Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 14, 1975 · Page 4
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Freeport, Illinois
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Monday, July 14, 1975
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Page 4 Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Monday, July 14, 1975 Book Selectors Face Many Titles, Fewer Dollars The prediction was that ex-pro basketball player Jerry Lucas would not make the grade. But he and his writing cohort, Harry Lorayne, have scored a victory with their fans among Freeport'Public Library patrons. Their well publicized book on memory building is one of those infrequent "sleepers" which the local library selectors would not have picked, save for patron interest. "The reviews said it was mediocre, but several people were asking for it, probably because they (the authors) were on TV," said librarian John Locascio. How are books chosen at the Freeport Library, to furnish that foundation on which any library exists? Not surprisingly.the responsibility ; falls on Locascio, young people's librarian, Miss Jean Buboltz, and two top aides, senior librarian Mrs. Patricia Vorwlad and librarian Mrs. Helen Townsend. Locascio and Mrs. Vorwald decide weekly on orders for the adult departments plus reference works, while Miss Buboltz places orders five times a year for young people's books (through eighth grade) after getting suggestions from Mrs. Townsend. Budgetary restraints and the flood of new books every year combine t require discrimination in book selection, particularly among those for adult readers. The library purchases less than 10 per cent of all new books published in a year. "We got about 4,000 new titles the past year and 41,000 to 44,000'titles are published each year," Locascio said. The present library budget allocates approximately $12,000 for book purchases from an overall budget of $154,000. Federal revenue sharing funds will help increase the outlay somewhat, Locascio said, but in recent years the percentage of the annual budget going to book purchases has declined as operating costs have risen. Presently the library is spending about $115 a week on new books for the adult shelves. That amounts to approximately 25 books a week obtained from a Chicago area book jobber who gives a 32 per cent discount. When Locascio and Mrs. Vorwald sit down to their weekly book buying decision session, it lasts anywhere from an hour to two hours, depending upon the amount available to spend. S.ome of money gets earmarked right away for additional copies of popular books with long sign up lists. The rule of thumb calls for one duplicate book per 12 signups for a fiction selection and one duplicate per 6 signups for non-fiction. Popular new fiction books are circulated on a one-week basis so the turnover is greater tha non-fiction. "Usually the most we run on additional copies is four to six," Locascio said. "We had to get 10 I recall for one book, but that was unusual." Locascio recalls that one of the Victoria Holt novels, "House of a Thousand Lanterns'" produced a signup list of 87. Other recent books which drew long sign up lists were the novels "The Millionaire's Daughter" and "The Fan Club" and biographies of entertainment personalities Rhona Barrett and Dick Cavett. The sources which Locascio and Mrs. Vorwald utilize before buying decisions are made is impressive. What Books To Buy: The Librarian's Dilemma At Times Specialized publications for librarians, Book List, Kircus and Choice, are digested, as are Publishers' Weekly, the New York Times and Chicago Tribune book reviews, New York Review of Books, Time, Newsweek and Business Week maazines, Science Books Quarterly and some specialized magazines like Motor Trend and Motor Boating. "The selection takes a lot of time and the reviews can be awful verbose," Locascio sighed. "It can be a drag sometimes." There is no attempt to divide the purchases up among various suject categories, Locascio said. "We try to buy what the people are asking for, or know what we need for our collection, even if we know it is not popular. One example might be "The Energy Directory" in which one can look to find energy information. "It's worked out that we buy about two-thirds non-fiction and a third fiction." Certain materials are on standing order, such as one new set of encyclopedias a year and the Time-Life series. Several requests are needed before the selection duo will add a book to the shelves which they have not agreed on themselves. When the request number is only two or three, the Northern Illinois Regional Library System in Rockford is asked