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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume XI, Number 1 January 1956 

Publications Committee: Robert P. Giddings, Felicia J. Langdon, Sheila W, Pierce 

Robert C. Woodifjard, B. Gertrude Wade, Ghainran 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 


Reviewing the year that most of the members of your Publications Committee 
have served (two members left the library for greener pastures), we might observe 
that our editorial temper has had cause to improve. We have been agitated during 
the past year by the thought of staff vacancies going even longer unfilled and by 
other matters of a less serious nature. By year's end we see new faces — and more 
faces — around us. Slowly but surely the shadows of the dimly lit public areas of 
this venerable building have been lifted. At some future time even the areas where 
people read or have to work are scheduled to be brightened. 

One matter which may make for rejoicing, in some quarters at least, deserves 
our parting attention. Perusing the Budget recommendations of the City for the 
fiscal year 19?5, we were reminded that several departments never did get the Chiefs 
for which money was to be appropriated. This, of course, has meant a substantial 
saving for which some of us may be grateful. We have gone so long with no Chiefs 
for the Information Office and for the Music Department and no Supervisor for the 
Division of Reference and Research Services, that we may only think of the situation 
as one in which much money has been saved by leaving these positions vacant. After 
two years we may no longer notice that nobody is there. 

This suggests a possible new departure in library econony. We can continue 
to save money by having no succession to his high office •vrtien a Chief departs. The 
indians can continue to organize themselves around someone called an assistant-in- 
charge. By this device, if money is appropriated for a position that is unfilled, 
literally thousands of dollars can be saved. This practice is flexible and can be 
applied to braves as well as Chiefs, of course. One department, for instance, which 
has long gone without a Chief is now on the verge of having only two indians. When 
you reflect that it used to be thought that at least four people were required to 
permit a department to be open 69 hours a week (and still allow for days off, lunches, 
and other of our fringe benefits) , it can easily be seen that there is no end to the 
possibilities of this new departure. 

As we leave, we of the Publications Committee, having recently read of the 
Trustees action at their last meeting on January 6, 1956, wish an especially happy 
New Year to the Director and those in Grade P9 ■who have finally been granted the pay 
raises denied them in the general personnel reclassification of 1953. "We only hope 
that, despite what was interpreted. at Staff Meetings as the Director's denial of the 
possibility, there may yet be in this new year hope for further pay raises among us. 


Januaiy 20. HPLPSA Aiintiai Business Meeting, Lecture- Hall, Central Library, 9 a.m. 

January 23. SvL.A. Meeting at the B.U. School of Fine and Applied Arts, 
25 Blagden Street. 




New Employees 

James S. Healey, General Reference 
Mary-Elizabeth P. Huntington, Parker Hill 
Allen J. Sevigny, Parker Hill {Mr Sevigny 
has been working by the hour in Audio- 
Ifeureen T. McCarthy, Book Stack Service 
(Miss McCarthy was formerly employed 
in this department) 
Phebe D. Ham, Book Selection, (R and RS) 


Alice G. Hoag, from Connolly to Jamaica 

Hope B. Brown, from Parker Hill to South 

Elizabeth C. Bowling, from Parker Hill to 



Evelyn Levy, Egleston Square, to accept 
a position at the Enoch Pratt Free 
Library, Baltimore, Maryland, as assist- 
ant coordinator of adult services and 
head of the book selection room. 


Joan M-arie Cottier, Adams Street, to 
Robert P. Kyle, on November 27, 19$5 


Fifty percent of the staff of the Office 
of Records, Files, Statistics has an- 
nounced its engagement: 

Josephine A. ViTaldron, who will wed 
Donald J, Miirphy in October 19S^i and 

George T. Armstrong, who will be married 

to Marie M. McElaney on May ^, 1956 

Geraldine Coynan, Cataloging and 
Classification, (R and RS) , to Donald J. 

Mary Curado, Book Ptirchasing, and David 
Sheehan, Book Stack Service. 


"Mary J. McGah, Business Office, to 
Ronald Ksichstein. 


On December 31, 1955, in St. Johns ville. 
New York, a daughter, Susan Elizabeth, to 
llir and llrs James Yauney. IJirs Yauney will 
be remembered as Edna, #10 delivered mail 
in Central Library for several years,. 
Susan has two brothers, Bruce ard Alan. 

A son, Brian Joseph, born to Mr and Mrs 
Richard IfcNamee on January 3, 1956. Mrs 
McNamee is the former Mary Kenney, on the 
staff of the Personnel Office. Best -wishes 
to the proud parents I 

Congratulations to Mr and liirs Robert 
Secatore on the birth of their daughter, 
Elaine Marie, on December 26, 1955. I&'s 
Secatore is the former Marie Crowley pre- 
viously employed in Central Charging 
Records. Congratulations, Also, to Grand"- 
father Crowley, Book Stack Service. 



Alice Hoag, assistant, Jamaica Plain, 
recuperating from an appendectony. Mrs 
Helen O'Leary, Faneuil, Patrick J, Reilly, 
Buildings . 


The combination Dance and Card Party 
sponsored by the BPLPSA on December 2, 1955> 
yielded a profit to the Association of 


Members of the staff with little ones at 
home will find some excellent suggestions 
for crafts, hobbies and games in the list 
entitled "For Family Fun and Creative Play- 
time] Books of Interest to Parent and 
Child", prepared by Virginia Haviland, 
Readers Advisor for Children, and published 
in the Library Journal, December l5, 1955* 

Appearing currently in Jewish Book Annual 
is an article by Fanny Goldstein, Curator 
of Judaica, on "The Jewish Juvenile". 




At the January meeting of the Executive 
Board it was voted to present to the mem- 
bership in advance of the annual meeting 
the following recommendations for effect- 
ing an adequate increase in remuneration 
for temporary Assistants-in-Charge. 

1. (Endorsed by a majority of the 
Executive Board) 

A person designated as Assistant- 
in-Charge shall receive an increment 
at the rate of ^?100 per year immedi- 
ately. At the end of each 6-month 
period in his position as Assistant- 
in-Charge he shall receive an addi- 
tional incre':a3nt at the rate of 
$^100 per year until the minimim 
salary of the vacant position is . 
reached J and thereafter, he shall 
receive the scheduled increments of 
that position, 

2. (Endorsed by a minority of the 
Executive Board) 

A person designated as Assistant-in^ 
Charge shall receive immediately 
the minimum salary of the position 
of Chief of the Department vjhioh he 
is assuming, and thereafter, he 
shall receive the scheduled incre- 
ments of that position. 

These recommendations of the Executive 
Board and the recommendations of the Per- 
sonnel Committee vdll be presented for 
discussion and action at the anmxal meet- 
ing. It is hoped that the membership will 
give serious consideration to the relative 
merits of the proposals and, perhaps, dis- 
cover a solution to the problem even more 
equitable and satisfactory. 

Although it is not possible for every 
member of the Association to be present 
at the January 20th meeting EVERY IIEMBER 
CAN AND SHOULD VOTE . Absentee ballots are 
available through your staff represent.- 
ative and president. If you have any 
doubt about being able to visit tYe polls 
in the Elliott Room from 9 A.M. to 2 P.14. 
on Friday, January 20, obtain an absentee 
ballot and return it in accordance with 

To those iiew members of the staff who 
have postponed joining the Association 
we extend a cordial invitation to join 
NOW. Paym^it of dues now by new members 
will be credited for the year 1956 and 
will enable them to participate in the 
approaching meeting and to vote for 
officers . 

Louis Rains 

On Thursday evening, December 15, Fanny 
Goldstein, hostess at the annual Good 
Fellowship Night at West End, brought to 
her friends and associates gathered there 
in large niambers, an imusually interesting 
and enjoyable program. She introduced to 
the audience; Richard G. Hensley, Chief 
Librarian, Di^T-sion of Reference and Re- 
search Services, who brought greetings 
from the Library; Manuel Zymelman, a cantor 
from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a student 
at M. I.T., who lighted the Hanukah candles; 
Rabbi David Lieber, director of Harvard's 
Hillel work and a newcomer to this area, 
who brov.ght the Hani.kah mi^.ssage; The 
Reverend Mason !IcG:i.rjiies , Assistant to the 
President of the American Unitarian Assoc- 
iation, who brought the Christmas message; 
Ruth Green and six charming teen-age young 
ladies from the Children's Museum, who 
delighted thoir listeners with their bell 
ringi.:p;; and Elwyn Adams, violinist ani a 
recent: viinner with distinction at the 
International Music Competition in Munich, 
T/ho thrilled the audience with his superb 
playinr;, Horry Fein, the poet, who is well 
remembered from other West End programs, 
talked briefly about the place of the 
Sabbath loaf in Je-rdsh lif'e and said the 
traditional grace before cutting the bread. 

Believing that the best is none too good 
for these parties. Miss Goldstein had in- 
vited fotir members from each of the branches 
of the Armed Forces, but only the Ikrines 
liYed up to their tradition. The four 
Marines who appeared were joined by present 
and former members of the staff in the 
singing of Christmas carols. 

The branch library was most attractively 
decorated, courtesy of Filene's. 

The evening closed with the serving of 
a Kosher collation as friends greeted 
friends and met the evening's guests of 

Sarah M. Usher 



On Thursday, December 22, the annual 
Christmas Tea iwas held in the Women's 
Loun^. Barbara Fee ley, this year's 
man, managed somehow to be in two places 
at once. She supervised the goings-on in 
the kitchen, keeping track of a thousand- 
and-one seemingly trivial points , neglect 
of which might lead to disaster, and yet 
she seemed always to be at her place in 
the lounge, greeting arriving guests. 

The most charming part of the Christmas 
Tea has always been (and we hope it alwajs 
will be) the presence of so many former 
staff members. Most of us would never see 
these friends we've worked with and think 
of fondly, if it weren't for this occasion. 
They seem to enjoy it too, and look for- 
ward to it, for they keep coming year 
after year, very often from some distance. 

The Women's Lounge was beautifully de- 
corated for the occasion and a vote of 
thanks is due the Committee in charge of 
it. The appearance of the Lounge seemed 
to set spirits high from the very begin- 
ning of the tea. 

An apparently endless succession of 
trays containing every conceivable kind 
of delicacy, and carried by attractive 
young ladies in fancy aprons, could be 
seen coming and going all afternoon. The 
specialties of various staff members were 
in particular demand, and were pronounced 
better than last year even. Every one 
seemed happy and inspired with Christmas 
spirit, and the Christmas Tea of 1955 
ended with guests and Committee alike 
pleased with its success. 


On Thursday, December 22, from 10:30 to 

12:30, open house was held in the "Men's 

Suite" in Stack I. This affair which is 

now an accepted part of the Christmas 

festivities, attracted the ladies in large 

numbers. The men^^cordial hosts as they 

dispensed coffee, doughnuts, and other 

delicacies. Dancing to the accompaniment 

of music furnished through the courtesy 

of Audio-Visual was enjoyed by many. The 

entire "suite" was effectively decorated 

and the affair was pronounced a decided 


Chai3> December 


Cataloging and Classification (R and RS) 
held its annual Christmas Party on Monday, 
19, at the Salmagundi Restaurant, 
for luncheon. Guests included John J, 
Connolly, Richard G. Hensley, and May 
Crosby, a former member of the Department 
who retired a year ago. Santa Claus, in 
the person of Esther Lissner, greeted 
members and guests at the door, with a sack 
bulging with gifts, largely of a utilitarian 
nattire, including soap, chewing gum, shoe 
laces and a back scratcher. Appropriate 
music was provided by a record-player 
belonging to Mrs Mary Ellis Lebert. Mrs 
Catherine Macauley made favors in the form 
of snow boots, which were filled with candy, 
for each person at the party and there were | 
Christmas carol song-books at each place. 
Catherine Evans received the door-prize, 
a pound bcx of chocolates,, and Mildred 
O'Connor was presented with a gift from 
the entire Department. The party ended 
with a story and remarks from Mr Hensley. 


On Monday evening, December 5, the staff 
of Book Selection (HR and CS) , an alumnus 
of that staff, Mrs Frances Kelley, and 
Virginia Haviland were entertained at the 
home of Edna G. Peck. A most delicious 
supper was served by Miss Peck in her usual, 
capable manner — the piece de resistance 
being a "Dessert Delicious" which was espe- 
cially enjoyed by all. Afterwards, lA^iile 
all were settled in "fullest" comfort, 
Miss Haviland showed the very attractive 
slides taken of her recent trip to Europe. 
The pictures, coupled with Miss Haviland 's 
entertaining comments^ completed a very 
enjoyable evening. 


On Thursday evening, December 29, the old 
year was properly ushered out by the staff 
of Book Selection. Grace I'larvin and her 
mother, Mrs Marvin, were hostesses at their 
home in Roslindale. Colorful slides were 
shown by Mary Kett. The pictures, which 
included nearly every state in the Union, 
were taken by Miss Kett on a recent tour 
of the United States. Delicious shrimp 
and chicken sandwiches, dessert and coffee 
were served. Some time later the guests 
departed, regretfully so, for it was a night 
enjoyed by all. 

Catherine T. Duffy 




Tha annual Christmas party was held on 
Wednesday, December 22, and \vas attended, 
as in former years, by several invited 
guests: Edna G. Peck, Sarah M. Usher, 
Chester A. S. Fazakas, Palmira Piciulo, 
Annie J. Daley, Mrs Helen Hirson, Robert 
Greenland, a former en^iloyee, and Sheila 
Pierce, iirtio has been adopted by the depart"]- 
ment as a blood sister. Fdss Daley and 
JIT Fazakas are former members of Branch 

The luncheon, eaten by candlelight, con- 
sisted of lobster salad, ham, roast beef, 
and potato salad (made by I'r 'Toole, a 
blood brother of Branch Issue). The coffee 
■was delicious, made as usual by Jits ': -./•^I; 
Kes-wick, and there were pickles, nuts, 
olives, several kinds of candy, including 
Mss Doherty's incomparable penuche. The 
desserts included toss Peck's famous 
seven-layer cake and Miss Usher's equally 
famous cookies. Favors, made by Miss 
Pierce, consisted of angels for the ladies 
and choir boys for the men, with names 
inscribed in silver. A pleasant touch was 
added to the festive occasion by the soft, 
sweet caroling from Book Preparation, 
which also had its party that day. 

Claire 'Toole 


During the afternoon of Friday, Decem- 
ber 23, the staff was pleasantly surprised 
by three male, roaming musicians who, 
starting on the top floor, serenaded each 
level down to the first floor where they 
lingered in the Coffee Shop long enough 
for those on relief to join in the singing 
of Christmas carols. From there, they 
made their way to the front hall and were 
joined by female carolers from the Divi- 
sion's offices and by Henry Bowditch JhnBS^, 
Book Stack Service, and his recorder. 
The trio were: George I.!. Pahud, Music 
(bassoon), Martin TJaters, History (trum-/ 
pet), and Louis Ugalde, Rare Book (violin'). 
Those who heard were enthusiastic in their 
agreement that it was one of the nicest 
things that had ever happened in Central 
Library during a Christmas season. It 
just might be the beginning of another 
happy tradition; we hope so! 

Mrs Francis Loncich, who baked and decorated 
the impressive white church which graced the 
table at the annual Christmas tea in the 
'■/omen's Lounge, was featured at the Open 
House in the Men's Suite, and which was fi- 
nally cut with reluctance. The artistry of 
Ife-s Loncich is familiar to many who have 
enjoyed her masterpieces in former years and 
who remember particularly the handsome Santa 
Claus of several years ago. We are indebted 
to Sheila Pierce, Central Charging Records, 
and to Mrs Claire 'Toole, Branch Issue, 
who bring in these woiks of art made by 
their sister. 


On January 12, thirty-two friends attended 
a luncheon at Eddie Davis ' s in honor of Mrs 
Rosemary Corcoran of the Office of the Divi- 
sion of Home Reading and Community Services, 
whose maternity leave starts Monday. A 
second guest of honor was Rosemary's husband 
who joined the gathering. Upon her arrival, 
she was given a corsage of red roses. 
Following the luncheon she was presented a 
rattle and cash to be used for the "new 
arrival" next May. 


The following is from the Saturday 
Evening Post of January 7, 1956, page 62 
in the first installment of James Cagney's 
life, ^e had various jobs while at school. 

"The most important-sounding job I had 
was custodian of books of the New York 
Public Library. For that I got twelve and 
a half cents an hour from the city of 
Nev^ York, or around -.ilT.SO a month. Mien 
people took books off the shelves and put 
them on the tables to read, it was my job 
to see that they got back on the shelves in 
alphabetical and numerical order. The worst 
day of all was Saturday. There was no. 
school then and the kids came in and they 
scrambled the books just for the hell of 

This made me wonder how much Fred Allen, 
our representative from the B.P.L. service 
in the movies, iised to earn. 

I should also like to call to your atten- 
tion the fact that this month's Yankee has 
an interesting and well illustrated article 
on the Bacchante statue which had been des- 
tined for our courtyard. 

Esther Lissner 



Adams Street 

On Wednesday evening, January h, The 
Friends of the Adams Street Library pre- 
sented to their members a Theatre Evening . 
The showing of the ffarch of Time film ' 
On Stage preceded a talk by Grace Tuttle ; 
on The C\irrent Theatre in Boston . 

Miss ■ Tuttle spoke of ' the advantages and 
disadvantages of being one of the try-out 
cities for plays heading for Broadway and 
of the contributions of the "off Broadway" 
theatre to the culture of the city. 
Being director herself of the workshop 
program of Lyric Productions, she was able 
to describe the aspirations of Boston's 
"off Broadway" theater which hopes to 
present to the people of Boston opportu- 
nity to see some of the classics as well 
as new and foreign plays. 

Miss Tuttle 's presentation was casual 
and charming. Her audience plied her 
with many questions and they hope to go 
as a group to Lyric Productions' first 
play which will open early in March. 

?/e are indebted to Veronica Yotts who, 
through the services rendered by her 
department, came up with this delightful 
program on very short notice when the 
scheduled speaker was unable to come. 

Ruth M,. Hayes 

Dorchester Branch 

Christmas, being the perfect time to 
renew old friendships and to welcome new 
ones, was greeted with a psirty ■vrtiich was 
well-attended by both present and former 
staff members. On Thursday, December 1$, 
the group gathered in relays in the gaily 
decorated staff room to enjoy h delight- 
ful hour of Christmas cheer. Guests in- 
cluded Margaret Morgan, Eleanor O'Leary, 
yiTS Beatrice Frederick, Margaret Holzman, 
and Pasquale Vacca. The table was attrac- 
tively and bountifully spread with all 
sorts of good things : crabmeat and tuna 
rolls, crackers spread with cream cheese 
and cherry, stuffed eggs, a large festive 
cake, ice cream, cookies, candy, and 
coffee, "Santa Glaus" presided over the ' 
distribution of gifts and cards for all, 
and the party concluded amidst good wishes 
for Christmas and the New Year. 

Egleston Square 1 

In honor of Evelyn Levy, librarian, the ] 
staff of the Egleston Square Branch had a I 
farewell party on Wednesday, December 28, } 
at the home of Edward Cullinane. 1 

A small cart piled with little gifts 
for her new apartment in Baltimore was 
Tirtieeled in, and the highli^t of the evening 
was the presentation of a gold wrist watch 
with the love and best wishes of her staff, 
and with many hopes for her happiness in 
the future. 

On January 9, Miss Levy will assume her 
new duties as a member of the Staff of the 
Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, 
Iferyland, as Assistant Co-ordinator of 
Adult Services and Head of the Book Selec- 
tion Department. 

Jamaica Plain 

On Tuesday, December 20, the Friends of 
the Jamaica Plain Branch Library held their 
annual Open House from three until six 
o'clock. In a festive Christmas setting 
the staff welcomed friends and patrons, 
while choir boys of St Thomas Aquinas 
church, under the direction of Sister Roger, 
entertained with Christmas carols. Among 
the pourers were two former Jamaica Plain 
staff members—Iilrs !'largaret W. Haverty 
and Marjorie Obenauer. 

Mattapan Branch 

On Tuesday morning, December 27, Senior 
Girl Scout Troop 3U7, under the direction 
of Mrs Albert Slavin, Director of the Blue 
Hills Nei^borhood Girl Scouts, presented 
a puppet play, Christmas Babes in the Woods , 
in the Children's Room. The talented nine 
members of the troop are evidently jacks- 
of -all-trades , for they made the stage, 
scenery, and puppets, read the parts of the 
characters with dramatic expression, and 
manipulated the puppets during the show. 

The smooth and finished performance which 
the children's audience witnessed vas 
preceded by a brisk and bustling dress re- 
hearsal which the librarians witnessed. 
Mr Slavin, both a professor at Northeastern 
University and an expert carpenter, oblig- 
ingly hammered boards together as a foun- 
dation for the stage; the girls tested the 
strings of their puppets; and the members 
of the library staff, among other things, 
ransacked their purses for safety pins to 
insure the workability of the stage curtains. 

The Branch's new record player made its 
initial appearance as a provider of Christ- 
mas background music. The eighty boys and 
girls in the audience enjoyed the puppet 
show thoroughly and asked for more plays 
from the versatile girl scouts. 


North End 

During the Christmas holidays, the 
NortJli End was glad to welcome back two 
part-time staff members. The misses who 
returned from school to visit with their 
former co-work.ers at the staff Christmas 
party were Ann Piemonte of Mount Holyoke 
College and Geraldine D'Amico on a fellow- 
ship at Wellesley. 

West End 

On Tuesday, December 20, Joyce P. Ellis, 
Acting Children's Librarian, took part in 
the program at the Christmas party held 
for the Junior Boys • Group at the Yfest 
End Neighborhood House. Some two hundred 
boys between the ages of ten and fourteen 
attended her telling of the story "Giant 

Grummer's Christmas" and "the reading of 
the poem "Jest before Christmas". 

Jewish Book Month was officially cele- 
brated from November h to December U. 

On November 18 the Boston Yiddish Cul- 
ture Club presented a Yiddish Night, at 
which time Professor A. A. Roback spoke 
on "Can There Be Yiddish Culture in 

On December 11, over Station TOZ, Miss 
Goldstein interviewed Rabbi Roland B. 
Gittelsohn of Temple Israel, Boston, on 
his latest book. Little Lower Than the 
Angels . 

On that same evening, at the Central 
Library, two eminent Israeli scholars, 
now teaching in greater Boston colleges, 
were the speakers. Dr Jacob Landau spoke 
on Israeli-Arab Cultural Communications. 
Dr Fanuel Ben-Dor gave an illustrated 
lecture on The Development of the Book 
in Ancient Israel . The meeting was 
opened with the lighting of the Hanukah 
candles by ^'filliam A. Marel, cantorial 
soloist of the Temple Israel. Miss Gold- 
stein brought greetings from the Book 
Month Committee. Lewis H. Yfeinstein was 

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, Depart- 
ment or O^f fice in which he or she is em- 
ployed. The name is withheld from publi- 
cation, or a pen name used, if the contrib- 
utor so requests. Anonymous contributions 
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 individual Association 
members and their appearance does not neces- 
sarily indicate that the Publications Com- 
mittee and the Association are in agreement 
with the views expressed. Only those con- 
tributions containing not more than 300 
words will be accepted. 

To the Soap Box ; 

I would like to have an explanation of 
the following condition that has existed 
for many years. 

On the library payroll, employees are 
docked 6 days vacation and 6 days sick 
leave per week, although according to City 
law, employees of the City of Boston are 
on a 5-day week. 

This is an obvioiis discrepancy 7*iich 
seems to me illegal. 


To the Soap Box; 


To the Soap Box 

"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". 
(Editorial in Question Mark ) . That's 
lovely for those who have been waiting 
TTO years I Has anyone given thought to 
those Reference Division employees who 
passed their examinations FIVE, TEN, 
FIFTEEN years ago, and still wait, be- ,- 
cause vacancies in the narrow fields cov- 
ered by our overly-specialized examina- 
tions occur once or twice in a lifetime, 
if ever? Home Reading has approximately 
thirty transfer possibilities at each 
titular level ... Reference in most in- 
stances, one, as goal for all members of 
one departmental examination system, with 
no transfer possible. Isn't it true that 
vacancies often are WAITING in Home 
Reading for someone to pass the examina- 
tions? Reference employees wait for 
openings which may NEVER occur. The 
November l^th list named twenty-eight 
5th and twenty-four i|th step vacancies in 
Home Reading, four each in Reference. 
The new "To be filled" list gives eleven 
5th arji one iith step in Home Reading, two 
each in Reference. 

There will be little rejoicing over 
titular vacancies in Reference this year 
or any other year I Mary will retire 
without going one step higher, since 
transfer is permitted in the Division 
only through passing another extremely 
specialized examination series, leading 
to another probable dead-end. We lose 
morale and interest without any adequate 
compensation adjustment for this highly 
necessary(?) specialized knowledge, re- 
alizing there will be no hope of higher 
status and that we will receive a smaller 
pension in the end, as penalty for doing 
reference work. ?/e see newer employees, 
with no better qualifications, gain titlee 
and salary we cannot expect, simply be- 
cause they are in another division. ISay 
those "rejoicing" spare us a tear on pay 


Last spring a real step forward was taken 
when library aid for those attending meet- 
ings of the American Library Association 
was expanded beyond the original five grants 
•which have been in existence for several 
years. Perhaps now is as good a time as 
any to consider the problem of extending aic 
to those vrtio, because of serving on A.L.A. 
committees, are expected to appear at mid- 
winter meetings where the planning is done 
for the annual meeting in June. j 

It wovild seem that any staff member iirtio ' 1 
is allowed to accept membership on a com- ' 
mittee of the state or the national library 
association should be granted library aid tc 
help defray expenses at required meetings. 
For years, certain Boston Public Library 
staff members have attended mid-winter meet- 
ings entirely at their own expense, while 
those serving on the same committees from 1 
other libraries have been sent at the ex- 
pense of their libraries. 

If others can do thus, should the Boston 
Public Library be far behind? 

Edna G. Peck 

Dear Editor: 

In the June issue of the QM Disillusioned 
had this question to ask: "Knowing the 
acute shortage that exists on the staff, 
they (the Trustees) have sat idly by and 
will do nothing until July 1, 1955. How 
cruel and cynical they must be I What is 
the money that has been saved to be used 


- Well, Disillusioned now knows the answer. 
It must also be quite clear to even the 
most naive that salary increases do not 
have to originate at City Hall but simply 
necessitate a willingness on the part of 
the Trustees to entertain 'a pf-esentatioh 
in that direction. The next step is up to 
the staff. "Ask aind-ye shall receive." 

Eamon McDonough 






Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

VoluflE XI, Wumber 2 February 1956 

Publications Committee: Barbara E. Coffey, Jean L, Eaton, Mary A. Hackett, Girard D. 

Hottleman, Richard Eo Lyons, Robert C. Woodward, B. Gertrude 
Wade, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material : 
The tenth of .each month 

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Association, the Publications Committee welcomes 
m:fJN D. CANHAIil, 
Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, 
as the newly-appointed member of the Board of Tnistees 
of the Boston Public Library 



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The last few weeks have seen what, by ordinary standards, seems to be a flood of 
publicity for the Library. Branch reorganization plans, trustee changes, charges 
hurled at the Director and the Reference Division, and — ^now — proposals for State aid. 
Tf r-.C'/^ all made for unusually lively reading in the press. It is good, at least, to 
SRe the Library get some serious attention thou^ some of us may despair that it :never 
makes the papers until it becomes a political plaything— or a tax problem. Worse 
still, some of the news concerning the B.P.L. has been misinformation. 

When the papers quote a City Councilor's charge that the Reference Division is 
maintained for one man's glorification, isn't it time for someone to defend the 
Director and the Division? We know that the charge is just not so. The Reference 
Division is not used for anyone's glorification. It may appear otherwise to persons 
who know it only as an item in a budget, but anyone who works in it must be amazed to 
Isarn that it is regarded an anything other than part of an inheritance from Winsor, 
Putnam, and Belden — along with the real estate, for instance. The Reference Division 
was there in the olden days and it has been perpetuated. It receives so little 
serious attention that, it may be predicted, ■when the next batch of appointments ever 
is announced the list will be composed overwhelmingly of people from another division. 
Many of these will be relative newcomers in comparison to many Reference people whose 
excellence has gone unrewarded for over ten years. 

No, the Councilor is wrong and he has done an injustice to the Director with his 
baseless charge. It would have been perhaps more nearly correct — ^if; ec^ually irresponsi- 
ble — to announce to the press of this city that the Reference Division has been 
neglected. Its magnificent resources are seldom publicized; it is under-used by the 
public; and apparently only a few business finns, individuals, and, of course, the 
administrators of the generally inadequate college libraries near Boston, fully 
appreciate it. 

BPLPSA Reception to officers, Yifiggin Gallery, Central Library, 8:30 p.m. 

S.L.A., Boston Chapter, Institute on Acquisitions, Simmons College, 
1:30 p.m. 

February 2U. 
March 20. 


New Employees 

Janice Charney, Book Stack Service. 

(Formerly part-time at the West End 

Branch Library) 
Margaret T. Brassil, Memorial. (Formerly 

part-time at Charlestown) 
Mrs Helen M. Harrington, Book Preparation. 

(Formerly Information Office) 
l^ureen C. Foley, Office of the Division 

of Home Reading and Community Services 
Patricia L. Leahy, Roslindale« 
Letitia Y. Woodson, Jamaica Plain- 
Mrs Doris M, TJhigham, Central Charging 

Records. (Formerly part-time in the 

branch libraries) 
Martha A. McDermott, Brighton- 
William Cc Slemmer, Open Shelf- 

T ransferred 

Rioa Taddonio, from Roslindale to 

Egleston Square 
Christine J. Umano, from Neponset to 

Jeanne Fitzgerald, from Open Shelf to 

Egleston Square 

Re signations 

Jean Bates, Mattapan. 

Arden Brook, Book Stack Service, to 

accept another position. 
Lawrence R. Bushey, Fine Arts, to accept 

a position with the New England Tele- 
phone and Telegraph Company. 
Elizabeth C. Dowiing, Faneuil. 
Ephigenia K. Fillios, Neponset, to remain 

at home. 
A. Phyllis Freeman, Codman Square, to be 

married and live in Philadelphia. 
Alice G. Hoag, Jamaica Plain, to be 

Patricia C. Iseman, Jamaica Plain, to 

remain at home . 
Nancy Lovis, Director's Office. 
George Pahud, Music, to accept a position 

with the Sigma Instrtiments Company, 

Braintree, Massachusetts, 
Norma Sherman, Egleston Square, to remain 

at home. 
Clairanne IVyman, Charlestown. 


Mr and Mrs Louis C. Fillios (Iphigenia 
Fillios, Children's Librarian, Neponset) 
on the birth of a daughter, November 13, 

llr and ¥xs Walter Robinson (formerly 
Muriel Figenbaum, Print) on the birth of a 
son, Philip Edward, February 3, in Needham 
where the family are now residing. 

Duilia Capobianco, Assistant-in-Charge, 
East Boston, who just announced her engage- 
ment to I.lario Alfano, Lieutenant, U.S.A.F. 
A summer wedding is being planned. 

Pauline Eaton, Book Stack Service, and 
Martin Murphy, Buildings Department, who 
celebrated Valentine's Day by announcing 
their engagement. A fall wedding is plan- 


Joan O'Brien, Book Stack Service, who has 
become engaged to Robert Parker. 

Russell A. Scully, Trustees' Office, iniho 
has become engaged to Eleanor L. Jewett, 
formerly of tha Trustees' Office. 


After the ill-fated Titanic first stnick 
the iceberg there was a period of calm. 
On page 22 of A Nig h t to Remember , Walter 
Lord describes the reactions of one crew 
member thus: "There was no one in the 
Second Class Lounge to send the librarian 
looking, so he continued sitting at his 
table, quietly counbxng the day's loan 
slips . " 


Have you marked yo-ur radio dials so that 
you can get CONELRAD (6U0 and 12iiO) in a 
hurry? CONELRAD — control of electromagnetic 
radiation — ^when effective, mil permit the 
operation of certain AM radio broadcast 
stations without giving navigational aid to 
enemy aircraft, WHY NOT MARK TOUR DIALS 

Sarah M. Usher, Cl^irman 




The Officers and :'\xecutive Board take 
this opportunity to thank the Association 
for the confidence and trust placed in 
them as shown by the past election. Our 
organization has completed ten years of 
existence. We believe the record proves 
that the accomplishments of the Associa- 
tion have been impressive and constructive. 
We shall endeavour to make our program 
this year worthy of the precedent that has 
been established. In order to achieve our 
objectives the cooperation and participa- 
tion of the entire membership is essential 
and, we trust, will be forthcoming. 
Please let us know your views and opinions. 

At the annual business meeting held on 
January 20, 1956 it was voted unanimously^: 
That the Executive Board in person 
request that the Board of Trustees 
initiate steps to grant the em- 
ployees of the Boston Public Li- 
brary a 10^ increase in salary as 
suggested in the Report of the 
Personnel Committee, 1955« 
A letter has been sent to the Director 
asking him to bring the matter to the 
attention of the Board of Trustees and to 
arrange for us a meeting with the Trustees 
at their earliest convenience. 

A letter has been sent to the Director 
setting forth the recommendations of the 
Personnel Committee in the matter of ade- 
quate compensation for temporary 
Assistants-in-charge. The text of this 
proposals is too lengthy to include here • 
but will appear with the committee reports 
and the report of the annual meeting which 
will be distributed shortly. 

In order to expedite our business, 
the February igeeting 
of the Executive Board was held on 
January 31. At this meeting it was voted 
that the Personnel Committee be asked to 
make an overall study of the examination 
and promotion system. If our members 
wish to express themselves on this subject 
th^ may write to The Chairman, Eamon 
McDonough, General Reference, or to any 
member of the committee. 

Louis Rains 


Staff members may be interested to know 
that the newly-opened branch of the 
Rockland-Atlas National Bank at 32 Hunti? 
ington Avenue will be happy to extend to 
them the same covirtesy already extended by 
other banks in the neighborhood — ^the cashr- 
ing of salary checks, etc. 

A farewell luncheon was held at Eddie 
Davis's on February 2 for Nancy Lovis of 
the Director's Office, where friends gath- 
ered to wish her good luck in her new 
undertakings . 

At the conclusion of the luncheon John 
J. Connolly of the Director's Office made 
an amusing speech and presented on behalf 
of those present and many who were unable 
to attend a gift of a handbag and matching 
gloves. Miss Lovis also discovered some 
money in the nether regions of her bag. 
Since her plans were still indefinite, she 
promised to keep her friends in the Library 

Vitty Vangos 


Phyllis Freeman was the guest of honor at 
a farewell luncheon given by eleven friends 
at the Tedberry Room of the Hotel Lenox on 
Tuesday, February 7. The well-wishers. 
presented Mss Freeman with a corsage of 
pink camellias. 

Miss Freeman, formerly Young Ad\ilt Li- 
brarian at Mattapan, has recently occupied 
that position at Codman Square. She was 
also in charge of the American Heritage 
project at Mattapan and Adams Street. 

On Saturday, February 11, Tliss Freeman, 
was married to Robert Ca]e se in Boston. 
The couple plan to live in Philadelphia, 
where Mr Calese, a graduate of Simmons, 
School' of Library Science, is continuing 
his music studies. 

On Sunday afternoon, January 29, A. Ger- 
trude Barry of the Personnel Office was 
married at Gate of Heaven Church in South 
Boston to Donald Brown of South Boston. 
The bride was radiant in an antique satin, 
full-length gown trimmed with a collar of 
seed pearls and wore an orange blossom 
crown with illusion veiling. She carried 
a prayer book Ydth a white orchid and ste- 
phanotis streamers. 

Gertrude's cousins, Mary Kane and Denise 
Lally, who served as maid of honor and 
jvmior bridesmaid respectively, wore iden- 
tical waltz-length gowns of emerald green 
taffeta and small pink hats and carried 
bouquets of pink camellias. 

The wedding reception was held at 


TJhitton Hall in Dorchester following which 
the bride and groom flew to New York City 
for their wedding trip. 

Catherine MacDonald 

" Ask Not For iffhom the Bell Tolls " 

Once again Eddie Davis's was the scene 
of library festivities, this time on 
Valentine's Day, February lU. Meeting at 
lunch there, several of his long-time li- 
brary associates, and all who work with 
Russell Scully in the Director's Office, 
gathered to congratulate him on his recent 
engagement to Eleanor Jewett, formerly 
of the library staff. Frank Viyers stood 
poised throughout the proceedings with 
his camera, and we look forward particui^ 
larly to the snapshot he took of Russell 
when he entered the room— a man disarmed I 

Merriment vras under way when Ivir Lord 
launched proceedings by suddenly bestow- 
ing a patriarchal kiss on each fair cheek 
of our prospective bridegroom. This no 
doubt provided him with the comfort any 
man would need surrounded by married men 
as he was, all gazing at him will ill- 
concealed gratification. Miss Peck arose 
to deliver some amusing remarks about the 
occasion, remorselessly, however, and 
triumphantly pointing out that there 
would soon be one less bachelor left. 

Since the motif was too obvious to be 
ignored, "shower" gifts were presented to 
Russell, giving Samuel Green of the Busi- 
ness Office an opportunity to realize a 
life-long ambition to serve as a flower 
girl. Tom Manning and George Scully 
served as maids of honor. They were 
adorable . 

Russell found inside two large, dainty 
valentine boxes, many gifts, each wrapped 
and accompanied by a rhyme appropriate to 
the package. There were bottle brush, 
dish drainer, dish pan, sponges, bowls, 
measuring cups, strainers, peelers, forks, 
pot holders, a tool chest (which surpris- 
ingly drew a very pleased smile from o\ir 
boy)/ and many others too numerous to 
mention. One package contained an ice 
breaker, bottle tops, zipper bag, and 
icebox dishes with the following verse: 
We're sorry we haven't 
Any rice 

But use one of these 
To break the ice. 

After all the gifts were unwrapped he 
was presented with a heart-shaped box 

bearing these lines : 

Now you've arrived 

At the end of the line; 

So from US to HER 

Our Valentine. 
Inside the box, on a white doily rested 
a bouquet of violets with a rose in the 

We're not through yeti Follcwing this, 
a giant-sized card was handed over to our 
dazed and exhausted guest who opened it to 
find various inscriptions which he read to 
a complacent audience (it being the author 
of them) . At the conclusion, Russell Scul^ 
expressed his thanks to the gathering vrtio, 
looking at him fondly, probably saw a 
little valentine suspended over his head 
instead of the usual halo. 

Vitty Vangos 


Received by the Editor 

I should like to write individual notes 
of thanks to all the people in the B.P.L. 
who wished me good fortune just before I 
left for Baltimore but I'm afraid the time 
would stretch out far too long. So will 
you please let me say thank you via the 
Question Mark and also add that I shall 

always remember all the nice things every- 
one said and did. 

I've been quite busy since I arrived 
but am now a bit more settled since I moved 
into a one room furnished apartment. I saw 
I'Irs Javelin the week-end of the lUth when 
she was in Baltimore and we both talked 
Boston I'm afraid. Baltimoreans are very 

Evelyn Levy 

Received by Edna G. Feck 

It seems incredible that four months have 
passed since I've left the B.P.L. And in 
that four months I've been intending, and 
intending to drop a note to you, but such 
are the vagaries of human proposals and 
inertia becomes an excuse if not a justi- 
fication. . . • 

At the Norwalk Public Library, First 
District, the Librarian has arranged things 
in such an excellent administrative fashion 
that he does not have to do aiything. 
Except for reading book reviews, LJ, Kirkus 
& NYTj arranging for exhibits; writing 
publicity releases; taking problem patrons j 

took selection; book-keeping and budget 
balancing and of course talking to teach- 
ers, clergymen, club-women and sales-men, 
there is not much for him to dOc 

The Library, here, is like a branch 
library in Boston; in physical appearance 
that is. The children's section is on a 
lower level (that terra is a holo. over 
from the 0,S:,D.: what I mean is that it's 
downstairs) . We have f lorescent lighting 
and some new modern' shelving. . . 

Sincerely yours, 
John J. Hallahan 


Members of the Round Table of Young 
Adults Librarians were indeed fortunate 
in having Dr Harold C, Martin as their 
speaker at the meeting held on Thursday, 
February 2, in the Elliott Room at the 
Central Library. Dr Martin is Director 
of General Education at Harvard, He is 
also in charge of Freshman Corapaosition 
and a member of the board of Freshman 

In discussing the problem of young col- 
lege students viho have not acquired suf- 
ficient reading background in high school 
Dr Ifartin decried the gap between the 
limited reading done in the high school 
years and that vtiich a student is forced 
to do in his freshman year at college. 
Dr Martin feels that while most colleges 
do not prescribe the reading of specific 
books as an entrance requirement, they do 
expect a certain amount of "reading read- 
iness" from entering freshmen. Beyond a 
sizeable vocabulary, sufficient ability 
to comprehend, and sufficient speed in 
comprehension (none of which can be accu- 
rately defined or measured by ar^r reading 
test) , it is essential that a student 
believe that books are a normal part of 
living; that he be able to persist with a 
book, not expecting an easy jrield; that 
he have his ears tunable to an idiom and 
pace different from his own; that he be 
acquainted with different literary genre; 
and that he know how and when to skim. 

Unfortunately, most students enter col- 
lege with very little "reading readiness.' 
Reading in high school has been sparse, 
stereotyped, and bowdlerized. After four 
years scarcely straining the "muscles" of 
his brain, a student is suddenly plunged 
into difficult reading courses covering 
the whole range of civilization. 
Dr Martin read a list of required books 
from General Education courses taken by 


Harvard freshmen (similar to those of other 
colleges) to prove his point. 

To help bridge this gap Dr Martin urged 
Young Adults Librarians to work first 
toward vitalizing, and, second, broadening 
the reading interests of the young people 
with whcm they have contact. Hs smilingly 
suggested thjit this may be done through 
clever tactics and devious means, to appeal 
to the young adult's sense of vanity, 
glamour, his interest in fads, or his cru- 
sading spirit (against depraved tastesl). 
Librarians can recommend the unusual book, 
use current events as a springboard into 
other times, cater to specific interests 
while introducing different genre. The 
overall aim of the Young Adults Librarians 
should be to move the student's reading out 
of his own time into other times, and out 
of novels into other forms of literature. 

Wb Elizabeth F. Howard 


Chicago, January 3Q -February 3, 19$6 

The open meetings were principally con- 
cerned with the management survey of ALA 
made in 195U and 1955 by Cresap, McCormick, 
and Paget. 

At the request of the ALA Council Steering 
Committee on the Implementation of the Man- 
agement Survey, appointed at Philadelphia 
in July 1955, the various divisions, boards, 
and committees submitted reports early in 
November outlining their fields of interests. 
On the basis of these papers the Steering 
Committee made a Preliminary Report recom- 
mending changes in the Management Survey 
which it submitted to the Divisions, boards, 
and committees for ci*iticism. 

On Monday evening January 30 Lucille 
Morsch, Chairman of the Steering Committee, 
discussed the Preliminars^ Report and its 
revisions. The principal revisions were 
the elimination of elected alternates in 
the General Assembly (ALA Council); provi- 
sion for the divisions to nominate their 
representatives in the General Assembly; 
provision for divisions by type of activity 
(so-called Covmcils) to create sections by 
type of library; provision for interdivi- 
sional committees to be established vrithout 
approval of the General Assembly; provision 
for a Council on Acquisitions and Resources 
and a Council on Cataloging in place of the 
proposed Council on Acquisitions, Cataloging, 
and Technical Services. 

The Report and its revisions were discussed 
at the meeting during the Conference, with 


members of the Steering Committee present j 
to answer questions and clarify the pro- | 
posed changes. The committees and roiiTid 
tables that siirvived vmder the reorgani- 
zation were satisfied; those that were 
discontinued argued in vain against this 

The proposal that the ALA. Bulletin be 
converted into a news journal with infor- 
mation about all the divisions met with 
quiet but firm resistance. None of the 
divisions were happy at the prospect of 
losing their journals and seemed determi- 
ned to find ways to continue them. 

At the Council Meeting on Thursday eve- 
ning, February 2, Miss Morsch presented 
the recommendations of the Steering Com- 
mittee. Representatives of the divisions 
pledged their support and the report was 
accepted by the Council. Each member of 
ALA will be sent a questionnaire to deter- 
mine to what division he wishes to belong 
So that, the Steering Committee will be 
ready to go ahead with the full implemen- 
tation of the management survey at the 
Miami Beach Conference. The reorganiza- 
tion becomes effective January 1, 1957. 

Julia Bennett of the ALA Washington 
Office reported at the meeting of the 
Federal Relations Committee that the out- 
look for the passing of the Library Serv- 
ices Bill to promote rural is 
the best in ten years. $7,500,000 will be 
distributed every year for five years to 
the states on the basis of rural popula- 
tion areas of 2^00 or less. Once given to 
the states it may be used in rural areas 
up to 10,000 population. The federal 
allotment must be matched by the states 
receiving it. The basic amount is :ipiiO,000 
annually for each state with additional 
allotment to each state based on its rural 
population in proportion to the rural 
population of the United States. 

At this meeting a representative of the 
New Jersey Library Association announced 
a gift of one hundred dollars to help de- 
fray expenses of delegates to the hearings 
on the bill. By the end of the Conference 
twenty-five hundred dollars had been 
pledged for this purpose. 

The Catalog Code Revision Committee of 
the Division of Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion prepared a statement of objectives 
and principles as a framework for the new 
code. It was decided to ask Seymour 
Lubetzky to be editor. 

Vfork on the sixteenth edition of the 
Dewey Decimal Classification is contiuing 
under the editorship of David Haykin. 

About forty percent of the schedules have 
been completed, with the finished manu- 
script to be in the hands of the printers 
by December 31, 1957. 

Mildred O'Connor 
Forecast for Miami 

Plans for the ALA June conference at Mami 
Beach were a considerable part of the busi- 
ness discussed at the midwinter session. 

Staff members interested in storytelling 
will be pleased to learn that a series of 
three Children's Library Association sessions 
will be devoted to a "Storytelling Festival." 
Each of these meetings will feature story- 
telling on a different level of experience 
and artistry. The first will offer the 
storytelling of a nationally-known artist 
(it is expected to be Frances Clarke Sayers); 
the second a symposium of skillful library 
storytellers whose work has won wide recog- 
nitionj the third a panel of "debutante" 
tellers -mho, though relatively inexperienced, 
have displayed noticeable ability in their 
own library story hours. 

It was also decided that the Division of I 
Libraries for Children and Young People's 
program will present Jessamyn West as speaker, 

V, Haviland 



North End 

Over 100 North End young adults and sever- 
al adults filled the lecture hall on Janu- 
ary 30 attending a special program IN DEFENSE 
OF IDUTH. This was a large-scale project 
presented by the Young Adults Council a group 
of 23 boys and girls ■s\4io are the official 
representatives of the youth served by the 
social and educational organizations in the 
district, Robert Castagnola of the North 
End, a Boston College graduate, class of '51^ 
and a former special agent with the Office 
of Special Investigation, USAF, was moderator 
of the program. 

The panel of youth authorities consisted 
of Jane Manthorne, Young Adults Librarian, 
Central Library; Paul Buchanan, Teacher, 
Boston Public Schools and co-leader of the 
American Heritage Discussion group at Adams 
Street; Basilla Neilan, social worker and 
lecturer and Joseph P. Connolly, Probation 
Officer, Boston Juvenile Court, 

Among the special guests who attended were 
Reverend Wilfred Bouvier, S.J.^St. Mary's 
Parish youth activities' director; 

David Werner, Assistant Pastor and youth 
worker, Boston Baptist Bethel; Frank 
Havey, Director, North End Union j John T. 
Dexter and Bfeilo De Leo, Boys' Vforkers, 
North Bennet Street Industrial School; 
Larch Foxon, Girls' worker, North Bennet 
Street Industrial School; Attorney Pat 
Ventola, co-leader, American Heritage 
Discussion group at North End; John 
Barresi, Assistant Secretary, Boston Jfu- 
nicipal Research Bureau; and from the 
Library, Pauline Winnick, Readers Advisor 
for young adults; Gracemarie V, Alfe, 
children's librarian, East Boston; Helen 
Sevagian, Information Office; Robert 
Giddings, Cataloging and Classification 
(R and RS) . j 

The members of the Young Adults Council i 
acted as hosts and hostesses. An exhibits! 
committee set up special displays of t' 
reading matter under the headings : 
"Teens — Meet Your Problems" and "Construc- 
tive Pastimes for Youth". The latter 
featured an exhibit of infonnaoion con- 
cerning local youth activities and clubs. 
Also on display were exhibits of news- 
paper clippings showing the accomplish- 
ments of local young people and feature 
articles on home life in the district and 
work done by the social houses as contri- 
butions to the stifling of delinquency. 

A tape recording of the program was 
made for broadcasting over radio station 
V^^BUR on February 28th at 7:30 P.M. 


Gira Barile of 21 March Avenue, Fast 
Ro:/:bury, formerly of the North End, has 
entered the United States Foreign Service. 
Lliss Barile, who is fluent in Italian and 
Spanish, will be given foreign service 
training in Washington and then will be 
a.TSJgned to a foreign post. During her 
jun-.or and senior years in high school, 
;3he was a library extra at the NORTH END 
LIUNCH. She took particular interest in 
vhe making of marionettes under the 
direction of the late Mary U. Nichols. 

South Boston 

On Monday evening, January 16, adult 
patrons enjoyed the annual review of the 
recent books presented by Ediia G. Peck 
Chief of Book Selection for Home Reading 
Services. Miss Peck, becomingly adorned 
with a gorgeous corsage of pink camellias, 
held her audience enthralled for more 
than an hour. 

West End 

West End J in cooperation with the Greater 
Boston Medical Association, sponsored a 
meeting on Sunday afternoon, January 22. 
Dr Fritz Lipmannj.Ncbel Laureate 19^3 in 
medicine, who has recently returned from 
Israel, was the speaker. 

Dr IlpinrJin was a guest of the Weizman 
Institute at Rehovot, where he lectured 
and did special research work. He spoke 
on his experiences and impressions of Israel, 
illustrating his talk with exquisite color 
slides which he bad taken. 

The 12^ people present at an informal 
reception after the talk enjoyed a bit of 
medical chit-chat with a cheering cup and 
the privilege of meeting a world-famous 

Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian, opened 
the meeting with a brief talk on the history 
of West End. Dr Herman J. Freedman was 
chairman of the afternoon. 

On Sunday evening, January 29, Fanny 
Goldstein spoke to the Adult Group of men 
and women of the Boston Y.M.H.A. Her 
topic was "The Jew in Contemporary American 
Literature" . 






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Dear Editor: 

It is, of course, a commonplace obser- 
vation that this city is run on Benjamin 
Franklin's dull, tawdry and fiscally 
inaccurate aphorism, "A jjenny saved is a 
penny earned." However, when in the face 
of monies retiirned to the city treasury, 
a department is reprimanded for a slight 
overage in its weekly part-time bill, 
despite the fact that the library saves 
about $50 per week due to the shortage 
in the department, then economy has become 
not a by-word but a fetish. How redicu- 
lous can you become I 


To the Soap Box ; 

No more deliveries from Stock and Supplies 
Section says the General Administrative Notice 
irehy? Inadequate staff down there? Other 
departments have less "essential tasks" to 
perform than stock delivery? 

V>/hat happens now in departments manned 
only by women? Much of our stock in daily 
use comes in bulky, heavy packages. In many 
cases, trucks for suoh work simply do not 
exist — thanks to present econong^ measures. 
And pushing trucks really isn't women's work 
in any case — or is it? 

Are we going to hire a few extra boys to 
do this work? Vu'ouldn't it be just as simple 
to have another person, if necessary, in 
Stock and Supplies as to drain the time and 
energy of one person per Central Department 

to perform this work? 

B. Gertrude Wade 

Dear Editor: 

This seems to be truly a winter of dis- 
content, with dramatic goings and comings 
of trustees. One must admire the courage 
of the incoming trustee in his willingness 
to assume what has usually proved to be 
a thankless task. 

I am happy to see that he does not come 
to us completely unarmed in the way of ex- 
perience with similar groups. His expe- 
rience at Cherry Hill should stand him in 
good stead. I only hope we can prove as 
literate and persuasive as Mr Flaherty. 

At any rate, vre welcome him to the family 
and if at times the exchange of views be- 
comes a bit heated, as it does in all fami- 
lies, we are sure his weekly television 
panel wilJ. have toughened him up for the 

Eamon McDonough 

Dear Editor : 

"A time to be born, and a time to die;. • • 
a time to break down, and a time to build 
up" . . . This letter concerns the time to 
break down as provided for in the regula- 
tions for sick leave at the Boston Public 
Library. The writer, feeling ill one after- 
noon last week, decided he had better go 
home. However, in order to cover, he man- 
aged to stay longer than he should have, 
and did not actually leave until 2:30 P.M. 

He thus incurred a fractional absence 
which cannot be charged against sick leavej' 
but was charged against his pay (he could j 
not conveniently make the time up). As a 
fillip to this, he found himself losing 
even more pay. Last August, it seems, he 
took an hour off for the dentist, and 
never made it up. Now he had forgotten 
about this hour, the Chief of his depart- 
ment had forgotten about it, probably God 
in His infinite mercy had forgotten about 
it, but the Personnel Office had not for- 
gotten about it. He was docked a total 
of 3|- hours for fractional absences. The 
moral of the story is this: if you are 
going to be sick, be sick at 12:30 on the 
dot J for if you are sick any earlier you 
will lose a full day of sick leave, and 
any later will be charged with fractional 




Those who were fortunate enough to be 
tuned to WGBH-TV, Channel 2, on Friday 
evening, February 3, at 8:30, enjoyed a 
very pleasant half hour program called 
I'VE BEEN READING. This program, devoted 
to reviewing current literature by means 
of panel discussion, was moderated by 
Professor P, Albert Duhamel, Professor of 
English at Boston College. Guest 
panelists for the evening included our 
own Edna Go Peck, Chief of Book Selection 
for Home Reading Services, and Samuel 
H. Beer, Chairman, Department of Govern- 
ment at Harvard University. The book 
discussed ^was THH lAST HURRAH by Edwin 
O'Connor. The panel agreed that this 
book possesses many merits. Miss Peck 
quoted several passages virhich she found 
particularly enjoyable and in her usual 
lively manner summed up her reasons -vrtiy 
she thinks the book will be poprilar. 

Reports from BPLers and non-BPLers are 
most enthusiastic about Miss Peck as a 
TV personality. She evidenced qualities 
which make for success in this popular 
medium — ease of manner and imperturbabi- 
lity, to mention only two. 

The answer is "Yes" 

A. L. A. 

still needs YOU 

and TOU can share in 
the benefits A. L. A. 
offers professionally 

by joining now. 


Sarah M. Usher 

A. L. A. ffembership Committee 
Office of Records, Files, 
Statistics, Central Library 




MARCH 1956 

Pablished by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volrjne XI, Number 3 March 1956 

Publications Comnittee: Barbara Eo Coffey, Jean L. Eaton, Mary A. Hackett, Girard D. 

Hottleman, Richard E. Lyons, Robert Co Woodward, B. Gertrude 
Wade, Chairiran 

Publication date ; De adline for submitting material; 
The fxl't eenth of each mon th The tenth of each month 


Among the mary pi'cblems that staff members have asked the Personnel Committee to 
solve is the problem of superiors (chiefs and others) uriio do not know how to handle 
their authority » It rras called to the attention of that committee that many staff 
members sviffer under what is considered regimes of personal prejudice and have person- 
ality difficulties with their chiefs which do not stem in any way from deficiencies 
in their work. Many suggestions were presented by our always creative staff, such 
as shifting chiefs from place to place so that everyone will have to bear his or her 
fair share of unreasonable supervision or having a training covirse for chiefs in inter- 
personal relationships. 

These various suggestions broached to alleviate the problem of a prejudiced or 
difficiilt chief did not strike at the heart of the matter, however. The heart of the 
matter is this: A chief must be made to realize the responsibilities of his position 
and he must use his authority as a sacred trust. To a chief, this means that, when 
necessary, he must disregard the needs of his own personality to administer justice 
honestly. A chief must realize that he affects the happiness or \inhappiness of his 
staff members for a total of thirty-five hours a week. In many cases, this amounts 
to more waking time than one spends with one's family. The human beings under his 
authority are more fragile than books and typewriters and much more valuable and must 
be handled accordingly. 

Other offenses committed by chiefs, according to letters submitted to the 
Personnel Committee, include talking behind an employee's back or stating a derogatory 
and/or personal opinion about a staff member to others who have no stake in the matter 
of supervision or discipline o Offenses of this type, although just a matter of a 
few words, can and do produce human suffering of a very high degree. The type of boss 
who sinks to the level of deliberately damaging reputation is difficult to deal with. 
If one attempts a defense by showing that it is the chief's error which he has blamed 
you for, then one is challenging authority. To this type of boss, authority means 
Ego. The only solution lies in an examination of conscience by the chief himself. 

The whole problem of proper administration of authority could be solved very 
simply. An administrator should remember just two things : First that he should not 
run his department for the glorification of his own ego; and second that he should 
at all times be a gentlenan (or she, a lady). If the chief does these things, not 
only will he make all of his staff a lot happier, but he will get better work done 
more easily, and he will have the great satisfaction that comes from the realization 
that he has treated the most important asset of his department, his staff, with the 
proper respect that human beings deserve. 


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March 20. S.L.A., Boston Chapter, Insti- 
tute on Acquisitions, Simmons 
College, 1:30 pc.m. 

April 3-6. Catholic Library Association 
Conference, Somerset Hotel. 


New Employees 

Paul E. Cawein, Open SheLf . 

Jeremiah F. Long, Exhibits Office. 

(Mr Long was formerly part-time in Book 

Stack Service and Statistical.) 
Edward A. Munro, Science and Technology. 

(Mr Mxinro was formerly part-time in that 

department . ) 
Robert W. Holmes, Music. 
Anne M. Degnan, Director's Office. 


