The Democratic Press. (Ravenna, Ohio) March 04, 1886, Page 2
I saw a piece in a recent issue of the Republican in regard to the Library Association, and the thought came to me, has that matter been taken hold of as it should be done? From the report of its officers I judge that a good start has been made, but is it not rather a disgrace to our place and people that it is not farther advanced? Many country towns have had and sustained larger ones, and find it not only a pleasure but also an improvement for their young people to keep them from questionable society, and also better fit them for the duties of life.
One thing the Association has had to contend with is, that they could have the library open only one evening a week, and those living outside the village are nearly deprived of its benefits; but I understand that the Treasurer, G. P. Reed, in whose room the books are kept, has kindly offered to have it go out that he will see to receiving and letting out books to those members living outside the village; so now many more can partake of its benefits, if they wish. Can we not awaken an interest in this matter that will give it such an impetus that it can be enlarged, and by that means place it in a position that it can be open at any time for the purpose of changing books? And can it not be so enlarged that works of reference can be secured, so that if any of our scholars wish, they can resort to it in their studies, or our business men their business? I do not know but I am an enthusiast, but I think it would be money well expended, and wish that the law was that every town was obliged to keep up and maintain a public library. I believe that it would in a few years be seen that it was money well laid out. Many now are prevented by lack of means from reading and studying, that then would store their minds, that in future years would redound to the credit, honor and profit of the town and state. But I am making this too long, for I may wish to say more hereafter. H.