The two schools were also used by the grownups in
the community as well. One evening a week a singing instructor came from
out of town and met with the adults for singing lessons. There were also
debates held, and once a year they had Magic Lantern slide shows, that
were usually of a geographic nature.
Strong, who donated the land for the South School, was the librarian for
School District 18 and in January of 1840 he presented the Commissioners
of Common Schools of the Town of Huntington with a catalogue of the books
then available to the students of the school at that time. The letter was
signed on the bottom by the three Trustees, Amos Harned, John Harned, and
John C. Bond.
The following are a few titles from the report which
show a hardy selection of History and Science, but only one novel. The
Life of Washington, The Life of Oliver Cromwell, The Life of Napoleon, The
Life of Sir Isaac Newton, The Natural History of Insects, The American
Forest, Natural History, The Principles of Physiology, Celestial Scenery,
Indian Traits, History of Virginia, Palestine or The Holy Land, The
Chinese, and The Swifts Family Robinson.