Mrs Vera L, Cheves, from Branch Issue to 

Cataloging and Classification (HR and CS) 
Bettina M. Coleiiti, from Open Shelf to 

Codman Square. 
Audrey V. Jewell, from Cataloging and 

Classification (HR and CS) to Open 

William T. Casey, from Open Shelf to 

Branch Issue. 


Helen T. Leydon, City Point, to Joseph W. 

Schwartz, February 11. 
Sona Semerjian, Kirstein Business Branch, 

to Ashod Jelalian, February 9. 


Jacquelin M. Coutu, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication (R and RS), to take a position 
nearer her honie. 

John F. Keneavy, Book Stack Service, at 
the termination of his Military Leave. 

John J. Daley, Open Shelf, to enter 
Military Service. 

Patricia M. Nolan, Book Preparation, to 
accept another position. 

Mrs Donna M. Graves, Personnel Office, to 
move to Florida where her husband was 

William F. O'Donnell, Book Stack Service, 
to attend college on his discharge from 
the Air Force. 

Mrs Katherine L. Williams, Central Charg- 
ing, to move to Connecticut. 


Gracemarie Alfe, Children's Assistant at 
East Boston, who has just «!.nnounced her 
engagement to Francis J. Leblanc, physicist 
at the Cambridge Research Laboratories, 
and Grand Knight, Coltjmbus Council #116, 
Knights of Colvimbus. 

Mary Alice Rae, Book Purchasing, who was 
recently elected a trustee of the Westwood 
Public Library. 

Henry B. Jones, Book Stack Service, who 
was the subject of a long article in THE 
BOvSTON SUNDAY GLOBE, March 6, on his hobby, 
steam locomotive -mhistles. 


It has been announced that Dr Paul Herman 
Buck, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of 
History, Director of the University Library 
and Librarian of Harvard College, will be 
the speaker at this year's Bertha V. HartzeH 
Memorial Lectxxre, May 11. ■' 


Mrs Vanja Boklund, Upsala (Sweden) Public ' 
Library. ; 


In The City Record, February 25, 1956, I 
the abridged summary of the reports on the " 
Library Department by the Citizen's Commit- 
tee on Municipal Finance. Since this 
committee, directed by Charles J. Fox, re- 
commended several changes in the personnel 
system, in the organization and administra- 
tion of the Library Department, its report 
is of vital interest to all staff members. 


ALA membership blanks 

still available 

Sarah M« Usher 
ALA Membership Committee 

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It is very gratifying to be able to re- 
port that the Subcommittee on Personnel of 
the Examining Committee invited represent" 
atives of the Professional Staff Associa- 
tion to meet with them again this year to 
discuss staff morale problems and staff 
facilities. At this meeting on FebnEi27 23, 
were Paul H. Buck, Chairman, Dr Leon S. 
Medalia, and the Right Reverend Edward G. 
Murray of the Committee, and William T. 
Casey, Eamon E. I'fcDonough, Sidney Weinbei^ 
and Louis Rains representing the Staff 
Association. The meeting iffas most pleasant 
and cordial. The members of the Committee 
displayed, through their very pertinent 
and searching questions, a surprisingly 
thorough knowledge of the problems facing 
the staff. 

As a natter of fact, the Executive Board 
had held a special meeting the preceding 
Tuesday to decide on the major morale 
problems we ivished to stress, but in the 
light of the broad interests and informa- 
tion of the Committee, the meeting was 
apparently unnecessary. Among the many 
topics discussed were the promotional 
system, allowances for vacations for sub- 
professionals, vacancies, allowances for 
illness for absences of less than half a 
day, increases in salaries, adequate rec- 
ognition of job performance, and that old 
troublesome problem of satisfactory remu- 
neration for assistants-in-charge. 

On the night of February 23, it was the 
pleasure of the President to represent 
the Staff Association as a guest of the 
Trustees at an awards dinner of the 19^6 
Red Feather Campaign of Metropolitan 
Boston. At this banquet it was announced 
that the employees of the City of Boston 
Library Department had received an Honor 
Award in recognition of their support of 
the Greater Boston Red Feather Services p 
Among the group of representatives of the 
Library were Milton E, Lord, Elizabeth L. 
Wright, Samuel Green, Barbara Feeley, 
Rosemarie Mulcahy, and officers of the 
various staff organizations. The occasion 
was most enjoyable — good food, pleasant 
companions, entertainment, addresses, and, 
of course, recognition of the staff's 
generous contribution to a very worthy 
cause . 

An account of the reception to the new 
(and a few old) Officers of the Associa- . 
tion follows. We thank Euclid Peltier, 
Albert Brogna, Genevieve Moloney and the 

Entertainment Committee, and May McDonald 
and the Program Committee for their work 
that evening. 

Louis Rains 


On Friday evening, February 2U, the 
Professional Staff Association was "at home" 
in the Wiggin Gallery, Central Library. 
The purpose of the meeting was to welcome 
the newly-elected officers of the associa- 
tion who are to serve during the current 

The meeting was called to order by Presi- 
dent Louis Rains yiho called upon lfe.y 
McDonald, Chairman of the Program Committee, 
to carry on. Miss McDonald introduced 
Euclid J. Peltier of Audio-Visual who gave 
a verbal explanation of the three films 
that followed. These films were both enter- 
taining and informative, especially to 
those not familiar with modern techniques 
in this medium. After the films, the 
officers were welcomed individually in a 
very impressive-looking receiving line. 

A social hour ensued, with an attractive 
tabie well-ladened with tempting food and 
punch, arranged under the competent manage- 
ment of Genevieve Moloney and her efficient 
Entertainment Committee. 


I'lTien the television people wish to set 
a scene that quickly will provide the stamp 
of culture, refinement, solid character, 
learning, and respectability, how do they 

Everybody knows that they gain the effect 
they want by presenting the characters in 
front of a background of books. 

The use of books in television is so 
effective that the kids who sometimes re- 
quire a few moments to puzzle out -vidiich is 
the bad guy in a western picture, qviick]^ 
spot the good guy in the society drama. 
He's the fellow who owns all the books. 

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Since I663 the Library has done some of 
its printing, 93 years is a lorig time in | 
the history of libraries in the United j 
States, never mind library printing depart-j 
ments. Since l895>as the first library j 
printing department equipped with lino- I 
type machines and under the supervision | 
of Francis ViT. Lee, Chief (189U-1937), and ! 
William B. Gallagher, Chief (1937-1954), 1 
it has pioneered in libraiy printing for ! 
sixty-one years and modeled most present- ; 
day library printing departments, | 

On March Ih, Edmund F, Roche, linotype 
operator and George H, Hulme, Jr,, press- 
man, were transferred to the Printing 
Section, Administrative Service Department 
of the City of Boston. 

So ends the Printing Department, I863- 

James P. Mooers 


Non-Fiction -■" Library Science 

American library annual, 1955/56 

New York, Bowker, 1956 
Association of Research Libraries 

Problems and prospects of the research j 

library. i 

New Brunswick, N.J., Scarecrow Press, | 

1955 I 

Murison, William J. ' 

The public library. 

London, Harrap, 1955 | 

Sayers, William C, B, | 

An introduction to library classifica- | 

tion, 9th ed. 

London, Grafton, 1955 
Toser, Marie A. 

Library manual. 5th ed. 

New York, Wilson, 1955 


AbrahaiDS, Peter 

Mine boy. 

New York, Knopf, 1955 
Adams, Samuel H. 

Grandfather stories. 

New York, Random House, 1955 
Asimov, Isaac 

The end of eternity. 

The Garden City, N.Y,, Doubleday, 1955 

Bonner, Paul H. 

Excels iorl 

Nevr York, Scribner, 1955 
Daninos , Pierre 

The notebooks of Major Thompson, 

New York, Knopf, 1955 
Dolson, Hildegarde 

Sorry to be so cheerful. 

New York, Random House, 1955 
Feld, Rose C. 

Ui^ Aunt Lucienne, 

New York, Scribner, 1955 
Huxley, Aldous L, 

The genius and the goddess. 

New York, Harper, 1955 
Mackay, Margaret 

The four fates. 

New York, J. Day Co., 1955 
O'Connor, Edwin 

The last hurrah, 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1956 
Potts , Jean 

Death of a stray cat. 

New York, Scribner, 1955 
Schulberg, Budd 


New York, Random House, 1955 
Shapiro, Lionel S. B. 

The sixth of June, 

Garden City, N«Y., Doubleday, 1955 
Thomas, Dylan 

Adventures in the skin trade, 

Norfolk, Coim,, New Directions, 1955 
Warren, Robert P. 

Band of angels. 

New York, Random House, 1955 
Waugh, Evelyn 

Officers and gentlemen, 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1955 
Wilson, Sloan 

The man in the gray flannel suit. 

New York, Simon and Schuster, 1955 
Wouk, Herman 

Marjorie Morningstar, 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1955 


Bemelmans, Ludwig 

The world of Bemelmans. 

New York, Viking Press, 1955 
Burns, George 

I love her, that's whyl 

New York, Simon and Schuster, 1955 
Carson, Rachel L, 

The edge of the sea. 

Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1955 

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Davson, Sir Geoffrey Leo Simon bart . 

Elinor Glyn. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 19^5 
DeVoto, Bernard A. 

The easy chair. I 

Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1955 j 

Gunther, John . 

Inside Africa. j 

New York, Harper, 1955 j 

Gutwirth, Samuel W. i 

How to free yourself from nervous tensioni 

Chicago, Regnery, 1955 
Hanson, Lawrence 

Passionate pilgrims; the life of Vincent 

van Gogh. 

New York, Random House, 1955 
Hill, Patricia 

The pit and the century plant. 

New York, Harper, 1955 
Howe, llarvine 

The Prince and I. 

New York, J. Day Co., 1955 
Izzard, Ralph 

The Abominable Snowman . 

Garden City, N.Y^, Doubleday, 1955 
Keith, Agnes 

Bare feet in the palace. 

Boston, Little, BroTim, 1955 
Kimbrough, Emily 

So near and yet so far. 

New York, Harper, 1955 
Lee, Reba, psued. 

I passed for white. 

New York, Longmans, Green, 1955 
Lefebure, Molly 

Evidence for the Crowi. 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1955 
McClintic, Guthrie 

Me and Kit. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1955 
Maltz, Maxwell 

Adventures in staying young. 

New York, Crowell, 1955 
Ifeeker, Arthur 

Chicago, with love. 

New York, Knopf, 1955 
Morison, Samuel E. 

Christopher Columbus, mariner. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1955 
Perelman, Sidney J. 

Perelman's home companion. 

New York, Simon and Schuster, 1955 
Richardson, Vifyman 

The house on Nauset Marsh. 

New York, Norton, 1955 
Spectorsky, Auguste C. 

The exurbanites. 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1955 

Thurber, James 

Thvtrber's dogs, 

N.Y. , Simon and Schuster, 1955 
Truman, Harry 3., Pres. U.S», 

Memoirs. V, I 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1955 
Wallace, Irving 

The fabulous originals ^ 

New York, Knopf, 1955 
Willis, William 

The gods were kind. 

New York, Button, 1955 


Codman Square 

A farewell coffee hour was held for A. 
Phyllis Freeman on February 9, when the 
staff gathered to wish her luck on her marriage to Robert Cales. 

Two surprises were in store for Miss 
Freeman— one a lovely :" four-tiered wedding 
cake filled with good luck charms , baked 
by Mrs Rotondo,a member of the staff, and 
the other, a useful steam iron. 

Mrs Sydney L. Whitman 

Jamaica Plain 

On Thursday evening, February 9, the 
Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library 
held their mid-winter meeting. A large 
amd enthusiastic audience -ft-as on hand to 
greet the speaker, our own Edna Peck, whose 
anniial appearance has become one of the 
outstanding events of the Friends' activi- 
ties. After an entertaining and illiominating 
talk on current books, the audience had a 
chance to chat with the guest of honor over 
a cup of coffee. 

West End 

West End celebrated Catholic Book Week 
this year by playing host to the students 
of St Joseph's Parochial School. Some 300 
children from grades four through eight 
came as visitors by classes between the 
dates of February 13 and March 5. The fifth 
through eighth graders were given an exten- 
sive tour of the old historic building in 
which TVest End is housed, with the idea of 
conveying to them a sense of reverence and 
respect for the past. Fanny Goldstein, 
Branch Librarian, told them the fascinating 
story of the part which the old West Church 
played in United States history from its 
beginnings in 1737 up to the present. 
History came alive for them, and their 


enthusiastic interest was evidenced in 
their responses. The classes were also 
introduced to the mysteries of the Tower 
Room and were even taken up to see the 
T.'orkings of the clock high in the church 
steeple. They were particularly impressed 
with seeing for themselves the area under 
the eaves where legend has it slaves were 
hidden during the days of the Underground 
Railway, and they were astonished at the 
view of Bunker Hill rnonument across the 
river. The fourth grade class, which was 
perhaps too young to appreciate fully the 
historical aspects of the building were 
given an introduction to the Children's 
Room. Our display of C atholic Auth ors , 
which included photographs of various 
authors surrounded by book jackets of so 
some of their works, was pointed out to 
all the visitors. Attention was also 
called to our shelves devoted to Lenten 
Reading . Several book reports written by 
Junior High students and judged best by 
the Sisters of St Joseph School were on 
display to complete our Catholic Book 
Week celebration. 

On Saturday afternoon, February 25, the 
Saturday Evening Girls, held a special 
meeting and social hour. About forty 
ladies heard Fanny Goldstein, Branch 
Librarian, and an S.E.G. herself, tell of 
her trip to Europe and Israel last summer. 
The audience was so interested arri appre- 
ciative, asking rcany questions, that the 
talk had to be terminated before Israel 
was reached. Tentative plans were made 
then and there to have another meeting 
to hear Miss Goldstein's further adven- 
tures in Israel and Spain. An unusual 
and gratifying feature of this year's 
meeting was the presence of several men, 
husbands and sons, who wanted to hear the 
travel talk, Delicious Purim holiday 
pastries and tea were served at the con- 
clusion of the meeting. 


The list of staff representatives will, 
we hope, be distributed very soon. This 
will be followed by an announcement that 
dues are payable, and this, in turn, will 
be followed immediately by an influx of 
money and new rrerabers, we hope. 

Louis Rains 



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, De- 
partment or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous 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 Soap 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 Editor of the Question Mark: 

It was kind of the administration to 
announce its decision to jettison the POINT 
SYSTEM a full l6 days before deadline time 
for the March SOAP BOX. Thus we all . Lu 
could give the document the many readings 
such notices often require. The central 
message was clear enough — ^we have suddenly 
gone off the POINT STANDARD~but the reason 
given, that qualitative considerations are 
more important than quantitative ones, is 
an obvious truism, which couldn't just 
have been discovered by the Administration, 
Some staff members think the change was 
made in order to facilitate appointment 
of some new chiefs not entitled to promo- 
tion on the point system. Others quipped 
that our stormiest petrel had finally piled 
up 100 points and broke the bank. It is 


not siorprising that so many of us are 
ready to put the worst construction on 
any new announcement. It's a shortsighted 
Administration which goes in for heavy 
fait accompli-ing all over the place for 
years, then thinks people will always 
take things in stride. There is much 
cynicism and unconcern in other people's 
affairs on the surface, but slowly there 
accvmrulates a reservoir of ill will into 
which we lazily dip for judgment of any 
new thing emanating from the front office, 
instead of judging decisions on their own 
merits. Except for the unfairness to 
those who have accepted it in good faith 
and took the trouble to collect the 
points, this is probably a good move. 
Any act of dismantling the cumbrous system 
which has become so rigid that the A(inin" 
istration is itself a sort of prisoner of 
it — the system wagging the Administration-^ 
is a good move. On the other hand this 
change will put too much appointive power 
in the hands of the Promotional Panel. 
On the point system in the past the Admin- 
istration got itself some beauts. Let us 
pray that the Lord fill the Promotional 
Panels with wisdom and fairness to prevent 
such whoppers in the future. 

Harry Andrews 

Dear Editor*. 

We have all been alarmed and 
justifiably so at the petty thievery that 
happens in the library. However, there 
has been another sort of thievery going 
on for some time not only with official 
sanction but under official auspices. 

Each year a number of people retiring 
or resigning from the staff are cheated 
of up to four weeks vacation pay. This 
is doiB in accordance vath the ruling of 
a minor city official. To the best of my 
knowledge, no positive action has been 
taken to reverse this ruling. The rulings 
of petty officials are not the word of 
God, nor even necessarily the law. They 
are frequently not even the voice of right 

Vacation time is not a privilege granted 
by a benevolent 19th century despot to 
his cowering slaves. In the 20th century 
it is a fringe benefit of the employment 
contract and as such is a moral obligation 
on the part of the employer, inviolable 
in the eyes of God. Anyone taking part 

in this violation of rights, even though 
guided by the worthy motive of governmental 
economy, is committing a sin against the 
Seventh Commandment. It is stealing, plain 
and simple. 

Eamon McDonough 

Dear Editor: 

The administration's new policy of con- 
sidering quality rather than quantity is 
a good one« Why not extend this policy to 
all promotions? 

There are many sub-professionals whose 
excellence makes the good reputation of 
their chiefs. Such people deserve advance- 
ment on their merit alone but have been 
stalemated by the difficult system of 
advancement that the library applies to 
such people, Viihy can't worthwhile sub- 
professionals jump the breach on merit as 
their superiors will be doing in the very 
near future? 

If such a merit system were extended to 
the vliole staff, it would encourage the 
ambitious and sustain the hard working. 
Such a system would be beneficial to both 
the library and to the staff. 

Girard D. Hottleman 

Dear Editor: 

It has become increasingly evident 
throughout the library that sub-professionals 
of high caliber are leaving the library as 
well as professionals. This situation is 
undoubtadly caused by the barrier erected 
by the administration that prevents sub- 
professionals from aspiring to either higher 
positions or higher wages. 

To point out how unfair this situation 
is, let's take the case of any Sub- 
professional. He can pass all ten examina- 
tions, and he is in the library for ten 
years and still be earning a salary of less 
than sixty dollars per week. This salary 
is unrealistic condensation for an employee 
who has given ten years of faithful service 
to the library. 

It is not a conqjlaint against the much 
higher wage scale of the professionals 
that is being voiced, but simply a cry for 
fair play and an honest wage for sub- 
professionals who would like to stay with 
the library. 

The administration claims that any 

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sub-professional who has the desire, can 
move into the professional ranks. This 
task is so difficult however, that only- 
three people without college training 
since 1938, have done it. As tirae goes 
on, the barrier becomes more difficult 
to surmount. A double entrance examina- 
tion plus three other difficult examina- 
tions must be passed before a candidate 
can ever be considered. 

There is only one solution for this 
ridiculous situation. A new classifica- 
tion must be introduced into the library 
system. A new rating of senior sub- 
professionals should be initiated. With 
this rating, a sub-professional can pass 
his ten examinations, and then after a 
five-year period, will automatically be li 
classified as a senior sub-professional, !l 
with a suggested increase of three '' 
hundred dollar per annum over and above 
tjie already stipulated anniversary raises^ 

It is evident that only high caliber ' 
sub-professionals \i±ll reach this level j 
and that they should therefore be 


Announcement has been made of the birth, 
on March -8, of a daughter, Donne, to Mr 
and Mrs Clyde Carter. Mrs Carter is on 
leave of absence from Central Charging 

Paul W. Smith 

To the Editor: 

Snow, snow, snow 

Dazzling to the eye, 

Hexagonic pearls, 
Oystered in the sky. 

Fleecy, downy mantle. 
Coating all the green. 

Wall to wall wide carpet, 
Whitest ever seen. 

Blemishes of ages 
Disappear from earth. 

Miracle proclaiming 
Virginal rebirth. 

Would that such a mantle 
Camouflaged us too. 

Hiding all the sinful 
Ravages from view. 

Thus at least a season 
See each other new, 

Feuds and rancors hidden, 
Charity in view. 

Harry Andrews 

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Off icers and Committees — 19^6 

Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary- 
Recording Secretary- 

Executive Board 

G. Florence Connolly 
Eamon E. McDonough 

Standing Coimnittees 

Louis Rains 
William T. Casey- 
Jean E. Watson 
Marion K. Abbot 
Mary C. Robbins 

Linda M. Pagliuca 
Ellen Richwagen 

Constitution Committee 
Mildred C. O'Connor, Chairman 

Mchael W, Barden 

G. Florence Corjiolly 
Rita A. Farina 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Reference and Research Services 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Reference and Research Services 

Fine Arts 

Hospi-bal Library Service 

Entertainment Committee 
Euclid J. Peltier, Chairman 
Margaret D. Butler 
Catherine M. Flaherty 
Shirley A. Gildea 
Anne D. Kelly 
Daniel ¥. Kelly 
Veronica Yotts 

Periodical and Ne-wspaper 
Bookmobile I 
Information Office 

Office of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services 

Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lectiire 
John M. Carroll, Chairman 

Mildred R. Adelson 
Emilia M. Lange 
Mary M. McDonough 
Pauline A. Walker 

House Committee for Men 
Paul F. I'lulloney, Chairman 
^Hf- Walter Coleman 
Robert F. Ferris 
* Sumner Fryhon 
Donald L. Ne-wman 
Lawrence J. Sindone 

Office of the Division of Home 

Reading and Community Services 
Jamaica Plain 

Book Preparation 
Yfest Roxbury 

Science and Technology 


Book Stack Service 


Book Purchasing 

Book Stack Service 

House Committee for Women 
Joan McA^ris, Chairman 
Laura M. Bondi 
Ruth V. Marshall 
Marie T. Orth 
•«■ Mary T. Sands 
•sHf Helen Schubarth 

Science and Technology 






■M- Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service Employees 
International Union, Local #U09, (AFL) 
•iHt Representative of other groups not represented in the Association or 
thff TTninr 


Membership and Hospitality Committee 
Ellen Richwagen, Chairman 
Linda Iberis 
Catherine M. MacDonald 
Gladys L. Murphy 

Personnel Committee 

Eamon E. McDonough, Chairman 

Albert J. Brogna 

Charles J. Gillis 

Julia A. Lenzi 
Taimi E. Lilja 
May C. McDonald 
B. Joseph O'Neil 
David T. Sheehan 
Sidney Yfeinberg 

Program Committee 

Linda M. Pagliuca, Chairman 

Albert J. Brogna 

Bettina M. Coletti 

Angela A. Sacco 

Bridie P. Stotz 

North End 

General Reference 


Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services 

East Boston 

Codman Square 

Bookmobile I 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Book Stack Service 

Patent Room 

North End 
Codman Square 
Adams Street 

Publications Committee 

B. Gertrude Wade, Chairman 

Barbara Coffey 

Jean L. Eaton 
llary A- Racket t 
Girard D. Hottleman 
Richard Lyons 

Special Services Committee 
Louis M. Ugalde, Chairman 
Daniel J. Koury 
Felicia J, Langdon 

Staff Library Committee 

Dorothy K, Becker, Chairman 

H. Anna Brennan. 

Paul V. Moynihan 

Anne C. Kearney 

William Meehan 

Gertrude Stuhl 

Book Selection, Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Reference and 
Research Services 

Science and Technology 

Parker Hill 

Book Purchasing 

Open Shelf 

Rare Book 
Music Room 
Audio- Visual 

Central Charging Records 

Mt Bowdoin 

General Reference 

Lower Mills 


Central Charging Records 

Special Committees 

CARE Committee 

Walter J. Bluhm, Chairman 

Marie T. Has tie 

Minna Steinberg 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Parker Hill 

Cataloging and Classification, 

Division of Reference and 

Research Services 



Centennial Gift Coinmittee (Staff) 
Ada A. Andelman , Chairman 

Geraldine M« Altinan 
Charles J. Gillis 

Jeanne M. Hayes 
Bradford M. Hill 
Prise ilia S. MacFadden 
Thomas J. Manning 
Pauline A. Walker 
Pauline Winnick 

Representing Quarter Century Club 
Grace M. Caution 
Daniel W, Sheeiran 

Representing Employees Benefit Association 
(now disbanded) """ — — 

Frank P, Bruno 
J. Joseph Danker 
Catherine A. Farrell 
George W. Gallagher 
Patrick Jo Reilly 
Representing Arnavets 
John J, Tuley 
Sidney Weinberg 

Concession Committee 
Frank P. Bruno, Chairman 
■»«• Michael Dello Russo 
* William Donald 
Louis Polishook 
David T. Sheehan 

Insurance Committee 

Harry C. Fletcher, Chairman 

Office of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services 

Jamaica Plain 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services 

Book Purchasing 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Fine Arts 

Exhibits . ' - 

West Roxb\iry 

Open Shelf 


Science and Technology-r-Patent Room 





Fire Control Center 

Science and Technology — Patent Roan 

Patent Room 



Central Charging Records 

Book Stack Service 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Reference and 
Research Services 

Pe ns ions C ommitt e e 
Louis Polishook, Chairman 
Abraham B, Snyder, Special Advisor 

Catherine M. MacDonald 
B. Joseph O'Neil 

Publicity Committee 
Gracemarie V. Alfe,' Chairman 
Mary Brigante 
Mary T. Crosby 

Committee to Investigate Travel to Miami 
Pauline Winnick, Chairman 
Richard E. Lyons 
Margaret A. Morgan 

Central Charging Records 
Cataloging and Classification, 

Division of Reference and 

Research Services 
Periodical and Newspaper 

East Boston 
Jeffries Point 

Open Shelf 
Open Shelf 


Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service Employees 

International Union, Local #1409 (AFL) 
Representative of other groups not represented in the Association or the Union. 


1956 United Red Feather Campaign 

P of Metropolitan Boston 


February 2U, 19^6 
Dear Award Winner: 

The enclosed citation conveys the thanks 
of over 500,000 Greater Boston citizens who will use one 
or more of the 277 Red Feather services during 1956. I am 
happy to send this citation and hope that it will bring a 
sense of satisfaction to you and your employees. 

Sincerely yours, 
(signed) J. A. ERICKSON 

Joseph Ao Erickson, Chairman 
Comraunity Fund Division 


^< :c 

* H N R A V: A R D % 

Presented to 


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In Recognition of Their Support of 277 .if 

Greater Boston Red Feather Services. Their ^ 

Generosity Shows Keen Awareness of Civic Duty 'X 

and Concern of the Needs for Their Fellowmen. .7 


^ Campaign Chairiaan -^ 

" V 

f: 1956 United Red Feather J» A. ERICKSON i 

^ Campaign of Metropolitan Chairos-n, S 

Boston Comiminity Fund Division ;; 

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APRIL 1956 

Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Vol ume XI, N\imber h April 195^6 

Publications Committee: Barbara E« Coffey, Jean L. Eaton, Jfery As Hackett, Girard D. 

Hottleman, Richard E. Lyons, Robert Co Woodward, B. Gertrude 
Wade, Chairman 

Publication date ; Deadline for s ub mitting material ; 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 


What with income taxes falling due, April is an unsettling month for all of us. 
It is, also, the month in which we join our admnistrators in bemoaning the annual 
library budget appropriation. Although the total figure this year is $l6,630 more 
than last year's allotment, it is almost $300,000 less than the amount requested. 

That economy-minded city councillors and librarians anxious to expand services 
rarely agree on the amount of money needed for the functioning of a large library, 
we understand. A close look at separate budget items, on the other hand, led us to 
the discovery of an especially disturbing facto We regi-et the slight reduction in 
our vital book budget, lowered to $31ii,000, but even worse is the substantial 
reduction in the allotment for personnel services. Answer to our inquiries has 
revealed the hope that a supplementary budget will be passed to bring us back up to 
last year's appropriation in this area, but there is apparently no hope of an increase 
that would enable us to finance the enlarged staff that most of us feel is necessary 
to spend the book appropriation wisely — and to maintain other library services. 

To our amazement, we have discovered that, despite the fact that in 1953 (when 
we did not feel vre were "overstaffed" )f there were 6I1.7 people on the payroll, our 
Trustees have set a limit of 602 as the total staff to which the Library is entitled. 
Since on April 1956 our personnel totaled 595, we have at the moment, it seems, only 
seven vacancies — three in the branch libraries, the other four spread over the 
remaining departments and divisions. Those of us who know the difficulties involved 
last year in selecting, purchasing, processing and utilizing $325,000 worth of books 
despite short staffs wonder how this discrepancy between necessarily large book 
budget and extreme limitation of personnel will affect us this year. 

In many units, department heads and chiefs are still performing clerical and 
routine functions, manning central desks and taking charge of the floor because they 
do not have enough assistants, professional or subprofessional, to perform these 
indispensable tasks. If the department head vacancies now in the process of being 
filled remove more personnel from the rank and file, as we assiime at least some of 
them will, we shall have even fewer assistants for the daily chores. Seven new staff 
cambers will certainly not fill in all of these gaps. Yet, to spend the book budget 
to greatest advantage, department heads, branch librarians, and supervisors need 
time to survey their collections and work out adequate purchase plans. How can we 
transmit from publisher to patron the best and most essential books available in 
return for the taxpayers' money while we remain so inadequately staffed? 




April 16 S.L.A., Boston Chapter, April 
Meeting, Federal Records Club, 
Dorchester, 7:ii5 P»ni. 

May 2, 3 M.L.A. Spring meeting, Lord 
Jeffery Hotel, Aniierst 


New Employees 

Richard L. Oilman, Charles town 

¥srs Aline B, O'Neill, L^ttapan 

Loyce Fairfax, Book Stack Service 

S. Robert Johnson, Fine Arts 

Mrs Edith L. Lebman, Personnel Office 


Catherine M. Hannon, from Brighton to 

West End 
Wcs Elaine E. Sherer, from Mt Bowdoin to 

Mrs Christine Umano, from Mattapan to 

Mrs Millicent A. Smith, from Dorchester 

to Neponset 


Ellis P. Batchelder, Office of the 

Division of Reference and Research 

Services , because of illness . 
Donold M. Koslow, Kirstein Business 

Branch, to accept a position in the 

Naval War College Library, Nevrport, 

Rhode Island. 
George E. Ear ley, General Reference, to 

accept a position as Assistant Director 

of the Freeport Memorial Library, 

Freeport, Long Island. 
Hope Bq Brovm, South Boston, to accept 

a position at the Mlton Public library. 
Mrs Mary K. McNamee, Personnel Office, to 

remain at home. 
Jolin F. Collins, Business Office, to 

accept a position with Trans-World 

Airlines, New York City, 

Re tirement 

Albert F. Hunt, Working Foreman Carpenter, 
Buildings, retired on March 13, 1956. 
Mr Hunt has been on the staff of the 
Library since July I6, 1928, and 
TTorking Foreman Carpenter since 
November 8, 195U. 

: Mrs Adelheid Laro Mekkila, Finland. 

From USIS 

Musa Absy, Jordan 

Kimsan Doeur Nouth, Cambodia 

J, E. Pasanibu, Indonesia 

Phar Thuy Dung, Vietnam 

Hector Perera, Ceylon 

Sook Wongsason, Bangkok, Thailand 

Ishaq Ao S. Husseini, Tripoli, Libya 

Miss Nguyen Kim DiiJi, Saigon, Vietnam 


To Samuel Green, Deputy Assistant to the 
Director, who has been elected a director 
of the City of Boston Employees Association, 
Inc. The Association has a membership of 
2600, 80 from the B=P.L. 

To Ann C. McCluskey, extra assistant at 
South Boston and student at Girls* Latin 
School, who has just been awarded a four- 
year partial scholarship to Emmanuel College. 

To Gilda Tecce, Children's Assistant at 
Hyde Park, who announced her engagement to 
Paul W. Barrett of Braintree, Massachusetts, 
on Easter Sunday 


Joan Bianchi, North End 

Margaret T, Brassil, Memorial 

Cornelia M. Harrington, Division Office, 

HR and CS 
Margaret Hewey, South End 
Marie Ann Orth, Personnel Office 
Leslie Vance, East Boston 
Letitia Y* Woodson, Jamaica Plain 


Bow of the month to the men in the 
Buildirss Eep-';::tin3-;it and the Book Stack 
for their magnificent job of clearing the 
snow dioring those three severe March 

See back cover for a SPECIAL EVENT 



This month we are inaugurating a new 
column which, we hope, will become a regu- 
lar feature of The Ques ti on Hark . So that 
vre can get acquainted xvith new staff 
members, we will present each issue brief-i 
and-lively sketches of each newcomer, i 
beginning with the group listed as "New j 
Employees" in the March issue of The Quss- I 
t ion Itark o The Publications Committee j 
welcomes any and all commentary upon this 
department. We hope ttiat you will enioy 

Open Shelf has a welcome new male member 
in Paul Cawsin. After graduation from 
Ohio University, Paul began to attend 
Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge 
but left there to enter library woi-k of 
which he had had a taste in the university 
library as an undergraduate. At the mo- 
ment Paul is still assistant to the minis- 
ter at St Paul's Episcopal Church in 
Newton Highlands Ti^ere he is in charge of 
the youth program. 

Mr Cawein's past experience has included 
employment at Robert Bentley, Inc. in 
Cambridge, a firm from which the Library 
buys many of its English books. Summer 
1951; found him traveling through western 
Europe And, in the midst of this busy 
life, he found time to get married. 

Already Paul's interest in literature 
has made him valuable to Book Selection 
as a reviewer. He also enjoys music and 
takes a deep interest in politics and 
current events . 


The Director's Office newest employee 
is, Anne Marie Degnan. After graduation 
from high school, and prior to her en- 
trance to the library staff, Anne was 
employed at Boston Civil Defense. 
Although she enjoys traveling, the most 
distant state she has visited as yet is 
Maryland . 

She enjoys most sports, but prefers 
bowling ard dancing to any other. Her 
stay at the library has proved most enjoy- 
able thus far, she says, and she feels 
quite confident that it will continue to 
be. Those of us who have met her hope 
that her warm smile and friendly manner 
will remain with us for a long while. 


On February 29, 1956, Jeremiah F. Long 
began full-time employment as an Unclassifipi- 
Assistant in the Exhibits Office. Up until 
that time he had been working part-time in 
Book Stack Service. 

Mr Long started working as newspaperboy 
during grammar school days. From there he 
went on to be a soda clerk and then delivery 
boy in a local grocery market. It was at 
this point that he decided upon and took 
the Library examination- This v.-as an 
important step in his life, he says, because 
when he began working here he met many new 
friends and acquaintances and had an oppor- 
tunity to familiarize himself with one of 
the city's most well-equipped buildings. 

Upon graduating from Boston College High 
School last June, he attended Newman 
Preparatory School- Completing the necessai^y 
courses there in January of this year, he 
began to seek permanent employment. Only 
a few weeks elapsed before he happily 
assiiited his new position in the Exhibits 
Office tohere he is learning many new 
interesting facets of library work* His 
earnest application to his new duties 
indicates that he should become a decidedly 
valuable assistant. 

Guess you all know tall, friendly Edward 
A. Munro 11*10 began working in the Patent 
Room March 2. Up to that time Ed had been 
a part-time employee there since September 
195U. Perhaps he has been best-known up 
to now for his performance in the BPL pro- 
duction of "Free to All" as the boy in the 
khaki uniform singing "Betsy, She's lHy Gal" 
to Veronica Yotts. 

He's a busy man these days working on his 
Masters Degree at the New England Conserva- 
tory of Music, maintaining two church 
singing jobs, and accepting all other sing- 
ing engagements he can -fill. .He has been 
soloist for one or more times with 17 
different choral groups and orchestras. 
Besides all this, twice last year he was 
tenor soloist with the Boston Symphony 
Orchestra under Charles Munch. 

Don't get your hopes up, gals, Mr Munro 
cheerfully says that he plans to be married 
in August. 



BOSTON, APRIL 2.-6, 1956 

The Conference opened Tuesday, April 2, 
1956 with a Pontifical High Mass at 
St Clsment's Church, Archbishop Gushing 
officiating. His topic TOas — The truth 
shall make you free . He discussed the 
necessity of reading not only for acadendc 
learning, but also as an aid for the pre- 
servation of liberty and the free press . 

The Archbishop also spoke at a meeting 
of the Nursing Section- The lack of an 
accredited School for Medical Librarians 
Twas discussed and the Archbishop offered 
scholarships if such a school woTild be 
organized at the Catholic University 
in Washington. 

One of the most active groups is that 
conducted by Sister Camillus of Pittsburg, 
the Elementary school section. Special- 
ists in work with children were ajiong the 
speakers — Mrs Margaret Ludwig of the 
Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburg; 
Ethna Sheehan, Queens Borough Public 
Library, New York; Jennie Lindquistj 
Mrs lilary Reed Newlandj and Dr Frances 
Henne of Columbia University. 

At the first general session Monsignor 
John S. Kennedy, Editor of the Catholic 
Transcript of Hartford, took for his 
subject the general theme of the Confer- 
ence : Reading in the Homo. At the Confer- 
ence Luncheon on Wednesday, Riley Hughes, 
author of The hills are liars talked on 
The Novel and I . Both these speakers 
xirged more reading and declared that a 
good reading foundation could never be 
supplanted by television. 

But the events which will be remembered 
and talked about most were the meetings at 
the Boston Public Library. All were most 
enthusiastic about the dinner and recep- 
tion in the Lecture Hall. Their comments 
were "Aren't you fortunate to work with 
such fine people and in such beautiful 
surroundings." The presence of Archbishop 
Gushing and Mayor Hynes added to the cele- 
bration, and guests all went away to 
spread the fame of the Boston Public 

Among the Boston speakers at the various 
sections were Mary Alice Rea, John M. 
O'Lcughlin of Boston College, Reverend 
Brendan C. Connolly, S. J., of Weston 
College, Reverend John A. Broderick, 
Charles L, Higgins, Gerald L. Ball, 

Martha C. Engler, Sally Ann Quinn, Sister 
Walter, of Mission Church School, Dr Frederick 
Rosenheim, Mrs Kathleen Landry McCormick, 
Reverend John P. Redding, and Rudolph Elie. 

Over 600 members were registered, from 
33 states and U Canadian provinces. And 
those from California, Texas, Florida, and 
Mississippi were thrilled to see snow and 
frozen ponds. 

Martha Engler was appointed Secretary of 
the Elementary School Section and Anna L. 
Manning was appointed a member of the 
Nominating Committee, 

Anna L. Manning 


New England Unit, C. 

L. A. 

On behalf of the New Englard Unit of the 
Catholic Library Association, may I say one 
great big 


to every member of the Boston Public Library 
staff, for their wonderful spirit of cooper- 
ation and their gracious courtesy to the 
Catholic Library Association delegates who 
recently visited us. 

Sincerely yours, 

(Signed) MARY ALICE REA : 

Mary Alice Rea, Chairman 
New England Unit, CLA 


At the annual meeting of the ARNAVETS 
held on April 2, the following officers 
for 1956/57 were elected: 
Commander — Henry F. Barry 
Vice-Commander — Charles L. Higgins 
Adjutant and Quartermaster (21st term)-* 

James P, J. Gannon 
Chaplain — Thomas J. Daly 



We shall never know whether, when 
Bessie Lo Doherty closed her desk on 
Thvo-sday, April fifth, she sensed that 
she had spent her last day in the service 
of the Library; but, ws do know that the 
Shock of her passing as a new day began 
on Wednesday, April eleventh, Tras felt 
throughout the entire system. 

In the fifty-one years which had elapsadi 
since she entered the then-called Issue 
Department, she had worked conscientious- 
ly and devotedly, having learned well her 
lessons in her first years of training 
under M. Florence C^ifflin. Her only 
transfer in this half century was to 
Branch Issue, T^ere she served as First 
Assistant and as Assistant-in-Charge. 

Five of the Library's staff associations 
received Iiliss Doherty 's ardent support — 
the staff association which flourished 
in the early twenties; the Employees' 
Benefit Association v;hich was organized 
three years before she entered the Library 
and of "w^ich she served as president from 
1938 to I9UO; the Employees' Union and 
its successor'. The Library Club; and 
finally, the Quarter Century Club. 

Miss Doherty' s outside interests were 
varied and she pursued each with vigor 
and enthusiasm. To achieve the best was 
the very lowest aim she set for herself, 
and she worked steadily and confidently 
toward the accomplishment of her goals. 
Rewarding years in religious education 
work found her in great demand as a 
teacher and administrator both in church 
schools and at summer conferences. One 
field which was very dear to her heart 
and in t^iich she was especially outstand- 
ing was storjrtelling. Her proficiency in 
this sphere brought recognition which 
resulted in the inclusion: of this subject 
among those which she taught most success- 

As her creative mind sought new 
mediums of expression, she entered the 
field of writing — drama, essay, and 
poetry — and experienced the satisfying 
reward of seeing many works in print. 

During the second World War, when the 
Boston Metropolitan Chapter of the Amer- 
ican Red Cross sent out an appeal for 
volunteers to train for the Nurses Aide 
Corps, Miss Doherty was one of the first 
to accept the challenge. Possessed of a 
deep \inderstanding of human nature, a 

quiet, even disposition, and a -ivillingness 
to expend herself unselfishly if by so 
doing she could bring comfort and cheer to 
others, she was admirably suited to this 
particular type of service. 

To have shared a friendship with Miss 
Doherty was a privilege for she exemplified 
those characteristics which many strive, 
without success, to develop but which were 
an intrinsic part of her personality — 
loyalty, integrity, generosity, dignity, , 
stability, and the possession of a keen 
sense of humor. 

Each friend she made will cherish his or 
her own individual memories of experiences 
shared with Bessie Doherty, but all will 
treasure the common memory of a gallant 
spirit who faced life with high courage, a 
strong will power, and deep and unfaltering 
faith, Tfhat friendship meant to her, she 
summarized in the closing paragraphs of a 
pamphlet she titled Bridges & Friends ; 

"¥Jith reverent gratitude, tnerefore, one 
bows one's heart before all the linking- 
together bridgeways of life, with their 
ability to draw people and places into 
closer understanding and fellowship; — before 
the glorious magic of friendship, with its 
constant thrill of adventure, warm assurance, 
unchanging faith, its comforting ability to 
make one see life in the right perspective, 
its disciplining powers, its challenging 
visions, and quiet sharing of all that is 
most worth while. 

"Thank God for all bridges, far flung, 
and close at hand, which tend to unite in 
friendship, ease the hardships of the 
journey, or simply grace the landscape with 
their beauty. Thank Him, too, for friends, 
who, like bridges, graciously assist one 
along the beautiful, interesting, and 
of times dangerous steps of life," 

Sarah M. Usher 


Many of the members of the staff were 
saddened to learn of the death of Mary A. 
Reynolds on March lii, 1956. Miss Reynolds 
retired in 19U3 after fifty years of service 
She will be remembered by those who knew her 
for the courtesy and graciousness with which 
she served the patrons at the Issue Desk for 
over a period of thirty years; for her 
loyalty to the Library and the sincerity 
and kindness shown to her fellow staff 
members ^ 

Beatrice Coleman 



The President, vdth the approval of the 
Executive Board, has sent to the Director 
a letter recommending that: 

Fractional absence due to sudden 
illness be chargeable to allowance 
for illness, with the stricken staff 
member having the option of making 
up the lost timee 

At the regular meeting of the Eixecutive 
Board held on April 10, 19^6, it was votad 
that Sarah Mt Usher be nominated for mem- 
bership on the 19^6-1958 SORT Steering 
Committee. Miss Usher has accepted the 
nomination and her name will appear on the 
the SORT ballot at the election this 
coming June. 

Walter Miir TifhitehiH, the author, and 
Rudolph Riiaicka, the illustrator of The 
Boston Public Library; A Centennial 
History , will be guests of the Staff 
Association at a tea to be held in the 
Women's Lounge on the afternoon of 
Wednesday, lilay 9, 19^6, All staff mem- 
bers are invited to come to "meet and 
greet" our guests, who have kindly con- 
sented to autograph copies of the History. 
If you want your copy autographed, bring 
it with you. 

The call has gone out to the Staff 
Representatives that now is the time for 
all good members to pay their dues for 
the current year. We can make life more 
pleasant for the Staff Representatives, 
the Treasurer, and the Chairman of the 
Membership and Hospitality Committee if 
•we pay our dues promptly. 

Louis Rains, 


Due to the fact that he has had a 
serious accident, Dr Paul Buck has in- 
formed us, with his sincere regrets, that 
he will be unable to deliver this year's 
Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture as 
previously anno\inced« The committee is 
busily working to secure a new speaker. 
VJ^atch bulletins for announcement of the 
new plans, including time and place, as 
soon as they are completed. 


Kirstein Business Branch 

Neither warnings of an MIA shutdown nor 
prospects of spending the night on bunks 
at City Hall Annex could keep 11 staunch 
KBB'ers from a combination dinner party for 
Elaine Hanson and Donald Koslow on Monday, 
l/^rch 19* A few quick telephone calls to 
the City Club merely altered the dinner 
plans into luncheon plans when a 12 noon 
elos'ing of tfe Library was declared. 

Elaine, who is to be married in Washingtoj 
on April 7, was delighted with a serving 
spoon in her silver pattern^ and Donald, 
who has accepted a position with the Naval 
War College Library in Newport, Rhode 
Island, was pleased with his Sheaf fer pen 
and pencil set. The group parted with many 
fond good-bye's and good luck's, ready to 
brave the elements and whatever transpor- 
tation difficulties that were ahead of them. 



An April Shower brought together the 
staff to honor Barbara Cotter on her forth- 
coming marriage to John Travers, The 
shower was held at the home of Marie Benner. 
Children's Librarian, on Friday evening, 
April 6. The bride-to-be's complete sur- 
prise and obvious pleasure in receiving 
so many lovely gifts made ihe evening very 

Hyde Park 

Gilda Tecce, Children's Assistant at 
Hyde Park has just returned from two weeks 
spent in New York where she did her prac- 
tice work for Simmons College. Miss Tecce 
had a busy two weeks both professionally 
and socially, 


On Tuesday afternoon, April 10, the 
Annual Children's Hobby Show was held. 
Almost one hundred eager and enthusiastic 
children crowded around the tables upon 
which the entries had been arranged. The 
three local judges exclaimed upon the 
variety and quality of the hobbies presented 
Each one was an excellent example of the 
handicraft and ingenuity of Neponset 's 
children. There were doll collections, 
china animal collections, flags, drawings 
and paintings, sea shells, antique post 
cards, pot holders, a postmark collection, 
model automobiles and boats, etc. To the 
three top entries went ribbon awards, and 


to the next three j ribbon- bookmarks. 
These were all very proudly received and 
displayed by their young winners. 


Thxirsday, April 12, was Children's 
Librarians Day at Eddie Davis' Steak Ifouse 
•when the group gathered for Ivmcheon in 
honor of ttro departing members, Mrs Mary 
West and Mrs Iphigenia Fillios, Mew 
Easter bonnets, happy faces, good food 
and good companions added up to a gay 
affair but mixed with the gayety were the 
regrets of all of us who were bidding 
farevrell to t\TO of our most able and 
beloved co-workers. 

In presenting gifts to the two. Miss 
Gordon, Deputy Supervisor of Work with 
Children, expressed the sentimsnts of 
everyone present wj.shing Mrs West joy and 
success in her new position in Spring- 
field, Illinois, and Iti's Fillj.os a life- 
time of happiness with daughcir Dispena. 
Mrs West vras presented with a starter set 
of Revere Ware; Mrs Fillios received a 
Swedish glass vase. 

We were happy indeed to have John 
Carroll, Chief Librarian of the Division 
of Home Reading, drop in to "kiss the 
girls good-bye". 

On April 12 it was proved beyond a 
doubt that George T. Armstrong, although 
on the payroll of the Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, did not belong exclu- 
sively to that small office but rather 
to the whole Central Library building. 
On that day literally hundreds of his 
friends there joined in a dual gift — of 
appreciation for the fine service he has 
given the Library and of congratulations 
upon his approaching marriage. George 
will begin his new work with Westinghouse 
on the sixteenth and his wedding day is 
May fifth. He was guest of honor at a 
small liincheon at the Darbury Room. 
Symbolizing his last appearance as a 
bachelor at a social gathering of BPLers, 
his "corsage" was one blue bachelor's 
button. John J. Connolly presented the 
gift of money with most appropriate 
remarks. The sincerest good wishes from 
his many friends go with George as he 
enters into his two new ventures. 


A. L. Ac 





For application blanks, see: 

Sarah M. Usher 

A.L.Ao Membership Committee 

Office of Records, Files, 


Still GARE-ir^? 

This past winter was exceptionally 
severe in Europe, Your contributions 
to CARE can help to alleviate this 

N W, 




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, De- 
partment or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests, Ancnjnnous 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 Soap Box are 
personal opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and tiie Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 

not have a degree. No accomodation is made 
for those simple folk in cloth coats. 
Instead they are forced to submit to inferior 
in-training courses for which the subject 
Batter icast be contrived and ultra-super- 
simplified; their capacity for prof ess iozial 
work is completely ignored; they are expected 
to wear their nerves threadbare pushing Book 
Stack caarts, counting patrons of the library, 
sorting transaction cards, until they are 
finally forced by desperation and discouragS' 
ment to leave the library. 

This thin spot in the personnel classifi- 
cation system could be mended by instituting 
a cloth coat republic for these people. 
They would be classified as neither sub- 
professional nor professional, but as semi- 
professional. They would do work of a 
professional nature and would be encouraged 
to take profossional in-training courses 
and courses at Simroons College, receiving 
credit which would be recognized upon their 
attaining a degree. Upon their attaining a 
degree they would immediately transfer to 
the Professional Service. This system would 
not only grant recognition to a now unac- 
k-nowledged class of library employees, but 
would also provide the library/ with a stock 
of trained librarians. 

"Ben Franklin" 

To the Editor: 

The automatic two-fold disjunction, 
based on academic degrees, of all biblio- 
thecal personnel into either the Profes- 
sional or Sub-Professional category no 
doubt has its merits insofar as the safe- 
guarding of professional standards is con- 
cerned; but this dichotomy also has its 
non-laudable aspects, especially the waste 
of qualified personnel -v^io are mechanically 
stamped Sub-Professional because they have 
not yet earned academic degrees, even 
though they may have been studying for a 
degree at the time of classification and 
may have only a year or two before their 
studies are complete. 

This factory reject system is based on 
the assumption by those v/ho are supposed 
to be judges of the intellectual fabric 
that an employee is either garbed in 
intellectual luxury if he has a degree or 
ia intellectually stark naked if he does 

To the Soap-Box ; 

Consideration is not an unknown word, yet 
it often seems to have little meaning in 
otir Administration-Employee relations. Take 
the storm closings for just one example. 
On Monday when the library closed at noon, 
no attempt was made for concerted notifi- 
cation of that portion of the staff who 
were reporting for afternoon and evening 
coverage. Nor was the closing carried on 
radio networks. Consequently some employees 
reported for work at their usual hour. Had 
consideration been included in the vocabulary 
of the Officers of the Library, this eould 
have been avoided. So too on the Tuesday 
closing. Little thoughtfulness was shown 
in notifying those below the level of "key 
people". We too would have been grateful 
to stay in bed. With the decision made on 
Monday evening, all radio stations could 
have been asked to carjry the information. 
Other working closings were carried every 
half hour on WBZ and WCOPI And department 
heads could have been notified and asked to 
set up a phone chain to their staffs. Some 
did, for many of the Office and Home Reading 


staffs were phoned. Why was not this 
notification library wide instead of to 
the favored few? Why did WMEX, which the 
majority do not tvine in regularly, carry 
the closing , iffhen Wffi is noted for its 
public service coverage? Morale of those 
staff members ti*io made a distinct effort 
to report for duty Tuesday at nine, from 
a strong sense of responsibility, is 
justifiably low. Can anyone seriously 
expect them to make any effort at a futuire 
date Ti*en the Administration made no 
attempt to care about their welfare? And 
what of the library patrons who heard 
no announcement on the networks and also 
came to the library? 

One who had a long cold two-way 
walk, after hours of listening 
to WBZ. 

For Those It Concerns: 

Yet, examination of the last titular 
; appointments shovre that the same rule does 
not — or no longer applies— in. the Division 
of Home Reading and Community Services, 
where opportunities for advancement come 
after only three or foiir years' service. 
Within a year of passing the required 
Promotional Examinations, a member of a 
unit with a staff of fotir, two already 
holding titular rank, was advanced, leaving 
only one untitled person in the unit. 

If the long-standing rule about the 
number of titular personnel permitted in 
a unit of five or less has been changed, 
when can general assistants in the Reference 
Division who passed their required Promo- 
tional Examinations for their specialized 
departments as much as five, six , or even 
eight, years ago, expect their recognition? 

'??99'? '?9? 

Since the inauguration of the present 
Promotional Examination system in 
January 1938, it has teen proved by the 
number of promotions, past and present, 
that opporttinities for advancement in 
the Division of Reference and Research 
Services are still extremely limited. 
The reverse is true in the Division of 
Home Reading and Community Services. This 
situation has arisen because examinations 
for departments, requiring specialized, 
advanced knowledge, are applicable to 
only one unit of the Division. In 
addition, most of the subject units are 
small, having a staff of five or less, 
with rare turnover at titular levels. 

Since 1938, whenever recommendation has 
been made that a general assistant in 
these small units be advanced to titular 
rank in recognition of his completion of 
Promotional Examinations, general work 
accomplishment, and years of service, 
the administrative reply has teen that 
the organisational plan of the Library 
permits only two persons to hold titular 
rank in ar^r unit staffed by five or less 
personnel. Therefore, if the unit already 
has two titular people, the recognition 
cannot be ard is not given the general 

A long, indefinite wait ensues on the 
part of the general assistant for one of 
the titular people in his unit to advance 
or resign — or he resigns himself. Both 
alternatives have been used by Reference 
and Research assistants. 


To the Editor: 

There seems to be a difference of opinion 
as to T*iat General Administrative Notice 
No. 15, 1956, means. Ify own interpretation 
is that while the new promotional appoint- 
ment procedure starts out with a new name 
("Open List" instead of "Point System"), 
and Tfliiile the so-called "Evaluation Sheet" 
of the former "Point System" is to be 
eliminated, yet the new procedure is to 
embrace both: 

(a) the qualitative (subjective) approach, 

(b) the quantitive (objective) approach 
of the former "Point System". 

Thus, the new procedure would appear to 
meet recommendations made in the past by 
Personnel Committees of the PSA and at the 
same time to satisfy the objections of those 
v^o have not liked the exclusive use of the 
"Point System". (An official clarification 
of the Notice would be welcome, however.) 

Just a PSA Member 


To the Soap Box Editor: 

We ol' chiefs sure took it on the chin 
in the last issue of The Question Ifark , 
didn't we? Now, we have no wish to be 
exclusive. If members of any other 
groups — Branch Librarians, Supervisors, 
Deputy Supervisors, etc, — ^wish to join 
us, we would be glad to have tham. Come 
on in the water's hot! 

We all realize that the comments of the 
editorial referred to, do not necessarily 
apply to all "chiefs" or all "others" . 
I cam speak for no one except myself. As 
for me the editorial caused me to do 
considerable self-ssarchi-ig. I shall not 
take space to enurisrate tae questions I 
have asked myself these last few weeks. 
One thing I know — there were too many 
negative answers to make me feel comfort- 
able . Naturally, during the last few 
days, I have been asking nysfilf — "did I 
come out of my shell of self^.ihaesa long 
enough to mske Miss Donerty's last feff 
weeks with us more pleasant than they 
otherwise were?" 0' course not, I was too 
immersed in ny petty, personal trivial- 
ities to even give a thought to the joys, 
sorrows or worries of other staff meaibers. 
It is too late to do anjiihing to help 
Miss Doherty. It is not too late to be 
more sympathetic, understanding and help- 
ful to my own staff and n^r fellow workers. 
I shall try. 

Even if the editorial aroused only me 
to self analysis and subsequent (we hope) 
improvement, it will not have been in 

Personally, I should like to say "thank 
you" to the Editorial Board for bringing 
to my attention things which I as a head 
of a department, should have known and 
been practicing for many years, but which 
through thoughtlessness had too often 
gone in the discard file. 

Edna G. Peck 


Frederick E. Danker was guest of the 
faculty of Harvard University at a dinner 
on Tuesday night, April 10, 1956. Be was 
cited as the outstanding Senior Student 
from the Dudley House. His name has been 
engraved on a perpetual trophy which is to 
be on exhibit at the Dudley House. Fredericl 
is a part-time employee in Book Stack Service 
and son of J» Joseph Danker, Superintendent 
of Buildings, 

Mr and Mrs Francis Corcoran are receiving 
congratulation on the birth of a son on 
April 12. Mrs Corcoran (Rosemary) is on 
leave of absence from the Office of the 
Division of Home Reading and Cormminity 


The Corcoran baby has been named Stephen 
Mark . 


1/1j1(IQa aAxd Q^e, 

The Author and The Illustrator 


BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: A Centennial History 


loe. cjAMSdii of haTiOt cd a iea on 

wednesday may 9, 1956 
/1En'5 lounge, central library 

3:00 - 4--30 D.m. 

Vac TVhitehill and Mr Ruzicka have graciously- 
consented to autograph copies of the History- 
purchased by the staff. So, come and bring 
your copyl Or, just come and "Meet and Greet". 

Euclid J, Peltier, Chairman 

Margaret D. Butler 
Catherine M. Flaherty 
Shirley A. Gildea 

Anne D. Kelly 
Daniel W, Kelly 
Veronica Yotts 


best ion 


MAY 1956 


Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume XI, Number 5 ^7 ^956 

Publications Committee: Barbara E. Coffey, Jean L. Eaton, Mary A, Hackett, Girard D. 

Hottleman, Richard Ee Lyona, Robert C, Tfoodiward, B. Gertrude 
Wade, Chairman 

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


Now as an academic year at good old BPL dra-sfs to a close comes the time when a 
young man's fancy turns to exam sched'uleso So nice to loll in the courtyard's noon- 
day sun with a copy of ViTiitehill's Bost on Public Library; A Centennial History or 
a book of reference notes a foot thick I So delightful to ponder a last— mirrate^ mne- 
monic device to aid in the memorizing of classification tables i And so pleasant a 
day in Ifey when vocabulary lists in French and German are crammed in the last few 
hours before those fateful exams '. 

