Women's Christian Association

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Women's Christian Association
Former type Libraries (Reading room)
Industry Information
Fate Dissolved
Successor(s) Wooster Free Library Association
Founded Wooster, Ohio (1895 (1895))
Founder(s) Miss Edella E. Bennett
Defunct 1897 (1897)
Headquarters Wooster, Ohio, United States
Number of locations Wooster, Ohio
Key people Miss Edella E. Bennett
"Few families can afford a library of six hundred books and the leading magazine of the day. Everyone is welcome to avail themselves of the opportunity to read."

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Under the direction of the Women's Christian Association, a reading room was started in 1895 to keep children off the streets at night. Magazines and books, as well as evening prayers, were available. By 1896, the reading room had developed into a public library and had begun to loan out its collection of 60 books. One hundred seventy-five people were included on the borrower's lists. Even so, the reading room lacked public support and appeals were made for money.

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Under the direction of the Women's Christian Association, a reading room was started in 1895 to keep children off the streets at night. Magazines and books, as well as evening prayers, were available. By 1896, the reading room had developed into a public library and had begun to loan out its collection of 60 books. One hundred seventy-five people were included on the borrower's lists. Even so, the reading room lacked public support and appeals were made for money.

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  • 1895 - Organized
  • - Prayer services were an early part of the WCA and held adjoining to the reading room. Some records indicate they were held in connection with the reading room. [2]
  • 1896 - July, An unidentified man served as librarian and begun to loan the books no later than July. [3]
  • 1896 - December 26, According to a local newspaper, the reading room was developing into a public library. [4]
  • 1897 - Spring, Sufficient number of citizens were interested in organizing the Wooster Free Library Association [5]

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  1. History of the Wayne County Public Library: a research paper submitted to the Kent State University Library School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Mast of Library Science, by Joyce A. McKnight. June, 1970, p. 8.
  2. History of the Wayne County Public Library: a research paper submitted to the Kent State University Library School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Mast of Library Science, by Joyce A. McKnight. June, 1970, p. 7.
  3. History of the Wayne County Public Library: a research paper submitted to the Kent State University Library School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Mast of Library Science, by Joyce A. McKnight. June, 1970, p. 8.
  4. History of the Wayne County Public Library: a research paper submitted to the Kent State University Library School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Mast of Library Science, by Joyce A. McKnight. June, 1970, p. 7.
  5. History of the Wayne County Public Library: a research paper submitted to the Kent State University Library School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Mast of Library Science, by Joyce A. McKnight. June, 1970, p. 8.

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