The Democratic Press., Ravenna, Ohio, June 14, 1883, Page 3
The Ravenna Library Association met on the 8th inst. for the purpose of choosing a board of management tor the coming year. The following offices were elected: President, John Meharg; Vice President, Gideon Seymour; Treasurer, Geo. E. Fairchild; Secretary, A. A. Graham; Librarian, Mrs. Carrie Griffin.
The secretary respectfully presents to the public the following statement:
The last year's existence of the Library association ended June 10, 1883. During that time there was received into the treasury the sum of $129, and the entire amount so received was judiciously expended in the purchase of books. The whole number purchased and contributed during the year amount to 163 volumes.
The association numbers in original membership 124. The Library has no present debt beyond a temporary rental of a case for the preservation of the books, its expenses, therefore, are merely nominal. This is assuring. Corresponding to this it is an equal matter of regret that it has no endowment or annuity.
The association is indebted to J. H. Oakley, for a place of access and distribution, gratis, during the past year. No officer connected with the management is under pay, and the expenses incident to the distribution and care of the books are reduced to the minimum.
A tax of fifty cents per annum has been levied on each original member, the same to constitute an annual membership. This tax is now due and may be paid to the treasurer or librarian. A fee of one dollar will be charged for new membership for the ensuing year.
The library is an assured success; the present collection is a handsome nucleus around which should gravitate the charities and gifts of a generous public, enlarging its tomes and dimensions beyond expectation or even calculation.
An unusual and unexpected interest has been manifest by our citizens, especially the young, and it is safe to conclude that it will continue to increase and intensify in proportion as its members and volumes increase, and its availability and utility are manifest. It is a great public benefaction and should receive public support. We are a reading public and the Library should be our schoolmaster.
It is incumbent upon us to contribute to this enterprise, that it may become a lasting benefit.
A. A. Graham, Sec'y.