January 24, 1980
     Elmer Oliverson replaced Doug Webb as board chairman; Kris Beckstead replaced Katie Titensor as board member, and Ane Ora Nielsen replaced Lenness Keller as City Council Representative.  It was noted that curtailment of hours had an adverse effect on circulation.  The county raised more money for the library so the city share will also be more.  With the new funds the library can open earlier. With new funds open earlier:  Monday, 2-9, Tuesday through Friday 2-8, Saturday 12-7.  Grants were received:  a matching grant for a copy machine; 2 materials grants, and reference books were purchased by the region for each library.  The furnace had to be repaired again.  Several auxiliaries expressed interest in sponsoring projects to raise money for the library.

February 13, 1980
    Booklets were handed out on library boards and their responsibilities.  Board members should continue their education, devote time, become interested in the library and the public, and have a close acquaintance with the needs of the community.  Trustee policy is set up in the Idaho code.  The Board runs the library and the city and county see that things run correctly and are financed.  Elmer stressed cooperation between city and county since the library is a county-wide service.
Order for agenda:
Roll Call
Reading of minutes
Report of librarian
Financial reports
Reports of committees
Unfinished business
New business
     New committees were formed:  Employment and library policy, Elmer; Programs, Publicity and Secretary, Kris;  Budget and Grants, Connie; Books, Phyllis. We need to form a district.  We would be better off financially since a district library can tax at 3 mills.  That is a future possibility. Report on materials grant received from Gateway Regional Libraries.  Staff can receive further education such as library studies and home studies courses and the board will pay for these.  The boiler problem on the furnace has been fixed.  Can it be paid for by insurance?  The auditor requests that the library get a time clock.  The board felt this was unnecessary.  Discussion of pay for overtime and extra duties.

The Preston Citizen, February 28, 1980, p. 7
     This list will be published each week to show the books in greatest demand in American libraries.  Library hours:  Monday, 2-9; Tuesday thru Friday, 2-8; Saturday noon to 8.

1.            The Establishment, Howard Fast
2.            Sophie’s Choice, William Styron 
3.            The Last Enchantment, Mary Stewart
4.            Triple, Ken Follett
5.            Jailbird, Kurt Vonnegut.

1.            How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years, Howard Ruff
2.            Serpentine, Thomas Thompson
3.            Aunt Erma’s Cope Book, Erma Bombeck
4.            White House Years, Henry Kissinger.

The Preston Citizen, March 6, page 15

1.            Princess Daisy, Judith Krantz
2.            The Devil’s Alternative, Frederick Forsythe
3.            Smiley’s People, John LeCarre
4.            The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum
5.            Memories of Another Day, Harold Robbins
6.            The Top of the Hill, Irwin Shaw
7.            Portraits, Cynthia Freeman  

1.            The Brethren Inside the Supreme Court, Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong
2.            They Call Me Assassin, Jack Tatum
3.            Donahue, Phil Donahue
4.            Aunt Erma’s Cope Book, Erma Bombeck

Book Review by Kristen Beckstead
     How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years, by Howard Ruff
     This best seller is an interesting but frightening book by an admittedly dooms-day prophet.  His grisly list of unpleasant events for our future include:  “exploding inflation, price controls, erosion of your savings (eventually to nothing),  a collapse of private as well as government pension programs (including Social Security), vastly more government regulation, and eventually an international money holocaust which will sweep all paper money down the drain and turn the world upside down.”
     Now, if you agree with any of Rupp’s predictions, read this book.  He encourages investing in gold, silver, diamonds and small-town real estate as a hedge.  He details how and where to acquire them safely.   His Mormon theology appears in chapters on food storage.  All in all, some depressing but sound advice.

The Preston Citizen, March 13, 1980, p. 8.

1.            Princess Daisy, Judith Krantz
2.            The Devil’s Alternative, Frederick Forsythe
3.            Smiley’s People, John LeCarre
4.            Portraits, Cynthia Freeman
5.            Triple, Ken Follett

1.            The Brethren of the Supreme Court, Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong
2.            Free to Choose, Friedman
3.            Anatomy of an Illness,  Clousins
4.            Aunt Erma’s Cope Book, Erma Bombeck
5.            Donahue, Phil Donahue

​​Book Review by Kristen Beckstead
      What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women, by Dr. James Dobson
      The Shining, by Stephen King
     Two short reviews this week on a book that shouldn’t be missed and a chilling horror story.  The first is What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women, by Dr. James Dobson.  This book is must read for all husbands and wives.  In this best seller, Dr. Dobson provides an empathetic look at women’s unique emotional needs and aspirations which husbands sometimes fail to understand and appreciate.  Both men and women will find insightful and helpful suggestions for marital harmony in a humorous and immensely practical book.
     The second is for the horror story lover.  The Shining by Stephen King, author of other best sellers—Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Stand—is terror from the first chapter to the last.   Picture an old hotel, a haunted place of seductive evil and a malevolent will of its own, and a five-year old boy of innocent beauty whose mind mirrors the nightmarish secrets of its past.  “Behind every door of the Overlook’s 110 empty rooms is a chamber of horror.  Little Danny knows of these because he has the power.”    Definitely recommended, but don’t read it alone!  To be released this summer as a Warner Brothers movie starring Jack Nicholson.

The Preston Citizen, March 27, 1980, p.  6.

1.            Princess Daisy, Judith Krantz
2.            The Devil’s Alternative, Frederick Forsythe
3.            The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum
4.            Smiley’s People, John LeCarre
5.            Portraits, Cynthia Freeman
6.            Jailbird, by Kurt Vonnegut

1.            The Brethren of the Supreme Court, Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong
2.            Free to Choose, Friedman
3.            Anatomy of an Illness, Cousins
4.            Donahue, Phil Donahue
5.            Aunt Erma’s Cope Book, Erma Bombeck

Book Reviews by Kristen Beckstead
Donahue, by Phil Donahue and A Time to Heal by Gerald R. Ford
      An interesting story about the number one talk show host in American history.  This is a candid, fast-moving autobiography describing Donahue’s rise to popularity, his friends, his dissolved marriage, his single-parent family and his personality.   One chapter, written by his staff, takes us backstage to find out what makes his show tick.  Donahue shares his pain and disappointment with the Catholic Church and his discovery of his own inner faith and beliefs.   A colorful and intimate look and an immensely popular television star.
     The second book is a revealing account of Ford’s journey from the mid-west to the White House in a vivid yet unpretentious style.  The simple story of a dedicated, down-to-earth man called upon to bear the immense burdens of the presidency, makes one feel privy to the touch choices, sacrifices, successes, mistakes and fears he faced.  He reveals his reasons for the controversial Nixon pardon and brings alive his years in the House of Representatives.   It’s a decent man’s account of his efforts to knit together a nation pulled apart by Watergate and inflation.  Democrats and Regan-lovers beware.  If you read this book, you’ll warm to Jerry Ford.

The Preston Citizen, March 27, 1980, p. 10
     A new approach to Idaho’s history will be presented in an audio-visual documentary will be shown in the Preston Carnegie Library, Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m.
     According to Ada Hansen, librarian, arrangements have been made with the Idaho State Historical Society, sponsors of the documentary, to present the show as part of the library’s educational program.
     A two-part series, Idaho’s Cultural Heritage, before and after statehood, traces the traditions, customs and creative expressions of the very earliest inhabitants of the land known today as Idaho up through the years.
     The theme of the program shows how the various forms of culture were introduced into the state, and how these various facets of creative expression have helped to mold the character of the people.
     Starting with pre-history, man’s first expression found in cave drawings in Idaho, the documentary continues showing the traditions, customs, and art of the American Indian, coming of the first white men, the mining boom, up through territorial days.
     The second segment starts July 4, 1890 when Idaho became the 43rd state, up to the Bicentennial year 1976.  Special emphasis is given to the part ethic groups have played in contributing to this composite culture.  The origin and importance of native dancing, music, art the customs is shown.
     Introducing the program and presenting other facets of Idaho history, is Alson Dawson, western writer and author of the documentary, and his wife Lillian, responsible for photography. Research and editing of the film.  Narration for the program has been done by Dennis Dunn, well-known TV and radio announcer.

April 16, 1980
     Helen Miller is retiring and a letter of appreciation was sent.  A Special Interest Grant was received for children’s books or reference books.  The library is to make a list of contemplated expenses for 1981 for the city.  Connie attended a seminar on grants, how to get grants, and their purpose.  She reported it is difficult to obtain grants.  She suggested that we go to service organizations, church groups, special interest groups, and businesses for donations.  We could take programs to service groups about the library and start asking for donations of time and money.  There was a discussion on purchasing language tapes as we have many requests for them.  We are constantly borrowing from the Regional library, so we should purchase our own.  Report on weekly book reviews in the paper and various radio spots and posters advertising library week.  Discussion about a district library.   We should find out about administration and what needs to be done to get it on the ballot this fall.  Investigate new librarian and salary adjustment for employees.  There is one spot on CETA for a fulltime position.  A new time clock was installed.  It was noted that Elvoid Monsen gets paid for an hour’s work when he comes to check the furnace at night.

The Preston Citizen, May 4, 1980, p. 9
     Paul and Lea Nuwirth recently moved to the area.  Paul is boy scout executive.  Lea realized the Carnegie Library had no ready-made stories so she proceeded to chair a county-wide community service project.  Nancy Jensen is co-chairman, Jody Shaffer and Vicki Kerswell are committee members.
     Women from all over the county and Jaycee-ettes participated and furnished pelon.  There will be over 100 flannel board stories with pelon figures (all different types of stories). 
     Any library card holder can check them out for one week at a time up to three stories at a time.  They are useful to teachers, school teachers, parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc.
     Mrs. Neuwirth presented them to the library on April 30.  They were well received and appreciated by the library staff.

May 14, 1980
     Virginia Jensen was offered the position of librarian but declined.  Cloteele Dahle was interviewed.  Gayle Moosman was suggested.  Only city residents can be hired as librarian.  Insurance will not cover the problems in the furnace boiler.  Regional meeting at ISU. There will be a book sale during library week.  Mysteries and westerns that hadn’t been used in 10 years were weeded out.  Children’s books that were torn and past repair were sold also.  JayCee-ettes took care of sales at 10c a book. They made $49.90.  New sidewalk and grass were put in front.  The lawn is mown by the city employee who mows the park.  The library will close for 1 week for inventory.  This year we need some cleaning done during this week.  Bids for cleaning upstairs carpet, hall and stairs, wash windows, and wash downstairs walls plus scotch-guard carpet for $225.

August 13, 1980
         Circulation was excellent this summer; much better than usual.  Story hour attendance averaged 30 kids.  CETA offers up to 20 hours a week for school age children to work.  We will pursue it and see if we can find a youngster to work.  The budget is on schedule.  Budget public hearing will be next Wednesday and budget should be passed then.  Inform people that we are in need of grants, donations, etc.

October 8, 1980
     Circulation was well over 3,000 last year.  It has been an excellent year in that respect.  All trustee’s were urged to attend the Trustee’s meeting in Pocatello.  Ada’s application is being processed for her retirement, which will be in effect at the end of December.  She has a moth’s vacation coming so she will be leaving at the end of November.  The new librarian is being well-trained for the job.  Ada is also working on a new policy manual for the library.  Discussion on the needed co-operation between the schools and teachers with the library and its use by the students.

November 12, 1980
     Petty cash is not set up properly.  We’re taking in more petty cash than we’ve budgeted for.  Ada would like an audit done before she leaves.  We’re over on the budget by approximately $700.  Ane Ora complimented the board on the budget.  CETA I not curtailing library hours of employees.  An English class came to the library.  The new state librarian, Dr. Bolles, complimented Preston and Franklin on good representation.

December 10, 1980
      Request for a member of the city or county board to serve as liason with the legislators in Boise.  Because of some legislation and new library laws, the regional board would like to see local input.  The library laws are very vague and need to be clarified.  Grant ready to apply for foreign language tapes which are very popular.

Annual Report:
Books purchased                              200 McNaughtons  
                                                                  118 other adult books
                                                                  293 juvenile
Total of 611 added during the year
Total books in the library approx.. 15, 748 volumes
62 magazines (some gift, some subscription)
5 newspapers
Back files of Preston Citizen for 67 years
50 flannel board stories
300 cassettes
Circulation for 1980 – Sept-Sept – 47, 822
10,000 more than former years.
Library hours need to be changed in January.  Suggested changes to 12-8.  Study costs and see of its practical as far as salaries go.  Ada finished the policy manual and gave it to Elmer to edit.

The Preston Citizen, December 11, 1980, page 8, by Kristen Beckstead


      Mrs. Hansen has seen many changes in the past 17 years in the Preston Carnegie Library.  Libraries used to be all books, but our local library now has tapes, cassettes, records, patterns, flannel-board stories, magazines, newspapers and art that can all be check out by the public.
     Our library now has an excellent copy machine that provides an invaluable service to patrons.  A successful story hour is offered in the summer with films and books presented to the young people.  The library now offers a meeting room that is used for various types of meetings almost weekly.
     Our county has been lucky to have such a qualified and dedicated librarian as Ada Hansen.  She is the mother of two sons:   Bill, an engineer with Utah Power in Salt Lake, and Larry, a resident of Preston who works at Taylor Farm Service in Logan.  She is also the proud grandmother of three granddaughters.
     Our community owes a great deal to Ada and is holding an Ada Hansen Day on Nov. 28.  The library will be open from 10 until 5 and Ada will be there to meet with people on that day. “

The Preston Citizen, December 11, 1980, p.  8
     “Cloteele Dahle of Preston has recently been selected as librarian of the Preston Carnegie Library.
She was selected by the Preston Library Board and approved by the Preston City Council.  She will take over officially on January 1, replacing the retiring Ada Hansen.  The wife of Preston contractor Max, they have four children, John 19, Judy, a student at BYU, Sally, 10, and Travis, 2.  A native of Benson, Utah, she graduated from North Cache High School in Richmond.  She has been attending library science courses at Utah State University.
     “I’m real excited about it.  It will be quite a challenge,” she noted.  “I have some big shoes to fill.  Ada has done a fantastic job, “Mrs. Dahle said she plans no major changes at the present time and hopes to maintain the same quality books and service as patrons have enjoyed in the past.   She noted that the Preston library is considered one of the top small libraries in the state.  “The same library hours will be maintained,” she said.



January 14, 1981
     New drug abuse information has been made available.  Received IRS tax forms have been received for public use.  The library hours will change to 12-8.  Cloteele will come in early and handle noon hour traffic.  If it gets too heavy, she’ll schedule the other library employees.  Saturday’s hours will stay the same.  The board needs to investigate the wages being paid to Elvoid Monson.  He puts in about 3 hours a day at $2.45 an hour.  The county contributes 44.56% of the total revenue.  It was suggested that Cloteele be paid a salary instead of an hourly wage.  $152.00 a week, $4.35 an hour, 35 hour week and $7917.00  This salary is in line with other libraries of our size.  A quorum so we’ll think it over and vote next meeting.  Elmer read the policy manual and had a couple of minor changes.  Ane Ora recommends changing to a library district.

February 11, 1981
     A $350 special purpose grant was received as a matching grant to purchase a typewriter.  ILA convention will be held in April at Boise.    New hours are working out well with more people coming in as they become aware of the change.  Lora Larsen has been out because of a heart attack.  Her working hours are being covered by Cloteele and other employees.  Cloteele was asked to send her a plant from both library boards.  Gift certificates given at Christmas time will not be paid by the city.  They will have to come out of petty cash.  A raise in pay to Elvoid Monson was discussed.  Elmer suggested it be raised to $3.00 per hour until it can be budgeted up to minimum wage.  Lecture grants are available.  Glenn Bingham discussed the county payment to the library.  The county needs to know the actual tax amount spent on the library and he had not received a breakdown like he has other years.  Elmer to check on it.  Plans to meet next month to review the policy manual.

March 11, 1981
    ILA membership was discussed.  It was decided to send dues in for the librarian and entire board, but not for each employee.  Cloteele will attend April conference in Boise.  If any trustees want to they will let Elmer know.  Need to contact legislators about upcoming library legislation.  Special purpose grant for consumer health information was discussed.  The new typewriter will enable us to offer use for the public.  It was suggested that we charge a little to cover maintenance, etc.  April 5-11 is National Library Week. 

The Preston Citizen, March 26, 1981, p. 6
By Kristen Beckstead
     April 5 through 11 constitutes National Library Week and the Preston Carnegie Library holds a treasure of literary adventures.  Our local library is considered one of the best small-town libraries in the state and on a very limited budget they provide a great variety of services.  Our book selection is varied, but if there are books you are interested in that this library doesn’t have on the shelf, just mention it to the librarian.  Our inter-library loan service is an excellent one and almost any book a patron desires can be obtained from our regional library.  Within a couple of days the book is I in our library for the patron’s use.
     Our library has an inexpensive copy service available to patrons along with a wide selection of paintings, available for rental.  You can have these beautiful paintings in your home through our Library’s service.  Along with the over 600 new books added to the shelves during a year, our library has 62 magazines, five newspapers, 50 new flannel board stories, back files of the Preston Citizen for 67 years and 300cassettes.  These cassettes include language tapes that are a very popular item in the library selection.
     Our public libraries do run on a tight budget and need the support of interested patrons in terms of contributions, donations and suggestions.  Clubs can offer time in service projects, book donations, public education and any variety of ways.    If anyone is interested in contributing time, ideas, or monetary gifts or if you are interested in learning more about our Preston Carnegie Library, drop by.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 12-7.  Support the library and remember National Library Week, April 5-11.

The Preston Citizen, April 2, 1981, page 6
     Probably in the past six weeks you had a need for tax information, a photocopy machine, a good joke, the correct spelling of a word or a good idea a vacation idea.  You probably talked with your friends at work or asked your sister and never once thought of consulting a place that could help you best—your Library!
     This year librarians across the country are telling us “America—the library’s got your number,” and it’s time to realize that the libraries are right!
     In books, films, tapes and records, the library has something for everyone.    Small business owner who has been thinking about streamlining your inventory, start thinking about the library.  You, the investor, who wants to learn more about the stock market, take yourself to the library,  And you, the gothic novel junkie, support your habit in the library.
     Furthermore, you can’t beat the library value.  You can get more out of your tax dollar at the library than any other public institution.    With the average price of a book at $13.95, you would save almost $500 if you only checked out one book every two weeks—not exactly small change in these inflationary times. 
     No matter who you are—young or old, rich or poor—the library has your number.  April 5-11, 1981, is National Library Week, a perfect time to get your library’s number.
     Preston Carnegie Library, in conjunction with National Library Week, will have a story hour Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m.   Bring your children to the library.
     Also, April 6-18 will be a fine-free two weeks.  Bring in all your overdue books.  No fines April 6-18.

April 8, 1981
     New members welcomed.  Grant for lectures, programs, historical lectures, was discussed.  Mini grant for up to $1,000 available.  Norm Jones, local state historical society board member said he would come to Board meeting and discuss programs available.  Connie and Cloteele will apply.  Another grant is available for information on energy programs.  Quarterly report was handed out.  Circulation isup.  National Library Week is in progress.  Fine-free week and story hour pm on Saturday April 11 will feature children’s films.  Regional librarian wants five people from each library to contact legislator and keep in touch.  We need to keep reminding them about the value of our interlibrary loan service and regional services.  Cloteele to advise all employees that we cannot pay for time when they come in early.  More discussion on the policy manual. Connie brought up attendance to board meetings. Glenn said that the county board has much further to travel.  The original contract is that we meet quarterly.  Elmer said that the county board can decide on their own members.  It was mentioned that as a working board, all must be here.  The county will meet and decide how they want to do it.  Policy manual was accepted as corrected.  The Christmas bonuses are taken care of.  The employees returned their $10 and the city cleared up the bills.

The Preston Citizen, April 16, 1981, page 5
Brain, by Robin Cook
     Robin Cook, author of COMA, again gives us a look into the world of medical horror.  He has exceeded even his own previous thriller, Coma, with a truly chilling theory.  It deals with untimely deaths of young women at the Hobson University Medical Center, female cadavers in the hospital morgue whose brains are missing, and the quick dismissal of any inquiries into the above.
      Dr. Martin Phillips Martin and Dr. Denise Sanger find themselves thwarted in their research into these bizarre events that turn into a complex cover-up involving the FBI. 
     The author, himself a surgeon, writes with extreme expertise and scientific technicality.  This book has been on the best seller list for some weeks.  Pick this thriller up at the Carnegie Library.  You won’t be able to put it down.

The Preston Citizen, April 30, 1981, page 5.
Free Association, by Paul Buttenwieser
     A rather interesting tale of psychiatry and the full-fledged psychoanalyst who has problems of his own.   Dr. Roger Lieberman is a promising young psychiatrist treating hysterical women and hot-tempered men but whose own life is lonely.  It is an effecting and comic story.  It will “delight an entertain anyone who has ever wondered whether shrinks are better at coping with life than the rest of us.  Pick it up at the Preston Carnegie Library.  Hours M-F 12-8 p.m., Sat. 12-7 p.m.

The Preston Citizen, May 7, 1981, page 7.
Fall from Grace, By Victor Canning
     A well-written psychological tale about a young dissolute author who loves gardening and blackmail.  He is hired to write a family history about the Darvel family who own the gorgeous Illaton mansion.  John Corbin, the young man, spends his days leafing through the family archives and living in the mansion.   He falls in love with the beautiful head gardener, Rachel, and begins to feel that his life of dishonesty will change.
     Full of surprises and twists, with a rather disappointing ending, the book is well-written and enjoyable reading.  Carnegie Library hours, M-F 12-8, Sat. 12-7.

May 13, 1981
     Connie and Cloteele attended ILA conference in Boise.  Two children’s authors were featured.  Vivian Dimmich, Montpelier is Librarian of the Year.  Our region is doing well.  They attended grant workshops.  There are mini-grants available, also under $1,000.  Connie will call Norm Jones to meet with us to help us apply for the September deadline.  One of the speakers at the conference said that we need to educate the patrons that the library is not free.  The budget cuts will really affect our library service and the public should know this.  Elmer is going to go the council every 3 months to keep them educated as to what we are doing.  They will study our policy manual and vote on it on the 21st.  Need some publicity articles on our circulation to inform the public.  Also some children’s books were purchased and we need to advertise them in the paper.  The Council has asked for a report on cost-effectiveness of Elvoid Monson’s job.  They are doing a retirement study.  New members will get their committee assignments soon.  Connie was asked to assist chairman of the board in case of Elmer’s absence.  The committee members may choose their assignments, if they wish.  All Title II and Title VI monies are gone.  CETA has been cut tremendously.  The Summer Youth Program will probably be non-existent.  Library will close for a week for cleaning.  Cloteele will get bids for cleaning.  Mutual classes were suggested to do some for service projects.

The Preston Citizen, May 14, 1981, page 4.
End of the Rainbow, by Mary Ann Crenshaw
     An eye-opening book about drug abuse at the sophisticated level, if you can call anything about drug abuse sophisticated.  A young and successful woman with a fabulous job becomes addicted to doctor-prescribed drugs such as Vallium, Fiorinal, Percadan, and Thorazine.  Her misuse of tranquilizers and sleeping pills begins a grim and harrowing tale of her abused body and mind.  She’s lucky and finally triumphs after weeks of withdrawal, pain and a near-death experience. 
      For all to read, especially adults who find a “legal” pill comes in handy in dealing with our stressful world.  Library hours M-F 12-8, Sat. 12-7.

June 10, 1981
     Notification of a public speaking program through the Association of the Humanities.  Cloteele attended a regional meeting at the Bannock Library at Fort Hall.  Inter-library loans and how to complete forms.  Charges were discussed.  She also reported on the inventory and said there is still some counting to do and also a need to week out un-circulating books especially now that we’ve received new books.  Perhaps there can be a book sale to dispose of those books .  The board looked at the new books (gardening, crafts, sports and cooking) and suggested that there be a notice in the paper when they go on the shelves.  Discussed the cost of rebinding the book Prominent Men of Utah which will cost $145 to restore it to its original condition.  A leather cover $50.00.  As a result of the contacts made to the state legislators, the library fund is back into the appropriations.  Apparently $100,000 of grant money was frozen for this purpose and the inter-library book loan will probably continue.  The board agreed to have five people contact the legislature anytime something pertaining to the library needs to be brought to their attention.  Five people were nominated:  Ellen Greaves, Walter Ross, Doug Webb, Ada Hansen and Carol Olsen.  Discussed the need to establish a policy for dealing with people who have books and don’t return them especially in the case of McNaughton books which we must pay for if we don’t get them back.   Donations from Ladies Literary, $40; Preston fine Arts, $25; three books from Lit-a-Lore. 

The Preston Citizen, June 18, 1981, page 3
The Cradle Will Fall, by Mary Higgins Clark
     This excellent author of suspense has truly woven a terrifying tale of murder and suspense.  In fact, it would make a terrifying movie.  The heroine, Katie DeMato, is a brilliant attorney who thinks she witnesses a woman’s body being deposited in the trunk of a car at Westlake Hospital.  The woman is later found in her bed and her death declared a suicide.  Katie proceeds to find the truth trapped in a medical conspiracy that leads to several murders and an intense climax.  If you like the mystery, read this one.  It is fast-moving, cleverly written, and frightening.
     The author has written three other thrillers:  Aspire to the Heavens, Where are the Children? and A Stranger is Watching. 
     Library hours:  Monday thru Friday, 12-8; Saturday, 12-7.

The Preston Citizen, June 25, 1981, page 5
     Summer Story Hour begins Wednesday at 3 pm.  Children 3 and over are welcome at the library.  Some new books to aid you this summer have arrived at the library.  Some beautiful sets on gardening with step by step growing of every variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs are available.  They are beautifully illustrated and detailed from planting to harvesting.   It is entitled “Successful Gardening.”
     Also available is a set on sewing entitled “Stitch by Stitch” with detailed illustrations on knitting, crocheting, quilting, making bathing suits, and innumerable other instructions for a variety of sewing.  There are 20 volumes in this set.
     There is also a new 20-volume set called “Super Cook”—an encyclopedia of cooking and a beautifully illustrated set, it covers all kinds of gourmet cooking, breads,  desserts and all gamuts of cooking.
     A 20-volume set on crafts is a valuable addition to the library.  It details all kinds of crafts and arts, as a guide to traditional and modern home crafts.

The Preston Citizen, June 25, 1981, page 5.
     Preston Carnegie Library has some more new additions for the do-it-your self-ers.  For you fishermen, Jack Dennis has a new book called “Western Trout Fly Tying.” 
     For campers and hunters, Elser and Brown have a new book entitled, “Packing in on Mules and  Horses.”  Going along with recent articles on color analysis, the library has purchased “Color Me Beautiful,” by Carole Jackson.   There are books on coin collecting, sewing and crocheting afghans. 
     For photographers, Michael Busser has written a book called “How to Take Better Pictures” that includes beautiful illustrations and instructions.  Check on these new books.  They are a great addition to our library, and very worthwhile reading for those interested in these hobbies.

The Preston Citizen, June 25, 1981, page 5.
Food for Healthy Kids, Dr. Lendon Smith  
          About six months ago, we reviewed another book by Dr. Smith entitled, “Feed Your Kids Right.”  This new book is even better as it includes lots of recipes for delicious, vitamin-loaded foods.  Dr. Smith is a firm and outspoken proponent of treating many emotional and physical problems with vitamins therapy.  He sketches out many vitamin combinations that can help alleviate hyperactivity, irritability, insomnia, thumb sucking, and many other problems that tots, toddlers, and teens may have. 
     In addition to the vitamins and minerals needed to protect and overcome illness, the doctor also lists actual foods that do the job.    There are over a hundred original recipes that will help parents get nutrients into balky children who prefer sugar and junk food.
     “Health is too important to leave it in the hands of the doctor.  What I hope to do is get some of the health care of children—and adults—back into the hands of parents and the family.”
    Pick this book up at the Carnegie Library here in Preston.  Hours are M-F, 12-8, and

July 8, 1981
     Steve Norton and Audrey Long were added to the list of individuals to contact the legislature when needed.  Cloteele will compose a letter to be sent to them and if they’re sympathetic to library needs.  Hopefully they will serve in this capacity.  Grants were discussed.  Bids for paneling for the stairwell and cleaning are forthcoming.    Elmer suggested we have mini workshops at meetings with members taking turns presenting them.  Discussed the budget and we’ll need more money at the current rate of expenditures for employee salaries and benefits to continue services.    Elmer recommended we close one hour earlier until we review the new budget year (three months).  Cloteele said the library isn’t very busy that final hour and shouldn’t curtail use.  New hours go into effect July 9.  Advertise in the paper.  Proposed early closure at rodeo time, holidays, etc. at the discretion of the librarian.  We must consider a salary budget request of at least $23,000.  Committee will meet to propose and present preliminary budget to City Council.  County underwrites 45% of the library budget.

August 5, 1981
      Circulation is up and the story hour was very successful. Cloteele attended regional meeting and learned of more materials and special purpose grants that are available.  Venna Fackrell was appointed to attend regional meetings.  A tentative budget was submitted to the city;  it is considerably higher than it has been.  It has been approved.  They will probably shift some of the mill levy so the library can have the extra money.  Petterborg’s bid of $1,007 was accepted for the paneling and shelves.  Guest Norm Jones from the Humanities Council gave much information about grant money available for public community projects.  They do not support day-to-day library work, but do grant money for extra humanity productions, book displays, film series, tape shows, monthly lectures, folklore programs, children’s literature programs and local history project.  In Nampa, a grant was given for lectures with films in children’s literature areas.  Bonners Ferry had a great book program to encourage adults to read.  They have a speakers’ program that includes a list of 19 speakers and 50 topics.  If we wish to apply for these grants, Mr. Jones will help us submit an application.  The association has funded about 70% of the proposals they’ve received.



January, 1982
     Discussion of library cards.  Family cards that have one number are being issued.  If small children want their own card they will have the same number.  If the patron is over 14, they may have individual numbers if desired.  All fines must be paid before new cards are issued.  Circulation is up and the library has been very busy.  The Board was taken to the reference section and given a quiz to acquaint them with the process of finding materials and answers to reference questions.

Carnegie Corner
January 7, 1982, Preston Citizen, p. 10
      Don’t forget it’s time to renew your library cards for 1982.
Bess and Harry:  An American Love Story, by Jhan Robbins.  They were childhood sweethearts in Independence, Mo. , where some people thought Harry Truman would never amount to much.   Here is their story, told by a journalist who new Bess and Harry very well.  It is a portrait of a remarkable pair who for more than five decades were as devoted as newlyweds and who brought their stamp of down home honesty all the way to the White House.

Carnegie Corner
Jan. 28, 1982, Preston Citizen, p. 5
Dust from the Alkali Flat, by Basil Crane
On the shelf of our Carnegie Library is an interesting collection of books by a local author, Basil J. Crane.
      Crane was a forest ranger on the Toiyabi National Forest in Nevada for about 10 years   Starting in 1938.  He was raised in Mink Creek and received a degree in Forestry from Utah State University (then Utah State Agricultural College).  All of his work was done on horseback, so these stories all have an old west flair.  The scene makes the word “Forest” ranger seem inappropriate as the author describes desert, sagebrush, rim rock, aspen, and mountain mahogany, but this high mountain range had been designated National Forest by the local ranchers to help control the number of cattle, sheep and wild horses on public lands.    
     The vivid characterizations of such people as Old Adams, who broke horses for $5 a day, Clarence, Basil’s one and only assistant on the ranger district and an assortment of cowboys and ranchers, all add up to some fun stories.  The reader also gets to know some horses like Buck and star who can become man’s best friend on the lonely trail.
     Among the stories is a collection of sketches and poetry.  Worth reading to gather impressions of a man and his time.

February 10, 1982
     $250 matching grant was received for a water heater and a lawn mower.  The water heater can be placed in a closet between the rest rooms.  A tap will be put on so water can be obtained out of it.  Grant received from the city and county for $816.50.  Glen Bingham said we can apply for a grant from the region.   Discussed the possibility of forming a district and go on a family tax, so much per family for a tax to get future money for the library.  The Sun Valley convention is at the end of April.  The regional library district will pay for one car.  The hotel bill will be paid by our library.  “Intellectual Freedom” is the theme.

March, 1982
     Librarian and one trustee will attend the Sun Valley Convention.  The water heater has been installed.  It is time to change magazine subscriptions and renew the old ones.  The trustees reviewed the magazine list and added and subtracted a few.  It will be necessary to replace Elvoid in the near future.  We need to purchase a lot of new books.  Trustees were asked for input.

April, 1982
     It was decided to apply for the CETA summer youth program.  Pocatello Workshop on community history on April 16.  None of the trustees can attend the ILA Convention so Cloteele will take one of the librarians with her.  Two librarians and Cloteele attended a workshop on mending books in Pocatello.  Next week is National library Week

The Preston Citizen, April 15, 1982, p. 5
      Where can you pursue your favorite hobby, get in shape, find the latest discoveries in science from medicine to outer space, and have access to just about any information or service you need?  Your library!  If you didn’t know the answer to that question then you may want to take note of this year’s National Library Week Theme:  “A Word to the Wise—Library.
     The Preston Carnegie Library is joining the American Library Association in the 25th annual National Library Week  Observance, April 18-24.
     Today’s libraries serve more people publicly than any other public agency, at less than what it would cost you to take your family out to dinner.  For that small amount of your tax dollars, you have free access to programs, services, and information through your libraries.
     The library continues to grow in imagination, commitment and service to our entire community.   That is why the Preston Carnegie Library and the ALA urge everyone to think of the library as the one place that can help every day needs.
     National Library Week, begun in 1958, is sponsored by the American Library Association.  Our local head librarian is Cloteele Dahle.  With librarians Ileene Fuhriman, Phyllis Vaterlaus, Lora Larsen, and LeOra Bloxham  there to serve.
     The Library Board of Directors includes Elmer Oliverson, chairman, with Connie Maughan, Kris Beckstead,  Venna  Fackrell,  and Phyllis Acock with county board members Glenn Bingham, Zelma Woodward, Jean Barger and Betty Nash.   Give them your suggestions and help them make it a library one that all will use. 
     The library will hold a book sale during library week to sell duplicates, and other miscellaneous books.  Come in for some great bargains.   

May 12, 1982
     Regional Systems board Meeting will be held in Pocatello.  The book sale made $51.00.  There are still some books for sale at 25c each.  ILA convention was excellent.  The children’s literature workshop was very educational and the censorship panel very interesting.  County needs to place on the ballot for an increase in the mill levy and to replace Geralyn Keller.  CETA girls will be working 20 hours a week in the summer.  Library will close for a week for inventory and cleaning.  To finish grants we need to get the vacuum and the shelving completed.  Need to replace the drinking fountain.  Preston Ladies Literary Club donated $200 and the Jaycettes gave some children’s tapes.

Carnegie Corner
The Preston Citizen, May 27, 1982, p. 4
      The Preston Carnegie Library has purchased many new books to add to their collection.  Several new cassettes, and books have been added to the children’s library.
     The Library board would like to publicly thank the Jaycee-ettes for their children’s tapes donation, and also to the Ladies Literary Club for their generous $200 book donation.


June, 1982
     $50 donation from the Fine Arts club.  Brian Biggs did a service project and cleaned all the chairs.  The carpet has been cleaned downstairs and in the hallways.  The inventory was finished after 3 full days.  CETA girls, Denice Todd and Sylvia Rodriguez are starting.  They have already been a great help.  There are still some books for sale due to the inventory.  Story hour on Wednesdays starting in June.  New magazine subscribed to lists all the sheet music published.  All grant reports are finished and the new vacuum arrived.  New shelving is being constructed.  County needs to pay their 45% of the budget.  They need to receive the audit report for the first year to pay that part of 1981.  They have paid $5240 so far.   All they need to do is adjust their quarterly payment.  The county does have a nest egg that will cover this year, but they’ll have to have a mill levy election for next year.  Suggestions for budget cuts were asked for and the contingency fund discussed.  The budget for 1983 will stay the same as 1982.

Carnegie Corner
The Preston Citizen, June 17, 1982, p. 5
     The library story hour will begin June 23, Wednesday, at 3 pm.  It will continue each Wednesday for the summer.  We welcome volunteers to read to the children.  Call the library if you would like to volunteer.
     There are books for sale 25c each.  There are more books for sale because of the recent inventory.
     The library has subscribed to a new magazine entitled “Sheet Music Magazine”.  It lists all new and old tunes offered in sheet music.

July, 1982
     New shelves are finished and in place.  County payment has been received.  Budget has been handed into the city.  The air conditioner does not work.  Wangsgaards said the compressor is gone.  Contact Gordon Duane for an estimate on repair.  Mr. Kunz of the John Birch society requested that we purchase the book “missing in Action,” by Larry J. O’Daniel.  Board took it under consideration.  Library will be closed at 6:00 p.m. July 29, and July 31.

August 11, 1982
     Air conditioner is still not working.  Campbell electric checked it and said it was not the compressor.  Betty moved we wait until Elmer returns and let him make the decision whether we have Campbells fix it or have Gordon Duane.   Cloteele will try to get some estimates.  New Idaho Library Laws have been received and were given out to the members present.  Cloteele said there should be money to cover the cost of the air conditioner repair.  County has paid $5795.48, the balance due for the 1980-81 fiscal year.

September 8, 1982
     The air-conditioner compressor is broken.  Bruce Campbell will order a new one.  It will cost between $800 and $1000.  The copy machine needs a new roller and we’ll order it.  It will cost about $285.  We stand in good shape on the budget.  We have a little left over to clean the furnace, fill up the coal bin and fix the drinking fountain.  The city has passed a 5% pay raise for city employees.  We’ll need to stay on top of that when setting the budget for the next fiscal year.

October, 1982
     Trustees Workshop in Idaho Falls.  All of the board will attend.  High School and Middle School English teachers are requiring students to use our services which has made circulation come up a bit.  Many students are using our reference library for reports and papers.  The kindergarten toured the library which included a story and a short film.  We need more public awareness of our services so the public relations chairman was asked to prepare more publicity.  Parking out front is being abused and Elmer will approach the city council about the problem.  The signs of limited parking are being ignored making the convenience of the library at odds with its parking spots.

December 8, 1982
     Library board meeting was not held in November.  Circulation is up about 4000 over last year.  There is concern about funding the Regional Library by the local libraries.  We don’t know how we can do this.  It was suggested if we get a chance to talk to our legislators and tell them of our concern.  Budget was approved for the same amount as last year.  Discussed getting a Model C book charger to track books taken out of library.  Can we rent rather than buy?  It is easier to get it repaired that way.  Cloteele will check into it further.  Fountain has been put in.

1983 – nothing in newspaper

January 12, 1983
     Not enough present for a quorum so no business was discussed.  The group looked at new books that have been purchased.

