Interesting little post from 1839 minutes of school district #8 commonly known as The Red Schoolhouse.
“At a meeting of the freeholders and inhabitants of school district number 8 in th town of Alabama held pursuant to adjournment at the school room on the 8th November 1838.
Augustus Warren was chosen moderator and Donald Fraser was present as clerk.
1st Resolve unanimously that Harper’s Library of fifty volumes be accepted of for a school library.
2nd Resolve unanimously that Augustus Warren be the librarian till the next annual meeting.
3rd Resolve unanimously that no person shall take but one book at a time which shall be returned in four weeks from the time it was taken out of the library.
4th Resolve unanimously that any person drawing a book shall for damaging a leaf pay a fine not less than three cents nor over twelve and a half cents.
5th Resolve unanimously that the fine’s be appropriated to purchase library books.
6th Resolve unanimously that any person for not returning a book in the four weeks from the time it is taken out shall pay four cents and for every additional week one cent per week.
7th Resolve unanimously that Edwin J. Parker serve as collector for the ensuing year.
8th Resolve unanimously that this meeting be dissolved.”
Augustus Warren, Moderator – Donald Fraser, Clerk