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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.

Supplying bookmobile shelves . . . with about 4,000 new books is bookmobile librarian Mrs. Barbara Jansen. -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,…

Council Bluffs Public Library File #1
Free public library, with 56,000 volumes, is outgrowth of one room of donated books. July 26, 1936
Name library room for Mark Twain. November 17, 1952
New children's library is gay and bright wonderland.…

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

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…

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…

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…

Room space . . . at the library was created by closing the north entrance at Willow Avenue. It provides a secretary's office and through doors at rear is the microfilm material section. Miss Ardis Hansen is at left. --Nonpareil Photos.

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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.

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.

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Photograph of the Library Staff picnic at Fairmount Park, 1929. Names written on back of photographs

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.

The new children's library . . .provides a new setting for the world of children's books. Note how the shelf areas, reading tables and the circulation department are all designed to fit "little people." - Nonpareil Photo.

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.…

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.

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…
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