, led by Houghton professor Dr. Meic Pearse, will deal with war, international relations and religious influence. The second lecture, with Dr. Jefferson Slagle of St. Bonaventure University, will discuss "Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show" and how it is portrayed as a popular version of frontier history. The third lecture, which will be presented by Dr. Robert Heineman of Alfred University, will shed light on the presidential election process and the upcoming 2008 elections. All three lectures are free and open to the public.

First, Dr. Meic Pearse will visit the library for a third straight year. Dr. Pearse will come to the library to discuss his recently published book, The Gods of War: Is Religion the Primary Cause of Violent Conflict?

Dispelling the common misconception that religion sparks most wars, Dr. Pearse proposes that the principal causes of human warfare are culture and greed. His timely and provocative book offers keen analysis of global history and current events, discusses theological aspects of "just war," and points beyond cultural and secular explanations to an alternate hope.

Currently living in the U.S. and Croatia, Dr. Pearse is Professor of History at Houghton College, where he leads the "East Meets West Honors Program," which introduces students to the study of three major world civilizations. Meic Pearse is a graduate of Oxford University. He has also published eight books and several scholarly articles.

Dr. Pearse will also be speaking at Cuba Circulating Library on Wednesday, February 20th for those unable to attend Tuesday’s appearance in Wellsville. The remaining two lectures in this year’s winter lecture series will take place during the months of March and April.


In addition to lectures, the library will continue to host public computer classes for adults on Monday nights. On Monday, February 25 at 7pm patrons can learn about the Internet and web searching. This class is geared towards individuals that know a little bit about computers, but are seeking to get online to start conducting information research.

Additionally, on Monday, March 10 at 7pm a class will be held to assist veteran Internet users on new techniques for searching the web. Participants can learn how to narrow search results, choose the correct search tool and find information more easily. Registration is required for all computer classes, as space is limited.


Many programs and community events are happening at the library throughout the winter. For more information, please visit our website at www.davidahowelibrary.org or give us a call at 593-3410. We look forward to serving you.

This page was last updated August 12, 2008.

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