Strenuous are these days for the novice library employee t&io is required by the 
administration to meet specific qualifications. And all this on his own time. He is 
not even granted the time for the covirses that he is compelled to take, despite the 
fact that often times he is well able to pass -ttie qualifying exam without benefit of 
class room study. 

Our employees highly resent all this rugged application after either completing 
degree requirements in any of our good universities or achieving a diploma from one 
of the excellent high schools in this area. But the promotional system here demands 
the passing of examinations not only by high school, college, and even library school 
graduates, but also by persons holding several graduate degrees. A limited budget 
provides for an "extremely limited" pay raise only to those hardy souls -vrtio will 
squander their spare time on classes and outside studying. Is it any wonder we are 
having difficulty filling our existing vacancies with fresh school graduates! Most 
of them would like to feel that their exam days are over. 

It is a well recognized fact that most organizations reward the efforts of their 
employees to better themselves by allowing them "company time" for programs emanating 
from their personnel departments. Here where a program is required for an individual 
to qualify in his position he is forced to reduce lunch hours by a half, give up his 
morning off, or otherwise bargain with his department head. The problem is especially 
acute with Branch workers who must commute to Central for their classes. Even labor 
contracts recognize the need for portal to portal pay. 

Immediate recruiting isn't the only personnel problem affected by the system. 
Many of the so-called old timers begin to lose heart when they reach a point where 
they have neither the time nor the inclination to continue a program netting them 
slight gain for much sacrifice. There are other places these people can go for better 
remuneration at more regular vorking hours. Our vacancies in both the offices and 
departments of the Central Library building and the Branch Libraries are becoming 
increasingly difficult to fill. Perpetuation of this archaic exam system does not 
alleviate matters. 

It may generally be accepted that some examinations cover necessary requirements 
to maintain high library standards and that in some instances the co\u:ses offered 
under the Training Program are not only necessary but beneficial to both the employee 
and the administration. But steps should be taken to ease this bxirden of taking 
classes and studying on the employee's own time. 




New Employees 

Harold A. Brackett, Open Shelf. 

(Mr Brackett was formerly employed in 

Book Stack Service) 
Mrs Marcia Goldfarb, Open Shelf, 

Children's Section 


Helen M. Donovan, from West End to Adams 

Mrs Mary M. O'Neill, from Phillips Brooks 

to Bookmobile III 
Mrs Elaine R. Sherer, from Brighton to 

Mt Bowdoin 


Mrs Joan M. Kyle, Book Selection, Division 

of Home Reading and Community Services, 

to remain at home. 
Francis J. Donovan, Book Stack Service, 

to accept another position. 
Mrs Rosemary Corcoran, Office of the 

Division of Home Reading and Community 

Services, to remain at home. 
Mrs Millicent A. Smith, Keponset, moving 

out of Boston, 
Mrs Mary C. West, Children's Section, 

Open Shelf, to accept the position of 

Director of Children's Work at the 

Lincoln Library, Springfield, Illinois. 
Mary Z. Lynch, Book Stack Service, to 

accept another position. 
George T. Armstrong, Office of Records, 

Files, Statistics, to accept a position 

elsewhere . 


Mrs Helen Edmunds, Cleaner, Jamaica Plain 

Mrs Edmunds is retiring after 19 years 

of service. 


May 17 Round Table of Children's 

Librarians, Brookline Public 
Library Lecture Hall, 10 a.m. 

May 18 BPLPSA Business Meeting, Lecture 
Hall, Central Library, 9 a.m. 

May 2k Round Table of Librarians for 
Young Adults. North Branch of 
the Tufts Library, Weymouth, 
9:30 a.m. 

May 28 S.L.A. Boston Chapter, Annual 
Meeting at Gordon College, 
Beverly Farms. 

May 31 8th Annual Award of the Mary U. 

Nichols Book Prizes at North End, 
8 p. mo Speaker, Oscar Handlin. 

June A.L.A. Annual Conference, Miami, 
17-23 Florida. 


Pauline E. Harrison and Sally A. Sheehan, 
both extra assistants at Connolly. Pauline, 
who now attends Blessed Sacrament High 
School, and Sally, who is at Girls' Latin 
School, have each received a four-year 
partial scholarship to Emmanuel College. 

Mary Sheehan, twin-sister to Sally 
Sheehan. lilary, who attends Girls' Latin 
School and works in Central Charging Records, 
is, also, the recipient of a four-year 
partial scholarship to Emmanuel College. 

Daniel We Kelly, Audio-Visvjal, who was 
recently awarded a gold pin by the 
FitzGerald Motion Picture Company for 
"general excellence in movie projection". 


For this year's Museum Treasure Hunt, 
sponsored by the Museum Covmcil of Greater 
Boston, Elizabeth M. Gordon, Deputy Supervi- 
sor in Charge of Work with Children, and 
George W. Scully, Exhibits Office, were two 
of the juiy to select prize-vdnning works of 
art submitted by students of Boston and 
Cambridge Public and Parochial Schools, 
These pieces of art are now on display in the 
Puvis de Chevanne Gallery and in the Elliott 
Room, Central Library. On Monday, May 21, 
Arthvir W. Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, 
will make the awards in the Little Theatre. 


The Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture 
will be delivered by Doctor Paul Hy Buck, 
Director of the Harvard University Library, 
on October 26, 19^6. The topic will be 
announced later. 

Doctor Buck had originally accepted an 
invitation to speak on May 11, 1956. A 
severe accident forced him to cancel all 
Spring commitments. 

The Bertha V« Hartzell 
M'emorial Lecture Committee 


The following letter has been sent to 
the Director: 

•Dear Mr Lord: 

"In a notice issued by the Director on 
9 April 1951 and entitled Appeal Procedure 
for Bibliothecal Employees , there is pro- 
vided under the 'Panel Method' that 'each 
year there will be constituted a panel of 
ten individuals to serve for one year 
beginning on May 1st', and that 'the bib- 
liothecal employees (acting through their 
formal organization or organizations com- 
prising a substantial majority of their 
number) may name five individuals (and an 
alternate for each . ) ' 

"Accordingly the Executive Board of the 
Boston Public Library Professional Staff 
Association has authorized the naming of 
five individuals (and an alternate for 
each) to serve on this panel until 
30 April 1957. The following persons have 
indicated their willingiess to be members 
of the panel I 
Harry Andrews, Allston Branch 

Alternates Edward Cullinane, Egleston 

Square Branch 
Gerald Ball, Book Purchasing Department 

Alternate: Barbara Feeley, Business 

Margaret Butler, Periodical Room 

Alternates Edward Casey, Cat. & Class. 

Div. of Ref. & Res. Ser. 
Beryl Robinson, Egleston Square Branch 

Alternate: Jean Eaton, Sci. & Tech. 

Pauline Walker, West Roxbury Branch 

Alternate: Arma li4anning. Teachers 


Very truly yours, 
Louis Rains 

In addition to the Library Demonstration 
Bill Tshich may be a law by the time this 
appears, there is another document which 
may be of even greater significance to the 
BPL; the Report on State Aid to Public 
Libraries \Tiiich has been sent by the 
Governor to the Legislature and is desig- 
nated HOUSE No. 2763. However, 

this is a report and not a pending bill 
and, according to the past history of such 
legislation, it may be many years before 
any of the recommendations are passed into 


law unless there is a concerted and well- 
directed effort on the part of all interestec 
to gain support for future legislation. 

The Bertha V. mrtzell Memorial Lecture 
has been postponed until the Fall. The 
scheduled lecturer sustained an accident 
Trtiich precluded the possibility of his 
delivering the lecture any time this Spring. 
A full report of the reasons for postponing 
the lecture will be given at the l£iy busines 

We thank Mr Peltier and the members of the 
Entertainment Committee for their splendid 
work in connection with the tea for 
Mr Whitehill and Mr Ruzickac A report of 
this association activity appears elsewhere 
in this issue. 

We hope that as many members as possible 
will attend the May business meeting. Only 
by your active participation and cooperation 
can the Association be strong and active. 

Louis Rains 


The following is a translation of a German 
letter recently received by the chairman of 
the Special Committee for CARE.* 

As a stranger, I should like herewith 
to express my hearty thanks to you for the 
fine present that our Pastor Faber at 
Kirchberg has permitted to come to us. 

YJe are a family of six; I have two boys 
whose ages are twelve and ten years, and 
two girls, one of whom is six years, the 
other four months old. I myself am severely 
injured from the war, and earn little. A 
livelihood here is very expensive. These 
good things from you were for us something 
special, and very welcome. I have not 
failed , with my family, to remember you in 
prayer. May God give you yet many, many 
years of health and a blessed life. Herewiti 
I should like to close and wish you every- 
thing good from my heart. 

Artur Heppel and wif e- 

The above letter shows the good work 
CARE Food Crusade is still doing. It only 
continues as you remember to give. 


On April 15^ Fanny Goldstein, who has 
long been active in penal docial work, 
spoke at the dedication of the Jexvish Chapel 
at the new Massachusetts Correctional insti- 
tution at South Walpole, 



The BPLPSA has added two new "Firsts" 
to its list. On Wednesday, May 9, in the ' 
Women's Lounge at Central Library, it held 
its first author-illustrator tea, Walter 
Muir T'Fhitehill, the author, and Rudolph 
Ruzicka, the illustrator, had graciously 
consented to autograph copies of BOSTON 
members of the staff. 

Seated at the long black table, in 
chairs of the type so long associated with 
the BPL — black, '"^indsor arm— and supplied 
with library blotters and non-spill ink- 
wells, they made an impressive appearance 
as they cheerfully and efficiently affixed 
their signatures to copy after copy of the 
Hist6ry. Solicitous Association members 
nade sure that there were breathing spells 
during which the guests of honor could 
refresh themselves with coffee, tea, and 
cookies . 

The second "First" of the afternoon was 
the appearance of Erwin D, Canham, the 
newest member of the Board of Trustees, 
who made his first appearance at a staff 
fvinction. In a friendly and congenial 
manner he chatted iniLormally with many 
staff members who were introduced to him 
by the Director. 

At the close of the "work session" 
Mr WhitehiU and Mr Ruzicka were photo- 
graphed with Wr Lord, Llr Rains, President 
of the BPLPSA, Mr Peltier, and, of co\irse, 
the History. The pictures will be on 
display at the SORT booth at the ALA 
meeting in Miami in June. 

Flowers for the occasion were supplied, 
as so many times in the past, from the 
gardens of Mr and Mrs Ronald KesTd-ck. 
Nine member of the "younger set" acted as 
pourers. The Association's Entertainment 
Committee, of which Ed Peltier is chair-- 
r'Vin, was in charge of this successful 

•'■;j.c3t and greet" tea. 

Sarah M. Usher 


Found on the floor of the Teacher's 
Department a sum of money which may be 
claimed in the Personnel Office. 

7 lilay 1956 


On Thursday, May U, Russell A. Scully was 
the guest of honor at a bachelor luncheon 
at the Hotel Vendome . Forty-five men were 
present to extend their best wishes for a 
happy married life to the prospective 

At the head table with the guest of honor 
Trere John J. Connolly, Chief Executive 
Officer and the Reverend H. Robert Smith, 
the clergyman who will perform the marriage 
ceremony on May 19 in Gloucester. 
Mr Connolly opened the festivities with a 
fine tribute to an old friend and colleague 
and to the bride-to-be, Betty Jewett. 

After the Reverend Mr Smith said grace, 
the guests sat down to a most enjoyable 
luncheon, followed by a community sing con- 
ducted by Eamon McDonough, accompanied on 
the 88 by Dan Khoury. A hi^ spot of the 
sing was the rendition of "Bridget O'Flyim" 
by the inimitable George Gallagher. 

Mr Scully was presented with a gift of 
money from his many friends on the staff — 
males, in attendance j females, "in absentia" 



The high winds of the March l6 blizzard 
were followed by slowly clearing skies, 
snowplows, and a group of intrepid members 
of the Chowder, Chatter and Marching .Society 
■wtio mushed their way to the China Star in 
Quincy the following night to do honor to 
Mrs Vanda Cariani of Science and Technology 
who was about to embark on something called 
the blessed state of maternity. 

The fare was excellent, with the piece de 
resistance — or whatever the Chinese phrase 
is — being roasted tender young mandarins 
with cold lamb gravy. Of course, nobody 
was completely at ease until some bright 
soul suggested that we all take off our 

JIrs Cariani, the guest of honor — or had 
you forgotten? — was presented with a very 
handsome navy blue leather pocketbook with 
a red lining and an expansion attic. 

A sort of secondary guest of honor was 
Louis Polishook whose departure from Science 
and Technology was being celebrated* Mr 
Polishook was the recipient of a few asscrtet 
jeers and a handsome necktie which he is 
ashamed to vrear. Actually, the Science aiid 
Technology members of the CC&MS wept a little 
as they pushed ISr Polishook along to Central 
Charging Records — and the members of 
Central Charging Records just wept. 


On Tuesday, May 8, a luncheon was held 
at the Darbxiry Room in honor of Anastasia 
Efthemeou, Print. Eighteen of Tasia's 
friends joined in good wishes for her 
coining marriage on llay 26, She was pre- 
sented wi-th a lovely corsage of delicate 
baby orchids and a sterling silver fil- 
agreed bracelet. Tasia will leave the 
library on May 18 and as Mrs John Krupa 
will make her new home in Detroit. Best 
wishes, Tasia, from all of us for a very 
happy future. 


McCafferty— Karrlilgton Nuptials 

On Friday, May k, for an indeterminable 
tine after 8:30 P.M., a mixed group of 
bibliothecal types, B.PoL. alumni, and 
invited guests net in the sumptuous l&uve 
Room of the Lobster Claw to properly cele- 
brate the imminent nuptuals of John 
McCaffertyo Refreshments were served. 
Music was provided by a chamber music duet 
composed of Dan (88) Khoury and George 
Pahud. Several original compositions were 
presented in honor of the beaming groom- 
to-be who is a renowned music lover. 
Following the formal program, which had 
been deftly arranged by Chairman Arthur 
Mulloney, many spontaneou.S2y formed choral 
groups entertained John iniio had graciously 
accepted an appropriate gift with a superb 
off-the-cuff acknowledgement. 

Co-workers of Monica Harrington, Cata- 
loging and Classification (R and RS) , 
held a surprise shower for her on May k 
in the department offices, in honor of her 
impending marriage to John McCafferty, 
formerly of General Reference, Shower 
gifts were an electric toaster and a 
silver pitcher. 

Monica Harrington and John Joseph 
McCafferty were married on May 12 at the 
Blessed Sacrament Church in Cambridge. 
The 10 o'clock Nuptial Mass was performed 
by the Reverend James Harrington, cousin 
of the bride. 

Miss Harrington was attended by her 
sister Maureen, as ma id-of -honor, and two 
bridesmaids, Cornelia Harrington, of the 
Home Reading and Community Services 
Division, sister of the bride, and 

.Winifred Ryan. Mr McCafferty's best man 
was George McCafferty. Ushers were Eamon 
McDonough of Reference, Charles Augustus 
Ferguson and Francis Donlan. 

The bride wore a gown of white Chantilly 
lace over satin, with a chapel train, and 
a finger-tip illusion veil with a crown of 
orange blossoms. She carried a missal 
covered with miniature calla lilies. Her 
attendants wore identical gowns of white 
embroidered nylon organdy over pink taffeta, 
with matching pink caps, and carried fans 
of pink carnations ard white hyacinths. 

Following the wedding, a reception was 
held at the University Club in Boston. 

The couple will spend their vredding trip 
in Mew York and Bermuda and vdll afterwards 
make their home in Cambridge. 


Mrs Jfery Logue who is leaving "Sam's Coffe^ 
Shop" to remain at home temporarily. For 
her ready smile and cheerful willingness to 
serve us all, we will miss ykry very much. 
The corsage and gift from the staff which 
were presented to her by the Concession 
Committee are tokens of the best wishes that 
will go with her from the many friends whom 
she has made at the B.P.L. 

Editor's Note ; Mary has asked me to express 
her gratitude to all staff members who have 
helped to make her stay here a pleasant one 
and to extend her hearty thanks to those 
who joined in giving her the above-mentioned 
farewell gift. She says she will always 
remember all of us with deep affection. 


Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian, West 
End, has been named a member of the National 
■Advisory Board of the recently organized 
project has been established by virtue of a 
grant from the Jacob R, Schiff Fundo Its 
purpose is to microfilm every J'swish news- 
paper and periodical in the United States 
from the early 19th century to approximately 
192^0 The Center will then make available 
copies of the microfilm on an inter-library 
loan basis to any library or institution 
in the countryo A loan collection such as 
this will be of tremendous research value 
to all American historians. 



Harold A. Brackett, Open Shelf 

Paul S, Cawein, Open Shelf 

Janice Charney, Book St^ck Service 

Paul J« Delahanty, Ifyde Park 

Loyce Fairfax, Book Stack Service 

Richard Oilman, Charlestoum 

Catherine M. Hannon, West End 

Helen M. Harrington, Book Preparation 

James S« Healey, General Reference 

Robert ¥• Holmes, Music 

Mary-Elizabeth Huntington, Parker Hill 

William V» Hurley, Business Office 

Sc Robert Johnson, Fine Arts 

Anne Po Kearr^y, Lower Mills 

Patricia L« Leahy, Roslindale 

Anna E. Lynch, Book Stack Service 

Thomas McLaughlin, Book Stack Service 

Maria A. Mechini, Records, Files, 

Edward J/hinro, Patent Section of Science & 

Joan V. O'Brien, Book Stack Service 
Mary V, Querela, Book Stack Service 
Frank Saunders, General Reference 
Allen Sevigny, Parker Hill 
Anne C? White, Book Stack Service 


Book Stack Service's latest addition, 
Loyce C. Fairfax, inas brought up right 
here in Boston even though she completed 
her high school education at the Palmer 
Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North 
Carolina. Upon graduation she enrolled 
at Boston University's College of General 
Education for one year where she was 
active in club affairs and secretary of 
her class c Loyce is artistically inclined 
and includes interior decorating and ce- 
ramic jewelry classes among her many 
hobbies. Although a busy girl these days, 
she isn't too occupied to keep in close 
touch with a certain boy trtio is now in 
the Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky, 


Richard Oilman viio began his Library 
career at Charlestown on March 21 is a 
Tufts University graduate where he msjored 
in English and minored in an interesting 
assortment of supplementary fields. 

Before college he spent B^- years in the 
Army and after college entered the real 
estate field. It would require a monumen- 
tal volume to explain how library work 
naturally evolved from real estate. That 
volume is in the notebook stage. 

His leisure hours are spent in a quite 
catholic range of activities that run from 
hi-fi to handball and from mountain climbing 
to putting golf balls in the living room. 

In Music, the newest staff member is Robert 
W. Holmes. In 19^$, Mr Holmes received an 
M.A. degree in Musicology at Boston University 
For the past two years . he has served as 
graduate assistant to Dr Karl Geiringer, 
chairman. Graduate Division, School of Fine 
and Applied Arts, BoU. Currently he is both 
working for his Ph. -P. degree and giving a 
weekly lecture on music history at that 
university. Bob was, also, a panel member 
of the Fine Arts Festival at the University 
of Connecticut in 1956. 

Editor's Note; The above profile should have 
appeared in last month's issue of The Questioi 
Mark. For its ommision, Mr Holmes has re- 
ceived the apology of your Publications 
Committee . 

S« Robert Johnson, who is now shelving 
books up in Fine Arts comes to the Library 
well prepared for his job. He was on the 
staff of both his jrnior high school and 
senior high school libraries in Quincy for a 
total of five years where he was president ■ti" 
the library staff association and chief stu- 
dent assistant to the librarian in his senior 
year. Upon high school gradioation in 1955, 
he took a job with an insurance company for a 
few months but soon decided to try his hand 
at the B.P.Lo 

Working at the Library ties in with Rob's 
hobbies and ambitions o In his spare time he 
is busily acquiring a background for scenario 
writing, his ultimate goal, by taking coia^es 
at Boston University and the Newspaper Insti- 
tute of America. And, of course, he reads ■ 
as much as he can fit into a full schedule. 

Before coming to the Boston Public Libraiy, 
Mrs Aline Be O'Neill, now at Mattapan, lived 
in West H£r;)pton Beach, Long Inland. Mrs 
O'Neill went to Rivier College for two years j 
then she attended the University of New 
Hampshire Tirtiere she majored in English Litera- 
ture and graduated in 1955 • The same year she 
rarried W© Jo O'Neill, Jr. Prior to her li- 
brary work, lirs O'Neill held a position as 
bookkeeper in a bank. Among her current 
interests, a love of music rates high. 


The Massachusetts Library Association 
held its annual meeting with the Western 
Massachusetts Library Club at Amherst on 
May 2 and 3« 

After greetings from Gertrude Callahan, 
President of IiJIA^and from President J. P. 
Mather of the University of Utassachusetts, 
Professor Marine Leland of Smith College 
told a most interesting story of New 
Englanders captured by Indians for ransom 
in Canada during the French and Indian 
wars, and of the historical importance of 
the little -known diaries kept by some of 
these captives during their "captivation," 
and particulary of the captivity of Mrs 
Susanne Johnson, who, with her husband, 
their three children and some neighbors 
made the long, arduous trek into Canada, 
Her story of the hardships of the journey, 
of the birth of her baby girl whom she 
named Captive , and of life among the 
Indians reads like a modern historical 

Tea followed at the "Lord Jeffrey". At 
the dinner meeting, Professor Earl Latham 
of Amherst College gave a witty and devas- 
tating appraisal of the presidential can- 

At Thursday's session, Channing L. Bete 
of the Massachusetts State Library Commis- 
sion gave an inspiring picture of vfliat the 
public library of 1976 might accomplish. 
The business meeting was devoted largely 
to a discussion of the proposed bill for 
state aid for Massachusetts libraries, 
and its somewhat discouraging outlook, as 
Mrs Wallace reported the total lack of 
interest in the bill by the legislative 
members of the bill's committee, neither 
of whom attended a single meeting of the 
committee. Mr Philip McNiff reported on 
ths federal library aid bill which, it 
is expected, will pass Congress this month, 

It was a restful and pleasant confer- 
ence, with good accommodations, and good 
food, and an opportunity to see the beau- 
tiful Jones Library, with its easy chairs 
and oriental rugs and its Eugene Field, 
Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson collec- 
tions, plus the Amherst College Library, 
vrith its spacious rare books room and its 
special collections of Leigh Hunt, Robert 
Frost, and Emily Dickinson. 

POEM,' ty Ife^rry Andrews 

Kon-tiki and Titanic, 

In same ambition's grip: 
Conquest of the ocean. 

On a maiden trip. 

Kon-tiki barely boards. 

An elemental raft, 
Bobbing apprehensive. 

Periled fore ani aft. 

Titanic grand creation. 

Leviathan on tide; 
Ocean-going palace. 

Riding high with pride. 

An amateurish pishing, 

Kon-tiki sails freej 
Mighty planned Titanic 

Perishes at sea. 

A moral's in the story, 

For them whose faith is small j 

I'd point it if we had them 
In BPL at all. 

^ Editor's Note ; For alternative final stanzas 
to the above poem, see the June and July 
issues of The Question Mark. 

On the Air 

On Tuesday, April 2k, Mrs Elizabeth L. 
Wright and four members from the B.P.L. 
PRESENTS over Station WBUR. The program 
endeavored to give an overall picture of the 
different types of positions in the library 
service. Louis Ugalde, Rare Book, repre- • 
sented the specialist j Mrs Ifery Burns, Book- 
mobile II, the professional staff member Tf*io 
works full-time and also attends library 
school; Catherine Duffy typified the sub- 
professional assistant and Frank Paine, 
Central Charging Records, the part-time 
worker. Each of the four gave a brief resum* 
of the particular kind of work involved in 
his position, while Mrs Wright correlated 
their remarks, Bert Williams of the staff o: 
WBUR was moderator. The half -hour was, we 
hope, both enjoyable and enlightening to our 
public . 


President — Bradford M, Hill 
Vice President — Charles J. Gillis 
Secretary — Bertha S. Keswick 
Treasurer — Harry C. Fletcher 


IN MEtORIAM ;■ -.. 

It is with regret that 'we record the 
death of Christine Hayes, Chief of Book 
Selection for Reference and Research Serv- 
ices, Emeritus, who passed away at her 
home in Natick on Monday, May lit. Miss 
Hayes was born in Natick and received her 
early education in its public sbhools. 
Following her graduation from the Natick 
High School, she attended Radcliffe 
College, graduating in 1908. After three 
years vdth the Library of the Harvard 
Mfedical School,, she joined the staff of the 
Boston Public Library. During her forty 
years of service she was associated with 
the Book Purchasing Department until 1937, 
triien she was appointed Chief of the Book 
Selection Department, Reference and Re- 
search Services. She served in this 
capacity until her retirement in September 

At one period of her life Miss Hayes 
was actively interested in the drama. For 
five years she studied play-producing and 
acting with the late Professor George 
Pierce Baker of Harvard University and in 
the Dramatic Department of the New England 
Conservatory of Music, Her interest in 
dramatios and music was evidenced by her 
continued participation in the Radcliffe 
Drama Group and in her regular attendance 
at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She had 
been a member of the Friends of the Boston 
Symphony Orchestra for several years and 
took an active part in the program of that 

During Miss Hayes' many years with the 
Boston Public Library she made a major 
contribution to library service. She had 
a keen interest in her fellow workers and 
was always ready to contribute time and 
talent to library projects. She possessed 
an innate charm and graciousness which, 
enhanced by her subtle wit, endeared her 
to her friends and associates. It was a 
real privilege to be closely associated 
with Miss Hayes. Our fifteen ysars to- 
gether in Book Selection slall always 
remain one of ray most cherished memories. 

E, G. Peck 


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, De- 
partment or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 

lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous 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 Soap 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 Box; 

Having been "inarticulate" thus far, I 
should like to add my bit on the subject of 
the very able editorial which appeared in 
the March issue. Perhaps those chiefs, de- 
partment heads and branch librarians irtio 
should have seen it were the very ones who 
overlooked it I We'll hope for the best. 
Further, we'll trust that those who were 
annoyed, rather thacn gratified hy it, have 
looked deep within themselves and blushed 
somewhat at their reactions. 

Time was when the word "librarian" had its 
connotation of gentility, graciousness, gbdd 
manners; and such was the mould into which 
library schools attempted to cast their cvir- 
rent catch. But, boys ani girls, chivalry 
is not only dead — it seems badly decomposed. 

Perhaps in the word "graciousness" we have 
much of the secret of administrative siiccess 
in the head of a department or a branch li- 
brary, "Webster defines graciousness in part 
as, "kindliness and courtesy," "cordial | 
warmth," "approachability," "the qualities 
that make for good cheer, warm human sympathy 
(our italics), a fine sense of humor." 
Obviously this is a most-needed quality in 
one dealing with the public and with a staff 
with Tihom he or she lives eight hours out of 
each day. But how can this quality dwell 
side-by-side with the big-stick policy? How 
with the kind of smallness that would high- 
light another's ineptitude; that would let 
impatience, physical discomfort or disap- 
pointment vent itself on one's staff in sour 
disgruntlement , harping criticism or unrea- ^ 
sonableness? A branch librarian without 
graciousness is a missionary without Bible; a 
Plato without philosophy; a Bernhardt without 
Voice. Certain it is that when arrogance, 
domination, surliness, prejudice, conceit and 
contempt are discernible in a "head," then, 
watch out Headl 'S time to study that word , 
"graciousness". Personnel greats say it's ^ 
a MUST. You can see why.' 


Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XI, Number 6 Jiine 19^6 

Publications Conmittee: Barbara E. Coffey, Jean L. Eaton, Mary A, Hackett, Girard D. 

Hottleman, Felicia J. Langdon, Richard E. Lyons, B. Gertrude 
Wade, Chairnan 

Publication date; Deadline for submitting material; 

Th e Fifteentii of each month ^ The tenth of each month 


Response, both favorable and unfavorable, to recent editorials has confirmed our 
belief that, as the official bulletin of the Professional Staff Association, The 
Question tfark can and should serve primarily as an instrument of communication among 
staff members and, indirectly, betaveen staff and administration* To serve this aim 
Tfre have in tiie past utilized one editorial page per month. Beginning with the fall 
issues— Tfe feel that— in addition to reporting social activities and organizational 
meetings, it would be most desirable to include serious articles in ifhich important 
issues affecting personnel and service to the public mi^t be discussed at some 
length. Areas of continuing controversy such as the sub-professional service, the 
examination-promotional system, shortcomings of our charging procedures, and the 
effects on public service inevitably resulting from present limitation of total 
nvunber of staff, deserve careful consideration based upon facts, plus reasoned 
opinions of those concerned. 

Too often we, as staff members, do not know all the facts. In many cases it is 
difficult to acquire a wide, representative range of opinions. To discover, combine, 
and publish facts and viewpoints on matters affecting our common interests and our 
professional needs seems to us to be the most useful function that The Question Mark 
could perform. 

Since the Personnel Gomnittee and the Executive Board are empowered by the Staff 
Association to take action and/or make recommendations on just such vital issues, the 
Publications Committee feels that in this area of activity it should work as closely 
as> possible with these groups. As a first step in that direction, tfee Chairman of 
the Publications Committee has asked for and received (not without controversy— see 
President's Notes) permission to attend Executive Board meetings and -me will seek 
permission to have a Publications Committee member present at Personnel Committee 
meetings. In so doing our intention is not to publicize arqr discussion within these 
bodies but rather to make readily available to these groups the use of The Question 
Mark as a ssethod for gathering further opinions and commijnicating facts whenever 
they wish to do so before making official decisions. At the same time, we hope to 
increase our own awareness of staff needs and general trends in staff opinoin. 

We invite suggestions and criticism from all Prof essional Staff Association mem- 
bers in regard to this new venture. If you agree with us that serious discussion 
articles would serve a useful purpose for clarification of problematical issues, 
please tell us i^at issues you would like investigated— when and as time permits — and, 
of course, -ne will welcome any help you can give us in the work that vdll be involved, 




June 17-23, A.L.A. Annual Conference, 
Miami, Florida. 


New Employees 

William V, Hurley, Business Office 

Sameul Goldstein, Science and Technology 

(formerly part-time) 
Milton L. Heller, Tfest End 
Ellen T. Buckley, Adams Street (formerly 

part-time at Dorchester) 
Marlene T. McLaughlin, Book Preparation 

(formerly part-time at Tyler Street) 
Ronald C. Conant, Office of Records, Files, 

Statistics (formerly part-time in Open 

Jtrs Mary B. LaFollette, Brighton (formerly 

full-time in branch libraries ) 
Anne E. Wayland, Personnel Office 


Mrs Irene K. Shea, foom Adams Street to 

Bookmobile III 
Richard L. Oilman, from Gharlestown to 

Bookmobile I 
Mrs Gertrude L. Bergen, from Lower Jlills 

to Phillips Brooks 
Mrs Dolores G. Cerulli, from Bookmobile I 

to Bookmobile III 
Bettina M. Goletti, from Codman Square to 

General Reference 
Mary T. Crosby, from Jeffries Point to 

Bookmobile I 
C, Ikrjorie Groves, from Mattapan to 

Codman Square 
Etta Kessell, from ITashington Village to 

Lower UilJs 
JIrs Gene S. Kupferschraid, from West End 

to J&ttapan 
Katherine I. LaMontagne, from fit. Bowdoin 

to Jeffries Point 
May C. McDonald, from Bookmobile I to 

Bookmobile III 


Paul F. JJiulloney, Science and Technology, 

to accept a position with the U. S, 

Civil Service Commission 
Anastasia Efthemeou, Print, married and 

moved to Detroit 
}iirs Doris VJhigham, Central Charging 

Records, to remain at home 
Joseph J. Foley, Book Preparation 
Mrs Edith L. Lebman, Personnel Office, 

to live in Detroit for the STimmer 
Paul J. Delahanty, Hyde Park, to accept 

another position 
Phyllis Glasener, Codman Square, to live 

in Rhode Island 


At the meeting of the Executive Board, 
June 5, the Editor of The Question tfark 
presented a request that a representative 
of the Publications Committee be present 
at Executive Board meetings. Such repre- 
sentation, it was indicated, would enable 
the Editdx to co-ordinate editorial policy 
with information developed at the Executive 
Board meetings, and, through the medium 
of The Question Mark , to stimulate the 
thinking of the staff on pertinent issues. 
If The Question ^rk is to offer not merely 
personnel items and re potts of professional 
meetings but discussions of Library issues 
as well, then the editorial board should 
be informed of the issues that are under 
eondideration by the Executive Board. 

The majority of the members of the 
Executive Board voted to grant permission 
for a representative of the Publications 
Committee to be present at Executive Board 
meet.ijigs. The constitutionality of this 
action was questioned and, upon a motion 
duly made and seconded, it was voted that 
the ruling cf the President upholding the 
constitutionality of the action be sus- 
tained; Miss Connolly and Hiss RobbiriS 
opposed and vdshed to be recorded as con- 
sidering the above action unconstitutional. 

It is hoped that those who wish to ex- 
press themselves on the advisability of a 
representative of thie Publications Committee 
or, for that matter, anyone not duly el- 
ected to the Executive Board, being pre- 
sent at Executive Board meetings will pre- 
sent their arguments pro and con in the 
pages of The Question Mark . This matter 
can be presented for discussion and action 
at the November business meeting. 

It was brought to the attention of the 
Executive Board that our present blood 
bank arrangments have not been satisfactory. 
A special committee - P. Joseph O'Neil, 
chairman, Emilia Lange, aid Edna Follent - 
was appointed to investigate the situation 
and report its findings and recommendations 
to the Executive Board. 

Tlie decision of the Trustees to award 
again this year an additional grant toward 
the expense of attending the ALA Conference 
to the President of the Staff Association 
is most gratifying. This recognition of 
the many positive contributions that the 
staff has made to the Library and to the 
library profession prompts\ us to extend 
our thanks not only to the Trustees but, 
also, to all our members, past and present. 

Louis Rains 



CQngratiilations to Mr and Mrs Jack Trocki 
on the birth of a son, William George, on 
Ifey l5» Mrs Trocki formerly worked in the 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics. On 
hand, to give their brother a hearty 
welcome were Hie two-year-old twins, 
Jackie and Joey. 


To Roberta Kalafatas, a stiident at 
Girls' Latin School and extra assistant 
at South Boston, Trtio has been awarded a 
$U0O scholarship to Boston University. 
Roberta is receiving one of the Bird 
scholarships available to residents of 
South Boston. 

To Ann Lynch, extra assistant at South 
Boston, Ydio has been chosen as a delegate 
to attend the National Junior Achievement 
Conference to be held in Cleveland next 
August. Ann is a junior at South Boston 
High School and a member of the National 
Honor Society. 

To Pauline Winnick, Readers Advisors 
for Young Adults, Open Shelf, vflio has just 
been elected to the Board of Directors of 
the American Library Association, Division 
of Libraries for Children and Young 
People, as representative of the Associa- 
tion of Young People's Librarians, for 
the 1957-1959 term. Since July, 1955, 
Miss Winnick has been serving that Divi- 
sion as adve3rbising manager for Top of 
the News . 


The spacious gardens at the home of 
Mr and Mrs Albert Carpenter, Eliot Street, 
Jamaica Plsiin, were the setting for a veiy 
happy occasion on Monday, fey 28, 1956. 
Catherine Duffy, Book Selection, HR and CSi, 
and Louis O'Halloran, HR ani CS Division 
Office, had been invited to have dinner 
with Mr and llrs Carpenter. Wn.en they 
arrived, they founi to their surprise 
that they had been preceded by fifty or 
more of their fellow libraiy workers who 
also were "having dinner" with the 
Cerpenters. The joy of the event was not 
dimmed one bit by the fact that "the 
dinner" was a box lunch, with plenty of 

warming wine and hot coffee to take the 
chill off the atmosphere, the only element 
Trtiich failed to cooperate in making this 
gathering an unqualified success. 

The weather did however leave "the shower" 
part to the guests yiio presented the bride- 
and-groom-to-be with a substantial check to 
buy something "to remember the Library by" 
(as the' they could ever forget usl) for 
their new home in Dedham. The presentation 
was made by Miss Peck and Mr Carpenter, 
Library "Mom" and "Pop" of the happy couple, 
A Continental touch was added by the fetchin4 
berets, so jauntily worn by Mr Connolly, 
Mr Carroll and the host. 

With good wishes to the happy couple and 
many thanks to their kind host and hostess, 
the guests departed early in case some 
blizzard might be about to descend upon 
the Boston area. 

Dear Friends, 

Certainly Jfey 28, 1956 will 
always hold a wonderful place in our 
meraoryo Words fail to tell how much we 
enjoyed your surprise party for us at 
Mr and Mrs Carpenter's home. The gift is 
most sincerely appreciated ard will, we 
know, do much to enhance our home. 

Thank you again, one and all. We shall 
never forget it. 

Very sincerely, 
Kay and Lou 

On April 28, a shower was held for Mary 
V. Curado at the home of Mrs Margaret 
Morrissey. Mary opened her 1rery beautiful 
and useful gifts under a green and yellow 
bell, from which rose-petal confetti was 
showered over the bride-to-be. The dining 
room was decorated in green and yellow 
streamers and hanging from the streamers 
were tiny umbrellas. Over the center of 
the table was a green and yellow watering 
can. lUrs Morrissey served a delicious 
buffet including her famous and delicious 
Irish Bread. 


On Thursday evening. May 31, a shower -was 
held at Margaret Morrissey's home for 
Pauline Eaton and Marty Murphy in honor 
of their marriage next fall. About fifty 
people gathered for the occasion, filling 
every nook and cranny of the house. 

In the dining room the decorations were 
most attractive in blue, -white and silver. 
Dainty white slippers, filled with almoncb, 
were the individual favors, a cluster of 
bells was suspended above the table and 
the centerpiece of i/iJiite gardenias was 
beautifully arranged. 

The prospective bride was surprised, 

the gifts were lovely, the food was ^weH, 

Mrs Morrissey gave the party, so need we 
say more? Just that a wonderful party 
was enjoyed by all the guests. 



On Saturday, June 2, the "fair sex" of 
Book Purchasing, were invited to the home 
of ISrs Gertrude McCabe in Concord, Massa- 
chusetts for an outside barbecue and "get 
together" . 

The party was planned by Mrs McCabe as 
a little reception for Mary Curado on her 
approaching marriage in July to David 
Sheehan of Book Stack Service. It was a 
beautiful afternoon with the sun shining 
on the McCabe lawn and garden. The Book 
Purchasers sat in the patio porch watch- 
ing the chickens brown on the revolving 
spit in the open fireplace. The luscious 
aroma filled the air and mouths were 
watering just waiting to devour the birds. 

When the feast was over, the hostess 
appeared carrying a tall silver hat which 
held glasses of orange juice for a toast, 
the object of -vrtiich was to award a prize 
to the one pulling the shortest glass, and 
as planned, the guest of honor, was the 
lucky one, and for a prize, Mary was pre- 
sented with a personal gift of underwear 
for her tjrousseau. It was a complete 
surprise to the bride-to-be, and everyone 
utterly enjoyed the day in the country. 

Margaret Morrissey 



Duilia Capobianco, who has been guiding 
staff activities at East Boston since the 
ifiarriage of the former Branch Librarian, 
Mrs Robert Pitman, has decided to go and 
do likewise. In recognition of this wise 
decision, Miss Capobianco was twice 
honored on Thursday, May 2U. 

At the conclusion of the Home Reading 
Division May meeting, those in attendance, 
along with other Library officers closely 
allied with the Division, gathered in the 
Women's Lounge which was gay with spring 
flowers, an attractive table setting, and 
tempting mid-morning delicacies. After a 
brief interlude of sociability, John M. 
Carroll, Chief Librarian of the Division, 
with his usual apt phrases, presented Miss 
Capobianco, on behalf of the group, with a 
purse containing a substantial check and 
many good wishes from her fellow workers for 
her future happiness. 

Following the afternoon session of the 
Adult Book Selection Committee that august 
body laid aside its dignity and the burdens 
of the day to betake itself to the Towne 
Lyne House in Lynnfield. As an expression 
of good will towards Miss Capobianco who 
has served on the Committee for the past 
year, each member ate a hearty meal as thoug 
she really enjoyed it. As a token of their 
appreciation for her past services and their 
best wishes the Committee also remembered 
to present the guest of honor with a small 

We are sure that everyone who has ever 
worked with ^iss Capobianco is aware of the 
deep loss which will be felt by the Adult 
Book Selection Committee. Her years of 
outstanding service as a member of the 
Boston Public Library Staff will long be 

Recently the Staff of East Boston, plus 
Linda Pagliuca and Jennie Femino of North 
End, gathered for a double celebration at 
Anthony's Hawthorne Inn in Lynn. The reason 
for celebrating was the recently announced 
engagement of two staff members — Gracemarie 
Alfe and Duilia Capobianco. 

To the amazement of all, upon entering we 
were ushered to a private room i/diere we were 
treated royally. To add to the festivities, 
the management presented our guests of honor 
with champagne and an elaborately decorated 

Along with all our best wishes for a happy 
fut\are, Duilia was presented with a crystal 
cocktail set and Gracemarie with a set of 
bronze bon-bon dishes. 

For a momento of the happy occasion, 
Anthony himself presented each of the guests 
of honor vrith a photograph of the group. 



Mrs Marion Dubrawski's associates on the 
Char lest ovm staff signalized her departure 
from the branch on maternity leave by- 
taking her to a lobster dinner at the 
Tovm Line House on Friday, May 25. Dinner 
over, the party adjourned to Mrs 
Dubrawski's attractive honE in Orient 
Heights where a baby shower ended a very 
pleasant evening. 



Many friends of Laura Abate, Office of 
Division of Reference and Research Serv- 
ices, gathered together for a surprise 
luncheon for her at Eddie Davis' Steak 
House, Thursday, May 31. The affair was 
a fond farewell to "Laurie" prior to her 
maternity leave. She was presented with 
a corsage of small yellow roses along with 
a gift of a tiny toy baby carriage, indi- 
cating the purpose of the money neatly 
tucked in under a miniature doll. 

Richard G. Hensley, for iidiom Laurie has 
worked during her years at the BPL, spoke 
of her many fine qxialities and her good 
service to the Division Office. Needless 
to say, she will be very much missed there 
and throughout the building. 

An informal supper party at the home of 
Mrs Marjorie Bouquet on Monday evening. 
May 28, was the setting for a surprise 
baby shower for Lauira Abate. Former 
co-workers of Laurie's were among the 
invited guests, including Joyce Kelly and 
Barbara Cotter. 

Mrs Bouquet was a charming hostess and 
served a delicious dinner. After the 
leisiirely meal was enjoyed, Laurie opened 
her many attractive gifts. 

* * * 

On Saturday, June 2, the feminine 
members of Allston gave a luncheon at the 
Abner TUheeler House tO Mrs !&iry Ellen 
Brigante, Children's Librarian, Tiftio is 
going out on maternity leave. (The male 
member of the staff, rather understandably, 
declined to attend the ftmction). A •:•. 
corsage of red roses and a gift were pre- 
sented to Mrs Brigante, and for once the 
affair came as a complete surprise to the 
recipient. All her co-workers and the 
public at Allston wish her happiness with 
a new baby — and a new home that she and 
her husband are building in North Easton. 

Rita Desaulni6rs, newly appointed Business 
Branch ■; Librarian, was taken to dinner 
at the Hotel Bellevue on June h by the 
Business Branch staff. To properly cele- 
brate this long-awaited event, one and all 
devoxured steak or broiled live lobster 
?rith relish, while the guest of honor 
seemed satisfied vrith a delicate omelet. 
She was the recipient of a corsage of pink 
roses, plus some light verse composed for 
the occasion. 


Angela C. Hennessey, Information Office, 
to Paul P. Heffernan of South Boston. 
Mr Heffernan, a nephew of James Crowley, 
Book Stack Service, was fcarmerly en^jloyed 
as a part-tine assistant in Open Shelf. 


Friends of Lillian Kovars, former employee 
of the Boston Public Library, will be inter- 
ested to hear of her forthcoming marriage 
in July, Since leaving tte B.P.L., she 
has had several interesting positions. She 
worked for the American Red Cross and as 
secretary for Drew Pearson. At present 
she is employed by the C.I.O. Miss Kovars 
resides in Washington, D.C., iirtiere the 
wedding; TriJl take place. 

William J. Mulloney, Jr., his wife 
Gertrude and small son. Tommy, visited the 
library last Monday to see old friends. 
Bill was formerly employed in the Book 
Stack Service. They are now living in 
Denver and came to Boston for a two week 
visit. Bill's father, William, Sr., has 
been retired from the library since l^lUt. 


The newest subprofessional in Open Shelf 
is Harold A. Brackett. The B.P.L. is a 
tradition in Harold's family: his mother 
is on the staff of West End, his sister 
(Mrs Dorothy Ekstrom) is at Adans Street, 
and his younger brother was formerly a 
part-timer at School Issue. Harold himself 
worked in Book Stack Service after his 
graduation from South Boston High School. 
In 1952 he was drafted and spent two years 
in the Medical Corps, serving in Virginia, 
Colorado, and Massachusetts, After his 
discharge from the arny, he worked for a 
while with an insurance company. But the 




B.P.L. called and he has been at Open 
Shelf since April '56, Harold (who is 
not married) lists automobiles in first 
place simong his hobbies. 

The new girl in the Children 'd Section 
of Open Shelf is Marcia Goldfarb who hails 
from Portland, Maine, She is now living 
in Brookline -wiiile her husband attends 
Tufts Medical School. Before coining to 
the B.P.L. she did part-time secretarial 
work at M.I.T. ^n her spare time she 
pursues her interest in all sports, espe- 
cially skiing in the winter. 

A graduate of Pembroke College T*ere 
she majored in International Relations, 
Marcia says she is thoroughly enjojring 
her new field of library work with chil- 


The Archbishop Williams High School in 
Braintree was the scene of the New Eng- 
land Unit meeting in May, 1956. The 
Membership Director reported a total 
membership of 3l5 members, a gain of 2U 
since last year. As this membership 
covers all of New England, a suggestion 
was made to hold the October meeting at 
St. Michael's College, in Burlington, 
Vermont. The suggestion was received 

Various section chairmen reported on 
the recent Conference. Sister Mary Mercy 
of Fall River urged the development of a 
High School Section within. the Unit and 
invited all high school librarians and 
teachers to join. Martha Erjgler, South 
Boston, requested the cooperation of all 
Children's Librarians in the establish- 
ment of an Elementary School Section. 
She recommended a book list compiled by 
Rev. Ai^rew Bowvftiuis S.J., which may be 
secured, free, through New England News. 
Miss Engler has been appointed Chairman 
of the Elementary School Section of the 
National Catholic Library Association 
and is now planning the program for the 
Conference to be held in Louisville next 

Sister Mary Walter gave an interesting 
and instructive talk on Science. Sister 
is a teacher in the liission Church 
Grammar School and is a member of many 
national and local science associations. 
She is well known in library circles and 

I has talked to the Young Adult Librarians 
here at this Library. 

The meeting adjourned at Us 30 and a 
delightful luncheon was served by the Home 
Economics Class of the High School. 

Anna L. Manning 


The Round Table of Children's Librarians 
held its Spring meeting at the Brookline 
Public Library on Thursday morning, May 17 , 
at 10 o'clock. An attendance of about one 
hundred was delighted with a group of new 
films for pre-school and elementary grade 
children, Morton Schindel of Weston Woods 
Studios, producer, director, and distribu- 
tor of the productions described their 
beginnings and explained the methods of 
photographing which were finally evolved. 
Using the actual pages of the book "with 
its original color, Mr Schindel and his 
associates have developed an exciting idea 
of bringing apparent action to the pages 
of a pictvire book. Those present were 
thrilled by the showing of Make Way For 
Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, 


The Round Table of Librarians for Young 
Adults held its May 2k meeting in a square 
room that suddenly appeared at one end of 
the Txifts Branch of the Weymouth library, 
in North Weymouth. This appearing and 
disappearing room is only one of the many 
modern features of the branch. Others 
include an invisible heating system, a 
movie screen that disappeared into the 
ceiling, a magazine rack for current issues 
that suddenly folds inward to reveal the 
back issues, and a shadowless lighting 
system that gives the distinct illusion 
of daylight. Christine E. Evarts, Chief 
Librarian at Weymouth, demonstrated these 
things for the group, then went on to tell 
how ths branch grew from a small collection 
in a store. 

A short business meeting followed, with 
the minutes read and accepted, and two new- 
amendments to the constitution accepted 
unanimously. Barbara Cotter of Connolly 
Branch resigned as chairman of the Round 
Table and asked the executive committee 
to appoint a new chaii*man to fill out her 
term until next year. 

The high point of the morning was meeting 
Miss Esther Carlson of Belmont, author of 
Milestones and The long way around, who 


gave a talk on "writing for teen-egers" and 
answered many questions from the group. 
Significant points for iwriters made by- 
Miss Carlson were the necessity for action , 
for imagination, conciseness, sticking to 
the point, familiarity with subject mattarj 
and a central problem to interest the 
teen-ager. Personal qualities she stressed 
were a geniii-ne interest in teen-agers, and 
constant reading habits. She also pointed 
out the advantages and disadvantages of 
vomiting for this age level. 

Following the meeting, the group gath- 
ered at Cain's for luncheon. 


The annual meeting of the Boston Chaptar, 
was held on Monday evening; May 28; at 
Gordon College in Beverly Farms. The 
college moved last year to the 1000 acre 
tract of land, complete with five ponds 
and a castle, ■which was purchased from 
the Prince fanaly for the new campus. 
Members had supper in the school cafeteria 
and were taken through part of the castleo 
The business meeting was held in the new 
library building, now partly occupied by 
classrooms \mtil further expansion of the 
building program. Guided tours through 
the library were conducted by the friendly 
staff of the college and libraiy treasures 
were displayed. 

This was the final meeting of the Boston 
Chapter until next fall. 

Sir Francis Bacon 

" . . .because it may and hath fallen out 
that some booke may be sent for by the 
King himself e, or nay for a time be taken 
out for some publicke use of the Church, 
w*h a purpose to return it againe (be- 
sides all other casualties, unto which 
all things in this mortall life are sub- 
.■;^ct) when notwithstanding all the care 
and diligence which ye Archbishop can 
possibly use, this booke or bookes may, 
(by some accident or default of another) 
not be returned unto the Librarie againe; 
in TTjhich or the like case,... the value of 
this booke or bookes w'^'^ are lost (and 
the losse thereof might have ben hindred) 
should be made good to the Librarie againe i' 
Transactions of the 
Cambridge Bibliographical 
Society, vol. II, part 2, 
1955 p. 106. 


The Eighth Annual Award of the Mary U. 
Nichols Book Prizes was held at North End 
on Thursday evening, May 31. Milton E. 
Lord, Director of the Boston Public Library, 
awarded the prizes to Patricia ?fary Sasso 
and "'incent Michael Jjfusto, Jr. Patricia, 
•vriio is a senior at the Julie Billiart 
Hish School, received the OXFORD BOOK OF 
AMERICAN VERSE, beautifully bound in blue 
morocco with gold trim. Patricia has been 
a member of the Young Adults Council at 
North End for three years and was formerly 
with the North End puppeteers group. She 
is currently an extra assistant in Open 
Shelf. Vincent, a senior at the Christophei 
Columbus High School, received the STEPHEN 
CRANE OMIBUS Titoich contains his favorite 
novel — The Red Badge of Courage . 

The address of the evening was by Oscar 
Handlin, Professor of "istory at Harvard, 
vho spoke on the immigrant in America. 
John A. Scanga, Director of the Michelangelo 
School Center, was chairman of the program. 
The J alie Billiart High School Chorus sang 
several selections and Philip Di Mattia 
played the accordian. The Reverend Father 
John A. Madden, S. J,, of St. Mary's Church? 
represented the community. Father Madden 
knew Miss Nichols and has been an active 
borrower at North End and in Open Shelf 
for many years. The Young Adults Council- 
lor were ushers and helped serve the re- 
freshments -which were made and contributed 
by the community. An added festive note 
for the many friends of i^^iss Nichols from 
outside of the I'Jorth End was the Corpus 
Christi procession in progress as they 
approached the Library. 

The Boston Globe , May 30, carried an 
interesting account of the history of the 
Nichols A-wards with a picture of an en- 
thralled audience of small children -watch- 
ing the last puppet show of the current 
season. Miss Nichols had been particularly 
interested in working with puppets, and had 
organized the puppeteers at North End. 

Miss Nichol's mother, Mrs Katie Nichols 
of Peterborough, New Hampshire, attended 
the program. Now in her 82nd year, it WgS 
her first visit to North End Branch Library 
since her daughter's librarians hip. 




The Cataloging and Classification Dept-the waiters were so admiring that they didn't 

ment (flR and.C3) wishes the best for 
Charles J. Gillis, who has been promoted 
to Chief of Central Chari^ing Recordg, 
Fe all will miss him very much, since he 

has been an ideal boss, quiet, efficient— the fifth course most of us had trouble 

never any friction. Central Charging 

Records have gained a perfect Chief, a man been steak or lobster. After the seventti 

who has been associated with the Library 
over 30 years and iiriio has proved his 
ability to handle many kinds of Library 
problems. The staff of the Cataloging 
Department presented }1r Gillis with a 
folding travel clock as a gift, a small 
measure of their appreciation of his 
consideration for his staff, 

Louise K, Murphy 

At 1 PM on Wednesday, June 6, Charles 

the waiters from the complicated task of 
taking orders. It vrasdsne so quickly and 

even mind when he came up with eighteen 
orders from seventeen people. 

Courses one, three, five, and seven of 
the seven course meal were liquid and after 

remembering whether our main course had 

course, none of us cared. 

Miss Becker reminisced about her year- 
and-a-half hitch in CCRj Mr Polishook told 
anecdotes about France and someone kept 
calling for a community sing. The idea was 
discouraged — probably by the management. 
The party lasted for three ho\irs and most 
of us had recovered by Monday. 

On Tuesday afternoon, June 5, the staff 
(a more sober and serious group, now) pre- 
sented Miss Becker with a shoiilder bag to 
take with her on her trip to Eiirope this 
Summer. Later, the official glee club of 
CCR sang her a medley of old time favorites. 

Gillis arrived in Central Charginc; Records among viiich were "After You've Gone" and 

his new department. 7!r Polishook met him 
at the door and escorted him to his desk. 
Everyone said "Good morning, Jlr Gillis". 
Mr Gillis said, "Good morning", admired 

"Auld Lang Syne", Miss Becker's eyes 
remained conspicuously dry, however, and 
at five o'clock she gave us a big smile, 
thanked us f<r everything, and left. She's 

the bouquet of flowers on his desk and sat awfully happy about her new job— almost 

down. Thus began what the staff of CCR 
is sure will be a long and pleasant re- 

In a department like ours unpredictable 
things hapoen all the time. Anyone who's 
ever worked with the public knows the 
number of problems that can cone up in 
the course of a day, Mr Gillis has run 
into some upsetting problems already and 
come through unniffled. Now he's lost 
the apprehensive look he had the first 
few hours. He's besjinning to look more 
at home at that desk. He's gotten his 
first inkling of what we all knew a week 
after we came to work here. CCR is the 
most wonderful department in the system 
as long as you keep your sense of humor. 

indecently so. 

To Miss Becker: 

Hot diggetyl 

Once upon a Saturday nieht the staff 
of Central Charging Records held a fare- 
well party fcr Dorothy Becker in a back- 
room of the Town House, The group of 
seventeen was exceptionally gay and at 
times Miss Becker wondered aloud if we 
were celebrating because we'd enjoyed 
having her or were happy to see her go, 

Mr Polishook, OCR's social director, 
greeted us, seated us and then rescued 

Translation - welcome from a very grate- 
ful and happy staff. 

Eglestcn Square 

Alice Hackett, newly-appointed head of 
the Home Reading and Community Services 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 
las a notable record of seBvice in the 
Boston Public ^brary. 

She began as a part-time eToployee at 
Andrews Square (now Washington Village) and 
then transferred to a full-time position 
at the main library. In 19U5 she was ap- 
pointed Second Assistant in the Reference and 
ind Research Cataloging and Classification 
Department and was promoted to First (Ad- 
ninistrative) Assistant in 1950, 

On Jvine 5, the last day of her service 
in the Reference and Research Cataloging. 


Department, Miss Hackett's co-workers 
gave a luncheon for her at the Salmagundi 
Farewell gifts to her vrere a brown leathar 
hand-bag and a corsage of baby orchids. 
In her honor the followng poem was drama- 
tically proclaimed; 
6th of June 19^6 

In 19UU the 6th of June was D-Day 

Now here a^ain in '56 the 6th is A-Day. 

We've always held that June was such a 

joyful season. 
Leave it to us to destroy any such 


For today is the day we give Alice a^vay . 
And tho it's only a step across the way 
We may be pardoned if we complain 
We're no satisfied that our loss is 
their gain. 

To view it from the joyful Bide 
Our grief is overcome by pride, 
Our best wishes go with you 
Happy we'll still be seeing you. 

On Thursday when you are laden 

With all the money ynu'll be taking 

We'll tie there with helping hands 

Tb ease the burden of all those grands. 

wishes her well in her new position at 
East Boston, 

The Cataloging and Class if icati'^n 
Department for Home Reading and Commun- 
ity Services cordially welcomed with a 
floral offering Alice E, Hackett, the 
well-knovm and much -loved former cata- 
loeer of the Division of Reference and 
Research Services ^ in the \indertaking 
of her new duties as our chief. 

