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The state of the library is good. Statistics from 2004 show upgrades in technology, increased giving and growth of traditional programs and services.

The library was built in 1935 and now faces major renovations and repairs. In 2004, General Roofing replaced the flat section across the peak of the roof. Local mason, Jason Dean, replaced sections of the concrete sidewalk, patched stairs and laid a new walk for the service entrance. The Board continues to work with Whitford and local engineers to determine the best way to repair leaks in the terrace, auditorium and cupola.

The Lions Club did an extreme makeover of the kitchen, which is used by numerous groups for receptions and teas. They transformed the room with new oak cabinets, a double stainless steel sink, appliances, electrical wiring, flooring, lighting and a fresh coat of paint. They also sponsored the annual "Fantasy of Lights" during the holiday season.

Since tax dollars supply less than 25% of the income, gifts and grants are vital. The largest gift came from the estate of Doris Young. Doris and Tex Young helped found the Friends of the Library in 1967. The American Legion donated $5,000 toward projects and the Monday Club donated $3,500 toward the kitchen and library materials. The Manley Trust gave a grant of $12,000 for a digital microfilm reader/printer system. The library received $5,440 in other grants.

This "Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Mary Jacobs, the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published monthly 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 children’s section offered 11 school tours for 252 people, 93 preschool story times for 1,283 people, a six-week summer reading program with 23 sessions for 1,586 kids, 6 craft sessions for 410 children, 4 summer story times for 118 people, Mr. Beau Clown for 145 people and a Christmas party for 85.

The library offered four basic computer classes for adults. We held 27 classes and 136 attended. Over 8,000 people used the computer workstations to access online databases and the Internet. In its long-range plan, the library replaces five computers every year.

All library computers are connected via a partial T – 1 line to the main server at the Southern Tier Library System (STLS). This offers high speed Internet and access to the automated circulation software called SIRSI, which was upgraded in 2004. To comply with the Supreme Court ruling, STLS installed filtering software. This filter blocks visual depictions as specified by the Federal Children’s Protection Act.

The public borrowed 36,758 adult books, 31,201 children’s books, 42,384 videos/DVDs, 10,991 cassettes/CDs and 3,496 other items.


Click here for tour dates throughout 2005


Start the new year with a tour of the library on January 20 at 10 a.m. See the "Faces of Liberty," a traveling photo exhibit that documents 22 cases of New Yorkers and civil liberties. It’s on display in the Exhibition Room through January 22.

This page was last updated January 09, 2006.

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