Canadian Library Week – 1966

Mark Canadian Library Week Here

Carleton Place Canadian, March 31, 1966


This is “Canadian Library Week”.  From March 28th to April 2nd,  there will be a good deal of special publicity on the part of the Library Associations and Library Boards to bring home to Canadians the importance of libraries and to encourage their greater use.

In our Public Library there are some interesting historical records.  These show that in 1846 a subscription Library was formed with an entry fee of two shillings and sixpence and an annual fee of five shillings.  This first library later became the Mechanics’ Institute.  The Institute carried on until May 1st, 1895, when it handed over its affairs to a newly formed Public Library which has continued to the present day for most, if not all of the period of seventy-one years, in the Town Hall.

For a long time annual grants from the Town and the Province were small and fixed in amount.  Books, however, were much cheaper than now, as were all other running expenses, and through the years the book collection grew steadily.  Increases in both Town and Provincial grants during the last few years have brought to the Library Board the unaccustomed luxury of having more money to spend on books than ever before.

With more money to spend on books, there has been a corresponding increase in the use of the library by the public.  In 1965 the number of books taken out was 27,111, an increase of 23% in five years.  This total showed an adult circulation of 15,789 and a juvenile circulation of 11,322.  This is 5.7 books borrowed per capita, considered by established Library standards to be quite good.

In 1965, the amount of 2,855 was spent on 968 new books out of a total effective budget of $6,185.  The Board’s policy in buying books is to spend approximately one-third for juvenile books, one-third for fiction, and one-third for non-fiction.  The librarian reports that the Library contains about 15,000 volumes.

The Board works closely with the schools, not only in buying books and encyclopaedias which will be helpful in the students’ studies, but also by making the Library available for weekly visits by school classes with their teachers.

In the evenings, the Library tables are often filled with students working on their school assignments and projects with the help of books which are not to be found elsewhere, particularly out of school hours.  The fact that 11,322 books were taken out by juveniles during 1965 shows how well this policy of welcoming them to the Library is working out.  Undoubtedly, this feature of the Library as an adjunct to the education of our young people is of important value at a low cost to the taxpayer.

For adult readers great care is taken to provide, as far as funds allow, for the reading tastes of all library users.  The reference section is being steadily improved with the latest editions of standard encyclopaedias, dictionaries, and other useful and informative books.

Lately, at the insistence of the Ontario Library Association and with the blessing and financial backing of the Provincial Department of Education, a firm of library consultants has conducted an intensive province-wide survey of School, University, and Public Libraries.  Their report is now available, a document of one hundred and eighty-two pages.  It finds the library set-up in Ontario wanting in many respects and makes recommendations for far-reaching changes.

It seems that a new day is dawning for library services in the Province, and that, after long years of comparative neglect, our University, School, and Public Libraries will have the quantity and quality of books and other services which the authorities who know most about the subject recommend as necessary in these times.  As an indication of what is to come, the local Library Board has been informed that its Provincial grant will be increased by fifty percent for the present year.

This is good news for the Library Board and for all library users in this town.  But at present our Librarian, Mrs. Walsh, is faced with a problem of space.  Our library, in use for well over half a century, is already “bursting at the seams”.  Even with the most drastic and heartless weeding, Mrs. Walsh wants to know where she can possibly find room for this additional flow of new books.  The Board has suggested to the Project Committee and to the Council what it considers to be an entirely satisfactory answer to the problem, and earnestly  hopes that its suggestion will be adopted.

Carleton Place Herald – October 20, 1914 -Training Begins at Salisbury Plains







Library Proposed as a Centennial Project in 1966

Carleton Place Canadian, March 17, 1966

 Expect Library, Centennial Project


The special project committee of Carleton Place Council leans toward adopting renovations to the town hall to include a new library and court room and police facilities, according to a preliminary report given Council last Monday evening.

Chairman of the committee, Councillor John Ritchie, observed the committee was in favor of library renovations which would require moving this facility to the second floor auditorium and enlarging the court room and police facilities on the ground floor.

He requested that a special meeting of Council be held to consider the library as the town’s centennial project.  He first wanted his committee to meet with E. H. Ritchie, chairman of the Library Board.

The arena was dropped as the centennial project at a special meeting of Council last week because sufficient funds were not immediately available to guarantee a useable building by the centennial deadline for grants.  Municipal tax assistance or debentures have been ruled out by the Ontario Municipal Board.


Carleton Place Herald – October 13, 1914 – Troops Land At Southampton





Carleton Place Herald – October 6, 1914 – Troops Leave Valcartier




Roy Brown – Carleton Place Herald – 28 June, 1933


Carleton Place Herald – September 29, 1914 – Captain Hooper & Valcartier






Valcartier : First Contingent Ready To Go

Carleton Place Herald, September 22, 1914





News – September 15, 1914

Carleton Place Herald

September 15, 1914


On September 15th trenches were first dug on the Western Front

The retirement of the German army virtually all along the line in France continues, according to French official reports, and advices from Switzerland describe the profound impression the news of the German retreat has created along the Swiss-German frontier and in various parts of Germany.

The Belgians have taken the offensive and are reported to have cut the German line of communication, forcing them to use the line through the Meuse Valley and Luxemberg.

