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