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THE BOSTON PUBLIC llBRAfY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JANUARY 1959 



THE QUESTION M A P K 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Vo lume XIV Number 1 January 1959 

Publications Committee: Charles J. Gillis, Esther Josephine Leonard, 

Macy Joseph Liargolis, Pauline E» Murphy, 
Elizabeth J. Obear, B» Joseph O'Neil, 
Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

!Ihe fifteenth of each month The tenth of each montli 



EDITOR IAL NOTES 

Your attention is called to a new committee which has already started its vrork on 
behalf of the members of the Association. Tliis committee is called "Special Com- 
mittee on Legal and Legislative Matters" and is headed by Louis Polishook, our 
hard-working counselor at law. Ihe duties of the Pension CoiTmittee are to be in- 
cluded in those of the new committee. A letter expressing the Association's 
interest and approval of a salary increase for all city employees commensurate 
with that given to the police and firemen, has been written to the Mayor and to 
each of the City Councilors. Copies of this letter were sent to the Board of 
Tl*ustees, Director, and Assistant Director (for Personnel), Ihe committee has 
already received acknowledgement from several City Councilors, v;hich seem to 
indicate the work of this committee will be fruitful. 

The Members of the Association should be axvare of tie situation in Hew York wl ich 
is very similar in some ways to that of Boston. The New York Public Library, the 
Queens Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library launched a campaign to in- 
crease salaries. In these libraries the low entrance salary which was out of 
keeping vj-ith other large libraries has caused a great -many vacancies on the staff 
to rema5.n unfilled. The number of years that it takes to reach a maximum has 
encouraged resignations by the staff, which resignations increase the vrork load of 
the remaining staff members which in turn leads to more resignations later on, 
Tliose in charge in New York have waged a very vigorous campaign to do something 
about this under the leadership of the extremely able and personable Francis R, 
St. John, Chief Librarian of the Brooklyn Public Library, He v;as aided by Harold 
W. lUcker, forivard-looking Director of the Queens Public Library, and Aram Keyneman, 
cooperative and efficient Director of Personnel of the New York Public Library, 

On December 30 the New York Times gave a most encouraging account, \7hile the 
employees did not receive the amount that they requested, the two grade increase 
they desired, they did receive the one grade which they would not have received 
if they had not made a campaign, Ihat a campaign of this nature can be successful 
was evidenced by the success of the Boston Fire Department who were able, by a two 
to one vote, to effect a raise of ■!790 a year. 

From the above it can be seen that library employees who pursue a definite plan 
of action in regard to library salaries and library conditions will receive con- 
sideration from the city officials and from the newspapers. It is highly advisable 
that all of us make every effort vre can to help Mr, Polishook and his committee 
who are working very hard and deserve our sincere and honest support. 



PRES IDENT'S HOTS 

i'.t this tine I wish to thcjak the 
Executive Board Members, Conmittee "lem- 
bers and all others in the Association 
who have been so helpful and cooperative 
in the past year in performing the some- 
times onerous tasks necessary to keep 
the Association running and who haye 
also offered much helpful advice and 
comment. lb all of you I vrould say that 
if the days only had a few more h^urs to 
them I could devote the time to Associa- 
tion affairs which I think they deserve « 
We all, however, are pressed for tine, 
so you all realize that all smy of us 
can do is the best possible within 
limitations. 

It has been sug;^;ested that perhaps 
there have been unduly nrjiy requests for 
contributions from, staff members for 
gifts to retiring colleagues and the 
lilce» Tt.G Executive Board discussed the 
matter at its latest meeting and came 
to the conclusion that by and largo 
people vn.sh to contribute certainly for 
their close friends, and usually for 
those other staff members to whom they 
may wish to pay a token of esteem when 
they nay be retiring after long years of 
service. It is perhaps \Tell to emphasize 
at this point, however, that any or all 
contributions are strictly voluntary 
and no one should feel obliged to con- 
tribute if he or she does not v/ish or if 
personal circumstances make it inadvis- 
able. Also some people seem to thinlc 
that it is necessary to give a dollar or 
more on all occasions. 

The Board feels that no one should 
feel that this is so and that on many 
occasions a token amount of considerably 
less is sufficient. In short this is a 
real case in which the spirit of the 
gift is of importance, not the amount. 
Sincerely, 
Sarah W. Flannery 



Johnny ha:, better 
"lear n" T:o~l' £art 

It no longer inr.tters whether 

he wants to 

or would like to 

or may learn when the spirit moves 
hin. 

Johnny now has no choice. 

Ho had better learn to read 

and read well 

or wo nay v/ind up in a vrcrld \vhere 

no English is vTitten any more. 

Reading is the key to all Icnowledge 



and knowledge is power 



and power mccjis survival. 

Napoleon knew that, and ho 

once said, 

"Show me a family of readers, 

and I'll shov; you the people 

v/ho move the world." 

Y,'e /jncricans don't want to 

move the world. 

But we don't want anyone else to, 
either. 

So Johnny had better 

learn to read. 

Because you can bet 

Ivan is spending a 

lot of time on his books. 

Mass. Dept. of Education 

Dec. 5, 1958 
(Editor's Note: Kiis message should 
' help library business) 



PERSONAL NOTES 



B11A.NCH NOTES 



New Empl oyees '' ,, 

Phyllis R. Malnikow, Central Charging 

Records 
Paul R. Brayton, Jr., Science h Technology 
Jifrs Margaret S. Draskovich, T't. Bowdoin 
Lorraine F. Hepburn, BoolcmDbiles 

Bransferred 



Phyllis M. Carr, Codman Square to Central 

Ruth K. Conway, Central Charging Records 
to Codman Square 

Jean M. Babcock, Central Charging Records 
to Charlestown 

Anna M. Brackett, f^ast Boston to Central 
Charging Records 

Margaret E. Lyons, Central Charging Rec- 
ords to Allston 

Juanita Blakely, from Mt, Bowdoin to 
Adams S'breet 

Sally W. Manuel, Bookmobiles to Parker 
Hill 

Resi gnat ions 

KerinethR. Brown, Adams Street, to accept 

a position at Boston University Library 
I;Irs Barbara K. Posner, Kattapan 
If s Abigail Wo Field, Rare Book, to remain 

at home 
James A. Mackie, Science & Technology, 

to accept another position 
liiirs Linda P. Tiramontozzi, North End, to 

remain at home 

Retired 

Albert L. Carpenter, Office, Division of 
Home Reading & Community Services 

ALPI/MAE NOTES 

Fanny Goldstein held her traditional 
Christmas -Hanukkah party at her home on 
Sun 'ay, December 14. A group of Miss 
Goldstein's former staff members were 
wined, dined and gifted with the bpunti- 
ful hospitality for which Miss Goldstein 
is so well known. 

An excellent dinner was follovred by an 
evening of pleasant reminiscing, and a 
truly good time was had by all. 



Ros li ndale 

Cupid has been very popular at 
Roslindale as two staff members announce 
engagements. Rose E. Stinson and Gerald 
Jay Zuckerman, graduate student and 
Iteaching Fellow at Harvard, are planning 
an early June v^edding, September 7,1959 
is the date set for the vredding of Julia 
A. Lenzi and Richard J. Hatch, stvident 
at Northeastern University and Boston 
Gas CompaJiy employee. 

South End 



T^'ELCOMC BACK 

We Welcome Back Anne M. Connolly who 
recently returned to the South End Branch 
after an illness. 



Once more South End has an exhibit in 
the Children-s Room of the tiny toys 
and artifacts which were sent to the 
children of this district by the children 
of the Sala Infantil of the Biblioteca 
Benjamin Franklin in Mexico City. In- 
cluded are replicas of various common 
household utensils and simple furnish- 
ings. Each article is labeled with its 
Spanish name which seems to add a bit 
of interest. We still think with 
gratitude of Lva Anttonen de Gerez , one 
of our alumnae, v/ho was in charge of 
the Sala Infantil when the gift was sent 
to us. (Note: At that time there was 
an exchange of letters, cards, and scrap 
books between the tvro libraries.) 

Matta pan 

A marriage and an engagement anno'ince- 
ment contributed added sparkle to Decem- 
ber festivities at the Mattapan Branch. 

On Sunday, December 21, Danah Paletz 
of Mattapan was married to Sam 'Dract 
(as yet the uncontested "oldest" extra 
at Mattapar^. T'!r. Ti'act is a senior at 
Boston University's School of Industrial 
Engineering. The bride's breathtaking 
radiance was unsvirnassed, exceot by the 
bridegroom's exuberance and gaiety. 
Following the msurriage ceremony and re- 
ception at the Aperion Plaze, the glow- 
ing couple departed for the Catskills 
Mountains in Hew York. 

Ihe engagement of Miss Anne Hasbrouck 
Vajfi Vleck to Mr Roger Sherrill Webb of 
Boston, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Conant 
Webb of Itontclair, N.J., was announced 
by her parents, Ilr. and Mrs. Howard Van 
Vleck, also of Montclair, N.J. Miss Van 
Vleck, Children's Assistant at the 
branch, was graduated from the Kimberley 
School and in 1958 from Smith College. 
Her fiance was graduated from the 
Choate School and Harvard College. 



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He is a member of the Hasty-PucUing In- j 
stitute of 1770 and the Fox Club, and \ 

served tvro years with the Army* i 



m. HEBTEKLilAJJ BECQliES JTTROR 

The prospectus for the 17t'h National 
Exhibition of Prints, to be held at the 
Library of Congress May 1 thjough Sep- 
tember 1, 1959, has been mailed to more 
than 2,000 artists of the United States, 
Canada, Cuba, and Mexico. 

Th3 Jury of Admission will be composed 
of the well-known painter and printmaker, 
Gabor Peter di, ¥:ho teaches at ?Iunter 
College and Yale University, and the two 
artist-members of the Library's Pennell 
Fund Committee, Arthur YJ, Heintzelman 
and Benton Spruance. 

Entry blanks may be obtained from the 
Prints and Photographs Division, Library 
of Congress. (Alice Lee Parker) 

(Taken from The Library of Congress 
Information Bulletin) 



ENGAGEI'ENT 

The engagement has been announced of 
Barbara J. Ashe, Book Stack Service, to 
Robert Kean of Mission Hill. A ITinter 
wedding is planned. 



Soap Box Item 
There is a new book o'n'library publi- 
city by John Newton Baker entitled "Your 
Public Relations Are Showing" which in- 
dicates different types of publicity 
for various organizations. Libraries 
receive very, very scant attention but 
it is interesting to note that one of 
the public relations service to borrowers 
is the installation of a drive-in book 
return box next to the curb at the side 
or front of the library. Some years ago 
such a box was designed for this library. 
Has it gone the way of all such bright 
ideas? 



MR. CARIFNOER RT:TIR' :S 

Retirement? \That does it mean? 
Y'e are beginning to realize ths.t there 
are as many definitions as there are 
individuals. To Albert L. Carpenter, 
Special Assistant, for whom the staff 
gave a Coffee Hour on January 8th, 
'* farewell" to his ^iob with the Boston 
Public Library was a mixture of sadness 
in severing vrorking associations with 
staff members; a firm resolution to 
maintain social associations with staff 
members v;ho have become his friends; 
and a tuoyaaioy to pursue more fully his 
many interests in art (active and specta- 
tor), writing, gardening, music, travel, 
and making friends. 

Over two hundred staff members con- 
tr5.buted to a monetary gift symbolizing 
their fond wishes that his plans may be 
fulfilled. An orchid to ¥rs. Carpenter 
"said" "the same to you, from all of us." 



PcrscrBon Re tirem ent Roles Required To 
Fill Out Employment Form 

Paul L. Carty, Executive Officer, 
Boston Retirement Board, on December 15, 
sent the following communication to all 
persons on the retirement roles: 

"In accordance with section 91A of 
chapter 32 of the General Laws you are 
required to file the enclosed form be- 
fore January 31, 1959, since our records 
show that you are retired under the 
provisions of a disability pension and/ 
or retirement allowance. 

"The law further provides that if your 
pension payment added to your earnings 
from gainful occupation after retirement 
exceeds the regular compensation which 
would have been payable to you during 
the year 1958 had you continued in ser- 
vice in the grade held by you at the 
time you were pensioned or retired, you 
shall refund such excess as the case may 
be, and until such refund is made your 
pension or retirement allowance shall be 
held as security therefor. 

"if you fail to file this statement 
before January 31, 1959, the Board shall 
withhold your pension or retirement 
allowance as security for emy refund 
which such statement would have shown 
to be payable. 



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"If you were pensioned or retired before "^ surviving eligible widov may elect 
December 20, 1957, the refund condition I to, receive allowances under this section 



does not apply until January, 1960, but 
you must file the form in any event be- 
fore January 31, 1959." 

(Ed. Note: The con^Jlete text of the 

form may be found in the Deo. 20,1958 

issue City Record, p. 1015) 



Pension Benefit to Survivors 

Senate Bill No. 829, believed to be of 
interest to married men on the staff, 
reads in part as follows: 

"Section 2, Said chapter 32 is hereby 
further amended by inserting after sec- 
tion 12A, inserted by chapter 505 of the 
acts of 1956, the following section: — 
Section 12B. If a member in service who 
has five years of creditable service dies 
and leaves a wife to v/hom he had been 
married for at least three years, and 
with whom he was living at the time of 
his death, there shall be paid to such 
widow an allowance of one hundred dol- 
lars a month, and if there are any chil- 
dren of said deceased member who are 
under the age of eighteen or over said 
age and physically or mentally incapaci- 
tated from earning, an additional allow- 
ance of fifty dollars a month for the 
first such child plus an alloviance of 
thirty-five dollars for each additional 
such child, shall be paid to said widow 
for the benefit of all such children. 
If there is no surviving widow of such 
member or if his surviving widow dies 
such amount as would be payable to a 
widow under this section for her own 
use and for the benefit of such children 
shall be paid in equal shares to such 
children surviving. If the widow re- 
marries all payments under the fore- 
going provisions shall terminate, and 
thereafter each such child shall be paid 
thirty-five dollars monthly, Allovjances 
payable to a widow under this section 
shall terminate upon her remarriage or 
dea'thj and allowances payable to or for 
a child shall terminate upon his adop- 
tion, upon reaching the age of eighteen 
unless he is pl-ysioally or mentally in- 
capacitated from earning, or upon his 
marriage, whichever first occurs, or 
upon his death. The word "child" shall 
include a legally adopted child of the 
deceased member. 



or to receive the sui^ivor benefits as 
provided under option (d) of sub-division 
(2) of section twelve." 



C/iEKDiiR OF EVENTS 



January 26 SL/l iiectinc 
Piece: The Boston Globe 

Tine: 3:30-5 P.M. - Iburs 

6:00 P.Ii. - Dinner 

(At Globe Cafeteria) 
7:30 Meeting 
Host: Eugene Elliott, Librarian 

Speaker: Y.'illard DeLue, Globe 

Historian 



February 14 Catholic Library Association 
Place: New England I'lutual Hall 

Time: 2:00 P.M., February 14 

Catholic Book Forun 

February 22-Fcbruary 28, 1959 is Ci^THOLIC 
BOOK liJEEK. This year's slor-an SH/JIE 
TRU OH.,. SPREAD FAI B 

January 24 Staff Association Meeting 
Timo: 9:00 A.M. 



The Staff Association pr0t;ram for C/J?E 
is devoted entirely to Food Crusade 
packages, Ihese are ^)1.00 packages con- 
tainini" approximately 22 pounds of food 
from U.S. government surplus. 

CARE has representatives abroad v;ho 
determine the needs and make arrangements 
with local governments for the shipment 
of goods. Local religious and charitable 
ort^anizations assist in the distribution. 

Thus the needy, the hungry, orphans, 
refugees and others in distress are 
assured of your assistance through Ci'Jffi. 

Your continued support is earnestly 
solicited. 

Special Committee for CARE 




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Any contribution to the Soa p Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch 
Library, Department or Office in which 
he or she is employed. The namo is with 
hold from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the cont'rilDutor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions arc not given 
consideration. The author of tho article 
is known only to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of th,c articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association 
members and their appearance docs not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions Committee and the Association arc 
in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



Dear Soap Box: 

Apropos the recent surveys in the 
Library, someone should point out the 
value of scientific surveys and scjnp- 
lings of opinion, and also v;hat can be 
done with statistics. 

A survey indicates that the Library is 
unable to give adequate service because 
of personnel shortages. 
Proposed solution: Reduce the services 
still more. 

Conclusion: If you got along before we 
reduced the service with so many pcrs'on- 
nel , you can get a.long now with f cvrcr 
personnel. Or if you can't give adequate 
service with the personnel you have now, 
why not try giving less adequate service 
with fewer personnel? But (and this is 
important ) call it BETTER LIBRARY 

service ;; 

Do you sec what can be done if you 
have the proper attitude? Abe Lincoln 



wtxs right when he said, "You can f-^ol 
some of the people all of the time, and 
all of the people some )f the time.,." 
1/Vho needs to f ol all rf the people all 
of the time? Yr^u can still make money 
vnrking on the other tvro premises. 
But don't forget, call it BETTER 
LIBRARY SERVICE 11 

Y/YMCEN, MCBLYl^lKEN & NOD 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

■niQ clouds gather and cast their 
shadovrs across the impending glo^n at 
tho B, P. L. ¥c arc filled with fore- 
boding as the shad'OYiTS lengthen, 

A Conmittcc to celebrate the retire- 
ment of ^.n honored empl lyce who had 
given more than fifty yerjrs of courageous 
service to the public and to the in- 
stitution, vra.s refused permission to 
hold an aftern.i-^n tea from 3 to 5 p.n. 
Tradition has been throvm out the window 
and a vise-like grip has begun to 
strangle the last ounce of cooperation 
and initiative out of all -f us. T^c 
can expect further curtailment of l^ng 
standing privileges. The shadow 
1 cngthens I 

If privileges have been abused, then 
the fcv; guilty ones should be called to 
task. T^ take avra.y the privileges of 
all for the offense ^f a few or oven one 
is neither sane nor realistic, ffovf much 
m^re can the fast dropping- morale stand? 
There are vnxys to combat tyranny, but 
they vnuld not be acceptable to cither 

■ the administration or t:) the Trustees. 

YiTc are not running r. factory or doing 

■ "piece work". We arc devoted to the 
service -^f the public and are continual- 
ly hampered by lack ^f funds and lack ">f 
pcrs?nnel . 

THE SH/lDOY; KIjOWS 

Dear Editor: 

Is any one concerned that cur career 
employees arc retiring-; before the usual 
retirement age? Is anyone concerned 
that viTC are n^t attracting the top grad- 
uates from Librcxy Schools? Is it 
possible that we can maintain our stand- 
ing as an instituti'-^n v:ith less quali- 
fied, less experienced employees? 

I{Tc we offering the Libra.ry as a "go id 
place to ViTork" with opportunity to de- 
velop and improve the quali'ty of person- 

■ ncl and the calibre of the institution? 

If we do not, we may not be dead, but 
we are dying. 

Digger 



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Dcr.r Soap Box Editor: 

If the ruiiior bo true that r. tec. crjm. t 
bo hold as Ixis boon the custiti for raany 
nnny ycr-jrs, bctwoon 3 rjid 5, for a member 
viho is retiring, unless it be hold bc- 
tvvocn 12-2, it sooras that we have really 
reached THE EOT. laid if such a ruling 
has boon made, why must it start v^hon the 
pers-^n involved has put in 3Vor fifly 
years of service? 

Also, whoever nado the ruling has never 
Ijoked into the ■"/romon's lunch r j'^m bo- 
tvrocn 12 and 2 and compared the traffic 
with what it takes to put on a tea ir 
coffee I WERE PR/.Y lELL DO THOSE OF US 
i;,™ mST BRING OUR LUNCH ^^.T??? Ihc 
parks are a little chilly this season -^f 
the yearl 

But n.it as chilly, apparently, as the 
heart of hin who nado the ruling! 

lb be sure, some people have offended 
perhaps by staying at a "tea" for no re 
than the period ->f their relief ..obut 
•v#iy penalize the person rotirinc» ••after 
all one retires only once... or the iTOinen 
vrfio lunch in the lunchroom? 

Extremely Indignant 

Door Soap Box Editor: 

In ort'.cr to correct a nisinternrctati-n 
cjncorning the recent chan^'os in vacation 
policy, a few minor clarifications should 
be made. 

The mectinr which the Assistant 
Dircctor(for Personnel) had with certain 
of the employees was called on very short 
notice and the draft of the proposed text 
of the General Administrative Notice was 
not available to the employees until the 
meeting. 

ionong the emplTyecs were three from the 
Staff Association. Those three were not 
under instructions from the membership or 
from the Executive Board. They represent 
ed only themselves. 

One change was made in tlie text during 
the meeting. 

One change wa,s made in the text after 
the meeting. 

The Staff Association was not con- 
sulted on these changes in vacation 
policy. Three individuals from the Staff 
Association were^ They did not speak for 
the Association. 

VOX POP 



It' tlie Soapbox. . . 

Concerning the new rules on "vacations.. 
much is perhaps in the right direction. 
But it seems to mo that the ruling on not 
being allowed to hold over a sma.ll number 
of days vacation from one year to another 
may do more harm than good, especially if 
as the notice said, the purpose of vaca- 
tion is to give the employee needed rest 
and relaxation. 

Th-^se "saved" days acted as a form of 
insurance. They were there in tine of 
need... if a friend arrived in town un- 
expectedly, if one's wife were ill and 
someone had to stay v/ith the baby, if a 
bit of frjnily or personal business crjno 
up, if the pipes froze or the appliances 
around the house broke down, if the extra 
workload piled up and one W.EDED a day or 
tT,VD to recover when sick leave would not 
be the strict truth. 

In the spring, one does not loaoxv 
alv;ays, one's va.cation plans for the year 
or hovif nuch money will be available, or 
whether one will be allotted the time he 
wants, and it might be foolishness to 
use up time in advance, but if one had 
a day or two loft over, it might be most 
uscfial, for emergency or needed rest. 

At the end of the year, we now have the 
horrible decision to make of whether wo 
save a day or tvjo hopefully to use in 
conjunction with Christmas, IF wo draw 
the Christmas luck, or virhethcr to use it 
earlier. Or will the open departments 
have half their staff with time -vi^iich 
must be used coming due during the 
busiest season of the year? 

Vacation time is NOT rest or relaxation 
unless one has something to do with it or 
someone to do it with, or both. YTiat 
harm in a very few days insurance with- 
out having to depend on the whim of whom- 
ever approves the requests to hold over 
the time? 

One against full 
regimentation 

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Editors Note; Bie time 12-2 instead 
of 3-5 was sug g ested because of staff 
shortages. It v;as not an order. No 
Xi I_c vrr.s 'made concerning parties in 
general . 



IJjC JACK Ir? JOY 

And reiLEiEber the annual Christmas Itea held on Tuesday, 

December 23d, in the Yeomen's Lounge, It \ms a festive 

occasion v.'ith the lounge gaily decorated, instrumental 

music provided by Louis Ugalde, Danny Kuory, and liartin 

Waters, and home-baked goodies contributed by every one. 

3he staff was pleased to welcome retired friends and 

former employees among the guests* Some of tliose who 

returned for hospitality were: 

Elizabeth G. Barry 

Albert L. Carpenter 

George ^'1. Gallagher 

Fanny Goldstein 

Givard D. Hottleman 

Alice li. Jordan 

Jean B. Lay 

Rebecca Hillmeister 

William J. I'lulloney, Jr. 

I.Iarie E. Iv!ulvaney 

Yfilliam F. Quirni 

Patrick J. Reilly 

Vt and l-rs Ilorris J. Rosenberg 

Loraine Sullivan 

Ihe lounge was not big enough to hold the contagion of 

Christmas happiness, and it exploded far into the recesses 

of the lobby, as carol-singers, led by !!r and Ws Edward 

Kunro, lifted their voices in the spirit of joy. On 

Wednesday morning, December 24, the men were hosts to the 

staff on the occasion of their annual Christmas coffee-hour. 

R. Firji 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC IIBRAW 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



FEBRUARY 1959 



T H E Q U E S T i N M A R K 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIV Number 2 February 1959 



Publications Committee: Iferjoric Groves, liinilia Langc, Frank Lovine, 

Mary V, Sheohan, Christine C. Unano, 
Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 



Publication Date: 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 



QM proposes a toast to the modest month of February! Regarded by some as a black 
sheep, she stands second in a family of twelve. She was endowed with none of the 
optimism of the first month, none of the hopeful charms of Spring, none of the easy 
relaxation of Summer, not oven the bitter sweet nostalgia of the Autumn months. 
February shivers alone, a somewhat stunted replica of her sisters amid the gloomy 
storm prognostications of mid-winter. 

We nonetheless raise in her defense our freshly pointed quills, for in her meager 
span of days we find a wealth of births and beginnings. 

Cm February 7th the Year of the Pig exploded on the scone with exotic oriental 
celebrations more than 4,000 years old. On February 12th and 22nd we observe the 
birthday anniversaries of two major American presidents. On February 11th we begin 
the Lenten fast, knowing it leads to the most glorious of Christian feast days. 

Narrowing our field of apology, we note that February marks the beginning of the 
end for thousands of students, some of whom, anticipating the day of reckoning, will 
reluctantly introduce themselves to the wonders of the library for the first time. 
We will know them by their crutches, splints and bandages, the medals of a valiant 
last battle for recreation fought on the mid-year slopes of New England, 

And speaking of battles, was it not in February 1959 that we found the Library, 
herself surprised, headlined in the HERALD, discussed in several news itans and 
editorials, and bemused by the tontalizing possibility of finding a champion in the 
Boston Press? 

Lastly we submit to you February 16th - the birthdate of a new Question Mark, 
whose aims and principles we here briefly set forth: 

- To keep the staff informed, insofar as is possible in a monthly 
publication, of happenings institutional, local and professional 
which affect them or are of interest to them. 

- To give space through articles or interviews for factual and direct 
reporting in order to diminish rumors on in^ortant matters, en- 
courage informed discussion of these matters and thereby redirect 
interest away from rumors of trivia, 

- To adhere to the principle that morale is rightfully our concern 
from an employee level equally as much as it is the responsibility 
of administration, and that in this regard firm reason, well tem- 
pered by a sense of humor will achieve more, than the whine of 
chronic complaint. 

We recommend the President's notes regarding Soap Box letters, and invite contri- 
butions for our future publications. As we approach the problems and issues of 
a new year this page, now dedicated in whimsy to a month of beginnings, will become 
a voice for a more united association bait on achieving the benefits we need and 
support for an institution we hope to see restored to its former stature, 

THE PUBLICATIONS CaWITTEE 



PRESIDSNT'S NOTES 



LIBRARY DILEMMA AIRED 



This is written before all the committee 
ohairmen for the new year have been chosen 
However, those committees which have im- 
mediate and continuous work to perform are 
already sot up and are functioning. Louis 
Polishook who headed the Special Committee 
on Legislative and Legal Matters has con- 
sented to continue as chairman of the per- 
manent conmittoG and will keep us abreast 
of matters in the State House and City Hall 
that arc of interest to us. At the moment 
of course, the burning question is that of 
an over-all raise for city employees, 

Louis Rains, as chairman of the Personnel 
Committee is continuing the study of the 
Nan-professional classification, assisted 
among others by Nancy Gushing of the !2x- 
ccutivc Board. 

Mrs. Felicia Peltier has consented to 
undertake the time consuming job of head- 
ing the editorial coromittoe of the Ques- 
tion Mark. We hope you will give them all 
the cooperation necessary for them to per- 
form their duties satisfactorily. In the 
last case in particular - please send in 
any items of news concerning your depart- 
ment or branch. Those of you who have 
letters for the Soap Box will, as in the 
past, have every consideration. It is to 
be hoped however, that letters of com- 
plaint - and there always will bo some of 
those, will be based on actual grievances 
rather than on rumors of what might hap- 
pen, or on \moonfirmed assumptions of what 
might have happened. Although the Soap 
Box represents individual opinion, yet 
the Question Mark represents the Staff 
Association, and as such is read by per- 
sons all over the country. Wo wish to ap- 
pear as a responsible group of persons 
truly attempting in a reasonable manner tc 
further the interests of the staff, and as 
associates of a groat 'institution the good 
of the Library as a whole. It is well to 
remember this when we may be tempted to 
give vent to a petty irritation by writing 
a letter to the editor. Wo are each of us 
responsible persons, members of a group 
that is judged by our actions. 

Again I wish to thank all cf you for 
your cooperation in the past year, and 
hope that the coming year may be one of 
progress and satisfaction for all. 

Sincerely, 

Sarah W, Flannery 

President 



T'Tiile the newspapers continue to pub- 
lish pros and cons of curtailing Satur- 
day service at the BPL, the Library has 
spoken out in its own behalf, 

V'ednesday evening a 8 p,m., radio 
station ^-^UR-M played host to the Bos- 
ton Public Librajry represented by Francig 
S. Moloney, Assistant to the Director 
for the Division of Information, During 
the half-hour interview, Mr. Moloney re- 
viewed the reasons for possibly closing 
the Library, supporting his explanation 
with percentage figures of increased use 
and decreased staffing. 

Having considered the threat of closure 
in terms of stepped-up pressures and loss 
of personnel, Mr, Moloney described the 
legislative bills currently proposing 
library aid. These bills, and/or the 
State Aid bill, provide the only hope for 
continued full-time service, unless the 
Mayor's white paper cutbacks, as they af- 
fect the Library, are repealed « In re- 
gard to one bill providing metropolitan 
support, Mr, Moloney said that it is not 
reasonable to expect a city should sup- 
port by itself a service which is bene- 
ficial to the metropolitan community as 
a whole. He commented that what the 
Library needs is a "wider base of support," 

In answering questions on the extent 
of use given the Library, particularly by 
non-residents, Mr, Moloney referred to 
the recent surveys made. Use of the 
Reference and Research services particul- 
arly has shown a decided upturn in the 
last several years. Using call-slips as 
a measure in the last two years, from 
1957-1959 facts have indicated a marked 
increase of more than 80,000 slips. Dur- 
ing this same period of increased service 
the staff has decreased considerably c 

I'Tien asked how zhe BPL compares to New 
York and other large public libraries, 
Mr, Moloney replied that the BFL and 
^^hl^® ^^^ o"ly Public libraries which 
by/size and scope of their reference 
resources, are entitled to membership in 
the Research Libraries Association, 
if'hereas most public library collections 
are made up proportionately of 2/3 popu- 
lar material to 1/3 reference volumes, 
the BPL collection of roughly two mil- 
lion voluires has the reverse proportions. 
Mr, Moloney added, to sub- 



This is due, 



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stantial private benefaction and generous 
public support in the past. 

In closing, Mr. Moloney gave as reasons 
for the stepped-up use of library ref-i-- 
ence facilities the groT-rth of population 
and the tightening up of the high school 
curriculum in thlSGSCienoe oriented perioi 

As a final anecdote, Mr. Moloney cited 
the case of Science and Technology De- 
partment where the harrassed librarians 
report the arrival of entire classes 
from the outlying communities requesting 
material in quantities - such as Jiwenty- 
five articles on the Geiger counter re- 
quested simultaneously. These are the 
problems, but the average reference li- 
brarian, said Mr. Moloney, "is a chap 
who goes all out" to serve the needs of 
the public. 

REAL ANY GOOD PLAYS LATELY? 

The Staff Association announces the 
following: 

YOU were meant to play Big Caddy 

No audition is necessary. Just bring 
enthusiasm and yourself. 

The date? Thursday, Fob. 19th 

The timo? 6 p.m. 

The plaoo? Staff Library 

Address inquiries to: 

Miss Patricia Maxwell 
Central Charging Records 



effort, though the financial struggle of 
neither has been solved. Keeping theatre 
alive has been more difficult. Many 
noble failures have helped to pave the 
I way for the current successes. The per- 
j sistanoo of those who kept trying is to 
l.bc conncndod, for the break through took 
I almost too long, recaaforoing the fast 
growing myth that Boston had died. Bos- 
ton the jinx town for theatre, the town 
that couldn't support a repertory com- 
pany, couldn't hold an opera company of 
its own. 

