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Slim Pickings at the Library Today

When you're doing research, some days are more profitable than others. Today I had a pretty lean day when it came to finding much relevant information. I had two rather hefty volumes of Council Minutes and Report Books from the early 1930s to plough my way through. Fortunately the minutes were well sub-titled in the margins, and so it was easy to skim through. It's the first time since I started that I've found so little and this was the seventh volume. The Reports book was even less useful, with only one boring reference to heating costs of the baths. Never mind, tomorrow is another day. I've ordered three more volumes to come up from archives for tomorrow. I'll keep my fingers crossed that tomorrow will be a more productive day.

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CoralLevang wrote on September 9, 2015, 1:30 AM

I admire your dedication to this research. I do not have the patience.

Paulie wrote on September 9, 2015, 1:49 AM

Isn't any of the information you want for research online? Or is it all in books found in the library?

allen0187 wrote on September 9, 2015, 1:54 AM

Good luck in your research. hopefully, tomorrow brings you more useful information. Pray tell, why are you writing this research?

valmnz wrote on September 9, 2015, 2:06 AM

CoralLevang today took a lot of patience as I had other things I wanted to do at home.

valmnz wrote on September 9, 2015, 2:08 AM

Paulie up until 1920 I can access the local newspapers online, but putting them online has only gone that far. My primary resources are the Council records, plus interviewing ilder people still alive.

valmnz wrote on September 9, 2015, 2:09 AM

allen0187 I'm writing the story of the local swimming baths, in existence from 1917 until 1966 - a local social history for a book I'll be publishing in 2017, one hundred years after opening day.

Paulie wrote on September 9, 2015, 2:39 AM

valmnz , Now I completely understand your situation and see why you have to spend the time in the library.

bestwriter wrote on September 9, 2015, 2:45 AM

You are indeed a voracious reader and I marvel at the time you spare for doing that.

MegL wrote on September 9, 2015, 3:15 AM

Councils began to learn that writing too much down could lead to trouble and started just keeping records of decisions?

valmnz wrote on September 9, 2015, 3:42 AM

The old baths were very close to my heart, were my second home as a teenager and I still consider the other swimmers and my coach as my family. If I don't preserve the story of the place the baths held in the town, possibly no one will.

valmnz wrote on September 9, 2015, 3:44 AM

So I've discovered MegL and thank heavens for over enthusiastic newspaper reporters!

bestwriter wrote on September 9, 2015, 3:59 AM

I know about your blog and you are putting in a lot of effort. I hope one day your blog will be known internationally.

MegL wrote on September 9, 2015, 5:01 AM

We had an open air sea water swimming pool in our village but the local council closed it and sold it off to a local drinking club!

Rufuszen wrote on September 9, 2015, 6:21 AM

It could be just me, bu I love researching at the library. One thing leads to another and it never feels like slim pickings. I use up notebooks pretty fast.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 9, 2015, 10:06 AM

I hope you have lots more luck today. Some days are just not meant to do anything it seems

valmnz wrote on September 9, 2015, 5:42 PM

I understand what you mean Rufuszen but in this case it's pretty specialised material I'm working with, and only two years left to produce a book emoticon :smile:

valmnz wrote on September 9, 2015, 5:44 PM

wolfgirl569 I'm just on my way out the door, so here's hoping.

LeaPea2417 wrote on September 9, 2015, 5:49 PM

Sorry about that. I hope tomorrow will be a better day for your research and study.