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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume X, Number 1 

January 19 S$ 

Publications Committee! Gerald L. Ball, John J. McCafferty, Sheila V/. Pierce, 

Sarah M. Usher, Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material: 
The tenth of each month 


Another publication year has passed, 
swiftly but pleasantly. The year 1951| 
saw nany important library events take 
place, so many that a recapitulation of 
them would fill many pages of this issue. 

We cannot finish our editorial work, 
however, without mentioning the event 
of 195ii — the Centennial Celebration, In 
May we settled down to our regular duties 
after a hectic round of dinners, parties, 
meetings, radio, TV and newspaper pub- 
licity, the Centennial Fair, and a very 
successful campaign for a staff gift* 

Now, after most of us had relegated 
the Centennial to the happy past, we re- 
port that a Professional Staff Associa- 
tion group has been working diligently 
upon a Centennial project for many 
months~"Free to All", a musical revue, 
A staff effort of considerable proportion,' 
the revue is of professional caliber, 
although the original book and lyrics, the 
entire cast and the members of the 
orchestra, are Boston Public Library staff 
members . 

An exciting and nsmorable evening is 
in store for those attending the opening 
night, Jan\jary 29, In addition, this will 
be the last opportunity to add to the 
Centennial gift, as all proceeds are to 
be contributed to the Centennial Fund, 

As this column is the swan song of 
the present Publications Committee, may 
we extend our thanks to everyone who fes 
worked for, or contributed material to, 
The Question Mark during the past year. 
We also wish every success during the 
coming year to the new Publications Com- 

Publications Committee 


January 29. "Free to All", Nerr England 
Mutual Hall, 8:30 p.m. 

January 31, S.LJi.,, Boston Chapter, 

B,U, College of Education, 
7:30 p.m. Dinner at B.U. 
Faculty Club, 6:15 p.m. 



Isabelle G. Finn, West Roxbury to 

Charles town. 
}i\rs Rhea L. Freeman, Charlestown to 

West Roxbury. 
Mrs Elizabeth F, Howard, from Jeffries 

Point to South End, 
Mrs Patricia Iseman, Central Charging 

Records to Brighton. 
lirs Phyllis R. Kallman, South End to 

Jeffries Point, 
Mrs Katherine L. Williams, Brighton 

to Central Charging Records . 


Mrs Francina C. Gelzer, South End, to 

remain at home 
Mrs Shirley Waters , Adams Street, to 

remain at home. 


May L. Crosby, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion Department, Division of Reference 
and Research Services, on December 31, 
19514., after forty years of service 

Rebecca Millraeister, West End, on 

December 31, 195U after fifty-three 
years of service. 


Bernardine Grace, Uphams Corner, to 
Arnold Smokier, December 19, 19514 

B.P.L.P.S.A. Annual Busines 
Reports of 

3 Meeting, January 21, 1955 

Election of 


Polls open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lee tur el Hall, Central, 

Don't forget to vote. 



On Christmas Day Rita E. Susi, East 
Boston^ became engaged to John A. 
Pennachio of Wilmingtonj Massachusetts, 


Mr and Mrs Richard Waters have an- 
nounced the birth of a son, Geoffrey, 
born on December 17. Mr Waters works 
in Open Shelf and Mrs Waters formerly 
worked in Open Shelf and Adans Street. 


May Crosby 

May Crosby, v/ho retired from the 
staff of the Library on December 31, 
after forty years in its service, is 
already very much missed by her co- 
v;orkers. This is not only because of 
her cheerful and friendly personality, 
nor her capable and conscientious vrcrk, 
but also for v/hat she represented in 
the library tradition. 

Miss Crosby joined the library staff 
on November l6, ipiU, At that time, 
while it was no longer exceptional for a 
young vraman to earn her living, to ob- 
tain such a position pre-supposed a cer- 
tain high level of character ard in- 
telligence, and to maintain it certified 
them. She entered the Cataloging Depart- 
HBnt after assisting v;ith card vrark for 
a time, and held the position of Cata- 
loger at the time of her retirement. 
Cataloging, particularly without the 
standardized aids nov/ furnished by the 
Library of Congress, required real 
pioneer ingenuity. Such catalogers as 
Miss Crosby helped establish the standards 
which more recent members of the staff 
regard v:ith such high respect. 

During her years in the library, Miss 
Crosby enjoyed consistent good health, 
arid in her vacation time travelled ex- 
tensively, in Europe, South America, &rd 
the Orient. Her most recent long trip 
vas to the West Coast. It has become 
almost a matter of course for staff 
members planning trips to compare notes 
and seek advice from Miss Crosby. 

Her post-employment years promise 
to be extremely busy ones. She intends 
to spend much of her time typing manu- 
scripts in Braille for blind readers. 
She has already done several of these in 
her spare time, including Thomas Merton's 

Seven-Stcry Mountain . 

Miss Crosby's many friends on the 
library staff vfish her well in the years 
ahead, v;hich it seems will be fruitful 
and very enjoyable. They also hope she 
will not forget to come back frequently 
and report to them on her new activities, 

l^rjorie A. Brovm 

Rebecca Millmeister 

On December 31, Rebecca Millmeister, 
Second Assistant at West End, retired 
after more than a half century of service 
in the Library, Most of--her professional 
life was spent at West E d. During those 
■many years she vas an unfailing source 
of laelp and friendship to both public 
and staff. She has seen literally 
thousands of children grow to adulthood 
and raise families of their ofm. She 
knew them all, and they in turn all 
knew her, and came to share v;ith her 
the ups and downs of their lives. And 
for each, she alvjays had a word of 
praise, encouragement, and hope. The 
same was true about her relationship 
with the staff. Toward each and all 
she V7as ever courteous and friendly, and 
many of her closest and dearest friends 
today are former colleaguee at West 

Rebecca Millmeister is that rare and 
fortunate human being "i=;ho is forever 
young in heart. This precious quality 
has enabled her to laugh at the advancing 
years and to keep her mind and spirit 
ebullient and receptive to revi ideas. 
Indulging her favorite hobby, travel, 
she has visited every corner of the 
United States, and almost every country 
on the face of the earth. On these 
travels she formed many lasting friend- 
ships and broadened her intellectual 
horizona, v;hich nake her the under standir 
and tolerant person she is. 

Her many friends in the Library will 
miss her cheerful, stimulating presence. 
They wish her much joy and happiness in 
her new life, and they are sure that she 
\7ill continue to find opportunities to 
help and comfort others. 

To paraphrase a well-known quotation, 

"None knew her but to love her, 
None named her but to praise," 

Nura Globus 


Mrs Laura Cross Fletcher 

Mrs Laura Cross Fletcher passed away ; 
at the Hahnemann Hospital on January 7» I 
She vras on the staff of the Boston Publii 
Library from January 22, 1900, until her, 
resignation on October 2$, 1929. Begin- | 
ning as an extra assistant at Central li- 
brary, she was successively in charge of' 
Stations C and T, and from 1911-1916 ifsas ', 
First Assistant at North End, At the '■ 
time of her marriage to Alfred Fletcher ■ 
in 1929, she vras Branch Librarian at ! 

East Boston, a position v.iiich she had j 
held for thirteen years, ; 

Several of tlie present branch librar- ' 
ians were trained by her, and her inter- 1 
est in their success and in all the j 

affairs of the East Boston Branch Li- j 
brary continued throughout the years, ; 
She possessed high ideals of service and j 
loyalty, and although her active parti- j 
cipation in Boston Public Library 
affairs ended a quarter of a century ago 
thosfc vvtio knew her during her years of 
devoted service remember her v.lth warmth 
and affection, 


On Friday, January 21, the annual 
meeting of the Association and election 
of officers v/ill take place. It mil 
not be possible for each and every 
member of the Association to be present 
at the meeting but every member can and 
should vote . Absentee ballots are 
available through year staff representa- 
tive and president. If you have any 
doubt about being able to visit the 
polls in the Lecture Hall from 9 A.M. 
to 2 P.M. on next Friday, obtain an 
absentee ballot and return it in 
accordance v;ith instrnctiotiB by next 
Wednesday. Less than a handful of votes 
separated some of the candidates last 
year; many of the contests promise to 
be as close or closer this year. Your 
Vote could be a deciding one; use it 1 

I feel that the incoming officers will 
be fortunate in being able to serve 
so fine a group as our Association, The 
Association is truly representative, 
comprising over 95% of those eligible 
for membership, I am sure that all the 
other members of the Association will 
join with me in expressing appreciation 

for the high degree of willingness to 
cooperate and assist we have experienced 
from individual members, staff representa- 
tives, committee members and chairmen, 
and from the Board of Trustees, the 
Director, and their assistance. 

This spirit is being exemplified to 
the nth degree in the present preparation 
for producing the Centennial Kfusical 
Revue, Free to All , v/hich seems more and 
more exciting as the big night approaches. 
Don't miss it. You will never forgive 
yourself. g^ Joseph 'Neil 


How many pints of blood do you 
suppose vrould be needed if a disaster 
such as the Coconut Grove fire befell 
Boston? Hov; many lives do you suppose 
would be lost because of a shortage of 
blood available for immediate trans- 

Help to make s\ire that there Y/ould 
be no such shortage. Become a mernber 
of the City of Boston Employees Blood 
Donor Program by pledging a donation 
of a pint of blood. Call Mrs Wollent 
at Extension 2Uii for further details. 


The Men's House Committee wishes to 
extend its thanks to all those individuals 
who so ably and vallingly assisted in 
the planning and the carrying out of the 
Men's Annual Christnas Open House, Their 
contributions helped make the Party a 
big success, and 7,-6 hope that future 
house committees will be able to share 
in our good fortune. Thanks again to all 
of you, 

George Earley, Chairman 


The following excerpt from a letter 
received from Berit Lambertsen Fretheim, 
Terrak, Bindel, Norway, will be of 
interest to those v/ho remember her so 
pleasantly from her viork in the BPL a few 
years ago: 

"It is so strange to think of it, nov;' 
it is h years since I was in Boston. 
Still, I remember it all so clearly as 
if it T/ere yesterday, I always look 
forward to getting news from the B,P.L, 
at Christmastime, 


"For the time being, I am not in the 
library profession. After having finish- 
ed my exams at the Library School , (on 
July 2li) I married the Norwegian student 
I met in Boston, Arne Fro the im. He is a 
dentist now, practicing as a district 
dentist in the northern part of Norway in 

ordered, it seems that some hot, sunny 
day, still a long ^yay off, Christmas will 
surely comeg 

We have a few ornaments with us that 
we brought from the Christmas tree we 
had in France tvro yeirs ago, and from 

„r.4..„-n r. J4.-J. „,. ^ Affierica when Berry v/as there with Fern 

a State social program for dentists. Ho ias -, , ^, . , ,,, • 

. , , XT X • J ^ last Christmas, We're keeping our 

to work here at least one year, m order » j u % xu 

,,. ,. „ -x X-- ' eyes open every day, hovrever, for the 

to get his license for private practicing.,; , *' . , .' tjj tvx v^ 

„ ,^., . ,, ,^, , xu 4. 4 brightly colored wooden elephants, buf- 

But it IS a rather good deal on the part ! ^ , j x- j xu t-xxt f -u 

]^., ,.., 7 -,., -x V, t haloes, and tigers, and the little fish 

of the dentists, and v^ like it very much ^^^ J ^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^...^^ ^^^^ ^^^^ 

up here. We live m a small community Christnas ornarrisnts. 

about 500 people, most of them living by '^ "= ■' 

lumber trade. Our apartment is srrall, 

but nice, we think, although a little 

primitive. People are very friendly, and 

we expect to get a house of our ovjn next 

year. That \vill be even nicer, of course. 

There is a lot of v\'lnd here, last Saturday! 

even storm, but it is nothing like your 

terrible hurricanes, though," 


5 We'll probably have to imagine a lot. 

j We'll imagine that the piles of sand from 

] the new roads now being constructed are 

' snov/ banks. We'll imagine that the 
flames that leap out of our kerosene 
stove or our neighbor's charcoal stoves 
are flaming fireplaces. We'll imagine 

•that the green mold on our clothes is 

' Christmas decoration* 

I But vre won't have to imagine every- 

thing. Our little house has so many 
windov/s to let in the cool breezes that 
received; the Chj'istmas tree lights will be seen 

BeloviT is a part of a letter 
from Fern Ingersoll, a former staff memberifrom outdoors no matter where vre put it. 

vifho is now living in Thailand vdth her 
husband and babyj 

Merry Christnas, Everybody: 

How fast this year has gone I We 
came out here to Thailand last January 
to work together in a nevf "Fundamental 
education" center v.iiich trains teams of 
young Thais to help improve the lives of 
the village people. In May, the center 
opened and the finishing touches viere 
put on our little three room cottage. 
Nov/ the center is viell underway, though 
there are occasional discouraging days 
among the many inspiring ones. 

Berry is almost a year and a half old 
noviT. What joy she finds in everything, 
v»'hether it's playing with her little 
friends, or trotting over to the library 
to create havoc among the cards Jay uses 
to keep a research file of the teams' 
experiences in the villages or among a 
display of pictures and pamphlets ■v^iich 
Fern has itade on rural libraries. 

And no v/ Christmas is coming! We've 
just arranged to have a little artificial 
tree sent up to Ubol as soon as they 
come into Bangkok. We tried to figure 
out hov7 wo could use a banana tree or a 
mango tree, but it seemed that they just 
viTouldn't vjork. So nov;f, vdth our tree 

I The stars here are so bright when we sit 
lout on our porch at night that it seems 
'as though almost any one of them might 
jbe the Christmas star. The teachers sent 
I here by Unesco and the World Health 
! organization from Australia, Holland, the 
lUnited States, and Finland, the three 
!missionary families vforking in Ubol, and 
{several of the Thai people here, vfill 
Iknov; vfhat Christmas m,eans, 
j The library will have a Christmas 
idisplay using prints of great nativity 
•paintings because vre v/ould like to share 
'with the Thais the best of our traditions 
since we have been learning about Thai 
(festivals and Buddhist ceremonies. 
I Chalum-si, our Thai cook, and Molee, 
[who does the housevrork and looks after 
jBerry vifhile Fern is v;orking in the library 
•mornings, v^ill help to make animal cookies 
'for Berry to give to her friends. There'll 
jbe some to tike to the four little girls 
jof the missionaries. Then Berry will 
thave to take a tricycle taxi, the way most 
[people get around in Ubol, to deliver her 
[cookies to the six children of Tong-In, 
jo\ir Thai librarian, 

i School and buffalo tending ivill be 
over for the Thai children by the time 
Berry gets home from cookey delivery, so 
[probably her little friends vdll come 
jrunning along the sandy road from their 


thatched roof house just boyond the trees 
in front of ours. The play of these 
children is so happy, so undenanding, 
and to us, so almost unnn.turally free 
from tears and shrieks. It really seems 
to be the spirit of ChristiiHS. 

We've tried to put just a little bit 
of these children into our wish to you 
for a Merry, Merry Christmas, ,,, 

Please give my greetings to Miss 
Gordon and Mrs l"right when you see them — 
and I.'Iiss McJfenus — and everybody I knew 
in the B.P.L. 


Frederick Danker, Book Stack Service, 
son of J. J. Danker, Head Electrician, 
was awarded a John Harvard Scholarship 
on January 12, This scholarship is 
awarded to upper classmen for work of 
such excellence that they are deemed 
worthy of very high academic distinction. 


Food Crusade packages— I4. 02 of the ml — 
totaling $201 were ordered d^jring our 
recent campaign. 

Congratulations and sincere thanks 
to our many contributors. 

Special Committee 
for CARE 


Belo\T is the text of a letter 
received by President 'Neil in response 
to the Association's request for sponsors 
of the Musical Revue, FREE TO ALL: 

Dear Mr O'Neil: 

I believe that I am in tune most 
of the people in the city when I say that 
we are very proud indeed of the Boston 
Public Library. Its accomplishments and 
its far-flung importance cannot be over- 

Therefore we are pleased indeed to 
share with you some of the expense 
necessary for the promotion of your 
festival as of January 29th and to this 
end we enclose our modest check for $25, 
which I am sure will assist a very rrorthy 
cause indeed. 

Sincerely yours, 


December 20, Fanny Goldstein, Branch 
Librarian, West End, and Curator of 
Judaic a, spoke on Literat\ire of the Ter - 
centenary at the Jevri-sh Community Center 
of Belmont, 

Three members of the staff have given 
talks at Simmons College recently: On 
December 7, Virginia Haviland, Readers 
Advisor for Children, spoke on Children's 
Librarians hip ; on January h, Charles L, 
Higgins, Chief of General Reference, spoke 
on Reference Services ; and on January 11, 
Mrs Muriel C. Javelin, Deputy Supervisor 
in Charge of Work with Adults, spoke on 
The Role of the Library in Adult Education , 

Edna G, Peck, Chief of Book Selection 
for Home Reading Services, has talked on 
Books and You — on December 30 at the 
meeting of the Never Too Late Group j on 
January 6 at a dinner meeting of the 
Quota Club of Boston, at the Women's 
Educational and Industrial Union j and on 
Jan-uary 13 at a luncheon meeting of 
Women Supervisors of Boston Post Unit, 
Branch U3, at Steubens Restaurant, 


On December 31, in the afternoon, 
the staff of Cataloging and Classification 
(R, and R, S.) gave a surprise farewell 
party for May Crosby, whose retirement 
from the library service took effect on 
that day. Ice cream and cake were served 
in the Typing Room, and Miss Crosby was 
presented with a corsage of tvan baby 

Rsbecca Mllmeister, West End, who 
retired from the Boston Public Library 
on December 31, vvas guest cf honor at a 
small formal luncheon at Hampshire House 
on Saturday afternoon, December 18, The 
staff presented Miss Mllmeister mth a 
turquoise— a nd-gold brooch with earrings 
to match as a gift. A special surprise 
was the presence of a photographer, arranged 
by Fanny Goldstein, so that each guest 
might have a pictorial memento of the 

A more informal and im.promptu party 
was the staff's last "au revoir" to Miss 
Millmeister at the branch on December 30 
when Miss Goldstein played hostess to the 
entire staff. 



It was anticipated by the Committee 
that every unit in the Library would 
send in detailed writeups of the Christ- 
mas parties which, according to Darce 
Rumor, were given enthusiastically by 
and for s taf f members . There were 
parties inside library buildings and 
parties outside the fields of labor; 
there were luncheon parties, dinner 
parties, daytime parties, evening 
parties, open houses for the communities 
(Jamaica Plain, Phillips Brooks, South 
End — those, we know for sure I) — all 
held during the weeks immediately pre- 
ceding the holiday. And then the 
surprise — only three vifriteups I So, here 
they are: 

Christmas Tea 

The Women's House Committee, under 
the chairmanship of M. Jane Ifenthorne , 
had made the Women's Lounge most attrac- 
tive with gay Christmas decorations for 
the afternoon of December twenty-second 
v;hen the annual staff tea took place 
there. The committee in charge, under 
the chairmanship of Mary M. McDonough, 
had seen to it that there was food 
aplenty and efficient corps of vrorkers 
to prepare it and to dispense it. The 
staff had cooperated to the fullest by 
coming in such numbers that those v/ho 
wanted a more or less quiet conversation 
with friends betook themselves to nearby 
corridors. The result? — "The biggest 
party ever". 

The storm v^'hich came the day before 
prevented some of the alumni from re- 
turning, but others braved the icy side- 
vralks and vrere cordially vre loomed j 
George H. Earley, Mrs Frances M, Kelley, 
Alice Hanson, Alice M, Jordan, William 
F, Quinn, Morris J, Rosenberg, William 
A, Swann, ani fery C. Toy, 

Men's Open House 

On Thursday morning, Decemiber 23, 
open house was held in the men's qxiarters 
in Stack 1, an event viiiich has now be- 
come tradition and ^vhich is anticipated 
■vd-th keen pleasure by all. The same 
"silent hostesses" must have been in 
league with the men for there was food 
in abundance. The Men's House Committee, 
under the chairmanship of George E« 
Earley, had transformed the rooms into 

attractively decorated "party parlors". 
The same cooperation on the part of the 
staff kept the rooms filled to capacity. 
The features of the morning vrere the 
carols rendered on his recorder by Henry 
Bowditch Jones, and social dancing, 

R. and R.S, Catalogers ' Party 

On Monday, December 20, the annual 
Christmas party was held. Under the 
leadership of Edward X, Casey, Chairman 
of the Committee, the staff departed 
from its usual tradition of holding the 
festivities in the department offices, 
and instead had luncheon in one of the 
private dining-rooms of Joseph's 
Restaurant, on Nev.'bury and Dartmouth 
Streets, In these attractive surround- 
ings, with a varied menu offered, they 
spent a most enjoyable hour. At its 
conclusion, a few remarks appropriate 
to the season vrere made by Richard G, 
Hens ley, who was a guest of honor, 


Non-Fiction — Library Science 

Audio-Visual Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, 
195U» A pre-conference workshop on 
audio-visual materials and library 
Chicago, Illinois, 19^\x 

Audio-Visual Workshop, University of 

Southern California, 19?3» Proceedings 
of the Audio-Visual Workshop, prior 
to the 1953 conference of the American 
Library Association, 
Berkeley, 1953 

Carnovsky, Leon, ed» International 
aspects of librarianship, 
Chicaeo, University of Chicago Press, 

Chicago Teachers College and Chicago 
City Junior College, Wilson Branch, 
Library, Staff manual. 
Chicago, 1953 

Cundiff , Ruby E. Manual of techniques 
in library organization, 
Chicago, Wilcox and Follett, 1953 

Des Moines, Public Library, Personnel 
Des Moines, 1953 

Joint Committee on Standards for 
Hospital Libraries, Hospital li- 
braries j objectives and standards. 
Chicago, American Library Association, 
Hospital Libraries Division, 1953 


Vollans , Robert F. Library co-operation 

in Great Britain, 

London, National Central Library, 1952 
Vormelker, Rose L. The company library] 

what it is and what it does. 

Brooklynj Engineers ' Book Gervice, 19$1 
West End 

The closing program in observance of 
Jevdsh Book Month vtas a reception to 
Eliezer Greenber? and Irving Howe, 
editors of the new anthology A Treasury 
of Yiddish Stories on Friday evening, 
Deceinber 17> sponsored jointly by the 
Boston Yiddish Culture Club and the 
Boston Public Library. 

Both authors spoke on how the book 
came into being, Mr Greenberg gave a 
summary of the introduction to the book 
in Yiddish, presenting the historical, 
social, and religious backgrounds of 
this literature and the intellectual 
forces which shaped it. Mr Howe dwelt 
on the special problems faced by a trans- 
lator — the selection of the story vfhich 
reads best and then the choice of words 
which Tri.ll most exactly express the 
spirit of the original text. 

Ludwig Levd-Sohn, interr^tionally- 
known author, added to the guests' words 
on the vitality of the Yiddish larxguage 
and its literature* 

John M. Carroll, Chief Librarian, 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, extended official greetings 
from the library, 


Count Your Blessings vras the theme 
of Hiss Goldstein's Nevir Year's Party 
held at West End on Wednesday evening, 
December 29, with nany former members 
of the staff attending as hostesses. 
Even those guests who had shared many 
times in Miss Goldstein's feasts of 
good-vdll were amazed and delighted with 
the and responsiveness of the 
dignitaries and ordinary folk wtio vrere 
sharing in these holiday festivities. 
Jfeny B.P.L, staff members joined vdth 
local civic leaders, educators and social 
workers from Greater Boston, and the 
West End in particular, 

Richard G, Hensley, Chief Librarian^ 
Division of Reference and Research 
Services, extended greetings from the 

Mrs Arthur A, Shurcliff and her Beacon 
Hill bell-ringers furnished one of the 

highlights of the evening with their 
beautiful music, 

Herbert B. Ehrmann, as chairnan of its 
Committee, brought a brief message on 
the current observance of the Jewish 
American Tercentenary in v.-hich Miss 
Goldstein and the Judaica Collection 
of the Boston Public Library are taking 
an active part. 

Surprise of the evening v/as the 
introduction of Dr Fritz Lipirann, fdnner 
of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Medicine 
and Physiology for his discovery of 
"Cocnzyne", as guest-of-honor, A more 
modest and charming man would be difficult 
to find. He especially endeared himself 
to his audience by his renarks on Boston 
and the West End, 

The program ivhich included a presenta- 
tion of Israeli songs and of Yiddish 
dranatic songs, ended with refreshments 
and an opporturdty to meet tdic special 
guests of the evening. 


Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full r^ame of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether \dth the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department, or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is withheld 
from publication, or a pen name used, if 
the contributor so requests, Anonynous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief, The contents of articles 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their appearance does 
not necessarily indicate that the Pub- 
lications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the vievv's expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 

Another year « • c 

Another chance 
Join now 

• A. L. A. 
"Your professional friend" 

For application blanks, 
see Sarah M. Usher 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics 



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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume Xj Number 2 

Febrvtary 19^5 

Publications Committee: John J. Hallahan, Sheila ¥. Pierce, B. Gertrude Wade, 

Robert C. Woodward, John McCafferty, Chairman 

Publ ication date: 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material t 
The tenth of each month 


It seems that editorial subject-matter, like the weather, is a thing -w^iose comings 
and goings do not admit of prediction or regulation. I was sure when I accepted the 
position as Chairman of the Publications Committee that when QHf time arrived I would 
have great mouthfuls of things to say on a variety of subjects. Unhappily, the event 
proved false to the expectation and I found myself faced with a deadline and a blank 
mind simultaneously. I resorted to reading some old Question li'Sarks to steal some 
ideas, but nothing there pleased me. I finally found~The ansi/ver to ny problem in 
some remarks made some years back by one of the early editors to the effect that the 
Soap Box contributions offer a rich field for editorial comment. There having been 
no Soap Box to speak of lately, I have chosen to apply this method somewhat liberally, 
and will call attention to a couple of hot numbers sent to the Soap Box for this 
issue. The two letters I refer to display what must be acknowledged, in the Con>- 
mittee's opinion, as a frame of mind characto-'istic of a considerable number of Staff 
members. It is not an active, rebellious spirit so much as a sort of smoldering, 
restive anxiety* There are so many rumors about vital subjects (especially the ogre 
REORGANIZATION. . «) that many people, aware of the uprootings and inconveniences 
that reorganization might inflict upon them and their Uveilihoods , have justifiable 
grounds for worry. Most of these stories are probably unreliable distortions that 
get worse as they pass from mouth to mouth, but the effect is nevertheless de- 
moralizing. The obvious answer to the problem is getting more information to the 
staff. The more we know, the less we will have to speculate about. 

Speaking of information, we have had little material from the various branches 
and departments for this issue. It is difficult to get news about births, weddings, 
etc., and often such items are left out merely because we don't hear about them. 
Staff representatives are urged to keep us informed. 

FREE TO ALL, the big musical hit of the season, still has tongues wagging. This 
issue has a special section on the show. The lively co-operative spirit of the company 
and the generous, co-operative, happy spirit of the audience and patrons show that 
occasionally the Library does behave like one big happy family. 


February 17. 
Febmary 19. 

M.L.A. Mid-winter meeting. 

Hotel Somerset. 

Catholic Book Festival, New 

England lAitual Hall. 
February 20-26. Catholic Book Week Fair, 
New England liitual Hall, 
February 25. Reception to new B.P.L.P.S.A. 

Officers and to the FREE TO 

ALL cast and company. (See 

back cover) . 



Mrs Phyllis R. Kallman, Jeffries Point, 

to remain at home. 
Garth B. Henzler, Bookmobile I, to attend 

Boston University. 
John Vif. Hoffman, Audio-Visual, to accept 

another position. 
Mrs Norma Dalton Young, Book Stack Service, 

to live in New Jersey. Mrs Young has 

been on Military Leave. 



Mary E. Mulvaney, Assistant-in-Charge, 
Central Charging Records, January 31« 


Richard J. Waters, from Open Shelf to 

Patricia 0. Leonard, from Open Shelf to 

Bookmobile I. 


In Rome, Italy, on December 27, Laura 
V. Abate, Office of Division of Reference 
and Research Services, to Angelo Abate. 
Mr and iJlrs Abate honeymooned in Spain for 
the month of January, 


Announcement has been made of birth of 
a daughter to JSr and liJrs Roger Hunt on 
February 9. Mrs Hunt is on leave of 
absence from the Office of the Division of 
Home Reading and Community Services. 


FREE TO ALL, the Centennial Revue, was 
unveiled on January 29. It was warmly and 
generously received. The work that went 
into the show seemed worthwhile to the 
entire cast and con^Dany during those warm } 
moments when the large audience so en- 
thusiastically applauded their efforts. 

We present for all the Staff to enjoy 
some of the congratulatory letters the 
Association has received concerning FREE 

Frank W. Buxton 
29 Sutherland Road 
Brookline U6, fiass. 

■A most gratifying aspect to he, a humbled 
: trustee, was the strong implication of a 
fine morale among the members of the Pro- 
fessional Staff Association. No dis- 
gruntled or perverse or caviling group 
could possibly have originated and 
organized and executed such an event. I 
think it is the best evidence I have ever 
seen in a long, long tenure as a trustee, 
of the admirable spirit of devotion and 
cohesiveness which characterizes the 
staff individually and as a xinit. 

I doubt that any other branch of the 
city government or any library department 
of any city could equal this accomplish- 
ment. I feel proud to be associated, even 
indirectly, with such a group. 



Mr B. J. O'Neil, 



U February 1955 

January 31, 1955. 

Dear Mr O'Neil, — 

Congratulations, vmqualified congratula- 
tions to the Professional Staff Associa- 
tion on the "Free To All" musical revue. 
The performance glowed. It had a fresh- 
ness, a spontaneity and a fondness of 
touch -Biriiich were delicious — and all throu^ 
it ran a truly wholesome quality. 

Just as enjojrable as the performance 
itself was the obvious hearty enjoyment of 
all who had a part in it— and the pleasvire 
of those not on the stage or in the or- 
chestra who had a hand in the preparation 
of the revue was evident from their works. 

Mr Frank W. Buxton 
29 Sutherland Road 
Brookline li6 

Dear Mr Buxton s 

Your very gracious letter 
of congratulation was most heartwarming. 
We are all proud of the excellent spirit 
shown by the staff supporting and par- 
ticipating in the production of FREE TO ALL . 

To make such an enterprise successful, 
we needed the good will and cooperation 
of the staff, of the Director and the 
administrative officers, of the many 
friends of the Library, and of the Trustees, 

We should have been very hesitant 
about embarking on so ambitious a project, 
if we had not received encouragement and 
support from the Trustees, including the 
very substantial loan to help us with 
expenses until we could expect some 
revenue from the sale of tickets. 

I'jy successor, the new president of 
our Association, Mr Louis Rains, joins 
me in thanking you for your wonderf\il 
letter, and we would like to have yotir 
permission to publish it in The Question 
Mark so that all the staff would have an 


opportunity to read and enjoy it. 

Yours very sincerely, 

(Signed) B. JOSEPH 0'^EIL 

B. Joseph 'Neil 

Boston Public Library 
Office of the Director 

10 February 1955 

Dear }&r Rains: 

Since I had to be aiivay from Boston 
for the days immediately follov.dng the 
production of the Boston Public Library 
Professional Staff Association's nnisical 
revue "Free to All" I did not have an 
opportunity iumedia-tely to send my warm 
congratulations upon the very fine pro- 
duction. It was an unusually interesting 
undertaking from beginning to end. That 
it came out so well is a tribute to all 

As Director of the Library I can not 
think of any other undertaking which 
could have brought so thoroughly deserved 
tribute to so many individual members of 
the library staff, I am certain that a 
similar undertaking could not have been 
mounted in any other library in the 

In addition to writing to you in 
your capacity as President of the 
Association I wish to salute you per- 
sonally in your role of Production 
Manager also. 

Hearty congratulations 1 

Yours sincerely, 
(Signed) HLTON E. LORD 



Mr Louis Rains 

President, Boston Public Library Pro- 
fessional Staff Association 

February 7, 1955 

To the Cast, the Composer, Authors, 
Director .and Producers of "Free to All" : 

On behalf of the Centennial Gift 
Committee, it gives me great pleasure to 

thank each and every one of you for the 
splendid performance of "Free to All". 
From beginning to end the undertaking 
showed how much thought and effort went 
into naking it a finished, and enjoyable 
perfornance. Orchids to all of you I 

And to all those who worked untiringly 
to make the fine program book such a 
financial success, thanks again. 

All of us can well be proud of the many 
talented people on our staff and their 
willingness to give so generously of their 
talents. The Bostai Public Library has 
reason to be proud of its employees and 
the contribution they have made to the 
Library's general welfare. 

Very truly yours, 

(Signed) ADA A. ANDELL5AN 


Centennial Gift Committee 

Notice of Additional Sponsors 

The following names were not included 

in the list of sponsors of FREE TO ALL 

either because they arrived too late or 
through omission: 

Mr George F. Booth 
Miss Emilia DeFerrari 
Mr Sidney R. Rabb 
A. Warren Stearns, M.D. 
Jfr Joseph T. Teahan 
lliss Julia Zaugg 


On behalf of the newly elected officers 
and Executive Board I wish to convey our 
thanks for the confidence you, the mem- 
bers of the Professional Staff Association, 
have seen fit to place in us. We, in 
turn, pledge that we will do our utmost 
to carry out the objectives of our 
Association. The duties and responsibili- 
ties of the officers and Executive Board 
are outlined in the constitution, but the 
duties of the members, although not 
spelled out, are even more important. You 
are the Association and the Association 
is what you make it. It is the duty of 
the members to serve on committees when 
asked. It is the duty of the members to 
bring to the attention of the Executive 
Board, the committee chairBcn, or the busi- 
ness meetings, any problem or project 
that lies within the scope of our objectives, 
It is your duty as members to attend 


meetings, to present your views, and to 
vote on motions. Our Staff Association 
has been successful because it has been 
active. Let us all work together and 
insure continued success. End of lecture. 

Speaking of working together, the 
Centennial musical revue, was an' outs tandr luncheon and a pleasant social hour, the 

honor to one of its most faithful members, 
Mr Richard Sullivan of Lawrence Public 
Library. A special guest at the luncheon 
was Ifr Sullivan's bride-to-be, Mary 
Santaliquido of the Division of Library 
Extension. After a very satisfying 

ing exaii5)le of what cooperation can do. 
Too many people worked too hard to permit 
the singling out of individuals for 
special commendation. Thanks are due to 
the Trustees for lending us sufficient 
capital to enable \xs to get started. 
Thanks are due to the Administrative 
officers for enthusiastic support. Our 
thanks to the division heads, the 
departnBntal chiefs and branch librarians 
for cooperation in arranging working 
schedules. Thanks to all you anonymous 
individuals who helped with the corres- 
pondence and advertising solicitation. 
Thanks to- our many generous friends and 
sponsors who made our production a 
financial success. Thanks to you vitio 
paid for and served the most VirelconE 
coffee at rehearsals . Thanks , of 
course, to the composer, the writers, the 
director, the cast, the orchestra, the 
stage manager and his assistants, the 
scenery designer, the production staff, 
the costume committee, the sound recorders 
the photographers, and the make-up 
committee. Thanks to the custodians, 
the painters, the carpenters and the 
electricians for their cheerful helpful- 
ness. Thanks to the enthusiastic 
whose friendly applause made the effort 
worth while. Thanks to all you kind 
people who sent kind expressions of 
-appreciation to the Association. Most 
of all, thanks to you extra service 
personnel who gave so generously of your 
enthusiasm, talents, energy, and time. 
In a word, thanks. 

Incidentally, although a final account- 
ing cannot be made at this time, it 
appears that the proceeds from "Free to 
All" will be approximately fifteen hundrec 
dollars . 

group repaired to a meeting room. Jir 
Sullivan and his bride were presented 
with an electric deep-fryer, on behalf 
of the group. An hour spent on current 
fiction— which is scarcely worth an hour — 
interrupted the festivities. 

Best wishes go with Mr Sullivan and 
his bride as they take their vows on 
Febniary 19 and then go to New York for 
a round of sight-seeing and theatre- 
going, including an appearance (as 
background) on Ed Sullivan's famous TV 

Louis Rains 


Edna G. Peck 


The New England Unit met at Boston 
College Law School on Saturday, January 19. 

Although the weather laas not favorable 
(cold and snow flurries) 80 members and 
guests were present. They were welcomed 
by Rev. John A. Tobin, S.J. 

Jfeiry Alice Rea spoke at length on plans 
for Catholic Book Week, February 20-26, 
and of the special feature, the annual 
audienc^Book Festival to be held in the New 

England Mutxial Hall on February 19. The 
principal speakers will be Jacqueline 
Cochran and Fary Reed Newland. 

Thomas ¥. Reiners, Chairman of the 
Unit, called attention to an article in 
the Catholic Library World , CATHDLIC 
BOOK VJEEK, A HISTORY. It is interesting 
to note that this week, which has achieved 
national importance, was founded principally 
by members of the B.P.L. staff at the 
instigation of Cterles L. Higgins. 

The speaker for the afternoon iwas Rev. 
Martin P. Harney, S.J, of Boston College. 
His subject. Catholic traditions in New 
England, '/as an outline of the grovrth 
and development of Catholicism in New 

The Greater Boston Book Review Club 
held a luncheon meeting at The Pioneer 
on Wednesday, February 9» This deviation 
from the Boston Public Library Temporary 
Conference Room as a meeting place was 
due to the fact that the group was paying 

England from the days of the explorers, 
Champlain and Cabot, to the beginning 
of the 19th century. The talk, which was 
too short in the opinion of all, -vas 
interspersed with anecdotes and legends 
told as only Father Harney can tell them. 

The members of the faculty who were 
present were most generous in showing and 


explaining the different features of their 
beautiful new building. 

After the meeting a social hour and 
luncheon was enjoyed in the college 

Anna L. Manning 

W. N. B. A > 

A dinner meeting of the W.N.B.A. 
(Wonan's National Book Association) was 
held at the Hotel Gardner on Thursday, 
January 27. Despite the howling winds 
and ten degree temperature both outsid4^ 
and inside the hotel (or so it felt) 
twenty-five hardy souls gathered to enjoy 
a social hour, partake of an excellent 
dinner and listen to Mrs Lydia Davis 
describe life in New Zealand as seen by 
a native. 

Mrs Davis, who, with her husband Dr Tonij 
is the author of Doctor to the Islands , 
is a lady of rare charm, wit and vivacityi 
Assuming that her audience, being women 
of the several aspects of the book trade, 
knew about the Davis ' recent experiences 
from reading Doctor to the Islands , she 
decided to talk about her life in New 
Zealand. Her descriptions, highlighted 
by many anecdotes of personal experiences, 
did not create the possibility that the 
Boston book field would be minus twenty- 
five members by a sudden exodus of those 
present to New Zealand. In fact Mrs 
Davis made Boston, even at a ten degree 
temperature, sound decidedly appealing 
by contrast with those supposedly sunny 
islands. In New Zealand socialism is 
carried to an extreme , which, according 
to Mrs Davis, "creates a worker's paradise 
but robs the people of individual incen- 
tive and takes from the crafts all crea- 
tive impetus". The bleak pictxire which 
Itrs Davis painted of her native land was 
Softened by the humor and understanding 
of her graphic descriptions. 

The next meeting of the W.N.B.A. will 
be held on Bferch 10. All vramen working 
with books, in any capacity, are invited 
to attend. ^^^ ^^ p^^^. 


if you miss seeing the exhibit of 
decorative tiles currently being shown 
at Central in the main lobby. The 
Exhibits Office has done it again I Con- 
gratulations to them, and to E. Stanley 
Wires for lending the tiles. 


The twenty-sixth in the series of 
Pitcairn-Crabbe Lectures was delivered 
by Milton E. Lord, Director, Boston 
Public Library, on Friday evening, 
February 11, in the Stephen Collins 
Foster Ifemorial at the University of 

The series is on the general topic of 
"Modern Education and Human Values". 
Mr Lord's lecture, under the title of 
Arsenal of Democracy , discussed the 
relationship of libraries to the general 
topic, treating of the human values 
to be found in the library as a complement 
to the formal educational process and 
suggesting some of the potentialities 
in the library that can affect all 
individuals as human beings in some 
manner or other soon or late. 

Fanny Goldstein, West End, spoke on 
January 18, at the regular semi-monthly 
meeting of the Business and Professional 
Women of the Boston Chapter of Hadassah, 
on False Messiahs in Jewish History , 
at West End J and on January 31 > at the 
PTA of Temple Emeth, Maiden, on The 
Jewish Child in Bookland. 

Despite the bitter weather on January 17 
a cold (physically) but cordial (emo- 
tionally) audience enjoyed a talk on 
current books by Edna G. Peck, Chief of 
Book Selection (Div. of H.R. and C. S.). 
All available books on the list distributed 
by Miss Peck were circulated and many 
others. The favorable comments received 
at that time and in the following weeks 
makes a repeat perfornance a command for 
next year. 

Edna G, Peck has reviewed books at 
recent meetings of two Friends of the 
Library groups — at Charge stown on 
February 3 and at Egleston Square on 
February 7» 


One of the sager members of the staff 
who must go unnamed has pointed out that 
when they put the tiles back on the roof 
the Library will look like the world's 
biggest Howard Johnson's ! 


Marjorie Ferris, formerly assistant 
in Open Shelf, has been appointed Librariar, 
of the Waylard Free Public Library, effec- 
tive January 1, 1955. Since leaving the 
BPL in 19U6 Miss Ferris has been Li- 
brarian at the Harvard Law School Library. 

Marianne Morse, formerly of l&isic, and 
more recently on the staff at Yale 
University Library, is the new Librarian 
at the Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, 
250 Stuart Street, Boston. 


Leonard J. Macmillan, Book Purchasing, 
editor of the Boston Chapter Bulletin 
of the S.L.A. has his editorial from 
the November 19$U issue quoted almost 
in entirety in the January 1955 issue of 
the national publication of the associa- 
tion, "Special Libraries", 

Mary Alice Rea, also of Book Purchasingj 
has an article entitled Paris, Rome and 
Pakis tan in the February 1955 issue of 


The December 195U issue of the New 
England Quarterly has an article by 
Walter 1/Iuir Whitehill entitled "The 
Vicissitudes of Bacchante in Boston". 
This article, as the author points out, 
contains a much fuller account on the 
Bacchante-courtyard problem than will be 
found in his forthcoming; Centennial 
History of the Boston Public Library* 

The Sunday HERALD, rotogravure section 
February 13, included several photographs 
of members of the cast of FREE TO ALL. 
Don't miss it I 


Thanks to our many contributors, 1951+ 
was an outstanding year for CARE in the 

We have received word from the CARE 
organization that the "Food crusade" 
packages are available for an indefinite 
period. At present all our funds are 
being used for this purpose. Let us 
endeavor to help the needy as effectively 
in '55 as we did in '5U. 


Mary E. Iflilvaney 

On Thursday morning, January 27, Mary 
E. Mulvaney was the guest of honor at a 
coffee party in the Women's Lounge at the 
Central Library. This party was not only 
an expression of appreciation of Miss 
Iftilvaney's long years of service, it was 
also a demonstration of the genuine 
affection viiich the staff both at Central 
and in Branch Libraries have for Marie. 

For fifty years she had served the 
Library faithfully and loyally in Book 
Stack Service, and in Registration — 
later Central Charging. No detail in her 
day's work was too trivial for her care — 
no task was too difficult. The most 
characteristic feature of her make-up 
TOis cheerfulness and friendliness. Miss 
?ftilvaney had a pleasant word for everybody. 

At the Party, John M. Carroll, Chief 
Librarian, (Div. of H. R. and C. S.), 
nade a presentation on behalf of Miss 
Mulvaney's friends of a wishing well, 
whose tiny bucket contained a gift of 
money. Wjss Milvaney accepted it with 
graciousness and spoke of her happy 
years in the Library and of the many 
friends she had made. 

Three of Marie's cousins were present 
and were happy to join other friends in 
the enjoyment of Irish bread, coffee cake, 
doughnuts and cookies. Coffee and tea 
were poured by the Misses Swift, Picciulo, 
Cufflin, Zaugg, Munsterberg and Toy. 

We will all miss Mary Jfiilvaney, even 
though 7»e have not seen so much of her 
hidden away in the new department. Our 
best wishes go with her in her retire- 
ment and we hope that soon, and often, 
she will find time to visit us. 


On Saturday, Febniary 12, Ifeiry Kenny, 
Personnel, became the bride of Richard 
McNamee, at a nuptial Mass at Sacred 
Heart Church, Roslindale. A reception 
at Ripley Hall, Dorchester, followed. 
Mr and Mrs McNamee are now on a wedding 
trip to New Hampshire. 


Congratvilations to Mr and Mrs Edward 
Muir on the arrival of son, Charles, on 
January 17. The newcomer is the third 
son in the Muir family. Mr Muir is 
working at Central with the Great Books 


Best wishes to Joan Maclnnis, em- 
ployed at the Coffee Shop, vriao was 
married on Saturday, February 12, to 
Ralph Reddy, at Sacred Heart Church, 
North Quincy, 


There were some 1,300 people in 
attendance and the mornings, afternoons, 
and evenings were given over to in- 
numerable meetings of divisions, sections 
boards , round tables , and committees , as 
well as to meetings of the council itsel4 

At the three meetings of the Council, 
a great number of reports of definite 
interest were presented. For the first 
time reports of the activities of the 
divisions were made by the President 
of the Divisions to the Council at a 
public meeting. 