Now the timo seems to have arrived 
when a greater public interest and sup- 
port may succeed over the heretofore 
louder protests of some public figures 
who tend to belittle the arts as finan- 
vially unsound. Two new young companies 
have started producing, one of them thus 
far successful woll into its second sea- 
son, the other to open in March at the 
old Wilbut. 

Another critical and popular success is 
the new opera company under the di- 
rection of Sarah Caldwell. 

Now the plans for a real metropolitan 
arts center have passed the dream stage 
and arc well on their way towr.rd realiza- 
tion,, 

Tho invitation preceding this article, 
calling for playroaders, is an example 
of one type of support for tho cultural 
rovitalization. Familiarity for the 
drama, for any of the arts, does not 
breed contempt. On the contrary, it 
breeds enjoyment, and downright fun. 
TOiy not join the fim and drop in at tho 
Staff Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 
Fobruary 19th. 



CULTURAL RENAISSANCE IN BOSTON 

"I think she's got it I I think she's 
got iti" We steal a line from tho patter 
of "My Fair lady" to express the hopeful 
optimism people arc feeling about tho 
arts in Boston. Recent ovidoncc points 
to the fact that our community is under- 
going a long overdue change of heart par- 
ticularly toward the various forms of tho 
legitimate stage. 

This is not a sudden and total revers- 
al of past attitudes, for there has al- 
ways been a nucleus of effort toward 
keeping Boston culturally alive. Tho 
BJJuseum of Fine Arts and the Boston Sym- 
phony are examples of tho fiiiits of this 



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LOST AND FDUND 

An assortment of articles recently 
turned in at Supervisor's included school 
books, notebooks, several sandwiches 
(slightly crushed), one whoopee pie 
(intact), and the following: 

THE TEENAGE PRAYER 

Now I sit me down to study 

I pray the Lord I won't go nutty 

If and when I learn this junk 

I pray the Lord that I won't flunk. 

Now I lay me down to rest 

While I think of tomorrow's test 

And if I should die before I wake 

Well that's one test I'll never take, 

BRADFORD M. HILL 



ClLiT. 



IN A MIRROR VERY DARKLY 

The following is a quotation from Boris 
Pasternak's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (N.Y., Pantheon 
1958), pp. 288-289. It is a description 
of the reading room of a small towi li- 
brary in Russia, revolutionary period, 
"The readers were of two kinds. The 
majority were elderly members of the local 
intelligentsia; the rest were of more 
humble origin. 

The former, mostly women, vrere poorly 
dressed and had a neglected, hangdog look 
and long, sickly faces which for one rea- 
son or another - whether through hunger, 
jaundice, or dropsy - were puffy. They 
were habitues of the library, and knew the 
attendants personally and felt at home 
here. 

The common people looked well and hand- 
some and were neatly dressed in their best 
clothes; they came in timidly as though 
they were entering a churchj they made 
more noise than the others, not because 
they did not know the rules but because 
in their anxiety not to make a sound they 
could not control their vigorous steps and 
voices. 

The librarian and his two assistants sat 
on a dais in a recess in the Kail opposite 
the window, separated from the rest of the 
room by a high counter. One of the as- 
sistants was a cross-looking woman who 
wore a woollen shawl and kept putting on 
her pince-nez and taking it off, apparent- 
ly in accordance with mood rather than 
need. The other, in a black silk blouse, 
seemed to have a weak chest, for she 
breathed and spoke through her handker- 
chief and never took it away from her 
nose and mouth. 

The staff had the same long, puffy, 
flabby faces as most of the readers, and 
the same loose skin, earthy and grnenish 
like pickled cucumbers or gray mold. The 
three of them took turns explaining the 
rules in whispers to new readers, sorted 
the order slips, handed out books and 
took them back, and in the intervals work- 
ed on some report or other." 

Ed. note: Come survey, come revolution, 
the Annual Report marches on. 



The BJLA Midwinter neoting was held at 
i Boston Uhii^ersity S^'^iJSol of Public re- 
I lations and Conmiani cat ions on February 
j 6 and 7. 

f The cjntiro meeting was conducted in the 
workshop technique, a decided departure 
from the lecture format. 

Participating in the programs were six 
librarians from the BPL. Milton E. Loi:*d, 
Director, and John M, Carroll, Chief Li- 
brarian of H,R, aand C.S. sei-ved as sourot 
participants. Mrs. Helen Hirson was a 
discussion leader, Veronica Yotts and 
Pauline Winnick were recorders for dis- 
cussion groups, and Mrs, ?feriel C, 
Javelin, Chairman of the Adult Education 
Committee served in a coordinating 
capacity. 

One of the most interesting, sxzrprising 
and disturbing findings of the conference 
was the realization that too many li- 
brarians are still ignorant of the facts 
of the State Aid for Libraries bill. It 
was brought out in discussion that Li- 
brarians and Trustees arc not intelligcait- 
ly backing this proposed legislation and 
some, through lack of information, are 
not supporting it at all . 

The conference v.as considered remark- 
ably successful for a first try at the 
new format. 

SUM1.1ER PLkWS 

Librarians interested in vacation in- 
stitutes and conferences may want to vn"ite 
for information on the Sixth Annual Work- 
shop in the Iraprovencait of Hunan Rela- 
tions which Boston lliivc-rsity will offer 
during its 1959 S\iinraer Session, July 19- 
August 7. This workshop is conducted by 
the B, U, HvjTian Relations Center, Dr, 
Kenneth D. Bcnne, Director, and is held 
at Osgood Kill, the Thiversity's Con- 
ference Center in North Andovor, Mass, 

Address iiiouiries to Boston Uhiversity 
Human Relations Center, 270 Bay State 
Road, Boston 15, Mass, 



Join The American Library Association 

now 
1959 Conference; V/ashington, D, Co 

For membership forms, apply to 
Mildred C. O'Connor 
General Reference Department 



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BRANCH NOTES 



West End 



Changing Face of the Conmunity. 
Since its opening in I896 the West End 
Branch has been in the center of many- 
changes. From the earliest reports we can 
see that this Yra.s a neighborhood in transi-the book was in his hands at the time 



tion. For a good part of its life, the 
library's locale was basically of an im- 
migrant character, first the Irish dis- 
placing the Yankee, then the Western 
European Jews and finally the new immi- 
grant from Southern Italy. This tended to 
make the branch an institution with its 
own peculiar racial and ethnic problems. 

Today the clientele of this particular 
library is as mixed as can be found any- 
where in Boston, from the very proper 
Bostonian to the new immigrant. The 
Louisburg Square mansion oivner and the 
Scollay Square rooming house boarder rub 
shoulders at the charging desk. 

As unusual as this combination sounds it 
is a good cross section of our public. Th^ 
rooming house dwellers read n^rstery and 
western novels and the Beacon Millers 
leave long lists of requests for the best 
sellers, giving the circulation a good 
boost. 

On the other side most of the bottom of 
the hill circulation comes from the child- 
ren's room. The area still has a large 
percentage of primary school children who 
read and read well. The parents have not 
advanced to reading English but utilize 
the collection of books in Italian on loan 
from North End. 

The redevelopment project slated for the 
neighborhood has not affected circulation 
as much as would be expected over a period 
of nine years. 

One of the most interesting and busy sub 
sections iS' the Judaica department, it is 
a center for studies in all phases of 
Judaism. 

Students from Boston and aU parts of the 
United States have used and still use the 
vast collection of books, pamphlets and 
prints. Numerous reference requests over 
the telephone keep the librarians on their 
toes. 

It seems that instead of a peace and 
quiet descending over the branch, things 
continue to get much busier. 

Strange but true department. A Vfest 
End patron returned a book entitled 



ed our attention to the fact that taped 
to the inside front cover was an envelope 
with a cancelled United Nations stamp 
addressed to - of all people - Richard 
Rodgers, The envelope was addressed to 
Mr. Rodgers at the Ritz-Carleton Hotel, 
and from the date it would appear that 



Flower Drum Song was playing in Boston. 

On the back of the envelope were a few 
pencilled cryptic notes. Could it be 
that Itr. Rodgers is planning a musical 
on his o-vvn illustrious life? We are 
keeping the envelope mth the notes in 
our special Broadway celebrity archives 
for historians of the future. 
Codman Square 

This is an original poem by Brian Luff, 
gr. k at the Greenleaf l^Vhittier School, 
written diiring the Valentines for Authors 
project for children. 

Poem to a Favorite Author 
(dedicated to Alexander I'larshak, child- 
ren's author) 

Ylhen it's a cold day and my face is 
filled with sorrow, 

I go to the library to get books to 
borrow 

I get the books and rush to my house 

Like an energetic mouse. 

I read, I read so fast 

Pretty soon I'll be at the last 

I guard so safely the books 

No one could steal them not even the 
crooks 

Vilhen I return the books 

I come home again with my treasures 
nev; books 1 
South Boston 

Helen Connell, absent from our ranks 
since the first of January is on the road 
-to recovery. Helen sustained a broken 
ankle and has worn a cast for several 
weeks. Friends throughout the system may 
be interested to know she is noiv free of 
the cast and looking for\mrd to returning 
to work in the not too distant future. 
Jamaica Plain 

Friends of the Library held their mid- 
winter meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 
Edna G. Peck's book talk kept a rapt 
audience entertained, and one Friend 
said, "Even the books v;e should read sound 
entertaining when Ills s Peck talks about 
them." A social hour followed, with lots 
of delectable goodies baked by the good 
Friends, 



"Richard Rodgers" by David Ewens . He call- 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 



l1lO«S m' 



Nevf JItaployees 

Noj-ma R. Chadwick, Book Stack Service 

Geneva Powers, Book Stack Service 

Mrs. Margy P. Sharpe, Rare Book 

Frederick Rodeomacher, Book Stack Service 

(formerly part-time in same dcpt.) 
Mrs. Bertha D. Streeter, Egleston Square 

(formerly part-time at Mattapan) 

Re-entered 

Sheila W, Pierce, Central Charging Re- 
cords 

Transferred 

Ltrs. M. Joan Neuvrirth, North aid to Par- 
ker Hill 
Rubh K, Winn, Open Shelf to North Ehd 

Retired 

Katherine G. Sullivan, Book Stack Service 

January 31, 1959 

Resigned 

Josephine F. Foster, Kirstein, to accept 

another position 
JoAnne M. Jordan, Central Charging Re- 
cords, to accept a teaching position 
Marie A, Kelly, Book Stack Service, to 

return to school 
Joan P, Morris, Science & Technology, 

to accept a library position with 

General Electric, Lynn, Mass. 
Elaine M. Niland, Cat & Class, R and RS, 

to accept another position 
Mrs, Carole W. Rosenshein, East Boston, 

to accept a teaching position 
Mrs. Angela A, Siraco, Allston, to remain 

at home 
¥>filliam Willwerth, Book Preparation, to 

accept a position with the Commonvirealth 

of Massachusetts 

ALUMNI NOTES 

Mr. and Mrs. John Hallahan announce the 
birth of a third son, Gerard Joseph, 
born January 30, 19$9. 

John and Julie are former members of 
Open Shelf and Book Purchasing Depart- 
ments. 



HAVE A HEART 
RMIMBER CARE 



A newcomer to the Bookmobile is Lorraine 
F. Hepburn, a Philadelphian bom and bred. 
She attaided the Irwin school in Phila- 
delphia and Tfms graduated in June 1958 
from Wellesley College where she majored 
in English. 

Lorraine was CTiployed by the Horn Book 
Company prior to her arrival here. Her 
interests are diversified, including e- 
qual portions of Theatre, Baseball and 
Travel . 



Central Charging boasts another attract- 
ive assistant since Phyllis R, MalniJcow 
was added to the staff, Phyllis is a 
Bostonian ifriio attended the Boston School 
of Dental Nursing and worked in the doital 
field before taking employment in the 
Library. Her oonsiuning interest is 
meteorology wl-.iob-she -places above the 
more conventional hobbies and recreation- 
al activities. 



Paul R. Brayton, Jr. is the welcome ad- 
dition to the Science & Tech Department. 
Paul comes originally from Los Angeles, 
California, via Harvard where he earned a 
bachelor's degree in geology. For two 
years dviring and following college, he 
worked as a uranium and petroleum field 
geologist. 

He is now studying for his Master's de- 
gree in Library Science at Simmons, Be- 
fore joining the Staff Paul worked as as- 
sistant librarian at the Boston Museum of 
Science. 



KATHERINE G: SULLIVAN RETIRES 

Gn Tuesday, February 10th, a testi- 
monial coffee hour was given in honor of 
Katherine G, Sullivan who retired from 
the library service on January 31, 1959. 
Miss Sullivan was greeted by her many 
friends and well wishers, including 
several retired members of the Staff who 
came despite the bad weather. 

The presentation of a gift of money was 
made by Mr. Hensley in his usual delight- 
ful manner. Miss Sullivan was equally 
charming in her acceptance of the gift. 
She looked lovely, as did her niece. Miss 
Barbara Brovm, who assisted her in greet- 
ing her many colleagues. 

It was a friendly, warm end enjoyable 
affair, and will be remembered, as will 
Miss Sullivan, for a long time. 



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Box 



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



Dear Soap Box: 

VTiat is the policy on posting vacancies' 
Since the positions of Assistant Director 
(for Information), Assistant Director 
(for Personnel) and Assistant to the 
Director (for Library Business) were 
created and filled without prior notice 
so that no one had an opportunity to 
apply for these positions, we have re- 
ceived additional assurances that all 
vacancies would be posted and everyone 
who believed himself qualified would re- 
ceive an opportunity to apply for any 
position posted. 

The position of Reference Assistant in 
General Reference has just been filled. 
Although this position was announced as 
a vacancy as of October 1, 1958, there 



has been no "announcement of Appointment 
to be Made." 

There is no objection by this writer to 
the person appointed. The appointment 
probably should have been made much 
earlier. There is a definite objection 
to omitting orderly procedures which 
guaranteed that each person in the li- 
brary service would be aware of job op- 
portunities and have an opportunity to 
apply for them. 

I'Tien part of the Staff was supporting 
a bill to place the employees in the 
bibliothecal service of the library under 
Civil Service to gain such guarantees as 
this, were not assurances given then that 
the best features of Civil Service would 
obtain under the library's personnel 
system? 

Are we no longer to have any "Announce- 
ment of Appointment to be Made," or only 
when someone deems it to be advisable? 
Should ue get ready to hear of new top- 
level positions being created and filled 
without giving the staff a chance to com- 
pete for them? 

How does the staff find out if there 
has been an unannounced change in policy? 

CIVIL SYBIL 

Ed. note: Personnel Office admits it 
slipped up. 

Crossword puzzle fans take note: the re- 
port of the firm of Ore sap, KsCormick & 
Paget on staffing will provide hours of 
speculation for those interested. For 
example, Exhibit A gives 11 (minus 6) 
leaves ^. Question: who are the missing 
bodies? and where do they reappear in a- 
nother guise? 

The "General Observations" provide fur- 
ther speculation. Question: Are further 
additions to the already top-heavy super- 
structure to be perpetrated upon the un- 
suspecting staff? The addition of an or- 
ganization chart would have clarified 
these ambiguous phrases veiled in abstract 
terminology, ^''e would like to see fur- 
ther delineation on these points. 

CROSS WORD 



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SORT ORGANIZATION i;!EETING 

As the result of a gay trip to Vforcester 
by a snail group of holiday nakers the 
Massachusetts Library Association is 
going to have the benefit of a world- 
shaking program. 

This choice tid-bit was instigated last 
Friday, February 13, by representatives 
from the staff associations of the Boston 
Public, YiTorcester Public, and the M.I.T. 
libraries. 

Under a full head of steam generated by 
Gertrude l¥ade, five representatives from 
B.P.L. met with five association members 
from Worcester and M.I.T. to fill in the 
big picture. 

It was decided that Boston will handle 
publicity, YJorc ester will handle the 
physical arrangements for the meeting in 
Lenox, and M.I.T. will concentrate on 
contacting by mail all those libraries in 
the State without benefit of staff 
associations, 

A tentative program was decided upon — 
so tentative, in fact, that with Ixick it 
will be announced next issue. 

For all those who enjoy reading names in 
nev/spapers those who attended were : 
From Boston ; 

B. Gertrude V/ade, Codman Square, 

elected Chairman 
Pauline A. Y/alker, Tfest Roxbury 
Edna G. Peck, Book Selection (HR and 

CS) 
Louis Rains, Science and Technology 
Frank La vine, TJest End 
From Y/orcester ; 
Helen Smith 
Alice Vajorian 
Elizabeth Bryant 
Emil Gradberg 
From M.I.T. ; I 

Diana Joyorian 



FIFTY YEAR. MAN 

Y?hen William Howard Taft was President, 
Peary was discovering the North Pole , and 
Honus Vfegner was still batting champ of 
the National League, Joe Crowley (Assist- 
ant-in-Charge, Book Stack Service) came 
to work at B«P.La To many of us it seems 
like a long time in anybody's book (get 
it, book), but not to Joe who has hundreds 
of stories about the "good old days," and 
the millions of books that he has handled. 

For a man that doesn't look any older 
than many of the extras who work for him 
in the stacks he has seen lots of changes. 
"T.'e worked all over the Library in the old 
days J seems to me that there were more 
men around, too, and for a fellow to work 
at a Branch was unheard of." 

"They gave us a rule book and a few 
weeks to learn it by heart; after that, 
we were responsible for anything that 
wasn't right; if you made a mistake, it 
was your neck." 

He tells about people with MAxom he 
worked who are now successes in law, 
medicine, and the clergy, "they come 
back once in a while and we talk over old 
times", says he, with a big smile. 

"I've had w gripes and bad days, but 
on the other hand, happy tiroes, too, and 
nice people to vrork with. I'm still 
here, and hope to be for a long time, 
"that's my answer to the question 'do I 
like B.P.L. or not I" 



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THEQUESTIONMARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIV Number 3 _. March 19^9 



Publications Committee: Marjorie Groves, Emilia Lange, Prank Lavine, 

Mary V. Sheehan, I, Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, 
Felicia L, Peltier, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each manth The tenth of each month 



With the threat of the Mayor's white paper a dormant issue, and the committees 
for National Library Week raising the banners and lances of public relations to 
defend us against further immediate encroachment on our rights to the borders of 
education, QM feels safe in turning its attention inward to consider the Statement 
of Personnel Principles piiblished early this month. We regard somewhat quizzi- 
cally, though not unappreciatively, the solicitation of eirployee comments and sugges- 
tions, thinking it more sensible to refrain from critical analysis of a statement 
comprised of such admittedly broad principles. It is the plan for implementation 
of these principles which we await idth interest and some anxiety. 

Our interest carries with it a certain optimism. Our anxiety arises from an 
admitted bias against apparently broad statements which in the past have sometimes 
sprung from decidedly specific and predetermined intentions. Having frankly stated 
our bias, a gesture more common to sociology than journalism, QM prefers to ac- 
centuate the positive and avoid borrowing doubts from the past. Our antennae have 
been buzzing with staff reaction to the Statement , but it occurs to us that each 
individual employee has an individual interpretation of the principles, that these 
interpretations are widely varied, and that most of them are based on projected 
guesses into the "form and substance" which as far as we know does not yet exist. 

The Executive Board at its March meeting voted to table discussion of the 
Statement till a future meeting when all members could be present, the intervening 
time to fee used in studying interpretation and reaction to it, 

QM's own comment is two-fold: 

1.) - A broad reaction to the broad principles is favcsrable. They appear 
potentially beneficial to the profession, the institution, and the employees, 

2.) - Support or criticism sho\ild be reserved until sane points are clari- 
fied from the "form and substance" part of the program— e.g. -principles #1+, 5, and 
6 which conjure up memories of the unsuccessfvil rating sheets of the (pardon the 
reference) past, 

QM*s sole suggestion: Recognizing that the administration of this program rests 
rightfully with the Personnel Division, we hope the Assistant Director will once 
again welcome the opportunity to explore the Staff Association viewpoint through 
discussion with our elected representatives, the Executive Board, before any hard 
and fast plans are put into effect, 

THE PUBLICATICWS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT"^ MOTES 



ACTIVITIES 



Preparations for the forthcoming Na- 
tional Library Week occupy the minds and 
energies of many of us at this time, to 
the exclusion of many other library activ- 
ities and we feel that it will be of great 
value in bringing to the public notice the 
services as well as the needs of our pub- 
lic libraries. The Staff Association this 
year is participating in the activities bj 
acting as host at an Open House for the 
Friends of the Library groups, at the 
Central Library on Sunday, April 12, at 
2 p.m. The chairman of the Entertainment 
Committee, Mrs. Anne M. Brackett of Cen- 
tral Charging Records, woiild be glad to 
hear of anyone who wishes to volunteer to 
assist in serving the refreshments. 

Your president was pleased to see the 
statemCTit of basic personnel principles 
published by the Assistant Director, Mr. 
Gaines. They seem to us to be eminently 
fair, reasonable, and to provide a good 
base for sound personnel practices. YiTe 
should all feel reassured that the inter- 
est and welfare of staff mei±>ers are bein^ 
considered of prime importance to the ef- 
ficient functioning of the Library as a 
whole. The statement seems to us a defi- 
nite step in the ri^t direction. 

The redecorating work in progress in 
Bates Hall makes us wish to extend our 
sympathies to the staffs of General Refer-' 
ence and Book Stack Service who are 
remaining cheerful although obliged to 
work under most trying circumstances. 
Members of other departments are being 
most cooperative not only in helping to 
man unfamiliar posts vrtiere needed, but in 
cheerfully accepting the fact that for the 
present at least, the General Reference 
Staff cannot be called upon to give their , 
usual help to other departments. As a , 
bystander in the proceedings it is cheer- ) 
ing to see a fine example of staff cooper^ 
ation and of working under difficulties. 

Staff members way need to be reminded 
that the officers of the Executive Board 
were elected to serve them, and can do so 
better if particular problems are chan- | 
nelled directly to the Board rather than j 
through the Soap Box. i 

SARAH ^7. FLANNEKY 



Are you feady for the four-day work 
week? When and if that much profiles ied 
becones common practice, will you be 
among the over-leisured, for whom adult 
educators are planning a "productive 
life" ? 

Pondering this knotty question, QM took 
a look around, and within the BPL ranks 
found so many friends already leading 
doubly productive lives that a series 
feature was deemed necessary to uncover 
all the interesting facts. We began with 
librsirians -rfio also teach. 

Take Karl Nyren, for example. He works 
in Fine Arts, is a family nan viio's wife, 
Dorothy, is the Librarian of the Concord 
Free Library. His activities include the 
usual amount of home building and recre- 
ation with the children, and a rather 
unusual amount of exercise, for Karl has 
been known to bicycle to work with no ill 
effects from the ten-mile ride. In ad- 
dition, he has just finished vrriting a 
novel, reviews books on a regular basis 
for LJ, is teaching Freshman Engl lab at 
BU and Modern Literature at the Adult 
Center, No liesure problem here, 

Sam Goldstein, Sci, & Tech. is another 
whose activities reach out beyond the 
2U hour day. Rare moments of relaxation 
find him involved in one of his side 
interests which range from bull fighting 
to musical comedy, and back by way of 
F*iotography, He teaches a course in the 
use of the English language at the Adult 
Center, that is when he's not translating 
Russian technical papers, or pursuing 
his major field of Political Science, 

Then there's Jane Manthorne , who's 
moments of sheer repose are as difficult 
to find as those of a humming bird. 
Jane's job as Readers Advisor for Young 
Adults takes her to an impressive number 
of speech^naking dates each month, yet 
she finds tine for the Navy reserve, 
various enterprises on behalf of refugee 
families, stamp collecting, and other 
hobbies. She shares her specialized 
knowledge not only by dint of her job, 
but also by teaching the course of Lit- 
erature for Young Adults at Simmons 
College School of Library Science. 

These are only three of our teaching 
librarians, three vAio would have no prob- 
lem finding productive activity for the 
time gained in four-day work week. Others 
will follow in future issues. 



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TKE MALE LIERARIAN 

A long overdue voice has sounded from 
the Montclair, New Jersey, Public Library: 
a voice crying for recognition and appre- 
ciation for the male librarian. 

Allan Angoff , a fornier Boston Public 
Library employee, has i/vritten the lead 
story in the February l5th issue of the 
LIERARY JOURI^AL. The title —The Male 
L ibrarian— An Anomly? . Mr. Angoff con- 
iides, *'I have taken no scientific poll, 
I have no proof that sociologists would 
accept, but I am convinced and I feel that 
hundreds of librarians would agree with 
me — that the predominant public image of 
the male librarian is that of a kindly 
and sonEtimes effeminate misfit." 

Mr. Angoff goes on to evaluate the posi- 
tion of the nan in the library system— he ! 
does a witty and clever job of writing in 
Tflhich he palls no punches and makes one of • 
the strongest arguments for librarianship ; 
as a profession that -m have seen. Good ; 
humor and good writing make this a must 
for any librarian — ^male or female. 

( Editor's Note ; Mrs. Angoff is also a 
— a former BPLer — Florence Adelson) 

BPL VOICE IS HEARD 



Apropos of the above subject, we found 
a letter from our Bill Casey printed in 
the February 7, 19^9 issue of ATffiRICA 
magazine, proclaiming most eloquently the 
merits of librarianship. We submit the 
follovdng excerpt: 

"It is unfortunately true that the word 
'librarian' conjures up visions of a 
desiccated old maid such as the one in A 
Tree GroTTS in Brooklyn whose sole purpose 
is to prevent the books on the shelves 
from becoming disorganized and who effec- 
tively kills all desire for self -expansion 
in the world of learning, 

"Dealing primarily with 'people and 
books' is the heart of library work and 
the fundamental source of its deep satis- 
faction as a way of life. Because library 
work is so varied and diversified it is 
now possible for any one engaged in the 
profession to emphasize whatever aspect 
is best suited to his own tastes or per- 
sonality. The scholar can labor in the 
rarified atmosphere of rare books or manu- 
scripts and the gregariotis sovl can ex- 
press hiTTself in the area of adult 
education. 



"Make no mistake about it, the library 
profession offers both challenges and 
rewards that cannot be duplicated in any 
other career. It is frustrating to 
realize that you will never finish the 
reading necessary to render the best 
possible service to your patrons, but 
it is stimulating to meet new people, 
new questions and new demands on youl' 
accumulated skills almost daily. 

"The opportunities for good work exist 
in abundance. All that is lacking are 
the willing workers who will seize themi" 

QM says BPAVO , Billl 

NEU, CLA— WINTER MEETING 

Members of the New England Unit of the 
Catholic Library Association who at- 
tended the early Winter Meeting at South 
Boston, January 10, were delighted and 
impressed by the functional beauty of 
our newest branch I tos. Irene Tuttle , 
branch librarian, was a most gracious 
hostess at the occasion, assisted by- 
Martha C. Engler, children's librarian. 
Speakers included M. Jane Manthorne, 
BPL Readers Advisor for Young Adults, 
whose topic was Teen-age Fiction: Fact 
or Fairytale . Young people wiii read 
mature material if guided to it, and 
they should be guided, she stated. Rev. 
Ambrose J. Mahoney, S.J., headmaster of 
B. C. Hi^ discussed The National Merit 
Scholarship . Father JIahoney favors the 
scholarship program which encourages 
and stimulates students to study harder 
by furnishing tangible recognition and 
prestige for their efforts. The Honor- 
able Elias Shamon. Judge, Municipal 
Court House, Boston, discoursed vdth 
interest and authority on the subject. 
The Political Situation in Lebanon in 
Historical Perspective" . 

During the refreshment period members 
enjoyed the exhibit of paintings on 
"Jesus and Mary in Boston" by Boston 
artist Allan R. Crite. 

IJIANE FARRELL 



A.L.A. CONFERENCE— June 21—27, 1959 
Yfashington, D. C. 
Do YOU belong? 



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KNOW YOUR OFFICERS 

Mrs Sarah W. Flannery, Chief of History' 
and Deputy Supervisor, is continuing for 
a second year as President of the Staff 
ABsociation. A former editor of THE 
QUESTION liARK, Sally brings experience 
and an understanding of Association prob- 
lems to her position. Sally was recently 
promoted to the rank of Commander in the 
U. S. Naval Reserve. We offer congratu- 
lations and our mshes for smooth sailing. 



Beginning his term as Vice President is 
the Chief of Central Charging Records, 
Charles J. Gillis. Charley is a past Vice 
President of the Qi;iarter Century Club and 
has held a number of elective and appoin- 
tive offices in the association. Those 
desiring a copy of Mr. Gillis 's personal 
signature need only to retain a library 
book beyond its due date . 

Reelected to a second term as Treasurer 
is Louis Ugalde of Rare Book. Asked vjhy 
he sought a second term, Louis stated that 
he needed time to get the books back into 
balance. Louis will be recognized by 
many as a foiinder of and continuing per- 
former in the Christmas carollers. He's 
the one with the violin. 



The Recording Secretary for this year 
will be Cornelia Harrington of the Cat. &, 
Class., R.R.S. Connie was a member of the 
1958 Personnel Committee, and brings to 
this position the added advantage of past 
secretarial skill — no small asset, as any- 
one will vouch ■who has tried recording a 
discussion from the floor of a BPLSA 
business meeting. 



Kathleen Hegarty of Gen. Ref., R.R.S. 
continues her function of Corresponding 
Secretary for a second year. This posi- 
tion entails much typing of letters and 
cutting of stencils and Kay deserves mainy 
thanks for her multitudinous labors. 
Don't worry Kay - next year we'll nominate 
you for a nice easy job - like treasurer. •»■ 

■»Ed.Note: Mr. Ugalde has requested 
equal sjace to refute the above allegation 
but unfortunately his four page rebuttal 
could not be fitted into this month's 
issue. 



A new member of the Executive Board, 
Louis Polishook is a familiar voice in 
the Association. Lou has served as 
Treasurer and is presently heading the 
new Committee on Legislative and Legal 
Matters. Lou is also from Central 
Charging Records and can usually be found 
on the opposite side of any controversial 
question. 



Nancy Gushing of Central Charging 
Records is the new non-professional mem- 
ber of the Executive Board for 1959. 
Fancy will be remembered for her beauti- 
ful solos in Free To All . She is also 
one of the founders of the Drama teurs , 
the new play reading group in the Li- 
brary. We wish her and her companions 
every success in their new venture. 



Harold Brackett, favorite son of O.S., 
enters his second term on the Executive 
Board. Harold, young bachelor about 
town, knovm for a steady head and ready 
humor, is also a member of the Program 
Committee. 



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Mrs. Ann Kearney represents the 
Branches on the Board for the second 
year. Ann is Children's Librarian at 
Lower Mills, has" a lovely singing _ 
voice, and one of the warmest personali- 
ties on record. 



DRAMATEURS TO MEET 
The play reading group announces 

A Special Meeting 
on Tuesday, March 2U, at 6 p.m. 



We'll have a tape recorder, coffee, 
and a special guest. For an even- 
ing of pleasure, won't you join us 
in the Staff Library? 



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"IITIONAL LIERP.RY ^"'EEK AT BPL 

Sunday, April 12, vifill nark the begin- 
ning of the busiest v;eek in the year for 
the BPL. Getting underi/vay \7ith an Open 
House, NLVJ promises a whirlYn.nd course of 
events lasting through Saturday, April 18. 

Highlights of the plans for Central's 
lecture hall are as follows: 
Sunday: a reception, folloviring the Open 
House ,' for the many Friends of the Library 
groups. This is to be co-sponsored and 
hosted by the Staff Association. 
Mo nday ; an evening orogram of the Program 
Planner's Institute in conjunction viith 
the Adult Education Association. 
Wednesday: a special program sponsored by 
Open Shelf. (Plans to be released later) 
Thursday : a Never Too Late sponsored pro- 
gram entitled Meet xhe Authors , featuring 
Alice Dixon Bond and a panel of authors, 
mth the Never Too Later s hosting for the 
general public. 

In addition, the branches have planned 
more than sixty programs for the vireek, 
aimed at all ages and interests , featuring 
book talks, films, guest speakers, and 
branch hospitality. 

