I beg to present herein a report of the work done by the Library and a statement of its condition, for the year ending February 14, 1903.
The Library building has been open 140 days. Through June, July, August and September, the hours were from 10 A. M. to 1 P. M. daily, and for the remaining months, from 2 to 4 P. M. every Saturday. In this time, the total number of books given out was 2,730; a monthly average of 228 volumes, and a weekly average of 53 volumes. The largest daily circulation was 52 volumes on February 11, 1902.
There have been added to the Library by gift 70 volumes and by purchase 82 volumes, making a total number of volumes in the Library 2,102. In addition to this we have on file the following magazines: Century, Harper's, Scribner's, Munsey, McClures, Cosmopolitan, Success, World's Work, Outlook, Critic, Advocate of Peace, Musical Record and Review, Scientific American, Harper's Bazar, Ladies Home Journal, and Little Folks.
We are indebted to many friends for gifts of books and money; and especially the following donations:
From Mr. Ronald K. Brown, "The American Statesman," Series, 31 Volumes.
From Miss K. P. Wormeley, "Popular Biographies."
From Mr. Winfield M. Thompson, "The Lawson History of America's Cup."
From Mrs. Lucy S, Scribner, Subscriptions to five magazines.
From Mrs. J. B. Brown, $20.00
From Mrs. Edwin Langdon, $10.00
from Mr. L. N. Roberts, $10.00
From Mr. F. H. Shapleigh, 5 Window Screens
From fines and charges, $88.26
From two books lost, $ 0.50
From two entertainments, $73.04
From donations, $41.00
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia and Atlas, $63.00
Balance on Hand, $66.35
S. Alice Trickey,
The year has been most encouraging, especially gratifying is the large number of books received. The purchase of books, mostly late and popular fiction and essays, proved of great advantage by increasing the summer receipts, while our townspeople are able to follow the modern writers. The books were carefully chosen, and we have endeavored to add only works of recognized merit and permanent value. There is a marked increase in the interest shown in reading, especially by the younger people. Nevertheless we should like to see a greater demand for classes other than fiction. The Fiske and Parkman historical works, the biographies in the "American Statesman" series, and the essays of Stevenson and Fiske are always attractive, and if a person once begins to read such books, he finds it easy and pleasant to
continue. We hope soon to be able to publish a catalogue which will make the Library more accessible to those who live at a distance. The function of the Public Library is to educate and enlighten its patrons. With our present excellent equipment, we hope to make reading a habit, and our books welcome guests in every home.
Report of the Treasurer
Feb. 15, 1902. Balance in treasury, $64.81
Received of Librarian, $66.35
Library Fund, $30.90
Paid Librarian, %50.00
S. Alice Trickey,