The first meeting of the council was 
presided over by John S. Richards, 
President-elect. The nominating com- 
mittee's report was quickly accepted. 
The finance committee's report contained 
a recommendation of closer accoxxnting 
and integrating of the finances of all 
A.L.A, units. The committee found that 
the budget was eminently satisfactory 
and that the balance was anticipated in 
all accounts except in the publishing 
budget, A report on the work on Notable 
Books of 19$h was made by Grace Vi[. Oilman 
who pointed out that the 195U list was 
the shortest ever compiled, A report 
of the Photoduplication and Multiple 
Copying Methods Committee was submitted 
to the council emphasizing that the com- 
mittee was offering a guide, not a set 
of standards, since the establishment of 
standards was pretty much the concern 
of the American Standard Association, 

A report of the acti'/ities and 
potential relationships of the ALA — NBA 
joint committee was made by Louise 
Galloway. The joint cojnnittee publishes 
a monthly list of "distinguished" books 
except in certain months. During the 
year, the joint committee sponsored the 
reprinting of a very useful out-of-print 
issue of the NEA yearbook, got out a 
pamphlet advising school administrators 
how to advise architects on vihat the 
library should be in a school. It got 
a favorable response to a recommerdation 
that a librarian be given a place on the 

At the second meeting of the council 
reports were made by the Hospital 

Libraries Association, Association of 
College and Reference Libraries, and 
the Cataloging and Classification 
Division's work on the new edition of 
Dewey, Reports were also made by the 
Division of American Association of 
School Librarians , the Division of 
Libraries for Children and Young People, 
and the Public Libraries Division all 
reporting efforts of the immediate past 
and plans for the future. 

The third council meeting was devoted 
largely to the United States Book Exchange 
and Radio Free Europe. 

A open meeting of the executive 
coTincil created great interest. In it a 
progress report on the survey of the 
A.LJL. by Cresop, McCormack and Paget 
was made. The survey showed how the 
original concept of the ALA of enlarging 
library service (1879) has now grown 
to include international implications 
and now touches upon the use made of 
and the usefulness of books as well as 
the promotion of libraries and librarian- 
ship. They found that the strength 
of the ALA seemed to be its broad member- 
ship throughout the profession, the wide 
interest among the membership and the 
alert conscientious leadership. They 
described as weaknesses, the exceptional 
conqilexity of the organization, the 
inadequate coordination of the Divisions 
to achieve broad ends, and the lack of 
clear cut internal organization along 
with some duplication. 

They did speak very favorably of 
the growth of membership. They felt that 
the American Library Association should 
not live in any conflict with its divi- 
sions but should have purposes that went 
beyond. They felt that there was need 
of a statement of policies of organiza- 
tion and methods of sharing information. 
They felt that each unit should be 
strengthened by the definition of its 
scope, responsibilities and inter- rela- 
tions hips. 

At the end of this presentation, 
suggestions were made from the floor. It 
was suggested that the survey be extended 
to include the proMem of duplication of 
effort and overlapping organization at' 
the state and local level as well as in 
the special library association. It was 
also pointed out that the A.L.A, might 
be considered to be carrying some burdens 
that should be met through support at the 
federal level of government. The surveyors 
indicated that these commerrts represented 


new points of view that they might not 
be able to encompass vdthin the time and 
means available for the suirvey. 



Children's Library Association 
Division of Libraries for 
Children and Young People 

At Ilidwinter board and committee 
meetings a number of specific plans and 
projects were discussed as completed or 
under way. 

Plans for Philadelphia conference in- 
clude the following: 
CLA program meeting — Monday morning, 
July h — speaker, Elizabeth Nesbitt, 
Associate Dean, Carnegie Library School, 

CLA Book Discussions — Tuesday, Wed- 
nesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. 

(criteria for re -evaluation; dis- 
cussion of the new BOOiS ^RTH 
LECTION (introducing the "special" 
book, presenting book talks to 
children, using radio and TV) 
SERVICES (to schools, parents and 
other community groups) 
Advance registration for the group 
chosen for the three days may be made 
to Virginia Haviland, Boston Public Li- 
brary, Groups will be limited to dis- 
cussion size. 

At the Division board meeting, re- 
ports indicated the preparation of a 
number of valuable lists prepared by 
Committees : 

printed after discussion in Phila- 
delphia. (Mary E. West of this 
library is on this CLA conanittee). 

current titles listed regularly in 
TOP OF THE NEWS, quarterly bulletin 
of the Division. Parallel listing, 
(Jane Manthorne is on this com- 

1951a. To be published in the 
April ALA BULLETIN and March TOP 
OF THE NElfS (reprints to be avail- 
able ) . 

(2$<! a copy). 


6. Selection of titles for CARE 
children's book packages, and for 
packages of foreign children's 
books available for libraries in 
this country. 

7. NE'.'TBERY-CALDECOTT winners and 
runners-up selected by the Newbery- 
Caldecott Committee j to be announced 
on I/iarch 7. 

The Chairman of the Children's Li- 
brary Association reported on the approval 
by ALA Executive Board in an October 
session visited by her- of three CLA 
projects: (1) the continuing plan for the 
Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, to be pre- 
sented every five years for a substantial 
and lasting contribution to children's 
literature; (2) the Survey Committee's 
proposal asking ALA to seek foundation 
funds for a survey of children's work; 
(3) the establishment of a scholarship fund 
for children's librarians hip. 

Virginia Haviland, Chairman 
Children's Library 

Special meeting on AIA Conferences 

During the past years there has been 
a growing concern about the ALA Annual 
Conference, about the number of meetings, 
the duplication of content, and the 
difficulty this presents for the member. 
At the request of the ALA Executive Board, 
the ALA Program Committee, on Monday 
evening, January 31, called together 
members of the ALA Executive Board; the 
Presidents of Divisions; the Chairmen 
of Boards, Committees, Joint Committees, 
and Round Tables; and the ALA Head- 
quarters Professional Staff to discuss 
these problems. L. Quincy Mumford, 
ALA Presiden'^ presided at this meeting. 
Among the panel irerabers vrere: Flora b, 
Ludington, Past President; John Richards, 
President Elect; David Clift, Executive 
Secretary; and Emerson Greenaway, Li- 
brarian of the Philadelphia Free Library. 

Three major questions were discussed: 

1. What are the objectives of an 
ALA Annual Conference? 

2. Conference mechanics (scheduling 
meetings, physical facilities, etc.) 


3«- Vi/hat kinds of Conference program 
planning patterns might be con- 
sidered for the futxire? 

Following the panel presentations, 
questions and comments from the floor 
indicated th?t there were many diverse 
opinions concerning the patterns ALA. 
should adopt. There were some who wanted 
fewer small group meetings and more gen- 
eral sessions. Others favored more small 
group meetings and fewer general sessions. 
There was considerable discussion also 
as to whether conferees expected to 
learn new techniques and methods or 
whether they were satisfied if they 
gained inspiration from the meetings 
and had an opportunity to meet and talk 
with other librarians. The plea was for 
fewer meetings. But vrtien it came to 
deciding what meetings should be elimi- 
nated no one had the answer. However, 
there was general agreement that there 
should be a more concerted study of 
ALA Conferences and that at the Miami 
Beach Conference in 1956 ample time 
should be allowed for relaxation and 

Audio-Visual Activities 

The Audio-Visual Board and the Audio- 
Visual Round Table spent considerable 
time in planning the Pre-Conference 
Audio-Visual Institute scheduled in 
Philadelphia on July 2 and 3. A series 
of small group meetings on many aspects 
of the audio-visual program in libraries 
will be of interest to school, college 
and hospital librarians as well as to 
adult, young adult, and children's li- 
brarians from public libraries. Showings 
of new films and a banquet on Sunday 
evening will be features of the Institute. 

The Committee on Cooperative Film 
Service in Public Libraries is preparing 
a questionnaire to be sent to all Public 
Libraries engaged in any type of co- 
operative film service. This study meets 
an expressed need for information in this 
field. It is hoped that it will prove 
useful to existing cooperative agencies 
as well as to those planning to initiate 
this service. 

The new catalogue of Films for Public 
Libraries attracted much favorable 
comment. This is an annotated list of 
some five hundred films recommended for 

Public Library purchase. 

In accordance with the request from 
ALA Headquarters to keep program meetings 
at a minimum at Itldvrinter, the Audio- 
Visual Round Table held only a business 
meeting. In addition to Committee 
reports, announcement was made that 
evaluative film reviews would appear 
regularly in the ALA Booklist , beginning 
in the late fall of 1955. Plans are also 
underway for the preparation of two 
manuals — one on films which will include 
basic information on the establishment 
of Library film service, and on selection, 
evaluation, and utilization of l6mm films, 
and one on recordings. 

As to be expected at lELdvrinter, many 
long hours were spent at Committee and 
Board meetings, but I came away from ray 
first Kiidwinter Conference with a 
feeling of accomplishment, with new friends 
among the Library profession, a strengthen- 
ing of old friendships, and an increased 
understanding of the ALA structure. 

Muriel C. Javelin, Chairman 
ALA Audio-Visual Round Table 



Adams, James T. Frontiers of American 

culture . 

New York, Scribner, 19l)h» 
Allen, Fred. Treadmill to oblivion. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 195U. 
Bro, Margueritte H. Indonesia. 

New York, Harper, 195U. 
Costain, Thomas B. The white and the gold. 

Garden City, N. Y., Doubleday, 195U. 
Davis, Thomas. Doctor to the islands, 

Boston, Little, Brown, 19Sk» 
Doss, Helen G. The family nobody wanted, 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1951^. 
Gilbreth, Frank B. Inside Nantucket. 

New York, Crowell, 195U. 
Koestler, Arthur. The invisible writing. 

New York, Jfecmillan, 195U. 
Lie, Trygve. In the cause of peace. 

New York, Macmillan, 195t|.. 
J-iaugham, William S, llir, Maugham himself. 

Garden City, N. Y,, Doubleday, 195U. 
Maxwell, Elsa. R.S.V.P. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 195i;. 
Roth, Lillian. I'll cry tomorrow. 

New York, F. Fell, 1951. 


Rimyon, Damon. Father's footsteps. 

New York, Random Hoiase, 195U. 
Vining, Elizabeth G. The world in tune. 

New York, Iferper, 19Sh» 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

Leigh, Robert D, Jfejor problems in the 

education of librarians. 

New York, Columbia University Press, 

Queens Borough Public Library, New York 

Woods ide does read I 

Jamaica, N. Y. , 1935. 
Roos, Jean C, Patterns in reading. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

Smith, Helen L. Adult education activities i 

in public libraries, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

Temple, Phillips L. Federal services to 

libraries . 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

Thompson, Anthony, Vocabularium biblio- 

thecarii, English, French, German, 

Paris, UNESCO, 1953. 
U.S. Library of Congress. Subject 

Cataloging Division. 

Classification. Class T; Technology. 

I|.th ed. 

Washington, U.S. lovt. Print. Off,, 



Carroll, Gladys (Hasty). One white star. 

New York, Macmillan, 195U. 
Dinneen, Joseph F. The anatonor of a crime. 

New York, Scribner, 195U. 
Faulkner, William. A fable. 

New York, Random House, 195U. 
Gann, Ernest K. Soldier of fortune. 

New York, ¥. Sloane Associates, 195U. 
Gay, Ifergaret C, Hatchet in the sky. 

New York, Simon and Schuster, 1951;. 
Hyraan, Mac. No time for sergeants. 

New York, Random House, 195U 
Jennings, John E. Banners against the 


Boston, Little, Brown, 19 5U. 
Lugt, Arie van der. The crazy doctor. 

New York, Random House, 195U. 
Marshall, Edison. American captain. 

New York, Farrar, Straus and Young, 

Seton, Anya. Katherine. 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 195U. 

Steinbeck, John, Sweet Thursday, 
New York, Viking Press, 195U. 

Stone, Irving. Love is eternal. 
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 19514. 

Zara, Louis, Blessed is the land. 
New. York, Crown Publishers, 1951;. 



" Brotherhood?' was the theme of the 
January meeting of the Friends of the 
Jlliattapan Branch Library held on Thxirsday, 
January 27. The speakers. Rev. Francis 
Fish, CM., Chaplain of the New Carney 
Hospital J Rabbi Sidney Steiraan, Temple 
Beth Hillelj and Rev. R. William Shaub, 
St Paul's Presbjrterian Church, are all 
prominent clergymen in the Mattapan area. 
Each brought out the need for respecting 
one's fellowman and his beliefs. Using 
the Old Testament to illustrate his 
thesis , Rabbi Steiman indicated the 
essentially similar potentialities of all 
men as exemplified in the Biblical 
stories. The Rev, Mr, Shaub made the 
significant statement that fear is 
frequently the cauee of prejudice, and 
the Rev, Father Fish emphasized that 
true brotherhood consists in being a 
brother to one's associates— not in 
talking about it. A question and answer 
period concluded the program, following 
which a coffee hour gave those attending 
opportunity for further discussion on an 
informal plane, 


On Wednesday, February 9, sixty girl 
scouts, members of five troops in the 
area, together with their leaders met 
in the Children's Room for a demonstra- 
tion and lecture on knot tying given by 
Edward Wolf re, leader of Boy Scout Troop 
1|85. In this project evolved in con- 
junction with the library's observance 
of Boy Scout Week, Mr Wolf re was assisted 
by several members of his troop. 

North End 

On Tuesday evening, January 25, about 
175 young adult sports enthusiasts 
filled the lecture hall for a "GALA 
SPORTS NIGHT" sponsored by the IDUNG 
ADULTS COUNCIL. It was the first time 
that an educational-recreational program 
of this type was ever attempted and the 
results were most gratifying. The 
purpose of the "GALA SPORTS NIGHT" was 
threefold: to acquaint the youngsters 
with outstanding local athletes, to 


st imulate good sportsmanship and to 
familiarize the young people with books 
on sports and books by and about famous 
sports figures. 

The program consisted of a panel on 
"Youth and Sports" with Tony Segadelli, 
a North End former athlete himself and 
now a recreation advisor for the Boston 
Park Dept,, as moderator for the evening, 
Mr Segadelli also introduced eight 
outstanding local young adult athletes anc 
tiAD popular idult recreation workers from 
the district. The panel consisted of 
Joseph Costanza, often called "The J&n 
Behind the lian Behind New England Sports 
News", Curt Gowdy's chief statistician 
at station T;JHDHj Fred Ciampa, sports 
editor of the BOSTON TR'lVELER and Sam 
Pino J BU's star athlete and ivinner of 
the Lowe aT*rard as the "Most Outstanding 
Football Player of the Year 195U". Both 
Mr Pino and llir Ciampa are former North 
Enders and they had many encouraging 
words to offer the youths interested in 
amateur or professional sports. A 
question and answer period ended the 
panel part of the program. 

An informal social hour followed with 
the viewing of special exhibits, private 
sports-chats and autograph-hunting 
between the guests and the youth. The 
exhibits were prepared by the Young Adult 
Councillors themselves and winners of 
the Poster Contest were Councillors, 
Patricia Sasso and Connie Horns by who 
prepared the Autumn Sports display and 
Nellie Danieli and Joanna Dellagona with 
their Spring Sports . Judges of the 
contest were special guests, Mrs liuriel 
C. Javelin, Pauline Winnick, Duilia 
Capobianco and Anne Twomey, a former 
Y.A. Councillor and part-time worker at 
North End, The entire program was under 
the direction of Young Adult Council 
Advisor, Linda M. Pagliuca and of the 
Branch Librarian, Mrs Geraldine S, Herrick 

South Boston 

South Boston is proud to announce that 
the Spring issue of The Packet contains 
a featiire section on ihe work of the 
InHgination Club including original 
drawings and poems made by the children. 
The Packet is an educational publication 
of the D. C, Heath Company, Boston, of 
professional interest to teachers, Ann is the editor* 


On Saturday morning, January 29, the 
Teen Age Reporters Club made a trip to 

the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
accompanied by the children's librarian, 
tiartha C, Engler. The Reporters, a 
book review club for junior high school 
girls , thoroughly enjoyed the col3e ction 
of antique furniture, art objects and 
fresh flowers, the high points being 
carefully explained by a guide provided 
by the museum staff. In preparation 
for this trip, the Reporters had read 
books from a specially selected list of 
titles on art, artists, mythology, and 
Bible stories. 


Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether vrLth the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department, or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is withheld 
from publication, or a pen name used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief. The contents of articles 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their appearance does 
not necessarily indicate that the Pub- 
lications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 vfords will be accepted. 

To the Soap Box: 

On January 2U, 1955, a notice was sent, 
under the Boston Public Library heading, 
to all departments of the library re- 
garding the forthcoming Communion Break- 
fast to be held by the St Jerome Guild on 
March 6 of tias year. In the memory of 
this writer, activities of non-professional 
associations v;hich have no direct connec- 
tion with the library have never before 
been announced by means of an official 
library bulletin. Several staff members, 
representing a wide and diversified range 
of opinion and interests, have questioned 
the wisdom of sponsorship of denomina- 
tional groups by either the library ad- 
ministration or the Boston Public Library 
Professional Staff Association. ITould it 
hot be best for all non-library groups 


to be required to give notice of their 
activities by means of their own official 
bulletins only? In this instance the 
St Jerome Guild is certainly a group 
worthy of the support of those staff mem- 
bers qualified to join it. But is it not 
unwise to establish a practice which may 
lead us into difficulties when unworthy 
organizations seek similar library endoise- 
ment? And, ireanwhile, would it not be 
better to emphasize the unity rather than 
the diversity among cur own members? 

Dear Editor: 

A look at the names and address of the 
new Examining Committee reveals how far the 
B.P.L, is progressing in the matter of 
metropolitanization. Twenty of the 
forty-four members of the committee do not 
live in Boston. It would be good if we 
Could draw as freely upon the treasuries 
of our suburbs for our support as we do 
upon their citizenries for our inspection. 
Incidentally, for all this remark may be 
worth, in eighteen years on the staff here, 
I (personally) have never been talked to 
by an Examining Committee meniber, 

Eamon KcDonough 

To the Soap Box: 

The further swelling of the Staff's 
Centennial Gift by the proceeds of "Free 
to All", according to what one can 
ascertain from hearsay, should bring the 
amount of that gift to about nine thousan 
dollars. That is a lot of money, and 
very likely one of the very largest singl 
contributions unde to the Centennial Fund.' 
Which leads to the question, "Yeah, how 
about that Centennial Fund?" Yeah, how 
about th;it Centennial Fund? 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Month by month the number of Boston 
Public Library staff members is dwindling 
dwindling, dwindling. According to the 
Personal Notes in the QM for the past 
few years back in 1951, seventy-nine new 
members joined our staff j in 1952, 
seventy-seven; in 1953, fifty-three. 
Since January 195ii, on the other hand 
there have been fifty-five resignations 
and ten retirements, but, as we all know, 
not a single replacement. During the 
same period, funds for extra service have 

been slashed to small bits. By now many 
of our departments are critically under- 
staffed. In some units one person is 
trying today to do the work which two 
people performed a fe^^' years ago. In 
some branches, I understand, the person 
in charge often finds herself v/ith two 
rooms or even two floors to cover over 
a period of hours. Rush hours leave the 
reduced staffs of all open departments 
completely exhausted. 

Apparently there is as yet no end 
in sight regarding this lamentable situa- 
tion, ifeanv.'hile both staff morale and 
the physical health of many people is 
being impaired. Wouldn't a word or two 
of thanks, given in (Tublic, to the over- 
worked be in order at this time? 
Certainly an expression of appreciation 
for extra effort expended by department 
heads and assistants alike might help 
literally drooping spirits. 

Might we not have a report, too, on 
what progress — or lack of it — is being 
made in regard to overcoming City Council 
resistance to hiring new employees? If 
our administrators would explain to us 
their plans for meeting this emergency, 
I am sure we would be even more willing 
to pitch into doubled assignments as long 
as necessary, 

B, Gertrude Wade 




MARCH 1955 

Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume X, Number 3 

March 1955 

Publications Committee: John J. Hallahan, Sheila W. Pierce, B. Gertrude Wade, 

Robert C. Woodward, John McCafferty, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for suhnitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 


Take a look at the February 1$ issue of Library Journal in which there is an 
interesting cartoon dramatically pointing up the plight of the San Francisco 
Public Library. The situation shown there is hardly peculiar to San Francisco. 
We have much the same problem here at the B.P.L. and there are probably dozens 
of municipal libraries throughout the country vrfiich are similarly fixed. Ours is 
not a question of budget cuts — as San Francisco's apparently is — but one of budget 
inadequacies. Boston enjoys, or better, suffers from, a Tinique position among 
large American cities, in thit the city proper contains only a third of the 
metropolitan population. Because of this unusual situation the central c ity has 
to maintain many facilities which are used by non-residents and residents alike — 
often at much greater expense to Boston, and at considerable savings to the 
governments of neighboring cities and towns. This is a problem that needs 
straightening out — if only from a sense of fair play. 

* * -s*- ■«■ 

Econony is apparently the watchword these days — in municipal matters at least — 
and after reading Dean Swift recently we have arrived at some modest proposals 
of our own to help out in the matter of economy here in the Library Department, as 
follows: (1) that the Library buy no more new books until all the books we have are 
worn out; (2) that the Library replace no furniture, equipment, etc., until all 
the f\irniture, equipment, etc., we have are worn out; and (3) that the Library 
replace no Staff members until all the staff members we have are worn out, 

* -St- -;«■ * 

Is State Aid like the weather — something tbdt everybody talks about but nobody 
does anything about? ?/e*d like to try to settle this question, or at least to talk 
about ^frtlat is being done in this direction, in next month's issue. Individual li- 
brarians and Library Associations on all geographical levels have traditionally 
long-ed for the day when extra -municipal support could be counted upon. Other 
states have actually enacted such legislation, and it is not unlikely that more are 
about to follovj^ suit. Active work is being pushed here in Jilassachusetts, and we 
hope to have some information on this important topic for you in the April issue. 



Patricia 0. Leonard, Open Shelf 

Itrs Virginia J. Spencer, Cataloging and 

Classification (Div. of H.R. and C.S.), 

to accept a position in Vne library of 

Mount Holyoke College. 
Mrs Marie A. Walsh, Book Preparation, to 

remain at home. 


Elizabeth B. Boudreau, Chief, Information 

Office, retired on January 2$, 1955. 


Tirs Dorothy B. Clark, from City Point to 

South Boston 
Mrs Mary E. Obear, from Bookmobile II 

to Bookmobile I 
Pasquale A. Vacca, from Bookmobile I to 

Bookmobile II 



Mr and Mrs George E. Earley have adop- 
ted a baby girl, Elizabeth, born February 
10 J 1955. l>1r Earley is Reference Assis- 
tant in General Reference. 

Annoimcements have been made of the 
folio-wing births! 


Mr and Mrs Frank Donahue, a son (Mark 
Edward), on February 26. Mrs Donahue 
(Dorothy) is a fonner assistant at 
Charles town and late at South Boston. 

Ifr and lljrs Sanaiel Maloof , a son 
(Edviard Joseph), on Jiarch 2. Mrs Bfeloof 
(Fdldred Fischer) is on leave from 
Jamaica Plain. 

J&- and Mrs Joe Hart in, a son, on J/krch 
ISr Hartin is employed in the Shipping 
Room at Central* 

Virginia Haviland, Readf^s Advisor 
for Children, has been select^i by the 
New Yo rk Herald-Tribune as a judge of 

older girls' and boys' books for its 
Spring Book Festival. 


At the regular monthly meeting of the 
Executive Board on February 7, 1955^, a 
motion was made and carried that the 
President write a letter to the Director 
requesting information about the "plan 
for reorganization of the Library Depart- 
ment" as reported in Joseph Keblinsky's 
column "At City Hall" in the Boston 
Sunday Globe of January I6, 1955. In 
I accordance with the instruction of the 
7^ Executive Board, the following letter 
was sent to the Director: 

llSr and J/irs George Hulme, a daughter^on 
i^'farch 8. Mr Hulme is in Printing. 


Hideo Ifekane, Tatsuo Yoshida and 
Joseph Yoshioka, all from the National 
Diet Library, Tokyo, Japan. 

John Purdie, Librarian, Clydebank, 

With the International Relations Board 

^■p A T A ^ J J? J., T, r, «j. ^ tT "■'■ '-'-Lii nHjji, menx.ion was maae 01 the 

of A.L.A. formed for the U.S. State Depaxt- proposed reorganization of the Library 

Mrs Anniki Aro, Lauritsala, Finland 
Madhet Adel Kazam, Cairo, Egypt 
Pieter J. van Swigchern, The Hague, 

S. F. Santiapillai, Jaffna, Ceylon 
Mrs Stella Xefiouda, Athens, Greece 
Mrs Graciela Bellucci, Tegucigalpa, 


February 16, 1955 

Mr Milton E. Lord, Director, 
Boston Public Library, 
Boston 17, Ifessachusetts 

Dear !&• Lord: 

At a recent meeting of the 
Executive "loard of the BPLPSA, the 
attention of the Board T?as drawn to an 
item which appeared in the Boston Sunday 
Globe of January I6, 1955. In the column 
AT CITY HALL mention was made of the 

*r,i™^r "• °- '' ^^''''' "-*=-<'--** vitruyalfe^t tL staf?/S wculd 

Velia Silva, Managua, Nicaragua 
Elvia B. Blasquez, Mexico City, Mexico 
Luz JIaria Uribe-Ortiz, Mexico City, 

Beatriz Tavano, Rosario, Argentina 
Isaura Salazar, Panama, Panama 
Eenjamin Godoy, Guatemala, Guatemala. 
(This group made the B.P.L. a stop on 

its tour of U. S. Libraries on February 21. 

Next month a second team will be coming 

under the International Relations Board 


Department • 

Since tMs was the first mention, eithe 
in the public press or otherwise, that 
any of the Board had seen of such a re- 
organization plan, it was suggested that 
I write to you and ask if you had any 
information you could let us have con- 
cerning the proposal. It was the feeling 
of the Board that since such a plan 

be the duty of the Board to gather as 
much information as possible and pass it 
on to the membership. 

I would be most grateful for any 
assistance you can give us in this matter. 


Sincerely yours, 

Louis Rains 


In reply to our letter the Director 
invited the Executive Board to meet 
with him on Monday, February 28. At 
this meeting Mr Lord informed the 
Executive Board that there would shortly 
be submitted to the Ivkyor a report on 
the Library by the Ilayor's Citizens 
Committee on Municipal Finance, that he 
had not yet seen the final report, and 
that until the ifey or released it and sent 
it to the Trustees he viias not at liberty 
to discuss it. 

On the 3rd of Iferch most Boston Noivs- 
papers carried news items concsrning the 
closing and consolidation of several 
Branch Libraries. VJ^ith the consent 
and approval of the members of the 
Executive Board, except one who could 
not be reached but who later expressed 
approval, the President sent the 
folloTiing letter to the Director: 

3 Jilarch 195? 

Mr Milton E. Lord, Director 
Boston Public Library 
Copley Square 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr Lord: 

Since our letter to you 
dated l6 February 1955, asking for 
information concerning the news item 
that appeared in the Boston Sunday 
Globe of 16 January 1955, the Boston 
papers cf 3 March 1955 have carried news 
items concerning the same subject. 
Therefore, the Executive Board of the 
Boston Public Library Professional Staff 
Association would appreciate your bring- 
ing to the attention of the Board of 
Trustees of the Boston Public Library 
the following statements 

In viev; of the fact that information 
concerning the proposed closing and 
consolidation of several branches of 
the Library has appeared in the newspapers 
of 3 March 1955, the Professional Staff 
Association Executive Board wishes to 
transmit to the Board of Trustees their 
concern that information which is of such 
vital importance to the staff is first 
made known through the public newspapers 
rather than through direct coramanication 
with the staff. 

The Staff Association does not intend 
nor imply any criticism of any plans 
which would result in better library 
service to the public. It is the belief 

of the Association that the morale of the 
staff depends to a great extent on its 
being kept informed of najor policy 
changes in order to avoid disquieting 

Sincerely yours, 

Louis W, Rains 

At the regular monthly meeting 
on March 10, the Executive Board voted 
unanimously to publish this correspondence 
in S he Ques- ti on Ma rko Any reply which 
may be received in answer to our letters 
will also be published in the issue of 
The Question ferk immediately following 
receipt o 

We regret that due to an unfortunate 
series of events involving those concerned 
with the financial business of "Free To 
All" the final report on the Centennial 
I'iiusical Revue has not been corrpleted. 

Copies of the BPLPSA constitution in- 
corporating the nevj- amendments vd.ll soon 
be ready for distribution. 

The inevitable call for annual dues 
will go out just as soon as the Treasurer 
has completed his work in connection with 
the Centennial Revue. 

C ommittee Reports 

The following is a brief digest of 
some of the Association Committees ' 
Reports : 

Treasurer's Report 

Balance, January 21, 195ii— 1702 . 19 

Receipts -^553089 

Expenditures — 592*73 

Balance, January 21, 1955—4663,35 

The Membership and Hospitality Committee 
reports that as of Jaiuary 21, 1955 there 
were U33 members representing 9S% of the 
employees in the bibliothecal services. 

The Staff Library Committee spent #330 
for 87 books and .'iii70 for Library Science 

The CARE Committee turned over $310,50 
to CARE. 

The Centennial Gift Committee reports 
a balance on hand of f7,6a9.5y. 

Louis Rains 



The talk before the College Group of 
the M.L.A. ira.s given by Lyman H. Butter- 
field, -who edited the Adams papers. Mr 
Butterfield's talk, curiously enough, 
-mas entitled "The Adams Papers". The 
papers are held in a trust which is the 
property of the Adams family, and are 
in such a state of confusion that no 
one really knows the richness of the 
holdings. To date papers of original 
drafts of letters have been uncovered 
which vere formerly neglected because 
they were labeled "Copies"; also a copy 
of a treaty of the United States not 
in the possession of the State Department^ 
and a full account of a neglected but 
important phase of American history, 
the Freeze Rebellion, have been found. 

The papers are being placed on micro- 
film for the benefit of scholars. The 
editorial expense is being undervrritten 
by Time , Inc., and subsequently such 
material as is selected will be published 
in Life , as ?bs done with the Churchill 
and Truman papers. It' is interesting 
to note that while the universities 
hesitated to embark upon such a task. 
Time has sufficient confidence in the 
interest of the American people to 
finance it. Selected material will 
later be published in book form by the 
Belknap Press and Harvard University 

In brief, the papers consist of diaries, 
family letters, non-family correspondence 
and miscellaneous material, much of which 
vrill be left in microfilm form. The 
diaries are prodigious, due to the fact 
that all members of the family kept 
extensive diaries and wrote about each 
other. At one time three generations 
were writing lengthy comments on con- 
versations and correspondences The men 
were all faithful correspondents, and 
influenced their wives. In fact, it was 
said that to become a letter iwriter all 
one had to do was to marry an Adams. The 
family kept not only all letters received, 
but also such items as account books, 
legal notes, petitions, broadsides, 
literary notes and all drafts on such 
correspondence. The diaries will be 
published, as well as some faoily and 
other correspondence. However, much of 
the memoranda -vdiich John (>uincy Adams 
appropriately called "rubbish" will 
appear only on microfilm^ 

Gerald L. Ball 


111 spite of the quite inclement weather 
on Sunday, lilarch 6, nearly 1^0 staff 
members and friends attended the First 
Annual Communion Breakfast of the St 
Jerome Guild at 10 A.M. at the Hotel 
Lenox. Members and friends had attended 
the 9 o'clock Mass at St Cecilia's 
Church and received Holy Communion in 
a body. Monsignor Charles R. Flanigan, 
formerly an assistant in the Branch 
Catalogue Department , was the celebrant 
of the Bfeiss, and welcomed the Guild and 
congratulated the members on the occasion 
of its inauguration. 

After breakfast had been served, 
James P.J, Gannon, President, as toast- 
master, presented John J. Connolly, 
Assistant to the Director, and Chief 
Executive Officer, Patrick F. McDonald, 
President of the Board of Trustees, 
James M. Connolly, Vice-Chairman of the 
Examining Committee, and Francis B. 
Masterson, former member of the Board 
of Trustees, each of whom addressed the 
gathering briefly, 

A letter from the Most Reverend Richard 
J. Gushing, Archbishop of Boston, giving 
his greeting and blessing to the Guild, 
was read by Mr Gannon. A letter from 
Milton E. Lord, Director, and Librarian, 
an invited guest, expressing his regrets 
and good wishes, was also read by the 

Mr Gannon noted that the St Jerome 
Guild was to be comprised entirely of 
members of the staff of the Boston Public 
Library. Members of the Program Committee 
who Yfill meet with the President and the 
Spiritual Director of the Guild, Monsignor 
Flanigan, were appointed by the President 
as follows: Mrs I^feirgaret Butler, Periodic, 
and Newspaper, Bernard Doherty, Biniing, 
and Gerard Hottleman, Book Purchasing, 

lEc Gannon then introduced the principal 
speaker, Ifonsignor Flanigan, -who explained 
the ancient origin of the Communion Break- 
fast, and outlined the purposes of a 
Gtiild, emphasizing that its primary 
purpose should be spiritual, but that it 
should also include social and cultural 
aims as well. 

After his talk, Monsignor Flanigan 
remained to chat with those who had 
worked with him in the "old days" gnd 
to meet the newer arrivals. 

B. Joseph 'Neil, Secretary 



On Thursday, February 17, the Book 
Selection Department, Home Reading 
Services, had an unexpected call from 
the lady whom "they cut and paste." 
Virginia Kirkus, who iras in toiim for the 
Amsrican Booksellers Association Meeting 
at the Sheraton Plaza, dropped in to 
check on her services to the Library, 
After a pleasant chat with the Book 
Selection staff she visited Ye Olde 
Coffee Shoppee, the ideal place to find 
one and all who might want to meet this 
charming lady who is only a name to most 
of the staf/. Duly fortified she then 
visited the Open Shelf and Audio-Visual 
Departments and appeared to be properly 
impressed with these modern additions, 
new since her last visit to the Library. 

Edna G. Peck 



Six o'clock Saturday evening, 
February 26 
Place: The Toby House 
Occasion: Surprise Party for ''filma 

Lyons, Book Stack Service 
Reason: Miss Lyons left to enter 
Nurses Training 

By devious methods ' Miss Lyons was 
persuaded to accompany one of her 
friends to the Toby House for dinner » 
Upon arrival, she was greeted by four 
other friends from the Book Stack 
Service who had gathered there to wish 
her "Good Luck" in her new career. Jliss 
Lyons was presented with a corsage of 
petite pink carnations and a number of 
other gifts from the members of her 
department. After a dinner consisting 
of roast chicken, potatoes, vegatables, 
dessert and coffee, the party came to 
an end with the wish extended to Wilma, 
that she find luck and happiness in 
her new career as V/ilma Lyons, R.N. 

Miss Lyons had already had another 
pleasant surprise party in her honor 
on February 22 iirtien some of her friends 
gathered at Kevin O'Brien's house for 
an evening of fun and dancing. Highlight 
of the party was the attempt by some of 
the boys to learn the Charleston. Wilma 
received two record albums as a gift 
from those attending. 

CCO-'S Rides Again 

The suave and svelte section of the 
Epicure Department of the Chowder, 
Chatter arri Marching Society descended 
like a plague of locusts on the Continental 
Restaurant in Saugus on the evening of 
February 21. A most delicious repast 
of punch and cook — oops, irrorig meeting — 
a variety of very appetizing dishes was 
devoured by the intrepid gourmets and 
gourmettes. (You really niust try their 
anchovy ice cream with hot mayonnaise 
sauce^) The conversation, which started 
out brilliantly enough, positively 
sparkled aftor the first round of tomato 
juice. Merry quips, witty retorts, gay 
repartee and, oddly enough, several hot 
rolls flew back and forth across the 
festive (cliche) board. All present 
pronounced, with slight differences of 
accent, the session an outstanding 
adventure in fine fressing. 

And, while we are in the mood, let 
us remind all you gnetle readers that 
the annual picnic will be rolling 
around come June 17. Of course, if 
June 17 is pleasant, warm and sunny, 
the picnic will be postponed until the 
next cold and rainy day. Oh, I'm 
telling you, we are a good group. 
Qualifications for membership in the 
Society will be discussed in our next 


We have received a number of Staff 
Publications recently (from the Cincinnati, 
Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Vancouver, B.C., 
public libraries...) and have enjoyed 
looking them over. One of the most 
attractive is the Vancouver, B.C. Public 
Library's Viev/points — a very nice piece 
of work. One interesting item from 
Viewpoints is about the Medical Services 
Association (Canadian for Blue Cross): 
"..the cost per month is ^i)1.26 for single 
employees, $3,7d for married, ferried 
women are treated as single.." 

Oh, yeah? 


Ethel M. Hazlewood 

A cofl'ee hour was held in the Women's 
Lounge on Tfednesday, I'larch 2, in honor 
of Ethel Hazlewood who retires on 
ferch 31. Mss Hazlewood has been 
in the Library Service for almost forty 
years. She is a graduate of Smith 
College and came to work here in the 
Catalog Department in 1915. During 
many of her early years she worked from 
time to time at a number of Branch 
Librar''.es and on Sundays and evenings 
in some of the Reference Departments 
at Central, For almost thirty years 
she has been in charge of Branch 

Miss Hazlewood will be remembered 
as a lady in whom many fine qualities 
are combined. She was pleasant and 
friendly to those who came into contact 
with herj was a capable and conscientious 
worker; and enjoyed the genuine respect 
of people who knew her. Her relations 
with her own staff were especially 
harmonious — it was really a "happy 
department" , 

The party, from 10:30 until noon, was 
extremely well attended as literally 
hundreds of staff members dropped in 
to pay their respects to Mss Hazlewood, 
and to have a chance to see old friends, 
notably such Alumni as: M. Florence 
Cufflin, Annie J. Daley, Mrs fiargaret 
C. Donaghue, Vjcs Minerva Elliott, 
Chester Fazakas, Katherine J, Gorham, 
Edith Guerrier, Alice E. Hanson, Alice 
H. Jordan, Wsrs Kitty McGarr, Mrs Anna 
Pepi Lima, Rebecca E. Hillis, 

Light refreshments were served by 
Edna G. Peck's very capable and very 
hard-working Committee members. John 
H. Carroll, Chief Librarian, Div, of 
H.R, and C.S., on behalf of friends on 
the staff, presented Miss Hazlewood with 
a wallet and a gift of money, for which 
she made at that time very warm remarks 
of gratitude to those within hearing. 
In addition we reprint her letter of 
larch 6 addressed to the Staff members 
who were so kind to herj 

lit Maxfield Street 
West Roxbury 
March 6, 19^5 

Dear friends far and near: 

This is a little thank-you note for f 

all of you very nice people vTho gave me 
; that wonderful party on Wednesday mornine 
; March 2, •/ 6> 

It is a happy task to express to you 
all my deep appreciation for your kindness 
I and to assure you that I shall always re- 
member the festive occasion. 

It was grand to talk with so many of 
I you and to receive your many good wishes. 

In case some of you are interested in 
I what I plan to do with the quite un- 
I expected stupendous contents of the 
1 handsome wallet Tn*iich you gave me, it may 
buy a Hi-Fi which I have been wanting, 
or it may be used for LP recordings, 
I still can't believe in my good fortune, 
nor can I thank you adequately. 

Please do drop in to see me if you are 
out my way, I'd like to keep in touch 
with my Library friends. Thank you all 
again so very much. 

Gratefully and cordially, 

On ISatrch 10, Miss Hazlewood was 
treated to another party, this time when 
she was guest of honor at luncheon at 
the Sheraton-Plaza. The entire staff 
of her department attended and presented 
the retiring Chief with a gift of money 
ae a goodwill gesture and as a testimonial 
to many pleasant years of Association, 

Thank You 

The Committee responsible for the 
coffee hour given for Ethel M. Hazlewood, 
m honor of her forthcoming retirement 
extends cordial thanks to all staff mem- 
bers, retired and otherwise, who so 
generously and graciously gave of their 
time, talents, and money to make the 
occasion a happy one. 


Jfedeline D. Holt 

Jean B, Lay 

Evelyn Levy 

Esther Lissner 

Mary M. McDonough 

Sarah M. Usher 

Edna G. Peck, Chairman 



The following quotation from a message 
to the San Francisco Public Library Staff 
Association from its newly-elected presi- 
dent seems to ma to be something which 
Boston Public Library Professional Staff 
Association members might read with 
interest and profit (N.B, $2.00 annual 
dues !) : 

"The Staff Association is that or- 
ganization that bridges the gap between 
home and work, through which each voice 
may be heard, by which we better working 
conditions, substantiate evidence for 
higher compensation, and raise our morale. 
There is none among us who is required to 
work at the San Francisco Public Library. 
We do so because we reap certain benefits 
and achieve desired goals culturally and 
materially. It is our way of contribut- 
ing our bit to society and to ourselves. 
This is our choice. We can make it a 
pleasant period in our lives or we can 
allow it to be a 9-6 affair. Second to 
home, we spend most of our time here. 
Ilinus the job, the time at home might not 
be as pleasant as it is, possibly because 
of the job's existence. We expend much 
'5n;3rgy in maintaining our homes, wherever 
cr whatever they are. Does it not follow 
that we should expend some energy in 
Hiaking our second home, the library, in 
all its ramifications the place we want 
it to be and the Staff Association ihe 
kind of organization of which we can be 
proud? We shall hardly build any 
baildings, although other similar associa- 
tions have spearheaded drives for money 
to do so, nor will we guarantee a 20 
hour week and six months vacation. We 
will prove through the Association that 
ws can have fun together, acknowledge 
e?.ch others talents, sympathize with and 
ti'y to alleviate our mutual problems. 

"No outsider can make the Association 
an effective unit. The Administration 
can't do it nor can your Executive, 
Salary Standardization or Social Com?" 
mittees. The task lies with each member. 
If the constitution is faulty, only you 
can change xt; if we have the wrong 
officers, your vote can change them; if 
a project is proposed with vrtiich you 
disagree, suggest a different one. Our 
aim is to serve the greatest number and 
those who wish to be served. If you 
are a non-member because of some policy 
you dislike, don't remain outside and 
criticize unfavorably, become a member 

and change it constructively. The two 
dollars per year will send noae of us 
scurrying for the aid of public wel- 
fare. Paying dues, however, is not 
enough. We need your tiire, some of 
your energy, your talents and your 
ideas. If you feel that you do not 
benefit, find out why and make it an 
organization from vrtiich you can benefit." 

From STAFF SPECTATOR, February 1955 



East Boston 

A very enthusiastic audience attended 
Aviation Night on Tuesday evening, 
February 8. Angelo Alabiso, Public 
Relations Director at Logan International 
Airport, was Chairman of the Program. 
He spoke of the many oppor trinities in 
aviation for high school graduates and 
stressed the very important requisite, 
the ability to speak and write correct 
English. Gloria Goltz, airline stewardess 
at Northeast Airlines, completely cap- 
tivated the young adult audience of 
boys and girls with her charming per- 
sonality and even more charming appearance 
as she discussed requirements, salaries, 
and experiences of an airline hostess. 
George Brennan, President of the Aero 
Club of New England, talked of the 
personal qualities which determine 
acceptance into airlines, such as tact, 
sincerity and sense of humor. Following 
each speaker iwas a question period in 
•vAiich the genuine interest of the audience 
was apparent. The program ended with 
two appropriate films , A GREAT DAY FOR 

On Thursday, February 17, the Yankee 
Doodle Club, a group of U-7th graders, 
presented a program entitled "Pageant 
of America." 

Their first sketch was performed coii>- 
plete with original costumes. In it 
each of the children represented a 
famous American historical, legendary, 
or literary character. 

This was followed by a movie, "Pony 
Express", an episode from American 

The highlight of the program was a 
square dance, complete with blue jeans 
and neckerchiefs, and a very capable 
(and audible) sixth grade caller. 


The final presentation consisted of 
singing J led by Mrs Colarusso, of the 
club's thenie song, "Yankee Doodle" and 
"Sacramento", after a few explanatory- 
phrases about each by one of the children. 

All of the boys and girls then pro- 
ceeded up to the Children's Room and 
examined books about pioneer cliildren, 
American folklore, and famous Americans, 
which had been put on display. 

South End 

Thursday evening, February 2^, was a 
festive occasion. Friends from India 
and the Philippine Islands graciously 
accepted the invitation of the Library's 
Thursday Night Teen Club to speak in- 
formally to the group about their home- 
land, Arcadia Inpelido spoke about 
the Philippines, while Dr Sukidhankar, 
Lakshini Malladi, and Jitendra Jha told 
about India. The club members and the 
library staff were very much interested 
in learning about schools, family life, 
customs, food and dress. The ladies were 
indeed charming in the beautiful coatumes 
of their respective countries. 

The Story Hour corner of the Children's 
Room Ti«as attractively arranged for the 
occasion, with chairs grouped to lend a 
cosy living room atmosphere. Pictures 
and books about the two coxintries were 
displayed, along with a special exhibit 
on the Philippines on loen from the 
Children's Museum, Jamaica Plain. Cookies 
and punch were oerved to close a most 
enjoyable evening. 