'.Te vri.ll see National Library Week all 
around the town on billboards (courtesy of 
John Donnelly & Sons), posters, car cards, 
theatre trailers and in department store 
and bank displays. Articles will appear in 
the Greater Boston G of C magazine, and 
the A^.E.C.P.A. magazine, 

TV mil feature W"'' v^ith spot announce- 
ments and Library oriented programs includ 
ing T^BZ's Dimensions on Sunday morning, and 
V''HDH's Dateline Boston on Friday the 17th. 

Even ^^alt Kelly (see Pogo above) and '"^alt 
Disnej have donated their talent for the 
NI..W effort. 

This is •orobably no. neivs for the nany at 
BPL who are already in the throes of plan- 
ning their contributions, but for the rest 
of us vfho wonder v/hat it takes to organize 
an all-out effort like this, see the inside 



back cover of QM for a list of Busiest- 
People-of -the -Month Candidates . 

FLASH I The Sunday afternoon Open 
House will feature a live , original 
cast rrogram of Sta.rring the Zditors , 
preceding their broadcast tins, 

APRIL GRe.ETINGS FOR BPLSA 

Gii,TTING-TO-KKDY;-YOU PARTY 

There's a new look in Staff KS'sociattcn 
doings this year, and we're off to a 
rousing start on April 3rd — ^whtn nev; 
officers and new staff membr^rs v/ill be 
feted in a double-header party. 

The program committee, headed by Helen 
Hirson, will not tell all — but samples 
of entertainment include parodies of 
familiar TV sho¥/s such as To Tell The 
Truth , and live entertainment provided 
by the nevir playreading group, the Drama- 
teurs , and the Choviider, Chatter, and 
Marching Society. 

Prizes and Surprises await us in the 
Lecture Hall, 8 p.m., April 3rd , when 
Association members, their friends and 
relations will meet and greet the new 
officers and tv;enty-five new staff 
members . 

But that's not alll A Get-Together- 
And-Stay-Intovm dinner is being arranged 
to fill the ;iap between work and party 
time. Watch for a special notice on 
arrangements to be sent to all Branches 
and departments soonl 

See you there ... Don't forget the 
date — ^April 3rd. 



Have you seen: . 

An architect's view of 
a nev^ North End 

retaining the old flavor 



Se'e it nov^r 
on exhibit 
'.;^'f ' at 

North End Branch Library 



IJT^OLICITED PUBLICITY FOR N.L.W. 



CATHOLIC BOOK FORUM 



At the First Alumnae Fonm , a new 
organization of some 15 women's colleges, 
held at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel on Feb- 
ruary 28, the subject was "What makes an 
educated woman?" Mrs Harold B. Case, one 
of the speakers on this provocative sub- 
ject, gave excellent publicity for N.L.W, 
v*ien she quoted from material furnished 
by the State Committee for National 
Library Week. 

CASE METffiD REVIET.'ED FOR SLA 

At the Education Committee Meeting of 
the Boston Chapter of SLA on Monday 
evening March 2, Kenneth Shaffer, Director 
of Simmons College School of Library Sci- 
ence, spoke on the subject. The Next Best 
Thing to Experience; The Case Method in 
Library Education . 

In his own experience, I^r. Shaffer found 
it difficult to develop a stimulating 
course in administration through the usual 
teaching methods of lectures, reading and 
discussion. And so came the idea of 
adapting for library school the case 
method long used by the Harvard Graduate 
School of Business Administration. 

Each student is assigned sets of cases 
involving human nroblems that the librari- 
an might encounter in administration. 
Based on his experience and background, 
through study and research the student 
reaches the conclusion afforded by his 
own considered judemont.. He nakes a 
presentation of the case , his solution and 
the reasons for it. Students will take 
opposite sides on the case and heated 
discussions ensue, with the class so in- 
volved that they forget the presence of 
the ins time tor — the sign of a successful 
course. 

The student gains neither new skills nor 
body of knowledge but a type of second- 
hand experience. He learns to think 
logically on human problems , to realize 
that there may be alternative solutions 
and to develop a more mature judgment in 
making administrative decisions. 

Mr. Shaffer announced a case study course 
which is in the planning stage for next 
fall. It will be offered in cooperation 
with Boston Chapter's Education Committee, 
on the relation of soecial librarians to 
nanagement. It will cover five or six 
meetings and be open to about fifteen i 

librarians • ^ 



A capacity audience filled New England 
J*itual Hall on Saturday afternoon, 
Febiruary llx. for the Catholic Book 
Forum, sponsored jointly by the League 
of Catholic Women. Mrs. Clement J. Dore, 
President, and the New England Unit of 
the Catholic Library Association, Anna 
L. Manning, Chairman. Jeanne tte Pepin, 
Librarian at East Boston High School and 
former BPL staff member, iivas the Chair- 
man of this year's Catholic Book Week 
Committee and presented the speakers at 
the Forum. 

Richard J. Hurley, of the National 
Catholic Library Association, took the 
topic Reading in an Age of Looking , 
emphasizing the inportance of the ele- 
mentary school library. Mrs. Elizabeth 
G. Speare, author of CALICO CAPTIVE and 
THE VITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, gave a 
delightful account of the background to 
her books. Edward Rowe Snow, \'»hose most 
recent work is GREAT SEA RESCUES, cast a 
spell over the audience with a tale of 
one of his New England ghosts. Charles 
B. Flood, author of LOl^ IS A BRIDGE and 
the new TELL T^'IE, STRANGER, discussed the 
intellectual responsibility of the 
Catholic author. Marie C. Buehrle, 
author of CARDINAL ffiRRY DEL VAL, related 
witty anecdotes of her experiences and 
the persons she encountered while doing 
research for her book in Italy. 

At the close of the program, the Rt. 
Rev. Timothy F. O'Leary, Superintendent 
of the Archdiocesan schools , presented 
awards to the parochial school children 
who were winners in the essay contest 
sponsored by the Catholic Library 
Association. 

Lake Street Book Store, Campbell and 
Hall, Our Wonderful World, and World 
Book Encyclopedia arranged exhibits in 
the Charter Room at New Engl aid Mutual 
Hall. 

Catholic Book Week Committee members 
this year included, in addition to Miss 
Pepin and Miss Manning, Martha C. Engler, 
Dorothy K. Becker, JAarie R. Kennedy, Mrs. 
Anne C. Kearney, Diane Far re 11, and 
William Casey of BPLj Sally Quinn of St. 
Theresa's Parish Library, West Roxbury; 
Sister M. Immacula, O.S.F., Cardinal 
Gushing Educational Clinic, Boston; and 
Paul Moynihan, formerly of BPL, now of 
Boston College Library. 

DIANE FARRELL 



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ALOHA F'^JTT. FOR C.C.&I'I.S. 



The Chowder, Chatter and Marching Soci- 
ety met once again on Saturday evening, 
March 7, at the China Star. The meeting 
was called to celebrate the unaminous 
election of Emilia Lange as the Society's 
representative at the Hellenic commemora- 
tion of the International Geophysical 
Year. Miss Lange will probably recover 
sufficiently to get to Europe, but the 
International Geophysical Year was set 
back a minimuin of three weeks. 

The unrehearsed feature attraction of 
the evening was a sneak preview of the 
flower show, provided by three suscepti- 
ble ladies. Other ladies present seemed 
capable of absorbing the shock, and even 
willing to fall equal victims of the 
conscience-less huckster from the whole- 
sale millinery conspiracy. You men who 
have not yet seen the latest atrocities 
in ladies' hats should be warned. Those 
who were present when the ladies appeared 
completed the remainder of the evening in 
a condition of mild shock. None has since 
dared plan a flower garden for the coming 
year, through fear of error in spreading 
necessary plant food. 

Due to the unavoidable absence of the 
Society's own professional singing 
Carbonneaus and Kunros, and also due to 
the fact that S"enor Ugalde was fortunately 
indisposed to sing, the self -proclaimed 
non -singing Peltiers took over the artis- 
tic phase of the evening. To the usual 
able accompaniment of Maestro Dan Koury, 
they chanted the called-for dirge of 
warning to Emilia Lange, lest she fall 
victim to the charms of the Mediterranean 
and the Aegean. The unexpected charm of 
Felicia's singing voice, and its purity 
of tone, were admired by all those who 
were not lost in admiration of the debo- 
nair aplomb of her husband, as he lost 
himself in the drama of which he was now 
a part. VJHAT A Kk¥.l The biggest hit of 
the evening was provided by Mr. Ugalde. 
He forgot to bring his violin. 

His ex-Majesty, Louis Rains, gave a 
moving tribute to certain outstanding 
abilities of the author of the lyrics. 
There was general applause and unanimous 
agreement with the sentiments expressed 
by Mr. Rains, but no one seemed so 
genuinely moved as was the author himself. 



He was heard to say between well-con- 
trolled sobs of appreciation: "I have 
been awarded many tributes during my 
life, but praise from the master is 
praise indeed 1 I have been given the 
accolade." 

During the business seesion, it was 
moved and voted that court-martial pro- 
ceedings be instituted for certain mem- 
bers of the alumni who proved to be 
A.IJ.O.L. at the opening rollcall. All 
present agreed that it is the height of 
presiimption for members of New England's 
most intellectual philosophical organi- 
zation to assume that they can be absent 
without being immediately and greatly 
missed. 

Among those present were two graduates 
vrho were welcomed with particular hearti- 
ness: Joan Morris, who is gradually 
succeeding in putting the General Electric 
Company back on its feet, and Loraine 
Sullivan who, rumor says, may shortly be 
recalled to the BPL to head a new divi- 
sion for the same purpose. 




"No Lolita?" 



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PERSONMEL M3TES 

New Employees 

Geraldine Biezart, Central Charging 

Records 
Jeanne H. Gushing.. Bookmobiles 
Frs Harriette C. James, Bookmobiles 
Robert !T, Oxman, Open Shelf 

Trans ferred 

Barbara E. Coffey, R and RS Division 
Office to Cataloging and Classification 

Jiianita Blakely, Adams Street to Bookmo- 
biles 

Charlotte R. Cooper, South End to South 
Boston 

Jouii M. Sughrue, Central Charging Records 
to Division Office, HR and CS 

Resigned 

Carolyn A. Christie, General Reference, to 

return to school 
Richard Oilman, Bookmobiles, to accept 

another position 
Albert J« Brogna, Bookmobiles, to accept 

another position 
Marie T. Has tie, Parker Hill, to remain 

at home 
Elizabeth L. ?Torgan, Washington Village 
lifrs Mary J. Robinson, Business Office, to 

remain at home 
Mrs Jeannette L. Stow, Book Stack Service. 

to renain at home 

CONGR/^TUUT-iONS 

To Erwin D. Canham, President of the 
Board of Trustees, vrtio, in addition to his 
many other honors and achievements, has 
been appointed President of the United 
States Chamber of Commerce, 



To Pauline Winnick , who was awarded the 
Jewish Advocate Rose in recognition for 
her outstanding contributions to the 
Boston Community. She received the cita- 
tion at the B'nai Brith Donor's Dinner 
last week at the Bradford Hotel, 



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Mrs. Margy P. Sharpe is the newest 
member of Rare Book. Margy was 
graduated from Wellesley College in 
1958 and now lives in Cambridge. She 
hails from Omaha, Nebraska, where she 
worked as assistant head of the Exhibi-^ 
tions Department of the Joslyn Art 
Muse\im, Margy has nany hobbies, but 
she especially favors painting and 
photography. 



Book Stack Service has two new-comers, 
Norna Chadwick comes from the heart of 
Boston where she attended high school 
at the Greater Boston Academy. Norma 
is fond of all sports but she rHiiES 
bowling and swimming as her favorites. 
She's also an enthusiastic stamp 
collector. 



Geneva Powers earned her B.S. degree 
at Fort Valley State College, Ga., and 
returned to her home state of Illinois 
to teach high school algebra for two 
and one half years before coming to 
Boston. Geneva's interests include 
reading, music, and painting. 



A new face at Mt, Bowdoin is that of 
Mrs. ?fer^aret Draskovich viho lives in 
Belmont. She is a 1958 graduate of 
Boston University School of Liberal 
Arts. \i\Tiile an undergraduate ffeirgaret 
worked summers at the B.U. Library. 
Reading, knitting, and ice-skating are 
her special activities. 

ENGAGED 

Announcement was made March 10 of the 
engagement of Ann Degnan, Director's 
Office, to Joseph Para tore, of 
Roslindale. 



SPRING into action for CARE 



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ALUMNAE NOTES 



FAMON THE BEA.CHCOMBER 



WJ^miklS TO THE LATE EDITH GUERRIER 

S.E.G. Memorial Meeting 

The February meeting of the Saturday- 
Evening Girls , held at the North Bennet 
Industrial School, was a memorial to the 
late Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of Branch 
Libraries, Emeritus, and formerly Branch 
Librarian at the North End Branch Library. 
The S.E.G.s were organized there under her 
leadership at the turn of the century and 
continue to have meetings at regular in- 
tervals. This particular meeting was 
attended by more than $0 of the membership 
and letters from others -vAio live as far 
away as the West Coast were read. A letter 
vTitten by Miss Guerrier to the S.E.G.s 
and left to be opened at her passing was 
read and minEOgraphed copies were made 
available to all. A tribute was presented 
by Sarah M. Usher, who had been ?'iss 
Guerrier 's assistant for the fifteen years 
preceding her retirement from the Boston 
Public Library. The group has started an 
Edith Guerrier Memorial Fund and will de- 
cide unon the exact nature of the memorial 
when the spring business meeting is held. 

Additions to THE EDITH GUEPRIER FUND 

Colleagues and friends of the late 
Edith Guerrier who wished to pay tribute 
to her memory have presented a gift of 
1263.08 to the Library, to be added to THE 
EDITH GUERRIER FUND. This, together with 
a gift from "The 8-8*1", the specxal 
caterers for the Alumnae Teas given annual 
ly by Miss Guerrier, brings the fund up to 
$1,200. The income from this fund is "to 
be used for the purchase of books of sound 
literary and ethical value for adults, to 
be placed in the branch libraries of the 
Boston Public Library System." 

THE PATTER OF SUBURBAN FEET 

Born January 2, 1959, to the Robert 
Woodv.-ards, a son, Edson E. Woodmrd. Fere 
Bob, formerly of History, R.&R.S., is now 
Librarian of the Dedham Public Library. 

Running total for the Woodvard 
family— 3 boys - 1 girl. 



A round-robin letter from Eamon 
McDonough formerly of Gen. 'ef., now 
t^ching on Long Island sends greetings 
to all. Eamon is busy directing Kanin's 
"Goodbye My Fancy" for a senior class 
production early in April, a project 
TA^ich will probably prevent a planned 
trip to Boston in Easter vacation. 

An p:<cf5rpt from his letter mentions 
another .-.-BPLer: "A couple of weeks 
ago the New York Times sent out a fellow 
to talk to our kids on the student paper 
and lo and behold ye, who did it turn 
out to be but Ambrose Flaherty what 
worked in Book Stack Service and Gen. 
Raf. He asked to be remembered." 

Ngff BOOKS RECEIVED 
TN THE STAFF LIBHAkY 



Fiction 

Godden, Rumer 

The greengage summer. New York, Viking 

Press, 1958 
Mar qua nd, John P. 

Women and Thomas Harrow. Boston, 

Little, Brown, 1958 
Pasternak, Boris L. 

Doctor Zhivago. New York, Pantheon, 

1958 
Voelker, John D. 

Anatomy of a murder. New York, St. 
Martin's Press, 1958 

Non-Fiction 

Hines, Duncan 

Adventures in good eating . Ithaca , 
New York, Division of the Duncan Hines 
Institute, 1957 

Hines, Dvincan 

Lodging for a night. Ithaca, New York, 
Division of the Duncan Hines Institute, 

1957 
Hunter, Dard 

My life with paper. New York, Knopi , 

1958 
Merrit, LeRoy C. 

Reviews in Library book selection. 
Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 
1958 



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VEST MEF.T5 s/lST ■'^T YART 

The Round Table of Young Ad\alt Librar- 
ians, under the chairmanship of Rose 
Moorachian, South Boston, held its winter 
meeting at the Central Library on Febru- 
ary 19, with the provocative theme West 
Meets East as the topic of the morning. 
Two Simmons students from different parts 
of Asia held the audience at rapt atten- 
tion as they described the characteristics ; 
and problems of the teen-agers of their 
respective countries. 

Akiko Ujike, from Osaka, Japan, clearly 
explained the reasons behind the tragic 
reports concerning the alarming increase 
in delinquency and suicide among the 
Japanese youth. This new order of teen- 
agers has grown up under the Americaniza- 
tion that has swept Japan since the war, 
and being impressionable , has tried to 
adopt American customs on a wholesale 
level. All this is, of course, in direct 
opposition to the ancient traditions and 
manners of their elders. The tremendous 
pressures resulting from this conflict 
between the old order and the new have, 
for the most part, been disastrous for 
the young people of a race whose thoughts | 
hopes, and aspira-tions have always been 
so high. It is the hope of the Japanese 
that the wave of Asian nationalism pres- 
ently sweeping over all the Far East will 
bring about a return to normalcy for the 
next generation, and possibly provide a 
levelling-off period for the current 
confused offspring. 

On the other side of the ledger, 
Narcisa Tioco, from lUanila, portrayed the 
urban Filipino teen-agers as being almost 
exact counterparts of their American 
"cousins". Because of the fact that the 
Phillipines were under U.S. rule for 
nearly fifty years, and have had an Amer- 
ican educational system, their youth 
have, naturally, been fed a steady diet 
of American newspapers, books, and movies, 
and have absorbed much of our ciilture. 
Consequently, a "beat generation" and a 
rock and roll era have emerged coincident 
with our own, to plague the Filipino 
parent. To illustrate her point, Miss ! 
Tioco read several "Letters to the Editor'^ 
from the 'lANILA TPfES, which gave a vivid | 
picture of the similarity between the 
American and the Filipino youth of today, j 
A father wrote : "My daughter used to be I 
the apple of my eye. Now I think I'm 
getting cross-eyed I She has become a < 



bvmdle of wiggles, and Yhs started 
wearing undecided pants, somewhere be- 
tween the short and the long. She 
changed her pigtails to ponytails, and 
then to — as she calls them— due ktails, 
and then there was no tail at all. ^"^ell, 
anyway, it is comforting to feel the 
presence of a son, even if she is a 
daughter." How familiar I 

This was a thoroughly fascinating 
meeting, and most enlightening for those 
of us who work with young adults and had 
believed their problems and behavior to 
be peculiar to the American species. 

The next meeting of the Round Table 
will be held in May, at the Old TtLll 
Restaurant, Westminster, Mass. Betty 
Cavanna will be the guest speaker, 

SO^TETHING I^''' HAS BEEN ADDED 
to the Abbey Room 

and it isn't another painting by Edwin 
Austin Abbey, Instead, it is General 
Reference staff and public, crowded out 
of their quarters by the renovations 
which are going on in Bates Hall, Living 
harmoniously behind the Supervisor's 
Rail and spilling over into the Director's 
Office is the enlarged family which is 
serving the public with its usual cheer- 
fulness in spite of the handicaps in- 
volved in temporary upset. At least the 
public who are waiting for books to come 
from the stacks have time to study the 
famous QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL paintings 
which encircle the walls. 

And, too, it causes a bit of nostalgia 
to see BSS personnel again manning the 
old "delivery desk". 

DOLL EXHIBIT 

The extraordinary exhibit of dolls 
representing characters from books and 
people in all walks of life is delighting 
visitors to Central Library daily. If 
Branch Library personnel hasn't yet seen 
it, we urge that they come and look — and 
we assure them, that they will want to 
stay and look indefinitely. The dolls 
are the work of Clara G, Dennis of 
Jamaica Plain. She is an especially fine 
example of a person who knew how to make 
productive the years vihich follovi'ed her 
retirement after half a century of teach- 
ing. These dolls — actors, book charac- 
ters, famous personages — are the result, 
and at 82' she is still creating. 



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BRANCH NOTES 

Community Profile 

As one walks up a country road, his eyes 
are greeted by a gothic pile of brick and 
ancient red sandstone. This is the 
Brighton branch; the marker over the door 
reads "built in 1865". 

The population that this library serves 
is on the whole a fairly stable one. Made 
up of a neighborhood of 2^% Irish, 25% 
Italian^ SOfo Jewish, and a transient popu- 
lation that is difficult to count because 
of its high mobility. 

This shifting mass is by far the most 
intriguing. Because of the community's 
unique location in Boston, and because of 
its medium rental housing, it has become 
one of the stopping off places for gradu- 
ate students and research workers from all 
over the world. 

Imagine sitting at the charging desk 
after putting up a collection of posters 
and pictures on India, when who should 
vfalk into your branch but an Indian 
family— two children, father, and the 
mother complete with sari and caste mark. 
They registered, and next time when they 
returned asked for IfflTHER INDIA and books 
on how to play bridge. 

The mothers' group is a good index of 
the distances these research people have 
travelled. The club has had members from 
Canada and Scotland— an Egyptian Jewish 
mother and her son are also patrons. 

Boston University, Harvard, M.I.T. and 
Raytheon families live in the vicinity of 
the branch; students and research people 
all use its facilities. Because of this 
clientele, the book collection has to be 
constantly upgraded; the collection is in 
fair shape but a constant fight to increase 
circulation is in progress — the increase 
so far being 25,000 volumes more than 
2 J years ago. 

The major physical problems are bad 
lighting and lack of adequate parking area 
in the front which could be graded and 
covered with asphalt. 

Rumor has it that a nev/ building is in 
the offing sometime in the futu*=., but as 
with all rumors, only time will tell. 



Adams Street 

— Mrs. BridTe Stotz, Young Adults 
Librarian, received many lovely valen- 
tines from her teen-agers. Among them 
was a iTQrsterious box which, when opened, 
contained a note reading: "Mrs. Stot«, 
will you please take care of my son, 
Clarence, since I can no longer care for 
him. I know you will be good to him." 
Inside the box was a live turtle, com- 
plete with turtle food and infant-care 
instructions . 

Frs. Stotz 's nephew is taking care of 
Clarence. 
West End 

— An elderly man aiprcached the desk the 
other day to request a copy of Weston's 
BOSTON WAYS. Pointing to the Faneuil 
Hall grasshopper pictured on the cover, 
he grinned proudly and said, "My name's 
in this book— I repaired that weathervane 
sixty years agoi" 



A salute to a member of BPL's extra- 
service, John Phinney. Mr. Phinney is 
currently studying for his M.A. in 
library science at Simmons College. The 
paper #iich he completed for the course, 
"Public Library as an Institution", a 70 
page survey of the South Boston Coramini- 
ty in which he lives, received a top 
grade and was termed "a monumental piece 
of work". Congratulations and best 
wishes . 

FANNY GOLDSTEIN 




"Haven't you any 
happy books?" 



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QM CO"-'"^FTS 
BPL AMD THE BOSTON COr'^'ajNITY " •""'■ ; 

At the risk of being accused of back- 
page editorializing, QIil herewith launches •■ 
a series of coluiraris delving into our col- ! 
lective and individual respond ibilil.y to i 
the Boston comniunity. Bostonians who I 

think they still sit in the seat of cul- 1 
ture have not travelled I7est and observed ! 
the vitality with ii^iich cities and snaller, 
cominunities there are attacking the prob- 
lem of their lack of historic culture. If I 
we chuckle at their attempts to build some-f 
thing mth which we vrere bom, we might 
also rise and peer at the rotting chair 
upon which x"re sit, and remember that any 
dear thing must be cared for, nurtured, 
and occasionally revitalized if it is to 
endure . 

Boston, we fear, is a bit behind in 
techniques for coordinating its educa- 
tional facilities. Granted it is not easy 
in a city of this size, but size might be 
turned to advantage when considered from I 
the viewDoint of educational strength. I 

The Boston area has so many educational i 
institutions of learning that a combined ' 
voice could be almost overvrtielming. We do [ 
not know all of the factors preventing this 
type of cooperation, though we assume they i 
exist or the many leading intellects resi-i 
dent here would surely have spun a strongei* 
v/eb of influence before. ' 

This hov/ever is top level speculation, ' 
and since we are not top level, it behooveq 
us to drop a peg or two— at least until we i 
have dealt fairly with our own duties. If i 
we cannot be held responsible for our in- I 
stitution's support of the educational ' 

attempts made by other organizations , sure-r 
ly we as individuals are enormously obli- ' 
gated to help. ! 

One of the ways open to us is to ^vrite 
letters supporting the measures we approve, 
criticizing the moves we oppose. Yet how 
many of us ivrote letters last summer to 
protest the passage of a bill providing 
for another legal organ of censorship? 
Are we not culpable, then, if we conse- 
quently find a more difficult battle to 
fight for "freedom to read"-- caused by -vvho 
knows #iat suddenly controversial issue? 
How many of us are vn-iting now to support 
the bills for library aid? And how many 
of us are making ourselves heard in order 
to pressure the nass media into giving us 
ivhat we want? 



^'.'ith these geijeralizations and ques- 
tions in mind, (^.l begins the series by 
considering one aspect of our relation 

with TV. ..... 

If there ever was an organization 
v/orthy of our s,upport it is Channel 2 — 
the educational, non-commercial TV sta- 
tion in Cambridge^ It is the envy of 
other commiriitifes all around the coun- 
try. In addition to its constant battle 
for self support, its detemlned efforts 
, to improve programming on an almost non- 
existant budget, it has taken on a load 
of network public affairs programming 
dropped by the other three channels. 
This extra load takes them beyond their 
regular schedule of broadcast time, and 
is a definite gift of service to the 
Boston corominity. 

There are two things we can do to sup- 
port Channel 2, and alleviate its bur- 
dens. The first is to offer financial 
support . . . the smallest donations are 
received mth gratitude. The second is 
to deluge producers and sponsors of the 
best network shows with letters of 
praise and support, urging them to pres- 
sure the commercial channels until they 
reschedule the valuable programs. 

We have heard people pooh-podi the 
value of letter writing in this regard, 
but we have also heard from three most 
reliable sources the true situation, 
which is that every letter is carefully 
read and considered on the yardstick of 
public reaction. Newspaper and magazine 
critics are making their pleas more fre- 
quently for written support of worthy 
programming. In San Francisco last sum- 
mer, the producer of Hall Mark Plaj^ouse 
regarded her audience of librarians with 
bewilderment when she learned how little 
we knew of the power of organizational 
and individual opinion in the TV medium. 
i^^e know a production assistant on the 
staff of Saudek Associates , producers of 
Omnibus. She assured us of the impor- 
tance placed on mail reaction to their 
productions. And she repeated the now 
familiar plea for more letters of ap- 
proval and criticism from those of us 
who have close ties ivith the world of 
culture and education. Be assured that 
producers and sponsors do receive count- 
less letters from the cranks and the be- 
littlers. Shouldn't we try to even the 
score a bit if we expect TV to fulfill 
finest potentials? 



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There can be little doubt of the public ; 
inforiiHtion and cultural use as well as ' 
commercial entertaining. As librarians we 
have seen the public reaction to adult 
classrooms introduced on TV here, even 
vihen the program time is the painful hour 
of 6:15 a.m. Recently published articles 
have taken note of the tremendous effect 
and an author's appearance on TV on the 
sale of his book. Libraries around the 
country are watching the effect of this 
broadcast medium on the circulation of 
both adult and children's literature and 
are intrigued by the new life given old 
novels treated dramatically on network 

shows. 

BPL has already ma He use of TV in both 
fields, and is currently carrying a 
children's program conducted by Mrs, 
Beryl Robinson on WGBH-TV, Channel 2. QM 
predicts a much greater participation in 
the f utxire , providing we can make our 
needs felt by the producers and sponsors 
who must take their cue from public re- 
action. So as a New Yorker critic put 
it, write those letters nov/ lest Leonard 
Bernstein and the whole New York Philhar- 
monic vanish before your very eyes. 

Dear Readers : 

QM apologizes for the tardiness of this 
issue, claiming refuge in circamstances 
beyond our control. As our typist sailed 
off toward sunnier climes, a double deluge 
of weather and material snowed us under. 
But for the rescue team of the Office of 
Records, Files, Statistics, we would still 
be shoveling. 

Thanks for your indulgence. 



THE PUBLICATIONS COTPaTTRE 
BPL IN CANMIAN THESIS 

A recent visitor from Canada was Mrs. 
Juliette Chabot, Assistant Head Librarian, 
Montreal Public Library. Jlrs. Chabot is 
working for a Master's degree in Library 
Science at McGill University. Doing re- 
search for her thesis on public libraries, 
she visited the BPL, the only public li- 
brary outside Canada to be included in her 
study. 




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



THE ARGUI^ENT 

I hear there is hot quarrel 
Between 'so-called' non and pro. 
Between the one who's untrained 
And skilled master-in-the-know. 

Old pro has seen the answers, 
Young non just doesn't fit; 

Old pro works on expertly. 
Young non quite mangles it. 

But without a bit of non. 
Smoothie Pro nay spoil his bestj 
And with a small touch of pro, 
Roughie Non may pass hard test. 

It may sound plain and simple 
To tell to pro and non: — 

But both need one another. 
Both perish by a con. 

AN0^^:T':cus 



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Editor : 

I was disappointed at the lack of com- 
ment in the Febrxjary Soap Box. It is 
true that so many thin<?s have happened in 
such a brief time that many people are 
uncertain as to ivhat their reactions are 
or should be. But I do know that many 
have very -decided opinions on personnel 
principles, salary schedules , job classi- 
fication and other important matters. 
Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, 
ranging from congenital shyness to sticky 
typewriter keys, they have hesitated to 
express these ideas in print. 

My contention is that such diffidence 
is a luxury vre can no longer afford. Let 
me indicate at this point that I agree 
with the Editor of the Q.M. , in principle, 
that we restrict our utterances to con- 
structive criticism as far as possible. 
The attitude of "let's all throw rocks 5t 
the administration" only engenders a large 
amount of ill will and renders the library 
a disservice. I am concerned primarily 
with -the failure of those vjho have intel- 
ligent and reasonable observations, based 
on years of conscientious service, to 
utilize this medium for expressing them. 

In the years before Senator Estes 
Kefauver started chasing that coonskin 
cap doT/n the dusty trail to the 11/hite 
House he wrote a book on political sci- 
ence and one of the points he made was 
that an elected official -will always give 
an audience to any mail received from a 
sincere constituent, and that action can 
oftentimes be initiated in this fashion. 
This same principle can be applied to o\ir 
own institution. 

To the cynics who feel that this is a 
waste of time, I can only argue that we 
are short-changing ourselves if we do not 
make our views known. One letter in the 
Soap-Box isn't going to solve our prob- 
lems, but it could conceivably start a 
chain reaction that will put us on the 
right path, 

WILLIAM T. CASEY 



9 March 1959 

Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Publications Committee 

Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Dear Mrs. Peltier: 

Congratulations to you and your asso- 
ciates on the Publications Committee I 
In writing style the February issue of 
The Question tfark is fresh, vigorotos , 
and imaginative. Ihe newly franed set 
of aims and principles of editorial 
policy is an admirable statement, and 
one senses an affirmative and hopeful 
feeling and attitude throughout. 

It looks as if our Q-gestion Mark will 
indeed become a strong force for a more 
united staff association, and for a 
more vital and progressive B.P.L.I 
Sincerely, 

FRANCIS X. IDLONET 
Assistant Director 

Dear Editor: 

There used to be a song in my youth 
which included this line — or it might 
even have been the title — "hat's worth 
while having is worthwhile waiting for." 
I believe that this issue of the QM is 
worthwhile having and I'm sure no one is 
going to mind having vaited 5 days be- 
yond publication date (three of viiiich 
were offset by Saturday, Sunday, and a 
holiday) to see it "on the news stands". 
Congratulations on yoiir very auspicious 
beginning as Editor. More power to you— 
and may all the staff contribute to your 
success by keeping material flowing to 
you in a long, steady stream. 

