GALLIPOLIS — “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” — Jacqueline Kennedy.
Sharing the love of books with children in the community was of special interest to Addie Vanden, the first librarian of the public library in Gallipolis.
Vanden was a member of the Thursday Club, a women’s literary group bound for the purpose of literary study, which actually founded the first library in Gallipolis. The original quarters of the library were on the second floor of the Lupton Building on Second Avenue.
In 1928, at the time of Vanden’s death, a fund was established in her memory to be used for the purchase of children’s books for the library. This fund has continued to grow over the years, with the trustees of the fund making periodic donations to the Gallia County District Library (Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library) for the addition of children’s books to the collection.
Recently, the library received a donation of $750, given in memory of Ann Cornett, through the Addie Vanden Memorial Fund. With these funds, a wide variety of children’s books were purchased for the reading pleasure of those in the community. In addition to these books, the memorial fund provided for the purchase of a bulletin board for the Youth Services department of the library.
“When I consider the enduring legacy of librarians of the Gallia County District Library who have served in the past, such as Addie Vanden and Jonathan Louden, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as the librarian of the Gallia County District Library today,” noted Debbie Saunders, library director. “It is my hope that these books, placed in the library’s collection, will be read by many children, parents and grandparents in the years ahead.”
An interested citizen or organization wishing to make a donation to the Addie Vanden Memorial Fund may do so by making checks payable to the Addie Vanden Memorial Fund, c/o Anne Halliday Jenkins, Treasurer, 240 First Ave., Gallipolis, OH 45631.
Presentation of books to the library through the Addie Vanden Memorial Fund. Pictured, from left, are Becky Carroll, Bobbie Holzer, Rachael Barker, Library Youth Services Program coordinator, Mary Bea McCalla, Anne Jenkins and Debbie Saunders, library director.