Library card memories from Joann Hano

You guys know how much we love libraries and books, right? Well, this image from reader Joann Hano, then, is of course really cool to me.

She writes, “I had an interesting day (in 2011) at the Martin Memorial Library. After getting an iPad, I wanted to be able to get ebooks to download. However, I didn’t have an up to date library card. Digging into my ‘old things drawer’ I found this old card dated 1983. It probably had been taken out in 1977, because in those days you renewed every 5 years.”

She continued, “Well, when I approached the main desk, the librarians got all excited and called all the employees to come see this interesting piece of York history. One woman remarked, ‘I saw one of those when I was a young girl.’ Another said, ‘I have never seen one of these. This belongs in the archives.’”

And she concludes, “Notice the 5 cents a day penalty for late books, but then everything WAS cheaper! Also, the metal piece that was run through a machine with purple ink. I’m sure many of your Remember York readers will enjoy seeing this and remembering going to Martin Memorial as children.”

Meanwhile, I was at the New Salem antique shop¬†on a recent Sunday and came across this incredibly common Martin Library postcard, one that probably would be passed over by a serious collector, and I figured, hey, I’m writing about Joann’s library card; I mise-well get this and share it!

Joann had also mentioned the loss of the massive wood card-catalog drawers at the library, since now everything is computerized! I remember those from childhood – and I kind of miss them too! They had this smell and feel that just said “library” to me!

Joann, many thanks for sharing – would love to hear more library memories!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Library card memories from Joann Hano

  1. Jim Fahringer says:

    The very first time I ever went to the Martin Memorial Library was in the year 1952 or 1953. I was only 5 or 6. I was all boy and spent most of my waking hours on our street — 300 block East Poplar Street and the surrounding areas. My parents used to say that I was the dirtiest kid on the block. Cleanliness was about as far from my mind as anything could be. I didn’t have time for cleanliness; I was too busy enjoying all of what life had to offer including the dirt! One time my neighbor persuaded me to go with her to the library and sign up for a card. The librarian at the desk was a very straight laced strict lady and sternly warned me that they only wanted library members who were clean and did not have dirty hands. As little as I was, I became very embarrassed and never went back to get my library card because I felt ashamed and unwanted. One of the first library books that I ever looked at was “Babar, the Elephant”. It was my neighbor’s library book but I just loved looking at the pictures as I couldn’t read yet. I actually grew up disliking reading because it was very difficult for me. I couldn’t read until I was in 6th Grade when Mrs. Alverta Roth in the old Springettsbury Elementary School taught me how to read. Later I became an elementary school teacher and was able to teach others how to read. One of my favorite books of all time is “Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Palocco(sp?)”. I could readily identify with the girl in this book whom everyone made fun of and bullied because she couldn’t read. One day a new teacher came to her school and he taught her how to read. If you have never read this book, please get a copy and read it. I have to also say, never discourage a child about reading –even the ones with dirty hands.

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