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DATEEVENTS IN KINSLEY LIBRARY HISTORY
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1985
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August 1885Library Association opens circulating library in Kinsley, J. J. Reeder, librarian
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1890
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October 1890Ladies of the Congregational Sunday School donating 250 volumes for library
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March 1895Ladies organizing a circulating library to be at Mrs. Slingerland's Millinery Bazar
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April 1897Library moves to the Red Front (opposite the Alamo Hotel)
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May 1897Christian Endeavor Society serving ice cream and cake in library
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1900
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August 1902Kinsley Band gives concert for benefit of the library ice cream social
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February 1904Library moves into Schnatterly Millinery Bazar
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1906650 volumes in library
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1910
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March 1912Christian Endeavor Society gives books to Friday Night Club which took over library
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March 1912Library moves to second floor of the Edwards, Noble and Co. Building and run by Wednesday Night Club
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1912Band concert to raise money for books for library
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March 191355 books and furniture given for library birthday party
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June 1914Kinsley Library Association formed
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1917Kinsley Woman's Club & Wednesday Night Club purchases land for the Kinsley Library and Joint Club House (111 &112 Niles)
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1920
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April 1923One mill levy defeated for public library, Results: 113 to 109
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February 1925Library moves into room off school gymnasium supported by various clubs
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1925Kinsley Woman's Club, Country Woman's Club, Business & Professional Women, Kinsley Music Club, Alpha and Beta Delphian Societies and the PTA support library
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1925Jesse Fraval is Librarian Library has 2080 volumes
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April 1926Library mill levy passed 2 to 1 and will raise $900 a year
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June 24, 1926107 volumes of books from Charles Edwards Memorial Library donated to city library
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January 1,1927Library funded by city and library board appointed
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May 1928Lillie Riley is Librarian
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June 14,1928Birger Sandzen "Dream Lake" donated to library by American legion Auxiliary (MIA)
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Library Board is meeting Feb., May, Aug., Nov. and annual meeting in Jan.
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1930
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April 1, 1930Library Building Bond Levy lost by 27 votes
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1930'sDepression caused library to keep the librarian's salary at $50/month in 1931 & 1932, lowered to $45 in 1933, and to $40 in 1934 & 1935. No books could be purchased in 1932 and the librarian's hours for mending books was cut back 2 hours.
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1932Mrs. Riley attends National Library Conference in New Orleans
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January 1933Over 5000 books in library; 21,628 books checked out 1932
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April 1933Mrs. Riley attends National Library Conference in Chicago
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December 1933Library closed during Christmas vacation because of a lack of heat in the building while there was no school
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June 1934Moved a petition back into the library, put up shelves, painted
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November 1934Bought a stove and pipe to heat the library
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June 1935Mrs. Riley attends National Library Conference in Denver
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Fall, 1935Mr. Jenkins working in library under the PWA
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Spring, 1936Two students working part time in the library under the NAY
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August 18,1936Meeting with Mr. Vincent of the W.P.A. engineers to secure a building under W.P.A., but board decided not to ask for the building at this time
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Spring, 1937Purchased a suitable desk for the librarian
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May 1938Patrons asked to donate chairs for the library; new lights were installed
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January 1939Library Board begins meeting once a month
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1939Revised By-Laws
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February 1939Office of secretary/treasurer was divided into two positions to comply with state laws
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Spring, 1939Mrs. Riley confined to home in January due to severe burns; Ellen Theakston working for W.P.A. and filled in for her
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Sptember 1939Mr. Hatfield built a dictionary stand and filing stool
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1940
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February 1941Library joined the Library Trustees Association for fee of $1
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February 13,1941High School fire moves library to a room in City Hall, 507 Marsh
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March 1941Library Board insures books and fixtures for $3000
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March 1941Two W.P.A. assistants due for a lay off; no N.Y.A assistants available; Elsie Jenkins hired to help for $40
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July 7, 1941Mrs. Riley resigned as librarian; Elsie Jenkins hired temporarily, and then permanently
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August 1941 8000 volumes in library
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October 1941Entry way constructed at the head of the stairway to cut off the draft from the entrance door on the street level and a gas stove was purchased
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