February, 1983
     Circulation is up nearly 2000 more than last year.  Saturdays have been the busiest days tallying in the 300s.  We should look at more automation as our budget won’t allow for more salaries.  Elmer checked on parking to see if we can get more spots.  We need to paint current spaces and add more signs.  The trees also need some trimming.  If the parking continues to be abused, we will ask the city to enforce the parking.  We need a new custodian to work 19 hours a week at $3.37 an hour.  Richard Johnson was voted upon and approved.

June 8, 1983
     PNLA will be held at Sun Valley in August.  Glenn will go as Regional Vice-President.  We won’t attend this year but will go to the U of U children’s Literature workshop instead.  Library will close on July 2 and at 6:00 on rodeo nights.  A story hour will be held every Wednesday at 3:00.  Inventory is nearly complete.  Cleaning, including carpet is complete.  The yards look neat.  Received book donations from McCune estate.  Some extra books will be sold at book sale and others donated to the jail.  We had some Christmas records get wet in storage.  Some will be salvaged.  Discussion of methods of holding privileges back if there are a lot of overdue books.  With board approval, discretion will be left to librarian.  Two CETA people are working 20 hours a week:  Gail Green and Linda Gebs.  Air conditioner is on and working.  Finances are in good shape.  We’re close on the payroll.  We’ve asked two companies to bid the painting on the outside.  Furnace has been cleaned.

July 13, 1983
     The new card system is all wired and ready to go.  New cards will be issued next week.  There will be about a 7% increase in budget.  There has been a bid opened for a used oak card file cabinet.  It is in Twin Falls. We will bid $350.  Bid of $2672 to paint the outside of the building by Golightly’s.  More bids were asked for.  Bathroom downstairs has been painted.  Story hour has been successful.  Approximately 25 children have been attending.

August 10, 1983
     Idaho State Library Minutes of the board meeting are being sent to us.  Circulation report for the quarter was handed out.  Anna Greene Regional director asked Cloteele if the next regional meeting could be held in Preston Library.  Cloteele reported on the children’s literature workshop at U of U at the last regional meeting.  Anna sent a letter of appreciation.  Budget is in good shape.  County has made quarterly payments and was asked to make the final payment before the end of the fiscal year (full report is attached).  Bids from Boyd Golightly or Marvin Wheeler will be decided upon by Elmer for the painting of the outside of the building.

September and October, 1983
     No board meeting was held in September.   Venna Fackrell and Cloteele Dahle attended the regional meetings at the Preston Library instead.  No October board meeting was held because of the Gateway Regional Trustees Workshop in Pocatello.

November, 1983
     Outside painting is finished and looks good.  We need to fill Venna’s position.  Venna was given a thank-you note and a book.  Diane Christensen reported on the regional meetings.  There is a bill to be presented to raise more money for libraries.  We received some changes for the trustee manual.  There is also a copy of a speech given by David spencer at our library meeting.  The city has approved a pay raise of 5% for library personnel.  There are two cameras to be checked out.  We need a form to be signed for responsibility and liability.

December 14, 1983
     There is a new form for inter-library loans.  A new ILL code has been adopted by the ILA>  Credit cards can no longer be used for phone calls.  Region will reimburse the local libraries for calls needed for inter-library loans.  Story hour will be on Friday, Dec. 23.  This will include films for children.  The library will close Dec. 23 until Jan 3, 1984.  More help is needed on Saturdays in the future if circulation continues to rise.  County payment for Nov. is due.  Cloteele showed some of the new materials added.  Maps on file, and cameras for check-out.  The year’s circulation has risen.  Volunteer help was discussed.  New library board member was discussed.  Suggestions were Marsha Castleton, Sandra Webb, and Renee Allen.



January, 1984
     Last year’s budget and actual expenses:  $51,521,58 budgeted; $45,738.37 spent.  Glenn Bingham made a county payment on the 11th of January.  The county is short on the portion of the budget.  A memorandum from the county board was read concerning financial responsibility and tax levy differences.  The county will need to hold a special election to raise their mill levy in order to meet library obligations.  Zelma Woodward is the new chairman of the county board.  We presented Glenn Bingham with a book and a thank you.  He and his wife are leaving for their Irish mission.  He thanked us for our association.  Elmer will present Marsha Castleton’s name as the new board member.

March, 1984
     A party was held for Elwood Monson.  He was presented a plaque for services rendered.

The Preston Citizen, March 8, 1984, p. 1
     An override election to raise $15,000 over the next five years for the library will be held Tuesday from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.  The election is set for the foyer of the Franklin County Courthouse.
     According to County Clerk Mike Kunz, the election is designed to help the county raise its portion (about 45%) of the library’s operating budget.  He said in recent years, because of the one percent initiative, the county has fallen behind in its share of the cost of operating the facility. 
     Only those of voting age living outside the city limits of Preston living in the county are eligible to vote.  A two-thirds majority is required to pass the measure.
    If it doesn’t pass, the county library board, chaired by Zelma Woodward of Franklin, will have three alternatives:   cut the budget back; go to a user fee for county residents; or discontinue use of the Carnegie facility by county residents.

April 13, 1984
     The book charger was approved.  New custodian is Richard Johnson.  National Library Week is April 17-23.  Spent 41% of budget.  Three parking spaces will be marked out front and a new sign put up.  Inventory will be Memorial Day weekend.  Closed June 30-July 6.  Custodian will clean the carpets.  Check on refinishing the check-out desk.

May, 1984
     Mayor J. D. Williams met with us to get names for new board members.  County board members Lee Sant and Beth Schumann were welcomed and introduced.  Regional meetings were announced.  Trustees annual meeting to e held in Pocatello.  Elmer is running for the regional board.  Circulation is down from a year ago, but there has been more in-library use.  Ladies Literary Club donated $50.  Summer story hour and reading program will begin June 6.  Films and stories will be given each Wednesday.  Flowers have been planted outside.

June, 1984
     Regional meeting for librarians will be a Red Cross first-aid course.  CETA workers for the summer will be Janine Burbank and Linda Gebs.  Story hour last week had ten in attendance.  Inventory is complete.  New cards were made for books that needed them.  Circulation for the first day after we opened was 606.  The budget is 58% spent.

The Preston Citizen, June 7, 1984, p. 6
     There are plenty of good reasons for going to Preston Carnegie Library—great novels, rare journals, valuable reference books, and

Polaroid Instant Cameras that can be borrowed free of charge.
     What are cameras doing at the public library?    “As of today they’re part of our circulating collection”, said Cloteele Dahle, 

librarian.  “Like our books, magazines and records, they’re here for the public to use and enjoy. “
     The Preston library is participating in “Check This Out” a program providing free instant cameras to public libraries throughout the

United States.  The cameras, which are from the 600 series, feature built-in electronic flash, and one button operation.  Sponsored by

the Customer Service division of Polaroid Corporation, the program is being offered in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).
      According to Lynda L. Wilson, program manager, the idea of borrowing a camera from the library isn’t as unusual as it may seem.   “Libraries offer a wide variety of services and materials to patrons”, she said. “Instant cameras are a natural for an information-oriented facility like a public library.”
     Peggy Barber, public information director for the ALA, said, “This is the first time that a corporation has made a commitment on this scale to the nation’s libraries.  When times are rough and library budgets tight, we hope other companies will follow Polaroid’s example.”
     At the Preston library, persons 18 years of age and older with a valid library card, may borrow a camera for up to two weeks.  Patrons must supply their own film.

July 11, 1984
     Connie told how well the county and city boards get along.  Histories wanted for each community.  Circulation is again down for this quarter.  It might be because of year-round school.  Story hour has been quite successful and will continue.  Desk downstairs has been moved away from the door, and so far no problems have been encountered.  Audit found everything in order.  Flower pots have been knocked over but have been replanted and put back.  No increase in the budget this year but there will have to be some items shuffled because there will be raises in salaries.  One bid for painting totals $2,055.  This includes ceiling, walls at $1,025 and behind books with oil base is $1,030.  This was tabled until we are sure of county funds.  Since Elmer is on the Regional Board we will be able to get more grant monies.  There is a grant now that will be divided for each library unit, and we should get two.  Library will close July 24 holiday, and will close early on rodeo nights.  Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Busines Week, and Value Line were suggested for the library.  It was suggested that it would be a good club project to up-date the boy scout merit badge books.  Semi-annual payments were discussed rather than quarterly payments, and also a library district was mentioned.  Anna Green will probably be to the next month’s meeting, and can give us some insight on districting.

The Preston Citizen, September 20, 1984, page 6
     A new publication soon to arrive at the Preston Carnegie Library is a weekly business and stock market report entitled “Value Line”.  This report follows the market and gives information on the history of each stock.
     This subscription is made possible by donations because of the high cost of the publication.
     Generous donations were made by two of our local banks:  First Bank and Trust and Ireland Bank.  These banks now offer the service of buying and selling stocks for customers.
     Private donations from Arnold Sant, Sam Merrill and Ed Little were also added to the subscription price to make this report available to the library.
     Donations of books and/or money are welcome at the library to help build up a business library and add to all the collections. 
     The Preston Ladies Literary Club and the Fine Arts Club both have given generous donations each year for book purchases.
     The Wall Street Journal and the Deseret News are now available for the patrons as is a regional newsletter about hunting and fishing in our area entitled “Hunting and Fishing Weekly”.
     Because of some grant money recently made available many new books have been purchase and will be arriving in the near future.  The children’s library will receive many easy-to-read books and other excellent material.

November, 1984
     State Library board Meeting in December.  Request must be in for LSCA grants by Nov. 30.  The grant requires a 50/50 match from local libraries.  It was decided that this would make the cost prohibitive for any kind of handicapped access.  National Library Week is April 14-20, 1985.  The theme is “Nation of Readers.”  In conjunction with NLW, a national photography contest will be sponsored.  It was decided to pursue the contest locally with a student and an adult category and a $25 prize.  Beth was appointed chairman with Connie as co-chair.  The Value Line Investment Survey is here.  Elmer will see Arnold Sant to get further newspaper coverage.  Circulation was down slightly.  A limited check-out time was discussed for books needed for school projects.  Report on ILA conference.  The condition of the typewriter was discussed.  It was decided to look at the budget and discuss it further.  Repairs are to be tabled.  No meeting to be held in December.




January 9, 1985
     Discussed photography contest in connection with Library Week in April.  Decided deadline should be March 23 as judges have nearly 2 weeks to decide.  Photographer should be in attendance to take pictures of presentations $100 for prize money.  Four categories but maybe not all will be filled.  Also talked about T-shirts with library logo.  Beth Schuman in charge.  Read letter from Glenn Bingham.  Talked about new paint and having the shelves and carpet cleaned.  Read letter from Anna about library book losses.

The Preston Citizen, January 25, 1985, p. 9
     Put down your book, pick up a camera and take a shot of America reading.  Enter “A Nation of Readers,” a national photography contest the Preston Carnegie Library is sponsoring with The American Library Association.
     Photographs are to show the importance of reading in American life.
     The contest is open to all amateur photographers.  Entries will be accepted in two categories:  black and white, and color.  There will be two classes for judging – youth (young people through age 12), and adult.  Deadline for entries is 8 p.m., March 23 at Preston Carnegie Library.  Complete rules and entry blanks are available at the library.
     First place winning photographs in each category and class automatically will be entered in the American Library Association’s National Contest.  Top prizes are $1000 first place, $500 second and $250 third.
     The president of the American Library Association will select one photograph to receive a special $100 award.

February 13, 1985
     The inter-library loan regional system has lost funding.  The state library board voted to not fund the regional libraries next fiscal year.  Lions Club donated all Boy Scout Merit Badge books to update what we have.  Our photo contest for library week needs more publicity.  Beth will put posters around and call several amateur photographers to see if they are interested in entering.  We are to spread the word.  The building has been painted and looks great.  The furnace has had trouble during the coldest weather.  It wouldn’t heat above 50 one day.  If it gets that cold again the library will be closed.  The county needs to make their payments.  We have been running on city cash flow and need the county’s payment.  They will try to get their payment in.  We need a new typewriter, money has been budgeted for it in one of the misc. categories.  Lots of new books have been put on the shelves.  We need to let people know and put an article in the paper.

The Preston Citizen, February 28, 1985, p. B3
     Many people who use the public libraries in Preston, Smithfield and Richmond probably may not realize these buildings are a part of American history made 70 years ago.  They are Carnegie libraries, built with funds donated by multi-millionaire Andrew Carnegie.  These three Cache alley libraries are among 1,679 buildings constructed throughout the English-speaking word between the late 19th century and 1919. 
     “I used to come here years and years ago to check out the books,” said Marilyn Benavides, Smithfield librarian.  The Smithfield library, dedicated December 3, 1922,has changed over the years since Mrs. Benavides used it as a girl.  It now has carpet over its original wood floor and the children’s section on the lower level takes the place of a public meeting room, but the “old” feeling is still apparent.  The original dark wood shelves are retained along with many old books and fixtures.  Even the original steam heating keeps the building warm.
     “We have a new library board and we’ve looked into a few improvements.  We could use more space for our books,” Benavides said.  “The only things that have changed are the carpeting and the paneling.”
     Smithfield had a library as long ago as 1869 when LDS church members made 135 volumes available for checkout Sunday afternoons.  A five-cent-per-month-charge was made to users which paid librarian Francis Sharp’s $1 per month salary.  In 1915, a committee was appointed to work on getting a public library for the town.  The committee acquired assistance two years later from the Daughters of the Pioneers who collected voter signatures on a petition requesting an election concerning the issue.  A one-mill levy was passed and a temporary library was organized in the second Ward tithing office that fall.  Hazel Miles was appointed librarian.  Many of the books were donated by concerned citizens.
     Meanwhile a request was made to the Carnegie corp. asking for $20,000.  The library commission hoped this would pay for a permanent house for books.  Carnegie’s New York offices granted Smithfield $12,000 on Jan. 7, 1918.  Officials in Smithfield decided a two-mill tax would be needed, which was passed by public vote in 1921.  The building, designed by local architect Fred Hodgeson, cost $20,000   to build and was dedicated  with Effie A. Greene serving as librarian. 
     Mrs. Benavides said patron use continues to be good, even with Logan facilities close by.  “Some go to Logan, but we have the old-faithful patrons who still come in,” she said.  “It’s an interesting place to work.  I meet a lot of nice people.”
     The building is now on the National Register of Historic Sites and houses a small collection of art by Utah artists such as Mary Teasdale, known nationally for her work. 
     Richmond’s library, like its counterparts in Smithfield and Preston, has two stories with the main floor being one large room and the lower split into several small rooms.  Its outward appearance is much the same also, although all three were designed by different architects.
     “A tourist told me wherever you go in the United States you can always tell a Carnegie library by the way it looks,” Mrs. Benavides said.
     Richmond’s library is much as it was when it was built, according to librarian LoyLyn Hawkes.  The floor is wood and the original shelves line the walls.  Even the windows have a waviness characteristic of old glass.  “I can see a few new panes here and there, but most of them seem to be original,” she said.
     Despite the nostalgia of the building, many of its old books were removed a few years ago by officials who felt they were out of date and useless, not realizing their monetary and sentimental value, she said.  Not all of them were taken however and Mrs. Hawkes has placed them high on the shelves for protection from molding.  She said she hopes the building will be restored to its original condition because it is showing its age.
      “The plaster needs to be repaired in a few places,” she said, adding she has been working to get the floor refinished rather than covered in carpet like the other buildings in the valley.  She said this has caused some controversy because some people feel a wood floor would require too much maintenance.
     “It just would not be the same library without it.,” she said.  “I don’t think it would be any more upkeep.”
     She said she is not certain of what the future holds for her library.  “When I first came here (1982), they took a survey to see how many people use it and I think the city council just about decided it was a landmark.  I hope they keep using it.  It’s such a neat old place,” she said.
     The library also contains a portrait of Carnegie given the city in 1935, an antique upright piano and photographs of Richmond residents who served in World War II.
     Richmond was the first to receive a grant from Carnegie.  After reviewing the city’s request for $10,000, the corporation gave the town $8,000 on September 27, 1912. Watkins and Birch, Salt Lake architects, were chosen to draw up the blueprints and Richmond resident A. S. Schow was instructed to begin construction.  Work lasted from the spring of 1913 until the fall of 1914 in time for an October 20 opening.  Carnegie’s money paid for all construction costs and the city of Richmond provided the books.  Lulu Burnham was chosen as librarian and served for five years. 
     While Schow was in the middle of building the Richmond building, Preston received its $10,000 grant from the Carnegie Corp. and began making plans to build Smithfield Carnegie Library.  The idea of applying for the grant was first discussed at a public meeting held in the local theater in early 1914.  The merits of a library were presented to the group and the endorsement of a prominent life church leader was obtained.  The petition circulated after the meeting “was freely signed,” according to an account in the Franklin County Citizen.  The grant was received March 11, 1914 and Preston contractors, Bunderson and Christensen, began building.  A large opening party was held March 10, 1917 and featured tours, refreshments, music and other activities. 
     “It will be a long time before a library is opened for the first time in Preston again,” one man present at the party said.  Since then, the library has jumped from 1,200 volumes to approximately 28,000.  It has other modern conveniences such as microfilm, cassette tapes, a photocopy machine and other considered necessities by the library’s cataloguer.
     “There’s things we don’t have that we need, but I feel this is a very good library,” she said.  “I think it serves the community well.”
     One patron, a California native who is an avid reader and has been in several libraries, said she is impressed with the Preston facility.  “I think it’s one of the best places to go in Preston.  It’s one of the best libraries as far as courteous service and help I’ve ever been in,” she said. 
     Despite its fresh coat of paint and clean carpet, this building, like the others, retains its heritage in the original shelves, a few desks and other fixtures.  Carnegie libraries are becoming rare around the world, noted George S. Bobinski, author of Carnegie Libraries—Their History and Impact on America Public Library Development. 

March 13, 1985
     Cloteele read a letter from Reed budge answering a letter sent to him concerning the changes in the library funding.  It was felt that he missed the whole point of our concern about funding for small libraries.  A letter concerning the application for grant funds was discussed.  It was felt that some of the grants would need a lot of work and time in order to fill out  the application form.  It was questioned if the high school and the public library could work together to obtain a computer to network with each other.  It was felt that a committee should meet with David Jensen, high school librarian, to discuss working together with a computer.  Deadline for this year’s grants is March 29.  National library week was discussed. Debbie Hemmert from SEICA  talked to us about a toy lending library.  Funds are available from SEICA for a grant to start a toy library.  Purpose of the library is to encourage low-income families to come in for toys and hopefully  while they are there they will check out some books and start using the library regularly.  Helping people help themselves.  There is funds to help 2 libraries.  Creative toys and educational toys are recommended.  No batteries.  Toys will need to be sterilized.  Denim bags can be made to check the toys out and in.  Ground work will be provided by Mrs. Hemmert.  Financial  situation is adequate.  A contract was made in 1978 between Preston City and Franklin County.  The county never did sign the contract.  This needs to be finalized.  Changes requested in the contract were mostly wording.  Elmer and Zelma will discuss this and go over it with an attorney.  The furnace will soon need to be replaced.

The Preston Citizen, April 11,1985, page 9
     The week of April 14-20 has been declared National Library Week.   Mayor J. D. Williams issued a proclamation to “take time to read” asking everyone to take 10 minutes to read each day of the week. 
     “We are a nation of readers,” Cloteele Dahle, Carnegie Librarian said this week.  Public library usage is up.  Magazine subscriptions are up.  Newspaper readership is on the rise.  In the last five years the number of heavy readers (26 or more books each month) has doubled.  In our library more than 62,000 items were circulated in the past year.”
     Mrs. Dahle hopes that the illiteracy rate and alarming conclusions of the National Commission on Excellence in Education will be led by the libraries to A Nation of Readers.
     Mrs. Dahle encourages everyone to attend the Library Open House Wednesday, April  17 from noon to 8 pm to see the services that are available.   She says many new books have been added.
     And she encourages everyone to get a book and read it, to help commemorate the week.

April 10, 1985
     Letter from Idaho State Library with invitation to attend board meeting that will be held in April.  Anyone who can attend was encouraged to do so.  Letters of dissatisfaction with library funding changes.  There has been much controversy over this.  Cheryl  Seabold has been in charge of inter-library loans, and is  no longer employed with the region, but will do loans on Saturday until the new  loan policy goes into effect in July.  Library week  open house will be April 17.  Toy lending library was discussed.  New lights have been installed downstairs.  Estimate for replacing plastic covers on lights from Valley electric was close to $500.  It was decided that was too high and that the covers should be cleaned and not replaced.  We will close for inventory May 27-June 3.  The county will not receive the grant in Microfiche Reader, but the city was awarded a grant for Microfiche and Reader.  It will be necessary to pay $500 match for this LSCSA grant.

May 8, 1985
     Discussion concerning the fact of small libraries being turned down for grants for computer services.  David Jensen discussed the use of computers in the school library.  Suggestion was made by Mr. Jensen that all county libraries be able to access each other and a network set up.  Possibly a system compatible with the state system.  We have access to WLN by microfiche.  The larger libraries get the microcomputers.  The light was repaired in the basement.  Ladies Literary club donated $100 with specification that part of it be used for children’s books.  There is a grant available for the Library of America Books.  It was suggested that a donor be found to give the $500 required as a match for the grant.  Elmer said he thought one of the clubs could be contacted and would do that.  Updating encyclopedias and selling the old sets was discussed.  One copy of each set would be kept to use for check-out.  Cloteele to attend children’s literature workshop at U of U.  Regional meeting on June 3.  Count need for Anna for lunch.  New custodian is needed.  Dick Johnson is quitting because he is going back into the brick laying business.  Some applicants discussed.  Fluorescent light liners need to be replaced.  Some of them have broken as they were being cleaned.  We will try to replace them as needed.

The Preston Citizen, May 23, 1985, p. 3
     Preston Carnegie Library received a microfiche reader (MLN)  Resource Directory Grant during 1984, the State library board announced recently. Preston was one of 25 libraries in areas serving 5,000 or more people which shared some $40,000 during the year.  In total, grant applications for more than $577,000 of library services and construction were approved for the year.    Grants not approved during the year will be considered at the June 21 board meeting in Boise.

     Instead, regional meeting was held at Pocatello.  Each library gave an annual report.   Elmer was made Chairman of the Regional Library Board.  A legislative luncheon followed the meeting.  Some of the Idaho legislators were present and were questioned by Lynn Melton, from Boise Public Library, about the future of funding for Idaho libraries.

July 10, 1985
     Letter from Lynn Melton concerning legislative luncheon and New Idaho Book.  Idaho book was donated through a fund from Boise Public Library.  Revision of Idaho Library Laws was handed out.  Idaho Falls Public Library will start charging $5 for each book borrowed through inter-library loan.  It was questioned if this was legal for them to do.  Task Force on standards for Libraries was shown to members.  Each members should have his own copy.  Meeting on microcomputers will be held in Portneuf on July 25.  Training session will be held July 12. Library personnel to attend and pay for travel, wages, and lunch.  Circulation reports given.  Donation fo $230 was given to us by the JayCee-ettes to use for books.  Toys are here now and will be prepared for circulation.  We plan to have them ready for checkout by Aug.1.  Dave Jensen contacted Cloteele and said he wants to work with us in co-operative effort with the school library for computer etc.  Elmer will work out the budget and take it to the city.  It will be about the same as it has been except for wages, and travel and training.  He asked for suggestions from the board.  Talked about each category.  A new typewriter was considered   Elmer will be custodian for the library.  The board voted unanimously to accept the above motion.  He has been taking care of the building and yards and has it looking good.  Board to look over the task force recommendations and discuss it next meeting.

August 14, 1985
      Letter of thanks from the Veterans Administration for books donated to them.  Phyllis and Cloteele attended a workshop featuring Margaret Anderson, science fiction author.  Lora Larsen, Phyllis and Cloteele  attended  the Microfiche workshop at Portneuf Library.  We now have the reader and the WLN catalog for use with Inter-library loans.  Materials grant was received from unexpended regional funds of $321.65.  The budget is in good shape.  Part-time employee pay increase to be considered.  City will give full-time employees dental insurance rather than pay increase.  Furnace will be replaced.  The boiler was built in 1902 and is leaking.  Money will come from contingency.  Bids from Van Gas, Wangsgaards, and Lynn Fackrell.  Wangsgaards was the lowest bid.  Engineers have recommended the most efficient system for our library.  Water system under a gas boiler.  The radiators would be replaced with thin type heating elements to get a better flow through them.  Wangsgaards bid was accepted:  $6349, furnace, $1500 radiators, $1350 propane tank.  Chain link fence and concrete pad for tank, (between $600-$800.  Total to replace furnace would be under $10,000. The cost was about 1/3 of what we have been thinking it would be to put in a new furnace.  The old lines can be used and if we use the propane we can easily hook up to natural gas if we ever get it piped into town. 

The Preston Citizen, September 5, 1985, p. 2
      The Complete Value Line Reference Guide reference guide to stocks and bonds is getting little use at the Preston Carnegie Library, Librarian Cloteele Dahle, announced this week.
     Mrs. Dahle said it will soon be renewal time for the $300 a year guide and those interested in doing research on stocks and bonds should take advantage of it or the library could be forced to forgo another year’s subscription.
     The guide is updated weekly, Mrs. Dahle reported.
     Hours of the library are noon to 8 pm Monday thru Friday, and noon to 7 pm on Saturdays.

October 9, 1985
     Report on ILA convention in Boise.  Cloteele and Lora attended.  Grant for the Great books of America was received for $500 plus match.  Furnace is here.  Unanimous vote to give library employees a 5% pay increase.  Future plans for library should include carpet and windows.  Venna Fackrell to be asked to fill vacancy left by Julie Westerberg who is moving.

November 13, 1985
     First 26 volumes of the Library of America are here.  Mark Twain’s Birthday is Nov. 30:  150 years.  Display and new books to help celebrate.  We will close from Dec. 24 to Jan 2 for Christmas.  Because of action pending by the city on some program for part-time employees, it was moved that the motion to give part-time employees a 5% pay raise be withdrawn.  Vote was unanimous to withdraw motion.  Kris Beckstead to chair reading contest during January through March.



January 8, 1986
     A legislative information letter will be sent from the legislative committee each month and Cloteele will inform the board of any pertinent issues.  ILA membership was renewed.  LSCA funds will be available for grants.  Annual report finished and sent to the State Library.  Motion passed to send a letter of intent to apply for a computer grant and also to Title II to put storm windows on the library.  Motion passed to give $240 per month to Elmer Oliverson to do the custodial work.  Kris explained the reading contest.  Posters in schools and announcement in the paper.  Children can sign up at the library on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.  Prizes will be given to the winners who will be chosen by the number of pages read.  Phyllis, Zelma and Lee donated $110 each to be used for prizes.

The Preston Citizen, January 23, 1986, p. 3
     The Preston Carnegie Library is sponsoring a special Winterfest Reading Contest.  All Franklin County kids ages 7-12 are invited and urged to enter.  Special patrons have donated prizes to be awarded in the following categories:  Ages 7-8, ages 9-10, ages 11-12.  Each child that enters will be judged on the number of pages read between the opening and closing dates of the contest.
     The contest will begin on Feb. 3 and will end on March 22.  To enter, the child or parent must sign up at the Carnegie Library on Friday Jan 31 or Saturday, Feb 1.  The rules will be further explained if there are any questions.   Encourage your youngsters to enter.
     The world of books and a love of reading should be introduced early.  Join our Winterfest Reading contest, a spokesperson stated. 

February 12, 1986
     The reading program has raised circulation (484 the first day) with an average of 325 daily circulation since.  It has brought many new patrons into the library.  Grant workshop by the Idaho State Library was well done.  National Library Week is April 6-12.  We will announce the winners of the reading contest and also get some publicity on the Library of America books.  Magazines will be renewed.  We will add Prevention, Smithsonian and Organic Gardening.  Connie Maughan donated $10 for prizes for the reading contest.  Discussion on parking problems and access to the library.

March 12, 1986
     Reading contest is going well.  Circulation for February was 7086 compared to daily average of 308, or 50 more check-outs per day than in January.  T-Shirts for the prizes.  Certificates for all who turned in books they have read.  Suggestions for Library Week:  Radio talk program from Willoway?  Awards for reading contest made during this week.  Would have to contact the Citizen for pictures April 1.  Special day at the library to make presentations?  Newberry Winners:  Sarah Plain and tall by Patricia Maclahan; Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, by Rhonda Blumber;  Dogsong, by Gary Paulsen.  Caldecott  Winners:  Polar Express, by Christopher Van Allsburg; The Relatives Came, by Stephen Gammel; King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub.  Grant Applications were sent in.  Copy machine needs to be repaired or a new one considered.  Yost wants $280 to replace the drum, and $425 yearly maintenance, plus $755 per year maintenance including the drum.  We could lease a machine with the option to purchase or have some demonstrators brought for us to use.  Need more information on cost of copy machine.  Other vendors advise us to continue with Yost.

April 9, 1986
     Reading contest winners announced and published in the paper.  The contest went smoothly and we had no complaints.  Special thanks voted to Cloteele and Kris for the work they did on the reading program.  J.K. Business Machines gave the lowest bid for a copy machine along with a maintenance agreement.  Vote passed to accept the j. K. Business Machines low bid on a Ricoh FT 3060 copier and pay half out of the current budget and the balance from next year’s budget.  Diana Christensen is up for re-election and has chosen not to run again.  County board will advertise for a new board member.  City Board also needs another board member to be appointed.

May 14, 1986
     New County Board Member was introduced:  Wynn costly.  Notice that the LSCA grants have been awarded for computer equipment and energy conservation storm windows.  Voted to send $1000 match to Idaho State Library.  Two girls working through the SYEP program for the summer.  The Idaho Book Award winner announced:  Idaho Folk Life:  Homesteads to Headstones, by Louie W. Attebery.   Library will be closed for inventory May26-June 2.  Pocatello Public Library received LSCA Grant to purchase video cassettes.  The first nine public libraries to send $375 can become charter members to develop a circuit for the videos.  Selection and other aspects of a program such as this were discussed. All were in favor of joining the circuit if Cloteele feel it is feasible and questions are answered.  Kris and Wynn are to help in selection.  All trustees and librarians should attend mini-library conference in Pocatello.  Non-fiction conference at BYU.  This year’s budget is in good shape.  We need to figure out how to budget for carpet and roofing in the future.

The Preston Citizen, April 24, 1986, p. 9   
     The Preston Carnegie Library has been awarded a 60-volume set of the Library of America, the series that American Heritage magazine called “The most ambitious effort ever undertaken to put the best of American literature into the hands of the general reader.” 
     The Preston Library received the award after submitting an application to the Library of America and obtaining a pledge of $500 from a special donation fund made up from donations received from various clubs and concerned citizens.
     Those donating $100 or more were the Preston Ladies Literary Club and the Preston Jaycee-ettes.  The donations were made in 1985.
     The Preston Library is one of nearly 50 across the country that are acquiring this important collection of American literature with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and matching funds pledged in their local communities.  Each $500 raised locally is being matched by $500 from the Mellon Foundation grant as part of a national program to help libraries acquire the Library of America series. 
     The Preston Library has received the 26 volumes already published in the Library of America, over 35,000 pages of the best writing our country has produced.  Thereafter, the remaining 34 volumes will be sent in regular shipments over the next five years for an average total of 7 volumes a year.  Each volume will have a bookplate acknowledging the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the special donation fund.  Certificates will also be displayed at the library.
      The Library of America is a non-profit publishing  program that began in 1982 in an unprecedented effort to restore America’s literary heritage by publishing the collected works of America’s major authors in a uniform hardcover series.  Seed money for the program was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation.   Volumes already published include the words of Henry James,  Thomas  Jefferson,  Jack   London, Herman Melville, Francis Parkman, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman.
     Soon to appear are volumes of William Faulkner—the first twentieth century writer to be included in the series—Henry David Thoreau, Edith Wharton, W. E. B. DuBois, Flannery O’Connor, and Abraham Lincoln.
     Each volume  in the series  includes  a number  of  works by  a  single author and contains between   1000 and 1600 pages.  In many cases, an author’s complete writings will be published in as few as three or four compact volumes.  The books are printed on acid-free paper, have sewn bindings covered in cloth, and are extremely durable.  Texts are accurate, unabridged, and authoritative.
     The Library of America volumes are generally sold through bookstores   at $27.50 per volume, except for the Jefferson and Parkman volumes which are $430 each, and by subscription for $21.95 per volume.  All volumes in the series include a detailed chronology of the author’s life and career, a brief essay explaining the choice of texts and some useful notes for the general reader. 

The Preston Citizen, May 22, 1986, page 7
     Cloteele Dahle, Preston Carnegie Librarian, announced winners of the reading contest held there recently.  Top reader was Pandi Elison with 9, 471 pages.  She was presented a library t-shirt and a book.   She was the 9-1-year-old division winner.  Other winners included Stephen Kindred, 6, 110 pages, 6-7 year-old division and DeAnn Webster, 5, 672, 11-12-year-old winner.
     Second Place winners who receive a t-shirt included Kelly Choules, 5,577, Amy Spencer, 8,990, and Heather Hinckley, 5,085.
     Third place finishers who received a book were Kelly Smart, 5,427, Jaron Hansen, 7,118, and Brandon Tippets, 4,936.
     Mrs. Dahle pointed out a total of 133,660 pages were read.  All who participated are encouraged to stop at the library and get a certificate of achievement.  “The reading contest was a great success and really increased the circulation of books from the library,” Mrs. Dahle said. “We hope it helped to create interest in reading and encouraged more people to use the library.”
     Those who participated were:
    SEVEN-EIGHT YEAR OLDS - Shane Gebs, 275; Aaron Bayles, 262; Quincy Beckstead, 160; Travis Dahle, 1,494.  Krystol Elison, 509, Collette Fuller, 1,508, Ryan Gunderson, 932; Hollie Haslam, 277; Amanda Henrich, 166; Douglas Inglet, 588; Jayda Moulton, 4,055; Mindy Norton, 1,967; Melinda Porter, 1,084; David Peterson, 334; Brian Taylor, 1884; Troy Winward, 3671; Jodi Spackman, 3574; Gabe Hornsby, 2526; Kim Match, 623.
     NINE-TEN-YEAR-OLDS – Megan Ballif, 1687; Brin Beckstead, 2553; Annika Bowman, 1939; Jared Egley,1630; Bryan Inglet, 1569; Andrea Jensen, 1537; Amy LeFevre, 570; Shawn Porter, 1594; Annette Rasmussen, 1194; Brad    Schumann, 2715; Brady Swainston, 2277; Jeff Taylor, 2167; Christopher Phillips, 5898; Melissa Fuller, 1957.
      ELEVEN- AND TWELVE-YEAR OLDS - Bryan Kindred, 4044; Rebecca Knapp, 2150; Mark Rasmussen, 945; Kaycee Taggart, 2396; Meridee Webb, 2496; Amber Haslam, 685.


August 13, 1986
     Our library meets all the minimum eligibility requirements for LSCA Grants.  Applications received for the 1987 LSCA grant cycle.  WLN search only contract was received and will be signed in connection with the computer equipment grant.  Circulation is continually increasing.  Inventory completed and carpets cleaned.  Computer equipment received and a desk built in the office for the equipment.  We will not join with Pocatello Public Library on the video cassette collection.  Financial report indicated that the city council has cut our budget for 1987 by about $1200 according to the Preston Citizen.  We were not called into the meeting prior to them making this decision.  We were going to absorb the 3% wage increase without making a raise in our budget so the cut is actually around $2000.  This will make it difficult to operate and come up with matching fund for grants.  It was felt that we should attend the budget hearing on Aug. 26 and see if the council will restore funds.    Library will close for Labor Day weekend on Saturday and Monday.

September 10, 1986
     We will not attend ILA convention.  New Library Laws handed out.  Boise Public Library will no longer lend to libraries that do not belong to WLN.  Phyllis and Cloteele attended WLN access workshop at American Falls.  It was very informative.  There is a $60 per hour computer time plus the phone costs.  The state will reimburse $10 per month for searches.  Some would not take much time, but others could be very costly.  We are now using Card-Prep to do our cataloging and printing with the computer.  LSCA grants include LaserCat on CD Rom.  Also some construction grants are available.  We are eligible for both.  Construction could include new glass doors in the basement and back of building, and a work room for new technologies and magazine storage.  It was voted to apply for both.  Suggestion that we work closer with the schools on research assignments.  If the schools give us notice on special assignments we will limit check-out so more people can have access to the information and materials we have available.


November, 1986
     State Library wants applications for “Let’s Talk About It” program   Wynn will check with service clubs to see if there is any interest.  Cloteele attended collection evaluation workshop.  Elmer will be the new Preston City Work Director.  Alvaro and Beverly Jones will take custodial duties.  Voted to get bids for painting the downstairs, repair wall, and purchase Levelors for the windows.  Voted to purchase Levelors when the price is right.  Ilene Fuhriman is retiring from her job.  She was presented a figurine called “sharing.”  She has been with the library about 16 years.  Library will close December 24 to Monday January 5.




January 14, 1987
     Reviewed quotes for construction grant which requires a match.  Work room and new doors; Laser CAT to search western library network.  The book, Rocky Mountain Barbed Wire Association was donated by Rudy Jorgensen.  Library Week theme “The Year of the Reader” is in April.  Suggestion of 70th anniversary party at that time.  Phyllis and Connie will check with Ellen Greaves;   Kris with Ada Hanse.  Wynn reported on the “Let’s Talk About it" Program.  It was decided to begin the program in 1988.  All that were talked to are interested.  Reviewed year-end quarterly reports.

The Preston Citizen, January 22, 1987, p. 10
     Juveniles trashed the library door and the entrance with a fire extinguisher, removing glass, throwing paper, books

and loose articles around [corresponding] with a break-in recently in the Clifton Elementary School.   The same

group also broke into the Clifton Market, taking merchandise.  However, footprints in the snow led to [their]

apprehension by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. Preston Carnegie Librarian Cloteele Dahle said this week

that more people each year are using the library.  Mrs. Dahle said that circulation for 1986 showed an increase of

8000 articles from the previous year. “If you are not using the library, you are invited to come in and see the many

services available to you that you are missing out on,” she stated.  She said new books are being added to the total

collection every day, adding to the interesting title and selections that are available.  Mrs. Dahle also noted that the

Northern Rocky Mountain Barbed Wire Collectors Association has presented the book The Bobbed Wire VII Bible by

Jack Glover to the Preston Carnegie Library in memory of the late Adolph Rudy Jorgensen.  The book is an illustrated

guide to identification and classification of barbed wire.

