The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., April 24, 1912, page 7


     With its usual energy, the Women's Club, through its library committee, has formulated plans during the past few days in which, it is anticipated, will see a library representing an investment of $1000 or more installed in Hood River for county use in the near future. This supply of books will form the nucleus of the library to be installed in the new library building, when it shall have been secured, and it is planned to make it an important step toward qualifying for an appropriation from Carnegie.
     The Women's Club has secured, through its own efforts and through the special county levy for that purpose, about $2000 for county library purposes. In order to determine how to proceed in the matter of expending this sum, the library committee invited Miss Marvin, secretary of the state library board, to come to Hood River for consultation, to come to would forever for consultation would forever for consultation and she was in town the last of the week. While here a conference was held at which County Judge Culbertson, Mayor Wright and City Attorney Derby were present. It was decided to petition the city council to pass an ordinance creating a library board. This board will the undertake the expenditure of the appropriation already made. Mr. Carnegie will then be informed that Hood River has secured an available site for a library and also the necessary books for a good beginning and an appropriation will be sought. In the meantime it is proposed to open temporary quarters in order that the books may be enjoyed by the public.

The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., September 11, 1912, page 6


     There has been considerable delay in opening the library. Books have been slow in arriving and the work of preparing them for their shelves has proceeded more slowly than the librarian had hoped owing to the seeming difficulty of getting sufficient volunteer help.
     At the regular meeting of the Library Board on September 3 it was decided to open the library to the public on Friday and Saturday the 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for inspection and registration of borrowers.
     Not many more than half the books have arrived, but it was thought best not to delay the opening any longer.
     The library will be open for reading and circulation of books on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 to 12 a.m. and from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. It will be open for reading only on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5. No books will be circulated on Sunday. Every resident of the city or county is entitled to the privileges of the library.
     Miss Lottie Kinnaird has been appointed an apprentice in the library.


The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., September 18, 1912, page 9


     Hood River county library was opened Friday and Saturday for inspection of books and registration of the borrowers. The room was beautifully decorated by the library committee of the Woman's Club. 115 persons applied for use of the library and signed registration cards.
     The library is a county institution for the free use of every person living in the county. There are about one thousand volumes already on the shelves, 350 of which were donated. 287 more are expected daily.
     Some districts in the county being remote, it is planned to establish stations throughout the county in which are to be placed a collection of 50 or 60 books. For this purpose the library commission has loaned seven traveling libraries.
     Besides these books many magazines have been subscribed for and a list will be published next week.
     Library is open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 to 12 a.m. and 1 to 5, 7 to 9 p.m.; Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. for reading only.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., September 19, 1912, page 1


     Prospects for the new Hood River county library seemed very bright judging from the interest shown on opening days, Friday and Saturday of last week. One hundred fifteen people signed the application cards for the use of the library.
     This is a county library for the free use of all residents of Hood River county. There are about 1000 volumes on the shelves, of 350 of which have been gifts. Two hundred eighty-seven more are expected soon. We also subscribe for many magazines, a list of which will be placed in the paper next week.
     It is planned to place stations through the valley so that those unable to come to the main library may have access to the books. Although our library is small it will be possible to do this because the library commission has loaned us seven traveling libraries to help out our collection.
     Remember the days of opening, Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 to 12 a.m., 1 to 5 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m. for reading only.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., September 26, 1912, page 2


     Hours of the opening: Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays:10-12 a.m., 1-54 and 7-9 p.m.. Sunday's: 2-5 p.m., for reading only.
     Interest is growing in the new library since people are learning that the library is free to all residents of the county. Saturday there were 80 books taken out.
     The Sunday reading room is quite popular especially with the men who wish to read the magazines and have not time any other day.
     A bulletin board has been placed in the library near one of the windows. Watch it for book notices and other items of interest.
     Plans for definite county extension work are rapidly being made. The librarian expects to visit the different settlements with the hope of placing library stations so that all people throughout the county may have the use of the books even though they may live at a distance from the main library. Those who may be interested in the placing of such stations are cordially invited to confer with the librarian. Your librarian wishes to become acquainted with all who are interested in this movement. She wishes to learn your interests and needs so that she may be more able to furnish you with the kinds of books you most desire. The more widely she becomes acquainted the more useful will be her work in the community. Arrangements have been made to have a telephone in the library so than any book may be sent by mail when wished.
     Everyone is urged to visit the library when they are in town. Come in and rest and read some of the splendid magazines.
     The following is a list of magazines to be found in the library:
     American Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Century Magazine, Chautauquah, Collier's Weekly, Country Life in America, Craftsman, Delineator, Elementary School Teacher, Everybody's Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazarre, Harper's Weekly, Independent, Ladies Home Journal, Life, McClure's Magazine, Missionary Review, Nation, National Geographical Magazine, North American Review, Outing, Outlook, Popular Mechanics, Review of Reviews, St. Nicholas, Saturday Evening Post, School Review, Scientific American, Scribner's Magazine, Survey, World's Work, Youth's Companion.