We congratulate her upon her promotion 
to the position of chief of our depart- 
ment and we condider ourselves fortunate 
that one so oleasant to know has been 
selected to fill this position. We v;ish 
her success and hopefully look forward 
to many pleasant vrorking years under her 

Geraldine Cudmore 

On the eve of her transfer from Book- 
mobile I, the staff presented Hrs Evelyn 
i-arden with a navy blue bag with gold 
fittings and red leather lining; and also 
a corsage of c ymbidi\im lilies. Her staff 

The staff at East Boston joined in wel- 
coming its new Branch Librarian, Mrs 
Evelyn Harden, at a coffee hour in her 
honcT on her first morning in her new 
position. In order that she might begin 
her introduction to the district without 
further delay, she was the guest of several 
members of the staff for luncheon at the 
East Boston Airport that same day, A 
bouquet of beautiful spring flowers ap- 
peared on her desk as a greeting from 
I'Irs Dorothy Mourse Pitman, Branch Librar- 
ian, Emeritus , 


On Saturday, May 26, about UO members 
of the Chowder, Chatter, and Marching 
Society and their friends met at the China 
Star, out Merrymount way, to bid fond fare- 
well to two of our departing members : Fob 
Foodward, late of History, and Paul Mulbney, 
usually late in Science and Technology. 
Spirits ran hio;h and flovied almost as freely 
as the tears. The fare included some 
rather lively shrimp and tired water chest- 
nuts, accompanied by mounds of fried rice. 
Tito of the grouj) pretentiously proud of 
their heritage, mildly rebuked the rest cf 
us by having fried chicken. 

The brilliant salutatory remarks, 
fraught vfith the wisdom that only age can 
bring, were delivered by our self-styled 
emcee and president from whom all blessings 
flow, Lou Rains. Upon being presented vrith 
a leather brief case and money. Bob Tfocd-ward 
made some rather serious remarks on what 
he cherished most from among his many BPL 
blessings; he said in part, ",,.and when I 
look -Tack I realize that there was nothing 
quite so important as this money ." Paul 
?Iulloney, too, was given a brief case. 
To avoid invidious comparisons it was ex- 
actly like Bob's, including the initials, 
Paul's valedictory remarks (he was as ner- 
vous as a kitten and had hardly eaten a 
bite) included a brief history of Book 
Stack Service from Ft-ed Allen to Lenny 
Kanter m th thumbnail sketches of all the 
luminaries in between. 

The party woxind up in a rowdy songfest 
with 3-thumb Koury at the 87 (Chinese 
piano J) and super-sonic McDonough f ollom ng 
the singers and rending (sic) all the 
classics into semi-classics. Quietly we 
wended our separate ways homeward to the 
dulcet strains of Alexander's Rag-time Esnd. 


Katherine F. Albert, Branch Librarian, 
Emeritus , passed away at her home in 
Jamaica Plain on Monday, Jfey 28. She 
would have been eighty-eight years of age 
in August* 

Miss Albert graduated from Roxbury High 
School. in 1188 and later took courses in 
evening high schools and at Lowell Insti- 
tute, Simmons College, and the Dorchester- 
Roxbury School of Religious Education. Dur- 
ing her active career in the Library, inhich Kon-tiki and Titanic 

began in I883 and ended vjhen she retired 
on August 31, 1936, she worked in two 
branch libraries only — ^Roxbury and JamaL ca 
Plain. In the latter she served as Branch 
Librarian from 1923 until her retirement. 

In addition to her library work, 'tLss 
Albert was for many years active in church 
school Work. Her vacations were spent in 
her cottage at Oak Bluffs on Martha's 

Those ■vSio worked at Jamaica Plain under 
Miss Albert testify to the fact that she 
was always kind, helpful, and considerate j 
firm -vdien necessary, but consistently 
gentle. Her interest in her staff members 
continued long after their service with 
her had ended. The Christmas parties at 
the branch library included all former 
staff members and had much of the cliarra of 
large family gatherings. Even after her 
retirement she remembered her friends — and 
very often members of their families — in 
their joys and in their sorrows. Alumni 
retain a warm persona.1 regard foa? liiss 
Albert and a lasting affection for Jamaica 
Plain under her leadership. She will be 
sadly missed by many and long remembered, 


Kenneth Ames, Yorkshire England - on ex- 
change service at the Alcron, Ohio, 
Public Library 

Carl J. J. Braband, Allgemeine Elektrici- 
tats-Gesselschaf t , Frankfurt /l&in 

Mrs Mihin Eren, University of Ankara, 
(Turkey), Library School 

Emma H. Linares de los Santos, Director, 
Library of the l^iational Atomic Energy 
Coimnission, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Salah El-Din Taher, Director, Tluseum of 
Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt 


On June U, Mrs Evelyn Jferden was guest 
on honor at a surprise supper paarty at the 
home of ?feiry Daly, Statistical. Some 
twenty of her library friends — including 
one brave man, Albert Brogna— gathered to 
wish Mrs ilarden happiness in her new work 
as Branch Librarian at East Boston. She 
was presented with a luggage brown hat 
bag and a corsage. 


A. L. A. 

In same ambition's grip: 
Conquest of the ocean 
On a maiden trip. 

Kon-tiki barely boards. 
An elemental raft. 

Bobbing apprehensive. 
Periled fore and aft» 

Titanic grand creation, 
Leviathan oh tide. 

Ocean-going palace. 
Riding high in pride. 

An amateurish plaything, 
Kon-tiki sails freej 

Mi.^hty, planned Titanic 
Perishes at sea, 

A moral's in the story. 
To greatest morals kin: 

Overweening hybris 
Is unpardonable sin. 

Barry Andrews 



Sarah 11. Usher 
A.LJV. Membership Committee 



Anastasia Efthemeou (Tasia to her 
friends), assistait in Print, vas married 
on Saturday, May 26, to John D. Krupa of 
Detroit, Michigan. The double-ring cere- 
mony took place in Nashua, New Hanpshirej 
the pastor of St. Christopher's Church 

The birde, taAio looked as truly beauti- 
ful as all brides are supposed to look, 
wore a -white tulle gorni with an empire 
bodice of Madrid lace and a full skirt 

over blush pink taffeta which terminated 

in a short train. Her shoulder-length veiXand seed pearls with a fingertip veil and 

was draped from a crown of tiny seed pearls, 
She carried a bouquet of pink sweetheart 
roses* Her sister, Ida, was the maid of 
honor} Barbara Krupa, sister of the groom, 
was bridesmaid; and another sister of the 
groom, Christine Krupa, was the flower cirL 

A reception at the 'ianchester Country 
Club followed the wedding, and luncheon 
was served in a delightful room which 
overlooked the beautiful gardens and golf 
course. Over a hundred guests participat- 
ed in this gathering, including the Keeper 
of Prints, Arthur IT. Heintzelman, and his 
wife, who were enchanted by the dignity 
and charm of the Greek dances, and the 
warmth of Tasia 's friends and family. 

The Krupas will be living in Detroit. 


On Saturday, lHay 19, Eleanor L. Jewett 
(Betty), formerly of the Trustees' Office 
became the bride of Russell a, Scully of 
the Trustees' Office, The four-o'clock - 
ceremony, attended by members of the im- 
mediate families only, was held in St. 
James Espiscopal Church, Gloucester. The 
reception was held at the home of the 
bride's parents. Following a honeymoon 
at Martha's Vineyard, Vtr and lUrs Scully 
areijuaking their home in Dorchester, 

The radiance of the bride made up for 
the lack of sunshine on the morning of 
June 9, as Catherine T. Duffy, Book Sel- 
ection (H. R. and C. S.) and Louis R. 
O'Halloran, Office of the Division of 
Home Reading and Community Services, 
were married in a double-ring ceremony 
at the Holy Name Church, West Roxbury, 
A Nuptial J&iss was celebrated by the 
bride's uncle. Father Thomas McLaughlin, 
0. F. M. 

The bride was attended by her sister, 
Patricia, as maid of honor, and the groom's 
brother, James, served as best man. The 
bridesmaids, Catherine Doherty, s former 
staff member of the BPI^ and Ann McGonigle 
of Everett, were attired in mint green 
nylon chiffon gowns with deep green sashes 
to complement the maid of honor's gown of 
candy pink with a deep red saeh. 

Given in marriage by her father, Kay 
was very beautiful in a cathedral length 
gown of nylon tulle with an overskirt of 
Chantilly lace and neckline of scalloped 
lace. She wore a crown of orange blossoms 

carried a bouquet of white carnations, 
stephanotis, and an orchid. 

Following a reception at the Dorchester 
Plaza, the couple left on their wedding 
trip, after which they will reside in 


Nor-Ui End 

The Young AduLte Council was featured 
in a special article in the !fey 27 issue 
of the BOSTON SUNDAY POST. The group was 
cited for its efforts in promoting better 
community life for young people through 
the library. This is the second consecu- 
tive year that the Council has been given 
the "Teens of the Week" Award by the Postd 

We welcome back to North End Mrs Belle 
Levin, who has returned from a cross- 
country tour of the United States, 
Mrs Levin, a part-time worker, and her 
family visited many national shrines and 
parks en route to California to visit rel- 

A special art exhibit, featuring the 
works of three local young artists, is 
currently on display as a sidelight of the 
Boston Arts Festival. This display in- 
cludes various types of art work by Berrio 
Gizzi of North Ilargin Street, a student 
at the DeBenedictis School of Artj 
Constance Tarquini of Tileston Street, of 
the Massachusetts School of Art and a part- 
time assistant at North End;and Dorothy 
Dodworth of Cambridge, formerly of this 
Branch's children's room staff. 



Louis Sasso, a part-time worker, was 
recently elected to the Jesuit National 
Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. Mr Sasso 
is a junior at Boston College. He will 
be Managing Editor 6f the B.C. Yearbook 
SUB TURRI for 1957. Louis was also the 
winner of the Mary U, Nichols Book Prize 
in 1953 and is the brother of Patricia 
Sasso, a 1956 winner. 

South End 

Thvirsday afternoon, fey 10, was a time 
of festivity. Spring flowers in profusion 
and gay posters lent a holiday air to the 
library for its third annual Open House 
held in honor of the City of Boston Clean 
Up Campaign Poster Contest. Many notable 
guests witnessed the presentation of award 
certificated to the winners of the Poster 
Contest, all junior high pupils in the 
South End Schools. Th« winners will re- 
ceive gifts of art supplies at school 
graduation, through the generosity of the 
South End Businessmen's Association, 

Christopher Mitchell, President of the 
South End Planning Council was chairman of 
the afternoon's program, David. K. Farns-- 
worth of the Greater Boston Chamber of 
Commerce; Helen Morton, Secretary' of the 
South End Neighborhood Rehabilitation and 
Conservation Committee j and Frank Roberts, 
President of the South End Business Men's 
Association spoke enthusiastically of the 
Clean Up Campaign. Ttie Library was well 
represented by two officials from the 
Office of Home Reading and Community Ser- 
vices, John M» Carroll and ISrs Ada A. 
Andelman. Mr Carroll addressed the group 
briefly, and Miss Kingman, Branch Librar- 
ian, added a few words of greeting. Teach- 
ers from each South End School district 
were also present, as were a large number 
of neighbors and friends of the branch. 
Following the formal program there was a 
social h'^ur and refreshments vere served. 

West End 

On Friday, May 25, Ifrs Arlene llullin, a 
former Assistant in the Children's Room, 
visited the Branch with her husband, the 
Reverend Richard i^illin and their year- 
and-a^^lf old son, Daniel. They now live 
in Delaven, Illinois, where Mr luUin is 
iiiinister. Their trip East had a double 
purpose, first to attend a reunion at 
Gordon College, and on May 27 to partici- 
pate in the observance of the 200th anni- 
versary of the Ifiddleboro Baptist Church, 
y*iere Mir Kullin preached before going to 

On Tuesday, June 5, a graduation and 
farewell party was held in honor of two 
part-time members of the Staff, Marlene 
Oxman and Elliot Ernest. Miss Oxman, i/rfio 
vas graduated from Memorial High Scholl, 
left to begin a full-time library career 
in the Bookmobiles, llir Ernest received 
his A.B. from BU, and is planning to do 
graduate work at Columbia this fall. Be- 
fore settling down to further study, a 
Eupopean trip is on his agenda. The Staff 
gathered informally, and after refreshments 
and the presentation of gifts. Miss Gdd stain 
sped the two young fledglings on their way 
with a warm and witty farewell message. 

Some eighty members of the Spring Festi- 
val Reading Club witnessed the awarding 
of certificates of reading achievement and 
book prizes to thirty of their number at 
a party held on Wednesday afternoon, June 6, 
The festivities began when Mrs Ellis, 
Children's Librarian., welcomed the group 
and discussed the success of the club, 
which was well illustrated by the three 
girls and one boy who reviewed favorite 
books for fellow club members. These 
children were unaware that they were to be 
honored later with special prizes for 
their fine performances. Miss Goldstein, 
Blanch Librarian, added her greetings and 
congratulations. The guest speaker, 
Elizabeth M, Gordon, Deputy Supervisor in 
Charge of Work with Children, expressed 
her pleasure at meeting such enthusiastic 
readers and reminded the children ' - 
of the many library privileges 
now available to young people as contrasli- 
ed with those of earlier days. She then 
made the presentation of thirty reading 
certificates and fovir book prizes. The 
book prizes were donated by IJIiss Goldstein 
and were avarded for the quality and num- 
ber of the written book reports nade by 
the winners during the span of the club's 
activities. Two films in color were 
shown; The Loon's Necklace and Johnny 
Appleseed ■ The program concluded with 
ice cream and cake. 


confine their interest in it to 35 hours 
a week, minus 25 minutes a day relief time? 
Who is conqpelled to take courses? Even 
cataloging and reference may be studied 
and psssed without them, though doing so 
would be a feat I But no one is compelledi 
Those who are interested may want to» 

We are unimpressed by the number of 
lunch hours cut in half, mornings-off 
surrendered, or the amount of time spent 
commuting. We are impressed by the num- 
ber of hours each one of us squandrrs every 
day by poor planning I 

It is unfortunate that this article 
received top billing where library people 
throughout the country may ponder the 
wisdom of BPL employees. 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must- 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, together 
vri-th the name of the Branch Library, De- 

paETtment or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen nane used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous 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 Soap'iBox are 
personal opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Associatio 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 

( Editor's'- Notes: .When writing the liay edi- 
torial, the Publications Committee, judging 

To the Soap Box ; 

A propos of the editorial on the first 
page of the May "Question i'^krk" , this 
writer has a few remarks to make. Most 
of us who have taken or are taking Boston's 
myriad of exams agree that the exam systan 
needs revision. Would-be employe;es are 
frightened away before th^ are hired, and 
those of us who are employed often face 
long periods of added study and discour- 
agement before we are condidered "quali- 
fied" for the positions toward which we 
are working. 

However, we disagree with many of the 
ideas of the editorial which seem to us 
immature and non-professional. Every 
novice in every job is required "to meejf 
specific qualifications", and many on 
their own time I Are our new employees so 
apathetic about their work, so lacking in 
general, healthy curiosity that'ithey 




from their own past experiences and those 
of others, believed that a Cataloging and 
Classification Course, taken in the library 
of elsewhere, was a requirement for taking 
the qualifying examination in this field. 
A.t the meetings wiith the Directcr on Tifednes- 
day, May 23, and Friday, May 25, it was 
with great surprise that we learned that 
no courses are actually required, even 
though probationary assistants without 
degrees in library science have always 

en urgently requested to take courses in 
both General Reference and Cataloging and 
Classification, ffe stand corrected and 
are very glad to have had this point offici- 
ally clarified. 

2. By questioning the time spent stMy- 
:iEig for our library wxaminations as they 
:stlB now set up, we did not mean to imply 
that m^jmbers of the library profession do 
not vrant or need to read and leam mater- 
ial relevant to their work after their " 
hours of active duty are finished. Posi- 
tive suggestions for revitalization 
of the examination system in the direction 
of this relevancy to specific positions 
within the library will be one of the re- 
sults of the discussions proposed on this 
month's editorial page.) 


Finding that he could get away from 
his duties as Editor of THE CRISTIAN 
SCIENCE JDNITOR and his many other out- 
side activities for a few hoxirs on Thurs- 
day afternoon. May 31> Erwin D. Canham, 
the HKDSt recently appointed Tnistee, paid 
a visit to Central Library. His purpose 
was to acquaint himself with the work 
carried on in open departments and behind 
the scenes in closed departments. 

On the spur of the moment, the Director 
made arrangraents for a tea in the Trustees' 
Office so that the nev/ Trustee might meet 
and talk informally ¥/ith members of the 
Officer Group, at the end of his tomr. 
Because of the impromptu natxire of the 
affair, it was not possible to notify all 
Branch Librarians, but those who happened 
to be in Central were cordially invited 
to attend. 

After being introduced by the Director, 
Mr Canham spoke briefly, prefacing his re- 
marks try telling of his early, happy 
experiences in public libraries in ffeine. 
He then stressed the importance of public 
library service, in general; and the op- 
portiinites for development which face the 
Boston Public Library, in particular. 


Don't let the hot weather 

allovf you to forget 

those TiTho look to you through 

C A "^R E 


General Administrative Off iose 

Milton E. Lcrd - Director, and Librarian 

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

Elizabeth L. Wright - Personnel Office 

Catherine M» MacDonald - Personnel Office 

Helen H, Sevagian - Information Office 

Division of Business Operations 

IJary C» Robbins - Business Office 
Mary K, McDonough - Book Preparation 
Gerald L. Ball - Book Purshasing 
Jeanne M, Hayes - Book Purchasing 
Harriett V, Mulloy - Book Purchasing 
Mary A. Rea - Book Purchasing 

Division of Reference and Research Services 

Beatrice Coleman - Book Stack Service 

Santa M. Koster - Book Stack Service 

midred C. O'Connor - Cataloging and Classification 

Minna Steinberg - Cataloging and Classification 

Paxil V. I'Toynihan - General Reference 

Emilia M. Lange - Print 

Joan P. Morris - Science and Technology 

Louis Rains - Science and Technology 

Elizabeth G. Barry - Statistical 

Anna L. J/ianning - Teachers 

Division of Hoice Reading and Community Services 

Ada A* Andelman - Division Office 
Elizabeth M. Gordon — Division Office 
Veronica T. Yotts - Division Office 
Felicia J, Langdon - Audio-Visual 
Edna G. Peck - Book Selection 
Anne E. Armstrong - Open Shelf 
Virginia Haviland - Open Shelf 
Pauline Winnick - Open Shelf 
Bridie P. Stotz - Adams Street 
Harry Andretra - Allston 
Tyyne M, Saari - Allston 
Ethel Kimball - Connolly 
Gracemarie V. Alfe - East Boston 
Evelyn B. JJarden - East Boston 
Mildred R. Adelson - Jamaica Plain 
Anne F. Coleman - Hount Bowdoin 
Jennie M. Femino - North End 
Ifergaret Donovan - Orient Heipjits 
Grace C. Chippendale - Parker Hill 
Rose Moorachian - Uphams Corner 
Fanny Goldstein - Vfest End 






JULY 1956 



Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume XI, Number 7 July 1956 

Publications Committee; Barbara E. Coffey, Jean L. Eaton, Mary A, Hackett, Felicia 

J. Langdon, Richard E. Lyons, Paul ¥. Smith, B. Gertrude 
Yfede, Chairman 

Publication date : 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material: 
The tenth of each month 


The number of staff members ivho have left the service recently or are about to 
do so is far larger than the size and content of oiir occasional Aliunni Notes column 
would indicate. The positions that these people have gone on to are in many cases 
of interest not only to their personal friends but to professional librarians as a 
group. Gathering information on a formal basis for publication is always difficult, 
but there must be several staff members who correspond with our alvunni. This 
editorial is an appeal to those staff members to send in amy material that might be 
used in the Alvimni Notes colvimn. Even a bare outline of the facts — v/ho went where 
to do what — would be of interest; and, of course, if the alumnus himself is willing 
to write a little more fully, his contribution will be most vrelcome. 

Another suggestion ■v^iich we put forward for your consideration is the establish- 
ment of a new column \7here staff members could advertise articles for sale or ex- 
change. Many staff organs have this feature, frequently called the Trading Post . 
Things of every size, shape, and value might be conveniently disposed of in this 
way. The Question Mark , of course, could serve only as a medivim of communication, 
not as a retailer or guarantor. The publications committee could assume no responsi- 
bility for accurate representation of the articles. Let's hear some response to 
this suggestion and/or contributions for the coluran. 

Meanwhile Happy Vacationing to everyone. If you do or see anything out of the 
ordinary — and Question Mark readers are interested in almost everything — ^why not 
tell us about it, or else tell one of your friends who will tell us, 



New Employees 

Mrs Mary M. Bowker, Washington Village 
(formerly Children's Librarian in the 
branch libraries) 

Claire M. Hurney, Print. 

Paul V, Kean, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion (R and RS) 

Norma A. Lowery, South End. 

Macy J, Margolis, History (formerly worked 
in the Department) 

Raymond L, Jfullin, Kirstein. 

Marlene Oxman, Bookmobile (formerly part- 
time at West End) 

Carole M. Sweeney, Book Stack Service. 

' Julia P, Talanian, Office of the Division 
of R and RS. 


Mrs Gerti*ude L, Bergen, from Phillips Brooks 

to Lower Mills. 
Charlotte R, Cooper, from Tyler Street to 

the Office of the Division of KR and CS. 
Jeanne M» Fitzgerald, from Egleston Square 

to Kirstein. 
Mrs Beatrice P. Frederick, from Tyler Street 

to Open Shelf. 
Marcia F. Goldfarb, from Open Shelf to 

Charles town. 
Margaret A. Hewey, from South End to 

Etta Kessell, from Lower Mills to Y/ashington 



Katherine I. LaMontagne, from Jeffries 

Point to East Boston. 
Tyyne M. Saari, from Washington Village 

to Allston. 


Harold H. McAnney, Buildings, after 

3 years and 8 months of service in the 

Boston Public Library. 
Patrick J. Re illy. Buildings, after 

30 years of service in the Boston 

Public Library 
J4rs Veronica Shenk, Washington Village, 

after 30 years of service in the Boston 

Public Library. 


Jason Berkovitz, Central Charging Records, 

to accept another position. 
Duila Capobianco, I^st Boston, to be 

Phebe D. Ham, Book Selection, Division of 

R and RS. 
Charles A. Hanson, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS, to accept another 

Girard D. Hottleman, Book Purchasing, to 

accept another position. 
lUra Elaine H. Raitt, Kirstein, to live 

in Kansas City. 
Mrs Vivian D. Troutman, Jeffries Point, 

to move to the Cape where her husband 

will preach. 
Robert C. Vfeodward, History, to become 

Head Librarian of the Dedham Public 



At the Executive Board meeting, June 5, 
19^6, it was voted to send the following 
letters to the Trustees: 

1. Covering letter 

2. Letter from Personnel Committee 

Louis Rains 

12 June 1956 

Trustees of the Public Library 

of the City of Boston 
Copley Square 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 

Dear Sirs; 

The Executive Board of the Boston 
Public Library Professional Staff Associ- 
ation is forwarding herewith a letter 
received from the Staff Association's 

Personnel Committee. The Executive Board 
endorses the views expressed in the letter 
and requests that the Board of Trustees 
give due consideration to the matter. 

Very truly yours, 
Louis Rains 

9 April 1956 

To the Executive Board: 

Because of the notice, "Revision in Pro- 
cedure" (General Administrative Notices, 
1956 - No. 15, dated Feb. 23, 1956), the 
Personnel Committee is requesting that the 
Executive Board 

1. find out why such an important change 
in policy was not discussed with the staff, 

2, tiy to obtain some assurance that the 
Tnistees are interested in obtaining the 
views of the Staff Association on matters 
of policy affecting the bibliothecal staff 
and that the Trustees will give the re- 
presentatives of the staff an opportunity 
to discuss such matters before they are 
put into effect. 

The Committee is making this request be- 
cause we feel that no useful purpose can 
be accomplished by the Committee, unless 
the recommendations of the Committee, 
endorsed by the Association, reach the 
Trvistees, and the staff has some opportunity 
for discussion of such policies before they 
are put into effect. 

The procedure delineated in this notice 
is contrary to the recommendations of 
previous Personnel Committees -vrfiich indi- 
cate that the 'Point System', if combined 
with the consideration of personal qualities 
and a few minor changes preferred by the 
Committee, would be an adequate means of 
equitable promotion (195U), and, again, 
that the Evaluation Sheet for the Promotional 
Appointment (by the Point System) ... is an 
objective qualitative summary of a candi- 
date 's education, training, and experience 
to determine his eligibility for a given 
promotional appointment over that of another 
candidate (provided it is supplemented by 
a rating of the personal qualities of the 
candidate by his immediate superior and 
division head). (1955) 

The manner of presentation, without prior 
discussion with the staff or its represent- 
atives, is contrary to the request of the 
Executive Board, endorsed by the membership. 


that the Board of Trustees consider some 
procedure whereby representatives of the 
Staff Association might present the views 
of the membership before the Board of 
Trustees had formulated their decisions 
of policy affecting the bibliothecal 

Yours very sincerely, 
Committee on Personnel, 
(Signed) EM©N McDONOUGH, Chairman 


Mr and Ifrs Anthony Cariani (Vanda 
Cariani, Science and Technology) on the 
birth of a son, Peter Anthony, on June lU, 
who weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces. 

Mr and llrs David L. McDonald (Ellen M. 
McDonald, Book Stack Service) on the 
birth of a son, David Lee, Jr., on May 10, 
who weighed ten pounds. 

Mr and Mrs James J. Gray (Barbara R. 
Gray, Book Stack Service) on the birth 
of a son, Jonathan David, on June 1, who 
weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. 


On Tuesday afternoon, June 26, Library 
friends of Joan O'Brien, Book Stack 
Service, presented her with an electric 
frying pan at a surprise shower in the 
V'fonien's Lounge where refreshments were 
served and well v/ishes extended to the 
bride-to-be . 

Many Library friends, both past- and 
present, of Faureen McCarthy, Book Stack 
Service, gathered at the home of Mary 
Quercia on Thursday evening, June 28, for 
her surprise bridal shower. Among the 
many gifts received by the ever-popular 
Maureen were silver flatware service for 
eight and a complete set of Revere YJare. 


Good luck wishes were extended to 
Girard D. Hottleman, Book Purchasing, 
Thursday, July 5j when Donald Neiraian pre- 
sented "Gerry" with a farewell gift of 

money in the Department. Gerry's many 
friends throughout the building congratulate 
him as he embarks on his new career of 
teaching English at Dedham High School next 


On Saturday, May 26, Frances A. Cotter 
Book Stack Service, became engaged to 
John J, Bent, also of Book Stack. 


On Sattirday, June 23, Barbara E. Cotter 
of Connolly and John F. Travers, a teacher 
at the Lowell School, vfere married at a 
Nuptial Mass at St Thomas Aquinas Church 
in Jamaica Plain. The bride was attended 
by her twin sister, Marjorie, as maid of 
honor, and three bridesmaids. Following 
the wedding, a reception was held at 
Longwood Towers. After a wedding trip to 
Maine, the couple will make their home in 


On June 2ii., Miss Duilia Capobianco of 
East Boston became the 'bride of 
Capt. Mario A. Alfano of the U.S»A.F. at 
tl^ Assumption Church in East Boston. 
The bride was gowned in viiite silk taffeta 
and lace and carried a bouquet of white 
orchids. Anna Capobianco, maid-of -Honor 
for her sister, wore a gomn of coral color 
and the two bride's maids wore identical 
gowns of turquoise. Following the double- 
ring ceremony, a reception was held in the 
Hotel Beaconsfield in Brookline and was 
attended by several library friends of 
Miss Capobianco. 

After a wedding trip to Canada, the 
couple i/idll make their home in Washington, 


Maureen McCarthy of Book Stack Service 
became the bride of John P. TlShite at a 
simple evening ceremony at St Williams 
Church, Dorchester, at 7:30, July 3. 
Maureen wore a street length dress of 
white nylon lace over Trtiite taffeta and a 
small white hat. She carried a white 
orchid on her missal. A home reception 
followed where Library friends were includ- 
ed among the invited guests. 



Several Library friends of Agzies Luc«hesi 
and Edith Trocki, both foiTnerly of the 
Office of Records, Files, and Statistics, 
•were on hand to -vTelcome the girls for 
luncheon at the Darbury Room, Tuesday, 
July 3* Agnes, Tn*io left the BPL three 
years ago for Phoenix, Arizona, is 
visiting here in Boston for a nonth. She 
is now employed as a secretary in the 
School Department of Phoenix. Her engage- 
ment to Richard Piccoli has been announced 
and she plans to be married next October. 
Edith, "Who recently became the mother of 
a new son, YJilliam George, now has three 
boys. Her older ones are twins. 

Among those attending the luncheon were 
Sarah M. Usher, Maria Mechini, Jo Waldron, 
Kay 'Halloran, Peggy Morrison, Shirley 
Gildea, and ?Ielen Sevagian. 


Patrick Joseph Reilly has many friends— 
co-workers v*io remember him vdien he en- 
tered the service of the Library in 1526 
as a painter under the able supervision of 
Alexander HcGeej others who have known 
him only since he became Foremen of Paint- 
ers in 1914; o 

Some 80 of these friends of long-standing 
and those whose friendship has been of 
shorter duration gathered in the Lecture 
Hall at Central Library on July 2 to wish 
him well in his years of retirement, which 
began officially pn July 3, 1956. Sharing 
honors with him were his wife, his son, 
Joseph, Jr., and one of his two daughters, 
Marion, a former BPL employee. 

Following a catered dinner, in his 
capacity as toastmaster, J. Joseph Danker 
read letters from Archbishop Richard J. 
Gushing and Erwin D. Canham, president 
and vice president, respectively, of the 
Library's Board of Trustees; a telegram 
from John J. Connolly, Assistant to the 
Director and Chief Executive Officer j and 
brought a message from Milton E. Lord, 
Director — all of whom were prevented from 
attending because of previous commitments. 
Speaking in representation of the 
Trustees, Patrick J. McDonald, who was 
accompanied by his sister, Mary, brought 
warm greetings from that Board and an 
expression of appreciation for Mr Reilly' s 
fine contribution to the service of the 
Library. Francis X, Moloney, Assistant 
to the Director, in Charge of Business 

Operations, and on this occasion representing 
the Director, saluted Joe Reilly, the man, the 
craftsman, and the friend in a Y/arm and 
understanding tribute. 

The clinax of the evening came when George 
Patterson presented, on behalf of, and with 
the best wishes of, his mar^ friends through- 
out the entire Library system, an impressive 
array of equipment which would bring delight 
to either a fresh-water or a salt-water 
fishing enthusiast— and the committee knew 
that Joe Reilly is a master at both. His 
response was brief but sincere. 

Misic, lively and spirited — d\iring dinner 
and for dancing later on — was most ably 
provided by the Library's trio — Martin Waters 
piano J Frank liters, drtimsj and Pavil Tiiles, 

As Mr Reilly joined that constantly-growing] 
group of younger-looking, carefree, active 
alumni, he received a cordial invitation to 
come back often and always to "keep in touch" 
He was the recipient, also, of one of the 
handsomely-bound memory books which the 
Library's Binding Department prepares and in 
which his friends had written their Jjrersonal 
messages . 

Sarah M. Usher 


Congratulations to our most recent alum, 
Gerry Hottleman, Book Purchasing, on the 
birth of a second son, Tuesday, July 10. 

A note from Texas sent by Mrs Janice Hunt 
announces the birth of their second baby, 
a boy, Roger, Jr. Mrs Hunt formerly worked 
in the Office, Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services. 


Mr and Mrs Alexander J. Mankus announced 
the birth of their son on July 1, 1956. 
Proud Grandmother of the new baby is Mrs 
Margaret Morrissey, Book Purchasing. 


Our apologies for omitting the name of 
Julia Zaugg, Fine Arts, from last month's 
listing of BPL staff members bound for 



The many friends and co-workers of John 
T. Kyle were deeply saddened ty tjie shock- 
ing news of his sudden death. We who knew 
him well can scarcely realize that he is 
no longer with us» 

Jack's life inas a full and very active 
one. After graduating from the High , 
School of Commerce in 19U2, he entered the 
Navy and served in the Pacific Area of 
Operations where he distinguished himself 
as a first-class Radioman throughout 
several major engagements. In June of 
I9U7 Jack entered the service of the Li- 
brary as a Clerk Messenger in the Stock 
and Supplies Section. Almost immediately 
he became well known and equally well 
liked as he made his weekly trips through 
the Central Library Building distributing 
supplies. His quick smile and ready 
"Hello" made him a favorite among his 
fallow workers. While working at the Li- 
bnicy, Jack attended Northeastern Univer- 
sity, Evening Division and through his 
determination and ambition received his 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in 195U. His 
sterling qur.lities and superior workman- 
ship not having gone unnoticed in the 
Library, he was made Principal Clerk in 
charge of ths Stock and Supplies Section. 

Jack's affability and cooperation will 
not soon be forgotten. The Lita-ary has 
lost a very able and qtialified worker but 
far more thp.n that many of us have lost a 
vory dear friend. I am sure that I speak 
for all wten I extend our heartfelt sympa- 
thy to his jT^other, Jfrs Kyle, and hope that 
she vrill find a little solace and comfort 
in kno7Jlng that Jack will ever be remem- 
bered in our kindest thoughts and prayers. 

Louis R. O'Halloran 


E!iJ.en Theresa Buckley, better known as 
"Terry" , is the newest member on the staff 
at Adams Street. Terry formerly worked 
part-time at Dorchester and also worked on 
Bookmobile II for a short time. 

June 6, 1956 was a big day in Terry's 
life. She graduated from Hyde Park High 
School and annovmced her engagement to 
Thomas C. Ifijrphy Jr. of Brighton. 

Along with Terry's hobbies of reading 
and sewing she has done volunteer work 
with the children at the Joseph P. Kennedy 
Jr. Hospital in Brighton. 

To those of you who have not yet learned 
the name of Central's new mail carrier, we 
introduce Ronald C. Conant of the Office 
of Records, Files, Statistics. 

Ronnie formerly worked part-time in Open 
Shelf and upon graduation from English High 
School he started full-time in the Record 
Room. In the fall, he plans to attend 
night school at Northeastern University, 
aiming for a degree in Commercial or Indus- 
trial Accounting. Automobiles are on the 
top of the list of his many interests, 
expecially since he recently received his 
driver's license. 

Ronnie seems to have started a family 
trend since his brother, Richard, has now 
assumed Ronald's former duties in Open 

Samuel Goldstein is the new professional 
member of the staff in the Science and 
Technology Department. Sam graduated from 
Boston University in 1952 where he majored 
in government, minored in Russian, and 
earned a Phi Beta Kappa key. After a stint 
with the Defense Department he entered the 
am^'' and served in the S-.,"nal Corps in 
Germany. He is currently working nights 
towards a Master's degree in government at 
B. U. Sam has been married for three years. 
His hobbies, when he has time left from 
work and study, are reading and photogra- 

The newest addition to the staff of the 
Business Office is Yifill iam V. Hurley. Bill 
graduated from Hyde Park High School in '55 
and has been working at the B.P.L. for the 
past three months. In school he played 
baseball and hockey, and he puts sports at 
the top of his hobby list. The only unmarried 
man in an office full of women. Bill seems 
to be holding his own — expecially since he 
spends a lost of his time "on the road," 

At Brighton Branch tes Mary A. La Follette, 
formerly Ifery Blute, has returned to the 
library after an absence of two years. She 
began working full time in the B.P.L. about 
eight years ago at IJJattapan. She was at 
Brighton for three and one half years, then 
went to Uphams Comer, After her marriage, 
she served at South End for about three 
years, during -vnhich time she had two 
daughters. She is once again at Brighton 


and delighted to be back. 


Things at Book Preparation are a little 
bit brighter since Jferlene T. McLaughlin 
joined their subprofessional staff inlfey, 
A 1956 gradiiate of South Boston High 
School, Iferlene comes to Central with 
good experience at a branch o V/hile at 
school, she worked for two years as a 
part-time assistant at the lively South 
Boston Branch (and not, as previously 
reported, at the moribund Tyler Street 
Reading Roomc) The pert young lady lists 
reading and photography as her hobbies. 


Anne E, Wayland has joined the subpro- 
fessional staff in the Personnel Office. 
A 1956 graduate of Mt St Joseph Acadenor, 
where she sang in the Glee Club, Anne- 
has a number of hobbies and activities 
to keep her busy when she is not working. 
She is Chairman of the Cultural Committee 
of the CJD of St Anne's parish in Dor- 
chester. It is surprising that the slim 
red headed young lady plays softball and 
loves it. Marital status: S. 


Feature Film on Librarianship 

The first general session of the Confer- 
ence was highlighted by the showing of the 
film, STORM CENTER, starring Bette Davis. 

In this film, the Librarian in a small 
community refuses to remove a book on 
Commixnism from the library shelves. 
Because of this, she is discharged by the 
politically-minded Council. 

After her dismissal only one person in 
the town remains friendly. Even the 
children to whom she has been especially 
devoted in her twenty-five years as Li- 
brarian snub her. One child who has been 
guided ty the Librarian in his reading 
becomes unduly upset. General talk and 
town gossip about the harm that might be 
done by a subversive increase his fear to 
such an extent that he finally burns 
down the Library. 

Bette Davis plays the part of the Li- 
brarian. She is not a "typical" librarian 
but there are librarians like her. She 
is her usual emotional self. Throughout 
the play there is much stress and tension. 

which becomes boring. 

Of course novdiere is the name of the 
offending book mentioned. If the Librarian 
was courageous enough to oppose the author- 
ities , why was she not coxirageous enough 
to continue her fight for principle? True, 
the boy's father's comments were not good, 
but no normal child of ten years would reach 
such heights of despair. And in the vihole 
town, there was only one person who even 
spoke to the Librarian. 

In icy opinion the theme was overdrawn, 
and the presentation technically poor. 
The fire burned in such detail that it was 
of interest to no one but a fire spark. 

Anna L. I&nning 

A Meeting on Personnel 

The Joint Committee on Library Work as a 
Career held its meeting on Jxme 19, 1956 
devoted to the subject of recruiting for 
librarianship. In the absence of John 
Harvey, Chairman, Helen Focke of the T/estern 
Reserve University Library School served as 

Raymond C« Lindquist of the Cleveland 
Public Library read a paper on the subject 
ALA Plans to Recruit. He stated that the 
new Public Relations Office was established 
for ALA generally, although recruiting was 
its primary purpose. Recruiting is one of 
the objectives of the Board of Education 
for Librarianship of ALA, in addition to 
its main purpose of developing standards 
for accreditation of library schools and 
applying those standards, Mr Lindquist 
stated that in 19U7 BEL held a 2-day confer- 
ence on recruiting, which he says is every 
librarian's duty. The restilt of this con- 
ference was the formation of the Joint 
Committee on Library T/brk as a Career whose 
purpose is the planning, sponsoring, and 
carrying out of programs for recruiting. 
In 1953 BEL appointed a subcommittee on 
recruiting with Miss Amy Winslow of the 
Enoch Pratt Free Library as Chairman. This 
committee studied all materials available 
on recruiting and suggested a campaign for 
funds for the establishment of a permanent 
recruiting office at ALA headquarters. Lack 
of funds and lack of centralization, becaxise 
the work is done by changing committees, 
hampered a recruiting program. BEL then 
appointed a sub-committee of its avm members 
to supplement the Winslow report but the 
work of accrediting library schools took 
most of the Board's time. The Management 
Survey of ALA then came into being and the 


Public Relations Office established. 

Mr Lindqulst suiamarized AIA's recruiting 
program as follows: 

(1) Division of Cataloging and Classi- 
fication has established a speakers' 

(2) Public Libraries Division has de- 
voted a complete issue of its bulletin to 
tiie subject of recruitings 

(3) Association of College and Refer- 
ence Libraries has issued a pamphlet on 
llbrarianship for college students active-! 
ly promoting Alpha Beta Alpha, a national 
undergraduate library science fraternityj 

(U) American Association of School 
Librarians has issued a folder entitled 
"How about School Librarians hip for "You" 
However, this folder is now out of date 
and a new committee is working on a new 
recruiting folderj 

(5) Division of Libraries far Children 
and Young People Executive Board assumes 
the duty of recruiting and circulates, 
materials available, such as a reprint of 
an article on children's librarianship 
which appeared in the IVlay 19SS issue of 
Mademoiselle . This Division also issues 
an excellent new pamphlet on recruiting, 
prepared by a committee of the Children's 
Library Associationj 

(6) Board of Education for Librarian- 
ship, whose administrative offices are at 
ALA headquarters, handles about 3000 
requests a year for recruiting materials 
of which a supply is alnays on hand. 

Mr Lindquist read a letter from David 
Clift, Executive Secretary of ALA, in 
which he stated that recruiting will be a 
duty of the Public Relations Office and a 
telegram from Len Arnold, Director of the 
Public Relations Office, in which he 
stated that a conference of the best 
recruiting brains in the country vifaLch 
will collect ideas is noc'/ in the planning 
stage . 

Otis McBride of the Florida State Uni- 
versity Library School represented LoTiis 
Shores, t/ftio was scheduled to speak on 
Plans for a Recruiting Film . This film 
which the Library School plans to produce 
will show all phases of library work. 
It vd.ll be a 20 mm. film in color and it 
is estimated to cost about $7000., which 
cost has yet to be underwritten. Much 
of tte film has been taken but a script 
has not yet been prepared. 

Eugene P. Watson of the Northwestern 
State College Library in Natchitoches, 
Louisiana told of ACRL's recruiting 
pamphlet for vocational counselors as well 

as for students. It has been edited by 
Robert Kingery of the New York Public Li- 
brary. It contains 32 pages and is color- 
ful to arouse counselors to read it and 
use it. The publication figure has been 
set at 50,000 copies and it is expected to 
be distributed by libraries. In addition, 
ACRL is actively promoting a fraternity. 
Alpha Beta Alpha, for library school stu- 

Mrs Elsa S. Freeman of the Geography 
Library, U. S. Department of the Interior, 
Washington, D.C. who was Chairman of Special 
Libraries Association Recruiting Committee 
which was responsible for the SIA publicatior 
"Putting Knowledge to Work", was unable to 
be present at the meeting. Her report on 
the work of gettir^ the publication produced 
was read by a member of her committees. It 
is too soon yet to have definite reports on 
the pamphlet's use and practicability, but 
examination showed it to be attractive and 
informative. A copy of the pamphlet and 
of Mrs Freeman's report were distributed to 
the audience. 

Catherine MacDonald 

Reference Librarians Section of the 

Association of College and 

Reference Libraries 

The topic discussed at Monday's meeting, 
June 18, was: Reviewing Reference Books, 
The three speakers represented three impor- 
tant revievong journals which at intervals 
each year evaluate reference books. All 
three speakers agreed that it was not 
always easy to obtain the agreement of all 
publishers and all readers of reviews on 
what is and what is not a "reference book" , 
while most reference librarians recognize 
such books promptly. 

Mrs Helen Wessells spoke from the point 
of view of editor of Library Journal . LJ 
tries to maintain a corps of reviewers that 
vary widely in subject background and 
positions held. Requisites for LJ reviewers 
are the ability to write concisely in their 
reviews and possession of as complete a 
knowledge as possible of their subject field. 
Books to be reviewed are obtained before 
publication date and are then seJit to the 
reviewers. Problems of time and .space for a 
review are created because of the amount of 
advertising that may have to be incJ-uded in 
each issue. 

Mrs Wessells expressed her satisfaction 
with the now more frequent occurrence of 
the names of librarians on the editorial 


boards of several reference publications. 
This of course helps to create that needed 
contact between librarian and publisher. 

The "Professional Reading" section of 
LJ each issue tries to provide reviews of 
mterial covering library techniques and 
frequently will give longer reviews of 
standard reference works that are observ- 
ing their anniversary of publication. In 
the section "You May T/fant To See", the 
attempt is made by the editor to provide 
reviews of pamphlets and ephemeral materi- 
al of some substance. 

Ifrs Frances Cheney, of George Peabody 
Library School and reviewer for the 
"Current Reference Books" section in 
Wilson Library Bulletin, emphasized her 
aim of providing reviews of books that 
throw new light on subjects, Wi lson 
Library Bulletin restricts itself to re- 
viewing books in the field of reference 
and does not concern itself with films or 
records; sometimes reviews of pamphlets 
are given, Itrs Cheney spoke of the 
importance for the reviewer of keeping in 
mind the audience for whom the review is 
written. Although the Wilson Library 
Bulletin is aimed at vddely varied read- 
ers, mostly from the staff of public 
libraries, the "Current Reference Books" 
section is addressed to all libraries. 
Many reference books are omitted each 
issue, not deliberately, but because they 
were not listed by FW or publishers' 
announcements. Foreign titles usually are 
omitted. About lOJ^ of the books for which 
reviews were given in the Sept, '55 — ^June 
'56 period were not recommended. Reasons 
for not recommending a reference book were 
faulty indexing, the material presented 
was not new, and titles were misleading. 

Mrs Cheney cited the disadvantages of 
the "one-man review". These disadvantages 
etrise from the limited intelligence of the 
reviewer, his limited subject knowledge, 
his biased judgement and over-emphasis on 
matters that are of special interest to 
the reviewer personally. ¥irs Cheney Tirged 
readers to write to reviewers in cases 
where one holds differences of opinions 
from the reviewer on certain books* 

Miss Donna Finger of the Public Library 
st Kansas City, Mo,, and chairman of 
Subscription Books Committee, spoke of 
the important work of that Committee in 
providing reviews for the qviarterly Sub- 
scription Books Bulletin. The Committee 
of 35 to Ti^om books are sent for review 
have a manual for reviewing to guide them 
in writing their reviews . The aim of the 

Committee is to provide an evaluation of 
books sold on subscription basis which will 
enable the purchaser to determine whether 
the book, or set of books, is suitable for 
their needs. Many noted librarians have 
served on the Committee, Titles for con- 
sideration are compiled from sources such 
as advertising matter, individual recommen- 
dations made to the Committee, and occasions 
where certain books are being promoted in 
local areas. 

Inexpensive material, under $5«00, is not 
usually included in reviews given. Partially 
completed sets are not usually reviewed, 
vmless they are published at long intervals. 
T he Subscriptj.on Books Bulletin will make 
a note for sets where the publisher has been 
\inwilling to subiuit a set for review. 

Every review is mimeographed and sent to 
all committee members v^ho make important 
conments on that review. Sometimes a re- 
vision is suggested for a particular review. 
All galley proofs of SBB issues are sent to 
A.L.A. legal advisors to make certain that 
only legally approved comment is included, 

Pa\J. Hoynihan 

Cataloging Activities 

The highlight of the 8:00 A. M. business 
meeting of the Cataloging and Classification 
Division on Tuesday, June 19, was the pre- 
sentation of the 1956 Margaret Mann Citation 
to Susan Akers, author of Simple Library 
Cataloging , Jfeirgaret Ayrault, Catalog Li- 
brarian of the University of Michigan, took 
office as the new president of the Division, 
Mrs Orcena D, Mahoney reported on her two 
years' activities as the Division's first 
full-time executive secretary. 

At the joint meeting with the Serials 
Round Table at 10; 30 A. M, case studies on 
the application of the Lubetzky principles 
to serials were presented by Hiss M, Ruth 
MacDomld of the Armed Forces Medical Library 
and JSr Paul B. Kebabian of the New York 
Public Library, Both advocated treating as 
a new publication with a new catalog entry 
a periodical that changed its title. Miss F. 
Bernice Field, Yale University Library, 
disagreed with this point of view and argued 
for a catalog entry that would include the 
con5)lefbe holdings of a periodical, including 
its various changes of title. 

A card reproduction workshop was held on 
Thursday, June 21, at 8:00 A. M, Mimeograph, 
multilith, addressograph, Xerox, and Card- 
master equipment were demonstrated by repre- 
sentatives of the respective companies. 


The luncheon meeting of the Council of 
Regional Groups enabled the chairmen, or 
their representatives, to discuss common 
problems. JiLss Ayrault suggested inaugu- 
rating an enlarged program for the Council 
at the Midvrinter meeting. 

A punch party and fashion show against 
the colorful background of the SeriUe 
cabanas completed the day's activities. 
Nobody will forget the black lace bathing 
suit or the girl in the pink dress with 
hair dyed a matching shade of pink. 

Mildred O'Connor 
BPL Staff Participation 

About five hundred conference members 
participated in the Adult Education Work- 
shops held each morning at 8 o'clock. 
The coordinator of these sessiors vias 
Mrs I/Furiel Javelin, Member of tha staff 
of the ALA Library-Community Project and 
President of the Public Libraries Divi- 
sion, Adult Education Section. Typical 
of these sessions was one of the Wednes- 
day morning meetings dealing with the 
problems of planning a book-based discus- 
sion using the Notable Books of 1955* 

Under the able chairmanship of IUss 
Margaret E. Monroe, Rutgers University, 
this role-playing session featvired people 
from WatertoT/im, N.Y., Washington, D.Co, 
Newark, NoJ. and Boston. They assumed 
the roles of school teacher, busybody 
club woman, technical advisor on social 
work and coordinator of activities at the 
Youth Service Board of Ducktown, an . 
average-size, normal, industrial town in 
eastern U.S.A. (Edna G. Peck -vas the very 
new, naive and willing-to-be-told coor- 
dinator of the youth). The discussion 
waxed lively and the decisions regarding 
the books to be suggested for discussion 
were not without controversy. 

A good time was had by all, especially 
"the actors" ii*io prefaced their perform- 
ances by several jolly "rehearsals". 

One of the unique occasions at the con- 
ference was the ABC parts'" sponsored by 
the Notable Books Coxincil of the Public 
Libraries Division. Some four hundred 
delegates gathered in the Coronation Room 
of the Empress Hotel on Tuesday afternoon 
immediately following the Second General 
Session. Each table was arranged to 
accomodate about a dozen people. The 

best food provided was nental, although 
some enjoyed the cocktails and cookies. 
The conversation centering around Notable 
Books of last year and this was stimulating, 
especially nihen it wandered far afield as 
it frequently did. As an innovation this 
informal getting-together to talk about 
authors and books was pronounced a success 
and it may become an annual event at the 
Conference . 

As a member of the National Notable Books 
Council, Edna G. Peck served as one of the 
hostesses at this ABC party. 

SORT Business Meeting 

The Stiff Organizations Round Table 
business meeting was held in the Ocean 
Terrace of the Sovereign Hotel at 10 A. M,, 
Tuesday, June 19. Present as delegates 
from the BPLFSA were Jeanne M. Hayes, Edna 
G, Peck, Veronica T. Yotts and Louis Rains. 
The meeting s'oarted off most agreeably with 
coffee and Drxiiish pastry, to celebrate SORT'S 
twentieth birthday. 

Despite the fact that Miss Yotts and It^ 
Rains were appointed to count the ballots 
(obviously because of their frank, open 
countenances) our own candidate, Sarah M. 
Usher, lost the election to the Steering 
Committee by only one vote. However, this 
year's constitutional amendment provides i 
that a member of the Steering Committee 
who cannot or will not fiifill his duties 
and obligations, may be dropped from the 
Steering Committee, and the candidate with 
the next highest vote shall become a member 
•of the Steering Committee. The new members 
of the Steering Committee are: Samuel F. 
Lewis, Alice Taylor, Helen Barron, and Mabel 

Jeanne Hayes, v*io has a very acute sense 
of hearing, was able to note above the 
clatter of coffee cups and the munching of 
crisp pastry, that the SORT treasury had a 
balance of $288.88 as of 30 May 19^6, that 
it was noted to allow the Editor of the 
SORT Bulletin ,'^)50.00 per year for expenses, 
that the Editor was to be permitted to choose 
his own committee members to help him get 
out the Bulletin , that there are now 98 mem- 
bers of SORT, that this year will see a con- 
certed effort to ^in more members, and that 
Edna G. Peck wanted another cup of coffee. 

Louis Rains 

30 RT & Board on Personnel Administration — | personal opinion, but transmits the opinion 
Joint Meeting I of the staff. 

The joint meeting of the Staff Organiza- 
tions Round Table and the Board on Person- 
nel Administration was held in the Ball- 
room (late French dementia) of the 
Fontainebleau Hotel, Thursday morning, 
21 June 1956. Betty Lewis, Chairman of 
SORT, introduced Amy Tfinslow of the Enoch 
Pratt Free Library who acted as moderator 
of a panel discussion on the role of staff 
organizations in the library. Members of 
the panel were Edwin Castagna, Public Li- 
brary, Long Beach, California j Ralph H. 
Hopp, University of Ivlinnesota Libraries j 
Alpha ryers, Public Library', Newark; and 
Katherine Prescott, Public Library, 
Cleveland. Messers CastagrA and Hopp 
spoke from the administrator's viewpoint, 
and Ifrs Myers and Katherine Prescott 
acted as spokesmen for iiie staff organiza- 

From the opinions expressed by the pane] 
members, it would appear that staff organ- 
izations are taking their place along with 
motherhood, babies, and ico cream cones" 
as an accepted American insxdtution. ItTOS 
agreea that staff organizations afford an 
excellent means of communication between 
the staff and the administrator, that the 
staff organization can do much for staff 
morale, promote leadership among its 
members, further the professional and 
economic interests of the staff, and be 
of great assistance in helping to solve 
administrative problems. 

There was some disagreement among the 
panel members on the question of staff 
representation at meetings of governing 
bodies, ftr Castagna thought that the 
representation of staff organizations at 
trustees meetings was, in effect, an 
effort to bypass the administrator. He 
did say that police and firemen are often 
represented at council meetings, but that 
their officers were usually Trell armed 
with the opinions of the membership. He 
did not make it clear why representatives 
of library staff organizations could not 
also be well armed with the opinions of 
their membership. I/trs Myers thought that 
staff organizations should be present at 
trustee's meetings only vihen the agenda ' 
was of interest to the staff in general. 
Miss Prescott was of the opinion that 
staff organizations should be present at 
budget hearings, official administrative 
committee meetings, etc. provided the 
privilege is not abused, and the spokes- 
man for the staff does not voice his 

Louis Rains 

Dorcheste r 

On Tuesday evening, June 19, with the 
weather cooperating beautifully, the staff 
of Dorchester, with several invited guests, 
met at the Toll House in Tfhitman for a 
dinner party celebrating the graduation of 
four extra assistants from their various 
schools, and their departure to other fields 
of endeavor. The graduates were Mary 
McPherson from Teachers' College j Ann Sullivai 
from Boston College ( magna cum laud e)j SLlen 
T« Buckley from Hyde Park High School j and 
John Milan from Boston College High School. 
Ellen.!. Buckley, now a sub^professlonial at 
Adams Street, had just become engaged, and 
this fact lent an especially festive air to 
the occasion. Mary McPherson is to teach 
in Hull, Mass., this coming yearj Ann Sullivai 
will teach in Newton; and John Ifilan is 
entering the Franciscan Order of Capuchins 
in July. 

Margaret Morgan, Beatrice Frederick, and 
Eleanor O'Leary, all Dorchester alumnae, 
added a pleasant reunion-like touch to the 
party, while Mrs Shirley Waters also carried 
out the librsiry family tradition as an ex- 
young adults worker at Adams Street. 

Over a delicious chicken dinner served in 
the Tree Room, there was much talk and 
laughter, especially over the little 
"diplomas" made by Rosemarie DeSimone and 
containing some of her famous efforts in 
verse. Gifts of faun nylon gloves for the 
girls and a flashlight -lantern for the one 
male were opened and admired hy all. The 
special "girl graduate" centerpiece in cap 
and gown was raffled off and went to John 
Milan, but he graciously gave it to the next 
lucky person, Ellen Buckley. After dinner, 
little graduation cakes and a special engage- 
ment cake were presented to the guests oJ| 
honor with the compliments of the Toll House. 

The party was officially over at about 
10 P.M., but rumor has it that certain mem- 
bers dropped in for late coffee at Jane 
Manthorne'3 in Brockton. 

West End 

The three famous travelers who toTired 
Europe and Israel together in 19^$: Ethel 
Kimball, Minna Steinberg and Fanny Goldstein, 
once again combined vacation forces and 
jpintly attended the A.L.A. Conference in 


The majority of the people who attended 
the A.L.A. in Miami went on post-ccnference 
tours. F.G. and M.S. vrent on to Puerto 
Rico and St Thomas of the Virgin Islands 
which was an alluring tropical adventure 
where we salted away many new impressions 
and sent back many cards for our YTest End 
Children's Room, which kept the members 
of the Summer Reading Club very happy 
spotting the places on the map. Ihe im;-. 
press ions gathered will lend much warmth 
for armchair reflections in next winter's 
zero weather. 

Fanny Goldstein 


Dear Mr Bluhm: 

Your grand CARE parcel reached us safely 
here, and we thank you very much for your 
generosity. It is, indeed, moving to see 
bonds of charity established between human 
beings separated by thousands of miles. 

As we find ourselves unable to express 
our gratitude in other terms, we beg" to - 
accept our heartfelt wishes for your well 
being. God bless you and all your loved 
ones I 

Yours truly 


Berlin - Zehlendorf, 12 June, 1956 
Ramsteinweg 21 


Dear Sir: 

We have received your CARE package with 
great joy. We thank you real heartily 
for it. The butter tasted good to our 
three children and they now have powdered 
milk every day to drink with their cocoa.. 
The children's eyes shone so brightly for 
when the father was long without work, 
there were days without butter and milk. 
Once again hearty thanks for your chari- 
table gift. 

From Berlin, greetings from Edith and 
Gunther, together with Beruch, Doris and 
Anita Wolf. 

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, De- 
partment or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is vrithheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contri- 
butions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is know only to the 
Editor-in-Chief. The contents of the 
articles appearing in the Soap 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 Box ; 

In June , THE QUESTION MARK Editorial Notes 
and President's Notes reported that the 
Editor had asked for and received permission 
to attend Executive Board meetings. Two 
Board members went on record as believing 
this undesirable and unconstitutional. We 
agree, for the following reasons: 

1. As we interpret the Constitution, it 
does not provide, either by word or impli- 
cation, for committee chairmen to sit in on 
Board meetings. The Editor is, first, 
chairman of the Publications Committee and, 
as such, should be given no privileges which 
could not be claimed equally by every other 
Standing Committee chairman. We do not 
believe Executive Board deliberations could 
be carried on expeditiously should all 13 
Chairmen. claim the privilege of "sitting in- 
on discussions. 


