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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Dayton Memorial Library Celebrates 80 Years

Anniversary celebration will take place Oct. 16


October 12, 2017

Michele Smith

Librarian Dusty Waltner (left), local genealogist and historian, Liz Carson (center), and former librarian Lynn Williams (right), , are shown making plans for an open house celebration for the Dayton Memorial Library's 80th anniversary. A slide show presentation detailing changes at the library over the past 80 years and a program about the value of ongoing library programs is planned. The celebration will take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Delany Room, on Mon., Oct. 16.

DAYTON--Many things have changed throughout the years at rural libraries like Dayton's. Eighty years ago most library patrons shivered and quaked to hear librarians sternly reminding them to "Be quiet!" and "Take the gum out of your mouth!"

"You did not want to be late with a book," remembers former Dayton Memorial Librarian Lynn Williams.

Back then checking books out of the library required familiarization of the card catalogue. All books were indexed according to subject, author, and title.

Williams said westerns and romance paperbacks were a favorite fare of library patrons.

Today's lib...

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