PLSJC Director Alan Hall writes a weekly column discussing library and community news, history, and other interesting subjects.
They are yellowed with age, but the newspaper clippings were carefully cut and placed in the 1960s scrapbooks.
The earliest clippings date from 1958. The Library Board had just elected officers for the new year, and they included President Samuel Murray, Vice-President Dr. Mary Scanlan, and Secretary James McHugh.
The Library was just ordering a new Bookmobile from the Gerstenslager Co. in Wooster at a cost of $ 16,000. The same vehicle today would be $ 215,000.
An article about the library in the 1960s highlighted some of the staff, including Margaret Moffat and Mrs. Fisher in the Cataloging Department, and Ernie Lewis in Audio-visual.
On its 65th anniversary, the library had a circulation of 103,000 items per year. Today, we exceed 850,000 items checked out each year.
One of the new services of 1965 was the "Docustat" machine, which made copies of pages from magazines and books "in only 30 seconds."
A new wing had been added to the Main Library in 1963, adding 1,200 sq ft to the Carnegie Building.
The library director at the time was David W. Griffith. He was a native of Johnstown, PA and arrived to work for the library in July 1950.
I met Mr. Griffith in my early days of librarianship, when he was the Director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, after leaving Steubenville.
Mr. Griffith departed in 1964, and was replaced by Martin S. Howard.
I noticed that the library had changed, yet remains the same. The tools that we use to provide library service are different, supplemented by a new realm of technology.
A 1965 bookmark for National Library Week could be used 40 years later. Its motto is, "Open your future --- Read."