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A new coat of paint for the Public Library's children's room doesn't keep the youngsters from their books. Trudy Widel, 9, 1405 McPherson Ave. slips a volume from under the stepladder whie Walt Bustardo rolls on the paint. Bustardo and his father,…

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…

Glancing at . . . the day's requests from the teletype system, Library Director Mildred Smock marvels at the technology that has made the Council Bluffs Library virtually a library without walls. -Nonpareil Photo.

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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Browsing in the newly opened . . . Mark Twain Room are (from left) Margie Hodge, 10, Lorraine Hodge, 7, and Rita Walsh, 7, all students from St. Francis School. -1952 Nonpareil file photo.

Patrons and Mildred Smock standing by "Fiction" and "Recordings."

Entrance to the new children's library . . . strikes the visitor with its brightness and color. Just inside the entrance is the circulation desk. Seated is Mrs. Ruth Plummer, assistant in the children's department. --Nonpareil Photos.

Picture book desk . . . in foreground are of special design for young readers who life the wide pages of picture books. At the table, left to right, are Lorraine Hodge, 7, and Rita Walsh, 7. In background, at "browsing" shelf, is Margie Hodge, 10.…

75 year of the squeeze for Council Bluffs Library. January 6, 1975
SWIRLS service increases in SWI. March 9, 1975
800 to 1,000 books taken each year. Library theieves take 'free' library too literally. March 17, 1975
$30,000 library request…

Library facilities . . . are explained by Mildred Smock, librarian, to the board of trustees: N.T. Sondag, Philip J. Wilson, Robert W. Turner, Willard Nyquist and Mrs. Harry C. Voss. --Nonpareil Photo.

Wally Tuel . . . a patron of the Council Bluffs Public Library, views one of the periodicals on display. Mildred Smock, librarian, explains procedure for use of the periodicals.--Nonpareil Photo.
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