February 11, 1987
     Connie and Phyllis reported on their interview with Ellen Greaves.   Also check with Bill Weber and Carol Condie who

were on the library board. J. N. Larsen, Mayor, plus review of past librarians.  Open house was suggested for

Wednesday, April 8.  Proclamation to be read by the mayor on theprogram with special certificates to those who served

light refreshments. Birthday cake.  Special meeting at 1:30 and open house from 1-4.  Connie and Zelma to be in

charge.  Zelma will contact Glenn Bingham to get county board members.  Kris to be in charge of publicity. Elmer to be

in charge of dignitaries and do certificates.   Beth and Zelma to do decorations, cups, etc.  Mary Jo to do calligraphy

on certificates.  Cloteele to compile list of people for invitations.  Sarah in charge of refreshments.  Wynn will help with

invitations.  The purpose is to remember that the library has served the public for many years and compile a good history

which is ongoing.  Mini conference in May.  Matching grant has to be in for Laser CAT by March 6 ($600).  Idaho Jones,

summer reading program, plan for 150 to begin with.  Circulation averages 400 per day.  Bid from Golightly to paint

downstairs after remodeling $1200.  Elmer gave the county Board the new agreement to be read and approved and

signed.  May need more help with increased circulation.  May get CEDA summer help. 

March 11, 1987
     CD-ROM equipment and Laser CAT is here.  Final word on construction grant should be received in a few days.  Send

more detailed plans and specifications to State Library.  Donation of $200 in memory of Bradley Hull was given   Ladies

Art Lore Club may want to do a service project for the library. Judy Krantz  is contact person.  Open house is set for April 8. 

Final preparation and plans were made.  Mini conference will be in May in Pocatello.  John Dahle was suggested to draw a sketch and floor plan for the construction project.  U of U children’s Literature Workshop in June.  Zelma said there was one change they would like made in the contract before it is signed.  They would like the wording to say they could pay no more than the maximum levy that they receive.  Elmer will check on it.  City cannot be restricted by the county.  It was felt by Elmer that to change the wording would put restrictions on the city that would hamper the services of the library.


The Preston Citizen, April 2, 1987, p. 1
     Our Preston Carnegie library will be celebrating its 70th birthday with festivities set for April 8 from 1 until 3 p.m. in the library.  The current city and county boards of trustees and the library staff will be on hand to greet library patrons and past board members and librarians.  Refreshments will be served and a short presentation will be included, scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
     The first step taken toward building a library in Preston was in 1914 when a public meeting was held in the Isis Theatre under the direction of Joseph S. Geddes, Oneida Stake LDS President.  Assured of public support, Geddes encouraged the bishops to support the movement in their respective wards.  The LDS church donated the land and Andrew Carnegie gave $10,000 towards its construction with the provision that it bear his name.  The balance of the funds were supplied by the city council at the request of Mayor J. N. Larsen.
     The library was and is still governed by a library board of five members.  From its inception, the people have been assessed each year to maintain it.  The grand opening celebration was held in March of 1917.
     In 1964, a Library District Committee was formed with Elsie Bastian as acting chairman.  Petitions were carried throughout the county by a 12-member committee and seven others.  A bookmobile from Pocatello had been servicing the area, but it had become too expensive.  Finally, in 1972, a proposed County Library District was placed on the November ballot.  On November 14, 1972, appointments were made for new county board members and a contract between city and county boards to enable county residents to use the facility was signed on Feb. 1, 1974.
     The current county board consists of Zelma Woodward (1975), Elizabeth Schumann (1984); Lee Sant (1964); Mary Jo Roberts (1985); and Wynn Costley (1986).
     The city board consists of Elmer Oliverson, chairman (1981); Sara Nelson  (1986 -);  Phyllis Acock;  Connie Maughan   and  Kristen  Beckstead   (1980-).
     Through the years many citizens have served as board members and librarians.  The years prior to 1946 have very sketchy records.  The current board would like to complete a history of the library.  Anyone who can fill in some of the missing names, dates and stories are asked to share their information with the librarians or any board member.
      Through the years, limited budgets have proved a challenge to on-going  book  purchases. But our library has proved a valuable asset to our community.  Services offered include rentals of toys, books, records, films, tapes, flannel board stories, pictures, copying services and a myriad of other offered services. 
     The years have supplied wonderful stories and memories  of librarians like Martha Geddes who served from 1944 to 1963, and Ada Hansen who served from 1963 to 1981.  Custodians like Lew Davis and Elvoid Monson, who nursed old furnaces and shoveled walks for years, board members like William Weber and Walt Ross who put in hours of choosing books, weeding out old ones, and planning for expanding   when  Selective  Service  offices  housed in the basement was moved and the library grew.
     The birthday celebration will honor some of these past friends of the library and the public is invited to the party.

The Preston Citizen, April 2, 1987, p. 9
     Preston Mayor J. D. Williams issued a proclamation this week proclaiming the week of April 5-11 as “National Library Week.” 

The proclamation also sets aside Wednesday, April 8, as the observance of the 70th birthday party for the Preston Carnegie Library. 

The notice invites all residents to attend an open house of the library that day from 1-4 p.m. with a special presentation ceremony

set for 1:30 p.m.
     Williams encouraged citizens to read and to take time to visit the libraries, utilizing what is readily available.  The year 1987 is known

as the “Year of the Reader.”

The Preston Citizen, April 2, 1987, p. 2 
     "As we approach the 100th anniversary of our state’s admission to the union, the Preston Carnegie Library thought it would be fun to join other Idaho libraries in having an “Idaho Trivia Contest” in connection with National Library Week,” Cloteele Dahle, librarian, said.  “The contest will run from Monday, April 6, to Saturday, April 8, with 6 p.m. for the deadline for handing in entries.  The book, Idaho, Gem of the Mountains by Merle Wells and Arthur A. Hart will be awarded to the person judged to be the contest winner.  Answers to the questions can be located in library resources found in most libraries.  In case of a tie, the entry with the earliest entry date will be declared the winner.  Entry forms and contest rules can be picked up at the Library beginning April 6.
     “Everyone will be a winner by expanding his or her knowledge of the state and its history.”

May 13, 1987
      Letter from Idaho State Library concerning the next cycle for construction grants.  We will send for an application.  Letter concerning materials grant for Idaho and U. S. History Collection.  We will apply.  Circulation was over 6000 for January and April, and over76000 for February and March.  Cloteele and Phyllis attended the mini-conference at ISU.  It was very helpful.  The Idaho Trivia contest was not well supported.  Rulon Winward was the winner.  We have two summer youth workers for 30 hours a week each.  A bike rack is being made for an Eagle Scout Project.  Summer reading program will receive materials from the state library.  Closing social the last week of July.  Program starts June 1.  The CD ROM equipment has been installed and is really going to add to our library service.   We now have several programs that we use on the computer.  Cloteele will attend a computer workshop at ISU in May.  We will close May 25-June 1 for inventory.  We have not yet received final go ahead on construction grant.  Parking was discussed.  Elmer asked to take this problem to the City Council.  Access through the back door was discussed.  More help is needed.  Motion passed that we hire a person to come in and train now at $3.35 an hour for six months then review it.  Dorothy Rich has shown interest and it was felt that she would do a good job.  Dorothy filled out an application some time ago.  City council felt that the contract with the county should be kept as is and wants it signed as soon as possible.  Roof has been repaired at $300.  Sprinkler system bid from Dave Kerr was approved at a cost of  $1314.55 which  includes materials and labor.

The Preston Citizen, Thursday, May 21, 1987, p. 5 
     The Preston Carnegie Library has increased local residents’ access to library materials throughout the region.  Librarian Cloteele Dahle said the library now has a new product called LaserCat, which uses optical disks with information on books, magazines and other items held by more than 240 libraries from Alaska to Arizona.
      LaserCat, according to Mrs. Dahle, makes use of a technology known as CD-ROM which stands for Compact Disk Read Only Memory.  The discs, similar to compact discs now popular for music recordings, represent an advanced computer storage technology that uses laser light to read large amounts of information stored on a small disc.  One CD-ROM disc holds 550 million characters of information, equivalent to the information stored on 1,500 computer floppy disks.  This is equal to more than 700 issues of a typical daily newspaper.
     “This new product,”  according to Mrs. Dahle, “gives our library access to one of the most extensive collections of computerized library holdings in the Western United States,  the Western Library Network (WLN) database.”   WLN, a division of the Washington State library, provides computer services to libraries.  LaserCat, which was developed at WLN features the equivalent of two million catalog cards on CD-ROM.  “The practical  effect,''   said  Mrs. Dahle,   "is that the library and its patrons now have instant access to the catalogs of a great many libraries in an inexpensive and easy to use tool.  We believe this is a positive benefit to the residents of the area.”

The Preston Citizen, Thursday, May 21, 1987, p. 13
     Calling all young Idaho Adventurers.'  Have you made plans to discover some good books this summer?  If not, stop by the Preston Carnegie Library to find out about “Idaho Jones and the Great State Adventure,” the 1987 statewide children’s summer reading program.  Children ages 6 to 12 (grades 1-6) may start reading in the program beginning June 1.  Each traveler with Idaho Jones will receive a special reading record and, at the end of their journey, an award certificate verifying their ability to adventure with the toughest travelers this side of the continental divide.
     Children can enliven their summer by adventuring in the world of reading with Idaho Jones as he travels the breadth of the Gem State, discovering its land, its people and its beauty.   The reading program will end with a special event planned for all the participants. 
     The summer reading program is made possible by a Library Services and Construction Act grant, administered in Idaho by the Idaho State Library.


The Preston Citizen, June 4, 1987, p. 5
     The Preston Carnegie Library will hold a story-film hour on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. on the following dates:  June   10  -  Rabbit  Hill,  based  on  the Newberry  award book  by Robert Lawson   June  24  -   Smokey  the  Bear;  July  1 - Patriotic  program; July   8   -The   Horse That Played Centerfield;  Centerfield; July 13 - Stuart Little, based on the book by E. B. White; July 22 – The Legend of John Henry and the Legend of Paul Bunyan.
      Children ages 5 and older are invited to attend.   Join Idaho Jones and Idaho State Adventure starting now at the library.

July 8, 1987
      Cloteele thanked the board for the beautiful flowers.  Certificate of appreciation from IRS for participation in reproducible tax form for patrons.  Grant for $300 for Idaho and U. s. History materials was awarded from LSCA funds.  Computer workshop attended by Cloteele.  Youth Employees are doing a good job.  Dorothy Rich has been a big help this summer.  Circulation was up more than 3000 for the same time period last year.  Reading program – 63 signed up—film programs have not been well attended.  Closing party will be held July 29.  Laser-Cat and CD0ROM is a great addition to our collection because of  access to other library collections.  Bloomfest promotion  - will have a book booth at the Fair.  New books and used.  Carpet for the new workroom downstairs needs to be purchased.  We will close on July 24-25 and early on rodeo nights.  Motion approved to obtain carpet and in new room according to price and availability of matching carpet.  Library has received several nice books from Barbara Meek.  Thank-you has been sent.

The Preston Citizen, July 9, 1987, p. 3
        Cloteele Dahle, librarian of the Preston Carnegie Library, has had a real-life drama take place in her life this summer, a sacred experience she is not sure she wants others to know about.  With a little arm=twisting, the Citizen has learned Mrs. Dahle, 45, wife of Preston contractor, Max, donated one of her kidneys so that her younger sister, colleen Johnson, 42, of Deweyville, Utah., a diabetic on dialysis, could enjoy a better life.  The operation, performed June 4 at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, involved removing a kidney from the healthy donor, and implanting it in Mrs. Johnson, replacing a diseased organ.

The Preston Citizen, July 30, 1987, p. 2
     The Preston  Carnegie  Library  will  sponsor a used book sale at the fairgrounds on Aug. 14-15.  Purpose of the promotion is to promote libraries and reading, as well as promote the national theme, “The Year of the Reader”.  Anyone desiring to donate used books that are in good condition can do so by taking them to the library by Aug. 7.

The Preston Citizen, August 6, 1987, page 2
     Preston   Carnegie   Library   will by holding a book fair in conjunction with the Franklin County Fair and the Bloomfest Festival.  It will be held Aug. 12-15 at the fairgrounds.  The book fair will offer a wide variety of children’s books.  The books are carefully selected for education value and can be purchased at a very reasonable price.
     Congress and President Reagan have designated 1987 as “The Year of the Reader,”  a year in which all Americans are encouraged to help restore reading to “a place of pre-eminence in our personal lives and in the life of the nation.”
     Mayor J. D. Williams has also made a similar proclamation designed to promote reading.  The Preston City and Franklin County library boards encourage you to support your library and become aware of the many services it offers to our community.  

The Preston Citizen, August 6, 1987, page 5
      The Duplicate Bridge Club recently donated $100 to the Preston Carnegie Library to purchase books.  The donation was made in honor of Lavinia Cutler who first started the club.  The library will use the money as part of a matching grant from LSTA to purchase books about Idaho history.

August 12, 1987
     New Library laws were received from the State Library.  ILA Information about conference.  Library has received cards of appreciation from patrons and also patrons have brought in flower arrangements in appreciation for the help that the library staff has given them.  We have a special library staff that works very well with the public.  Received information about a VCR grant; which was voted to apply for.  $100 donation received from the duplicate bridge club.  Reading program was finished up and certificates and prizes complete.  We need to get going on the LTAI program.  The summer help worked out really well.  We will have a booth at the Franklin county Fair.  We will get books from Scholastic to have a “Great American Book Fair.”  We will close the library on Saturday so we can be over to the Fair.  We will apply for a grant for windows in the basement.  The budget is up about $2000 and was approved.

September 9, 1987
      Veterans’ Hospital sent a letter of thanks for the used books that were donated from the books left after  sale at the Fair.  Full application for the title 3 grant for windows I due in October.  We will also apply for the Laser-CAT subscription funds.  The book fair was well supported.  There was a total of 4848 taken in.  We will take 50% of this amount in books.  It was decided that there were not enough volunteers to do the book sale twice a year.  Room are finished downstairs.  Staff must learn to adapt to different work areas.  We have ben using the LaserCAt and CD0ROM for cataloging.  Received the packets for “Let’s Talk About It” program.  It is a 10-week program and we must decided by end of month.  Program must be done before May, 1988.  Budget has been approved.  $4000 was moved to wages, %1500 moved in books, the other categories will stay the same.  Insurance is up also.  The custodians wages are listed separately.  We should not need to keep very much in capital outlay now.  County needs to check with Cloteele on the last payment for this year.

The Preston Citizen, September 10, page 6
     The Cache Geological Society announces it has set up a rock and mineral display at the Preston Carnegie Library.  The display will be open to the public for the next 4-6 weeks before it is taken to another library.  Rock club members and other interested are invited to stop by during library hours to view the interesting display.  Mark Checketts, a member of the club, stated.


The Preston Citizen, October 22, 1987, p. 10
    The Preston  Carnegie  Library  was recently awarded  a  $300 grant from the Idaho State Library.  The funds were made available from LSCA funds.  The money was to bepurchase new materials on Idaho State history and history of the Constitution.  Some of the new titles available are “Chief Pocatello,” by Brigham D. Madsen;“Arrowheads and Stone Artifacts,” by C. G. Yeager;  “Journal of a Mountain Man,” by James Clyman; “Tendoy, Chief of the Lemhis,” by David Crowder; “A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest; “Hanging the Sheriff,” a biography of Henry Plummer; “Snake River Country,” a beautiful book of pictures and information; “A Lawyer Looks at the Constitution, by Rex E. Lee;  “A Son of Thunder:  Patrick Henry and the American Republic.  New  biographies on Benjamin Franklin, Thomas  Jefferson,  and Patrick Henry, these are for children. 
     “New materials are being put out on the shelves every week.  We invite you to come in to see and use the services we have available to you,” Cloteele Dahle stated.    
     The Preston Ladies Literary Club donated $100 to the Preston Library to purchase library materials, Cloteele Dahle, librarian said.  “The money will be used to help update the biography section.  We appreciate the support and interest of the Literary Club and thank them for their donation!

December 9, 1987
     The book “tough ‘N’ Tender” by Jack E. Miller was given to our library by Robert Bohrer through the Boise Public Library.  A video “what every Child Should Know” (safety) was given to the library by Miriam Law.  We received the VCR from ALA and the special Carnegie Library grant.  We will match it with a receiver and try to purchase some videos to use on it.  We also have applied for a grant from LSCA for an on-going educational program using videos.  We applied for LaserCat and also for the windows in the basement.  Zelma reported on the statistical workshop.  Circulation for last year was 73,163.  Registered borrowers is 716 in Preston and 772 in Franklin.  Many of these are family cards.  There is a need for policy concerning non-resident borrowers.  Motion carried that we should charge a fee of $10 per family for those out of our city and county.  The LTAI program will be publicized and each board member was asked to participate in it.  The theme is “Not for children Only.”  It will begin on January 20, 1988

The Preston Citizen, December 10, 1987, p. 12
     The Preston Carnegie Library is one of 600 public libraries across the nation to receive a free videocassette recorder.   Through the American Library Association-Carnegie Video Project.  The VCR Gift Program commemorates the 75th birthday of the Carnegie Corporation.
     The 1,681 libraries built with funding by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie Were eligible, and in the spirit of the original Carnegie Library funding program, original libraries agreed to match the gift with a TV monitor or with $300 in educational/special interest videos.
     The library plans to purchase a monitor and some special videos that will be used in the library for special training and special programs, according to Cloteele Dahle, director of the library.  In the future, the library may develop an educational video collection.
     The VCR Gift Program is part of a project sponsored by the American Library Association and the Carnegie Corporation with the goal of enhancing the role of videocassettes in libraries.

The Preston Citizen, December 19, 1987, p. 12  
     When was the last time you read a good children’s book?  The Preston Carnegie Library is inviting area residents to rediscover books from their youth during a new reading and discussion series.  The   series, "Not for Children  Only," begins Jan.20, at 7 p.m. at the library and continues every other Wednesday for five sessions. 
     This local program is part of a national project, sponsored by the American Library Association and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, that is helping libraries across the country put on reading and discussion series.       Preston library is one of the 10 libraries in the state of Idaho to be chosen for the initial project.
     “Books written for children know no age limit,” Cloteele Dahle, librarian said.  “We wanted to give adult readers an opportunity to read again books they loved as children, to read some classics they may have missed, and to learn about good contemporary children’s books so they can encourage today’s youth to read. “
     “We also like the idea of adults who are out of school reading books and then getting together at the library to talk about what they’ve read,” said Wynn Costley, Franklin County Library Board member and chairman.
      The "Let's Talk  About It Program “ participants will have five readings from children’s literature.  For each session, a visiting scholar will make a 30-minute presentation about one of the readings, relating it to the overall theme.  Small group discussion will follow.  At the end, everyone comes together for a brief wrap-up.
     “This format was developed in Vermont and has been followed with great success in Virginia, New Mexico and several other states,” costly explained.  “People really seem to enjoy the combination of information from the scholar and open discussion.”
     The reading selections for the Not for children Only series give a chronological development of children’s literature, which coincides with changing views of childhood  The first reading is a selection of fairy tales.  Two classics follow, Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” and “The wind in the willows” by Kenneth Grahame.  E. B. White’s popular, “Charlotte’s Webb” and two Newberry Medal books, “Bridge to Terabithia,” by Katherine Paterson, and “roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,” by Mildred Taylor, bring readers into contemporary literature.  The final reading, Robert Cormier’s stark, “I am the Cheese,” is a sample of the realistic “problem novel.”
     “We’re looking forward to a good turnout of folks interested in shedding a few years and enjoying some delightful reading, said Kristen Beckstead, Preston City Library Board member and co=chairman of the program.  Anyone interested in participating in the Not For Children Only reading and discussion series is encouraged to pre-register and pick up the first reading selection at the library as soon as possible.  For more information, call The Preston Carnegie Library at 852-0175.



January 13, 1988
      Circulation was 18,915 for the past quarter.  It was up nearly 2000 over the same quarter last year.  The library had one patron check out over 100 books at closing time last week.  Motion passed to limit 35 books per card.  Cost of a TV to go with our VCR is $445.  Motion passed to give Elmer the option to buy the best deal, institutional package, remote optional if not included.  Wynn costly suggested refreshments at “Let’s Talk About It;” also expense and time sheet kept for the program.  “Why I Love My Library Card” contest talked about.

The Preston Citizen, January 28, 1988, p. 5
     The  "Let's  Talk  About  It" program started at the Preston Carnegie Library Jan 20, with a discussion led by Wayne Schow from the ISU English Department.  Schow, who was raised in Preston, discussed the classic Fairy Tales.  He presented many interesting insights into the fairy tales and their history.  The program was enjoyed by a large group. 
     The next program will be a discussion on the book, “Little Women,” written by Louisa May Alcott.  It will be held at the Preston Carnegie Library on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.   Janne Goldbeck of the ISU English Department will be the discussion scholar and speaker.   Those interested in participating in the “Let’s talk About It” program may contact the library for information.

March 9, 1988
     Grant for the video pilot program approved with $150 matching.  Subscription for video magazine is included.  Grant for replacing windows in the basement also approved with 50% matching.  LaserCat CD- ROM is not working and has been sent back.  Grant funds for LaserCat need to be spent by January 1989.  We will renew our subscription next fall.  Circulation was over 6000 in January.  A video listing was reviewed by the board.  Librarians have been mending books and cleaning magazine rooms.  Summer Youth program forms are ready.  Let’s Talk About It has been well-supported.  National Library Week is April 17-23.  If circulation continues to go up we may have to add $2000 to the budget for part-time help.  Library cards for renters policy was discussed.  Application has to be signed by a property tax payer of Franklin County.  $10 charge for people out of Franklin County.  LTAI application applied for.  The library will be expected to help provide some type of funding for the program.  Motion passed to use money from the book sale.

May 11, 1988
     Idaho State Library has a toll free number.  A public library consultant will be assigned to cover our area.  LTAI program would like nominations for new program on Idaho literature of Idaho authors.  Elmer to check with Hansen Glass to see if windows can be installed before inventory.  BYU non-fiction conference for children’s books in July.  Grant funds available to help with registration costs.  Summer reading program materials have been received.  Finger monster puppets, dinosaur stickers, book marks, reading logs and activity books for those who sign up.  An ice cream party for closing activity.  Conna Dursteller is working under the Title V program which is funded to June 30.  She has been mending books.  Video equipment from the grant has been received.  Cloteele, Helene, Zelma Phyllis, LeOra attended Idaho Falls Library mini-conference.  Budget worksheets prepared for next meeting.  Helene Coats introduced a new member of the county board.

The Preston Citizen, June 1, 1988, p. 7
     Preston  Carnegie  Library is joining other libraries in a state-wide summer reading program.  Called “Fiends of the Library Devour Books,” it is for children 5-12 who can register beginning Monday, June 6.
     “This is a fun program with various activities planned for each Wednesday at  3 p.m.,"  Librarian  Cloteele  Dahle stated.  The program will run until July 27 with an ice cream party planned for the closing activity.  Mrs. Dahle invites all youngsters to come to the library and “devour some books”

June 8, 1988
     Inventory complete in the children’s section.  Boy Scout merit badge books are most often taken without checkout.  Other areas are crafts, tricks, popular personalities, computer books.  State Library asked that CD-ROMs be returned to Omega-Data for replacement.  New update of LasterCat has been received.  Circulation is being kept in time periods so we can evaluate the use of the library better and make changes accordingly.  Title II grant applications are due July 29.  Project needs to be developed.  Budget worksheets were handed out.  Board asked to review and make suggestions.  Some increase will be needed.  Library Video Magazine was shown to board members.  Program was talking about videos in libraries and charges.

The Preston Citizen, July 20, 1988, p. 5
     Preston  Carnegie  Library  will  hold an ice cream  party  on July   27,  at 3 p.m. for the children who are registered in the “Fiends of the Library Devour Books” summer reading program.  Children will receive ice cream and toppings according to how many awards they have earned by reading books for the summer program.  Certificates of achievement will be awarded and fun activities will be enjoyed by all those attending.  “It has been a fun summer reading program and we have had good participation from all our young library ‘Fiends,’”Cloteele Dahle, librarian said.  Finger puppets, dinosaur stickers, and balloons have been some of the awards earned by participants.

The Preston Citizen, August 3, 1988, p. 17
    Once  again,  Preston  Carnegie   Library will hold its annual book sale in conjunction with the Franklin County Bloomfest.  New as well as used books with a wide variety of content will be offered for sale to the public.  Booths will be set up at the fairgrounds August 17-19.  Prices for these books will be extremely low.
     The used book booth will hold those popular titles that required duplicate copies but are no longer needed to fill the patrons’ demands.  The sale of these extra copies will also make space available for the new books that come to the library daily.
     The new book section will feature children’s books from Scholastic Great American Book Fair.  Titles are of current interest and will also include award winners.  Let your child do a little exploring, find an old favorite, or be enticed by something new. 
     Funds for this year’s book sale will help to sponsor “Let’s Talk About It,” an adult reading and discussion program developed by the American Library Association and sponsored in Idaho by the Idaho Humanities Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This event will be held January, 1989 at the library.
     Last year’s book sale was one of the main attractions of Bloomfest and was well received.  Hopes are that this year’s book sale will be an even greater success. 

August 10, 1988
     New books have replaced old editions of Idaho Library Laws.  Phyllis and Cloteele attended BYU Non-fiction workshop.  It was a great workshop with Beverly Kobrin, Jean Fritz, Byrd Baylor as some of the presenters.    About 75 children registered for Summer Reading Program.  Many earned finger puppets and stickers.  About 30 attended the ice-cream social and were awarded ice cream and toppings according to how many stickers they earned.  Certificates were given to each child for completing the program.  Games and giant bubbles were part of the closing.  Grant for reference collection development, special population projects, access, upload records to WLN.  We have watched videos on book mending, weeding or re-evaluating the collection, use of the computer, and library video magazine.  This project is very helpful in staff training.  We have had good, dependable summer help.  Book gifts, cleaning office and moving downstairs, use of computer, filing cards, have been some of the projects finished that were needed.  CD-ROM has been used for cataloging books and ordering inter-library loan books.  Donated books and duplicate copy books will be sold at the book sale.  Scholastic will again provide the “Great American Book Fair.”  Funds from each category will be kept separate.  Posters to advertise might be helpful.  Motion carried to close on that Saturday so staff can be at the fair.  Non-fiction books listed from the workshop were purchased as funds were available.  Chair and floor mat for office in basement are needed.  Class on Lotus 123 will be taken at Bridgerland.   Circulation increases are steady.  Policy Manual ad book selection policy needs to be updated.  Long-range goals should be addressed.

October 12, 1988
     Book fair money will be used for Let’s Talk About It.  We have applied for two grants, one for reference materials on CD0ROM, and the other for machine readable records.  Collection development policy is a requirement.  It must be on file by the end of the grant period.  Old books not being used will not be put into LaserCat.  Cost to delete records added is .25 per record.  Guidelines for weeding the collection were handed out.  Volunteers and liability were discussed.  Closing at 6:00 on Fridays and Saturdays was discussed.  LTAI program “What America Reads” will begin January 18.  Service to handicapped people was discussed.  Books have been delivered to homes when library was called.  List of books could be made available to handicapped people, if desired.  Budget for 1988 has been spent.

December 1988
     Circulation report.  Annual report has been completed.  Refreshments were enjoyed.



The Preston Citizen, January 11, 1989, p. 2
     Who can resist a good book?  The Preston Carnegie Library is inviting area residents to look between the covers of some of the most popular novels ever written during a new reading and discussion series.       The series “What America Read Myth Making in Popular Fiction,” begins Jan 18, 7 p.m. at the library and continues every other Wednesday for five sessions, through March 22.  This local program is part of a national project, sponsored by the American Library Association and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that is helping libraries across the country present reading and discussion series.  Preston Library is one of the few libraries in Idaho for this project.

“Best seller lists have been compiled ever since 1895 and give us a history of

what Americans read,” said Wynn Costley, member of the Franklin County

Library Board and project director.  “We wanted to give adult readers an opportunity

to read these popular novels and in the process, to gain insight into what has drawn

Americans to certain books over the year.”  “We also like the idea of adults who are

out of school reading books and then getting together at the library to talk about what they’ve read.”
      Cloteele Dahle, librarian, explained  that participants will read five best-sellers.  At each session, a visiting scholar will make a 30-minutes presentation about one of the books, relating it to the overall theme.  Small group discussion will follow.  At the end, everyone comes together for a brief wrap-up.  “This format was developed in New England and has been followed with great success in Virginia, Oklahoma and several other states,” Mrs. Dahle explained.  “People really seem to enjoy the combination of information from the scholar and open discussion. “
        The first reading is Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  It was Stowe’s book that Abraham Lincoln contended started the Civil War.  Stowe’s novel sold more copies than any other work of American fiction until Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 blockbuster Gone With the Wind which is the second selection in the series. 

         Ross Messer from Ricks College will introduce the theme and present Uncle Toms Cabin on Wednesday January 18.  Messer said “I’m looking forward to coming to Preston and meeting with you.”  Other scholars participating in this series are Don Klinko, Idaho Falls; Mary Donna Jensen, ISU; Scott Samuelson, Ricks College; and Kellie Purce, ISU.
         “We are looking forward to a good turn-out of folks who want to take a closer look at the books that make the best-seller list,” Costley said.  Anyone interested in participating in the What America Reads reading and discussion series is encouraged to pre-register and to pick up the first reading selection at the Preston Library.  For more information, call the Preston Carnegie Library at 852-0175.

February 8, 1989
        Circulation remains around 6000 per month.  LSCA Grants were approved.  RECON (adding records to WLN) and reference materials on CD-ROM.  LTAI program is going well.  Memberships to ILA have been paid for all board members.  Discussion on non-resident library cards.   Motion carried to have an annual card fee of $15 for out-of-state residents and an annual fee of $10 for out-of-county residents with final decision at the discretion of the librarian.  National Library Week is April 9-15.  Newspaper will be informed, and bookmarks will be available for all patrons visiting the library.

The Preston Citizen, February 8, 1989, p. 2
       They aren’t called horse operas for nothing.  The untamed West is the stage for the good guys and the bad guys in Shane.  Come talk about it at the Preston Carnegie Library.  Jack Schaefer’s classic western is the featured reading for the third program in a five-part reading and discussion series on American best sellers.  Mary Donna Jensen, scholar from Idaho State University, opens the program Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the library.  For more information call the library at 852-0175.
        The first program of the series featuring Uncle Tom’s cabin was enjoyed by an enthusiastic group of people as the first discussion in the Let’s Talk About It series started at the library.  This book was America’s best-selling book for close to 90 years. 
        Other books are scheduled as follows:  February 15, Shane, discussion leader Mary Donna Jensen, ISU; February 22, A special video presentation of From Here to Eternity with information in preparation for next weeks’ discussion.  March 1 From Here to Eternity, discussion leader, Scott Samuelson, Ricks College.  March 22, A Tan and Sandy Silence, Discussion leader Kellie Purce, ISU.
       The date for the discussion of Gone with the Wind will be rescheduled at a later date.  Program had to be cancelled because of the storm last week.
       Anyone interested in finding out what makes best-selling fiction is invited to join the group by contacting the library.  All programs begin at 7:00 p.m.  Take a look at what America reads.  

April 12, 1989
        Library bill H81 on the revision of district library laws passed in the Idaho Legislature.  Costs for travel and rooms prohibit attendance to ILA in Coeur d’Alene.  Circulation for 6-month period was 36,337.  Budget spent is not quite 50% of total.  LTAI was successful and an application for next year’s program has been sent to ISL.  A contribution of $100 to help fund the program has been asked for. Motion carried to send the money.  Summer Reading Program sponsored by Idaho State Libraries and LSCA funds will be used at our library tis summer.  Theme is “Reading…The Name of the Game.”  Inventory will be done May 30-June 5, and the library will be closed.  The collection is being re-evaluated and some books are being withdrawn from the collection.  This is being done in preparation for uploading records into the WLN LaserCat holdings.  Two youth library aides will be hired through JTPA for the summer.  Elmer has been asked by the State Library to serve on the District Library Law Revision Task Force which meets each month in Boise.  Members of the board encouraged him to accept this position.

The Preston Citizen, April 12, 1989, p. 10
      Public library—the words conjure a staid monolith of the
community, quiet, vertically stacked with volumes and not subject to change. 

But beneath some outward appearance, Preston Carnegie Library, which has

been serving Franklin County since 1913, bubbles with activity, new ideas and

changes in systems.
1989 has been declared “The Year of the Young Reader,” and never has a

youngster more access to reading materials of every description.  Andrew

Carnegie would be suitably surprised.  
       All books are going into the Western Library Data Base,” explained Cloteele

Dahle, head librarian.  Also planned for the local library is an electronic

encyclopedia on laser disc that can greatly speed the search for information. 

Thanks to the Federal Library services and Construction Act, two grants will

be coming to Preston.  One for $8,000 will institute a machine readable records

project.  Another for $1,429 will assist making available the McGraw-Hill

CD-ROM Science and Technical Reference Set to local readers.  The funds are

administered through the Idaho State Library, said Mrs. Dahle who has been

with the library for nine years.  Lately, a computer has been used for cataloging in the library she pointed out.  Much of an entire floor in the basement of the Preston Library is given over to books for young people.  After school most days, the area becomes alive with students and often parents.

June 14, 1989
      LSCA grant applications are due soon.  We will apply for Reference Materials and Collection Development in a specific subject.  Inventory is complete, library has been cleaned, and evaluation of the collection is in progress.  Summer Reading Program has begun.  A closing social will be held on July 26.  Book sale will be on-going at the Library.  The book fair has been ordered for August for the county Fair.  Books are being updated on the computer in preparation for uploading to WLN Data Base.   Budget sheets were handed out and reviewed.  It was decided that we need to add to the book expenses so we can update some of the sections.  The Preston citizen newspaper had been microfilmed to 1974.  The cost is $38 per year.  We should make the decision about purchasing more of the microfilm.  We need to budget for another set of shelves.  The budget needs to be increased by about $5000 to be able to meet expenses.  Connie Maughan will take a leave of absence for a year.  A book will be presented to her for her services on the city board.


The Preston Citizen, July 19, 1989, p. 4
         Preston Carnegie Library will hold an awards party for all participants of the summer reading program, “The Name of the game Reading”.  Those who are registered for the program are invited to attend on Wednesday, July 26 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Games, refreshments and prizes are planned and certificates will be given.  This year nearly 100 participants have enjoyed the summer reading program.  It was made available through the public library by the LSCA and the Idaho State Library.
        The Preston Library invites people to look for books on the sale rack and to watch for the annual Book Fair to be held at the Franklin County Fair.


The Preston Citizen, August 9, 1989, p. 4
      Preston Carnegie Library is holding its annual Great American Book Fair and book Sale on Aug. 17, 18, 19 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.  The Book Fair booth will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day of the fair.  The reasonably priced books are carefully selected for educational value and many are award books.  Profits from all sales will be used to help sponsor the “Let’s Talk About it Program,” and other programs held at the library.

September 13, 1989
       New Idaho Library Laws were handed out to board members.  Trustee workshop in boise and Collection Development Workshop at Idaho Falls and Regional library meeting at Portneuf were discussed.  Circulation remains steady at about 6000 per month.  Summer reading program had about 101 sign up but only 23 attended the final party.  Next year’s materials and program will follow the centennial theme.  Microsoft Book shelf and Grolier Encyclopedia CD0ROM programs have been installed for reference use.  Cloteele and Elmer attended the combined PNLA_ILA conference in Coeur d’Alene.  New fire extinguisher purchased.  Special thanks to board members who helped with the book Fair. Two LSCA grants will be applied for:  Basic Reference Collection and one for Collection development in science.  25% match.  A collection development policy must be written and accepted.  Motion passed to accept the policy written for out library.  Frank was thanked for his help and was given some time to tell about his position and discuss any problems or questions.  Let’s Talk About It for next year is Mapping the West.  Budget was approved with $5000 increase.  Budget money has been spent.  Finances are in order.

October 11, 1989
      New carpet was installed on the stairway.  The Idaho Library Law Revision was handed out.  Elmer asked everyone to go over the revisions and give suggestions.  Let the legislators know that we need their support.  We need a budget increase for upkeep and increased book prices.  We also need to look at salaries.  Materials for Summer Reading Program have been ordered.  LTAI will being in January.  We will hire Doris Wing through the Green Thumb Program.  Lora Larsen fell going out the back door and broke her leg.  Workman’s comp. wil be filed for.  Suggestions for new board member were asked for. 

December 13, 1989
      Increase in circulation means increase in staff needs.  LSCA grants were awarded tour library.  A rough draft of our collection development policy has been sent to the state library.  Card renewals will begin in January.  All fines must be paid before card will be renewed.  Family cards are preferred.  Older children may have their own card.  Motion passed to increase fines to 5c a day with a grace period of seven days.  Service charge of $1 will be added if fine has to be recorded with patron’s file.  Service charge of $5 for letter notice of over dues.  Delinquent fines must be paid or check=out will be limited or restricted.  Beth suggested that a notice be put in the paper and posted in the library.  A letter explaining policy will be given to each patron as card is renewed.  National library week them is “Night of a Thousand Stars.”  Library will close Dec. 23 to January 2.

The Preston Citizen, December 6, 1989, p. 8   
      What does  it mean  to be a westerner'' ?  Preston  Carnegie Library is sponsoring a reading and discussion series that will explore this question by examining   a variety of readings that may enlarge and expand our traditional images of the West, said Cloteele Dahle, head librarian.
      The series, “Mapping the West,” begins Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7 pm. At the library and continues every other Wednesday for five sessions.  This local program is part of the statewide “Lets Talk About It” project, sponsored by the Idaho State Library, that has been helping over forty libraries present similar reading and discussion series during the past four years.  Funding is provided by a grant from the Idaho Humanities council, she said.  
       The   "Let's   Talk   About   It" format originated in New England libraries and was expanded into a national project by the American Library Association, which developed program themes and materials that have been adapted by over three hundred libraries across the nation.
      “Mapping the West” is the first theme to be developed here in Idaho by a team of librarians and humanities scholars who wanted to provide a regional theme that would reflect the interests and lifestyle of the state’s populace.   The theme’s books were selected to provide a balance of viewpoints and to expand some of our traditional western myths, said Mrs. Dahle.
      Five novels and one autobiography span approximately one hundred years and depict life in the West in a variety of locales.  In the first book, Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, readers meet two French missionaries who demonstrate the influence of Europeans in the early settling of the West.  Cultural diversity in western life is explored further in the second reading, The Man Who Killed the Deer, by Prank Waters, which tells the story of a young Pueblo Indian caught between ancient tribal rituals and the dominant white society.
      Next is featured   Wallace Stegner's Angel of Repose, a novel set partially in Idaho, about a genteel eastern woman who is transplanted to the West.  In the fourth session, real life and fictional characters pursue the American Dream with very differing results when Tillie Olsen’s novel Yonnondio is featured along with Eleanor Stewart’s autobiography, Letters of a Woman Homesteader.  The series comes to a close with the story of a Forest Service family in English Creek, by Ivan Doig.
      Each program consists of a 30-minute discussion and presentation relating to each book, followed by small-group discussion and a final brief wrap-up.  Speakers for the program are scholars from ISU and surrounding areas.  Previous programs have been excellent and have been well attended.
      “Mapping the West” reading and discussion series is encouraged to sign up at the library as soon as possible in order to reserve a reading packet of books.  For more information call the Preston Library at 852-0175.
      Preston Library will be closed during the Christmas Holidays from Dec  3, until  Jan.  2.  