to buy the title. The Library Board does not enter into book selections, although individual members make suggestions. "We spend only $15 or $20 a year on paperbacks," Locascio said, in refer- ence to one of the more popular forms of reading matter. "Our best seller racks are full of paperback gifts. Secently we got 150 Harlequin romances. Someone a while back gave us 100 to 150 westerns and mysteries to balance it." In the young people's department book selections, Miss Buboltz said approximately 500 books are ordered each year from an annual listing of more than 2,000 titles. Some 10 per cent of the orders go to replace worn out books. The children's section rarely orders additional copies of a book. Miss Buboltz and Mrs. Townsend depend on reviews in Hornbook, the School Library Journal, Kircus, the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and publishers' catelogues on occasion for their resources. The number of young people's titles printed yeaily is declining because of costs, according to Miss Buboltz. The library orders more heavily for the lower grades, since patronage leans to those ages. "We don't have too many requests for books we don't have. If we do have .one, I order it from, the Northern Illinois Library System. and see if I like it," Miss Buboltz explained. Some of the old favorites continue to draw the youthful readers' interest. When the young people's department purchased 51 different titles of the Nancy Drew series, they were snatched up in a day. Based on that experience, ten of the Hardy Boys adventures have been ordered "to see how they go." Complaints on the book selections are rare, Locascio and Miss Buboltz Say. "I've had only two complaints about books on the shelf since I came in 1972," Locascio said. "One was a fictionalized version about American fliers in China in World War II where the wife a captain was playing around with men in the group and the other one I can't remember. People aren't bothered that much." Criticism over a particular book arises "very infrequently," according to Miss Buboltz. About a month ago one mother rapped a second grade .level book about a boy who had a negative attitude toward everything. "The book had been in the collection for several years," Miss Buboltz said. "I looked at it and took it out. It wasn't that it was controversial, but it wasn't a worthwhile book." New Industry Advancing Plans To Erect Plant In Freeport Plans for the construction of a new plant here by Star Mfg. Co. are moving smoothly with "no problems," according to the company president The small factory, which will manufacture a "unique" all-electric piow share, should employ about 25 men, the president, Carson J. Ward, said. He said today that land adjacent to Ihm Motors has been purchased as a site for the plant and all that remains is getting signatures on paper. "The specifications are out on the building and I hope they will be back soon so we can get it going by November," Ward said. He said the home plant at Carpentersville employs about 150 persons. "This is phase one of the move," he said. When asked what phase two was, he said, "That depends on the farmers." Ward said earlier that if all went well, the company could move its entire operation here, "say within five years." He said manufacturing operations will begin immediately upon completion of a 36,000-square-foot steel frame building. "We want to be in production there by Nov. 1," Ward said earlier. He said today the company is still aiming for that opening date. The company is expanding here for two reasons, Ward said. He said the home plant has nowhere to expand and the unemployment rate in Stephenson County is high, giving his company assurance of workers. The company supplies plow shares to John Deere, J. I. Case, Massey Ferguson and wholesalers, Ward said. The steel products require incoming steel from Gary, Ind., by rail, Ward said. A spur line from the Milwaukee Road railroad is planned, Ward said, but he was unable to povide a progress report. Early this month, the City Council approved spending $110,000 for a new road leading to the 20-acre site of the new plant. The road would be about 1,200 feet long and would extend from East South Street south to the site. The council was told that the road would be able to carry heavy traffic and could be used by other industry if built in the area south of Ihm's Motors. Insurance Problems Highland coi/ege (Continued from page 1) Participation doesn't make economic sense for those would would be giving a limited number of hours yet be required to spend $1,700 annually, Schoenberger explained. Some hospitals in other areas have contracted with special companies or- gaihzed strictly to provide emergency room coverage. The smaller volume of Freeport Memorial, however, makes this approach doubtful. The hospital's insurance agent, Ted Seely, said Freeport Memorial can adjust its coverage to handle fulltime doctor staffing of the emergency room, but doubts whether the hospital would be willing to finance any additional coverage that individual doctors would need. "We wouldn't want to extend our coverage to other entities," Seely said. "Physicians have always provided their own." Wine said there has been no pressure from the state on any deadline for getting continual coverage in the emergency room. 