Before talking about what’s new, here’s a little information about something old at A.K. Smiley Public Library (besides the beautiful building). Did you know that the article featuring the “New Books at A.K. Smiley Library” is the longest running column in the Redlands Daily Facts?
We have old editions of local newspapers dating back to 1897 available on microfilm that can be viewed on our microfilm reader. However, if you are under a certain age, you might have no idea what that is. Newspapers for many years have been photographed onto a reel of microfilm for preservation, as it takes up a lot less room than the newspapers would, and it lasts longer. The microfilm reader machine makes it possible to view those reels.
Recently while looking up some information for a patron on a Redlands Daily Facts reel from 1920, I ran across the article listing the new books at A.K. Smiley Public Library. I thought it would be nice to share a copy with you, as it is interesting to see what the featured books were. Perhaps you might recognize a few of the titles?
The number of new books that were added weekly in 1920 were probably far fewer than we receive on a weekly basis in 2023. In one recent week, 134 new items were added to our circulating library collection. This number now not only includes books, but also audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, MP3s, and Playaways—items not even dreamt of in the 1920s!
In keeping with the purpose of the article, here is a small assortment of new book titles that have recently been added to our shelves:
“The Wind Knows My Name: A Novel,” Isabel Allende (fiction)
“Grave Expectations,” Alice Bell (mystery)
“The Blue, Beautiful World,” Karen Lord (science fiction)
“Desolation Creek,” William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone (western)
“Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins,” Aidan Levy (biography)
“Secrets of the Elephants,” Paula Kahumbu (non-fiction)
Come in and browse for yourself our different circulating collections available for checkout. Microfilm reels are available for specific research or for viewing old headlines, sports articles, wedding, birth or death announcements, or just to marvel at old store and real estate prices!