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Today...the southwest corner of the intersection is the site of the Council Bluffs Free Public Library. It was built in 1904 on the location of the old Pusey home. The cornerstone laying ceremony was combined with the centennial observance of the…

Showing one painting . . . among 80 to 90 works to be purchased from Southwest Iowans and loaned to libraries is Mrs. Lucile Walensky, director of the Southwest Iowa Regional Library System (SWIRLS). Looking on is Theresa Healy, assistant SWIRLS…

Taking time off . . . from her duties as Council Bluffs librarian is Mildred Smock, center, show here reading to Gunn School first graders Jenny Tanous and Maria Elena Stacy, a fourth grader at Bloomer School. --Nonpareil Photo

Joe Sausedo of the K and K Investment garage puts the final touches on the Public Library's Bookmobile before it resumes services Tuesday afternoon. The Bookmobile was out of operation for five weeks due to funding problems. --Nonpareil Photo.

Trying to find another space . . . on a crowded bookshelf is Council Bluffs Librarian Mildred Smock. Lack of space is one of the many reasons why library supporters are looking for a new location for a main public library. --Nonpareil Photo.

Putting books . . . on shelves that are too small is not an easy thing to do, according to Loree Foroughi-Gross, 114 Fifteenth Ave., a library staff member shown here putting away books. A larger library, the main reason for the bond proposal in…

Apparently on the right track . . . is a browser, one of about 29,000 yearly, in the Public Library's 86,000 book adult collection. These shelves have taken the place of a lounge that was replaced because of the overcrowding. --Nonpareil Photo.

The grubby job . . . of sorting and pricing some of more than 10,000 used books for the fifth annual Friends of the Library used book sale is being done by volunteers Jo Brosnihan (left), Nan Palmer and Mary Ann Leibel. -Nonpareil photo by Jane…

Computers are a part . . . of the Council Bluffs Free Public Library now, but may be more visible in the future. Dan Kubick uses a computer to list books in the library's card catalogue. The card information is sent to Ohio via computer and the…

Displaying architectural drawings . . . of the proposed new library is Librarian Mildred Smock. Voters will decide Feb. 19 whether to issue $5.52 million in bonds for construction of the building. -Nonpareil photo.

Iowa West's pledge of $125,000 puts library campaign near goal. No date.
New library plan devised. March 6, 1988
Bookmark contest for young readers. April 22, 1988
Program offers kids 'fantasy and wizards'. July 6, 1988
Arizona couple's donation…

Frieda Elam of Council Bluffs has donated three books in memory of her mother, the late Sophia Hays. Two of the books, concerning the history of the Baha'i faith, are being held by Priscilla Hofert, secretary of the Council Bluffs Baha'i community,…

Still a reader . . . after 75 years, Harry Crowl Sr. reflects on his memories as a library patron. He was 10 years old when the building was dedicated, he said. Schools in Crowl's student days had fewer study materials for students, so many classes…

Serving readers - is a growing task for library Mildred Smock and her staff. A library staff member since 1941, Miss Smock said users' needs have changed over the years. The library has added new technology and expanded its services, she said, but…

Retracing the past . . . in library's historical room, staff members and researchers can use references including Gen. Grenville Dodge's personal letters and autobiography. Room's books on early Midwest have been used by scholars, authors. Another…

Looking for space . . . for more old books is adult services librarian Mary Lois Nelson. Library has an undetermined number of old and rare books - including one worth perhaps $1,500 - but no place to display them to public. -Nonpareil by Jim Ebert.

Spanning the range . . . from texts to are are old books at Council Bluffs libray. Among the volumes are a 250-year-old textbook (left), an 1814 treatise on bridge-building (right) and a controversial 1937 book of photographs from Nazi Germany's 1936…

Friends of the Library will sell books and records donated by the community May 14 through 17 at the Public Library. Looking over one of the older books on sale are Susan Klohn, Walter Pyper, Helen Kistle and Doris Nachman. The group will have a…
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