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JUNE 1, 2007

"I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now -- only that place where the books are kept." These words, written by John Steinbeck, may very well represent the thoughts of many Allegany County residents.

Throughout this last year, Allegany County public libraries were visited more than 250,000 times. This number is tremendous, considering there are only 17 public libraries in Allegany County.

Why do people visit their public library? More than 300,000 books may be a good place to start. Public libraries in Allegany County currently hold more than 200,000 adult fiction and non-fiction titles as well as roughly 100,000 children’s books.

Residents may also seek out their public libraries for additional materials. Allegany County public libraries presently offer more than 63,000 non-book materials such as: books on tape and CD, movie videos and DVDs, magazines, musical compact discs, newspapers and local history documents.

Allegany County public libraries also provide costly 21st century technologies such as public access computers, internet-based card catalogs, electronic databases and web-based circulation systems. There are currently more than 70 public computers with high-speed internet access available within Allegany County public libraries.

If you are looking for information or entertainment this summer, please check out and support one of your local Allegany County public libraries. You can guarantee something new will be learned.

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.

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 David A. Howe Public Library has many great programs and events this summer that can be enjoyed by hundreds of people.

Both the adult and children’s summer reading programs will begin June 25 and continue until August 3. Registration for the children’s program has already begun and will continue until all 200 available spots are filled.

The adult summer reading program will incorporate this year’s theme, Get a Clue at Your Library. Many great prizes will be given away during the 6-week long adult reading program.

Prizes include: weekly drawings for $25.00 Chamber Gift Certificates and grand prizes such as The David A. Howe Public Library Commemorative Bank, a Spectron IQ Progressive DVD player and an opportunity to take classes at the Wellsville Creative Art Center.

Other programs at the library include: Music on the Lawn, which is planned and hosted by the Music on the Lawn Organization, Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Balloon Rally Events, the library’s used book sale, monthly tours of the library building and Wellsville’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations and Exhibits.

The library’s summer newsletter will be published on Monday, June 25, so please stop by the library to see all that is happening at the David A. Howe Public Library this summer.


The library would like to thank the mothers of winter story hour participants for working together to host a bake sale to raise money for the library terrace and auditorium restoration fund.

The Story Hour Moms that helped with this project include: Melissa Grantier, Nora Jassak, Megan Gregor, Beth Rigas, Josie Hart, Kate Rahr, Stacy Erdman, Krystal Vossler, Nicole Gambino, Patty Havens and Lindsay Jones. In addition to baking terrific desserts they were able to raise $250.

Click here to check the calendar for more events and programs.

The David A. Howe Public Library is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 9 pm, and Fridays from 10 am until 6 pm. The library is closed on Wednesdays and Weekends during the summer.

This page was last updated October 30, 2007.

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