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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LIBRARY
APRIL 2005

Itís time for spring cleaning. An assortment of items has accumulated in the attic over the past seventy years. The attic spans the main reading and reference sections and the north wing of the library. There is a catwalk across the suspended ceiling from which a person can access the cupola and various electrical and boiler lines. A ladder and a hatch lead to the roof. As an energy conservation measure in the late 1970s, workers blew insulation into the attic and wrapped the cupola.

Relative to the building, the attic storage space is small. One treasure in the attic is the Charles Munson bird egg collection. Mr. Munson collected over 2,300 eggs from 389 different birds over forty years. After his death in 1929, his daughter, Myrtle Munson Ciccarelli, donated the collection to the library. The eggs are a favorite with the children touring the library.

The fossilized sponges stored in the attic are now labeled and boxed in the Local History Room. The Avery Mosher collection of Indian artifacts is on permanent display near the Large Print Room. Additional projectile points are mounted in wooden cases, which are stored in the attic.

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The original library blueprints designated a third floor room for a museum. A local museum became a reality with the formation of The Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society located on Dyke Street. Recently, the Library Board gave permission for Curator Shirley Engle to examine local history items stored in the libraryís attic. The following items are now on permanent loan to The Historical Society: primitive baby cradle, primitive wood bootjack, child-sized wood shoe, oil lamp, two tin six-hole candle molds, pierced tin and wood foot warmer, tin candle holder, tin mailbox, carding combs for wool, flax hetchel, scrapbook of local items in the early 1900s, box of photos taken by local photographers and various pieces of clothing.

It is a mystery why certain things were stored in the attic. There was a box of old food, including sugar cubes and tea bags, from the staff room. We discarded items such as a skin with feathers. We removed other unknown, dusty and musty organic items.

During the 1950s, people donated numerous sports trophies to the library. We found a box of Little League trophies inscribed with names of the winning teams. The baseball trophies are currently on display near the main circulation desk. If you are interested in one of the trophies, the library will take your request. If there is more than one request, we will have a drawing.

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It was an interesting experience sorting through seventy years of storage. The next library tour, which includes the attic, is scheduled for Monday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.

This page was last updated January 09, 2006.

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