'We advised them we hit this snag," Wine said. Freeport Memorial is a local trauma center and part of a state network established in 1971. It was also designated a "basic hospital" covering a three-county area in an Illinois Department of Public Health plan of 1973. Basic hospitals generally have 24-hour emergency room physician service. The proposed weekend staffing of Freeport Memorial's emergency room would be the first phase in total coverage. Inhaling Cigar Smoke Very Harmful, Says AMA CHICAGO (UPI) - All you smokers who think you can keep nicotine away by puffing on cigars are in for a rude shock. The problem, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, is that "reformed" cigarette smokers usually inhale even when they switch to cigars. Dr. Allen L. Goldman, chief of the pulmonary disease section of the University of South Florida college of medicine, found in a study at the Tampa Veterans Hospital that inhaling cigar smoke may be much more harmful than inhaling cigarette smoke. Goldman said in his study of lung patients, each was given a blood test to measure a factor known as carboxyhe- moglobin level. This substance in the blood increased some four times in cigarette smokers compared with nonsmokers, and eight times in cigar smoke inhalers. Both levels provide SALE NOW IN PROGRESS! Ends July 19th Trash Compactor o \< free* ers Ranges NORTHERN PROPANE Gas Company 1819 S. West Ave. — 233-1713 Mon. 8-9 Tues.-Fri. 8-5 Sat. 8-Noon Budget Meeting Set For Tuesday The Highland Community College Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed 1975-76 budget during the monthly meeting of the board scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the HCC board room. The budget, presented two months ago and laid over last month, calls for an approximate 10 per cent increase in both revenue and expenditures. Total operating expenses of $2,257,878 and anticipated revenue of $2,270,039 are included. College president Dr. Howard Sims, said this morning he hopes details of Gov. Daniel Walker's latest budget cuts will be known by the meeting. Walker announced Sunday he was cutting an additional $140 million from the general education fund. Dr. Sims said this would amount to approxiamtley $46,000 for Highland College. The board will hear a status report on the college's Retired Senior Citizens Volunteer program. risk to health. "From this and prior studies it is concluded that cigarette smokers should quit smoking entirely," said Goldman. "Patients who smoke cigars should be specfically warned against inhaling." Food Store Executive Dies Downstate MARION, 111. (UPI) - Harry W. Bracy, Marion, a small town produce dealer who became a giant in the food store business, died Sunday at Marion Memorial Hospital. He was 87. Bracy had been hospitalized since 1970 after suffering a series of strokes. Bracy founded H.W. Bracy & Co. in 1921 and had more than 70 stores and meat markets in Southern Illinois when he sold it in 1929 to the Kroger Co. of Cincinnati. TRAFFIC CONTROL needs a "take charge" attitude after a crash as Freeport policeman Robert Reed demonstrated after a recent accident at the busy intersection of S. West Ave. and W. Empire St.-Journal-Standard Photo Reunions BATCHELDER-HUNT-PERRY The Batchelder-Hunt-Perry reunion will be held Sunday at the Stockton Park House. A basket dinner will be served at noon. SNAP The Snap reunion will be held at noon Sunday at the Owl's Club near Pearl City. Local Hospital News Births At Memorial Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wells, Lincoln Mobile Home Park, are parents of a son born Sunday in Freeport Memorial Hospital. Parents of a son born Sunday are Dr. and Mrs. Gary Kramer of Lena. Patients At Memorial Surgical patients at Freeport Memorial are Sara Laird, 1448 S. Chicago Ave.; Mrs. William Morrow, 1225 Hillcrest Lane; Mrs. Elizabeth Piefer, 822 W. E)lk St.; John Swanson, 1327 S. Walnut Ave.; and Richard Dietz, Lanark. Medical patients include Mrs. Robert Linden, 311 N. Park Blvd.; Richard Sullivan, 1320 Crestwood Drive; Earl Edler, 917 S. West Ave.; Mrs. Ernest Herbig, 1422 S. Blackhawk Ave.; Mrs. June Hoggatt, 1430 Winter Drive; Donald Russell, 815 W. Douglas St.; Mrs. Toncy Smeathers, 626 N. Waddell Ave.; Donald Witmer, Lanark; Mrs. Martha Hanes, Mount Morris; Terry Herbert and Kathryn Kline, both of Davis; Albert March, Sycamore; Frederick Crase, Baileyville; Mrs. Gerald Kent, Apple River; and Stanley Lincoln, Ridott. —— '- ••"• «* '»» ^^ w i*^ DRUG CO. 8 W. Stephenson 232-5194 Will Close At 7:3O P.M. (Regularly 9:00 P.M.) On Tuesday, July 15 So That Our Employees May Enjoy A Store Party. 