The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., March 11, 1914, page 3


     The library building being completed, it is now time to improve the grounds. Through the courtesy of Prof. Arthur L. Peck of the O.A.C. a model planting plan has been prepared and is now in the hands of the Civic Committee of the Woman's Club.
     It is necessary that the planting be done as early as possible in order that the plants may become well rooted before the dry season begins. Donations of any shrubs, a list of which is given below, would be greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to contribute please notify the committee as to variety and quantity.

Mrs. R.D. Gould
Mrs. C.A. Bell
Mrs. A.L. Page
Mrs. McLaughlin

     The list follows: Four Japanese bush honeysuckles, sic shining leaved rose box, six Japanese honeysuckle, 11 Japanese Buddleia, 19 red flowering current, 20 Van Houtes spirea, 15 Scotch broom, five syringa, seven double Deutzia, 14 Japanese barberry, five slender Deutzia, Thunberg's spirea, 16 Ibota privet, three Lawson's cypress, Boston ivy in any quantity.

The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., March 18, 1914, page 1


     The civic committee of the Commercial Club and the Woman's Club hereby make a call for services to be donated for the improvement on the library grounds and offer an opportunity for the tired business men and energetic schoolchildren to get close to Mother Earth and lend their help toward the improvement of the library grounds. The ladies have volunteered their services also and will prepare a sumptuous lunch for the laborers.
     Our august postmaster, J.P. Lucas of the Library Board, will be on hand to direct operations so that there will be no opportunities for misspent energies.
     This event is to transpire on Saturday, March 21, next.
     Everybody is cordially invited to attend. Bring your shovel, rake, hoe and wheelbarrow and be on hand at 8 o'clock a.m. Be sure and tag your implements so that anyone over ambitious will not be induced to take your implements and do your work while you are resting in the shade of the majestic oaks.
     The serious side of the situation is that the ladies of the Woman's Club had sufficient funds to finish the work after the grounds are leveled and put in shape for the plants and shrubs, and good citizens of the community will greatly facilitate the work of beautifying the grounds by their response to this appeal.


CIVIC COMMITTEE of the Commercial Club.
CIVIC COMMITTEE of Woman's club.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., March 19, 1914, page 1

Structure Is Well Equipped
Lawns will be Graded Saturday by Labor of Business Men of City Under Supervision of Postmaster Lucas

     The handsome Carnegie home of the Hood River county library located on a plot formed by the vacated portion of Fifth Street, between State and Oak streets, and a portion of the lot on which is situated in the home residence of E.L. Smith, Hood River's grand old man, was opened to the public Monday. Experts, who have visited library buildings in all parts of the United States declare that no institution of its size in all the land has a better and more moderately and conveniently equipped building. In fact, there is everything that anyone could desire. To the eye of the layman, when he enters the big reading room, there comes the appeal of the comfort and harmonious arrangement of everything. The leaded windows open upon some of the city's most classic oaks. The expert librarian is struck with the conveniences at the hands of those who will have charge of the local institution.
     The big reading room, which covers all of the second story, with the exception of a small room in the northeast corner, where is located the librarian's office, is found the commodious charge desk, placed in the center of the room.
     Here are the shelves for magazines, fiction and reference books. In the southeast corner are the shelves for the children. Two large low tables, around which are grouped little chairs, invite the children of the city to enjoy the story books and instructive literature at their disposal.
     The library now has about 3,000 volumes, while 600 additional have been ordered. "We have a sum appropriated by the city for the purchase of books," says Miss Della F. Northey, the county librarian, "and we will be for those who desire some special book to let us know their wants. We desire to please the public to the best of our ability." Miss Elsie McLucas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. McLucas, is Northey's assistant.
     The library building on all floors is extremely well lighted, a flood of soft light pouring in through the big leaded windows. The building is heated throughout with steam, s large, modern boiler being placed on the basement floor. A book lift will transport the books from the "fixing room" on the second floor in the southeast corner, to the main reading room. A fumigating closet is found here, and no one can have scruples or fears of reading books that may spread disease. A fumigating cabinet will be placed in the closet and the books given a thorough "bath" every so often.
     On the first floor is the small but exceedingly well arranged lecture or assembly room. It is fitted with dressing rooms, and stage, and on the east side is a pantry, where preparations can be made for serving luncheons or banquets. On the north side of the lower floor are the "fixing room" and the rest room for country patrons. And in the northwest corner is the committee room, where the story hour will also be held. The men's toilet groom is on the floor with the main reading room, where is also located the coat room.
     The State street entrance to the building opens into the main reading room. There is a side entrance on the east side of the building on "Library Lane." This, however will be closed, except when some lecture or public entertainment is being given.
     Work of grading the lawns around the building has been begun, and the Woman's club has undertaken to plant attractive shrubs. Prof. A.L. Peck, of the Oregon Agricultural College, has submitted to the ladies a model planting plan. The civics committee, composed of Mrs. R.D. Gould , Mrs. C.A. Bell, Mrs. J.O. McLaughlin, and Mrs. A.L. Page, will have charge of this work, and ask all who desire to contribute shrubs to communicate with them. The planting, it is declared, should be completed before the dry seasons begins. The varieties of plants that will be appreciated as contributions are named below:
     Japanese brush honeysuckle, shining leaved rose box, Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese buddleia, red flowering currant, Van Houtes spirea, Scotch broom, syringes, grandsel bush, double deutzia, Japanese barberry, slender deutzia, snow ball, Thunbergs spirea, Ibota privet, Lawson cypress and Boston ivy.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., March 19, 1914, page 2


