1970

Miss Paltridge attended a seminar on ‘Standards for Public Libraries and Regionalization’ in July 1970 and wrote:

“A good modern library should have, besides an adequate book stock, maps, tapes, records, and other non book materials”

In a letter dated 19 October 1970, Miss Paltridge reports that advertisement for two staff members produced seven applications.  Miss Lyn Keen and Mrs E. J. Hatfull were the successful applicants.

During this time Miss Paltridge also requested a change in hours and staffing stating:

“Between 12.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. the library is dead....there is usually one or two who are not regular borrowers who sit in the lounge area to have the benefit of warmth in winter and coolness in summer. I cannot see any good reason for staffing the library for these people”

“Between 3.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. the one staff member on duty is heavily pressed, as school children wanting help with projects come in large numbers...the library attracts a lot of rough teenagers who have nowhere else to go after school. They have no respect for the rights of others or for property, and it is difficult for one staff member to control these teenagers...”

1971