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Emily Sanders talks about being a library director.

RVW: What other kinds of things stand out in your mind about your years as director. Satisfactions, frustrations...

ES: Oh, one of the wonderful things that happened just after we moved into the new building which gave us such a lift, the Home Federal Savings and Loan Association said they were going to give us an amount of money to buy three different sculptures to put on the outside of the building by a local, very distinguished sculpture Willard Hursh. And that gave everybody, board and staff and everybody, such a lift. And he did one sculpture which is over the children's room door. Alice in Wonderland. And then another one on the south side of the library towards the battery showing people, different kinds of people, using the library, the newspaper and so forth. Somebody reading a newspaper and so forth. Then in the early days of County Council they had adopted a county seal, so he also put the county seal on the door way next to the door. And that was a nice lift. Nice things like that happening.

RVW: Any other kinds of things? Frustrations that ...

ES: I remember, not frustrations, we had various county managers whom we had to deal with and they were all -almost without exception as far as I know - when they left to go somewhere else or whatever, they'd always say to County Council well there are problems here and problems here, but the library's fine, except they don't have enough money. So we seem to have been able to keep County Council ... the managers of the county ... the manager ... the county manager at any rate, comparatively happy. So ... RVW: But never able to get the kind of support that you wanted? ES: Well, they had do deal with County Council and that was a group of people I can understand, they had only so much money. If they didn't use the money they had then they'd have to raise taxes and they didn't want to raise taxes because people would squeal. So I could see their point of view. But I also saw our point of view. So there are always two sides to a problem. But ...

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