“A new feature in the Children’s Room is the use of nickel-in-the-slot machines as educational engines. Mr. Frank B. Wiborg, at Christmas time, made a gift of $100.00 to the room. With part of this money some stereoscopic views were bought. As it would be impractical to leave these loose on the tables to be looked at by children through hand stereoscopes, some means was sought by which a series of a dozen or more views could be turned over in succession in a properly lighted instrument. In the loft of one of the dime museums of the city were found some discarded slot machines, which with slight modification were made serviceable. For these the balance of the money was expended. It was only necessary to widen the slot so as to allow of the passage of a slug thicker than a cent or a nickel, and have made a supply of thick slugs which could be used in the library machines and not in the museum machines. These slugs are given out to the children on request, and the requests come so rapidly that the six machines are generally surrounded by an admiring crowd.”
- Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Cincinnati, 1906.
Photograph, the Children’s Room at Old Main Library, date unknown.
I won’t be joining all the librarians at ALA this year, but as a Vegas veteran (I just got back from my most recent trip yesterday), I thought I’d put together a little list of my favorite Vegas sites: