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Thursday, November 28, 2013 The Carlisle Citizen Page Three Carlisle Area Historical Society CARLISLE LIBRARY HISTORY EDITED, NOVEMBER 2013 In 1973, Lillian McLaughlin, Tribune Staff Writer wrote an article for the DES MOINES TRIBUNE called: BIRTH OF A LIBRARY IN A PLUCKY IOWA TOWN CARLISLE, IOWA, 1971. The library expert, Maurice Travillian, was advising Ginger Kuhl. She was spear- heading a move to set up a public library in Carlisle. He looked at the battered linoleum, the peeling walls, the hroken-down plumbing of the dingy five-room cottage and said "I've seen libraries housed in worse places." To get going,, an organizational Board meeting was held. Mrs. Kuhl was elected chairman. Mrs. Jim Bishop, Mrs. Roger Brown, Mrs. Frank Slezak, Mrs. Jessie Bartholomew, Reverend Ray Bowler, Ha~ey Fife, Casey Jones, andRichard Pentico were on the Library Board. The town council helped by passing an ordinance es- tablishing a town library and giving the Board the cot- tage on property the city had purchased. The cottage was re-wired and treated for termites. The City Council contributed $500 for a starting operating fund. In 1972 the Council appropriated $3,000. In 1973, the Council allocated $3,294. The official opening date was April 8, 1972. 4000 books had once been purchased for $150, and as the word got out, another 2,000 had been donated. These had been stored in the back room of the Carlisle Citizen. On moving day, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Bluebirds, adults, were pushing grocery carts full of books up the street. Strangers volunteered after noticing the interesting activity going on. Kenny Keil, pharmacist, had offered a soft drink free to anyone who helped, and by mid-day put in an SOS to the library: "Are ALL of these people really helping?" They were. Imogene Slezak kept a list of volunteers--more than 100. Paul Kail had repaired broken-down plumbing. Red Keeney and Howard Petre re-plastered a room. High School boys built shelves. Harold Patterson repaired the ceiling. Walter and Anne Hunt laid bathroom flooring. Mrs. Bartholomew gave chairs and Robert and Jean Heston re-covered them. Dwight Fetters repaired frozen pipes and Mrs. Alma Patrick lent an air conditioner when summer arrived. Xenda Prine, librarian, said 'T~e were still putting pockets for library cards in the back of books the night before we opened." Cookie Extravaganza All are welcome to come purchase your Christmas cook- ies and candy for the holiday season. We will have a large variety of choices. So come on over to Hartford Community Church on Saturday December 7, we will be open from 8AM - llAM Join us for a cup of coffee, pick up your cookies, you will still have time to head into town for your Christmas shopping. We've found on a shelf, an elf, here at the church, you may have your child's picture taken with this special little guy!! All proceeds with help fund our new elevator. Looking forward to seeing you! Treasurer Fitzgerald Helps Teachers Prepare Students for Assessment Test Free program provides teachers with pencils to use during assessment testing State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is offering free #2 pencils for Iowa teachers to distribute during the annual Iowa Assessment Test through the Prepare for the Basics program. Last year, the program distributed over 19,000 pencils to schools statewide. "Teachers play an important role in the enormous task of monitoring the growth of students through the assessment test," Fitzgerald said. "The Prepare for the Basics program is a small token of appreciation to our teachers for their hard work." Along with the new pencil, students will receive information to take home about College Savings Iowa, the state- sponsored 529 plan. College Savings Iowa is designed to help Iowa 'families meet the continually increasing costs of higher education while providing them with multiple tax benefits, including a $3,045 deduction per account from their 2013 state taxable income.* "Families who save early will be in a better position to help pay for college when the time comes," Fitzgerald stated. "Saving ahead of time may reduce the need to borrow for college, which can help families-and their children- get to graduation with less debt." Teachers .who would like to participate in the Prepare for the Basics program can register online at Participants can register by clicking on the tab For Citizens, then clicking on the Financial Literacy tab, which will take you to the Prepare for the Basics section. Program materials will be sent directly to the participating schools. Supplies are limited, so early registration is advised. For more information about College Savings Iowa, please visit or call 1-888-672-9116. *Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added bacl~ to Iowa taxable income. Carlisle Trail Blazers 4-H Club Wrap Presents for Amanda the Panda Submitted by Gabby McCoy, Reporter Wrapping presents to help out Amanda the Panda was the .first community service project the Carlisle Trail Blaz- ers 4-H Club did this fall. Community service is some- thing 4-hers do so that they can help out their communi- ties. Part of the 4-H pledge is to offer their "hands to larger service." Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center in West Des Moines, Iowa offers the most comprehensive and ongo- ing services for children, teens, adults and families strug- gling with a death of a loved one in the state of Iowa. The 4-hers wrapped present for the organization to give out during the holiday season. Pictured from left to right:Carlisle Trail Blazers 4-H Club members at Amanda The Panda are Caleb Birchmier, Claire Birchmier, Ashlynn Williams, Hannah McCoy and Madison Williams. Immediate openings at the Des Moines Airport for part-time Customer Service Agents. Earn $9.25/ hour plus flight benefits. Duties include: loading/un- loading luggage, ticket counter, gate, assisting pas- sengers, cleaning planes, learning all functions/cross training. Must be able to lift 501bs, attend training and be available to work inside/outside, any shift AM or PM, weekends and holidays. Must have ba- sic computer skills, a valid driver's license with a good driving record, and to pass a criminal background check and drug screen. Only commit- ted applicants with a positive attitude and a profes- sional image need apply. Please send your resume to or visit our website at call To Subscribe to The Carlisle Citizen 989-0525 or drop payment with name and address at the office That little white cottage was the beginning of library services in the town of Carlisle. The original article was edited and abbreviated by me. MORE LIBRARY HISTORY NEXT WEEK. Carol Murphy at rl 5OO S 2nd Street Carlisle, IA (Next to Fiss') 50047