2. It is the duty of the President, 
•vre believe, not the Editor, to keep the 
staff informed on both sides of important 
issues~(a) at Association business meet- 
ings, and (b) through President's Notes 
(Sees Volvune III, Number 3, page 3, 
col u mn 1), We do not believe it desirable 
for the Editor to take over any part of 
this important President's duty. 

3, The office of Publications Comniittere 
chairman is in itself probably the most 
time-consuming, next to that of president. 
To add to its duties, attendance at 
Executive Board meetings would seem too 
heavy a burden for one Association member, 

k» To over knowledge, it is not accept- 
ed practice for the Editor of a house 
organ to sit in at meetings of the govern- 
ing board of the organization. 

5, While it is unquestionably desirable 
for the Editor to work as closely as pos- 
sible with the Executive Board, can this 
not be done as effectively by the Editor 
conferring with the President, after each 
Board meeting, on matters to be brought 
to the attention of the Association 
through the Question I-ilark ? 

In special cases (when the occasion 
warrants) there is nothing in the Consti- 
tution to preclude the Publications 
Committee Chairman from attending an Ex- 
ecutive Board meeting at the invitation 
of the Board as has been the practice in 
the past with other committee chaimien. 

Sarah M. Usher 
Grace B. Laughlin 
Louisa S» Metcalf 

Dear Editor: 

The report of the Mayor's Citizens' 
Committee on Ifunicipal Finance concerning 
the Library carried many criticisms which 
were heeded either in the form of changes 
or contemplated studies. One that seems 
to have been ignored is the criticism 
that in the Division of Reference and 
Research Services, the offices of Chief 
Librarian and Supervisor seem an unneces- 
sary duplication. 

Might it not be wise before filling the 
position of Supervisor and risking repeatr- 
ed criticism to undertake an agonizing 
reappraisal of that office. Is the office 
of Supervisor intended primarily as an 
administrative one responsible for the 
open departments of all three divisions 
during the hours ■v*ien their division 
offices are closed? In that event, would 

it not be more practical to have such 
supei-vision emanate directly from the 
Director's Office? 

If, on the other hand, the purpose is to 
give coordination to the reference function 
of the division, as would seem likely from 
a recent tendency of that office to oversee 
the work in individual units, would it not 
be as effective to have three coequal full- 
time coordinators responsible to the Chief 
Librarian handle this work at let us say a 
deputy level? The figure three is suggested 
in order to give maximum coverage during 
the 77 hours. With two on duty during a 
busy afternoon, one could tour the building 
while the other stands by for intricate 
reference queries. 

Eamon McDonough 
To the Soap Box ; 

Again this year at the American Library 
Convention in Miami I remembered a sugges- 
tion which I first made after the 1952 New 
York Conference regarding the fact that many 
BPL people who attend a conference for the 
first time wander around confused, not 
knowing iiiiich meetings it is to their advan- 
tage to attend. I do not wish to recommend 
a guided to\ir with every group regimented 
and held in check for the entire conference, 
but I quote frcrn what I wrote at that time 
..."It would be a good thing to delegate 
one Senior member in charge of the delegatior 
and trust him with the list of those BPL 
members attending plus their hotels in the 
city, where they can be reached. I also 
think that at least once so large a group 
should be drawn together at a . . .breakfast 
or a luncheon is possible, and that somebody 
should be made responsible for doing this. 
. . . (Jilany of the people who attended did not 
even know the other members of the BPL.) 
Such a get together would add a homey social 
note. A wise monitor could serve as a sort 
of advisor to the new and uninitiated and 
could guide them to interesting book shops, 
around the -town features, or the private 
■parties given by the publishers, which they 
would otherwise lose out on, because they did 
not know, or were alone, or too timid, or 
not on time to register. There were many 
opportunities for doing things which many 
of the BPL monbers missed out on, for just 
no guiding hand and somebody who could have — 
had there been a cheerful happy interested 
mentor, with discretion to serve as a co--- 
ordinator. This is one of the things I would 
like to see instituted at another time." 
Fanny Goldstein 


To the Soap Box; 

Congratulations to the Publications 
Committee on its proposal made in the 
June issue of the Question Mark to devote 
more space in subsequent issues to serious 
articles in -wAiich important matters af- 
fecting personnel and service to the pub- 
lic will be discussed. 

This should be conducive to clarifying 
topics on •which scuttlebutt often circu- 
lates more rapidly than unembellished 
facts . 


To the Soap Box; 

In Jan\iary of the present year, two 
letters were sent from the Executive Board 
of the Association to the Director, at the 
request of the membership: 1. Asking him 
to arrange for the Board to meet with the 
Trustees in regard to a 10^ increase in 
salary; and 2. Setting forth the recom- 
mendations of the Personnel Committee in 
the matter of adequate compensation for 
temporary Assistants-in-Charge. At the 
last Business Meeting of the Association, 
it Twas reported that no reply had yet been 
received to either of these letters. 

To many of us, silence in the face of 
what, we feel, are legitimate requests 
is very disturbing. If no replies are 
received by the November Business Meeting, 
let us stand behind our Executive Board 
and empower them to ascertain, if possi- 
ble, reasons why their letters have appar- 
ently been laid aside. 

B. Gertrude Wade 


In answer to a recent question concerning 
libraries in Russia, Edna G. Peck, Book 
Selection, HRS, received the following reply 
from Daniel Schoor on the Allan Jackson's 
CBS World News program, July 9, 1956: 

"Books are published in tremendous volume, 
but apparently not enough to meet the demand. 
New books sell out quickly and there's even 
a black market in them. However, copies 
are usually reserved for the libraries, of 
which there are more than sixty thousand — 
at least one library in every town of any 
size. The libraries are usually divided 
into reading rooms and circulating sections 
where books can be borrowed. The books 
in libraries, of course, tend to follow 
the line, but vfithin these limits there 
are a good many translations of foreign 
authors, especially classics such as Victor 
Hugo and Dickens. The bigger libraries also 
have collections of western books that don't 
follow the line but usually these are avail- 
able only to students and other specially 
q\xalified persons. Librarians, on the whole, 
are poorly paid." 


Wedding bells rang for Joan O'Brien, Book 
Stack Service, when she became the bride of 
Robert J. Park at St Mark's Church in 
Dorchester on Sunday, July 1, The petite 
and attractive Joan wore a ballerina gown 
of white lace and net over taffeta ^Tith a 
finger-tip veil. She was given in marriage 
by her father and attended by her sister, 
Ii4rs Marie Madden, and two bridesnaids. Her 
brother, Jerome, was best man. A reception 
followed the ceremony at the bride's home, 
after which the happy couple set off for a 
wedding trip to Cape Cod. 




AUGUST 1956 

Published tty the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume XI, Ntimber 8 August 19^6 

Publications Conmittee; Barbara E. Coffey, Jean L. Eaton, Mary A. Hackett, Felicia 

J. Langdon, Richard E. Lyons, Paul W, Smith, B. Gertrude 
Wade, Chairman \ 

Publication date: 
The fifteenth pf each month 

Deadline for submitting materials 
The tenth of each month 


The question of music in the courtyard is once again being bruited about the 
conversational salons of Copley Square habitues. Are the charms of the interior 
court of an Italian palace — shaded views of brilliantly svmlit arcades, the soothing 
drone of a playing fountain, a rich air of gracious repose — too nearly perfect to be 
improved upon, or would they be enhanced by the addition of symphony and song, rondo 
and rhythm? Shall Vfe have music of silence? One school of thought seems to hold 
that the main business of the courtyard is reading, and that music is not a background 
for reading. Another group feels that most people on their lunch hours would much 
prefer sitting and listening to sitting and reading. Perhaps a majority can be found 
in between these two extremes. They would like recordings played during certain 
specified hours, leaving the rest of the time to silence. Many reasons in favor of 
music can be found. The work in the surrounding offices might be speeded up, hot- 
weather tempers might be soothed. As for the public's use of the covurtyard libraries, 
a judicious choice of type of music could well stimulate certain areas of the collec- 
tion. For exanple, the slow-moving religious books mi^t receive more attention 
during a playing of Parsifal or the Messiah . The Eroica might stimulate interest in 
biographies of Napoleon, Boris Gudounov in those of the Russian Czar. All this may 
be too complex and if we are to have recordings, perhaps we ought to content ourselves 
with finding music that will blend well with the tempi and rhythms of the fountain, 
the arcade, and, one day, of the roof. In any case, in summertime, "if music be the 
food of love, play on." 



New Emplo^i^ees 

Mrs Ruth A. Adleman, Hyde Park 

Pearl I. Brown, Book Purchasing 

Richadean Few, Book Stack Service 

Audrey E. Hunter, Bookmobiles 

Jean H. Munsell, CharlestoTOi 

Jaya L. Ramulu, Dorchester 

Helen V. Varsos, Book Stack Service 


Mrs Dorothy M. Hanna, from City Point to 

Codman Sqviare 
Mrs Maiy T. C. O'Neill, from Bookmobile 

to Phillips Brooks 
Barbara A. Tuthill, from Roslindale to 

City Point 


Charles F. Weider, Buildings, after 9 years 
of service 


Jane C. Cohen, West Roxbury, to be married 

Paul J. Delahanty, Hyde Park, to take a 

position elsewhere 
Phyllis E. Glasener, Codman Square, to live 

in Rhode Island 
Mrs Mary C. Kennedy, Memorial, to remain at 

Mrs Gene S. Kupferschmid, Mattapan, to live 

in Argentina 
Mrs Anne C. TBhite, Book Stack Service 
Anna C. Lynch, Book Stack Service 



BPL Staff 

Mrs Mary M. Bovirer, formerly a part-tise 
assistant at Adams Street has joined the 
staff of Washington Village. Ifrs Bowker, 
■who Tivas once childjren's librarian at North 
End, took time out to raise a family of 
two boys and two girls before returning 
to children's work at her present, post. 

The petite, auburn-haired young lady 
who has been seen arovind Print since June 
is Claire M. Hurney. Kate graduated from 
the Yfocdward School for Girls, and has 
completed two years at Jackson College. 
Although she is cinrrently taking a course 
in portrait drawing, her real interest 
seems to be music. She has been studying 
voice for some time and has appeared with 
several choral groups. Last year she 
sang Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance 
■«*ien it was presented at Tufts. In the 
winter she sings with the Handel and 
Haydn Society. Despite all this, Kate 
says she likes working at the Bj.P.L., very 

Paul V. Kean Joined the staff of Cata- 
loging and Classification (R and RS) in 
June of this year. He graduated from 
Mission High School in '56. In school, 
-vrtiere he was known as "Tiger", Paul 
played football, baseball, basketball, 
and Softball. Right now he is interested 
mostly in fishing and football. That 
complicated mimeograph machine in Stack 2 
is Paul's particular donain here at the 

Norma A. Lowery (who prefers to be 
called Ann) started work on July 3 at 
South End as assistant children's librar- 
ian. Ann was graduated this year from 
Colby College in Waterville, and lives 
now ih Cambridge although her family. home 
•is in Tilton, Nev/ Piarapshire. In addition 
to "her interest '. irt children,. Ann enjoys 
music and photography. 

Macy J. Margolis is the newest member 
of History. He graduated from B. U« in 
'51 and received his Jfeister's in history 
the following year. Macy, ti^o is not 
married, was on the full-time staff from 
June to September in 1952. The army took 
up his time for the next three years. But 
he has been back at his old desk since June 
of this year. 

Ray Mullins is the new member of the staff 
of Kirstein Business Branch. Ray attended 
Dartmouth and then Simmons. He worked for 
a while at Dartmouth before joining the 
BPL. Ray is married and has a young daugh- 

Jeanne Elizabeth Staples joined the staff 
of General Reference in April after 2^ years 
isrith Army libraries in Germany. Jeanne 
received her B. A. in literature in 1952 
from the University of Syracuse, and her 
M. S. in L. S. the following year from the 
same school. Originally from Providence, 
Rhode Island and now living in Cambridge, 
Jeanne says she is almost adjusted to the 
rigors and high cost of stateside life. 

Every once in a while the gloom of the 
stacks is brightened by a pretty new face. 
The latest is Carole M. Sweeney, 'vrfio has 
been with the BPL since J\ine, after her 
graduation from Roxbiury Memorial High School. 
Carole's principal interest is in singing. 
She studied voice for a while at the Conserv- 
atory and plans to again. Right now she 
sings in the choir of the Dudley Street 
Baptist Chirch. Swimming and basketball 
take up the rest of Carole's spare time. 

Julia P. Talanian is the new addition to 
the Office of Reference and Research 
Services. After her graduation from Jamaica 
Plain High School in '55, Judy attended 
secretarial school before joining the BPL 
in June. Ihile at school, the dark-haired 
young lady played Softball and basketball, 
and now does quite a bit of swimming. Judy 
also says that she is a baseball fan. 


" Great Books" Staff 

A comer of the office of the Division 
of Home Reading and Connminity Services has 
new tenants this month. Dorothea Davis, 
who returned after four-years, absence, 
and Ralph Soderberg can now be found at 
the Great Books Foundation desks formerly 
occupied by Ruth Soter and Edward Muir. 

Dorothea Davis has worked for the past 
four years furthering the cause of the 
Great Books Foundation in northern New 
England. She has now settled here as 
director of the Greater Boston Great Books 

Ralph (Gus) Soderberg, New England 
director of the Great Books Foundation, is 
a grad\iate of Yale and has studied at the 
Sorbonne and Leeds, England. Previous to 
joining the foundation, Gus taught at 
Iowa State College and the University of 
Nev; Hanpshire. 


Francis Tighe, City Librarian, Notting- 
ham, England. 

G. Kamaloedin Anang Djakarta, Indonesia. 


llr and Ilrs Frank Dubrawski announce the 
birth of a son on July 29. Mrs Dubrawski 
is the former Tfeirion Siraco of Charlestown. 


}Sr and Fjts Joseph T . "l^ite ( jmrie Mur^, 
formerly of Chariestown- and. Parker Hill) 
announces the^birth of a son, Peter Joseph, 
on -August 2 , 

Mr and Mrs Charles Eeehan (Teachers) 
have announced the birth of a son, Sean, 
on August 8. The Meehans now have "one 
of each". 


Before publication of the last issue 
of The Question Mark , Girard Hottelraan, 
former member of the Book Purchasing staff, 
made a personal call to the Editor from 
his summer job in Nantasket to ask that 
there be included in the next issue a note 
of thanks from him to his co-workers for 
their gift. Apologies to Gerry for being 
late in this "word of appreciation" . From 

him to all who contributed to this parting 
gift a heartfelt "thank you". 


Virs Edith H. Bailey, Branch Librarian 
Emeritus, recently sold her home in Hyde 
Park and has moved to Honolulu where she 
will live -with her daughter Ruth (a former 
assistant at Phillips Brooks, East Boston 
and Lower IvtLlls) who has been appointed 
Director of Religious Education, Central 
Union Church, in Honolulu. Mrs Bailey's 
future address is : 

c/o Central Union Church 

Punahou and Beretania Streets 

Honolulu II4. 

Territory of Hawaii 

ISrs Dorothy Novirse Pitman, Branch Li- 
brarian, Emeritus, who, when she left her 
duties at East Boston some three years ago, 
took up residence in Brooklyn, New York, 
and joined the staff of the New York Public 
Library, has recently been promoted to the 
position of Branch Librarian of the Hamilton 
Grange Branch Library at West ll^^th Street. 
She assumed charge of this Camegie-type 
building — relighted ard redecorated~on 
July 23 when the branch library was reopened 
after having been closed for a period of 
three months. Congratulations to this Branch 
Librarian "raised to the second power" I 


On Tuesday evening, July 31, Joanne 
Neviera, extra Assistant, South Boston, 
was hostess to the staff, both full and 
part-time workers, at a shower given at 
her home for Helen Ivanauskas, also extra 
assistant. Helen^ v4io is to enter the 
Convent of the Sisters of Jesus Crucified, 
Brockton, in September, was svirprised mth 
a number of beautiful religious gifts as 
well as some eminently practical items. 

Martha C. Engler 

The staff at Codman Square presented a 
lovely gift to Phyllis E. Glaesner, 
children's assistant, upon her resignation. 
In the fall Miss Glaesner will teach music 
at the Cambridge Adult Education Center. 
The staff wishes her success on the start 
of a new career. 


On Thursday, August 2, at the Darbury 
Room, Mrs Gertrude Brovm of the Personnel 
Office staff, was a surprised guest at a 
luncheon attended by Ul of her friends 
T»ho wished to say their farewells to her 
prior to the beginning of her maternity 
leave of absence. She was presented with 
a corsage of yellow tea roses and a gift 
of money. It goes without saying how much 
Gertrude will be missed in the Library, 
especially in the Personnel Office and by 
the undersigned. 

Catherine IlacDonald 


Rita Desaulniers, Business Branch Li- 
brarian, was honor guest at a Bon Voyage 
party held August 9th at the home of 
Gilda Rossetti, High point of the evening 
was a magnificent Italian cake, specially 
decorated for the occasion. Rita was 
presented with a silver disk for her 
charm bracelet, engraved with "KBB Staff" 
and the date of her appointment as Basi-. 
ness aranoh Librarian. 

She sails on August li+ from Boston on 
the Nieuw Amsterdam on a pilgrimage to 
Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy. 


Rita R, Taddonio, Egleston Square, 
became the bride of Patrick F. Walsh on 
Saturday, June l6, at a Nuptial I\flass in 
Saint Joseph's Chiirch, Orient Heights, 
The bride wore a princess styled gown of 
peau de soie and French Alencon Lace wiih 
a full cathedral train and carried a 
cascade bouquet of ■v\*iite glamour lillies 
and lillies of the valley. Ilaid of Honor 
for the bride was her cousin, Marilyn 
Petronio of West Medf ord, who wore a 
waltz-lengtii dress of pale yellow nylon 
chiffon and carried a cascade bouquet of 
green glamellias and galax leaves. Other 
attendants of the bride were her two 
sisters-in-law who wore nile green chiffon 
dresses and carried pale yellow glamellias 
and galax leaves. 

The double ring ceremony was followed 
by a reception at the Starlight Terrace 
Room of the Sherry Biltmore Hotel where 
fellow staff members from Egleston Square 
and former staff from Roslindale gathered 
to celebrate with the bride and groom and 
many other invited guests. 

The happy couple retiorned July 8 from a 
wedding trip to Fdami Beach, 

On Jtily 21 at a 10 A.M. Nuptial Mass 
in St Theresa's Chapel, West Roxbury, Jfery 
Curado, Book Purchasingi and David Sheehan, 
Book Stack Service , were married. Ifery 
was an extremely pretty bride in an ankle - 
length gown of white organdy and lace 
trimmed with seed pearls. Rumor hath it 
that Jfeiry's mother made the gown and that 
pary herself made the bridesmaids' gowns 
of pale yellow cotton 'vrtiich looked as if 
they came strai^t out of a book on early 
Nineteenth Century costume. 

The chapel is lovely, and just the sort 
of place in which a girl dreams of being 
married. The priest was audible to every- 
one there, I'm sxire, and the whole ceremony 
was one to make sentimentalists weep and 
realists rejoice. 

The bride's mother, I>)Jrs Curado, Egleston 
Sqixare, looked even nicer and more charming 
than usual in a simple blue-orchid dress. 
And David's mother, wearing Dior-blue, beamed 
as only the mother of an only son can beam 
at his wedding. 

During the ceremony, Sebastian Lima, 
Book Preparation, sang Ave Maria, Panis 
Angelicus and Oh, Lord, I Am Not Worthy, 
Later, at the reception, an amazing number 
of people commented on his singing and 
wanted to know v4io he was and where he came 

The reception was held at the Lord Fox in 
Foxboro. It's a charming place that seems 
to be made for wedding receptions. The 
music, during an excellent dinner and 
afterwards for dancing, was furnished by 
Martin Waters (piano), Paul Miles (saxophone) 
and a dnammer whose name I can't remember, 
but it doesn't matter because he doesn't work 
in the library. The first dance was danced 
(naturally) by the bride and groom, wxih 
Mary looking becomingly shy and David 
looking pretty pleased with himself- 


Belonging to members of the staff 

1. 3 sets of keys 

2. 1 pocketbook 

3. 2 sums of money 
h» 8 pieces of jewelry 
$, 1 small religious article may be 

claimed in the PERSONNEL OFFICE 



Ordinarily there is very little to re- 
port during the months of July and August 
since no regular Executive Board meetings 
are held then. Ife were pleased to note 
that at least three members of the organ- 
ization had definite opinions concerning 
the advisability of inviting the Chairman 
of the Publications Committee to sit in 
on the Executive Board meetings , and we 
trust that other members of the Associa- 
tion will express opinions before the 
November business meeting. 

The follcrvTing letter received from the 
Director is welcome evidence of the spirit 
of cooperation that can exist between the 
Administration and the Staff Associationj 

9 August 1956 
Dear Mr Rains: 

At last December's series of staff 
meetings I invited aid in the matter of 
finding an adequate basis for the remuner- 
ation of individuals who have to serve in 
the capacity of Assistant-in-Charge in a 
manner that would be appropriate and fair 
to all concerned. From the Personnel 
Committee of the Boston Public Library 
Professional Staff Association there was 
made a recommendation concerning this 
matter which was very helpful, and which 
in due season was presented by me to the 
Trustees of the Library. 

The Trustees approved my recommendation 
for the adoption of substantially the 
procedure Wiich was recommended by the 
Personnel Committee of the Professional 
Staff Association, with the possibility 
of putting it into effect as early after 
July 1, 1956, as the budgetary situation 
for the current year would permit. It 
will be recalled that at the May series 
of staff meetings I indicated that the 
Personal Services Account for 1956 for the 
Library had been passed in the original 
instance in so substantially reduced an 
amount that further action in a supple- 
mentary budget would be necessary to the 
extent of approximately | 70, 000, The 
supplementary budget allowance as finally 
passed has turned out to be only in the 
amount of $35,000. Thus ttere has been 
the necessity of administering the person- 
nel budget with a view to saving in fevery 
direction possible during the current 
months, with the view to ascertaining what 
its situation in the latter part of the 
current fiscal year of 1956 may permit in 

the way of effecting desired action on this 
and other matters. 

I send this letter by way of interim 
report, in order that you may be informed 
that the recommendation of the Professional 
Staff Association in respect to the situation 
of AssistantB-rin-Charge has had approval for 
being put into effect as promptly in the 
latter part of the fiscal year of 1956 as 
the situation of tte personnel budget may 
permit . 

Yours sincerely 
(Signed) MILTON E. LORD 

. Mr Louis Rains 
President, Boston Public Library 
Professional Staff Association 

Louis RaitB 


Second General Session 

The second General Session of the 1956 
ALA Conference was Jointly sponsored with 
the Public Libraries Division with John S. 
Richards, President of the American Library 
Association, and Mildred W. Sardoe, Presi- 
dent of the Public Libraries Division, 
jaresiding. The introduction of the Local 
Committee for the Conference was made by 
President Richards, ^irtio then introduced 
Eleanor Plain, Chairman of the Jury on 
Citation of Trustees, who announced two 
citations of merit for outstanding contri- 
butions as library trustees to Mrs Otis G. 
Wilson of Huntington, West Virginia, a 
member of the West Virginia Library Comnds- 
eion who was cited for her leadership in 
bringing about passage of library legisla- 
tion in her state and her continuing inter- 
pretation of library needs, and to Judge 
Eugene A, Burdick of Vfilliston, North Dakota, 
vdio was cited for his woric in restoring 
and developing library service in Williston, 
his promotion of public interest in lj.brar- 
ies and his contributions to public library 
welfare in his state. Mrs Wilson was pre- 
sent to accept her citation but Judge 
Burdick was unable to attend the Conference. 

President Richards announced that Presi- 
dent Eisenhowsr had just that morning 
(June 19) signed the Library Services Bill. 

Mr Richards turned the meeting over to 
Miss Sandoe who introduced the moderator of 
a panel and the members of the panel who 
were to speak on the subject A Case for 


Notable Books . Mrs Florence S« Craig, 
Chairman of the Notable Books Council, mas 
moderator and the panel consisted of the 
following: Vbrs Louise Hall Tharp, author; 
Raymond Walters, Jr., book review editor, 
Saturday Re view j Joseph Barnes, editor, 
Simon and Schuster 3 William C. Clarke, 
Public Library, East Cleveland, Ohj.oj 
Grace W. Oilman, Lincoln Library, Spring- 
field, Illinois. 

Itrs Tharp whose topic was The Case for 
the Writing of Notable Books said that it 
takes a long time to prcduce a notable 
book, and as far as she is concerned, the 
people she writes about are notable and 
not her books «, She believed that the 
annual selection of a list of notable 
books increased the use of books in li- 
braries. She told of her ami inability 
to obtain copies of the books vdiich have 
appeared on the Notable Books lists in her 
local library because of the great demand 
Mr Barnes commented on the vague, unsatis- 
factory use of the word "notable". He 
asked "notable for whom?" and "in what 
respect notable?" J5r Y/alters believed 
that too many books of non-faction or fact 
appeared on the Notable Books lists. He 
felt that more fiction, poetry, and humor 
should be included and that the lists 
shoTild be more hvimanized. He suggested 
that if the lists could become well-knoiiyn 
and well-publicized as other atjards in 
other creative fields, they would provide 
a national stjjnulus to readingo 

Catherine I&cDonald 

Adult Education Workshop 

During the I\/[iami Conference there were 
almost five hundred librarians who were 
eager and enthusiastic enough to meet 
every day at 8:00 a«m« to participate in 
the Adult Education Workshop. The pro- 
gram was a masterpiece of engineering 
skill (Architects: Consultant JiSalcolm S. 
Knowles, Administrative Coordinator of 
the Adult Education Association^and Pro- 
gram Coordinator, Mrs Muriel C. Javelin). 
Panel discussion, role-playing, buzz 
groups, special interest groups, individ- 
ual participation, and feedback were all 
incorporated into the morning sessions. 
By the happy method of involving various 
Sections, Committees, and Round Tables in 
the program planning, each session was 
presented, discussed, and evaluated by 

The opening session used role-playing to 

demonstrate how a group of community leaders 
who have been invited to meet with the 
librarian can cooperate in Planning a 
Library Adult Education Program . The 
principles and techniques folloiTed by the 
librarian were criticized and discussed by 
a team of observers and reporters from the 
audience buzz groups. The discussion 
continued the next morning viien the total 
workshop divided into small discussion 
groups. On the basis of the panel's dem^ 
onstration and back-home experiences, each 
group discussed further the problem of 
Finding and Using Community Resource People. 

On the third day the participants were 
ready to study the Use of Commtnity R^ources 
in Program Planning . In five concurrent 
discussions , as many different programs 
using community resources were demonstrated, 
discussed, and evaluated. These included: 
Planning a Book-Based Discussion Using the 
Notable Book of 1955 J Planning a Series of 
Film Programs for the PTAj Notable Books 
Read Better with Soundj Library Works with 
Labor Groups j and The Library Plans to 
Study the Community. 

Thursday this same method was used to 
demonstrate, discuss, and evaluate Types 
of Library Programs . Among those presented, 
the group which discussed Using Films with 
the PTA showed the film Age of Turmoil to 
demonstrate the advantages, limitations, 
and applications of this sort of program, 
while another group evaluated the use of 
recordings and 35mm slides in a music 
appreciation program. In a third group the 
Right to Read was the subject of a demonr- 
stration of a book-based discussion at 
which community leaders show how censorship 
can be handled. The sample film forum 
program discussed Can ¥e Immunize Against 
Prejudice? using the 7-minute film pro- 
duced by Columbia University. As an 
example of a library program used in work 
with the aging. Using Audio- Visual Ifeterials 
with Senior Citizens demonstrated a film 
discussion based on the new labor film. 
Poss e. In all groups the particular pro- 
gram^which was demonstrated was evaluated 
and other possible programs and materials 
were suggested, with pertinent comments 
drawn from the rich experience represented 
in the audience. 

At the final eval\iative session. Have We 
Met Our Goals? the audience was given a 
critical analysis of the results of reports 
which had been submitted by the observers. 
These undercover reporters had been present 
at each program and group, noting accom- 
plishments and dissatisfactions, and inter- 


viewing various participants for their 
personal reactions. The preliminary anal- 
ysis revealed a general satisfaction with 
the workshop, a great respect for the 
mechanics of its construction, and many 
requests for a workshop next year on adult 
education activities, 

Bosto-n Public Library staff members who 
were involved in the T^orkshop as program 
participants, observers, and discussion 
leaders,- included I3rs Ada A, AndeL-nan, 
Felicia Langdon, Edna G. Peck, and 
Veronica T« lotts. Many other Boston 
Public Library faces were evident in the 
audience each morning at 8:00 a.m, al- 
though they v;ere not quite so fresh and 
eager on Friday as they had been on Monday. 
The enthusiasm, however, lingers on. 

.Veronica T. Yotts 
The Newbery-Caldecott Dinner 

One of the highlights of the Conference 
was the annual Ifewbery-Caldecott Awards 
Dinner which was held in the gorgeous 
Pompeian Room of Eden Fioc Hotel, 

The vast room hummed with happy voices 
as librarians from all over the country, 
adorned with tiny corsages of baby 
orchids, chatted with their neighbors 
over the delicious turkey dinner at tables 
of ten each. Each table had a hostess to 
introduce the guests to each other and 
"to start the ball rolling". After the 
delectable dessert of ice cream and 
strawberries in tasty, individual cake 
cups and the last drops of the really good 
coffee had been consumed, all eyes turned 
to the tvro head tables vrhere the special 
guests sat in resplendent array, their 
colorful evening raiment enhanced by the 
floodlights . 

Jane Darrah, Chairman of the Children's 
Library Association, introduced the hoiv 
ored guests in her charming manner and 
then gave the floor to Marian C. Young, 
vice chairman and chairrcan of the Newbery- 
Caldecott Awards Committee, who had the 
honor of presenting the Newbery Medal to 
Jean Lee Latham for her excellent biogra- 
phy of Nathaniel Bowditch, the famous 
American authority on navigation. This 
book Ttiich Miss Latham called "Carry on, 
Mr Bowditch" had been selected by the 
children's librarians as the most distin- 
guished contribution to American litera- 
ture for children, published in 1955. The 
Caldecott Medal was presented by Miss 
Young to Feodor Rojankovsky, the illus- 
trator of the most distinguished picture 

book for children in 1955, the "Frog went 
a-courting' ," by John Langs taff. Both 
Miss Latham and iJlr Rojankovslqr had already 
seen and even held their beautiful, coveted 
medals -v^en the awards for the year had 
been announced in Chicago last March, but 
now the medals were presented to them- "for 
keeps" . 

As she accepted the award Miss La-tham 
entertained her audience wi'tti her lively 
account of how she set about to familiarize 
herself -mith navigation and the life and 
achievements of Mr Bowditch in order to 
write an interesting book about him. In 
lier low, articulate voice she told of grow- 
ing up with brothers and of her young 
nephews who proved to be invaluable critics 
in her writing for boys. 

Mr Rojankovsky in his charmingly inflected 
English, spoke of his family, all of whom 
were artisti so it was ofily natural for }iim 
to become one. His father had been a 
government official in old Russia which 
meant that the family had to move about a 
great deal from one vast end of the empire 
to another. The children were consequently 
born in various parts of the country: one 
in Ukraine, another in Latvia, while Ifr 
Rojankovsky was born in Esthonia. This 
caused him considerable embarrassment when 
he came to America, for the immigration 
officer insisted that since he Tras born in 
Esthonia he iwas an Esthonian. Mr Rojankovsky 
was equally emphatic in maintaining that 
he was Russian. Finally in despair he 
asked the officer if a sparrow born in a 
stable thereby became a horse. 

Both speakers were so delightful that 
"Mr Melcher was moved to pronounce Miss 
Latham a citizen of Cape Cod because of the 
love and interest she had manifested in 
that area. He pronounced Mr Rojankovsky 
a special citizen of United States, State 
Department nothwithstanding. Then in his 
own inimitable style he recited his beloved 
A. A. ItLlne's "The king's breakfast." which 
has become the traditional closing number 
of the Dinner. 

Immediately following the Dinner all the 
participants sojourned to the beautiful, 
moonlit garden of Eden Roc where Houghton, 
Mifflin, and Harcourt, Brace and Company, 
the publishers of the award-wixming books, 
were holding a reception for the honored 
guests and their friends. It was a beauti- 
ful, balmy evening, exactly the proper 
final touch to make the Newbery-Caldecott 
Dinner one of the most memorable events of 
the Miami Beach Conference. 




A Storytelling Festival 

The lucky four hundred persons admitted 
to each of the three days of the Children's 
Library Association's Storytelling Festi- 
val found themselves enthralled in the 
simple art of tte storyteller. Listening 
to four selected storytellers on Tuesday 
telling beloved tales so beautifully, in 
honor of Mary Gould Davis, all realized 
the joy each storyteller felt in creating 
his version of these timeless stories. 
Again, on Wednesday, as four more gifted 
storytellers told their favorite stories 
in honor of Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen, the 
audience sat silent in the deepest enj<^- 
ment. On Thursday, Ruth Sairayer Durand 
Day, Mrs Frances Gierke Sayers, alone, 
held the audience spellbound with her 
incomparable telling of three old tales 
from the folk-lore of the world* 

Each morning as Eulalie Steinmetz Ross 
graciously introduced the participants, 
anticipation mounted, and each day the 
enthusiastic audience left fully satisfied 
thoroughly convinced of the tremendous 
values of good storytelling, and eager to 
put into practice the fine, simple tech- 
niques observed. 

Elizabeth M. Gordon 

Pre-Conf erence , Conference and Post- 
Conl'erence With an English Visitor 

Attending A.L.A. affairs with an English 
visitor gave me, as her official A.L.A. 
hostess, occasion to look at our libraries 
and our professional activities with new 
eyes. The guest was Eileen Colwell, Head 
of Fork with Children in the Hendon Li- 
braries of London — ^founder of the Youth 
Section of the English Library Associa- 
tion, well-known storyteller and book 
reviewer, and author of a forthcoming 1956 
book for young people on the profession of 
librarianship. She was a guest of the 
Division of Libraries for Children and 
Young People and appeared on the A.L.A. 
program in the Storytelling Festival. Her 
telling there of the famous Eleanor 
Far jeon story, "Elsie Piddock Skips in Ifer 
Sleep,*' was, in the words of another 
special guest artist, "an unforgettable 

Miss Colwell began her library visiting 
Tfith the Boston Public Library and, after 
a visit to Toronto, continued down the 
coast to Florida and back to 7fest Virginia* 
In branch libraries, large central 

libraries — New York, Brooklyn, Enoch Pratt, 
Washington — in town libraries and the tiny 
village library in Mason, New Hampshire, 
where author-artist Elizabeth Orton Jones 
is doing creative work with children, we 
found, of course, a variety of program and 
organization. Miss Colwell met children 
in story hours (including our Connolly 
pre-school story hour) , young adults in a 
New York program on jazz, talked with 
librarians working on book selection and 
storytelling problems. It pjrcsented a 
total picture that is, she said, like her 
English program in many ways, but with a 
greater emphasis on work with pre-school 
and young adult groups. 

All around there was extra-c;irricular 
entertainment, including sightseeing, and, 
on the return from Florida, a trip through 
Great Smokies National Park and along the 
Blue Ridge Drive. The mountain beauty was 
heightened by the season's peak of rhodo- 
dendron bloom (we found it to be Rhododen»i 
dron Sunday on Roan Movmtain) , mountain 
laurel, and flame azalea growing in masses 
along the highways. There was a delightful 
overnight visit at Penland Craft School 
indiere at the informal evening entertainment 
Miss Colwell contributed Rose Fyleman's 
"Magic Umbrella," told for everyone's pleasur 
with proper English country speech. 

Mami Beach added unique setting— mentionec 
by Mr Tynge, another English librarian, in 
his official conference greetings as "the 
somewhat exotic surroundings" — to an out- 
standing conference. It seemed an espe- 
cially rich week, with so many scheduled 
and unscheduled meetings, formal and in- 
formal gatherings, and in all a warm friend- 
liness, hospitality and interchange of 
ideas. English children's librarians 
usually attend at their own annyial conven- 
tions the one day set apart for the program 
of their section. 

Virginia Haviland 


A, Few 
from the Pearl of the Antilles . . » 

Some 200 miles over Florida Everglades 
and dazzlingly green ocean took us to 
another civilization. The Hotel Rresidente 
in Havana was our home base during the 
sojourn of two nights and three days. 

Ovir first meal was at the "Ambos Mundos" 
roof which brou^t to mind Ernest Hemennay 
and — oh, yes I — some of his books. Then, 


back at the hotel, as true travelers, we 
started to think of ovtr next meal. Where- 
upon Emelia Lange, the social type, v/as 
observed in a conversation with a striking 
Chinese woman who was connected with the 
UN and the International Quota System and 
one John Ho, a wovild-be medical student, 
who for the time being operated the "Hong 
Kong Club." Getting a back-log of pa-r 
tients, we wondered? But, no, John Ho 
was instnMental in giving the BPL group 
the best Chinese dinner we ever had, 
complete with gaily swinging Chinese 
lanterns and soft, exotic music, A sweet 
little Chinese nightingale serenaded our 
"Cuban Sheik" (Louis Rains). But Louis, 
as Lord High Protector of Lee and tv/elve 
traveling librarians, kept his head. 

Our excellent tour guide, Armando, came 
forth with the tidbit that Cuba has the 
third largest Chinese settlement in the 
world. In view of this, we were not too 
amazed at the Cuban "Exeter" displaying 
movies in Chinese with Spanish subtitles. 
But we had no yen for it] 

Armando steered us through the usual 
tourist fare, including the National 
Capital — ^built like the one in Washington, 
D.C., but containing a huge diamond from 
wMch one measures all distances in Cuba- 
(paid for by a day's earnings contributed 
by the laborers at completion); the 
oldest church in Cuba with its exquisite 
murals J Morro Castle which juts out into 
the harbor — ^with its infamous "Sharks' 
Nestj" the cigar factory — piece work at 
peak efficiency — reward on relief: all 
the stogies you can stand; the rum dis- 
tillery where who sampled the most is a 
tightly bottled secret; a bus ride in 
Cuba where the horn means "Stop!" "Go I" 
and /or "Drop Deadi" El Encanto, the 
department store, had a sale. 'Hhat more 
could F.B. fans desire? Then we had food 
again—at the famed "El Carmelo" which 
was all that Armando promised. By night- 
fall it was "Sloppy Joe's" and the four- 
inch Submarine Sandwich Deluxe and on to 
the Tropicana floor show, an extravaganza 
that out-Hollywoods DeHaile. Mamr wished 
for Louis Ugalde. The jokes (fortunato-r 
lyl) were en espanol. Lee Rains managed 
to rescue us all from a pack of Lions 
also on convention. 

Much too soon we had to pile into our 
plane for the first lap of the home 
flight. In between bottles of Triple Sec 
and Cigaros Superfinos, we packed the 
memory of a tropical jewel Cuba. 

Joan Morris 

See America First 

Are you going to Cuba? No. Are you 
going to Nassau? No. Mexico? No. South 
America? No. To Florida, only. 

So the quartet left for a pre-convention 
trip — to Florida, only. 

We flew to Idlewild. There at the air- 
port we saw planes headed for France, 
Yugoslavia, Sweden, Cuba, But no foreign 
visits for us. But we did visit the new 
airport chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the 

The next jump was to Washington, and as 
we skirted the Potomac River, the Capitol, 
Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, etc., 
all came into view. Just time for a quick 
drink and off again in our Silver Falcon 
to Jacksonville. 

Florida is on standard time, so at nine 
o'clock when we landed it was dark. From 
the airport we rode for thirty minutes 
along a straight road lined with trees, 
palm trees, maybe, but too dark to distin- 
guish, Presvunably there were swamps 
nearby, as damp heavy odors hung over the 

Early morning we had breakfast in a 
coffee shop and had oxir first introduction 
to GRITS (cream of wheat to us).. The 
dining room was all pink and white, table- 
cloths, napkins, dishes, vases of roses. 
Our bus left at nine, and then we saw the 
flat Florida country-side, and the gardens 
of hibiscus, crepe myrtle, oleander, again 
all pink and white and beautiful. Silver 
Springs was a lot of fun watching the 
Catfish Ball through the glass bottom 
boats and schools of fishes going by the 
portholes of the xinderwater boats. 

Here we had our first encounter with 
souvenirs — shells, cups, coconut masks. 
And until we left Florida we saw these 
same horrors everyv^iere. 

Orlando where we spent the night is a 
lovely place. 

We were awakenai next morning by chimes 
from a neighboring church. (Not by Anna 
Manning's clock which had mysteriously 
stopped during the night, and never did go 
again, ) 

By noon we were at Cypress Gardens, where 
we saw the watershow, rode through the 
canals, and strolled through the gardens 
where lilies, begonias and camellias 
blossom in profusion. YJe had previously 
seen much of this in Cinerama, but we 
experienced it here. And the guides said, 
'Of course you have seen Moon over Miami 
(we hadn't) and here is where Esther ' 

Williams dived into the -water, and here 
is where Esther Williams^..." C;^'press 
Gardens is^exotiCj peaceful, and inspiring 

St Petersbm-g vrith its green "tenches, 
lovely homes sxid churches, beaches, snd 
Webb's City was next on our itinerary/ 
Another first, a rainstcra, and we ran 

fur chslter into fJebb's, In -fhis store, 
one r£7 buy practioally everything, from 
fr.iit to footwear, from cosmetics to comic 
crc.rcs, and fvom love birds to lassos. The 
Sv'.iiee Hote]. tfhere we stoyed was one of 
t}:3 fe-T opan in the sunnor and again we 
had a pink ?'\'. goDd dinj.nj rotTTio With 
Bf^atri'ie Co] .iinan ?5 gtiic^t?, having been 
there before ^ we tcared the cioj', en^o^^ed 
a dip in the Gulf of Mexico at Passe-a- 
GriJ. beach, with Mary HcDonough as s:.'in>- 
ntiiig instructor, and in the evening 
joined the Community Sing at the Municipal 
Auditorium. It was on the way to this 
Ar:.ditorium that Anne Armstrong almost 
^iijaped out of the car when the driver 
asked "What part of Brighton do you come 
from?" Our Boston accent was a source 
of comment and we constantly heard from 
librarians, taxi-men, and chance acquint 
ances, "I came from T'^orcester, Manchester, 
or Everett." Were they a bit lonesome 
and glad to hear a voice from home? We 
wondered . 

The long seven mile bridge from St 
Petersburg thrilled us. It is an extraor- 
dinary piece of construction. At inter- 
vals we passed little islands where a few 
fishermen were lazily fishing for — red 
snappers, perhaps? Places which were 
formerly only names came to life, 
Bradenton, Sarasota, and Fort Myers- 
reminiscent of the circus, big hotels, 
and base ball. Of course all camera fans 
took pictures of the Hoine of the Red Sox_, 
a ball field surroxmded by palm trees 
and banyan trees with hundreds of roots, 
instead of night lights. 

The ride through the Everglades was 
long, but interesting every foot of the 
way. It is a heterogeneous place, much 
swamp land, then stretches of open meadow 
Twith tufts of grass and scrub, and then 
dense woods. For miles the road was lined 
with royal palms. At one interval a 
stream ran close to the road and jumping 
boats like huge grasshoppers came at us. 
We were too late to witness the bird 
migration but saw native birds, cranes, 
cardinals, thrushes and many others which 
WB did not know or which flew so swiftly 
we could not identify them. 

And so we reached Miami. 

We saw Florida; not the night clubs of 

Havana, but the old folks in St Petersburg 
happily singing "Wait till the sun shines, 
Nelly"/ not the junfle beauty of Nassau but 
orchids grow:liig on the trees in the Ever- 
glades, and parrot and alligator farms 5 
not suQ;3rcans in Jans.ica, but orchards of 
citn-.s i'ruit. The poople whom we met in 
hotel's, stor'^s, or en tiie street, were 
cordD-3.1 and liolpful, and the people whom 
we vxsr 3d, fjiom th.e New Yorkers who lived 
in a t"?.iler in Orlando to the native 
Florifian who lived in a beautiftil home 
furn:rhti wivh handcarved teak wood, all 
made v.;-: feel vrelcoi^-o. 

No, -■■•■s did not r2^-,ret our choice of a 
"side -a-ip" and ouv opport^unitj to see 
another part of our United States. 





Among the numerous ALA post-conference 
tours headed for Havana, Cuba were Grace - 
marie Alfe, Itrs Marion Alfe, Jennie Femino 
and her sister, Ii*s Helen Mores co. Havana, 
a city of extremes both socially and 
structurely, filled with historical as well 
as social points of interest captured the 
fancies of these travelers. For those 
looking for something different we highly 
recommend a trip to this interesting isle 
in the West Indies. 


Brinnin, John M. 

Dylan Thomas in America 

Boston, Little, Brown, 19$^ 
Brooks , Van Wyck 

Hellen Keller 

N.Y,, Dutton, 19^6 
Comandini, Adele 

Doctor Kate 

N.Y., Rinehart, 1956 
Fontaine, Robert L. 

Hello to springtime 

N.Y., Crowell, 195$ 
Hatch, Alden 

Ambassador Extraordinary 

N.Y., Holt, 1956 
Ives, Elizabeth 

My brother Adlai 

N.T. , Morrm, 1956 
Kennedy, John F. 

Profiles in courage 

N.Y., Harper, 1956 

Lord, Walter 

A night to remember 

N.Y., Holt, 1955 
Schofield, Tllliam G. 

Seek for a hero 

N.Y., Kenedy, 1956 
Temko, Allan 

Notre-Dane of Paris 

M.Y., Viking, 1955 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

Collison, Robert L. 

Library assistance to readers, 2nd ed, 
N.Y., John de Graff, 1956 


Buck, Pearl 

Imperial woman 

N.Y., Day, 1956 
Greene, Graham 

The quiet American 

N.Y., Viking, 1956 
Shirer, William L. 

The consul's y/ife 

Boston, Little, Brovm, 1956 


South End 

Recently the senior members of the 
Reading Club planned a trip to the State 
House. The trip carried out this year's 
reading club theme, "It's Your Vote" and 
created even more enthusiasm for submitting 
book "ballots". Two of the children •vtrote 
a report of the visit for the local news- 
paper SOUTH END CITIZEN. They seemed to 
be much interested in the historical 
objects of interest: the replica of the 
Liberty Bell, the Hall of Flags wilii its 
banners and murals, and the gavel used by 
the Governor at Council meetings. The 
photostatic copies of the original 
Massachusetts Bay Colony charter were 
provided through the courtesy of the 
Bureau of Archives and serve as a special 
remembrance. DiH-ing the visit Clarence 
Elam, Secretary of the Executive Council, 
greeted the club members and expressed his 
interest in the club activities. A brief 
visit to the House of Representatives and 
the Senate included the hearing of a roll 
call in both houses. The club members 
agreed that the trip was entertaining as 
well as informative. 


Vfest End 

The Staff was very happy to welcome back 
after a five week illness, Diane G. Farrell, 
Children's Assistant. She returned full of 
energy and ambition, ready to help guide 
the destinies of the Summer Reading Club. 

On the afternoons of July 2k and 26, in 
a setting of shady trees and cool breezes, 
girls attending the Camp Fire Girls Day 
Camp on the Charles River Esplanade spent 
a relaxing hour listening to stories told 
by Vts Joyce P. Ellis, Children's Librarian, 


On Sunday evening, July 29, Fanny Goldste^ 
was guest speaker at Ebenezer Baptist Church 
on West Springfield Street in Boston. The 
occasion was the annual University Concert 
and Lecture Night in honor of visiting 
students and teachers attending the summer 
sessions of the varioiis universities and 
colleges in Greater Boston. Miss Goldstein 
spoke on the need and importance of minority 
group literatures. The CHRONICLE, in its 
August h issue Jaad this to say about the 
event: "The guest speaker was Miss Fanny 
Goldstein, nationally known authority on 
library science. Her lecture was full of 
new information and inspiring." 

On AugTost 3> an informal farewell party 
was given to Milton L. Heller, Probationary 
Assistant in the Professional Service. lir 
Heller is returning to Boston University 
to do graduate work in the field of sociol- 
ogy. He left laden with good wishes. 


Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be acconipanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, together 
with the name of ths Branch Library, De- 
partment or Office in vitiich. he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous 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 Soap 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. 

Dear Editor: 

I wish to apologize for a misstatement 
of fact in my letter of the July issue. 
The report of the Mayor's Citizens Com- 
mittee on Municipal Finance does not make 
any reference to a duplication of the 
offices of Chief Librarian and Supervisor. 

It was not fair of me to assume that 
when the report spoke of an oversupply 
of professional help in the Division 
Office (vfhich includes the Supervisor's 
office) that it necessarily meant the 
supervisory staff even though on page ^0 
of the report it states that the library 
has "an undue number of supervisory posi- 
tions." It may, of covirse, have meant 
the other divisions as well. 

Eamon McDonough 


The sun without mercy 

Pours dovwi heat, 
Baking us from crown, 

To bottom of the feet. 

Yet before we shrivel, 

Like parchment in the Sand, 
Neptune offers haven 

ViTith Oceanic Hand. 

And waves of buoyant waters 
Extinguish every blaze. 

And sun finds his dominion, 
A temporary phase, 

I caper in the ocean. 

Not just to beat the heat- 
It's fun to see a bully 

Go down to defeat. 

Iferry Andrews 


best ion 




Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XI, Murriber 9 September 1956 

Publications Committee: Barbara Eo Coffey, Jean L, Eaton, Mary A. Hackett, Felicia 

J. Langdon, Richard E. Lyons, Paul IK Smith, B. Gertrude 
Wade, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 


In response to requests from staff members, the Publications Committee presents 
on the following and succeeding pages an .article on the Sub-Professional Library 
Service. This article is divided into two sections. Part I provides a description of 
the present set-up of this Service, particularly in its relationship to the Profes- 
sional Library Service. For Part II, four Sub-Professionals — chosen for their active 
interest in library work in general and in the Professional Staff Association—were 
each asked to submit a possible plan for revision of the organization of this branch 
of our librarjr personnel. It should be understood that whereas the first section of 
this article consists of a statement of present facts, the second section is made up 
of personal opinions and suggestions. Presentation of these latter opinions does net 
constitute endorsement by the Publications Committee, although we as individual staff 
members may be in accord with some of the views expressed. 

It is our hope that this article will answer some questions and, perhaps, clear 
up a few misconceptions -wMch have been brou^t to our attention, ?rith the existing 
facts of the sitiiation in mind, we hope that you will carefully consider the proposed 
methods of revision. Within them are suggestions for titles which may be more accept- 
able than the term "sub-professional", for sub-divisions within the group now classi- 
fied in the Sub-Professional Library Service, and for different means of advancement. 
Do you personally agree with any one of these plans? If not, why not? With what 
specific recommendations within ttese plans do you agree? Have you a totally different 
plan which you think should be considered? In order that the Personnel Committee may 
be as fully infoarmed as possible of staff opinions, we hope that you will give them 
your answers to these questions. 

This article is, as you know, an ex'periment on our part. If it proves useful 
to you and/or the Personnel Committee, it might become upon your requests, the first 
of a series of similar articles on various aspects of our library work. If this is 
your desire, these articles will be assembled when and as time permits. 



September 28. Fall Professional meeting. Panel Discussion: What Sells a Book? 
Lecture Hall, Central, 8 p.m. 

October U - 6 NEIA Annual Meeting, New Ocean House, Swampscott 

October 26 Bertha V. Hartzell Ifemorial Lecture, Central Library 



The Sub-Professional Library Service was 
established at the Boston Public Library 
in 19h3, at a time vihen there existed in 
the library world a general movement 
towards differentiating between profes- 
sional work (requiring wide book knowled^, 
ability to assimilate written materials 
and assess their usefulness) and clerical 
or routine tasks like the shelving, charg- 
ing or discharging of books. 5y this date 
in large libraries much time was inevitably 
consumed by the latter tasks* To take 
care of these duties and leave profession- 
al librarians free to spend their time 
upon problems of reference, book selection, 
program planning, and Administration, it 
seemed best to assign routine tasks to one 
particular group of library workers. This 
group, made up largely of high school 
graduates, usually received compensation 
at the going-rate paid in the community 
for clerical work. In addition to the 
existing Professional Libraiy Staff, all 
of whom retained their professional 
status, the Sub-Professional Library 
Service was, therefore, inaugurated at the 
Boston Public Library. 

Throughout the United States, all larger 
libraries except our own have accepted 
American Library Association standards 
for professional librarianshipj four years 
of college leading to a degree, plus a 
master's degree in Library Science. At 
the Boston Public Library a unique oppor- 
tunity has been offered to personnel in 
the Sub-Professional Library Service. For 
this service, ten Qualifying Examinations 
have been established, covering areas of 
work and duties which the Sub-Professional 
may be asked to perform. Once these ten 
examinations are passed, the Sub- 
Professional may qualify for consideration 
for transferral into the Professional 
ranks. Of course attainment of a college 
degree would q-ualify any Sub-Professional 
for entrance into the Professional Libraiy 
Service, but without college natriculationj 
he may prove his fitness for professional 
work by passing the two-part entrance 
examination for that service, plus 
Qualifying Examinations in General Refer- 
ence and Book Selection. This possibility 
is carefully explained to all Sub- 
Professionals upon their completion of the 
ten Sub-Professional examinations. 

Since the duties of personnel in the 
Reference and Research Division demand a 

•hvnaH VnnwIpHcrp nf a ar aTe^^ of 

printed materials, it has been deemed 
impossible to admit into the professional 
ranks of departments in that division peopiLe 
who lack such a background gained from 
years of study. In most other areas, 
however, the qualified Sub-Professional 
becomes eligible for consideration as a 
Professional. In fact, his performance 
record is immediately brought to the atten- 
tion of administrative heads so they will 
be fully aware of his eligibility. 

In regard to this process as a whole, 
several factors should be kept in mind. 
First, since professional librarianship 
demands both ability to acquire factual 
knowledge and ability to evaluate books 
and organize ideas, it is logical that 
these capacities must be proved by some 
means. In lieu of demonstration via college 
records, there is, then, a measure of these 
abilities in the General Reference and 
Book Selection examinations. It should be 
remembered, secondly, that not everyone does 
possess these talents and that many individ- 
uals are more suited by temperament to 
clerical work than to other forms of library 
endeavor. For such people, professional 
librarianship is not, probably, the most 
desirable goal. Finally, acceptance of any 
candidate riho presents himself with full 
qualifications depends ultimately on 
department heads. They have the right to 
establish qualifications for their ovm area 
and the duty to select the candidates whom, 
they feel, would make the best possible 
additions to their departments. Competition; 
for entrance into the Professional Service 
may be difficult to meet at times. 

Question has been raised as to how rsany 
Sub-Professionals have, in practice, quali- 
fied for and been accepted into the Profes- 
sional Service by means of our examination 
system. Since 191^3 only 2 people have so 
qualified. Both of these people became 
professional assistants. 

In so far as we have inquired, those 
are the facts regarding the Sub-Professional 
system as it now operates. Suggestions from 
four Sub-Professionals for possible revisions 
follow on the next pagea. 



Requires the recognition of three distinct tjTpes of workers not considered 

I — Clerical Aides 

Title ; CLERICAL AIDES j Junior and Senior to be determined by training and experience. 

Qualifications ; High school diploma j some business training, experience in such 

skills as typing, shorthand, operating biisiness machines, filingietco 
Must pass an aptitude-clerical examination provided by the library. 

Duties: Non-bibliothecal— includes all secretaries, receptionists, office workers in 
many library departments, especially the administrative offices. Also, where 
needed, clerical aides could be used in branches and other library departments 
where there is an excessive amount of typing to be donej also to do revenue 
reports, registration and to be at charging and information desks. 

Advancement system ; Promotions determined by length of service, satisfactory perform- 
ance of duties, and proficiency in technical skills as acquired 

through private study and in in-service-training courses ■»■ 

include information on location, functions and 
special services of various B.P.L. departments! 
also descriptions of Central Library building, 
branches, bookmobiles, extension work, etc.) 
(to include library filing, registration procedures, 
fines and fees , special -reports , forms , mimeograph- 
ing machines....) 

Benefits ; Salary, vacations, sickness and leaves of absence to be given in accordance 
with practice in similar institutions in this city. 

* These courses could be given in the Central Library on a similar arrangement as the 
present in-service training classes; however, each of the two coiorses could last 
one year, with a condensation of information given in lectures and workshops. 
Again, these courses coiild be offered but not made compulsory. 

II — Biblio thecal Aides 

Title: BIBLIOTHECAL AIDES: Part-time and full-time (this then would eliminate the term 
"extra" assistant which is also looked upon with disfavor by many; would 
include people tpAio do not wish to do clerical work but do not qualify for 

Qualifications ; Hi^ school diploma, some form of higher education or experience in 
related work for full-time applicants; two years of high school with 
intention to complete four years for part-time applicants. Must 
pass a general aptitude examination provided by the library. 

Duties ; Book preparation, mending, overdues procedures, discontinues, shelving, 
general assistance to professional workers (similar to work now done by 
sub-professionals but with the exception of registration and typing) 

Advancement system ; Length of service, satisfactory completion of duties, advanced 

study especially in library techniques and services as acquired 
through courses in outside schools and completion of in-service 
training courses: 


as under I — Clerical Aide s) 
(to include B.P.L. system of book selection, book 
ordering, charging procedures, book preparation, 
shelving, basic references etc. — to exclude catalog- 
ing and classification) 

Benefits ; Can be same as Clerical workers or -with slight favor j up to administration. 