SARAH M. USHER 




m 



hestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



APRIL 1959 



THE QUESTION 1^'IARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIV Number h \ April 19^9 



Publications Committee: Thomas F. Gaines, Marjorie Groves, Emilia Lange, 

Frank La vine , tory V. Sheehan, I. Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



Department of minor ironies : City of Boston hails National Library Iffeek — fetes BPL 
with enormous budget slashl 

Barely a month ago a confident BPL started preparations for National Library Week, 
having survived the threat of a personnel cut. We were pleased with the support the 
local papers offered when service cuts were thought necessary. Now a brief four 
weeks later, another grave blow to the budget has cancelled out all printing, and 
reduced book purchases to a token amount. We discovered one young adult unit which 
had three ($3.00) per week to spend. We didn't look for a smaller figure for fear we 
would find it. 

Whereas the headline last month came as som e surprise , the lack of publicity now 
causes us to wond er if we weren't dreaming. For through National Library Week — recog- 
nized by periodicals and newspapers throughout the Country, celebrated by public 
figures of distinction in many fields — scarcely a word could b ^ fonnH in the Boston 
newspapers. ' Unaccustomed as we were, we poured laboriously through every column of 
three Sunday issues ^ and found two very small paragraphs, both in the TTERALp. The 
weekday issues produced little more , and neglected the budget crisis entirely, 

1/rtib is to blame? y We would like nothing better than to point the finger of shame at 
the recalcitrant press. Indeed, we find the editors remiss for failing to be as in- 
dignant over the deprivation of funds for the Library's contents, our raison d'etre, 
as they were over the withholding of funds for staffing the piiysical premises. 

It is natural, however, for physical appearances to be more sensational news mate- 
rial, and we might suggest that it is our duty to make our materials important to the 
community and the press. We as librarians can give meaning to the value of the 
Library's contents through high calibre service, but who will carry the needs to the 
officials and press who infrequently use our resources? 

We have often thought that our Director and five assistant directors should leave 
the ivory tower now and again, and give freely of their own time to the Boston Commu- 
nity. In smaller comiminities , librarians often rank with businessmen, politicians 
and teachers, as community leaders. Boston may be too big for that, but we have in 
our midst lesser titled employees who are making a nark in the community serviceJ 
Right or wrong, it is a fact that one who gives is more likely to receive. The kind 
of public relation s which brings forth community support and taxpayers' money is not 
the kind which can be carried on strictly from a publicity office. Nor can we expect 
year roimd support from one or two/ publici t y campaigns which stress the wealth of our 
holdings rather than the nature of our nee3s^ 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

April, as we all know, is budget time for 
the City of Boston, and from what we have 
heard of the sad state of the book budget, 
many of us may have been wondering if our 
anniversary increases too .may have been 
affected. We have reason to believe that 
this is not so — our increases should be 
forthcoming as planned. We expect that 
they will be paid individually in the month 
following a person's anniversary date, and 
that those #iich are already due will be 
retreactive. As you may know, the Execu- 
tive Board went on record as being in favor 
of individual anniversary dates provided 
tlmt no junior in any grade woiild receive 
more compensation than his seniors in the 
same giade. 

Since that time your president and Execu- 
tive Board have had further conversation 
on the subject ivith Mr. Gaines. Many ad- 
vantages of individual dates for annual in- 
creases were pointed out, as well as the 
fact that he recognized certain inequali- 
ties in the pay scale vrtiich need ironing 
out. However, v*iether we all receive our 
annual increments on July first or on sep- 
arate dates will not materially affect the 
inequalities. In short there are some in 
either system. With this in mind, the 
Board indicated its willingness to have 
these inequalities considered as a separate 
problem from that of the date when increases 
should be paid. It is agreed that the way 
to abolish the inequalities is for each one 
of us to be in his proper position on the 
new grid. To do so immediately would cost 
more money than it would be possible to 
raise. However, the Assistant Director ex- 
pects and hopes, although no firm promise 
is made, to be able to make an additional 
start towards putting each one of us on our 
proper salary scale. He also feels that by 
paying our increases individually this may 
be somewhat easier to accomplish. 

The reception on Sunday, April 12, for 
the Friends of the Boston Public Library 
was quite a successful and well attended 
affair. Everyone enjoyed "Starring the 
Editors' under the direction of Mr. Canham 
President of our Board of Trustees, as well 
as the refreshments and conversation ii^ich 
followed in the Wiggin Gallery. Your pres- 
ident had the honor of representing the 
Association in the receiving line and is 
happy to report that nHny people took the 
opportunity of thanking her for the fine 
reception the Association had sponsored 
and of congratulating us on the staff's 
interest and cooperation, 

SARAH W. FUNNERY 



ACTIVITIES TJNLBiITED 

In March, QM introduced a series de- 
signed to show how BPL employees are dis- 
proving the ivory tower librarian stereo- 
type, how they are contributing to their 
individual development and to the cultur- 
al community by finding additional out- 
lets for their talents outside the Li- 
brary. We continue the series with 
three more teaching librarians, 

j^oui s Ugalde is one of our most as- 
tounc[3jig assets. Several years in the 
rarified atmosphere of the Rare Book De- 
partment has neither hushed nor flattened 
his bubbling wit. A strong candidate 
for the best teller of tales, Louis is 
also well known for his prowess with the 
violin, and his unstinting contributions 
of time and talent to institutional and 
staff affairs. He is a wise choice for 
Association treasurer if he can add dol- 
lars and cents to the treasury as easily 
as he seems to add hours to the day. He 
is a member of the Tufts faculty where 
he teaches two courses in Spanish and is 
registered with Harvard for the upcoming 
completion of his doctorate thesis in 
Romance languages and literatures, spe- 
cifically Spanish literat\ire, 

Tfirginia Haviland is another librarian 
Tiio refuses to recognize the limits of a 
2U hour day. The sign on her office in 
the Children's Room spells out Readers 
Advisor for Children, but the atmosphere 
inside is one of highly productive adult 
activity. Among her several positions 
is that of Associate Editor and book 
reviewer for the Horn Book. The BPL is 
indeed fortunate to have on its staff 
such an internationally known and pub- 
lished authority on Children's Litera- 
ture, Miss Haviland, Chairman of the 
Children's Services Subcommittee of the 
ALA International Relations Committee, 
will represent the USA at the IFIA spon- 
sored meeting of Childrens Librarians to 
be held at the Hague this May, Yet she 
is just as gracious to those of us who 
seek advice for the choice of a Christ- 
mas book for a ten-year-old nephew as 
she is in her many activities in the 
professional field. In addition. Miss 
Haviland teaches at Simmons College 
School of Library Science under the 
title of Lecturer in Library Services 
to children. 

Relatively new to the field of teach- 
ing is Ed p^ninr Chief of Audio-Visual, 
For that matter, his field is a rela- 
tively new one if compared to language 
or literature, Ed is soon to begin his 



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third course at the YWCA, lecturing on the 
history and the art of the film. There 
has been such an enthusiastic response to 
these new courses that the Y has agreed to 
sponsor next fall an exalting new course 
on the silent film, using movies from the 
matchless collection of The Museum of 
Modern Art in New York. Ed's interest and 
enthusiasm for films and Theatre dates 
back to his childhood, but his nEmory of 
film data goes back to the beginnings of 
the industry, 

Ed's devotion to the film may have begun 
with its entertainment aspects, but he 
exhibits the same enthusiasm toward the 
educational film. His a im is to build a 
quality collection which users can be en- 
couraged to employ together with books and 
other teaching tools for the greatest edu- 
cational effectiveness. 

PRQglESS REPORT 
Massachusetts SORT Meeting 

The special committee working on a Staff 
Organization Round ?able Meeting, to be 
held at the Spring Program of the Massa- 
chusetts Library Association, feel that 
they have made some fine progress. They 
announce with pride that one of the two 
speakers on that program will be Ervin J, 
Gaines, our new Assistant Director (for 
Personnel) . At a meeting of our SORT Com- 
mittee, with committees from the Worcester 
Free Public Library Staff Association and 
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Staff Association, Mr. Gaines was the 
unanimous choice as an ideal person to 
discuss staff associations from the admin- 
istrative viewpoint. We hope that he will 
draw freely upon his previous experience 
outside of the library world for the light 
i*iich they may shed upon library staff 
association problems and activities. 

It has been announced that the spring 
Massachusetts Library Association meeting 
will be held in Lenox on June 11 and 12, 
As yet, we do not know which day will be 
allotted to the SORT program. The commit- 
tee is also seeking a second speaker, one 
to present the staff members "vested in- 
terests" in staff associations. Has any- 
one any suggestions? 

B. GERTRUDE WADE 
Codraan Square 



"GETTING-TO-KNOW-YOti" PaRTY 

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The BPLSA " Getting -to-know-you" party 
was held on Aaril 3 in the lecture hall 
with refreshments served in the adjoining 
Elliott Room. As is generally understood, 
this is the occasion during which the new 
officers \mder-go the strain of "The Line- 
up" I Unlike most official "Line-ups", all 
those presented here for scrutiny proved 
to be wanted. "Cupie" Ugalde was general- 
ly accepted as the cutest suspect, despite 
very real competition. 

Mrs. Helen Hirson, who has resigned from 
the Library service to our regret, deserves 
very special praise for her organizational 
ability in arranging and conducting the 
affair, and her loyalty to us in returning 
for the event. The evening's entertainment 
centered around the solving of certain puz- 
zles, one of which involved the identifi- 
cation of baby-pictures of some well-known 
staff members. Edna Peck was heard to com- 
ment to a fellow-target: "We -were cer- 
tainly cute kids, but whatever happened to 
us?" We feel she has no need to worry. 
Kay MacDonald was the most easily identi- 
fiable. Except for a few added years, 
there has been no perceptible change. In 
a second game the portisit of each officer 
was cut horizontally into three parts, and 
the pieces scrambled into nine different 
faces. The problem was to identify and 
regroup the pieces to form the natural 
face. 

A hit of the evening was the recital of 
reports issued through the years on the 
reprehensible activities of the Chowder, 
Chatter and Marching Society under the re- 
grettable leadership of its mldest char- 
acters. Appropriately, this revival of 
the not-so-dead past was conducted by that 
group's perennial president, that resplen- 
dent picture of sartorial elegance, the 
Beau Brummel of the BPL, Loviis Rains, In 
his usual slanderous manner, he introduced 
his associates as "the well-known Shake- 
spearian plagiarist whose hair-line receded 
witti the glaciers, the Jack Benny of the 
C.C.M.S., Sir Cedric Ugalde", and "the 
pride of the Morrel Packing Company, that 
sugar-cured ham. Sir Lawrence Peltier I" 

Preceding the nain party at the Library, 
Sarah Usher once more proved herself a 
most charming hostess. She conducted a 
dinner at the Town House which was attended 
by forty-eight members of the Staff Associ- 
ation. No one who was present could have 
failed to be in a perfect mood for a full 
evening's enjoyment. 






POSTLUDE 



National Library Week — in Retrospect 

Fixed smiles , T^le cheeks , worried 
frowns, hiirrying feet, pink, green, yellow 
and blue fliers, press releases, repeated 
slogans, American flags, radio scripts, 
billboards, books, speakers, films, dis- 
plays, bouquets of spring flowers, tense 
committees huddled around the TV set, time 
donated, time owed, time lost^ no time for 
virus — ^was this National Library Week? 

Or this-? 

A cordial welcome from Milton E. Lord, 
Director, greeted an audience of more than 
three hundred, most of them friends of the 
Library, at the open house kickoff for 
National Library Week. Following Mr, 
Lord's renarks, Virginia H. I'athews 
conveyed a message of greeting from the 
National Committee. The remainder of the 
program vns devoted to "Starring the Edi- 
tors", an off-the-air session preceding 
the regular Sunday TV broadcast. Messrs. 
Canham, Holland, Brickman and Minot pro- 
vided an hour of provocative discussion on 
subjects ranging from state taxes to the 
Dali Llama. 

Following the Editors program, the staff 
hosted a reception in the Wiggin Gallery, 
graciously serving refreshments to hun- 
dreds of appreciative guests. Officers of 
the library and the Association circulated 
among the visitors, meeting and talking 
with them^ lArtiile faint strains of back- 
ground music drifted down from the gallery 
walk. The entire afternoon was a success- 
ful product of smooth organization. 

There is neither time nor space to re- 
cord the outcome of all the programs in 
Branches and Central. Suffice it to say 
that many vreary librarians doffed their 
flat shoes, wrinkled shirts and harried 
expressions, replaced them with high heels, 
fresh collars, smooth coifs and bright 
smiles of welcome to offer the BPL's best 
some sixty-odd times to a generally recep- 
tive public. 

In retrospect. National Library Week vra.s 
a success, however it wore on the nerves, 
and this success can be attributed to 
nothing less than the industry and effort 
of the entire staff, some to a greater 
degree, but all involved. ..which produced 
results despite the handicaps involved in 
such late-start planning. i 

( Editor's Note ; Boston is honored that 
Miss Mathews, Assistant Director of NLwJ 
chose to attend the BFL*3 opening evtjntj) 



HEARTY THANKS 

It has been most gratifying to receive 
satisfaction with tlie success of the re- 
ception for Friends of the Library. In 
turn, I wish to thank all the people who 
worked so well and so willingly for the 
occasion: the Entertainment Committee of 
the Staff Association} the ushers, 
Cornelia Harrington, Kathleen Hegarty, 
l!rs. Mary Sheehan, and Gilda Rossetti; 
the p\mch servers, Mildred Adelson, Nura 
Globus, and Linda Ivers; Ed Peltier, who 
furnished the music; Tom Manning, Mrs. 
Edna Wollent, Mrs. Ada Andelman, and 
Rosalie Lang, for invaluable help ren- 
dered; and finally a very special thank- 
you to John Mealey of Buildings vitio con- 
tributed so much by his friendly and 
dependable services. 

MARION D. MACWILLIAM 

Dear Mrs Flannery: 

As Chairnan of the Central Library Pro- 
gram Committee, I thank you and the Pro- 
fessional Staff Association for your gen- 
erosity and cooperation in making the Re- 
ception to Friends of the Library on Siin- 
day afternoon such a successful one. 

The flovirers were beautiful, the refresh- 
ments delicious, and above all, the hard 
working committee, efficient and most 
gracious. 

Many, many thanks. 

Sincerely yours, 

ADA A. ANDELMAN 



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A special note of thanks is due the 
unsung herces (or heroines) of the cleri- 
cal and secretarial staff #10 tapped out 
the dozens of lists and fliers, to the 
anonymous creators who designed them, and 
to Miss Usher and her staff who rolled 
them out in the nick of time despite the 
tremendous pile -up of simultaneous de- 
mand. 

DON'T THROW AWAY 
YOUR OLD mOAZINES 

Mail them to your friends abroad or 
send them to 

U.S. Book Exchange, Inc. 

1816 Half Street, S.W. 

Washington h, D.C. 
for distribution abroad by the U.S. In- 
formation Service, 



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SHARE THE RIDE "'^ 

A South Shore Car Pool is being instituted by THE QUESTION MRK. Any Staff member 
who is a South Shore resident willing to participate is requested to supply the fol- 
lowing information to THE QUESTION MRK for compilaticsij 



Name 



Do you have a regular work schedule? 

City in v*iich you reside? 

Do you own a car? 



Department or Branch 



If so, how many non-drivers can you accommodate? 



Which route do you take? 



Convenient landmark for meeting passengers 




in Mt 



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THE LIBRARY'S LOSS 

MARIE T. HASTIE 

Late in February, it iwas necessary for 
Marie T. Has tie, children's worker at 
Parker Hill, to resign after 23 years of 
service and to devote full time to recu- 
peration from her recurrent illness. She 
is nissed greatly by the children of Rox- 
bi^rj and her friends and associates in the 
liti-ary and school systems. Bferie is a 
I:' orsrian Tsho forgets self in the joy of 
her •'.Tork, an artist who loves beauty, and 
a perfectionist who freely gives of her 
beet. High on the list of her many de- 
voted services was the CARE committee to 
which she gave generously of her tins and 
artistic talent for seven years. We hope 
tha-o this period of enforced rest nay 
restore her to health, that she nay return 
again to the Library, strengthened and 
active and well, 

ELIZABETH M. GORDON 
ms HELEN HIRSON 

On Wednesday noon, March 25, lUrs, Helen 
Hirson, Extension Librarian, Division of 
H. R. and C. S.,was the g^aest of honor at 
a luncheon held at Eddie Davis' Steak 
House. The mny library friends of Helen 
Hirson, #10 came from the branch libraries 
and from the Division offices and many de- 
partments of the Central Library, testi- 
fied to the esteem with iwhich she is held 
by her co-workers, John Carroll, Chief 
Librarian of the Division, in his inimita- 
ble fashion presented Mrs. Hirson with a 
gift of money. 

An active member of the B.P.L.S.A., she 
will be remembered for the iTTBgi native 
party to the 19$9-60 officers, of which 
she was the chairman. This took place in 
April after her official leave-taking from 
the Library, 

There are many things which might be said 
of Helen's career at the library, particu- 
larly of the nine years spent in the Divi- 
sion Office. That she was a loyal and ef- 
ficient staff member was evidenced again 
and again. There are two facets of her 
work which perhaps may be said to stand 
out above all others. The first is her 
conviction in the group method, coupled 
with her skill as a discussion leader, and 
her ability and iriHgination in planning 
programs. The second — ^her faith in people 
and her belief that learning can and should 
continue throughout life— endeared her to 



IN MBTORIAM 

MRS mRY PRINTER KDMET 

"Iho sweeps a room as for thy laws 
Makes that and the action fine". 

On March 30, Mrs, Kimmet died. She 
came to Memorial Branch Library in 1928 
to do her bit in helping to keep the 
Branch neat and clean. She was not only 
a hard and faithfia worker but down the 
years she was a friend to the librarians 
and their assistants. Her cheerful 
voice with its delightful Scottish burr 
brightened our work on the days she came 
to us. 

All v*io knew her are saddened at her 
passing. We will remember her and the 
many extra tasks she did beyond the 
reg\ilar day's work. 

I'ARGARET McGOVERN 

Branch Librarian, Emeritus 

BRANCH NOTES 

South Boston 
March 2a, 19^9 

Dear Boss, 

Do you think it wo\ild be a good idea 
to have a trained midwife on the staff? 

This morning I opened the lav for a 
lady who entered with this remark: "Oh, 
I'm exhausted I I've been waiting for 
this baby all night I" 

Fortiinately, she left the premises be- 
fore the child arrived. 
West End 



A real live mushroom expert works at 
our branch. Maiy Shea, children's as- 
sistant, has let it be known that she is 
an active member of the Boston geologi- 
cal Club. The last horticultural show 
saw little Mary (no larger than a toad- 
stool herself) helping to man a booth. 

There are more to mushrooms than just 
eating them and Miss Shea tells us there 
lare thousands of varieties. 



iJhe members or tne Never Too Late Group 
with nrfiom she worked for nine years, 

Helen's interest in her library job was 
second only to her pride in her son, 
Stanley—who at present is studying in 
Europ--and to her dentist hustand. Her 
first love has won out after fourteen 
years and she has decided to give full- 
time to assisting her husband in his work, 
w^T?""*^ wishes go with you, Helenl 
we'll miss you J Come back to see us often, 



nirrPTTTT n 



TA TrPT TUT 



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PSRSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Itrs Laura J. Bernard, Washington Village 

Dorothy L. Carrico, Bookmobiles 

Mrs Josephine Frost, Central Charging 

Records 
Thonas Glennon, Kirstein Business Branch 
Dorothy Hiebert, Connolly 
Marilyn A. Pose, East Boston 
Richard T. Tittle baum, Audio-Visual 
Charles M. Tyner, Book Stack Service 

Re-entered 

Mrs Lenore C. Marvit, Memorial (formerly 
of Paricer Hill) 

Transferred 

Harold A. Brackett, Open Shelf to Office, 

Division of MR and CS 
William C. Convray, Central Charging Records 

to Open Shelf J_';..L _- 

, JeronE J . McAndrew, Book Stack Service to 

Division of Library Operations- 
Lawrence K. Vezin, Audio-Visual to Adams 

Street 

Resigned 

Mrs Mary M. Bums, Bookmobiles, to renain 
at home 

Mrs Helen Hirson. Office, Division of HE 
and CS, to remain at home 

Janice Incrovato, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, Division of R and RS, to accept 
another position 

Alexander T. Soter, Kirstein Business 
Branch, to accept another position 

Deborah A. Veinott, General Reference, to 
be married and moving to California 

Retired 

Florence Bickford, East Boston 

Married 

Joan M. O'Leary, Central Book Stock-School 

Issue Section, to Gerard S. Shaw, 

April U, 19^9 

INTERESTED? .^. 

Interested in the letter writing project 
of the President's People -to-People Pro- 
gram? The address is as follows s 

Letter Writing Committer 

People -to-People Program 

h^ E. 65th Street 

New York 21, N.Y. 



WHO'S l^IEW 

There are two new faces on the Bookmo- 
bile these days. 

Mrs. Harriette James is a native Cali- 
fornian and a graduate of Berkeley High 
School. Before coming to Boston she 
worked part-time for a chiropractor. In 
her spare time, Harriette is busy mth 
cooking, sewing, reading and outdoor 
sports. 



Jeanne Cushing^s home town is Framing- 
ham and she is a graduate of Colby Junior 
College. Painting, skiing and horseback 
riding are her favorite pursuits. 



Geraldine Biezart is a new assistant 
in Central Charging Records. She hails 
from Chicago where she worked in two TV 
shows for children. In Boston, Geraldine 
is attending B.U. and planning a career 
in TV or journalism. Horseback riding 
is her favorite sport. 




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DEPARTMENT OF T7HIMSY 

Program S-wappers' Column 

The follovdng list, compiled at a recent 
meeting of the Program Swappers Institute, 
is offered as a convenience to branches 
and departments planning future programs. 

Will swap three Slobovian students com- 
plete with costumes for one clergynan who 
talks jazz. 

•«• 

Will trade an expert on the economic 
stability of the island of YAK who will 
talk for hours — for one beautiful, charming 
model who will speak on "pleasing the op- 
posite sex" (dotan't have to talk long). 

"Raising Mushrooms" , a three hour lecture 
of interest to all — will trade for any- 
thing. 

Desperate 

An illustrated lecture — A tour of in- 
teresting historical garbage dumps in and 
around Boston, with slides and^ smells by 
the author of Early Trash Disposal in 
Virginia . ~~~ 

•K- 

Are you planning a musical evening? An 
organ grinder complete with monkey who 
will work for peanuts. 

Trends In Progressive Librarianship 

Tfhy didn't the library buy LOLITA? 

■«• 
I put my name in three weeks ago for 
DR. ZHIVAGO, doesn't the library have more 
than one copy? 

* 
We simply must have an exhibit to honor 
National Salami Week. 

•«■ 
"Do you have a book called THE t«DRLD OF 
EVIL AND WAR?" (WORLD OF EVELYN lAUGH) 

Why didn't the library buy PEYTON PLACE? 

Well it seems very funny that you can 
al Trays get the books you don't want and 
never the ones you do want. 

* 
We simply must have an exhibit to honor 
National Pickle Week. 

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A five cent fine I Why I could buy the 
book for less than thatt 



Borrower ; ^Aliy isn't the Lenten Reading 
out on the front desk? 

Librarian ; Because there is a special 
display of these books on the shelf just 
ahead of you. J 

Borrower ; I doubt that that's the rea- 
son, but thank you very much. 

■«• 

I still think you put my request at the 
end of the list because I don t live in 
Boston. 

* 

I can't get down to your branch, so can 
you tell me what time the Bookmobile will 
be at Franklin Field? 

•a- 

How far down en the list is my name for 
MINE ENEIIY GROIYS OLDER? 

* 

Until how late are you open until? 

Suggestions 



A number of "do-it-yourselfers" wo\xld 
be interested in purchasing the old fur- 
niture T*iich is discarded from time to 
time by the library. QM would be happy 
to cooperate in any way if such a sale 
could be arranged. 

Glass case exhibit for post-National 
Library Week— Stuffed librarian in his 
native habitat. Any candidates? 

■K- 

Proposal: That hereafter National Li- 
brary Week, pi'eceded by National Benze- 
drine Week and followed by National Mill 
town Week, be celebrated in National 
Ulcer Month. 



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I 



A. L. A. ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

June 21-27, 1959 
Washington, D.C. 

Your ticket of admission? 
Membership in A. L. A. 

JOIN NOW 

SEE: Mildred C. O'Connor 
General Reference 

See you in Washington! 



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TELEVI5I0N AND THE LIBRi\RY ! 

During National Library V/eek the BPL -oas i 
given public service tine on local TV sta- , 
tions to present programs iirtiich would be 
of interest to viewers throughout the area« 
Faced with this challenge committee UEmbers 
put their heads together and came up with 
several programs, which, in spite of flaws 
V) prfi and there, were surprisingly good . 
However, if the BPL is going to continue 
'getting into the act< , as the saying goes, 
there is much for us , as libra rians , to 
learn. 

The Adult Education TV Institute at the 
ALA Conference in San Francisco in July, 

19^8, was based on the belief that the in- 
telligent use of television by the librar- 
ian has larger goals thin the immediate 
benefits of publicizing and promoting the 
library in the conawanity; that it can add 
still another dimension to many areas of 
adult education programmrjig; and thus can 
enrich the library's to-::al adult educa- 
tional effort in the coninunity. One of 
the objectives of the Institute was to en- 
courage librarians to use TV. 

For those unfamiliar vri.th the background 
of Television in Libraries let me quote 
from a brochure prepared for librarians at 
the San Francisco Institute: 

"With some notable early exceptions, li- 
brary use of television be^n in 19U9 and 
has made strong ^ins each succeeding year. 
While a major TV objective of Libraries 
has always been to promote the intelligent 
use of books and library services, in re- 
cent years there has been growing emphasis 
on the use of TV programming as a means 
for direct extension and achievement of 
educational objectives which go beyond 
those of publicity and general public re- 
lations . 

"To date most libraiy TV programs have 
been aired by coiranercial stations as a 
public service. However. iNhere education- 
al channels have been established, librar- 
ies have usually been active participants — 
for example, in Detroit, Cincinnati, and 
Denver. Most characteristic library TV 
fare offered on both commercial and non- 
commercial stations includes the children's 
stoiy hour or puppet showj book talks; 
book-based discussion conducted both by 
teenage and adult panels; presentation of 
less familiar library resources; and com- 
munity information programs. 

"The usual limitations of budget and 
local studio facilities have meant that 
most TV programs aired by and for librar- 



ies must employ only the simplest pro- 
duction techniques. Facing this situa- 
tion many libraries have elected to seek 
regular mention and/or participation on 
programs produced by local personalities 
rather than spcaisor and produce their 
own shows. A few larger libraries employ 
specialists who are asted to assume re- 
sponsibility for Coordination of all TV 
efforts, but too ilany library TV programs 
are still poorly supported, unimaginative, 
and inadequately produced because they 
are put together on an over -time basis 
with insufficient and tmskilled help. 

"Chief stumbling blocks to effective 
use of radio and TV time oy public li- 
braries have been the lack of conviction 
that such efforts truly represent ful- 
fillment of professional responsibilities 
and the fact thst few librarians have re- 
ceived training or practical experience 
in broadccisting J' 

One conclusion reached at the Institute 
was that "a creative program is much bet- 
ter promotion than a mere promotion pro- 
gram per se". This idea was followed by 
our committee in preparing the Datelin e 
Boston Shcx a When VJHDH-TV agreed to let 
us prndnp.B t.^-^fi Qomplete show from scrip'g 
+.Q gr»-roon ^ mo rjpy-jHpd that because o f ' 
time limitatip us the show should be sim- 
ple. The station had suggested a tie-in 
with Opera ViTeek, so a script was written 
by Karl Nyren which would introduce units 
of the BPL which offer background infor- 
mation on music, especially opera. This 
"thematic use of materials" was only one 
of many ways in which the program could 
have been developed. The problem is how 
to get aviay from the strai^t interview 
or panel program and make our programs 
more professional, more exciting. 

A few suggestions for those vsho will be 
involved in future TV library programs* 
(1) Know your Television resources , the 
s tations, the staffs, the type of educa - 
tional programs presented by the station, 
etc. (2) Know Television itself by read- 
ing and borrowing its ideas. Approxi- 
mately 150 articles have been written 
since 19U9 concerning library use of tel- 
evision. Books on televisicai and on 
adult education include references to 
possible library roles in TV. Of special 
interest are those articles which report 
university TV program experiments. Be- 
cause of resources available, they have 
gone beyond the simple book talk or dis- 
cussion to test new production approaches 
and techniques. (3) Get Professional 



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Assistance. Engage more broadcasting peo- 
pie-' directly <3n working committees. 
Every library must have good contact with 
V Television nersonnel. All of the Televi- 
„. , sipn professionals at the San Francisco 
, j .Institute expressed willingness to assist, 
, They need us as much as we need them. 
.Make it a two-way street by adapting to 
.their needs. 

We're gradually getting experience, so 
let's use the creative tieople we have, and 
noxt time we are called upon to prepare a 
television or radio program we will present 
soiJc-:+hing of which we can really be proud. 
It cin be done I 

EUCLID J. PELTIER 
Chief, Audio-Visual 



BPL AT THE GALLERY 




An exhibitioh of paintings by Ella 
ktinsterberg was held at the Doll and 
Richards Gallery on Newbury Street from 
April 6 through 18, 

This renarkable one-man show held spe- 
cial interest for BPLers for two reasons. 
The artist is the sister of our late 
Jilargaret Munsterberg who spent many years 
on the staff of Rare Book. One of the 
39 paintings was a portrait of Margaret, 
painted in 1952, a touching reminder of 
that strong but gentle soul and brilliant 
intellect. 

A canvas listed as "The Poet" -was a 
portrait of Ruth Winn, North End, former- 
ly of Open Shelf. This painting caught 
much of the sprite-like quality so evi- 
dent in Ruth's personality, as well as a 
hint of the thoughtful deptiis of which 
her friends are aware. | 

CARE 

New England Gommitte For C/LRE 
175 Tremont Street Boston 11, Mass. 
Tel. Liberty 2-538? 



Thomas D. Cabot 
Chairman 

Louis Lyons 

Publicity Chairman 



Darcy Wilson 
Director 



April 9, 1959 



Mr. Walter J. Bluhm 

Boston Public Library Staff 

Association 

Boston Public Library 

Boston, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr, Bluhm: 

On behalf of CARE, I should like to thanlc 
you and the members of the Boston Public 
Library Staff Association for thc'r ex- 
tremely kind and generous contribution 
of <.36.00, 

Our New York office will forward to you 
shortly a formal receipt telling you how 
and where your donation has been used, 
we sincerely appreciate the kindness of 
your Library Staff Association for again 
helping these needy people in the over- 
seas areas. 



Kind regards. 



Sincerely, 

LEON M. BLUM 

Ass't. N. E. Director 




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i J X 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member sutsnitting it, to- 
gether vdth the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in lAtiich he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is known only to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association 
members and their appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions 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: 

While it was with great pleasure that I 
read in the March Question Mark of ny 
promotion to the rank of Commander in the 
Naval Reserve, I fear that the report is 
in error. I am still a mere lieutenant 
and really have come to the conclusion that 
that is my perennial rank. Others of us 
women are in the same position so I must 
confess to good company and almost con- 
tentment with my lot. Of course the 
Bureau of Naval Personnel may read the 
Question Mark and take steps to correct 
the error. S'omehow, however, I doubt it. 

Thanks just the same for the compliment. 
Yours, 

SALLY FLANNERY 

( Editor's Note ; QM regrets the error but 
wishes Lt. Flannery smooth sailing 
anyway) 



TO THE EDITOR: 

Dear Madam, 
I wish to take issue with the Sage of 
Bunker Hill over one point in his letter 
to last month's Soap Box. ".... that we 
restrict our utterances to constructive 
criticism " According to the diction- 
ary, constructive criticism is construc- 
tive suggestion. On this point I can 
find no fault. It is well and good in 
principle and possibly works out well in 
those places were workers are considered 
to be mature and adult. It is a policy 
or perhaps a principle that points out 
the basic dignity of man which in turn 
puts or perhaps endjws labor with a sense 
of dignity. In such a situation a worker 
has pride in his job and confidence in 
his superiors. Do you recognize this 
place, Dear William or is it the Ultima 
Thule, that promised land or is it that 
more familiar Land of Hope airl Promise^ 
the BPL. Wake up, William, the only tiji^ 
the powers that be recognize a "coR»«ruc- 
tive suggestion" is when it's planted in 
their heads with a baseball bat. The 
average worker in the BPL is treated like 
the good little child, seen but not heard. 
After all father knows best and only a 
naughty little brat would dare to correct 
father. He's always right. So mother 
says. 

