Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A Century of Library Services
This year (2012) marks the 100th anniversary of the citizens (and government) of the Town of Mooresville, Indiana, organizing a library board and authorizing a tax levy toward construction of a new public library. There had been intermittent library service during the 19th century, with a local lending library first established in 1855. But the first municipal effort toward establishing a permanent, ongoing public library began in May, 1912, with passage of the levy and creation of the library board.
Mooresville citizens began to rally for a public library in October, 1911, but it took several months of meetings and displays of public support to entice the Board of Town Trustees to institute fundraising through taxation. Taxes were no more popular a hundred years ago than now, and so it took some effort to garner widespread support from Mooresville residents.
My Library will be celebrating throughout 2012, and our patrons, of course, will be invited to participate. We have enjoyed a century of library service to our community, and we look forward to another century.
Explore the history of MPL by clicking that hyperlink back there. Oops! Missed it. Start again!
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Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
MPL Centennial News Beat
P.S. Since we've "come to see where [our] beginnings have gone," it's appropriate to include "Looking Into You," by Jackson Browne, from his self-titled debut album (1972), which has also been called Saturate Before Using, because of the words printed atop the album cover. "Looking Into You" is Scowl-Face's favorite Jackson Browne song (from his favorite JB album). He has his reasons.
P.P.S. My favorite Jackson Browne song is "Rock Me on the Water," also from his self-titled debut album (1972). I have my reasons, too. This was the second single from the LP, which reached #48 on Billboard's Hot 100 pop charts. The other single, "Doctor My Eyes," reached #8.