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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 9, 1922

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Jan. 9, 1922


Ashland, Jan. 9.— A circulation the past year of nearly 45,000 volumes is the record of the Ashland Free Public library for 1921, as per report of Miss Blanche Hicks, librarian, to the municipal library committee. Specifically, the figures were 28,173 volumes loaned to adults and 14,889 to children, the adult and juvenile literary requirements and status being represented accordingly by way of comparison. At the close of the past year there were nearly 10,000 volumes on library shelves. Of the institution’s circulation in 1921, volumes in the fiction classification numbered 28,146, as compared with 14,889 in the miscellaneous enumeration. Among technical books, those relating to mechanics are favorites, notably those relating to automobiles, as naturally would be the case owing to the motor car’s development on such a colossal scale. Books relating to poultry and pet animals are sought after secondarily, while erudite discoveries on such learned themes as psychology prompts a demand for authorities on this phase of higher education which well nigh rivals the interest bestowed upon interesting biographies. The fact remains that “storytelling” lore remains a favorite over all other phases of reading matter in the ratio of two to one. Eighty-four newspapers and periodicals are regular visitors of the library, 53 being subscribed for and 31 donated. These come from far and near, two from England being the London Graphic and Manchester Guardian; notable exponents of British journalism, the former being donated by Rev. G. A. Edwards, Methodist pastor, and the latter by Mr. F. F. Watson, both steadfast patrons of the library. The average daily circulation of volumes was 140, and the number of patrons has increased about 500 during the year just closed.

Financially, the library is mainly supported by a city tax levy which last year aggregated $3398.90. This was supplemented by fines in the amount of $127.54, also $150 from the school board, and nearly $50 from other sources. The total receipts were $3720, and with the advent of the New Year there was a balance of $1612.60. This unexpended balance, however, may be expended before further levies are available. Salaries aggregate $1780. Further statistics reveal 2689 cards in force, an increase of 218 during the year. The largest daily circulation was 333, and the smallest 77.

“Industrial art” is practically applied at the library, inasmuch as the annual report indicates that 3398 books were repaired within its walls. The status of the institution is a gratifying one as representing not only a chief educational asset of the town, but through numerous channels it serves as a clearing house for the dissemination of information in general in addition to being the literary storehouse of the community.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com