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The unique, historic toy exhibit comes to the library through the Dibble House museum.

PHOTO COURTESY DIANA HADLEY - A collection of turn-of-the-century toys from the Ivor Davies collection at Dibble House Museum are now on display at the Molalla Public LIbrary and will remain there through July.

There's something very special and very Molalla waiting to be examined at the Molalla Public Library through the month of July.

Ivor Davies is a well-known name in Molalla historical circles and thanks to the good folks at the Dibble House Museum, a special peek into a hobby he enjoyed is on display at the library.

According to Diana Hadley, library director, a suggestion from staffer Ria Sconfienze led to a loan of a collection of Davies' antique toys.

"It's an amazing collection," said Hadley. "There's a mini tool set, a mini bowling set, the Russian nesting dolls, a train and more. I found it really fascinating to look at them and for people interested in antique toys, it should be interesting."

Davies, who was born on July 4, 1907, was an important figure in Molalla's growth in the early 1900s. A city park is named after him.

"The Dibble House was happy to provide the exhibit for us to have," said Hadley. "It's a good tie-in to the library."

The Molalla Public Library, founded in 1900, is the oldest continually operating library in Clackamas County, according to Hadley.

"Have this collection shows the continuity of the library in the community and the people in the community," Hadley said. "The library is about community."

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