Vance Town Library, 1992



Vance Town Library, 1992


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A photograph and article about the establishment of a library in Vance, Alabama.


Tuscaloosa News


Tuscaloosa Public Library


Tuscaloosa News


April 13, 1992


Elizabeth Bradt (Description)






Tuscaloosa County (AL)


Library Leader
By Anna Thibodeaux, Staff Writer

It seems almost irreverent to toss out even the most worn books or magazines, but a more charitable answer may be to give them to the Vance Town Library.

Hundreds of books, magazines and assorted other publications rest on the newly-made pine shelves of the town’s new library, housed in a portable building in the parking lot across from the Town Hall.

Mary Martin, councilwoman and head of the library committee, said the council decided to start the library two months ago and has been working since. A local facility would be more convenient to residents, Mrs. Martin said.

“A lot of people get books and don’t know what to do with them after they are read,” Mrs. Martin said about attracting donations.

The committee composed of Mrs. Martin and members Lizzie Phillips and Bertha Martin is working to publicize the library and organize the materials. The Vance senior citizens’ group, Spice of Life, will lend a hand.

“There are a good many people who like to read different things and we just wanted to have something for anyone and everyone who wants to read,” she said. “Everyone seems to think it’s a wonderful thing.”

The Home Demonstration Club, of which Mrs. Martin is a member, voted last Thursday to buy $50 worth of books, and also plans to buy a book periodically in honor of a resident.

“We have told them just some good reading,” she said of the type material wanted. They would especially like children’s books, but they will accept nearly any contribution. Donations can be made by calling Mrs. Martin at 553-3012.

Mrs. Martin said they hope to hire a person part-time to oversee the library and check out books at least twice a week if sufficient donations are received. An estimated 2,000 books rest on the shelves now.

Councilman Bob Sauls is one of biggest book contributors. Sauls said he has donated more than 900 books, some more than 100 years old.

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