2 Local Groups Serving Elderly To Receive New Federal Grants Federal grants totaling $53,416 have been designated-for two Freeport- based groups working with senior citizens. The grants are for the new fiscal year which began July 1. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) covering four counties (Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll and Ogle) was allotted $28,356 and the Senior Citizens Center of Stephenson County has been granted $25,060. Both are in their third year of operation. Sponsored by Highland Community College, the RSVP works with elderly persons who want to give part-time service in a variety of community service tasks and offers a number of interest groups. The new year's budget is approximately $40,000, according to Mrs. Beth Smith, director. Thirty per cent of the budget is "in kind" services from the community. Last year 36,000 hours of volunteer work was contributed by 280 RSVP volunteers, Mrs. Smith said. Currently there are 23 work stations involving 225 volunteers. Eighty-five per cent of the activity is in Stephenson County. Three paid staff members are Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Catherine Sorn, coordinator, and Mrs. Lona Kniskern, secretary. RSVP federal funds come from the ACTION agency. Mrs. Smith said RSVP differs from two other local federally supported efforts for the elderly, the Senior Center and a nutrition program, in that "our elderly serve others, as well as being served." Funding for the Senior Citizens Center comes from the Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, based in Rockford, is the local overseer. A $40,651 budget has been developed for the new fiscal year, according to Mrs. Nancy Mindrup, senior center director. Local contributions, both "in kind" and in cash, plus a grant from Freeport Township in federal revenue sharing money, cover the balance of the budget outside the federal grant. . The Senior Citizens Center, based in the ground floor of the First United Methodist Church, maintains a drop-in center for the elderly, "The Friendly Corner." Weekday bus service is provided senior citizens of the county on a scheduled basis. Allocations for staff in the new budget run $20,220, covering three full-. time persons and a custodian. Other staff members besides Mrs. Mindrup are Mrs. Tait Roe, secretary-social director, and Miss Cynthia Baley, driver. New Methods To Vaccinate For German Measles Told CHICAGO (UPI) - A group of Harvard Medical School doctors has suggested the best way to control German measles may be to vaccinate adolescent girls. At present, the American system is to use mass vaccination of children of both sexes, ages 1 through 12 years, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.. German measles is a special hazard to pregnant women because it may damage the unborn child. The main effort then is to keep German measles away from pregnant women. The Harvard group took blood tests of more than 3,000 pregnant women and made two findings: Children are not the major source of infection for pregnant women and young women do not necessarily pick up an immunity to German measles from children. "We would prefer the policy of selectively and efficiently vaccinating adolescent girls," the doctors wrote. "Our preference is based not only on the apparent waste of vaccination directed at boys, but also because we think that the credibiliity of such a policy to patients and physicians alike would be even more likely to lead to its incorporation into routine medical practice." The group pointed out that in England physicians now concentrate on vaccinating girls ages 11 to 14 years, with priority to girls in their 14th year. '(Clip Out) 1 ——3; Tuesdays And Thursdays For The Month Of July Only 1 FREE Cocktail Of Your Choice With This Ad And The Purchase Of An Evening Dinner At Jacks. ——— ^^^••••••^ Jacks Restaurant and Lounge Atop the State Bank Center

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