South Boston 

The Teen Age Reporters Club visited 
the Egyptian Gallery of the Boston 
Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, Februaiy2b. 
They were accompanied by the Children's 
Librarian, Martha C. Engler. A member 
of the Musexim staff, Eleanor Randall, 
provided a most interesting commentary on 
the tour. Previous to the visit, the club 
menijers had read books ahoat the lAiseum 
and Ancient Egypt, 


Ar^ contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full nan« of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department, or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is withheld 
from publication, or a pen name used, if 

the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief. The contents of articles 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individxxal Associa- 
tion members and their appearance does 
not necessarily indicate that the Pub- 
lications Committee and the Association 
are in agi'«*ement with the views ex- 
pressed. Only those contributions con- 
taining not more than 300 words will be 

To the Soap Box: 

The failtire of the Powers that be 
to make appointments this year has, 
to put it mildly, reached ridiculous 
proportions. There certainly must be 
a point where econony stops and 
niggardliness begins. If adequate li- 
brary service to the public is to be 
maintained, there will have to be 
something done about replacing staff 
members who retire or resign from the 
service. It wo\ild appear that failure 
to make appointments is either an 
admission that the Library was formerly 
terribly overstaffed, or a decision has 
been made to curtail library service. 

The shortage of trained personnel has 
certainly made itself felt in several 
areas of which I lave personal knowledge. 
It is an injustice to those of us who 
remain to have to assume the burden of 
increased work loads occasioned by the 
lack of assistants. Is it fair that 
professional staff members are forced 
to shelve books and perform many other 
non-professional tasks? 

Dear Soap Boxs 

During the past week I observed two 
members of the staff slip on the floor 
of the Stack IV corridor. If memory serve 
me right, I recall a bit of verse in the 
Soap Box some time back calling attention 
to the hazardous conditions that exist in 
the same area. Cannot something be done t 
correct this situation before serious in- 
jury occurs? I should think that unpoSshe 
floors would be preferable to unsteady 



What can a dollar buy ? Materially, 
about 2a lbs. of food. Phys ically , 
nourishment for some very hungry people. 
Spiritually, hope for many who have ex- 
perienced much of the harshness of life, 
and little of love. And to you who have 
given to CARE, the blessings of these 
who remember the needy. 

Contribute to CARE nowi 

Special Coinmittee for 

Talks by Staff Jfembers 

On lilarch 1, Mrs Ifuriel C, javelin. 
Deputy Supervisor, In Charge of Vfork 
with Adults, spoke on Au(f io-V isu al Pro- 
g rams and Techniques i i~ Publi'J" Lib ra ries 
as a part of the three^eek training 
program conducted by Simmons College, 
School of Library Science, for the group 
of foreign students on tour of United 
States Libraries. 

On March 3, Mrs Javelin also spoke to 
the Home and School Association of the 
Sarah Greenwood School on the Library's 
services to parents. 


Dr Bruno Sauer, Chief, Department of 
Hiamanities and Geography 

Dr Fritz Skurnia, Chief, Department 
of Natural Sciences and Technology 






A^; L. A, 

For application blanks, contact: 

Sarah M, Usher 

A.L.A. Membership Committee 

Office of Records, Files, 



Officers and Committees — 1955 

Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary 
Recording Secretary 

Executive Board 

Harry Andrews 

Mrs Margaret D. Butler 

Standing Committees 

Constitution Committee 

A» Phyllis Freeman, Chairman 

Mary Crowe 

Entertainment Committee 
Genevieve Moloney, Chairman 
15ary Ellen Brigante 
Frances Landrigan 
Pasquale Vacca 
Richard Waters 
Jean Watson 

Bertha V« Hartzell Memorial Lecture Committee 
Sarah W. Flannery, Chairman 
Louisa S. Metcalf 
Dorothy P. Shaw 
Gladys R. VJhite 

House Committee for Men 
Michael Venezia, Chairman 
^Hfl/Talter Coleman 
^William Donald 
Frank Donovan 
Paul Mulloney 
Paul Smith 

House Committee for Women 
Marie Cashman, Chairman 
■t^Pearl V. Bryant 
Alice Cray 

Frances Landrigan • 

Margaret Lewis 
Louise K. Murphy 

•Jaflelen Schubarth 

Louis Rains 
Duilia Capobianco 
Rosemarie De Simone 
Barbara Cotter 
William Casey 

Eamon McDonough 
Ellen Richwagen 

West Roxbury 

Boolonobile II 
Alls ton 
Open Shelf 
Bookmobile II 
Business Office 


Open Shelf 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Godman Square 

Book Stack Service 



Book Stack Service 

Science and Technology 

Book Purchasing 

Open Shelf 


Book Preparation 

Open Shelf 

Open Shelf, Children's Section 

Cataloging and Classification, 

Division of Home Reading and 

Community Services 


Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service Employees 

International Union, Local #l|09, (AFL) 
Representative of other groups not represented in the Association or 

the Union, 


Membership and Hospitality Committee 

Elvira Lavorgna, Chairnan 

Anne Doherty 

Daniel Kelly 

Mary IIcNamee 

Marion MacWilliam 

Faith Minton 

Fine Arts 

Charles town 



Fine Arts 

Book Stack Service 

Personnel Committee 
Sidney Weinberg, Chairman 
Geraldine M, Altman 
Charles Gillis 

Geraldine S. Herrick 
Gerard Hottleman 
Isabel Wkrtino 
B. Joseph O'Neil 
David Sheehan 
Pauline TiTinnick 

Patent Room 

Jamaica Plain 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services 

North End 

Book purchasing 

Hospital Library Service 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Book Stack Service 

Open Shelf 

Program Committee 
llay McDonald, Chairman 
Albert Brogna 
Iphegenia Fillios 
B. Joseph O'Neil 
Irene Wadsworth 

School Issue 

Publications Committee 
John IfcCafferty, Chairman 
John J. Hallahan 
Sheila ViT. Pierce 
B. Gertrude Wade 

Robert C. Woodward 

General Reference 
Open Shelf 

Central Charging Records 
Book Selection, Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services 
Hi story 

Special Services Committee 
Robert C. Woodward, Chairman 
George T. Armstrong 

Bettina M. Coletti 


Office of Records, Files, 

Open Shelf 

Staff Library Committee 
George Adelman, Chairman 
Emilia Lange 
Rose Moorachian 
George Pahud 
Sarah Richman 

Special Committees 

General Reference 


Uphams Corner 



Book Selection Policy Committee 

Representing the Division of Home Reading and Community Services 

William Casey Open Shelf 

Mary Langton Hospital Library Service 

Evelyn Levy Egleston Square 

Jane Ivknthorne Open Shelf 

¥ay J.iDonald Charlestown 

Euclid Peltier Audio-Visual 

Irene Wadsworth School Issue 


Representing the Division of Reference and Re search Services 

Sarah Flannery ' Tji^TE^F^F 

Charles Higgins General Reference 

Prise ilia f'lacFadden Fine Arts 

Anna Manning Teachers 

CJeorge Pahud 5^^,.^^ 

Dorothy Si;3w Pe-iodical and Newspaper 

Loraxne Sii:iivan Science and Technology 

Harriex &r_ft ^^^ B^ck 

CARE Commi ttee 
Walter Blu'ia, Chairnan 
Iferie Hastis 
Minna Steinberg 

Cent e nnial Gift Commit tee (Staff) 
Ifrs Ada A. Andelican, Gliairman 

Mrs Geraldine M. Altraan 
Charles J. Gillis 

Jeanne M. Hayes 

Bradford M. Hill 

Prise ilia S, MacFadden 

ThorAs J. JIanning 

Pauline A. Ifalker 

Pauline Winnie k 

Repre senti ng; Quart er Century Club 

Wrs (jL'aca M. Caivol.orT"' 

Daniel W, Sj:i3eran 

Represent? r t Employees Benefit Association 

(nowdis : .rided) ~ 

Franlc P, Br'ino 
J. Joseph Banker 
Catherine A, Farrell 
Geor^i-B W, GHllaghar 
Patrick J. Re illy 
Representing Arnavets 
John J. Ililey 
Sidney Weinberg 

Concession Committee 
Catherine tf-i 
Catherine T. 

;ild. Chairman 

-JfSumner Fryhon 
•5«{-Michael C, Langone 
Louis M, Ugalde 

Insurance Committee 
Harry Fletcher, Chairnan 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Parker Hill 

Catalog.-' 'g-ianr' Classification, 

Division of Reference and 

Research Services 

Office of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services 

Jaiaaica Plain 

Cabalogia^ and Classification, 
Division of Home Reading and 
Comnranity Services 

Book Purchasing 

Periodical and Newspaper 

File Ar'.o 

Exir_bits Office 

West Roxb-ory 

Open Shelf 


Science and Technology-Patent Rooi. 





Fire Control Center 
Science and Technology- 



Book Selection, Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services 
Rare Book 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Reference and 
Research Services 


-- Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service Employees 
International Union, Local #[i09 (aFL) 
'"' Representative of other groups not represented in the Association or Union. 


Pensions Coimnittee 

Louis Polishook, Cha irma n 

Abraham Snyder, Special Advisor 

Catherine MacDonald 
B. Joseph O'Neil 

Patent Room 

Cataloging and Classification, 

rivision of Reference and 

Research Services 
Periodical and Weivspaper 

Publicity Committee 
Helen Sevagian, Chairman 
Jfery M. Burns 
Josephine A. Waldron 


Office of Records, Files, 

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APRIL 1955 

Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume X, Humber 3 April 19S6 

Publioations Connnittee: John J. Hallahan, Sheila W. Pierce, B. Gertrude Wade, 

Robert C. Woodward, John McCafferty, Chairman 

Publication date ; Deadline for submitting material ; 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 


Throughout the twentieth century, the function of the American public library 
has been expanding in many directions. Today the librarian is expected not only to 
supply reference materials and "the right book to the right person at the right time"' 
but also to help expand the horizons of our public by means of children's story hours,, 
motion pictures and other visual aids, young adult councils, discussion groups and the 
provision of lecture halls for the use of various commimity groups. 

It should go v,rithout saying that such a widened program demands a staff larger 
than the minimvun numbers needed to carry on ever-essential floor and desk work. But 
here in one of this country's oldest and largest public libraries, we are rapidly 
reaching the point where a shortage of staff will inevitably force us to retrogress 
to nineteenth century library concepts because of sheer lack of nuaibers rather than 
lack of desire to serve our patrons adequately. Already many department heads find 
it necessary to spend hours covering the desk or even shelving books. They are find- 
ing it impossible to attend meetings of committees, including those upon which our 
brsuach book s&eleotion is based. In their spring planning of next year's activities, 
they are faced with the realization that in many cases it will be necessary to drop 
both relatively nev; projects and some programs which have long since become tradi- 
tional in their communities. During recent months many branch activities have been 
made possible only through the willingness of professional and non- professional 
workers alike to donate their own time - as well as their own money, in some cases. 
Since these assistants do not receive the remuneration accorded workers in older, 
established professions, a continuing acceptance of such generosity is unthinkable 
since it established a precedent dangerous to our profession as a w*iole and keeps 
these staff members from outside activities which could broaden their own interests 
and outlook. 

What, if anything, can we do about this situation? Isn't our first and most 
legitimate means of approach a united request that our administrators meet with the 
Professional Staff Association to explain why the situation has arisen and what we 
are expected to do under these circumstances. Today the shortage is critical; to- 
morrow it may be fatal to our reputation among libraries. Ylhat are you going to do 
about it? 

Since the first issue of the Question Mark , back in 1946, the Office of Records, 
Files and Statistics has done all of the work involved in the preparation of stencils 
and in assembling the QM. This month due to the loss of a member of her staff, . 
Miss Usher is no longer able to carry on with this vrork, and the Publications Commit- 
tee is taking over. The Committee wishes, on behalf of the Association, to thank 
Miss Usher and her staff for the cheerful and co-operative spirit that they have al- 
ways shown in helping turn out the Question Mark. 

In the February issue, one of the Soap Booc correspondents closed with the query, 
"Yeah, how about that Centennial Fvind?" A call to the Treasurer's Office at City 
Hall got the answer. The present level (April 12, 1955): $49,067.72. 




Dorothy L. Dodworth, North End, for rea- 
sons of health. 

Catherine H. Doherty, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, to accept a posi- 
tion in the Civilian Personnel Office, 
First Naval District Headquarters, in 
the Fargo Building. 

Wilma A. Lyons, Book Stack Service, to 
enter nurse's training, 

Mrs Janet B. Schlein, Brighton, to remain 
at home. 

Mrs Deidre B. Smith, Central Charging 
Records, to remain at home. 

Ifrs Susan E, Trunfio, Audio-Visual, to 
remain at home. 


Ethel M. Hazlewood, Chief of Cataloging 
and Classification, ER&CS, retired on 
March 31, 1955 after forty years of 


Mary Z. lynch, from Central Charging 

Records, Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services to Book Stack Ser- 
vice, Division of Reference and Re- 
search Services, 


To Mr and Mrs Girard D. Hottleman, on 

on March 25, a son, Girard David, Jr. 
Mr Hottleman is in Book Purchasing, 

To Mr and Mrs Michael Venezia, on March 
30, a daughter, Nancy Marie. Mr 
Venezia is in Book Stack Service. 
Mrs Venezia is the former Patricia 
VJ'ilson of Egleston Square. 

To Ifr and Mrs Charles R. Meehan, a daugh- 
ter, on March 26. Mr Meehan is in the 
Teachers' Department, 

Belated announcements : 

To Mrs Janet B. Schlein, Brighton, on 
February 4, a son. 

To Mrs Hollis Smith (the former Deidre 
Barry Smith, Book Stack Service) on 
February 13, a daughter, Christine 
Louise . 

* * BON VOYAGE * * 
l¥e understand that some 45 members of 
the staff are off to Europe this sicnmer. 
To conserve space we are hereby offering 
a blanket BON VOYAGE TO ALL, 


On Iferch 24, 1955 your president 
and several of the past presidents of 
the Association wore invited to meet, 
one at a time,' vdth mombGrs of tho 
Personnel Sub-Committoo of the Examining 
Committee, During my talk v/ith tho Sub- 
committee, I v/as afforded tho opportunity 
to present my views on what I considered 
to be the major morale problems con- 
fronting the staff at this time, I am 
happy to be able to report that the mem- 
bers of tho Personnel Sub-Committeo were 
ivero well informed and apparently con- 
cerned with such major problems as the 
number of vacancies, curtailment of 
extra-service, delay in permanent ap- 
pointments for qualified menibers of the 
staff and the promotion system. It 
would appear that the members of the 
Personnel Sub-Committee had read several 
issues of the (Question Ifiark - an addi- 
tional reason v^y menbors should avail 
themselves of the opportunity to express 
their feelings in the Soap-Box» 

In connection with the question of 
permanent appointments, the Executive 
Board has requested of the administra- 
tion a statement of policy to clarify 
the situation and explain vdiy such 
appointments have not been made. 

No final report on proceeds of the 
Centennial Revue as yot since there are 
still a few bills to be paid and one 
account receivable to bfe collected, 
H owever, the final figure will be within 
a few dollars of §1740,00. 

The annual dues of 50/ per member 
are now due. Please pay your dues to 
your staff representative vfho will for- 
ward the money together with the names 
of the members to William Casey, 
Treasurer, Open Shelf Department, New 
membership cards will be issued as soon 
as the necessary records are made, 

Louis Rains 


Mr. Charles L. Higgins, Chief, 
General Reference, is one of two can- 
didates for election as Director of the 
Association of College emd Reference 
Libraries, a Division of the A.L,A, 
His opponent is Jfe,ry N, Barton, Head, 
Reference Department of the Enoch Pratt 
Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland, 




In preparing some remarks on State 
Aid here in llassachusetts, I enco\mtered 
same interesting information in the 
American Library Directory. (N.Y., 
Bovj-ker, 1954. 20th ed.) I thought that 
thej-- might make interesting reading, 
for they indicate %vith all the cold 
authority of the statistic a picture of 
library service here as it compares with 
such service elscxvhcrG. First of all 
there is a table of volumes per capita 
in public libraries in those states 
v.'hich furnish this information: 



■ Vermont 



New Hampshire 









Rhode Island ** 















i' linno s ota 



. Indiana 









New Jersey 









New York 



























South Dei: ota 















North Dc.l-ota 






North Carolina 



Nev.'- Ibxico 





















■/est Vir-inia 

** My ovm cstimCvte. Rhode Island 
fi?;urcs arc incomplete. 

Note that the New England states rank 
first to sixth - that the South definitely 
dominates the other end of the scale - 
that the middle of the list has no dis- 
tinct regional flavor. 

Next I compiled a list of per capita 
expenditures for public libraries, again, 
for those states for whioh this informa- 
tion is given, as follov/s j 





















Now York 









New Jersey 



Ncvr Hampshire 







































South Dakota 















North Carolina 



South Carolina 









North Dakota 









Now Mexico 












West Virginia 

Lo, Massachusetts leads all the rest, 
and by a sizeable margin. In fact, if I 
remember certain A.L.A. recommendations 
correctly, this is a figure some 40^ over 
v;hat that organization calls "satisfac- 
tory" support. For the moment, however, 
let's look at a third table, one v/hich 
gives actual state-aid figures - the fig- 
ures in parentheses are per capita grants. 



Wc^ York 









North Carolina 


















Tonnes sec 


















South Carolina 



Rhode Island 



Novj- Mexico 







12 , 724 


Now Jersey 






Now Hampshire 


ft. 056 
!ji .628 









Tvro things arc noticed here - less 
than half the states give aid - and even 
though some of the total grants look im- 
pressive, they do not, v;ith one exception 
(Vermont), substantially alter the amount 
of money spent p er capita for the support 
of public libraries. Without state-aid, 
Massachusetts still spends far more than 
any other state, with or without such 

Is such a situation not likely to 
je-OpRrdizc the chances of getting money 
from the Commcnvroalth? It may appear 
reasonable to most of the legislators who 
are to malcc the ultimate decision in this 
matter that Massachusetts libraries do 
not need state -a id. It v/ill bo the pro- 
fcssion's problem to convince them that 
this is not true. 

[Lack of time and space make mo call a 
halt at this point. In next month's 
QI>J v/o will try to have more on speci- 
fic action already taken, or being ta'i- 
ken in Massachusetts.] 

John MoCafferty 


American Library Association. 
Membership directoiy. 1954. 

Institute on Public Library Manage- 
ment, 5th , Univ. of Wisconsin , 
Madison, 1953. The public library 

building. Madison, Bureau of 
government. University of "?is- 
consin, 1953. 

Manlcy, l&xrian C. 

Handbook for library trustees. 
New York, R. R. Bowker, 1955. 

Nov; York. Public Library. 
Books for the teen age. 
New York, 1955. 

Simmons College, Boston. School of 
Library Science . Books and pub- 
lishing lecture scries. 1953-4. 
Boston, 1954. 

Taubcr, Maurice P., ed« 

Technical services in libraries. 
New York, Columbia Univ. Pr., 1954. 

The Staff Library Book Selection Com- 
mittee will welcome suggestions or recom- 
mendations for purchase of professional 
and general material. Staff members wish- 
ing to make such suggestions may send them 
to the Committee Chairman, George Adclman, 
General Rcforcnco. 


The personnel Office has subscribed 
to a ne\-/ semi-monthly publication enti- 
tled Library placement exchange , v/hich 
tcgan publication in Washington, D. C, 
in March 1955. It is sponsored by Foster 
E. Mohrhardt, Librarian of the U. S. Dept. 
of Agriculture. This publication lists 
positions open and positions wanted in the 
Library profession on a national basis. 
As copies are received they vj-ill bo posted 
on the Staff Bulletin Board in the Central 
Library Building. 

THTmi nrTOriR L 

On Monday, I&irch 28, Miss Catherine 
M. Doherty, Office of Reoords, Files, 
Statistics, who is so pleasantly identi- 
fied as one of the "Sailors on the Tcvm" 
in the recent production FREE TO ALL, 
\'Ki.s guest of honor at a farev/cll li;inchcon 
at the Darbury Room. Iflss Doherty left 
the Library the next day to begin vrork 
in the Civilian Personnel Office, First 
Naval District Headquarters, at the Fargo 
Building. She v;as the recipient of BCV» 
eral gifts from her many friends through- 
out the Central Library, whose good 
wishes go vath her to her nev/ position. 


RET nffllffilJ T 

On ;?8daead»3ni! AprJ.1' 13, friends of 
Miss Elizabeth B. Boudreau, Chief of the 
Information Office, Emeritus, gathered 
to honor her at a ooffec party at the 
Women's Lciingo, Central Library Building, 
from 10:30 until noon. The party vnxs 
•./ell attended as many of Miss Boudrcau's 
vfcll-v/ishcrs dropped in to say hollo to 
her. Hiss Boudreau had been away from 
Central for some time duo to an unfortu- 
nate accident r/hich incapacitated her. 
'"/hen she resigned from the Library scr- 
TTico on January Z6 rf this year she was 
v/ith the Library for thirty four years. 
Among the alumni vhe stopped by v/crc 
L'icsdamcs Ethel M. Hazlevroodj Alice M. 
Jordan, Catherine C. Kelly, Frances H. 
Kellcy, and Marjorio Martin, and Messrs. 
Chester A, S» Fazakas and Harry M. Bra<l- 
stroct. On behalf of those attending, 
lir. John J. Connolly presented Miss Boud- 
reau vdth a gift consisting of a bouquet 
of money and a book. 

The conr.ittec i^ich arranged this 
party vp.s headed by Hiss Helen H. Scva- 
gian. Information Office^ 


Last month in the Soap Box , there 
1.VUS an anguished cry about the slippery 
flocr in the Stack Four Corridor* Since 
that time there have boon at least three 
accidents in that scjne area. One of 
these vns rather serious, involving a 
fractured hand, and a long absence from 
v;ork. Wc arc told that stops arc being 
taken to rough up this treacherous sur- 
face somehc;v so that in the future peo- 
ple may venture into that part of thi> 
v/orld vdth more composure. In vicvr of 
all that has happened, vro cann'^t resist 
reprinting a contribution to the Soap 
Box in the July, 1952 issue cf the 
Question Ifcrk . This i.^k?.s a collaboration 
of the Dolly Sistors of Ilcggcrcl, to vit : 

A Let of Gloss is a Dangerous Thing 



0, lately v.'hon the doctor comes 

A-lcnocking at our doer 

The ansvrcr airways seems to bo 

"I slipped in CI' Stack Fovir" 
From ankle sprain* and black- 
And-blucs our dignities are saro 
And all because there has to be 
A gloss upon the floor. 


A gloss upon the floor 
A gloss upon the floor 
As time goes by our ranks may be depleted 

mere and more 
But be that as it may, there's still 

a gloss upon the floor. 

Clare 'Toole 

Sheila ViT, Fierce 

Statistic I 

How many librarians are there 7 

There arc 55,749, of v/hom 49,355 
are women and 6,394 arc men. 

(Stat. Abstract, 1953 p. 198) 

HcTRover, in some cases its still a man's 

world, since: 

Of the plumbers in this country - 

There arc 293 875 men and only 

1,480 wononJ 

(Stat. Abstract, 1953 p. 201) 


Tho April 1955 B.P.L.Wows carries a 
glo\7ing account of the nc-.'/ lights in 
the mr'.in staircase at Central. These 
nevj- fixtures consist of a "magnificent 
spherical luminairo" and several little 
luminaircs, vjhich do a vrondcrful job ef 
lighting up the stairs and the P. Puvis 
do Chavanncs paintings. 

It is a good and fitting thing that 
the Hall bo well lit, but it is more im- 
portant and salutory thing that Bates 
Hall be better lit, if an editorial opi- 
nion may be inserted hero. Bloodshot- 
eyed patrons will no doubt soon be going 
out into tho Chavanncs Gallery to read. 

Yfc suggest you tako a look some eve- 
ning at tho remarkable difference in 
lighting in these two places. 



Despite bad weather, over a hundred 
people attended the Tenth Annual Open 
House at East Boston. The Library had 
a festive air with its Hobby Show on 
display in both the Adult and Children's 
Rooms. Embroidered tablecloths, wax 
candles, china painted dishes, woodcar- 
vings, autograph and bookplate oolleo- 
tions, pencil sketches and watercolors 
were but a few of the many hobbies re- 
presented. A very striking feature was 
the large stained glass screen which, 
set up against the windows, filled the 
Adult Room with warm colors as light 
streamed in during the afternoon. 

Miss Duilia Capobianco, Assistant- 
in-Charge, opened the program in the 
Lecture Hall with a brief introduction. 
Guest speaker was Mr Leslie B. HThelan, 
Manager of the Joseph H. Barnes Evening 
School Center, who spoke on Recreational 
Education in East Boston. Then followec 

the musical portion of the program. 
Highlights were the violin solos by 
Angela Alabiso, and selections by 
Matilda Cerulli, soi)rano, and John 
Guazzerotti, bass-baritone. 

Refreshments wore served in the 
Children's Room. An ©njoyable evening 
was had by all* 


During the Passover holidays, the 
Mattapan Bremoh featured a display ap- 
propriate to the season, loaned by 
Hecht Housd. The Exhibit, arranged by 
Eva Joseph, Director of the Jvmior 
Department PSrogram, consisted principal- 
ly of handicraft prepared in the Arts 
and Crafts Shop, by the children work- 
ing under Mr Sam Midman, Instructor. 
As an example of mural and clay work, 
one section of the display oas© was oc- 
cupied by a three-dimensional scene 
made up of olay figures against a back- 
ground suggesting Egypt in the time of 
the Pharaohs. The scene was most ap- 
propriate for the Passover season, show- 
ing the Jewish slaves at work on the 
h\ige pyramids, begging their masters to 
have pity on their wives and children. 
Other murals, completing the Rissover 
Story, depicted the coming of the pla- 
gues upon the Egyptitms, Moses leading 
his people from bondage, and the pre- 
sent-day commemoration of this event. 
Illustrated, explanations of the Passovei^ 

Service, including a discussion of the sig- 
nificance of the Seder Plate tflgether vith 
a beautifully wrought Seder Plate and Pass- 
over "Beoher" completed the display most 

North End 

on Thursday, April 14, Dorothy Dod- 
worth, former Children's Room Assistant 
at North End, was honored at. a l\zncheon 
party given by the staff at Girc»s Res- 
taurant in the North End. At the party 
she was presented with a gift of crystal 
imported from Murano, Italy. Miss Dod- 
worth recently resigned to devote her time 
to creative work in art and children's 

BON VOYAGE to Mary L. Dennis on, tiho 
will sail from Boston on April 88, for a 
visit to France and Italy, on the S«S. New 
York of the Greek Line. 

West End 

The Judaica Department assisted in the 
Fassover Exhibit at Jordan Marsh Company 
this year. It lent several rare Hagaddahs^ 
special books used for the Seder sej*vioe8, 
which tell the story of the deliverance of 
the Jews from slavery in Egypt; it lent 
paintings, both traditional and classic, by.; 
Jewish artists, telling the story of the 
holiday. The exhibit was shown at Jordan»« 
from March 22 through April 5. 

Awarding of prizes for the essay con- 
test sponsored by the Branch took place at.- 
a special program in the Lecture Hall, on 
March 15. Children of grades 4 to 8 at St ? 
Joseph's school participated; the topic: 
Judges were Msgr. Timothy J. O'Leary, Su- 
perintendent of Parochial Schools in the 
Archdiocese; Mr. Patrick F. McDonald, Presi- 
dent, Trustees of the BPL; Dr. Cecilia 
McGovem, President, Archdiocesan Council 
of Catholic Women; and Mr. John M. Carroll, 
Chief Librarian, HR&CS. Mr. Carroll broughl 
as his guest Miss Jeanette Pritsche, of 
UNICEF, Tfiio was visiting Boston. 

Msgr. O'Leary, addressing the children 
and their parents^ stressed the value of 
worthvdiile books, such as lives of the her- 
oes of the Church, as guides for living. 

There was also an address by Msgr. 
Francis Lally, editor of the Pilot, who 
drew attention to the fine co-operation be- 
tween library and school, and the vital rolt 
of the Nuns in chemneling children's read- 
ing, and encouraging vrritten expression 


of their ideas. 

Miss Mary A. Reardon, artist and 
writer, discussed, with several examples 
from her own work, the process of pre- . 
Taring illustrated children's books. 

Mr Dsitrick F. McflonAld, President of 
the Trustees, then spdce^ emphasizing the 
democratic character of what he terms 
"the public's library," and the role of 
the Trustee as the representative of the 
citizen in determining library policy. 
As Chairman of the Board of Judges who 
gave so generously of their time emd 
effort in reading and grading the essays, 
Mr. McDonald also presented the prizes. 

Refreshments were served to a largff 
gathering of children, parents, and a 
few grandparents. 

The greetings and good wishes of Miss 
Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian, ware 
conveyed by Jirs. ¥eronica Lehane, Chil~ 
dren's Librarian. 


The Business Branch this month is 
observing its silver anniversary. On 
Jfey 7, 1930, the door of the then new 
building at 20 City Hall Avenue was 
opened without fanfare by Ifrs. Mary 
Watkins Dietrichson, first Business 
Branch Librarian. By noontime, business 
was brisk and has continued so ever sincoo 
In 1955, Ifrs. Dietrichson kindly oblige<*. 
by rnce again opening the door, but this 
time for a publicity photograph. 

The building, with furnishings, was 
presented to the city of Boston by Louis 
E. Kirstein, outstanding merchant and 
trustee of the Boston Public Library, as 
a memorial to his father Edward Kirstein. 
The need for a business library had been 
recognized as far back as Yforld War I, 
when the Boston Chamber of Commerce advo- 
cated the bringing together of such a 
ocllection. Today, the staff wonders, 
between phone calls, how Boston ever 
transacted a day's business without it. 

The grovrbh in reference work is re- 
flected in the increase in telephone 
calls, from an average of 12 a day in 1930 
to as many as 200 in 1954. The number of 
patrons has risen from about 500 tc 100© 
a dayi and the bonk collection from 8,000 
to 40,000. 

In 1930, back runs of financial ser- 
vices, periodicals, and directories were 
eagerly accepted to stock the empty 
shelves. In 1955, with three floors 
instead of two, we are hard pressed for 

shelf space. The extra floor was ac- 
quired in 1940 when the general branch 
on the third floor Viras closed. Today 
much time is spent in weeding out out-of- 
date material, the emphasis being always 
on vjhat is current. 

The Business Branch has had only two 
Branch Librarians in its quarter-century 
Cf cervioe. Mrs. Diotrichson organized 
and headed it until 1947. She was suo- 
oeodod by Mrs. Dorothy M, Lovott, who 
resigned in September' 1953. Since then, 
Rita M. Dosaulniers has been carrying on 
as Assistant-in-Charge. 

The other day a businessman from St. 
Paul, Minnesota, stopped in between 
planes to settle an argument. It seems 
cur fame had spread to St. Paul, and ho 
turned naturally to us. Reference letters 
from all over the country, addressed to 
the branch by name, attest to its fame. 

This is in large part due to tho 
standards set by Mrs. Dietrichson who 
would go to unusual lengths to traok dovm 
needed information, and taught hor staff 
to do likcvdso. Today the present staff 
strives, if it docs not always succeed, 
to carry on in this tradition. 

Winifred F. Root 


Commander - Samuel Green 

Vice-Commander - Henry F. Barry 

Adjutant & Quartermaster - James P. J. Gannon 

(21st term) 
Chaplain - Charles L. Higgins 
Officer of the Day - Thomas J. Daly 
Trustees - Tfilliom Di Rosario 
John T. Kyle 


Mrs. Phyllis L» Barclay, Children's 
Librarian at Uphams Corner, had an article 
entitled "Film Selection for Children's 
Library Programs" in the January 1955 
Wilson Library Bulletin. 


Association dues (50 oonts) aro now 
payable 1 Sec your staff rcproscntativoi 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in ■which he 
or she is employed. The name is withheld 
from publication, or a pen name used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration! 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Coimiittee and the Associatior. 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 

To the Soap Box : 

Since the Soap Box has frequently 
accorded space to me for comments on 
situations vAich were, in my opinion, 
unjust, I would like to ask the privilege 
of using space to cite and express ny 
appreciation for the rectifying of one 
situation which over several years caused 
conflict. Remember in "the goocl old days' 
when holidays fell on your day off and 
you "lost" that day? The comforting 
thought was advanced that it "would all 
come out in the v/ash" and equalize itself 
over the years. But that didn't help any 
when, for instance, your day off, year 
after year, was on Thursday - and Thanks- 
giving kept popping up annually on Th\irs- 
day. So inconsiderate of Thanksgiving. 

Now working schedules of weeks in 
which holidays occur are based on number 
of hours vrorked- thus everyone is treated 

alike. "That is a good thing." ( 1066 
and all that by Walter C. Sellar anK 
Robert J. Yeatman - 827 S46t) 

Edna G. Peck 

To the Soap Box: 

Our family paper here is beginning 
to desejrve the extravagant claim made in 
an advertisement of the NEW YORKER - 
nearly everybody reads the QUESTION liiARK. 
Ovir bright young man who wrote a letter 
complaining about never having spoken' to 
any member of the Examining Committee, 
was called to such a talk the very next 
week. At the intervievrs conducted by 
the subcommittee of the Examiners, the 
QUESTION MARK was mentioned as the best 
place to air grievances, and a copy of 
the paper was in the hands of the sub- 
committee at' one of the meetings. 

The subcommittee's interviews 
the President of the Association and 4 
ex-presidents are a step in the right 
direction. That our morale is ailing, 
in slings, and on crutches, is no longer 
a rianor started by troublemaking staff 
members, but a fact now obvious even to 
outsiders. It is encouraging to find 
public spirited citizens getting them- 
selves interested in our affairs, but 
they will have to listen a lot longer to 
a lot more people. And even then the ' 
causes will be very hard to determine. 
It is tempting to have recourse to the 
devil theory, to blame one administrator, 
one Trustee, or one employee; but the 
chief cause, to my mind, is the same as 
the one given by Plato ages ago, that no 
social organism, be it a state or a Lib- 
rary can really be v/ell run until philo- 
sophers are kings. It is no dark secret 
that there has been a lamentable lack of 
philosophers on all our summits. I tried 
to remedy the situation last year by 
offering myself, against my instincts, 
for such a summit position (see my "jello" 
letter last year), but I didn't get the 
job. I took it in good part, and I sug- 
gest that a good many of our difficulties 
here will -^et righted if more of us have 
recourse to LAPIRISMO, that new word not 
yet in any dictionary, but which vj^ill 
siArely get into the dictionaries. I 
found it on page 8 of the Maroh 28 issue 
of the New York Times. 

Harry Andrews 
(Ed. Note: LAPIRISMO, a new Italian word 
from the name of Florence's Mayor La Pira, 
■who believes that Christian love can con- 
quer all of man's problems.) 


To the Soap Bcas 

It would be interceting to know hew 
many large libraries in the United States 
are open to the public on Easter Sunday. 
Our library is closed on Good Friday and 
other lesser holidays. Why is it kept 
open on Easter Sunday? 


To the Soap Box; 

Bildad's friend once moaned "How long, 
Lord, how long?" or words to that effect 
As the "no personnel replacement" progrsun 
continues, the staff joins the moan of 
Job» As retirements and resignations 
pile up, and the staff becomes more de- 
pleted daily, we wonder how much longer 
this cam go unchecked. The present va- 
cancies are much too nesir the hundred 
mark for comfort. If just overworking 
the remaining staff members were the so- 
lution, there are few of us who are not 
willing to be overworked! we have been 
for years; tw are used to it. But an 
overworked, tired staff is but one of 
the by-products of this diotum. The ma- 
jor tragedy is the fact that the services 
to the public are being cvirtailed or en- 
tirely abeindoned. New areas of service, 
long needed if the citizenry is to bo 
adequately served, are being abandoned 
before they have been given sufficient 
opport\aiity to test their merit; other 
services long proved iaiaihible are be- 
ing cvurtailed. Is the Staff Association 
going to make a study of this deteriora- 
ting situation auad present a plan of pos- 
sible action to the Trustees - or do we 
just "fade away" like old soldiers xmtil 
there is no staff left and the empty 
buildings echo with past activity and the 
public have only stone statues to sei^e 
their unending demands? 

Edna 6. Peck 

To the Soap Box: 

Have you noticed how bright and shiiy 
our Open Shelf Department looks after its 
spring cleaning? Or how prraiptly worn- 
out bulbs are replaced? Or how effici- 
ently building repairs are being made 
where needed? If you've ever slipped on 
the highly polished wax corridor of the 
Stack Four level, you may be glad to note 
too, that something is being done about 
that situation. Naturally we all miss 

Mr Quinn, but it is reassuring to know 
that he has such a fine successor. 
Thanks, Mr Danker, for a job well done J 

B. Gertrude Wade 

To the Soap Boxi 

Annually a "situation" is created 
which tends to accentuate religious and 
racial differences and to cause tension 
among staff members. In one year cfcaff 
members of the Jewish faith were granted 
more them five days in which to observe 
their wiUgious festivals. Staff members 
of the Christian faiths (and of the 
Jewish faiths since the Library is closed) 
are granted only frcan twelve noon Good 
Friday. Services in most Christian 
churches begin at twelve noon Good Fri- 
day. TJafortunately most staff members 
are still too material to be transported 
f:Pom their Library posts to the churches 
of their choice, often located miles 
away, within seconds. Also many Chris* 
tian churches have 'serH.oes on Maundy 
Thvursday evening but staff members sche- 
duled to work on that evening cannot go 
irrespective of how much they might wish 
to attend. It is not the granting of 
tine for religious services, rather the 
inequity of the situation that is dis- 
turbing and especially so when the ob- 
servances coincide as happens this year. 

Since this ordinance comes from out- 
side the Library it may be that nothing 
can be done to rectify the situation. 
Surely those who issue such directives 
must realize the inequities they create. 
If not, should they not be informed? 
There may be no solution, but may I sug- 
gest one, guaranteed to eliminate inequi- 
ties and to be lOOjS unpopular? Allow 
all staff members of every creed the pri- 
vilege of taking time off for the neces- 
sary observance of religious holidays - 
the time to be taken from pay or vacation . 
I may be underestimating the spiritual 
calibre of ny associates, but I suspect 
that under these conditions, even when 
the religious observances coincide, there 
would be sufficient staff members to man 
the gims and to keep the Library open for 
routine services on all religious holidays. 

Edna S. Peck 









MAY 1955 


Published by the Boston Public Library Professionjil Staff Association 
Volume X, Numbe r 5 ^ _ _ May 1 955 

Publications Committee: John J. Hallahan, Sheila VY, Pierce, B. Gertrude Yfade 

Robert C. 'Toodward, John McCafferty, Chairman 

Publication date; 

the fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting materia l : 
The tenth of each month 


Not too 
Editor's Not 
pervaded the 
good fortune 
quieting the 
vacancies on 
on the staff 
will be part 

many months ago, readers of the Quest i on Mark were likely to encounter 
of dismay and complaint when they turned to the Soap Box page. As the 
es of February, 1955 put it, "a sort of smoldering, restive anxiety" 
staff. \7e should certainly congratulate ourselves this month on our 

The recent decisions of the Trustees should go a long way toward 
minds of those who were anxious about the growing number of unfilled 
the staff and the curtailment of extra service. Needless to add, those 
•viiio will be qualified for permanent appointments or salary increases 
ioularly pleased. 

It is perhaps enougjh that we express our gratitude to those who populate tlie 
sumnits vrfiere decisions such as these are made for righting situations yrtiich have 
gone Icaig unattended. It may be that we should oootaSt ourselves with the improve- 
ments ajid not inquire as to the reasons which made the improvements necessary. 
Enough then it shall be that we will weloome: replacements where thay are needed, 
extra service where Department Heads must shelve books emd type order cards, appoint- 
ments to the Permanent Service where they ha -to been earned, and increases (i.e. in 
salary, one may assume - althou^ administrative language can be remarkatly ambi- 
guoxis; in accordance with established procedures and meriti 


after thirty years of service. 

Gertrude E* Leufgre'o* Hyde Park, re- 
tired on April 30, 1955, after forty«two 
years of service. 


Jean Sates, fpom Bookmobile II to 

Mrs. Jfe.ry M. Burns, frc«n Idattapan 
to Bookmobile II. 

Elizabeth C. Dcwling, from Dorchester 
to Parker Hill. 

Mrs. Joyo© P. Ellis, from Bookmobile I 
to City Point. 

A. Phyllis Freeman, from Mattapan to 
Codman Square. 

C. Marjorie Groves, from Mt» Bowdoin 
to Mattapan. 

Elizabeth Kernaohan, from Parker Hill 
to Hyde Park. 

Katherine I, LaMooitagne, from Roslin- 
dale to Mt. Bowdoin. 

Mrs. Bernadine G. Smokier, from U^ams 
Comer to Biillips Brooks. 

Mrs. Christine J. Tinano, from City 
Point to Bookmobile I. 


Boston Public Library 
Professional Staff Association 


Friday, May 20, 1955 at 9 a.m. 

All Association members who can pos- 
sibly do so are urged to attend this im- 
portant meeting. 



Mrs Rhea L. Freeman, lYest Roxbury, 
to teach in the Newton Public Schools. 

Mrs Elizabeth M. Svirsky, Central 
Charging Records, to remain at home. 


Beatrice M. Flanagan, Chief, School 
Issue, retired on April 30, 1955, after 
forty-four years of service. 

Jean B. Lay, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, HRtCS, retired on April 30, 1955 



Christopher Weal Carroll, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. John LI. Carroll, bom. April 27, 

Deborah Rahilly, April 8. 1955. Debo- 
rah's father, Uauric* "Ifoe" Rahilly, has 
many friends in the B.P.L. dating baolc 
to the years of hia lervioe in Audio- 
Visual, Periodical, and Owieral Refereno©. 

Twins, Elisabeth Ann and Daniel J. Ahem 
were born May 3, 1955, Their mother 
Shirley Borden Ahem worked in the History 


Thomas J. Nolan, Jr., formerly of the 
Periodioal & Newspaper Department, was 
married to Miss Doris M« MacLeod, at the 
Church of the Holy Family in Rockland* 
After a wedding trip to Canada and New 
York State, the couple vrill reside in 


Mrs, Laurelle Cole, who has been in the 
hospital, for an operation, and ^rtio will 
be at home convalescing for several weeks 
before returning to work. 


The following articles may be claimed 
in the Personnel Office : 

1 silver earring - modern design 

1 gold earring - single pearl, drop hoop 

1 silver earring - center brilliant and 

surrounding brilliants 
1 lipstick - Dorothy G^ay 
1 white silk scarf 

1 silver rosary erucifio amd one bead 
1 key - Independent Lock Company, No. 

L1054B (found in the Lien's Smoking 

1 key - Curtis Key Company, No. P2 


The McOill Qaiversity Library School 
of Montreal, Canada, visited the Library 
on May 10. Professor E. C. Astbury and 
Lecturer Mrs. V. Coughlin accompanied the 
22 students to Boaton. Jfrs. Wright wel- 
comed the visitors to the ;i,ibrary in the 
mpming, following which they were taken 
en a guided tour of the Central Library 
Building and the Bookmobiles by llr. Ed- 

ward X« Casey and Mr. Paul V» Mcqmihan. 
At the end if the tour they were served 
coffee and dougjhnuta in the Women's Lotuige 
and were given the oppertunity to meet the 
Chief Librarians arjd the Supervisors who 
for three quarters of an hour answered 
their many questions. In the afternoon, 
lira* Andelman escorted our Om^dian visi- 
tors by bus to the Adcuns Street and Eglea- 
toQ Sqv*'re Bra^oh Libraries* 
Other visitors included i 

Mr* Carlos A. Castane, Consul of 

]lr* Brnesto Galliano-Meneburu, Chief 
of th* Cpyri^t Office and Secretary- 
Oener^l of the National Library, 
Santiago, Chile. 
Mrs* Maruja Pelaez de Johnson, Medellin 
Pilot Library Project, Colombia. 
Miss Aloira Ruis-Larre, Librarian, 
Central Library, University of 

Caracas, Venetuela. 

H B lf BOOKS I» Tffi! S T aFT LIBRAR 7 

Ass'n of College and Re. 

ACRL monegraphs, no. 12, Library co- 
operation in the British Isles, by R. T» 
Bsterquest* Chicago, 1955. 

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore 
Ref ronee Books. 3d ed* 
Baltimore, 1954 

Library literature, 1956 

New York, H, 

Wilson Co., 1956. 

Trautman, R«y 

A history of the school ef Library 
Service, Columbia University. 

New York, Colvimbia, 1954. 

U.S. Library of Congress, Subject Cata- 
loging Division. 
Subject Headings; a practical guide, 

by D. J. Haykin. 

'Tashinjton, Govt, Print, Off*. 1951. 

Wilson, H, W. , publishers 

Standard catalog for high school lib- 
raries. Supplement 1955. 

New York, 1955* 

^Tilson, H, W«, publishers 

Standard catalog for public libraries. 
Supplement 1954* 

New York, 1955. 