Saskatchewan’s offer of 1,500 horses to the Imperial Government has been accepted.

Hon. Duncan Marshall, Minister of Agriculture for Alberta, speaking at the Exhibition, urged that Canada’s greatest war duty was to grow crops and raise food.

A combination automobile and motorboat that will run equally well on smooth roads or rough ground or in deep or shallow water has been invented by a New York man.

Twenty-one train loads of booty collected on the Marne battlefield have been brought into Vincennes since Sunday morning, says a Reuter despatch from Paris.  The spoils of war include eleven guns, seven motor wagons filled with ammunition, four mitrailleuses, three aeroplanes, two large flat cars piled with helmets, rifles, swords and cartridges, besides gun carriages and wagons of different kinds.  It is estimated that since the beginning of last week about thirty guns, thirty mitrailleuses and forty wagons have been captured from the Germans, in addition to a considerable quantity of ammunition.





War News – Carleton Place Herald, September 8 & 10, 1914

C.P.R. Men to Give $100,000

A donation of $100,00 will probably be made to the Canadian patriotic fund by employees of the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Mr. H. B. Ames, M.P., who is secretary of the fund, stated a day or two ago, that it was understood arrangements were under way by which the railway men would relinquish a day’s pay and thus contribute the $100,000.

The Postmaster-general has issued instructions to the different postmasters and inspectors throughout the country for the resumption of money order business between Canada and Great Britain, on a modified basis.

Instead of lumbermen in Ottawa and district sending from 30,000 to 35,000 men to the camps this year as they intended before the war broke out, not more than 15,000 will be employed, so it is learned from a reliable source.

Families of Soldiers To Be Provided For:

The government has approved of a separation allowance of $20 a month being paid to wives and families of married men serving with the Canadian expeditionary force.  This will be paid direct to the wives and families by the paymaster general’s office, Dejpt. Of Militia and Defence, Ottawa.  Rolls of the married men are now being prepared at Valcartier, and as soon as they are received at Ottawa, the work of issuing checks will begin.  This allowance will also be paid to the wives and families of those left at Valcartier after the contingent sails.  The government reserves the right, however, of withholding this allowance from any who are in receipt of pay from two sources.

Volunteer Army:

Of all the armies engaged in the present war only the British is a volunteer army.  Not a soldier from Great Britain will be engaged with the army or navy who is not in the service by his own choice.  Not one from the British self governing Dominions will be at the front who has not offered himself for this particular service.

Enlistment is Urged:

London, Sept. 5 – In the historic Guildhall of London, Premier Asquith yesterday started the crusade to stimulate enlistment under the British flag, which he intends to push throughout the country.   He is calling upon every able-bodied Briton of military age to come to the help of his country in the hour of need.

The Premier opened his address with the hearteing announcement that up to to-day between 250,000 and 300,00 recruits had responded to the call of Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of War.

London, September 5:

Taking advantage of the checking of the German force’s right wing, obliging it to retire on St. Quentin, the French are furiously completing, with hundreds of thousands of workmen, the new mammoth entrenchments about the French capital.

There is general rejoicing in Paris, in spite of the nervous apprehension felt over the approach of the Teutons, because in the battle at Verdun, in which the Germans were defeated, it was reported that the Kaiser himself and the Crown Prince directed the attack in person.  This battle is described in dispatches from Berlin as the greatest in the history of France, in that 750,000 men were engaged.

Summary of War News:

The Russian army operating in Galicia is reported still to be driving back the Austrians.

The German losses so far in the war exceed a quarter of a million.

The latest casualty list issued by the British War Office comprises 4,796 men.  The two previous lists accounted for 10,355 killed, wounded and missing, making a total of 15,151.  It is explained that a number of the missing will rejoin their corps, having become separated therefrom during the fighting.

After desperate fighting the Austrians suffered terrible losses at the hands of the Russians.

The Canadian cruiser Niobe has been put into commission, and is now under the orders of the British admiralty.  The Niobe is expected to play an important part in patrolling the Atlantic ocean.

Summary of News:

An aerial battle was fought over Paris between French and German aeroplanists.

The French Government has been temporarily transferred from Paris to Bordeaux.

The Minister of Militia has been offered a motorcycle corps by a number of Montrealers.

The flour bags containing Canada’s gift to the motherland will probably be sold as souvenirs at $1 each, the money to go to the Belgians in recognition of their heroism.

The Provincial Government is understood to be planning good roads work in co-operation with municipalities with a view to grappling with the unemployment problem.

Twenty-five thousand Indians in Canada from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to British Columbia are in peril of starvation through closing of the fur markets owing to the war.

A hundred thousand dollars has been placed by the Dominion Government wit the Acting High Commissioner in London for the relief and assistance of Canadians abroad.

There are 75,000 Russian reservists in Canada.  They have not yet been called home, but they are applying in great numbers to be sent there.  If they are ordered to go they will proceed by way of the Canadian Pacific to Vladivostok.

The purchasing agents of the Grand Trunk and Grand Trunk Pacific railways have been ordered to buy everything required by these lines in Canada and Great Britain wherever possible.  For some years past German firms have been selling the companies large orders of steel goods and other railway supplies, and all orders outstanding have been cancelled.










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