Colborne Public Library: The First Fifty Years
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In November of 1903, Colborne Council gave the library a grant of $25.00. The Enterprise’s account of this cited “A deputation of Mr. C.J. McCallum and A. Scougale appearing on behalf of the Public Library asking for a small grant in aid of the library”, indicating that the library may have had a library board at this early point. Another brief mention in the newspaper also noted that the Public Library was presenting a concert to the community.
The earliest known newspaper reference is from the April 16th 1903 edition of The Enterprise. It reads: “The Librarian of the Public Library has a number of standard novels which are damaged but reading is complete which he will sell at a very low price also a large number of magazines and illustrated papers.” This short passage indicates several things – first, that this early librarian was male; second, he was trying to raise money for the library; and third, that the library offered its patrons books, magazines, and illustrated papers.
There are several mysteries attached to the earliest days of the Public Library in Colborne - the exact year it opened, where it was located, and who was the first librarian. If pre-1903 newspapers are ever located we may be able to answer some of those questions.
First known reference to Colborne Public Library, The Enterprise, 16 April 1903
First known reference to Colborne Public Library, The Enterprise, 16 April 1903 Details
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