Free oiroulating libraries were developed 
relatively late historically. A »ajer fae- 
tar causing thi^ lateness of develepaent 

wa» the fear that people might not return 
what they had borrowed. Despite this fear 
libraries came into being, anyway - as we 
know. But the fear proved to be a v/ell- 
grounded one, as we also know. And one 
of the librarian's basic duties is to 
protect his book oolleotion, to seek out 
and point he finger of scorn at book-non- 
returners, y/hich brings us t the embar- 
rassing situation promised above. Tfe have 
a staff library, a convenience that many 
library staffs do not have. It seems that 
we guardians of the books in the use of 
this, our own little library, are worse 
offenders than the general public in this 
matter of returning books. There are up- 
wards of two hundred books on the Staff 
Library missinf list) It's a small lib- 
rary, but there are those of us who love 
it, and its privileges may have to be 
withdrawn unless we can learn to use it 
properly. Let's get the books back and 
not have to send Ur, Carpenter after them* 
\7hile were at it, we would also appreciate 
a little more attention to the proper 
checking out of staff library material. 

Staff Library Committee 

Library Men Honor a Library Lady 

On Thursday, }iay 12, l.lrs. Grace B, Lough 
lin, Chief, Open Shelf, was taken to lunch 
by members of her staff and by friends and 
Open Shelf Alumni. The surprise send-off 
party wr.s held at Salmagundi's and one un- 
usua 1 aspect of it was that the party 
consisted of fourt e en male member s of the 
Library staff andl&s, Loughlin. Later 
in the day the entire Open Shelf staff 
presented lirs. Lau^lin with a gift to 
help her enjoy her trip. 

Mrs, Loughlin sails for Europe on the 
He de France on May 18th, 

A Note of Tha n ks to a Staff Member 

Vfe take pleasure in quoting the follow- 
ing letter recently received by a member 
of the staff. It seems to reflect favor- 
ably not (Mily on the individual who re- 
ceived it but also upon the reputation of 
the Library and its staff as a whole* 

"I wish to express lay thanks for 
your comprehensive raemorandvim. 
I am delighted with its complete- 
ness and the information that it 
furnished will, with rry notes on 
the subject, enable me to finish 

the skotch I had in mind, J take 
pleasure in aoknowledgifeg this 
practical demonstration of the 
ability of the Library to find the 
right ansv/er provided the inquirer 
knows yftiat he wants, and is forti- 
fied with the good fortune of 
knowing vihom to ask. 

With sincere assurance of my 
appreciation of your prompt and 
kindly interest, I am 

Very truly yours, 

John A» Murj*iy 


Receipts and letters from recipients of 
CARE packages ccine in from time to time. 
We recently received one from Vietnam, a 
fine long one, in excellent handwriting, 
'«ut, unfortunately, it was untranslated. 
?fe are sure, hovrever, that It surely said 
a heartfelt "thank you". This and many 
other letters assure the Association of 
the gratitude of those who receive our 
gifts. We urge you to keep supporting 
this program, no matter how small your 
contributions may bo. The excellent val- 
■uc, CARE Food Crusade Packages, at 50 / 
are still available, and our CARE funds 
are being used to purchase those packages 

Walter Bluhm 

Care Committee 


As wo vrorc saying - Massachusetts spends 
more per capita - $2.10 - on publio libra- 
ries than any other state, perhaps a dan- 
gerous sovinding remark to air while dis- 
cussing this subject, but there arc a 
couple of tag-on considerations to think 
about in this matter. In the first place 
not all states oan claim lOOJ. library sor* 
vice, as Massachusetts can. The per-capita 
expenditure tabic of last month, however, 
was arrived at by dividing the entire pop- 
ulation into the money spent. In some 
states 20^, 30^, ^0% even 60^ of the people 
have no publics libraries (of. South Dakota). 
Bringing library service to all the oomrm*- 
nlties in those states will raise average 
expenditures considerably. 

The second thing to remember about the 
high figure here is the handsome support 
given libraries in certain cities and towns 

(such aa Boston, Brooklinc, Finohostor i 
and Milton) whoro cxpcndituros rvin to 
about $4.00 por porsdaf In addition to 
those thoro aixj many other eonmunitios 
^oro library support runa throe dollars 
or moro. Tftiusually good library budgets 
in those places are most responsible for 
that $2.10 figure. 

Lot's talk about state aid legislation 
now. In the post-war period there has 
been actually only one attonpfc at suoh 
legislation. This ocourrcd in January, 
1947, when the B.P.L. Employees' Local 
Ifeiion No. 731, A.P.L., filed a bill seek- 
ing a measure of st*tc aid. This bill 
was being discussed before the Ways and 
Means Committee of the State Senate with 
intoi\>stcd parties in attendance, and 
thoro was OTidenoo of disagreement be- 
tween members of the Library profession 
•vAo vrore present. Because of this, the 
Ways and Means Conmittoo suggested that 
the bill be withdrawn vrith an eye to fur- 
ther discussion of the matter among lib- 
rary oircles and to preparation of a bill 
that would be more aocoptnblo to evcry- 
body interested. 

Accordingly, in October, 1947, there 
was a committeo set up under the joint 
Bjftscrship of the State Library Commis- 
sionors. The B.P.L. Union and the Massa- 
chusetts Library Association, vAiioh was 
composed of a number of people in the 
library field, and which was to undertake 
a th»rou^ study of all aspects of the 
librai^ situation in IJIassachusetts . Du- 
ring the remaining months of 1947 and all 
through 1948 these people vrore busily en- 
gaged in preparing data. In January, 1949 
it v/as held by those directing this work 
that the great bulk of tho preparatory 
labors were out of the vreiy, and that if 
all went well, there v:ould be a bill be- 
fore the legislature ct its next meeting 
(January, 1950). As wc all know, there 
was no suoh bill brought forth in 1950, 
nor has it been brought forth since then. 
There has been, this year, a meeting with 
the Governor in this matter, and tho Gov- 
ernor has set up a Commission to study 
the matter further, v^atcvor that means. 

The end result of all this is that 
oi^t years after the ill-fated bill of 
the B.P.L. Iftiion vra.s submitted, and seven 
and a half years after the Committee was 
set up, nothing has happened. 

Apparently, not many people on this 
staff or in tho library profession gene- 
rally throughout the state ate very upset 
by this remarkable history of inaction. 

One is almost tempted to wzxx impudent 
about tho vAolo thing and suggest that 
the state aid movement take one of the 
two follovriLng possible courses t (l) that 
its achievements bo inscribed on a suita- 
bly mounted plaque 6tti that tho plaque 
bo placed in tho Abbey Room, where they 
socm to be oolleoting dead dreams these 
days, or (2) that it display some signs 
of life, and push vigorously toward real 
action. Tho planning stage seems to have 
lasted an awfully long time. 

Meanwhile it is pleasant to sit back 
and plan what to do with our share of 
the money when it is made available . A 
program as generous, proportiotjatoly as 
Now York's state aid would give B.P.L, 
enough monoy each year to build at least 
one and perhaps two of those proposed 
branches. iThioh is an interesting obser- 

Bon Voyage 

On Tuesday eveninr, iir.y 17th irs. Grace 
Lou^:hlin loni^-timc member of the Adult 
Book Selection Conmittoo vrxa the guest 
of that Committoo past and present o.t 
the Tovvn Lyno Houso in Lynnficld. Tho 
pleasure of tho exoollcnt food vros en- 
hanced by the beautiful sunset on the 
Lake (Sunta;];) as each sucoooding minute 
seciBcd to accentuate tho splendor of the 
hour by tho constr.nt ch^n;;Gs in the colors | 
~.nd reflections. Between courses lirs, 
Lou hi in "fovaid" an onvolope oontr.ining 
a token ift to be usjd for tho purohcsc 
of sor.'.othinc; oxtra spocic.l on her forth- 
coming trip to Prc.ncc and Italy. 

E. G. Peck 


Dr and Mcs Walter Cotter have announced 
the birth of a son, David, on April 25. 


"^ Jean B« Lay 

Jean B. Lay retired from the Library 
Service tn April 30> 1955 after twenty- 
f»ur years as a member of the etaff of 
the Branch Departmsnt and later of the 
Brandi Catalog - except for short periods 
spent in branches. 

In honor of this occasion. Miss Lay 
was guest of honor at a coffee party in 
the Women's Lounge ©n Wednesday, Jky 11th, 
Flowers tr^sh from the ga rtlaiis of Mr. and 
Mrs, Ronald Keswiclc (Branch Issue)} breadi 
fresh from the ovens of Edna G, Peck 
(Book Selection), Louisa S, Metcalf (Open 
Shelf), and Geneva '"Jfetson (Branch Libra- 
rian, Emeritus) — supplemented by other 
tempting foods; waitresses and pourers 
cordial and eager to serve; a committee 
busy and untiring behind the scenes--all 
these helped to make this party a happy 
memory, not only for the guest of honor 
but for all y*io attended. 

The highlight of the morning vjas the 
presentation by John IIU Carroll of a 
wishing weil (decorated by Mildred R, 
Somes, Book Preparation). Close examina- 
tion of it revealed that it tnbs not green 
moss which clung to the old oaken bucket 
but instead green bills given to Miss Lay 
with the good wishes of her associates. 
The short speech of thanks, delivered in 
an eesy, gracious menner and in a refresh- 
ingly humorous vein, delighted all who 
hea rd it . 

And they included "Pamily" — Mrs. Hazel 
Gormley, Helen Pease, and Nancy Poole 
from the Pioneer, and Mrs. Harriet S. 
Hemenway and Edith Wadsworth; and B.P.L. 
Alumni — K. Florence Cufflin, Minerva 
Elliott, Chester A. S, Fkzakas, Beatrice 
M. Flanagan, Ethel M. Hazlewood, Alice M, 
Jordan, Sara A. Lyon, Mrs, Florence Stan- 
ley St urges, Geneve Watson, and Rebecca 
E. Willis. 

It is her graciousness of manner, her 
friendliness of epirit, and her rare 
sense of humor which will help Jean Lay 
to enjoy the years of leisure which are 
ahead of her. As she continues to travel, 
to attend concerts, the opera, and the 
theater, end enters into the many areas 
of service open to those who have leisure 
time to share their talents with others, 
her many Library friends wish her long 
life, good health, and great happiness, 

Sarah M. Usher. 

Note of Thanks 

To My Library Friends: 

The Pioneer 


May 12, 1955 

How kind of you to give me the t de- 
lightful Coffee Hour/ I enjoyed every 
minute of it and hope you did, too. The 
eift, the book, the fltwers — all were 
wonderful. But more than these I appre- 
ciate the friendliness and the many 
kindnesses you havo always shown me. My 
thanks to each one for a very happy day. 


JuAN p. LAT 


On Wednesday, Iifey 4, friends of Miss 
Beatrice M. Flanagan tendered the retir- 
ing Chief of School Issue Department a 
farewell luncheon at the Hotel Vondone 
Dining Room. As a testimonial of their 
well-wishes the guests presented Miss 
Flanagan with a gift of money. The 
follcwing oxprosaes Miss Flanagan's 

Dear friends: 

I want to oxpross my sincere apprecia 
tion for the lovely luncheon pa rty given 
ma on Ifey fourth. It was the source of 
much pleasure to greet old friends and 
recall happy and memorablo instances in 
the past, Jfy retirement cannot help but 
be a happy one, knowing that I havo so . 
m&ny wi4 11 -wishers. 

Since some of you wore not able to be 
present at the luncheon to receive my 
porsone.l thanks, I wish to gratefully 
acknowledge your part in the gone rous 
gift presented to me. 

My retirement promisos to be a busy ont^ 
but I hopo to go on seeing all of you at 
othor such pluasant occasions in the 
f utu re . 

Sincerely yours. 
Boat rice M, Flanagan 


Dorr Helen, 

iiThile tho party spirit is still with 
me, I am writing this brief note. It 
was G wonderful pc rty.' I Tho best part 


of it all YTO-s the good wiahos cxtcndod by 
my many friends, some of whom were not 
present. The pretty bouquet has found a 
permanent p!la ce on the T7 sot, r.nd the 
memory book I shell always treasure. 

Plaose extend my deep apprecic.ti on to 
everyone viho participated. If you will 
send me the list of names, I shall write 
directly to each member of the committee. 

As for the rest of my friends, peiiiaps 
later I can write Jho Odyssosy of Boudroau 
in Retirement . I miss my colleagues and 
the good old BPL. 

Best always, 
Elizabeth B. Boudroau 


The staff of the Hyde Park Branch Lib- 
re ry entertained Miss Gertrude Loufgron 
at a luncheon at the Hi-Da-7feiy on Satur- 
day afternoon May seventh. Miss Loufgren 
•was retiring after forty-four years of 
service in the Libit ry. After a delicious 
lunch, during Trtiich the staff raminiscod 
about events which had taken place at the 
birnch over the years. Miss Loufgren was 
prosjntod with a gift and a corsage of 
cimbidium orchids. Miss Loufgren spent 
her entire career at Hyde Park Branch 
and her many friends will miss her, 


General Administrative Notice, 1953- 
No. 114 is quoted below for the informa- 
tion of members of the staff: 

"To Mumbors of the Staff: 

The Mayor's Blood Donors Progmn 
in which City of Boston employees arc 
urgently renuosted to participate remains 
on a continuing basis. Doners must have 
passed thoir 18th birthday and not have 
reached thoir 60th birthday. Minors must 
have signed pe mission from parents or 

Blood donations may be made at 
any time by appointment at the American 
Rod Cross Blood Center, 314 Dartmouth St., 
Boston. Blood Donor cards may -bo obtaind 
in the Staff Hospitel. Four hours will bo 
allowed to individuals whoso appointments 
are scheduled in working hours. 

It is understood that City of 
Boston employees and their families while 
in any I&ssaohusetts hospital will be 

furnished without charge, such blood as 
may be needed in whatever amounts are 

John J. Connolly 
Assistant to the Director, 
and Chief Executive Officer 

24 November 1953" 

At present the Blood Donor Center is 
open for taking blood donations on Tuetday 
and Thursday from 2 PM to 7:45 PM, and on 
Vfednesday end Friday f ran 11 AM tb 4 PM, 


In a notice issued by the Director on 
9 April 1951 and entitled Appeal Procedure 
for Bibliothocal Smployoos , there is pro- 
vided under tho "Panel Method" that "oach 
year there will bo constituted a panel 
of ten individuals to sorro for one year 
beginning on Jfey kt*^ and that "the 
bibliothecal employees (acting through 
thoir formal organization or organizations 
comprising a substrntial majority of thjir 
number) may name five individuals (and pn 
alternpto for each). 

Accordingly the Executive Board of the 
Boston Public Librt ry Professional Staff 
Association hr. s authorized the naming of 
five individuals (and en alternate fb r 
each) to serve on this pe.nol until 30 
April 1956. The follomng persons have 
indicated their willingness to be members 
of the panel: 

Dorothy Becker, Centrrl Charging Records, 

Alternate: Geraldine Herrick, North End 
M» Jane Ifenthomo, Open Shelf 

Alternate; Grace Jfervln, Approval Roan 
William Lewis, History. 

Alternate: landa Cariani, Science and 
M, Florence Connolly, Fine Arts, 

Alternate: Euclid Peltier, Audio-Visual 
Rose Moomchian, Uphnms Comer. 

Alternate: Prsquale Vacoa, Bookmobilell. 

We urge all who can possibly do t€ t» 
attend the May business ncoting on Friday 
morning. Hay 2Dth at 9{00. 

Louis Rains 




The 31st Annual Coaforanco of the Cath- 
olic Library Ass ocicti on mot in Milv.'uukeo 
April 12 to 15th, 1955. Five members 
from tho Now England Unit woro c.mong tho 
500 present. 

Tho thomo of the Conference -kus Living 
th o Later Years . 

Tho President Rev, A. Homo r Mattlin, 3. 
J. of Loyola College, Chicago elabcrDtod 
on the thomo by pointing out that leisure 
tiite is resulting from shorter working 
days and early retireiront. Ho said that 
libraries by themselves or in cooporction 
with other groups should stimulate reeding, 
discussion meetings and workshops among 
adults. Libraries must develop good 
reading habits among young people - 
habits which will carry them through the 
leisure hours in later years. 

The founder of tferillao House in Chicago, 
a honB for tho aging, conducts a group on 
Thursdey afternoons, very much like our 
Novo r-too-late group. She has found that 
a program of storytelling, pictures, and 
poetry is enjoyed immonsoly by those 
lonesome old people. 

Another speaker suggested un idea for 
broadoning library sorvico. His thought 
WES for specialized libreries in differ- 
ent parts of a city — an art center, a 
drairatic center, a scientific center, 
with books, discussion groups, exhibitions 
and opportunities for creativo work. 

All tte speakers stressed tha necessity 
of encouraging children to road at an 
-ja rly age and pointed out the nood for 
more c lementa ry school libraries. 

The C. L. A. Corf rrcnce in 1956 will be 
in Boston, and all with irhom I talked, 
whether from Ndw Jersey or Texas or 
Oregon were enthusiastic in tho choice 
of Boston and expressed a finn desire to 

Miss I&ry Alice R?/.a is in charge of tho 
Local Arrangements Committse for the 1956 

An addod item of interest \%-&s tho 
choosing of St. Peter Canisius as the 
patron of thi3 Catholic Libra ry Associa- 

Anna L. Jferjiing 


Mr. Earaon fcDonough reports ths-t ho 
will propose at the r'iay meeting the 
Association's endorsement of the 
following law. 

"That Section 3 of Chapter 114 of the 
Acts of 1878 be amended as follows-- 
by striding out in lines 17 to 21 the 
sentence beginning, 'And annually there- 
after' and substituting for it the 

'The trustees of tho Roston Public 
shall be elected biennially at the 
rogulsirly scheduled municipal elections 
of the city of Boston from among the 
citizens of Boston.'" 


To the editor: 

The month of ?4iy is al-^uys welcome for 
there the fat robins are bursting with 
song, the tulips sprinkle tho landsctpc 
with riotous color and the long night 
of winter gives wpy to daylight saving. 
This May, however, something now has 
been added — robins, tulips, aunshine 
plus Gencrr.l Administrative Notice #35 
nxikes this an unusually hopeful spring. 

E. G, Peck 

To the editor: 

Many people h^ve spoken or written to 
mo about tho letter in the April Ques- 
tion >Jark relative to the granting of 
time for the observance of religious 

Some of those comments have led me to 
believe thf t I did not irake my point 
clear in the original letter and thus 
loft it open to misinterpretation. 

I am not against those to whom tho 
time is grr.nted — I am against th? policy 
of unequal distribution of privilege, 
tha.t policy by vfhich privileges for simi- 
lar observances aro not grrnted to those 
of all religious faiths. It is policy 
not people with which I take exception. 

E. G. Peck 



Je f f r ies_Po int 

Rosalie Tutela, an extra assist- 
ant at the Jeffries Point Branch was 
the winner of the Sears Roebuck Foun- 
dation Leadership Award of C'SOO. East 
Boston High was chosen this year to 
receive the award for one of it's 
seniors. The scholarship award will 
be presented at a dinner at a dinner 
at the Hotel Somerset on May 31. 

North End 

The Branch played host to several 
well-known musical personalities on 
April 26 when the Young Adults counoil 
presented its final large-scale edu- 
cational-recreational program for 
local youth, "PLATTER CHATTER". 

Several local "disc jockeys" and 
three young recording artists delight- 
ed a large, enthusiastic audience of 
North End young people. The panel, 
which was moderated by Bill Sherman of 
WMEX and the Boxton Post, consisted of 
Bob Clayton and Ray Dorey, Ed Penney, 
John Scott, Larry Welch, and Jay Mc- 
Master. The discussion was based on 
questions prepared by the Councillors 
and covered many phases of recorded 
music with special emphasis on the 
currently controversial "new sounds 
such as the "rhythm and blues" re- 

Mr. Al Natale, former North End 
resident and well-known name band 
musician. Miss Pat Dale, young singing 
co-star of the "Pat and Ray" shown on 
station WHDH and WBZ-TV singing star. 
Miss Cindy Lord, spoke briefly about 
their careers and also of opportunitie 
in the musical fields for young people 

Among the special guests at 
"PLATTER CHATTER" were Miss Barbara 
Cotter and the members of the Young 
Adults Council of Connolly Branoh, Mis 
Grace Alfe and Miss Duilia Capobianco 
of East Boston Branch, and several 
young radio and recording personalitie 
from the North End district. 

A highlight of the program was a 
special exhibit prepared by the mem- 
bers of the North End Youth Council. 
The book display captioned "OF 
MUSICAL NOTE" featured many books and 
pamphlets on the various facets of 

popular music to career and music ap- 
preciation handbooks to biographies of 
famous musical people. 

The purpose of this special program 
was to stimulate a keener understanding 
of popular music among young people, to 
introduce them to the men behind the 
records being played on the air, and to 
familiarize the local young people with 
the Library's ool loot ion of many books by 
and about musical people well-known to all.' 

Miss Geraldine D'Amico, extra 
assistant who was recently awarded a Fellov, 
ship in the Department of Zoology at I 

Wellosley College. Its D'Amico is at pre- I 
sent a senior at Emmanuel College. 

The Young Adults Counoil was cited I 
on Sunday, Ifey 8, 1955 in the Boston POST 
in a special feature article for their 
work in promoting better community rela- 
tionships among young people in the dis- 
trict. It was tho first timo that such a 
group has been featured in the POST's 
series, "TEENER OF THE WEEK". 

Miss Mary L. Dennison, Adults Assist- 
ant at North End was tendered e Bon Voyage 
Party by the staff on Monday, April 25. 
She was also presented with a gift, a 
traveler's alarm clock. Miss Dennison 
left on tho Greek Line's S. S. New York 
from Boston on April 28, for a trip to 
Europe. She plans to tour Italy and France 
and hopes to visit many historical and 
cultural spots in Italy. McLss Ellon C, 
Rjterson, formerly Branch Librarian at 
North End, and Miss Dorothy Dodworth, for- 
mer assistant, were among the guests who 
came to honor Jdss Dennison at the Bon 
Voyage Party. 

Parker Hill i 


On Sunday, ffey first, Ifiss Elisabeth 
M. Kornaohan, Adult librarian at Parker 
Hill was guest of honor at a colorful toa 
given by Jfery A. Hackett, Branoh 
Librarian, at hor home in Jamaica Plain. 
M.SS Kernachan has recently been trans- 
ferred to tho Hydo Park Branch after twelv* 
yoars of service at Parker Hill. 

Tho entire full-time and part-time 
staff was present as well as special 
guests - Ifrs. Frances Holland, sister of 
Miss Kernachan; Mr. Raymond E. Lundborn, 
Senior Building Custodian, and Mrs. Lund- 
born; and Mrs. Janes O'Neill, formor 
children's Librarian at Parker Hill, and 
now Branch Librarian at Phillips Brooks. 


' "'5.r.s lOornnchon was pfcsontcd v;ith 
"> lov ly Dcllia Robia AtidonHa "plaque as 
a gift from tho ontiro Parker Hill 
staff. Delicious rofroshmc-nts wcro 
sorvcd. Along with the many farewell 
wishes of GOOD LUCK, there was much en- 
joyment by all of Ifiss Kernachan's de- 
lightful sense of humor, which made it 
easier for tho staff who indcod feels 
it will miss a loyal colleague and 
friend in the Parker Hill community. 

West End 

The Saturday Evening Girls, a 
former North End Branch Library group, 
held their meeting at the West End 
Branch on Saturday afternoon, Ifay 7, in 
the form of a strawberry festival. 

Following the business mooting. 
Miss Goldstein talked briefly on the 
Tercentenary of the settlement of the 
Jews in America and revio^vcd the 
tivcnty- second anniversary of the Burn- 
ing of the Books in Germany on Jfay 3, 
1933, spotlighting the gift of the en- 
tire set of the Talmud known as "Tho 
Talmud of the Last Remnant" published 
in Nurnbcrg, Germany less than a 
generation after the infamous book 

She a Iso called attention to tho 
fact that tho Boston Public Library had 
rooontly acquired tho 35 volume edition 
of tho Talmud in English, published by 
the Soncino Press, which is one of tho 
great scholarly achiovemcnts of this 
generation. Miss Goldstein displayed 
various ono-volumo editions of tho 
Talmud o specially edited for tho lay- 

Tho last volume of tho S. E. G. 
News, the Cherry Troo edition, was dis- 
tributed at the mooting. 

Round -robin letters, always some- 
thing entertaining to create, are a wel- 
come relief from boredom, especially to 
an invalid. Vfcst End recently conjured 
up such a letter to tho joy of Ws* 
Lehand, its recipient, who is recovering 
from an automobile accident. 

A nine-yoar old patron of tho West 
Ehd Children's Room wanting to send her 
best v/ishos to Jfrs. Lchane, tho 
Children's Librarian, pasted a picture 

on a piece of paper and scribbled a 

verse beside it. From this small be- 
ginning grew a round-robin greeting that 
snowballed in size until it was 13 inches 
high and 35 foot long. 

Tho children wrote personal messages 
and rhymes and drew pictures or clipped 
them from magazines to illustrate their 
sentiments. Jfombers of the staff added 
some opic poetry and appropriate prose. 

Mr. Jacques Jfoon, former West End 
employee, doing graduate work at Hainrard, 

is again going to Greenland, land of tho 
midnight sun, to work as a government 

Ifr. David Goldman, also a former 
West End Branch alumnus, now a graduate 
student at Harvard BuHinoss School, re- 
cently married Miss Anno Salvin of 
Chestnut Hill. 


"Thie Benson woman - what was she like?" 

"She was nioo," said Stolla. "But of 
course she was a cataloguor." 


"Youhre not a librarian. You wouldn't 
understand T.vhat that moans. Bvrfc I gather 
vfhcn people go to Library School - I never 
did, I'm just a junior - most of them suffer 
through cataloguing, but a few turn out to 
be born cataloguers. Thoso are a race 
apart. They know a little of everything, 
all the systems of classification, Dewey, 
Library of Congress, ri^t down to the last 
number, and just how many spaces you indent 
each of them on a typed card, and all about 
bibliography, and they shudder in their 
souls if tho least little thing is wrong. 
They have eyes like eagles and memories 
like elephants. 

"With that oquipinont," said MacDonald, 
"sho might really have spotted something 
for the F.B.I." 

(Fromj Bond, R# T. , od. Famous stories of 
code and either . Nevx York, Rinehart, 
1947, p. 87.... qL696.C9) 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, 
Department o-r-Cffice in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld fron pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor sc requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The authoi- of the article is known only to 
the Kditor-in-Chief. The contents of the 
articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions expressed by 'ihdividual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
'Publications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributibns containing not 
more than 300 yfords ^-dll be accepted. 

To the Soap Box: 

'Tiere once the shadows shed their night 
On masks of marble, seeming mourners 
The corridors are crammed with light 
Which floods the former, furtive, comers. 

But in the reading rooms about, 
Where students spend their study hours, 
The darkened shadows creeping out 
Impunge all light like thunder showers. 


To the Soap Box: 

On reading the April 1955 Question 
Mark, I wish to state that Miss Peck's 
letter concerning the observance of 
religious holidays was offensive not only 
to staff members of the Jewish faith, but 

to many non-Jews as«well. 

Few individuals will argue the 
point that time off should be given 
impartially for the observance of 
religious holidays, whether it be 
excused or charged to pay or vacation. 
But for Miss Peck to question the 
"spiritual calibre" of her associates — 
that is too rauchl 

She professes to be concerned about 
accentuating religious and racial 
differences. I can think of no better 
way to accomplish this end than by 
writing a letter of this nature, for 
since its publication, such differences 
have been emphasized to a greater degree 
than beforei 


To the Soap Box: 

The granting of days off for the 
observance of the Jewish holidays 
emanates from the office of His Honor 
the Mayor, who is not of the Jewish 
faith. It seems that a most appropriate 
admonition to anyone challenging such 
decisions would be to "Go fight City 

Abraham Snyder 

To the Soap Box: 

Miss Peck's letter of last month 
ignores the background of religious 
observances and toleration* Before the 
Protestant Revolution religious feast 
days commonly were observed publicly, and 
such celebration was enjoined by the 
Church for holy days of obligation. 

Even after the Revolution many 
Protestant countries observed some of the 
feast days as public holidays and do to 
this day. However, the small sect of 
Protestant dissenters who founded this 
state considered the celebration of holy 
days as Romish and consequently evil, 

'"^en the Catholics first came here 
they discovered that, there being no 
Protestant holy days of obligation, the 
prevailing culture was not in sympathy 
with such celebrations. Catholics were 
expected to work just as their colleagues 

At first from economic con^ideji^ipiis. 



and latterly either from timidity or 
overweening delicacy tovTards the 
prevailing culture, the Church authorities 
have excused Catholics from the obligation 
of abstaining from servile works on most 
of the holy days of obligation. 

Into this watered-dovm Christian 
culture has come a group of people, who 
have shown time and again that despite 
personal economic loss and social dis- 
comfortthat they vd.ll celebrate those days 
which they consider holy to God. . 
True, many of them, also affected by the 
secularism of the day, have fallen by the 
wayside as woefully as ourselves. 
Nevertheless, the group has shown a desire 
to make public celebration of religious 
feasts and such is a tenet of their faith. 
In recognition of this fact and following 
the democratic process of majority 
deference to minority feelings, the mayor 
has granted time off to people of the 
Jewish faith. 

Insofar as I know, this excused time 
was not asked for by any member of the 
Jewish faith. If any large segment of any 
other faith had shown an equal desire to 
celebrate properly the holy days of their 
faith, the mayor would undoubtedly make 
equal provision for them. 

Eamon E, McDonough 

To the Soap Box: 

Miss Peck's suggestion concerning the, 
use of vacation for religious purposes 
might prove very useful as a measure of 
the sincerity of the religious beliefs of 
all concerned. (Catholics would then be 
obliged to take time off on holy days of 
obligation. If I am wrong, the Archbishop 
can correct me.) However, such a r\ile 
might be interpreted as further evidence 
of the growing tendency in some quarters 
to secularize this country. 

In view of the alarming shoirtages of 
help, I would suggest, also, that all this 
year's conventional res attend the 
conventions during their vacation periods. 
Inasmuch as some have indicated their 
willingness to take days for religious 
observance as vacation, I am sure that the 
same fine, cooperative spirit will be 
shown in the matter of library association 

Eamon E, McDonough 


There's lighting for the ceiling 

And lighting for the hall, 

Lighting for the courtyard 

And the murals on the wall. 

But lighting for the reading rooms? 

Later - or maybe not at all. 

The budget won't allow it. 

Besides you may be moving 

In a year or two or ten. 

So what ' s the use of improving 

Lights that may be outmoded then? 

There's lighting for the ceiling 

;\nd lighting for the hall, 

Li 'hting for the courtyard 

And the murals on the wall. 

But lighting for the reading rooms? 

That wouldn't be bibliothecal 

•Twould just be falderal. 

It ' s only temporary*]?' 

Not an emergency^ you know, 

In such, we always must go slow . 

There's lighting for the ceiling 
And lighting for the hall. 
Lighting for the courtyard 
And the murals on the wall. 
But. lighting for the reading rooms? 
T^ell - maybe Hi the Fall, 
But it seems so non-ancillary 
That we may be forced to call 
It something quite subsidiary. 
In ttie' meantime, brethren, 
.Better^ half a foot candle 
Than no -foot candle at all, 

■«■ Definitions from Webster 

Emergency - an unforseen combination of 

circumstances calling for 

immediate action. 

Temporary - lasting for a time only; 

existing or continuing for a 
limited time; not permanent j 
ephemeral; transitory; as 
temporary relief; a tempo raiy 


Wo ask you navr to turn to page 7, where 
thcro arc additional Soap Box letters, 
received too late for insertion here. 



June 9, 1955 
Sturbrldge Village^ U&ssachusetts 

"Meet and Eat" in the Governor's Manaion 

Morning Session ; 10 o'clock 

Dr Robert Leigh, Acting Dean of 
Columbia Library School, will 
speak on the very ixnportant sub- 
ject of STATE AID for libraries. 

Business Meeting . 

Luncheon Speaker : To be announced 

Afternoon ; Tour of Village. 

See you thTeXJ 

Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 
M.LJl. Public Relations 







Director, Free Library -f Philadelphia 

Dr. Greenaway, who before coming to Philadelphia, had served 
as Director of the Enoch Pratt Library of Baltimore, and cf 
the Worcester Public Library, is considered one of the fore- 
most experts on large public library administration. In 
addition to the posts mentioned abcre. Dr. Greenaway has also 
served as a consultant in Public Libraries for UNESCO, from 
1947 to 1950. Dr. Greenaway 's lecture will be entitled: 

"^•-^^ Phi LADE LP 

The Free Library 





Dr. Greenaway's remarks, dealing with a library of the size 
of the Free Library of Philadelphia, should be of especial 
interest to members of the Association. 


Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture Ccmmittee 
Louisa S. Metcalf 
Dorothy F. Shaw 
Gladys R. TiVhite 
Sarah W» Flannery, 




JUNE 1955 

Published by the Bcstroi Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume X, Ifuinber 6 June 1955 

Publications Comnittee: John J, Hallahan, Sheila W. Pierce, B. Gertrude tfede, 

Robert C. Woodward, John McCafferty, Chairman 

Publifation date; Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth ef"~eaoh month The tenth of «aoh month" 


Another June is come, another year has passed and another Examining Comnittee *8 
Report has been submitted. This year's report has arrived - how shall we put it? - 
not without comment. For specimens of this comment, more qualified, incidentally, 
than any we could ever muster here, we respectfully suggest that the reader glance 
later into the Seep Box, where some of our more eloquent and experienced contributors 
hare come through beautifully. 

We felt that one of the most provocative reisarks In the entire report was that 
concerning a strong ireoommendation of the previous Examining Committee which had gone 
unheeded. The matter in question was the leasing of desirable space in a city-owned 
building for Federal use while branch library quarters in the same building were un- 
eatisfiaotrry. Previous Examining Committees have objected, the Report says, but the 
situation has continued for mamy years and "tends to make members of the Committee 
feel that their work of visiting libraries and making suggestions has not great 

It is not right tiat the Examining Crnaaittee should have to entertain such sentij- 
ments, but it is the way of the werld. All of us have at one time or mother felt 
pretty muoh the same thing. Nothing injures a man's (or a committee's) pride more 
l-"mn indifference to what was lovingly executed, was hopefully presented - and indlf- 
farenoe is the sort ef treatment that Is less likely to stir a man (•? a oommlttee) 
to an open fight than to dispirit ftnd silence them. We appreoiato the fear they have 
expressed - it is the fear of all who have had opinions or done a piece of work. No 
•ne among us wants to feel that what he has done "has not great influence." 

After the approved fashion of onasading newspapermen we recently made so bold as 
to conduct a telephone Interview with City Councillor Frederick C. Haller, whose re- 
marks about our roof and our ferty-six proposed recruits -mere quoted in srnn© «f the 
papers after last week's City Council meeting. Councillor Biailer had the following 
questions put to him: (l) Did he ■tiilnk the new roof was needed? (2) Wfes he ainare 
that -the forty-six appointments were provided f*»r in the budget already in effect? 
and (3) Did he object to the appointment of more new staff members te bring the 
staff back up to the size (647 members) that It had in Jknuary, 1954? 

To Ifae first question Mr. Hailer replied that he did not obje«t t« the Idea ef 
a new roof. He said that he and the other Councillors felt that the Library is oa« 
of -the city's greatest arohiteotuml works, and should be kept in geed repair and 
appearanoe. However, he, and they, felt that there wore more important weeds at the 
mcment, and that the proposed cost of the roof was prohibitive. If a core reasonably 
priced substitute for expensive tile o#»uld be found, without, of course, harming the 
building's appearance, Mr. Biailer thought that it should be used. T** the se*«nd 
question he replied that the number wf staff members called for by the budget had 
been nade clear to him. His answer to the third question was that he, and in his 
opinion the other Ceunoillors as well, woul* not question or object to an Increase 
in the number of staff members. He pointed out the legislative, n«t administrative 
function of the City Council in its dealings with the Library, -vbioh the Council re- 
gards as an especially independent structure, being suoh a highly speoialized acti- 
vity. After this brief question-end-answer peried, Mr. Hailer expuessed his cordial 
best wlAes to the Asaooiati'^n and aoknawledgBd the lmpoTtft»<^ »f suoh orgaMizations 
among -xai^ilx^frs of the ■vb-vIvvlm olty ddp«.rfcm©nto. 


Ifrs. Doris 1I» S. Brimmer-, Codman Square 

Branch Library - To move to New York. 
Ers. Elizabeth S. Good, Central Charging 

Records - To move to Maine. 
Catherine Hannon, Codman Square Branch 

Library - To attend college in the 



Katherine J. Collins, Binding Department, 
retired on Hky 31, 1955 after thirty- 
three years of service. 


John and Louise (Miraldi) LaFontaine 
announce the arrival of daughter 
La\ira (8 lbs. 9 oz.) on Jxaxe 10» Mrs. 
LaFontaine is on leave of absence 
from Supervisor's Office, Division of 
Reference and Research Services. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cataldo annoimce 
the birth of daughter Hary Grace, on 
May 21. Mr. Cataldo is employed in 
the Stock & Supply Room. 

Vincent and Susan Shelvin Trimf io an- 
nounce a daughter, Michele Susan, 
on April 19. Mrs. Trunfio is on 
leave of absence from Audio-Visual 


Mr. Ernest H. Clark, Librarian, Univer- 
sity of I'klaya, Sin^apoi-e. 

Professor Takimo Kaigo, Dean, Department 
of Education, Tokyo Iftiiversity. 

Miss Isobel Sunio, Librarian of the 
Normal School, Philippines. 

Miss Lucille N. Tsai, TJSIS Library, 
Kaohsiung, Formosa. 


It seems that every time the post 
of Librarian in a large university lib- 
rary comes up vacant nowadays a history 
professor is called upon to take over. 
Mvether this is only a temporary pheno- 
menon or a lasting departure from the 
good old-fashioned way of getting 
ahead in librarianship (i.e. by being 
a librarian) is difficult to say - who 
knows, next year they may bo appointing 
chemists or lawyers when some of the 
fn-t-.+-.fiT' lihrarv nosts are beine: filled. 

At any rate, the situation bears eo close re- 
semblance to that of Sir Joseph Porter in 
Gilbert and Sullivan's E.M.S. Pinafore , who 
stuck to his desk and never went to sea, but 
got to be the ruler of the Queen's Navee, 
that the following adaptation of his famous 
song is offered for the staff's edification, 
with, of course, humblest apologies to the 
shades of the original author. . . 

liThen I was a lad some time I pass'd 
As a junior instructor in a hist'ry class. 
I gobbled up whole volumes of archival lore. 
Memorizing dates until my brains grew sore. 
And I did all this so skilfullee 
That now I am Director of the Libraree - 
Yes, I did all this so skilfullee, etc. 

* * * 

As junior instructor I gained such fame 
That all the University soon knew my name 
And to shovj- that I subscrib'd to academic 

I wore a leather-elbov/'d jacket made of 

And I flunked dull students so relentlesslec 
That Loi I am Director of the Libraree I 
Yes, I flunked dull students, etc. 

♦ * * 

Professor's rank was ny next advance - 
I looked for self-aggrandizement at every 

And lest my meteoric rise meet some sad sli 
I made sure that I had a paid-up membership 
In every paedogogical societee 
And thus became Director of the Libraree. 
Yes, in every paedogogical, etc. 

* * * 

I lectur'd far, symposiiun'd wide; 
I left no road to my success untried. 
I always spoke well of the President's wifi^ 
And I led a most exemplar:y- and pious life. 
Just see how they've revra,rded me. 
By making me Director of the Libraree 1 
Yes, see how they've, etc. 

tk * * 

So Librarians all, xvherever you may be. 

If you ever want to be a great success like 

me - 
Then take this vrise advice - Don't be a foo 
And waste your time by going to Library Sch 
But infiltrate by way of teaching historee 
And you may be Director of a Libraree I 
Yes, infiltrate by way of t^a-ohing histor 
And you may be Director o± a Libraree I 

♦ * * 


Commentary for June , 1955 contains an 
article by James Rorby entitled "The At- 
tack on Our Libraries" in which B.P.L. is 
mentioned at some lenerth. 


Bainbrid ge , John 


Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1955 
Bishop, James A. 

The day Lincoln was shot. 

New York, Harper, 1955 
Buck, Pearl 

Ify several worlds. 

New York, Day, 195U 
Davis, Elmer H. 

Two minutes till midnight. 

Indianapolis, Bo bbs -Merrill, 1955 
Fadiman, Clifton 

Party of one, 

Cleveland, World Pub. Co., 1955 
Hanson, Lawrence 

Noble savage. 

New York, Random House, 1955 
Lindbergh, Anne 

Gift from the sea. 

New York, Pantheon, 1955 
Lippraann, Walter 

Essays in the public philosophy. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1955 
Mure hie, Guy 

Song in the sky. 

Cambridge, Riverside Press, 19 5U 
Peale, Noriran V, 

The power of positive thirJn'.ng. 

New York, Prent ice-Hall, 1955 
Rice, Grantland 

The tumult and the shouting. 

New York, Barnes, 19 5U 
Salisbviry^ Harrison E. 

American in Russia. 

New York, Harpar, 1955 
West, Rebecca, p?2T^» 

A train of powder. 

New York, Viking Press, 1955 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

Association of College and Reference 
Libraries. ACRL monograph, no, 13 

Library - instructional integration on 

the college level. 

Chicago, 1955 
Esdaile, Arundel J.K, 

A student's manual of bibliography, 

3d rev, ed, 

London, Allen ^ Dnvdn, 195U 
Indiana Library Association 

To the county line; a manual on county 

library extension in Indiana. 

Indianapolis, 1953 

! Maxf ield, David K, 

Counselor librarianship. 

University of Illinois Library School 

Occasional papers,. no.38» 

Urbana, 111., 195U 
Sloane, William 

Children's books in England & Ajnerica 

in the seventeenth century. 

New York, King's Crown Press, Columbia 

University, 1955 
Who's who in library service. 3d ed. 

New York, The Grolier Society, 1955 
Wilson, H,W, , firm , publi shers . 

Fiction catalog* Supuioment 195l/53 

New York, 195U 


Angoff, Charles 

The sun at noon. 

New York, Beechhurst Press, 1955 
Basso, Kain.-'jton 

The view from Ponpey's Head, 

Garden City, N.Y„, Doubleday, 1955 
Forescer, Cecil S. 

The good shepherd. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1955 
Hcbart, A13 7e T. 

Vent"iire into darkness. 

New "''ork, Longmans, Green, 1955 
Maclnnes, Helen 

Pray for a bra\'e heart. 

Nev York, Hare curt. Brace, 1955 
MarG/j^and, John P, 

Sincerely, Willis Wayde. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1955 
Patton, Frances G. 

Good mDrr-*.iigj Miss Dove, 

New York, Dcdd, Mead, 195U 
Quoirez, Francoisa 

Bonjour tristes-je. 

New York, Button, 1955 
Roberts, Dorothy J. 

Laancelot, my brother. 

New York, Apple ton-Century-Crofts, 195U 
Van der Post, Laurens 

Flamingo feathere 

New York, ?'orrow, 1955 
Yourcenar, Marguerite 

Memoirs of Hadrian. 

Nevj York. Farrar, Straus and Young, 195U 

We clipped the following from Hort h^res- 
tem University Library Staff News:-V r"er; 
Information Please Almanac lists alT kinds 
of abbreviationc of academic degrees, but 
neither ELS, Iffi.LS or DLS, or equi-valents 
(All Library Science degrees). It does, 
however, contain one reference to our pro- 
fession. It reads: "Colors of Academic 
Degrees. Library Science: Lemon." 


Katherine J. Collins 

JB.SS Katherine J, Collins, Forelady in 
the Binding Department, retired after 3U 
years service on May 31,19^$. Miss Collins 
entered the library service on Jxily 21, 
1921 and was appointed forelady on Nov. 1, 

On May 17 friends of ItLss Collins 
tendered her a birthday and farewell 
dinner in Steuben's Vienna Room, As a 
testimonial of their well wishes, her 
friends presented her v/ith a gift of money 
and a morocco-bound book with the auto- 
graphs of her marQr library friends. 

Miss Collins is also a fifty year 
member of Local $6, International Brother- 
hood of Bookbinders, and for that occasion 
was honored at a bookbinder's dinner; on 
February 12, 

Her many library friends wish her long 
life, good health and great happiness, 

James P. Mooers 

Beatrice M. Flanagan 

On April 30,19^5 Beatrice M, Flanacan 
retired from the library after forty- 
eight years of service, eighteen as a 
Branch Librarian and seventeen as Chief of 
the School Issue Department, 

Those of us v/ho have had the good 
fortvme to call her boss and friend will 
never forget her and the qualities that 
made her special - rare understanding of 
human nature, a realistic attitude tov^ard 
life and work, resolute fciirness, boundless 
generosity and courage, and a cheery 
optimism that produced a spontaneous flow 
of good spirits. 

Best Direction - Her direction was 
superb and for all of us who needed it 
she imparted that sense of direction 
Best Design - Her design for living, in 
and out of the library, was a thing to 
be admired and copied. 
Best Music - She leaves us ^Tith a song 
in our hearts because of having known 
and worked with her. 
May summed it up by saying that Miss 
Flanagan wins all the awards - the 
difference being that all the other Oscar 
candidates have to compete whereas she has 
always run co far ahead of the rest of the 
field she has no competition. 

We wish her the best of all good things 
in her retirement. 


