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April 10, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 10, 2014

25 years agoApril 10, 1989

Huntington Memorial Library patrons can get their new automated library cards, return overdue books without paying a fine and see a display of what the library can offer from Monday to Saturday, according to Marie Bruni, director.

About 13,000 borrowers use the library and Ms. Bruni said she wants to get everyone registered in the computer within the next two to three weeks.

“For a short period of time, until the end of May, people should hang onto both their current card and their new card,” she said. “To get a new card, your current card must be clean of overdue items. But people can bring their overdue books in and no questions will be asked during National Library Week.”

About 3,000 books, worth about $45,000, are now overdue, Ms. Bruni said.

“It’s terrible. They are the public’s property and don’t belong to the people who have them,” she said. “They sit at home, under beds and on shelves. A person brought in a book three weeks ago that was seven years overdue.”

Now, the new computer will handle all overdue books, Ms. Bruni said. “If an item is overdue, a computer will put a block on the card until the fine is paid.”


50 years agoApril 10, 1964

National Boy’s Club Week, April 6-11, focuses attention in Oneonta on “the design for Juvenile Decency”—highlight of the program at the Oneonta Boy’s Club just as it is with the national organization which the local club is now seeking to join.

Under the guidance of Carl Delberta, the instincts of hundreds of local and area boys have been firmly rooted in the “design” during the years that Patrolman Delberta has conducted Tuesday and Thursday night sessions in the converted garage of the VFW Home at 97 Main Street.

Incorporated several weeks ago, the Boy’s Club is in the process of becoming affiliated with Boy’s Clubs of America. A meeting scheduled Thursday between Mr. Delberta and the Executive Director of the national unit was called off after Mr. Delberta was invited to be a coach at the National Golden Gloves championship bouts at Las Vegas, Nev.

While no fund drive is in progress at the local club, interested individuals have indicated that local residents with a sincere concern for the welfare of the 150 boys who make up the membership of Oneonta Boy’s Club, Inc., can make contributions.

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