Sweet smiles adorn visages of Preston Carnegie Librarians Phyllis Vaterlaus, LeOra Bloxham and Cloteele Dahle who are encouraging patrons to take note of “1989:  The Year of the Young Reader.”  A fine collection of children’s books await the county’s youngsters on the basement floor of the library.   –John Sant Photo

A greater alternate to endless hours of television is offered by Preston Carnegie Librarian Cloteele Dahle with an excellent packet of soft-cover books in a program called “what America Reads.”  Some titles:  “Shane,”  “Gone with the Wind,”  “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”  John Sant Photo

Long-term assistance, this time with $100 from the Ladies Literary club is delivered to Preston Carnegie Librarian Cloteele Dahle by Club President LaRue Johnson.  Group has contributed to library for over 50 years. –John Sant Photo  From Preston Citizen, January 18, 1989, p. 3

Juveniles trashed the library door and entrance with a fire extinguisher, removing glass; throwing paper, books and loose articles around with a break=in recently in the Clifton Elementary school.  The same group also broke into the Clifton Market, taking merchandise.  However, footprints in the snow led to apprehension by the franklin county sheriff’s dept. 

John Sant Photo

Librarian Cloteele Dahle helps Thayne Winward, 14, find information on soccer great, Pele, on the Internet.  Photo by Necia P. Seamons.


The Preston Citizen, January 10, 1990, p. 6.
      “Let’s Talk About it” reading series, “Mapping the East” began Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. at the Preston Library, and continues every other Wednesday for five sessions through March 7.  Dan Hunt, who is currently working toward a Doctor of Arts degree in English at Idaho State University will give a presentation  about the book “Death Comes for the Archbishop.”   His presentation will be followed by a group discussion.  Topics for the four remaining programs are as follows:  “The Man Who Killed the Deer,” Jan. 24; “Angle of Repose,” Feb. 7, presented by Brian Attebery, English Department, Idaho State University; “Yonnondio and Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Feb. 4 with Janne Goldbeck, English Department, Idaho State University, and “English Creek,” March 7, with Ron Messer, English Department, Ricks College.  Anyone interested is invited to call the library, 852-0175 for information.

February 14, 1990

     Survey letter from Boise State University.  Librarians from our area feel that it is a duplication of what the Task Force and the annual Statistical Report covered.  January circulation rose to 6537.  The LSCA CD-ROM Reference grant will be finished March 30.  McGraw Hill Science and Technology Encyclopedia will be ordered as well as PC-Sig computer software programs.  Other products will be checked and balance of funds spent.  Card renewals are going well.  Patrons are becoming more aware of fines and over-due books.  “Night of a Thousand Stars” program needs volunteers to read.  LTAI program has been well attended with about 20 people per program.  The Scholars have been very good.  Elmer reported on the Task Force legislation.  House Bill No. 494 relating to Library districts passed.  Elmer also reported on other areas of concern to the task force.  Upgrading the building and also equipment was discussed.
      Budget Workshop at Chubbuck and Census workshop at Pocatello discussed.  Cloteele received a letter about trade tokens for Idaho and Local histories which would be written for the centennial.  Elmer reported that a history of the local National Guard may be published this year.  Phyllis asked about the library history which we talked about.  Nothing more has been done on it.  The RECON project needs to be finished by July 31.   We have added 20 children’s videos to the collection.  They are being checked out for 1 week, but a policy needs to be developed concerning video purchase, and check-out.  We need more interlibrary loan policies.  With our collection on LaserCat we will have requests for some of our books.  We will check with other libraries to see what they are doing concerning postage and use of restricted materials.  Beth will talk to Delmer Derricott about participating in “Night of 1000 Stars program.  Gardner Hanks and Frank Nelson will visit our library this afternoon.  When we receive new updates of LaserCat, the old disks are no longer of use to us.  Downey has asked about using it.  Consensus of the board was that some remuneration should be given if it benefits someone else.  Question of handicapped student coming to work two days for 45 minutes each time.  Elmer said until the legalities are clearer we should not.  He has received information concerning liability for volunteers that discourages volunteer help.  We have applied for LTAI for next year. Myrna Fuller was suggested for a new city board member.  Cloteele is the only full-time library employee.  The city will set up a savings program for medical insurance for dependents.  Part-time help wages need to be reviewed.  We need to hire another part-time employee. 

April 11, 1990
       LTAI approved for next year.  An extension has been granted for the CD Reference Grant until May 30.  Pocatello mini conference will be held in May for librarians and board members.  Collection development policy should have some additional paragraphs added about the evaluation of each section of the collection.  Cloteele read the additions to the board.  It included evaluations of each section and detailed collection strengths and weaknesses.  The weeding of older books was discussed.  Motion passed to approve the policy.  Beth reported that Delmer Derricott is willing to do some reading at “Night of a Thousand Stars”.  She has checked publicity with the paper, schools, and radio.  Ideas for handouts and/or treats were discussed.

The Preston Citizen,  April 18, 1990, p. 1
By John Sant
     National Library Week begins this coming Sunday to run for six days with a program of “A Night of a Thousand Stars,” to focus attention on family literacy and families reading together.  A special presentation that coincides with the day of the week and even with the hour all over the country is a program locally that will be given by PHS teacher Delmar Derricott and his speech students who will read subjects that appeal to elementary children, live, at the Preston Carnegie Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  However, all ages are invited, said Cloteele Dahle, head librarian.
     Circulation of books at the library is continually increasing said Mrs. Dahle, marveling a bit at the interest during an age of video rentals.  The 75=year-old institution’s staff has been adding to the inventory of books to the western Library Data Base.  Also listings are being applied to LaserCat discs.  A sale of older books removed permanently from the stacks is now in progress and available to view.
     Serving on the Preston City Library Board are Kris Beckstead, Phyllis Acock, Sara Nelson, Connie Maughn and Elmer Oliverson, chairman.  On the Franklin County Library Board are Zelma Woodward, Beth Schumann, Wynn Costley, Bonnie Jones and Sharon Nelson.
     Many books not carried in the Preston inventory are available through the inter-library system, said Mrs. Dahle.


June 13, 1990
      LSCA Grant deadlines for the RECON and CD-ROM project have been extended to July 31.  The collection Development Policy has been accepted and approved by the Idaho State Library.  Inventory of children’s section has been done.  Sections having missing books are the Easy and Non-Fiction sections in the 700s.  The circulation desk top was sanded and varnished while we were closed.  Sale books will be given to Deseret Industries; we can’t let them pile up any longer.  About 10,000 records have been added to WLN from our collection.  We have received the materials from the Reference Grant and updated our reference section.  Materials for the science Grant will be ordered.  Grants to apply for next year:  RECON mix and match project; planning project; collection Development in travel and geography; Regional Grant.  Summer Reading program “Celebrate Idaho” will start in June.  Booklets for the program will be collectors’ item.  Melissa Moser has been hired through JTPA to work for the summer.  Peggy Owens has been training for part-time work.  Beth reported that “Night of a Thousand Stars” during Library week was a success.  Delmer Derricott and his family read stories and poetry.  Elmer introduced Myrna Fuller as a new board member for the city.  Book Fair was discussed.  We will not do the Franklin County fair this year.  Audit showed that we went over on last year’s budget, but it was straightened out and showed that we did not.  Grants were credited correctly to make the difference.

The Preston Citizen, June 13, 1990, p.
     Preston Carnegie Library this week announced “Celebrate Idaho,” this 1990 Idaho Summer Reading Program for children.  The purpose to stimulate the interest of Idaho’s children in reading and using the library.  Children of all ages are invited to let their imaginations soar as they read on any subject from the library’s wide selection of children’s books.  Children may register to start reading for the program on June 18.  The program will end July 25, with awarding of certificates and a party.  A list of activities and reading booklet will be given to all participants.  All children who complete the requirements will receive prizes and a certificate.  The “Celebrate Idaho” theme will highlight a variety of fun-filled activities to introduce children to the wonderful characters in books and to the great state of Idaho.


September 12, 1990
    Cloteele will attend ILA convention.  Elmer will attend the Library Task Force.  New editions of the Library Laws were handed out to board members.  LTAI theme is “Idaho—Tough Paradise” and will begin January 9, 1991.  Summer Reading ended with a party in the park.  64 youth signed up and 20 attended.  Ice cream cones and cupcakes were served.  Games were played and each participant received awards.  Many new books have been added to our collection:  new reference books, LSCA Grant; Science Books, LSCA Grant; children’s fiction and non-fiction.  West One Bank donated a beautiful book “Idaho” by Beatty.  Funds for fuel were not spent this year.  Mt. Fuel will be putting in the natural gas line and we will convert our furnace over to it.  Motion passed for Cloteele to purchase a computer using her judgment after consulting with Frank and after checking prices and recommendations with local people.  A computer, color monitor, printer and CD-ROM player will be purchased.  Elmer said we would increase the budget by about 5%.  Wages need to increase in the future.

November 14, 1990
     Guide for Trustees of Idaho Public Libraries was handed out and should be a complete reference for trustees.  Letters concerning standards for public libraries.  Some concern about standards that small libraries will not be able to meet and will be kept from applying for LSCA funds.  LSCA grant recipients cannot spend less local funds than spent during the previous year.  Statistical report must be filed before December 15 in order to qualify for LSCA grants.  Cloteele attended ILA conference in Idaho Falls.  New shelves have been added to the fiction section.  Science grant has really helped to improve the science sections.  New computer has been installed and CD-ROM reference programs. Are available for use.  The new system is really a nice addition to the library and a big help in cataloging and recording keeping.  Circulation was 65,500 for the fiscal year.  Cloteele took a Word Perfect computer class at the high school.  Outdoor Idaho videos have ben purchased; also Wonderworks classics.   Toilets were plugged and flooded over downstairs.  Clean-up was $40 plus extra staff time, and the carpet in main library in basement was also cleaned for $233.  Elmer discussed promoting the library and library services.  Board members will be asked to be aware and responsible for certain areas.  County members may want to serve as partners.  More publicity about library activities needs to be used.  Sara Nelson volunteered for Services for Children with help from Bonnie.  Myrna Fuller is interested illiteracy.  Elmer said we should start thinking about enlarging the library.  New Library in the future was discussed.  It is up to the Library Board to start this promotion.  Melissa Moser was approved to be hired as extra help if budget allows.

December 12, 1990
     ILA has asked that we keep in contact with the legislators and be aware of the library bills.  LTAI packets are now available.  Ross Peterson from USU will discuss the Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher at the first meeting.  Annual Statistical Report was mailed to state library. Literacy program materials were given to Myrna who reported that Brock Alder had made contact.  Teachers could be made available, but would need a meeting area.  All board members will be working on a committee.  Connie was asked to work on funding for public libraries.  We need to let city council and commissioners know that there are needs for the library.  Phyllis will work in economic resources.  These assignments will make our meetings as trustees more productive.  Beth discussed publicity.  We need to know the paper’s guidelines and rules.  We should be able to have advertising by both paper and radio as a community service.  We will meet with the city council and mayor in February about our goals.  Budget information needed by July.  Beth will work with Connie on public relations.  Sharon will work with Myrna on literacy.

The Preston Citizen, December 12, 1990, p. 2
     How has Idaho, its land, history and culture shaped the state’s inhabitants?  That is just one of the questions that will be posed by a new theme focusing on Idaho literature and used in the “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion programs.  The series, “Idaho, Tough Paradise,” begins January 9 at the Preston Carnegie Library and continues every other Wednesday for five sessions, through March 6.  This local program is part of the statewide “Let’s Talk About It Projects,” sponsored by the Idaho State Library that has been helping over 40 Idaho libraries, from Preston to Bonner’s Ferry, present similar reading and discussion series during the last four years.  Funding for this year’s program is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
     “Idaho, tough Paradise” was developed by a team of librarians and humanities scholars in response to program participants’ requests for a theme reflecting their state’s literature.  Books for the theme were selected to provide balanced viewpoints and to offer both historic and geographical perspective.  Three novels, one autobiographical work, and a collection of poetry span the centuries-old Native American culture found in song and legend to small town life in contemporary times.  A common theme, which emerges from these works, is the rugged nature of Idaho’s land and the hardship willingly embraced by those who chose to live here.
     The series begins with Vardis Fisher’s “Mountain Man,” which reveals the emerging conflict of values represented by the Native American’s reverence for the land and the white pioneer’s desire to conquer the land through settlement.  “Thousand Pieces of God,” the second reading, adds a cultural dimension to the settlement saga with the telling of the compelling personal adventure of a Chinese slave woman brought to the central Idaho gold fields.
     Next is a featured Annie Pike Greenwood’s “We Sagebrush Folks.”  Greenwood captures the struggle of homesteading in reminiscences about life on a sagebrush farm in southern Idaho during the 1920s.  In the fourth session “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson takes the reader to a small north Idaho lakeside town to witness two young sisters struggle to grow up amid most unusual circumstances. 
     Throughout the series, program participants will be introduced to selected Idaho poems relating to the first four books.  The final program will offer a more careful examination of “Idaho’s Centennial Anthology.”  This anthology features writers from 30 towns and cities throughout the state.  Here Idaho can be heard from many authentic voices.
      Each evening a scholar from surrounding universities will make a 30-minutes presentation relating to the overall theme of the book.  Group discussion will follow with a brief wrap-up at the end.
     This is the fourth year that the “Let’s Talk About It” program has been held at the library.  It has been very successful and proven to be well-supported by interested persons in the community, according to Library officials.   Anyone interested in participating in “Idaho, Tough Paradise is encouraged to sign up at the library and check out the reading packet as soon as possible.  For more information contact the library at 852-0175.



January 9, 1991
     Collection Development Grant for $3000 was received.  We will match with $1000 to purchase books and materials in the travel-geography section.  We still have $500 left in the Science grant.  Grant to finish adding the collection to the WLN LaserCat was approved.  Planning Grant which is a future requirement for LSCA Grants was approved and we will participate in it.  LTAI with Ross Peterson tonight and the book Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher.  Natural gas has been installed and is being used.  Justine Weinig called about setting up a literacy tutor program.  Gordon Richins has been trained.  There will be a regional meeting on Literacy in April.  Beth Coburn wants to use the library and VCR for a meeting.  Programs could possibly be set before the library opens or after library closes.  First Security Bank has the Wall Street Journal and the Kiplinger’s Report and would be available to the public.  Discussed brining the microfilm up to date on the Preston Citizen.  Use of videos was discussed.

February 13, 1991
     Application for LTAI is due in March.  Reference workshop will be held at Portneuf Library in March.  Cloteele and one staff member will go.  Small Library Management Seminar will be held in Pocatello in July.  National Library week is April 21-27.  Circulation for January was 5857.  Elmer received an invitation for all trustees and library employees to attend a preview at the Worm Creek Opera House on February 23.  Rotary club visited the library and were shown the computer programs and services that are available.  Elmer testified at the State Legislature on House bill 51.  It is an important facilities funding bill.  Passed the house, awaiting senate action.  House bills 84, 85, 87 are up for vote.  There have been mixed feelings on the theft bill.  We will try to meet with the Preston City Council and Mayor, and the Franklin County commissioners on March 13, at 8:00.

The Preston Citizen, January 9, 1991, p. 3
     The Preston  Carnegie Library is interested in starting a literacy program with the goal of promoting reading skills for adults.  The first step in starting a program will be a tutor training program under the guidance of the Adult Success Center at ISU.  Training will take place at the Preston Library.
     Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer or in learning more about this program should contact Cloteele Dahle at the library, or Myrna fuller at 852-3177.  “All that is required to become a tutor is the ability to read, patience, and the time to give,” library officials said.

March 13, 1991
     Special assignments to the board members were read and discussed.  We need to prepare a presentation for the Mayor, City Council, and the county commissioners.  Discussion about the different aspects of the library 2000 program and how it can help us to plan for the future.  Report on literacy program.  Eight people have contacted the library about teaching people to read.  A meeting was held with Justene Weenig and her supervisor Richard K. Sparks from the Adult Success Center at ISU.  A training meeting will be held in March.  The planning grant meeting will be in March.  The ILA mini-conference and trustee meeting will be held in May in Pocatello.  It is part of the trustee continuing education plan.

April 10, 1991
     Letter from State Library concerning Title II Grants.  Must have a building plan accepted by the State Library and on file previously to the grant period.  City Law Revision Meeting will be held as part of the Mini conference in Pocatello.  The planning grant was discussed.  Board members were asked to select three main roles that they felt the library should concentrate on in providing service to our community.   Phyllis told of the benefits to the library from a planning document.  The main feeling was that our library should concentrate on being a community information center with the other roles of independent learning, popular materials and educational support.  Connie asked that it be documented in the minutes that collection Grants from LSCA require that no less funds be spent than the previous year.  Board was concerned about budget being less this year than last year.

The Preston Citizen, April 17, 1991, p. 1

 By Robert Merrill
      An emphasis on reading in the schools and several new programs at the Preston City Library have helped double circulation during the past decade, from just under 30,000 to over 60,000 volumes.  Head Librarian Cloteele Dahle, said she believes the increased use is because of additional emphasis placed on reading in the schools, as well as several new programs beings offered.  “The school districts are emphasizing reading in all grades, especially for younger children, even kindergarten students,” said Dahle.  “Some 57 percent of our total circulation is by youngsters.  That’s quite a bit.  However, we still do have a lot of use by adults in the community.”  
     Research has shown children who have been exposed to reading and other cultural experiences before they begin school have a better chance at success in formal learning, according to Dahle.  “More than 50 percent of intellectual development occurs between birth and four years of age.”
       Libraries have long been concerned with promoting reading to children.  Today, they are placing even greater emphasis on family reading activities to help fight America’s growing illiteracy problem,” she added.  “During the past 10 years we have added additional read-a-long cassette tapes for children to use with books.  Cassette tapes are also available for adults that deal with self-help projects, foreign language and classical offerings.  We’ve greatly expanded our children’s library and science sections for both children and adults.”
     "The library offers a summer reading program for children that is held in June and July.  We follow the Idaho State Summer Reading Program and this year it will be “The Great Book hunt,” Dahle said.  The library has also entered the computer age.  “With the use of CD-ROM and LaserCat, the library has access to over three million library holdings from most of the libraries throughout the Pacific Northwest,” she said.  “If we do not have information you are looking for, we can usually get it in a short period of time.”
     Pictures, flannel board stories, patterns and vertical files have been greatly expanded recently.  Pictures have been mounted and covered with plastic.  VCRs and TVs are available for small group meetings at the library.  However, the facility lacks actual meeting rooms, she added.
     During the winter months an adult program, “Let’s Talk About It,” is held.  A variety of related reading selections are offered.  At the conclusion, a professor from Idaho State University, Ricks College, or Utah State University comes in and holds a short discussion about the selections, she explained.   The program has been held for four years. 

“We have started a new literacy program designed to help functionally illiterate adults learn to read,” she said.  “We have about 10 volunteers who have gone through an adult literacy training program and are available for one-on-one tutoring.  We want people to know help is available if they are having trouble reading.  We are going to offer another training session for new tutors this Friday and Saturday.  Anyone interested in more information about this can contact Myrna Fuller at 852-3177 or the library at 852-0175. 
     Dahle said the library is getting a new video-lending service together.  “It isn’t ready at the present time, but will be shortly.  We will emphasize educational-type videos that will be available for check-out.  We won’t compete with local video rental stores,” she said.  “We are also in the process of inputting all of our local holdings on computer.  We hope to have all of our collection entered on a data base over the next year which will mean a computerized card-catalog system.”
     The library is filled with information and ideas, said Dahle.  “We invite people to come and see what we have to offer, especially during National Library Week this week.  The national theme is “Kids Who Read Succeed.”  

     Other library services provided at the library include:  periodicals and readers’ guides, cameras, toys, tax forms, typewriters, and old newspapers on micro-film.  Dahle, who has been head librarian for 10 years, said the local library is participating in a statewide library planning grant that will draft a five-year improvement plan.  “Within five years we would like to see an expansion of our actual facilities.  We need to expand the building to make room for meeting areas, computer rooms and expanded selections.  We need additional parking area,” she said.  “The building was constructed in 1915 and remains essentially as it was after construction was completed.”  She said the library is financed by Preston City Library District.  Franklin County has a separate library district and contracts for services with Preston City.

April 22, 1991
     Roles were discussed and it was determined that we would concentrate on a community information center, and

that the building plans would probably take preference at this time.  A mission statement will be developed.

May 9, 1991
    The LTAI grant for next year was received and the theme is “Family.”  Frank Nelson, the Eastern Library consultant,

met with the board and handed out a schedule of building project sequences.  Elmer reviewed some ideas:  ways to

add for office, computer, meeting room, space for parking at back.  Hope to secure land from the LDS church.  Idea to

keep Carnegie building and add on so it has aesthetic value.  Frank said we should estimate $75 per square ft.  The

feeling was it could be done for a little less. Elmer said we to plan for $350,000 and we will not need to bond.  Frank

said that libraries usually last for 80 years.  Chances for grants for next year will be good.  With as much money that is

available it should be given to the best building plan.  Title I grant funds have been received and grant agreements

will be sent out for LSCA grants in 1991.  The first priority is to select an architect and try to be ready in 6 months. 

Possible source for money might be the Carnegie Foundation, Title II Building grant funds.  This could stretch out over

a period of years.  We should visit libraries to get an idea of what we would like Blackfoot and American falls are about

the size and same population as we have.  Malad is closer.  Myrna reported that the literacy program is ready to start. 

Summer reading program will start June 3.  We could promote the literacy program at the fair.  We would need

volunteer help.  Promotion to get overdue books back will be held.  Bring one canned-good item and not be charged


It will be advertised on radio and in paper.  Library roles and the mission statement were reviewed.  Prepare to discuss

at next meeting.  Elmer said a lot of good things are happening in the community right now and it is a good time to start

pushing a building program.

June 12, 1991
     The Great Book Hunt has started for summer reading and we will have the first read aloud program today in the park. 

Karen Starr from Idaho State Library will visit our library today.  She is new to the ISL staff and is in charge of networking

and automation.  The budget for the next fiscal year was discussed.  The board feels that it is imperative that the library staff

wages be equivalent to those of the city office employees.  Motion carried that a raise be put in the budget to underwrite

this increase.  Budget needs to be increased.  It has been very difficult to operate on budget cuts from last year.  The book

budget does not allow for keeping the collection current.  Collection grant funds need to be spent as soon as possible. 

Waiting for okay from the city.  Current budget does not include funds sufficient for heating.  Costs for converting the

furnace to natural gas also had to come out of the funds.  The air conditioner is not working and will need repair.  A special

budget meeting will be held before the 1992 budget is taken to the city council.  Book Fair is planned to be held at the County

Fair in August.  New books and used children’s books will be sold.  Three tutors and three people are being tutored in literacy

program.  The tutors are excited and feel very good about this program.  We need to apply for LSCA grants.  Deadline for the intent is July 16.  The fax grant written by the region will be sent in again.  The planning grant is continuing with a meeting in Idaho Falls.  It was decided that the main role of the library should be independent learning center, including popular materials, and educational support.  Community information center will be a secondary role.  Mission statement was read, and goals and objectives will be worked on at the meeting tomorrow.

Monday, June 24, 1991
      Budget for next fiscal year.  Connie asked if the library funds come from the general fund or from a mill Levey.  It comes from a mill levy of about 2.6 and also from general funds.  The board requested that wages for the librarian be equal to those in other city managerial positions, and part-time staff wages be equal to the part-time secretarial help at the city office.  Elmer said a wage increase will be asked for, but may not be received.  Questions concerned the authority the board has in making the library budget.  Cloteele said that the library is running at the very minimum possible if the current level of service is to be maintained.  The budget spent so far this year has included only very basic necessities that currently are on standing order.  McNaughton, Doubleday, subscriptions to periodicals, Idaho code, and basic reference materials needed to be kept current.  Budget was discussed by category and overall increase of 6--- was decided upon.  Board will attend the budget workshop with city council.  Increases in postage, benefits, insurance, cost of books, etc. cannot be controlled and needs to be taken into consideration.  New and more services call for increased budget.  A questionnaire from Ted Jones, who is writing an article and possible book on  Carnegie Libraries was discussed.  One question was “How much affection, if any, does your community have for the Carnegie Library?  Connie suggested that we have a poll at the book fair booth at the fair.  We could get some of the non-users to give us their feelings about the library.  We could also have the questionnaire available to the public here at the library.  Connie will make up the questionnaire.


September 11, 1991
     We need to look at standards for Idaho Libraries and make suggestions.  Cloteele and Phyllis attended a planning meeting at Pocatello.  We need to progress on this project and decide on goals and objectives.  Cloteele attended the summer institute on Management of Libraries at ISU.  It was very helpful and she received information and ideas that will be put to use.  Summer Reading Program finished with about 30 attending the closing party.  Participants had a fun time playing games, making crafts, and presenting certificates to those present.  Some of the videos are ready for checkout.  They were purchased as part of the science grant and travel grant.  Budget for 1991-92 was set at $58,320.  Expenditures will have to be watched very carefully during the next fiscal year.  Cuts in book and magazine budget will have to be made.  New closing hours are 6:00 on Friday and 5:00 on Saturday.  Need to progress on the planning document.  Need someone to design a log for cover design to be used as Public Relations hand-out to promote the library.  Relief Societies have called looking for service projects.  Hard to find a project that uses large group.  Suggested they sew book bags.  Christmas Story Hour is Dec. 14 and 21.  Kris and Bonnie volunteered to do this.  The policy manual is being revised and updated to include policies for new services.  It will include job descriptions for staff members.

The Preston Citizen, September 25, 1991, p. 1
By Jean Carter
    The Preston Carnegie Library is sponsoring a literacy program to teach adults to read at their own pace.  Myrna Fuller, who is working on the program with Sharon Nelson, says she was shocked to discover how many people were unable to even write their name.  “It breaks my heart to see how many can’t read, she said.  “This is a wonderful program, and our volunteers are great.”  Fuller said that the volunteers for the program work many hours not only teaching students, but also traveling with them into local stores and helping them to read food labels, prices, specials, and even road signs.  Fuller said this program is nationwide, as members of the “Libraries 2000” organization traveled to Washington, D. C. to lobby for funds for this and other library-centered activities.  “We began putting our plans together in January.  During the months of March and April we sent the tutors into a training period.  We started tutoring students in May and June.”  Tutors are found through the media, service organizations such as the Lion’s Club, and through local churches.  They have received very positive response.
      “We offer one-on-one instruction for those who want to learn,” Fuller said.  “We work with several programs, and use the best one for the individual.  The student is in control of his own training, and he can work at his own pace.  If he only wants to learn the basics, that is what we teach.  If he wants to go further we take him.  We are not pushing for a college degree or high school diploma and this takes some of the pressure from the student.  However, he can go as far as he wants.”
     She also said students who have been working all summer, are thrilled to be able to recognize their name or road signs.  “The program is very confidential and private,” Fuller explained.  “Even our tutors are anonymous, and they do not report to others any information about their students. It’s very confidential.”
     Bob Bosworth, member of the Literacy Program committee in Logan recently returned from Washington D. C. where he attended national adult literacy workshops in order to perform similar workshops for the literacy program in this area.  He went from a fourth grade reading level to a seventh grade level in 15 months through a literacy program.  “My eyes were closed; my mind was closed.  Now my eyes re opened,” he said.  “During the workshops in Washington I discovered how to become a leader in the program, to promote interest, and to prevent burnout.  I am available for anyone who is really interested in learning.”  Bosworth is trying to promote interest locally by speaking at meetings and over the radio. 
     Both Fuller and Nelson are members of the Preston library board, and will be glad to answer any questions or give information.  Fuller said it is sometimes hard to teach those who need this special service, and is asking for others to help get the information out.
      “There is always a reason a person can’t read.  It isn’t because he is stupid or can’t learn.  It most always stems from some childhood traumatic experience or a learning disability that wasn’t dealt with,” said Fuller.  “No one is stupid or not smart enough.  We are there to help.”
     People wishing to learn more about the program can call the library at 852-0175.

October 23, 1991
     Automation handout from Idaho State Library Annual statistical report forms received.  Circulation for 1991 fiscal year was handed out.  Cloteele attended workshop on fiscal management and fund raising.  Monday will be meeting on planning document.  Policy manual is being revised.  Kindergarten visited the library. Motion carried to change hours.  Budget was overspent slightly last year.  Arlene will prepare report on balance owed by county, and total expenditures.  Air conditioner repairs, furnace conversion, and handling of grant funds contributed in over-expenditure.  Elmer reported on city law revision task Force.  There will be come changes in city law.  He will take the concerns ad opinions of board members of the state meeting.  Library bills should be presented formally to the board for approval.  We will continue as we have in past pending changes in City Library Law.  Other items discussed by task force were Exclusive control of money by board, librarian as a department head, handling of fines, and budgeting.  The main reason for this meeting is to discuss the plans for building.  There were some possibilities being considered, but some are no longer a consideration.  Sprouse Reitz building which was a consideration has been sold to private individuals.  Theatre group wanted to work with the library in this development.  Church has decided not to donate the park to the city.  City would not accept a portion of it.  Elmer will contact the church officials again with a plan that details the building project and how much property we would need for it.  Frank said to estimate 8,000 square feet.  He also suggested we get a building plan on file with the state library in order to be ready to apply for Title II grant funds.  It must be on file 90 days before grant deadline and will remain on file for 5 years.  Drawings and plans are one of the first steps.  City Council supports a building project.  We will need to form committee to raise funds.  What about pursuit of Carnegie Funds?  Should we form committee?  Why not raise Taxes?  Administration of grant funds?  We want to keep a positive approach and not raise opposition in the community.  General consensus of the board members is to keep the present building and location.

November  13,1991
     LTAI books are available for check-out.  Story Hour is December 14 and 21.  Bonnie will arrange programs and handouts.  Long range plan and mission statement and goals discussed.  Written document was approved with a few minor changes.  Motion passed to accept mission statement and long range plan.  Board members encouraged to read the library laws.  Connie was designated as a “Library Tree” Legislative contact.  She will be contacted when a  library bill is up before the legislature and senators and representatives need to be contacted.     Myrna met with the rotary Club and was told to request funds from the Elwell foundation for literacy program funding.  A request for handicapped parking in back of the library was made by Clyde Thompson.

December  11, 1991
     ILA memberships renewed.  Annual statistical report sent to ISL.  Balance due from Franklin County for last fiscal year is $390.27.  New Policy Manual needs to be reviewed by board members.  Card will be placed on front for board members to sign when they have looked at it.  Story hour was discussed.  Bonnie has prepared people to read stories and has the programs outlined.  Bookmarks with pencils and jingle bells will be given as handouts.  These were prepared by board members as they talked and enjoyed refreshments of cookies and punch.



The Preston Citizen, January 8, 1992, p. 2
By Jean Carter
     The  adult  reading  program,  "Let's Talk About It,” will begin Jan. 22 at the Preston Carnegie Library, said librarian Cloteele Dahle.  The program, which is sponsored by the Idaho State Library and local libraries, will feature guest speakers, followed by a round table discussion by the group.
     “Let’s Talk About It,” will meet every other week at 7 p.m. and speakers include Brian Potter, Malad; Rose Peterson, Utah State University; and Patricia Murphey, Ricks College.  Some of the books which will be read, reviewed and discussed are “The House of sky,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “the Glass Menagerie,” “Ordinary People,” “Points of View,” and “During the Reign of the Queen of Persia.”  Each book will focus on the family and will explore the contemporary American family since world War II.
     For more information and to check out needed books, contact Cloteele Dahle at the library at  852-0175, or Wynn costly, program coordinator, at 852-2233. 
     The program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has 75 humanities scholars and 45 public library sponsors with over 2,000readers.

The Preston Citizen, January 22, 1992, p. 7
     An  interview with Elmer Oliverson, chairman of the Preston Carnegie Library Board, was featured in the first edition of the Idaho State Library’s Trustee Newsletter.  The State Library has been working to involve more people in its decision making process by utilizing task forces on specific library issues.  Oliverson has been a member of the State Library’s Law Revision Task Force since 1989.  In 1991 the Task Force recommended four successful changes in state library law.  “Elmer Oliverson is the perfect example of how we have benefited from the wisdom of librarians and trustees in field,” according to Charles Bowles, State Librarian.  “He has brought a lot of practical common sense to the process, but he has also been willing to learn about what is going on in other libraries across Idaho.”
     The interview with Oliverson features his thoughts about the Law Revision Task Force and the direction of public library service in Idaho.  He also advises other trustees to become more involved in their library work.  In the interview, Oliverson said that with his work on the state task force he has learned to appreciate the people working at the state level.  “I found out that they (those on the state level) had a keen desire to help and further libraries all over the state.”  Things can happen if we aren’t  complacent,” he added. 

February 12, 1992
     Literacy grant was approved.  Fax Grant meeting at Portneuf Library February 20.  LTAI programs arranged.  Idaho Humanities council meeting February 12.  Workstation management workshop on March 23 in Blackfoot.  Circulation has been up this month.  The library has been very busy.  RECON grant sending non-hits and juvenile collection.  Travel and geography collection will be finished by April 15.  Long range plan was sent to Frank for review  National library Week – April 5-11.  “Your Right to Know—Librarians Make it Happen” is the theme.  This is a good time for public relations projects.  Funds are being watched very closely.  Will be reviewing magazine subscriptions and cutting some out.  Elmer reported on task force progress and library bills.  Elmer presented a plan that the city council would like to pass concerning parking and mail deliver behind the library.  This would do away with parking immediately behind the library, and along the east side of parking lot.  This would block access to the library by the back door.  Board members will attend city council meeting and voice their opinion about the parking situation.  Building project has been at a stand-still.  We need to have building plan on file for next year if we are going to try for LSCA funds.  Julie Westerberg was suggested as a person to help organize Friends of the Library.  Board will need to make policy concerning the organization.


     Connie, Sara, Kris, Phyllis and Wynn attended the city council meeting on March 9 and told the council that we needed more parking in back of the library and would like a handicap space and a loading area.  Council voted against the planned change in parking and mailbox moving.

April 8, 1992
     Literacy grant agreement, information on Title II LSCA grants and LSCA Advisory Council vacancy, discussed.  Wynn took the letter to have his wife apply for the position.  Library was broken into on Thursday, April 2 – keys taken, locks changed, no damage, or nothing missing as yet determined.  Circulation is increasing as shown on report handed out.  Final records to input in LaserCat will be sent by April 21.  Travel and Geography collection will be finished.  We have added some good information, United States, and Countries used by students doing reports.  Have had a lot of good comments from patrons.  Match will be $338 on Fax grant for machine, set-up and instruction, materials, etc. for 1 year.  Sales Tax issue – photo copies, fax, book sales.  Income tax forms are a big service to the community—about the only place they are available to public, and they bring people in that don’t come in any other time.  Board felt we should continue present copy service and only charge replacement cost for paper.  Used books are made available to public for a small donation.  The fiscal year is half over –49.47% of budget has been spent.  Local Match for Literacy Grant is $12350 can be from donations.  Elmer reported on City Law Revision – a list of revisions will be sent to each library for approval.  Friends of the Library Committee – Kris said she had talked with a person about a friends group and she will check with other friends groups to see how they operate and report back.  LTAI Program for this year finished and was a very good program.  Average attendance was about 16.  Application for next year has been sent in with first choice for the theme “Women’s Autobiography”, second choice was “American Characters.”  Regional Library Conference is May 2 in Pocatello.  City is no longer discussing the issue of the property east of the library with the church.  If we want the property so we can expand the library, the church will have to be contacted.  The church wants a plan of what we would like to do.  Motion approved to have Wynn talk to an architect.  Kris will talk to the church committee about the property.  Building plans need to be on file with the state library before we can apply for grant funds.  Carnegie Foundation will be contacted about grant funds.  There may be funds available for handicap access.  We will work to get building plans going.  Connie will be in charge of taking a gift to Lora Larsen, former employee, who is very ill and probably won’t return to work.  Board members asked to use the Call for Libraries toll free number sponsored by ALA to call in support of full funding for libraries.

The Preston Citizen, April 8, 1992, p. 4
     This is the time to say “thank you” for two good reasons.  The editorial this week concerns two great contributions to the county, one by an institution and one by an individual.  The institution is the Preston Carnegie Library and the individual is Dee Jones.  Preston is indeed fortunate to have the library that it does.  It is a monument so to speak, to many individuals and much volunteer effort, in addition to a most qualified staff.  From our perspective, it goes back to Martha Geddes, who was, in a sense, the library for many, many years.  While much of her work was probably set aside because of timeliness, she set the pattern of building a wealth of information that is available for our use.
     While many individuals could be mentioned, those who come to mind are Ellen Greaves, who gave much as chairman of the library board, and Elmer Oliverson who picked up the leadership of the board and “they love him,” and the head librarian today, Cloteele Dahle, and her considerate, patient and gracious staff.  The have all built upon a most aggressive base to provide us with sources of information and the best in reading, and they do it in such a congenial way.  We feel safe in saying that Preston and Franklin County have one of the finest smaller libraries in the country.   There is talk about expanding it and the institution certainly deserves it.
     A recent editorial on libraries asked:  have you even thought about what it means to be able to go to the library, ask a question on any topic and find the answer with the help of your librarian?  The editorial goes on to say that this is all part of the public’s “right to know.”   “But the right to know is like a lot of others things, you use it or you lose it.”  The library can become an even better facility as the use of it increases.   (Story goes on to talk about Dee Jones.)

Also on this page:  Public Opinion.  The week of April 5-11 is National Library Week, so we thought we would ask people who use the Carnegie Library why a public library is important.
Chantele Cahoon, 16, Dayton: “I use it for research.  We need it here for the convenience of students, because the school library is so limited.”
Paulette Cahoon, 11, Dayton: “I use it for reports for school.  Without the library I couldn’t get my research done.”
Lois Peterson, Preston: “I think it is really important.  I am going to school here with the adult literacy program.  I really enjoy it.”
Jill Moore, 17, Preston: “I think it is important.  It is a source of information so people can learn and develop with it.  If you take advantage of the public library it can open up a whole world to all ages.  I love the library.”
Burton Mackay, Preston: “I don’t know where I’d go to get books if it wasn’t here.  I use it more during the winter than the summer.”

