Library Announces Archives Book

Galesburg Public LibraryThe Galesburg Public Library will have published its own book by this time next year.

The library’s Board of Trustees yesterday okayed Archivist Patty Mosher working with a publishing company to put together a book of photos from the library’s archives that, Mosher says up to now, haven’t been used in other publications.  Mosher says she recently went to a conference that talked about book publishing, and got connected with the firm Arcadia Publishing, whose local history books have been increasing in numbers in recent years.

Mosher says it could take as much as six to eight months to get the book put together with the pictures and appropriate captions. But, it would be printed and ready for sale in about a year’s time.

If sold in retailers, the book would likely go for about $22 and the library would receive eight percent of the proceeds. However, Mosher says if the library purchased a group of books, they could do so at a reduced rate, sell them in the library, and receive more of a profit.
It has yet to be determined what, if any, sort of library endeavor the book’s proceeds would benefit.

But library board members say they are excited about what could be included.

Mosher says she’ll likely cover the late-1800’s through the 1950’s with the book’s photo collection.

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