Also, William, I think you were verging 
on heresy. Griping is an old American 
custom that started with the Boston Tea 
Party and considering the march on the 
Charles Street, it is here to stay. Be- 
sides I like to throw rocks. It relieves 
my frustrations, enervates my id and 
tickles my ego. If I had no outlet I'd 
either seek solace in the bottle or beat 
my wife twice a week. 

Yours in Hope , 

GEOFFREY 

To the editor of the Soap Box: 
Dear Editor, 

From the first to the last page of the 
March issue of the Question Mark we are 
made aifrare of the mistrust and suspicion 
which the library staff reads into any 
anno\incement of new administrative poli- 
cies. On page one the Publications Com- 
mittee comments on the recent Statement 
of Personnel Principles in a mnner that 
can hardly be termed enthusiastic. Why 
is it that a iniiole -hearted endorsement 



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cannot be ^iven to a document which would 
ordinarily be considered a guarantee of 
an enlightened personnel policy — a Bill 
of Rights assuring fair, indiscriminate 
treatment for all? Similarly, do we find 
a feeling of security and satisfaction 
permeating the library staff, induced by 
the principles set forth in this dociiment 
Unfortunately not. Instead, the majority 
of the members of the staff are inclined 
to greet a document of this type with the 
question: "How can this be used against 
me?" 

TOiat is the reason for this unvrtiolesome 
a,ttitude? Is it that we have a staff of 
unduly suspicious individuals? Is it 
that many staff nsmbers suffer from per- 
secution complexes? Or could it be that 
experience has taught us that broad prin- 
ciples of library policy can be inter- 
preted and manipiaated in unexpected ways 
^ich may not al-ways be in the best in- 
terest of the staff? 

On the last page Mr. Casey advises 
'against what he calls the "let's all 
throw rocks at the administration" atti- 
tude. He states that this attitude en- 
genders ill-will. It is ny belief that 
goodwill must be earned and will exist 
only Yihen merited. Again, I believe that 
such rock throwing as we have had in the 
past was a manifestation of an employee- 
administration relationship in which 
trust and goodwill were lacking, 

ROCKY 



Dear Soapbox: 

In connection with Television program- 
ming, a question has oi'ten occured to ne. 
Why do we not have more cooperation from 
Channel 2? During National Library Week, 
despite extended viewing. I did not see 
or hear one reference made to this impor- 
tant event, either locally or nationally, 
I know they have a policy which prevents 
them from plugging specific events, but 
I do wonder how they overlook National 
Library Week , jiidjbhen devote a whole 
week to World U.S, -Canada Trade Week. 
Have we fallen down in our contacts with 
this excellent ed ucational nutlet? Per- 
haps we could have worked in a program, 
or had mention made of our efforts on 
I've Been Reading , etc. I believe an 
effort should be made to improve o\ir re- 
lations with Channel 2 so that when Na- 
tional Library Week rolls around another 
year we could extend our story to an even 
wider audience. Many other large city 
libraries have regular programs emanating 
from their local Educational Television 
Channels, Why not the BPL? T,fit's fp.t ^ 
our jjublic relations working. 

EUCLID J. PELTIER 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



April 30 



The Round Table of Librarians for 

Young Adults. Old Mill Restaurant, Westminster, 

10:30 a.m. 



June 11, 12 
June 21—27 



Massachusetts Library Association 
Annual Meetijig, Lenox, Massachusetts 

American Library Association 
Annual Conference, Washington, D. C. 



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BOSTON "PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 

OFFICERS AND COWITTEES - 1959 



President 
, Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary- 
Recording Secretary 
TreasTirer 



Mrs Sarah Walsh Flannery 
Charles J, Gillis 
Kathleen Hegarty 
Cornelia M. Harrington 
Louis Ugalde 



Executive Board 



Harald A. Brackett 
Nancy B. Gushing 



Mrs Anne Connors Kearney 
Louis Polishook 



Standing Committees 



Concession Committee 

Mary D. Far re 11, Chairman 

Alice E. Hackett 

** Mrs Dorothea Morgan 
* Mary T. Sands 

Mrs, Mary V. Sheehan 

Constitution Committee 

Mrs Anne C. Kearney, Chairnan 
Dorothy K. Becker 
Marion R. Herzig 
Grace M. Marvin 
B. Joseph O'Neil 

Entertainment Committee 

Mrs Marion D. MacWilliam, Chairnan 

Phyllis Adams 

lira Anna Brackett - •■ 

Elizabeth Drane """.'■ 

Mrs Marjorie Knilling :■'■■;' 

Catherine M. MacDonald 

Ruth V. Marshall 

Mrs Elizabeth L. Wright 



Cataloging and Classification, 

R. and R. S. 
Cataloging and Classification, 

. H. R. and C. S. 
Accounting 
Buildings 
Book Purchasing 



Lower Mills 

Egleston Square 

Roslindale 

Book Selection, H. R. and C. S, 

Periodical and Newspaper 



Fine Arts 

Book Stack Service 

Central Charging Records 

General Reference 

Central Charging Records 

Personnel 

Teachers 

Director's Office 



Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture Committee 
No lecture scheduled in 1959 

House Committee for Men 

Arthur W.'Mulloney, Chairman Statistical 
Other members to be announced in May issue 

House Committee for Women 

G. Florence Connolly j Chairman Fine Arts 
Other members to be announced in May issue 



■»• — ^Represenative of the Boston Public Library Building Service 
Employees International Union, Local #U09 (AFL) 
•JH< — ^Representative of other groups not represented in the 
Association or the Union 



Legislative and Legal Matters, Committee on 

Louis Polif?Vinnl<- . nhaiY<ma»i n 



Louis Polishook, Chairiian 

Gerald L. Ball 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

Euclid J. Peltier 

Louis Rains 

Mrs Christine J, Umano 

Membership and Hospitality Committee 
Dorothy P, Shaw, Chairnan 
Harry Andrews 
Helen E. Colgan 
Mary T. Crowe 
Eleanor F. Halligan 
Mrs Corrine Henderson 
Mrs Margaret Lewis 
Edward J. Montana 
M. Catherine Robbins 

Paul B. Swenson 
Alice M. Waters 

Personnel Committee 

Louis Kains, Chairman 

Gerald L. Ball 

Laura M. Bond! 

Nancy B. Gushing 

Marva Dates 

Rhoda M. 'Donnell 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

Mrs Catherine H. Richmond 

B. Gertrude Wade 



Central Charging Records 

Book Purchasing 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Audio-Visual 

Science and Technology 

Bookmobiles 



Periodical and Newspaper 

Central Book Stock — Branch Issue 

Washington Village 

West Roxbury 

Statistical 

Central Charging Records 

South End 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Division Office, Library 

Operations ' 
Print 
Open Shelf 



Science and Technology 

Book Purchasing 

ifattapan 

Central Charging Records 

Histoiy 

Division Office, H. R. and C. S. 

Periodical and Newsfaper 

West End 

Codman Square 



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Program Contnittee 

uther members to be announced in May issue 

Publications Committee 

Mrs Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Thomas F. Gaines 

Marjorie Groves 

Emilia Lange 

Frank Lavine 

Ifrs Mary V. Sheehan 

I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist 



Open Shelf 

Fine Arts 

Codman Square 

Print 

West End 

Book Purchasing 

Book Purchasing 



Special Services CommittPP 

Membership to be announced in May issue 

Staff Library Committer 
Edna G. Peck, Chairman 
Rob ley F. Carr 
Mary A . Hackett 
Eleanor F. Halligan 
Ollie J, Partridge 
Sarah Richnan 



Book Selection, H. R. and C. S. 

Hyde Park 

Parker Hill 

Statistical 

Open Shelf 

West End 



SPECIAL COMvIITTRRS 



CARE Committee 

Walter J. Bluhm, Chairnan 
George W. Scully 
Minna Steinberg 



Periodical and Newspaper 

Exhibits 

Cataloging and Classification, 



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THE E03T0N PUBLIC LIBRARY 

^TAPF ASSOCIATION 



,J 'J N e V^5 9 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Voliime XIV Number 6 June 19$9 



Publications Conunittee: Thomas F. Gaines, Marjorie Groves, Emilia Lange, 

Frank La vine , Mary V. Sheehan, I. Roger Stevens, 
" Cartoonist, Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Publication Datfe:' Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month " The tenth of each month 



In Oakland, California there is a little iiraterfront shack 
called the last Chance Saloon. This remarkable establishment 
has actively endured despite the progress of modern times and 
now stands as an anachronism beside the elaborately antiqued 
wharf side restaurants. But in the days when Jack London signed 
on for sea duty, he and his mates told their raucous tales to the 
father of the present owner-barman as they quaffed their farewell 
ale before sailing off to months of isolation from homeland events, 

If the analogy is obscure, it is only that we are already 
infected with vacation -it is , but QM considers this a sort of Last 
Chance Issue before we all scatter to our various summer retreats. 
Our tales may not be raucous, yet we do detect a rather low pro- 
portion of professionalism compared to a high degree of vaca- 
tionalism as we indulge some flights of fancy. We also note a 
few left-over items toward which we direct what we hope to be 
a last gasp of hot-weather temper. 

Among these issues are two old buddies which, like death 
and taxes, seem to be always with us. First: Where are the 
appointments for chiefs of those three busy departments -whi ch 
have been operating too long on a pro tem basis ? As we under- 
stand it, there are qualified candidates on the waiting list 
for all three. 

Second: With the Mayor's raise about to be passed in one 
amount or another , m ay we not be assured by our c ^n adrf^i.T^^pt.ra- 
tors th atf YTff, TMjn -ronc-itro -jf, yci it 3 intended "cost of living?' 
form rather than continue with the anxiety of suspecting a 
special ' BPL . formula ' distributio n wh ich would bear no relation 
to the equal prices 01 col fee . zea. auia mllkY ~~ 

These matters settled, we could benignly drain the last 
glass and slip off to our favorite haunts for a peaceful 
summer. QM would happily trade in its old suit of armor for 
a brand new bikini in order to give the next two issues an 
appropriately lazy, sun-drenched look. 



THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



The end of the school year has given many 
of us a much need "breather" in -which to 
catch up with the "oaa jobs that tend tfO be 
neglected during a busy season, or just to 
be able calmly to prepare for the next 
onrush of summer visitors , students and 
busy general readers. The quiet in Bates 
Hall seems more extreme than in most spring 
seasons — perhaps because the end-of-term 
nish of students coincided with a newspaper 
puzzle contest, so that many of us were 
nearly tearing our hair before it ended. 
The contrast now is almost unbelievable. 

This quiet seems to have settled over • 
Library affairs in general, and to have 
left many of us ifliho are not otherwise pre- 
occupied in a state of suspended anination. 
We wait for news of the raise for city em - 
pioyees"prS51sed by the Mayor, and indulge 
in Ij-pely con^jectare as to how (when it 
comes) it will be distributed . The Execu- 
tive Board has written a letter to the 
Assistant Director (for Personnel), ex— 
pT3Ssing its opinion that this proposed 
raise is intended as a cost-of-living in - 
c rease . that it should be distributed 
equally to everyone, and askin g whether an^ 
other act ion is con'teiBPlated r" We must 
realize of course that there is a quite 
satisfactory salary grid in its initial 
stages of operation in this Library, and 
that using money to put people closer to 
their proper places on the grid wo\ild have 
advantages. Let \is wait and see what plan 
is forthcoming, and look at the problem in 
all its aspects before anyone of us sets 
his mind on a particular amount or type of 
raise. 

To all who are going to A.L.A. we vrish 
a pleasant and worthwhile week — and hope 
you come back to Boston brimful of new 
ideas and enthusiasm. 

SARAH ¥. FUNNERY 
President 



ACTIVinES UNLPflTED 

This ilionth QM has chosen for its pro- 
files three of the Library's most popu- 
lar and talented people. 

Ed_Munra (Patent Room) and his wife 
Aletha] (Music), well-known for their 
beautiful voices, maintain a "whirlwind" 
schedule. Their musical careers are 
progressing by means of guest appear- 
ances with orchestral societies , ora- 
torio singing and presentations of their 
own concerts. In addition both have 
regular positions in Boston churches. 
A notable achievement was Ed's perform- 
ance as soloist in the Handel and Hay- 
den's 1958 pres citations of the JffiSSIAH 
at Symphony Hall. 

Both Ed and Aletha enjoy fishing and 
r camping out, and Ed carries on a large 
correspondence with "all kinds of peo- 
ple" connected with fishing. Ed's other 
interests vary from record collecting to 
pencil sketching and furniture refinish- 
ing. Aletha 's hobbies include almost 
any kind of handicraft. She specializes 
in designing and making clothes, inteid- 
or decorating, and painting. 



Another musical couple, familiar to 
many in the BPL, are the Maurice Car- 
bonneaus . Maurice (also of the Patent 
Room) is_ an active member of an opera 
group _and sings in churches and temples. 
In addition he and his vrLfe, Gay, give 
concerts and entertain private groups. 
Maurice's favorite hobby is gardening, 
but handball and tennis are close run- 
ners -up. 

Maurice and the Munros have been 
regular members of the Christmas Carol- 
ers and both couples have been popular 
entertainers at Chowder, Chatter and 
Marching Society Affairs. 



GREETINGS toA. L. A. Gonventioners 

from 
Boston Public Library Staff Association 



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JCLA—SORT 



A iTEmorable event, our first fessachu- 
setts Staff Organizations Round Table 
Meetingl On the afternoon of June ^11, at 
Lenox, Massachusetts, sixty to seventy 
enthuaiastic members of the Massachusetts 
Library Association gathered for the pro- 
gram sponsored by the staff associat ions 

of the~B r>st.r>n fllbT-i^j Magganhngp+.f J" Tr>ci-|-.i - 

tute of Technolog y, and Worcester Free 
Public Libraries. To a man, ,(bhe audience 
declared that it gots its money's worth 
as our speakers set forth in glomng terms 
■the values of staff organization?. Speak- 
ing for the sta f f member , Arlene Kupis , 
General and Humanities Librarian, Ifessa- 
chusetts Institute of Technology, revealed 
■vrtiat staff associations have accomplished 
at M.I.T. and elseniiere. Ervin J. Gaines , 
Assistant Director (for. Personnel), Boston 
Public Library, made all of , us from Boston 
extremely proiid to have him on our staff 
as he brought forth important criteria for 
good organizations from the administrative 
point of view. 

What can such an organization as ours do 
for the individual staff member? Its so- 
cial functions go unquestioned, as Miss 
Kupis pointed out. These include provid- 
ing a place for exchan g e of opinion s and 
for orientation of the ne wcomr. The staff 
organization is, next, a^_me an.s_pf communi- 
cation between administration and staff . 
It helps to develop the individual staff 
member in many isays. Miss Kupis spent 
much time explaining this most important 
educational function of the staff associa- 
tion, showing how it can improve profes- 
sional standards and, therefore, make for 
more effective library service. As she 
stated, it is vital for every staff member 
to know the community which his library 
serves. Here is another way in which a 
staff organization helps. Finally our or- 
ganizations serve as a link between the 
individual and both state and national 
professional library organizations. 

Following Miss Kupis 's summary of the 
functions and accomplishments of staff 
associations, Mr, Gaines caiised the audi- 
ence to re-examine their concept of a 
staff organization. Such a group should, 
he said, have three main areas of concern: 
1. T^.i;n p;]-oyee~Trana^ement relatio ns . includ- 
ing hours of work» salaries, working con- 
ditions , etc .32. Pnof essional deve JLopmeiit 
of the individual} and 3. Public Service ^ 
wit.h._an erg phasls tpn p ublic relation s — ^pa r- 
ticularly "vrtiere the library lacks finances 



to work on this matter from a special 
office. Mr, Gaines emphasized the fact 
that to be critical of administrative 
functioning is not enough. The effective 
staff organization must be creative. 

To operate creatively, the organization 
must, of course, first have the good will 
of the administration. A sympathetic 
administration will use the organization 
to know its people better. It will also 
look to the organization to call its at- 
tehti on to natters which it n ay hp.ve_ 
overlo oked. It will expect the organiza- 
tion to keep its ear to the ground for 
news of events that administrators might 
not otherwise heair about. It will also 
expect the organization to offer positive 
advice upon improving conditions. 

As Mr, Gaines went on to say, a good 
or^nization should attempt to fulfill 
the following obligations : 

1. Utilize the natural leaders among 

the staff 

2. Conduct itself democratically at all 

times 

3. Keep its own members informed of all 

its activities 
U. Take care of new staff members 

5, TiTy to create librarians out of 

part-timers 

6, Participate in many activities — ^from 

fund-raising to establishment of 
scholarships 

7, Be willing to give some of its omi, 

in addition to library time, for 
its projects 

8, Put out some sort of publication to 

keep members aware of library 
activities 

9, Find facts concerning grievances and 

set forth these facts 

10, Be tenacious about issues on which 

it holds strong beliefs. 

11, Set the tone of the library (espe- 

cially important to set an example 
for new staff members) 

12, Enhance the reputation of the li- 

braiy at all times. 
Any or^nization vdiich adheres to these 
criteria will undoubtedly, ISr, Gaines 
concluded, win and keep the hearty sup- 
port of its administration. 

As chairman of the program for the day, 
Albert DeCaprio of the Worcester Free 
Public Library invited questions from the 
floor after the speakers. A lively dis- 
cussion ensued, with questions ranging 
from "How many staff associations do we 
have in Jiassachusetts?" to "What ever 
happened to the old, courageous library 



associations who fought for better sala- 
ries?" All in all, the meeting seened to 
reveal a tremendous interest in staff 
associations on the part of many Massa- 
chusetts librarians. Jfeiy we have more of 
such co-operative endeavors with such ex- 
cellent librarians as those with whom we 
have been working from Worcester and 
M.I.T.l 

SLA CONVENTION 

The 50th annixal convention of the Spe- 
cial Libraries Association opened at the 
Chalfonte-Haddon Hall in Atlantic City on 
May 31, 1959. At i;:00 p.m. a tea vas 
given for charter members, SLA presidents 
and first conventi oners. The histrionic 
talents of the three host chapters were 
displayed on Sunday night in "SLA Jubi- 
lee", a hilarious presentation of past 
convention festivities. 

The first general session on Monciiy 
morning was highlighted by a fine address 
by Hon. Robert B. Mevner . Governor of New 
Jersey. The newly elected members of 
SLA's Hall of Fame were honored at a 
luncheon. Two charter members, Guy E. 
Jferion and Dr. John A. Lapp, were special 
guests of the association as founders of 
the organization in Bretton Woods in 1909. 
In the afternoon, divisional meetings 
were held. On Tuesday morning a general 
session on Work Standards was moderated 
by Sam Sass and that afternoon an All Di- 
visions Round Table discussed subjects of 
special interest to the groups involved. 

The annual business meeting was held on 
Wednesday morning and that afternoon, a 
general session on "Planning, a prelude 
to progress". The various divisions held 
breakfast, luncheon and dinner meetings 
throughout the convention on matters of 
particular interest to their membeis. 
Several divisions sponsored a Book-Author 
luncheon on Tuesday with Leonard Falkner 
author of FORGE OF LIBERTY as the speaker. 
At the Golden Jubilee Banquet on Wednes- 
day night a huge birthday cake was placed 
on the head table and as the toastmaster 
read off the chapter names, Margaret 
Fuller, national president, lighted a 
candle and waitresses put smaller birth- 
day cakes on each table, Boston-jChapifiii, 
^^-J!^®_-°l^?l!L°I!.6£2i?Le4_£roup, was an- 
nounced~7p'st . August Hec^cHer" "DTrec- 
tor of the Twentieth Century Fund, spoke 
eloquently on Books in Today's World . 
Following his talk, awards were given to 
Rio Grande and Southern California Chap- 
ters for recruitment efforts and to Rio 



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Grande for the greatest increase in mem- 
bership for the year. 

Philadelphia Day was observed on Thurs- 
day with Divisional tours to that city, 
except for the Science-Technology Division 
which held a documentation program- 
Representatives from library organiza- 
tions from all over the world were present 
to celebrate the golden anniversary and 
messages from President Eisenhower and 
other important dignitaries were received 
by the Association. The fiftieth anni- 
versary convention was a stimulating be- 
ginning to a new half century of progress 
and growth, 

GRACE M. mRVIN 

MARY U. NICHOLS AWARDS 

The 11th Annual Award of the Mary U. 
Nichols Book Prizes was made at the North 
End Branch Library on Thursday evening ,-lfey 
21. Milton E. Lord, Director, awarded the 
coveted book prizes, handsomely bound, 
each bearing a book plate designed by 
Arthur W. Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, 
and worthy of being handed down in the 
family of the winners, Mr, Lord congra- 
tulated Nicholas Dili/lasi and Arlene 
Brigida, this year's winners of the prizes 
"awarded annually to the North End boy and 
to tjie North End girl v4io in their senior 
year at a North End high school have ex- 
celled in their English studies." 

The principal address of the evening was 
given by Pietro BeU uschl. Dean of the 
School of Architecture and Planning at the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He 
spoke on The Aristocracy of the Individual . 

Father Wilfrid T. Bouvier s'. J. of St, — 
Mary's Church represented the community, 

Robert Castagnola served as an able pro- 
gram chairman. Students from Christopher 
Columbus and the Julie Billiart High 
Schools furnished the musical portion of 
the evening, 

A social hour followed the fornal pro- 
gram of the evening, at which members of 
the North End staff and of the Young Adult 
Coiincil served as hostesses, Pourers were 
Mrs Elizabeth L. Wright and Miss Jennie 
Penta. 

This event, which is always a highlight 
of the y^r's activities at North End 
Branch Library, was attended by approxi- 
mately two hundred. 

Mary U. Nichols, in whose memory these 
prizes are amrded, served as Branch 
Librarian from 19Ul until her untimely 
death in 19i;9. 



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WELCOME STRANGER I 

The Boston Arts Festival is nearly over, 
other festivals are beginning, summer 
theatres are opening, and starlit sym- 
phonies are just around the corner. We 
are fortunate in Boston to have such a 
wealth of summer cultural activity within 
such an accessible radiixs. In the metro- 
politan area we have the esplanade con- 
certs in July, one summer theatre troup 
operating at the Charles Theatre, and 
another at the new Arts Center on Soldiers 
Field Road. It is only a brief drive to 
the tent theatres in Beverly, Cohasset or 
Framingham, and an easy bus ride to 
Fellesley College campus where Group 20 
presents a varied season in the outdoor 
Greek amphitheatre. With the completion 
of the new highways , even the Cape play- 
houses are an easy mark for auto-owiers. 

These attractions make summer here a 
pleasure for us, and combined with the 
abxindance of historical landmarks they 
draw tourists from all over the country 
and the world. 

It is about these tourists that QM wish- 
es to speak. Those of us -who have visited 
other cities know that the pleasure of 
our stay depends to a great extent upon 
the contacts we have with those who live 
and work there. Bostonians "abroad" tend 



to expect recognition. (If by chance one 
sentence does not give the secret away, 
one can always fall back on a recitation 
of the jay-valker's creed.) Ifeny people 
of the South and ¥Jest do actually see an 
imaginary laurel wreath hovering over 
visitors from this venerable city. We, 
on the other hand, tend to condescend a 
bit toward those #10, having the misfor- 
tune to reside elsewhere, most visit 
Boston in their spare time. After all. 
Southerners are not Yankees... and even 
that lovely city San Francisco somehow 
erred in locating itself on the "-wrong" 
side of the continent. 

BPL ers have a xmique opportunity to^ 
heIp~H5.1d warm tourist relations . Hm- 
c ^eds of visiters wander thro ugh the^ 
l ibrary every summer, they ar e easy_to_ 
spot from -ttie upward tilt of the chin to 
the downrard hang of the camera. Most 
such casual visitors hesitate to disturb 
librarians without a specific request, 
but appreciate the friendly contact we 
could so easily give. Each of us as 
Bostonians is able to enhance the pleas- 
ure of a stranger by recommending a 
special area of sightseeing, entertain- 
ment or good eating, or simply by offer- 
ing a warm "Welcome, Stranger i" 



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PERSOMEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Rosemary Bertolino, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS 

Winifred B. Clark, Division Office, R and 
RS 

Charles Collins, Book Stack Service, for- 
merly part-time at Faneuil 

Marjorie Cutter, North End 

Barbara Doran, Faneuil, formerly part-time 

Inez R. Jacobs, Central Charging Records 

Joyce Kearney, Information Office, former- 
ly part-time 

Virginia Lima, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and RS 

Marjorie McCabe, Mattapan, formerly part- 
time at North End 

John A. Phynney, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R and RS, formerly part-time at 
West End 

Caroljm Rose, Division Office, R and RS 

Joan Tractman, Roslindale 

Rebecca Watson, Director's Office, former- 
ly part-time in Division Office, HR 
and CS 

Resignations 

Robert L. Sennott, Book Stack Service, to 
accept another position 

Richard P. Cummings, Book Purchasing, to 
accept another ppsition 

Magnhild Korstog, Ophams Corner, to be 
married and move to Springfield, Ohio 

Geraldine Biezart, Central Charging Re- 
cords, to accept another position 

Retirements 

Elizabeth M. Kernachan, Hyde Park 

Transfers 

Julia A. McGrath, Brighton to Mt. Bowdoin 

Evelyn G. Isaacs , Mt. Bowdoin to Personnel 

Office 

Susan R. Smith, Parker Hill to Mt. Bowdoin 
Bertha Streeter, Egleston Square to North 

End 
Nanella Warren, Roslindale to Parker Hill 

Marriages 

Rose E. Stinson, Roslindale, to Jerold J, 
Zuckerman, June h, 1959 



NEW BOOKS ADDED TO STAFF LIBRARY 

Library Science 

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Asheim, Lester, ed. 

New directions in public library dev el- 
op ment . Chicago, Graduate Library 
School, tiniversity of Chicap^o, 1957 

Dahl, Svend 

History of the book. New York, Scare- 
crow Press, 1958 

Illinois. University. Library School . 

brarv collection. Champaign, 111., 
Distributed by Illini Union Bookstore, 
1957 

Institute on Public Library Architecture , 

University of Southern California , 1957. 
A living library. Los Angeles, Univer- 
sity of Southern California Press, 1957 

Jackson, William V« 

Studies in library resources. Cham- 
paign, 111., Distributed by the Illini 
Bookstore, 1958 

< PowellT LaYfrence CTs 

A passion for books* Cleveland ^ World 
Pub. Co., 1958 

Symposium on Information Storage and 

Retrieval Theory, Systems, and Devices, 

Washington, D.C. , 1958 . 

Information storage and retrieval 
theory, systems and devices. New York, 
Columbia University Press, 1958 

yHO'S NEV'.r? 

A new addition to the staff of General 
Reference is David Mitchell who hails 
frnm D<=!]nwr , N.Y. A graduate of Harvard, 
T"[itch is now living in Cambridge with his 
wife and five-month-old daughter, Lisa, 
His favorite pursuits are reading and 
music. 



The pretty new faces in the Division 
Office, R and RS, belcng to Winifred 
Clark and Carolyn Rose — ^both newly grad- 
uated from high school. 

Winifred was president of her class at 
the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Her 
favorite pastimes are reading and danc- 
ing, 

Carolyn wrote for ^ler school paper at 
Hsgr, Ryan Memorial. Playing piano and 
dancing are her favorite activities. 



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BPL ROMNCES CONTINUE— 
COUPLES IMC, GAINS NEVJ HffilvffiERS 

The bride looked fetching in her crisp 
dress of blue and white eyelet and her tiny 
white hat. She carried an old-fashioned 
bouquet of white roses, poms, and lily-of- 
the-valley. The groom looked proud and 
handsome beside her. The bride — the for- 
mer Sheila Pierce of Central Char ging Re- 
cords ; the groom — QM's Roger Stevens of 
Book Purchasing. They were married at a 
late afternoon ceremony at St. ?fery's 
Church in Brookline on June Hi. 

The maid-of -honor, Jeanne Fitzgerald, 
formerly of BPL, looked lovely dressed in 
blue and carrying an old-fashioned bouquet 
of "pink and blue flowers . David Morrissey 
of Book Purchasing was best man. 

Following the ceremony, an "island luau" 
was enjoyed at the Polynesian Village by 
the wedding party and a small group of 
friends . 



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ATTENTION RETIRED LIBRARIANS 



^ 



* 



It has been brought to our attention by 
¥x. Gaines, Assistant Director (for Per- 
sonnel), that the library frequently re- 
ceives requests from institutions seeking 
volunteer or part-time lib rarians. 

One such request came recently from the 
Faulkner Hospital asking for a retired 
librarian living in or accessible to the 
Jamaica Plain area to do volimteer work 
in the patient's library. Car fare would 
be paid by the "Faulkner Aid". No foot 
work would be required. Responses may be 
directed to Edyth B. Morrill, Director of 
Volunteers, The Faulkner Hospital, Jamai- 
ca Plain 30, Mass. 

To facilitate future requests of this 
type, QM asks all interested retired 
readers to fill out the following blank 
and return it to us. We in turn will 
compile a card file to be used by Per- 
sonnel in referring the institutions to 
those librarians who have indicated a 
desire for such employment. 



Married — ^Anne Hasbrouck VanVleck, Chil- 
dren's Assistant at Mattapan, to Roger 
Sherrill Vfebb in Montclair, New Jersey. HAIE 

The couple will reside in Cambridge L while 
Mr. Webb attends the Harvard Graduate 
School of Business Administration. 

CONGRATULATIONS 
to 

Milton E. Lord, Director, who was award- 
ed an honorary membership in the Phi Beta 
Kappa Society of Harvard University. Mr 
Lord received the award at a Society 
luncheon on June 8. 



Michael Healy, former extra at West End, 
vAio received a four-year scholarship to 
Harvard University, plus three additional 

grants. 



Winners of the Library's four $100 schol- 
arships for study at library schools during 
the twelve-months period dating from 
July 1, 1959: Vera L. Cheves, Elizabeth 
A. Drane, Irene M. Miains, and Edward J. 
Montana . 



ADDRESS 










WILL WORK FULL TI!E_ 
AS VOLUNTEER 


PART 
FOR 

COl^lENT 


TIME 
PAY 


PREFERENCE OR OTHER 










SHARE 


THE 


RIDE 





Anna Scanlan , Book Preparation, working 
9 — 5, 10 — 6 schedules, can give ride home 
to those in need, though not on a regular 
basis. Route to East Braintree via Wey- 
mouth Landing and new road to Neponset. 

Want a regular ride from East Braintree 
to S. S. Pierce, Kenmore Square? Leave 
7:30 A.M. Return shortly after 5 P.M. 
Call Anna Scanlan, Book Preparation, for 
details . 



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PACKAGE DEAL 



We have had members d£ the public express 
their appreciation in writing from tine to 
time for services rendered by the B.P.L. 
staff. However, recently I received a 
package containing 37 thank you letters 
from a group of Sixth Graders who had been 
given the "full treatnEnt" of a guided 
tour of the Library. Hay I share some por- 
tions of these letters with you. 

"Thank you for letting us tour the li- 
brary. I was surprised to learn that the 
library was so big. Your Treasure Room 
was very good. I didn't know Bibles were 
so bjg and old." 

"I fo\md the trip to the Boston Putlic 
Library most interesting. I thought the 
bindary (sic) was quite interesting. Aftei 
seeing that library, all other libraries 
seem meak." 

"I am one of the 37 sixth grade students 
vho had the pleasure of touring the Boston 
Public Library . I think that having a 
room outdoors is a wonderful idea," 

"I wish to thank you for the excellent 
service at the Boston Public Library. The 
many beautiful paintings on the walls of 
the Library were certainly intriguing." 

"I enjoyed the trip to the Boston Public 
Library very much. It is large beyond a 
wild dream. The children's room is as 
large as our irfiole liisrary," 

"Thank you very much for the interesting 
tour through the Boston Public Library. 
I was impressed by the rare and only book 
collection." 