May 13, 1992
     Idaho public library statistics for 1990-91 is now available.  Letter from ISL concerning the calls for support for libraries.  Encourage all to sign petition before June 1, 1992.  75,000 calls were received, goal is to get 25,000 more signatures.  Cloteele attended ILA Spring Conference at Pocatello.  Legislation affecting libraries was discussed.  Open meeting law was discussed.  Story time in high school and cooperation with public library workshop was attended.  Workshop of automation goals in southeastern Idaho was attended.  Summer reading program theme is “sports Illustrated for Kids—Library Reading Team.”  Starts June 1.  Fax machine should be here and set up before end of May.  Need to start considering the budget needs for next year.  Budget to continue Laser Cat and inputting records.  Budget will need to be done during June and July.  Literacy has received $700 in donations but needs $500 more.  Carnegie Foundation letter is not funding library building projects any more.  Friends of the Library – Kris will work on this.   Wynn contacted Joseph Linton about drawing some plans for the church in order to obtain the property for the building.  City owns 88’ piece straight back of library.  County owns a plot of land in the Northeast corner.  Church owns the rest.  Clyde Thompson has a plan for a ramp and is planning to have a petition signed by concerned people.  We need to check ADA laws.

June 10, 1992
     Grant allocation Plan and Grant Applications letter read.  Summer Reading Program begins today.  Fax Machine is here and ready to use.  We have a union list of magazines available from other libraries.  It will be a good service.  We will use it for library only, unless board feels that it should be for public use and makes policy.  Grant intent forms are due to be mailed by July 13.  Attended meeting on Grant Allocation.  Blackfoot Librarian will write a co=operative grant for books on tapes.  It will be a rotating collection.   We would like to participate in it.  Other grants to apply for are collection development.  Co=operative grant with school requires school to have a collection development policy and od a collection assessment.  Cloteele was asked to serve on State Summer Reading Committee for next year’s program.  State pays travel expense.  Motion passed to allow her to do this.  Finances will have to be watched carefully.  There is not money left to purchase books, and will only purchase supplies that are necessary.  Some magazine subscriptions have been cut.  Elmer will bring budget worksheet to July meeting.  Clyde Thompson presented and read a petition concerning handicap access to the library.  He has met with County Commissioners, City Council, and was told to meet with the library board.  He proposed a ramp estimated to cost about $5000.  He is concerned because people cannot easily access this library.  His other suggestions for this solution were a type of freight lift, men outside the library to carry handicapped people in, book mobile with easy access.  Elmer said the board is aware of the problem and wishes that we knew a quick solution.  Frank Nelson, will be attending meetings at the ALA conference concerning the ADA and its effects on libraries.  Elmer will also be attending meetings at the ASIC convention concerning this.  Information from both will be compiled by State Library and sent to the libraries.  We have discussed this problem in previous board meetings and have addressed it in our long-range plan.  Our plans are to remodel and expand which will include handicap access.  Funds are not available for an immediate solution.  Kris said we need to work toward a long-term solution and not spend money we do not have on a temporary solution.  She suggests we get information on ADA from Frank and Elmer after they have attended the workshop.  A handicap parking space has been designated at the back door.  Librarians will open the door for access if it is considered easier by a patron.  Librarians will also carry books out to patrons if they are called ahead or asked to do this service.  Books have even been taken to the homes of some patrons when they have called and requested us to do so.  Motion passed to close library will close July 3-4, July 24-2, and close early for rodeo.  Library cannot use volunteer help because of liability.


July 8, 1992
      Summer Reading Program attendance has averaged about 25.  Bonnie cocks has been interviewed to fill a position for 20 hours a week, funded by Green Thumb.  Melisa Moser’s hours have been increased to 40 hours per week.  Grant intent deadline is next Monday.  We will participate in books on tape circuit - $335.  We will also participate in follow-up to update sharing code and union list for document delivery grant - $25.  We will apply for a collection Development Grant.  Continuing Education grants can be applied for during the year.  Elmer attended meetings at Association of Idaho Cities convention.  He said we are covered if we are in a planning stage and immediate access for handicap would impose financial difficulty.  We have three years in the planning stage.  Contact Kathryn Shane McCarty, National league of cities for more information.  Our long-range plan calls for building including handicap access.  Motion passed to stay with our building plan and try to meet the deadline before we purse a ramp.  When information is compiled by the ISL and Frank Nelson, we will write a reply to Mr. Thompson and the newspapers to let them know we are concerned about this and what is being done.  Motion passed to hire a person to fill the Green thumb position.  Joe Linton has made a plot plan for the addition to the library.  He will bring it into the library and board members can stop by to look at it.  Budget was discussed and board members will prepare for a budget meeting in about two weeks.  LaserCat subscription and records input to WLN, training for staff and board, building,  and future goal decisions for automation need to be considered.   Motion passed that hourly wages be increased for librarian and staff.  Elmer said wages and benefits will be set by the council and they hope to do the same as last year.  Elmer has submitted a letter of resignation to the Mayor.

July 22, 1992
     Budget was discussed by category.  We will ask for $5000 to get building plan started.  $3000 for petty cash and donations.  This means that all fine money, donations, etc. will be over and above our operating budget.  Salaries and benefits are adjusted by city clerk to reflect increases in line with other city employees.  Grant budget was set at $6000.  These items will be put on separate paper and given to council.  Total operating budget was set at $64,025.  Budget will be given to city clerk for presentation at city council meeting to be held on July 29, if they make any cuts Elmer will tell them that the Library Board wants to meet with them.  Motion passed that the budget be presented to city council as formulated and that before any changes are made the board will be contacted by the council.  Sid Titensor, newly appointed library board chairman, was welcomed by the boards.  He asked about handicapped ramp, Friends of the Library.  He asked the board to be thinking about these two items.  Connie suggested we enlist the help of the handicapped in solving the problem.  Motion passed to hire bonnie cocks.  Motion passed that we give appreciation and thanks to Elmer for his service on the library board and for all that he has done for the library.  Open meeting law was discussed.  Agenda will be posted three days in advance of meeting.  If board members or any other party wishes to discuss an item it must be on the agenda.  If not on the agenda no action can be taken on the matter.  Board meeting date and time can be published once  a year unless time or place is changed.

August 12, 1992
     Budget was approved with minor changes.  New Library Laws were handed out.  Library cards for each child were discussed.  Circulation report was handed out.  Book bags donated by 6th ward Relief Society were shown to board.  Melissa Moser screen printed the library name on each bag for a service project.  Sid reported on ADA meeting.  He said the law is unclear and can be interpreted more than one way.  He feels that we are not in compliance with the law, but we have addressed it in our long-range plan and know that we need to take care of the problem.  He would like to hold a meeting and invite the parties concerned about access to the library.  He would like to address the problem by asking “What Can Be Done Now?”  Next board meeting will be held in the City Council room so all can attend.  Two committees appointed:  ADA Committee - Beth, Phyllis, Sharon – Building Committee.  Kris, Wynn, Zelma.  He will meet with the committees and both will report to the board.  Wynn showed the plot plan drawn by Joe Linton.  First step is to get the ground.  Myrna suggested we visit other libraries to get ideas.

September 9, 1992
     “Standards for Idaho Public Library Services” was sent to the library to be given to the board.  Board would like more copies.  LTAI dates set for second week of January.  Library Cards for all children will be supported.  Promotional will be held at the same time we hold open house for literacy program.  Motion passed that Cloteele and Phyllis attend ILA.  Building Committee Report:  A letter has been sent to the church to request the property east of the library (150’x150’).  Reply from the church could take several weeks.  Sid met with Frank who said if we could get the property given to us it could count towards our grant match.  Board should think about two things before next board meeting.  1.  Do we want to build a “bare bones” library or think forward.  Library buildings last about 75 years.  Should we project ahead for the future?  2.  Do we want an addition to the old library building?  Matching money is available for new buildings as well as to renovate old buildings.  First hurdle is to get money to match.   ADA Report:  Mr. Kennedy representing Access for Idaho was contacted about access problem at the library.  State and Local programs need to be accessible by January 26, 1995 and have a plan in place before this time.  ADA Committee drafted a resolution:  “We as Preston City and Franklin County Library Boards resolve to address Library Service to our handicap patrons in a positive manner.  As an interim measure until structural changes to our facility can be accomplished, we intent to investigate and implement all reasonable methods of serving handicap patrons.  We define reasonable methods as those that will not fundamentally alter, by excessive financial burden or otherwise, the nature of the service we provide.”  Motion passed to accept the resolution.  Sid said the boards would like input from the people representing access.  Mr. Thompson asked about a list of books in the library.  LaserCat program is not set up to generate a list of our collection, and WLN could generate such a list but cost is not known.  Cloteele will check on cost and report.  She suggested that smaller lists on subject, authors, etc. would be more useable.  Another solution might be placing a CD Rom Station where it is accessible.  This also would be costly.   Mr. Thompson said what he really wants is access to the library for his wife.  He suggested a bookmobile be considered.  Chris Rawlings wanted to know if a temporary ramp would be a possibility.  She does not want us to have to spend money on methods that will not be long-lasting, but felt that materials and labor could be donated by people of the community.  Committee will look into these suggestions.  Mr. Kennedy said he feels we are safe if we have a long-range plan and are working to solve the access problem.  He asked if we had considered moving the library to other buildings.  Sprouse Reitz, Millers Glass, Phone company Building had been checked into.  They are not an option at this time.  Mr. Thompson will present a petition at the next meeting.  “Do we need access to the upstairs and also the downstairs?  Chris Rawlings said she would be satisfied if progress is being made and her family could get into the library at all.  Sid said if the problem cannot be resolved, it is possible that the city would have to say that library service is not affordable.  Access representatives said they would just like to get things moving and make progress on the problem.  Motion passed to send minutes and agenda to board members one week in advance to save time at our meetings.

October 14, 1992
     One percent initiative will cut funding to libraries.  City budget could be cut as much as 25%.  We will put an article in the paper about the 1% and also have a display in the library to show what services a cut in funding would affect.  Kindergarten classes visited the library.  Library tours promote the library.  Trustee teleconference was discussed.  Stuart Parkinson would downlink it at the extension meeting room.  At ILA convention resolutions were read and are available for board members to read. In the fund-raising workshop it was suggested that a lead donor be found who would help get others to donate.  For any project to raise over $300,000, hiring a professional fund raiser should be considered.  Property procurement status was the church representative was very positive and Kris will keep in touch.  At the ADA Blackfoot Workshop Phyllis found that they do not accept small projects.  We would need to work with Preston City.  Project are $50,000 to $80,000 minimum.  They do 35-40 projects  year.  25% to 40% match could be in-kind service.  City equipment could be used as a match.  He will talk to Mayor Walter Ross.  Sid asked for three names from each board member of people who could be lead donors. He also for a vote on whether we should build a new building or add on and remodel existing building.  Vote was 5-5.  Standards for Idaho Public Library Services document will be filled out by Cloteele and staff before Board reviews it.

The Preston Citizen, November 11, 1992, p. 2
      The Preston Carnegie  Library will sponsor an open house Wednesday, Nov 18 from noon to 8 p.m. for the new literacy collection.  The open house is only one of several events planned for National book Week, Nov. 16-20.  The literacy collection was obtained through private individual donations, a major donation from the Lion’s club, and through a state library grant.  The collection features easy to read, adult-interest novels, history, geography, and math books, and self-help and vocational materials.
     “The public and anyone interested in the program are invited to come in and see what we have to offer,” said Myrna Fuller, director of the program.  Also planned is a story-hour fro 4-5 p.m. for children ages three and up.  Bonnie Jones will be the presenter.

November 18, 1992
     Teleconference Workshop for Trustees was very informative.  Standards for Idaho Public Libraries and statistical report will be finished soon.  A plot of land 90’x100’ has now been requested and is under consideration.  The plot 150’x150’ was not accepted because of interference with monument in park.  If we cannot secure the property, we are back to renovation of present facility or finding a new location.  Sid will meet with Bryce Jensen and see what the problem is.  Sid will walk off the area with him and show him what we would like.  Sid talked to officials about the Idaho Community Development block Grant.  Deadline is too close to have application complete.  Motion passed to get a bid for a ramp.  Cloteele will contact some local contractors to provide an estimate.  Myrna showed some of the new Literacy materials that were on display for the open house.  She said the rotary Club might be interested in running the literacy program.  The Lions Club is interested in giving financial support to the program.  Sid has only received 3 names of people that might be prime donors for the library building.  He would like everyone to send him three names as soon as possible.  Donations to the library can be used as a tax credit.  Businesses set aside money to be donated for community projects.  Connie needs to resign. It was decided she should stay as her help and ideas are needed for our building project. Rubber mat outside front door is considered an accident hazard.  It was decided to remove it.  The copy machine needs to be repaired.  We will take it to the shop to be serviced in order to save on the expensive service call.  LTAI program will be held at the library unless we have people request it be at another location because of accessibility.  County made their quarterly payment.

December 9, 1992
     Circulation was 62,000 for lSAT year.  Registered card holders in the city are 1217, county 1289.  Annual report is complete and will be sent to ISL.  We did not get a bid on a ramp for handicap access.  Sid will contact Ed Moser about this.  Cloteele suggested that Wendell smith be contacted as an engineer to discuss ramp.  He might donate help for this project.  Bryce Jensen was contacted about church property.  They do not want to give any property to the library.  Reasons were that the main water line to the stake center runs directly east of the library.  The church is also looking for a possible site for a new seminary building, possibly in the park.  They do not want to see the entire park used for building.  They might consider a few feet for expansion if really needed.  School-Community libraries were discussed.  The State does not support formation of school-community libraries.  They do not work well.  Names of possible donors were submitted, and discussion on how to approach them.  All funds would go through the city.  There has got to be a way to take care of donations that may come in.  We will check with the City on this.  The rest rooms are no longer used for public restrooms because of recommendations of the Rooter Serviceman.  The library problems are city problems and need to be recognized by the City.  Our first major decision is to decide if we should renovate the existing building or demolish and build new.



The Preston Citizen, January 13, 1993, p. 2
     A dancer, a scientist and a pioneer—these are a few of the fascinating women in a reading and discussion series sponsored by the Preston Carnegie Library.  The series, “The Journey Inward,” begins Jan. 14 at the library and continues every other Thursday for five sessions through March 11.  Each reading for “The Journey Inward” is an autobiography written by a woman.  Some of the women are well known, like anthropologist, Margaret Mead and dancer Isadora Duncan.  Two are writers, and one is an “ordinary” woman who was a pioneer in the American West.
     “Autobiographies are extremely popular today.  We all enjoy reading about provocative people,” said Wynn Costley, a program coordinator. 
     The program at the Carnegie is part of a national project called “Let’s Talk About It,” sponsored by the American Library Association and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In the past two years, this program has drawn more than 30,000 people from Maine to Hawaii into libraries to discuss books they all have read.
     The first book in the series is “One Writer’s Beginnings,” in which Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty traces her development as a writer.  Helen Cannon of the English Department at Utah State University will open the discussion on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.  “I look forward to meeting your group, and am delighted for the excuse for re-reading this fine jewel of a book,” Cannon said in a letter.
     The second program features “West With the Night” written by turn-of-the century pioneer Beryle Markham.  Rounding out the series are “Dust Tracks on a Road,” the life story of black writer Zora Neale Hurston; Duncan’s “My Life”;  and Mead’s “Blackberry Winter.”  Among other area scholars participating in the series are Margaret Pettis of Hyrum, Utah, and Terry Engebretsen of Pocatello.
     The library is encouraging participants to pre-register and to pick up their first reading selection at the library.  For more information call Cloteele Dahle, 852-0175, or Mrs. Dahle at home, 852-2848.

January 20, 1993
     Final discussion on church property – water lines directly east of the library would not present a problem.  Future of present library structure—an engineer needs to be hired to help with plans so an estimate can be given on remodeling old building or building a new structure.  Steps or goals towards solving our building difficulties.  We need to decide what services we should offer and what space is needed.  The following was discussed:  handicap access (ramp, elevator, restrooms); office space (separate room for cataloging processing and mending books), meeting room, private study rooms, computer rooms, 2 person literacy room, shelf space allowing for new formats, reference work stations, computerized catalog stations.  Wynn reported that we have about 3200 square feet in the plot plans and need an additional 5000 square feet.  Cost estimated at $75 per square foot.  If we need to add on to the present building, city only owns property at the south.  Parking space would be taken.  A written building plan was accepted by the ISL are a preliminary step needed before drawings.  ISL will send examples of written plans that we can review.  Delegation of responsibilities for trustees:  Sid will contact each board member.  More time will be involved if we are going to get the building plans going.  Committees including one board member from City and one from County plus community members will be formed and could meet to work on a certain phase and report to board meeting each month.  Wynn submitted a letter of resignation because he has been accepted into a doctoral program.  Phyllis suggested a Friends of the Library Committee.  Names submitted for committee members:  David Beckstead, Mike Krantz, Julie Westerberg, Jeanie Gibson, Norm Fonnesbeck, Kent Kindred, Mike Adams, Ward Nielsen, Cecelie Costley, Lana Baird, Mike Kunz.  Review of budget discussion with city clerk:  $5000 was set aside to get building plans going.  It needs to be spent this year.  Donations for a building project can be accepted and placed in special building fund that can be held for several years.  Estimate for a handicap ramp was $18,700 from Ed Moser construction. Plus a new door would be needed and basement windows would need to be filled in.  Letters have been sent to people with overdue materials.  Motion carried to do all possible to get overdue materials returned.  City attorney letterhead could be used.  LSCA grant funds were not awarded to our library for the easy reading collection development project.  LTAI program got off to a good start.  Twelve people attended the first discussion presented by Helen Cannon.  Thirty sets of books for the program have been checked out.

February 10, 1993
     Trustee Manual updates were handed out.  Spring Conference is in May.  Suggestions for workshops were asked for.  Cloteele was asked to be on the planning committee.  ISL workshops on Mentoring and Staff Training are in March in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.  Idaho Literacy Week is March 28-april 3.  National Library week Theme is Great American Read Aloud.  Cloteele went to City council meeting.  Clyde Nelson, attorney, will write a letter stating that patrons not returning materials to the library will be taken to small claims court.  Space assessment for the building plan:  Libraries projected service population is 12,000.  The projected collection is 35,000 (present collection is about 27,000_ and 3500 square feet is needed for books only.  Space needed to accommodate in-house use and study – 1650 square feet.  Staff workspace – 1200 square feet.  Meeting room space – 50 people – 500 square feet.  Misc. public and staff use – 695 square feet.  Non-assigned space – furnace, restrooms, custodial storage.  Sara Nelson and Bonnie Jones  presented letters of resignation.  Suggestions for new board members were made.  Boards will tour Snake River School Community Library, Blackfoot and American Falls on Wednesday February 24.

March 19, 1993
     Connie Moser will be hired to work 6 hours a week.  Budget will be watched closely and if funds are available another part-time person will be hired.  Letter drafted by city attorney Clyde Nelson concerning overdue materials not being returned was read to the board and discussed.  Patrons not returning or paying for overdue materials will be taken to small-claims court.  Motion passed to put a notice in the newspaper also.  Beth will help plan the Read Aloud/Night of a Thousand Stars program for National Library Week.  Library will close the Saturday before Easter.  Report on library tour was given by Sid.  Snake river School Community Library, Lucy Boyle Public (Blackfoot), and Portneuf District Library were visited.  Saw what 10,000 square feet of space looked like.  Was impressed with equipment and automated programs at Snake River.  Like the concept of school and public libraries working together.  Myrna talked with Gaylin Fuller who helped set up the school-community library in Snake  River.  He would be glad to answer questions concerning school-community libraries.  A phone call will be arranged on March 16 to talk to him.  Kris suggested we meet with city council concerning property to build a new library or expand the present facility.  Depending on property decision of the city, the church may again be approached about 20-30 feet.  Cloteele will contact the State Library and see when they could meet with us concerning school-community library laws.  Sid asked for a volunteer to look into automation programs for the library.  Cloteele suggested we go to Malad and look into what they have done.   They have library records in LaserCat like we do and have now put them into a local circulation system.  We need to get a cost estimate on an automation program.  Cloteele feels that we should go with a proven library program and not a “home grown” program.  We want to be compatible with other libraries in the state.

April 21, 1993
     LSCA Grant funds are very limited this year.  Most are tagged for forming districts.  If the school wants to do a cooperative grant, they must develop policies and do a collection assessment. Motion passed that if the school wants to do a grant they must take the initiative and we will work with them.  Cloteele will attend the ILA spring Conference in May.  If anyone else is interested in going registration needs to be sent by April. After the phone call to Gaylin Fuller on school-community libraries it was felt that public-school library combination was not the direction we want to go.  Motion passed.  At City council meeting we found that we could not add square feet to the present building without adding parking.  Sid will meet with the planning and zoning committee and find out exactly what is required.  City Council said we could not go to the south with our building.  We will contact the church again about property to the east either for parking or building.  If we can’t get property to expand at the present site, we will have to go elsewhere.  Myrna asked if the board had considered all the problems we face with the old building:  termites, restrooms, sewer, overcrowding, no office space, damage to the walls in the basement, lack of ADA access>  would it be better to find a new location for a new building and only have to move once?  Phyllis suggested a building facing west, built east of present building if we could secure property and parking made on the present library site.  Board went outside and discussed all possibilities.

The Preston Citizen, April 21, 1993, p. 6
     According to Preston  Carnegie  Librarian Cloteele Dahle, “information is power,” and last year the local library gave out a lot of power.  Mrs. Dahle made the statement in observance of National Library Week.  This week as she paid tribute to the services offered by the local library and libraries throughout the country.
     During the past year, 7000 reference questions were answered, and 37,000 adult books were circulated.  Some 25,000 children’s books were circulated during the same year.  Again the library will offer the “night of a thousand Stars”, national reading program.  It will be tonight between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the library.  It is for all children.  During the program stories will be read aloud by Bonnie Jones, the story lady.”
     During last year, the library also distributed 10,000 tapes, records, videos, magazines, patterns, pictures, flannel boards and miscellaneous items.  Other services offered by the library includes tax forms, cameras, and inter-library book loans.
     Mrs. Dahle said that all of these services are now available by a grant from the Carnegie Foundation and that it is of the few left in the West.  She pointed out that the mission of the library remains unchanged, which is to provide the books and other information and other information resources.  We have online databases, CD-ROMs, and videotapes, Mrs. Dahle noted that circulation traditionally rises during a tight economy when even more people turn to the library for assistance with career and job information as well as leisure enjoyment.

The Preston Citizen, May 5, 1993, p. 1
By Paul B. Johnson
     The  Preston  Carnegie  Library, constructed in 1915 may be replaced due to federal equal access regulations.  Unless new land can be acquired adjacent to the building, the Preston Carnegie Library—a fixture in the town for nearly 80 years—may be torn down and replaced.  The land is necessary for a ramp and expanded facilities in order to comply with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, said Sid Titensor, county library board chairman.  But the Preston City council turned down a request at its regular April meeting to convert needed parking space behind the library into building space.  And negotiations with the LDS Church, which owns the Benson Park adjacent to the city library, have so far been unsuccessful.
      “If we can’t get more property, we can’t remodel,” Titensor said.  The city, which owns the library, has until January 1995 to reach full compliance under the ADA which requires public buildings be made accessible to people with disabilities.  If the library can’t be remodeled to meet those requirements, it may have to be replaced.  Adding to the building’s historic considerations is that it is one of only a handful of Carnegie libraries still being used in the state.
      Mike Branson, a Fairview resident, told the city council at its meeting last month he felt the city had done too little towards complying with the ADA.  He said recently that the library’s historic value shouldn’t override the right of those with disabilities, such as him, to use the facility.  “If you can’t make it accessible, then move it,” he said.  “It’s not doing me any good.  I can’t get in there.”
     And Christine Rawlings, a Preston resident whose 10-year-old son is in a wheelchair and can’t use the library, said that although tearing down the library would be a loss, “if they can’t make it accessible, they need to do whatever it takes.”
     In the long run, building a new library may be less expensive than remodeling, Titensor said, though estimates aren’t yet available.  Besides installing a wheelchair ramp, once inside, the aisles would have to be widened, cutting back on already limited space.  “You’d be putting a lot of money into an old building,” Titensor said.
     The library is already about half the size the state recommends for a community the size of Franklin County.  In addition, they library needs more space to accommodate computers and additional materials.  “We could probably get the space for the technology, but we cannot make it accessible,” said Preston Mayor Walter Ross.  “The Congress has legislated the building useless.”
     At the April city council meeting, Ross recommended the library board raze the existing building, acquire more land, and construct a new building on the same site.  Titensor said some of the library board’s ten members favor keeping the existing building, while others favor a new library.
     “We’re certainly not committed to tearing it down,” Titensor said. 
     The board is currently considering alternate sites, as well as continuing negotiations for land next to the current building.  Members probably won’t reach a decision for at least a few months.  If a new building is deemed the best solution, the state would probably match local funds from private contributions to cover its cost, Titensor said.  Levying additional taxes is out of the question, he said, adding that the board doesn’t “even discuss that as one of our alternatives.”

May 12, 1993
     ILA Mini-conference in Pocatello was helpful to those attending.  Keynote speaker was Dr. Porter Sutton, who told how Preston Carnegie Librarian Martha Geddes made a difference in his life by taking the time to talk to him, suggest good books to read and took the time to show she cared about him.  Summer JPTA and Green Thumb meeting on May 27, have asked for 40 hours.  Called about Green thumb and was told it is still available.  Have had two people interested. Library will close May 31 –June 5 for inventory and cleaning.  Old book sets will be saved for fund-raising project.  LTAI theme for next year is American characters.  Grant with schools:  ISL will contact David Jensen at high school about a co-operative grant to access collections.  We will work with them if possible.  New budget needs to be ready by mid-July for City council.  We will have a budget meeting next month.  Sid and Cloteele attended a workshop on LSCA Title III building grants.  Not as much funding is available as had hoped there would be.  Building plan needs to be on file and accepted at ISL before we can apply for funds.  P&Z will work with us on parking to meet code.  Formal vote of board members will be taken at next meeting on new building or remodel.  He will write a resolution to put the idea of remodeling at rest and plan for a new building if that is what the majority wants.   Cecelie reported that we would like to use the Winnebago Circulation Program to automate.  Sid said to get cost for hardware.  Boards went outside and talked about options for a building.  A committee will contact the church again for ideas and answers about what they may consider concerning property for library.  Copy machine needs repair.  Connie Moser will help with summer Reading Program which begins on June 8.  Sid, Phyllis and Mike met with the Mayor and ADA representative from Pocatello about access.  Had a call from Senator Craig’s office concerning a student that had written a letter about access to our library.  Mr. Kennedy from ADA also stopped by to see what we were doing concerning access.


June 9, 1993
     Inventory and cleaning:  carpets, shelves, were cleaned.  Discarded easy books and some materials that we will not put into automation system.  All patrons with overdue books were contacted.  For summer Reading Program we can have a program without the weekly story hour.  Restrooms are not working and children are dropped off without parent supervision.  Becky Winn will start on Summer JPTA in June, 20 hours per week or 160 hours total.  City Library Board members were officially sworn in and presented a certificate by Mayor Walter Ross and City Clerk Arlene Nash.  Budget for fiscal year 93-94 was discussed and finalized.  Motion carried to approved the budget.  Budget will be submitted to city council for approval.

The Preston Citizen, June 16, 1993, p. 3
     The Preston Carnegie Library will kick off Read…FUNtastic !, the 1993 summer reading program on June 21.  Children of all ages are invited to join the fun by registering at the library and picking up a Read…FUNtastic! Packet at 3 p.m.
     Read…FUNtastic! Is a statewide summer reading program designed to encourage children to read during the summer.  The Preston Library will participate by awarding weekly prizes for reading each day of the week.
     “Kids who read succeed,” said librarian Cloteele Dahle, “and through the summer reading program children can practice their reading skills while having a good time.  We want the children to know reading can be fun and the library is a place to relax and enjoy reading.”
     Each child who participates will receive a certificate at the end of the program on July 28.  There will not be a regular weekly story and activity time this year due to inoperable restroom facilities at the library.
     Registration on June 21 at 3 p.m. is necessary to receive information and check out books to being reading.  For more information about this free program, visit the Preston Carnegie Library or call 852-0175.

June 22, 1993
     People interested in promoting the library and Friends of the Library:  Jeanie Gibson said telephone company pioneers will help fund the access project.  Tonya Lee Womack would be interested in helping.  School co-operation grant:  Westside and Preston High Libraries want to do a co-operative grant with us.  More information will be available after we meet with Karen Starr from ISL about it.  Books on tape circuit grant:  For a cash match of $350 we will be able to participate in a rotating collection.  Kathy Arnold, Library at the Lucy Boyle Library is writing the grant.  We will send a letter of support.  Summer Reading Program – about 45 signed up.  Sara Nelson was sent a thank-you card and book for her service on the board.  The sewer line was never connected to the main line.  City will take care of it.  Kris reported that the video from ISL on duties of Trustees is well done.  It will be circulated among trustees.  Mike reported about meeting with Bryce Jensen about property.  They feel that they need to know exactly what we want and have a definite plot plan.  Sid and Cloteele met with Arlene Nash and went over the budget that was board approved and answered questions.    Sid handed out the following resolution:  “we are resolved to pursue all possible courses of action to build a totally new library building.  Our resolve is directed by several facts, specifically:  1. our present facility is 78 years old and in serious need of major expenditures to assure the building’s continued usefulness.  2.  We are under constant and mounting pressure to bring our facility in compliance with the ADA laws.  This compliance is difficult and expensive given the design of our present building.  3.  Additionally, we are severely over-crowded and unable to properly service our patrons because of space constraints.”  It was decided that more information was needed before a formal vote could be taken on the resolution.  Mr. Linton, will be contacted and possibly a building contractor to meet with us and answer questions concerning remodeling and a new building.  ADA evaluation list was given to Sid.  City wants it prioritized.


1. Platform lift on West right-hand side to make front door accessible.  This will require a larger landing in front of the

door or the thresh-hold.  Landing in front of door or thresh-hold.
2. 1 platform lift into basement door for accessibility to rest rooms, located to the east of the building.
3.Make 1 unisex bathroom where storage area is located now and move storage where bathrooms are located now.

     Alternative New Library was the number one priority of the boards.  All of the other items on the list would have to be

done to bring us into compliance in present facility. Rotary Club invited library board to meet with them on June 29 to

hear Susan Swetnam talk about Carnegie Libraries.

July 10, 1993
     Joseph Linton offered ideas and suggestions that the board members could discuss and consider in order to make a

decision about the future of the present library building.  He discussed the condition of our present building and what it

would probably take to remodel it.  Estimate of $250,000 to replace the building.  He gave suggestions of how to determine

if the building is structurally sound.  He felt that we could add on to the present building and make it a facility that would

complement the community.  It is hard to give cost estimates without knowing more about the building and knowing what

the library board members really want.  Asking for historical status was discussed.  Boards went outside and looked at the

building site.  It was felt that if we measured 5o’east from the present building and went south to the two trees, we would

be able to build needed space.  Mr. Linton will draw a sketch and have it ready to meet with the building committee and

local church officials.

July 14, 1993
     Circulation is down compared to last year.  Co-operative grant – WS High will be the lead library and we need to write a letter of support signed by chairman of the Board.  Copy machine needs repair again.  Fire extinguishers were checked yesterday.  Cloteele will attend a workshop on selecting children’s materials tomorrow at Chubbuck.  Meeting with Mr. Linton was discussed.  Motion carried to have an engineer check the building for structural integrity.  Lander Wyoming Library is the “classic” example of a remodeled Carnegie Building.  He talked to the librarian about size, etc.  We might be able to use ideas from them.  Building committee plan to meet with local church officials concerning property.  Sid discussed a fact sheet from ISL concerning City Library Law.  Having a board member attend City Council Meetings was talked about.

August 11, 1993
     Summer Reading Program was successful with over 100 participants.  About 35 attended the closing social.  Connie Moser was the chairman.  ILA Conference – Sid is interested in attending the pre-conference workshop on grant writing.  LTAI dates set for Wednesdays, every other week starting January 12.  Mike Krantz and Joseph Linton met with President Bryce Jensen about property for library building.  President Jensen said they needed a concrete plan with descriptions to send to the church.  Kris will draw a plot plan with legal descriptions of the exact piece of property we would like to the building.  A copy of the sketch that was shown to President Jensen was handed to the board.  Funding would limit us so that the amphitheater would be cut.  A copy of the structural report prepared by Brent P. Ballif was handed out.  The building appears to be structurally sound, but some modifications would be necessary to meet minimum safety standards.  Having a termite inspection done was discussed.  Budget will be presented at a budget hearing on August 26.  Copy machine and sewer repairs were unexpected this year so budget has been close.

September 8, 1993
     A planter was sent to Phyllis from the staff and boards.  Gardner Hanks called to let us know about trustee talk that deals with how to make board meeting run more smoothly, and parliamentary procedure.  Will send more information about down-linking.  Workshop at American Falls on working with boards.  Cloteele will attend.  Libraries Change Lives Outreach Campaign – we will order promotional materials and have a pre-school program.  Updated library laws were handed out.  Sid handed out a plot plan of property we would like for library.  Kris put the plan together.  Sid met with Bryce Jensen and went over the plans.  There were questions about parking, water lines, using the property for matching funds for a grant, and use of property other than for a library.  Sid said that legal agreement could be made to take care of any concerns of the Church and the Library board.  Budget hearing is tomorrow.  Sid will be on call to answer questions if the budget is challenged. Sid will attend the ILA Conference grant writing workshop in Moscow.

October 13, 1993
     Cloteele attended Regional Workshop.  The library has been receiving memorial donations.  Halloween story hours on Oct. 20.  Kindergarten classes visited the library.  Co-operative grant with the schools is a top priority.  Myrna, Sharon, Kris met with the Preston South Stake Presidency.  They want to have all the necessary information and paperwork done on the piece of property we want to procure.  They want to make sure everyone knows exactly what we want to do and what will be done so there will be no misunderstandings between Preston City, the Library Board and the LDS Church.  It was suggested that we send a picture of the site.  Bryce Jensen was very positive about the library obtaining the property.  Deed or title would not be given to the library until we are ready to break ground.  Myrna and Sharon prepared a letter to explain items that were a concern to the stake presidency:   How serious are you about obtaining the property?  What are the specific requirements of your request?  What alterations would need to be made to the existing park?  What about Sunday activities?  Sid will contact Kris about specific measurements needed.  After discussion of the letter and with minor changes and some additions concerning legal measurements, motion passed to accept the letter with all board members signing it.  Sent to Bryce Jensen, Stake President.  A building fund was discussed.  Frank Nelson will give us information to clarify the changes in city library law, and information on setting up a building fund.  Budget was passed as submitted to the city council.  Trustee Teleconference is scheduled for Oct. 23.  A video of the conference will be available in about a month.

November, 1993
     Twenty-eight pre-school children attended the story hours on Oct. 20.  Connie Moser tells stories and has crafts and activities.  Ten mothers received information about reading to their children and encouraging family reading.  New children’s books will be on display during National Children’s Book Week in November.  Arlene Wanner will be starting work as soon as we receive the notice from the Green Thumb Program.  She will work 20 hours/week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.  This will help us to watch the downstairs better.  Books for LTAI have been ordered.      Kris showed the plot plan to be sent with the letter to Bryce Jensen.  Letter was signed by board members.  A packet of information will be sent to Bryce Jensen for presentation to the church authorities concerning the property procurement.  The kit will contain pictures taken by Sid of the library and property, the drawing done by Mr. Linton, long range plan of the library, the structural evaluation done by the engineer, the plot plan and letter.  Kris was given a letter about an ADA meeting to be held in Idaho Falls Dec. 3-4.  Kristine Rawlings suggested that a board member attend this workshop.  The library policy manual was reviewed and accepted by the board.

The Preston Citizen, November 10, 1993, p. 5
     The Preston Carnegie Library will observe National Young Reader Day on November 17 with two library hours.  The library staff said that they were inviting all to “strut” on in to the Turkey Talk Story Hour.  The story hour for pre-school will be at 11 a.m. and for ages 5 through 12 will be at 4 p.m.  There will be new children’s books on display with some available for checkout.  The Reader’s Day is part of the National Children’s Book Week which is Nov. 15 through Nov. 21. 

December 8, 1993
     Books for LTAI programs are here.  Two story hours held in November were well attended.  The library has been very busy helping students with reports.  We have received many thanks from students and parents for our service to them.  The cooperative grant with the schools has been approved for funding.  The library will close from Dec. 23 until January 3.  Thanks to Myrna for preparing the grant application to fund a literacy project and to Sid for taking time to get the Christmas tree that was used for the Lamplighter program.  It will be put up in the library.  Thanks to board members for the support and time they give to the library.  The ADA meeting in Idaho Falls is not applicable to the library.  The letter and information packet to President Jensen was given to him and will be discussed at the next stake presidency meeting.  Board members watched and discussed the ISL video on parliamentary procedure and board meetings.  Vickie Bingham is working with the 4-H clubs on a grant to purchase books on tape.  Sid asked for volunteers to meet with him and set some goals and timelines to work toward.



The Preston Citizen, January 5, 1994, p. 3
     Can a fresh look at books from America’s past speak to today’s readers?  What do these books say about the American character as a reflection of both the behavior patterns and values of our society and the noteworthy and sometimes eccentric individuals who populate our country?  How, as Americans, do we recognize the diverse nature of our culture and appreciate its richness?   Interested adults will answer these questions and more when they read and discuss two novels, collections of short stories and poetry, and an autobiographical work written by some of America’s greatest authors.
      The American Character Series begins Wed., Jan. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Preston Carnegie Library, and continues every other Wednesday for five sessions through March 9.
     The series is part of the statewide Idaho “Let’s Talk About It” project, sponsored by the Idaho State Library, that has been helping over forty libraries, from Preston to Bonner’s Ferry, present similar reading and discussion series for adults during the last nine years.  Funding for this year’s program is provided by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council.
     Mark Twain’s classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn begins the series.  After a boisterous trip down the Mississippi and a look at American society through the eyes of a wayward boy and his companion, a runaway slave, the series moves to the relative calm of the New England countryside.  Here readers explore Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and a philosophy which can be traced to many of the social movements of our time.
     New England was also the home of Emily Dickinson’s use of language to express her observations of nature and society which both dazzles and challenges readers.  The fourth program enlarges the view of American culture with a novel by Zora Neale Thurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, which blends two themes important to the author:  her search for independence and her love for black folklore.  The series ends with a collection of short stories by Ernest Hemingway.  As readers look beyond the author’s larger-than-life image, they will decide what Hemingway’s well-crafted stories and exceptional characters have to say about “American Character.”
     Each program will feature a guest humanities scholar who will speak about the book, followed by group discussion.  The first program, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” will be presented by Ron Messer from the English Department of Ricks College, Wed., Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m.  Anyone interested in participating in “American Character” reading and discussion series is encouraged to sign up at the library and check out a packet of books as soon as possible.  For more information call Cloteele Dahle at 852-0175.