School Issue Honors Miss Flanagan 

In honor of her recent retirement from 
the library Miss Beatrice Flanagan was 
given a farewell party on Saturday after- 
noon May 21, by present and past staff 
members of School Issue Department, After- 
noon tea was served to about forty people 
in the Candlelight Room of the Sherry 
Biltmore Hotel, some of the guests coming i 
from as far away as Nexv York, New Jersey • 
and Vermont, Many others, great distances 
away, sent greetings. Miss Flanagan was 
presented with a white orchid corsage and 
a unique gold loving cup inscribed 'To a 
Champion Boss ' , inside of which was a gift 
of money. She was also given a huge framed 
tribute in verse (done by a former 'extra') 
to her outstanding qualities of good humor 
and friendliness. It was a very jovial 
gathering, one which will be pleasantly 
remembered for a long time, partly because 
of the many pictures taken by a professional 
photographer friend of Miss Flanagan's, 

Presenting her with a pftrting gift from 
present and former staff members in a 
loving cup inscribed TO A CHAMPION BOSS, 
Ifey McDonald aptly expressed all our 
feelings when she said that the cup brought 
to mind an Oscar and the awards for which 
they are given: 

Best Performance - Her performance as a 

boss has been luiequalled. 

Best Supporting Role - She gave us her 

support at all times and ^Tas a prop 

when we needed a prop. 


The current exhibition in the Albert 
H, ^"iggin Gallery is "Recent Acquisitions", 

In view of the interest shown in the 
Boston Art Festival, the staff may 
appreciate seeing what is being produced 
in the world of print making, 

A number of outstanding prints in the 
exhibition are by rising young artists 
of France and reflect today's emphasis on 

■""'orks by some of the earlier French 
masters are included, and the ever-popular 
lithographs by Stow Wengenroth are also to 
be seen. 

The current issue of one of our national 
pictorial magazines features the work of 
Jlarc Chagall depicting scenes of the Old 
Testament, Part of a complete set of 
etchings of the Old Testament by this same 
artist are displayed in one of t'oe show- 
cases, and another set of Old Testament 
v/ood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg are 

The piice de resistance of the 
exhibition is a draviring by Jean-Louis 
Forain, done as a study of his world- 
renovmed etching "The Return of the 
Prodigal Son". 

It will be worth while to make a trip 
to the upper regions of our Italian Palace 
to see the exhibition, and it seems safe 
to say that almost everyone vd.ll see 
something vfhich will give him pleasure. 

From: Mrs, Muriel C, Javelin, Secretary 
Film Council of Greater Boston 
Boston Public Library 
Boston, 17, Mass, 

The Film Council of Greater Boston held 
its Fifth Annual Film Festival at the 
Sheraton Plaza Hotel on May lU,1955. 
Fifty-five films from the many submitted 
had been selected for Festival showing by 
five Selection Committees — (1) Adult 
Education, (2) The Arts, (3) Classroom, 
ik) Religion, (5) Indvistry— (a) Public 
Relations and (b) Safety. 

Among the registrants at the Festival 
were representatives from a variety of 
industries, including film producers, film 
distributors, and dealers in audio- visual 
equipment, librarians and educators from 
public and parochial schools, other private 
schools and colleges. 

From nine to ten o'clock in the morning 
the festival audience enjoyed the coffee 
hour and viewed the audio-visual exhibits. 
By ten O'clock the screenings were under 
way. Each viewer rated each film 
individually on its own merits. The 
balloting was extremely close in many 
instances vfhich indicated V-'at the films 
were worthy Festival choices. 

Presiding at the Festival luncheon was 
Council President jp Alan F, Lydiard. 
Right Reverend Timothy F. O'Leary, Dept, 
of Education, Archdiocese of Boston, 
offered the invocation. Mr. Paul Radar 
was the luncheon speaker. Mr, Radar 
chose as his subject, A New Approach to 
Educational Filming . 


A Summer Theatre group has been 
organized by members of the library stafJ? 
led by Paul J. Delahanty, of Branch Issue, 
and Ruth V. Sherry of Allston Branch, 
The group will present a series of five 
plays this Summer in the parish hall of 
the Arlington St, Church, Each play will 
run for two nights, and a new play will 
be presented every other week, beginning 
July 5th aid 6th, 

Among other members of the group, 
which will be known as the Boston Drama 
'■'orkshop, are Miss Faith Minton, Book 
Stack Service 5 Jeremy Hughes, Bates Hall 
Ref.j Joseph Bondi, formerly of Central 
Charging; and Mrs. Constance Delahanty, 
formerly of Book Stack Service, 

Plays to be presented will include: 
"Bell, Book and Candle" by John 
Van Druten; "Outward Bound" by Sutton 
Vane; and an original play by Ifr, 
Delahanty titled "The Judgement of Joan", 


The entire series vd.ll be staged and 
directed by Mr. Delahanty, 

For information regarding tickets and 
reduced rate season subscriptions, please 
contact Mr, Delahanty at the Branch Issue 


Mr. and lirs. Edward F, Gumett, Jr. are 
the parents of a son, Edward F. Gumett I 
bom on May 26, 1955, the third oh:nd and 
first son. Mrs. Gumett is the fo Tar 
Julie Manning of Rare Book Deparfcm'- iv;. 
The proud godparents are Bill and i-krgaret 

Mr. and Mrs. Jiames P. J. Gannon also 
announce the birth of a son, JiBimes PatrioV 
Gannon, on May 26, 1955. Mr. Gannon is 
in the Binding Department. 



Children's Section, Open Shelf Department 

In honor of Dennis' beautiful 
exhibit of dolls in the library, the 
girls were invited to bring their dolls 
to story hour on May 24th. Even our 
story tellers, Mr. and ?i&*s. John Cronan 
and Mrs. l&rgaret Bowers, had dolls to 
illustrate the stories told. Among the 
children's dolls were guests from as far 
away as Puerto Rico, Africa, Austria, 
Scotland, Spain and Poland. Of course 
they were dressed in their best and very 
well behaved indeed. The boys who came 
were as interested and listened as de- 
lightedly as the girls. Each child went 
home with a list of books about dolls. 


If you were in the Central Building 
on June 9, 1955, we're sure you noticed 
Ttiss Bessie L. Doherty, Assistant in 
Charge of Branch Issue. She was the lady 
with the orchid. On that Day 
Doherty was honored with a luncheon at 
Joseph's Restaurant by the members of 
her department. The occasion commemorated Doherty' s fiftieth year in the 
Library's service. After a pleasant 
lunch, her friends presented her with 
gifts of jewelry and perfume. 



Miss Theodora Sooff, Bi*anch 
Librsirian, is recuperating at her home 
149 Kittredge Street, JRo«lindate, after 
three weeks -spent at Pratt Hospital. 

Two forii^r members of the Mattapan 
Branch were feted at a luncheon held at 
Dinty Bfoore's on If&y 21, 1955. The 
honored guests were Ifiss A. Phyllis 
Freeman, now at Codman Square Branch, and 
Mrs. Mary Mehlman Burns on the staff of 
Bookmobile II. As her gift, ?fi.s8 Freeman 
received a red wallet; Ifrs. Bvurns was the 
recipient of a dainty nylon blouse. 

Present at the party, besides members 
of the staff, were two former Mattapanites 
Ws. Nancy Stipiarko Kiernan, and £ 
Helen Connell of Neponset Branch. 

South Boston 

The members of the Teen Age Re- 
porters Club of South Boston wound up 
the yeeir's activities with a party held 
in their honor in the Children's Room of 
the Branch. Book quiz games and re- 
freshments were enjoyed by all present. 
The club members sxirprised J&rtha C. 
Engler, Children's Librarian in charge o J 
activities, with a beautiful corsage of 
spring flowers. During the past year the 
Teen Age Reporters visited the Central 
Building of the Boston Public Library, 
Mrs. Jack Gardner's Fenway Court and the 
Egyptian Gallery of the Boston Museum of 
Fine Arts, after having prepared them- 
selves by reading from a list of special- 
ly selected books on the place to be 

West End 



Professional intere st 
The account of an interesting experiment 
conducted at West End last Spring appears 
in the I&y issue of "Junior Libraries." 
How the children in the Spring Festival ^ 
Reading Club decided on their own list of 
Honor Books is described in the article 
"Young Readers Know KVhat They Like" , by 
Veronica M. Lehane, Children's Librarian . 

Miss Fanny Goldstein was one of 
three national judges for the awarding o f 
the Jewish Book Council of America's 
Isaac Siegel Memorial Juvenile- Award for 
the best Jewish Juvenile j>ublish«d dur- 
ing the current year. Nora -Kubie was 
recipient of the award for her book "King 
Solomon^s Mines", published by Harper. 

In accordance with her usual custom. 
Miss Goldstein went to New York to at- 
tend the National Jewish Book Council 
annual meeting on May 17, where the a- 
wards were -made. 

Staff notes 
Miss Veronica Lehane, Children's Li- 
brarian at V\/est End, has returned to ^ork 
after a prolonged illness due to an auto- 
mobile aocident. 

Miss Fanny <Jr)l <!»+:© in, JD» «noli Li- 
brarian at West End, Miss Ethel Kimball 
of Allston, and Miss Minna Steinberg of 
Central Cataloging Department will fly to 
Europe on July 7 - objective: Israel. 
They will tour Great Britain, France, 
Switzerland, Italy and Greece, flying from 
Greece to Israel where they will spend 
twelve days. Flying back by way of Naples, 


Nioe, and Madrid, they will return to 
the States for Labor Day. En route they 
expect to meet many distinguished people 
in addition to the usual sight-seeing and 
the busman's holiday of visiting libraries 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Library, posit ion, who due to his (or her) af- 

Still, PSrogress must go on, they say 
Though horrid to the sight 
And the bones that don't get broken 
tlay resign us to the blight??? 

C. O'Toole 

To the Soap Box: 

Since the Soap Box has been more 
than generous in allotting space when I 
wished to "let off steam" regarding con- 
ditions which I, in ny limited concept, 
thought to contain the seeds of unjustice, 
discrimination of inequities, I should 
like to take this opportunity to note two 
recent incidents which seem to evidence a 
forward look. 

First, the recent notice stating 
that library aid beyond the original five 
grants now in operation for several years, 
has been expanded to include a wider range 
of recipients was indeed welcome. Cer- 
tainly any staff member, irrespective of 

Department or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in Ibhe Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by in- 
dividual Association members and their ap- 
peeirance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contributions 
containing not more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 

To the Soap Box: 

As I enter in the portal 
And glance up at the stair 
The sight I see is sad enough 
to raise up every hairl 

Three brazen-hued excrescences 
Obsctare the marble's view 
Giving horror to the many 
To support the shaky few. 

filiation with the Boston Public Library 
is required to attend professional con- 
ferences, or who as the chairman of ein 
American Library Association committee is 
required to be present at any given con- 

ference should have his expenses paid. 
Surely if anyone needs an assist, it is 
the President of the Boston Public Library 
Professional Staff Association. His (or 
her) presence at national conferences 
brings essential inspiration and added 
information relative to staff organiza- 
tions, by contact with members ftom other 
organizations from all parts of the coun- 
try and from attendance at SORT meetings . 
The recent action, a most commendable one, 
puts the Boston Public Library more in 
line with other large libraries in this 
respect. Congratulations to those re- 
sponsible. '» 

Secondly, we now have a public 
telephone in our staff quarters - and is 
it welcomel By now, it is so much at 
home that I understand it has already been 

Lest we become complacent with ouj» 
many acquisitions, how about starting a 
drive for the installation of a stamp 
machine? That too can get "out-of-order" 
and keep the telejiione from being lone- 

Edna G. Peck 


To the Soap Box: 

The narble foyer ablaze with light, 
Exhibit oases, gleaming brass and tubes 

fluorescent ; 
Through the corridor to the right, 
The Newspaper Room twilit by yellow 

The dim and antique, 19th oentiury 

Periodical Room, 
Studies in dingy, cavernous gloom. 


To the Soap Box: 

Would someone please explain to me 
wl^ certain Assistants-in-Charge have 
been granted generous increases in pay 
in recent months, while others are still 
on the payroll with merely a ^50 increase? 
I should like to know on what basis this 
discrimination is made. 

To the Soap Box: 

The Ebcamining Committee's Report makes 
very interesting reading this time, par- 
ticularly the section submitted by the 
subooTnmit--3e on Parsonnal. It is a strong 
and outspoken ste+;emei.t, and pinpoints re- 
lentlessly the one major step nececsary 
to steady the Library back to ncrme.lcy and 
sence. It is time the Library was given 
back to its lawful Director. Except for 
th'3 professional bellyachers, and those 
who profit ftrom disturbances, most mem- 
bers of the Staff now see to what near 
disaster the Library was brought by ir- 
responsible int3rf?reno9s in direouion. 
It is true the Djraotcr has made sone 
large mistakes, and scire people have been 
pushed around, including me. But any 
fair observer of the over-all picture 
will concede that he has had the future 
interests of the whole Librai-y always in 
his sights, and that he wantad us to take 
that place among the groat libraries of 
tho world which is rightfully ours. In 
the process he too oftsn contented him- 
self with a card-index knowledge of the 
Staff, forgetting that wo are a flesh 
and blood family, 600 strong, with special 
talents pearled in us by attrition and 
time, and idiosynoracies eng' uierdd by 
disappointment and age. Six hundred is a 
negotiable number, and twenty- years are 
long enough for any manager to have 
learned how best to dispose the human as- 
sets in his charge, to put roxind pegs in 
round holes, and how not to be over ten- 

der, at the Library's expense, with Squares 
All the same, the most constant and in- 
temperate critics have been actuated by the 
basest of raatives, and in the immemorial 
custom of their kind, they have borne falsp 
witness. '; | 

The members of the Examining Com- 
mittee have exhibited responsible citizen- 
ship of a very high order, and I hope the 
Staff will express its appreciation, 

Harry Andrews 

To the Soap Box: 

Below is a copy of a letter which I 
have sent to Rt. Rev. Edward G, Murray. 
Similar letters were sent to Dr. Leon 
tiedalia and ilr. Paul Buck. Since the mat- 
ter concerns the staff, they may be in- 
terested in reading the letter: 

Right Reverend Honsignor: 

I have just finished reading the re- 
port of the Sub-Committee on Personnel of 
the Examining Committee of the Boston Pub- 
lic Library. The report mentioned the in-r 
tervi'sws with members of the staff of whio- 
I was one. I am s^hh^r startled by some 
of the conclusions. I trust that nothing 
I said led to these conclusions. 

For oxamplo, the report says, "None 
questioned the equity of its (the exenin- 
ation system's) operation." On the con- 
trary, Jtontignor, I most definitely do 
quertion it. But, if you will recall, yoxu 
grt-iu;" asked me what I thought was the most 
imp-rtart norele problciii and trying to fcee: 
firivJ'-virVnr,; first, I told you the shortage 
of help, wi.ich we discussed at length. As 
I was leaving, I also indicated that there 
were innumerable other problems which I 
would be glad to discuss with you ad 
naur.Gam when you weren't so pressed for 
timo. None of you indicated any interest 
in 8.ny further discussions. Therefore, I 
gathered you were not interested in any 
morale problem that might concern the Ad- 
ministrator's attitude to the staff. 

Apparently ny asstmiption was correct, 
for you spcr-d your entire report on one 
facet of mcrale, the Trustees' attitude 
toward the Administrator and at that eithe: 
misunderstand or distort the problem. I 
am keenly disappointed in your committee. 
I am making public to the staff this lettei 
Sincerely yours in Christ, 
(signed) Eamon E, McDonough 


Dear Editor: 

Tflien I read General Administrative No. 
30, 1955, I too shared the perplexity of 
the members of the City Covmcil. I 
oould not see hem the trustees, even if 
they managed to squeeze half a year's 
pay for 46 people out of the present 
budget, intended to support those people 
in 1956, inasmuch as the personnel bud- 
get of the Library has been on the de- 
crease since 1953. 

Then I thought to betake myself to the 
present budget as it appears in the 
Uayor's presentation to the City Council 
on February 7, 1955. Sure enough, there 
was the personnel budget figure of 
02,600,000 based on a total of 600 po- 
sitions. Apparently the trustees were 
in a position to fill 44 jobs since 
January 1, 1955. Knowing the acute 
shortages that existed on the staff, 
they have sat idly by and will do nothing 
until July 1, 1955. Hovf cruel and cyni- 
cal they must be I VJhat is the money 
that has been saved to be used for? 


To the editor: 

It has been said that there was, and 
that tlaere is now, a certain and defi- 
nite indication that all, and even the 
entire amount that was believed to have 
been made up from previous possibilities 
could not have been so arranged, at a 
time when other actually active inci- 
dents of passivity were pressing for 
perusal, unless factors heretofore vm- 
recognizable, though in reality eqoially 
as importent, as more noticeable negative 
influences vrere farced by their very 
nature, as that may be, to activate, at 
least in small identifiable way, the un- 
conscious currents, Trhich in all proba- 
bility though not essentially of neces- 
sity, seem to lead the trend toward that 
Y*iich in the past had been referred to 
. but not defined as merely motivating 



The pleasant part about typing up this 
last Soap Box item was the complete free- 
dom from worry about leaving out a word 
or two. We hope that none will suspect 
a ivaggish note in putting DISGUSTED 's 
remarks innediately before the Presi- 

dent's Notes for this month's issue. It 
is no sugi^estion of kinship, but merely 
the cold result of the accident of format. 


The response to our letters asking Cong^ 
ressmen from Massachusetts to support the 
Librarj'^ Services Act (S. 205) has been mos 
encoxiraging. The replies we have received 
to date indicate that this legislation 
will receive very close attention from 
our Congressmen, sind that several Repre- 
sentatives will be active in support of 
the Act v4ien it reaches the House. IJay 
w© urge that you write to your Congress- 
men from your hoxm districts asking their 
active support of this pending legislation 

The June issue Of the ALA BULLETIN in- 
cludes several items on the Library Servi 
ices Act, including a chart showing the 
actual amounts of money to be allotted to 
each state and territory. 

The decision of the Trustees to allow 
an additional grsmt toward the expense of 
attending the ALA convention to your Pre- 
sident is indeed gratifying. It is our 
belief that this gesture was made in re- 
cognition of the many positive contribu- 
tions the staff has made to the Library 
and to the library profession, and, there- 
fore we extend our thanks not only to the 
Trustees but, also, to all ovir members, 
past and present. 

There has been scane small tumult and 
shouting about a statement contained in 
the Exemining Committee's Subconmittee on 
Personnel Report. In referring to the 
examination system the statement was made 
that none questioned the equity of its 
operation. Frankly, I don't know just 
v*iat the Subcommittee meant by that state- 
ment, bvrt it is not a phrase that I would 
have used to describe wiat I had to say 
when I met with the Sv.'br-.omaf/hTiee. Hcjr^vei 
even though there may "be a uIr statement oi 
fact, the Report should be gr'?nted a pass- 
ing mark for coming to grips vrith the prol 
lem of the administrative control of the 

We congratulate the Hartzell Ifemorial 
Lecture Committee under the capable chair- 
manship of lira Sarah II* Flannery, for hav- 
ing arranged such an interesting meeting. 
Mr. Greenaway rightfully takes his place 
among the honored list of Hartzell Memo- 
rial Lecturers. We also thajik the Enter- 
taiiment Committee for the most welcome 

LOUIS RAINS, Plresident 

MY 27, 1955 

On the evening of I!ay 27, 1955, the fifth annual Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial 
Lecture v/as delivered by Dr. Emerson Greenaway, Director of the Free Library of 
Philadelphia. Dr. Greenaway 's topic was the recent history of the Philadelphia 
Library, and was entitled "The Philadelphia Story: the Free Library in Transition". 
The story specifically was the history of the recent and current re-organization 
of the Philadelphia Library system, and it was received by a group of some eighty 
Boston Public Library Staff Association members and friends. The Association was 
pleased to have as its guest, among those present, young Mr» Drew Hartzell, the 
gremdson of Ifirs, Bertha V. Hartzell. 

Doctor Greenaway easily qualifies for a place on the grovring and imposing 
list of Hartzell Jlfemorial Lecturers. His record at Worcester and Baltimore before 
going on to Philadelphia is well known to the entire Library Profession. Since 
coming to Philadelphia he has done a noteworthy job as well. 

The topic was one of obvious interest in a Library of our size, and Dr. Green- 
away 's easy and friendly manner of delivejry made the talk even more interesting to 
those present. Everyv/here he stressed the human side of administrative problems 
encountered in the revitalization and redevelopment of the Philadelphia Library's 
reso\arces. The problem involved was oon&iderable, too, as he pointed out, what 
with multiple interlocking trusteeships auad complex relationships between the 
Library £ind the city government. The government of our Library by its Board of 
Trustees seems a simple arrangement indeed when compared v/ith Philadelphia's. 
Perhaps most interesting was Dr. Greenaway 's account of the recruiting of new 
staf:? members to enlarge the staff and provide new vitalityj of the establishing 
of new departments and sei^vices; and of adaptations of existing building space 
for all these innovations. 

All those members of the Staff Association who attended the Hartzell Lecture 
and who are planning to attend American Library Association Conference at Phila- 
delphia can look fonmrd to stopping by and seeing at first hand the many svreep- 
ing changes that Dr. GreenAvra.y has instituted at the Free Library of Philadelphia. 

Once again the Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture Committee is to be com- 
mended for a job vrell planned and well executed. They are particularly to be 
corgratulated on the choice of their lecturer for this year. Dr. Greenaway 's 
talk vras particularly appropriate. 

Iky we also congratulate here the Entertainment Committee of the Staff 
Association for having provided the very welcome refreshments which were served 
at the conclusion of the Lecture* 







JULY 1955 




PulDlished by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff 

Volume X, Number 6 July 1955 

Publications Committee: John J, Hallahan, Sheila ¥. Pierce, 

B. Gertrude Wade, Robert C. Woodward, 
John McCafferty, Chai|«man 
Publication date : Deadline for submitting material 
The fifteenth of each month fHe tenth of each month 


Staff morale is more than the maintenance of a favorable 
relationship between an a,drainistration and a staff. It requires more 
than good working conditions and it goes further than adequate pranotoDnaL 
plans or salary scales. Morale is essentially entwined with the individual B 
specific job and the efficiency with which he, or she, is permitted to 
do that job. 

Here at the Boston Public Library if the day ever came when everyone 
was content with his working conditions, that promotions and their plans 
were not panned and that salaries satisfied all, there would stiO te some 
of us discontented because of some obviously impractical procedure which 
creates confusion and sometimes invites dishonesty. Each division, 
department and individual task is subject to a different complaint but 
all of us should be concerned with a registration and charging system 
which is supposed to keep track of the library's books, 

'^at is wrong with this system? 

It starts with registration where it is possible for a borrower 
to obtain a temporary library card, good for one transaction, without 
any kind of identification. This "one transaction" may involve the 
charging of books or records or both. Of course few people would resort 
to stealing library materials by giving false identification, but some 
do. And often the unrecoverable book is out of print and irreplaceable. 
The incidence of this type of book loss has had an increment of 
approxim.ately two hundred T)ercent since the inception of the present 

The next thing wrong is the mobility of transaction cards. These 
cards often are lost, misplaced or delayed in transit by both the public 
and the staff and consequently an overdue notice is sent to a borrcwer 
who has returned the book. Such a notice does not foster public good 

Another complaint from the public is that one cannot tell from the 
library card how many books are charged out. Parents, especially, re- 
iterate this complaint for it is impossible for them to keep track of 
their children's obligations to the Library without making a periodic 
search of their premises. 

We realize that it is not the Association's business to meddle 
with administrative decisions - but, this new charging system has long 
caused a considerable amount of irritation to both staff and public. 

In this issue there is a revival of an almost-forgotten section 
of the Personal Notes column - -'New Bmplpyees", We welcome our new 
arrivals and hope that "New Employees" will flourish as a q^ regular, 
keeping pace with "Resignations" and "Retirements", 



New Employees 

Laura M. Bondi - Director's Office 
(formerly part-time in Informa- 
tion Office) . 

John J. Brauer - Central Charging 

John J. Daley - Open Shelf. 

Ann M. Flaherty - Bookmobile I 
(formerly part-time at Washing- 
ton Village) . 

Phyllis E. Glasere r - Co dman Square. 

Mrs, Dorothy M. Hanna - Tyler 
Street Reading Room. 

Margaret A. Hewey - South End. 

Mrs. Aloma C. Jackson - Central 
Charging Records. 

Mrs. Catherine N. Lewis - School 

Anne D. Mason - Uphams Corner. 

Mrs. Mildred F. Picone - Catalog- 
ing and Classification, HR & CS 
(formerly part-time at RosHndal^. 

Richard E. Regan - Central Charg- 
ing Records, 

Mrs. Elaine R. Sherer - Mount 

Rita R. Taddonio - Roslindale. 


Mrs. Lucia S. Faulkner - from 

Memorial to Mount Pleasant. 
Marjorie Gibbons - from Washing- 
ton Village to Memorial. 
Mrs. Bette V. Pinckney - from 

Mount Pleasant to Bookmobile I. 
Mrs. Dorothy S. Rosen - from 

Lower Mills to Brighton. 
Mrs. Christine J. Umano - from 

Bookmobile I to Lower Mills. 


Eleanor L. Jewett - Director's 

Mrs. Helen M. Smith - Central 
Charging Records. 

Marcia F. Hale - Book Stack Ser- 
vice - tote married. 


Flora A. Ennis - Central Charging 
Records, retired on June 30, 
1955 after fifty years of ser- 


Catherine T. Duffy, Book Selection 
(HR & CS), to Louis R. O'Halloran, 
Office of Division of Home Read- 
ing and Community Services. 

Mary J. Brady, Office of Division 
of Reference and Research Ser- 
vices, to Mr. Philip F. Frazier 
of Newton. 


Mr, and Mrs. Jose de Rivas-Micou "■ 
of New York City announce the birth 
of a daughter, Diana Alexia Eda, on 
June ^, 1955. Mrs. Rivas-Micoud is 
the former Margaret Macdonald of 
the Director's office. 


Mr, and Mrs, Artiur J. F. Sullivan 
of Corning, New York have announced 
the birth of a daughter, Catherine 
Ann, on June 8, 1955. Mrs. Sulli- 
van is the former Kele n Pappas of 
the Informati on Office. 

Mr. and Mrs, Robert F. Cronin 
have announced the birth of a son, 
Robert Francis, Jr., on May 25, , 
1955. Mrs. Cronin is a former ■ 
part-time member of the Information 
Office staff. 

Mr, and Mrs. Harry Karpeles an- 
nounce tte birt of daughter Ruth 
Sharon on Juie 16. Mrs. Karpeles 
is the former Helen Beeman of 

Mr. and Mrs, Sidney Weinberg 
announce the birth of a daughter. 
Amy on June 3 , Mr. Weinberg is 
a member of the Patent Room staff, 


Mr. S. Ramabhadran, Delhi, India, 

Mr. S. Das Gupta, Delhi, India. 

Mr. K. R. Desai, Ahme Sabad, India. 

Mr. S. Bashiruddin, Delhi, India. 

Dr. B. V. R. Rao, Bangalore, India. 

Mr. A. N. Sharma, Delhi, India. 


VISITOR S (cont.) 

Dr. Jose Moncado Foreno, Caracas, 

Mr. D. C. Sarkar, Hawrah, India. 

Mr. p. C. Bose, West Bengal, India 

Fr. J. s. Anand, TTew Delhi, India. 

Fr. B. C. Eanerjea,')fest" Bengal 5 ]hdia, 

Mr. A. Moid, Karachi, Pakistan. 

Kr. No to Soetardjo, Djakarta, India 

prssid:^nt^s hots s 

The Staff Organizations Round 
Table business meeting was held at 
Convention Hall at 8; 30 AM.^ifednesd^, 
July 6, 1955, Frs. Alpha Myers of 
the Public Library of Newark, New 
Jersey, presiding. Present as 
delegates from the Professional 
Staff Association were Harry 
Andrews, John M. Carroll, Eli zab eth 
Wright, Veronica Yotts and Louis 

After the reports of the 
officers and connnittees were read 
and accepted there was a general 
discussion of two proposed amend- 
ments to the SORT constitution. 
The first of these would extend the 
term of office of members of the 
Steering Committee to three years, 
with these members being elected 
each year, as against the present 
two year term, in an effort to 
provide experienced leadership and 
to insure continuity of activities. 
The second proposed amendment would 
enable the Steering Committee to 
request the resignation of any of 
its members who, six months after 
election, would not or could not 
accept the responsibilities and 
duties of office. The Executive 
Board of the BPLSA had considered 
these two amendments at the June 
meeting and, considering them to 
have merit and logic, had instructed 
the delegates to vote yes or both. 
The adoption and rejection of these 
amendments will have to vrait on 
receipt of mailed ballotts. 

The next order of business 
was the election of six new members 
to the SORT Steering Somraittee. 
The successful candidates were 
Le Moyne W. Anderson of the 
University of Illinois Library, 
Marion B. Appleton of the Seattle 
Public Library, Ruth a. Brennan of 
the St. Louis Public Library, 
Dorothy L. Day of the Louisville 
Public Library, ^argaret L. Jacobs 
of Enoch Pratt Free Library, and 
Helen J. Maunu of the Cleveland 
Public Library. 

Of the staff associations 
represented at this meeting only 
_. four, including Boston, had a dele- 
gate whose expenses had been paid 
wholly or partially from funds made 
available by the Trustees of the 

The program meeting of SORT 
was held on Thursday, July 7, at 
2 s 30 PJI. The featured speaker was 
Mr. William T. O'Rourke, Buffalo 
and Erie County Public Library, who 
spoke on employee participation in 
administration, Mr. 'Rourke 's 
talk was friendly, amusing, and 
informative. The gist of Hr. 
©•Rourke '3 talk was that there can- 
not be too much democracy in staff- 
administration relationships. Mr, 
O'Rourke also stated that he 
received the same impression from 
his participation in a group discus- 
sion at the pre-conference meeting 
of the personnel Administration 
Workshop. Another gentleman who had 
attended the workshop stated that 
he had not received the same impres- 
sion. Still another gentleman rose 
to state that he agreed with Mr. 
'Rourke 's statement . 

Following Mr. 'Rourke 's talk 
was a panel discussion during which 
administration-staff relationships 
in libraries of various sizes was 
discussed. The gist of the discus- 
sion was that the staff should be 
consulted by the administrators on 
matters of mutual concern, and that 
the staff should be kept informed 
of policies and objectives. 

During the conference I had 
the opportunity to talk to many 
people who were interested in staff 
organizations. The one question 
that was most frequently asked was 
"Does the Boston Public Library 

professional Staff Association linit 
its membership to profess ionel lilo- 
rarians?" The best answer I could 
think of was that the word "Pro- 
fessional-' in our name was more 
descri'^tive of our aims than of 
limit£tions in eligibility for 

Flora A. Bnnis 

On June 21,1955, after more thj:.n 
fifty yerrs in the library's service, 
jFlora A. Ennis walked out of the 
jBoston Public Library a free womrn. 
j For most of those fifty years 
Miss Ennis held the position of 

in an effcrt to learn how other ipine Clerk in charge of mail work 

staff associations functioned and 
OToerated I tried to ask the people 
I met some appropriate questions. 
Almost invariably the tables were 
turned and I found myself answer ing 
questions. I was forced to the 
conclusion that the for this is 
because we are considered to be 
among the leading and most progressive 

for the (then) Reference Division, 
performing her duties with the care 
and attention to detail that 
character:" zee everything she does. 
Anyone who has watched her work can 
rwell believe that fewer books were 
'.kept overdue in her day for, when 
jaroueed, the baleful eye with which 
iShe fixed the erring public struck 


of the staff organizations and that jterror to the strongest heart, 
others looktousfor guidance and iThat cool, questioning glance, so 

leadership. In the light of this Ijfamiliar to public and staff has 

suggest that we should re-appr- is e 
ourselves rather frequently to 
insure that this position of leadership 
vrhich we must have earned in the 
past is erjually merited in the 
future , 

Louis Rains 

On May 4, seventy-five friends of 
Miss Flanagan honored her at a luncheon 
at the Hotel Vendome. Mrs. Ada A. Andelman, 
Supervisor in the Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services , reminisced most 
pleasantly of early work ing days she 
lad shared w ith the guesc of honor. John J . 
ConnoUy , As sistant to the Directcr and 
Chief Executive Off icer, presented 
Miss Flanagan a billfold containing a 
tangible expression of apprecia-tion for 
her long and fruitful years of service for 
the library from her marty frie nds 
throughout the system. 

Sharing the festive occasion were 
several BPL alumni who were wel- 
comed cordially: Kisses M. Florence 
Cuff 1 in, Ethel M. Hazlewood, Alice 
M. Jordan, Clara L. Maxwell, Mar^iet 
I. McGovern, Katherine S. Rogan, 
Elizabeth P. Ross, Mary M. Sullivan 
Rebecca E. Willis, Margaret C. 
Donaghue, and Messers. Chester A. 
S. Fazakas and William F. Q,uinn. 

jpassed but the insouciant smile 
ithat always followed it remains, 
surviving numberless "lost "book" 
reports, "found lost book" reports, 
and the thousands of fines sentenced 
upon a reluctant public. 

A perfectionist with a sense of 
humor, concientious without being 
boring. Miss Ennis will always be 
remembered with affection by the 
people who worked with her. 

On June 21,1955, Flora A. Ennis 
walked out of the Boston Public 
Library a free woman and when she 
did the library lost an outstanding 
personality. It will probably 
survive but it will never be the 



On Thursday morning, June 16, 
one of the most pleasant affairs . 
of the year took place. A coffee 
hour was given in the Ladies' 
Lounge in honor of Flora A. Ennis 
who retired June 30, The coffee 
(ma,de by Mrs. Keswick of Branch 
Issue) was delicious and all manner 
of via-nds made their aT?pearance- 
and disapp-^arance, since the several 
varieties of doughnuts and bread 
were very popular with the guests. 
The guest of honor looked even more 
charming than usual as she received 
the good wishes of her many friends 
on the present staff of the library 

and many other former staff members 
who csme in esr^ecially to see her. 
The staff's gift of money, in a 
T^hite billfold inscribed with her 
name, ttos presented by Mr. Carroll, 
whose presentation speech couldn't 
have been more fitting or 
appropriate. Those present agreed 
that it was a wonderful party for 
a wonderful person , and as Miss 
Snnis accepted in her usual 
gracious style the re eated good 
wishes of her friends, the party - 
ended ^^ith everyone concerned 
feeling -Dleesed with themselves. 
The comrrittee in char e of this 
affair did a. wonderful job and 
deserve congrc tuletions. 

Central Charging Records 

The staff of Central Charging 
Records has received some inter- 
esting letters from Katharine 
LaBonte yilliams, who is travelling 
in Europe with her soldier htsband. 

Kty flew from Logan Airport on 
May 27th with the bert wishes of 
all her friends at CCR. Prior to 
her departure, a luncheon was held 
at the Copley Plaza and the staff 
presented her with an attractive 

Kirstein Business Branch 

On June 24, three members of 
the staff at Kirstein Business 
Branch attended the ordination of 
a former staff member, Frederick 
Powers, in Providence, Rhode 
Island. The morning ceremony took 
place in the Cathedral of St. John 
(Episcopal). After the ceremony, 
the staff members took advantage 
of the opportunity to greet Rev. 
Powers. On July 1 Rev. Powers 
took up his duties as curate at 
Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode 


This year, as usual, copies of 
qjj were passed out at the ALA Con- 
vention and all readers praised it 
highly and sent conrrptulations to 
the BPLSA. 

Any contribution to the Soap 
Box must be accompanied by the 
?uTl name of the Association mem- 
ber submitting it, together with 
the name of the Branch Library, 
Department or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is 
withheld from publication, or a 
pen name used, if the contributor 
so requests, Anonyroous contri- 
butions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known 
only to the Editor-in-Chief. The 
contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soa£ Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily 
indicate that the Publications 
Committee and the Association are 
in agreement with the views 
expressed. Only those contributions 
containing not more than 300 words 
will be accepted. 

To the Soap Bo3c ; 

At the recent convention in 
Philadelphia many of the speeches 
were original and inspiring, pro- 
voked thought and started discus- 
sions. But inevitably there were 
others that were pedestrian, over- 
long, and dull. Such speeches do 
violence to your mouth muscles at 
the time you hear them, and the 
memory of them when you get back 
to your hotel room causes the pen 
to indite a short ode on: 

Nor Death, nor plagues, nor war 
Can outfight this Western disease. 


It grinds the spirit into soft decay, 
And hurls our topmost pride. 
Into the crushing arms of sinewy 

^/hich has heard from Spengler 
That our decline is due, 
And their ascendancy, 

Harry Andrews 


The 7^th annual conference 
of the Arnerlcan Library Associa- 
tion was held this year at Phila- 
delphia, from July 3-9. There 
were approximately 4,000 regis- 
trants (twenty-six from BPL) . 

Convention Hall, happily air- 
conditioned, was the scene of most 
of the activities . The three gen- 
eral sessions and most of the 
other meetings were held here, and 
the exhibits booths, numbering 
over a hundred were set up in the 
basement of the building — publish- 
ers and library equipment and . 
supplies manufacturers offering 
the latest in books and furnishings 
for libraries . 

John S. Richards, Director 
of the Seattle Public Library who 
had served as First Vice-President 
and President-Elect in 195^-55 
succeeded retiring President 
L. Quincy Mumford. 

The three general sessions 
were on Monday, Wednesday and Fri- 
day evenings . These were devoted 
to the main theme of the Confer- 
ence - Libraries in the Life of 
the Nation. Speakers at the three 
sessions were the Hon. George V. 
Allen, Assistant Secretary of 
State; Victor Reuther of the C.I.O.; 
John A. Stephens, Vice President 
of U. S. Steel; and Jonathan W. 
Daniels, North Carolina editor. 
Each" spoke of the Importance of 
libraries to his own particular 
cphere of activity - to the Nation, 
to Labor, to Business and to the 
Rural Areas . 

The other meetings and dis- 
cussions generally were held at 
tLe Convention Hall, at Philadel- 
phia hotels and at the University 
of Pennsylvania . 

It is hoped that some of the 
staff members who were in attend- 
ance at the A.L.A. Conference and 
hwo want to pass along news on cer- 
tain developments will write them 
up for use in August's QM, as has 
been done in recent years. Time 
hardly permits such coverage in 
the July issue . 

The Conference next year will 
be held at Miami Beach, Florida. 
.This seems a wondrous move in view 
of the fearsome temperature at 
northerly Philadelphia this summer 
But air-conditioning and the cool 
ocean will no doubt help a great 
dea3 . 

The theme of A.L.A. 's meet- 
ing this year may have been Llb- 
raries in the Life of the Nation , 
but the main topic of conversation 
was the HEAT I 


AUGUST 1955 


THE q U E S T I il MAR K 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume X, Number 8 

Au-ust 1955 

IVolications Committee: John J, Hallahan, Sheila '.J, Pierce, B. Gertrude 'Tade, 

Robert C» 'oodvra.rd, John ilcCafferty, Chairman. 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material 
The tenth of each month 


The July Editor's liotes contained certain emotional remarks about registration 
and the charging of books hereabouts. "We planned to go on in this -vein, if interest 
seemed to lliarrant it, but found that what conment there vras - none of it written, in- 
cidentally, but only offered in passing- cane entirely from people who do not work in 
those departments most vitally concerned with this matter. \le hoped tliat some of the 
people from Central Charging Records, for example, might have something to say. But 
they did not, and we feel that perhaps vte should abandon further attention to this 
problem until, or unless, it seems to bother somebody. 


Summer time, ajid the living is easy - except when you have to make up an issue 
of the Question Mark from such a pitiably small body of contributions as has trickled 
in this month, lie are forced to do everything but write our own letters to the Soap 
Box in order to fatten up this issue. We realize that vacations and the terrible 
heat and oomplaoency all conspire to cut into our pep, but we've hoped for more co- 
operation. It almost gives us the idea that the staff is not interested - something 
we'd rather die them admit. So, staff representatives, send us your gossip; poets, 
send us your verse; the welcome mat is out. Please help us* lie are trying to give 
you an interesting and entertaining staff publication. Your contributions are not 
merely desirable - they are essential I 

\'fe could call this item "Hot News from Some of the Branches", for it seems that 
at a recent meeting in Central the talk got around to, of all things, the heat, and 
it was pointed out that in several of the Branch Libraries there are no refrigerators, 
This news, coupled with the navf historic fact that this sunmer has been the hottest 
in Boston's history, prompts the suggestion that money be found somewhere for the 
purchase of these needed refrigerators, which must seriously be considered necessairy 
in places where people bring lunches to work. 


Hew Employees 

Virginia A. Dalton - Central Charging 

Records (formerly of Central Charging 

Re CO r d#, part - 1 ime ) 
Evelyn 1-.. DeBassio - Book Stack Service. 
Paul J. Delahanty - Hyde Park Branch 

Library (formerly part-time. Branch 

Issue Department) 
Rita A. Farina - Hospital Library Service. 

Uarie T. Hutchinson - Brighton Brauich. 

Barbara A. Jordan - Cataloging c: Classi- 
fication Department, Division of Refer- 
ence and Research Services (formerly 
part-time in this Department) 

William J. Lee - Kirstein Business Branch 

Sebastian C. Lima - Book Preparation De- 
partment (formerly part-time Cataloging 
and Classification Department, Divisiom 
of Home Reading and Community Services) 

Richard E. Lyons - Open Shelf Department 
(fomerly part-time) 

Gerard J. liahoney - Central Cliarging Records 

N ew Employees (Continued) 

Joan P. I'brris - Science and Technologr 
Department (formerly of Book Stack 

David F. iiorrissey - Book Pxirchasing De- 
partment (formerly part-time. Branch 
Issue Department) 

Patricia II. Holaji - Book Preparation De- 

ilrs. Sadie u» Rotondo - Codman Square 
Branch Library (formerly part-time. 
Bookmobile II. 

Francis 11. Taylor - Open Shelf Department 
(formerly part-time Catal going and 
Classification Department, Division of 
lieference and Research Services) 

Tran s ferred 

Mrs. Rosemary D. Colarusso - from Tfashing- 

ton Village Branch Library to School 

Issue Department) 
Mrs. JMrgaret W. Haverty - from Jamaica 

Plain Branch Library to Brighton Branch. 
Mrs. Patricia C. Iseman - Brighton Branch 

Library to Jamaica Plain Branch Library. 


Mrs. Janice G, Hunt - Office, Division of 

Home Reading and Community Services - 

to remain at home. 
Anne D. liason - Uphams Corner Branch 

lSrs» Patricia A. Norton - Book Preparation 

Department » to remain at home. 


Margaret M. Sarsfield-Central Charging Rec, 

Richard F. Regan - Central Charging Record^. over the years that -^ade it possible for 

her to perform v;onders in the eyes of the 
staff and the public. 

3|: * * * 
To all who knev;- Miss Rogers, her death 
cane as a shock because she alv;ays had a 
certain aiora of strength and indestructa- 
bility about her. Several members of the 
staff, when told of her death, remarked 
that th^had seen her only last vxeek, or 
last month, and said that she did not 
seem to have chanred a bit since her 

At her funeral at the church of Our 
Lady of Victories, Saturday, August 13, 
a large number of her friends, including 
msiny members past and present of the 
Library Staff paid their final respects 
to liiss Rogers. 

Miss A. Frances Rogers 

On Ifcnday August 7, 1955, Iliss A. FVances 
Rogers, Chief of the Registration Depart- 
ment, Emeritus, died at the Pioneer Hotel. 
We can think of no more fitting memorial 
than to repeat now the remarks made by her 
long-time friend and associate I'5arie E. 
Mulvaney, on the occasion, a little more 
than four years ago, of Miss Roger's 


* * * * 

On Tuesday, I&rch 27, 1951, Ifiss A. 
Frances Rogers, Chief of the Ret;istra'cion 
Department, left her desl: to join those 
l"oriiii=ir members of the staff v/ho, after 
years of unstinted devotion to duty are 
nov7 enjoying the leisure and freedom of 
retireutoiil^. Hn*- plnnr- ho-A V«5on. rrw-de. 

Quietly, as was characteristic of her. 
Hovrever, this in no degree lessened the 
deep feeling of regret her retirement 
caused those whose work had brought them 
in contact i/ith her. They laiev/ well that 
they would iuiss her not only as a person, 
but also as a most skilled administrator 
of her conplex department, v/ith its con- 
stant revision of records and flovf of in- 
formation back and forth betv/een every 
charging unit in the system. Her ovm. I 

departmental staff Imeiv that in her they 
had lost a "boss" Vfho didn't depend on 
bossing to run her departrient, but who 
kept their v/ell-being constantly in mind, 
who concerned herself with their problems, 
and shared their vxork load iTith then. 

Miss Rogers entered the service of the 
Library on Noveiiber 27, 1903. She vrorked 
briefly in the Book Stack Service, then 
kno\.'n as the Issue Department, and Treis 
soon transferred to the Registration De- 
partment, vrhere she became First Assist- 
ant in 1911. In 1920 she was appointed 
Chief of the Department. 

As Assistont-in-C hargc of the Registra- 
tion Department in 1919, Hiss Rogers 
handled the details of the last complete 
re-re istration of card-holders. Wlien slie 
joined the Department it had a staff of 
five. In 1951, it had grown to eleven. 
Her kno\7ledge of Boston geography, her 
phenomenal abiblity to decipher handv/ri- 
ting, and her patient unscrambling of 
complicated name changes, charging errors, 
£ind duplicate registration records were 
but a few of the talents she had developed 




After ten years in the library's service, 
Margaret M. Sarsfield resigned from Central 
Charging Records on July 12 to enter a 
convent of the Dominican Order. 

