There are many items that you can select to recycle or help properly dispose of within your library’s recycling program. Naturally, some items will make better additions to your program than others. Below is information on some of the items currently collected at my library.
When I began work at my library, there was already a Lions box used to collect eyeglasses for the millions of people in developing countries in need.
This 105-year-old frieze is back home at Davenport (Ia.) Public Library. Adorning the north wall of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Department, the Donatello reproduction is by Pietro Caproni, who made the six plaster panels for Davenport’s original Carnegie Library for $75 from a mold of a 15th-century frieze in an Italian cathedral in Florence. When the Carnegie was razed in 1966, the frieze took up residence in the mezzanine of the Hotel Blackhawk, only to return when the hotel underwent renovation.
I don’t remember the exact date but vividly remember sending an e-mail to the host of PBS’sSimple Living with Wanda Urbanska after viewing an exceptionally good episode of her show.
To my great surprise, Wanda kindly replied and that was the beginning of what has become a warm friendship. Over a period of months, we exchanged numerous e-mails in which we shared tidbits of our lives—lives that we both intentionally live simply.
James Sanderson, supervising librarian at Newport News (Va.) Public Library System’s 80-year-old Western Avenue branch, describes the library’s history in front of a display during the anniversary celebration of its October 14, 1929 opening. The first building constructed as a library in Newport News, it has been designated as a historical landmark because of its Georgian Revival architecture and its role in the city’s desegregation.
Credit: Karen L. Gill/Newport News Public Library System
Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles hosts the unveiling of its new $63-million, 121,000-square-foot William H. Hannon Library August 20, 2009. The library features a view that stretches from Playa del Rey to downtown Los Angeles through its floor-to ceiling windows. It also includes three above-ground floors, a two-story basement, more than 100 computer workstations, four classrooms, and dozens of study rooms.