     It would be well for every Hood River county citizen to pay a visit to the new Carnegie library home. The interior of the new structure is more beautiful than the exterior, which, however, will be made far more attractive, as soon as the shrubs are added by the Woman's club. The library has been secured and the cost to the county has been rather insignificant compared with the returns that should be gained by the citizens. The early agitation of the Woman's club to secure such a structure was met with a good deal of opposition. But the women conducted a campaign of education, more than anything else, and it may well be said that the new institution and its home is a monument to their perseverance.
     With the institution acquired we should make the most use of it. We should not merely point with pride to the building, when a stranger enters town, but every man and woman in the county will at times find some opportunity to derive a benefit from its shelter. The lover of fiction may satisfy his desires. The man looking for information will find various and beneficial sources. The library should be used extensively by the schoolchildren of the entire valley.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., March 19, 1914, page 5


     The next meeting of the Woman's club, to be held at the new library is expected to be one of the best of the year. The program will be in charge of the study club.
     The last meeting Wednesday afternoon of last week, was in charge of Mrs. E.D. Kanaga. The program was taken from the opera, "Robin Hood." J.A. Epping Mrs. W. Fort Jackson, Miss Grace Carter and Mrs. Geo. I. Slocum participated.
     The Woman's club has been presented with 10 dozen forks by the members of the Business Woman's club. The members of the club are expressing an appreciation for the gift.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., March 26, 1914, page 1


     When the businessmen of the city had completed their task Saturday night the lawn of the county library was nicely graded and ready for the shrubs to be planted by the civics committee of the Woman's club. The work done Saturday was under the supervision of Postmaster Lucas, president of the library board, who steered the team used in the grading work. Profs. L.B. Gibson, and J.O. McLaughlin were on hand the greater part of the day as was Louis A. Henderson. The ladies served the workers with lunch at noon.
     When the shrubs have been planted and when the foliage has come out on the oak trees on the lawn the library site will be made doubly attractive.

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., March 26, 1914, page 9


     The members of the Woman's club, who were instrumental in securing the institution, having circulated the first petition asking the county court to appropriate a fund for the maintenance of the library and having been instrumental in securing the Carnegie appropriation the Carnegie appropriation of $17,500, held their first meeting in the library auditorium yesterday afternoon. An interesting program was rendered under the supervision of the study club.

©  Jeffrey L. Elmer