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1931

Augmenting the services of the city library, a provincial library was opened in August under the direction of Miss Jeannette Sargent. She oversaw a travelling library service and operated a system called "open shelf service," mailing books to readers across northern B.C. From space in the old Princess block located at the corner of Third Avenue and Vancouver Street, Miss Sargent headed up the North Central branch of the provincial library. Eventually, she acquired an automobile - a Plymouth - which she used to travel extensively about the northern territory. For people living in isolated areas or camped at portable sawmills or on small farms, having a regular supply of books was important in an era with little available by way of education or entertainment.

The federal government cancelled its relief program in the spring. Without funding, the City of Prince George had to cancel its meagre support payments of 40 cents a day for food and 25 cents a day for shelter.

W. J. Allan's candy store began developing a market for locally-made vanilla and tutti-frutti ice cream. Advertisements touted their ability to ship large or small quantities to any point along the railway, for parties or picnics.

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