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Washington County Free Library (1903 - 1904)

Washington County Free Library Annual Report 1903 - 1904 - County Extension Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


which could be left at houses along the route is another step in county work which the librarian is anxious to attempt. Families could in this way select directly from the wagon and when Mr. Thomas returned two months or three months later as the case might be these books could be returned and a fresh assortment loaned. In the meantime neighborhoods could lend books thus borrowed among themselves.

The actual additional outlay in such a venture would be very little more than the cost of the wagon, for it has been demonstrated by the experience of the last two years that in most instances the stations must be visited at least once in three months for the exchange of books and also for the purpose of keeping in touch with the needs of the people in each particular village. It might be supposed that the person having charge of the books at each place would look after the exchange when no expense is entailed, but such, in many instances has not been our experience. It may be said in passing that the idea of a "Library Wagon" is not a new one. It has been talked of among librarians as a method of getting books into the hands of the residents of the rural districts for several years, and this year one of the counties of Wisconsin has established such a wagon. Washington County is especially well adapted for the testing of this new departure, for we have good roads and the different districts could be laid out in routes which would cover the ground very comfortably.

Another encouraging feature of the county work is the continued interest of the Clearspring people and the weekly delivery of books at their station which has averaged twenty volumes. The Brownsville Literary Society also utilized their branch all through the season, a case of books especially chosen fit the topic of study at each meeting being sent weekly. In the Spring the people of Boonsboro responding to the call of several public spirited men and women met and formed an association for the purpose of establishing a permanent reading room. The town was canvassed and a result a year's


Washington County Free Library

Washington County Free Library at Hagerstown, Maryland. Third annual report for the year ending October First, Nineteen Hundred and Four


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Printer - The Press of the Hagerstown Morning Herald

Boonsboro Free Library - History; Boonsboro (Md.) - History

Boonsboro, Md, 1900-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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