by Marsha Wagner, Director, Canal Fulton Public Library
I would like to acquaint you with the Canal Fulton Public Library’s equipment collection. After working for a library that circulates folding tables and chairs, cameras etc., I thought the Rossford Library was unusual for their circulating equipment. However, when I became director of the Canal Fulton Public Library, I became acquainted with a collection of circulating equipment that was the brain child of long ago director Tom Brownfield. In the 1970’s, money was in short supply, just like our present recession. Tom thought of how he could both attract more users to the library and serve his community in a unique way. He thought of circulating equipment that the public could use. Subsequent directors Jean Kindry and Sandra Murphy continued the tradition.
All of this circulates locally and our head of circulation checks that the items are returned intact. Due to the fragility of the equipment, it cannot be sent to other libraries via the Cargo delivery.
Our Friends of the Library members Chell Rossi and Kathy Gill have used the digital camcorder to film interviews with World War II veterans, giving the veterans a DVD copy of the interview and sending a DVD copy to the Library of Congress. To date, the Friends of the Canal Fulton Public Library have filmed 12 to 14 interviews. They have their WWII “support and home front” interviews including one with a “Rosie the Riveter”. Now they are looking for anyone who had a victory garden in the Northeast Ohio area during WWII. Please give me a call at 330-854-4148 extension 306 if you know of a WWII veteran, Merchant marine or other support personnel willing to speak on camera about their experiences.
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