ON THE LIBRARY
FEBRUARY 2, 2007
July 1, 1731, the first public library was established in North America.
The library was formed in the city of Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin
and many other community leaders.
The purpose of forming the "new" library, which was called the Library
Company, was to create an educational institution that could leverage its
purchasing power to obtain educational materials for those who could not
Unfortunately, the Library Company did not represent the true values of
a public library. Patrons were required to pay membership fees to enter
and access the books within the library. This membership structure
prohibited the majority of people from entering the Library Company.
The first true public library in North America was not established
until well after the American Revolution.
The Boston Public Library was formed in 1848 as the first publicly
supported municipal library. Today there are more than 16,000 public
libraries in the United States.
Although Benjamin Franklinís first library did not uphold the true
values of a publicly supported library, its motto did exemplify the reason
why public libraries exist today, "To support the common good is divine."
The David A. Howe Public Library will host several programs during the
month of February. On Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 pm, Alfred University
Professor Susan Morehouse will visit the library to lead a creative
writing workshop called, "Writing for Your Life."
Professor Morehouse has received numerous awards for writing and
teaching that include the Gertz Chair Award in Writing, and the Kruson
Award for excellence in teaching.
She also has several publications in national print such as, "The
Southern Review." Her current teaching interests include: fiction writing,
creative non-fiction writing, autobiography, womanís studies and
Professor Morehouse encourages all participants to bring paper and pencil
to the workshop in order to re-create childhood memories.
The workshop will be held in the libraryís Monday Club Room and
participants are asked to sign up at the libraryís main desk before
attending, as space is limited.
"Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Brian
the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published
biweekly in the
Wellsville Daily Reporter.
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|Another program at
the library this month is on Saturday, February 10 at 1:00 pm. Bwana Jim
will visit the library to introduce the families of Wellsville to his
Some of Bwana Jimís friends include: an alligator, snakes, turtles, an
owl, armadillos and exotic birds. Bwana Jim is a lively individual filled
with enthusiasm and an outrageous wit. He will bring you the craziest,
most educational wildlife show ever seen. Everyone who sees his show will
go home talking about "Bwana Jim" for a long time.
This program will be held in the libraryís Exhibition Room. Please be
advised that seating is limited and children are asked to attend the
program with their parents. The program is roughly one hour long.
|Lastly, the library
will host two computer classes. On Monday, February 12 at 7 pm, a class
will be offered to introduce patrons to the World Wide Web.
This class will discuss how to get on the Internet to find travel,
genealogy, health and business information. It will also teach patrons how
to evaluate information, use a browser and implement basic search
strategies. Participants must know how to work a mouse and have basic
A second class will be offered on Monday, February 26 at 7 pm. This
class will teach patrons how to successfully use their e-mail accounts.
Patrons must have an e-mail account setup before attending class. Anyone
interested may have a free e-mail account setup by a library staff member.
Please inquire at the libraryís main desk for more details.
|In addition to great
programs, the library is currently showing the Clifford D. Coyle Lincoln
Exhibit in the libraryís Exhibition Room.
Clifford D. Coyle, a Buffalo attorney, was the donor of the Lincoln
collection back in 1946. The collection consists of more than 200 pictures
and relics that depict a time in history that cannot be forgotten.
Many museums and libraries placed generous offers to obtain the Lincoln
Collection. However, Mr. Coyle felt it belonged in his home place of
Click here to check the calendar for more events and
The David A. Howe Public Library is open: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 10 am until 9 pm, Fridays from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturdays from 10
am until 5 pm. The library is closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. You may
contact us at (585) 593-3410.
This page was last updated
December 11, 2007.