- We started out on the 3rd floor of Township Hall
- The card catalog was a piece of furniture
- To call someone in from lunch to help at the reference desk we rang a bell from the 3rd floor window
- We had a huge fly problem when we were in the old building and we were intimately acquainted with the "death dance" flies do
- All reference questions were answered from one reference desk
- Monday mornings the entire staff filed cards into the catalog
- On opening day, our staff numbered 9 people
- A large part of our opening day collection was discarded from the Wayne County General Hospital collection
- The night before we opened we worried that no one would come
- At the end of our first open day, there wasn't even 1 picture book left on the shelf
- The book drop was a long 3 floors down when the elevator wasn't working & books were hauled up the stairs in canvas bags
- Name badges looked like this
- A president visited the library
- It was big news when in 1990 we stopped charging rental fees for videos, compact discs, and new books
- In the late 80s there was a shortage of public librarians that really threatened our ability to offer the best customer service possible
- The library once had an assistant director [it was me!]
- My confirming letter
- The library has always been known for its strong customer service and was the front page feature of the July 1990 "Customer Service Report"
- Books received a due date stamp rather than a printed receipt
- Reference questions were answered from reference books rather than from the internet
- We maintained a Fugitive Fact file of reference questions which I believe morphed into what is now Google
- Old newspapers were viewed on microfilm rather than as digitized images on the web
- The library once had a LAN instead of internet databases
- Books were checked out with paper forms rather than on a PC
- Many of the best-selling authors of 30 years ago are still best-selling authors today
- Email didn't exist and we mostly ran around desk-to-desk when we needed to communicate with colleagues
- Phone messages were delivered on pink memo slips rather than via voicemail
- Students prepared reports using our typewriters rather than computers
- Students used the Readers' Guide To Periodical Literature to search for magazine articles
- Our library logo was once a tree
Saturday May 2nd is National Scrapbooking Day! This special day was first created by the National Scrapbooking Association as a way to celebrate and promote the art and craft of Scrapbooking. Join me and the thousands of people who will be celebrating and participating in National Scrapbooking Day Events all around the world.
Are boxes and boxes of old photographs cramping your style? Wouldn't you like to organize, display and preserve these precious memories? Well, scrapbooking might just be the solution you are looking for. Our librarians have compiled a list of fun and informative resources to help you get started!
Art of the Scrapbook: A Guide to Handbinding and Decorating Memory Books, Albums, and Art Journals by Diane Maurer-Mathison: Covering binding, paper decorating, lettering and layout techniques from simple to innovative, this book offers something for crafters at all skill levels. Professional paper and book artists share their work and techniques giving readers the inspiration for creating their own innovative designs.