Irs. IJi-y iiy&n 


On August 4 ;irs. lary R\-an died of a 
coronary thrombosis at the Ilarley Hospital, 
\"diere she vras recuperating fron an 
operation. Her sudden death cane as a 
great shock to her iiio.ny friends. 

For the past ten years i'rs. Ryan had 
been employed in the Buildings Departrant, 
and for the past fev/ years she presided 
over the Ladies' Lunch Room. Her pleasant 
smile and cheerful handling of the aany 
emergencies which occur in the lunch room 
has long made her a favorite vdth the 
staff. Its. Ryan v,t.11 be sorely missed by 
all who knew her. ^e extend the condol- 
ances of the staff to her family in their 
great loss. 


The August doldrums appear to have 
cau^t up v;ith us vrith the result that 
there seens to be nothing to report this 
month. Eovrever, there is something, as 
yet unofficial, you may to think about 
and, if you have any ideas and sug^jestions, 
tell us about them. It has been sur^ested 
that the Staff Association sponsor an 
institute on improving reading speeds and 
correcting reading faults. It appears at 
this time that such a program would have 
to be paid for by the individuals partici- 
pating! So, please, if you are interested 
let us knov;, and if there appears to be 
sufficient enthusiasm for such an institute 
it may be possible to have a special 
meeting of the Executive Board to take 
action on the natter. Just to keep the 
record straight, we did try to call a 
special meeting of the Executive Board to 
consider the suggestion but v;hat with 
vacations, illness etc. it was not possible 
to roxind up a quorum. 

Louis Rains 


I5r, and I Irs. Cliarles F. Kinne (the for- 
mer Anne E. I McCarthy of the South Boston 
Branch) announce the birth of a daughter, 
Anne Louise, born July 13,1955. 

llr. and ::rs. Paul Conlon announce the 
birth of a daughter on Aug.8,1955. 
Irs. Conlon is the former /ildred Frances 
of the Business Office. 

Mr, and Vjrs, 7rederic Casey announce 
the birth of a son, Thomas Zdnvmd, on 
July 21 iii lioplrLns^ille, Ky. 

"li's. Casey is the foi-mer Rita Doherty of 
Book Preparation. 


The follovfing excerpt of a letter from 
the Director of the United States Infor- 
mation Agency (USIA) in '•ashington which 
was received by ir. Arthur "T. Heintzelmar , 
Keeper of Prints, should be of interest 
as well as cause for pride to 3PL staff 

"Dear li*. Ueintzelman: 


Your work in bringing together 
European and American artists, organiz- 
ing exhibitions here and abroad is a 
sound approach to international friend- 
ship and undr;rstanding. 

One of the continuing Communist 
themes is that America has no culture. 
The exchange and exhibition of prints 
and other similar projects carried on by 
the Boston Public Library are important 
projects that counter such distortions 
of our cultural heritage. 

Thanlc you again for your co- 
operation and your continuing interest 
in tV.e vrorh of the U.S. Information 

Sincerely yours, 

(signed) Theodore C. Streibert 

Travel llotes 

Miss I'inna Steinberg, serials catalog- 
er in the Reference and Research Catalog 
Department, left ilew York by plane on 
July 6th for a nine weeks' tour of Europe 
and the Hear East. Hiss Steinberg vras 
accompanied by I.iss Fannie Goldstein of 
•tiie iiest End Branch. 

liiss Esther Jalonen of the Reference and 
Research Catalog Departnent sailed from 
Boston on the steamer Few York on June 
25th, for a five weeks' tour of England, 
Scandanavia and Finland. 


Any contribution to the S oap Bo x 
must be accompanied by the full name "of 
the Association member submitting it, 
together the name of the Branch 
Library, Department or Office in which he 
or she is emplosed. The name is vn.thheld 
from publication, or a pen name used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anoia;Tnous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is knoim only to 
the Editor-in-Chief. The ocontents of the 
articles appearijig in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions expres^ed^by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
raore than 300 words will be accepted. 

Dear Editor: 

Rumor, that ugly-tongued hag, 
has it that a chief has already been 
selected from outside the institution to 
fill a vacancy as head of one of our 
specialized departments. I hope it's not 
true. Not that I have any objection to 
the infusion of new blood. We're not as 
inbred as all that. But this pacticular 
position has not jjet been announced as 
open to competition. (July 1 and all that 
you know.) 

I would hate to think that the 
competition from outside the library was 
mire generously treated than that inside. 
li/hich brings to mind a sore point. In any 
otiier libraiy that has competitive examin- 
ations, e.g., Philadelphia, all persons 
a^, flying for a position, whether from in- 
£.-lC3 or out, are subject to the examin- 
f. Lion requirement. But in this institu- 
tion, if I read ^^j^ promotional qualifi- 

cations aright, a person from outside may 
be equated by experience, (as if any 
experience outside could ever be the 
equal of the rich experience of working 
for this institution) without an exam 
while someone from inside is subject to 
the exam. 

In other words, if a member of the 
staff were to resign, walk down the 
street, turn his hat around and come in 
and apply, he might very well, on the 
basis of experience, qualify without an 
exam for a position, which, if he had 
remained, he could only qualify for by 
taking an exam. 

This is patently ridiculous and it 
would seem that the only intelligent 
solution is to ask the incoming appli- 
cant to submit to the same examination 
procedure as those already on the staff. 


To the Soap Box t 

Gripes about the food served in the 
coffee shop are heard continually around 
the library'-. Of course, if one doesn't 
like eating therein, one can always go 
elsewhere, but it really is convenient 
having our own cafeteria right in the 
building. Assuming that the coffee shop 
personnel are doing their best and that 
their best just isn't very good, I 
suggest that a committee be appointed, 
composed of staff members who have 
knowledge of food preparation and of how 
food should taste, for the purpose of 
giving advice and counsel to the per- 
sonnel of the coffee shop. 


To the Soap Box; 

V/hat do the editors of the Question 
Mark mean by criticizing the BPL charg- 
ing system? Arn't they aware that the 
Trustees of the library spent hundreds 
of dollars sending several high-ranking 
members of the staff on a junket to out- 
of -State libraries in order to observe 
and to assimilate their new methods, and 
thousands of dollars putting their ideas 
into operation? Do they imply that this 
.■■\ifaB a scandalous waste of the taxpayers' 
money? Or do they mean to suggest that 
our administration is riddled with 

There is nothing wrong with our new 
charging system. The fault lies with 

the people who operate it. There is noth- 
ing so involved or complicated about the 
system that any red-blooded, average, 
American genius could not master the meth- 
od in a few short years of apprenticeship. 
The mere fact that there are more unre- 
coverable books, that there is a rapidly 
multiplying file marked CONTROVERSIAL 
CASES (CO in official Jargon), that there 
is a rapidly increasing number of irate 
patrons, that there are more gray hairs in 
the departments affected by tiie system, 
does not constitute a ligitimate case 
against our imposing array of apparatus, 
files, spools, needles and riddled cards, 
After all, missing books are always with 
us. Furthermore, with the overcrowdijig of 
book shelves so prevalent throughout the 
building, the system seems to offer a 
brilliant solution. We can certainly 
discount that old recurring nightmare that 
has everybody returning all his books at 
the same time, ' -~. __ 

Do the bold editors have a ligitimate 
and constructive alternative to offer? 
Until they do let such impudent attacks 
be silencedl To think of criticizing this 
system is one of the most unheard-of ideas 
I have ever heard of, 

Gooo, Am I Indignant, 

To the Editor: 

Am't the new lights in Bates Hall 
facing the wrong way? Maybe we could 
hang them upside down. They light up the 
ceiling just fine, but we're still 
walking around in the dark. 


To the Soap Boxt 

Concratulations to the editors 
of QI.I, V'e in the Branches would 
often raiss the nev;s of births, wed- 
dings and the conpiaints at Central 
if we dldn' t have the Question Mark 
coming in every month. And these 
days it seems to be mote interest- 
ing than ever. 

To the Soap Box : 

I often wonder as I pass 
through the vestibule just v;hat 
kind of person Henry Vane was. Die 
he, in real life, prove such an 
"old reliable" as he is in his 

sculptured state to the many who 
set themselves down to rest upon 
the base of his statue? I have 
seen old ladies and old men d t 
down to regain their breath, tired 
girls relaxing with their shoes 
off, little children (just trying 
it out) and once a dog (don't 
know his reason) • 

Could some one of our History 
majors, v/ith a fev; spare moments, 
write in and enlighten me? 

An Inquiring Mind 

To the Soap Box 

I don't knov; how the Regis- 
tration system v;orks in Central, 
but in my branch v/e have no 
quarrel with it, I suppose 
t^ere is room for dishonesty in 
the system but v^e find that very 
few members of the public take 
advantage of it. And we find, too 
that it's much pleasanter to give 
a borrov^er a temporary card than 
to tell him he must v/ait fifteen 
days before taking out one book. 
Needless to say, omt patrons like 
this system, too, 

I'm sure the problems others 
are having with this procedure 
will straighten out in time. 
After all, our system is still 



Mr. and LIrs. Paul Delahanty 
announce the birth of a son, 
Robert Paul, born August 17 at 
St, Elizabeth's Hospital. 

Mrs, Delahanty is the 
former Connie V'ilson of Book 
Stack Service, Mr, Delahanty is 
the Young Adult vjorker at Hyde 
Park Branch, 





Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume X, Number 9 

September 1955 

Publications Committee i 

John J, Hallanan, Sheila W, Pierce, B. Gertrude Wade, 
Robert C. Woodward, John IfcCafferty, Chairman, 

Publication date: 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 


There appeared in last month's issue a letter which many staff members felt 
should not have been printed o Perhaps no letter in any Soap B ox ever caused such a 
violent reaction. Ihen the contribution arrived (after the Publications Committee 
meeting) the first reaction was to put off inclusion, on one pretext or another. 
In discussing the matter, however, it was quite properly pointed out that notwith- 
standing a frankness only narrowly falling short of cruelty, the letter still repre- 
sented the legitimate opinion of a dues-pi.ying member ani could not be disregarded. 
The situation was extremely ticklish, and we hope that the deciaion arrived at (to 
print Gastritis 's letter) may be looked upon kindly, for we could not very well re- 
fuse to accept a contribution merely because we did not agree with it. 

The upshot of all this has been a very flood of !fe tters from others y^o have 
flown to the Coffee Shop's defense. This stout support, "Prtiich vre knew would come, 
made a little easier our decision to let G astritis speak. Our collective generosity 
is predictable, you know, and was an important solace in last month's editorial 

To those who objected, then, our apoliciesj to those who answered, our thanks. 
It all txirned out to be a controversy, didn't it, and controversies are good, 
clean fun. This month's Soap Box may seem a trifle repetitious, but you'll have to 
admit that it's good and indignant. 


New Employ ees 

John E. Alden, Rare Book 

Joan M. Biaiichi, North End 

Arden M, Brook, Book Stack Service 

Jane C, Cohen, West Roxbury 

Mrs Irenemarie Ctillinane, Washington 

Mrs Donna M, Graves, Personnel Office 
Alice G. Hoag, Adams Street 
Audrey V, Jewell, Cataloging and 

Classification (HR and CS) 
Maria A. Mechini, Office of Records, 

Files, Statistics 
Barbara H» Rogstad, Uphams Corner 
Clairanne Wyman, Char lest own 


Mary E, Connor, from Brighton to Allston 


Ellen M, Murphy, Book Stack Service, to 
David L, MacDonald, August l5, 19SS 

Resig n ations 

Mrs Phyllis L, Barclay, Uphams Corner, 

to live in New York 
Cornelia W. Dorgan, Rare Book, to continue 

studies for doctorate 
Isabelle G. Finn, Charlestown, to enter 

book store business in Chestnut Hill 
James G» Griffin, Book Stack Service, to 

accept another position 
ferbara A. Jordan, Cataloging and 

Classification (R and RS), to return to 

Mrs Helen B. Karpeles, Personnel Office, 

to remain at home 
Iifrs Anne M. Kinne, South Boston, to 

remain at home 


Faith T» Minton, Book Stack Service, to 

return to college 
Margaret M. Sarsfield, Central Charging 

Records, to enter convent 


Arlene, the new daughter of Mr and Mrs 
Harry Murphy, and neice of Mrs Rosemary 

Corcoran, made her appearance on 

August 17 • Her mother is the former 

Kay Melavin tfurphy of the Business Office, 

Mr and Mrs James Kenneally of lliQl 
Washington Street, West Newton, became 
the parents of a son en September 5» 
Mrs. Kenneally was Louise Fogarty and a 
member of the Washington Village, Uphams 
Corner, and Codman Square staffs in turn. 
The new member of the Kenneally family 
has been named Stephen. 

A son, Harold Gunnar, was born on 
July 29, to Mr and Mrs Harold M. Kelley of 
Milton. Mrs Joyce Kelley was formerly an 
assistant in the Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation Department (R and RS). The Kelleys 
have a four-year-old daughter, Caroline. 


Miss Elaine Hanson of Kirstein Business 
Branch is engaged to James Raitt, of 
Philadelphia, Penn. Mr Raitt is a student 
at the Harvard Medical School. A spring 
wedding is planned. 

Miss Furuzan Olsen of Ankara, Turkey 

On Fullbright Scholarships; 

Maria Soledad ?!§., Librarian, Barcelona, 

PalnQoa Mouteii\3, Geography teacher, 

Ifrs Muriel C. Javelin, Deputy Supervisor, 
In Charge of Work vrith Adults , has been 
granted a one-year • leaw-Gf abeanCefran the 
Library dating from September 1, 1955 in 
order to serve as one of two Consultants 
on the A.L.A. Library-Community Project 
organized recently under a $200,000 grant 
from the Fund for Adult Education. 


In last month's issue of THE QUESTION 
MARK we requested an expression of opinion 
from the membership regarding a suggested 
Association sponsorship of an institute on 
improving reading speeds and correcting 
reading faults. To date we have received 

but one response. It is the opinion of 
the Executive Board that such a course 
coiild be considered for inclusion in the 
Training Program. 

Mr. William Casey, our Treasurer, 
reports that the Association accepted con- 
tributions to the American Red Cross Flood 
Relief Drive in the amount of $386.50. 

The Executive Board has instructed the 
President to write to the Mayor and the 
City Council requesting that they consider 
and adopt for the City an insurance pro- 
gram similai" to the one recently adopted 
by the Commonwealth of Jfessachusetts. 
It" B, Joseph O'Neil, Pensions Committee, 
informs us that the bill provides that 
each State employee may obtain contributo- 
ry group life insurance for $2,000, 
accident insurance for $2,000, and hospi- 
talization, medical and surgical insxirance 
by paying one-half the premium with the 
State paying the other one-half. The 
details of the bill are set forth in 
House Bill 2980 ttiich was signed into law 
by Governor Herter on 3 August, and forms 
Chapter 628 of the Laws of 1955. We thank 
Mr O'Neil for gathering the information 
and passing it along to the Executive 

The executive Board voted that the 
President make known through this column 
that they go on record as being quite con- 
vinced that the Coffee Shop is being 
operated as efficiently as is possible 
under existing conditions. The remarks 
made in the Soap Box in last month's issue 
were much too vague to permit specific 
replies. Catherine JIacDonald, Chairman 
of the Concession Committee, will publish 
a reply stating the position of the 
Concession Committee in this matter in the 
Soap Box of this issue. Miss JIacDonald 
and her committee enjoy the full confi- 
dence and support of the Executive Board. 

The Library Services Act is due to reach 
the floor of Congress diiring the next 
session. Members are urged to speak to 
their Congressmen -w^iile they are home and 
ask them to give this legislation their 
active support when it comes up for a vote. 


Bouquets to Mary F. Daly, Statistical, 
and George Scully, Exhibits Office, for 
their respective contributions to the 
excellent exhibition Business in a free 
enterprise economy currently on display 

in the Main Lobby of the Central Library 

building. The selection of materials, 
especially that i^lating to Historic and 
notable Boston firms, and the informative 
backgrounds, carefully designed, demon- 
strate the vast amount of thought, time, 
and effort these two persons spent in 
planning and assembling the exhibition. 


At the International Congress of Librar- 
ies and Documentation Centers to be held 
in Brussels, the Boston Public Library 
will be represented by four staff meniers. 
They also represent the American Library 
Association according to a letter from 
David H. Clift, Executive Secretary, who 
states in part, "On behalf of President 
Richards, it gives me pleasure to inform 
you of your appointment as an official 
Representative of the American Library 
Association to the International Congress 
of Libraries and Documentation Centers to 
be held in Brussels from September 11 to 
18, 1955, as well as to the Third Inter- 
national Congress of Libraries to be held 
concurrently. The American Library Asso- 
ciation's Delegate to these meetings and 
the head of the Association's delegation 
will be Douglas W. Bryant, Chairman of the 
American Library Association International 
Relations Boards," The Boston Public 
Library staff members attending these 
meetings are Robert P. Giddings, Music 
Cataloger, Cataloging and Classification 
Department, Division of Reference and 
Research Services j Virginia Haviland, 
Readers Advisor for Children; Jfergaret 
A, Morgan, Branch Librarian; and Edna G. 
Peck, Chief of Book Selection. The latter 
three are from the Division of Home 
Reading Services. 

Following the Congress in Brussels, 
liiss Haviland, Miss Morgan and Hiss Peck 
will go on to the International Congress 
of the International Board on Books for 
Yoimg People, to be held in Vienna. At 
both Brussels and Vienna Miss Haviland 
officially represents the Division of 
Libraries for Children and Young People 
of the Americcin Library Association. At 
a general assembly meeting of the Vienna 
Congress, on September 23, Miss Haviland 
will deliver a ]e cture on The Comic book 
problem in the United States . 

Preceding and following meetings in 
Brussels and Vienna the ladies expect to 
do a bit of sight-seeing in varioiis 
European countries. Ifr. Giddings also has 
plans "to enlarge his world horizons." 



The Garo Food Crusade Program now of- 
fers either 100 lbs. (average) of food 
for institutions, or 17^ lbs. (average) 
for families for only $1.00. This food 
is government surplus, and recipients may 
not be designated. The CARE Committee, 
however, will request that the funds be 
used for institutions as far as it is 
possible, in countries and communities 
"vriaere our help is most needed, since this 
will put our money to the greatest possi- 
ble use. It is hoped that everyone vdio 
can will take part in this fine program. 



We are happy to present in this month's 
QM a report from our old frient Richard 
G. Appel, Chief of the Music Department, 
Emeritus, and more recently, extensive 
traveler. These notes are culled from a 
recent Miter to the Music Department. 

Putney, Vermont 
July 19, 1955 

We returned from our adventurous and 
exciting trip last Friday. Nothing we saw 
out west was as gratifying as the Vermont 
landscape. More unique, yes, and more 
publicized, but also more commercialized. 
There were five cars with four or five 
occupants in each that started in our 
cavalcade on Saturday, June 11. 

The trip was a sudden inspiration occa- 
sioned by an announcement by Professor C. 
Wroe Wolfe over WGBH that a few vacancies 
existed on his projected geological tour. 
A few major hi^lights of the U.S. were 
the goal of our trip, and I did not expect 
that I>!rs Appel would take me up when I 
jocularly raised the question. She not 
only took me up but actually was the life 
of the party, which consisted of some 
undergraduates, and members of his adult 
education extension courses. 

In a trip of some 8,000 miles, spending 
thirty nights in thirty hotels, motels, or 
out-of-doors, with meals mostly by the 
wayside, our cavalcade made newspaper 
fame, when one car got detached in a 
traffic mixp-up but was reunited with us by 
state police cooperation. 

After reaching Harrisburg, we proceeded 
through the seven tunnels through the 
Pennsylvania mountains to Pittsbxirgh 


(where our first separation occiirred) to 
Zanesville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, 
Columbia, Mo., to Denver and Boulder, and 
to the Rocky Mountain National Park, Here 
•we got our first glimpse of snow-capped 
peaks. From here we went south to Carls- 
bad Caverns. An air-conditioned hotel 
Tjas a p]e asant respite from the heat of 
the plains. We then proceeded to the 
Petrified Forest and Sand Dunes, and to 
Iron Canyon with its astonishing switch- 
tack descent, through occasional tunnels 
with peep-holes out into the canyon » 

Next we went to Grand Canyon and to 
Salt lake City where I renewed an old 
acquaintance with Professor David Shand, 
who once assisted us in the Music Depart- 
ment, Trtiile he was acquiring his Doctor's 
degree at B.U. He has become an important 
figure in the musical life of his city as 
a successful teacher and conductor, H<3 
showed us some of the important buildiAgs 
and entertained us in his handsome home. 

Next, to Yellowstone, with its freak 
fountains, bears, buffaloes and tourists, 
one of -whom, I'm told, tried to get a 
bear into his front seat next to his wife 
to get a $6ii picture. One bear actually 
slapped his paw into our ha If -opened 
window - the picture of our frightened 
photographers might be more shocking than 
that of the bear. Then on to the Snake 
River, the Black Hills, the Bad Lands 
with their unforgettable sculptures, 
Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, and finally 
Niagara . 

Two unforgettable musical experiences 
were ours - one was hearing the singing 
of the birds early one morning in a 
veritable oasis of a motel whose propri- 
etor, by irrigating the place, transformed 
it with trees and which attracted 
songbirds without number. The other •was 
the music in the bar room of our hotel, 
which consisted of tvo pianists impro- 
vising on a piano on a theme without a 
single modulation and with scarely any 
variation. This was the lowest experience 
we had in a trip where we saw peaks 
111, 000 feet high and -where we crossed 
continental divides 8,000 feet high. 

The only non-geological feature vras the 
Passion Play performed at Spearfish in a 
natural outdoor amphitheatre. I am 
haunted not so much by the vaunted natural 
features as I am by the four cathedral- 
like gas stations at each four-corners, 
where the purest gasoline is dispensed 
by the most courteous, tall, good-looking 
attendants I have ever encountered, whose 

first concern is to clean your windshield 
and then fill your tank. Soft drinks 
left our lips unslaked. 

For tem.po and accent the Texan is 
unmatched. Friendliness is universal 
with just a little superiority to "Yankee 
lamin" . 

The Library staff would be more than 
gratified by the use to •which I put the 
glasses ■which they presented to me on my 
retirement last May. Rarely have such 
handy small binoculars seen such stupen- 
dous views in so few daysl 

While I vrould not recommend such a 
strenuous (though comparatively inexpen- 
sive) tour to even ray dearest enemy, I 
can wish nothing better than their listen- 
ing to Professor Wolfe's program, or even 
persuading him to make a telecast of this 
expedition! His scholarly observations 
and good natured imperturbability were 
indeed exemplary. 

With best wishes and kind regards to 
all, I remain. 

Very sincerely yours, 



Cataloging and Classification Department 
(R and RS) 

On August 2ii Robert Giddings left by 
plane for a s ix -weeks ' stay in Europe. 
Jfr. Giddings will attend the Music 
Librarians' Conference in Brussels, and 
in addition will visit England, Denmark, 
and Spain. His fellow workers in the 
Department presented him, prior to his 
departure, with four English pounds, 
which they trust will be well spent. 



Here is a postcard we received from one 
of our extras - at camp for the summer, 
but still thinking of us, 


Under her arm, the "Library Journal", 
Anne of Green Gables", and "Love is 

Eternal" ; 
On her way home from one more busy day; 
Wait 'till tomorrow - there'll be 

to pay. 

It's quieting down the hullabaloo, 
Charging for books that are way overdue, 
Vfliipping the extras to pleading submission, 
'Till they crawl on the ground with an air 
of contrition. 

From Abbot to Zweig, from zero to nine, 
She feels all the authors just creep up 

her spine. 
Hail, librarians , so well-read and noble, 
I much prefer books - but I'll still take 

George GobelJ 

-by Stephen Klass 
Mattapan Branch 

Uphams Comer 

On J\me 2k, the staff tendered a dual 
farewell party to two members of the 
Children's Room, Mrs Phyllis L. Barclay 
and one of her assistants, llrs Bemadine 
Smokier. The dinner was held at the "Sea 
and Surf" on the Worcester Turnpike, with 
variations of sea food naking up the main 
part of the menu. Two small cakes, 
prettily decorated with "Good Wishes" 
were presented to the guests of honor 
before the party ended. 

lirs Smokier left the Library in July to 
remain at home awaiting the birth of her 
first child. The renBmbrance gift presen- 
ted to her was the prospective heir or 
heiress' first spoon and fork. 

It would almost seem a premature party 
for Mrs. Barclay, since she did not leave 
the service until August 20. Her gift 
was anther piece of 'Sea-life", a di^Tettia 
lighter, -vrtiich completes a set of crystal- 
ware started some time ago. iirs Barclay 
has rejoined her husband in New York. 
Her new address is: Mrs James F. Barclay, 
137-01 83rd Avenue - Apt. 6F, Kew Gardens 
Long Island, New York 


1 /"^v' 




Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Asbociation member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, 
Department or Office in which he or she 
is en^loyed. The name is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contributions 
containing not more than 300 words vri.ll 
be accepted. 

Dear Editor: 

It is now four months since Administra- 
tive Notice No. 30 made it clear that the 
Director may fill vacancies up to the 
number provided for in the 1955 budget. 
This presumably would include vacancies 
that might occur after that notice. Yet 
a number of titular vacancies T^ich were 
on the books and provided for in the 1955 
budget plus a number of others which have 
since occurred remain unfilled. It was 
nQr understanding at the beginning of this 
year that the Trustees were delaying 
these appointments. But it is apparent 
from the notice of May 9, that the deci- 
sion is now the Director's. Now, what is 
the excuse for the delay? 



To the Editor of the Question Mark: 

At the final ALA General Session in 
Philadelphia, the speech by the incoming 
president, Mr Richards, was necessarily, 
a stock-taking, backward -glance , forward- 
view sort of thing, and not very exciting. 
But on that very hot evening it was like 
a jet of conditioned air to hear him char- 
acterize the activities of a West Coast 
superpatriotic snoop, whose list of 
dangerous authors included Dorothy 
Canfield and Pearl Buck, as "gangsterism". 
Some days before, at an Audio-Visual 
session, I had seen the film showing this 
foolish woman hold up book after book 
which she was agitating to have removed 
from public library shelves. She was a 
ridiculous person, and overstated her 
case, and like all such fanatics was long 
on passion and very short on knowledge 
and common sense. I was discussing this 
picture with a couple of BPL'rs in a 
Philadelphia street a few days later, and 
I was surprised to hear one of thera say 
that the picture was spoiled for him 
because the commentator, Mr Murrow, was 
not impartial, but was holding the woman 
up to ridicule by mentioning the Canfield 
and Buck names but omitting Lattimore, 
viho was also on the list. The film 
plainly showed the vrtiole cascade of the 
titles on her list, and since in his 
commentary Mr Murrow could mention only 
a few, I thought it quite natviral on his 
part to mention only those names which 
would innnediately show to irtiat lengths 
that hysterical frump carries her campaign. 

In this continuing fight which librar- 
ies today are engaged in to preserve 
their traditional independence from 
harassment by pint-sized fuhrers and 
ersatz Savonarolas, people like Mr Murrow 
and llir Richards are of course not neutral. 
Are you? I am not neutral, and I wouldn't 
give a Philadelphia token (it's attenuated 
in the direction of invisibility) for any 
person accepting pay as a public librarian 
who v/as. 


To the editor of the Question Ifark 

Dear Ed: 

After the plaint in the last issue 
bemoaning the dearth of contributions to 
the staff organ I should like to present 
for the consideration of the staff two 
proix)saTs -wiach may prevent. The Question 

Jferk from going the way of the Boston 
Transcript and the New York World, 

The first proposal is a somewhat drastic 
one vhich I can only justify on the 

grounds that desperate situations often 
call for harsh remedies and in these 
trying times we must all be willing to 
sacrifice ourselves for the general 
welfare. The entire editorial board must 
be summarily dismissed from their posi- 
tions. Wit-h regard to the mechanics of 
the actual dismissal a military tjrpe 
ceremony would be the most effective and 
also the most dramatic. 

The members of the association are 
assembled in a hollow square about the 
fountain in the courtyard; while 
Frankie Jfyers plays a slow roll on his 
drum the president of the association, 
resplendent in the regal uniform of the 
Chowder, Chatter and Iferching Society, ■ 
steps forward, takes the pencils from the 
editorial board and dramatically breaks 
them over his knee one by one. Next, the 
editor's green eyeshade is rent in twain 
and as the drumbeats increase in intensity 
the entire board is frog-marched through 
the stacks to the cheering strains of the 
Rogue ' s March . At the conclusion of this 
tasteful ceremony a new board could be 
drawn by lots from the assemblage. 

After the new board is established in 
office a campaign could be laiinched to 
revive the intsarest of the staff in their 
periodical. What I had in mind was an 
essay contest on the subject How I Would 
Run the Library , Why We Should Have Heat 
Relief in the Winter When It Is Cool 
Enough to Enjoy It. The format isn't 
important as long as definite action is 
taken to prevent the Q.M. from going 
into a decline. 

To the Soap Box 

Apparently Gastritis is not aware that 
the Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association has provided a Conces- 
sions Committee which receives sugges- . 
tions, complaints, praise, etc., concern- 
ing the Coffee Shop. It would seem to 
have been in better taste if Gastritis 
had first so\ight a member of 
mi t tee to make his grievance 

the Corn- 
known rather 

than embarrassing the concessionaire and 

his employees through using the public 

medium of the Soap Box. 

Considering the facilities which are 

available, the quality of the food which 


is served, and the reasonable prices which 
are charged, the members of the Conces- 
sions Committee feel that the concession- 
aire is doing a good job under most trying 
Conditions. It is believed a large pro- 
portion of the staff of the Library have 
this same opinion. 

However, if Gastritis wishes to make 
his complaints more specific, the Conces- 
sions Committee will be happy to hear from 
him and to try to correct any difficulty. 
For his information, the names of the 
members of the Concessions Committee are 
listed below. 

Catherine T. Duffy 

Book Selection Department, Division of 
Home Reading and Community Services 

Sumner Fryhon 

Buildings Department 

Michael C. Langone 

Binding Department 
Louis M. Ugalde 

Rare Book Department 
Catherine M. MacDonald, Chairman 

Personnel Office 

Dear Editor: 

To the Soap Box; 

No doubt Gastritis 's 
month was 

outburst of last 
meant as humour but I 'm afraid 
it fell flat. The staff of the coffee- 
shop has no need of defense. The diffi- 
culties that beset them are those encoun- 
tered in any place that must have short- 
order cooking in a physically limited area. 
Given the kitchen of the Sheraton-Plaza 
and commensurate prices I'm sure that they 
could feed us like the gourmets we are. 
In the meantime, I'll settle for a cheese- 
burger handed to me with a warm friendly 


To the Soap Box; 

No one would suspect, looking around at 
all the contented, happy faces that there 
was so much indigestion grumbling around 
inside 1 It isn't often that I am inclined 
to burst into public print but, seriously 
I can find few words to express my grati- 
tude for all the friendly courtesy and the 
good lunches I've eaten down at "Sam's". 


I would like to take exception to the 
letter in the Soap Box, August issue, 
under the signature "Gastritis". 

If the B.P.L.P.S.A. is to be responsi- 
ble for the operation of The Coffee Shop, 
let's do it with dignity and not with 
pseudonymous attacks on the personnel. 
Where would the association find people 
more kind, courteous and interested than 
Mr. and Mrs. Adelstein. The girls come 
and go as is inevitable with young people; 
but when Joan left, the staff expressed 
what they thought of her in a very tangi- 
ble manner. We still miss her. As for 
Mary, I am constantly amazed and gratified 
at her helpfulness and her genuine inter- 
est in trying to give each person what 
they want. 

The Coffee Shop has not the space and 
is not equipped to serve full-course 
dinners. Anyone wanting such meals can 
go to the Ritz Carle ton, the subsidiary 
of Locke-Ober, or the more humble Sheraton 
Plaza, all within walking distance of the 
Library. How the personnel of the Coffee 
Shop, with the limited facilities and the 
restricted space in which they work, are 
able to serve the food they do, is beyond 
comprehension. They are always willing 
to try every concoction anyone suggests, 
even my silly old cheese salad irtiich 
revolts everyone -including them-except 

I wonder iwho "Gastritis" would suggest 
to serve on the Committee "for the purpose 
of giving advice and counsel to the 
personnel of the Coffee Shop." I cannot 
think of many staff members who would 
consider themselves qualified to act in 
that capacity. And they don't need advice 
and counsel" - they are doing a good job 
under very difficult conditions - what 
they need is a bit of appreciation for all 
they have done and are doing for the 

(Isn't there a standing Committee of the 
B.P.L.P.S.A. entrusted with the smooth 
running of the Coffee Shop?) 

Without taking refuge in a saccharine 
pseudonym, I think I shall sign myself 
what I always have been and always will 
be as long as I remain on this spinning 



Dear Editor: 

I would like to say that it most likely 
is not the coffee-shop food that disagrees 
with "Gastritis", but more likely a case 
of disagreement with life in general. I 
feel that the Coffee Shop has been a boon 
to the employee of the BPL, and that the 
people vrtio run it and work for it bend 
over backvrards to please us. It seems to 
mc that if anyone has a complaint, he or 
she could tell Sammy or Dotty seriously, 
or at least could have mentioned a 
specific gripe in their letter, instead 
of condemning the whole work of the coffee 
Shop. If Gastritis were here in the days 
before the Coffee Shop, uhen we had to go 
farther to fare worse on relief or lunch 
times, they might be in a better position 
to appreciate the Coffee Shop» 

So once more I say, "Gastritis" sounds 
more like someone with chronic "Gripeitis" 
to coin a phrase, and perhaps he or she 
should try the Rita????? 


To the SOUP Box: 

In this examination-happy library why 
not extend the examination system to the 
personnel of the Coffee Shop? Is it 
sound reasoning to expect that just any- 
body can fry an egg or put a tea bag in 
a cup of hot water? Of course noti 

We could have qualifying exams on Water 
boiling . Bread buttering , etc., and 
promotional exams on The Sandwidi as an 
Institution, Salad Plate I , Salad Plate II , 

Once we get this program rolling we 
might get the Trustees to grant a scholar- 
ship for study at Fannie Farmer's Cooking 
School. Just imagine the ntonu about five 
years from nov/: pate de foie gras, crepe 
suzettes, chocolate covered oysters. 
Let's everybody get in back of this 
program and work, work, woiPkl 

A. Seltzer 




invites you to joini 

If you have been with the B. P. L. a 
long time and have put off joining or 
if you are a newcomer to the staff, 
A. L. A. is waiting to welcome you into 
its ranks. Won't you join now and share 
in the work of this important profession- 
al association? 

Application forms may be obtained in 
the Office of Records, Files, Statistics. 


A.L.A. Membership Committee 






Published by the Bcstcn Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Vclijyjv X, Nutf:er 10 Cotcber 1?!:;'^ 

Publications Gommttea: John Jo Ha?-lahan, Sheila XU PiercSy Be G.-^rti\ide Wade 

Robert C» Woodward, John McCaffertyj Cbaira:-n. 

P.\tT .'.cation date: Dsad-lino for sut'7td.tting material: 

Tha '':..'teenth of each month The b-rnth of each month 


This issue is the swan sorg for kO% of the Publications Committee, since 
exactly tliat considerable proportion, including the Chairman, terminates its connec- 
tion with B. P. L. before the October issue's appearance « Those who are leaving 
wish B. Gertrude Wade, who is taking over as Chairman, all their best, and envy her 
the job that will be hers a few months hence. Just think, the December issue will 
complete Q.M. 's tenth year. ^^That a mark that could make on the nation's literary 
horizoni Imagine, if you can, a QoM. anthology - a Tenth Anniversary Album - a 
dazzling parade of a decade of wit and wisdom, both verse and prose. Ten years of 
epistolary wrath in tlie Soap Box where sassy con and prudent pro are ever locked. 
Ten years of blow-by-blow accoiants of teas, luncheons, and picnics; of the baccha- 
nales of our more abandoned members, of the chaster doings of our less abandoned. 
It has been all mankind in epitome, in fact, affording pettiness in very nearly 
equal measure with magnanimity, and, we hope, a more frequent refinement than a 
dross . 

The lesson that this chronicle can teach cannot go hidden, it must be scattered 
broadside through the land. Let that great store be drawn upon. Editor - anthologice! 
Let December's effort be done in Baskerville on finest vellum and bound in decent 
cloth - damn the expense] Let it flood the nation's bookstores, find each home. 
Let every child learn lisping from its lines, let every gaffer nodding by the fire 
have it to cheer his ever-shortening day. Let every chaste milkmaid have it by her 
etoolj each honest 'prentice lad, a copy on his bench. The world cries out its 
r.sodj we cannot say it nay. Miss Wade, go to your meeting with Destinyl 

After this spiritual sort of advice, we now offer a more material kind - be 
sure to read the President's Notes and look on the Staff Bulletin Board for infor- 
mation concerning a new hospitalization insurance plan. 


Library Conferences — Europ ean Style 

An informal report, T.7ith colC'^ed slides 

Wiggin Gallery, Central Library 

Friday, October 28, 1955, 8 p^m. 

Virginia Haviland . . . Margaret A. Morgan . . . Edna G. Peck 



N ew Employees 

i-lomld J. Arigo, Central Charging Records, 
"cbert P. Goldman, Central Charging Records 
Cornelia M. Hairington, Office of the 

Division of Home Reading and Coinraunity 

^'^s Ethel L. Heins, Bookmobile I. 
I'irs Gene S. Kupf erschmid , Jeffries Point. 
J.!ary J. McGah, Business Office. 
Thomas T. I'cLaughlin, Book Stack Service. 
John J. Parker, Central Charging Records. 
Mrs ^'ary V. Quercia, Book Stack Service. 

(formerly in the department) 


John J. Brauer, from Central Charging 

Records to Audio-Visual. 
Mrs Joyce P. Ellis, from City Point to 

West End. 
¥xs Beatrice P. Frederick, from Dorchester 

to Tyler Street. 
Marjorie M. Gibbons, from Memorial to 

Washington Village, 
Mrs Dorothy M. Hanna, from Tyler Street 

to City Point. 
Mrs Anne P. Kearney, from Washington 

Village to Lower Mills. 
Mrs Veronica M. Lehane, from West End to 

Uphams Corner. 
Mrs Bette Pinckney, from Bookmobile I to 

Ifrs Christine J. Umano, from Lower Mills 

to Brighton. 


Mrs Katherine C. McGrath - Housekeeper, 
Buildings Department, Retired as of 
September 30, 1955 after 30 years of 
service . 


Mary J. Brady, Office of the Division of 
Reference and Research Services, to be 
married and live in Springfield, Massa- 

John J. Hallahan, Open Shelf, to accept 
the position of Librarian at Norwalk, 

Marie T. Hutchinson, Brighton, to return 
to college. 

IjErs Louise M. LaFontaine, Office of the 
Division of Reference and Research 
Services, to remain at home. 

John McCaffejrby, General Reference, to ac- 
cept a position with the Watertown Arse- 
nal Laboratory Library. 

Maureen T. McCarthy, Book Stack Service, 
to accept another position. 

Mrs Janet R. Quint, Alls ton, to remain 

at home. 
Mrs Bernardine J. Smokier, Uphams Comer, 

to remaiii at home. 


Announcement has been made of the engage- 
ment of Monica Harrington, Cataloging 
and Classification, (R and RS) and 
John McCafferty, General Reference. A 
May wedding is planned. 


Born to Mr and Mrs Sebastian Lima, on 
August 26, a son, Mark. Mr. Lima is a 
member of the Book Preparation Staff. 


The Special Services Committee has re- 
ceived discoxmt cards from Chester A. 
Baker, Inc., 5U5 Boylston Street. The 
cards are available from Robert Woodward 
3-n History and entitle the bearer to a 
10^ discount on cosmetics and to a free 
sample of shampoo. 

At the same time the Conmittee announces 
to the staff that the Cokesbury Book Store, 
577 Boylston Street, offers a 20^ discount 
to Library Staff members. The Cokesbury 
Book Store offers greeting cards and sta- 
tionery, as well as bocks. 


Dr Prospero M« Mella Chavier, Subdirectcr, 
Library of the University of Santo Domingo, 
Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic 

El Sayed liSahmoud El-Sheniti, Assistant 
Librarian, UNESCO Fundamental Education 
Center, Sirs-El-Layyan, Menoufia, Eg^rpt 

l!uharamad Rakib Hossain, Assistant Librar- 
ian, USIS, Dacca, Pakistan 

Ysuf Iskander, President, Jlgyptian Li- 
brary Association 

Rustam Sutan Palindih, President, Librap- 
ry Association of Indonesia 

Georg Prachner, Vienna, Austria 

Ahmad Shuja, USIS Library, Lahore, 



John Jo Daley, Open Shelf 

Frank J, Donovan, Book Stack Service 

Rita A. Farina, Hospital Library Service 

Dorothy H. Hanna, Tyler Street 

Richard E. Lyons, Open Shelf 

Joan P. Morris, Science and Technology 

Francis M. Taylor, Open Shelf 

Michael J. Venezia, Book Stack Service 



!IIS KAtherine McGrath 

On Tuesday morning, September 21 , in the 
TiTomen's Lounge, a coffee hour vras given in 
honor of our Housekeeper, Mrs Katherine 
McGrath, who retired on September 30. 

Itr Francis X. Moloney, Assistant to the 
Director, In Charge of Business Operaticns, 
addressed the guest of honor and -well- 
wishers with a warm message so appropriate 
for thirty-two years of faithful service. 

It is T/irith a sincere feeling of regret 
that v/e note the departure from the service 
of two members of the Publications .Commit- 
tee, John McCafferty, the chairman, and 
John J. Hallahan, These two worthy gentle- 
men carry with them to their new careers 
our very best wishes and our thanlcs for 
their outstanding contributions to THE 

and then presented J'irs McGrath with a bili-CS) has graciously consented to serve as 

fold containing the staff's gift of money 
in appreciation of cheerful cooperation 
and friendship throughout the years. 

Sharing the festivities were Anna Sheehan, 
sister of It5rs LfcGrath and two close friends, 
Mary McCarthy and Lillian Com/ay. Several 
BPL Alumni who were welcomed cordially by 
many library friends were Misses Flora A. 
Ennis, Jean B. Lay, liirs Frances M. Kelley, 
Mrs Catherine Cronin, Mrs Hannah Hennessey, 
William F. Quinn. _ 

A delicious repast was enjoyed by all 
and it was a wonderful party vh ich con- 
cluded with good wishes from everyone. 

The following letter from Mrs ''cGrath 
was received shortly after her retirement 
party. ¥fe reprint it here so that all the 
staff may see it. 

Dear Friends, 

I wish to express my deep 
thanks to all of you for the delightful 
party you gave me on my retirement. The 
arrangement was perfect, the flowers and 
refreshments were lovely. Also I wish to 
thank all who joined in the gift presented 
to me, it is so useful and attractive » 

I shall always appreciate your thought- 
fulness and cherish happy memories of your 
kindness. Again, thanking you, I am 



B, Gertrude TTade, Book Selection, (HRand 

chairman of the Publications Committee for 
the remainder of the year. l*wo now members 
of the committee are Pearl Lewis, General 
Reference, .and Felicia: Langdon, Audio- 

There was a preliminary hearing before 
a committee of the Boston City Council on 
Thursday, October 13, in the City Council 
Chambers on the adoption of an insurance 
plan for the Employees of the City of 
Boston. This proposed legislation is set 
out in detail in Chapter 76O of the 
Commonwealth of Iikssachusetts Acts ani 
Resolves, 19^5, a copy of which will be 

There's no time like the present 

Tf.Tiy not join A.L.A. now ? 

Contact I Sarah M. Usher 

Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics 

placed on the bulletin board in Central. 
In essence, the plan calls for group life 
in the amount of two thousand dollars , 
accidental death and dismemberment insiir- 
ance in the amount of two thousand dollars, 
coverage of not ]ess than an estimated 
sixty percent nor more than an estimated 
eighty-five percent of the average of all 
hospital bills, and surgical and medical 
benefits of not less than a standard two 
hundred dollar surgical schedule nor more 
than a standard three hundred dollar 
siorgical schedule with provision for in- 
hospital medical coverage. The hospital- 
ization, surgical, and medical benefits 
would provide coverage for the employee, 
his spouse, and unmarried children under 
nineteen years of age. 

Ma:iy representatives of the various city 
and county employees' organizations were 
present to go on record as being in favor 
of the principles embodied in the proposed 
bill. Among those representing the emplo- 
ees of the Boston Public Library who spoke 
at the hearing were Samuel Green, Frank 
'Moran, James Gajuwn, and your president. 
Either there were no opponents to the bill 
present or they were too timid to speak in 
view of the overwhelming favorable reaction 
to the measure. As further hearings are 
held and as more details are ironed out 

M M WM Si W I l l Wlimi 

we will try to keep you informed of what 
is happening. If you, in turn, have a;iy 
questions and comments you would like to 
have brou^t to the attention of the City 
Council, please let us know about them. 

LOUIS RAINS, President 

On October 12 at a Nuprfcial Mass at St- 
liargaret's ChurEh in Dorchester, ikry J. 
Brady of the Office of the Division of 
Reference and Research Services becsime 
tlie bride of lEr Philip Frazier of Newton, 
ijaiy was a beautiful bride in her full- 
length govm of Chantilly lace and nylon 
net. Her finger-tip veil ims set off by 
a crown of pearls, and her flowers were 
white roses and carnations. 