Ill — Pre-Professional Aides 

Title ; PRE-FflOFESSIONAL AIDES OR ASSISTANTS: (might also include present group of 
Probationary Assistants in Professional service) 

Qualif icat ions ; College graduates or students having completed two years of day 

college with intention of completing other two years; emphasis on 
social science and literature courses in any higher education 
acquiredi exjsrience in a library or related work. Must pass a 
General aptitude examinationj whether or not a language examination 
is also necessary is debateable. N OTE ; Provision is made here for 
those present employees of the Boston Public Library who have been 
in the service for a reasonable length of time, have performed 
assigned duties and completed the required roster of ten examinations 
satisfactorily and have expressed intentions of pursuing further 
training in order to advance from their present status as sub- 
professional assistaifs into the professional service. Others 
presently in the service may revert to either one of the other two 
services (clerical or bibliothecal) or by some arrangement with the 
administration be given an equivalent of the lO-Exam system.... 

Duties ; Pre-professional aides would act as general assistants to the already — 

established professional assistants; such as is the case witii present pro- 
bationary assistants. 

Advancement system. : Satisfactory completion of any specialized library courses as 

provided by in-service training (e.g. present system of $ 
qualifying exams — to be changed to h — Central and Branches 
exams to be incorporated into THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY A3 AN 
INSTITUTION as aforementioned.) Also, personality, experience, 
specialized training, health and record would be considered. 
Upon passing all these requirements, any pre-professional may 
enter professional service. 

Benefits ; All in accordance with present plan for probationary assistants, in profes- 
sional service. 

NOTE ; RE the problem of transferring from one of the above systems to another, there 

should be no such step-by-step process. Due to the high standards of librarian- 
ship as a profession, acceptance into this service should be based on stipulated 
qualifications only. Hovrever, if, for example, a Bibliothecal Aide wished to 
enter the Pre-professional service any experience in the Bibliothecal Aide 
Service would be to the applicant's favor. 



The Sub-Professional Library Service should be sub-divided into two classes , 
each class being determined by the type of work performed and the qualifications 
and skill required to execute the duties. 


I— The Clerical^ecretarial Staff 

Qualifications for entrance ; Graduation from high school with at least two years 
of school training devoted to business subjects and methods. (Further training 
at a business college Tifould, of course, admit an entrant at a higher level within 
the Clerical-Secretarial Staff than someone entering directly from high school.) 

Advancement within the Clerical-Secretarial Division 

Advancement within this division would involve several factors. The present ten 
sub-professional examinations should be abolished. Two examinations, more extensive 
and inclusive, should take their place: one, covering the Central Library and Branch 
Libraries as well as the entire organization, administration and workings of the 
Library; the second devoted to secretarial and clerical techniques for Boston Public 
Library clerical and secretarial workers. Within this division there should be 
several levels and degrees of advancement. Having successfully passed the above named 
examinations a person should then be eligible to advance according to tenure of 
service, experience acquired on the job, merit, initiative, conscientiousness and 
value to his supervisor. The maximum in this division should be on a level with the 
minimums in the professional service. 

II— The Bibliothecal Staff 

Qualifications for entrance ; Gradtoation from high school with some training in 
business methods , enough to give some typing knowledge for any such work required 
in the Bibliothecal Service. 

i >.dvancemenb within the Bibliothecal Division 

Two examinations; one dealing with the B.P.L. as stated above and another dealing mth 
B.P.L. techniques for Bibliothecal staff. On-the-job training, that is actual working 
in the position, would give sufficient kncfwledge of work to be done rather than taking 
such examinations as Cataloging or Book Shelving. Promotion would be made through the 
person's gradual experience aid rise from book shelving, discharging, etc. into the 
more involved processes of branch library desk work, registration, etc. Advancement 
in this division should also be made available through personal recognition as stated 
above until maximum is reached. The maximum would be, also, on a salary level with 
the miniratuns in the Professional Library Service. 

PUN MP. Ill 

The present^ group of personnel classified as Sub-Prof esMonal Library Service . 
should be divided into two groups: one called Sub-Professional, the other Junior 
Professional. Each should have its own wage scale. 

I — The Sub-Professj.6nals 

Starting group for all entering non-professional personnel. Present starting 
salary to be lowered somewhat with provision far automatic salary increases every 
three to six months up to present minimum paid Sub-Professionals. (This would 
encourage more people to stay and eliminate the high cost of training workers who 


leave in a year or less.) Advancement in this group should be by means of either the 
present ten exarainatioiis system or by years of service (the latter manner of advance- 
ment in salary being particularly applicable to people doing tstrictly clerical work.) 

II — ^The Junior Professionals 

Qualifications ; Passage of ten qualifying examinations in the Sub-Professional. 

Service or completion of ten years of service. In either case these 
people would have demo:istrated their genuine interest in library 
work and would have acquired many library skills. Upon completion 
of qualifications, passage from Sub-Pi-ofessionalto Junior Professional 
ra.nk should be automatic. 

Payt On a higher salary schedule than that of Sub-Professionals. 

Duties ; Should include super'/isicn cf work done by those in Sub- Professional Library 
Service, assisting Professionals in answering reference questions (doing 
the leg work, perhaps) . typing replies to reference questions once Profession- 
als have checked facts, assisting in other professional chores, etc, (Note 
that these duties suggest possibility of utilizing Junior Assistants in the 
Reference and Research Division. ) 


At the present time, all full-time library personnel below the rank of Profession- 
al Service are grouped together under the classification of Sub-Professional Library 
Service at a standard rate of pay. This practice makes no allowance for the type of 
work performed, the proficiency, or the length of tenure of the job-holder. For these 
reasons I feel that the following reclassification is in order: 

1 — Clerical Service 

Perhaps confined to people in the offices of the Business Division. Here 
salaries, qualifications and advancement should be determined by treatment accorded 
those holding comparable positions in modern industrial and business offices. 

II — A Graded Sub-Professional Library Service 

Here sub-professionals engaged in bibliothecal work would be classified in stepss 
Step I — Positions requiring a minDjmim of educational requirements and 

adaptability. People who are required to perform only such tasks 
as book shelving, book labeling, and obtaining books from the stacks 
would be included hare. 

Requirements i passage of entrance examination and interview. 
Pay ; minimum the same as minimum now paid Sub-Professionals j 

maximum lower than maximum now paid Sub-Professionals who 
have passed ten Qualifying Examinations. 
Step II — Positions requiring equal or more education th€^n Step I, plus greater 
knowledge of library skills. Duties to include she If -reading, desk 
work, etc. 

Requirement-.S ! as above, plus passage of three or fo'or appropriate 
qualifying examinations. 
Step HI — ^Positions demanding some specialized library work — ^book accessioning, 
assistant cataloging, mending, etc. 

Requirements ; Same as Step II, plus additional qiialifying or 
"" positional examinations. 
Step IV — Requirements ; Same as Step III, plus demonstration (by examination?) 
of supervisory ability. People on this step level would be expected 
to supervise work of sub-professionals on lower step-levels. 
. Stop V— Some sort of Pre-Professional Level. (Requirements and duties open 
to discussion.) 



New Eraployees 

Iiirs Elizabeth F. Greer, ITest Roxbury 
Josephine Del Longo, Book Stack Service 
Mrs Barbara A. Simon, Dorchester (formerly 

part-time at Roslindale) 
Jane M« Barry, Mattapan 
Mrs Sheila Fa Borges, Bookmobile Service 

Transferre d 

CHarlotto Ro Cooper, from Tyler Street to 

Mt Bowdcin 
Rose Marie DeSimone, from Dorchester to 

Ethel Kimball, from Connolly to Brighton 


Mrs Vanda Po Cariani, Science and Tech- 
nology, to live in Oxford, Mssissippi 
Milton L. Heller, West End 
Mrs Josephine M. Carter, Central Charging 

Records, to remain at home 
Mrs Ruth Adleman, %de Park 
Albert J. Brogna, Audio-Visual, to attend 

Boston College 
Mrs Elizabeth F. Howard, Soutli End, to 

move to Long Island 
Katherine T. LaMontagne, East Boston, to 

accept position of school librarian 

at Billerica Public Schools 
Maureen C. Foley, Office of Division of 

Home Reading and Community Services, to 

attend Boston College. 


Pearl I, Brown, Book Purchasing 
C. Marjorie Groves, Codman Square 
Audrey Hunter, Bookmobile 
Norma Ann Lowsry, South End 
Marie ne Oxman, Bookmobile 


Robert Woodward, late of History, and 
now Librarian at Dedham Public Library, 
did a very creditable piece of work on TV 
Thursday evening, September 6, when he 
appeared on the I'VE BEEN READING program 
discussing Roosevelt, The Lion and The 
Fox , by James M. Burns. 


Mr Osman Ersoy, Library School, University 
of Ankara, Ankara, Turkey. 


The first meeting of the Executive Board 
since June was held on 11 September 1956. 
At this meeting it was voted to accept an 
invitation from the Director to the Execu- 
tive Board and the Personnel Committee to 
meet with the Director and discuss with him 
possible salary and wage revisions. In the 
meantime, the Personnel Committee is making 
a study of the data contained in A STUDY OF 
a report to tfe E:cecutive Board. Comments 
and suggestions from the membership will 
be warmly welcomed. 

Robert Ferris, Book Stack Service, is the 
new chairman of the Men's House Committee 
which, by the way, is one of our most active 
and articulate committees. 

Congratulations to the Program Committee 
for arranging what promises to be a most 
interesting and stimulating program for 
the evenii^ of Septembsr 28, We hope ovir 
members and friends will be present in large 
numbers to enjoy the panel discussion, 
inspect the nswly decorated Lecture Hall, 
greet old friends, aisd, maybe, have a piece 
of Miss Peck's delicious-but-fattening 
seven layer cake. 

Louis Rains, President 


Members, friends and relations of Audio- 
Visual honored Albert Brogna Saturday 
evening September 8 at a party in Felicia 
Langdon's JJarlboro Street apartment. 
Merriment, music, and dance prevailed as 
lessons and demonstrations were offered in 
exotic steps imported from Italy, the 
Caribbean, Mexico, Arabia, Brooklyn, and 
other romantic spots around the globe. The 
spotlight was all but stolen from Albert 
by a two year old competitor, Bruce Lerch, 
who waltzed through the evening with the 
suavity of a veteran party-goer. Albert, 
who leaves the full-time library service 
to enter Boston College this fall, was 
presented a Parker pen and pencil set to 
speed him toward his degree. 



Two more nanss were added to tlie distin- 
guished list of alumni of the Chowder, 
Chatter and Marching Society when Mr and 
Mrs Anthony Cariani left to go to the 
University of liississippi where Mr Cariani 
will teach geology and Vanda will study 
advanced boll weevilling. Lest some of 
our nastier critics think we let this sad 
occasion pass unmarked by appropriate 
ceremonies, forthwith to an account of 
the revelries. 

On the night of Saturday, August 25, a 
horde of hungry librarians descended upon 
an unsuspecting restaurant and tried to 
soothe their hurt with food and drink. 
That's vAiat a horde of hungry librarians 
did, but if you want to find out more 
about that brawl you will have to ask one 
of them because we of the CC&li©, on the 
evening of August 25, 1956, were gathered 
together — and we can prove it— sit the 
China Star to join in a farewell toast to 
the migrating Carianis and offer them a 
hash of old Yanlcee proverbs concerning 
the hazards of Southern hospitality. 
Slightly more useful and decorative was 
the group offering — an Utrillo print to 
all to Vanda 's collection. 

Following a little dancing and a lot of 
dinner, the horde adjourned to the bayside 
estate of Louis and Lee Rains for parakeet 
chatter and a coffee nightcap. 

A farewell party for Dolores Cerulli was 
given by the Bookmobile staff on Friday, 
September 7, at the Red Coach Grill » 
Dolores, who is resigning this month, will 
move to New York where her husband, a 
former member of The Boston Globe Staff, 
is now working with D ownbeat tegaeine . 
As a momento of her long association vdth 
the Bookmobile ard as a token of good 
wishes for the future, Dolores was pres- 
ented with a handsome silk shirt from the 
entire Bookmobile staff. 

Although the party itself v^ras most 
enjoyable, the prospect of Dolores' leav- 
ing was far from pleasant as we shall miss 
her greatly. 


On Wednesday, September 5, 1956 the 
Cocktail Lounge of Eddie Davis' Steak 
House was privileged to have as its guests 
Ma^lreen Foley's celebrated friends, who 

were in attendance to shed a tear of fare- 
well and enjoy a last laugh before Maureen 
left to "live it up" at Boston College. 

The g'aest of honor was seated between 
J. M. Carroll and A. L. Carpenter who 
shared toastmaster honors in presenting 
Maureen with the two necessities for a 
well-balanced college life: a large note- 
book for class work and a small sweater. 

.Tlie guests left wishing Maureen success 
and good luck and hoping that the gifts 
will fulfill expectations I 

On "Wednesday, August 22 , a farewell gift was 
presented to Robert Giddings, Cataloging and 
Classification, RRS, who is about to embark 
on his new career of Librarian and French 
teacher this fall at the Rivers Countjiy Day 
School in Brookline. Best of luck, Bob, 
your fellow workers will miss you. 


On Y/ednesday, September 12, members of 
the Copley Square Caffeine Club held a 
luncheon at Durgin Park in honor of one of 
their fellows, Hinda Greyser. Hinda is 
leaving the part-time staff of Book Stack 
Service to continvie studies at Jackson 
College . 


Ifrs Betty Fitzgerald Howard, formerly of 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 
R&RS, was :guest of honor at a luncheon 
given at Eddie Davis' Steak House on 
Augiist 23. ^frs Howard is resigning her 
position at South End in order to move with 
her husband to the neighborhood of New York 
City, where he has accepted a new position. 

Marion C. Kingman, Branch Librarian at 
South End, was in charge of the luncheon, 
which was attended by the children's 
librarians of the various branch libraries, 
and several of Mrs Howard's former associ*- 
ates in the Cataloging and Classification 
Department . 

Farewell gifts to Mrs Howard were a 
modern-style wooden salad bowl with serving 
fork and spoon, and an electric percolator. 


The Open Shelf Department was a three- 
time loser this month. With appropriate 
gifts, we bade farewell to: 

Paul E. Cawein, "English Master" Lenox 


School for Boys, Lenox, Massachusetts, 
Richard E. lyons, "Tyro" Auditor, 

Hcinover Bank, Mew York City, 

Francis Mo Taylor, full-time student, 

Boston College J part-time assistant in 

the Statistical Department. 
We are certain that their individual 

capabilities and likable personalities 

will be valued in their new capacities as 

surely as they will be ndssed in the 

library they have served, 


In a simple, candle-light ceremony at 
7 o'clock Friday evening, August 10, 
Mary Brains, Central Charging, became tls 
bride of John J. Fahey at St Mary's 
Church in Charles town. The bride wore 
white frosted nylon, ballerina length. 
She was attended by Anna Douglas and the 
Best Man was Edward Geary. 

Following a reception at the Lobster 
House in Charlestomi for members of the 
bride and groom's families, the happy 
couple took off for tls ir honeymoon on 
Cape Cod. 

It's a boyj 

For Mr and Mrs William Scanlon, July 29, 
Neil Vifilliam. Mrs Scanlon formerly worked 
in Information and Central Charging Rec- 
ords . 


For Mr and Mrs Paul J. Dolan, August 9, 
Paul, Jr. Mrs Dolan is the former Anne 
Moore of Open Shelf and Mrs Javelin's 


For Mr and Mrs John Hallahan, August 18, 
William Ignatius. John, formerly of Open 
Shelf, is now Librarian at South NoiTvalk, 
Connecticut . 

For !&• and Mrs Joseph Hart in, 
September h, Edward. ¥r Hartin is Prin- 
ciple Clerk in Stock and Supply. 

It's a girl ! 

For Ifr and Ifrs Thomas Aglio , September 7, 
Susan Mary. Mr Aglio, formerly of Peri- 

odical and Newspaper, is engaged in social 
service work in Albany, New York. 


Edward Casey, Cataloging and Classif icatio* 
R and RS, who has been made Chairman of the 
Boston Regional Group of Cataloguers and 

Thomas Manning, Chief, Exhibits, for his 
recent appointment as Chairman of the Art 
Ccmmittes of the American Foundation for 
Preservation of the Christian Heritage. 

Rose Moorachian, Young Adults Librarian, 
Uphams Corner, who has been made Chairman 
of the Round Table for Young Adults, 
Massachusetts Libraiy Association. 


Jeanne Marie Gannon j a former part-time 
employee in the Book Stack Service, and 
daughter of James P. J, Gannon of Binding, 
who has entered St Joseph's Novitiate at 

Virginia Sullivan, daughter of Ifr and 
Mrs William F. Sullivan of Binding, who 
has entered St Joseph's Novitiate at 

Libraries Minus Books Visioned 

East Lansing, Mich. (AP)— Libraries 
without books are envisioned by an educator. 

He says books are being printed so fast 
these days they become outdated before 
libraries find room for them. 

John S, Millis, president of Western 
Reserve University, Cleveland, says micro- 
film, microcards, magnetic tapec and 
similar devices may take the place of books. 



The calmness of a beautiful fall morning 
on Monday, September tenth, was shattered 
when word reached the Library that Chester 
A. S. Fazakas has passed awayo Hospital- 
ized with a heart condition for one ni^t 
only, he had no time to bid farewell 
officially to the Library and to its staff 
in tdiich and with whom he had spent fifty- 
three years of service and two years of 
retirement . 

Although his home stand had always been 
the Branch Issue Department, hin duties 
had taken him to so many otiaer parts of 
the building that there were no units in 
which he was not known. The official and 
public catalogs were his second home and 
these he knew with a thoroughness equaled 
by few. 

To think of Chester Fazakas is to rsmem' 
ber a shock of red, wavy hair Tfcich he 
was always reluctant to have cut, or even 
trimmed; a quick, firm step; twinkling 
blue eyes behind tortoise-rimned glasses, 
which he was forever adjusting; pockets 
full of candy t^iich he dispensed to his 
friends with such freedom that one 
wondered if he ever had any left for him- 
self; and a cigar ready to be lighted at 
any opportune moment. Add to these a 
keen wit; a lively enjo3rnent of an argu- 
ment; a delight in making puns; a love for 
books and books collecting; a decided 
preference for city noises over country 
quiet; a fund of libraiy anecdotes; an 
old-fashioned courtesy rairely encountered 
in these days of accelerated living; a 
generous spirit; a willing helpfulness; 
and a loyalty to retired BPLers, with a 
genuine, friendly interest in their 
v/f.lfare and activities/ and you have the 
pictTore of a man not soon to be forgotten 
by those who knew him. 

That the Library v,fas his world was 
evidenced by the fact that he returned 
to Copley Square almost daily after his 
retirement in 19?U. His presence here 
will be missed day by day but the memory 
of his friendship will continue as long 
as there remain those who shared it. 

Sarah M. Usher 


During her recent tour of the Near East, 
Sarah Richman, Mattapan, took a few notes 
on what people are reading in Israel and 
passed them along to the Book Selection 
Committee, H.R. and C.S. The following 
quotation is from her correspondence with 
that committee: 

"I was impressed by the number of book 
shops in the cities, both new and second 
hand. In fact, lA^erever you see a knot 
of people, with the exception of lines 
ws.iting for a bus—there you will notice 
people browsing over bools in English, 
Hebrew, German, Russian, Arabic — almost 
any vlanguage you can name. American 
titles seem to be the most popular. Here 
are some I jotted down from a book store 
window: Andersonville , Olympia , Truman 
Scandals, Churchill's Hiscoiy of English 
S peak Jr.g Peopl e, Ihitehead's Modes of 
fhoui^t, Kinsey's Seprual Report on Women , 
^ildbirth Without Fear , Plevier's Moscow . 
A coiumon practice is to read on taxi- 
cheroots going to Haifa, Jerusalem, etc. 
Everybody carries briefcases. Almost like 
a signal, everybody opens and removes (a) 
fruit or sandwich (b) a paper-bovmd book, 
usually a current American novel." 


Young Adult Meetings 

At the initial business meeting of the 
Division of Libraries for Children and 
Young People, the main topic of discussion 
was the creation of a separate young people 's 
division as part of the general reorganiza- 
tion of ALA to take place on January 1, 1957. 
X?hether or not Top of the News should be 
continued, by vdiom and on what basis, Tiras a 
major question which went unresolved at this 
meeting. Virginia Haviland, Readers Advisor 
for Children, B.P.L., described her work on 
the International Relations Committee. 
Proposals have been made for an exchange of 
librarians working in the children's or 
yoxmg people's fields and a list of books 
suggested for translation has already been 
sent to the Hague. 

On Tuesday morning the first workshop, 
"Introducing Books to Young People", 
sponsored by the Young People's Librarians, 
had as its nain speaker I^argaret Edwards, 
Coordinator of work with Young Adults, 
Enoch Pratt Free Public Library, Baltimore. 
She emphasized the need of making reading 
an exciting experience for young people, of 


offering them books to help develop per'- 
sonality smd character and of keeping 
them reading on the highest level of 
which they are capable. It is in this 
last connection that the juvenile delin- 
quent who is emotionally disturbed or 
possesses a low IQ is a challange to the 
social worker, not the problem of a 

The remainder of the program was a 
presentation of meliiods for msJcJ-ng yo\ing 
people aware of the great variety of 
reading matter available to themo Ray 
Frye, Co-Ordinator of Young People's 
Services, Dallas Putiic Library, demon- 
strated a book talk. Next Olga Pobutsky 
of Detroit Public Library described the 
radio and TV programs put on by her li- 
brary in which young people themselves 
discuss with a librarian books they have 
been reading. The last speaker, Roxanna 
Austin, State Education Department, 
Atlanta, Georgia, described the American 
Heritage Progect in her area. 

On Wednesday, Dr Evelyn M. Duvall, 
psychologist and author of several yoiing 
adult books, spoke on "I'That Young People 
Want to Know about themselves" . From 
questionnaires, she has discovered that 
they are concerned over relations with 
their parents, over how to make friends, 
how to become attractive and lilreable, 
and how to attract the other sex. They 
want some guidance but also wish to 
assert their ri^ts as individuals. They 
are confused over the conflict in American 
culture between Puritanism and romanti- 

At the Friday Business Meeting there 
was announcement of a workshop to be held, 
probably in conjunction with Rutgers 
University, in June 19^7 on young adult 
work for people in small libraries. This 
T\-L11 be aimed primarily at the adult 
general assistant doing young adult work 
and will cover books for young people, 
their arrangement and means of introducing 
them. The Membership Committee reported 
a gain of 1217 members for the year. 

The main topic at this closing session 
was, naturally, further discussion of the 
problems which vrill arise from reorgani- 
sation. The statement of responsibilities 
for the new division for young adult 
services is as follows: 1) The establish- 
ment of criteria for the production, 
selection, interpretation and use of books 
and noni-boo!c materials for the teen-ager 
and young adult; 2) The development of 
special services and programs for this 

group; 3) The promotion of mutual cooper- 
ation with youth-serving agencies, local, 
state and national, in further djtig enter- 
prises for the welfare of young people. 

Rose Moorachian 


A West Indian Journey 

Flying from one Island to another was a 
delightful experience, heightened by various 
treats . 


Approached Tjy air from the southwest, the 
island of Santo Domingo presents a grim and 
forboding appearance. Ranges of high 
mountains with knife-like ridges appear to 
be scarcely covered by trees, and in the 
month of Jxine, dry river valleys slide 
mysteriously in-between. Signs of habitation 
6re very few and far between, and the possi- 
bilities of an agricultural livelihood seem 
very remote. It would appear that much 
money is needed for Haiti's economic develop- 
ment, but the people were polite, charming, 
and the quietest I met in the tropics. 

I had thought to see the citadel of Henri 
Christophe, but the necessity for a full 
day's travel, a pair of slacks for riding, 
plus $35 for the trip, rather dampened my 
enthusiasm. Ihlo. corplixd with th^.xJbctor'.s 
iKj'mction toTost betweon any Mcertions 
changed my mind*, so after a long siesta I 
went out in a glass-bottomed boat to coral 
grounds, and watched divers feed fish of 
:jany hues. Later on we visited the Cathe- 
dral across the harbour, on the side of a 
hill overlooking the towno At 10:00 a. m. , 
a number of the townspeople were in and 
aro\md the central benches, or invoking 
the intercession of their favorite saint 
in some obscure comer. The interior was 
in keeping with the European civilization 
which years ago had constructed it, but 
disappointing in that it evinced so little 
of the culture of the people surrounding 
it. Further along we visited the Episcopal 

Dominican Republic 

The Dominican Republic is located in what 
is undoubtedly the better or eastern half 
of the island of Santo Domingo. This is 
apparent from the air where one notes the 
whole central portion of the island almost 


devoid of habitation, except for the 
border-land Seminary conducted by the 
Jesuits . 

The dictatorship is of course still in 
power, even though the General is offi- 
cially out of office, for his place has 
been taken by his brother. In our own 
time we have noticed dictatorships making 
rapid changes in other civilizations 
around us. One advances two hundred years 
in one-half an hour between Haiti and the 
Dominican Republic. Whatever one may say 
pro and con about the unspoiled and happy 
primitives versus the iron hand, this new 
republic has roads, houses, motor cars 
and sanitation to an astonishing degree. 
The national debt was completely paid 
several years ago — a feat of which we 
ourselves cannot boast. The government 
provides low-cost homes for workers to 
purchase without a down payment. Though 
small from our vie\7point, they are neat 
and brightly coloured. True thoy do not 
have hot water — ^but they have running 
cold water in all but a fexir of the old 
houses which are "pre-hurricane, 1R32." 
Government loans may be advanced for 
building, but not to purchase buildings 
already up. The streets have sewers, 
unheard of in many backvirard countries, 
and drinking water is safe throughout the 
province . 

Their World's Fair is a sad blight, but 
even here some sense of planning appear- 
ed. Instead of frame buildings which 
would later disappear a la Flushing 
Ifeadows, the Fair buildings of the Domini- 
can Republic are Tvell and solidly conr- 
stmcted with an eye to future use for 
the secretariats presently housed else- 

A visit to the horticultural park and 
zoo found a few masters with groups of 
schoolboys shouting over alligators and 
wanting to see the lions. But what 
delighted me most was a group of native 
nuns , Sisters of Mercy in white habits , 
discovering the elephant cage, chattering 
over the monkeys in a moat, and like nuns 
everywhere, gathering into their arms and 
admiring the children of former pupils 
whom they met in the park. 

Like all countries seeking a place in 
the sun, this is a land of contrasts. 
One goes from the ancient battlements 
that weathered from the days of Columbus 
to the modern Ambassador hotel that out- 
does even the fabulous Fontainbleau. 
Ordinary working men pay no income tax, 
jet a cab driver has an enormous fee to 

pay twice a year on his taxi, since they are 
considered a luxury. Though cars are plenti- 
ful, food sufficient, people well and gaily 
dressed, against this are the many who walk 
the streets at unusual hours proclaiming 
a lack of interest in work or a lack of 
work in which to be interested. 

Puerto Rico 

Puerto Rico, planned as a mere port-of- 
call, was made pleasant by the hotel dinner 
and floor show in the company of delight- 
ful companions from a plane trip. Puerto 
Rico seems to be the island with a good 
business future. The nomsnt one steps into 
the airport, the signs of American bustle 
are apparent, and the cheerful noisiness 
of the Puerto Ricans reaches one's ears. 
Yet under the noisiness and bustle is a 
strong sign of American efficiency - or 
maybe it's just that we are more accustomed 
to this way of life. 

Saint Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands 

Saint Thomas (quaintly or derisively 
known as an American Virgin) and it's chief 
city Charlotte Amalie proved to be the high 
point of tte West Indies for me. Miss Enid 
Baa the government librarian put herself 
and her car at my complete disposal. At 
French town and old St, Anne's high on the 
rocks, the decendants of the French Bretons 
still maintain their blond hair and thus 
stand out in this island of black haired 
dark complexions. The ancient women with 
their hi^ crowned straw hats passed along 
the streets, aixi one remembered the recent 
styles Tiiich chapeaux-designers have based 
on tiiese— recreated after visits to the 

From the point where Francis Drake spied 
out the islands' channel, while the Spanish 
fleet attempted to bottle his craft in the 
harbour, we watched the beautiful Mageen 
Bay. Evidences of the freebooters still 
remain in the island in the towers of 
Blackboard, and in Bluebeard's Castle. 
The embarcadero has been recently built 
with a wide black-top road, and concrete 
walk at the quay side. Here small merchant 
sailing vessels tie up to offer their many 
wares for sale, St. Thomas being a free 
port from the days of the booty from the 
Spanish main. In olden times pirates like 
Drake and Morgan beached their small boats 
in the middle of what is now this road, and 
bartered their spoils to shopkeepers whose 
back doors opened on the shoi^. 


In the evening Miss Baa and I with two 
other friends took a small boat to Water 
Isla?.d. We passed Hassel Island which is 
known in the local parlance as Lion Island, 
since one of its residents has a pet lion., 
Transferring from boat to jeep, we then 
covered the narrow dirt roads, somewhat 
reminiscent of Block Island, passed the 
island's few private homes, to its one 
hotel where we had one of the most enjoy- 
able dinner parties I can remember. It 
was almost eleven when we again cljjabed 
into the jeep for the retijrn trip to 
Charlotte Amalie, and my leave taking~- 
since the following morning I was off to 
New lork. But St. Thomas hospitality 
would not permit me to msike this last 
jaunt alone. I was escorted next morning, 
in the new Ford Zepher, and en route 
through the airpcrc. was introduced to an 
instructor from Ifeimpton Institute who with 
his wife was arriving for St. Thonas 
holidays—an idea v^hich I waj^nly recommend 
to you all. 

Mary Alice Rea 


Pearl I. Brown, the newest member of the 
staff of Book Purchasing, comes to the 
B. P. L. TTith a rich and varied backgrouni. 
After two years at Cheyney State Teacher's 
College, Pa., she taught primary grades 
for 8^ years. For two years she was a 
Visitor with the Department of Public 
Assistance in Philadelphia. For the last 
two years. Miss Brown has been with the 
New England Jfotual Life Insurance Company. 
Currently studying part-time at North- 
eastern for her Bachelor's degree, this 
active young lady nevertheless manages to 
indulge her interests in music and base- 


Another new face in the stacks is that 
of Richadean Few. "Rickki" graduated 
from Roxbury Memorial Hi^ School in Juno 
cf this year and has been with the B.P.L. 
since July. She is fond of dancing, 
bowling, reading, and horseback riding. 

The hard-working new assistant on 
Bookmobile II is Audrey E. Hunter. A 195U 
graduate of South Boston High School, 
Audrey worked for the Boston Mutual Life 

Insurance Company before joining the B.P.L. 
There she was presented with a trophy as 
"Miss Boston Ifutual" . Among her many 
interests are swiraning, music, dancing, 
and arts and crafts . 

■ Ja^-g, L. Ramulu, a new probationary assist- 
ant at Dorchester since July l6, has already 
done a lot of traveling in her young life. 
She has spent 11 years in India and has lived 
on the West Coast of this country for several 
years, Ker official home is in Seattle, 
Washington, but at present she is living in 
Bi'ookline. Although Miss Ramulu says she 
has no special talents, she is interested 
in music and plays the piano, at least for 
her awn. amusement — and perhaps with more 
ability than we know. 

I If call slips are being handled a bit 
faster in the stacks these days, it is 
because another bright new face has been 
added to the staff roster. Helen V. Varsos 
joined the B.P^L. in July, after graduating 
in June from Girl's High School. The slender, 
brown-eyed "Vicki'" is fond of swimming, 
instrumental music, and, of course, the B.P.L. 


The closing of a vital landmark in the 
Jeffries Point section of East Boston was 
accomplished •vTith nothing like the fanfare 
and excitement of its inauguration almost 
thirty years ago. Since there had been 
no local publicity, many were unaware that 
this unhappy event was taking pHxice that 
last Friday in June. Outside of the imme- 
diate, neighbors and regular patrons , most 
of the public became aware of the impending 
event when they saw the Bookmobile on the 
streets, and learned that it would replace 
the familiar and well- loved library on 
Webster Street. 

Library patrons, seeing books piled up 
OTi floors and tables, and shelves emptied, 
inquired vjhether we were going to paint the 
inside or rearrange the books. Even when 
they were told that the library was closing 
they could not comprehend and asked if it 
were for the summer, or for temporary repairs. 
When the people were assiired that they would 
not have to go all the way over to Central 
for books but would be served by the '. 


Bookmobile in their immediate vicinity, 
they continued to look doubtful, and we 
hastened to inform them that they might 
fare even better than before, since the 
Bookmobile would be able to purchase books 
in much greater numbers then had their 

It was difficult for the staff to try to 
explain convincingly the reasons for the 
discontinuance of the library to the local 
public, to tiiom it had been an object of 
great local pride as well as faithful 
service most of their lives. Many asked 
if there was anything they could do to 
save th3 branch; others told of efforts 
made in that direction. Children asked 
me why I was closing the library, and 
parents told of the great importance of 
the libraiy to them when they were gi'owing 
up in the neighborhood, and of how they 
had fully expected that their children 
would make the branch as much and even 
more a part of their lives than had their 
parents . 

Some took a very personal view of the 
situation, claiming that they had made 
good use of the library and expressing 
dismay at the thought of being deprived 
of it in the future. Others chose to 
regard the proposed closing as discrimi- 
nation against their neighborhood. On the 
closing days many patrons came in to "shed 
a few tears" as they expressed it and 
commiserate with one another over their 
loss. Since I realized hew mrach that most 
attractive library with its cliarming 
colonial interior must have meant to the 
residents of Jeffries Point which is an 
old district houses crowded close 
together, many inadequate by any modern 
standards, I could well understand and 
sympathize with the lady who said, "in/he n 
this building opened when I was a young- 
ster, I thought it waff the most beautiful 
house in the world. You may not believe 
it, but I still get a thrill every time 
I walk in to this room". 

A few days after the closing, I met a 
librarian t^o asked me about details of 
the event. She told me that she had been 
an assistant at Jeffries vAien the "new 
building" had opened and Trtiat a joyful 
occation that had been in the neighborhood. 
I coixld not help reflecting that I too 
would very much have preferred to have 
been a member of the Jeffries Point staff 
at that happy time, rather than, in the 
month of June, 19$6, 

Anne Coleman 

Phillips Brooks 

On August 31, the Phillips Brooks Branch 
closed its doors to its patrons, bowing to 
progress which denands for each branch 
a potential public larger than that found 
in ReadviHe. Located in a suburb on the 
margin of Boston, this small branch had been 
one of the few civic enterprises cutting 
across racial and religious groups to serve 
all the peop3.e in this community t^ich is 
bordered by Dedham and Milton. While it is 
chiefly known today as the site of the 
repair shops of the New York, New Haven and 
Hartford Railroad, historically ReadviHe 
is famous as the location of Camp Meigs 
vihere Robert Gould Shaw trained the first 
Negro soldiers to serve in the Civil War. 

The small, brown-shingled building, vftiich 
stands on part of the land used for the 
Camp, ras given to the Blue Hills Evangel- 
ical Society as a memorial to Bie Reverend 
Phillips Brooks, noted Bishop of the Episco- 
ppil Church, by litrs Ellen F. Stetson in 
li397. The first library was run by that 
Society, though it was for the use of all 
residents "irrespective of sex, race or 
creed". It consisted of a collection of 
about U75 volumes of fiction and miscella- 
neous reading, including books of reference, 
given by Mrs Stetson. There was, also, in 
an ante-room, "The Hamilton Park Libraiy" , 
the gift of Ifirs J. Huntington Wolcott and 
other friends. Later these libraries, now 
united to form one, were operated as a 
branch of the Hyde Park Public Library, 
with access to the collection of the larger 
libiary through weekly deliveries. Vhen, 
in 1912, P^de Park became a part of Boston, 
the Ifyde Park Library and its branch, The 
Phillips Brooks Memorial Reading Room, 
automatically became part of the Boston 
system^ This set-up was continued until 
192$, when due to a variety of reasons the 
smaller library was closed. Opening again 
in 1931, under a new agreement, the Boston 
Public Library ran it as a branch library 
until this fall. 

ReadviHe is more aware of its distance 
from Boston than it is of its political 
unity with the city, so it was as inevitable 
that the branch should function like a small 
town library as it was that its patrons pre- 
ferred it to remain that way. It was, 
however, al\mys a small town library per- 
fectly aware of the modern aids to dissemi- 
nation of knowledge and cultiire through 
other mediums than books, for we had film 
programs even while we were still dependent 
on agencies outside the library for films, 


projectors, and operators. JAisic listen- 
ing groups were formed using the radio 
before record plajrers became library 
equipment. Trips to musexims and the 
Children's Theatre brought Boston arrl its 
riches a little closer to the childrenj 
while such activities as puppet-making 
and wild-flower identification made them 
turn to books as sources of information 
as well as pleasure. 

As for those of us who participated in 
bringing the children and adults together 
■vtiether for meetings sponsored by the 
library, or those by the Friends of the 
Library, oin* working hours and indeed 
our whole lives wei^ enriched by a deepeir 
knowledge of our patrons and thus a 
stronger interest in our work. We will 
be fortunate if, in the larger, busier 
branches where we virill soon be, we are 
able to have such a feeling of personal 
accomplishment and as interesting and 
varied activities. But we do know 
Phillips Brooks will also be open in our 
hearts . 

La\irelle Cole 

Tyler Street Reading Room 

The closing of a library is indeed a 
sad experience both for the staff and for 
the neighborhood. Even though Tyler 
Street Reading Room had been reopened 
such a short period, yet a more loyal 
public would have been difficult to find. 
Their expressions of appreciation were 
indeed gratifying to Charlotte Cooper, 
Barbara Kirby, Carol Semonian and Tr/sell. 
We had all enjoyed our short stay at 
Tyler Street and were saddened at the 
thought of leaving. 

George Horns i, a man vho had been most 
instiaunental in the reopening of the 
libraiy, came in the last day at Tyler 
Street to express his regrets at the 
closing and his appreciation of vfliat the 
staff had done for the community. He was 
optimistically hoping to get the library 
reopened againi I'Thile mentioning our 
patrons we shouldn't omit our good borrow- 
ers from the Medical Center. They were 
always most helpful in "keeping up" the 

Some of the highlights at Tyler Street 
in our work with the children were the 
kindergarden story hours ard the puppet 
groups. These story hoiurs with audiences 
almost entirely Chinese were indeed rare 
experiences in library work. The . 

children's bright, attentive, little faces 
would watch every move of the storyteller 
ard a wai'e of applause would be heard when 
the stories were ended. Such politeness 
was doubly gratifying when one realized 
that many of them at the beginning of the 
fall understood little or no English. Thus 
the story hour was a real challenge to do 
one's best. 

The puppet group, started by Dorothy 
Becker who was formerly Assistant-in-Charge 
at Tyler Street, spent mar^' happy hours 
at the library working with the puppets, 
rehsarsing, and talcing part in the plays. 
Large audiences would always appear for the 
puppet shovj-s. Mrs Dorothy Hanna, a former 
assistant at the Reading Room, had a real 
knack in looking after the mar^ boys ard 
girls T/ho filled eveiy available seat. 
¥;hatever the nationality background, and we 
had many different ones at Tyler Street, 
almost every child seemed to greatly enjoy 
the puppet shows. 

There have been many meinbers of the staff 
at Tyler Street Reading Room in the past 
years which space prevents me from listing 
but I think that all of them, along with 
me, will treasure many happy memories of 
our days at Tyler Street on the edge of 

Beatrice Frederick 


MAJIS is circling grimly, 

In vassalage to SUNj 
Veiy near to trespass 

On EARTH'S appointed run. 

Swerve it even slightly 

From its elliptic path, 
EARTH would pay the tribute 


Rapt I watched, yet certain 

Disaster can't ensue j 
Knew by instant instinct 

Our ancient FAITH is true. 

Order reign forever. 

Says spheres' enchanting song; 
Human touch is missing. 

So nothing can go wrong. 

H&rry Andrews 



Haven't you a summer cottage that needs 
a new second-hand gas stove? I have a 
Magic Chef, cream and green, table-top 
model, in good, clean condition which I 
will relinquish with reluctance, divulging 
the reason to all interested comers. 
Can't we dicker? 

Elinor D. Conley, Dorchester 

Does anyone need a second-hand refriger- 
ator, still running — ^but limping a bit. 
19h9 International Harvester, plenty of 
space — all space in fact, except for a 
small freezing compartment (Sorry, no 
fancy bins or containers.) Owner will 
listen to best offer. For further details, 
if you are interested, contact Gertrude 
Wade, Book Selection, H.R. and C.S. (P.S. 
Does ar^one have in their attic a pair 
of women's show shoes. I would pay a fair 
price for a pair in practically whole, 
still useable condition.) 

Gaily striped sun umbrella for the beach 
to protect you from the sun's fierce rays. 
A real bargain at ''■U.95. Purchaser must 
collect the umbrella, no delivery service. 

G. M, Marvin 


Has anyone a pair of heavy metal book- 
ends very reasonably priced? A single 
bookend will do. 

G. M. Marvin 


Urgently Wanted: One and/or two good 
homes. Meow, Meow! Two small kittens, 
2 months old are in need of a nice home. 
Exactly alike, they are smoke grey except 
for an N of white on their foreheads and 
white tipped tails. Please contact the 
Chairman of Publications Committee if 


Parents ' l&igazine has just named 10 co- 
winners of its annual Youth Group Achieve- 
ment Award of .^l^ljOOG for "outstanding 

community service" by teen and sub-teen 
groups . 

Two Boston teen-age clubs are among those 
slated to receive honor certificates — 
Young Adults Council, North End branch, 
Boston Public Library, and the Sky Club of 
the YWCA. 

At high school age, when attendance at 
libraries is inclined to drop off, the 
Young Adults Council in the North End is 
whipping up new interest in library programs, 

Conqjrised of 12 girls and 12 boys, the 
group meets once a month from October 
through May to plan and carry out three 
major educational and recreational programs 
to promote better community life for teen- 
agers in this area. 

It has become a recognized honor to serve 
on the council. One girl and one boy from 
each of the five neighborhood houses, as 
well as representatives from the high schools 
and the junior high school are selected. 

' Career Week' First 

Their first major project three years 
ago was "career week." The subject was 
studied in the schools and highli^ted 
with informative exhibits in the library. 

By helping the library staff select a 
topic-of -the -month for special display, 
the council is keeping the library in time 
wi-fch teen agers' interests and steadily 
increasing library attendance. 


Arnothy, Christine 

I am fifteen and I don't want to die. 

N.Y., Dutton, 1956 
Bromfield, Louis 

Animals and other people. 

N.Y., Harpor, 1955 
Burke, Norah 

Jungle child 

N.Y., W.W. Norton, 1956 
Burrows, Millar 

The Dead Sea Scrolls. 

N.Y., Viking Press, 1956 
Caldwell, John 

Family at sea. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1956 
Campbell, J.J. 

Legends of Ireland 

London, Batsford, 1955 
Carmer, Carl L. 

The screaming ghost. 

N.Y., Knopf, 1956 


Cloete, Rehna 

The nylon safari. 

Boston, Houghton Jiifflin, 19$6 
Coccola, Raymond de. 

Ayorama . 

N.Y,, Oxford University Press, 19$6 
Corwin, Edward S. 

The Presidency today. 

N.Y., New York University Press, 19$^ 
Cranston, Ruth 

The miracle of Lourdes 

N.Yo, McGraw-Hill, 1955 
Donovan, Robert J. 

Eisenhower . 

N.Y., Harper, 1956 
Furnas, Joseph C. 

Goodbye to Uncle Tom. 

N.Y., W. Sloane Associates, 1956 
Graham, Filliam F* 

The secret of happiness. 

Garden City, N.Yo, Doubleday, 1955 
Hoehling, Adolph A. 

The last voyage of the Lusitania, 

N.Y., Holt, 1956 
Higgins, Marguerite 

Red plush and black bread. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1955 

The USA in color. 

Philadelphia, C\irtis Pub. Co., 1956 
Lariar, Lawrence 

You've got me from 9 to 5» 

N.Y., Dodd, Mead, 1956 
Johnson, Thomas He 

Emily Dickinson. 

Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press, 1955 
Magidoff, Nile I. 


N.Y., Simon and Schuster, 1956 
Meissner, Hans 0. 

The man with three faces. 

N.Y., Rinehart, 1955 
Mikes, George 

Leap through the cxirtain. 

N.Y., Button, 1956 
Pollard, John 

Journey to the Styx. 

London, Johnson, 1955 
Prescott, Orville 

The five-dollar gold piece. 

W.Y., Randon House, 1956 
Quoriez, Francois 

A certain smile 

N.Y., Button, 1956 
Randall, Ruth 

Lincoln's sons 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1955 
Rich iouise 

The coast of Jfeine. 

N.Y., Crowell, 1956 

Robbina, Phyllis 

Maude Adams. 

N.Y., Putnam, 1956 
Smith, Walter B. 

Eisenhower's six great decisions. 

N.Y., Longmans, Green, 1956 
Truman, Margaret 


N.Y., McGraw-Hill, 1956 
Stevenson, Elizabeth 

Henry Adams 

N.Y., Macmillan, 1956 
"Whelpton, Eric 

Tte road to Nice. 

London, R. Hale, 1955 
Wright, Richard 

The color curtain 

Cleveland, World Pub. Co., 1956 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

American Library Association. Buildings 
Committee . 

Planning a library building. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

Bavies, Bavid W. 

Tte world of the Else^ers, 1580-1712. 

The Hague, Nijhoff, 195U 
Hunt, K. G. 

Subject specialization and co-operative 

book purchase in the libraries of Great 


London, Library Association, 1955 
Jackson, Ellen P» 

A manual for the administration of the 

Federal documents collection in libraries. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

Manley, Marian Co 

Business information 

N.Y., Harper, 1955 
Ottervik, Cost a 

Libraries and archives in Sweden. 

Stockholm, Swedish Institute, 195U 
Wallace, Sarah L. 

Patrons are people. Rev. and enl. ed., 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

Whitehill, Walter M. 

Boston Public Libraiyj a centennial history 

Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 

Wilson, Louis R, 

The university library. 2d ed. 

N.Y., Columbia University Press, 1956 



Ashton, Helt-ii 

The Half-<3ro-vm House. 

N.y,, Bodd, Mead, 1956 
Cronin, Archibald J, 

A thing of beauty. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1956 
Dovmes, Anne M» 

The captive rider. 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1956 
DuBois, William 

A season to beware. 

N.Y., Putnam, 1956 
Ertz, Susan 

Charmed circle 

N.Y., Harper, 1956 
FuechtTAranger, Lion 


N.Y,, Messner, 1956 
Goudge, Elizabeth 

The roseirary tree. 

N.Y., Coward-McCann, 1956 
Hargrove, IJIarion 

The girl he left behind. 

N.Y., Viking Press, 1956 
Hersey, John Ro 

A single pebble. 

N.Y., Knopf, 1956 
Roberts, Kenneth L. 

Boon Island. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1956 
Secondari, John H. 

Spinner of the dream. 

Boston, Little, Browi, 1955 
Seifert, Shirley 

Let my name stand fair. 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1956 


South End 

The South End Summer Reading Club recent- 
ly celebrated the close of a very sucess- 
ful season with a party for all those 
nvho had read at least ten books during 
the summer* Ten of the sixteen eligible 
members came to the party. They played 
games employing the names of books and 
characters from the books they read during 
the stmmer. Refreshments were served. 
The members present received a Boston 
Public Library certificate of progress 
and book prizes went to five members « 
Elaine Haddad received one for having read 
and reported on forty books during the 
sumrner. Tallying the total number of 
books read and reported on by members 
during the season, the number came to well 
over three hundred. Our Elephant team 

reported on only nine more books than the 
Donkeys to win a very close race. (Is this 
possibly a suggestion of things to come in 
the realm of national political affairs?) 

West End 

Out of the Past ; 

In the July issue of the Amherst Alumni 
News appeared an item of great interest 
and sentimental value, to West End. An 
anonymous friend has established a loan 
fund in memory of the late George Washington 
Forbes, «92, and his wife, Elizabeth Harley 
Forbes. Mr Forbes was Reference Librarian 
at West End from its opening in I896 until 
his death in 1927. To this day men and 
women come to the Branch and ask about him. 
The Forbes Fund is available "to students 
in economic need without regard to their 
race, color or creed". This is indeed a 
fitting tribute to a fine scholar and a 
noble man. 

Mrs Joyce ?, Ellis, Children's Librarian, 
held a story hour for some thirty five 
children at "Playlaixl" on Boston Common, 
on August 16, 

Members of the "Balloting for Books" 
Summer Reading Club held their own political 
'Convention' on August 2l;th to nominate and 
vote for their favorite book candidate. 
Those children who had read at least eight 
books during the summer were allowed to 
serve as delegates and to give speeches in 
favor of the book they most enjoyed. After 
the voting took place, it was discovered 
that T he Secret Garden was the winning 
candidate, with Lou Gehrig numing a close 

The latest edition of the Jewish Book 
Annual contains a bibliography of American 
Jewish Juvenile Books for 1955-1956, com- 
piled by Farmy Goldstein, Branch Librarian 
and Curator of Judaica. 




Catherine C= Kelly passed away at her 
home in Neponset on Wednesday, September 
twelfth. We who knew her well can hardly 
realize that she won't be coming into the 
Neponset Branch Library again, with her 
cheery hello and smile, to catch up on 
library news and tell us what she has 
been doing. 

l^Jhen she retired in 195)4 she had been 
in the library 33 years, most of which 
were spent at Neponset; but she had many 
friends throughout the whole system. 

To the staff she was cheerful and 
understanding; and to the public, cour- 
teous and gracious. In emergencies shs 
was calm and collected and no natter vihat 
happened she met each situation unper- 
t\jrbed. She was always poised and her 
special charm was eriianced by the pale 
blues and pastel shades she wore. 

She loved to ccme back to little parties 
at Neponset and kept in touch vrith the 
library in general through the Quarter 
Century Club, the Cat2nolic Library 
Association, and the Massachusetts Libraij 

Since her retirement she had been kept 
busy with church and hospital activities 
and having traveled a great deal was 
always interested in the trips of others. 

She will be greatly missed and long 
remembered by those who knew her. 

I&delene D. Holt 


August 9, 19?6 
Dear Ifr Bluhm: 

7fe have received your CARE - parcel for 
which I should like to thank you very 
much. V'fe are a family of refugees from 
East Prussia (KGnigsberg) and having fled 
from there to the Altraark in tte Soviet 
Zone, we had to flee a second time, again 
leaving everything behind, in order to 
reach Y/estern Berlin. Our family, that 
is Ey, -parents, two brothers, and I, have 
received a small flat only at the begin- 
ning of this year. We are very glad to 
have had the possibility for a new start. 
My father is still out of work, unfortu- 
imtely, like so many refugees are here at 
Berlin. There are between two to six 
thousand refugees per week, coming to 
Western Berlin, that is between fifteen 

to twenty-five, thirty five thousand per 
month. As most of them have to stay here 
for quite sometime, you can imagine that is 
very hard to find either flat or work, and 
1^7 father is quite lucky to have found the 
first. ISy twin brother Wolfgang is a student 
of agriculture and biology at the Technical 
University of Western Berlin while I, a 
student of medicine at the Liberal University 
have to pass the Western "Arbitur" first, 
the one from the Soviet Zone not being 
acknowledged by the West, before I can go 
on studying. Our Abitur would be the 
equivalent to your gradxiation from Junior 
College to Senior Colfege. 

My younger brother Hans is an apprentice 
with a firm doing electrical repair work. 

Thanking you another time for your kindness 
in forwarding such a nice parcel to a very 
indigent family completely iinknown to you and 
sending you the regards of all the family. 

I am 

Yours truly, Manfred 

MarJ'red Fischer, German, Westberlin 
Slidende, Steglitzer Str. Fh 


Lauren Ang^le Abate, on September 16, at 
the Yfinthrop Community Hospital, kk Lincoln 
Street, Winthrop 52. Her proud parents are 
Mr and Mrs Angelo Abate. Mrs Abate is on 
leave of absence from the Office of the 
Division of Reference and Research Services. 


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be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, togGxh.- 
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. 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 So ap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- 
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appearance does not necesaarily 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. 

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A few 
autographed copies 
at $2<,8ij to staff roeinbers 

Boston Public Library; A Centennial History 

by Walter Muir Whitehill 
illustrated by Rudolph Ruzicka 


Office of Records, Files, Statistics 



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VV H A \ 










Joan Morris , Chairman 
Laura M« Bondi 
Ruth V, Marshall 
Marie T. Orth 
liary T. Sands 
Helen Shubarth 


Jal^ 1/lHte^ 





Pc)nel Membei's 

Mr. Peter Wensberg . . . 
I\ir. Stephen Zoll . . . . 
Jfrs. Alice Dixon Bond . . 
Mr, Ted Laycock 

Mod era to I- : 

Dr. P. Albert Diihamel , . 

Little Brown Co. 
Houghton-Mifflin Co. 
Boston Herald 
Boston Globe 

;. Boston College 

\ (Moderator "I'VE BEEN 

I READING" program, WGBH-TV) 


Ji^aJ!^ ^ 4!^iynxev\AA tv^ it foe. AeAAJ- e^ d. 



Linda M. Pagliuca, Chairman 

Albert Brogna Angela Sacco 

Bettina Colletti Bridie Stotz 

Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XI, Number 10 ;_ October 1956 

Publications Committee: Barbara E. Coffey, Jean L. Eaton, Mary A. Hackett, Daniel J. 

Koxiry, Paul W. Smith, B. Gertrude Wade, Chairman 

Publication dates Deadline for submitting ijritei*ial: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

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Congratulations are due all of you for your accomplishments during recent g»i;itha. 
o&espite curtailment in total number of staff and further handicaps set by illnesses, 
Ha^eriu.ty and military leaves for which replacements are usually not possible, you 
*i^ helping to run a big business iniiich is growing bigger every year. In January, 
1^^, 282,855 books were circulated lay this library; in the so-called ''lean month" of 
J^i^y, 2lU,737 books were borrowed. These you processed, handled and got to the 
ri?ht borrower. If we could count the number of reference questions you answered 
'JuMng the first half of the year, the total figure would probably be staggering. 
in addition, some people in Central and many in the branches have initiated and 
harried through a wide variety of group programs. Meanwhile, 2733 different non- 
fiction titles alone have passed through the Approval Rooaa and over 80,000 volumes 
have been purchased; catalogued, prepared, shipped to and received by the units of 
the Home Reading and Community Services Division between January and October 1, 1956. 

You are wonderful workers. Are you also good librarians? It has been brought 
to our attention more than once that there are often long lapses of time between 
statements of administrative decisions and their execution, between the occurence of 
a vacancy and the hiring of a replacement, between the announcement of appointments to 
be made and the actual appointments. We are concerned about the morale pi^blems that 
sometimes arise during this time gap. Are you ? Many of us feel that our present 
salaries are inadequate. They certainly are for those with dependents. Recently 
our Director placed in your hands a study of comparative salaries and rises in cost 
of living, with an invitation for your commentary. How many of you wrote to him in 
regard to this study? So you have elected officers to handle this type of problem 
for you? They requested that you inform them of your views so that in their meeting 
with the Director they might include a representation of your ideas as well as the 
results of their own study. Did you give them any suggestions? Some of us feel that 
the present examination sj^tem could bear some revision, that sub-professionals who 
have proved their worth to the library should receive higher condensation, and that 
competent, faithful members of the Reference and Research Division should have some 
form of reward where specialized department set-ups make it impossible for them to 
be made titular assistants. Are you concerned about these matters? 

If you are not concerned, if you are satisfied with the status Quo, if you have 
no views at all on any of these matters, are you good librarians? We believe that 
librarianship is a profession. Members of a profession are devoted not only to their 
work but also to the welfare of their fellow workers. They think about the problems 
of others and they make their thoughts known to their leaders in one way or another. 

If you are among the apathetic, remember that you have no right to expect yotir * 
administrators to be concerned with problems to which you give no time or attention. 
Remember, too, that your Professional Staff Association has only as much strength as 
you give it by your active support. And renumber, finally, that you will gain i 
professional status in the eyes of the non-library world not merely by circulating 
books but by promoting the ideals and interests of your profession and insisting upon 
recognition of your stature. 



October 22. 


S.L.A. dinner meeting at 
Amalfi Restaurant. Guest of 
honor, Marian Luchius, Exec- 
utive Secretary of the 
National Special Libraries 

October. .26. 

Bertha V. Hartziell Memorial 
Lecture, Central Library, 

Richard J, Waters, from Dorchester to 
Branch Issue 


RoSe L. LaConca, Kirs tain Business Branch 
to Create Cimnartita . 


Julia V. Capone, Office, Division of 
Reference and Research Services., to-retum 
to school. 

topic "The American UnivBrs±t34Mrs .Irenemarie- Cullinane, Ifeahington V1 1 Tage . 

and the Research Library" to attend library school. 

Dr Paul Buch, Director. Frances Freedman, Fine Arts., i>o return to 

HarvajTd University Librajries, the J-fioseum School of Art. 

6 p.m. 

November 16, Professional Staff Associ- 
ation, ^JBusiness Meeting, 
Lecture Hall, Central Library, 
9 a.m. 


Ne'w Employees 

Henry C. Camlllo, Audio Visual 

Mrs Suzanne H. Fishman, South Boston 

Mrs Winifred C. Frank, Central Charging 

Records (formerly part-time) 
Marilyn Kind, Cataloging and Cla.asifica- 

tion. Division of Reference and 

Research Servicss 
J.irs Anitra B. Kolenkow, Botrfonobile 
Herman 0. Peterson, Open She]J' 
Susan E. Royal, Roslindale 
Itrs Nanella J, Warren, Mattapan 
Ruth E. Winn, Open Shelf (a former em- 
ployee who resigned to attend Pratt 

Institute Library School.) 

