Library celebrates 125 yearsQuasquicentennial is a fancy word for 125th anniversary. Starting July 1, we will be celebrating our quasquicentennial here at the Superior Public Library.
By: Sue Heskin, Superior Telegram
Quasquicentennial is a fancy word for 125th anniversary. Starting July 1, we will be celebrating our quasquicentennial here at the Superior Public Library.
Teddie Meronek, our Local History Librarian, has been busy with research, uncovering all kinds of interesting tidbits about the library. Below is what she has discovered about the first days of our library — and I am glad the job now pays more than $35 per month.
On May 1, 1888, the citizens of Superior went to the polls to cast a ballot for or against the establishment of a public library. Out of 398 votes counted that day, only seven were against the proposal. A tax of $1,500 was levied for the “support and maintenance” of the library and a board was appointed. Mr. I.W. Gates, the board’s first president, and the rest of the board went to work looking for a suitable home for the new library. Rooms were leased in City Hall at the corner of Winter Street and John Avenue and a search started for a librarian.
The job, at $35 per month, was first offered to Clara Clough McCoy. She declined the board’s offer. One of her reasons for declining the position may have been that she was about to marry Mr. Irvine Lenroot. Mr. Lenroot’s career in politics would take the couple all the way from Superior to Washington, D.C., where Irvine would serve as a United States senator and also be seriously considered as a vice presidential candidate. On April 24 1889, Mrs. Delia Freestone accepted the position of librarian and cataloged “Wisconsin and Lake Superior” by James S. Ritchie as the first book to be placed in the collection of the new Superior Public Library.
Join us for our Children’s Craft: Postcards II, Part 1 on Wednesday, July 3rd from 2-3 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Last summer we made “Wish You Were Here” postcards. Art collage cards focused on the Lake Superior St. Louis River Freshwater Estuary Bay, Pokegama River as well as slough and grassy areas. We are doing it again. It’s all “hands on” for Postcards II for ages 4 and up. Superior Council for the Arts instruction is free. Materials will be provided. Donations welcome. For more details, call 715-392-6007, or visit www.superiorcfta.org. Registration is required.
New DVDs: “Happy People,” “Ethel,” “The Guilt Trip,” “Jack Reacher,” “Women in Love,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Bletchley Circle,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Dexter: The Complete 7th Season,” “Fringe: The Complete 5th Season,” “Save Haven,” “Side Effects,” “Struck by Lightning,” “True Blood. The Complete 5th Season,” “Excel 2013 for Dummies.”
New nonfiction: “Sewing the Seasons: 23 Projects to Celebrate the Year,” “This is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want,” “Golf Magazine’s The Par Plan,” “Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery,” “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum,” “Backyard Foraging: 65 familiar plants you didn’t know you could eat,” “Travel Wild Wisconsin,” “Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness,” “The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age.”
New fiction: “Paris” by Edward Rutherford, “Love Water Memory” by Jennie Shortridge, “Angel’s Gate” by P. G. Sturges, “The Kashmir Shawl” by Rosie Thomas, “The Humanity Project” by Jean Thompson, “Things We Cherished” by Pam Jenoff,” “A Step of Faith” by Richard Paul Evans, “Silken Prey” by John Sandford, “The Blossom Sisters” by Fern Michaels, “The Chance” by Karen Kingsbury, “Maya’s Notebook” by Isabel Allende,” “Best Kept Secret” by Jeffrey Archer, “Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland” by Ace Atkins, “Inferno” by Dan Brown, “Manuscript Found in Accra” by Paulo Coelho, “The Wrath of Angels” by John Connolly, “Zero Hour: a Novel from the NUMA Files” by Clive Cussler.
Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Superior; 2-7 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Solon Springs; and 2-7 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Nebagamon. Call 394-8860 in Superior, (715) 378-4452 in Solon Springs, or (715) 374-3477 in Lake Nebagamon. Check out the library’s website at superiorlibrary.org.
Sue Heskin is the director of the Superior Public Library.