Following the iiTedding a luncheon and 
reception were held in the Empire Room 
of the Hotel Vendome. Music was provid- 
ed by Frankie l^ers and his orchestra. 
Library guests included members of the 
staff of i'iary's former department, the 
Cataloging and Clas£.ification Department, 
and of her office. 

lir and J-Irs Frazier will make their 
home in Ludlow, i'iassachusetts. 

Anne B. Doherty of Charlestown became 
the bride of Daniel ¥/. Kelly of Audio- 
Visual at St. Francis de Sales Church, 
Charle stovvn, on September 17. The bride 
ivore a lovely satin gown embroidered 
with seed pearls, and her Cathedral 
length train was adorned v/ith billowy 
nylon tulle. She wore a Juliet cap 
and veil, aiid carried a cascade of white 
roses and stephanotis. Patricia Doherty 
was maid of honor and Vincent D. Kelly 
ViTas best man. Two four-year olds, Anne's 
niece and Danny's nephew, served as flow- 
er girl and ring bearer. Two Doherty 
brothers and three Kelly brothers were 
ushers. A reception at Chickland in 
Saugus was highlighted by FrE.nlcie Iters' 
music and a harmonious vocal rendition 
of "Those Uedding Bells Are Breaking Up 
That Old C'ong of Mine" by the five Kelly 
brothers . Among the guests were Audio- 
Visuad and Charlestown staff members. 

lir and Ilrs Kelly spent their honeymoon 
in the Vihite ilountains. 

I'jargaret L. liahoney. Information Office, 
was married to John Yf» Morrison at Sacred 

Heart Church, Cambridge, on September 2§, 
1955. Peg;.y v/ore a (^ov.ti of peau-de-soic 
with lace and a chapel length train, and 
a fingertip veil crowned with a tiara of 
seed pearls. She carried a bouquet of 
v^ite roses and stephanotis. The bride's 
five attendants, in ballerina length gowns 
of crystalette, in the lovely jewel shade 
of garnet, carried cascades of pale yellow 
carnations entwined with ivy. Among the 
bridesmaids v/ere Shirley Gildea, Informa- 
tion Office, ajid Catherine Duffy, Book 
Selection Department. A reception was 
held at Rob'.n Hood's in Wayland. 

After honeymooning in upstate New York, 
Pennsylvania and Canada, Ivlr and firs i.or- 
rison will reside in i;atertown. 

1 On Sunday, September 4, Rita Evelyn 
Susi, of East Boston, becaae the bride of 
John A. Pannacchio, of '.'ilmington, I'iassa- 
chusetts, at St. Lazarus' Church in Orient 
Heights. The bride wore a double gown of 
ice-blue Skinner satin covered with Chant- 
illy lace, and a five-yard train which 
glistened v/ith sequins and seed pearls. 
An ice-blue crown and fingertip veil com- 
pleted her outfit. She carried a spray 
of irfiite orchids and stephanotis. Miss 
Susi was given in marriage by her father 
and v!Bls attended by her sister Jfery as 
ifeid of Honor. After the wedding a recep- 
tion was held at the Sherry Biltmore. 
Many Library staff members attended. The 
bride and groom then left for a three 
vreeks honeymoon in lliami Beach, Florida. 

On September 17, I'iargaret Miry Cronin of 
Byde Park, I;]assachusetts, v/as married to 
Thomas Joseph Aglio, at the Church of the 
Liiost Precious Blood in Hyde Park. Tom 
recently left the Library after nine years 
as an extra assistant. 

The bride wore ail imported Chantilly 
lace gopjn v/ith a chapel length train of 
ruffled tiers, and a fingertip illusion 
veil with a crown of pearls » She carried 
a prayer book with butterfly orchids. 

Among the ushers were Brendan Connell 
and Thomas Mulcahy who worked v;ith the 
groom in the Periodical Department. 

After a reception at the Sherry Biltmore, 
the couple honeymooned in Bermuda. They 
are now living in Albany, New York, where 
Tom is tedical Social Worker for Albany 
Hospital Clinic and the Albany Medical 
Center Clinic. 



In honor of her forthcoming marriage, 
thirty-three of her friends attended the 
luncheon shovrer held for liary J. Brady, 
Office of the Division of Reference and 
Research dervices, at Eddie Davis's on 
October 3. On her arrival, I^ry received 
her corsags, a baby pink orchid encircled 
by pink roses. 

After lunch, her Office presented JJary 
with a Svredish Crystal pitcher. IJembers 
of the Cataloging Department chose as 
their farewell gif^ a lamp with gold base 
and v/ Elite shade of modern design. The 
Office of Home Reading and Community 
Services gave ii&.ry a brass magazine rack. 
Six multi-colored cordial glasses comp- 
leted the array of gifts. 

Members of the Lower Hills staff met 
at Joseph's on October 1 to honor Jirs 
Dorothy Rosen, who has been transferred 
from Lower Mills fc Brighton. The pleas- 
ant atmosphere, coupled with good food 
and friendly conversation, all combined 
to make it a happy occasion, Mrs Rosen 
was 2;i"''eJi 8- luncheon set, plus the best 
wishes of tho staff for future success. 

At the same time, the staff welcomed 
Mrs A. P. Kearney, v^io has come to Lower 
liills as Assistant in charge of Chil- 
dren ' s Uork . 

CC&MS Bulletin - A gala farewell din- 
ner party in honor of John Hallahan and 
John KcCafferty was thrown by the black 
tie and satin slipper set of the Chowder, 
Chatter and 'iarching Society. To the 
best of my memory the festivities were 
held at Pete Charlton's Steak House on 
the evening of Tuesday, October 11, but 
my recollections are just a little bit 
hazy and I could be mistaken. It was a 
sad occasion to begin mth, but, as usual, 
good food and the juice of the grape soon 
had little tongues babbling away as mer- 
rily as could be, and the prattle actual- 
ly became quite maudlin before the last 
guest was poured out the door. It really 
wsis quite a nice dinner party in honor 
of our departing comrades, and everybody 
Was greatly shodced vihen it was discov- 
ered that the honored guests had not 
been invited. 


President Eisenhower's St£.tc-of-the- 
Union Speech of January, 1954, expressed 
the hope that a series of state conferen- 
ces on education, culminating in a nation- 
al conference, might be held in order to 
arrive at "the first national stock-tak- 
ing of our public schools". lassachu- 
setts held such a conference on Septem- 
ber 8-11 at the liiiversity of Massachu- 
setts in Amherst. From the conference 
forty delegates to the national meeting 
v;ere to b<3 chosen. 

Six topics were designated as areas 
for discussion and study: 

(i) TJhat should our schools accomplish? 

(2 ) In what ways can we organize our 
school systems more efficiently 
and economically? 

(3) "l^at are our school building needs? 

(4) How can we get enougli good teach- 
ers and keep them? 

(5) How can we finance our schools, 
build and operate them? 

(6) How can vjb obtain a continuing 
public interst in education? 

The Conference viras called by Governor 
Herter, and approximately 2,000 men and 
women took part in its activities. Of 
these about a third were educators, the 
rest layraen - businessmen, parents, mem- 
bers of veterans', labor and civic org- 
anizations, etc. From BPL three repre- 
sentatives were senti Mrs Beatrice P'red- 
erick, Mildred Kaufman and Pauline Win- 
nick. They were to cover children's, 
adult, and young adult work, respective- 
ly, but they fovmd that instead of taking 
notes on matters of interest to them, 
they actually foxmd themselves initiating 
the subject of libraries and library ser- 
vice. It is felt that the results of 
their efforts in the several sections 
were reflected in the sxmmary of the 
conference. Although librarians have 
long felt that theirs wb.s an education- 
al calling, little, if any, attention 
was given to libraries, certainly not 
in the planned agenda of the program. 
In fact, little consideration had bean 
given to librai ies on or off agendas. 
Unlike the numerous or^janizations which 
sent people to the conference, organi- 

zations in some cases only remotely re- 
lated to education, the professional 
library associations were conspicuous 
by tlieir absence. Organizations like the 
C.I.O., the N»A.i.i., and the Children's 
Medical Center were represented, but 
there v/ere less than a dozen library 
personnel present, including the three 
from B.P.L. At the beginning of the con- 
ference there was read at a general ses- 
sion a telegram from the trustee's group 
of the Ji.L»A. expressing the hope that 
the conference v/ould give some consider- 
ation to the matter of libraries. 

Most of the participants in the con- 
ference were preoccupied with urgent pro- 
blems, such as increasing, school popula- 
tion with its concomitant need for more 
school buildings and teacheis, the pro- 
spects of largr school costs and higher 
taxes, a sales tax, and federal aid. The 
problem of libraries - school and public 
- with the need for greater erjropriations 
to meet the increased demands of an in- 
creasing population had not been brought 
to their attention, while the matter of 
adult education in an increasing adult 
population was a nev/ concept to the ma- 
jority of the participants. They lis- 
tened attentively, asked searching ques- 
tions of the B.P.L» representatives, and 
made a few recomf.endations which found 
their way into the final summary. How- 
ever, it is interesting to note that the 
results of the discussion show transla- 
tion into school programs rather than 
public library programs. 

T'lhat implications did the conference 
hold for libraries? In a sense, what con- 
cerns the schools must concern the lib- 
raries sooner or later, directly or in- 
directly. Statistics, tren, on the in- 
creasing school population during the 
next decade are of grave concern to lib- 
raries also. For every 100 persons in 
the nation's classrooms today, there will 
be 121 in 1960, and 136 in 1965. Cdleges 
expect an 18^ increase in attendance wi- 
thin a decade. Remembering that school 
population is also potential library 
population, librarians might well scru- 
tinize the following facts concerning 
eduuation in Massachusetts: In the 
public elementary grades 1-6 there has 
been a 30.5?? increase in school popula- 
tion in the last decade. The cost per 
pupil for school libraries has risen from 
eleven cents to thirty-seven cents in 
the ten years between 1944 and 1954. 
The average school cost per pupil has 
risen from $132,28 to $307.55 in the 
same period. Quoting from the booklet 

prepared by the IJassachusetts Department 
of Education, "TiVhen it is considered that 
the peak years in the number of births did 
not begin until 1946, it is evident tliat 
the schools of Jkssachusetts have not yet 
felt the full impact of the high birth 
rate." By 1960, one can expect a 20,4/5 
increase over 1954 in the number of public 
school pupils. 

Problems of acquiring professional per- 
sonnel and of offering adequate salaries 
are not peculiar to the teaching field 
alone, but must be faced by libraries al- 
so. Suggestions offered for attracting 
competent teachers are also practical for 
recruiting librarians. Suggestions for 
the efficient use of school personnel add 
school buildings are applicable to the 
library field, especially in the matter 
of sharing specialists and experts among 
small units. The problem of obtaining a 
continuing public interest in education 
is also of interest to the library. The 
aims and purposes of schools and librar- 
ies are so closely allied and so often 
identical that successful procedures used 
in obtaining public interest in education 
merit consideration for libraries. Note- 
worthy is the work of the National Citi- 
zens Commission for the Public Schools in 
increasing 1^ interest in education. As 
lir Roy Larsen pointed out, the key to good 
schools is citizen responsibility at the 
local level. Schools are just as good as 
people want them to be. As librarians, 
we might borrow the phrase and substitute 
the word "libraries" for "schools". 

Dr. Franklin P. Hawkes of the Massachu- 
setts Department of Education made a rare 
but welcome reference to libraries when 
as a discussant at a general assembly, he 
spoke of libraries and recommended that 
money for school libraries be allocated in 
the school budget. Again, afcb the general 
session for organizing scj^ools more effi- 
ciently, reference was made to libraries 
when ft. Davis urged that more use of 
school libraries be made by educators. 

Among the recommendations made in the 
Summary of discussions distributed «t the 
closing general session, the following 
are especially pertinent to libraries: 

"One desirable achievement 
should be to develop the school-child to 
the fullest extent of his interest and 
God-given abilities. Better school lib- 
raries are needed to stimulate such growth." 

"Extended adult ed\«!ation prograjns are 
much needed today o" 

"State encouragement of library exten- 
sion in communities is an issue that should 
be studied in a future conference," 



" State aid must furnish a lar;;;;er share 
of the support for schools." 

"All business and other groups should 
be mobilized to work with professional 
educators in an effective public rela- 
tions program designed to bring home to 
the public that it has an important 
stake in public education." 

"Public libraries should more effect- 
ively publicize School vrork and accomp- 
lishments «" 

"Channel 2 should be utilized and sup- 

"Beginning salaries for teachers should 
be further increased in Liassachusetts, 
since lov;' salaries are one of the factors 
responsible for teacher shortage." 

The conference was serious 
without social sideligjits. Although 
many issues were left unsolved, and al- 
thou^ the program seemed too pre-arrangpdj 
the conference was worthv;hile. The value 
of the Amlierst meetings lie not only in 
the recommendations to be forwarded to 
the ^ite House Conference, but also in 
the stimulation and encouragement of the 
participants to return to their local 
communities to spur greater positive 


Readers of the PILOT, weekly newspaper 
of the Archdiocese of Boston, have no 
doubt noticed the new column entitled 
"Boston's Reading", v/hich has been ap- 
pearing monthly since the isrue of April 
23, and consists of brief reviews of 
current best-sellers. The reviews are 
prepared by members of the Kev; England 
Unit of the Catholic Library Association, 
many of whom are on the staff of B.P.L. 
Staff members tshose capsule reviews have 
been printed in the PILOT include : Anne 
Armstrong, Children's Sect ion 5 Gerald L. 
Ball, Book Purchasing; T'/illiamT. Casey, 
Open Shelf; Martha C. Engler, South Bos- 
ton; Anna L. Jfeming, Teachers; Paul V. 
Moynihan, General Reference, and i.ary 
Alice Rea, Book Purchasing. 


Boston in September, 

Ti'inds the mildest east, 

SiHilight to remember. 
Every ray a feast . 

Gentle, bracing air. 

The CHARLES shimmers bright. 

Chortles with delight. 

Hurricanes forgotten. 

The floods an evil dream. 

Frets are all verboten. 
The Lord is on the bean. 


(Ed. Note: The contribution above 
was just a noiaent too late for 
September's issue.) 

Birds like whirling streamers. 

Frisking in the sky. 
Grey and white and gleaming. 

Joyously up high. 

Gracefully together, 

Strealcing to the right. 

Qmick to left together, 
Sweeping out of sight. 

■Who the expert trainer? 

Taught them all that grace? 
TJlio the deft explainer. 

Showing each his plawe? 

I sometimes thinlc that freedom 
Is all too dearly bought. 

Since vre must chart direction. 

And give each step its thought. 

Ify freedom I'd surrender. 

On any autumn day, 
To act in all that splendor. 

In such heavenly ballet. 



Colette, Sidonie G. 

The Vagabond. Nexv York, Farrar, 
Straus and Yoxm^, k955. 

Viertel, Joseph 

The Last Temptation. Nev;- York, 
Simon & Schuster, 1955 

Non-Fiction - Library Science 


Training needs of librarians doing 
adult education work. Chicago, A.L.A., 


Fussler, Herman H. 

The function of the Library in the 

modern college. 
Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 


Geer, Helen T. 

Charging systems. 
Chicago, American Library Association, 

Library Literature, Jvme 1955 
New York, H. W. v/ilson Co., 1955 

London. University. School of Librarian- 
shxvi a nd Archive s . 

G^italogiiing p_unciples ar.i Tr^actice. 
Lonion, Library Association^ i95U 

shorn, Andrew D. 

Serial publicationc , their place and 

treatment in libraries . 
Chicago, Americr-n Library i'ssociation, 


Rothstein, Samuel 

The development of reference services 
through academic traditions, public 
library practice and special librar- 
ianship . 
ACRL Monograph no. lU 

Chicago, Association of College and 

Reference Libraries, 1955 

Seminar on the Development of Public 
Libraries in Africa, Ibadari, Nigeria, 


Paris, UNESCO, 195U 



A party was held on Monday evening, Octo- 
ber 10, for the twenty-two members of the 
Summer Reading Club who had read at least 
ten of the books listed in the Your Hit 
Parade booklet. The parents of these club 
members were also invited to the party 
which they seemed to enjoy as much as 
their children. 

After the guests had been welcomed with 
a few appropriate remarks, the party began 
vrith an interesting and beautiful movie 
in color about Finland, called Wings to 
Finland ♦ Tsy^e M. Saari told about her 
wonderful vacation in Europe last summer 
where she visited eight different coun- 
tries. She had an interesting display of 
artistic objects, textile, ceramic, china, 
and wood, vh ich she had picked up during 

her sojourn in Finland, and had now ar- 
ranged on a shelf among the children's 
books . 

Before th£ refreshments of delicious 
home-made cookies and tonic were served 
the guests, Mss Saari awarded the coveted 
Summer Reading Club certificates to proud 
recipients, along with colorful bookmarks. 

West End 

Three Travellers in Search of a Title 

The adventures of the Three Musketeers 
of fame and romance had nothing on the 
three B.P.L. muske toers who traveled 
abroad this summer, namely Minna Steinbeiig, 
Cataloguing and Cl?,osification (R and RS), 
Ethel Kimball, Connolly, and Fanny Goldstein, 
West End. 
: From July 6 to S-critember 2, they virtu- 
ally flew thrcugh ir/.-jrope ?.nd Israel, visit- 
ing England, Franc =., Switzerland, Italy, 
Greece, Israel,tl^virench Riviera, and 
Spain. Native dishes and native hosts did 
much to destroy the caloric charts of the 
fair ladies J the treasures of world-famous 
libraries were open for their inspection 
and pleasure. 

A visit to the Jolm. Rylands library in 
llanchester, England, proved a memorable 
one. The librarian of the Bibliotheca 
Ambrosiana in Florence was a figure out of 
a story book. For the Fathers of this 
world-famous library, salaries are unknowns. 
The staff is made up of members of the 
clergy, who of course are not paid for 
their services. 

The Reverend George Schlicte, of the 
North American College, went out of his 
way to enrich the program, which included 
a Papal Audience and visits to the cata- 
combs, with special en^jhasis on the re- 
cently discovered Jewish catacombs, which 
as yet are unknovm except to archaeolog- 
ists and scholars. 

In Athens they met the indomni table 
Chief Rabbi Barzilay of Greece, who out- 
witted the Nazis by destrojring all Jewish 
registers and records of Athens; then 
fleeing to the moxmtains, where he chan- 
naled an undergroxmd movement to rescue 
the Jews. 

The city of Haifa gave a municipal re- 
ception where Miss Goldstein spoke of the 
Tercentenary of the Jews in America. From 
here Miss Steinberg nearly brought back a 
husband, but Miss Goldstein unwittingly 
muffled the romance. 

Many and happy were the experiences , 


enough to senre as material for a book bj 
the three B.P.L, musketeers -who at present 
are in search of a title. If the budget 
permits, and the time vrarrants, and the 
book shelves of the library allow it, 
maybe sometime after a return engagement 
these three musketeers may produce a book. 
■Who knovre ? . . . . 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, together 
Tfith the name of the Branch Library, 
Department or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is mthheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration.! 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contributions 
containing not more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 

To the Editor: 

Increases in pay as a result of the 
passing of examinations have been an- 
nounced. These increases vri-ll have the 
result in some instances of bringing close 
to the Step III salary level some relative 
newcomers to the Staff. This is good and 
all of us are glad that the system pro- 
vides so liberally for new people. 

But these same reises will also remind 
other members of the Staff that the gap 
in salary between relative newcomers and 
experienced people such as "assistants-in- 
Gharge" is now very narrovi in some cases. 

This is particularly true with respect to 
the position of some "assistants-in- 
charge" who, for a reason vihich has never 
been divulged, are not receiving much 
more in salary than the maximum of Step 
III (to which they would be entitled in 
any case even if they had not been desig- 
nated "assistants-in-charge"). All the 
duties and responsibilities of a chief 
are theirs except the revrard — cold, hard 

Way is progress so simple and unimpeded 
for large groups on the one hand while, 
on the other hand, it is made so difficult 
for certain selected individuals? What 
is the basis for discrimination among 

To the editor of the Soap Box: 

A very unfortunate event connected -vd-th 
the services to the public occurred this 
month. Two very able and willing young 
men resigned from the system because their 
talents and capabilities went unrecognized 
in this Library. These men have ambition 
and the desire to move ahead, and they 
felt that in order to do more important 
work they had to leave this Library. I 
can speak of one of these men, John 
MoCafferty, from first-hand knovdedge of 
working with him. He was always one of 
the first people to reach for the tele- 
phone ¥/hen it rang or to jump up and help 
a member of the public. He answered all 
inquiries courteously and — ^what is more 
important — intelligently. He not only 
knev/ the answers to most of the questions 
but he could give you the backgroiond 
material in a great many cases. His 
knowledge is immense and we all marvel 
at his memory. I alvvays felt that if I 
didn't know the answer to an obscure 
question and I knew that it would take a 
Tfhile to hunt for the answer, I could ask 
John and get the answer immediately. 
Perhaps one of his greatest services vra.s 
acting as interpreter for many of the 
foreign population which visited the 
Library. The many patrons who came to the 
reference department wanting information, 
and not just a book, would have gone away 
much less satisfied if they had to struggle 
expressing themselves in English and then 
gt-ating their problem^ John has the 
ability to converse fluently in many 
foreign languages. In a department where 
six out seven attended library school it 
seems truly unfortunate that the seventh 
individual should be held back for not 


f inishing library school training lA^ien 
his abilities more than adequately filled 
in all the gaps left by all the others in 
the department. John also took active 
part in the Professional Staff Association 
- as editor of The Question Hark he spent 
many hours of his own time preparing each 
issue since he Tjas too busy doing refer- 
ence work to do anything for The Question 
T'fetrk during working hours. In a depart- 
ment where the morale is never too high, 
v;e shall miss John for his good-humored 
attitude which kept us going on an even 
level. As for those of \is who have worked 
with him, we feel that he vri-ll make an 
ideal administrator. Personally I regret 
that he will never be an administrator in 
the Boston Public Library. 

A Colleague 

famous Gilbert Stuart portrait which hangs 
in the Museum of Fine Arts. 

The artist was born in Germany in I816. 
At the age of sixteen, Emanuel Leutze came 
to the United States and settled in Phila- 
delphia. After having completed the 
famous painting, Washington Crossing the 
Delaware, Leutze returned to his native 


On Saturday, September 17, at noon. 
Mayor John B* liynes officially opened the 
325th anniversary of the founding of 
Boston by unveiling the painting of 
Washington at Dorchester Heights , by 
Emanuel Leutze, in the lobby of the Cen- 
tral Library, Frank W» Buxton, Vice Pre- 
sident of the Board of Trustees, accepted 
the gift for the Library. The painting 
has been hxmg temporarily in the Venetian 
Lobby on the second floor of the Central 

This ceremony was the first in a series 
of events to commemorate the anniversary 
of the historic occasion. A group of 
citizens headed by Harry J, Blake, Boston 
wool merchant, planned the celebration. 

The painting, which stands ten feet 
high, was commissioned by a Boston family 
in 1852. It remained in the possession 
of that family for three generations until 
it was purchased by the gifts of citizens 
and school children of the City of Boston 
and the Commonwealth of TfessachusettSa 
Since the Boston Public Library is the 
home of the famous Washington medal, the 
Boston Art Commission decided that it would 
be fitting for the painting to be placed 

In the painting General Washington is 
standing on the summit of Dorchester 
Heights, the present South Boston, watch- 
ing the British Army sailing out of Boston 
for Halifax, Nova Scotia. The face of 
Washington is an exact reproduction of the 


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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume X, Number 11 

November 1955 

Publications Committee: 

Felicia J. Langdon, Pearl G. Leyris, Sheila W. Pierce 
Robert C. Woodward, B. Gertrude Wade, Chairman 

Publication date: 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material: 
The tenth of each month 


Recent letters in the Soap Box , conversations in the Coffee Shop, and rumors in 
the corridors all seem to indicate a common trend of thought these days. Most of us 
are at least puzzled — if not deeply troubled — ^by the fact that our promotional 
system, a controversial item at best, has apparently broken dovm altogether. De- 
spite the fact that we have many vacancies throughout the library, no titular ap- 
pointments have been made since August k, 195U. Those who passed promotional exam- 
inations in June of that year or in 1955 are thus still in waiting for the promised 
rewards of their labors. Meanwhile many capable assistants -in-charge toil on at 
what they years ago supposed would be a "temporary emergency job" doing the work of 
department heads with neither the salary nor the recognition vrtiich an administrative 
position should demand. 

In any big group of employees, new faces come and go, but at present we seem 
to be losing at an all too rapid rate tried and true staff members as well. Is this 
simply a result of the lack of opportunity for advanceraent within our ranks or is 
it, in part, a symptom of the uneasiness we all feel? 

There must, of course, be some reason for the present situation. Undoubtedly 
the over-all view of this large institution held by our Director and our Board of 
Trustees is a very different view from that of an individual staff member confined 
mainly to one department or one division of the library. It has been said (a rumor, 
of course) that there is action pending to overhaul the entire examination system 
under which we now function and to replace it with something entirely different. 
Others say that the proposed closing of certain branch libraries and the building 
of new ones will change our library picture so drastically that p: emotions at this 
time would place some staff members in positions which would soon cease to exist. 
We are, you see, the victims of many conflicting stories. 

lilfhat is the truth? If the total personnel picture from an administrative view 
were described to us, many seeming inequities would be explained, I am sure. THhy 
can't the staff meetings vvhich we once had with the Director be reinaugurated? An 
opportunity to discuss some of the problems currently troubling us should boost our 
morale 100^. 


November 18. 3.P.L.P.S.A. , business meet- 
ing, Lect\ire Hall, Central 
Library, 9 a.m. 

December 1. 

M.L.A. ■^Jinter meeting, Hotel 
Somerset, Boston. 

December 2. B.P.L.P.S.A, dance and card 
party. Lecture Hall, Central 
Library, 8 p.m. to 12 m- 
Admission, 990. 

December 5. S.L.A. Monthly meeting, 

Boston College School of Law. 




Mew Employees 

Mrs Vivian D. Troutman, Jeffries Point 

Joan V. O'Brien, Book Stack Service 

litcs Donna M, Graves , Personnel 

!1arie Ann T. Orth, Personnel 

Joan M. Cottier, Adams Street 

Catherine M. Hannon, Brighton (formerly 
employed in the branch libraries) 

Mrs Anne C, Vilhite, Book Stack Service 
(Mrs Yfhite was a former employee of this 

Ellis P. Batchelder, Office of the Divi- 
sion of Reference and Research Services 

Mrs Leslie A, Vance, East Boston 

Jacqueline M. Coutu, Cataloging and Clas- 
sification Department, (R and RS) 


Mrs Gene Kupferschmid, from Jeffries Point 

to West End 
Jeanne Fitzgerald, from Book Stack Service 

to Open Shelf 
Helen E. Colgan, from West End to VTashing- 

ton Village 
Mrs Rita S. Pennachio, from East Boston 

to Central Charging Records 
Alice G, Hoag, from Adams Street to 

Julia Lenzi, from Adams Street to East 



Evelyn M. DeBassio, Book Stack Service 

Arthur L. Lindsay, Exhibits Office, to 

accept a position with the Christian 

Science Publishing House 
Mrs Louise F. Kenneally, Codman Square. 

to remain at home 

New Arrivals 

On November h, 19SS a second son, Richard 
Yfellace, was born to Mr and Mrs Frank 
Myers, Mr Myers works in Book Stack 
Service I Mrs Myers was the former 
Carolyn Wallace who worked at the Super- 
visor's Desk and in the Director's 


Muriel Figenbaum Robinson, formerly of 
the Print Department, has returned to the 
United States with her husband and daugh- 
ter, Carolyn, after living for two years 
in Auckland, New Zealand. The Robinsons 
are now living in Needham. 

All of the children's librarians heart- 
ily applaud Virginia Haviland's charms as 
a hostess. On November fifth and sixth 
she was "at home" to them in her apartment 
in honor of Jennie D. Lindquist, editor of 
the Horn Book Magazine , on the occasion of 
the publication of her Golden Name Day , 
one of the most delightful children's 
books of the year. 



Those of you who did not attend the 
Association meeting on October 28 missed 
a most interesting and entertaining eve- 
ning, A report of the meeting will be 
found elsewhere in this issue so we shall 
not infringe on someone else's territory 
but shall confine ourselves to expressing 
our deep appreciation to Mss Peck and 
I4iss Haviland for their kindness in 
sharing with us some of their trip abroad. 
Our thanks, also, to the Pro.'2;ram Committee 
under the chairmanship of May McDonald, 
and to Genevieve Moloney and the Enter- 
tainment Committee. 

A committee of the City Council held 
another hearing on the proposed insurance 
plan for city employees on Friday, k No- 
vember 1955. The planning is still in the 
preliminary stages but the city adminis- 
tration is compiling the necessary data 
on which to base negotiations with the 
insurance groups. A full report of this 
proposed legislation will be made at the 
November business meeting and an opportu- 
nity will be afforded those present to ask 

We hope that there will be a large 
attendance at the November 18 business 
meeting. There are several proposed amend- 
ments to the Constitution to be discussed, 
and the candidates proposed by the Nomi- 
nating Committee will be announced. In 
connection with nominations we quote from 
the By-Laws, "nominations from the floor 
of candidates who are present and accept 
the nomination shall be entertained at the 

November meeting." 

Be sure to keep the evening of Friday, 
December 2, open for the gala dance and 


card party being planned by the Entertain- 
ment Committee, Judging from preliminary 
plans the occasion will be a memorable 

LOUIS RAINS, President 



Have you seen the October 15, 1955 issue 
of the Library Journal ? Anyone interested 
in books for children or yoiing adults 
will want to read the overall evaluation 
there of the fall publication in the 
children's field by Virginia Haviland, 
Readers Advisor for Children; of picture 
books and books for youngest readers by 
Mrs Mary C. West, Children's Librarian, 
Open Shelf; and of adult books suitable 
for young people by Jane Manthorne, Young 
Adults Librarian, Open Shelf. 


On Friday evening, October 28, in the 
Wiggin Gallery, the Staff Association 
presented Edna G. Peck and Virginia 
Haviland, who spoke on the subject Library 
Conferences — ^Eiiropean Style . Louis Rains 
as President of the Association greeted 
members and their guests and turned the 
meeting over to May McDonald, Program 
Chairman. She then introduced the speak- 

Mss Peck spoke first — her part of the 
program being highlights of the trip and 
the Conferences in general. With her 
usual wit and discernment she described 
the cities — Brussels and Vienna, the 
people, those who attended the confer- \ 
ences with them, and the social gathering 
to which they were invited. Miss Haviland 
told about the organization of the confer- 
ences, the countries represented and some 
contributions different representatives 
made. The first conference was in 
Brussels where The International Federa- 
tion of Library Associations had their 
third meeting and where the new Inter- 
national Association of Children;' s-.and 
Young People's Librarians was formed. 
In Vienna, at the Congress of the Inter- 
national Board on Books for Yoimg People, 
Miss Haviland read a paper on Problems 
of Comic Books in the United States . 
Miss Haviland attended both Conferences 
as representative of the Division of 
Libraries for Children ani Yoiing People 

of A.L.A. 

These two stimulating talks were fol- 
lowed by a showing of beautiful colored 
slides which Miss Haviland took through- 
out their trip. This pleasant and re- 
warding meeting ended with refreshments — 
cider, doughnuts, and cookies. 



Four members of the staff of the Boston 
Public Library, among more than thirty 
representatives from the United States, 
attended in Brussels, September 11-18, 
the Third Congress of the International 
Federation of Library Associations. In 
addition to general sessions, Robert 
Giddings, of our Catalog Department in 
the Reference and Research Division, had 
as a special concern meetings of the 
International Association of Music 
Libraries. Edna G. Peck, Ibrgaret Morgan, 
and Virginia Haviland attended meetings 
of general public library interest. 

General sessions drew some 1200 from 
over thirty coxmtries for consideration 
of the theme, The Tasks and Responsibili - 
ties of Libraries and Documentation 
Centers in Modern Life . Smaller groups 
paralleled this theme in their discussion 
of four major problems as outlined by 
Douglas Bryant (Harvard University 
Library) who is Vice President of IFLA. 
These were (l) bibliographies; (2) inter- 
national flow of materials; (3) use of 
materials in cotmtries that seek assist- 
ance; (U) standards. 

Two meetings of the group organizing 
the International Association for 
Children's and Young People's Librarians 
touched on the need for children's library 
service in every public library; the 
great need for sharing experiences in 
training children's librarians; the need 
to know each other's distinguished books 
and to stimulate their translation and 
wider diffusion; the need for an inter- 
national bulletin for the sharing of such 
experiences and knowledge. It was stim- 
ulating here to meet one's counterparts 
from other countries, to hear about new 
developments and outstanding publishing. 
The new board for the association is 
headed by Johanna Wolff of the Hague, 
one of the prime -movers in the organ- 
izing; board members include those sent 
as representatives of their countries. 

Miss Peck, ?/Iiss Morgan and Miss Ifeivilanl 
went on from Brussels to the third congres( 
of the International Board on Books for 
Young People , a group organized by Jella 
Lepman, Director of the International 
Youth Library in Munich, #iich met in 
Vienna September 19-23. Its over one hun^ 
dred members, from thirteen countries — 
librarians, publishers, authors, illus- 
trators, booksellers, psychologists, edu- 
cators and cabinet ministers — met to con- 
sider the theme Book and Picture ( Buch 
und Bild , in the conference language ) . 
Prepared papers discussed the meaning of 
pictures to children, problems of illus- 
trating, international picture books (an 
illustrated lecture by Mrs Lepman) and 
comic books. The last subject, one of 
consuming interest abroad, filled a morn- 
ing session and came up in other meetings 
as well. Professor Spitta of Hanover 
gave an illustrated talk on the meaning 
of comic book themes and subjects. He 
was followed by the paper requested of 
Virginia Haviland on Problems of the 
Comic Books in the United States , attempt- 
ing to outline methods of control tried 
in this country and to present the librar- 
ian's view that books and library service 
for children must be promoted as a remedy. 
The final meeting of the congress included 
brief reports from representatives of 
each country on their own children's 
books and library development. The Hans 
Christian Anderson international book 
award for chiJdren's literature, to be 
given for the first time in June 1956, is 
of wide interest as a project of this 

In both Brussels and Vienna the informal 
meetings with individuals was delightful 
and significant. Such opportunities oc- 
curred in plsasant extracurricular gath- 
erings for sightseeing, dining, and music. 
There was general friendliness, sincerity 
of interest, and first-hand consciousness 
of needs and problems, as awakening to 
those with well-developed library services 
as to those jn countries with underdeveloped 
service. We became aware of the paral- 
leling of concerns with those of UNESCO 
in its library development program, as 
brought out by Luther Evans, Director 
General of UNESCO, who spoke both in 
Brussels and in Vienna. 


The weatherman must truly have been in 
sympathy with the idea of an annual tea 
to bring together retired branch librar- 
ians and their supervisors, for Saturday, 
October 22 — in vivid contrast to the tor- 
rential rains of the week before — ^was as 
beautiful an autumn day as the most cri- 
tical could have wished for. That was the 
day on miiich Edith Guerrier, Supervisor 
of Branch Libraries, Emeritus, entertained 
old friends and colleagues at her home in 
Brighton for the eighth consecutive year. 
The largest group ever to attend was made 
up of: The Misses Ames, Cufflin, Flanagan, 
Hazlewood, Jordan, Maxwell, McGovern, 
Rogan, Ross, Watson, and Willis; and Mes- 
dames Andelman, Donaghue, and Lyon. Send- 
ing regrets were: The ?Iisses Albert, -^ 
Morse, and Sullivan; and Mesdames Bailey 
and Pitman, 

The same catering group which has served 
at all of these parties was in charge of 
the refreshments. Beautiful colored 
slides taken in Europe this summer when 
three of its number — ^Misses Peck, Haviland, 
and Morgan — vacationed there were shown 
as Miss Peck gave some of the highlights 
of the trip. 

After Miss Guerrier had blown out the 
candles on the birthday cake which bore 
the greeting, "Happy 85th birthday", she 
promised that, if the wish came true, she 
would tell the group what it was when they 
come together again in 1956. 


Hurry! Hurry i Hurry i Hurry 1 


If yo u join A.L.A . in the remaining weeks 
of 1955", "you will be a member in good 
standing through December 1956. 

Do it today 1 

Contact: Sarah M. Usher 

Office of Records, Files 




The New England Unit met at Stone hill 
College, North Easton, on a rainy Satur- 
day, October 1$. 

Mary Alice Rea, Chairman, presided and 
announced plans for the Annual Catholic 
Library Association Conference to be held 
in Boston in April, and lorged the cooper- 
ation of all, particularly for Public 
Library Day. 

Sister Bernadette Marie of New Bedford 
had arranged a most interesting and in- 
structive program and the 80 members 
attending were well repaid for coming 
long distances in such bad weather. 

Fortunata Caliri, Instructor at Lowell 
State Teachers College, presented a paper 
on the oriteria of book reviewing. 

Bras ill Fitzgerald talked on Literature 
and Reverend James Sheehan, President of 
the College, talked on Science and the 
Library. Reverend James Gorman, Super- 
intendent of Schools of the Diocese of 
Fall River, is an enthusiast of school 
libraries. Every high school in the 
diocese has a library, with an especially 
appointed librarian, and every school is 
a member of the Catholic Library Associ- 

Mary Reeves, Dean of Women, and Eliza- 
beth Tautges, Librarian, fxirnished a 
luncheon which was served by the girL 



On October 31, the Fire Control Center 
in the Central Library building was moved 
into newly-assigned quarters in Stack 1, 
near the Blagden Street elevator and 
staircase, and opposite the "men's suite". 
In this room, approximately 12' x l6', 
freshly painted, modernly lighted and 
ventilated, are concentrated the materials 
for the proper functioning of this unit 
of the Library, which has for one of its 
vital duties responsibility for the safety 
of Library personnel in times of fires or 
other disasters. 

Blueprints of the Library's buildings, 
a signal board for the various alarms and 
sirens, etc., are all there. Why not 
drop in and inspect them? 


The fall meeting of the Boston Regional 
Group of Catalogers and Classifiers was 
held on Saturday, October fifteenth, in 
Providence, Rhode Island. After a guided 
tour of the Providence Public Library, the 
group met in the library's auditorium to 
hear Stuart C. Sherman, Associate Librarian, 
Providence Public Library, speak on the 
problems in planning a new library build-^ 
ing. The second speaker, Adelaide B. 
Lockhart, formerly Assistant, General 
Reference, Boston Public Library, and now 
Management Research Assistant to the 
Associate Librarian, Yale University Li'r- 
brary, described the first year of the 
Yale Subject Heading Experiment, the 
purpose of which is to find out who uses 
subject headings and with what frequency 
all-inclusive, general, and specific head- 
ings are being used, 




On November 3, the Round Table of Li- 
brarians for Young Adults held its meeting 
at the new Tifinchester Square Branch Li- 
brary in Springfield. In the morning the 
members were conducted on a tour of the 
b\iilding and the new bookmobile. Later at 
the luncheon, which was served in the 
church dining room next door, Miss Wicker- 
sham, Associate Director of the City Libra- 
ry, talked on interesting sidelights of 
the new Branch which was erected through 
the bequest of Annie Curran, a lifelong 
resident of Springfield. 

After a brief business meeting, at which 
Mrs Newsome of the Brockton Public Library 
was selected chairman pro tempore of the 
Book Review Committee, the group returned 
to the Library. There, they heard the 
attractive Dr Sliepcevitch, Director of 
Health Education at Springfield College, 
talk about the mental, physical, and 
emotional problems of the teens. She has 
had a great deal of experience with young 
adults as Supervisor of the Youth Center 
at Anaconda High School, Montana, and as 
Director of Health and Social Director at 
Western Montana College of Education, 

The "Helps for Better Displays" offered 


by Barbara Seasons , following Dr Sliepce- 
vitch's talk, were of immense value. 
Miss Seasons, a former member of the art 
department of the Springfield Library and 
now an art teacher at Forest Park Junior 
High School, stressed simplicity of design 
and the importance of "line" in making 
posters. Unusual color combinations, free 
form figures, and an uncluttered effect 
make the display eye-catching. She sug- 
gested odds and ends such as string, wall 
paper, tinfoil, shells, cotton, to add 
attractiveness; and recommended a flo- 
master pen which dries immediately and 
wax for plywood instead of glue because 
it can be removed easily from book jackets, 
etc. She illustrated what she suggested 
and the group was impressed. 

A coffee hour followed in the children's 
story hour section which, by the way, is 
equipped with every convenience for 
serving buffet to a large group such as 
the eighty or so present. 

Round Table of Librarians 
for Young Adults 


The October meeting of the Boston 
Chapter of Special Libraries was held at 
the new Quartermaster Research and Devel~» cals because this material is the most 

Dr A. W, Harvey, director of Development, 
spoke in detail about the activities at 
the Center. Of particular interest was 
, the Climatic Research Chambers, where 
weather conditions can be created com- 
parable to that of the tropics and the 
arctic, where clothing and equipment of 
all kinds can be tested weatherwise. One 
of the outstanding pieces of equipment 
that has been de"seloped is a mobile bak- 
ery vmit weighing some five tons and pro- 
ducing 18,000 pounds of fresh bread in ■ 
one day — sufficient bread rations for 
32,000 troops. This particular unit was 
in operation in Korea. 
Dr Harvey's talk was supplemented by a 
film of the Command's activities. Among 
other things the film showed the volunteer 
enlisted man being used in the various 
research projects, such as troops on 
skiis, climbing Mt VTashington with full 
packs in heavy snowfall, setting up tents 
in high winds, testing the buoyancy and 
ability of sponge rubber-like materials 
in uniforms to keep a soldier with full 
pack afloat in deep water. 

The technical library of the Center con- 
sists of some 12,000 bound volumes of 
scientific books and periodicals, 2^00 
unbound volumes, and more than T^jOOO 
published and unpublished research rer* ;• 
ports. Special emphasis is on periodi- 

opment Center on the shores of Lake Co- 
chituate, Natick. The Center is very 
impressive with its massive modem build- 
ings, housing facilities for research and 
development in chemicals and plastics, 
dispensing and handling equipment, envi- 
ronmental protection, mechanical engi-i- 
neering, pioneering research, and textile, 
clothing, and footwear. In short, it is 
the responsibility of the Center to con- 
duct such research and development as is 
necessary to meet the needs of the Armed 
Forces and to make the American soldier 
the best equipped and most efficient 
fighting man in the world. 

It was a source of great pleasure to all 
to meet Sir Hubert Wilkin 3 before the 
biiffet dinner in the Cafeteria. His 
charming wit and humor was evidenced 
further when he addressed the group in 
the Auditorium about receiving thought 
forms from the air sans equipment of any 
kind. It was only at the very end of his 
talk that the audience realized he was 

current. The library receives 500 leading 
scientific and technical journals regular- 
ly. The Staff is made up of technically- 
trained librarians whose job is to get 
whatever information is requested from 
whatever source possible. Inter-library 
loan plays a tremendous part in the li- 
brary program. 

It was an enjoyable evening, and also 
very enlightening, 


Last year the staff gave very generously 
to the CARE Food Crusade Program during 
the Christmas holidays. This year CARE 
is again making its appeal for help. Let 
us not forget the needy as we call to 
mind our own blessings. 

Special Committee for CARE 

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One of our avid readers while burrowing 
into the back files found this statement 
in Harpers Weekly, May 19, 1888, p. 361, 
as part of an article describing the new 
library building to be erected in Copley 
Square : 

"The arcade seen in the illustration 
extends along all four fronts, and is of 
course the greatest feature of the desigij, 
and a source of floods of light for the 
interior. Light also enters from windows 
opening on an inner court, which has an 
area of 100 x 135 feet. Probably few 
public buildings have been given an 
ampler supply of light." 

No editorial comment 


On the evening of November lU, high- 
lighted by a pre-dinner social hour, 50 
members of the ARNAVETS sat down to a 
magnificent steak dinner at the beautiful 
and well-appointed UO-hO Club in Roslin- 
dale. This dinner is the traditional 
annual meeting of the Library's Service 
Veterans for the p\xrpose of partaking of 
good food and the exchange of witticisms 
of the day. At the conclusion of the 
dinner, brief remarks were made by the 
ARNAVETS' officers and were well received 
And with Frank Hyers parting warning, "If 
you are driving home tonight, make sure 
you have a car" , echoing in our ears , the 
members went their merry ways at about 
9 o'clock. 



Book Stack Service 

Mrs John Koster has just returned from 
a trip to the Pacific Coast, the Gulf 
States, and a week of sunshine in Flori- 

Teacher's Department 

From our viewpoint the most important 
person in this library at present is 
George Washington. Visitors from far 
and near inq\iire about him and stand in 
silent admiration before him. The mem- 
bers of our staff have become quite adept 
in describing the background and in ex- 
plaining that Washington is looking 

toward Roxbury from whence his supplies 
are coming instead of toward Boston 
Harbor or Castle Island where his enemies 
are entrenched. 

Perhaps when the picture is hung over 
the History Department, there will not 
be so many questions. 