Transferred j 

Mrs Dorothy E* Bavicchi, from Hyde Park t0| 

Mt Pleasant I 

Mrs Laurelle W. Cole, from. Phillips Brooks ^ 

to Washington Village i 

Virginia A. Dalton, from Central Charging j 

Records to Codman Square j 

Mrs Lucia S, Faulkner, from Mt Pleasant 1 

to South End j 

Marjorie M. Gibbons, from City Point to 

Hyde Park 
Etta Kessell, from Washington Village to 

Lower Mills 
Mrs Mary B. LaFollette, from Brighton to 

City Point 
Mrs Mary T. C. O'Neill, from Phi Hips 

Brooks to City Point 
David T. Sheehan, from Book Stack Service 

to Cataloging and Classification, 

Division of Reference and Research 

Services . 

Mrs Barbara Gray, Book -Stack "Service, to 

remain at home . 
t Claire M. Hurney, Print, to return to Jackson 

College . 
Martha A. McDermott, Bock Selection, Division 

of Home Reading s.nd Cojamnity Services, to 

take a nursing x-rse. 
Edmund. L, Myerd, Music,- to accept another 

Claire C. Spellmaa, Cataloging and Classifi- . 

cation, Di'/ision of Reference and Research 

Services, to accept another position. 
Carole M. S'TOeney, Book Stack Service, to 

enter coll'?g3. 
Helene V. Varsos, Book Stack Service, to 

enter college. 



I Mr and Mrs Thomas Briganteon-the birth 
I of a daughter, Beth Allen, on September 3, 
1I956. Mrs Brii^ante is Children's Librarian 
tat Allston. 

Mr and Mi^ Thomas Canavan 7«ho -announced 
the arrival of their fourth child, William 
Hart, on September 13. Mrs Canavan is the 
f oriaer Mary Hart who worked .both in the 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics and 
in the Office of the Division of Home 
Reading and Coiramnity Services. 

Louis Ugalde, Rare Book, ^rtiose son David 
Anthony was born on October 1, 19^6. (The 
f athe r reports that he came out of the 
ordeal splendidly.) 



Catherine Doherty, formerly of the 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics, has 
announced her engagement to Charles M. 
Kane, of Worcester, Massachusetts, now 
serving in the USMC. 


Dr Luigi Crenascoli, Director, Bibli- 
oteca Comunale Laudense, Lodi, Italy. 

Stan G. Lindberg, Assistant Librarian, 
The Royal Library, Stockholm, Sweden. 


About 100 membei^ and friends of the 
Professional Staff Association gathered 
in the lecture hall on Friday evening 
September 28, for a panel discussion on 
"What sells a Book?" 

Dr P. Albert Duhamel was the moderator, 
vrith Peter Wensberg and Stephen Zoll 
representing publishers and Mrs Alice 
Dixon Bond and Ted Laycock representing 
the book reviewers. 

The panel seemed in accord about the 
factors affecting the sale of a book. "Hie 
popularity of the author, timeliness of 
the subject, publicity alloted the title, 
readers inexplicable and unpredictable 
interest in a certain place, person or 
period and other intangible elements cause 
some books to climb to the top of best 
seller lists while others languish by the 
way. Unequal expenditures. fcr book adver- 
tising and publicity and the validity 
of best seller lists as criteria for 
Judging books resulted in an animated 
discussion by the panel. 

It was an interesting meeting, well 
controlled by the noderator, viho gave all 
panel members opportunity to express their 
opinions. After questions from the floor, 
punch and cookies were served in the 
Eliot Room. Miss Pagliuca and her 
conmittee are to be congratulated for 
providing such a stimulating program to 
the membership. 

Grace M. Marvin 


On Wednesday, October ID, Donald L. 
Hewnan resigned from tte library service 
to accept a position with Gorin Stores, 
Inc. This position will aJCford Mr Newman 
an excellent opportrunity to utilize his 

training in the Business Administration 
field. The many friends liiich Mr Newman 
has made during his eight years with the 
library presented him with a cash gift on 
his departure. The libraiy is sorry to see 
Donald go but we wish him the best of luck 
in his new position. 

. An artificial Japanese plant set in 
driftwood was presented to Claire Spellman, 
Cataloging and Classification, R and RS, 
September l8, by her friends as a farewell 
gift. Best TTishes, Claire, in yovu" new 
position at Boston College. 


Murphy-Eaton Dessert Party 

On Tuesday, Septen4)er 18, from 12:30 to 
2 p.m. the Women's Lounge and the Women's 
Lunch Room took on an air of festivity not 
usually associated with that particular 
period of a weekday. In the Lunch Room, 
not interfering with the tables reserved 
for those ^ose normal hunger was being 
satisfied in routing fashion, an efficient 
committee, under the chainnanship of Edna 
G. Peck, was preparing a tempting combina- 
tion of morning coffee hour and afternoon 
tea. Appreciating the results of their 
efforts in a most gratifying manner were 
the guests assembled in the Women's Loxinge 
to fete Pauline Eaton and Marty Murphy 
upon their approaching marriage. The room 
was a veritable bower of flowers from the 
gardens of Mr and Mrs Ronald Keswick (Branch 
Issue) and, on loan from Open Shelf, giant 
yellow chrysanthemums, a parting gift to 
that department from PaiiL S. Cawein. The 
family of the bride was represented by her 
sister, i&*s Claire Ddiertyj of the groom, 
by^his sister and niece, Mrs Mary Bailey and 
Mrs Mary O'Halloran. 

The high moment of the party came trtien Edn 
G. Peck, chairman, and Francis X. Moloney, 
Assistant to the Director, in Charge of 
Business Operations, silenced the guests 
momentarily by producing two hat boxes- 
each with decorative bows — one ostensiblj' 
from Chandler's and the other from Brooks 
Brothers. There was only one stipulation 
made in the witty and friendly speeches 
of presentation; that was that the bride 
and groom should open her and his box 
immediately and try on "for size" the hats 
reposing therein. To the astonishment of 
the recipients and the guests, each box 


contained a hat fashioned from crisp, new 
bills — one dollar, five dollar, and ten 
dollar—by Frances Landrigan, Open Shelf 
milliner "par excellence" and her 
"apprentices". The bride's hat was of the 
wide, picture type with many "flowers" 
hanging down the back on streamers of 
white satin ribbon and with a band of 
"flowers" around the crown. The groom's 
was reminiscent of his Army days — a trench 
hat, with embellishments. Making one of 
his first public speeches on behalf of 
himself and his bride-to-be, Marty acquit- 
ted himself with ease. A photogr-apher 
made a permanent record of the affair by 
taking pictures of the bride and groom — 
with hats, of co\irse— in various poses, 
ending with one of them cutting the artis- 
cally decorated cake made by Mrs George 
Loncich, sister of Tfrs Claire 'Toole, 
Branch Issue, and Sheila Pierce, Central 
Cliarging Records. 

Their many friends thoroughly enjoyed 
this opportunity of personally extending 
good TTishes to Paiiline and Marty, and 
declared unanimously that it was a grand 
way in vhich to spend a lunch hour! 

Sarah M. Usher 

The Special Committee responsible for 
the Murphy-Eaton noontime party wishes 
to thank all those who. gave so generously 
of their time, talents and tangible good 
wishes.;. -Special -uhanks go to Frances 
Landrigan whose facile fingers fashioned 
the unique "hats." 

E. G. Peck, for the Committee 

On Tuesday evening, Septembs'c- 25, 
Carolyn Linshan, of Mount Bowdoin was 
guest of honor at a pre-wedding celebra- 
tion held by Anne Coleman and her staff 
at the Old Colony Lobster House on 
lioTTiasey Boulevard in Dorohester. The 
happy bride-to-be was thrilled at re- 
ceiving a beautiful corsage of red roses 
and a set of Reed and Barton stainless 
steel ware. Frances Lepie, former Branch 
Librarian at I/fount Bowdoin, joined in the 
festivities and had a happy reunion with 
her former staff. 

On Tuesday evening, October 2, a few 
friends ventured out to the Toll House in 
i/.Tiitrcan in honor of Helen Sevagian of the 
Information Office who was leaving shortly 
on a long anticipated trip to Etirope. .A 
festive dinner was enjoyed by all who 

The girls presented Helen with a lovely 
corsage and a blue leather Travelogue 
hoping that it would be filled with inter- 
esting and enjoyable remembrances of her 
first trip abroad. 


On Tuesday, October 9, Library friends 
gathered at ^ddie Davis' Steak House to 
honor Jo ¥aldron, RecorJ.s, Files, Statistics 
on her approaching marriage to Donald Murphy 
The happy bride-to-be was presented with 
two place settings cf her china, appropri- 
ately named "Bridal Rose", and, also, a 
very lovely "unmentionable" for her trous- 
seau. Mr Connolly expressed the wishes of 
all her friends for a life of happiness, 
love, and contentment and — judging from 
that certain spark3.e in Jo's eyes --we belieVf 
she's assured all three 1 


If the old adage "Happy is the bride the 
sun shines on" is true, then Pauline Eaton 
should have an exceptionally happy married 
life for the sun shone in all its autuim:al 
splendor on the twenty-ninth of September 
when sYiB became the bride of Martin F. 

The double-ring ceremony was performed 
at a ten o'clock Nuptial Mass at St Cecilia' 
Church, Back Bay. The Right Reverend 
Charles R. Flanigan, a former B. P. L. 'er, 
and the Right Revei-end Francis L. Phelan, 
paster of the Church, honored the occasion 
by their presence within the altar rail. 
The bride looked radiant, in -.vhite nylon 
floral lace over taffeta, Juliette cap with 
seed pearls, and a finger-tip illusion veil. 
She carried a boiiquet of white shaggy, spide* 
chrysanthemums. The gowns of the two brides- 
maids, white-rose taffeta, worn by nieces 
of the groom, were beautifully complimented 
by the blue-grape taffeta gown of the Matron 
of honor, sister of the bride. Following 
the ceremony a reception was held at the 
Eeaconsfield Hotel, Brookline. Family and 
personal friends of the bride and groom 
were gracious hosts and hostesses to the 
large number of library fellow workers who 
gathered to enjoy their hospitality and to 


wish the couple many years of happiness. 
Frankie Myers and his orchestra provided 
music for singing and dancing. The 
bride ' s bouquet throvm into the midst of 
a group of young hopefuls was caught by 
Dorothy Chabot, Book Stack Sei*vice. 
Prior to their departure for a Florida 
honeymoon, Mr and Flts Murphy bade a 
gracious farewell to their guests. Mrs 
Murphy's going away suit was tan wool 
tweed with matching hat. 

The groom, too, was there. He was so 
poised and seemed to be having such a 
good txms that he failed to fulfill the 
proverbial concept of a flustered, 
harried, worried groom. In fact as they 
drove away, he looked mighty pleased with 
himself I - and why not? 

One of the season's very loveliest 
brides, Josephine A. YiTaldron became Mrs 
Donald J. Murphy on October Hi at 
3 o'clock in the Sacred Heart Chm'ch, 
Roslindale. Jo wore a ballerina length 
gown cf Chantilly lace over ice-blue 
satin, a shoulder-length illusion veil 
fastened with a crown of dainty seed 
pearls. She carried a bouquet of gladioli 
buds centered with roses and snapdragons. 
Jo's sister, Patricia, was Maid of Honor 
and wore a ballerina length gown of aqua 
silk accented with deeper aqua through 
the bodice and panel at the back of the 
gown. She wore matching accessories and 
carried a bouquet of gladioli clirysanthe- 
mums, and rosebuds. John Cronin, a friend 
of the groom, served as Best Man. 
Following the double -ring ceremony a 
reception was held at the Knights of 
Columbus Hall in Roslindale. After the 
delicious tui^key dinner dancing and 
singing made thH wedding a very festive 
one. A B. P. L. Alumna, Kay Doherty, 
cau^.t the bride's lovely bouquet — very 
appropriately so since there was somsthing 
new and sparkling on her third finger, 
left hand. Following their trip to 
Florida, !fr and Mrs Murphy will make their 
home in Roslindale. 


This has been a veiy busy period for the 
Executive Board and the Personnel Committeei. 
Since our last report, there have been three 
joint meetings of these two groups for the 
purpose of studying and discussing the 
Direrbor's stu::<y of BTL salaries. The two 
groups also had a meeting vrith the Director 
on Wednesday, 10 October. 

To siun up briefly the conclusions of the 
joint meetings of the Executive Board and 
the Personnel COiimittee: 

1. Comparison of salaries ciurently paid 
by comparable libraries justify asking for 
an increase in BPL salary scales. 

2. Statistics of salaries paid by com- 
parable libraries J conipiled by the Pe-rsonnel 
CommJi.ttee, mch figiires fvirnished by the 
Personnel Office are more tenable than those 
a-ope3j'iv;.g 5ui the ciTTjDY OF THE SAI ARIES AND 

wages currently in effect in the boston 
Public lih'ary. 

3. In respect to cost of living as a 
basis for raise in pay, it appears that 
1938 is net a satisfactory year to use as 
a basr.a, but that s. lOJg cost of living 
incresDs is warrented when 1953 is used as 
a basis for comparison iirith 19^6. 

h' There appeared to be so roach variation 
in the reports of rent incrsarca in the 
Boston area that it was decided to conduct 
our own poll in an effort oo determine how 
we as a group had fared. The results of 
the questiorjiaire show that rents increased 
an average of 23.39^ and taxes increased 
an average of lS.S9%' 

At the begi:ining of the meeting with the 
Director, Mr Lord reviewed briefly the back- 
gromid of some of the many financial problems 
besetting mionicipalities •wfiiich would greatly 
influence the likelihood of a revision of 
salary schedules in the iiranediate future. 
The Director, after referring to soms of the 
points sho'.'m in his stud^" of salaries, invite 
a general dii5cussion. The President read the 
reports of thv^ Pers-jnnel Conmiittee and of 
the joint meetings of the Executive Board and 
the Personnel Corurdttee. 

The Director indicated that there was a 
need for a general revision in salary scales, 
and that he would examine very carefully the 
additional data presented by the joint 

In addition to the general re^dsion of 
salaj^"- scales, the Director stated that he 
WES giving much thought and study to some 
basic changes in the system of classification 
and advancement for the SU'>Professional 
Library Service. In connection with this 


study, the Executive Board and the Person- 
nel Conunittee were asked to furnish any 
data available to them in regard to wages 
paid by local firms for work comparable 
to that performed by the Sub-Professional 
Library Service. The Executive Board, in 
turn, yrill welcome such information frcaa 
the association members. 

The panel discussion "Yifhat sells a Book?" 
was, we thought, one of the most inter- 
esting programs the Staff Association has 
ever presented. An account of the discus- 
sion appears elseYrtaere in this issue, but 
we do wish to express our sincere thanks 
to the Program Committee, Miss Linda 
Pagliuca, chairman, and to Mr Peltier and 
the rest of the Entertainment Committee. 

The Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture 
will be delivered by Dr Paul Buck, Direc- 
tor of Libraries at Harvard University, 
on Friday evening, 26 October. We urge 
all members who can possibly come to 

attend this program. , . „ . 

Louis Rains 


The Civil Defense Planning Committee, 
Trtiich made its last report of activities 
in the October 195U issue of THE QUESTION 
MARK, prepared an exhibit in connection 
with the Program Planners Institute -which 
was held in the Lecture Hall at Central 
Library on October 3j and v*iich remained 
on view through October U. 

It was assumed that organizations in- 
terested in planning Civil Defense pro- 
grams might wish to supplement the message 
brought by a speaker with films, books, 
and free literatta:e which the audience 
might take home and read at leisure. 
Accordingly, the exhibit was planned 
along these lines. The li' x 3' table 
alloted was covered with blue paper, the 
color prominent in all Civil Defense 
publicity. A large poster, a copy of 
those used extensively in the recent 
Civil Defense Week, shared the background 
with one of the mobile units, many of 
which had been displayed throughout the 
system in past weeks. Five film con- 
tainers, each labeled attractively with 
the title of a Civil Defense film avail- 
able for circulation in the Audio-Visual 
Dejartment, formed a semi -circle in back 
of a pile of mimeographed lists of the 
films. These lists and three Civil 
Defense informational pamphlets were for 
free distribution. Completing the exhJMt 
were books on Civil Defense idiich might 
be borrowed for home use. 

Sarah M. Usher 


(The following verses were received in the 
Teachers ' s Department f row a steady patron) 

Advice to Prospective Librarians 

To succeed in your duties librarious 
You must never be gay or hilarious; 

Let your mind never think 
Of a smoke or a drink, 

And you're fired if your talk becomes snearious 

Let your person be never unsightly; 

Answer questions both quickly and brightlyl 
Do all -Uiis and you'll get 

Jxist one cause for regret: 
Your halo will fit you too tightlyl 

The Outlook on Librarians. 

In igr day, the woman librarian 

Was a fossilized octogenarian 
Who frowned ndien you took 

Your eyes up from your book 
And whose active distrust was unvaiyin' . 

Today — ^young, attractive and curvous. 
She puts you at ease when you're nervous. 

And with maxinum speed 

Gets the books that you nesd. 

Hurrah for the present day service. 

But maybe its just that I*m old 
For, in thinking of boyhood so bold, 

I begin to surmise 
That the "fossil" was wise 

To have acted distrustful and cold. 

And the young lady bringing ray books 
Is throwing sane blistering looks 

At a group of young boys 
Who are making much noise 

In one of the library's nooks. 

So, girls, carry on with your plan. 

But remember: the look on yo\ir "pan" 
Is not "helpful" or "mean", 
: It ' s jus t ishether you i re seen 
Through the eyes of a boy or a man . 



Opening Meeting 

The first General Session began vrlth the 
reading of official greetings from each of 
the six New England governors. Notices of 
interest to the general membership were 
then read, following which David A. Clift, 
Executive Secretary of the American Li-. ■ . 
brary Association, was introduced. His 
talk was in the nature of a comment upon 
topics currently of interest to American 
librarians. He noted that the newly- 
created agency of the Ford Foundation for 
the study of library problems would begin 
operation soon and it was expected that 
its program would have important bearing 
upon the development of librarianship here 
and abroad. Comment was then made on the 
significance of the new standards for 
public libraries, called Public library 
service . Hope was expressed that all 
librarians will closely examine this "i 
document yJien it is published later this 
year. Mr Clift went on to point out the 
added significance this publication had 
for all in view of the fact that this year 
Congress enacted a Library Service Act 
which for the first time enables the 
government to undertake the administration 
of direct financial aid to states in an 
effort to equalize public library service 
throughout the country. 

Charles Siepman of New York University 
followed Mr Clift to the rostrum. His 
general topic was "The influence of mass 
communications on our culttire'.' . With 
humor and adroitness he commented upon the 
impact of such media as the printed word, 
radio and television on our thinking 
habits. Stating that the media themselves 
were a blessing, he took forceful issue 
with the way in which all have frequently 
been used in the search for profits. At 
times epigrammatic, his greatest impact 
probably occurred at the point vtfiere he 
reminded his audience that it was impor- 
tant to bathe ovir minds of befouling in- 
fluences viiich at times seem to crowd all 
the communication media. Mr Siepman 's 
remarks were well received, and closed 
the morning session. 

Adult Education and Community Needs 

The Adult Education Committee of the 
H.PwL.A. presented the afternoon program 
on October I4. Dr Kenneth Benne, Director 
of the Human. R©lati.ons Center at Boston 

University, moderated a panel of librarians 
representing the ^,six New England States. 
The panelists role— played to the .oxteht 
that they divorced themselves from their 
roles as librarians in order to discuss 
community needs. A resource panel including 
Robert AkC; Sigrid Edge, Muriel Javelin, and 
Miriam Putnam observed the procedtire. 

As is typical of Adult Education programs, 
the total audience was involved in the 
afternoon's work. Divided into four sections, 
one group listened for the needs discussed 
by the panel, assigning priorities in terms 
of the library's purposes; another listened 
for the needs the library could do something 
about; the third listened for needs which 
were omitted, while the fourth group acted 
as researcher. Recognizing the differences 
between communities in reference to needs, 
this group listened for methods of discovering 
wheire needs exist. 

After the panel discussion the audience 
divided into small groups to discuss the 
aspects for which each section had listened. 
Reporti^js announced each group's concensus. 
At this point, the resource team, again led 
by Dr Benne, gathered together tlie information 
garnered from the panel and audience and 
pointed trends and directions as well as 
commenting on the suggestions. 

The following morning, the meeting was 
continued in an open discussion conducted 
by Mrs Muriel Javelin, Deputy Supervisor 
in Charge of Work with Adults at the Boston 
Public Library , Areas which were discussed 
included : 

1. Kinds of services to adults which 
libraries offer to meet comraunity needs. 

2. Who does adult education in the 

3. Ways that libraries study adult 
community needs. 

h' Obstacles in developing adult education 
programs . 

Once again, a resource team commented upon 
an'l made suggestions additional to those 
brought out in the discussion. The entire 
program served to clarify some of the issues 
in library adult education for those individ- 
uals who participated. 

Veronica T. Yotts 

New England Children's Book Clinic 

" Meet the Author and Illustrator . " 

After briefly defining the function of the 
clinic, Phyllis Oilman, of Campbell & Hall, 
Itic., introduced the first speaker of the 


thoroughlj MTSonabla group on tho plat- 
form, Marx Adrian* Petite, attractiv«« 
with nice natural hunor, Idss Adrian, 
long interested in giving soaething to 
ehildren in the middle group, sounded a 
kejmote of persistence in research and 
mriting. Convinced, Justifiably, that the 
liidtless mrateriea of nature and the 
universal appeal of the aorstery alenent to 
children can dov«tail in her pattern of 
vritlng, she enteavors to pack her fiction 
full of the science lore in which she is 
80 interested. Har non-fiction research 
is personal, enthusiastic and unfailing. 
Be it a praying mantis, a falling aapGLe- 
seed-ving, a bee or tihatever, Hiss Adrian 
wants to know how, why and when. With 
that ability to anticipate a child's 
pseudo-skepticism, she has wisely experi- 
nanted with aost of that which islMt pn»- 

John TVinis, long, lean, tanned, sparse 
of frame and hair, of spcsrts stories 
reputation. Inserted his ami bit of humor 
in dryly remarking that had he known he 
wbls to be on the same platform with the 
Corner editor of Vogj ue, he wotald hare had 
• different haix-3oT ^Ife plunged his 
listeners into surprised speculation, 
hcrwever, on announcing he was going to 
talk of the "loneliness of writers." Then 
followed a yery definitely off-the-beaten- 
track plea for tolerance toward the slips 
and fuables of hitherto successful writes, 
Citing the case of a friend watching a 
potential $25,000 for a serial alaply 
fail to jell, Mr Tunis oame perilsasly 
olose to eii^barrassing his audience. Were 
"■ft too tuned to eff erreacence that day? 
^8 it good timing for Ur Tunis? In any 
6Vent, be had surrandered a World Series 
Tloket for"TIie meeting, and the sinceri^ 
Ih his plea was unmistakeable , Potent 
Medicine, we knew, oust have made him 
^peak as he did. And so we all were very 

A fascinating, mischievous, impulsive, 
"©t*y-^olored mouse then came fonnird 
while Barbara Cooney, lllvtstrator, who 
likes to draw mice, "made with the easel". 
Ug^tly she picked up the ball of Ulss 
Adrian's humor and kept it in the air wst 
of her aUotted time. Her sparkle, 
J«>apl«te lack of inhibition, her tongue- 
in-cheek running coanentary during her 
jouse drawings kept the audience in a 
J^PPy buAle awi--what else?— she was gpodi 
gher husband, a worthy U.D.., and her 
i^3»-«loe«ly pwsallal some of har nice, 

^- ""xraBT jdteL i<M* 

•'(has'* ••i««i. , 

her mice are, in a way, people, and the 
cartooning never hurts the feelings of the I 
mice, Miereas,.. Only once, probably vii en 
in her toaster "up popped a singed mouse, " 
did the IC.D. have to take drastic steps. 
Perhaps her closit^ remark about **lonelin»ss*' 
jolted some of us* Was her fun in poor 
tasta? More probably she said it impetuously 
and mentally clapped her hands over her mouth 
immediately after. Definitely delightful— 
def IzxLtely not Court of St James I 

If lirs Cooney tossed the ball, Col Coltgr, 
faiaed for writing on mny fields, slammed 
it around until we were dizzy following it. 
Dapper (how he'd hate that), ispeecably 
gx^oasd, not too unlike Bob Benchley in 
general type, but not leisurely in his humor, 
he nurtures an almost tickler rejection-slip- 
flle, but can't gainsay the fact that the 
F.B*I*, having once tried to brush hia off, 
finally bought 1700 eopias of his F.B.I. 
book and now uses it in their visual aid 
program at their school. Knowi:^ the importu- 
nscy of children, Cd Colby tries to keep 
his •atisfled. That's his story, but we see 
the way channels are cleared, the excellence 
of the photos he obtains, the authenticity 
of his text. He loves to talk, he's an 
amazingly warm and perceptive father, and he, 
too, made his sacrifice that day by 8xirrenr> 
dering an invitation to mis^ty doings at tiie 
Aberdeen Proving Qroundl 

Harriet Carr, author of Bor^illde of 
Brooklyn followed with an interesting account 
of a visit to the sixth grade of an experi- 
mental school in Brooklyn which sparked her 
whole approach to writing and talking, the 
intelligence level having been what it was and 
tha questions so searching. Vhere many would 
have felt quite rueful to diminish thet tea^x) 
maintained by Col Colby, plurop, pleasant 
ICLss Carr, unassusdj^ly, yet with coopltfts 
serenity, moved along in leisurely fashion 
to tell us of how auoh her <rm background 
figures in her books and that the integrity 
of her reseazvh will always be traoeable to 
that Bro^lyn s<^ool caqMrienee. 

Nbroa Harris, of ^e editorial department 
of the Sci«sace Museum, author of "Slim Green," 
and "Hmmoer and Buzz," quite naturally esifte- 
sized the urgency of stimulating science 
interest in the young, and that soon eno\ig^ » 
In coaaaon with many educators, he dreads the 
substitute outlet for interests, the effect 
of a suffocated first-interest. C(»|>lst6 
with market basket full of science books', he 
gave us all an interesting picture ot the 
way we ply our trade in our own boolc talks. 
One exception, perhape. The secoffd markfftr 


so-^o-o- Slim Green and Slim Green J\inior 
made our acquaintance, safely wound round 
Ifr Harris ' fingers— thank heaven! 

Let's hope this wonderful spiral of 
good to excellent in the panel of N.E.C 
B.C. speakers can continue. Quite a 
challenge, Miss Gilraanl 

Lucia Fatilkner 

Young Adults Author 

Rose Maorachian, Young Adults librarian, 
Boston Public Library, and Chairman of the 
Round Table for Young Adults Librarians, 
introduced Mrs Rosamond Du Jardin, author 
of teen-age fiction for girls, who was 
the speaker featured at the Friday after- 
noon meeting of the Round Table of Li- 
brarians for Young Adults . Mrs Du Jardin 
conveyed a warm motherliness to the large 
assembly as she described her philosophy 
and technique of writing for young adults. 

A mother of two girls and a boy, this 
author believes that young people should 
be treated as individuals. Their only 
common denominator is their desire to be 
liked by their contemporaries. She feels 
that the delinquency problem is probably 
a result of the irresponsible moral 
atmosphere of the age where "deals are 
made" and tickets are "fixed". 

Mrs Du Jardin injected a pleasant wit 
into her commentaries on youth. She noted 
that teen-agers are like ripe olives: 
"Either you like them or can't stand them 
at all". Obviously liking them, Mrs 
Du Jardin attributed her successful half 
a million words of fiction to the fact 
that youngsters identify themselves with 
the young people in her novels. 

Cherished Traditions 
among Children's" Librarians 

One of the highlights of the Conference 
was the Friday afternoon program sponsored 
by the Round Table, of Children's Librar- 
ians.^ -This program consisted of two 
major features. 

At three o'clock the sixth annual 
Caroline M. Hewins Lecture was delivered 
by Alice Cushman, Children's Librarian, 
Youth Library, Fitchburg. The subject of 
the lectvire this year, "The American 
Sunday School Library", made heavy demands 
on the lecturer. Miss Cushman 's paper 
showed evidences of wide research and 
diligent application to the subject. 

Since this year imrks the fiftieth 

anniversary of the founding of the Round 
Table of Children's Librarians, the second 
half of the program was a special tribute 
to Alice M. Jordan, Supervisor of Work with 
Children, Emeritus, Boston Public Library. 
Edna Boutwell, Chairman of the IJassachusetts 
section of the Round Table, presented Miss 
Jordan wilh a corsage festooned with fifty 
one-dollar bills. Frederic G. Ifelcher, 
presiding officer for the session, paid high 
tribute to Miss Jordan's contribution to 
children's work, not only in her own state 
but nationally. He offered his congratula- 
tions to Miss Jordan as one of the charter 
members of the RoTind Table. In her usual 
sincere and modest manner, Miss Jordan 
accepted the tribute. She noted that, as 
far as she knows, Carrie Allen, former li- 
brarian, Milton Public Library, is the only 
other living charter member. 

Following this presentation, an informal 
reception was held at viiich all present had 
an opportunity to greet Miss Jordan and 
extend to her sincere congratualtions and 
best wishes for continuing participation in 
Library events. A beautiful anniversary 
cake, served with sparkling punch, was 
enjoyed by the many gathered to pay tribute 
to ft great lady and an outstanding personal- 
ity in the library field. 

Edna G. Peck 

Friday, General Session 
Virgilia Peterson; Does Literature Reflect 
the World We Live In? 

Superlatives grow feeble in reporting on 
Virgilia Petersoni If the brief biographical 
sketch T*iich was her introduction by 
President-Elect, Richard W. Mbrin, is now 
a bit nebulous in our minds, it is under- 
standably so, for the air is always charged, 
I find, j\ist prior to an address by this 
darkly beautiful, completely channing, 
completely fearless and completely able 
author and critic. 

Contending that "in the world we live in" 
Colin Wilson's The Outsider has a partial 
parallel in all our lives: that we all sxiffer 
at one time or another from outsideness, 
Mrs Peterson tailored her subject to high- 
light the dominant theme of outsiders. 
Inpatient that the critics tried to "prick 
the bubble of his (Wilson's) success" and 
resented his "intelligent arrogance," she 
nevertheless dubbed Wilson "an unregenerate 
snob." addict of "excusivity" and himself 
an outsider. In further probing this out- 
sideness—incubus of so many in "the world 


we live in," she referred to "the too- 
highness by -which we measure man" as re-^ 
sponsible, in part. 

Under the "umbrella term of outsidcness", 
too, comes Francoise Saigan. Product of 
the post-war era, she is not at home in 
this world, Mrs Peterson feels j and in 
her A Certain Smile gives evidence that 
she is not unconventional in a conven- 
tional way, but has "stepped outside the 
normal framework just to show off j" that 
she is a "lonely, disillusioned girl, 
mistaking possession for reality." In 
the ■Ksjrai compassion -which so finely sof- 
tens the searchlight of her in-bollect, 
Mrs Peterson then dipped richly into her 
wealth of me-taphor to declare that these 
French girls of today "have no bannisters 
on the tortuous ascent to maturity." 

Simone de Beau voir, author of Th e Manda - 
rins , was the object of some tongv.e- 
lashing from Mrs Peterson, de Beauvoir 
flailing her ami sex of ivriters as ex- 
alting a middle-class well-being. lUrs 
Peterson wonders if the epidemic of in- 
tensified anxiety is the curse vhich has 
driven -writers today to expose the most 
intimate details of their own lives, 
"for," she pronounced crisply, "Miss 
de Beauvoir has certainly in-vaded her own 

Born of this anxiety which pervades -tiie 
"world we ].ive in," come ail the, 
questions, '"^^'ho am I? Hiy am I here? To 
what shall I comnit myself? How shall I 
face my time to die? To the outsiders 
these questions come from the "storm 
centers of their beings," as Ws Pe"berson 
iterated and reiterated as she assessed 
each outsider. V/i-th the briefest, "Sorry, 
Kentucky," to the Kentuckians present , 
she then moved to Robert Penn Warren's', 
Segregation , and Lucy Daniels ' Caleb, My 
Son." Fearlessly, ringingly, almost 
cinically Mrs Peterson then led her 
audience to examine their hearts on the 
mat-ber of segregation, -via Warren's and 
Daniel's strong contributions, to see 
vrfiether or not such examination would 
reveal a whited supulchre . 

Anne Lindbergh, another outsider, whose 
"fins strengths" paled disappointingly 
in "Gift from the Sea," expresses them 
intensely in her new book of poetry, "The 
Unicorn," claimed Kirs Peterson, confident 
that poetry is Mrs Lindbergh's vehicle 
for answering, Yilho am I? Why am I here? 

A little ripple was definitely percep- 
tible as the speaker pointed to her last 

outsider, Katherine Hulme, via "The Nun's St 
Story." Vfith great objecti-vity she gave 
a stirring sketch of "The Nun's Story," 
searchingly challenged her audience's 
intellectual-moral-stamina in approaching 
it and condemned categorizing in her 
summation of the author and her book. 

Mrs Peterson's superb demands on her 
audience for single-mindedness , discernment, 
erudition and stature, plus her tremendous 
integrity, flawless mastery of words and 
ability to wrest from a book its veiy 
essence of thought and expression, maiic her 
as a vivid "top" in her field. 

Lucia Favilkner 

Virginia Kirk-gs — ^The Sliape of Books to Come 

Operator of a book reviewing ser-vice which 
reaches over 15,000 sijbscribers , both domestic 
and foreign. Miss Virginia Kirkus, in a 
stinulating talk on "The Shape of Books to 
Come" , delineated certain trends to antici- 
pate if -we -wish owe libraries to ser-ve not 
for today alone, but for tte future. 

Among books for an elecbj.on year, which, 
of course, al-nays breeds a s-pate of politi- 
cal books, she mentioned The last Hurrah as 
one which will live because its central 
character comes alive~is three dimensional; 
Donovan's Eisenhower: The Inside Story , 
because it discloses the workings of politics 
in a way that is informative for the future; 
and Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox , 
commended for its objecti-vity. Each of 
these has value for the social scientist as 
-well as the ci-fcizen-reader . 

The current popularity of books on Africa 
and India she cited as perhaps e-vidence of 
o\ir unwillingness to face up to our own 
problem of segregation- — a kind of escape 
reading. She felt that in such books as 
Huddleston's Not For Your Comfort , Nadine 
Garden's S ix Feet of Co untyy (written with 
more detachment), and the forthcoming 
Montseirat's Tribe That Lost Its Head 
(concerning the conflict of resiirgent 
nationalism and dydng colonialism), we 
mi^.t see -the problem in its context, -with 
characters -who merit the reader's compassion. 

Librarians nay find Graham Greene's The 
Quiet American recovering its previous 
place on best-seller lists because of -the ". . 
recent Russian review of it a 5 " England's 
attack on America" . Viewed as such, it will 
have to be considered, too, as a political 

Visiting in Greensboro, South Carolina 
recently, Jliss Kirkus found plans afoot to 


celebrate the centenarj' of the War Between 
the States. If this receives adequate 
publicity (which it undoubtedly will) it 
should create an even greater demand for 
books about the Civil War. A new title 
on this subject which liiss Kirkus found 
especially appealing is James Street's 
Captain Littleaxe (due in Deceicber) . 
Apparently there is no saturation point 
for this subject, with no vies and TV doing 
their share to stimulate interest. 

In contrast to English readers -who 
prefer definj-tive biographies, Americans 
seem to like their stories of real people 
spiced with a bit of fiction. Louise 
Hall Tharp provides such spice in her 
Three Saints and a Sinn er, the story of 
Julia Ward Howe's famous family, rascally 
brother Sam being the sinner of the title. 

Recent output in the field of children's 
books has produced a regrettablj'- high 
degree of mediocrity, according to Miss 
Kirkus. Not bad enough on either moral 
or artistic grounds to be rejected, but 
merely innocuous, many of these books 
become mere time-fillers for tlieir 
readers, contributing nothing positive 
in the way of delight, wonder, or inspi- 
ration. In picture books she hopes for 
more than pictorial appeal in judging 
books, recognizing that small children 
require meticulous detail and satisfying 
h^imony in picture and text. Rather than 
"•/rriting do:TC" to children, authors and 
publishers need to be aware of how diverse 
and wide ranging are the interests of 
children, and Miss Kirkus felt that they 
will give us the best only as Vfe demand 
it of thsm. 

Anne Armstrong 



Allen, Steve 

The funny men. 

N.Y., Simon and Schuster, 19^6 
Burns, James M. 


N.Y., Harcourt, 1956 
Cassini, Marguerite 

Never a dull moment. 

N.Y., Harper, 1956 
Garrison, Maxine 

The angel spreads her wings. 

Westwood, M.J., Revell, 1956 

Hanson, Lawrence 

The tragic life of Toulouse-Lautrec. 

N.Y. , Random House, 1956 
Overstreet, Harry A. 

The mind goes forth. 

N.Y., Norton, 1956 
Sevareid, Arnold E. 

Smr.ll sounds in the night. 

N.Y., Knopf, 1956 


Iferrangpn, Eloise 

How to travel with parents. 

N.Y., Dial Press, 1956 
larrett, William E. 

The sudden strangers. 

Garden City, N.Y. , Doublcday, 1956 
Harriman, Margaret 

Blessed are the debonair. 

N.Y., Rinehart, 1956 
Tallant, Robert 

The voodoo queen . 

N.Y., Putnam, 1956 


Jane Barry is a newcomer to the library 
service in every sense of the word. Before 
becoming an assistant in the Young Adult 
Room at Mattapan, she taught school for 
two years in ConTiecticiit. Since Jane is a 
native New Hampshirite, she comes naturally 
to a liking for outdoor sports and cou-itiy 
square -dancing. However, Boston and 
vicinity has very definitely become a niU'^h- 
loved second home to her. 


Native Bostonian, Sheila Borges, who 
graduated from Radcliffe in 195U (magna dum 
laude), is a happy addition to the Book- 
mobile Staff, '^ile at college Dlirs Borges 
took part in dramatic work; she was, also, 
connected for a time with the Newport 
Casino Theatre. Along with ner graduation 
in 195U came her marriage to Edward Borges. 
TfJhile he was in the Army, she travelled 
along TiTith him to all parts of the country. 
Now that her husband is a student at Har- 
vard Law School, Sheila is content to settle 
down in Boston for a while . 

We hope that the smile she habitually wears 
is partly a result of her having fovmd cor:- 
genial companions among us| but we suspect 
that she must be thinking often of her tv/o 
year old son, Dain. Sheila declares that if 


and when she has any spare time left over 
from her dual mother-librarian role, she 
hopes to do a little more acting and 

Mrs Elizabeth F. Greer, now assisting 
in the Children's Room at West Roxbury, 
came to Boston from Butler, Pennsylvania, 
a toTOi near Pittsburgh. After attending 
Muskingum College in Ohio, she returned 
to Butler for a time to teach elementary 
school. At present, Mrs Greer is living 
in Brockline while her husband attends 
Harvard Medical School. Among her many 
interests, Mrs Greer places high her 
fondness for classical music. 

Back in 1953, Mrs Barbara (Moselle) 
Simon worked at Roslindale as an extra for 
a short time. Then she returned to her 
hometown, Springfield, Ifessachusetts, 
where she served in the library — first as 
an extra, later as a regular staff member — 
between 1953 and 1956. In August of this 
year, she was married. In her spare time, 
Mrs Simon enjoys attending plays or 
reading and she is, also, a spoits enthu- 


Josephine Del Longo has been with Book 
Stack Service since August. She is a 
graduate of Woodward Institute and Quincy 
High School. Reading and oil painting 
are her special interests and, between 
working hours, we expect she will become 
well-acquaiated with the Fine Arts 
Department . 



We hereby are happy to acknowledge with 
thsjiks your response to the needs of the 
children of our State, through the valu- 
able medium of "CARE". 

Again we thank you from our hearts for 
our enjoyment of the gift T/i4iich you sent 

Histadrut Mizvachi 
and Hapvel Mizvachi 


Recently Mr Rains was asked to provide 
for a Pennsylvania Library Assocation Con- 
ference a description of our Professional 
Staff Association and its activity during 
the last few years. This he did. The 
acknowledgment which he received for this 
cooperation may be of interest to members 
of the association* 

October 9, 1956 

Mr Louis Rains, Pres. 

Boston Public Library Professional 

Staff Assoc . 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 

Hy dear Mr Rains: 

The Permsylvania Libraiy Association 
Conference for 1956 ir; now a thing of the ' 
past. The S.O;.R.T. meeting was well at .^ . -■ 
tended and drew many favorable comments. 
Miss Cynthia Fo Tucker, President of the 
Staff Association of Pennsylvania State 
University Library, handled the topic ALL 
SORTS in a very interesting manner, 
treating of the philosophy of Staff Or- 
ganizations, their background, etc. Mr 
Emsrson Greeraway of Philadelphia spoke 
from the standpoint of the Administrator, 
leaving no angle untouched, and thanks to 
all you good people out there, my contribu- 
tion. From Wit hJn, from the member's eye view, 
so to speak, received flattering attention. 

Your Staff Association in Boston sounds 
so alive and professional and your fund- 
raising out of this world. 

Thank you very much Mr Rains, for helping 
me. If I can ever be of like service to 
you just let me know and I'll do my best to 
accomodate . 

Very sincerely, 



Br Giuseppe Sergio Martini, Librarian in 
Charge of Cataloging and Classification, 
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence, 
Italy. Dr Saxiro Pesante, Trieste, Italy. 
Dr Michalangelo Callo, Italy. 



The Bessie L. Doherty Ifemorial gift was 
presented to the Board of Trustees at its 
meeting on Friday, October 5j 1956, with 
the accompsuiying letter of transmittal: 

Boston Public Library 
5 October 1956 

To the Tnjstees of the 
Public Library of the 
City of Boston 


On April 11, 1956, Miss Bessie L. 
Doherty, Assistant In Charge of the Branch 
Issue Department, passed away. Many of 
her library friends , both active and re- 
tired, who had known her during her fifty- 
one years of service in the Boston Public 
Library, expressed a desire to contribute 
to a memorial in her name. A committee 
was formed J a notice was sent to the staff 
on May 16, 1956 (copy attached); and the 
committee received contributions •wiiich 
were made voltmtarily. 

The committee considered carefully 
all suggestions made to it concerning the 
form the memorial might take. It recalled 
Bessie L. Doherty, the person — her warm, 
outgoing personality! her friendly inter- 
est in people — as friends, as co-workers, 
as students in her classes, and as members 
of audiences in her storytelling groups; 
her sympathetic understanding of staff 
problems; and her keen enjoyment of staff 
parties. Remembering all these things, 
the committee concluded that a gift which 
would bring continuing enjoyment to the 
staff as people would be one which would 
most fittingly honor her. 

Acting upon its decision, and on be- 
half of her many friends, active and re- 
tired, in the Boston Public Library, the 
Committee hereby presents to The Trustees 
of the Public Library of the City of 
Boston, as a memorial to the late Bessie 
L. Doherty and for use by the staff at 
social functions, a brass coffee urn and 
trays, the urn inscribed as follows: 

In Memory of 
Bessie L. Doherty 
Boston Public Library Staff Member 

Given by Her Associates 







(s) MARY M. 

(s) EDNA G. 






Bertha S. Keswick 
"Grace B. Loughlin 
"Mary M. McDonough 
"Louisa S. Metcalf 
"Edna G. Peck 
'Mildred R. Somes 
"Sarah M. Usher, 

The following letter of acceptance has 
been received from the Director: 

Miss Sarah M. Usher 
Boston Public Library 
Copley Square 
Boston 17, Ifessachusetts 

Dear Miss Usher: 

To the Trustees of the Li- 
brary, at their meeting on October 5, I 
presented the very pleasant memorial gift 
which the friends and associates of Mss 
Bessie L. Doherty had made in tribute to 
her long and fruitful period of activity 
in their midst. The Tnistees accepted this 
gift with warm appreciation. I am inclosing 
an attested copy of their vote of acceptance. 

This fine gift is particularly pleasant 
in that it pays tribute to Miss Doherty, and 
does so in a manner v4iich isill be for the 
continuing benefit of those vtho were her 
fellow workers as well as those who will come 
in succession to her and the others of her 
period in the Library. Such a memorial 
gift is particularly pleasant also in its 
being for use by the library staff at social 
and similar functions for the future. 

Yours sincerely, 
(Signed) M. E. Lord 

5 October 1956 

"VOTED: that there be and hereby is 

"accepted with warm appreciation 
"by the Trustees of the Public 
"Library of the City of Boston the 
"gift from staff members and former 
"staff members of a brass coffee 
"urn and trays for use by the staff 
"at social functions, donated in 
"memory of Bessie L. Doherty a member 
"of the staff for 5l years." 

A true copy. 



The memorial gift is on display in -Uie 
Director's Office. All staff members are 
cordially invited to inspect it any week- 
day, Monday through Friday, betireen the 
hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Enter through 
the Abbey Room, second floor. 




North End 

Dr Luigi Cremascoli, noted Italian 
librarian, -was guest of honor at the pre- 
sentation of the Parent's Ifagazine Award 
to the Young Adults Council of Worth End 
on Monday, September 2l4.. The Award vras 
presented to the group by Mrs Muriel 
Javelin, Deputy Supervisor In Charge of 
"Work Tdth Adults. 

Dr Cremascoli toured the library 
building, taking note of the Italian 
marble works of art and the scale model 
of the Doges Palace of Venice. He was 
particularly interested in North End 
because of its large collection of books 
in Italian and of Italian interest. On 
an extended tour of the United States, he 
is visiting various library systems and 
obseirving techniques of public library 
service. Dr Cremascoli comes from Lodi, 
Italy. He is Director of the Biblioteca 
Comunale, Laudense, Lodi, Inspector for 
Soprintendenza Bibliografica della 
Lombardia and Soprintendenza al3a Antic hita, 

South Boston 

On Friday afternoon, September 7, the 
grand finale of the Summer Reading Club 
was held in the Children's Room. The 
members and their parents were invited to 
attend and about 60 children and 10 adults 
were present. Harry C. Shepard, publisher 
of the SOUTH BOSTON TRIBUNE and a person 
of prominence in South Boston civic af- 
fairs, was the guest of honor and awarded 
the reading certificates to those children 
who hJid earned that particular distinction 
Mr Shepard was so favorably impressed with 
the group that he made a special trip to 
his office to fetch his camera in order 
to photograph the boys and girls. Mrs 
Irene H. Tattle, Branch Librarian, intro- 
duced Mr Shepard to group. The program 
included films, balloting for favorite 
books, and lollipops. A total of 91 boys 
and girls took part in Summer Reading 

Club activities and of these, hh received 
certificates. A total of 668 books were 
read and reported upon by the members. 

Martha C. Engler 

West End 

During the summer months the Branch had 
its "face lifted" in a most pleasing manner. 
The Library, a lovely old historic brick 
building, which once housed the Old West 
Church, proudly started the fall season with 
a new coat of gray-white paint adorning its 
wooden trimmings . As any woman knofws , a new 
coat is nothing without accessories, and 
the Library boasts these too. No longer can 
the residents of the area compS^in about not 
being able to see the time of day, for the 
hands and numerals of the Tower Clock have 
been re-gilded ani can now be seen from a 
great distance, shining in the sun. Even 
the weathervane glitters as it turns, re- 
splendant in its new golden finery. 

Of course all of the events at the N.E.L.A. 
conference at Swaaqjscott, on October 5th, 
were exciting, Arii all of the exhibits were 
stimulating. But the big thrill of the day 
for West Enders attending, came tUvsh. Fanny 
Goldstein, Branch Librarian was announced the 
the winner of a Remington-Rand ladies' 
electric razor, raffled off by Remington- 
Rand at the Conference. 

Mr and Mrs Vincent Trunfio, of Holliston, 
have annotmced the birth of a son, Mark 
Vincent, in September, Mrs Trninfio formerly 
worked in Audio-Visual (Recordingsi). 


A. La A« Is still 


National Professional Association 

Have You Joined? 

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



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
AssoQiation member submitting it, togeth- 
er with the name of the Branch Library, 
Department or Office in -which he or she 
is enployed. The nam© is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests . Anorgmious con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is knoim only 
to th« Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed iQr 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: 

The suggestions made in the editorial 
of last month's Question Mark appear to 
me a stroke of genius. Anyone working 
in the Reference departments of the li- 
brary is aware of the amo\int of work being 
done by professionals which could be taker 
care of quite adequately by sub- 
professionals . Surely those who have 
spent years in college and library school 
shotild be allowed to use their knowledge 
and skills to full advantage, to devote 
all of their time to "professional" work 
instead of having to spend much of it 
typing, verifying shelves, filing and 
chasing into the stacks after books, to 
say nothing of filling inkwells, opening 
windows and sharpening pencils. Even 

some of the s inkier reference questions 
could be taken care of by more "advanced 
sub-professional*". I am sure even They 
could point out the location of the catalog 
or find the dates of the American Revolution. 
I, for one, am in favor of bigger and better 
sub-professionals . 


To the Soap Box: 

The Publications Committee is to be com- 
mended on its fine editorial in the 
September 1956 issue, vrtierein four plans 
for revising the present Sub-Professional 
Library Service were submitted by four 
sub-professionals. If the plans as sub- 
mitted were evolved and written up by 
members cf the sub-professional group, they 
certainly reflect thought and execution 
which makes much of the material submitted 
by so-called "professionals" look rather 

T trust that soma plan can be worked out 
which will eliminate the term "sub" since 
this seems to connotate "below par" or 
"lowest of the low", "substandard" or 
"subterranean" . 

It would be helpful and morale-boosting 
for all the staff if something oould be 
done as soon as possible to remedy the 
situation in general for sub-professionals. 
There is such a time-lag often between what 
we say and what we do that it is very dis- 
couraging for those seeking surcease from 
a frustating situation. 

Edna G. Peck 

Dear Editor: 

Just a word of congratualtions to the staff 
of QM and those sub-professionals who took 
part in last month's symposium on the im- 
provement of the status and nomenclature of 
the sub -professional service. The plans were 
all intelligently thou^t out and clearly 

The Personnel Committee will be happy to 
take up the different s\jggested plans as soon 
as the present salary adjustment work is out 
of the way. I hope last month's issue will 
stimulate a great deal of discussion of the 
subject. The Conmittee welcomes any and all 
ideas that will add to the "common solutiort' 
of the problems of the aub-professionals. 
It is just s\ich action as the Editor took 
in this case that will provide for the meet- 
ing of minds so necessary for intelligent 
action . 

Eamon MdDonough 





JJn. haul 


A u in Of, AclmiTiLsiyo.ior, Echtcaior, Cihranan 


Jhe Clmerican Unwersit 
ne VedeoTch uhraru 



John M. Carroll, Chairman 

Mildred R. Adelson Mary M. McDonough 

Emelia Lange Pauline A. Walker 

Published by the Boston PuW.ic Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume XI, N um ber 11 November 19^6 

Publications Coitmitteej Barbara E. Ccffey, Joan ^. Eaton, Mary A. Hackett, H>Ton Kaplan, 

Caniel J. Koury, Felicia J. Langdon, B. Gei-trude Wade, Chairman. 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting tratorial: 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 


During tho Director's staff meetings last v;ock v^c were presented with a number 
of possible changes in tho classification of personnel and aslcod for jommcnts and 
suggestions. Wc were pleased to note that the Director appears to to gjiving fair- 
minded consideration to some of tho various suggestions made in those editorial 
columns during rcoent months - especially to those concerned v^ith tho status cf sub- 

Thinking over the various topics thrown open for discussion by Mr. Lord, at 
least three possible changes seem to be under consideration, aside from revisions of 
tho salary schedules: 

1. Pcrmxincnt status for professional candidates after one year of satisfactory 
service and tho passing of an examination on the Bt,P. L. 

2. Consolidation of the present two examinations on tho Central and Branch 
libraries into a single r. PsL. examination. 

3. Development of a classification for the sub-professionals which will more or 
less parallel the present classification of professionals, thus providing 
for supervisory and administrative positions of their own whore needed. 

Thoso suggestions arc indeed a step in the right direction and wc hope that all 
the discussions and meetings will result in some real revisions of the existing 
schedules with the least possible delay. 

In view cf tho fact that such rovisibns arc now being considered and since wo 
havo teen askod for comments, it is an appropriate time to point out some additional 
aroas which wc feel need to bo considorcd: 

1. Distinction ought to be clearly mado between non-pro fossional bibliothccal 
work (i.e. those activities peculiar to libraries) and non-professional 
work of a universal nature. For oxamplo, the activities of the Business 
Office arc net in any way peculiar to libraries - including tho activities 
of ovoryone from the Assistant to tnc Director down to the Messenger - yet 
thoy arc not now included under Civil Service. IMiy are people in this group 
loss subject to Civil Service regulation than aro the people in the Account- 
ing Office? (Vfo do not moan to suggest that correction of chis condition 

bo rushed by an acceptance of Civil Service for the present p-rsonnol of 
the D.B.O. since J while much might bo gained, a good deal could bo lost 
by such action. ) 

2. In view of the fact that subject specialists are apparently considered to 
to valuable to the library and in view of the typo of activities carried on 
by them in some of the special departments, recognition ought to be given 
those specialists aside from tho more possibility of administrative pro- 

3. There aro within the B.P.L. system a number of specialists who can and 
should bo considered individually, e.g. the Nurse (an older profession by 
far than that of tho librarian), the Public Relations Officer (at present 
non-cxi stent), and the Exhibits specialists. 

It is beyond the scope of this editorial to offer specific solutions for those 
problems. Wo can only hope that the administration and the staff as a wholo will to 
interested enough to investigate them, perhaps by seeing what other libraries aro 
ocirg; and have dono about thorn. Romombcr, solutions acceptable to everyone can be 
found only if you voice your opinions. IF THERE ARE SOllE CHAITOES TOU THINK SHOULD 



November l6. 

BPLPSA Business Meeting, 
Lecture Hall, Central, 9 a„ni, 


New Employees 

Barbara Jo kthe, Book Stack Service 

Mary Casey, Book Stack Service 

Lawrence T. Doherty, Central Chars^ing 

Gerard LaCentra, Jro, Kirstein 

Astrida Plukse, Cataloging aid Classifica- 
tion, R and RS 

Natalie J. Rastau, Charlestovm 

Mrs. Greta Ho Sharp, Hyde ^ark 


Mrs Aline 3, O'Neill, from %ttapan to 
Tfeshington Village 

Resignati ons 

Mrs Elizabe'ch Re Dalton, Cataloging and 
Classification, R .and RS, to remain 
at home 

Loyce C. Fairfax, Book Stack Service^ 
to accept another position 

Robert P. Goldman, Audio-Visual, to ac- 
cept another position 

James S. Healey, General Reference, to 
become Head Librarian of Stoneham 
■i^ublic Librarj^ 

Gerard J. M oney, Central Charging Recordaj, Especially hard hit in this respect has 


On Thursday, November 1, the Darbury 
Room was the scene of a farewell luncheon 
for Maria A. Mechini, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics o Many of her friendo 
had gathered to msh her well in her new 
position with the Italian Airlines* A 
navy blue pocketbook and accessories were 
presented to her on behalf of her friends 
by John J. Connolly, Our sadness at los- 
ing Jferia was overcome by our happiness 
arii excitment for her in her new venture, 
YJe are all looking forvrard to seeing her 
in the uniform of the Italian Airlines 
aiid hearing about foreign lands from our 
world traveler 


A son, Bruce Douglas, was born to Mr 
and Mrs Paul Williams, on October l6, ^ 
Mrs Williams i3 the former Katherine LaBonte 
Williairs, who was working in Central Charg- 
ing Records at thg time she left the BPL. 


On Thursday, November 8, Pail W:, Smith 
resigned from the library service to ac- 
cept a position elsewhere o Thus the Lib- 
rary loses another of its valuable young 

to accept jt position with the Federal 

Raymond L. M'ollin, Kirstein, illness 
Maria A. Mechini, Office of Records, Files, 

Statistics, to accept a position with 

the Italian Airlines 
Jean Munsell, Codman Square, to be married 

and move to California 
Joan V. Park, Book Stack Service, illness 
John J. Parker, Central Charging Records, 

to accept another position 
Donald L. Newman, Book Purchasing, to 

accept a position with the Gorin Depart- 
ment Stores 
Paul W. Smith, Book Purchasing, to accept 

another position 


Itsuaki Hatsiikade, Librarian, Chiba Cen- 
tral Library, Cniba-shi, Japan 
Joseph Sano, Department of State 

been Book Purchasing, since ¥sr Smith is 
the third young man to leave there in re- 
cent weeks, 

Paul's ready wit made him a popular chap 
throughout the building. Upon his departure 
his many friends presented him with a cash 
gift. And so good luck to a fine fellowl 

Mike Kaplan 


Envelope addressed to: 
Copley Squan 
Boston Public •'^ibrary 
Boston 17, Mas So 


Dear Mr Squan; 



Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of Branch 
Libraries, Emeritus, ivas hostess for the 
ninth' consecutive year at the annual 
alumnae tea at her home in Brighton on 
Saturday, October 26 o Because the tea had 
to be postponed to a later date than usual 
this year, several members of the group 
had commitments which made it impossible 
for them to attend. They were all missed 
and cordial greetings are sent to: Itrs Ada 
A, Andelman, J'lirs Edith H. Bailey (now liv- 
ing in Htnolulu), Beatrice Mo Flanagan, 
Clara ^, Maxi/rell, 305 Cummins Highway, 
Roslindale 31, c/o Mary VifilliamSj Carrie 
Lo Morse, 100 I'Yarren Street, Needham 92, 
Ethel M, Hazlewood, Mrs Dorothy Pitman, 
Katharine S. Rogan, and Geneve ¥fetsono 

Enjoying the friendly exchange of rem- 
iniscenses and plans for the future were: 
Mary Eo Ames, M,, Florence Cufflin, Alice 
M, Jordan, Margaret I. McGovern, who left 
the follomng Thursday for the v:inter in 
Florida, Elizabeth P. Ross, vsho returned 
from a visit witJa her nephew just in time 
for the tea, Mary M. Sullivan, Rebecca Eo 
Willis, and Mrs Sara Lyon, -v^io brought 
with her isome delicious cookies, the 
receipe for which was in such demand that 
we print it here and recommend the cookies 

Chocolate Macaroons 

2 egg whites J ^ cup granulated sugar j 
^ teaspoon salt; -^ teaspoon vanilla j 1 
package Nestles chocolate bitsj 1-| cups 
shredded cocoanut (Durkee's Stayfresh ). 

