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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LIBRARY
JULY 11, 2008

Summer reading at your public library is not just a form of free education and entertainment; it is an American pastime.

During the summer of 1895, a librarian named Linda Eastman developed one of the first summer reading programs for children in the City of Cleveland, Ohio. The purpose of the program was to foster a childís love for reading and respect for books and libraries.

Within two years of beginning the program, Ms. Eastmanís project grew into a participation level of 12,000 patrons ranging in all different ages. Each patron joined the Cleveland Library League to improve basic literacy skills, while at the same time gaining knowledge and entertaining imagination.

A few years following Ms. Eastmanís endeavor, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh set out to recruit new young readers by visiting community playgrounds and hosting story hours for entire families.

The success of this program was overwhelmingly proven when the City of Pittsburgh began to close playgrounds and families had no choice but to visit their local Carnegie Library to continue to hear and read their favorite stories.

As libraries began to learn of the success of these projects, more and more summer reading programs were offered all across America. Soon public libraries in every state were offering some form of "theme" based incentive for both young and old to venture into the public library.

 

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.

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Click here to read the Wellsville Daily Reporter online

It has been more than one hundred years since Linda Eastman started the Library League in Cleveland, but the tradition has carried on with millions of Americans continuing to participate in summer reading at their public library.

As recent as 2007, the U.S. Department of Education reports that 95 percent of all public libraries in the United States offer a summer reading program to families in local communities.

Allegany County is no exception. Fifteen of seventeen public libraries in Allegany County will host summer reading programs this summer. As living costs continue to rise, residents can take comfort in knowing that their local public libraries will offer quality services at little or no cost.

Join us at the David A. Howe Public Library this summer to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Program. The library has more than 100,000 books to choose from and over 10,000 multimedia materials to educate and entertain.

Each week the library holds drawings for $25 Chamber Gift Certificates and offers prizes to patrons that participate in our library bingo game. There will also be a lottery for the grand prize at the end of the summer for the patrons that read at least five books.

The children of our community have already started their program with more than 200 participating. Letís hope as many grownups will participate to show how much we value literacy.

As an additional part of our summer reading program, the library will host weekly computer classes during the mornings and evenings in the libraryís Monday Club Room. Class topics will include: digital photography, Internet searching, Microsoft office applications, electronic databases, YouTube, MySpace and Facebook.

All of the classes are open to the public and are free of charge. Registration is required, as space is limited. You may call the library or visit the libraryís main desk to signup.

As well as computer classes, the library will host two library tours in celebration of Balloon Rally. The first tour will take place Thursday, July 17 at 1 pm and the second tour will take place on Friday, July 18 at 1 pm.

The tours will feature the history and architectural beauty of the library as well as a surprise glimpse at one of Wellsvilleís crown jewels. The tours will last roughly one hour and consists of hiking three levels of stairs. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

Lastly, the annual used books sale will take place on Saturday, July 19 from 8am until 1pm in the libraryís Exhibition Room. The sale will also continue during regular library hours through Thursday, July 31st.

The prices for materials are: hardcover one dollar, paperbacks fifty cents, magazines five cents and multimedia one dollar. On the last day of the sale, customers may take all the books they can carry for five dollars.

Click here for a full calendar of events

Many programs and community events are taking place at the library throughout the summer and, as fall approaches and the Nancy Howe Auditorium reopens, 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.

David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895
Phone: 585-593-3410   Fax: 585-593-4176   Email:
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