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Gaston County Public Library History

1990

          Jan 1990

  • A grant of $7,000 from The Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation was used to fund the program entitled, “Cradle Call to Reading,” which was a cooperative project between the Gaston Memorial Hospital and the Gaston County Public Library. The project was created to address the future literacy needs of infants in Gaston County by providing an information packet for every child born at the Gaston Memorial Hospital during 1990. The packet included the book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. (85th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1989-1990)

 

          May 1990

  • Gaston County Public Library had a collection of 1700 video tapes. (GGZ 15 May 1990, p. B1)

 

          July 1990

  • The Gaston County Public Library received a grant of $10,000 from The Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation to help fund the six-part series ArtsQuest program, which presented 62 events to over 13,000 children and adults during the 1990-1991 fiscal year. This series was co-sponsored by the Gaston County Public Library, Gaston County Public Schools, Gaston College and the United Arts Council of Gaston County, with additional funding provided by the Ralph S. Robinson Family Foundation and the Touring Program of the N.C. Arts Council.(86th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1990-1991)

 

          September 1990

  • Gastonia Main Library began new weekend operating hours. The new hours approved by the Gaston County Library Board of Trustees were on Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays 2 pm to 6 pm though Memorial Day. The Library would remain closed on Sundays during the summer months. The new expanded hours were made possible by the addition of five new employees provided by the Gaston County Board of Commissioners. (GGZ 22 Aug 1990, p. B1) (GGZ 24 October 1990, p. B1) (86th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1990-1991)
  • Construction began on a new Lowell library branch building at 203 McAdenville Road. (85th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1989-1990)

1991

          24 June 1991

  • The new Lowell Public Library branch building at 203 McAdenville Road opened to the public and was later dedicated on July 21. The old building was purchased by the City of Lowell, N.C.

 

          1991-1992

  • The Gaston County Public Library received a grant of $12,000 from The Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation which enabled the purchasing of videocassette player/recorders, color monitors, and storage carts for Audiovisual Services. Additional expenditures of $26,000, provided from the LSCA Enrichment Grant, completed Audiovisual Services’ technology update project. A new service desk and display fixtures for public access were designed and installed. (87th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1991-1992)

1992

          1992

  • The Gaston County Public Library received a 1991 National Achievement Citation from the Public Library Association and a 1992 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties for the ArtsQuest Arts-In-Education/Community Arts Project. (GGZ 10 April 1993, p. 5B) (87th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1991-1992)

 

          1 September 1992

  • Erwin Center Branch Library opened in City of Gastonia’s Erwin Recreation Center. Erwin Center Branch Library, a cooperative effort between Gastonia City and Gaston County governments, operated under contract as a Gaston County library branch, but was built by Gastonia City. The City of Gastonia also provided its furnishings, and agreed to pay the annual salary and salary-related costs of the Branch Library Supervisor. Gaston County agreed to purchase books for the library and to operate it in the same manner as all other branch libraries in the system. James Ferguson served as Director and Pamela Wallace served as supervisor. (GGZ 1 September 1992, p. 8C)
  • The Erwin Recreation Center opened in 1961 and was named for Dr. Herbert Erwin, Gaston County’s first African American physician. (GGZ 21 May 2001, p. 1B)

 

          December 1992

  • Gaston County Public Library staff and local storytellers presented bedtime stories on “Uncle Teddy’s Story Time,” for broadcast on local cable television channels. Louise Jimison, director of the Gaston County Early Child Development Center, conceived the idea for the twenty-two half-hour storytelling programs, which were developed and produced locally by Gaston College. The program won “Best Children’s Program by a Large Library” from the North Carolina Public Library Association. (GGZ 27 September 1992, p. 8C) (88th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1992-1993)

1993

          April 1993

  • Gaston County Public Library awarded the Public Library Association’s 1992 National Achievement Citation for the Literature Lecture Residency Series, which was conducted in the month of February during both 1992 and 1993. (GGZ 10 April 1993, p. 5B) (88th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1992-1993)

 

          August 1993

  • Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library System signed a contract with Gaylord Information Systems for the purchase and installation of the Galaxy Integrated Library System, which included the on-line integrated automation of all public library services in Gaston and Lincoln Counties. (89th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1993-1994)

 

          September 1993

  • Installation began with the implementation of the Supercat cataloging system. (89th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1993-1994)

 

          December 1993

  • Galaxy Public Access Catalogs first became operational. (89th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1993-1994)
  • The Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library System received one of two literacy grants in the state to educate senior citizens, prison inmates and those with limited English skills.(Gaston County Library History by Barbara Daniels, Circulation Reference)

1994

          1 July 1994

  • Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library implemented the automated circulation system which completed automation of library operations. The new Gaylord Information Systems’ GALAXY catalog and circulation system were funded from the two counties and a LSCA Automation Grant of $50,000. The total cost of this automated system was $545,850. Patrons could now search all twelve-library branches for a particular item by using one of the new 116 computer terminals and software located at the branches. New plastic borrower’s cards with bar codes allowed patrons to reserve books and check out items faster. Ralph Robinson, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gaston County Public Library performed a ceremonial check-out of the first book. (GGZ 2 July 1994, p. 7B) (88th Annual Report of the Gaston County Public Library 1992-1993)

1995

          October 1995

  • Philip W. Ritter resigned as Director of the Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library. (GGZ 7 October 1995, p. 1B)

 

          December 1995

  • Lucinda Moose became Director of the Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library. (GGZ 8 December 1995, p. 1B)

1996

          January 1996

  • Internet and World Wide Web services, funded by the General Assembly, became available at the Gastonia Main Library for staff to access information for patrons. (GGZ 26 January 1996, p. B1)

1997

          April 1997

  • The Gaston County Public Library received the 1996 Governor’s Business Award from the Governor’s Business Council on Arts and Humanities. The award was an artwork created by glass artist Gary Beecham of Spruce Pine and was specially commissioned for the award. (GGZ 17 April 1997, p. 1B)

1998

          1998-1999

  • The Board of Commissioners approved funding to construct a new Union Road Branch Library facility.

 

          January 1998

  • Four public access Internet terminals became available at the Gastonia main library branch and two terminals in the Lincolnton library. (GGZ 7 February 1997, p. 1B) (Public Internet Access-Acceptable Use Policy)

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