"Thank you very much for arranging for 
us to go through the Boston Public Library, 
I liked the Alice and Wonderland diorama 
best. A lot of work must have been done 
on it." 

"Thank you for making our tour possible 
through the Boston Public Library. I en- 
joyed particularly how books are rebound." 

"Thank you very much for letting us go 
through the library. I think it was very 
interesting, especially the room where the 
records and films are." 



"We would like to thank you very much 
for the wonderful tour. I enjoyed watch- 
ing the process of taking out a book and 
especially the baskets and how they sent 
the book down in it." (Also known as the 
book railway) 

"I wish to thank you very much for your 
cooperation in arranging for us to visit 
and tour the Boston Public Library. The 
whole tour, was to me, extremely inter- 
esting and educationally enjoyable." 

"I enjoyed the trip through the Public 
Library very much. I wish to congratu- 
late the guides for the wonderful job 
they did in helping us realize how in- 
teresting and useful the library is." 

BRADFORD M. HILL 

DAFFY DEFINITIONS 

From the Congressional Record via the 
Staff News of the Free Library of Phila- 
delphia, we note the following glossary 
of terms (used to keep the wheels tiirning 
in government and industry) : 

Go-ordinator ; The guy who has a desk 
between two expediters . 
Check the files ; Ask the janitor to 
look through yesterday's sweepings. 
Committee ; A means for evading respon- 
sibility. 

Conference ; Vfliere conversation is sub- 
stituted for the dreariness of labor 
and the loneliness of thought. 
Note and initial ; Spread the responsi- 
bility. 

Program ; Any assignment that cannot be 
completed with one phone call, 

LIGHTNIN' STRIKES A SECOND TIJ^ 

The first time? Vlhen in 1950 Marty 
Murphy held the lucl<y number and was pre- 
sented with a Ford sedan by the West Rox- 
bury Post of the American Legion, The 
second time? When Mrs Margaret Lappen 
Fitch, formerly Chief of Statistical, won 
a Renault-Dauphine car in a recent STOP 
AND SHOP contest. This may be said to 
have a double significance, inasmuch as 
one of the Library's Trustees, Sidney 
Rabb, is vice president of STOP AND SHOP 
INC. Congratulations to the store for 
having had the luck to pick such a fine 
winner, and to the winner herself for her 
good fortune I 



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COMMTOITY PBOFILE 
Feste d 'Estate 



The North End Branch Library is in an 
enviable position at this time of the year 
It is the tine of the religioxis festivals, 
or the 'feasts', as they are known in the 
neighborhood. From now until September 
almost every week-end will find certain 
sections of the district decorated with 
arches of colored lights, a shrine deco- 
rated with loving care, and crowds of peo- 
ple dressed in their best holiday clothing 
to honor the patron saint of their ■ pa]rticu-| grease would fly in all directions, the 



A great event, now discontinued, used 
to be the competition between different 
groups of young men in climbing a greased 
pole about forty feet hi^. As a reward, 
at the top had been hoisted an Italiaji 
flag, a salami, a cheese, and a ten dol- 
lar bill. The rival groups, dressed in 
their oldest clothes, would meet at the 
base of the pole, well supplied with sand 
to provide friction against the heavy 
axle grease. They would crouch in readi- 
ness; at the signal, the battle iNas on. 
This competition was probably stopped be- 
cause of the mayhem that it caused* The 



lar village or town back in Sicily, 

In many ways, the North End is still conH 
sidered a village by the people living 
there. Each village, represented by a 
large group of people, has a society and 
these societies sponsor the festivals. It 
is a time of gaiety, meeting and chatting 
with old friends, boys flirting with girls, 
and children running in and out of the legs 
in the crowd. 

One of the major events of the feast is 
the procession through the streets of the 
district. The statue of the saint is car- 
ried through the nei^borhood on the 
shoulders of young men of the society. 
They are followed by those doing penance. 
These penitants usually march in stocking 
feet to pay homage to the saint for ful- 
filling a request. 

Children of members are dressed in their 
white Communion clothes, or as angels, nuns 
or monks. Hands folded as in prayer, or 
carrying flowers, they solemnly march the 
three or four miles accompanied by their 
beaming mothers and fathers. The band, an 
integral part of any procession, is not 
one of your spick and span drum and bugle 
corps, but a group in the old tradition, 
playing music that has a strictly Italian 
sound. After the parade they proceed to 
the bandstand and play their repertoire, 
mostly from Italian operas. 

The pushcarts and cries of the vendors 
are another touch of Europe — ^hot pizza, 
various pastries, clams and oysters on the 
half-shell all are sold from these open 
stands. The spicy aromas fuse in the warm 
air to create a heady and mouthwatering 
temptation . 

Haird "Chi Chi" nuts are bought by the 
boys, b^^t instead of being eaten, most of 
them are slyly aimed at the legs of young 
girls who mi^t wince a bit, but never fail 
to look around for the young man who has 
singled her out for his special attention. 



boys would tear each other's clothes to 
shreds, the girls would scream, and a 
general good time was had by all. The 
victcrs would be ttie heroes of the 
festival. 

Today, one of the nain attractions is 
more subdued, but is still reminiscent of 
Europe, In the middle of the street a 
large container full of doves and tinsel 
is hung above the heads of the crowd; 
after the procession the container is 
opened. The children scream but never 
tire of watching the doves fly up and 
avay, and the red and gold paper drift 
slowly to the pavement. 

Maybe you cannot get to Italy this 
year; it may be fca: financial reasons, or 
a lack of time , but it would be well 
worth your while to call North End Branch 
Library. They will tell you the dates of 
these festivals. Come see for yourself, 
bring your friends and your camera. The 
photos we have taken there could have 
been taken in any small village in Sicily. 

BRANCH NOTES 

North End Presentations 

A Dutch -English, English-Dutch Diction- 
ary was presented to Mrs Rosalyn Mateles 
by the staff, llr and llrs Mateles, ^fiho 
sail on the French Line in July, will 
spend a year in Delft, Holland, where 
Ifr Ifeteles will be studying under a grant 
from the U.S. Department of Health, Edu- 
cation, and Welfare. And to Betty A, 
WiUburn, who goes to Arlington Public 
Library on July 6, went an "Old North 
Church" cup and saucer, a momento from 
the staff of her stay at North End, 
West End Visitation 



Mrs Joyce Ear ley. Town Planner from the 
Department of Health, Edinburgh, Scotland, 
was a recent interesting — and interested — 
visitor. 



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"KEEP THAT COAT BUTTONED AND YOUP SOCKS UP." 



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S A P BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in irahich he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is known only to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association 
members and their appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the P\iblica- 
tions 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 editor: 

As one of the "victims" of the current 
anniversary increase adjustment period, I 
should like to make a few comments on the 
situation. Doubtless there are several 
staff members such as I, who through a 
series of incidents for which no one per- 
son is responsible, are deprived of sev- 
eral months of increase for the cursrent 
year, plus pension. I assumed responsi- 
bility for a position at the level at 
which I now operate, fivg^ months^ before^ 
ny actual app oin tment to that position, 
I am sure that vmen, twenty-eight years 



ago, my supervisor made that move she had 
no ulterior intention of depriving me of a 
five month's salary increase in the distant 
future. I am simply, like many others, 
the victim of circumstances. Unfortunately 
the "circumstances" are also felt through 
the years, from now to eternity, since 
pensions will be lessened by that much. 

However, in a period of adjustment when 
any najor change is made there are "vic- 
tims". It is not pleasant to be one, but 
it helps to know that for every "victim" 
there are two or naybe three staff members 
vho were on the receiving end. In the wash 



of I960 the roa.ior spots should disappear 
and all staff members will receive, we 
hope, their just anniversary increases. 
Those of us \i\o are unfortunate enough to 
be increased at the end rather than at the 
beginning of the year are simply the vic- 
tims of circumstances through the fault of 
no one, except that we were not sufficient- 
ly clairvoyant to see into the future and 
receive our appointment to present level 
in January instead of the end of the year. 

There is an area, however, where it 
might be possible to make an adjustment 
#iich would benefit certain staff members. 
Those who are retiring in 19^9 will be 
deprived of their anniversary increase 
especially should the anniversary fall due 
in the latter part of the year. Since 
there are few who retire in any one year 
wo\ild it not be possible to give them 
their increase for an entire year on the 
year in which they retire? This might not 
have any tangible effect on their pension, 
since in general the last two years of 
salary are a determinating factor in the 
pension, but it would give them a sense of 
being appreciated in their last ysar of 
service and would add but an infinitesimal 
amount to the "anniversary budget" for the 
year, 

EDN& G. PEGK 

Chief of Book Selection for 

Home Reading Services 

To the Editor: 

Summer wear health or handicap . 
I agree with the Assistant Director when 
he mentions that it is difficult to speci- 
fy what manner of clothing should be worn 
during the hot summer months. I do not 
agree, however, with the tie regulation 
when the temperature soars over the 80 
degree marie. It seems the discomfort in- 
dex factor has been entirely overlooked. 
Should not staff raeiribers working in 



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non-airconditioned departments be entitled 
to comfortable, but conservative short 
sleeved shirts designed to be worn with- 
out neckties. 



'•'••* 'ta -the edito^: 



HANDICAPPED 



The Improper Bostonian 



*'^*"Ph, the shame of it I How undignifiedl 
For the last five or six years I have -worn 
summer shirts at work dxiring the hot 
weather — short sleeves, open collar, no 
tie. And I have often received compliment^ 
for a cool, neat, efficient appearance. 
But now, by administrative fiat, ny s\immer 
raiment has been ruled unbecoming. I am 
invited to gasp graciously and perspire 
with propriety while garroted with a neck- 
tie as the temperature climbs through the 
80 's and even into the low 90's. Perhaps 
I Ccin still beat the heat by wearing 
shirts with collars two or three sizes too 
large, and with a bow tie placed at the 

center. Ludicrous ? Maybe . But , 

proper. 

STEAliED 

Dear Soapbox: 

Cool air, air, I must have cool air, the 
loud gasps were heard throughout the li- 
brary system. "No you don't", said the 
department head, gently but firmly as he 
quickly pulled out the now famous necktie 
and stocking order, "Pull that tie tight- 
er and roll your sleeves down soldier; 
it's for the good of the service." 

"■What will our public think — ^you know, 
the patron that comes into the periodical 
room wearing the wool suit, two coats, 
STceater, gloves, two hats, and carrying 
the shopping bag full of clothes that he 
can vear if the call for heat relief goes 
out." 

"Or what about those that wear the Ber- 
muda shorts, halters, and sandals — ^why the 
first thing that comes to their minds will 
be that we aren't earning our money. We 
hav3 to show them that the B.P.L. can af- 
ford neckties and stockings. Well dressed 
with beads of sweat on o\ir foreheads and 
the hacks of our necks. What if we do get 
a bit surly with them because we're sticlqr 
and uncomfortable — they in their cool 
dress can always complain that; "These 
librarians are the most unreasonable 
types — because her dress stuck to her and 
she was hot and uncomfortable, she didn't 



have to tell me to please go look it up 
in the catalog. She should have known 
I was in a hurry to get to the beach — 
but they do dress nice, these library 
employees, just like it was a social 
occasion." 

The siren in the distance grew 
fainter — another body carried away in a 
City Hospital ambulance from heat pros- 
tration. Luckily we have such a good 
working relationship with the other city 
departments, but it raises cain with the 
service. 

H3T AND HEAVY 



HAPPY UNDINGS TO A.LJL. DELEGATES 



Director's Office 



Milton E. 
Elizabeth 

Division of 


Lord 

L. Ifright 

Personnel 


Ervin 


J. 


aaines 



Division of Reference and Research 

Services 

Beatrice Coleman 

Florence Connolly 

Eleanor F. Halligan 

Anna L. Manning 

Division of Home Reading and Community 

Services 

Ada A. Andelman, Office 

Anne E. Armstrong, Open Shelf — 

Children's Section 
ferie J. Cashman, Open Shelf 
Anne F. Coleman, Mt. Bowdoin 
Elizabeth M. Gordon, Office 
Virginia Haviland T^pen Shelf — 

Children's Section 
Ethel L. Heins . Brighton 
Muriel C. J aveli n, Office 
M, Jane Manthorn e , Open Shelf 
Julia L. Miller, Bookmobiles 
Rose Moorachian, South Boston 
Ollie J. Partridge, Open Shelf 
Theodora B. Scoff, Mattapan 
Bridie P. Stotz, Adams Street 
Gladys R. White , Branch Issue 
Pauline Winnick , Office 

Division of Library Operations , 
Harriett V. Mulloy, Book Purchftsing 




THE, E05T0N PUBLIC LIBRARY 

STATT ASSOC] ATI OK 



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THEQUESTIONMARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIV Number 7 July 1959 

Publications Committee: Thomas F. Gaines, Marjorie Groves, Emilia Lange, 

Frank Lavine, Maiy V. Sheehan, I. Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Felicia L. Peltier, Chairnan 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



A deep midsummer lethargy pre- 
vents us from any such aggravating 
exercise as fist-shaking and finger- 
pointing. The City Council seems 
satisfied to deprive its constituants 
of education and entertainment tsy 
shelving the library's supplementary 
budget, and althou^ we are dissatis- 
fied mth their satisfaction, vie can 
do little without public indignation. 
Since this is the season most distin- 
guished by its lack of public fervor 
and indignation we must content our- 
selves with side bets on the duration 
of this political neglect. 

Providing this and other problems 
renain unsolved in September, we will 
then resume our active worrying. For 
now, however, we intend to enjoy a 
liesurely summer and as restful vaca- 
tion. We suggest you do the same. 



THE PUBLICATIONS COIMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



A midsTimmer calm has descended upon the 
Library mth many on vacation and others 
intent on vacations to come. 

The disposition of the Tfeyor's increase 
seems to have met with a generally favor- 
able reception. The one group, the pre- 
prof-essionals, which did not receive-sub- 
stantially the amount anticipated, is by 
and large content. Its increments step 
by step to the grade of professional have 



A FEW NOTES ON THE ALA CONFERENCE 



The A.L.A. Conference was held in Wash- 
ington from Monday, June 22 through Fri- 
day, June 26, 1959. Although the weather 
was a bit on the warm side, the sun shone 
throughout the entire week. There were 
the usual publishers' parties, including 
a delightf\il midnight sail on the Potomac, 
sponsored by the Grolier Company; as well 
as innumberable' luncheons , dinners, and 
committee meetings. Boston people were 



been substantially increased, and the top ! particularly welcomed to the Little, 



salary for pre-professional has been 
increased. 

We understand that there is dissatis- 
faction on the part of some staff members 
with the Association as a whole and with 
the trend of its activities. We as 
president can only say that we have worked 
with those persons who are willing to 
undertake duties either on committees or 
as officers, and that due consideration 
is always given to the expressed wishes 
or suggestions of any association member. 
We mention this at this time because 
before we know it nominations will be in 
order for the officers v*io will handle 
Association affairs next year and now is 
the time to think about the course we 
shall take in the future. May I remind 
you however, that we are a large group, 
living in a metropolitan area and having 
nany different interests. Some may want 
more emphasis on purely professional 
activities. Many others have no interest 
nor need for interest in say the problems 
of a research library per se, or in ways 
to promote better service to young adults. 
It is sometimes difficult to find a com- 
mon ground. We are, however, all in- 
terested in the welfare of the Library as 
a whole and in working conditions for all 
its staff members. May I urge that we 
all cooperate with the nominating commit- 
tee and its chairman Jane Manthorne, by 
a willingness to work for the Association 
if asked, and by speaking to her if we 
know of any potential candidates for of- 
fice who inadvertently might be overlooked 

SARAH W. FUNNERY 



Brown jarty by Wc. Thomhill, Jr., Execu- 
tive Vice President, yJio had worked close- 
ly with the B.P.L. during National Library 
Week as Chairman of the Book Display Com- 
mittee, Also, Little, Brown will soon 
publish three books by Virginia Haviland, 
Readers Advisor for Children — Favorite 
Fairy Tales Told in England; Favorite 



Fairy Tales Told in Germany , ani Favorite 
Fairy Tales Told in France, 



Among the speakers at the general ses- 
sion were Bennett Cerf , Katherine Drinker 
Bowen,*and Arthur S. Fleming, Secretary 
of U.S. Department of Health, Education, 
and Welfare. Librarians were particularly 
heartened to hear Secretary Fleming speak 
so sympathetically of the importance of 
the library as an educational institution. 
(Undoubtedly this address vrill be printed 
in a future A.L.A. Bulletin . It is worth 
reading.) ^ — Chester Bowles, 

Among the week's highlights for many 
was the luncheon of the Friends of Library 
Committee at which Dr. Harry A. and 
Bonaro W. Overstreet held a conversation 
on "Two ?Jriters ' Reasons for 7/riting 
Books." The authors' comments on their 
recent book, I'iJhat You Should Know About 
Communism, were of particular interest. 



At the National Library Week meeting, 
chairmen of A.L.A. sections and commit- 
tees discussed ways in which National Li- 
brary Week can be used to forward varioiis 
programs and projects of A.L.A. A second 
panel of State Directors and local chair- 
men looked ahead to I960 — April 3 to 9, 
the third annual National Library Week, 
A decision has not yet been reached as to 
whether or not the slogan, "Wake Up and 
Read", will be used again. 

Excitement was high in many quarters 
when word came on V/ednesday afternoon, 
June 2U, that the Senate had voted a 
$7,500,000 appropriation for the Library 
Service Act when it passed the Labor-HEW 
Appropriation Bill. A conference with 
the House was then requested to resolve 



the cjif ferences be-ffweS^th^ House send 
Senate versions of |H.R.6769, since the 
House had voted ,^6,000,000. 

Adult Education Institute 

Monday through Friday mornings, over 
three hundred hardy individiKils attended 
the eight o'clock meetings of the Insti- 
tute on Library Service to an Aging Popu- 
lation, co-sporsored by the Adult Ser- 
vices Division and the Office for Adult 
Education. Ollie A. Randall, Vice Chair- 
man, National Committee on the Aging, 
gave the opening address, "Aging As It 
Affects the Individual and Society." Miss 
Randall concluded her talk by saying, "So 
far as the community is concerned, it is 
a matter of record that some of the dif- 
ficulties of older people do not derive 
from their own disabilities or inabili- 
ties. Rather they derive from the lack 
of opportunities in the comniunity tiiat 
Coin enable them to realize their abili- 
ties... The resistance and reluctance of 
society to grapple with this problem of 
keeping older people functioning as first 
class citizens are grounded in old habits 
of thought about old people and old age, 
which should be discarded nowadays, and 
in the increasing complexity of social 
solutions to this problem. For this rea- 
son efforts of those engaged in adult 
education and in library service to indi- 
viduals of all ages — ^mhile desirable for 
people who have already reached 65 — are 
even more important for' that group of 
adults who are now 'in the lower middle 
age groups. They need to be prepared 
mentally, emotionally, socially, and hope- 
fully, financially, for some of the 
adaptations that will be required if 
their survival is to mean enjoying rather 
than endviring this new dimension of 
living." 

Other sessions included Employment, Re- 
tirement, and' Budgeting in the Later 
Years; Health and Housing Problems in 
the Later Years; and Aging Successfully. 
At the final session, "The Task Ahead — 
The. Library's Role," a panel of librari- 
ans pointed out what was being done and 
■jrfiat might be done by libraries in serv- 
ing an aging population. 

Audio-Visual Meeting 

An open meeting of the Audio-Visual 
Committee included a discussion of the 
t*o parts of Title 7 of the National 



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Defence Education Act of 1958. Part A 
is concerned with basic and applied re- 
search experimentation in the audio- vis- 
ual field, while Part B includes studies 
and surveys to determine the need for 
increased or improved use of educational 
audio-visual media, as well as the pub- 
lication of catalogs, bibliographies, 
and other audio-visual naterials . Al- 
though the Act is directed toward public 
schools and colleges and universities, 
public librarians learned that it is pos- 
sible for them to initiate proposals for 
grants in cooperation with formal edu- 
cational agencies. 

As at all conferences, even more im- 
portant than the formal sessions was the 
opportmiity offered to exchange ideas 
with librarians from all parts of the 
cotintry, Ihe program vras carefully 
s faced and there was time, for those who 
wished, to attend a meeting of Congress, 
or to enjoy sightseeing in Washington 
and the surrounding area, 

BPL-tA CENTURY AGO 

The following quotation refers to 
Anthony Trollope's high esteem of the 
Boston Public Library in the 19th cen- 
tury. He and his wife visited Boston in 
1861-62, Tvhen Edward Capen was librarian. 

"The institution vhich most won his 
admiration was the Public Library, The 
liberality which permitted the free use 
of books, the honesty of a public vftiich 
could be trusted with such privileges, 
the excellent staff management, made an 
ineffaceable impression, "It was all 
coulenr de rose; the librarianesses 
looked very pretty and learned, and, if 
I remember aright, mostly wore specta- 
cles; the head librarian was enthusias- 
tic; the nice instructive books T;ere 
properly dogseared; my own productions 
were in enormous demand; the call for 
books over the counter was brisk, and 
the reading room was full of readers." 

Quotation from The Trollopes by Lucy 
P. Stebbins, p. 202, 



CARE 



Cares 



Do you? 



A— 

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Line in a Longfellow poem followed by "And the grave is 

9H 25^ ^ Hna 117 2ir9' not its goal" 

B— 

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Shakespeare's phrase for arrogance of bioreaucracy 

C— -, — - - - ^^ • Laodicean 

59 77 3H3 iSU 555 3BF 133 27^ 2 99 377 20H 3IIF 3SII 31111 3H7 S5 temperature 

D— _ 

22^ 271 302 3BII 23F 103 373 13^ 37H 3IIT 3irf 197 3H2 1 23F 137 3112 209 
Hilarious novel about goldbricking Navy outfit in W II 

E — -^ Most recent BPL venture in journalism 

235 2E2 iSI 330 352 270 2H7 31^ 303 

F — ^^^ Desires for persorral gratification; cravings 

313 B 135 3^ 315 3IF 305 3rt9 1^ 

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355 157 3111 T7ir 5711 200 300 317 

— _^ Virgil's Latin phrase for a 

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357 5S 79 35 51^3 B5 51 penny opera 

Q — ■ Recent DAR resolution asks us 

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THE PICNIC CAPERS 

Forty-five mcderately mad members of 
the Chowder, Chatter, & lurching Society 
gathered together, very closely together, 
in an effort to keep Twann at Duxbury 
Beach Park on the traditional day of pic- 
nics and blizzards, June 17. The pic- 
nickers picnicked in solitary desolation— 
not even the parking lot attendants dared 
brave the gritty gusts. Sea gulls had 
sought refuge — probably at Jane Man- 
theme's bird sanctuary. The molluscs 
had buried themselves deep in the sand 
and if the jolly librarians had had arjy 
sense they would have done the same. On 
the other hand, -the frostbitten one-we 
were pretty nearly covered with sand with 
no effort on our part. Ah, yes, how the 
wind blew and the sand flew and a grit- 
tier group there never was. 

Frequent trips to the steamed clam 
boiler were motivated not so much by a 
desire to sample the clams as by the 
opportunity to thaw out frozen hands in 
the hot broth. Charred hot dogs produced 
by over-zealous toasting bore further 
witness of our primitive heating methods, 
none of -vriiich were successful — least of 
all the search for anti-freeze protection 
at the bottom of a can of beer. This 
method was tested repeatedly, however, 
for the sake of scientific accuracy. 

The children, who were abimdant in as- 
sorted shapes and sizes, seemed to enjoy 
themselves immensely. . .largely at the 
expense of their blue -turning-grey elders. 
A few upheld the honor of youth by taking 
a carefree but svrlft splash in the icy 
water, which is the approved behavior 
pattern for those under twenty. 

Karl Nyren, no doubt misguided into 
applying this rule to adult behavior, tool: 
la liesurely crawl through the surf and 
\as thereafter followed by hot taunts 
and black looks from the fireside circle 
of blanketed men. His deviationist atti- 



tude might have led to court martial, 
but this drastic action was deferred out 
of consideration for his children Tvho 

would thereby'be excluded from future 
jolly outings. 

Lou Rains, viho as picnic organizer 
prefers a challenging edge to the 
weather, surveyed the early departing 
guests, brushed the sand from his mus- 
tache and muttered "Pity it didn't rain". 

FOND FAREWELLS FROM C.C.M1.S. 

More than thirty members gathered at 
the China Star on Saturday evening, 
July 11, to shed a collective parting 
tear for our four "angry young men". 

Bill Sleramer (in absentia), Frank 
Currie, Dick Ifaters, and Sam Goldstein 
were feted in song and banquet fashion; 
were extolled, chided, and duly cra- 
vat ted as they turned their steps north, 
south and slightly west away from BPL 
toward more independent endeavor. 

Talent was low, (the vacationing 
Carbonneau's and Kunroe's being absent) 
but team spirit was hi^ as an ill 
assorted chorus empted in frenzied 
song punctuated by lyric -drowning guf- 
faws. The audience, too impressed to 
applaud, ultinately broke silence with 
cries of "Author! Authorl", whereupon 
Frank Moran retired the crestfallen 
octet, stepped into the ring and went 
three roundd of recitative against the 
powerful accompaniment of Koury-Ugalde . 
It looked as though Frank would win 
vriien Louis' violin slithered to a stop, 
but two-fisted Dan Koury felled the 
vocalist with a mighty chord leaving the 
assembled diners to guess at the content 
of the clever though unintelligable 
verses. It can be noted with authority 
that both author and chorus found the 
songs delightful. 

Despite the heat, several of the 
leftover "angry old men" and women took 
to the dance floor in a gesture of 
nover-too-lateness which utterly failed 
to impress the youngsters though it 
helped to shake down the fried rice. 

The guests of honor having departed, 
"Wagons hoi" was soimded at a respecta- 
ble hour and the meeting adjourned till 
Fall, 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Ruth R. Bluthe, Mattapan 

Arthur 7. Cur ley, Connolly 

Frank DeCola, Audio Visual 

Catherine Eck, General Reference 

Margaret Harper, Open Shelf 

Paul J. Playes, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and RS 

Selma Horwitz, Mt, Bowdoin, formerly 
part-time at Egleston Square 

Carolyn Madden, Allston 

Mary Murphy, Bookmobiles, formerly part- 
time in Book Stack Service 

Roberta J. Sacco, Dorchester, formerly 
part-time in the Information Office 

Re-entered 

Mary Gegerias, Office, Division of R and 
RS 

Resignations 

Barbara Kean, Book Stack Service, to 
accept another position 

William Scannell, Statistical, to accept 
another position 

William Slemmer, East Boston, to accept 
a position as Librarian in T&ssena, 
New York 

Richard Titlebaum, Audio Visual, to re- 
turn to school 

Richard J. Waters, Science and Technology, 
to accept position of Librarian, U.S. 
Naval Underwater Ordinance Research 
Center, Newport, Rhode Island 

Akiko Yamagawa, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R and RS, to accept a position 
with Harvard University Libraries 

Transfers 

Geraldine T. Beck, Connolly to Hyde Park 
He]en Bickford, Dorchester to Open Shelf 
Laurelle Cole, Allston to East Boston 
Kathleen B. Hegarty, General Reference to 

Office, Division of HR and CS 
Marjorie McCabe, Mattapan to Bookmobiles 
Julia McGrath, Mt. Bowdoin to Bookmobiles 
Ruth E. McNamee, Jamaica Plain to Central 

Book Stock — School Issue Section 
Lenore Marvit, Memorial to Mt. Bowdoin 
Bertha Streeter, North End to Memorial 
Marlene Oxman, Bookmobiles to Book Selec- 
tion, HR and CS 



WHO'S NEW 



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Marriagi 

Sheila W. Pierce, Central Charging Re- 
cords, to I. Roger Stevens, Book Pur- 
chasing, June lit, 1959 



The new assistant at North End is 
Marjorie Cutter vriio is a native of Hart- 
ford, New York. She graduated from Vassar 
College in 1958 and is now studying for 
her I&ster's Degree at the B.U. School of 
Music. Marjorie spends all her extra 
time singing. I 



Inez Jacobs of Central Charging Records 
is a Bostonian and a graduate of Boston 
Clerical School. Before coming to the Li- 
brary, she worked in the Business Admini- 
stration Departnent of B.C. High. Her 
special interests are reading and sports — 
especially basketball. 



Rosemary Bertolino, the new member of 
Cataloging and Classification, R and RS 
hails from East Boston where she graduat- 
ed from East Boston High. Her favorite 
pastimes are bowling, roller-skating and 
dancing. 



Joyce Kearney of Roslindale attended 
Emnaniiel College before becoming a full- 
time staff member of the Information Of- 
fice. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys 
travelling and horseback riding. 



The new secretary in the Director's 
Office is Rebecca Watson, Rebecca is 
originally from Rochester, N.Y. She came 
to Boston to attend Burdett Secretarial 
College and stayed to work in the BPL, 
first as a part-time assistant in the Di- 
vision Office, HR and CS. Her favorite 
pastimes are swimming, slating and knit- 
ting. 



Joan Trachtman, a native Calif ornian, 
has come to Roslindale to work. Joan 
received her Master's Degree in Dramatic 
Arts from the Max Reinhardt Seminar of 
Vienna and she plans to attend Simmons 
this Fall. She spends her spare time 
doing translating for her husband and 
friends , playing tennis , gardening and 
enjoying folksongs. 



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Marjorie McCabe hails /rom Somerville 
where she graduated from St. Joseph's 
High. Marjorie, yiho now works on the 
Bookmobiles, lists swimming and dancing as 
her favorite activities. 



Charles Collins is new to Book Stack 
Service although he has worked previously 
as a part-timer at Memorial. A native of 
Roslindale, his hobby interests are auto- 
mobiles and baseball. He is a graduate 
of Boston College High School. 



New also to the Division of Reference 
and Research is Virginia Lima, full time 
typist for Cataloging and Classification. 
Virginia is a graduate of East Boston Ki^ 
School vdiose interest in bowling, dancing 
and swimming indicates a vivacious per- 
sonality. 

ALmiNI BOUNCERS 

Mr. and Mrs, Charles Kinne announce the 
birth of a son Michael Charles on June 2. 
Mrs. Kinne was formerly Anne McCarthy of 
South Boston. 



John A. Biackett formerly of Central 
Book Stock— School Issue now living in 
Buffalo, New York is the proud father of 
a baby girl Maryanne bom Jiine 19. 

ENGAGED 

Geraldine Coyman of Cataloging and 
Classification, R and RS to Edward Fitz- 
gerald, a C.P.A, 

MRRIED 

Marlene Oxman of Book Selection, HR and 
CS to Harvey William Gray on Sunday, 
July 19, Mr, Gray is a teacher at the 
Acton-Boxboro Regional High School. 



SEOWR FOR BARBARA ASHE 



A shower was given Barbara Ashe, Book 
Stack Service, in the Women's Lounge 
J\me 19. 

A beautiful orchid corsage was present- 
ed to the very surprised and excited 
Barbara, before the opening of the gifts. 
She received many unusual, beautiful 
gifts from a large number of friends viho 
oohed and ahhed at the opening of each 
one. 

Delicious refreshments were served to 
the group and later a display was made 
of the lovely gifts. 

CONGRATULATIONS 

To Mr. and Mrs. Orlando C, Davis irfio 
observed their Golden Wedding Anniver- 
sary in April. We extend warm wishes for 
many more years of happiness. Ttr. Davis 
was Chief Librarian of the Division of 
Home Reading and Community Services from 
June, 193U to February, 1952. 

PHOTOSTATIC COPIES 

Two ways, I deem, to look at this: 

Better a copy, than to missi 

Originals though far superior 

May be shelved in Rome or Syria. 

The photostatic processing 

In libraries is blossoming 

Which is not to be wondered at: 

They have to keep a "copy-cat" I 

They haven't space j their books 
must ration J 

So thrives the photo duplication. 

Wilson Bulletin, February 1958 
Ruth Carter 
Oregon State College 
Corvallis, Oregon 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the fvll name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary. Department or Office in iwhich he 
or she is employed. The name is -with- 
held from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is knowi 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 Publica- 
tions Committee and the Association are 
in agreement mth the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



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HomoE 

Librarians in Reference 

Deserve a patron's deference. 