January 12, 1994
     LTAI began with the theme “American Characters.”  The first book is “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” discussed by Ron Messer from Ricks College.  Story hour is Wednesday.  We have received donations of $10,000 for our automation system.  The Winnebago software is here and will be installed by the middle of January.  We will be able to combine tasks for automation and tasks for the cooperative school grant with this program.  Emerging Technology Teleconference on January 25 will cover future technology and resource sharing in libraries.  The library was broken into on Tuesday.  The only thing missing was $7-8 cash.  A window was broken to enter and a screen was destroyed leaving.  Three screens were destroyed.  Not all LSCA Title I funds were awarded.  Please give ideas for grant projects to Cloteele for next grant cycle.  ILA Registration is due.  Sid, Zelma, Mike, and Cloteele met and put together some ideas for goals and objectives for library projects.  The three categories are:  public funding, grant funding, and building.  Sid asked for volunteers to be chairmen of each segment.  Cecelie Costly and Zelma Woodward, Public Funding; Mike Krantz and Myrna Fuller, Grant Funding; Kris Beckstead, Building.  After discussion it was felt that people of the community serving on the committees and giving input would be important.  Each committee will work on certain objectives and report each board meeting.  Each task will be prioritized and will all fit together to accomplish the main goal of a new building.

February 10, 1994
     The Technology Teleconference had good information on cooperation with other libraries and with the schools.  Books on Tape Circuit Meeting in Blackfoot on February 9.  Our match for this grant is $350 and each library will have 50 tittles that will be rotated every two months.  24 Libraries are cooperating.  Any suggestions for titles?  Regular story hours will be held each third Wednesday.  We have had good participation and good comments about the programs.  Two grant intents for LSCA funds were sent to ISL.  We applied for funds to purchase easy reading books and materials for parents to help promote family reading, and for funds to purchase a computer workstation and Facts on File, a program that has information from periodicals and government documents available for research.  It is a new program just made available for use with the Winnebago system.  Three LTAI programs left:  “Final Harvest” with Margaret Pettis; “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, with Helen Cannon; and “Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway” with Scott Samuelson.  We had a computer equipment demonstration by Mike Kunz, and a Winnebago Circ/Cat demonstration by Cloteele.  Title II Grant timeline was handed out.  New library cards or no library cards discussion.  Reports from committees.

The Preston Citizen, March 2, 1994, p. 6
     Preston Carnegie Library recently received $10,000 in donations for operations.  David Woodward donated $2,500; Zelma Woodward donated $2,500, and an anonymous donor gave $5,000 for equipment and software to automate the circulation catalog.  Library patrons are encouraged to come in and update library card information, pay fines, and return overdue books so the library will have correct records in the system.
     “All books will be bar-coded and when the project is completed patrons will be issued a new library card with a barcode,” Cloteele Dahle, library director said.  Complete catalog records for each book will include title, author, all subjects and publishing information, plus a small summary of the book.
     “It will take some time to complete, but will improve circulation and record-keeping tasks and help keep better control of overdue materials.  The subject catalog will be more complete and will make more information readily available to the patrons,” Dahle said.
     The library staff and board are excited about this project and feel that it will greatly improve library service to the community.  New services and programs are continually being implemented at the library.  New books are added every week in an effort to keep books of current interest and newly published popular fiction available for patrons.
     During the month of February, 5,500 books were checked out, said Dahle.  An adult reading and discussion program was well attended and the children’s story hour was enjoyed by many young people.  An adult literacy program offers reading help to anyone interested.  Tax forms are also available, including many hard to find forms that can be copied.
     “We try hard to fill the requests of people.  We can answer your reference questions, and can search the Pacific Northwest to find the book you need,” she said.  “We make the effort to satisfy your educational and recreational reading needs and invite you to come use the library.”

March 9, 1994
     Sid reported that Marvin Golightly had contacted him about the property.  The church will let us have the property, but we will have to get an appraisal and pay the appraised value of it.  Sid checked on cost of appraisal – about $1500, and no one was interested in doing an appraisal at that price.  Sid drafted a letter to Mr. Ross Schaugaard, the person in charge of making a decision concerning church property, asking the church to give us the property needed to build an addition to the library.  After the letter was discussed and changes made, the board accepted the letter and will send it to Mr. Schaugaard.  A building plan will be written and sent to ISL next week.  Mike will attend a grant workshop.  Cecelie said a separate fund needs to be set up and will talk to Frank.  Friends of the Library will be organized.

The Preston Citizen, April 20, 1994, p. 1
By Necia Palmer
     The Preston  Carnegie  Library, along with libraries across the nation are asking patrons to see how libraries change lives, the theme of National Library Week, April 17-22.  The information available to the public from a library can answer many questions.  “How do I write a good resume and prepare for a job interview?”  “How can I find recipes for foreign foods, foods with sugar, low fat recipes?”  “Do you have Income tax forms?”  “Do you have information on building a dogsled for a scout project?”  “Do you have the latest best-selling novel?”  ‘”I’m looking for a magazine article from a magazine published ten years ago.  Can you help me find it?”  “I’m looking for a poem that starts something like this.”  “I need information on starting a small business.  Do you have the current Idaho Code?”
     These are just a few of the many thousand questions answered by the staff at the Preston Carnegie Library last year. 
     “That’s what libraries and librarians are all about,” said Cloteele Dahle, library director.  “We provide books, magazines, videotapes and a lot of other things, but what we really do is much more important.  We answer life’s questions, big and small.”
     And they do that for approximately 6000 people per month in this county.  Students from both the Preston School District and the West Side District often use the library as a reference for reports and research papers.
     The library also sponsors a literacy program.  Two participants from that program shared how learning to read has changed their lives.  “I never used a library until three years ago when I started to learn to read.  I sure like it.  It has changed my life.  I used to not be able to cook.  Now I can use a recipe.  I can write letters to my daughter”, wrote one 60-year-old Preston woman.  A 45-year-old Franklin man wrote that he can “stumble through the newspaper now.” 
     Another program the library will have to offer patrons by the end of April is a “book-on-tape circuit.”  In conjunction with 23 other area libraries, each with 50 book tapes, the Preston library offers commuters and farmers on tractors something new to listen to. 
     This year the library is doing the asking for a change.  “We know libraries and librarians make a difference, but we don’t always know how,” Dahle explained.  “We’re asking people of all ages to write in 100 words or less how the library made a difference in their lives.  Did we help you get a job?  A scholarship?  An ‘A’ on your term paper?
     The library will forward local stories to the American Library Association and the Idaho Library Association as part of a national campaign to convince legislators that libraries must receive adequate funding in the information age.
     Anyone looking for a change can drop by the Preston Carnegie Library during National Library Week, said Dahle.  Forms to enter the “Speak Out for America’s Libraries” contest can be obtained from the library.  Awards range from the Microsoft Encarta Multimedia Encyclopedia hardware to $1000 gift certificates.

April 28, 1994
     For National Library Week we are going to ask people to write a short paragraph about how libraries have changed their lives.  These will be sent to ILA, and ALA to participate in the state and national promotional for libraries.  A library service survey will also be conducted by a volunteer group during the week.  ILA Spring Conference will be held in Pocatello.  The written building program was sent to ISL and Marge Hooper will go over it.  Circulation for the quarter was 29,601.  Forty-five percent of budget has been spent.  Library will close for two weeks the first part of June.  Sid talked to church officials.  He was told library could purchase the property at the appraised value if local church officials would give full support.  President Jensen told Sid the maximum piece of property that would be considered would be 50’x80’.  The piece wanted for parking would not be considered.  Mayor Ross said he felt that the city would work with the library on parking concerns.  Steve Meek would do an appraisal for $1500 and the appraised value of the property could be between $10,000-15,0000.  Kris will contact other appraisers.  Motion carried to set aside $1,000 for a property appraisal.  Cecelie reported that she had put together some by-laws for a Friends of the Library group.  She would like to get it organized before Rodeo so some fund raisers could be done.  Letters could be sent to patrons of the library and announcements made in newspapers about organizing the group.  The group would meet and elect officers.  Ideas for fund-raisers were craft fair, food booths at fair and sidewalk sale, and book sales.  Written building plan will be changed to include items as noted by the ISL consultant and sent back for approval.

The Preston Citizen, May 18, 1994, p. 4.
     Helping an adult learn to read is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have, according to Myrna Fuller, director of the Preston Literacy Tutors at the Preston Carnegie Library.  The program is run entirely by volunteers.  “A sincere desire to share your ability to read with someone who can’t read is praiseworthy, but it also takes patience, understanding, devotion, and concern for others,” she said.    It also takes a year’s commitment to qualify to be a tutor.   Tutors needs to take a three-hour training workshop, have a schedule flexible enough to meet with a student in one and one-half sessions twice a week, respect confidentiality, and be willing to make the one-year commitment.  If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please call Mrs. Fuller at 852-3177.  There’s someone waiting to read with you.

May, 1994
      LSCA Grant with Bear Lake and Shelley will send in a full application, due the end of June.  Grant is to obtain informational databases and equipment for periodicals to use on Winnebago system.  We can now access USU library by modem.  Grant money offered to us by the city for use on projects for minority groups.

June 8, 1994
     Library will close June 13 to get barcodes on the books.  Volunteers will help.  Building plan did not arrive in time to meet the deadline.  It will be reviewed and held at ISL for the next grant cycle 1995 for funding in 1996.  Summer reading program will begin June 22.  LSCA Grant with Bear Lake and Shelley – We will send in a full application.  Grant is to obtain informational databases and equipment for periodicals to use on Winnebago system.  Received $100 donation from the Preston Ladies’ Literary Club.  Rotary Club donated “Hooked on Phonics” for the literacy program.  LeOra Bloxham will retire at the end of July.  We now have 28 books on tape through the circuit formed by libraries with an LSCA grant.  We will receive up to 50.  They will rotate every 2 months.  Sid reported on meeting with Mayor Ross and Stake President Jensen.  Mayor and President Jensen were both positive about the library obtaining the property.  Detailed appraisal must be done.  Mayor is working with Bob Fellows on appraisal and should be done in about two weeks.  Beth reported on a workshop she attended about charitable remainder trusts.  May be a source of funding for library building.  Budget meeting set for June 28 to go over the budget and set budget for 1994-95 fiscal year.  Budget was set at about $80,000.

The Preston Citizen, June 8, 1994, p. 2
    Preston Carnegie Library will be closed June 13 to June 22 to barcode the books for the new automated system.  Every book must be barcoded and accounted for.  Cloteele Dahle, library director, asks everyone to look through the bookshelves and homes for any library books they may have.  Overdue fees for the books will not be charged if the books are returned before June 20.  Overdue books and fines will be added to the computer after June 20.  Charges on accounts will prohibit patrons with overdue books or fines from checking out books. 
     Failure to return any materials borrowed from the public library is a theft and punishable as such, according to 1991 law.  The library charges five cents per book for each day it is late.  “This can add up fast when a patron has several books overdue,” said Dahle.  The new automation system will help us to provide faster check out and check in materials, and will help to better control overdue materials,” she said.  The library staff will issue new patron borrower cards later this fall.  The staff is currently updating patron information and adding it to the system.  Books on cassette tapes are also available for check-out.
     The summer reading program will kick off on Wednesday, June 22 at 3 p.m. along with a fun “automation celebration” day.  “We are continually trying to improve library services and provide new programs, timely information and new books for the community.  Stop by and let us help you with your recreation reading and information needs,” Dahle said.

The Preston Citizen, June 24, 1994
     A meeting will be held June 22 to organize a non-profit “Friends of the Library” group said library board member Cecelie Costley.  “Libraries are having a hard time all over the country.  If we don’t step in to help the library be an information center for the community, the library will go by the wayside,” Costley said.  Anyone interested in seeing the library grow can be a friend.  Those in attendance at the June 22 meeting will help decide goals, set future meeting times and elect officers.  It will be in the library at 7 p.m.  “We want to invite anyone with ideas to this meeting,” Costly said.  The group will support the library, bring special educational and cultural programs to the library and do some fund-raising. 
     The library has recently been automated and will soon be networked with the Westside and Preston High School libraries.  “The next thing we need is user’s terminals,” said Costley.  Because many encyclopedias can update and issue new editions more economically on CD than traditional books, Costley feels that soon it will be too expensive to operate a current library without offering patrons access to CD contained information.
     At present the library is used extensively by Franklin County patrons.  A new collection of books on cassette are at the library on a rotating basis.  Books not stocked at the library can be requested from sister libraries.

The Preston Citizen, June 24, 1994
     The Preston Carnegie Library will begin its 1994 Summer Reading Program on June 22 at 3 p.m. at the library with a “Critter Tales” Kick-Off Party.  Children ages preschool through age 12 are invited to join the fun.  “Critter Tales” is a statewide summer reading program designed to encourage children to read during the school vacation.  Preston Library has planned book activities, and a visit from some special critters.
     “Kids who read succeed,” says Cloteele Dahle, librarian, “and through the summer reading program children can practice their reading skills while having a good time.  We want the children to know that reading can be fun, and that the library is a place to relax and enjoy themselves.”
      Each child who participates will receive a “Critter Tales Packet” with incentives for reading.  Children of all reading abilities are welcome to come.  For more information call the library at 852-0175.

June 28, 1994
     Friends of the Library meeting was June 22.  No one attended the organizational meeting.  Another meeting will be held.  Each board member should contact three people to bring to the meeting.  Grant applied for with Department of Education for Literacy materials and equipment was not approved.  Budget was discussed by category.  Items needing to be increased are salaries for more help to cover evening hours, Saturday and special programs.  Office supplies and postage which will include cost for new patron cards.  Operating supplies (book budget) because of book cost increase.  Minor equipment – copy machine may need to be replaced and/or computer hardware for patron access to card file.  Motion passed to send the budget as written to the city.  Sid will take the budget sheet to the city clerk and go over it with her.  He will ask to be notified before any changes are made by city council. 

The Preston Citizen, July 13, 1994, 7
By Brooke Ormsby
     Because of the large number of adult illiterates in the country and Franklin County, the Rotary Club decided to present their annual “special” donation to the Preston Carnegie Library to be used for the literacy program there.  Steve Fuller, president of the Rotary Club when the donation was made, said the club donated the national “Hooked on Phonics” program.  This way, Fuller said, students can either learn on their own or in conjunction with a tutor.
     “We felt it was a good kind of cause,” Fuller said in reference to the “Hooked on Phonics” program.  “The number of people who are adult illiterates is surprising.  These are people who simply cannot read.  It’s amazing how they can function, but they do.”
     The Rotary Club tries to make one “special” donation a year, Fuller said.  During the year, members participate in other donations and service projects such as planting flowers in front of the dentist’s offices, Christmas choir concert, and providing a dinner for the rodeo queen contestants.

July 20, 1994
     Library will close Monday, July 25.  Jessica Sharpies and Kristine Rider are working this summer through the JPTA Program.  They each work 30 hours a week.  We have about 50 children signed up for the summer reading program.  Final party will be July 27.  Friends of the Library held an organizational meeting on July 13.  Sandra Webb was elected president; Trudy Austin, vice-president, Jean Gibson, Secretary; and Carolyn Rounds, Treasurer.  Those elected to the board are Sherlauna Griffeth, Craig Nielson, and Shelley Olsen.  Fund raisers will be held during rodeo weekend.  “Dunking Booth,” ice cream and snow cones will be sold.  A puppet show and used book sale will also be held at the library.  Cecelie Costley thanks the board for their support in helping organize this group.  The library board will send a thank-you letter to Sandra.  Sid showed the appraisal of the property to the board.  After a discussion it was approved by unanimous consent that a written agreement, earnest money offer, and other necessary papers be sent to the church officials with an offer to pay the appraised amount of $8ooo for the property.  Kris will help get these ready.  Side will attend the next planning and zoning meeting to get approval on parking for the library.  He will contact the city so it can be approved at the next city council meeting.

August 24, 1994
     Gayle Lowe will be starting work on the Green Thumb program.  Fiscal year is ending, and budgeted money will be spent.  There should be enough to pay for a new copy machine.  Library promotional programs will be held in Sept.  Jumpstart, a program for grades 1 to 3 will encourage each child to get a library card.  Pre-school story hour is every Wednesday at 11:00.  Friends Group will help with this.  Sid talked to church officials.  Church has their own legal papers and forms that they use.  All the paperwork will be done and sent to them.  Earnest money agreement was drawn up.  Board gave approval for $500 earnest money to be sent to the church when the papers are ready.  It should take 3-4 weeks.  Paperwork has to go to three committees.  Friends of the Library held fund-raisers at Rodeo time, and also had a booth at the fair.  They have projects planned for each month.  Karen will contact Leaders of Readers about funds for library.  Friends group suggested library be open more hours.  Because of the legalities of insurance, a paid staff member needs to be at the library when it is open.  Statistics have been kept on library use at various times of the day.  The busiest time is from 4:00 to 6:30. Records indicate that very few people were using the library on Friday evenings.  Budget does not allow us enough to be open more hours at the present time.  Repair to the restroom walls and walls in basement were discussed. Repairs would only be temporary, and it was felt we should wait on building decisions.

The Preston Citizen, September 7, 1994, p. 9.  Also, September 21, 1994, p. 8.
     The Preston Carnegie Library is encouraging parents to give their children a “JumpStart” at the library with a new program directed to parents of first, second and third graders.  The program, sponsored by The Prudential in cooperation with the American Library Association is designed to promote library card sign-up and use among children and to give parents fresh, practical information on reading and learning.
      “We are always looking for ways to bring community forces, schools, parents, business, and libraries together on behalf of children,” said Cloteele Dahle, librarian.  “JumpStart gives us that opportunity.  We know that children who become comfortable with reading and libraries early in their education process really do have a jump start on success in school and in life. 
     Libraries initiated the JumpStart process by contacting schools last spring.  In September schools that have agreed to participate will distribute the JumpStart 10-page, full color newsletter to parents.  The last page of the newsletter carries a perforated card that plays two roles.  One side is a “temporary” library card that children can exchange for an official library card in their own name when parents bring them into the public library.  The other side is a sweepstakes entry that parents turn in for a chance to win a college scholarship for their child, Macintosh Performa computers, World Book Encyclopedia sets, or Childcraft sets.
    Several local schools are participating in JumpStart:  Pioneer, Oakwood and Harold B. Lee Elementaries.  Nationally the program is expected to reach two million children and their parents.

October 12, 1994
    Story hour had 40 pre-school children.  We were able to purchase the new copy machine.  Cloteele will attend Winnebago workshop in Pocatello. Hardy R. Franklin, Past President of ALA gave the keynote address.  He was honored for innovative ideas and promotion of his theme of customer service.  He literally took the library out of the walls into the streets to people.  He held story hour for the underprivileged and children he could gather together on the streets.  He felt that libraries should be available for all people and be funded so that ultimate service can be given.  He said libraries are on the bottom of the pile for funding and should be funded just as much as emergency services.  Emergency services are there and might be used.  Libraries are there and are always used.   Cloteele attended workshops on the Internet, WLN LaserCat for Windows, authors and publishing in the Northwest, and a workshop on providing information for businesses.  She met with the library directors in a pre-conference meeting and discussed common concerns of all libraries in Idaho.  Directors also met with ISL consultants to talk about the technology grant.  Ridley Pearson, mystery/adventure writer, told how libraries have helped him in his writing, and how they have always been a part of his life.  He talked about how he researches information for his writing.  Carolyn Cooney noted children’s author told how reading was being promoted in her family and how important it is to promote reading even if you think you are not making any progress with an individual.  She also talked about the trend of Horror in children’s literature, Mystery, Adventure, etc.-- R. L. Sein for example and also the literature she writes.

October 12, 1994
     We are averaging 40 pre-school children each week at story hour.  Cloteele will attend Winnebago workshop.  ILA Convention in Sun Valley was informative and provided information and ideas to continually advance the use of technology and provide better customer service.  ILA conference:  Sid reported on workshop about foundations.  He brought materials back for the Friends Group.  Foundation can be formed through the Friends of the Library.  People like libraries even if they do not use them and will actually donate to them because they feel that they are valuable to the community.  People will donate more to a foundation.  Tax credit is given for donations.  Sid and Mike met with representatives from the LDS Church.  They felt that his comments and response were very favorable for us to purchase the property.  We will know in about 4-5 weeks.  Sherlauna  Griffeth from the Friends reported that about $2000 has been earned by the group.  The letters mailed out for “Food for Thought” were well-received and have had good returns.  Other activities planned are a spook alley and basketball tournament.  Robert Geddes was presented a packet about libraries and current library legislation and was asked to support library funding for Idaho.  He discussed some of the issues and answered questions.  Sid is going to the Legislative Workshop in Pocatello.  Data Transmission Network – Sid said this might be something that we could get someone to donate to the library.  Information about weather, market reports, would be available at any time for the public.    Preston High School art students made library logos.  Board picked the one done by Chris Phillips but would like it to say Preston Library and not Preston Carnegie Library.  It will be used on new plastic library cards.  Internet grant will be applied for.  It will first be used to train staff and board, and then used by the public.  The state library is offering the grant so the libraries can take a leadership role in the community on automation and technology.  Library should not be a hitchhiker on the information highway, but should be a driver.  Staff needs to be knowledgeable enough about the use of Internet to help patrons. 

November 9, 1994
     The church has given us approval to purchase the property.  Informational Databases, Facts on File and UMI grant with Bear Lake, Shelly and Soda Springs was approved.  We will probably get the computer station running in December.  This will have research information from magazines, and other sources.  It will allow us to have a patron access catalogue for our holdings.  The grant for Internet is being written.  The long-range plan needs to be updated to include specifics about technology use.  There are a number of things that we have accomplished. 

The Preston Citizen, November 9, 1994, p. 2
     The Preston Carnegie Library announces the 75th anniversary of the National Children’s Book Week, November 14-20.  The theme this year is “Read Across America.”  The library staff encourages all children to participate by reading and visiting the library.  Coloring books will be provided for the first 100 children who visit the library that week.   Nov. 17 is also designated as National Young Readers Day. The library has received several New Reader Books and they are now available for checkout.  Story hour, “Let’s Gobble Up Books!” will be held during National Children’s Book Week on Wednesday, Nov. 16 for preschool age children at 11 a.m., and children ages 5-12 at 3:30 p.m.  

The Preston Citizen, December 14, 1994, p. 7
     These are the stereotypes:  the lean cowboy, the innocent school marm, the silent Indian, and the fast-drawing outlaw.  What has made these images such a part of American culture?  Do these stereotypes accurately reflect the personalities and lifestyles which existed on the frontier?  These questions and many others will be explored in a Wednesday evening book discussion series at Preston Carnegie Library beginning Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.  “Heroes, Heroines, and Outlaws” features five books chosen to present a unique perspective on the story of the American West and the legends that have grown around it.
     The series is provided by “Idaho Let’s Talk About It”, a statewide project designed to encourage reading and discussion among out-of-school adults, and funded by the Idaho Humanities Council, the Idaho State Library, and local public libraries.
     The characters explored in the series books challenge the way we have been taught to perceive this exciting chapter in the country’s history.  These characters include a famous outlaw, a band of Blackfeet Indians, legendary performers in the Wild West show, and two cowboys—one who lives on the frontier and one whose territory is a modern western city.  As readers get to know these fictional heroes, heroines, and outlaws, they learn more about their own western experience.
     Each program session will feature a knowledgeable speaker who will give a short talk about the book and participate in a discussion with the program participants about the issues raised by the book.  The series will begin Jan. 18, with a discussion of James Welch’s Fools Crow, the story of a band of Blackfeet Indians trying to survive in Montana during the 1870s.  Next will be Owen Wister’s The Virginian, a famous early western which helped create the heroic image of the cowboy.  Other readings will be Edward Abbey’s The Brave Cowboy, a novel which explores traditional western characters by placing them in our own time period.  Billy the Kid, A Short and Violent Life, by Robert Utley, the biography of a young man who became a legend, and Larry McMurtry’s Buffalo Girls, a novel focusing on Bill Cody’s Wild West shows, theatrical productions which captured the imagination of America, [will finalize the series.]
     Anyone interested in participating in “Heroes, Heroines, and Outlaws” reading and discussion series is encouraged to sign up at the library and check out the set of books.  For more information, please call Preston Carnegie Library, 852-0175.  



The Preston, Citizen, January 11, 1995, p. 1

By Necia Seamons
     In their purchase of Head Manufacturing, the officials of Dutch-based Nylaplast brought tidings of good will to Preston:  a $25,000 check in Head owners Rex and Jan Pitcher’s name specifically earmarked for an “educational conference room” for the Preston Carnegie Library.
     “I’m sure there are many people that are concerned.  They want to see what is happening.  The Europeans are concerned we sent the right message,” said Ken E. Flammang of Nylaplast. 
     “Your donation certainly shows your heart is in the right place,” said Sid Titensor, chairman of the library board.

Lynn Bingham, President of the Preston Economic Development Corporation, also attended the presentation of the $25,000 check and was pleased with the exchange.  “I’m just tickled pink to have this.  It’s exactly what I’m working for,” said Bingham.
     Jane Pitcher would like the donation to become a catalyst for future donations.  “With the donation we are issuing a challenge for the community to get involved and match the amount,” she said.  She envisions the $25,000 growing to $50,000 through matching funds, and volunteered her time to help raise those funds.
     “Then the library has some outside resources that will match the funds that are raised locally, making it possible for the library to then receive a total of $100,000,” she said.
     Sandra Webb, president of the Friends of the Library, accepted the check, which will be deposited in the Friends of the Library account. “ There it will draw interest until matching funds have raised it to an amount that can be used toward acquiring a larger federal grant to complete the education conference room”, said Titensor.
     Flammang said when Nylaplast decided to donate the check, they came to Pitchers for ideas as to where it should go.  Jane suggested it should go to the library because she felt “it would benefit the whole community, old and young.”
     “The library is not constantly asking for money.  It was a unique thing we could do,” she said.  Because the library is open to all Franklin County residents, Jane said she hoped they would all support it.

January 11, 1995
     LTAI discussion series begins January 18 with a presentation on the book “Fools Crow”.  The presenter will be Dennis Walsh from ISU.  The new computer system is great.  Our material catalog, Facts on File, New Digest and UMI (magazine abstracts) can now be used by our patrons.  The Internet grant agreement has been signed and we can now order a second phone line and computer equipment for use.  Training for the Internet will be on January 20 at Pocatello Public Library.  More extensive training will be the week of March 20 and May or June.  Cloteele will attend and one other person needs to attend.  New library cards are in the mail and should be here any day. We will recognize Chris Phillips for the logo and then start handing them out to all patrons.  Please be thinking of questions and answers you would like to use for publicity about building project.  Friends of the Library - $25,000 donation was made to the Friends by Nylaplast in the name of Rex and Jane Pitcher.  They specifically earmarked it for an educational conference room.  The Friends have raised about $30,000 with this donation.  A big thanks to them.  A different business each month will sponsor the library and do a promotion program.  Big J’s will take January.  The Friends also have T-shirts for sale.  Kris has talked to Mr. Linton about a plan and a model for the new addition.  The state library has not yet approved the written building plan, but has suggested the square feet needed in each area.  Estimates have been made at about $100-$115 per square foot.  Mike has only been able to locate grant funds for libraries so far at LSCA.  He will check other grant directories.  Karen will check on Albertson’s Foundation giving money for educational  projects in Idaho, and compile a list of PHS graduates who might be interested in making donations.  The committee will contact businesses in the Logan area about donations.  Banks will be contacted.  The goal of the funding committee is to raise $100,000 by June 1.  Some of the major donors may want rooms named in their honor.  Motion passed to name the library after a major donor.  The Preston Citizen wants to do an article on the building plans.  They suggested that they have an on-going series of articles about the library.  We need to make sure we give them correct information.  Laura Wheatly was approved by unanimous consent as a new part-time staff member. ILA registration forms were filled out.  A book and a framed crochet wall hanging was presented to LeOra Bloxham in appreciation for her service for the past 16 years.

The Preston Citizen, January 25, 1995, p. 8
By Necia P. Seamons
     The Friends of the Library has sponsored two fund raisers for the library in the last few months.  They raised $600 from a basketball tournament sponsored by Near New Cars.   Hansen Glass and Ritewood Eggs took first and second places respectively.  Hemsley’s Service, Scott Rawlings, Doug Hulce, Fashion Center, Bob’s Mart, Kings, Flowers by Joyce, Geddes Auto, Gingerbread Shop, Preston Drug, Smith’s Short Stop, Main Street Grill, Kelly’s Subway, Dr. Thomas Hull, Fashion Crossroads, Franklin County Medical Center, Pizza Villa and Stokes Thriftway all sponsored teams.  Tracy Olsen, Lee Lewis, Randy Moser and Bryan Daley refereed the fund-raiser.
     The other fundraiser, “Food for Thought,” was a direct request for money.  From slips of paper mailed to patrons asking for the money that would be spent on one meal, $3,000 returned to the library. 
     The Friends of the Library are also selling specialized T-shirts available throughout the county at selected businesses and at the library to raise funds for the library.

February 8, 1995
      New library cards are being given to patrons.  Cloteele and Phyllis attended the Internet Training session.  Computer will be set with passwords before it will be used for patrons.  Policy on use and instruction will be made.  Sandra Webb from Friends of the Library met with the Rotary Club about the library and presented Chris Phillips a new library card with the library logo that he designed.  Cecelie also talked about the library service and library needs.  Sid reported the books and donations “in memory of” have really been appreciated by loved ones of the families.  Karen reported the committee has contacted the Albertson’s Foundation and a letter will be sent to them.  Simplot Foundation, retailers, banks, and businesses have been contacted.  All gave a positive response.  NUCOR, Thiokol, Pepperidge Farm, and Presto will all be contacted.  Many companies have an investment-in-community fund.  PHS alumni will be contacted about donations.  Future funding for library services was discussed.  A larger library may require more staff to run it.  Computers will help to make the service more efficient.  Video cameras may help to control patrons in the library.  Beth said the county will need to advertise and have a hearing to raise more funding for the library service.  She will check with the county clerk about this.  Frank Nelson could be contacted for information about district library service funding.  Types of programs offered in community educational conference room:  local artists, traveling exhibits, Idaho Humanities Speaker’s Bureau, Franklin County history displays, fish and game programs, Forest Service Programs, rotating displays, A. J. Simmonds, LTAI programs, are just a few of the possibilities.

The Preston Citizen, February 8, 1995, p. 1
   The Preston Carnegie Library has been selected to participate in an innovative pilot project that will provide telecommunications links to the Internet as well as trying to assist the library in integrating Internet resources into its service programs.  The Idaho State Library Board awarded $375,000 in grants to 43 Idaho public libraries under the Educational Technology Initiative of 1994 (ETI).  These funds are part of a legislative program to use technology in public schools, higher education and public libraries to help meet the need for better education for Idaho citizens of all ages.
     The state library considers the ETI to be an excellent opportunity for public libraries to “test drive” the Internet Funds appropriated under ETI will be used to demonstrate the ability of public libraries to serve as access points for Internet in their communities and to provide library staff the opportunity to explore services available on the Internet that would support lifelong learning in their communities.  The ETI Public Library Grant Program represents the first state funds appropriated by the Idaho Legislature for public libraries in some years.
     “The funds provide an opportunity for libraries to explore and learn,” State Librarian Charles Bolles said.  “It will allow them to make informed decisions about providing electronic access to information in their communities.”
     Information resources and services provided via the Internet are similar to those traditionally furnished by libraries.  The Internet can be described as an electronic network of computers throughout the world providing electronic discussion groups and resource sharing services to anyone who can access them.  The Internet contains collections of scientific research and educational information, library catalogs, electronic books and journals, government and health information and databases, digitized image libraries, archives, business data, and statistical information about almost anything.  The timelines, 24-hour availability and opportunities for discussion of issues inherent in the Internet are not found in traditional print sources.
     As more information resources are generated and delivered in digital forms, libraries will have to evaluate how they deliver their services and what their role will be in this new information age.

The Preston Citizen, February 15, 1995, p. 3
By Necia Seamons
     The $25,000 donation to Preston’s library from Head Manufacturing inadvertently kicked off a campaign the library board had been planning, to raise funds for an addition to the library, said library board president Sid Titensor.  The library is in need of remodeling primarily, because it needs to be accessible to disabled patrons, said Titensor.  However, because the building also needs to be expanded to handle the growing demand, temporary solutions to give the disabled easy access to the building have been tabled until they can be incorporated into the overall update of the building.
     Until then, library personnel have offered to deliver library services to disabled patrons.  “We are asking them to call about materials they want, “ said Titensor.  “The librarians will then check to see if those materials are available and take them out to meet the patron.  It’s called their ‘library curb service’” said Titensor.  Some books have even been delivered through the mail and to the doors to disabled patrons. 
     The growing demand on the library has also increased.  Today, 1860 patrons are registered at the library and many of those are family registrations.  Last year, almost 60,000 books (an average of 5,000 per month) were circulated.  Over 4,000 reference questions were answered last year and the library serves the county’s students extensively in cooperation with the high school libraries.  The library offers access not only to their own supply of books, but to those of over 500 libraries in the Pacific Northwest through the Western Library network.  The network and another that link the Carnegie library to both high schools in the county are a boon to students for research projects.  The library also belongs to the Southeast Idaho Document Delivery Network, twenty –nine libraries in this network share magazine articles which can be faxed to the Preston library, sometimes within minutes.  The library also rotates 40-50 audio books every two months as members of the Eastern Idaho Books on Tape Circuit of 23 libraries.  Over 400 titles are available through this program. 
     Finally, information from around the world will soon be available through an Internet link to be installed at the library through a grant the library recently received.
     To make the necessary changes required to solve the handicap and expansion problems, the library board considered both existing buildings and new construction.  They decided upon a mixture of the two options and will add on to the present building.  “Some people wanted to preserve the historic value of the building and we couldn’t find a suitable existing building that wouldn’t require as much funding as a new building to bring it up to the American Disabilities Act codes,” said Titensor.  Once the decision to add on to the existing building was made, the library board began negotiating with the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints for ground east of the present library.  “We’ve been in negotiations over the ground for 18 months,” said Titensor.  The Church finally sold it at market value with the contingency that the land will only be used for the library’s expansion, said Titensor.  With the land now in place and the Friends of the Library working on raising funds, changes at the library are on the horizon.
     The board wants to add 6,600 square feet to the existing building for a 10,000 square foot building.  The board expects costs to reach about a million dollars and is seeking as much funding through grants as possible.  They have applied for the entire amount through a grant offered by Albertsons, said Titensor.  “We will not bond or ask for a tax increase to do this.  We think we can do it without,” said Titensor. 
     The Friends of the Library have raised almost $30,000 through donations and fund-raisers to date, said Trudy Adams, of the Friends of the Library.  Other Friends fundraisers include a program that will allow someone to donate a book in honor of a deceased loved one in place of purchasing flowers.  A placard will be placed in the front of the book donated by the funds donated in place of purchasing flowers.  Anyone interest in this program or in donating any amount of monies to the expansion of the library can call Titensor, Friends of the Library President Sandra Webb, or librarian Cloteele Dahle for more information.

March 8, 1995
      The written building plan has been accepted by ISL.  Invitations to apply for LSCA grant funds have been received.  Title I-III for discretionary projects, and Title II for construction.  National Library Week is April 9-15.  There is a lot of interest in the Internet.  Most patrons interested would like to be able to access it from their home and have an e-mail address.  They would be willing to pay costs.  Libraries will need Internet to stay active.  Friends of the Library need to be set up as a non-profit organization.  Cecelie, Sid and Sandra will meet with Steve Fuller and Thayne Winward to set this up.  Library Board would like to insure that money being raised by Friends group will go to building fund.  Would like to suggest continuity in leadership of the group.  Mr. Linton is constructing a model.  A sketch was handed out to the board.  Design of the old building will be matched and an elevator will be needed.  LSCA grant funds will probably not be available for next year because of federal budget cuts.  Committee is checking for other sources.  Funding committee has spent many hours writing letters, preparing packets, and contacting businesses and individuals.  Accurate records of donations needs to be kept so proper recognition can be given.  The photos of major contributors and a plaque with names of all contributors will be ordered.  Fund-raising projects of Friends and committee total about $31,000.  Very general information about working as a board and with the library director will be discussed at the Trustee Teleconference.

The Preston Citizen, March 29, 1995, p. 9
     Few women in all of western history have captured the imagination like the young Shoshone girl, Sacagawea, who served as an interpreter and often as a guide for Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition into our uncharted West.  She exists in the journals and narratives of that legendary search as a shadow, valued for her knowledge of the languages, the country, and the customs of her people.
      In his novel, Streams to the River, River to the Sea, Scott O’Dell has brought Sacagawea to life for young people and has given an exciting new perspective on his heroine of an American saga.  The award-winning author, believing that children are more adept than adults at placing themselves into the characters of a story, has used first-person narrative.  He writes this great western adventure through Sacagawea’s eyes. 
     Drawing from the actual journals of Lewis and Clark, O’Dell has written a strong account of the historic exploration, and the reader comes to know Sacagawea as she handles challenges with grace, dignity, and intelligence.  The reader learns of her unhappy relationship with her husband, the Frenchman, Toussaint Charbonneau, and of the love that existed between her and Captain Clark.  We sense the excitement of new discoveries and experience the peril of the unknown
      As a male novelist and story teller, Scott O’Dell was well ahead of his time.  Long before the modern feminist movement ignited interest in strong female protagonists in young adult novels, O’Dell was a firm believer that women could accomplish every noble thing men could.  Sacagawea is such a young woman.  She went with Lewis and Clark, on foot, on horseback, by canoe, 4,000 miles on a journey that ranks in courage and danger with any of that in recorded history.  Readers of all ages will enjoy her amazing story. 
     Streams to the River, River to the Sea can be checked out of the Preston Carnegie Library.

