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MARCH 12, 2008

In the November 2007 issue of Mother Earth News Magazine, Craig Idlebrook wrote a column called, "Living on Less and Loving It!" In Craig’s column, he mentions many ways to live the good life without accruing expensive credit card debt or spending cash that we should truly be saving.

Craig lists seventy-five great ideas for staying fiscally sane. Some of his ideas talk about cutting energy costs, minimizing grocery expenses, lowering the price of home-improvement projects, saving on travel expenses and finding cheap forms of family entertainment.

Although I will admit some of Craig’s ideas are well out of the norm for most families, he does make a terrific point that the best and most important way to partake in family entertainment is by visiting your local public library.

Think about it for a minute. Allegany County has 18 free and open public libraries. Within these libraries are more than 350,000 materials. Library materials include: movie videos, musical compact discs, computer software, books on CD, adult and children’s books, magazines and large print materials.

Additionally, Allegany County libraries have personal computers, laptops, high-speed Internet access, electronic databases and downloadable audio books  (coming the week of April 13, 2008).

All of these great library materials are available free of charge. The only plastic card your family needs to access these great collections is a library card. By the way, library cards have no interest rates and cannot be used at ATM machines.


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

In addition to educational and entertaining library materials, Allegany County public libraries are always offering unique and interesting programs.

The size of the library does not matter. Whether you visit the Cuba Circulating Library, Andover Free Library, Essential Club Free Library in Canaseraga, the Whitesville Public Library or even the Wide Awake Club Library in Fillmore, you will always find something going on.

Allegany County public libraries provided 2,086 programs in 2006 for people of all ages. This means, on any given day throughout the year, your local public libraries are offering an average of 5 programs per day.
Join us at the David A. Howe Public Library this Tuesday, March 18 at 7pm for the second lecture of the library’s Winter Lecture Series. Dr. Jefferson Slagle from the Department of English at St. Bonaventure University will visit the library to discuss Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Traveling Show.

An American exhibition of its day, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Traveling Show portrayed a popular version of frontier history for audiences across the United States and Europe. The show was praised for its educational function and authentic representation of the frontier. After the show’s demise, many critics derided Cody as a charlatan and his show as a circus act.

Dr. Slagle’s presentation will discuss what made Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show popular in its time, why turn-of-the-century audiences accepted its claims of authenticity, and how the Wild West has influenced the popular "westerns" in a century since its heyday.

Jefferson D. Slagle is Assistant Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University, where he teaches courses in American literature, film, and critical theory. He has published articles on western literature and is currently finishing a book on Buffalo Bill’s Wild West for Boise State University Press.


In addition to lectures, the library will continue to host public computer classes for adults on Monday nights.

On Monday, March 24 at 7pm patrons can learn about using e-mail as a new and simple form of communication. This class is geared towards individuals who do not have an e-mail account and would like to begin using e-mail or for those that have an e-mail account, but do not really know how to use it.

Click here for information about our most popular classes

Many programs and community events are happening at the library throughout the remaining days of winter and, as spring arrives, more programs will be added. 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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