Their searching skills command respect. 

Likewise their facts and intellect. 

They pause a monent, poised, intent 

As if the answer might be sent 

Direct from Heaven I Then they look 

In catalog, at map or book; 

Return with proof of their success 

Ihich makes for mutual happiness I 

Of all librarians I've met 

These are the ones from ■vdiom I get 

The answers I In a sense 

This is a song of recompense 

For all the information sou^t 

And freely given. Thanks a lot t 

Wilson Bulletin, February 1959 
Ruth Carter 



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THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIV Number 9 September 19g9 

Publications Committees Thomas F. Gaines, Marjorie Groves, Emilia Lange, 

Frank Lavine, Mary V. Sheehan, I, Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



SUMMER SUMMATION 



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pi onilonL f °J ^^""""ft ^" ^^^ "^"^^ °^ neither-here-nor-thereness to take an 
me tr«an ir^^ t T ?^S*' ""^ ^'^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^ i" *fa^ year. Actually we would 
i^ "Sat^nv Lw rStu ^"^ s^^rt all over since we have a personal preference for say- 
Ser vacation and l^^'' "^ f^^^J^""^ ^^ ^"^^^^ *° "^^^ " ^°^"S convincing. Soon 
?S lolical tLr ^ IT^^""^ y^^ ^^i^^ ^^^^ season would therefore seeS to be 
2rk lo we p^cLd^%h ?^i'^ calendar, however, rests firmly at the three-quarter 

Thus far, under credits we and the following! 

^ Ifltl iLlf T^i^®^ °^ increments, by and large satisfactory to most 
needs! indicating a recognition of this area of personnel 

An^d?n«+?^J^ ^^® t^ *° ^^ windfall grant of the Mayor and Council. 
filSS n,^?!,?''^'' l^^ P^^* ^^ ^^*^s that staff vacancies are being 

we w:LStSt'SeaS2yr"''''"^-^^^ '"''"'"' "^" ^'^'^^^^ "'°" 

On the debit of oxir ledger we count: 

^* ^IcieS^L??^'?^^' ^°^ ^^^^« °^ *^^ ^^i^» Statistical, and 
amouncedlor'S??]-''^ Departments, which have not yet been 
aS the Public. "^' ^ detriment of the Library, the Staff, 

'^^studi^wM^h'^"^'' f ^^^' °^ our NP.s, pending the completion of a 
sSke Sh''^^^'^^^^'''^ ""^ ^^l^y^^ ^y *^« time-consuming budget 
poSfSe! " ^"^ ^°°^ ^'^*^ ^^^"S continued as ra^cay as 

'^lonf ^T^'t ''"''^ ''''^!^^ '^"^^^ "^<^^ "ill ^^^t the library in the 
IZeTso^BolZir^ i--diately harmful to the citizens Ld 

THE PIlBLtCATIQMS COMMITTKIH 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



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There has not been much activity Yrithin 
"the Association during the summer months 
and so your president does not have much 
to report or on ushich to comment. Plans 
are underway for the fall program vfhich 
should be announced soon. 

We were interested to see the notice in 
the Staff Memo concerning the fund left by 
Itr. Friedman to establish awards for staff 
members, and I am sure we all appreciate 
his remembering us, and will be interested 
in learning what form the awards will take, 

The Executive Board regrets the vacancy 
which the resignation of Nancy Gushing has 
caused in its ranks and is taking steps to 
fill the gap. In this connection we are 
proposing to the Constitution Committee an 
amendment to the bjr-laws by which in case 
of resignation of a two-year boexd mfsniber, 
the Board shall appoint a member to fill 
the vacancy on]y up to the time of the 
next annual election instead of for the 
full term of the vacancy as is now the 
case. 

Sincerely, 

SARAH W. FUNNERY 
BOOK SELECTION COMMITTEES not AT WORK 

In the midst of dazzling sunshiiK arri 
bracing fall air, seventeen members of 

the three Book Selection Committees 

adult, young adult, and juvenile —(plus 
one Deputy Supervisor and the staff of 
the Book Selection office) motored "to 
West Falmouth on Satxarday, September 19. 

The first port of call tos the Coona-' 
raessett Inn, noted for the excellent 
cuisine and attractive "format". The 
group did full justice to the situation, 
gastronomically and aesthetically. 

Following the luncheon the group wag 
guided by the hostess of the afternoon, 
M. Jane Ifenthome, Readers Advisor for' 
Young Adults, to the newly-acquired home 
where she and her mother, Mrs, Alice Man- 
thome, relax in splendor for the summer 
months. Situated on a beautiful lake 
practically neighborless, the house is an 
ideal one for relaxation. The hostesses- 
mother and daughter— provided the group 
with hospitality unsurpassed. 

The Committees are considering having 
their weekly sessions there during the 
summer months, as soon as a helicopter 
becomes an acquisition of Book Selection, 

EDNA G. PEGIt 



IN MEfTORIAM 

FREDERICK J. AIMEIDA 

•On July 29, Officer Frederick J. 
Almeida of East Boston suddenly succumbed 
after an energency operation. The news 
of his death not only shocked the commu- 
nity, but particularly his co-workers at 
this branch to mtoom he was both a kindly 
friend and counselor. He was very active 
in both church and civic affairs, yet 
there were only tm places to which he 
■was truly devoted—his home aid the Li- 
brary, Officer Almeida vias a man large 
in stature with a heart built in to 
match. His main efforts in life were 
directed toward making his fellow men 
happy, with particular preference for the 
small ones nho remember the ice cream and 
tonic that nysteriously appeared at every 
library function. He was a symbol of a 
vanishing generation, a gentleman of the 
old school, and one -viho is truly irre- 
placeable. 

EVELYN C. MARDEN 
MICHAEL MCCARTHY 

Michael McCarthy, formerly Chief Clas- 
sifier in the Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion Department of the Reference and Re- 
search Division, who retired in December 
of 19Ul after forty years of service, 
passed away on September 15, 1959 fotir 
weeks after his ivife. Mr. McCarthy would' 
have been eighty-five years old next 
March. 

llr, McCarthy had been in good health 
and active until last March. On March 22, 
Mrs. McCarthy fell and broke her hip, and 
from that time on was confined to either 
the hospital or to a nursing home. From 
the time of Mrs. McCarthy's accident, Mr. 
McCarthy went out only to go to the hos- 
pital, nursing home, or to church- His 
he^^lth failed rapidly and Krs. McCarthy's 
death was a great shock to him and only 
four weeks after her death, he passed 
away. 

Mr. McCarthy had been employed in the 
"Old library" on Boylston Street, where 
the Colonial Theatre now stands. When it 
•was mjved to Copley Square, IJfr. McCarthy 
VQs oi.e of the staff #io took part in the 
placii.g of the collections in the new 
building. For many years thereafter he 
■was consulted when members of the staff 
Tiranted information regarding the "Old 
Building" as the Library on Boylston 
Street was alwaya referred to. 



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S. IN BYE-BIE TO D. K. 



On September 19 the caream of the 
C.G.M.S., frustrated from the lack of re- 
cent resignations, gathered at (guess 
■(rtierel) to release their pent-up feelings, 
heretofore released q\iite regularly, and 
incidentally to congratulate Dan Koury on 
leaving the Library. It was felt that the 
recent salary increases have had an ad- — 
verse effect on C.C.M.S. social activities 
and, therefore, a vote of censure inas 
taken against the Staff Association for 
its over-zealous efforts in behalf of more 
money. It is this kind of selfish activi- 
ty that may some day sound the death knoll 
of the one proud and ever-changing C.C.M.S|, 

After a very animated discussion on the 
futiire of Tom Devrey's Decimal System, 
oiled by a wide diversity of beverages, 
notable among which was the grasshopper, a 
tasty refreshment whose main ingredient is 
plump, green, marinated grasshoppers (order 
Orthoptera), we sat doTm. We really had 
to sit down. 

The menu, which consisted of succulent 
■vriiatchamacallets garnished with delight- 
fully tender young Chinese, was universal- 
ly enjoyed by NP's, PP's, and P's to cor- 
respondingly varying degrees. Even the 
fortune cookies with their dire forecast 
of ominous events to come were accepted 
stoically by the sophisticated nEmbership. 

The events to follow irere no improve- 
ment. Chief Chowder Chaplain, Chancellor 
Lou Rains, made his usual simple presenta- 
tion speech. Dan Koury was overvifaelmed ty 
the gift of records, a complete set of 
Beethoven Quartets, notwithstanding Lou 
Rains' acute observation that for the same 
money we might have had a full symphony 
orchestra or even an opera company. The 
record selection committee was admonished 
for not getting the biggest boom for its 
bucks. Another feature of the presenta- 
tion was a gilded catalogue tray key on 
the end of a handsome chain of tarnished 
paper clips. 

The musical Carbonneaus (one chantoosie 
and one chantetir) offered good singing tc 
blue accompaniments . Maurice complained 
of sticking pedals viiich always stuck on 
wrong notes. Here we missed Dan, who man- 
ages to have them stick on the right notes. 

Several old graduates were on hand: 
Loraine Sullivan looking fit as ever; 
George Pahud, twice as big as life) Dick 
Waters with his million flying hours over 
the Fall River Expressway; Sam GoMste-m, 



vAio was selected for another farewell 
party and this time it was agreed we 
would make it stick. 

VIRGIWIA HAVIUND HONORED 

Representatives of the Boston book and 
publishing world were guests of Little, 
Brown and Company at a luncheon at the 
College Clxib on Wednesday, September 23, 
1959. The group met to pay tribute to 
Vi3:^inia Haviland, Readers Advisor for 
Children, Boston Public Library, upon 
the publication of her three new books 
issued by Little, Brown and Company: 
Favorite Faiiy Tales Told in Germany , 
Favorite Faity Tales Told in Englam , 
and Favorite Fairy Tales Told in France . 

Helen Jones, Children's Book Editor of 
Little, Brown and Company was assisted 
as hostess by Jean Bates, formerly of 
the Boston Public Library, now of Lit- 
tle, Brovm and Company. A special 
guest of honor was Alice M. Jordan, Sup- 
ervisor of Work with Children, Emeritus, 
Boston Public Library. 

Following a delicious luncheon. Miss 
Haviland, at the request of Alice Dixon 
Bond, Literary Editor of the Boston 
Herald , told briefly how the books came 
into being. Then Ruth Viguers, Editor 
of the HORN BOOKS, told "Molly Whuppie" 
one of the fairy tales from Told in 
England , which ewunded as appealing to 
her adult audience as it must to the 
thousands of children ndio hear it told 
ty their teachers and librarians. 

Onft^f the most appealing features of 
an especially attractive table was a 
gift copy of one of the books, auto- 
graphed by the author, at each place 
settings 

Congratulations are extended to Miss 
Haviland by her co^woikers at the Boston 
Public Library upon the publication of 
these attractive volumes. 



NEW EIGLAND LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 
Confer enee, lU— 17 October 19^9 
New Ocean House, Swampscott 
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PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Elizabeth A. Carey, Book Stack Service 

Nancy Condon, Central Charging Records 

Patricia Feeney, Audio Visual 

Mrs Jane F. Fisher, School Issue 

Elizabeth R. Harrington, Science and 

Technology 
Thomas J. Hegarty, Statistical, formerly 

part-time 
Beverly Kulesza, Book Stack Service 
Frederick Van Norden, Science and Tech- 
nology 
June Walker, Ityde Park 

Re-entered 

Dorothy M. Brassil, Charlestovm, formerly 

part-time 
Mrs Judith Kurd, Uphams Comer, formerly 

part-time 

Resigned 

Claire V. Doubrousky, Statistical, to 

accept another position 
Renee Frederick, Division Office, R and 

RS, moving out of state 
Mary Gegerias, Division Office, R and RS, 

to accept another position 
Mrs Marlene Oxman Gray, Book Selection, 

HRCS, to remain at home 
Mary Jackson, Bookmobiles, to remain at 

home 
Arvid Lextrom, Audio Visual, to study 

abroad 
Patricia Maxwell, Central Charging Record^ 

to accept another position 
Joan M. Shaw, Central Book Stock — School 

Issue, to accept another position 

Retired 

Harriet Swift, Rare Book 

Married 

Margaret Harper, Open Shelf, to Merton 

Wallace Seymour, August 22 
Barbara J. Ashe, Book Stack Service, to 

Michael Robert Kean, August 22 
Julj^ Lenzi, Roslindale, to Richard J. 

Hatch, September 7 
Anne M. Degnan, Director's Office, to 

Josepfa Paratore, September 12 

Transferred 

Jean Babcock, Charles town to Division 
Office, R and RS 



WHO'S NEW 

Jean Harper is the new assistant at 
Jamaica Plain. Jean lives in Cambridge 
where she graduated from Radclif f this 
past Jime. Reading and piano fill her 
spare time. 



Egleston Square is boasting a new 
Young Adult worker these days. Elaine 
Luxemburger, a recent graduate of Pem- 
broke, hails from Jupiter, Florida. She 
is currently a resident of Cambridge 
■where she lives with her husband. Cook- 
ing is Elaine's chief hobby. 



Jane Lynch of Dorchester is the new 
assistant at Kirstein. Jane was educated 
at Regis ajid Simmons. She taught school 
before coming to BPL. Reading, music 
and swimming are her favorite pastimes. 



The newest assistant in General Refer- 
ence is Sewell Hayes of Melrose. After 
graduating from Hope College in Michigan, 
Sewell attended Theological School for 
two years before coming to the Library. 
In his spare time, he enjoys playing 
saxophone and clarinet. 



Elizabeth McLucas of Cataloging and 
Classification, R and RS, comes from 
Somerville. She is a Northeastern Uni- 
versity co-op student. Skating and 
dancing are her favorite activities. 



Dianne Stolpner has come to Central 
Charging Records. Her home is in Hyde 
Park where she graduated from Hjrde Park 
High last June. Dianne enjoys winter 
sports "most of all". 



The pert new miss in Open Shelf is 
Constance Broadhurst, a recent English- 
major graduate of Bates College, and a 
native of Somerset, Massachusetts. 
Connie's soft voice and quiet manner hide 
the instincts of an explorer, and her 
capacity for filling leisure hours to the 
brim has led even to the extreme of ten- 

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SOIIJER YifEDDINGS 



On AugTist 22, Barbara J, Ashe, Book 
Stack Service, became the bride of Robert 
M. Kean at a Nuptial Mass celebrated at 
the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help 
in Roxbury, Given in marriage by her 
father, the bride looked most beautiful in 
a gown of silk organza extending to a 
chapel length train. She carried a cas- 
cade bouquet of ^lite sweetheart roses 
with a white orchid in the center. Her 
maid of honor, Patricia Ashe, Office of 
Records, Files, Statistics, wore an orchid 
gown of silk organza with a Hatching pic- 
ture hat. The bridesmaids wore identical 
gowns and hats of yellow. The bride's 
younger sister was the junior bridesmaid 
and her three -year-old sister was adorable 
as the flower girl. Following the cere- 
morQr, a reception was held at the 1200 
Beacon Street Hotel, and was attended by 
many of her libraiy friends. Mr, and Mrs. 
Kean's honeymoon included a trip to Canada 
and a tour through New York State. They 
are now residing in I^de Park. Among the 
out-of-town guests were Eamon McDonough, 
an uncle of the bride, and his family. 



On Monday, September 7, Julia A, Lenzi, 
Roslindale, was married to Richard J, 
Hatch at a ^iptial Mass in St. Lazarus 
Church in East Boston. The bride's gown 
was a beautiful creation of white silk 
taffeta and lace, studded with itiinestones, 
Her finger tip veil was topped by a crown 
of pearls, and she carried white orchids 
with stephanatis. 

The four bridesmaids T»ore ballerina 
length gowns of shell pink chiffon with 
matching velvet caps and carried old 
fashioned bouquets of tea roses. Mrs. 
Hatch's sister, the matron of honor, was 
attired in a ballerina leng-tti gown of 
shrimp color chiffon. 

A reception after the marriage was held 
at the Winthrop Arms Hotel. After a wed- 
ding trip to Florida, Mr. and Mrs, Hatch 
mil live in Braintree. 



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gown of lilyHRhite organza trimmed with 
appliqued satin loaves and ending in a 
chapel lengoh train, A wreath of ora_nge 
blossoms held in place her finger tip 
langth illusion veil. She carried a bou- 
quet consisting of a -suhite orchid encir- 
cled by baby carnations and stephanotis 
intertwined with ivy. 

The matron of honor, Patricia Reardon 
of Personnel, was attired in a ballerina 
length gown of nile gresn iridescent 
taffeta. The bridesmaids, ore of #iom 
was Charlotte Ellis formerly of the Di- 
rector's Office, wore a complimentary 
shade of emerald green. Each attendant 
carried a bouquet of baby yellow chrysan- 
themums circling a large green chrysan- 
themum tinted to m9.tch their gowns . 
After the ceremony, the reception, held 
at the King Philip Ballroom on beautiful 
Lake Pearl in Wrentham, was attended by 
many of Anne's Library friends, 

ENGAGEMFNT 

Announcenent has been made of the en- 
gagement of Cornelia Karring'bor, Cata- 
loging and Classification, R and RS, to 
Luigi John Toffolo of Bridgeport, Conn- 
ecticut, November fourteen has been set 
as the wedding date and Connie's futvre 
home vvlll be in Bridgeport. 

PUBLIC RESPO NDS TO 

■ SAQ^ OF STEAII mimPYS 

Among the favorable responses to the 
BPL TV Program and coordinated exhibit 
on Railways, there have been several 
bids for the art work by James Mohan. 
Mr. Mdian, a Boston artist who favors 
the subject matter offered by railroads 
and ships , has been asked to contribute 
his exhibit material for a meeting of 
the Boston Transportation Management 
Club at ^'^^ Madison Hotel on October 22, 
ard for a display at the headquarters 
of the N.Y., H.H., & Hartford. Ton Ifen- 
ning deserves a note of credit for his 
part in the program and the tastefully, 
interesting format of the display. 



At a Nuptial Mass in the church of St. 
Andrew the Apostle, Forest Hills, Anne M, 
Degnan of the Director's Office became the 
bride of Joseph A. Paratore of Roslindale 
on Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. 
The bride- looked regal in a formal bouffant 



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Summer Reading Club at West Roxbury 
closed Thursday, August 27, with a pro- 
gram for memibers and their parents. The 
children presented a puppet play based on 
"Christopher Robin leads an expedition to 
the North Pole", by Milne. Mrs. Fred 
Seely, a borrower, talked to the group 
about Alaska where she lived for fifteen 
years, going to school in Nome part of the 
time. The certificates, rolled and tied 
like diplomas, were aviarded by Pauline 
Walker, Branch Librarian, 

Thirty children earned certificates by 
reading at least one book from each sec- 
tion of the list or another book of the 
same type. Those who read at least nine 
books, but did not vary their selecticax, 
were placed on an Honor List. 

In keeping with the theme "Alaska Bound' 

a large map of North America was posted 

with four different routes marked on it. 
These were divided into nine segments and 
the child's marker (a pennant on a corsa^ 
pin) moved to record his progress. 

At the meetings the children shared 
their favorite stories and prepared for 
the final program, 

A tctal of 6$ children participated in 
the club, 

"ALASKA BOUND" READING CLUB 

The "Alaska Bound" Summer Reading Club 
of Central Library's Children's Room had 
its aiyards party on September 17, Eliza- 
beth Gordon, Deputy Supervisor in Charge 
of Work with Children, presented certifi- 
cates to fourteen youngsters for their 
vacation reading of eight or more books. 
Club members and their friends enjoyed 
games, refreshments, and a movie. City 
Sailors . 



ALUMNI NOTES 

Friends of Mrs Harold Donaghue will be 
interested to learn that she and her hus- 
band have sold their home on Annapolis 
Road in Milton, They have purchased a 
home at ^27 Bay T^ane, Key Biscayne, Mi- 
ami, Florida, #iore they expect to mate 
their permanent residence. Mrs Donaghue 
is the former Margaret Calnan, Branch 
Librarian, Emeritus. She served as 
Branch Librarian at several Branch Li- 
braries, including Connolly, from #iich 
she retired in 1951 to become Mrs Dona- 
ghue, 



Mary E. Ames, Branch Librarian, Emeri- 
tus, who has just returned home (3U Alma 
Avenue, Waverly 79) after hospitaliza- 
tion due to a broken wrist, wishes to 
thank all those who sent cards and flow- 
ers. Being remembered so pleasantly by 
her friends in the Library has meant a 
great deal to her. 



Mrs Mary Brady Frazier gave birUi on 
Saturday, August 29, to a 6 lb. ^oz. 
baby girl. Phil and Mary are living 
with their three tots at US Stark Street, 
Nashua, New Hampshire. Mary was former- 
ly a member of the staff of Division 
Office and Cataloging and Classification, 
R and RS. 

TRUSTEE SCOOPS U. S, PRESS 

Those of us lucky enough to time in 
WGBH-TV one evening during Krushchev's 
first visit in Washington witnessed a 
real scoop interview between Louis L3rons 
and Erwin D. Canham, Mr. Canham had at- 
tended the State Dinner and reception in 
his position of Chairman of the U. S, 
Chamber of Commerce. His animated de- 
scription of the dinner and reception 
was full of the kind of detail not found 
in Press Secretary Hegarty's release to 
other members of the Press. YJe felt a 
bit smug knowing that Ifr, Canham, our 
Truscee, had brought back to Boston a 
unique report not. shared by the rest of 
the nation. 



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Any contribution to the Soa p Box must 
be accompanisd by the full na:ne"^ the 
Association member submitting It, to- 
gether with the na.me of the L,T''.,?.h Li- 
brary, Demrtnent or Office In ^rtiich "he 
or she is employed. The name is with-" 
held from publication, or a pen name 
used, .if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not »iven 
consideration. The author of thi article 
is known only to the Ed J.tor-in-Chief c 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box sre personal opinions 
expressed txy indr.adual Associ:.tion 
members and their appearance do-o not 
necessarily indicate that the Fablica- 
tions Committee arid the Association are 
in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted 



Dear Soap Box Editor: 

Since the last two issues have produr'ed 
°-^--'^S"^ SOAP BOX item--and that, liks sum- 
xna:- :V fare, a repeat (and one of the the 
bo?;t.;"-the followjug is offered as worthy 
of tacught: 

'^- .:.iic relations is affected by what you 
sa;- rui how you say itj by viiat you do and 
hoT/ :,"ya do it. On occasion it is also af- 
fected by what you refrain from saying or 
doingo Because it seeks to merit public 
good YrLll and to obtain it, public rela« 
ticns calls for deliberate action with pub- 
lic opinion in mind," 

Interior Public Relations, by R. D. Rons 
LIERflRY JOURNAL, November 1, 1952 

AGREED 



Dear Soap Boxt 

Because we so thoroughly enjoy practic- 
ing the art of criticism uprn our peers and 
the "system", it behooves us now and then 
to look to our own laurels. It seems as 
though we've found a spot of tarnish. 

Three times lately (one instance always 
^riags out others) memjbers of the staff, 
without identifying themselves as such, 
have called the Library ivom Ivjtie for in- 
formation and have been p^iii oxf without 
an atteirpt to locate thn .1:afo:'':i;ntion, I 
hope this is not tjipieaL of oivr service, 
I*m sure it is not_^ but W3 cer'-vainly can't 
afford to give the tran.r. areni brush-off 
to the pubU,c when we noed their support— 
we, too, are public relations, 

DIOGENES DISCIPLE 



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THE EOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 

^TATF ASSOClATlOll 



OCTOeER i'-!:'"9 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published l^y the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIV ^hmber 9 October 1959 

Publications Committee: Thomas F, Gaines, Marjorie Groves, Emilia Lange, 

Frank Lavine, Mary V. Sheehan, I. Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline fcsr submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



There is a time urtien differences of opinion, 
even heated argument, can be the cause for rejoicing. 
Unless we are badly informed, this is one of those times. 

Our friends of the Reference and Research 
Division are struggling toward a reorganization of subject 
matter, space, and administration. There is at least 
one point of common agreement . . . that the status quo 
is far from ideal. From that point on, however, there 
are nearly as many opinions as people, a situation 
familiar to us in past experience. 

But here is the difference. The administration, 
instead of presenting a program in one or two question 
and answer sessions, has turned over proposals for the 
new plan to a working committee composed of, and 
representing, those reference staffs and units most 
affected by the proposed changes. 

The plan itself is not yet subject for editorial 
comment J there may be aspects of it ichich will in future 
cause new problems and dissent. Even if it is remarkably 
well worked out there will doubtless be individual and 
group reaction to the very process of change. 

Therefore now is the time before the critical 
process begins, to give recognition to this new, open 
approach which, iidiatever the outccme, will pave a 
smoother path toward transition. 



THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDEOT'S MOTES 



The biggest piece of news of recent date 
is that the proposed reorganization of the 
Division of Reference and Research Services 
on the lines suggested by Cresap, McCor- 
mick and Paget is about to be put into ef- 
fect, or at least the first steps are be- 
ing taken. As outlined the Departments of 
the Division both actual and proposed vdll 
be grouped under five major groupings, the 
Arts, the Humanities, General Reference 
Services (to include the General Reference 
Department, the Periodical Department, the 
Map Department), the Social Sciences and 
the Natural Sciences and Technology.) 
Each grouo will have a coordinator to be 
dra-wn from the present Deputy Supervisors 
within the Division with the eventual ad- 
dition of one more. 

The aim of this grouping is, among other 
things, to provide staff flexibility. 
Members of the staff of one department 
will be able to gain experience in other 
departments within the group, and thus in- 
creasing opport\inities for advancement. 
This of course has been a crying need in 
the Division for a long period of time and 
has caused us to lose many good people 11*10 
have found opportunities in other librar- 
ies to use experience gained in this. 

The Deputy Supervisors and Department 
Heads have had several meetings with the 
Director and with the Assistant Director 
for Personnel at which details of the plan 
were discussed and suggestions for various 
modifications presented. To me these 
meetings, and the opportunity they have 
prc/ided for persons at the implementation 
level to express ideas, the resii.lts cr_ 
their professional knovdedge and experi- 
ence, are a very healthy sign and one that 
the Library is a healthy organism capable 
of grovrth and development from within. I 
wish to thank the Director for this for- 
ward looking step. 

The fall business meetings and the lail 
social program have had to be moved for- 
ward until the first week in December. 
The Lectixre Hall is occupied during the 
best week in November (the third) by the 
Annual City of Boston Conference on Muni- 
cipal Administration. This has become an 
annual affair, and I think it might be 
well for us to amend the constitution to 
give the Executive Board somewhat more 
latitude in providing for contingencies 
such as this when there are conflicts ol 
dates. As it now stands your president, 
somewhat irregularly it must be admitted, 
took the step of postponing the date from 
November to December. 

SARAH W. FIANNERY 



NE?J ENGUND LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

Caroline M. Hewins Lecture, 
Thursday, October 13 

Surely one of the most delightful of 
the Hewins Lectujres was the one presented 
this year by Mrs . Florence M. Sturges , 
Children's. Librarian of the Free Library 
of Wellesley, and a former member of our 
B.P.L. staff. 

Her subject, Yfriters l/?ho Started In 
Saint Nicholas , provided an entertaining 
survey of the not inconsiderable influ- 
ence which that old favorite had in the 
development of an American literature. 
Not only did it provide recognition and 
cultivation of talented, creative writers 
and illiistrators for children, but among 
its contributors were many who made a 
reputation as writers for adults in later 
years. Evoking memories of happy hoxirs 
when many of us, as children, pored over 
its pages, Mrs. Sturges, in a brilliant 
and witty essay, imparted the fruit of 
diligent scholarly research and her own 
contagious enthusiasm. 

Mrs. Beryl Robinson, Children's Librar- 
ian at Egleston Square, viio presided so 
graciously, spoke for many in her audi- 
ence when she assured Mrs. Sturges that 
her talk would send many of us back to 
our bound files of ST. NICHOLAS to recap- 
t\ire the wealth of treasure she had found 
there. For you t*io missed a rewarding 
experience, don't miss the tape recording 
of the Hewins Lecture which will be avail- 
able at both Simmons College and the 
B.P.L. A later issue of THE HORN BOOK 
will also publish Mrs. Sturges' paper, 

ANNE E. ARMSTRONG 

V;EST END BR^VNCH NOTE 

Still Life by Jim Forbes , one of the 
pointings which was on exhibit at the 
Branch last summer, won first prize at the 
Copley Society's annual art exhibition. 

EXTRA - DOINGS 

Headed by Ernest Di Mattia, a group of 
extra-service employees from Central and 
the Branches met to discuss forming an 
organization of their own with an eye to 
possible sponsorship by BPLSA. The Per- 
sonnel Committee is forwarding their ideas 
to the next meeting of the Executive 
Board. 



PERSONNEL MOTES 

New Employees 

Judith Briggs , Rare Book 

tery Ann Hadley, Central Charging Records 

Lili M. Holloway, Memorial 

Mrs Rochelle B. Knee, Washington Village 

Mrs Jo Ann Reiss, Codman Square 

Judith Stauber, Central Charging Records 

Joan M. Stolpner, Book Stack Service 

Joan M. Sullivan, Adams Street 

Mrs Felice F. Van Horn, Open Shelf 

Robert H. Y/icks, Periodical and Newspaper 

Re-entered 

Marilyn J. Cunningham, Book Selection, HR 
and CS 

James L. Del Conte, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics 

Jeanne M. Fitzgerald, Science and Tech- 
nology 

Barbara C. Pope, Book Stack Service 

Mrs Helen A. Scollins, Central Charging 
Records 

It's Anne V. ¥ebb, Mattapan 

Transferred 

Mary Mo Bennett, Central Charging Records 
to East Boston 

Laura M. Bondi, Mattapan to Parter Hill 

Ernestine Brown, Bookmobiles to School 
Issue 

Ronald C. Conant, Office of Records, Files, 
Statistics to Book Purchasing 

William Conway, Open Shelf to Central 
Charging Records 

Charlotte Cooper, West End to Central 
Charging Records 

Doris French, School Issue to Parker Hill 

C. Marjorie Groves, Codman Square to Mat- 
tapan 

Joan L. Trachtman, Roslindale to North End 

Married 

Janet E. Ustach, Office of Records, Files, 

Statistics, to Bobbie Ray Sweitzer, 

October 11, 1959 

Resign ed ' 

Naomi Bembaum, Memorial, moving to Phil- 
adelphia 

Ruth R. Bluthe, Mattapan, to return to 
school 

Vivian Brown, Book Stack Service, to re- 
turn to school 

Robert F. Carr, Hyde Park, to study at the 
University of Michigan 

Edward J. Connolly, Periodical and News- 
paper, to return to school 

Marva E. Dates, History, to accept a posi- 
tion with the Enoch Pratt Libraiy 



I Daniel Koury, JMsic, to accept position 
j in the School of Fine and Applied Arts 

Library, Boston University 
Charles Long, Branch Issue, to accept 

another position 
Mrs Marie MacLeod, Book Preparation, to 

remain at home 
Phyllis Malnikow, Central Charging Re- 
cords, to accept a position at the 

Northeastern University Library 
Mrs Aletha Munro, Music, to teach music 

in elementary schools 
M. Joan Neuwirth, Parker Hill, moving out 

of Boston 
Mrs Joan M. Shaw, School Issue, to remain 

at home 
Judith Silver, Book Stack Service, to re- 

t\irn to school 
Lawrence Vezin, Adams Street, to accept 

another position 

ALL IN TEN DAYS 

Janet E. Ustach, Records, Files, Statis- 
tics, was a surprised bride-to-be irtien she 
was persuaded to stay a few minutes after 
five o'clock on Friday afternoon, October 
Second, amd found friends gathered in the 
Women's Lounge and herself guest of honor 
at a shower. Jfeny useful and attractive 
gifts were opened and warm wishes for 
happiness were extended as the guests en- 
joyed refreshments. 

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On Thursday, October eighth. Miss Ustach 
was guest of honor at an office luncheon 
at the Town Room. 

