Skidmore Library Grows, 1922

Good news for readers in Skidmore, Missouri in 1922.  From the Skidmore News, May 25, 1922, page 1:

Added 100 Books to the Legion Library

Benefit Reception Yesterday Afternoon and Evening Was Quite Successful.

The Library benefit reception given by the Neighborly Club yesterday afternoon and evening at the Legion Hall, was well attended in spite of the rain.

One hundred books and a subscription to the American Magazine were received.  The books included popular novels, books of travel, history, etc., and a Bible, which was given by the Christian Science Society.

Miss Viva Peters spoke in the afternoon, on the need of a library, and Rev. C. E. Olson, F. H. Barrett, Rev. E. F. Hagee and Dr. J. E. Pierpoint spoke on the same subject in the evening.  A Victrola, loaned by the Model Drug Co., furnished music throughout the after noon and evening.  Somerset was played after the evening program, and a general good time was enjoyed socially.  Light refreshments of tea and wafers were served.

The receiving line was composed of Mrs. H. W. Montgomery, Mrs. Mark Loucks and Mrs. G. L. Lewis.  Mrs. L. W. Garnett and Mrs. Bess Cottril presided over the tea table in the afternoon, and Mrs. G. O. Riley and Mrs. G. L. Lewis in the evening.

Very few from the country were able to attend, on account of the rain; but a number called by telephone, saying that they had intended to come, and promising to send their books in.  Each person attending was asked to bring one book, but many brought two and some brought as many as five or six.  There are now more than two hundred books in the library, and those who have been working so hard trying to get it started are feeling very much encouraged.

Yesterday’s reception was by far the biggest step that has been taken toward really getting the library on its feet, and it is hoped that since it has been started other organizations will take it up.  One Sunday School class is already planning a contribution.