East Boston 

On Monday evening, October 2[i, the 
first program sponsored by the newly re- 
organized Friends of the East Boston 
Branch Library was held in the lecture 
hall of the library. TJThat Does the , 
Future Hold for East Boston ? was the sub- 
ject of the forum and panel discussion. 

After a brief introduction by Duilia 
Capobianco, Assistant-in-Charge, and 
Salvatore Basile, President of the 
Friends, the program was turned over to 
Arthur Miranda, Vice-President of the 
Friends and President of the East Boston 
Board of Trade, who was moderator for the 
evening. Guest panelists were Thomas E. 
McCormick, Director of Planning, City 
Planning Board; Alexander S. Beal, mem- 
ber of the State Airport Management Board 
and industrial realtor; Louis Doodlesack, 
President, Byron Drug Company; and Ralph 
A. Voto, Merchant. 

Mr, McCormick spoke of urban redevelop- 
ment as it affected East Boston, Mr Beal 
stressed the importance of real estate 
to a district and emphasized the need 
for assertion on the part of the people. 
Mr, Doodlesack considered the importance 
of the highway in futiire planning. 
Jfr Voto, representing the views of the 
small merchant, discussed the lack of 
better living quarters and blamed this 
condition for the decrease in population 
within the last ten years. TOien the 
speakers had finished, a question period 
followed. This became a very lively and 
stimulating session and was terminated 
after forty minutes because of the lack 
of time. However, the questions con- 
tinued during the social hour which 
followed. Everyone— panelists and 
public — seemed reluctant to leave. The 
program was an evident success and proved 
the need for similar programs in the 



Jef fries Point 

Saturday, October 29, found thirty-one 
youngsters excitedly awaiting Story Hour 
in an atmosphere of ghosts, black cats, 
witches, and grinning Jack-d-lanterns, 
The adventures of "Georgie", "Teeny Tiny" 
and "Horace the Happy Ghost" were enjoyed 
by all. After a spirited game of "Hide 
the Old Witch" , played with a beanbag 
shaped like a witch's hat, each child 
received a treat of Hallowe'en candies. 

Both the Adult and Children's Rooms 
have been brightened by a display of art 
work from the three local schools » These 
colorful paintings and drawings have re- 
ceived much favorable comment from our 
patrons. An announcement of the exhibi- 
tion was made over station WLYN on "The 
East Boston Hour." 

Tyler Street 

The Puppet Group is rehearsing for a 
Christmas Puppet Show to be given 
December 12 at 3:30 P.M. Tvro plays, "The 
Boy of Nazareth" and "The Christmas Angel", 
are to be presented under the able direc- 
tion of Ann Sullivan, The club, which 
has a membership of ten boys and girls, 
is most enthusiastic about its hand puppet 

West End Branch 

On Saturday morning, November 5j the 
members of the Hit Parade Summer Reading 
Club ended their activities with a party 
held in the lecture hall at the library. 
The children took this opportunity of 
telling Mrs Lehane, now children's Librar- 
ian at Uphams Corner, goodbye, saying 
that they hoped she would be happy at her 
"new library" , They then welcomed Mrs 
Ellis to West End and Mss Goldstein was 
thanked for the many post cards she sent 
to the club during her travels in Europe. 

Then, everybody settled dovai to listen 
to an account of those travels — "Beef 
eaters" guarding the Tower of London, the 
Pope blessing a multitude at the Vatican 
in Rome, a play under the stars at the 
amphitheatre of the Acropolis in Athens, 
a children's village in Israel — the club 
sat spellbound. Afterward there was a 
scramble to see the pictures Miss Gold*- 
stein had brought vath her. 

Mrs Lehane then assisted Mrs Ellis in 
awarding reading certificates and other 
special awards to the children. These 
awards provided another thrill: Jtlss Gold- 
stein had brought medals, blessed by the 

Pope, from the Vatican which were given 
to Catholic club members. The recipients 
were delighted with them. The Jewish 
winners received books as awards, 

A series of charades from favorite 
books were acted out by the children, the 
audience having to guess the names of the 
stories. The party concluded with re- 
freshments e 


Any contribution to the Soap Box must . 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, togeth- 
er with the name of the Branch Library, 
Department or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonyrnous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief, The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement the 
views expressed. Only those contributions 
containing nor more than 300 vrords will 
be accepted. 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Every autvimn we are faced with an 
enormous problem: how to spend the re- 
mainder of the book budget before the 
close of the fiscal year. To meet this 
problem, the work of several Central 
departments is doubled. Doubled and 


tripled Book orders flow from the Selec- 
tion Departments down to Book Purchasing; 
while huge quantities of new books inun- 
date the Cataloging Departments and Book 
Preparation, finally reaching our Ship- 
ping Department for distribution. Over- 
time Saturday and evening work inevitably 
becomes a necessity on someone's part. 
As a member of one of these autumnly 
overworked departments (where, incidental- 
ly, no overtime work done is ever paid 
for by the library) I'd like to raise one 
question. Why is the opportunity to cany 
home six days pay per week instead of 
five at this time of the year not made 
available to all staff members instead of 

looking for, as I had held the book in ray 

hands for several hours and had cogitated 

just to those who happen to work regularly! about the plight of Mr Wilde's volatile 

in Book Purchasing, the Branch Catalog, 
Book Preparation, the Business Office, 
and the Shipping Department? Shouldn't 
others take a turn at carrying this extra 
load — and sharing the profits? 



To Hope Brown, Children's Assistant at 
Parker Hill, who appeared on IGBH - TV, 
Channel 2, Monday, November lU, at 5:30 
on the Come and See program sponsored by 
the Eliot-Pearson School of Tufts Univer- 
sity, of which Miss Brown is a graduate. 
Iliss Brown described various types of 

books for use with small children and con- 
cluded with a retelling of one of "Curious Mr Carpenter, don't make it too bitter 

George ' s" adventures . 


Mr Carpenter is sharing with us one of 
the best of many notes trtiich come to him 
in conneetion with his work: 

Dear Mr Carpetrtcr: 

During the sweltering s^umffler I had 
occasion to reply to you regarding the 
missing Picture of Dorian Gray , catalog 
No, W6722 p i (Mat. Br.). Averred at 
that t-ime that my wife returned the book, 
as I had left it on top of her pile of 
stnff that she was returning. However, 
like a reasonably prudent creature, I 
also soarched the places where sacred 
public 'p¥r>pspt5;^^p.p^ get lodged, i.e., 
'^MSP-ie"i*;ij2^ifT5Buch, on the sloppy book . 

shelf, etc. 

Lo and behold, last week, after many 
moons had undergone their protean changes, 
while rearranging furniture and collecting 
stuff to store in the cellar — my wife was 
on a mighty crusade to shatter a furniture 
fixation and would not endure another 
maSana— the heinous volume revealed itself 
on the book shelf 1 (It took a rewriting 
of this letter for me to assume the stoic 
mental posture of a soldier and confess 
the locus delicti. ) To tell you the truth, 
I had been looking for a yellow-covered 
book, and I was confident about what I was 

artistic temperament in a st if fling Phari- 
saical atmosphere. I found that the book 
was Mack-covered. You can imagine my 
chagrin. I had preened myself that I knew 
the quirks of the human mind, that I wa." 
versed in optical illusions , autosttgges- 
tion, and Sacco — ^Vanzetti. 

We3JL, I told my wife that I must confess 
to Mr Carpenter right away, but with the 
pragmatic rascality of her sex she mentioTK 
ed the big fines and suggested we let 
sleeping dogs lie. But then, what can- you 
expect from an individual who will fill 
her mental vacuum with the beatific vision 
of a mermaid and sea weed pattern of 
costly Wall-tex on her dingy bathroom 
walls, instead of, like me, assailing the 
bleak heights of Magic Mountain ? 

We have the book on hand and are pre- 
pared to take our medicine, but please, 

for us poor Pinocchios . 

Self-effacingly yours, 
Mr Carpenter's Answer 
Dear Mr 

We are glad to learn from your letter- 
dated the 8th that, not only do you have 
a good wit, but oiir "Picture of Dorian 
Gray" as well. 

Will you therefore, proceed to our 
Ifettapan Branch Library, and obtain. peace 
of mind by parting with ;».56- for "being 
la bad boy" . 

If I have occasion to use yotcr letter 
t© cheer some fellow worker in need of a 
laugh, or in irgr "memQirs"^ I am sure jrotu 

vdll not object; providing I do so sans 
your name and address. 


December First Meeting 
Hotel Somerset 

Let me thank you for your explanation 
and let me assure you that we are awaiting 
with great "excitement" the return of 
Borian Gray, 

Yours sincerely, 


A Second 8$th Birthday Party 

On Satirrday, November 5, Edith Guerrier 
Supervisor of Branch Libraries, Emeritus , 
was guest of honor at a luncheon in cele- 
bration of her 85th birthday. Held at 
the Hotel Beaconsf ield, the hostesses were 
SEGers who came from as far away as the 
state of Oregon to honor their former 
leader. This group which was organized 
at the North End Branch Library and de- 
rived its name from the day of the week 
on which it met — Saturday Evening Girls — 
has been loyal for more than a half cen- 
tury to the Library as an institution and 
to the outstanding library leader under 
whose guidance they received inspiration. 


Dear Sirs : 

Often times during a person's life time, 
there occur many unexpected and unaccount- 
able things. Thus even to me. One very 
rainy day, while I was sitting alone near 
the fireplace whose fire had burned out, 
there was a sudden knock at my door, and 
the mail-carrier brought me something 
which I did not expect. It was a package 
from you. As soon as the children (my 
grandchildren) saw it they snatched it up 
and kissed it, because we had nothing to 
eat. They are three little orphans (aged 
6 to 9 years), one is unable to see, that 
is to say he is blind and they are asking 
me for food, trtio am 79 years old. For 
this reason I was very glad, and as a 
white haired old man I thank you. 

I hope you vrLll be able to continue 
your philanthropic activities, so that 
you can heal other wounded hearts like 
ours. Again I thank you and send best 
wishes. I am finishing this ivith my 

%t,elene, Papado Gera (Greece) 

9:l5 a.m. Registration 

10:00 a.m. Panel ; A PANEL ON PERSONNEL 
Speakers from the Forbes 
Library, Northampton, 
Worcester and Fitchburg 
Public Libraries, City Li- 
brary Association, Spring- 
field, and the General 
Electric Company, Lynn 

11:00 a.m. Business Meeting 

11:15 a»ni. Section meetings 

Public Library Group *- 

Speakers from Boston and 
Lynn public libraries. City 
Library Association, Spring- 
field, Framingham Town Li- 
brary, and the State Region- 
al Center, Pittsfield 

College Library Group 

Speaker: Edward Wagenknecht 

Institutional Librarians 
Speaker: Dr Gertrude J. 

Round Table of Children's Li- 
brarians and Round Table of 
Librarians for Young Adults 
Speaker: Itrs Ruth Hill 

Music Librarians 


Speaker: Dr Randall . 

1;00 p.m. Luncheon 

Speaker: Frank W. Rounds, Jr. 






i riRO 

Lecture Hall, Central Library Building 



Music by Frankie Myers ' Orchestra 

H Z'^'XJ^h/mayntc) oALoL ^ n/y\ 



Entertainment Committee 

Genevieve Moloney, Chairman 

Mary Ellen Brigante Pasquale Vacca 

Frances Landrigan Richard Waters 

Jean ^^tson 

Please Post 





Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume X) Number 12 

December 1955 

Publications Committee: 

Robert P. Giddings, Felicia J. Langdon, Sheila W, Pierce, 
Robert C. iToodward, B. Gertrude Wade, Chairman 

Publication date: 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 


Appropriately enough at this season of the year the Staff can rejoice that it 
has been found possible to hold meetings of the Staff -with the Director. After an 
interval of over two years it is certainly welcome to have this opportunity to learn 
with some degree of assurance what our administrators are— and are not — planning to 
do at this time with regard- to the building program, the book budget, improvements 
in the Central Library building, appointments, and xmiform treatment of assistants- 
in-charge. For those who have been waiting a year or two for, and earned advancement 
to, the fourth or fifth step levels, this should be a season for special rejoicing. 
All of us should be grateful that it is possible to sense the measure of positive 
action that is being taken to vitalize the work of the staff and the services of the 

The past year has been one viiich saw old problems such as the shortage of staff 
and the congestion of space intensified; it also saw a most welcome increase in the 
appropriation for books and a stajrb toward the filling of vacancies. It is apparent 
that the Staff can take pride in a job done well in spite of some critical problems. 
Certainly we can look forward hopefully to 1956. The presentation at the Staff 
Meetings t coming in the same week with the issuance of the Comments by the Officers 
of the Library on the Recommendations of the Examining Committee of 195U-195^ 
suggests that the ensuing yaar should see some long neglected problems receive 
attention. It is a long step in the right direction #ien it is officially recog- 
nized that certain needs exist — such as modern lighting at the book level for Bates 
Hall. In this new spirit, it can be hoped, 1956 will be a year of improved service 
to the public. 


December 22, Annual Christmas tea. 

Women's Lounge, 3-5 P«ni. 

December 25. Open House in Men's Loiinge, 
10-12 a.m. 


New Employees 

Frank G. Saunders, General Reference 

John J. Spicer, Rare Book 


John J . Brauer , from Audio-Visual to 

Central Charging Records 
Marjorie H. Gibbons, from Washington 

Village to City Point 
Robert P. Goldman, from Central Charging 

Records to Audio-Visual 
Tyyne Saari, from Neponset to Vifashington 

Christine J. Umano, from Brighton to 

Mrs. Ethel L. Heins, from Bookmobile I 

to Uphams Corner 


Linda M. Ivers, from Uphams Corner to 

May C. McDonald, from Charlestown to 
Bookmobile I 

J!rs. Barbara E. Coffey, from Book Select- 
ion, (R and RS) , to Cataloging and 
Classification, (R and RS) 


George Adelman, General Reference, to 
accept the position of Librarian vrLth 
the Office of Naval Research in Boston 

Mary L. Oilman, City Point, to be married 

Pearl G. Lewis, General Reference, to 
accept a position as Associate Libra- 
rian in the Engineering Library at 


Connolly is bursting with pre-Christmas 
good tidings because of the engagement 
of Barbara E. Cotter to John F. Travers 
of Arlington. ISr Travers is teaching 
in Boston and is studying for his doctor- 
ate in education at Boston College. 
June twenty-third is the dayl 

Anastasia Efthemeou, Print, has become 
engaged to John Krupa from Detroit, 
Michigan. A June 9 wedding is planned. 


William T. Casey, Open Shelf, and his 
wife Julia, are the very proud parents 
of an eight- pound daughter, born at 
12:09 P.M. on Tuesday, November 29. 
Terese Anne has two sisters. 


Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer, in 
Boston on the occasion of the premiere 
performance of his Fifth Concerto for 
Orchestra, commissioned by the Boston 
Symphony Orchestra for its seventy-fifth 

Professor Yoshio Tsuge, Chief Architect, 
University of Tokio. 


To Mr Daniel Koury, Music, who recently 
conducted an orchestral evening at Ema- 
nuel College. On December l6, his Sonata 
for Clarinet and Piano will be performed 1 
by the Brookline Library Music Association. J 

To Miss Constance Tarquini, a part-time 
staff member at North End vrtio was featu- 
red as "Teen of the Week" on November 13, 
195$, in the BOSTON SUNDAY POST. A stu- 
dent at the JJassachusetts School of Art, 
liiss Tarquini was lauded for her artistic 
skill as a constant winner in national 
scholastic art contests. 


A double feature, with one feature 
missing, was held in the Women's Lounge 
at the Central Library on Thursday morn- 
ing December 8, when the Branch Librarians 
and Department Heads of the Division of 
Home Reading and Community Services met 
to honor Evelyn Levy and the former Mary 
Oilman. Miss Oilman, who left the service 
on November 18 to marry Benjamin Grosbayne, 
was at -her new home in New York and unable 
to be present. Miss Levy, who leaves the 
first of the year to assume her new posi- 
tion as Assistant Co-Ordinator of Work 
■with Adults at the Enoch Pratt Library, 
Baltimore, carried the ball very adroitly 
for both guests of honor. 

The decorations and refreshments carried 
out the seasonal motif. One of the most 
enjoyable aspects of the occasion was the 
fact so many retire'es returned to honor 
the guests. The two former supervisors 
under whom the guests of honor began their 
library careers, Edith Guerrier and 
Alice M. Jordan, were welcomed by their 
many friends and former co-workers. 

John M. Carroll, Chief Librarian of the 
Division, graciously presented Miss Levy 
and 'Irs Grosbayne (in absentia) with 
tokens of the esteem of their fellow 
workers. Mrs Ada A. Andelman, Supervisor, 
accepted for Itrs Grosbayne, while Miss 
Levy replied for herself with her usual 
refreshing originality. 

As the ladies assume their new duties 
in broader fields of activity, the best 
wishes of the entire B.P.L. staff go with 



Membership in the A.L.A . 

See: Sarah M. Usher 

A.L.A. Membership Committee 
Office of Records, Files, 



At the Executive Board meeting on Mon- 
day, 12 December 1955, the Board consider- 
Bri a communication received from the 
Director in connection with the presenta- 
tion made to him by the President for the 
Executive Board on April 27, 1955. The 
Director explained the position of the 
Administration on the amount of increment 
granted to Assistants-in-Charge and asked 
for any help and suggestions that the 
Executive Board could make for taking care 
of the matter in an adequate and uniform 
manner. The Executive Board appointed a 
special committee composed of Margaret 
Butler, Sidney Weinberg, and Louis Rains 
to gather information and prepare recom- 
mendations. The committee will welcome 
any suggestions from the staff. 


In view of the considerable number of 
new employees eligible for membership in 
the Staff Association, the Executive 
Board voted to accept dues paid since 
1 November as payment for the remainder 
of 1955 and all of 1956. 

Those of you who did not attend the 
dance and card party on December 2nd 
missed a thoroughly enjoyable evening. 
The Entertainment Committee under the 
capable chairmanship of Genevieve Moloney 
did a splendid job decorating the Lecture 
Hall, providing prizes and serving the 
refreshments. We received the customary 
enthusiastic cooperation from the Director, 
Mr Starr, the custodians and the extra 
service personnel. The proceeds from the 
party should add approximately seventy 
dollars to the treasury. 

The Officers and Executive Board of the 
Professional Staff Association join with 
me in extending to all members of the 
staff, past and present, our heartiest 
wishes for a happy holiday season. 

Louis Rains, President 

General Meeting on Personnel 

December 1, the Association meeting at 
the Hotel Somerset, in Boston, convened 
with a Panel on Personnel. The panel 
members were: Lawrence E. Wikander, 
Moderator, Librarian, Forbes Library, 
Northamptonj Edward B. Daniels, Director 
of Adult Services, Free Public Library, 
Worcester; Lucille Wickersham, Associate 
Director jCity Library Association, Spring- 
field; Roku Xasui, Specialist in Person- 
nel Development, General Electric Company, 
Lynn; Ruth Ifyatt, Librarian, Fitchburg 
Public Library, Fitchburg. 

Actually the subject of the panel was 
recruiting for librarianship. Mr Daniels 
indicated that there were more positions 
than qualified people to fill them. 
School libraries ai^ gaining, but are not 
giving back, professionally-trained 
librarians. This is primarily due to 
higher salaries , shorter hours , and longer 
vacations offered to school librarians. 
Mr Daniels believes that library schools 
are not getting enough applicants because 
the career of librarianship is not known 
or advertised. The shortage of trained 
people exists in college libraries as 
well. It wars noted that at the A.L.A. 
Conference in Philadelphia this past 
summer there were k26 vacancies listed 
and only 26 applicants for these positions. 

Miss Vifickersham stated that the low 
birth rate in the 1930 's has resulted in 
personnel shortages now in all fields. 
Lack of publicity for the profession of 
librarianship is reflected in particularly 
acute shortages in this field. Miss 
Wickersham believes that librarians them- 
selves must advertise and publicize their 
profession. She went on to say that 
placement agencies cannot provide person- 
nel to libraries for the following reasons: 
(1) irregular hours; (2) 5-day week with- 
out Saturdays off; and (3) no favorable 
answer to opyportunity of meeting men. 
The question of recruiting outside New 
England is negatively ansvrered because 
New England does not attract due to low 
salaries and high cost of living. Only 
an applicant who has a very personal rea- 
son for so doing mil consider employment 
in New England. 

It was refreshing to hear Mr Yasui since 
he was of another profession and could 
analyze the personnel shortage in the 
field of librarianship more objectively. 


In the engineering world there are also 
shortages of trained personnel, but, he 
said, industry has tried to overcome these 
deficiencies by recruiting and publicizing 
the field — especially to high school stu- 
dents by offering scholarships and adver- 
tising good salaries and by training at 
company expense. Industry has carried 
its recruiting program a step further, 
developing the potentialities of current 
employees by providing opportunities for 
advancement and by determining specialties 
through courses likewise at company ex- 
pense and providing tuition refund pro- 
grams for night courses. 

In General Electric Company, with good, 
up-to-date personnel records, no indivi- 
dual is neglected. Each employee is re- 
interviewed after one year of employment 
for purposes of two-way communication and 
morale. General Electric re-evaluates 
engineering projects so that routine work 
can be sorted and assigned to technicians, 
thus relieving engineers for professional 

Miss Hyatt stated that not enough is 
being done to alleviate shortages in li- 
brarians. We are "making do" by appoint- 
ing people with equivalences, by using, 
on part-time bases, library school grad- 
uates not available for fiill-time employ- 
ment, and by training college graduates 
in in-service training programs. HoiNever, 
turn-over is so great that none of these 
methods is satisfactory for any length of 
tame. Budgets in libraries do not allow 
for good in-sei*vice training programs. 
Department heads and supervisory officers 
are not trained for in-service training 
programs. Pre-professionals, that is, 
college graduates, to be trained through 
in-seirvice training or library school 
courses, are the only answer in New Eng- 
land which holds no attraction for library; 
school graduates. Actually, the employ- 
ment of pre-professionals is a form of 
recruiting. Some colleges are attempting , 
to give elementary fundamentals of library 
science through evening and siumneireoajrses. 
as Clark University and the University of 
New Hampshire have done. 

Miss Pfyatt believes that there are three 
groups which can recruit for librarian?- 
ship: (1) American Library Association; 
(2) Library schools; and (3) Trustees ■» .. 
and/or Friends of Libraries. The American 
Library Association has made some headway 
through the Joint Committee on Library 
Work as a Career but we are talking to 
ourselves. We have not painted a picture 
of national importance. The American 

Library Association has spent money on 
many projects to encourage use of librar- 
ies but has not recruited personnel to 
carry out these projects. Miss Hyatt 
feels that we need a big, bold, vigorous 
national program of recruiting with com- 
petent, experienced direction. Library 
schools should be more active than at 
present; trustees should encourage the 
career of librarianship; and local library 
associations should sponsor a recruiting 
program but at the national level. 

To summarize, Ifr Yasui's stirring slogan, 
"Something must be done and nowl" indicated 
the sentiment of all those assembled at 
this meeting which had much importance to 
librarians as well as administrators and 
trustees . 

Catherine McDonald 

Public Library Group 

This group had for its topic "Bookmobi- 
les - Advantages and Disadvantages." 
John A. Huaqjhry, Director, City Library 
Association, Springfield, was moderator. 

Louise Day, Librarian, Lynn Public 
Library, spoke on a city Bookmobile. She 
said that housing units had been built in 
the outskirts of Lynn, resulting in many 
families with many children and a large 
school population. Since the schools 
have no school libraries. Bookmobile ser- 
vice was instituted for school visiting. 
The Bookmobile has a heavy schedule, 
getting books to children each week in 
their classrooms. Not many adults use 
the Lynn Bookmobile and it does not have 
evening service. The staff is greatly 
overworked and wishes it could do more. 
Lynn likes its Bookmobile and considers 
its operation very successful. 

Francis P. Keough, Librarian, Frarain- 
gham Town Librai^s spoke on the technical 
and mechanical specifications of a vehicle. 
Since Framingham has recently purchased 
a new Bookmobile, he was well qualified 
to speak on the subject. He said Mass- 
achusetts had l6 Bookmobiles varying in 
size from 900 to U500 volume capacity and 
costing from 3JU,000 to $18,000. The 
large vehicles are used by most City 
libraries. They are 18 feet and up in 
length, have generators, files, more work 
space. Standards, as to size, should be 
set up before the purchase of a Bookmobile. 
Number of stops must be taken in conside- 
ration, and the possibility of increasing 
demands. Purchasers should: (1) Consider 
own community and maximum load to be 



carried, (2) Consult available specif ica- couraged to leave reserves for books de- 
tions, (3) Inspect other Bookmobiles in f sired. Bookmobile service is an assembly- 
operation, ik) Consult Bookmobile build- [line job and the staff must know the col- 
ers, (5) Have otoi plans and specif icationsj lection and keep it tidy and attractive. 

The maintenance of a Bookmobile should 
also be considered. Tovm or city garage 
and maintenance service is good, if avail- 
able. Bookmobiles can be serviced in good 
truck garages. A man driver, vitio can 
take care of minor repairs, is desirable. 
Cleaning, weekly washing, etc., can be 
done by garages. 

Barbara Morey, Regional Librarian, State 
Regional Library Center, Pittsfield, spoke 
on rural Bookmobile service. She said 
that the Bookmobile is the only answer to 
rural library problems. There are three 
on her staff who not only circulate books, 
but are storytellers, catalogers and men- 
ders. The Bookmobile draws on all "Branch?- 
es of library service to try to get books 
on all subjects. It makes three or fo\ir 
trips a week and covers 9000 miles a year. 
It visits many one-room schools and tries 
to get to every town library during its 
hours open so that each library selects 
books it needs. They have no overdues, 
no rules, schedule is flexible, and they 
fill requests the next time around. They 
give book talks on care of books. 

Mrs Ada A. Andelman, Supervisor of Home 
Reading Services, Boston Public Library, 
spoke on the book collection of a Book- 
mobile. She said it should have both 
adult and children's books. We should not 
limit the number of books per borrower, 
but, in many instances, Boston has had to 
limit easy and picture books to one per 
child. The collection should be well- 
rounded and should have some basic refer- 
ence books, such as The World Almanac , 
dictionary, atlas, etc. Bookmobile circu- 
lation is greater than that at a branch 
library, maybe because of the austerity 
of Library buildings. The Bookmobile 
comes to the people j it is informal, 
friendly, and makes for good public rela- 
tions . The minimum book stock carried 
should be 1,800; h,SOO in deluxe Bookmo- 
biles, The Bookmovile should own its own 
collection, housed in a central location 
and three times the size of the vehicle 
capacity. There should be duplication of 
best sellers. Children's books must also 
be duplicated so that the borrowers at 
last stops have a chance to get these 
books. In buying books, the Bookmobile 
Librarian must consider that the Bookmo- 
bile is as many libraries as the stops it 
makes. Borrowers, however, accept the 
limitation of the collection and are en- 

Edith L. Mooney, Bookmobile Librarian, 
[Worcester Free Public Library, spoke on 
staff scheduling. The Bookmobile in Wor- 
cester is on a five-day-week schedule. It 
goes to schools in the morning, schools 
and neighboiiiood stops in the afternoon, 
and ne ighborhoods in evenings , returning 
to Main Library at noon for lunch and in 
the evening for supper and change of staff. 
It can also supplement its book collection 
during this time. The Bookmobile operates 
all year except for one week at Christmas. 
Circulation is lowest this week and it is 
a good time for repairs. Two professionals 
and driver go out mornings, two profession- 
als, driver and one page in the afternoon 
and one professional, driver, and two pages 
in the evening. The Bookmobile draws on 
regular library staff to help out in eve- 
ning. Each staff member has a full day 
in library and one morning. The driver 
does a good part of the clerical work and 
the Children's librarian goes to most 
schools and busiest evening stops. The 
lines between professional and non- 
professional are crossed to give maximum 
service. There is constant activity on 
the Bookmobile. You are pushed about, it 
is noisy, ventilation and insulation are 
faulty, dogs come on to annoy you, etc. 
On the other hand, it is informal and you 
get to know the borrowers. The crowd of 
people waiting at a stop is rewarding. 
Bookmobiles have disadvantages, but the 
advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. 
Bookmobile service is a successful library 
operation, increasing in popularity and 
being considered by more and more libraries 
in the State. 

Julia J. Miller 

Institutional Librarians 

The Hospital Library Group was enter- 
tained by colorful slides on hospital life 
in India. Dr Gertrude J, Smith, Director 
of the Lily Lytle Broadwell Hospital, 
Fatehpur, U. P. India, spoke of her work 
among Indians of all sects and castes. 
The charm and pathos of these people and 
their response to the competent ministra- 
tions of Dr Smith and her staff were viv- 
idly shown by the slides. 

She also showed very lovely pictures of 
Kashmir and the beautiful Taj Mahal. The 
! librarians in her audience probably felt 


the drabness of their hospital surround- i 
ings in contrast with the exotic setting ! 
of Dr Smith's work. They at least had j 
this consolation — in Massachusetts there j 
is no need to carry a big stick to ward i 
off the ubiquitous and aggressive monkey. j 

lUrs Maiy G. Langton 

Music Librarians 

At the first meeting this season of the 
Boston-Cambridge Chapter of the Music j 
Library Association, Dr Randall Thompson, 1 
Chairman of the Music Department at Har- | 
vard, spoke informally about the new 
Music Library Building now under construc- 
tion. His account of liie time and effort 
that go into planning and fund-raising 
brought an added perspective to the archi- 
tect's plans which lay spread before us. 
Dr Thompson's modesty and humor found a 
vrarm response from his large audience. 
One left with the impression that the newl 

library will indeed be an outstanding one 



Caroline M. Hewins Lecture 

Those who attended the annual Hewins 
Lecture were privileged to tear ISrs Ruth 
Hill Viguers, author;, teacher, and 
former children's librarian, speak in 
tribute to Laura E. Richards. It is not 
often that the personality of the speaker 
blends perfectly with the personality of 
the subject. Vifhen this happy marriage 
of kindred spirits occurs, it is a treat 
to the audience. Laura E. Richards' 
friendliness, vitality and humor were 
given tangible form through Mrs Viguers 
enthusiastic and thoroughly delightful 
presentation of her long service to 
children's literature. 

Mrs Richards' motto, "Give the children 
the best there is," keynoted her attitude 
toward children and reading. Author, 
guiding spirit in the move toward more 
and better free libraries, founderess of 
literary clubs for boys, she was a true 
daughter of Julia Ward Howe and Samuel 
Gridley Howe, both distinguished for 
their literary and philanthropic achieve- 
ments. Her prolific writing career began 
when her children were small. The warm 
and charming picture of her family life 
conjured up by Mrs Viguers' interpreta- 
tion makes it obvious that Mrs Richards 
indeed "\inderstood children and recog- 
nized them as individuals," "While our 

children are enough for us, we are not 
enough for them," Mrs Richards once re- 
marked upon her belief that adults owe 
children the opportunity to acquire the 
rich heritage of the past through careful 
and loving guidance. She herself post- 
sessed a talent for giving children beau- 
tiful things to remember. And her in- 
fluence on children y&iom she met is mea- 
sured in part by the distinguished roster 
of writers and other intellectual leaders 
?*io numbered themselves among her friends — 
among them Edwin Arlington Robinson and 
Ogden Nash. 

The children of the present generation 
will also learn to know and love Mrs 
Richards for Tirra Lirra , a delightful 
collection of her nonsense rhymes — rhythmic 
and rollicking — has once more been made 

Mrs Ifery E. Bums 

Luncheon Meeting 

Frank W, Rounds, Jr., who was the United 
States Attache in Moscow in 1951 and 1952, 
"w^s the main speaker at the liincheon. He 
provided a most stimulating and informative 
resume of his experiences in Russia during 
his diplomatic service. He emphasized 
that the Russians should be judged only 
by what they do and not by what they say 
at peace conferences and over diplomatic 
tables. He also emphasized Russia's 
great potentials as a world power and the 
enormous resources at her control. He 
warned his audience of complacency and 
the necessity of keeping our country 
strong in domestic as well as foreign 
affairs. As a final warning, he gave 
statistics on the number of scientists 
and engineers who. are graduating from 
Russian universities today — far exceeding 
our quota of university graduates in those 
fields. He descriJjed the mass hunger for 
knowledge and the printed word among the 
Russian people and the high standards of 
their television, theatre, and concert 
programs. Into this serious discussion, 
Mr Rounds inserted many of his personal 
experiences with the Russian secret police 
and with the Russian people in general 
whom he met on various excursions --most 
of them unauthorized. This provided some 
hair-raising as well as very amusing 
episodes as a background to his lecture. 


THE S^E.G. 'S 

Every once in a -while the pages of The 
Question Mark casually mention the Satvir- 
day Evening Girls i 

Have you ever wondered about them and 
their activities? Currently their sphere 
of activity seems to be only social but 
did you know that they established a 
flourishing pottery business in the North 
End earlier in their career ? Irene 
Armstrong, in -an article on A SCHOOL OF 
POTTERY, tells us that: 

"In July, 1908, the Saturday Evening 
Girls, who had been accustomed to meet 
for educational purposes at the library 
in the Norldi End, took up a new enterprise 
— that of pottery -making . The idea was 
conceived by their leader, Miss Edith 
Guerrier. an occupation during the 
summer for these girls who were busy 
through the winter with their school 
duties. Miss Edith Brovm became their 
teacher, quarters were found on Hull 
Street and it was there, in the very shad- 
ow of the church from which the memorable 
lanterns were hvmg, that the potters startj-j third. Richard Burns received the gift 

ed their craft— and chose the name of 
Paul Revere for their handiwork. 

"the Work rapidly developed into a real 
industry and in 1915 it had outgrown the 
Hull Street quarters. A beautiful group 
of buildings was erected hy a kind friend 
for the workers on a hilltop in Brixton. 
By 1926, having demonstrated its ability 
to pay its own way, it passed from the 
hands of the friend who had helped it 
through all its struggles to those of 
Miss Guerrier and Miss Bro-wn, who had 
brought it up, so to speak. They assumed 
full responsibility and Miss Brown con- 
tinued as the director. The early ideals 
had been held to all through this 'busi- 
ness' period; and to them the establish- 
ment of the school in 1926 was a distinct 
adherence .... 

"For twenty years the Paul Revere Pot- 
tery has been sold all over this country 
and abroad and in 1926 the establishment 
of a school in pottery-making seemed a 
natural expansion. It was likewise a ful- 
fillment of the early purpose — ^namely, 
that of helping others to find a use for 
the work of their hands, 
are taught hand-built and wheel-thrown 
pottery, commencing with the American 
Indian pottery (using a clay very similar 
to that which the American Redmen used 
and so far as is possible reproducing the 

Greek, Chinese, Persian, and lastly the 

(OUR- BOSTON, September 1928, p. 17-20 
2358.1928 No. 3) 

What has happened to the School? Maybe 
some of the present Saturday Evening 
Girls could enlighten us I 


The Lecture Hall took on a charming new 
face and dynamic new sound for the Bridge- 
Whist-Dance on Friday, December 2. A 
winter wonderland effect was produced by 
the decorating efforts of Genevieve Moloney, 
Louis Rains, Ifery Brigante, Frances Land- 
rigan, and Dick Waters. Frankie Myers' 
men, with fertin Waters at the piano, pro- 
vided wonderfully danceable music for 
those vsho could stary away from Jean 
Watson's punch bowl and refreshment table 
long enough to trip the light fantastic. 

The Elliot Room competitions ended with 
prizes for whist going to ISr and Mrs Aaron 
Starr. At bridge, Dave Sheehan came out 
first, Joan Morris second and Paul Mulloney 

certificate door prize. Honorable mention 
goes to Ed Peltier who sparked the evening 
with novelty dances, everyone participa- 
ting until exhaustion separated the men 
from the boys. 

Those who enjoyed the evening were only 
sorry that more of the stsiff did not 
attend to share the fun. 


At a meeting, November 25, officers were 
nominated and elected as follows : 
President — James P. J. Gannon, Binding 
Vice President — P. Joseph Reilly, Buildings 
Secretary — ^^'aiy T. Sands, Buildings 
Treasurer — ^Paul F. Mulloney, Science and 

Paul F. ^fulloney 


The Readers Advisors for Children and 
the Readers Advisors for Young Adults 
have been participating in the "Institutes 
...In the schooli on Youth Problems" being held by the Mass- 
achusetts Department of Education's Office 
of American Citizenship. At Milford High 
School on December 7 and at Everett High 
School, December 15, Hiss Winnick and 
Miss Hav-iland spoke to teachers on what 
finish of this early ware) and progressing! the library offers action-minded youth, 
through the other stages of early Egyptianj with focus on books which are selected to 

I appeal to "low- voltage" readers. 



Laiora M» Bondi, Director's Office 
John J. Brauer, Audio-Visual 
Arden M. Brook, Book Stack Service 
Cornelia Mo Harrington, Office of Division 

of HonB Reading and Coiiiraunity Services 
Jane Cohen, West Roxbury 
Irenemarie Cullinane, Washington Village 
Virginia A. Dalton, Central Charging 

Ann M. Flaherty, Bookmobile I 
Robert P. Goldman, Central Charging 


Aloma C. Jackson, Central Charging Records 
Audrey V. Jewell, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication (HR and CS) 
Catherine Lewis, School Issue 
Sebastian C. Lima, Book Preparation 
Patricia M. Nolan, Book Preparation 
Mildred Picone, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation (HR and CS) 
Elaine R. Sherer, Mt, Bowdoin 


Non-Fiction — Library Science 

I Finletter, Gretchen (Damrosch). The din- 
er party. New York, Harper, 1955 

i Taylor, Kanala (Pumaiya). Nectar in a 
sieve^ New York, J. Day Co., 195U 

Gardiner, Jewel. Administering library 
sernrice in the elementary school. 
Chicago^ American Library Association^ 

Landau, Thomas, ed. mio's who in libra- 
rianship. Cambridge, Englaijd, Bowes 
& Bowes, 195U 

Marshall, John D., comp. Books, libras. 
ries, librarians. Hamden, Conn., Shoe 
String Press, 195$ \ 

The PLD reporter, no. 1. Sept., 195U j 
Public library use of paper-bound booksJ 
Chicago, Public Libraries Division, 
American Library Association, 195U 

The PLD reporter, no. 2. Feb., 1955 
TV — ^how public libraries use it. Chi- 
cago, Public Libraries Division, Amer- 
ican Library Association, 1955 

The PLD reporter, no. 3. June, 1955 
Friends of public libraries ; how they 
work. Chicago, Public Libraries Divi- 


Barton, Roger. How to watch birds. 

New York, ricGraw-Hill, 1955 
Boston. Public Library. Cooks in print j 

favorite recipes of the staff. Boston, 

Public Library, 1953 
Bridgenan, William. The lonely sky. 

New York, Holt, 1955 
Chayefsky, Paddy. Television plays. 

New York, Simon and Schuster, 1955 
j Corbet t, Scott, Cape Cod's way. New York, 
! Crowell, 1955 
Fine, Benjamin. 1,000,000 delinquents, 

Cleveland, World Publishing Co., 1955 
Higgins, Marguerite. News is a singular 

thing. Garden City, New York, Double- 
day, 1955 
Lustgarten, Edgar M. The woman in the 

case. New York, Scribner, 1955 
Morton, Charles W, A slight sense of 

outrage, Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1955 
Piersall, James A. Fear strikes out. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1955 
Tenzing, Norkey. Tiger of the snows. 

New York, Putnam, 1955 


Adams Street 

Jvilie Lenzi, ^o has been transferred 
to East Boston, was the guest of honor 
recently at a luncheon held at the Toll 
House in Y^itman on Saturday November 19. 

The surroundings at Toll House are 
' particularly attractive at this time of 
year v*ien a Christmas Fair is in progress, 
and as always the dinner was delicious. 
Miss Lenzi was presented a gift from the 
staff with our best wishes for a success- 
ful future. When those wonderful Toll 
House desserts arrived there was an addi- 
tional one for her, a lovely cake decora- 
ted with a miniature suitcase filled with 

sion, American Library Association, 195>Toll House cookies to help sustain her on 
The PLD reporter, no. U. Oct., 1955 the long journey from Adams Street to 
Book Selection. Chicago, Public Libra- East Boston. 

ries Division, American Library Assoc- 
.iation, 1955 


Gary, Joyce. Not honour more. New York, 

Harper, 1955 
Chamberlain, Anne. The tall dark man. 

Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1955 

Mary V. Doyle 

North End 

Our branch has received its annual 
Christmas gift from Pietrina liferavigna, 
lli6 Richmond Street, a beautifully illus- 
trated edition of Italian painters of the 
Renaissance, by Bernard Berenson. 


Miss Maravigna, who is a special feature 
writer for THE BOSTON GLOBE, walks to 
work in good weather and, with the accumu-' 
lated carfare thus saved, buys a book eachi 
year which she presents as her Christmas i 
gift to the Library. i 

South Boston 

Her many friends wish Mrs Dorothy B. 
Clark, a speedy recovery from injuries 
ceived in an automobile accident irfiile 
visiting in Maine recently. Mrs Clark is i 
still under treatment at the York Harbor ! 
Hospital, York, Ifeine. ' 


The staff Christmas party on Thursday 
afternoon, December 8, was in honor of 
Jennie D. Lindquist, Editor of the Horn 
Book . Miss Lindquist had expressed a de- 
sire to meet personally those members of 
the South Boston Imagination Club who 
were also members of the Horn Book League, 
and Mrs Irene Tuttle, Branch Librarian, 
took happy advantage of the situation to 
invite Miss Lindquist, as well as Miss 
Gordon and ^^'^rs Andelman, to have refresh- 
ments at the branch before the informal 
talk to the children. Approximately $5 
boys and girls listened intently while 
Miss Lindquist explained to them how the 
illustrations for several outstanding 
children's books had been made, and she 
showed them the original drawings by 
Marie Hall Ets for MR T. W. AWTHONY TOO. 
In honor of Miss Lindquist 's recent book, 
THE GOLDEN MM DAY, a corsage of tiny 
golden rosebuds was presented to her by 
Suzanne Muir, a member of the Horn Book 
League. The children freely asked ques- 
tions and sang Christmas carols for their 
honored guest. Mss Lindquist graciously 
gave her autograph to all who requested 

Martha C. Engler 

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The author of the article is know only to 
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Seasonal the coughing, 
The tardy added noise, 

But we all attended 
Hith courtesy and poise. 

2. * 

Promises were tendered, 
We all will vratch for proof j 

Red will be the tiles 
On our singing roof. 



Lecture Hall improvements 
Will celebrate the arts; 

Foam rubber kindness 

Will soothe the softer parts. 


Hall commemorating • 

Nostalgic iir Bates, 
Soon will look resplendent 

As in its early dates. 

Lights will be refurnished 

To help in every need. 
Them y*io gaze at ceilings. 

And them who come to read. 


Titular appointments 

In Library at large; 
Salary adjustments 

For not-quite-chief s in charge. 


Plan for new insvirance, 

Affecting every home; 
Non-extensive English 

Of Jiagistrate of Rome. 


Library enlargement? 

At that we sat on edge; 
BPL will honor 

The Deferrari pledge. 


Closing of some Branches? 

^■'ill our wages soar? 
End of meeting left us 

No wiser than before. 

Harry Andrews 

To the Soap Box: 

For those of you -vitio may be finding 
some difficulty in choosing a Christmas 
gift for the person who has everything, 
we offer a few suggestions : 

1. Adjustable -tone crow call permits 
reproduction of the calls of 
young crows as well as lower tones ^ 
of older crows... 

2. A McKendree Chicken Picker. 

3. A swimming pool vacuum cleaner. 
k* A brass sundial that signals the 

noonday with a connonade. 

5. New hydro- jet pan washer. 

6. He^vy duty beak cauterizer which 

both cuts and cauterizes in one 

7. Dr Naylor's dehorning paste. 
These items really exist. Names of 

mahufacttirors may be obtained by applying 
to the Science and Technology Department. 


There was once a fly named Jule 

Who lived on the ceiling of the vestibvile. 

He loved to roam without a care 

In the semidarkness of the upper air — 

But suddenly he found his privacy 

Destroyed by lights of great brilliancy. 

Five thousand incandescent watts made the 

ceilinq vie 
With the noonday brilliance of the summer 

desert sky. 

Poor Jule was a retiring sort of guy 
Who shunned the limelight and public eye 
So he left his shining friends on the mosaic 
And looked for a place dark and prosaic. 
He found a place virith the proper gloom. 
Dim and dusty, the Periodical Room. 
¥Jhere there are no lights upon the table 
And vrtiere the students strained optics must 

be able 
With the one candlepower or two allowed 

To read the fine print of the Readers Guide. 

Now Jule, the fly, is content once more 

Secluded and sheltered as of yore. 

And if I were a fly upon the wall 

Ifaybe I wouldn't care at all; 

But if we don't get decent lighting soon, 

I have the feeling 
That I'm going to find out how to levitate 
And take my humble self among the great 
Upon the well-lighted vestibular ceiling. 

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Farbara Feeley, Chairrcan 
Phyllis Adanis Jfary Lefcert 

Geraldine Coyman Dorothea Morgan 

Mary Curad* Margaret Morrison 

Catherine Duffy Ethel O'Brien 

13 December 1955 

Claire 0' Toole 
Sheila Fierce 
ffery Scanlon 
Josephine Waldron 


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