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FOURTH ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



AlAMEDA COUNTY DEPARTMENT 



OF THE 



OAEAND FREE LIBRARY 




FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1913-1914 
OAKLAND. CALIFORNIA 




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FOURTH ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



ALAMEDA COUNTY DEPARTMENT 



OF THE 



OAKLAND FREE LIBRARY 




FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1913-1914 
OAKLAND, - CALIFORNIA 



ALAMEDA COUNTY DEPARTMENT 
OAKLAND FREE LIBRARY 



BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF ALAMEDA COUNTY 

JOHN F. MULLINS F. W. FOSS 

W. B. BRIDGE J. M. KELLEY 

DANIEL J. MURPHY 



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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
OF THE OAKLAND FREE LIBRARY 

Term 
Expires. 

FRANK M. PARCELLS 318 Lee St 1919 

President 

SAMUEL HUBBARD 244 Montecito Ave 1920 

JOHN W. EVANS 604 E. 14th St 1915 

GARY HOWARD 328 29th St 1916 

SAM BELL McKEE 225 Vernon St 1917 

GHARLES S. GREENE, Librarian and Secretary of the Board. 
MARY BARMBY, Ghief of Department. 






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STAFF OF COUNTY DEPARTMENT 
JULY 1, 1914 



COUNTY DEPARTMENT. 

Mary Barmby _ , Chief 

Jean D. Baird First Assistant 

Ethel'bert Jerome _ Assistant 



COUNTY BRANCHES. 

Albany E. S. Hamilton, Attendant 

Rosa E. Diehl, Janitor 

Altamont _ T. M. E^ran, Attendant 

Alvarado Albert Norris, Attendant 

Alviso - F. M. George, Attendant 

Centerville Mabel Yates, Attendent 

Decoto Elizabeth Williams, Attendant 

Dublin W. S. Lawrence, Attendant 

Hayward - Elizabeth Creelman, Attendant 

Irvington Josephine Blacow, Attendant 

Livermore Myrtle Harp, Attendant 

Mission San Jose Dr. T. A. Nichols, Attendant 

Mt. Eden Sophie Engelund, Attendant 

Newark _ Mabel Fowler, Attendant 

Niles E. M. Nichols, Attendant 

Pleasanton S. A. Young, Attendant 

San Lorenzo M. E. Brommage, Attendant 

Sunol - Mary Buttner, Attendant 

Warm Springs Joseph Brown, Attendant 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT 



Balance, of which $197.77 was held in trust for schools $ 299.15 

RECEIPTS. 

Received from County Treasurer, July 1, 1913, to June 30, 1914, at 

$1250.00 per month for 5 months and $1500.00 for 7 months $16,750.00 

Received from Albany 30.00 

Overdraft due Oakland Free Library 4.24 

$17,083.39 
EXPENDITURES. 

Salaries $ 6,801.31 

Books 5,164.56 

Binding 236.55 

Printing 89.75 

Furniture 606.85 

Express 121.37 

Traveling 198.05 

Office Supplies 128.62 

Periodicals 692.03 

Views and Pictures 374.20 

Messenger 32.97 

Building and Repair 119.62 

Light and Heat 102.51 

Rent 258.00 

Incidentals 110.75 

Janitor 46.25 

For Use of Oakland Library 2.000.00 

$17,083.39 



REPORT OF THE ALAMEDA COUNTY 

DEPARTMENT OF THE OAKLAND 

FREE LIBRARY 



To the Honorable Board of Directors of the Oakland Free Library — 

Gentlemen: The fourth annual report of the County Library work in 
Alameda County, is hereby presented. 

Library work has been carried on in Alameda County since November, 

1910, under a contract entered into between the County of Alameda through 
its Board of Supervisors, and the Oakland Free Library through its Board 
of Library Directors, to establish a County Library system and to work 
under Section 12 of the County Library Law, the Legislature of the State 
of California having passed a law April, 1909, permitting such co-operation. 
Twelve thousand dollars was given for the first year's work. In November, 

1911, a new contract was agreed upon whereby the work would be enlarged 
and the added sum of $250 a month was given, making $15,000 a year. The 
same contract was continued in 1912. The work was carried on, but not much 
new work was started, as it took up all funds to keep up the standard of 
the year before. Again in November, 1913, a new contract was agreed upon, 
and $18,000 was given for the year. New branches were started and the 
service to the older branches much improved. 

