From the pages of the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times, Nov. 8, 1989


From the Sun-Times
Nov. 8, 1989

Smyrna Public Library to re-dedicate after expansion

By John Flood
After three years of planning and eight months of fundraising and construction, the Smyrna Public Library is ready for its rededication to celebrate its dramatic expansion....
“What this means is that the Smyrna Library is going to be able to service so much more of the community,” said Library Commission President Jacquie Bamberger of the addition that doubled the size of the library. The library expanded into the former offices of the Smyrna Police Department.
Lt. Gov. Dale E. Wolf is the guest of honor for the ceremonies. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Frank E. Wismer III, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Robert E. Simpson, pastor of Ewell-St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, will give the benediction....
Library Director Penny McGhee is excited about the addition because it gives the library so much more space for all its programs.
Although broader, the mission of the library is still much the same as it was when the library was first inaugurated in 1859, said Bamberger. She says that the statement about the library written by Robert Hoffecker for the March 11, 1859 issue of The Smyrna Times still holds true:
“Growth seems to be a law of nature, mental as well as physical, and while the means of the latter are placed within the reach of every one almost without effort it is found that great effort and expense are necessary, on the part of parents and guardians, to procure that mental culture which will enable the youths to assume the duties and responsibilities that wait them in life. Nor does the capacity for mental development cease at the period of manhood, hence the utility of a public library, where, for a mere trifle, one can have access to hundreds and thousands of dollars worth of books.”
The library, of course, is free now. It became a free public library for residents of the Smyrna School District in 1940.
Smyrna Mayor George C. Wright Jr. sees a much expanded role for the library.
“The library is another link in the effort to try to have the young people involved in activities to keep them away from drugs,” Wright said....

Girls’ cross country wins conference

The Smyrna High girls’ cross country squad won the 1989 Henlopen Conference championship at the conference meet Nov. 4 at Killen’s Pond....
“Before the race, each girl knew her job, and as a team they went out and did it,” said coach Ron McCarty. “Sarah Jarrell and Colleen Modesto ran the best race of their lives. All the girls gave their best, finishing with nothing left in them.”
Freshman Jennifer McCarty finished 3 rd with a time of 21:42; freshman Sarah Jarrell finished 6th with a time of 23:06; sophomore Colleen Modesto finished 7th with a time of 23:23; senior Jennifer Moor finished 10th with a time of 23:37...

Bids accepted for muskrat season at Bombay Hook

Refuge Manager Paul Daly announced today the muskrat trapping procedures for the 1989-90 season on Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Trapping units will be awarded to the highest bidder.
Interested person will have from Nov. 15 through Dec. 4 to examine the designated trapping areas. Bids must be received at the refuge office by 1 p.m., Dec. 4....