Monday, May 2, 2011

1905 Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey

[LIB1554] The first library was created in rented rooms, formerly occupied by the Y.M.C.A., in which the librarian began to build a collection of books and periodicals. The first public librarian was J. Oakly Nodyne (a local justice-of-the-peace), who was paid a salary of $150 annually. By mid-1885, the Library offered a small book collection of only 178 volumes. The Library Board then solicited members of the community with fabulous response and within a year the collection grew to nearly 2,000 books. [Read more at the Plainfield Library Website]

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