In 1911, the County Free Library Law was amended, and we are now 
working under Section 16 of this law. The only important change was the 
adding of the phrase "Including incorporated cities and towns therein." 

We have now eighteen branches with reading rooms. These include the 
libraries placed in Livermore, Hayward, and Pleasanton town libraries. The 
reading rooms are well supplied with the current magazines and daily papers, 
and are open, in most cases, every afternoon and evening but one. En- 
cyclopedias have been placed in the larger branches, also other reference 
books. The farmers' bulletins from the Government and important docu- 
ments from the University of California are received. 

There are two or three prints on the walls of even our smallest branches. 
Labels have been made for the frames of these pictures, to hold a slip, ex- 
plaining the pictures and giving the artist's name and title of picture. There 
are between three and four thousand stereographic views in the County 
system and these are all in each of the branches at some time during the 
year. Two stereoscopes to be used with these views remain in each branch. 
The stereographs are an important feature of the library work, the subjects 
being so varied. All important countries of the world are represented by sets 
of about one hundred views. Then there are sets on the industries of the coun- 
tries, sets on natural history, and one on battleships. The people who do not care 
to read, come to the branch to look at these stereographs. Teachers use 
them in connection with their geography work in the schools. Panama and 
Mexico are in the greatest demand at present. 

We found the radioptican purchased the year before had proved so sat- 
isfactory that we decided to add to this department. So a balopticon was 

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purchased. This is much like the radioptican, but we felt possibly a little 
in advance in results. 

These machines with instructions for their use are sent out to the branches 
to remain for a few weelis. Post cards in sets are sent also, which the ma- 
cliines reflect and enlarge. Someone in the community is always found 
who is willing to explain the cards and make the evenings enjoyable. These 
picture-evening entertainments are open to every one, though they are almost 
too modest to be called entertainments. 

Some fourteen colored Berlin prints have been purchased for the County. 
These will be sent from branch to branch so the entire County may enjoy 
them. 

A branch was established at Albany in Decemlser. The people of the 
community rented the room on Main Street and furnished the tables, chairs 
and book cases. The room is very attractive, the attendance and circulation 
satisfactory. Mrs. Elizabeth SI Hanxllton is the efficient attendant. Her 
knowledge of people and books makes her a valuable addition to our County 
staff. The town trustees pay $5 a month toward buying books, and show 
in many ways their interest in their new library. 

A branch was opened in Dublin, May 21st. The library occupies a room 
in the store facing the main road. Mr. Green, the owner of the 'building, had 
burlap put on the walls and a window and door put in so that the library 
is quite an attractive place. MJrs. Lawrence is the attendant. Here, as in 
every library we have started, we had a public opening. The people came 
from all about in numbers, until we wondered where they had all come 
from. 

For some time we had a deposit of books at Alviso school attended to 
by the principal. This did very well, but we decided in June to make it a 
regular branch library, so we have a room in the home of Mrs. Frank 
George. This room is open to the street and is used only for the library. 
Mrs. George is the attendant. The district is quite thickly settled and we 
expect will make good use of the books and the reading room. Mr. 
Greene spoke at the opening here, as he did at the opening at Albany. 

Mrs. Runckel, the attendant at Niles, resigned in July and Mrs. Nichols 
was appointed to fill the place. Mrs. Nichols' work has been most satis- 
factory, as the steady growth of the Niles library shows. 

The library at Irvington moved into new rooms in March. Formerly we 
had one large room, too large to heat or light properly. The present place is 
next door and is better adapted to the library needs. We have two rooms 
and better lighting. The quarters at San Lorenzo became so crowded that 
it was necessary to move to a larger room in the same building, the village 
hall. The reading room is generally well filled with magazine and news- 
paper readers both afternoons and evenings. The circulation from here is 
larger than any other branch of its size in the County. 

In Alvarado we were fortunate in having a vacant room next to our 
library room. The partition was taken down, making it one large room. 