Melt chocolate bits in double boiler. Beat 
egg whites until foamy. Gradually stir in 
eagar, beating after every addition until 
the mixture is smooth and stands in peaks. 
Add salt and vanilla, fold in melted choc- 
olate and cocoanut. Mix well and drop in 
small mounds on ungreased brown paper on 
ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325degreeja 
for 20 minutes. Cool slightly before re- 
moving from paper (sometimes they stick?) 
Almond flavoring may be substituted for 
the vanilla 

. Pictures were taken of Miss Guerrier 
blowing out the candles around the attrac- 
tive birthday cake, which was presented to 
her by The 8-8 , who were serving as cat- 
erers as they have done at the eight pre- 
ceding^ teas. 

The afternoon ended most pleasantly vdth 
the shomng of colored slides by Virginia 

Sarah M. Usher 

On the beautiful morning of October 13, 
Carolyn, assistant at Mount Bovirioin, 
became the bride of Jack Canale of Roslin- 
dale, at a colorful double-ring ceremony 
at Sacred Heart Church, Roslindale « 

Officiating at the Nuptial Mass was Rev, 
Bginiel J, O'Leary, C.S.S.R., cousin of the 
bride, -who came from Brooklyn for the 

The bride was radiant in her lovely gown 
of nylon tulle over Skinner sitin, with a 
Chantilly lace apron, front and a back 
beautifully decorated with Chantilly lace 
appliques attached with seed pearls and 
sequins matching those around the neck of 
the gown. 

The bride's veil was finger-tip length 
of French illusion lace with delicately 
scalloped edges of Chantilly , 

Maid of honor was June Robinson, a former 
Extra Assistant at Roslindale. June added 
to the stunning picture with her beautiful 
gown of emerald green, a fitting accompani- 
ment for the bridesmaid's gowns of shrimp 

Somewhat of a show-stcaler vras the flower 
girl, a tiny niece of the groom. She was' 
gaily bedecked in yellow and swished and 
swayed in true vredding style. 

After the church ceremcny the wedding 
party adjourned with some one hundred and 
fifty relatives and friends to Obert's 
Bungalow in "%ttapan for the merry making. 

The bride and groom honeymooned in up- 
per NcYiT York State. 


The Boston Public Library ; 
A Centennial History 


Walter Muir Whitehill 

illustr^ated by 
Rudolph Ruzicka 

Autographed Copies: $2 <, 85 

Office of RecordSj Files, Statistics 




Fitzgerald, John D. 
Papa married a Jibrman 
N.J,, Prcnticc-Hall, 1955 

Singer, Kurt D. 

Spy storios from Asia. 
N.Y. , Funl:, 1955 

Lib rary Science 

Downs, Robert B. 

Books that changed the v/orld. 
Caiioago, American Library Assoc. , 1956 

Liobcrman, Irving 

Audio-visual instruction in library 

N.Y. , Columbia Ibivcrsity, School of 
Library Service, 1955 

Phinnoy, Eleanor 

Library and adult education in action. 
Chicago, American Library Assoc, 1956 


Bjxny of tho oldor members of the B.P.L, 
were saddened to learn of the passing of 
William Cole who retired from the Build- 
ings Department in 1945 after 47 years of 
service. These years of Library service 
were years of pleasure to I'fr, Cole. One 
could not knov; him and not be aware of his 
keen sonsc of onjoymunt at everything re- 
lated to the Library, 

There are some who v.'ill remember happy 
Sundays on long trips to country and sca- 
shprc chauffered by Billy Cole in his fa- 
mous Cadillac. Some of the men, too, will 
remember his love of tho outdoors because 
of happy hours spent with him fishing and 
vacationing at tho beach. 

Groat devotion to tho B;,P.L, a fine 
sense of humor, and gcntlcnanly dorooanor 
wore all characteristics of Billy Cole; 
ho will not bo forgotten by those v/ho know 


Thinking recently about possible titles 
for those in upper brackets of the Sub- 
Professional service, one wit came up, in 
high humor, with the following suggestion 


"Boston is an exceedingly well-built 
town, chiefly of rod brick. It has qui to 
an air of wealth about it, which you 
oan't mistake. The streets are on tho ir- 
regular English plan, very different from 
tho general American system. There is a 
public park. Beacon Street, where Col. 
Lav\rrenco resides > forming ono side. One 
of the buildings forming tho opposite 
side of the square is the public library, 
founded by many wealthy contributors. A- 
mong the chief is ffr. Bates of the firm 
Earing <?: Co., London, who contributed 
050,000 towards the erection of tho build- 
ing in addition to a like amount for books 
which are free to every resident in tho 
town of Boston to take home for a limited 
time (a fortnight). It is tho finest 
democracy possible, as many of the most 
v/calthy in the place equally avail thom- 
solvcs of it (if thoy have not tho works 
in their own libraries) with the poor 
man, and to show how admirably the system 
works the librarian tells me thoy never 
lose any books - in fact tho annual loss 
of books is so trifling that it is of no 
moment. It speaks great things in a dis- 
tribution of 200,000 vol. annually, as it 
has not been established more than seven 
years." Quotation from: Mr. Vossoy of 
E ngland ; being the incidents and ro- 
iSni sconces of travel in a twelvo weoks ' 
tour through the~~'Sitod States and 
Canada in thc~ yc'ar 185^ « "Edited""^ 
Brian VilatersT 

Esther Lissncr, Cat.&Class. ,RRl>. 


Reports from other staff library as- 
sociations reveal that some of them have 
hold very successful staff hobby sho^vs, 
In either the Wiggin Gallery or tho Lec- 
ture Hall, it ivould seem that wo have a 
rnccting place large enough for such an 
exhibition. Would you, as staff mem- 
bers be interested in holding such a 
shovj - and contributing exhibits for it? 
Next year's Program Committoo might wel- 
come your ideas on this cuggostion. 



The Executive Board and the Persormel 
Committee have had, since our last report, 
tx-jo more meetings with the Director con- 
cerning incr' in sals.ry a.rA possib]p3 
revisions in the salary schedi;-les. Kuch 
of the mater Ip.1 under di: lussi.on was cov- 
ered at the ijj recto:- 's sViff iv.'j>? tings. 
The Executive Board and the Personnel 
Committee are now engaged in making 
studies of the wage scales existing in 
comparable librari?*?. 

We wish to thank Dr. Paul H. Buck, 
Director of Harvrid University Librt.iles, 
for appear: r?; as the sixth Bortl'.a V,, 
Hartzell Lccourer. His Lhought-provoliing 
talk is covered in more detail elsewhere 
in this issue of the Question Iferkj It 
is rather a pity that the effor"^:s of Dr. 
Buck, the Ii-.rtzell Memr.rial Lecture 
Comjnittee and the Entertdinm.-mt Cor^iittee 
were not aj^p.-eciated by more mejibevs of 
the Association, 

The following letter has been sent to 
the Director: 

13 November 1956 

ifr. llilton E. Lord, Director 
Boston Public Library 
Copley Square 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 

liear dr. Lord: 

At a meeting of the Executive Board of 
the Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association, Tuesday, 13 November 
1956, it was voted that the Director be 
requested to grant to all members of the 
Bibliothecal Staff overtime compensation 
at the rate of one and one -half times the 
hourly salar,'' scale (subject to regula- 
tions of the City of Boston now in effect) 
or at the rate of one and one -half times 
the number of hours overtime worked, with 
the option of cnoice of salary or time 
resting with the individual concerned. 



Sincerely yours, 


Louis Rains 


Audio-Visual happily presents an old 
friend, Henry Camillo, as newcomer to the 
full-time staff. Henry has worked part- 
tine ir the recordings collection since 
August of 1952. Since h:.o concentration 
will now sidtch to films ; ae sooii will be 
a most v:ell rcunde 1 A-V rn'-a, A f;raduate 
of New Bedford High School in 1951, Henry 
has been attending the New England Conserva- 
tory of Music part-time and has completed 
three ysars of s tudy. Piano is his first 
love and his aim is to perform and teach 
music, Henry's activities at the Conserva- 
tory include llewinun Club and Phi Mu Alpha 
Sinfonia Fraternity^ Although he is a 
"long-hair" pianist, who enjoys writing 
verse, Henry is no "square" when it comes 
to dancing, sports, and club activities. 

Mrs. Suzanne Fi^hman, new assistant at 
South Boston, reports that she was born 
and raised in New York City and graduated 
from Vassar College in Jime 1955. Since 
then, her life has been most exciting. 
She was married the folloviing October and, 
with her husband, spent the past year in 
Europe, since he was studying in Munich, 
I'Jhile living abroad, thsy both taught "basic 
Engli::h" to Russian refugees who have es- 
caped to Germany and who are currently 
being considered for ent>"y into the United 
States o It was a wonderful and rewarding 
experience. The Fishmans are firmly 
established in Boston now while Vir, Fishman 
is a student at the Harvard Medical School, 
Suzanne's hobbies include their cat, 
"Stethoscope", home decoration, cooking, 
travelling, and, of course, reading. 

The petite young lady now occupying a 
desk in Cataloging and Classification, RRS, 
is Marilyn Kind. Marilyn is a Boston 
University graduate, having two degrees: 
Bachelor of Music in Composition from the 
College of Kusic (1953), and Master of Arts 
in Composition from the Graduate School 
(195h), She is currently working towards 
a Ph.D. in Musicology at the same school 
where she has been a graduate assistant of 
world-famous Dr. Karl Geiringer, Her 
musical background should prove very use- 
ful in cataloging materials for our Music 


Harry Peterson of Open Shelf attended 
Boston English High School for a year 
and then went to Boston Evening Clerical 
High School. He served with the Ilarine 
Corps during the Korean kfar (1950-52). 
In 1955 he graduated from Burdett College 
and is planning on further education in 
the near future = Since Harry enjoys 
reading very muchj he should feel right 
at home in his new surroundings. 

Originalj.y from Ruxton, Maryland; 
Susan Royal is now working at Roslindale. 
Prior to emplojTnent at the B^P.L,. she 
attended Oberlin College from where she 
was graduated in 1956. An all-round 
person, Susan particularly enjoys playing 
the guitar and has a special fondness 
for children. 

Ruth E. l;imi joined the staff of the 
Open Shelf Department in September of 
this year. Ruth, who formerly served 
as children's librarian at Tyler Street 
Reading Room prior to its closing, took 
time out to attend Pratt Institute Library 
School in 19514-55. She is a graduate of 
the University of New Hampshire and also 
studied for a year at Durham University, 
Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Previous 
to re-employment, Ruth worked for a ynar 
at the Winchester Public Library, 


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^1.00 each 

As you prepare to enjoy the holiday 
season, remember those not so well off. 
Your continued support of CARE is earnest- 
ly solicited., 

Give in the spirit of Thanksciving, 



The sixth Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial 
Lecture was privileged to have as speaker 
Dr. Paul Buck, Director of University 
Libraries, Harvard University, Dr. Buck 
is a historian of note and his experience 
encompasses the allied fields of education 
and librarianship. Selecting as his sub- 
ject "The American University and the 
Research Library", Dr. Buck began by 
tracing in brief form the evolution of 
liberal education in America. He em- 
phasized the i.r,portant fact that thrcup'b- 
out the history of this country there has 
always been an awareness of the need for 
a system of education even in the frontier 

areas of American civilization. As a 
corollary to this idea of the value of 
learriing in an expanding nation. Dr. Buck 
noted also that there was at the same 
time a realization of the need for libraries 
to supplement the work of the schools and 

Bringing his outline forward to contemp- 
oi'ary times Dr. Buck placed much stress 
on the fact that universities and libraries 
have an increasingly impcrtant role to 
play in a way of life that is b ecoming 
daily more complex. It was his thesis 
that the university and the library must 
join forces in a program of research 
dedicated to the solution of the many prob- 
lems that plague our society. 

At the conclusion of this stimulating 
lecture, refreshments were enjoyed by all. 


Once again Cataloging and Classification, 
RRS, bids good-bye to one of its best 
liked employees. Betty Dal ton has retired 
to home life as of Friday, November 2, Her 
many frd.ends in both the Cataloging Room 
and offices throughout the building ex- 
tended their best wishes to Betty and pre- 
sented her with several wonderful gifts 
including a Universal Coffeematic percolatoi 
for her home and smart black velvet 
toreadors for herself to lounge in, 


Mr, and Mrs. Charles £\ Kinne have just 
had a second child, a girl^ Jeanne Marie, 
born October 29, 1956, ¥lrs, Kinne is the 
former Anne McCarthy of South Boston, 




On Tuesday evening October 30, members 
of Faneuil tendered a farewell dinner in 
honor of their former Custodian, Joseph 
Farrell, who has retired because of ill 

The Staff journeyed to the Pillar House 
in Nevjton, where a delicious dinner was 
enjoyed by all» 

A wallet with money was presented by 
PIrs. Helen O'Leary in behalf of the Staff 
and I4r. Farrell was most grateful in his 
acceptance, saying he was sorry not to 
have a few more years with us at Faneuil. 

His witty and willing mariner 
will be keenly missed by those who have 
worked with him at the Branch » 

Helen O'Leary 

t^de Park 

On Friday evening, October 26, Mrs. 
Dorothy Bavicchi was guest of honor at a 
dinner party in IJarmuth's Resta'orant. 
The hostesses were the staff of Kyde 
Park, and the occasion was the transfer 
of Mrs. r-avicchi to Mount Pleasant. i^'Irs. 
Bavicchi was presented wita a black 
leather handbag, A pleasant evening was 
enjoyed by all those presento 


Announcement has been made of the forth- 
coming marriage on January 27, 1957 of 
Patricia I«ahy, Assistant in the Children' 
Room, to Lee Preston of Denton, Texas. 
All the best wishes of the staff at 
Roslindale go with Lee and Pat. 

West End 

The spirit of neighborhood cooperation 
ran high in the i/est End Branch this 
month. The Halloween story hour was held 
on October 2$, at 3:30 p.m. Spooks, 
spirits, and shadow^' figures were every- 
where, and as a backdrop for the telling 
of ghostly tales in the Lecture Hall, an 
enormous jack-o-lantern glowed and 
glistened with its carroty nose and tin- 
sel teeth. This masterpiece of sculpture 
and exhibition was created and donated to 

the Children's Room for this special 
occasion as a gesture of goodwill and 
neighborliness by FRUIT ORCHARD, a well- 
known emporinra of the district. 

SC AP BOX /\ ■ I -y - 

iX'l - --^V-'\nS-M 

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. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known on].y 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- 
vidual Association memi^ers and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only thoie contributions 
containing not more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 

To the Editor: 

With due regard to Miss Peck's thought- 
ful note in October's Soap Box, I don't 
care if they call me "sub", "below par", 
"lowest of the low", "substandard" or 
"suuterranean", just pay me morei 

A Sub-professional 

To the Editor: 

At a recent staff meeting for the 
bibliothecal personnel the Director, 
mention was made of the fact that a flat 
raise in salary would not be fair to those 
of the higher income bracket because per- 
centagewise it might mean only o. S% or \^<. 
raise in any one year, while it might mean 
10'^ to those in the lower income bracket. 
However, if such a raise was called a cost 
of living raise, then the flat raise would 


be in order because food and groceries in 
the supermarkets cost the same for the 
head of the house whether he is a chief 
of a department or a sub-professional 
working in the stacks who has passed six 
of his exaias. 

To bring the matter of the cost of 
living raise a little more closely to 
home, let us consider recent price 
increases in the concession (no offense, 
Sam, we still love you). Percentagewise 
the prices increased from 20?i to lOO't even 
though the actual increase was only a 
nickel per item (and it takes only 20 
nickels to make a dollar). Real estate 
taxes were increased recently in the 
City of Bostonc That increase has affect 
ed all of us whether we own our own 
houses or whether we pay rento Food 
prices go up] Rents go up J Clothing 
prices go up J All these things are 
necessities of life. So how about our 
salaries going up on a flat cost of 
living basis? 

Daniel W, Kelly, Jr. 

To the Editor: 

In last month's Question Mar k under 
the Soap Box heading there appeared an 
article signed by 'A PiOFilSSIONAL" in 
which the author advocated more time to 
do his professional work, A few helpful 
hints to that individual are in order. 
If a ball-point pen was bought, then the 
necessity of inkwell filling would cease. 
The purchase of a mechanical pencil would 
eliminate pencil sharpening. As for the 
opening of windo^-.-s, "A PROPESSIOwAL" 
ought to be thanlcful that he works in a 
department that has windows to open., Re- 
garding "the bigger and better sub-pro- 
fessionals" statement, does that mean 
that we sub-professionals have to pass 
a physical examination and all those 
under 5 ft. 10 inches in height would 
be cut from the service of .the library? 

riawlesslyo Ashtrays on every-other seat, 
special backdrops for displays, in fact 
every consideration which should be shown 
our guest speakers and their audiences] 
Doubtless the city officials deserve all 
this, but do our programmers, guest 
speakers, and public deserve any lesser 

o .F .0 .L.P, 

A sub-professional 

Dear Editor: 

How very beautiful and effective the 
lecture hall can be ,,. as illusti'ated 
on the morning of the city administrative 
meeting. The p,a, system, which has 
embarrassed our prograirjtiing staff for 
several programs recently, was seen to 
be most impressive and doubtless working 


With^ths- retiremant of William B* 
Gallagher on September 7, 19'5U, the Bc?ton 
Public Libi'aiy was deprived of not only a 
master printer but a constant friend. We 
missed his patience, generosity and thought 
for his fellow workers, and he touched 
every one of us. His interest in our prob- 
lems and assignments was a lesson in 
personal relationships and understanding 
at all times. 

One cannot think of printing in the 
Boston Public Library without recalling 
the technical virtuosity, reverence and 
love of his work to which he brought 
artistic principles. Throu£;h the records 
he left behind, we feel his spirit as a 
living and vital force in this institution. 
Certainly no one ever treated the printed 
word with greater fidelity„ Ardent in 
his wish to create excellent composition 
on the page, his knowledge and experience 
brought him to a high level of attainment 
in his chosen field, 

William Gallagher belonged to the old 
school and his apprenticeship served him 
well. What he achieved was built on a 
solid foundation, and his ambition to change 
with modern trends can best be described 
in his own words: "I'5y approach is to de- 
velop with the times ; and through the good- 
ness of my friends working mth me in this 
era of conflicting ideas, I have deepened 
and become more mature. The love of it^r 
work, I hope, gives promise for improvement." 

With the passing of William Gallagher on 
November 11 his many close friends have 
been deprived of his personal contact and 
companionship. However, the generosity 
and tnought for his fellow man can never 
be forgotten. His place in our hearts 
and minds is secure for all tineo 

Arthur W. ?Ieintzelraan 






Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XI, Number 12 December 19^6 

Publications Committee: Barbara E, Coffey^ Jean L. Eaton^ I4ary A. Kackett^ Myron 

Kaplan, Daniel J. Kouryj Felicia J. Langdon, B. Gertrude 
Wade , Chairman o 

Publication date: 
The fifteenth of each rrionth 

Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 



From our vantage point, knee deep in 
tinsel, wrapping paper, and Christmas 
bills, we pause for a moment, lay a- 
side our sharper pen and paint out a 
soft brush Season's Greetings o 

Since this is the final issue of the 
QM in the calendar year 1956, we look 
back on what we hope has been some 
small contribution to the promotion 
of staff interests. Knowing that most 
ideas for improvement, as well as the 
need for them, come from within the 
staff, we look forvjard to a New Year 
of increased effort to draw out and 
publish your contributions toward a 
stronger, happier, more efficient BPL 

The Publications Committee 

Response to the pleas of the Editorial 
Board for ideas and comnents has been 
rather disappointing. Perhaps we have the 
answer in the following letter, written 
by a non-bibliothecal worker, which offers 
suggestions that should be of interest to 
all staff members, We publish it here in 
the hope that it will stimulate better re- 
sponse on the part of the bibliothecal 

December 10, 1956 

"Question Mark" Editorial Staff 

Professional Staff Association 
Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass. 

Within the past year, a new spirit seems 
to have become evident within the Library 
despite general low morale or, perhaps, 
partially because of it. There appears to 
be a more understanding attitude towards 
the staff evinced by the Directory a more 
sympathetic recognition of the predicament 
of sub-professionals by the professional 
members of the staff and a willingness, 
even anxiety, to do something about it; 
and, especially outstanding, a more mature 
and courageous editorial policy in the 
"Question Mark", The latter deserves re- 
cognition and commendation even from those 
individuals who are outside the PSA. 

Since there is this developing spirit, 
it would seem that a forward-looking pro- 
gram might be proposed which could stimu- 
late and nurture it for the good of the 
Library as a whole, and to the advantage 
of every individual employee, in one way 
or another. Why not attempt to bring all 
library personnel together to build a real 
feeling of loyalty to each other, to help 
solve joint problems, and to reduce or 
destroy silly jealousies and animosities? 
The most commonly-repeated observation 
heard during the past summer in all areas 
of the Central Library was: "It used to 
be a pleasure to come back to work, but — 
etc., etc." Many of us feel that some- 
thing is wrong, and that it is not all a 
matter of salary. Much of the f ailt uiay Tio 
with the Administration, from the Board 
of Trustees down^ yet in honesty we must 
admit that some of the fault lies within 
ourselves. If we expect the Director to 
do his share, wc should give some evidence 
of willingness to accept such responsi- 
bility as is rightfully ours, and do some- 
thing tangible to correct those weaknesses 
\jhich we alone can correct. For example. 

we could do much to correct the present 
lamentable condition, wherein cooperation 
between departments appears to be based 
on the personal relationships of the in- 
aividuals involved. We could do a great 
deal among ourselves to lessen the damage 
caused by resentment of what many of us 
feel to be recurring administrative disin- 
terest and negligence towards some of our 
personnel problems or particular phases of 
staff work. With an over-all organiza- 
tion represented by a central council as 
outlined below, we could overcome weakness- 
es created by arbitary divisions of em- 
ployees — a condition which never leads to 
the advantage of those employed. Accom- 
plishment of these,, objectives could per- 
haps bring a realization to high level 
Library authorities that even junior em- 
ployees have intelligent and constructive 
ideas and can assist greatly in the 
efficient maintenance of a great organiza- 
tion when given fair encouragement. We 
might even succeed in slowing the general 
exodus of high-calibre personnel which has 
been taking place, 

Relecvzing the antipathy existing towards 
the creation of an ovor-all organization, 
based on fear of inadequate representation 
of particular groups, i-tc,, I would merely 
suggest establishment of a representative 
council for two stated purposes: 
1, To provide an inter-departmental forum 
for the airing of departmental, afflictions 
such as personnel shortages or inexperience, 
administrative roadblocks, etc., and for 
consequent joint atteirpts to solve the 
particular problems under discussion or 
to accept philosophically the existing con- 
dition until a remendy can be found; 
2o To more easily attain unanimity, or 
something close to it, in programs which 
should command the interest or activity of 
all employees, while lacking any authority 
to act as a bargaining agent or to commit 
employees as a whole to any particular ■ 
course of actiono (All such authority 
should remain with the individual groups 
as presently orgrnized). 

Wliatever interest this suggestion may 
command, I sincerely hope that the good 
work performed during the past year by 
the PSA and particularly by your editorial 
board will not be permitted to die on the 



December 20 Annual Christmas Tea, Women's 

Lounge, 3-'-5 P»ni« 
December 21 Annual Chris tnas Men's Open 

House, 10s 30 to 12 ;30. poir., 


NeTT Employe es 

Robert E, Graham, Central Charging Records 

Mrs Rcsemarie Ho LaCedra, Cataloging and 

Classification (^ and RS) 
Barbara J. Whitledge, Office, Div. of Home 

Reading and Community Services 


Mrs Anna Mo Brackett, from West End to 

Ruth E. McNamee, from Central Book Stock 

to South End 
Gladys L. Murphy, from Roslindale to "Book 

Selection (KR and CS) 
Helen Jo Nicholas, from South End to ITest 



Mrs Mary E. Brigante, Alls ton, to remain 
at home 

Rita A. Farina, Hospital Library Ser^rLce , 
to remain at home 

Mrs Lucia S. Faulkner, South End, to ac- 
cept another position 

S. Robert Johnson, Fine Arts, to attend 
college in Florida 

IVErs Mary Scanlon, Central Charging Records, 
to remain at home 

Lavvrence J. Sindoni, Book Stack Service, 
to accept another position 

John L. Spicer, Rare Book, to study for 
doctorate at University of California 

Anne E, Way land. Personnel Office, to ac- 
cept a position at the EoU» School of 


Barbara J. Ashe and Mary Casey of Book 
Stack Service both graduated from Mission 
High School in Roxbury last spring. The 
two friends, who majored in a college-prep 
course, embarked on a nurses training pro- 
gram at H'-'ly Ghost Hospital in Cambridge, 
■which they both found to their liking but 
were forced to leave because of individual 
personal reasons. They are fond of bowl- 
ing and dancing, and 2fery is especially 
interested in r oiler-skating <, The girls 

come well steeped in "library" as Barbara's 
uncle is none other than Eamon ^tcDonough, 
General Reference, and her cousin is Mary 
McDonough of Book Preparation. Old timers 
may remember another cousin. Celie McDonough 
iiviio worked in the stacks many years ago. 


Mrs Winifred C, Frank of Central Charging 
Records is a graduate of South Boston High 
Schoolc Before coming to Central Charging, 
she vjorked part-time in the Bookmobile. 
Mrs Fi-arik has two daughters, one five, the 
otiier eleven j'ears old. Yet, as busy as 
these young ladies must keep her, she still 
finds time for her hobbies, reading and 
sewing o 


Gerard LaCentra, Jr., Kirstein, graduated 
from Boston University as a major in Phil- 
osophy but through transfers and such found 
himself with more hours credit in Economics 
than any other subject o He c ernes to the 
3i:sinsss Branch virith experience in this 
field too — he was associated for a while 
iTith his father in the coffee brokerage 
business. He is ever interested in sports 
of all kinds — er.joys skiing and owns 
half interest in a l6^ ft,, sloop in his 
home port of Winthropo 


Cataloging and Classification, RRS, is 
pleased to grcei: its ncirest employee— 
Astrida Pliiksu. After escaping from 
Latvia by vjay of Germany v;here she lived 
for six years, Astrida and her family 
managed to reach the United States in 19^1 o 
She became acquainted with American life 
in tre deep south -when she attended IvtLss- 
issippi State College for a year. Then on 
to New Ycxrk City and graduation from Barn- 
ard College -v'^ere she majored in German and 
minored in ^ine Arts. Although Astrida 
takes off for New York to spend all holidays 
with her mother, she frankly admits that 
she prefers to live in Boston, That should 
make her fellow catalogers happy for this 
cheerful girl has been a most welcome ad- 
dition to the staff. 


Natalie J. Rastau, Charlestown, hails 
from Brookline. After gradur.tion from 
Barnard College in 19$S where she majored 


in Govornment (International Relations) 
she attended the London School of Economics 
for a year's post graduate researcho Alcng 
with the lighter diversions of tennis and 
bowling, Natlie enjoys the theatre and 
concerts. She vcints to stay in Boston and 
is pleased vdth her new position in young 
adult worko 


Nanella Jones "I^arren, Assistant in the 
Children's Room at %ttapan, was bom in 
Atlanta, Georgia o She ivas educated in the 
Atlanta Public Schools, Spelraan College 
and Atlanta University, She has three 
years teaching experience in the Atlanta 
Public Schools and has worked -vTith I.WoC.A 
and Cairf) Fire groups. Her hobbies are 
reading, playing piano, and semng. ^cr 
husband, recently discharged from the U.S. 
Air Force, is a student at Boston Univer- 
sity La^T School* 


To Whom It May Concern: 

Mr and Mrs Hyman li'ilhitman are the proud 
parents of a son, Paul Jeffrey, born on 
November 28 « Mrs 'ffliitman is the former 
Sydney Schwon of Codman Square « 

Donna Elizabeth Brown -vvas born on Friday, 
November 23. Her parents are Donald and 
Gertrude Brown. i/Irs Broivn is on the staff 
of the Personnel Office and is now on 
maternity leave. 


in back vdth a full bustle bow ending with 
a chapel length train. It was fashioned 
with a moulded bodice of re-embroidered 
French. Alencon lace outlining the portrait 
neckline vath a band of lace forning 
short sleeves, A wreath of imported orange 
blossons of seed pearls and rhinestones 
held in place the full, short illusion veil. 
She carried a prayer book adorned with 
orchids and stephanotis, Jeannette Alfc, 
long-time BPL part-time staff member, was 
her sister's maid of honor wearing a two- 
tone turquoise satin ballerina gown with a 
veiled velvet pillbox hat to match. She 
carried a cascade of red roses. In the 
same type ensembles but carrying yellow 
tea roses were three bridesmaids, cousins 
of the bride. The best man and the three 
ushers v/ere very good friends of the groon. 

The reception was held at the Longwood 
Tov^ers where many BPL friends of the bride 
gathered to celebrate with the bride and 
groom and about l50 guests. It was most 
interesting to see that with the exception 
of Julie Lenzi from East Boston and Mildred 
Adolson from Jamaica Plain, the other 7 
library people at the reception were at 
Some time or other associated with Miss 
Alfe at North End. We especially liked 
the remarks made by the orchester leader 
in reference to Miss Alfe's occupation, 
"Librarians didn't look like this when 
I was a youngster" J And delightful she 
did look,,,«our Graceo And delighted we 
did look, her guests. 

Linda M, Pagliuca 


The staff of Codman Square extended best 
wishes to Mrs Mary No one, a part-time 
assistant, at a coffee hour held Thursday, 
December 6. Mrs Noone is leaving the lib- 
"Happy is the bride the sun shines upon"|rary to accept another position, 
and no happier nor lovelier bride could 
there have been than Gracemarie Alfe on 
the warm bright day of her wedding, Nov- 
ember 2I4.. At an 11 o'clock Nuptial Ifess, 
petite and radiant ^'iss Alfe from East 
Boston exchanged marriage vows \7ith tall, 
handsome Francis Lc Blanc at St, Leonard's 
Church, North End. Follovdng the Mass, 
the bridal party and some close friends 
accompied the couple to the chapel at Em- 
manuel for a brief ceremony. One dollar Food Crusade packages are now 

Given in marriage by her brother, Framk, available to Hungarian refugees. We have 
the bride vrore a formal gown of silk taf- [already placed an order for $30eOO, and 
feta mth a bouffant panel, skirt gathered can help these needy people with your 


■ ^oxaouncement has been made of the en- 
gagement of Julia Talanian of the Office 
of the Division of Reference and Research 
Services to Carl P, Topjian, Jr. 



continued support of CAREo 

Special CoinmitteG for CARE 


Er^vin D. Canham, editor of THE CHRISTIAN 
SCIENCE I-DNITOR, and Vice-President of the 
Library's Board of Trustees, has been 
named chairnan of the National Manpower 

The council vias established at Columbia 
University in 1951. President Eisenhower, 
then president of the university, invited I 
leaders in industry, labor, education, nat-f 
ural science, and public affairs to parve | 
as council members » { 

The duty of the board is to provide "a : 
continuing appraisal of America's resourosd 
in a period of enduring emargancyo" j 


■ Lgtte' i. f :rom Oklahoita 


November 26, 19?6 

Young Adults Council 
North End Branch 
Boston Public Library 
Boston, Mass, 

Gentle mens 

Congratulations on your Certifi- 
cate of Honor from Parents ' tegazine for 
Commnnity service in 1955-56 <> 

Vfe are attempting to fotmulate a youth 
program here in ¥fegoner, and, as a part 
of that program, we are interested in or- 
ganizations such as yours. 

?fe would greatly appreciate it if you 
would tell us how your organization is set 
up, its purposes, and the projects it has 
undertaken, and the more details you can 
give, the better. 

Enclosed is a self-addressed, stamped 
envelope for your convenience o Thank youo 

Ycrurs very truly, 

(signed) ANQELBlE A. JONES 
An4;elyne A. Jones 
County Judge of 
?fagoner County 


A 6-Act Drayma 
(Submitted by Christiana P. Jordan, 
Alls ton) 

Scene; The A ^ton Branch Library 

Tines 12 ;59 Pom., of a Saturday 
DranBtis personae : 1 Leisiurely 
Borrower (feminine) 
1 Smiling Assistant 


12s59 p^mo Leisurely Borrower approaches 
charging desk mth book to be chargedo 
(Leisui-ely Borrower has been in Branch since 
11 a.m., but is just getting aroung to hav- 
ing book chargedo) 

Smiling Assistant graciously waits for 
Leisurely Borrovrer's library card. 


jl-l?01 p,mo Leisurely Borrower goes through 
i four or five pockets , l)oking for library 
i cardo 

Smiling Assistant's smile gets a trifle 
I fixed. 


1:01-1 :02pom» Leisurely Borrower takes out 
wallet and goes through fifty-seven compart- 
ments looking for library card. 

Smiling Assistant begins to steam visibly. 


l!02-lj03 p.m. Leisurely Borrower empties 
hand bag the size of a vjeek-end case oh 
desk, looking for library cardo 

Smiling Assistant loses smile, and clutchoE 
desk tightly* 


1:03-1 sOii p^m. Leisurely Borrower decides 
library card is at home, scoops junk from 
desk back into handbag, leaves book on 
counter, and departs o 

Smiling Assistant turns livid, a:id mut- 
ters into her beard. 


1 1:05 p.m.e Ex-Smiling Assistant prepares 
I to return book to shelf, utters cry of 
j unholy joy: title of book abandoned by 

Leisurely Borrower - How to win Friends 

and Influence People, 


[Boston Public ^ibraiy system^ The Execu- 
tive Board has considered the proposal for 


~ meetings 
The Executive Board has had seve^al/sit-icdajoint council of the various organizations 

we reported to you last month. Much work 
has gone into the study of comparative sal 
aries paid in other large libraries and^ 
after careful deliberation, the Executive 
Board has forwarded to the Director the 
results of these studies. 

The small attendance at the November 
business meeting and the necessity for a 
second notice requesting people to return 
the questionnaires sent out to determine 
the preferred t imes and subjects for our 
meetings denotes a lamentable lack of in- 
terest on the part of many members of the 
Staff Association, We trust that the nevr 
officers to be elected in January will re- 
ceive the encouragement and support that 
can be manifested only by your presence at 
and participation in the business, profes- 
sional and social meetings of the Associa- 

The Nomination Committee repoi-ted the 
folloviing nominations for office for 1957; 

Central Book Stock Ser- 

within the Library and decided that a 
council of the heads of all organizations 
might very well be considered. The opin- 
ions of the membership on this subject 
will be most welcome » 

The Officers and the Executive Board of 
the Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association wish one and all a Merry 
xV.letide and good health and happiness in 
the year to conB„ 


TiTilliam To Casey, 

B. Gertrude Wade, 
Vi cc-Presidont 
"Efuc'li'd Jo Peltier J Audio-Visual 

Sarah Richman, Ifettapan 

Catalog and Classifica- 


Dear Gentlemen: 

Much to my surprise I got over our 
Health Department a care-gift-parcel « I 
found therin your address and I am glad 
that I can say you personally— "Thank you 
very much for your great help." 

Surely I got the parcel, because I 
Book Selection, HSiandC^Vi2^e ^^d a very hard tuberculosis. But 

thanks God and the new remedies it is 
noxj finished — and I hope forever. You 
know it is a long lasting illness and so 
for U years I couldn't work. May you 
see that your parcel got in the right 
hands . 

Mary D. Farrell, 
tion, R and RS 

T&ry C. Robbins, Business Office 
Recor ding Secretary 
"Marion K. Abbot, Charlestown 

Joan Po Morris, Science and Technology 
Corresponding Secreta ry 

l£.urelje F. Cole, Tfeshington Village 

Ruth V. Marshall, Teachers 
Executive Board - Professiona l 
"Edward J. Cullinane, Eglestcn Sqiiare 

Sarah M, Usher, Office of Records, Files,: 
Er-ecutive Board - Sub-Professional 

Phyllis Eo Adams, Book Stack Service 

Mary T. Crow, West Roxbury 

Mary R. Roberts, Central Charging Records 

We are happy to announce that Elinor D. 
Conley, Dorchester, has accepted the chair- 
mans hip .-of the Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial 
Lectur'' Committee. 

There appears in this issue of the "Ques 
tion Mark" a letter received by the Pub- 
lications Committee concerning the ques- 
tions of morale and cooperation ivithin the 

But thinking on the Hungarians in their 
misery I would have a bad feeling to 
stand aside. So I spend a part of the 
spared household-momiey for the Hungarians- 
help, and I hope you will understand that. 
This was a special joy for me, I would 
like to do you a favour — but I don't know 
how— if you have any questions? 

Once more my wife and I thank you very 
much for your friendliness. 

I wish you a I'ferry Christmas and a 
Happy New Year. 

Sincerely yours, 

(Signed) Heinz K, Werner 

Geisenheimer Str hi 





For love of a king. 
N.Yc, Doubloday, 1956 

Gorst, Frederick J, 
Of carriages and kings. 


■ "> 

Crowell, 1956 

Caroline M, Hevfins, her booko 
Boston, xHorn Book, 195^1 

Library Science 

Asheim, Lester, ede 

The future of the booko 

University of Chicago, Graduate Library 
School, 1955 

Shera, Jesse H, 

The classified catalog. 

Chicago, ATTicrican Librarj'" Association, 


December 2 , 1956 tvas vtho date on • ' 
vjhich the St, Jerome Guild held its second 
Communion Breakfast. Over l|0 Library em- 
ployees attended 9500 llass at St, Cecelia's 
Ch-ijirchs Immediately folloidng, Guild me .a 
bars enjoyed a most delicious repast at 
the Sherry Biltmore, The main speaker, 
Mon'5-xp,nor Flanigan, Chaplain of the Guild 
spoke on the necessity of the meeting of 
the clergy with the lay people, and stem- from this necessity, the origin of 
the Communion Breakfast. The Officers of 
the Guild elected for 195? are: 
Charles L, Higgins, General Reference, 

Daniel W. Kelly, Audio-Vis\ial, Vice-Pres- 
Daniel J. Koury, Music, Treasurer 
\farie Ann T. Grth, Personnel, Secretary, 

I should like to take this opportunity 
to tha.nk all those who contributed so much 
to make this occasion the success that it 



Over Station WiEX 

Every Sunday, at 5:30 p^m, , on Boston 
P ublic Lib r ary P ro gram of Record i ngs , 
La^ixeace Vezin introduces classical and 
semi-classical recordings which are avail- 
able for circulation^ % Vezin, Audio-Visua] 
gives a brief commentary on the music and 
a biographical sketch of the composer be- 
fore each recording is played over the air. 

O ver Station TOUR-FM 

Station WBUR-FM has been Presenting the 
Boston Public Library every T^aesday, at 
TTJo p,ra. 

On November 20, Elizabeth M. Gordon, 
Deputy Supervisor in Charge of Work With 
Children, ?ath the assistance of Virginia 
Haviland, Readers Adviser for Children, 
celebrated Nat io nal Ch ild ren's Bo ok Week 
with a review and preview of children's 
activities o 

On November 2? I&ss Haviland discussed 
books as Christmas gifts for children. 

On December h Euclid (Ed) Jo Peltier, 
Chief of Audio-Visual,,described the films 
and recordings which were available in 
his department and told how they could be 

On December 11, there was a transcription 
of the L it-grary Tcu rs program on Africa 
held at the Central Library on December 6.-, 
The program was presented in the form of 
a dialogue between Dr Grace Harris and Dr 
Daniel McCall, Research Associates in the 
African Research and Studies Program at 
Boston University^ 

The programs for December 18 and 25 
will present Christmas recordings from 
the collections of the Lihraryo 

Over Station WBZ 

Every VJednesday, at 9:05 pm,over Station 
"iTEZV^'-issell A, Scully speaks of books en 
a variety of tcpice. The program, which 
began on November 7, is entitled The 
World of Books and is planned to cover a 



Congratulations to Zoltan Haras zti. 
Keeper of Rare Books, whose new book THE 
been published by the University of 
Chicago Press as a companion volume to a 
facsimile edition of the BAY PS/IM BOOK, 
Both volumes are on exhibit in the Trea- 
sure Room through December 31 • 

In Mi-.CALL'S magazine for November 1956 
there appears an article entitled 100 
Best Books for Children , compiled by 
VTFginia Havila^id, Boston Public Library, 
Ruth Gagliardo, and Elizabeth Nesbitt, allj 
specialists in children's work. In the 
initial lists prepared by each, it was 
found that there were 8? titles common to 
all three lists. The 13 remaining titles 
were picked by a vote of 2 to 1, The 
magazine has given a double -page spread 
to a fascinating colored illustration by 
Gyo Fujikawa in which there appear pic- 
tures of 2U of the characters from the 
books chosen, and which are well beloved 
by both children and adults who 
appreciate children's books. The list 
has been reprinted with individual an- 
notated lists of further titles^ that 
could not be included in the 100 and is 
available for a small amount from 
McCALL'S Modern Honemaker, 


In TODAY'S HEALTH for November 1956, 
there appears an article by Mildred Lo 
Batchelder, Executive Secretary, A.L.S.'s 
Division of Libraries for Children and 
Young People, entitled Chil dre n' s Books 
You, Too, Will Like . In this I^.ss Batch- 
elder has included a list compiled by 
Virginia Haviland— Lot's Re ad Togethe r— 
which had been previously printed and 
distributed by Campbell & Hall, Inc. 

We call attention to a very unusual book 
UNPUBLISHED DRAVJINGS with an introduction 
and commentary by Arthur W. Heintzelman, 
Keeper of Prints. 

These drawings have never been shown in 
entirety to the public outside of Boston, 
and were purchased for the Boston Public 
Library by Albert H. Wiggin in 19^0. 

In the book there are 110 facsimile pages 
reproduced and printed by Daniel Jacomet, 
the world-reknowned French printer, and 
the paper used duplicates the original as 
nearly as possible. This combination has 
produced a really sumptuous publication. 
The drawings cover the period of several 
years when Lautrec was between the ages of 
nine and sixteen, and while some of the 
drawings are immature, the others show all 
the promise and genius of the accomplished 

The book was published in a limited ed- 
ition simultaneously in France and America 
in 1955 o The publisher of the American 
edition is Boston Book and Art Company, 
and the French edition Au Pont des Arts 
in Paris a 



Long-time members of the Library Staff 
were saddened to learn of the death of 
John H. Reardon on December 3« He had 
celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday last 
June. Mr Reardon served the library in 
many capacities,, He was first employed in 
188U as a part-time "runner" in the Lower 
Hall in the old library building on Boyl- 
ston Street. In I896 he began the first 
of his forty -four years of service as a 
member of the full-time staff. For a num- 
ber of years he was in charge of the extra 
assistants for the day and evening services; 
he was in charge of the Information Office 
after its opening in 1920| and at the time 
of his retirement in I9U0 he was the Chief 
of the Open Shelf Department and Deputy 
Supervisor of General Reference. During 
World War I, Mr Reardon was actively con- 
nected with the Library War Service car- 
ried on by the American Library Association 
at Camp Upton, New York, 

If there was one word which might be used 
to describe Mr Reardon it was his loyalty 
— he was loyal to his library, to his 
friends, and to his family. He was very 
proud of his three sons, and particularly 
so of his grandson Malcolm who so tragical- 
ly lost his life when serving as a photo- 
grapher in the Air Corps, Part of my 
first six months in the Boston Public Lib- 
rary was spent working with Mr Reardon, 
I remember him as a kindly, friendly per- 
son, who never seemed to be hurried or 
upset, even at the greatest prove cationo 
The Library occupied a great part of his 
life. He is still remembered by the mem- 
bers of his public as a man who went out 

— <^_ 

of his way to give service to countless 
ntimbers of peopleo He xras in truth a 
gentle.THn of the old school, 




Although disguised in Czechoslovak cos- 
tume, (by the vray, an authentic heirloom 
from the Kyov region of Moiavia ) the 
Mildred Kaufman whose name and picture have 
been appearing in recent newspaper accounts 
is Branch Librarian at Memcrialo Miss 
Kaufman is an honorary meinber of s. Czech- 
oslovak group Yifhich has been performing 
Czech and Slovak folk songs and dances at 
various functions in Nevj' England^. Of 
special interest were the perfoAirBnces 
at tlie conference of the Institute of 
Tforld Affairs Association at ITarner, New 
Hampshire, and for the United Nations 
Day celebration by the term of Grotcn, 
I&ssachusetts c For the latter. Miss 
Kaufman also served as program co-ordina- 
tor for a unique celebration* Preceding ■ 
the program, the townsfolk and faculty 
members of the famous Groton School invited 
to their homes as gi?.ests the various for- 
eign students and new arrivals who came 
from the Inter-national Institute with 
Miss Kaufman to perform in the evening 

SoT-t th %.5tcn 

Members of the Imagination Club who are 
also members of th3 Horn Book Leeguc, and 
thei.0 friends, had a ver3/ enjoyable visit 
with Jennie Dc i^indquist, editor of the 
HORN BOOK WiGAZINE, in the Children's Room 
on Thursday afternoon, December 6. Miss 
Lindquiat told the children about son.o of 
the real animals vjhich she had incorporated 
into her book, THE GOLDEN M?1EDAYo ' 
Elizabeth Gordon, Supervisor of Work mth 
Children, was also present. After Miss 
Lindquist's talk, tlie boys and girls sang 
ChxistrnxT-s carols in honor of their dis- 
tinguished guests. 

West End 

Rock and roll tempo has a slow, lazy beat 
compared to the fast and furius rhyth'n 
of this month's activities at West End» 
The celebrations of Children's Book Yfcek 
and Jewish Book Month called the tunes 
which were played out on an ascending scale 
of events - exhibits, parties, special 

programs and radio, planned and impromptu, 
!for both the juvenile and adult patrons of 
the library. 

The Children's Book Week exhibit of orig- 
inal illustrations represents the art work 
of some of today's finest illustrators of 
current children's literature. The interest 
manifested by adults and children alike in 
these drawings by some thirty different 
artists has been so great that the exhibit 
Vv'as held over until December l5« 

On Friday afternoon, November l6, some 
twentj'--f ive members of our Siommer Reading 
Club were guests of the Science Park Museum, 
Even though the museiim is -within walking 
distance of the branch, many of the West 
End children had never been there before. 
They vrere fascJTiated by the various dis- 
plays and exhibitions that were given for 
our benefit, and some of the children were 
inspired to seek further information on 
scientific subjects from books back at the 

NOVEMBER 30 - A day of days? 

. » , came a class of Divinity School 
students from Harvard, to view the library 
building. As always. Miss Goldstein took 
the visitors from steeple to basement, 
accenting at each point the highlights of 
special ecclesiastical and American historyo 

In the evening, the lid dish Culture Club 
of Boston met for a Jemsh Book Month pro- 
gramo Barnet Rudman spoke on the ' Search 
for God in Yiddish Literature," An animated 

question period and social hour followed. 

On Sunday afternoon, December 2, a splen- 
did Je-.7ish Book Month program was held in. 


the inain lecture hall of the library. 
V/hat an aesthetio ■ ensemble I Everything 
co-crdinated into a thing of beautyj and 
the comfort of those new seats was fully 
appreciated by the sitting audience. 
Jfeirie Syrkin spoke on how she came to 
write her book, Way of Valor , a biography 
of Golda Myerson, now Golda Meir, Foreign 
Minister of the State of Israel, I'lar-van 
Lowehthal, author of the Herzl Diaries , , 
figuratively brough Herzl to life in his ( 
talk about the man and his dramatic, short 
life, and the quality and place of his 
diaries in literatureo Dro Kyman Morrison 
gave the Jewish Book Month greetings for i 
the Committee, and Fanny Goldstein presidsc 


By chance the following letter came to 
the attention of a member of the Publica- 
tions Committee, Although it is concern- 
ed primarily with only one branch library, 
the committee feels that is doubtless ex- 
presses the sentiment of many appreciative 
hut perhaps less vocal patrons of any 
branch or department. For this reason 
permission was requested and granted from 
the recipient to print the le,tter in full. 


I3I4.O Copnonwealth Avenue, 
Boston (31+) 

Dec. 2, 1956 


On Svjiday, December 9, Fanny Goldstein 
interviewed Charles Angoff , the prize- 
winning author for the best Jewish novel 
of the year, over Station 13DS and WEEIo 

On November 25 and December 9, West End 
was host to two distijiguished, contempor- 
ary authors, Meyer Levin, author 
of Compulsion, and Charles Angoff ^ Both 
guests left a living message on the place 
of the contemporary Jewish writer in Am- 
erica „ They were enthusiastically receiv- 
ed, receptions and teas followed their 
talks . 


On November 21, Fanny Goldstein -vvas in- 
terviewed by Carl deSuze of Station ¥BZ 
on the occasion of her thirty-fifth an- 
niversary as Branch Librarian at West End 


Fanny Goldstein was made an honorary 
member of the Mass, Correctional Institu- 
tion Speechcrafters Club of Walpole on 
December 10, which entitles her ''to the 
use of the club and its privileges as pro- 
vided by the established Bylaws so made 
and providing," 

Milton Lord, Director 
Boston -^ublic library 

Dear Sir: 

For many years books were only 
one of the minor amenities of life to me. 
Now and then, as a casual incident, a book 
might be borrowed, or perhaps purchased as 
a Christmas gift. (Something of merely 
passing interest at best, in the routine 
of a busy man's crowded schedules j) 

But, vhat a vastly different outlook de- 
veloped after Polio came my wayl "PJhen the 
doctors reluctantly pronounced my sentence 
of life-imprisonment in a whoel-chair, I 
gradually began to use the Boston Public 

Many things helped to restore my ebbing 
morale in varying degrees, such as certain 
understanding friends, congenial neighbors, 
fine music (largely via W-C-R-B)now and 
then an outstanding movie, etc., etc. But, 
the lion' s share of the credit for my suc- 
cessful adjustment to a grim predicament 
belorgs to the Boston Public Library . 

Vfith the kindest and liveliest personal 
interest and with endless patience, the 
staff of the Allston Branch have carried 
armfuls of books up and down the long and 
steep flight of stairs to and from my 
Y/heel-chair parked on the sidewalk — not 
once a week — not twice — ^but generally three 
times every vieek, fo r more than 20 years t 

Talk about devotion far "above and beyond 
the call of duty" , the Allston personnel 
have uncomplainingly braved the searing 
heat and jungle humidity of Harvard Avenue 
in •Summed' and the drenching rains of 
the four seasons. But the special miracle 
about it is, they alvfays seem to enjoy 
doing ite 


During these two decades, week in and 
week out, their selection of books have 
covered the widest possible range, embrac- 
ing virtually every classification in youi' 
general circulationo Largely, through 
their adept guidance, previously unknown 
vistas have been opened to ma — and more 
than a few new and deeper interests dis- 

The basic therapy for the shut-in, the 
elderly, 6t the bereaved — 'forced by cir- 
cuTistance to live alone — is to somehow 
focus more of their attention outs ide of 
themselves Mental activity, or fTt least 
awareness, pointed in new directions must 
supplant physical limitations , or life 
becomes a lonely existence of tragic emptij- 

After the callers depart, the newspapers 
are read and it is too late (or too early) 
for the radio, iiihen the shut-in is wholly 
on his own (as he inevitably must be much 
of the time) the right bocks can go far 
to^vard filling in~the gapso Often a few 
sentences on the first page can transport 
oior environment across the distant conti- 
nents, or through the centuries , What a 
galaxy of intriguing characters (actual 
and fictional) we can meet, personifying 
every facet of human nature o And after 
closer acquaintance through reflection and 
rereading many vrill become our literary 
friends, as much alive as the people we 
know hesto Here, in truth, is rewarding 
and memorable companionshipi 

Surely the psychological benefits are 
almost incalcuLali-e in many cases c The 
broadening range of one's interests and 
the avrakening of a receptivity to inoel- 
lectual, aesthetic and even spiritual 
values may be virtually priceless o No 
doubt there are countless instances, more 
cr less like my own experience, TA/hich are 
unknown to the library administration as 
well as the public at large* 

"My debt in particular to Christiai:ji 
Jordan, Branch Librarian and to Har::y 
Andrews is beyond estimate. Both -of them 
have the rare talent of transmitting to 
otliers much of their own ■'love of books » 
Also unstinted in their constant helpful- 
ness during their years in Allston, were 
Alice ^^. Waters, Francis McGonagle (now 
J,1rs ¥m.. Pc Kelley), Evelyn Harden of the 
"Bookmobile" and almost every past and pre- 
sent member of the local staffs 

Obviously there is a viarm spirit of co- 
operation in the library organization that 
appears to be rare in many phases of civil 

service. Because the Allston workers are 
too self-effacing to claim any credit, I 
am impelled to ser/u j'-ou this case history. 

If an outsider may comment, my impres- 
sion of the B.PvL. is that it seems to be 
ove r-mod est in this age of publicity. Your 
unique work for the coriimunity may be under- 
rated by the average citizens simply because 
they do not know about the ramifications 
of your constructive service and the impact 
that it makes upon the lives of uncounted 
men aiid vroman, to lAhom ho other similar 
assistance is available. 

With profound gratitude , I am. 

Sincerely yotirs, 


P.S, (You are at liberty to use this let- 
ter in any Tra.y you may choose* In justice 
to the B.P.L,, I think it is a story that 
needs to be told-) 

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The HOLIDAY SEASON now is here 

To one and all good health and cheer. 

But, for a moment let us pause 

To think of others and their cause. 

Of the Hungarian refugees we do speak 

V.Tiose conditions a:-e so dreary and bleak j 

Of food, clothing and shelter they are in 

To give them aid is a worthy deed. 
Let us all contribute, however slight, 
And try to help relieve their plighto 

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to those 

on the sick list 

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people when the wisdom of the Director and 
the humanitarianism and the sense of res- 
ponsibility of the Board of Trustees justi- 
fies their ignoring them. After all, the 
maintenence of the dignity and the financial 
stability, on a percentage basis, of the 
important people of the Library has alvrays 
taken precedence, and I have thus far not 
been shoTiin by the editors why the status 
quo should be changed. 

Sincerely, and so whole-heartedly 



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Yuletide greetings one and all 
i-Ada short and Moorfield tall, 
Gei'ald stout and Barbara lean 
Marjorie Brown and Sammy Green, 

To the Editor 

AnB-singi Most amazing J That editorial 
of November 15^ I means 'Te've read edi- 
torials in T he Question ^'^^ar K before, full 
of indignation and fire and furj'-, replete 
Tfith diatribes against the injustices per- 
petrated by the povrers that be - but al- 
ways those against us poor professionals 
en masse. Thisi V/hat goes? - taking up 
cudgels for the poor bloodsucked individ- 
uals who do the most specialized work in 
the Library and get nothing for It I The 
nurse - appreciated only by everyone in 
distress J the artist whose work has been 
admired by every Library visitor, inter- 
national and local (especially his Christ- 
mas murals and reproductions); the non- 
existent public relations officer (here 
we must concede that this poor devil, so 
very important to the Library, is not 
competent to fight for himself) o 

Nevertheless, by what right does the 
editorial staff presume to consider such 

Blessings on the Coffee Shop 

Sam and Dot and Ginger-Top ^ 

Glaadelig Jul to those folks amusing 

Ylhose similar naes make our lives confusing. 

Enjoy your Christmas merrily 
Lang without ard mth an "e"» 
Greetings sent devoid of malice 
To r/aters — Martin, Dick and Alice, 

Greetings to Caseys of either sex 
Bill and Mary and Edwar'd Xu 
Joy to those Louies of mighty brains 
O'Halloran, Polishook, Ugalde, Rains « 

Greetings to Connollys he and she 
Both John J« and Florence Go 
Felicitations to Felicia 
fcDonough, !{iss and McDonough, Mister, 
The Miirphys — Martin and Pauline 
Helen Et and Josephine, 
Joyeux Noel to the Charlies and Harrys 
And Anna and Sallys, Irenes and J'iarys, 

To Elizabeth, Bettys, ^ettinas our thanks, 
A Froke V'einocht to all the Franks, 
And Catherines, Kathleens, Kittys, and Kays 
May Christmas be one of your happiest days. 

And to Sheila and Eleanor and Rose (and) Mara§' 
And Joanies and Jean(ne)3 have a bright 

Christmas tree. 
To omit you would be most heretical harm 
So a Benison on you Zoltan and your Bay 


May the Season's spirit rightly gladden 
The hearts of Sullivan and McFadden, 

Be happy with your new neckvrear 

Bachelors Slemmer and Peltier » 

Buon natale to all of the Ronnies 

And Joes and Jims and Jacks and Johnnies, 

A New ^ear bright and devoid of Yrces 
To Trustees, Director, Division Heads — 

And the lov/lier Supervisors and Chiefs 
A full year free of executive griefs. 

Seasons greetings even to you 
Who keep your books out overdue » 
Greetings best of all the Season 
To those not mentioned for simply no 

Other than lack of space and time 
And possibly a name impossible to rhyme. 

Kalla Christougena J 

Kris Kr ingle 


The stars, in rut eternal, 
Ignore all else beside j 
But we are special creatures- 
Cur bailiwick is wideo 

AiLoebas T^'ho, compared, 
Report us to be stars. 
Get just as much attention 
As Lci'rell gave to %rs. 

Behold vre are the centre J 
'Twixt greatest and the least. 
Perennials on guest list 
At Inner Sanctum feasts 

Harry Andrews 


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Bertha So Keswick, Chairman 

Ml Mary 0« Cahill Grace Bo Lcughlin Margaret Lc Mcrr 


m Coloniba N, Gnesi Mary M^ McDonough Edna G, Peck 

■fi Emilia Lange Louisa S. Metcalf Mildred R. Somes 

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