April 12, 1995
     Come in and “cruise” the information highway (Internet).  Select an audio-book from 55 titles now available on the circuit.  Support the Friends of the Library open house on Friday, April 15 at the Main Street Grill.  “1995Thomas Register of American Manufactures” is now available.  When patrons come in to use it we don’t have to say “Yes, we have it, but “it’s 20 years old.”  Brochures for library promotion are being made.  Plan for radio interview in April.  Friends is working on becoming a tax-free entity.  Joe Linton is working on plans and a model.  He wants to know about funding.  How much should he do?  Kris will talk to builders about costs.  Myrna has been checking through a book that lists grants for libraries.  Most grants will not fund building projects.  Karen has sent letters to some people she personally knows and thinks they will donate.  She has made packets to give to businesses and contacts.  Many large businesses want to know who has already donated and if they will be donating to something that is seriously going to be done.  She has made a list of “Foundation Contributors.”  The categories for contributions are Benefactor – Gifts of $5000 or more; Patron – Gifts of $1000 to $499; Sponsor – gifts of $500 to $999; Sustaining – Gifts of $100 to $499; Contributing – Gifts up to $99.  Zelma, Karen and Cecelie have spent many hours contacting sources and making informative packets to give out.  Brochures for library promotion have been made up by Cecelie.  Informative bookmarks have been made by the Friends and will be handed out at the open house.  Kris, Sid and Cecelie will do a radio interview in April.  Franklin County Funding – the tax bill does not allow for tax increase.  New tax law limits growth to 3%.  This will have an effect on Franklin County Library funding.  Beth and Zelma will check with county clerk and get information concerning this.

The Preston Citizen, April 19, 1995, p. 3
     Libraries and librarians can have a strong influence on a person’s life, and in some cases they can even change a life completely, said Cloteele Dahle, head librarian at the Preston Carnegie Library.
      "The library is a place that can help you make important changes in your life.  It provides information about how to get a better job, start your own business, help your kids do better in school, help you feel better, look better, and do almost anything better,”  said Dahle.  She points out six reasons why library service is essential to a community.
1.  The library’s collections and services are essential to independent learning efforts by residents of all ages.
2.  Studies have shown that children who read regularly maintain and improve their reading skills better than those who do not.  The public library is available even during vacation times and weekends.
3.  Special programs, story hours, reader services, and collections introduce young children to the world of reading and create a lifelong interest in learning.
4.  Individuals save money when they use their library by borrowing rather than purchasing materials, and by using information to help improve their skills.
5.  The community’s economy benefits when business people use the library resources to make wise decisions, employees use it to improve their job skills, or the disadvantaged use it to help break the cycle of poverty.
6.  Libraries are a municipal service readily available to all.  In a year, more people will use the services of their public library than the services of most other municipal departments.   Patricia Schuman, past ALA president said.  “Libraries are not basic—they’re essential.  If politicians want to save money, they should fund libraries.”
      Author John Jakes also loves libraries.  He said, “Defend your local library as if your freedom depended on it.” 
Visit your local public library—for a change. 

Herald Journal, no date listed
By Brooke B. Ormsby
     Just over a year ago, the library board found itself in a quandary.  Federal laws required the city to retrofit its

1915-era building to accommodate Americans with disabilities.  And at the same time, the Idaho State Library found

the Preston book center woefully lacking in space for the customers it served.
     Out of those two pressures was born Friends of the Library.  The much-needed fund-raising arm was organized,

said Library Board chairman Sid Titensor, to help the city library reach a goal of an estimated $1 million to renovate

and add on to the existing library.
     Friends of the Library is on its way to the $1 million mark, with approximately $60,000 donated by the community,

said Titensor.  That kind of community support is essential, he explained, to show potential big-ticket donors that

Preston citizens care about their library.
     Before Friends was organized, all monetary donations to the library went directly to Preston City, which then

dispersed the money to the library fund, said Friends President Sandra Webb.  Now, thanks to the fund-raising arm, persons wishing to donate money can do so through the organization and it goes directly to the library.
     A large percentage of the donations will go to build a new addition on to the east side of the library and remodel the existing building said Webb.  The finished library will be approximately 10,000 square feet, three times larger than the existing space.
     Cecelie Costley, a member of the Preston Library Board, said since Friends of the Library was organized in July 1994, it has done a marvelous job.  “They started at ground zero, Costley said, and have been laying a solid foundation for the future.”
     And the community has responded, although members said there is always a need for more.  Last year the Friends of the Library board mailed out a fund-raising letter to each of the library’s patrons asking for donations.  That drive was so successful that the board decided to make it an annual event, Webb said.
     A fund-raising letter was also inserted in the local newspaper so the group could reach more people and give all of the citizens an opportunity to donate, since the library is available to all Franklin County residents.
     “We’ve had excellent support as far as people that have sent donations because of the newsletter,” Webb said.  “Considering the number of these (newsletters) we sent out, you don’t know how many to expect back.”
     Friends of the Library has also sponsored basketball and softball tournaments, with all proceeds going to the library fund.  Both tournaments have been successful, and Webb said she looks forward to the possibility of hosting a golf and bowling tournament.
     For now, the main goal of Friends of the Library is to raise funds for a new library but the group also is seeking volunteers.  Webb said this has not been as successful, because of the limited space in the library.
     Preschool story hour is one of the weekly programs Friends of the Library supports and helped implement at the library.  Each week, preschool teachers can bring in their students and have stories read to them by volunteers.
     The library board would also like to have Friends of the Library start a monthly or seasonal bulletin board.  Unfortunately, the library does not have enough space, Webb added.
     Once the addition to the library is completed and the current library is remodeled, Webb said Friends of the Library will not perish.
     “Friends of the Library will be a continuing organization,” Webb said.  “There are so many support things we can do when we get the space.  There will still be things the library needs.”
     A list of other goals of the Friends of the Library includes:  keeping the public informed of the value of continuing education, increasing public relations and demonstrating to the community the services provided by the library, making the library accessible to every resident, providing access to the latest in technological learning and information-exchange systems, and creating an atmosphere of learning and culture.
     Donations are still being accepted for the Friends of the Library cause.  Donations can be sent to the library at 28 East Oneida St.

May 10, 1995
  The library will close from May 27 to June 5 for cleaning and inventory.  Cloteele and Phyllis will attend the last Internet training workshop on May 18.  The tax bill does not allow for tax increases.  New tax law limits growth to 3%.  This will have an effect on Franklin County Library funding.  The county library funds could be cut by 50%.  Beth will attend a workshop on the new tax law in Pocatello.  Decisions will need to be made as soon as possible concerning library services and building plans if funding is cut.  If necessary, a special meeting will be called.  Friends open house at the Main Street Grill was successful.  Donations to the building fund were received.  Informative bookmarks were made and handed out.
Building committee is working with Mr. Linton on plans and model.  Will check sources concerning building costs per square foot.  Grant committee attended the workshop.  Deadline for preliminary application is June 16.  Funding committee is keeping a record of all donations received.  Thank you cards will be sent.  Many contacts have been made personally and by letters and packets.  Decisions concerning public use of the Internet will need to be made.  How to keep track of use?  Charges?  We will check with other libraries concerning policies.  Long Lange Plan revision was handed out to board members and will be reviewed at the next meeting.

June 7, 1995
     Summer Reading program “Read Around the World” will start on June 28 and end July 26.  We were chosen to participate in the “Tough Paradise:  Literature of Idaho and the Intermountain West”  LTAI program.  The county mill levy is at .0001. Maximum is .0006.  An override can be held every 2 years and needs a simple majority to pass.  Can apply for 3% increase.  Can go beyond the 3% by using occupancy roll and can use building permits (records kept by assessor).  Last override is in effect for this tax year.  Friends are planning a golf tournament as a fund-raiser around Labor Day.  West One Bank contacted Cloteele with questions concerning building and funds.  They sounded very positive.  They should get back to us by end of month.  Myrna has written a draft for the preliminary application to LSCA Title II Building Grant.  She will make corrections and send it to the state library.  Motion carried to file the preliminary grant form and direct Cloteele and Sid as representatives of the applicant to provide required and necessary information for the project described in the application. 


The Preston Citizen, June 7, 1995, p. 2
     The Preston Literary Club donated $100 to the Preston Carnegie Library on June 5.  “The money is a yearly donation given to the library for the purchase of new books,” said Sara Nelson, president of the club.  The Preston Literary Club is an organization that meets twice monthly to review and discuss book titles.  Individuals can contribute to The Friends of the Library for the building of a a new library, or contribute  money for the purchase of new books directly to the library itself.

The Preston Citizen, June 28, 1995, p. 11
     "Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences.  Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in.  They forgot they were from different planets.”  Thus begins the national best-seller about the differences between men and women.
     John Gray uses the metaphor of Martians and Venusians to illustrate how men and women can dramatically reduce friction in their relationships by understanding these differences.  Gray discusses the complaints men and women have about each other.  The most common complaint women have about men is that they don’t listen.  The most common complaint men have about women is that they are always trying to change them.  These complaints can be resolved, says Gray, by understanding how men and women think differently.
     For example, a woman may say that when she starts to discuss her feelings, the man offers a solution.  To men, offering solutions is a sign of love.  However, what the woman wants is empathy, not a solution.  A woman’s sense of self is defined by feelings, the quality of her relationships and communication.  She receives fulfillment by sharing personal feelings and by showing goodness.  Women are relationship oriented, and talk about their problems to get close, so when a woman starts talking about her feelings or problems to a man, he should not offer solutions, but just listen.
     Men, on the other hand, define their sense of self by their ability to achieve results.  Men are goal oriented.  Women see their correcting as nurturing, while men view correction as a loss of confidence in the man’s ability to do it on his own.  Men resist correction because they need to work things out themselves.  Men are very touchy about this.  To men, asking for advice when you can work it out yourself is a sign of weakness.  For them, thinking the problem through and coming up with a solution is a sign of love.  When a man offers a solution, and the woman gets angry (because she wanted empathy), it is difficult for the man to continue to listen.  His solution has been rejected.  To women, needing help is not a sign of weakness.  Offering help is a sign of love.  But when dealing with men, women need to restrain themselves from offering advice.
      Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus deals with other differences in communication styles, emotional needs and modes of behavior.  It is easy to read and understand because the author offers clear explanations and examples.  One can read the book or listen to it on cassette.  Both are available at the Preston Library.
     Other new books at the library are (for children):  A Book of Chores as Remembered by a Former Kid, by Bob Artley; Home Place, by Anne Shelby; Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech.  For adults:  Forest Gump, by Winston Groon, and The Glory, by Herman Wouk.

July 12, 1995
     “Tough Paradise:  Literature of Idaho” workshop was attended by Cloteele.  Books chosen for the program are:  Lives of the Saints in Southeastern Idaho – Susan Swetnam; Buffalo Coat, Carol Ryrie Brink; Home Below Hell’s Canyon – Grace Jordan;  Passages West, Hugh Nichols; Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams.  Idaho’s Information Highway is under construction.  The Idaho State Library’s 1995 Emerging Technologies Teleconference is July 19.  This will have very good information and help concerning the internet and development of policies.  Gard Hanks, ISL, encourages as many as possible to participate in this.  A grant for on-going Internet support funds of $400 has been applied for.  We are losing momentum on the building project.  Myrna needs a detailed budget and a timeline to send in with the LSCA grant application that is due in December.  Preliminary drawings are due in January and will be submitted to the Department of Education.  Matching funds will need to be on hand by January of 1997 and start construction in May of 1997.  We need our own timeline.  We need to definitely decide what we want and what the cost will be.  The board members have mixed feelings concerning remodel or new.  Motion passed to use Friends money to get drawings of both remodeling and flat new building by an architect as soon as possible.  Sid proposed a timeline for the committees so that project can go forward.  He will prepare a schedule to discuss next meeting.  The city officials need to get involved and support the building project.  The city will probably help with in-kind costs by using men and equipment.  The LSCA advisory council would like to make a site visit on the 19th or 20th. 

The Preston Citizen, August 9, 1995, p. 8
     Preston Carnegie  Library held the closing activity for the summer reading program July 26.  The
children who participated in a “Read Around the World” activity enjoyed stories, games, pizza and root beer.  Certificates were given to those in attendance.  Seventy-eight children signed up for the summer program and a goal to read 500 books was set.  The children exceeded their goal by reading a total of 817 books.  A weekly activity was also sponsored by the Friends of the Library during the month of July.  A country a week was discussed by volunteers who had visited that country. 
     The summer reading program is beneficial in helping children succeed in reading.  The library staff encourages children to continue to use the library during the school year.

August 16, 1995
     Technology conference video gives a good overview of the Internet.  ILA Fall conference will be October 5th at Pocatello.  Sid, Kris and Myrna met with Mr. Linton and went over the contract for architectural work for new library.  The contract was not signed, but Mr. Linton was hired at $75 per hour to draw up plans.  It was suggested by Sid that we meet twice a month and that each committee meet, prepare timetable for actions to be taken, and then meet back with Sid.  Progress will be charted on a board.  Kris handed out a sheet to verify space needs for a new building.  Myrna handed out two worksheets that the grant committee needs input on.

September 18, 1995
     We applied for Library improvement Account funds - $509.  This is a cooperative grant with Soda, Grace and Montpelier and is a reciprocal borrowing agreement.  Educational technology Initiative 4400 for ongoing Internet costs.  Jumpstart Program to encourage children to use the library.  Friends are distributing packets to schools.  New computer is being installed in basement.  Card Catalog, and CDs can be accessed.  Many new books:  American Girl series, R. L. Stein, Big Book packets, and  storytelling materials.  New tape-book sets.  ILA Fall Mini-Conference in Pocatello on October 5.  We plan to close the library and let the staff attend workshops on storytelling, reference service, material mending and repair, copyright law, and working with children.  Karen Reeder has sent a letter of resignation.  She has given her fund-raising records to Cecelie.  Franklin County Library Board will need to appoint a person to take her place.  Myrna asked for names of people to write letters of support that document the need for a building project.  Huntsman Foundation has been contacted concerning funds for library construction.  Friends of the Library will meet to do the “Food for Thought” mailing.  They will do a presentation at the ILA conference on organizing a Friends group.  Joseph Linton went over the cost estimates for library building. [See appendix 1.]   Each board member was asked to give feelings and comments on new construction, new and remodeled construction or new construction on one floor.  After discussion it was decided to allow time for each board member to go over the plan and cost estimates and be prepared to vote on their choice at next meeting.

September 25, 1995
     Board members were asked to discuss plans for remodel of present building and new construction of a one-level building.  Remodeling could keep the personality of the present building.  Emotions of the people of the community will have to be dealt with if building is demolished and a new building constructed.  Where and how would we continue library service during construction?  Two floors would make the circulation desk out of visual contact with the main floor or make it impossible to see people entering the library.  One story building would possibly be safer in event of earthquake, or other disasters requiring evacuation.  Some people of the community feel that the building should be a historical building and made into a museum.  Construction time would possibly be a year to 18 months.  Where would we move the library?  How do the city officials feel  towards the library?  What about the changes in administration of the city?  Mayor has promised parking and work in-kind.   Vote was called for.  Addition:  Phyllis, Kris, Zelma, Sharon and Myrna.  New:  Mike, Beth, Sid and Cloteele

October 18, 1995
     ILA Conference was very helpful for staff.  The Friends group did a very good presentation, and Bonnie Jones’ class on storytelling was great.  Our area was well represented at this conference.  Library legislation Workshop will be held in November in Pocatello.  Pete Black and Jerry Twiggs will be some of the speakers.  The Educational Technology Initiative on the funding for Internet services, and the Library Improvement Account will be discussed.  Frank encouraged trustees and librarians to attend.  These are two important issues for the next legislature and are very important for library funding.  Building committee met with Mr. Linton and discussed where the circulation desk should be placed.  If it is upstairs with the collection the entrance will not be visible.  Patron computer could be by the circulation desk.  The book drop will also be on the ground level.  Mr. Linton presented a bill for $3000 for his service to date.  He plans to also make a model of the new library for his own edification.  He gave suggestions about raising funds for the new library.  LSCA grant should be ready soon.  We have to send a form to the State Historical Preservation Office for comments about remodel to the building.  There will be $150,000 available for this grant.  Mr. Linton commented that federal grants increase costs by 10%. Friends of the Library new president will be Sharon Keller.  The president will change each Jan. 1.  A president-elect will be chosen and will take over as president each year.  This should be written into the by-laws.  We need to thank all that have helped do the ground work with the Friends group.  Sandra Webb did a great job as president.  We will sign thank-you cards in December and present gifts to the officers.  Food for Thought donations have come in fairly well.  5,000 letters went out and they are still being returned.  A field trip will be taken to Huntsville Library and also the Brigham City Library on November 3.  Huntsville Library just opened last week.  It will give us some ideas of what we can plan for new library and also fund-raising ideas.

The Preston Citizen, October 18, 1995, p. 1
by Robert Merrill
     A $1 million expansion/remodeling project that will almost triple the size of the Preston Carnegie Library in downtown Preston has been announced by library officials.  No time frame for beginning or completing the ambitious project has been set, said Sid Titensor, who is chair of the library board.  “We (the library board) have for many months been agonizing over several different options to improve library service to the community,” he said.   
     The state library, an agency that determines whether local facilities are adequate or not, stated months ago circulation and population figures indicate a new or expanded facility is warranted in Preston, Titensor said.  The local board has also been made aware of the need to make the building meet with American Disability Association rules and regulations.  “Recently we have been reviewing three options.  They include moving to a new location, tearing down the old library and building a new facility in the current location, or remodeling and expanding the existing facility,” he said.  “We finally decided on remodeling and expanding.”
     Titensor said the board members have been in contact with county residents who have almost universally indicated they like the location of the library.  “That’s the reason we decided to stay with the current location.  When you think about things, it really is an ideal site.  It is close to area banks, the post office and downtown,” he said.  “We decided to remodel and expand the current library for several reasons.  Probably the main one is people have expressed a lot of sentimental attraction to the old building and we took their wishes into account.  By remodeling, we can avoid demolition costs and the costs and hassles associated with moving into a temporary facility.  And we never really found another more suitable location.”
     Titensor said a lot of people have wondered why we couldn’t move the library elsewhere and turn the old building into a museum.  “It will be a struggle to budget for the needs of an expanded library.  How would we budget to operate a museum?  And if a museum were placed in the old library building, it would still have to be remodeled to meet ADA requirements,” he said.
   The Friends of the Library organization has diligently been working for the past 18 months and has raised about $50,000 for this project.  “The big stopper so far has been funding.  Right now we are on hold until we can obtain additional monies,” he said.  “We are actively pursuing several promising private funding sources.  Committees are also working aggressively on obtaining government grants to help pay for the project.”
     Titensor said a lot of people have put in a tremendous amount of time and effort in a volunteer capacity to get the project to the point it is right now.  “I would like to thank all those who have been associated with our efforts in any way over the past months,” he said.

The Preston Citizen, November 1, 1995, p.6
     In the past many years we have been one of the admirers of the Preston Carnegie Library.  Our admiration goes back to the time of Martha Geddes, who made the local library her whole life.  It was the center of almost everything she did and she took her work home with her.  As a result, the Preston City Library, some 30 years ago, was a credit to the community.
     Then Ellen Greaves was named the chairman of the library board and the Preston Library took a step forward in making additional improvements and by increasing the staff.  Martha had to leave “her” library because of age.  While personnel  has changed over the years, the Preston Library continues to be a very creditable library, much of it due to the effective administration of the present head librarian, Cloteele Dahle, and her staff and a concerned library board.
     A giant step was taken a few years ago when the county library district was formed and the district agreed to work with the Preston library board so that the facility could become available to the entire county on an equitable basis.  Even more than that, the joint effort afforded the library two very conscientious library boards as support for the library itself.  The two boards have been made up of very dedicated and willing workers who have constantly pushed for even better library services in the county.  It has been known for years that the present building is too small to accommodate a growing community and growing usage.  It is also not adequate for many programs that are offered by many libraries and it is definitely not handicapped accessible.
     The combined library boards have been considering an expansion program for several years.  They have been “stewing” over various proposals and suggestions on how they can have a facility of about 10,000 square feet.  The present library has 3,000 plus square feet. 
     We firmly believe that it is time for a new library in Preston.
     The library board has concluded that the best course of action would be to put an addition onto the present building and in effect make the entire facility a “new” library.  We see this as a very viable solution.  However, though the library board has said that they have considered alternatives, we feel that it might not be out of line to suggest that they look once again into building an entirely new building instead of using the old.  The suggested plan for the addition would, we feel, destroy the historical value of the building which is one of the reasons for the addition.  Maybe the solution would be to find another site for the library, such as the city’s parking lot west of city hall, or the old building west of the building that is being remodeled by the county for the county agent’s office.  Maybe there is an existing building that could be used at far less cost.
     As for the old library building, it could be used as a library until the new one is completed, and then there is a group of individuals in the community who would like to see it become a museum.  Some have indicated that they would be willing to put some money into the project.
     Regardless, it wouldn’t need to be an expense for the library as other funds would have to be used and the historical integrity of the old Preston Carnegie Library would be preserved.
     It has been suggested that it would cost between $65 and $100 a square foot to build a new library building.  That would mean for 10,000 square feet at the maximum, a new building would cost $1 million, which is the estimate that is given for the remodeling and adding to the old building.  In addition, of course, there could be land costs.  At this point, we do not infer that the library board’s plan is not a good one, but we are suggesting that maybe there could be another alternative which would provide even greater results and the community would have a new library and a needed museum.

November 13, 1995
     Myrna passed out copies of the LSCA grant application for board comments.  Application is due December 8.  The State Historical Society will be contacted for comments about the building project for the grant application.  A letter showing community interest in the library building project will be written and used when sending requests for funding donations.  Architectural drawing was shown and explained by Mr. Linton.  County board made November payment and asked for final figures for the 1994-95 fiscal year.  City clerk will be contacted for these figures.  Motion passed to send the completed grant application for LSCA funds.


The Preston Citizen, December 27, 1995, p. 8
     What is the link between  place and human psychology and values?  How have people from different cultural backgrounds responded to the challenging physical environment of Idaho?  A new reading and discussion series called “Tough Paradise:  The Literature of Idaho and the Intermountain West,” will answer these questions and more by exploring individuals and communities in the Intermountain West.  
Interested adults and students are invited to participate in the Tough Paradise reading and discussion series which will examine five books, one book per program. 
     The programs will be held at the Preston Carnegie Library beginning on January 10 at 7 p.m. with a discussion on the book Lives of the Saints in Southeast Idaho, by author Susan H. Swetnam, a professor of English at Idaho State University.  The remaining four programs will feature Buffalo Coat, by Carol Rine Brink, on Jan. 24; Home Below Hell’s Canyon, by Grace Jordan, on Feb. 7; Passages West:  Nineteen Stories of Youth and Identity, edited by Hugh Nichols, on Feb. 21; and Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, by Terry Tempest Williams, on March 6.  The library will loan copies of the books to participants to read before each program.    
     At each program an invited speaker, who has studied the book, provides background on the author and insights on the book, relates the reading to the series theme, and raises questions to spark discussion among participants during the second half of the program.  The speakers are professional authors and teachers from area universities. 
     “Idahoans are proud of their values and heritage, and this series gives them an opportunity to reflect on the various events and viewpoints which have shaped our state and region,” Cloteele Dahle, library director said.  They are also interested in the history of the region at a time when it is undergoing many changes.  Newcomers, on the other hand, are curious about Idaho and are eager to learn how others have adapted to this ’Tough Paradise’ in Southeast Idaho.” 
    These programs are part of a multi-faceted program sponsored by the Idaho Humanities council, who recently received an exemplary award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a project highlighting the literature of Idaho and the Intermountain West.  The council convened a committee of humanities experts and librarians to compile a list of twenty-eight books representing various periods in history, cultural groups, values, and locations in the Intermountain region—which will be featured in a five-part reading and discussion series held in 15 public libraries around the state.  Each library has customized its own series by selecting five books from the project’s list of books.  The Idaho State Library will coordinate the distribution of books and the scheduling of speakers for the library programs.



January 10, 1996
     ALA contacted the library concerning grants for fund-raising workshop in Denver.  They will give us $600 towards expenses.  Greg Griffeth will have a local connection for Internet by the end of the month.  Cost will be $50 per month plus $25 set-up fee.  This will be less than connection through WLN.  We have $400 from Ell grant to help pay this.  LTAI  “Tough Paradise” Programs start on Jan. 10.  Carol Mumford was introduced as the new Franklin County Board member to replace Karen Reeder.  Contacts to people are being made.  Should have more information by the end of the month.  Mr. Linton presented plans and will be starting a model of the building.  He has been paid $5000 from the Friends of the Library account.  Sharon Keller will take over as president of the Friends group.  Kristy Westover will be the new secretary for the group.  Carolyn Rounds will stay as treasurer.   ILA registration forms were filled out for membership renewal.  Cloteele and Cecelie will attend workshop at Denver.  An informative social will be planned for the mayor and city council.

The Preston Citizen, February 7, 1996, p. 5
     This is to the committee board of the Preston Carnegie Library.  In your quest for a new library we understand you are entertaining adding to the present building.  We think this is a mistake.  Please leave the old historical building intact.  Build a new building where there is room for parking and a book drop.  Because of the historical recognition we have been getting, and will yet get, it would be well for the area to leave the old building intact to be used for a museum and resting place for all historical documents, diaries, ledgers, papers, etc. from the area.  It would be a big plus for the city and county.  Please leave it alone.                          L. Clair and Allie Hansen

The Preston Citizen, February 14, 1996, p. 4
     In a series of meetings held in December, we learned of five different proposals the National Park Service (NPS) has for the preservation of the Bear River Massacre site.  Included are various degrees of participation by the NPS and the local and state governments estimated to cost from $13 to $14.9 million plus land acquisition and management costs, and leave it as it is.  At this time there has been $150,000 spent by NPS to study the feasibility, plus many additional dollars and hours contributed by the Bear River-Battle Creek Monument Association and others, to memorialize the battle that took place 29 Jan. 1863 between soldiers and Shoshone Indians.  The work they have done to bring about the awareness of the site and their intentions to have this become an important historical site are highly commendable.
     However, I feel they did not realize the impact this could have on the landowners of the area now designated as a National Historic Landmark.  The 28 landowners fear that even though the NPS promises to pay the “fair value” to those who desire to sell their land for the project, the restrictions placed on the area could greatly reduce the market value of the land and their freedom to utilize it.  This was reported to have happened in other areas.
     Another thing to consider is the instability of the area.  A large slide in 1911 covered the original Shoshone camp site and the human remains that were left there from the battle and altered the course of Battle Creek.  In recent years, slides northwest of Highway 91 and also on the southeast side have caused considerable damage and near disaster (another unstable area could slip at any time), making the proposed plan to build overlooks on either side of the valley, or develop walkways and trails in the area below, seem unwise.  It was also because of this unstable condition that Idaho Highway Department recently rerouted Highway 91.
     It does not seem practical for NPS or local and state government to take on more expenses when they are now without sufficient funds to properly care for the parks they have. 
     Franklin County has a great need for larger, more accessible library facilities.  Also, the people do not want to give up the Carnegie Library building.  Wouldn’t it be wiser to spend money on a new library or addition and use a section of the present building as a historical museum where the story of Bear River Massacre could be presented, preserving memories of the Shoshones and the early settlers?  This could be a repository for the historical records of the area, biographies, diaries, photos, artifacts, etc. from the beginnings of Franklin County, the “Franklin County Historical Society.”
      The National Park Service wants your input.  The deadline for receiving input is Feb. 25, 1996.  This is the time to write NPS and your Congressmen and let them know your feelings.
National Park Service, Catherine H. Spude, PhD

 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, P.O. Box 25287
 Denver, Colorado, 80225-0287

February 26, 1996
     Grant money  of $1977 from the Library Improvement Account has been received and will be used for the Infotrac Periodical Data CD, phone books on CD, and other reference materials.  Report from  Sid about funding request.  Requests are being pursued that could open other doors to funding.  We are waiting for information from ISL.  Friends received a donation from the estate of Robert Bright for $25,000 and are waiting for the final paper work to be done.  The group now has non-profit status.  Work done on this by Thayne Winward and Steve Fuller were donated as in-kind service to the Friends.  Cecelie and Cloteele received information to help in drafting a capital funds campaign.  Cecelie said that 40% of funds should be in-hand before starting a capital campaign.  Fund raising committee should be a large committee of about 40 people.   Cloteele will check on policies concerning Internet access for the public and draft a written policy for public use.  Community talk about making a museum in the current library building will not be an issue at this time.  We will try to have a section in the new library to display local history and local art.  Suggestions are to call the library the “Library and Cultural Center,” or Library and Community Center.” 

The Preston Citizen, March 13, 1996, p. 1
By Robert Merrill 
      Approval was given Mondav  trom the Preston City Council for the community’s library board to proceed with a grant application to the state library board for funds to remodel and expand the current library.  Mike Krantz, a board member, told the council state officials are waiting for an endorsement by Preston City before proceeding with the grant application.
     “We can’t even move ahead with our grant application for $150,000 until we get the blessings from the city for the project.  The state wants to know if the city will be willing to provide $25,000 of in-kind services towards the project,” he said.  “We know the city hasn’t budgeted this kind of money.  But city crews could help with some demolition and landscaping work.  Fees for water and sewer connections could be waived.  All this could be counted towards the $25,000.”  Krantz said state library board officials also want assurances from the city that adequate funding will be made available to maintain  the new building when it is completed. 
     The council unanimously gave its approval to the project.  Councilman Cedar Hodges said the city will be willing to help with in-kind services and will budget additional monies for maintenance of the building when it is completed.   Krantz said if the local library is successful in obtaining the grant, it has 18 months to begin the project.  “I think it will take at least that long to complete other fund-raising activities to help us with the estimated $1.2 million cost of the facility, which will double the size of the existing library,” he said.

March 27, 1996
    Local Internet connection is working.  Cost is $550 per year for 100 hours per month.  National Library Week is April 14-20.  “Log-on at the Library Day” will be on Tuesday, April 16.  We will give Internet demonstrations.  Report from Sid about funding requests.  Paperwork is done and contacts are being made.  Mr. Linton will have the model completed in about 10 days. Mike reported that the grant has been submitted and we are just waiting to hear from the state library.  There are only two libraries applying for funds from this grant.  If we receive this grant, matching funds would need to be available.  Cecelie said we need more people to help with the funding drive.  She has written a letter to Richard Westerberg concerning a donation from Utah Power.  Internet access for the public was discussed.  Policy needs to be written.  The board gave approval to let patrons use the internet.  Policies and rules may develop and change as we find out what we need to do.  Cecelie will write a sample policy and rules.  An “unveiling” luncheon was planned at the Main Street Grill for April 26.  Board members were asked to make a list of influential citizens that should be invited.  Leave the list at the library by Friday.

April 10, 1996
     Myrna reported that pictures of the library to send to the State Historical Society are being taken.  She has two new students in the literacy program, and has met with the Logan Library Literacy program directors to get ideas.  Sid reported that arrangements have been made for the luncheon planned for April 28 at Main Street Grill.  Invitations will be sent and board members will be asked to follow-up with a phone call.  This is an informational meeting and the model of the new library will be shown.  Concerns about county funding for the new library were expressed.  Elliott Larsen, County Clerk, will be contacted and asked to talk to us at the May board meeting.  Written policy and rules for Internet use was accepted by the board as pilot policy.

The Preston Citizen, April 17, 1996, p. 1
     The Preston Carnegie Library will take you for a cruise on the information superhighway as part of the “Log on @ the Library” promotion scheduled with National Library Week which runs April 14-20.  “Log On” is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) as a way of showing the wide range of information available online via the vast global network of computer databases known as the Information Superhighway.  Free demonstrations will be offered at regular library hours during this week.  Come see what all the talk is about.
     You tour will take you on a visit to the White House, show you other sites and show you how to find other useful information at the

touch of a keyboard.  

     According to the American Library Association, most major libraries offer public access to the Information Highway.  Nationally, about

one in five public libraries are online with the number growing daily in Idaho.  54 percent of the public libraries have Internet access.
    "Libraries are the public’s on-ramp to the Information Superhighway,” explains Cloteele Dahle, library director, “and librarians are

the navigators.  Our goal is to make sure that every American has access to this new technology at school, public, college, and university

     Dahle noted that libraries have been providing books and other resources that help people lead better lives for more than a century. 

“Today, new technology makes it possible to provide up-to-the minute information online for health, travel, finance, business and other

     Preston Library has adopted an Internet use policy for those patrons that want to use it.  Patrons must have a current library card,

free from overdue books and fines, and sign an “Internet use agreement” before they can use the Internet.  A parent or guardian

signature is required for youth under 18 years of age.  Parents must come in with youth and sign the agreement before Internet use

will be allowed.  Sessions will be limited to 30 minutes.
     For more information about the Internet, stop by the library for a demonstration and a copy of the Internet Policy, or call the library

at 852-0175.

May 8, 1996
     Library will be closed May 27 to June 3 for inventory and cleaning.  Summer Reading Program is being organized.  Elliott Larsen, Franklin County Clerk, reported on county library funding.  The board felt that the luncheon and meeting to show the model for the new library went very well and was a success.  It let the community know that the library board has considered all possibilities available in making the final decision to remodel and build onto the present building.  Major donor possibilities will be contacted.  Plans for showing and displaying the model for the new library to the public will be made.

June 12, 1996
     $25,000 bequest from Robert Bright estate was received.  Library was closed May 27 to June 3 for inventory and cleaning.  Roof has been repaired for $1920.  Flagpole was removed from the roof.  Termites exterminated for $1440.  Air conditioner was repaired for $1025.  Lightening damaged the computers.  Repairs were $1098, covered by insurance on the building.  The budget is broke!  Cloteele will watch very closely and will not order books or supplies until the end of August.  Inventory figures will be finalized when completed.  Summer Reading Program will start June 19.  Community Foundation Grant for colored printer was not awarded.  Grant for Humanities program similar to Let’s Talk About It has been applied for.  Cloteele will attend a workshop at USU on MARC cataloguing.  Major donor involvement and personal contacts will be made.  Zelma and Beth will check on publishing notice and where to hold the county override.  Cecelie has a form ready to send out to major companies.  Sid reported the Friends are still waiting to hear about the tax exempt status.  Sid will meet with the Kiwanis Club to show the library model.  Cloteele and Sid will work on the budget and present it to the library board and the city council.  They will meet with Mayor Heusser and discuss the budget before it is finalized.


The Preston Citizen, June 12, 1996, p. 8
     The Preston Ladies Literary Club donated $100 to the Preston Carnegie Library the first of June.  Each year this club makes a donation to the library for the purchase of new books.  The Preston Ladies Literary club is an organization that meets twice monthly to review and discuss books.

August 14, 1996, p. 3
     A  co-ed  softball  tournament will begin this Thursday and run through Saturday in conjunction with the fair.  The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library in an effort to raise funds for the addition to the library.  Games will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, August 16 and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.  Any interested should call Shelly Olson.  

The Preston Citizen, August 14, 1996, p. 1
 By Necia Seamons and Jean Carter
     The school district now has in their hands a check for $366,000 and some odd cents from a man whose school-mates used to call him

“Not So Bright.”  Today he is known as one of the greatest benefactors of his home town ever.  Robert Bright’s gifts to local organizations

and people totals $1,077,000. …  $25,000 was donated to the library.  Cloteele Dahle of the Preston Carnegie Library said they are delighted

and about the new donation.  The money will go to the new addition.

August 15, 1996
     Summer reading program was very successful.  60-70 children participated in the activities each Wednesday.  It was one of the best we have had for several years.  Thanks to Connie Moser.  “American Diversity, American Identity” reading and discussion program was funded by ISL.  It will begin Oct. 12, with a presentation by Dr. Carrol Peterson,, Professor of English at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, in which he portrays Wait Whitman.  We will be doing publicity as soon as ISL sends more information.  Cloteele met with librarians from Soda Springs, Bear Lake, and North Bingham County libraries to discuss cooperative grant proposals.  Friends would like a “traveling” display case for the library model so it can be moved from place to place.  Sid will check on this.  Pepperidge Farm donated $350 to Friends.  Mike reported that we were turned down by a plan submitted to major donors and a proposal for naming the library.  Board feels that we should move on large donors.  County override for fiscal years ’97-98 was passed on August 6.  Budget hearing will be held on August 30.  Assignments for contacting major donors were made to each board member.  Suggestions on how to approach people were discussed.

September 12, 1996
     Cloteele will attend ILA convention in Nampa on October 2-5.  Travel and room expense will be shared with Bear Lake, Grace, and Malad librarians.  A meeting with librarians from Bear Lake, Malad, American Falls, North Bingham, Blackfoot, Soda springs, and Frank Nelson from ISL will be held at soda springs Library to finalize the cooperative network grant application intent form.  (LSCA)  Grant application for US West revenue sharing funds for internet upgrade project (computer equipment) totaling $4229.34 has been sent.  Grant application for LIA (Library Improvement Account) funds totaling $904 to be used for audio tapes has been sent.  Staff from the ISL Talking book Library met with library staff and patrons using the service.  Tax exempt status approved for Friends of the Library.  Tax exempt number is 82-0472566.  Major donor contacts that were made were reported by board members. 

October 16, 1996
     Cloteele attended ILA Convention in Nampa on October 2-5.  Pre-conference workshop on Internet was very informative.  Other workshops on new books, promoting the library and storytelling were attended.  Very good conference.  Grant for ILA funds totaling $980 to be used for audio tapes has been approved.  Money will be spent on audio books.  Homepage workshop will be held on October 17, and a marketing workshop will be held on October  18.  A letter to Kathryn Albertson Foundation has been sent to Mayor Heusser asking for a letter of support from the city to attach to the grant.  Ron Keller has been doing a calf project for the Friends.  He has had donations of 30 calves.  They will be taken to the auction.  A new revised tax ad will be made.  It could be published in the newspaper.  It shows how contributions to the library help you save on your taxes.  Cecelie has sent out 60 letters to foundations, etc. and is waiting for replies.  Kris will check on the wording in the earnest money agreement with the LDS Church.  We might want to pay for it out of this budget year.

November 13, 1996
     Our homepage can now be accessed through Internet on SPiDAweb.  It is under construction and needs to be completed.  Please give ideas and suggestions for what you want to link to and what information you would like on it. Teleconference on marketing your library is available on a video tape.  We can purchase the property and if it is not used for the building, the church will buy it back for what we paid.  It might take a long time to work with some of the contacts for donations to the library.  How long can we wait?  Should we try to build in phases?  Do we have enough money to start doing something?  What about bonding?  These questions were discussed.  Sid will check with Mr. Linton to get suggestions about what we could do if we work in phases.  Cecelie suggested we extend in the front.  We will check with the city to see if we can purchase the property and pay Mr. Linton from funds set aside for the building project.  The long-range plan is necessary to meet minimum requirements for grant applications.  Myrna will meet with Cloteele and go over the plan.  Board members will be given a copy for approval at the January meeting.