Meetings of the attendants have been held in the County Library office 
in Oakland. At these meetings we talk over and work out the problems 
that are always present. We plan new work and criticise the work done. 

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The work with the County Jail has grrown during the past year. We 
have a messenger service twice a week. The prisoners make their requests 
and the boy fills them from the Oakland Library. There is no collection of 
books in the jail. We continue to borrow books from the State Library for 
the Law Library, whenever lawyers of Alameda County require material 
not in the County. Books ready for discard have been sent out every month 
to the County Infirmary, to be read there and then burned at the discretion 
of the attending doctor. A few phonograph records have been sent to Alta- 
mont on their request, as they had a machine in the community which 
they could use. Altamont has no electricity, so could not have the benefit 
of the radioptican and the records were sent to make up for this loss. 

Some work has been done with Alameda and Berkeley in the way of 
supplying special books, and in Alameda in the loaning of pictures. 

Post cards with the map of Alameda County on the back have been 
printed for use in correspondence. The map shows the location of the 
libraries and gives a few figures. 

The County Library had a booth at the Alameda County fair last year 
and this year plans to be represented. 

The circulation of books in the County has been steadily increasing, 
amounting to about one thousand a month more than last year. The special 
requests coming from our people and from other libraries in the State, have 
been very large. We have been able to fill these requests from our library, 
the Oakland Library, and the State Library. 

The problem of properly housing our libraries will need to be considered 
in the near future. The present rooms in many cases are too small. With 
larger space better work can be done. We hope to find the people of the 
towns ready to help when the time comes. 

The County Library in California has well passed the experimental 
stage, and has become a strong factor in the twenty- six counties in which 
it is working, many of the counties growing in a remarkable way. Los 
Angeles, for instance, last year received $40,000 for the county work and this 
year expects to nearly double that amount. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARY BARMBY, 
Chief of Department. 



STATISTICS 



Number of borrowers — established branches 

Number of borrowers — County at large 

Total number of books sent to stations 

Circulation of stations 

Total number of books sent to schools 

Total number of books in office 



. 3,689 
. 1,159 
.12,992 
.66,529 
. 1,020 
. 1.354 



Count of bound volumes, July 6, 1913. 
Accessions — 

By purchase 

By gift 



4,667 
227 



Discarded 
Lost .... 



35 
36 



Borrowed from Teachers' Library. . . 
Total bound volumes, July, 1914. 



10,444 



4,894 
15.338 



71 



15,267 
. 122 



.15,389 



Branches — Date of Opening. 

Albany Dec. 4, 1913 

Altamont April 2, 1912 

Alvarado Dec. 7, 1910 

Centerville Dec. 2, 1910 

Decoto Dec. 11, 1910 

Dublin May 21. 1914 

Irvington April 4. 1911 

Mission San Jose. Dec. 10,1910 

Mt. Eden Feb. 1, 1911 

Newark Sept. 4, 1911 

Niles Feb. 2. 1911 

San Lorenzo Dec. 1. 1910 

Sunol Dec. 9, 1910 

Warm Springs Feb. 20, 1912 

Deposit Stations — 

Alviso Feb. 27. 1911 

Hayward April 12, 1911 

Liverm.ore Sept.. 1911 

Pleasanton May 29, 1911 

Request Books — 

County Jail July, 1911 

San Leandro 

Inter-Library 



Borrowers. 

235 
102 
193 
291 
246 

33 
161 

78 
125 
164 
459 
305 
108 

73 



53 

457 
464 
136 



Books. 

761 

406 
1,060 
1.199 

765 

144 

765 

710 

755 

904 
1.099 
1.113 

674 

400 



100 

789 

727 
644 



Borrowers — County at large. 
Books in office and schools. 



3689 13,015 

1159 

2,374 



Circulation 
Books. Mags. 



3,206 
1,513 

2,775 
4,805 
2,508 



305 

810 

1,606 

1,936 

484 



(no report) 



2,683 
2,191 
1,523 
3,258 
8,256 
4,852 
i.985 
916 



343 

6,037 
5,142 
2,361 



481 

238 

41 

55,114 



139 

1,132 

52 

480 
1,848 
1,163 
1.110 

131 



97 



120 



11.415 



4,848 



15,389 



55,114 



11,416 



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