Library Grows From 8,000
You take pride in someone or something that has been
a part of you, that you have been involved with over a long
period of time, when you see the object of your interest
prosper and grow. Your Farmingdale Public Library measures
up well to these criteria - started in 1923 by the Farmingdale
Women's Club, growing slowly over the years, reflecting
the rural nature of the community. Then quite suddenly
in 1953 breaking out of its slow paced past even as the
community mushroomed in all directions. From the 12,000
population of that year to the more than 50,000 residents of
School District # 22 today. Who could have dreamed, in their
wildest imagination that it would happen? Yet you saw it
take place before your eyes year after year.
Your library grew from 8,000 volumes in 1953 to over
100,000 books today; from a rented store on North Main
St. to two buildings and a bookmobile that brings reading
material to every corner of the 16 square mile District.
Book use rose from 26,000 home loans in 1953 to nearly
380,000 items borrowed in 1966. At the outset the library
closed when the staff of one went out to lunch or dinner-opened
two nights each week and on those days remained
closed until noon - today your library offers seven day a
To Over 100,000 Volumes
n B. Dow
week service with the addition of Sunday afternoon service
in October 1966, Monday through Friday the Branch and Main
library are open to the public continuously from 9: 00 a. m.
to 9: 00 p. m.
Programs are offered for all age groups from pre- schoolers
to Senior citizens, for boys or girls - for men and women-for
• people of varied interests whatever their particular bent.
This service program is aimed at both the individual and the •
organization. Just name your interest - sportsman, art lover,
craft enthusiast, gourmet cook, chess player, writer, or stock
To put across an expanded and varied program of service
such as this requires building space, book collection, and
most essential competent personnel. These items which
provide the library that you can take pride in cost money.
The staff has grown from one & 1/ 2 people in 1953 to 43 today.
The annual budget expense has grown from $ 32,000to $ 323,000
in 1966/ 67.
Your library costs you money. It has a wealth of staff
and resources at your disposal. It is up to you to get your
money's wortn out of it. Stop in today and sample its wares.
Snow Storm Brings Out Chivalry
What was happening on the second day of spring on Main
Street Farmingdale when the weather man unloaded his surprise
package of snow flurries to the tune of twelve wet
white inches ? A young shopper found the manager of Mid-
Island Department Store very helpful in locating some woolen
gloves and a warm cap which had been stowed away in the
basement in deference to the display of gay colored Easter
bonnets. The same lad had stopped at Jack's Shoe Store, formerly
J & J, and was outfitted with dry boots and socks while
seated in his car. This personal curbside service could be
found only in your own home town.
A stop at Springfield Appliance Store found Mr. Roy Molli-neaux
choosing a stereo and admiring the tape recorders. A
leisurely friendly pace matched the old fashioned weather outside.
KEEP IN TOUCH
WITH A TAPE RECORDER
BE A TWO TAPE RECORDER FAMILY.
BUY ONE FOR YOUR HOME AND
SEND ONE TO YOUR SERVICEMAN SON
OR COLLEGE STUDENT.
These Recorders Operate on Both A l t e r n a t i ng
Current and Battery and use Reversible Tape.
Prices Range From $ 29 To $ 199 And All Are Guaranteed
Servicing Handled Through Your Local Springfield Store
Farmingdale Observer Supplement Thursday, March 23, 1967 5S
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