December 11, 1996
     Ezra Jack Keats Grant for $500 was received.  We will work with the Friends to plan a puppet program for children.  We hope to schedule Mark Pullam from the Orem City Library for Library Week in April.
 U. S. West Grant money of $4229 has been approved.  It will be used to purchase a new updated computer station and will pay Internet costs for one year.  The book “Woman Hollering Creek” will be discussed by Dan Hunt from ISU on December 12.  This is part of the American Diversity program.  Long Range Plan can be picked up at the library for review and approval at board meeting.  Annual statistical report will be completed and sent to ISL by Dec. 13.  Circulation is up 6300 from last year, about a 10% increase.  Sid presented information he received from county clerk concerning bonding.  Taxing amount for 1995 was 276 million dollars and will be up next year.  We would need .00145622 to pay back 1 million dollars in 5 years at 10%.  Questions asked by board members were:  Can the city run a bond?  Can we tax to the maximum?  Will the city give support?  What is the sequence?  Can we bond without forming a district?  Would we form a new district?  How to dissolve present Franklin County District and what to do with money?  Frank Nelson will meet with us to discuss bonding and forming a library district at our January board meeting.  Review of Mr. Linton’s stage construction drawings showed that nothing could be done that would help reach the goals set for remodeling and building on.  Money would not be used efficiently.  Library will be closed from December 24 to January 2.  Eastern Idaho Books on Tape Circuit met and drafted a Letter of Understanding concerning the circuit.  The agreement must be approved by every library board of the participating libraries.  Motion passed to participate with the circuit.


January 8, 1997
     Sid reported that the Sprouse Reitz store is for sale again.  People have asked why we don’t use it for a library.  The board felt we had already made the decision that the building would not be suitable for library services.  Frank Nelson answered questions about bonding and/or forming a county-wide library district.  It is not necessary to form a district in order to hold a bond election.  Plant facilities levy can be used but has not been tried by a library.  Plant facilities levy would be for 15 years.  Bond would be for 30 years.  A city election would need to be held in order to consolidate with the present county district.  Decision to form a district would be made by the city council.  The present library building would be negotiable.  City council might not favor giving up the library.  Simple majority of those who vote would be needed.  If the present method of the county contracting with the city is working well it may not be beneficial to form one county-wide district.  Benefits of district are:  District library board controls library service.  Would not have to deal with any other entities.  Not subject to whims of political change.  Not as many involved in governing the library.  Funding may be more stable.  Frank suggested we apply for an LSCA planning grant to help us do surveys and study districting and bonding.  The grant would cover 90% of costs involved.  Library would match 10%.  Frank also said that LSCA Title II funds will be available for construction.  He said we are the only library at present with an approved written building plan on file.  The deadline for applications will be around the middle of June.  The Friends have $115,000 in the building fund.  With the Robert Bright donation we have about $140,000 towards the construction project.  Motion passed to accept the Long Range Plan for 1997-2002 as written. 

The Preston Citizen, February 5, 1997, p. 3
     The Friends of the Library have organized a “huge” fund-raiser for the Preston Carnegie library to be held in conjunction with Idaho Days in Franklin and the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Pioneers in June, said Cecelie Costley.
     “The plans are still in the early stages, but we would like to give everyone plenty of notice,” she said.  Events in the planning include a craft fair, an auction, a fun run, a western swing contest with a square dance and, in honor of the pioneers, a “family” handcart race.  The handcart race will include a variety of skills such as gathering and chopping wood, target-shooting, harnessing a horse, Dutch oven meal preparation, etc., she said.  Prize money for some of these events has been donated and more information will be available at future dates.
     At present, the committee is looking for more donors, ideas, volunteers and participants.  Information can be received by calling Costley at 852-3516.       

February 12, 1997
     Termites are back.  The exterminator will be here on February 15 to try and take care of them.  He will have to drill the east wall going down the steps and also the stairs.  It will not be very pretty.  He said they are probably concentrated under the back steps.  He also feels that unless the moisture problems on the walls and floor are taken care of as soon as possible, the termite problem might continue.  He is surprised that the books in the basement have not had mildew.  Mildew and water damage have been a concern for a long time.  The paint/plaster on all of the basement walls is falling off.  If this building is going to be restored we need to take care of this moisture problem as soon as possible.  The library will be closed Feb. 15 for extermination and Feb. 17 for President’s Day.  LSCA Title II grant application will be sent to libraries around the end of February.  The trustee teleconference will be held on February 22.  We were able to purchase used shelving from USU.  It is being stored for use in new building.  The board felt not enough benefits to try forming a county-wide library district unless it would help us get funds for building.  If we were to go district, we would be responsible for keeping all financial records including payroll, bills, insurance, etc.  It would take a lot of work to form a district.  It would need the support of the city council.  We will look at bonding and find out what is available and what we need to do.  Sid will call Frank and check on plant facilities levies.  We will try to get a bid for putting drain and sealer around the foundation to help stop moisture problems.  Grants are being looked into.  Idaho Community Foundation is seeking applications for grants.  Laura Cunningham Foundation has been contacted about a grant.  New president of Friends is Myrna Moyle.  Carolyn Rounds will stay as secretary-treasurer.  A book of appreciation will be presented to Sharon Keller.

March 5, 1997
     LSCA Title II grant money for construction will be available (a total of $271,949).  There are six other libraries considering applying for these funds.  Deadline for building program statement is April 11.  LTAI will be applied for again.  We need to advertise more and try to have it better attended than in the past.  A grant writing workshop presented by the Idaho State Library will be held in Pocatello March 19.  An Internet class will be offered in the community from March 10-17.  It would be good if the entire library staff could attend this.  Could we close early these two days and pay $20 each for staff to attend?  Think about providing dial-in service for patrons.  Mike Kunz said that we have the equipment to provide this, we would just need some software programs.  American Falls did this as a grant a few years ago.  We could visit with them and see how it has been working and what software they used.  We would probably need another phone line installed with additional costs of $33 per month.  Patrons would have access to our material catalogue, and possible reference programs on CD.  Might be a good project for the Idaho Community Grant.  National Library Week is April 14-19.  Mark Pulham, the presenter is out of town during this week so we can’t have the puppet program.  He is scheduled for July 30, our closing program for summer reading.  Friends are planning to hold an “American Girls” program on April 19.  ILA Spring Conference will be April 17 in Pocatello.  Sherry Cromwell from Friends presented information she gathered by calling people to respond to a questionnaire.  Conclusions of the survey show that many people do not know we are considering construction of a $1,000,000 building.  They do not feel the money can be raised through donations.  Board members reconsidered remodel or new building.  The majority felt that a new building would be more efficient.  Kris suggested we consider doing the contracting ourselves as the school board has on the new school building.  She also suggested, if the property is available, building where the Jefferson School is.  The school might consider contracting library service from us.  We will get some opinions and suggestions from the school board, and others who have constructed buildings in town.  Sid reported the schools can do plant facilities, cities do bonds.  A county-wide library district should be formed if we plan to bond, otherwise only the city residents would be included in the bond.  A vote of board members for and against districting and bonding.  In favor:  Sid.  Not in favor:  Phyllis, Kristen, Myrna, Beth, Carol, Sharon and Cecelie.  We would like to use some of the shelving now if we can arrange things.


March 26, 1997
     The library will be closed so staff can attend ILA Spring Conference on April 17.  Gary McKenzie addressed the model that was done.  Flat roofs in this area will cause problems.  Costs of elevator will be more than expected because of back-up power and other hidden required costs.  He felt that a basic building, no frills, quality workmanship and materials could be built for around $65 per square foot.  Jim Read said the board could put out specifications and bid announcement for a building to be used for a library.  Interested contractors could provide a bid including lot, design, a plan according to specifications, and submit it to the library board.  The library board could make a decision on location, building design, etc. contract could be made that library board will purchase the building after it is complete.  This would save considerable costs; items to consider would be price, quality, location, parking and safety.  Board members were concerned about the legality of doing this and if the City council would give support.  Also questioned if this would limit the grants available.  Sid will contact the city attorney.  Myrna will check with Marge Hooper at ISL about grant compliance.  Kris reported the school board didn’t seem to be in favor of contracting with public library.  They will talk about it again.  Sid will be moving from the city in August.  He will be glad to continue as chairman until that time, or will work alongside the new appointed chairman.  Mike Krantz said he is resigning. 

The Preston Citizen, April 9, 1997, p. 8
     The Friends of the Library is sponsoring its first annual American Girls Mother-Daughter Tea, Saturday, April 19, from 1-3 p.m. in the Preston Carnegie Library.  County mothers are invited to attend the event with their daughters.  Registration is being conducted through the elementary schools and should be completed by April 15.  Carma Geddes, whose ancestors came from Sweden, will tell about immigrating from that country through the Kirsten Larson doll.  Crafts will be made and refreshments served.  Those interested in dressing the part, in 1850s clothing, are encouraged to do so.

April 16, 1997
     We need to start considering next year’s budget.  Attorney General’s office will be giving a response to the questions about having a building built by a private contractor who would provide the property, plans and specifications, and building a building to be purchased for a library upon completion.  City council could not commit to giving a dollar amount to the library for the next three years.  Council may be changing in November.  Present council and mayor are very supportive of the library.  City attorney, Clyde Nelson, said it would not be legal for the library board to agree to have a private contractor build a building and purchase it for library when built.  A major donor could build a building and donate it to the library.  Board members were all in favor of applying for the LSCA grant funds.  Preliminary application is due at ISL June 13.  Information meeting on the title II funds will be May 7 in Pocatello.  A grant writing workshop by the Grantsmanship Center will be held in Boise May 19-23.  Cost of $595 plus travel and room expenses.  Board asked Cloteele to check with the city clerk and mayor to make sure funds are available for her to attend.  Cloteele will also check to see if ADA money can be spent to make access to the card catalogue available over the telephone.  Sid presented information about the library to the Rotary Club.

The Preston Citizen, April 16, 1997, p. 9
     This year’s National Library Week, April 13-19, 1997, celebrates the wonderful world of fun and learning with the theme “Kids Connect at the Library.”  The goal is to encourage parents, grandparents and other caregivers to bring children to libraries early and often to help them connect to books, computers, and other resources that will help them to learn and grow throughout their lives.  “Reading is still the most basic skill in an information society,” said Cloteele Dahle, director of the Preston Carnegie Library.  “But it’s no longer enough.  Kids today must learn how to navigate the information superhighway.”
     The  American Library Association has set a goal of having every public school and college library online by the year 2000.  Preston Carnegie Library is one of the libraries already online.  Internet is available for public use and many CD-Rom reference programs are available.  A home page is under construction.  Dahle noted that families with incomes of $50,000 a year are five times more likely to have computers than other families.  “As librarians, we’re concerned that all children and adults have access to this important new technology.  A library card gives every child the key to success.” 
     During  National Library Week, the library will offer activities to highlight the various services it offers children.  Handouts to give parents information about helping children connect will be available at the library.  A preschool story time is held every Thursday at 11:00 a.m.  This week a story time for older children will also be held after school at 3:30 p.m.  “Our storyteller, Connie Moser has prepared special stories and activities.  Don’t miss out on this fun activity.”
       The Friends of the Library have planned a very special program.  The First Annual American Girls Mother-Daughter Tea will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.   Pre-registration is requested.  Please contact the library today to register for this.  Participants will learn about Kirsten Larson, and her adventures as she immigrates from Sweden, make a craft, and be served refreshments.  Participants may come dressed in 1850s clothing if desired.
     Dahle noted that as always there is no charge for the programs.  “Libraries are a great democratic institution – and a great bargain,” Dahle explained.  “They are paid for with less than one percent of our tax dollars and used by more than two-thirds of the population.”

May 14, 1997
     We will close May 25-June 2 for inventory and moving shelves, etc.  Mayor gave okay for Cloteele to attend grantsmanship training in Boise.  Mother-Daughter American girl Tea was sponsored by Friends and was a big success.  Attendance was 185.  Peggy Christensen was the Friends volunteer in charge.  Attorney general’s opinion and letter from Marge Hooper, ISL stated that there are a number of possibilities open for libraries to pursue in a building project:  Private developer, wit purchase by library; exchange of property for building; off=site construction, etc.  It goes back to the City Council and the decision is if the City can construct a building this way.  There was also a question if LSCA funds would be granted for this type of project.  The attorney general’s opinion was not relative to our project in question.  LSCA preliminary grant is due at the state library by June 13.  ISL grant representatives Marge Hooper and Dick Juengling went over grant requirements and record-keeping requirements.  Steel Reese Foundation in Connecticut contacted Cecelie about proposal for funding.  Information was faxed to them.  First Security Bank was approached for a donation.  Local possibilities for funding will be contacted.  Board feels that we could meet the requirements for LSCA grant match by the grant’ proposed timeline.  Sid will contact Kathleen Lewis of SEICOG about block grants.  Block grants can be used to match LSCA funds  Friends had a handcart race, western swing, and Dutch oven dinner for Idaho Days.  Shelly Olsen is helping organize this   Albertson’s will donate food for the Dutch oven dinner.  Flyers need to be made and publicity carried out.  Kris, Beth and Phyllis will meet and make a rough draft floor plan for the library.  Zelma will work on flyers for Idaho Days.  Presentation video will be done by Cecelie and Myrna.

May 28, 1997
     Grantsmanship training was well worth the money spent.  Sources to apply for funding were found, proposal was evaluated, and future grant proposals can be sent to trainer for review.  Sid introduced Walt Ross as a new board member.  Kathlene Lewis from SICOG called and said she could not be here to discuss block grants.  She sent a letter concerning the application fo block grants and suggested steps to take.  Block grants are the only grants that can e used to match LSCA funds.  Myrna and Cloteele will work on the LSCA grant.  Kris presented a sketch of a floor plan the building committee had worked on.  Walt feels that we should try for federal money.  If people see we are making progress they will be more likely to donate.  Friends will sponsor a Dutch-oven dinner in conjunction with Franklin Idaho Days.  They will check with Albertsons to see if they will donate food.  Myrna and Cecelie will work on a video presentation to be presented to a major donor prospect.  Walt will make an appointment to do the presentation.  Kris, Beth, and Phyllis will work on the floor plan.  Dave Meek will ask city council for more funds to help with building project.  The lease on property expires at the end of this year.  Maybe we could purchase it.

June 18, 1997
     LSCA preliminary grant application has been sent to ISL.  Video presentation is almost ready.  Board members previewed part of it.  Walt reported that a prospective major donor should be contacted in the near future.  He suggests we proceed with a meeting and video presentation.  Walt will make an appointment to meet with him.  Funds available for building are as follows:  Bright Estate money, $25,000; Woodward Family, $39,000; Jane and Rex Pitcher, $25,000; Friends of Library, $61,000; LSCA Grant, $272,000; Block Grant, $500,000.  Sid talked to the mayor about money from the city to support building project.  Mayor said reserve funds could be used but would be difficult to get approval.  City must show monetary support in order for any grants to fund us.  Sid will find out when city council is having the budget meeting and try to meet with them.  Property the library is on now and with land purchased from church will not be large enough for a one level 10,000 square foot library.  Jefferson school and property could legally be given to the city for a new library.  County and city could provide machines and labor as an in-kind service to demolish the building.  This could be counted as part of our matching funds.  Sid and Kris will meet tonight with the school board to find out the facts about doing this.  Beth will contact Brad Smith to ask what the county could do to help us.  It is possible the Carnegie Library could be sold.  Cecelie and Walt have prepared a brochure for presentation to major funding sources.  Board reviewed the brochure, corrections were made and Walt will prepare the brochure.  Budget for the next fiscal year needs to be sent to the City.  Cloteele will prepare the figures and take to Sid.  It will be ready for board at next meeting.

The Preston Citizen, June 25, 1997, p. 9
By Tom Busselburg
     Franklin County youngsters are invited to keep reading through the summer by joining the “Timeless Treks A Train Trip Through Time.”  Kids of all ages can catch this train starting July 2 at 3 p.m. at Benson Park adjacent to the Preston Carnegie Library.  The reading train will begin with a “Hobo’s Holiday” that day and continue each Wednesday through July says Connie Moser, program coordinator.
     On the first day, youngsters will register, receive program materials, including an all-important train ticket, hear stories, play games, and enjoy a “railroad sandwich.”  At that time, the group-oriented program will set a goal for the summer of books all combined hope to read.  Last year, the goal of 700 was nearly doubled as approximately 1,200 books were read, Moser says. 
     On July 9, “Dinosaur Land” is the reading train’s destination with fossil fun, stories, craft, and dino-donuts the featured fare.  July 16 offers “Treasure Island” expeditions, and kids should come dressed like a pirate.  Stories, an activity and “pirates potluck” are planned.  On July 23, visit “Frontier Land” with stories and activities, face painting, and “cowboy trail mix” and, of course, come dressed like a cowboy or Indian.  The final session on July 30 offers a visit to “Puppet Town” and will feature a guest puppeteer.  “Graduation” certificates will be distributed and tasty treats offered.
     Those attending range from mothers bringing their pre-schoolers to teenagers with their small siblings.  Moser said in the three to four years since she has been involved with the program, participation has skyrocketed from approximately 20 to nearly 75 last year.  She conducts story time throughout the year and has a degree in elementary education.
     In the program, kids receive paper train cars each week on which they can record books read that week.  Participants can choose any books they wish to read, Moser explained.  “Like a ticket, kids bring it back, and we given them a different treat.  Last year we built a giant sub-sandwich of paper and had a treat of a giant sandwich at the end,” she said.   
     She receives help from volunteers reading stories.  The state library helps with materials used but Moser and staff do all of the actual work to create the little individual trains and other activities. The Friends of the Library will also be lending a helping hand.     
     Kids can register the first day or visit the library in the days before to sign up.  For more information or to volunteer, call the library at 852-0175 or Moser at 852-2723.
     The pre-school story hour, meanwhile, will continue through the summer at 11 a.m. each Wednesday.  “I enjoy doing that,” she says.  “it’s rewarding because kids so often don’t get read to enough.”
     And although all youngsters are invited to the Preston program, those in West Side are invited to a story time by Bonnie Jones offered in the Harold B. Lee Elementary School library Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through July 15.


The Preston Citizen, July 23 and July 30, 1997, p. 6
    Bring a blanket to the Benson Park on July 30 and enjoy an afternoon with Mark Pulham.  Pulham, of Lindon, is a puppet specialist and will be appearing as a guest presenter for the closing activity of the Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Program.  He is experienced in presenting puppet shows to children and is successful in involving children and parents in early childhood learning.  His activities will center around well-known author of children’s books, Ezra Jack Keats. 
     Children who have participated in the Summer Reading Program will also receive their certificates and a special ribbon for the Read and Win Program.  Over 100 children registered for the reading program this year.
      Pullham will be appearing on Wednesday, July 30, at 3 p.m.at Benson Park.  His activities will center around “Regards to the Man on the Moon,” one of Keats’ books.  The program was made available by a grant from the Ezra Jack Keates Foundation.

The Preston Citizen, August 6, 1997, p. 9
      The Friends of the Library will be selling books at the Franklin County Fair.   Profits from the sale will go towards the Preston Carnegie Library.

August 13, 1997
     Idaho Community Foundation did not approve grant for CD Rom tower and computer.  We do not know what they approved.  Other libraries in our district also were not funded.  Summer Reading Program was a big success thanks to Connie Moser.  Over 100 children participated Mark Pullham, puppeteer did a great presentation featuring Jack Keats books as the final summer activity.  Ezra Jack Keats Foundation grant was used to help fund this.  Area librarians participating in a networking grant visited libraries in Northern Idaho.  Many ideas for library buildings, networking, and library services were gathered.  Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, public libraries and public schools are eligible for discount rates for telecommunication services if application is made and guidelines followed.  ISL will have a workshop in Idaho Falls Aug. 18.  A technology plan will need to be developed.  We will need to work with the schools also.  Friends used book sales totaled $276.  They will have a Scholastic Book Fair at the county fair next week.  Cooperative network planning grant will be discussed Aug. 7 at Bear Lake County Library. Acceptance of Jefferson School Property and county and city participation.  Bid from Shawn Coats for demolition.  Basic floor plan for use on Jefferson property. 

September 3, 1997
     We were approved by the LSCA Advisory Council to submit a complete application for funds.  Our application was rated 16, Moscow/Latah was 14, Bear Lake and Garden City was 32.  Lowest score is rated highest.  Planning for final LSCA grant application is due Dec. 5, 1997.  Walt and Sid met with Mr. Elwell about donating for library construction.  He said the presentation and video were well done, but the library was not one of his priorities.  He did agree to give $5,000.  Sid will write him a letter.  An estimate for demolition of Jefferson School was $58,400 with one year allowed to complete.  Foundation removal is hardest and costs the most.  We may need to have an inspection for asbestos.  School officials said it has been taken care of.  We will check with the city council and county commissioners to see if they are interested in donating in-kind labor or cash to help with this project.  Also need to get approval from the city council to accept property from school.  We need to formally accept it so it will not be offered to others.  Would the school help with the black-top if they share parking?  Steel-Reese Foundation contacted us and are interested in projects to restore old buldings in Idaho and Montana.  They are not interested in new building projects.  They asked us to contact them if grants are not funded.    Discussion of building plan/layout for Jefferson property.  Architect will need to be hired and plans prepared and accepted to send with grant application.  Architect can help with budget part of grant.  Architect services could be put out for bid.  Option on LDS Church property lasts until the end of this year.  Motion passed to accept the school property, remove the building, construct a library, and share the parking lot with the condition that we can get funding to build library.  

October 8, 1997
     LSTA grants applied for as cooperative grants with other libraries of the area are for Bifocal Kits which contain slides, videos, books, information of interest to senior citizens, nursing homes, and other groups.  This would be a rotating collection.  Storytime packets which will contain everything needed to present story hours, based on themes rotating collection.  A young adult reluctant reader promotional program and collection, which may contain materials for career planning.  Intents to apply have been sent.  Planning for final LSCA grant application. We need to show that we will have the matching funds.  Friends, $69,000; Woodwards, $39,000; Bright, $25,000; Pitchers, $25,000; Robinsons, $45,000 (in $15,000 yearly installments); City $40,000; Sale of Property $6,000; Sid, Walt, Bud, $15,000; County, $35,000 in-kind; City, $10,000, in-kind; Block grant , $500,000; LSCA grant, $272,000; Parking lot $20,000, school.  Sid, Myrna and Walt met with Idaho State Librarian Dr. Charles Bolles.  They felt very good about the meeting and the positive comments made by Dr Bolles concerning our library.  He said the decision on awarding the LSCA Grant funds would be made very carefully.  He indicated that community support and available funds will increase the strength of the grant.  Acceptance and demolition costs of Jefferson School were discussed.  Sid toured the building.  11,000 square feet if present foundation is used.  There is a water problem in the basement of the building.  A pump is necessary to keep water out.  Costs could be cut if present foundation is used.  Brick could be dumped into the foundation to take care of the water problem.  Foundation could be repaired where necessary.  Water and parking is a concern if present foundation is used.  City council said men and equipment could be used for in-kind service   We need an official letter with an estimate for the amount of service.  County commissioners were concerned about liability on workers, and would like to provide the men and equipment at a time when they are not really busy.  Kathleen Lewis from SEICOG will meet with us on Friday to give information about the block grant.  Other sources to contact for funding were discussed.  Preliminary plans for a new building are needed to send with grant applications.  Mr. Linton will donate plans if he can have some freedom to input design and make suggestions for the building.  A formal letter for acceptance of the school building needs to be drawn up.  A notice for a call for bids to take the Jefferson School down will be put in the paper.

October 15, 1997
     Kathleen Lewis from SEICOG told us the county has to be considered a 515 low to median income area in order for us to eligible to apply for a block grant.  According to the 1990 census we do not qualify.  She suggested we do a survey.  She will send the survey to Walt.  Myrna will contact Smith’s Short Stop to see if they will provide a free drink as an incentive to get people to return the survey.  Walt  will print survey and do the mailing.  Information needed to prepare the grants:  Letters documenting donated hours of service; Kunz computer, Friends, service projects.  Letters from city and county.  Preliminary plans.  Mr. Linton said the structural report on the Jefferson School building showed the foundation had no reinforcement.  Code will not let us use the foundation for a new building. 

The Preston Citizen, October 22, 1997, p. 2
     For a howling good time, come to the Preston Carnegie Library on Wednesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.  There will be special gusts providing stories and songs and a pet tarantula will add to the fun.  Participate in the Chamber of Commerce Pumpkin Decorating Contest first and then come to the library for an evening of Halloween fun.

The Preston Citizen, October 29, 1997, p. 13
By Tom Bussellburg                            
     For parents in a hurry there’s no excuse for not getting your young kids into the reading habit.  The Preston Carnegie Library is now offering  a “six-pack of books” available to go for two week intervals to local youth.  Librarian Cloteele Dahle notes that the books have been specifically chosen as easy-to-read, beginning books for smaller kids who may be getting ready to explore the world of reading.
        “These are for parents in a hurry,” she says, “placed in an easy-to-spot area in the children’s library.”  In addition, videos are available for the younger set, and target such subjects as getting ready to read, ready for math, words, and sounds and are geared to the 3-5 year-olds.  Furthermore, a computer-CD Rom should be set up soon for use by children, with their parents.  Also in the children’s library are “books children can interact with,” Dahle explains.  “They will help a child to develop the skills needed to help with basic learning and reading.”  These new materials are thanks to a $4,000 federal grant administered through the Idaho State Library, with $1,000 local match.  “It will help fill requests and needs of our patrons,” Dahle said.  “I hope this will also help to encourage parents to spend time reading with their children.  One of the most important things a parent can do to help a child succeed in school and life is to read to them at a very early age.  During the first three years of life, important intellectual and emotional development is taking place in young children that has a profound impact on their success later in life,” she said.
     In addition to the new materials, Preston Carnegie Library is joining with the American Library Association during November to promote a campaign to target all parents in the state with children from birth to age 8, especially seeking to reach at-risk families, fathers, and child-care providers.  Dahle notes that ideas for family reading projects can be picked up at the library.
       Library hours are noon to 8 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m., Fridays , and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.  For more information call 852-0175.

November 12, 1997
     We had a very successful Halloween story hour.  Attendance was about 60.  Rosaline Page was the storyteller.  Dorothy Rich led the group in Halloween songs.  Refreshments were served.  Connie Moser arranged for the program.  November 16-22 is Children’s Book Week and also Family Reading Week.  We are planning special activities for the week.  The library will be closed Nov. 27-29.  This will give us time to update the computers.  Most of our business on these Festival of Light days is for restrooms.  We will not be closed as long during the Christmas holidays.  We will close Dec. 24 until Dec. 29, and only close on New Year’s Day during that week.  The survey needed for the Block Grant was turned in and showed 62% of the families from low to medium income.  The Friends group helped collect these papers.  A special thanks goes to them for all their help.  Elliot Larsen said the county will pay for printing the survey.  Bids will be accepted until Nov. 14 for demotion.  Motion passed that Sid accept the lowest bid.  Lowest bid to come in so far is for $28k870.  Friends would like to sell brick as a fund raiser.  Block grant application due Nov. 21.  There will be a public hearing Nov. 20 at the city offices.  LSCA grant is due Dec. 5.  Motion passed to submit the grant application.  Kris and Myrna will meet with the school board on Nov. 19.  A letter and legal description is needed for grants.

The Preston Citizen, November 12, 1997, p. 9; also December 3, 1997, p. 9
By Tom Busselberg
     Thanks to the Internet and the Idaho State Library Commission, the relatively small Preston Carnegie Library will soon be linked to other libraries throughout the state.  That doesn’t mean you should rush down after finishing this article to check what’s available in Rexburg’s Madison County Library on the Teton Dam Flood, for instance, but it’s coming.
     Librarian Cloteele Dahle emphasizes that “we hope to have that up and running by next summer.”  It will enable residents here to find out what is available both near and far, throughout the state.  Through a statewide system called “Linking Libraries in Idaho,” a data base at the State Library in Boise will eventually link all libraries and reference sources, she explains.  And eventually, like many other Internet services, it will be a service users can access from their homes.
     The local library staff is juggling their time to try and input all of the thousands of items housed at the library into a computerized “card catalog” that hopefully will be ready by the end of 1998.  “Currently, we have a limited web site,” she says, but when the cataloging has been completed, it will allow people to “find out what’s there.  There will be a lot of reference information sites they can go to.  It can be a starting point for homework, and so on.”
     The “Kids’ Connection” is just one example of material that hopefully will be available on the Internet.  There will be information about Idaho history and natural resources, a list of all the schools in the state, and library indices will also be accessible. 
     The State Board of Education is backing the State Library Board, hoping the Legislature will approve funding to make the project a reality.  Added to that, the library already has reciprocal borrowing agreements with other nearby libraries including Pocatello, Downey, and Soda Springs, among others.  In addition” Dahle notes that “we’re trying to form a Southeastern Idaho Consortium that would include establishing courier service between libraries.   That way, if you were interested in a volume not available in Preston, it could be delivered to the library from Pocatello, or wherever, within a matter of days.”

The Preston Citizen, November 12, 1997, p. 9
      Idaho librarians and  educators throughout the state are hoping families will spend more time reading and visiting their local libraries during Family Reading Week, Nov. 17 through 22,
     "Too many families get caught up in the daily whirl of activity that doesn’t include a daily reading time,” State Librarian Charles Bolles said.  Mr. Bolles, along with Governor Phil Batt and other state education leaders, are calling on parents to turn off the television and spend time reading with their children.  Librarians around Idaho are planning events and programs to encourage family reading during the week.  “We want to reach moms and dads to let them know what a difference reading aloud to children from birth on makes to their future,” Cloteele Dahle said.  “We hope to see more parents and children making regular family visits to the library,” Cloteele Dahle, librarian said.    
     Activities the Preston Carnegie Library have planned for Family Reading Week are Monday, Nov. 17 – Family Night at the Library.  Come as a family and discover the materials available to help your family.
         Wednesday, Nov. 19 - “Warm Up to a Good Book” – Storytime for preschoolers at 11 a.m.
         Thursday, Nov. 20 – Children are encouraged to bring their fathers to the library for a “Night Out With Dad”.  Storytelling will be by Library Board Chairman Sid Titensor and other dads in our community                                                        at 7 p.m.
         Friday, Nov. 21 will be Grandparents Day.  Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren to the library for stories by Delmar Derricott.
     Family Reading Week is being sponsored the same week as National Children’s Book Week in an effort to encourage parents and child-care providers to understand the value and joy of reading aloud and to use the library as a valuable community resource.

The Preston Citizen, November 19, 1997, p. 1
By Necia P. Seamons
     The Friends of the Library rescheduled their annual fund-raising basketball tournament during the Christmas holidays.  Games will be played December 25, 26, and 27 in the evening.  Those interested in entering should contact Larry or Syd Olsen (646-2561, evenings only).  Entry fees are $125 and must be paid by December 12.  Funds raised by the tournament will go towards a new community library.
     Another fund-raising event sponsored by the Friends of the Library is headed up by Carl Swainston.  Persons can donate $300 to have a 500 lb. calf bought which will then be raised by a farmer who will donate his time and feed until springtime.  The animals will then be sold in the spring and proceeds will go towards the library.  Swainston expects as much as $30,000 could be raised by the project if 60 animals are sold.  So far, 21 animals have been bought and placed with farmers.  For more information, “or if you have an extra $300 dollars” contact Swainston at 852-0698.  “You’ll be blessed,” he said.

December 10, 1997
     November 16-22 was Children’s Book Week and also Family Reading Week.  We had family night at the library on Monday, Nov. 17.  Handouts with ideas for promoting family reading were handed out and refreshments were served.  Ed Moser shared some of his favorite stories with a group of children.  Friday night was Grandparents night.  Delmar Derricott read stories to a group of children accompanied by some grandparents.  These helped to promote the library to our community. The library will be closed Dec. 24-27; open Monday, Dec. 29, and close on New Year’s Day.  The LSCA grant has been sent.  A big thanks to Myrna.  We will know before Christmas if we are invited to apply for the final round of the block grant.  You are invited to come in and look at the ISL Website Lili.  It has numerous magazine data bases available for searching until the end of January.  After that we hope the legislature will approve funding for them.  It is a service that is greatly needed and will be heavily used.  Please contact the legislators and ask them to give the Lili Project his/her full support.  Thanks to all library board members for the time you have put in to promote library service and new library building.  Thanks for your support.

Sid Titensor, and Sandra Webb, president of the Friends of the Library accept a $25,000 check from Nylaplast president, Ken Flammang, in the name of former Head Manufacturing owners Rex and Jane Pitcher.  Photo by Necia P. seamons.

Many words of thanks and thoughts of appreciation were given those past Preston Library Board members and librarians at the 70th anniversary open house held Wednesday of last week.  Connie Maughan, long-time Preston City board member, presents a flower to Ellen Greaves for her many years of service.  Just to right are Ileene Fuhriman, retired library worker and Ada Hansen, former librarian, who were also honored.  Some 50-60 attended the event, viewed scrapbooks, enjoyed refreshments, and reminisced about the library’s first 70 years.  Preston Citizen photo, April 16, 1987, p.2

Rulon Winward is presented his book on Idaho for winning the recent Idaho trivia contest sponsored at the Preston Carnegie Library.  Librarian Cloteele Dahle presents his prize.  Winward answered most of the 10 questions including who the counties of Franklin and Clark were named after, and who designed the Great Seal of the state, and others equally tough.  Source for the questions was the Idaho Blue Book.  Picture from the Preston Citizen, June 4, 1987, p. 8

Cloteele Dahle presents to Francine Baird, VFW president, and Kay Lewis, up-coming VFW president canned goods collected during the drive by the Preston Carnegie Library in their “food in lieu of fines” on over-due liberary books.  The food stuff will be distributed to needy families, according to Mrs. Baird.  The Preston Citizen, June 12, 1991

Reading Program Involved 100 Kids.  The staff at the Preston Carnegie Library helped children discover the fun of reading this summer by sponsoring a summer reading program centered around “timeless Treks-A Train Trip Through Time.”  The five week program began on July 2 and concluded on July 30.  Over 100 children participated this year and enjoyed learning about dinosaurs, pirates, cowboys and Indians.  Special guest, Mark Pulham from Lindon, Ut., presented a puppet show for the closing activity.  The puppet show was funded by a mini-grant from the Ezra Jack Keats foundation.  The children read over 1,000 books this summer.  Librarian Cloteele Dahle encouraged children to continue to read and to visit the library often.  She also thanks the parents and  those who attended each week and made this years summer reading program a success.  Preston Carnegie Library will sponsor more reading programs during the year.  They will be announced later.  Photo by Joe Pyrah.  The Preston Citizen, September 3, 1997, p. 3.

Sharon Keller and Sandra Webb are “friends” of the library.

1980s Summary:  First use of LaserCat; CD-ROM equipment and copy machine purchased.  15,748 books in library, 62 magazines, 5 newspapers, 50 flannel board stories, 300 cassettes,  circulation 47, 822; 6,000 pieces per month checked out;  budget, $50,540.  In 1987 the library celebrated 70 years of operation, with a short history of the library included in a newspaper article.

In the trenches.  Preston City work crews dig up the intersection of State and Oneida streets to repair a sewer line.  Work blocked traffic along Highway 91 for several hours Thursday.  Crews connected a sewer line leading from the Preston Carnegie Library that was not connected when the line was originally installed about 10 years ago, said Mayor Walter Ross. 

The Preston Citizen, June 30, 1993, p. 1

Library week, observed across the United States, bring the entire Preston Carnegie Library staff to the desk as a couple of patrons ask a question.  Staff at desk are (from left)  Cloteele Dahle, head librarian, Peggy Owen and Doris wing, assistant librarians, Outline at rear is assistant librarian Dorothy Rich.   Robert Merrill Photo

Kathy Fellows presents to Cloteele Dahle a $200 check for the Preston Carnegie Library, from the Preston ladies Auxiliary club, to be used for the adult literary program. 

The Preston Citizen, June 12, 1991, p. 3.

Cloteele Dahle, librarian of the Preston Carnegie Library, poses with a display the library organized last week to  portray the loss in books if the One Percent Initiative passes.  Dahle said the library could lose up to 25 percent of its budget, forcing cutbacks in staff or operating hours, and limiting books.

    The Preston Carnegie Library will surely miss Ada Hansen who is scheduled for retirement at the end of the month after 17 years of dedicated service as Head Librarian.
     The job is much more complex than most people understand, and it takes many hours of hard work both physical and mental, to run a good small-town library such as ours.
     Mrs. Hansen began work with the library 18 years ago upon the retirement of Martha Geddes.  She and two other persons new to the staff of the library were aided by Helen Greaves who came in to help them with the many problems and responsibilities that ensued.
     About one year later, Ada was chosen as Head Librarian, a position that she has more than adequately filled.  She spent many hours in additional training through courses taken at Utah State University, home study courses and training from the state librarian in cataloging and general library science.
     The misconception that librarians just read and check out books to patrons can be demonstrated by the long list of responsibilities that a librarian in reality must perform.  Their days are spent checking in books dropped through the book return during the previous night; setting up the desk for check outs, cataloging books, mending books, ordering books or other materials, dusting shelves and filing books upstairs and down.  She must run a staff, manage their timetable, hire and fire according to need, set up the year’s budget, prepare bills to be issued to the city for payment, order books and materials and report to the Board of Trustees once a month. 

​Ilene Fuhriman (right) recently retired from the Preston Library after 16 years of service to the public.  Connie Maughan, member of the Library board, presents her with a gift of appreciation.  Her friendly smile and help will be missed by the staff and library patrons.

Ada Hansen will be honored at a special reception Friday at the Preston Carnegie Library.

Preston Carnegie Library helped children discover the fun of reading this summer by sponsoring a weekly library activity centered around “Reading is a Picnic.”  The six-week program began on June 9 and concluded on July 3.  Eighty children participated in the summer activity and the group goal of reading 700 books was exceeded.  A total of 1,212 books were read.

     The weekly reading picnic included, games, stories, activities and refreshments.  Librarian Cloteele Dahle encourages all children to continue reading and to visit the library often.  She would also like to thank the parents and children who attended each week and made the year’s summer reading program a success.    Preston Carnegie Library will sponsor more reading programs throughout the year  They will be announced later.  Pictured is Connie Moser reading to the children.

Kent Kindred, Bob Acock, and Jay McKenzie from the Lion’s Club present Myrna Fuller with a check for $500 for the literacy program at the Preston Carnegie Library.  The donation will pay for reading materials for the program.  The Preston Citizen, May 27, 1992, p. 3.

1990s Summary:  Circulation:  65,500.  Monthly circulation around 6,000.  Changes in the building considered:  ADA access, upgrading and enlarging [rewiring, heating, paint, furniture, carpeting, addition for office and computer space, meeting room, parking at back, LaserCat system, Adult Literacy Program started, services for children expanded, mission statement developed in which three goals were outlined:  independent learning center, popular materials, and educational support; new building planned.