The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., December 18, 1912, page 1

Telegram Received Yesterday Announces That Hood River's Petition Has Been Acted Upon Favorably and Splendid Addition to City Is Assured - Will Probably Be Erected Next Summer

     Andrew Carnegie has donated $17,500 for this purpose.
     A telegram containing this announcement was received yesterday by Professor J.O. McLaughlin, secretary of the local library board.
     All who heard the news were delighted. Petition for such donation was made several months ago and this is the first intimation that it would be acted upon favorably.
     The local library board has already secured an attractive site and an annual income has been obtained which will fully comply with all the conditions of the donation by Andrew Carnegie.
     There is no reason why there should be any delay in construction of the building in view of the above facts and it is hoped that it may be completed next summer.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., December 19, 1912, page 1

$17,500 From The Carnegie Fund
Hood River County Library Will Rise on Site Between Oak and State Streets

     The joyful news was received Tuesday morning by J.P. Lucas, president of the Hood River county Library Board, that the trustees of the Carnegie Library Fund had made an appropriation of $17,500 with which to erect a building for library purposes in Hood River. The new building will be constructed on the library lot between Oak and State street. The location was formerly a portion of the Fifth street. However, it was rarely used and had never been graded. A grove of handsome oaks grows on it. Through the efforts of the Woman's club, who began the agitation for the county library but a little over a year ago, the city rededicated the street there to the abutting property owners, J.H. Heilbronner & Co., and E.L. Smith and they then donated it for library purposes.
     During the past year the site has been used as the city park. The ladies had it seeded to Blue grass and it has formed a beautiful green location in the city. The Fourth of July celebration was held there last summer.
     As in all other cases, the trustees stipulate that the appropriation will be made if the city and county will expend certain sums on the maintenance of the library and the purchase of books. However, the stipulated sum does not nearly exceed that already expended by the county and city. The city agreed to appropriate $850 for library purposes and the county will levy a tax of two-tenths of a mill this year.
     The other members of the library board are: Mrs. W.M. Stewart, vice president; J.O. McLaughlin, secretary and treasurer; Miss Mary McLaren, J.E. Robertson and Robert L. Crocker. Mrs. Della Northey is the librarian.
     At the meeting of the Woman's club yesterday afternoon at the Commercial club, the women were notified of the appropriation of the Carnegie fund by Mrs. W.M. Stewart, who was formerly chairman of the library committee of the club.
     The library building will probably be begun as soon as possible and completed within the next year. Miss Northey will visit Miss Cornelia Marvin, of Salem, secretary of the state library commission, during the holidays and confer with her about the architecture of the new structure. Miss Marvin is one of the best informed library workers of the west on library architecture.
     The library now has nine stations. Some of these stations will eventually become branches. Indeed, Odell, where a great deal of interest has been taken and where a room has already been arranged, will probably be the first district to have a branch with a librarian. The institution now has 1200 volumes and receives forty periodicals a month.
     The following is a letter received by Mr. McLaughlin for the commission:
     "Responding to your communication on behalf of the county of Hood River, if the county agree by resolution of council to maintain a free public library at a cost of not less then one thousand, seven hundred and fifty dollars, ($1750) a year, and provides a suitable site for the building, Carnegie Corporation of New York, will be glad to give seventeen thousand five hundred dollars ($17,500) to erect a free public library for the county of Hood River.
     "It should be noted that the amount indicated is to cover the cost of a library building completed, ready for occupancy and for the purpose intended.
     "Before any expenditure on building or plans is interred, the approval of proposed plans by Carnegie Corporation of New York should be secured, to obtain which please send sketched plans for inspection."

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