1929 Annual Report for the Lane Memorial Library



Cash on hand January 1, 1929: $ 77.28
From Town: 1,153.13
From Currier fund: 70.00
From Cards Sold: 5.85
From Fines: +  28.00
  $ 1,334.26


Paid for new Books 642.78
Fuel 102.40
Salary of Librarian 360.00
Electric lights 46.58
Periodicals for reading room 81.65
1000 Cards and labels 7.50
Material for repairs of books 4.30
Small table 3.00
Library paste and postage 1.39
Mowing lawn 5.00
Janitor's services 25.00
Glass, putty and labor 2.32
Stationery, ink and pens 2.44
Money Orders and postage 2.63
Removing ashes 4.00
Miscellaneous +  5.85
  -$ 1,296.74
Balance on hand: $ 37.52


During the past year the interest in the library has been well maintained.

Though the number of volumes issued does not quite equal that of the preceeding year the circulation exceeded the average for the last five years.

The arrangement of the latest books on the desk, giving everyone an opportunity to examine them, has proved quite popular with the patrons of the library.

In works of fiction, a brief, printed outline of the story is placed in the front part of the book which is often of great help in the selection of a book.

Number of volumes added to the library for the year ending January 31. 1930:

By purchase: 366
By gift:     6
Total: 372
Number of books replaced: 10
Number of books catalogued: 8,946

The number of books purchased in each class with the cost of same is given below:

Fiction, 194 volumes: $ 281.77
Juvenile, 86 volumes: 124.11
History, Biography & Travels, 55 volumes: 153.17
Miscellaneous, 31 volumes: 68.03
Replaced 10 volumes: 15.70

Number of books issued for February, 985 for March, 1239; for April. 1023; for May, 728; for June, 569: for July 880: for August, 926: for September, 672; for October, 818: for November, 1033 : for December, 951 ; for January, 976.

Total circulation, 10,800. Magazines loaned. 276. Of the total circulation, 10,059 volumes were issued to residents and 741 to non-residents.

Largest number in one day, 184; smallest, 36. Average per day 106.

Number of different borrowers: resident, 378; non- residents, 102. Total number of different borrowers, 480.

The attendance in the reading room has been very good. Very little change has been made in the reading matter.

Two magazines -- The Youth’s Companion and the Saturday Evening Post -- have been discontinued.

Two magazines, The Mid-Week Pictorial Magazine and Collier’s Magazine have been added to the list.

At the present time the list of periodicals is as follows:

Harper’s, National Geographic, World’s Work, Current History, Review of Reviews, Outlook, Literary Digest, Life, American Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Home Companion, McCall’s, Delineator, Collier’s, Good Housekeeping, Mid-Week Pictorial Magazine, Christian Endeavor World. Zion’s Herald, Radio Broadcast, Popular Science. Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, St. Nicholas, American Boy, Bird Lore, National Sportsman, Base Ball Magazine, Nature Magazine. Rural New Yorker, New England Homestead, Country Gentleman, American Fruit Grower, The Flower Grower, American Botanist, Child Life, Exeter News-Letter, Hampton Union , and Union Signal.

The following periodicals have been presented: New Hampshire Issue, Telephone Topics and Telephone Quarterly.