On Sunday, October eleventh, at a tvm- 
o' clock ceremony at Saint Andrew's Church 
in Jamaica Plain, Janet E. Ustach became 
the bride of Bobbie Ray Sweitzer, orig- 
inally from Maryland and currently with 
the United States Navy, stationed in 
Boston, 

The wedding had a particularly BPL fla- 
vor in that the maid of honor was Mary 
Casey, Book Stack Service, and the two 
bridesmaids were Patricia A. Ashe, Re- 
cords, Files, Statistics, and Barbara 
Ashe Kean, Book Stack Service. The duties 
of flower girl and ring bearer were cap- 
ably handled by two young cousins of the 
bride . 

Miss Ustach, who was given in marriage 
by an uncle, wore a gown of silk organza 
and her fingertip veil was held in place 
by a crown of pearls. Her bouquet was 
fashioned on a fan. 

Following the reception, Mr and Mrs 
Sweitzer left for an automobile trip 
through the South. Upon their return, 
they will live in Jamaica Plain. 



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WHO'S NEW 

June Linnea Walker has come to ^yde Park _ 
from her home in Cranston, Rhode Island. j 
via Pembroke College where she majored in | 
Art. Jtine has worked as a laboratory tech- 
nician. Her hobbies include music, ballet, 
painting and horseback riding, T«*iich if 
she enjoys all regularly, must keep her 
fairly vbusy. 



The young lady who has recently lifted 
the gloom from Science and Technology is 
Elizabeth R. Harrington. (Betty waived 
extradition from her native town of Man- 
chester, New Hampshire, after serving her 
allotted time in that community's biblio- 
thecal institution.) Her educational back- 
ground is somewhat diverse: Vesper George 
School of Art, University of New Hampshire j 
and Boston University. Having majored in 
Fine Arts, she states a preference for 
Sconce and Technology. Loves music and 
dancing; possesses Hi-Fi equipment of all 
kinds, including two records. 



Fred Von Norden of the Patent Room is 
originally from Plainfield, New Jersey, 
now of Lexington. Fred received an A. B. 
degree from B. U. in 1900, served in Korea 
and the Armed Forces Security Agency be- 
fore coming to BPL. He is currently stvidy- 
ing for his law degree at Portia Law 
School and hopes to set up practice in 
Lexington. A sometime pianist, Fred also 
finds diversion in photography. 



Elizabeth Anne Carey of Book Stack Ser- 
vice graduated from high school in Laconiaj 
New Hampshire, where she has lived most of 
her life. Lisa's ambition is to teach 
first or second grade. She loves art and 
spends most of her spare time drawing and 
painting — ^but manages to find time for 
cooking and dancing. 



Patricia Feeney, the new assistant TJho 
has already used her artistic touch to 
brighten the decor of Audio-Visual, comes 
to us from Poughkeepsie , New York, Pat 
boasts an A.B. from Bryn TJIawr, and an M,S, 
from Columbia. Needless to say, Pat's 



main interest is music, so she's found 
the right spot for herself. 



The elusive member of Connolly is Mrs 
Jane Fisher— elusive, in that she started 
at School Issue and within six weeks was 
transferred to Connolly. Jane comes from 
Easton, Pennsylvania, where she obtained 
her A.B. in elementary education from 
Kutztovn State Teachers College. Jane's 
hobbies include sewing and reading. 



The new ray of sunshine in Centi^l 
Charging Records is Nancy Condon. Nancy 
is from Leominster. She graduated from 
Saint Bernard's Acadeny in Fitchburg, and 
attended Bostcn University. Her L,P. 
record collection takes up most of her 
time. 

OUR EXTRA-SPECIALS 

Congratulations to Gail Moran, part- 
timer in Teachers, who was runner-up for 
the Boston TRAVELER'S Teen-rAger-of-the- 
Week. But, it's a man's world, and she 
lost out to Tom McMullin. 



And now, congratulations to Tom Mc- 
Mullin, part-timerin Music and Fine Arts, 
who, on September 29, was chosen Teen- 
Ager-of-the-Week and -whose picture at 
work in Music accompanied the writeup. 



The Staff Association salutes both 
these Teen-^gersll 



Kick in at the Kick-Off 
GIVE 
The UNITED Way 



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RETIREIENTS 

HARRIET S\ffIFT 

On September 29 a tea was held in the 
Women's Lounge to commemorate the retire- 
ment of Harriet Swift, Curator of Ameri- 
cana in Rare Book for many years. Most of 
Miss Swift's many friends, including seve- 
ral former members of the Rare Book staff 
and other Boston Public Library "Alumni" 
dropped in to wish her good luck and health 
in the years to come. A retirement "book", 
properly inscribed by her many wellwishers, 
and a handsome purse of money were present- 
ed to her by the Keeper of Rare Books, 
Zoltan Haraszti, vihose priceless remarks 
\ printed below) provided a most fitting 
climax to a wonderful afternoon. 



Dear Miss Swift, 

I am very happy indeed to have been 
asked to address to you this brief 
speech of salutation — to convey to you 
our sincere and deeply-felt congratula- 
tions upon your appointment to a new 
high position, that of C\u:ator of Ame- 
ricana Emeritus or Emerita, whatever 
it mi^t be. 

I wish I could express our sentiments 
fittingly. But if I speak in an easy 
and familiar manner, some may think 
that I am not quite dignified, that I 
have not risen to the spirit of the oc- 
casion j on the other hand, if I am very 
dignified, it is you who might suspect 
me and think that I am just teasing 
you. For how could you forget those 
innumerable times when I strode up to 
your desk and asked you, "Miss Swift, 
will you do this for me? Right now. 
It has to be done at once I" And you 
sighed and moaned and said in a piteous 
and querulous voice, "How can I do ny 
work if you always interrupt me?" 
"Your work. Miss Swift? l«Jhy, isn't it 
your work to assist me?" Whereupon 
you just looked at me in complete won- 
derment. But you did what I asked you 
to do, at least most of the time; and 
you always did it wonderfully well. 

I have no illusion. Miss Smft, that 
I have ever succeeded in teaching you 
how to speak Middle-European. Nor 
have I been able to make the slightest 
dent upon the essential core of your 
ancestral Yankee character, seasoned as 
it is with good Irish fi^tingness. 
Yet it was great good luck for me to be 
associated with you, all these years. 



I do not know what I would have done 
vrithout you, and I do not know now 
what I shall do in that brief span of 
service which I hope is still before 
me . 

How about you? A few days ago, 
rummaging among my papers , I came 
across an old envelope with your 
handwriting on it. I looked at the 
postmark and it was dated June 28, 
1923. I took out the enclosure, as 
I do now, and it was the notification 
irtiich you sent to me from the Direct- 
or's Office, tAiere you worked at iiie 
time, informing me that I had passed 
the entrance examinations of the Li- 
brary. And I wondered what you 
would have done if you had known then 
what this little sheet of paper held 
for you in the future. Would you 
have mailed the letter? Or woxild you 
have been tempted, however slightly, 
to change the address from Newbury 
Street to Marlborough Street? 

I am happy that you sent me the let- 
ter just as it was; and I am happy 
now that it is I who presents to you, 
in exchange, an entire little volume. 
It contains testimonials of all your 
friends in the Library. It includes 
the tributes of those men and women 
who have worked with you in the Rare 
Book Department and enjoyed most 
closely your friendship and the bene- 
fit of your guidance; and it affirms 
also the affection and admiration of 
all other members of the staff, for 
they look upon you as one of the last 
representatives of that great line 
of women — Miss MacCurdy, Miss Jordan, 
and others — ^who have contributed so 
much to this Library, whose lives 
have been so inseparably interwoven 
with the life of the institution. 

So I say God bless you. Miss Swift. 
And yet this is not a farewell. To- 
morrow morning, as I cross from the 
Music Room into the Rare Book Depart- 
ment, my first glance will be again 
toward your deskj and -vrtien I see your 
head bent over those mysterious cards 
and notes of yours, I shall have 
again a sense of relief and know that 
all is well. 



Loui.? Ugalde, Chairman of the Committee, 
received the following letter of thanks : 



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Dear Louis, 

May I send, through you, my thanks to 
all the members of yoiar committee who gave 
me a wonderful party for iry "going-away"? 
Now all that remains is for me to go I But 
I find it hard to break off the habits of 
work among so many people who showed their 
friendship in such a wonderful gift. I 
have been pondering on vihat I can spend 
the money to insure a lasting reminder of 
you all, and I have decided on a stereo 
record player, when at last I find a new 
home that is roomy enough to hold it. 

I shall always remember the fvin of the 
party and the pleasure of seeing again the 
forriar members of my staff as well as the 
people who have preceded me in retirement. 
How young they look; it quite encourages 
me. 

And who can forget the delightful pre- 
sentation speech of Mr. Haras zti? The 
" Lhank you" I had prepared was an anti- 
clicBX — ^best left unsaid at the time. But 
no^ I do thank every one who made the of- 
ficial break with the Library so easy to 
take. 



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Vfith affectionate greetings for you all, 

aa 

Yours most sincerely. 



I aa 



October 7, 1959 



HARRIET S^YIFT 



ANNIE REIS 

On Thursday morning, October 1, a coffee 
hour was held in honor of Annie Re is. 
Branch Librarian at Lower Mills , following 
the Home Reading and Community Services 
Division meeting. Miss Reis is retiring 
from the library service as of October 31, 

1959. 

All were on hand to greet her, and a 
presentation of a gift of money was made 
by Mir Carroll in his usual warm and amus- 
ing fashion. Miss Reis' response, re- 
flecting her admiration and liking for her 
many library friends and the concept of 
library service, gave those i/rtio heard her 
an added glow of respect for the role of 
the library in the community. 

Miss Reis entered the library service in 
1919 and -worked in a number of branch li- 
braries prior to her appointment as Branch 
Librarian at Lower Mills in 19U0. Her 
unfailing kindness, her understanding of 
people and their needs, her dry, quiet 
humor have endeared her to all vitio have 
worked with her, as well as to library 
patrons. 

All our good wishes go with her as she 



goes forth in her new life to do voliin- 
teer hospital work, socialize, and 
travel. 

MS. FLORENCE E. MCCARTHY 

In the year 1911 Florence E. Sullivan, 
a young, blue-eyed girl just out of high 
school, joined the staff of the then- 
called Issue Department and worked there 
until her marriage in 1927. After the 
death of her husband, she returned to 
familiar surroimdings and work in what 
was by that time called Book Stack Ser- 
vice, and has been recently located at 
the Center Desk in Bates Hall. 

In the summer of 1959 rumor had it that 
Mrs McCarthy had decided to take herself 
out of the daily subway ■.troada and the 
rush of getting to and from work each 
day, and instead to live a more leisurely 
life with plenty of time to get better 
acquainted with her groTJing family of 
grandchildren. Rumor became fact when 
announcement was nade that she would re- 
tire in October. Many of her friends 
gathered at Salmagundi's for luncheon 
on October sixth to honor her and to wish 
her happiness in the fulfillment of her 
desires. As an evidence of their affec- 
tion for her, she was presented with a 
wallet containing a generous gift of 
money, together with a silver cigarette 
lighter, 

Mrs McCarthy belongs to a tnily BPL 
family. Her hiisband, William, was for 
nany years a member of the Shelf Depart- 
ment staff. Their two daughters and one 
son worked in varioiis parts of the system 
after graduation from school. She will 
be missed, but she will be remembered 
often for her conscientious devotion to 
duty, her cheerful, friendly disposition, 
and her loyalty to the institution in 
Tfrtiich she spent thirty-three years. Vfe 
hope she drops in often to say "Hello". 



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HARRIETT V. lULIOY 



Since early October, Book Pui chasing has 
missed a familiar face, HVl^t has left. 

On Tuesday the 20, Harriett V, Mulloy 
greeted her many friends as they entered 
the College Club, to attend a luncheon in 
her honor. Fifty-five people gathered to 
enjoy the wonderful home-cooked chicken, 
and tte lush strawberry cake roll. 

Gerald L, Ball, Chief of Book Purchasing 
spoke of his regard for Miss Mulloy, and 
his Dleasure in working v/ith her. On be- 
half of her friends he presented her with 
a gift of money. 

Harriett in a delightful speech thanked 
everyone, and before the party broke up 
went around from table to table to greet 
each guest. 

As a young lady Miss Hfulloy entered the 
library's service, working in the Issue 
Department, despite the fact that the then 
Librarian wondered if she were tall enough 
to reach the books on the top shelf I Her 
orderly mind and efficient work helped 
her to quickly progress to Codman Square, 
The Auditor's Office, and Ordering where 
she handled the Periodical and Newspaper 
Desk for many years. Sometime later she 
became the First Assistant or Book Pur- 
chasing Librarian, in what is now Book 
Purchasing. 



We 11*10 knew her best enjoyed her forth- 
right character, her retiring nanner, 
and her lively humor. All of us wish 
her every happiness in her new leisure 
at home. 

But we sure do miss herllX 

FARY ALICE REA 

LOUISE K. MURPHY 

Louise K. Murphy was honored at a 
luncheon at the Hotel Vendome Roof Gar- 
den CXI Thursday, 29 October 1959, to 
celebrate her retirement effective 31 
October 19 $9. 

Coming to the Library in 19Ul, Miss 
IJfurphy has spent her entire service in 
Cataloging and Classification, HR and 
CS. The presence of Ethel M. Hazelwood 
and Charles J. Gillis, the two people 
with whom she worked for so many years, 
added to the happiness of the occasion, 

A gift of money enclosed in a conti- 
nental wallet and a subscription to 
TP1E Magazine from her many friends was 
presented to Hiss Miarphy by John M. 
Carroll, Chief Librarian, HR and CS. 
Miss liurphy thoroughly enjoyed his pre- 
sentation speech, delivered in his own 
inimitable fashion. 

We wish her every happiness for the 
days ahead and success in her new 
career, 

ALICE E. HACKETT 



B. P. L. on yrOBH-TV 



TUNE IN 

and see film shots of Central Library and Branch Libraries 

Series ; IffiTROPOLIS 

Program ; YOUR LIBRARY 

Time ; Friday, 9:30-10:00 p.m, 
Sunday, 3:304i:C3 p.m. 

Dates : November 6 and November 8 

Moderator ; Reverend W, Seavey Joyce, S, J, 

Library Participants ; Erwin D. Canham, President, Board of Trustees 

Milton E. Lord, Director, and Librarian 



Wlif lEA^'' BUSlfSSS j 

I 

What firm in Boston manufactures and I 
sells deep sea diving equipment? Kow about 
a telephone no. in Los Angeles? A maga- 
zine dealing with cand|y manufacturing— I 
Addresses of cities and towns in the North, 
South, East or West? These are all common 
questions asked at one of the busiest 
branches in the city. 

On the site of an abandoned police sta- 
tion at 20 City Hall Avenue stands the 
Kirstein Business Branch, opened on May 7, 
1930. This library has made itself an 
integral part of the commercial and indus- 
trial life of the city of Boston. Dedi- 
cated as a memorial to Edward Kirstein, 
father of Louis Kirstein, a former trustee 
of the BPL, this branch has served the 
business and financial community for al- 
most 30 years i 

As one enters the branch he is struck by 
the note of quiet and business-like effi- 
ciency as the phones constantly ring and 
patrons stand by the desks waiting with 
their queries. (At the last count tele- 
phone calls accounted for I60 requests for 
information in a 'given day.) 

The first floor of this building is 
stocked with a multitude of pamphlets and 
reference books divided into city, tele- 
phone and late editions of trade director- 
ies. This is the busiest part of the lir 
brar3'---all the tables are filled, especial- 
ly with patrons interested in the loose- 
leaf business and investment service fore- 
casts. This floor has on file laws and 
regulations, both local and federal, state 
and cityj manuals, and departmental annual 
reports of the City and State. Maps, en- 
cyclopedias of business, and directories 
round out this collection. 

The circulating library of over 10,000 
volumes dealing with all phases of busi- 
ness is on the second floor. Books on 
real estate, insurance, and investments 
make up a snail part of this collection. 

The third floor contains a collection ol 
700 trade magazines and periodicals in^ich 
bring to those interested up-to-the minute 
news and information on almost every phase 
of trade, business, or industry in the 

country. , . 

It is amazing to think that this branch 
is operated mth a staff of only eleven 
professional people. The amount of ser- 
vice that it gives to its patrons is far 
beyond its expected potentials. But with 
this dedicated staff the motto could very 
well be "The improbable we can do immedi- 
ately, and the impossible we can do in a 
few minutes." 



i HA. ! \iaiiRiiuiio rxium ina ij.LiMw.i^-m.n 

Scholarly and profound. 

(I didn't understand it.) 
Definitive work. 

(I didn't realize the sex life of the 

•whelk was so coraplicatedl) 
Provocative and controversial. 

(%• husband and I had a fight over it,) 
Will appeal to men readers. 

(Plenty of sex, mayhem and/or war.) 
Will appeal to women readers. 

(For the Helen Hokinson type.) 
Suitable for book reviews. 

(Innocuous and inoffensive.) 
The author treats his characters sympa- 
thetically. 

(It's about: a) starving Portuguese 

fishermen, b) starving Indian villa- 
gers, or c) starving Amalgjenkwes in 

Johannesburg. ) 
The author wields a facile pen. 

(It's a big fat book.) 
Sensitive, perceptive study. 

(It's a skinnylittle book.) 
A very special item. 

(It's expensive.) 
Not too British. 

(If it hadn't been for the introduc- 
tion, I'd never known it took place in 

England.) 
Recommended for branches where there is 
a need for material on this subject. 

(I can't imagine -viAio'd be interested.) 
Has a surprise ending — I don't want to 
spoil the book for you. 

(I didn't have time to finish it.) 
First chapters -mere si ovir reading but it 
imprcvBS as it goes on. 

(It was so boring that I skimmed the 

rest of the book.) 
Requires thorough and careful reading. 

(. . . but I had three other books to 

read, my hair to wash, and a big pile 

of ironing . . .) 
Limited duplication. 

(I didn't like it but the professional 

reviewers did.) 
Main only. 

(It Tfsas lousy but I didn't have the 

nerve to reject it.) 

By Evelyn Sabol. 
Printed in the summer issue 
of the staff newspaper of 
the Youngs town Public Li- 
brary, Ohio. Reprinted in 
THE LIBRARY JOURNAL, Vol. 8U, 
No. 18, October 1$, 19^9 




10- i^C:!6:l: ^' 

To the Editors '■ .'■:.■ 

According to recent Radio nevfs broad- 
casts, the KKK in Alabama has announced 
that it has been too lax in the past. 
They are planning now to "go into Alabana 
public libraries and clean them up" . 

Several B?L employees heard the broad- 
cast but, to date, none of us has been 
able to find the story in print. Does 
auy reader have further information? 

S.S. 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether mth the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Departmsnt or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
hold from pulolication , or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the articlfi 
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 Publica- 
tions Committee and the Association are 
in -agreement withjjie views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 




Dear Reader: 

Things have come to a pretty pass when 
QM is both late and lacking. Since of the 
two evils I dread lacking more than late, 
I am using this space in a plea for mater- 
ial: especially material of "professional" 
or occupational consequence. The board 
cannot cover all events in person, so we 
need at least the leads to follow or the 
sketchy information with vihich to work. 

As for the wide open spaces of the Soap 
Box, I take this to mean we are now all 
contented fat cats, too happy to criticize 
and too fat to spend energy expressing ap- 
proval of the causes of our opiate state. 



"Trfck or treat?" 



FELICIA J. PELTIER 






PLE/^ .SE NO T E NEW 
ENTRY TO ALU^'KI CATALOG 



101024 
.59 
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Claflin, Jean (Eaton) 

Lynne Eaton Claflln, a biographical 
sketch [by] Jean E. and Bruce B. 
Claflin. Dorchester, Mass., Harley 
Hospital, 1959- 07 

5 lbs. 2 oz. 17 1/2 in. 2^ A.M. 
Lovable. Sleepy. Hungry. 



1. Births-October^ 24. 2. Earlybirds. 
I. Claflin, Bi-uce/ "A B, joint author. 
\^ 59-1 



Herewith- filed with heartiest 
congratulations from OM, C.C.M*S,, 
and all BPL friends 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LlBPxAW 

STAW; ASSOCIATION 



NOVEMBER 1959 



V v.. 



THE QUEST I- ON MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIV Number 10 November 19S9 



Publications Committee: Thomas F. Gaines, Marjorie Groves, Emilia Lange, 

Frank Lavine, Mary V. Sheehan, I. Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Publication Date; Deadline for submitting naterial; 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



During the thirty-six days between Thanksgiving 
and New Year's we traditionally come closer than in any 
other season to fulfilling our raiirror image of love and 
generosity toward the rest of nankind. Each year this is 
the time when we re-charge the spiritual battery, put the 
ego in the back seat, and rediscover the pleasure of giving 
our fellows a lift through greater kindness and charity. ^ 

It is tinEly, therefore, that the Fall Business 
Meeting to be held on December Uth may offer the Staff 
Association an opportunity to strengthen itself through 
concerted giving. We are accustomed to giving out of 
pocket to our friends and our charities, but few of us 
have had the chance to give of ourselves, our time and 
efforts, since the Centennial Celebration in 195U. That 
was a good time for us. It pulled us together as few 
things had before, and nothing since. Our bonds of friend- 
ship and respect were reinforced throu^ months of common 
toil and exhaustion, and through the achievement of a 
common goal. 

The Personnel Committee has come up with several 
ideas which may present the challenge and potential pleasure 
we have been lacking for the past few years. 

We urge you to attend the Business Meeting, to 
be vocal, and to consider seriously the proposals in the 
light of our considerable though often dormant talents. 



THE PUBLICATIONS COMflTTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



IffiTROBDLIS AIRS BPL PROBLHt 



The report of the nominating committee 
will be presented at the business meeting 
on December fourth for the consideration 
of everyone — and to offer all a chance to 
make nominations from the floor. 

Several other items vrill come up for 
consideration. One will be a report by 
the personnel committee on the subject of 
sponsoring an organization of the "part- 
timers" in which there seems to be much 
interest. Concern has also been expressed 
over the inadequate budget f ^r books , and 
the suggestion made that possibly the 
Staff Association might undertake some 
activity to raise money for this purpose. 
We realize that any effort on our part 
would be extremely inadequate, but possi- 
bly such a concern on our part might focus 
attention on the impoverished condition of 
the Library especially the Division of 
Reference and Research Services . The de- 
sirability of re-establishing a blood bank 
in cooperation with the Red Cross , for the 
use of Library employees and their fami- 
lies has been suggested and we hope to 
have an outline of possible plans to be 
presented at the meeting. Another matter 
which is under investigation at the moment 
by JJr. Polishook and the committee on 
legislative and legal matters is the ques- 
tion of Sunday pay and the inadequacy 
under today's standards of the three dol- 
lar ceiling. 

Cornelia Harrington has resigned as re- 
cording secretary and Rhoda O'Donnell has 
been appointed to fill out the unexpired 
portion of her term. Roger Stevens is 
taking the place on the Executive Board 
vacated by Nancy Gushing. 

SARAH W. FLANNERY 



Last Spring QM gave space to critical 
comments on the publicity (and lack of 
it) BPL received for National Library 
Y/eek. Vfe have not giyen much attention 
since then to this subject though we 
still feel it a most important one in an 
age when non-profit and public service 
organizations must advertise to exist, 
just as their business brothers must ad- 
vertise to compete. 

The PR picture has substantially im- 
proved in the past several months, with 
meaty notices appearing in good spots in 
the "popular" as well as the "better" 
newspapers, and regular spot announce- 
ments broadcast during daytime as well as 
late night hours. The overvrtielming re- 
sponse to Central programs is a testimony 
to the effectiveness of the stepped-up 
publicity. 

The program on Metropolis is our latest 
TV experience. Metropolis is a series of 
programs presented as a public service by 
WGBH to explore and discuss the problems 
of metropolitan Boston. 

In accojrdance with the format of others 
in the series, the BPL program started 
with a visual and narrative look at the 
library, its physical aspects and ser- 
vices. The bulk of the show was to be a 
discussion of the present budget crisis, 
with Milton E. Lord, Erwin D. Canham, 
Philip J. McNiff , and the host. Rev. W. 
Seavey Joyce participating. 

Between these two program segments the 
producer introduced a ballet, using sets 
suggesting library rooms or departments. 
The dance was clever and professional, 
though in the context of this program a 
waste of valuable time. We feel it is 
understandable if the producer sought to 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



BPLSA Fall Business Meeting - December U 

9tl5 AM 

BPLSA Fall Social Meeting - December k 

7:30 PJ,T ■ 



Annual Staff Christmas Tea 



- December 23 
3—5 PM 



Friday 

Lecture Hall, Central Library 

Friday 

Lecture Ifell, Central Library 
(See back page) 

Wednesday 

V/omen's Lounge, Central 

Library 



inject something lively to counteract a 
popular conception of the library as a 
static thing. It is unfortunate that he 
chose such artificial means, when some 
true anination might have come from a more 
vigorous discussion of the problem at 
hand. The panelists on Starring The Edi - 
tors have proved this for several years. 

A point of controversy was never really 
reached due to the limits of time, but 
more might have been said if all the par- 
ticipants had been as candid as Mr. Can- 
ham, who is an experienced panelist. 

If the total effect of this program was 
less than perfect we must nevertheless 
state the opinion that it was oetter than 
previous offerings, and as a new series 
must be given some allowance. It was pro- 
fessional, it Tvas technically good, and 
BPL's PR did well to share in this commu- 
nity venture, 

TOVEMBER NUPTIALS 



At a nuptial Mass at 11 o'clock Saturday 
November ih, at the Blessed Sacrament 
Church, Cambridge, Cornelia Harrington of 
Cataloging and Classification, R and RS, 
was married to Luigi J. Toffolo or Bridge- 
port, Connecticut. Connie's govm -was 
ivory satin with Chantilly lace from her 
mother's wedding gown appliqued about the 
neckline. Her finger-tip length veil was 
a mantilla of Chantilly lace and she car- 
ried a flower covered missal. Her sister, 
Naomi Ferguson, was matron of honor, and 
Katherine Gridley was maid of honor. They 
and the three bridesnaids (including 
Catherine MacDonald of Persc»mel) wore 
identical govms of Limoges blue taffetta 
and velvet with matching velvet hats. 
Their flo-wers were yellow pompoms and 
daisies. Among the ushers -was Connie's 
brother-in-law, John McCaff erty, formerly 
on the staff of General Reference and now 
with RAND Corporation in New Jersey, 

Mr. and Mrs. Toffolo received their 
guests at the University Club in Boston 
following which they flew to Bermuda for 
their wedding trip. Connie and Lou will 
make their home in Bridgeport, Connecti- 
cut, where he is associated with General 
Electric Company. 



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CARE UTETDRIAL FOR'WALTER J. BLUHM 

For seven years the gentle hand of 
Walter Bliihm guided our interests in CARE, 
keeping alive a project which might easi- 
ly have been overshadowed by the many 
high-powered drives for other worthy 
causes . 

CARE is a Staff Association project 
vihich has supplied packages of food, 
clothing and books to unfortunate peoples 
in countries the world over, these gifts 
made possible by steady, small contribu- 
tions rather than annual drives. 

Those of us who knew Walter need no 
other reason for the sorrow we feel at 
his sudden passing. Those who hadn't the 
privilege of knowing him personally have 
nonetheless been served by his quiet de- 
terrainiation that we who have so much 
should not forget those #10 have little 
or nothing. 

For these reasons we wish to send a 
contribution to CARE in this Thanksgiving 
Season, and to send it in the name and 
the memory of one who really did CARE, 
Walter Bluhm. 

Even a small amount from each one of us 
will add up to a substantial gift, so we 
beg you to send soon -vtiat you can afford 
either singly or as a Department, Branch 
Library, or Office to: 

CARE - Falter Bluhm Memorial 
c/o Minna Steinberg 
Cataloging and Classification, 

R and R3. 



L, 




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IN IvEMORIAM 

RICHARD G. HENSLEY | 

j 

On Saturday evening, November 7, Richard 
G. Hensley, Chief Librarian, Division of 
Reference and Research Services, was 
stricken at his home and died almost in- I 
stantly. I 

Mr. Hensley, a native of Tennessee, had ; 
spent much of his youth in Washington D. CJ 
A graduate of Columbia, he later did i 
graduate work at Harvard and elsewhere. 
During his library career h? had served j 
in almost every capacity from the lowest i 
to the highest. Before coming to the 3os-l 
ton Public Library in 1929 he had been on | 
the staff of the Library of Congress and 
of the New York Public Library. He had 
come to the B. P. L. as Assistant to the 
Director, holding other high offices be- 
fore becoming Chief Librarian of the Re- 
ference Division in 193$. 

During Vforld Y.'ar II lit. Hensley, long a 
reserve officer in the United States Arny, 
saw five years of active service, first 
in the Corps of Engineers and subsequently 
in Military Intelligence. At Ft. Belvoir 
he was on the Staff and Faculty of the 
Engineers School and was a member of the 
Board of Trustees of the Library. He 
served overseas in North Africa, France, 
Italy, Germany and Austria. Following the 
A'rar he continued to serve as a lieutenant 
colonel in the Aimy Reserve. 

Ik-, Hensley leaves his mdow and a sis- 
ter. To them both we extend our deepest 
sympathy. 

mLTER J. BLUHM 

Walter John Bluhm, Professional Library 
Assistant in the Periodical and Newspaper 
Department, died suddenly at work on Tues- 
day, November third. 

Walter had worked both as a full-time 
and extra assistant in the former Special 
Libraries on the third floor and in the 
Information Office from 1926 to 1932 be- 
fore he again entered the full-time ser- 
vice of the Library as an Assistant in the 
Periodical and Newspaper Department in 
1937, Except for the period from 19U0 to 
19U3 when Walter was an Assistant in the 
Cataloging and Classification Department 
of the Division of Reference and Research 
Services , and when he assisted for a 
short period at the Kirstein Business 
Branch, this full-time service was in the 
Period icjil and Newspaper Department. 



Those of us who had the privilege of 
working with Walter, realized that we 
were associating with a rare individual. 
Although quiet and unassuming, Walter had 
the strength of character of a saint. He 
had strong convictions of vihat his respon- 
sibilities and obligations were and he 
would not compromise them one jot. Al- 
though he had a serious heart condition 
since his youth, he insisted on carrying 
his full share of work no matter how 
strenuous . 

Walter aliways championed the cause of 
the Extra Assistant, of the unsure elder- 
ly patron, of the confused junior high- 
school student. Never was Walter outdone 
in generosity or in willingness to co- 
operate. Salter's generous contributions 
to any Library collection were practical- 
ly automatic. If someone were needed to 
work an extra night or Saturday or to 
make son© other change in the work sched- 
ule, Walter could be counted on to co- 
operate. 

In spite of his unswerving standards 
for his own conduct, Walter never expec- 
ted that others should conform to the 
same rigid conditions he imposed on him- 
self. His high principles did not pre- 
vent him from enjoying life very much. 
He had a great sense of humor and his 
booming hearty laugh at a good joke made 
everyone around him feel better. He had 
an active interest in sports. He was a 
skilled amateur photographer. He loved 
to sing and his baritone voice enriched 
several church choirs. 

For the past seven years Walter was 
Chairman of the Staff Association's Spe- 
cial Committee for CARE. His concern for 
the people that CARE was trying to help 
was truly sincere. The attention and ef- 
fort he gave to this work was a labor of 
love. He loved to help people; the sor- 
rows and troubles of others affected him 
deeply. 

Walter was a modest person; he was not 
robustly healthy, but he was an example 
to all of us who knew him. He lived his 
life in strict accordance with his be- 
liefs and convictions. One of his co- 
workers who knew him for only a few 
months described him as well as anyone 
could : "Walter was a (^ood nan" . 

lijay he rest in peace. 

B. JOSEPH O'NEIL 



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BRANCH DOINGS 
Lectures for Parents 



Of great interest and much success has ' 
been the series of lectures for parents of i 
small children, currently being held at \ 
both Codrnan Square and West Roxbury. Thes^ 
programs feature experts in various f ieldsj 
whose aim is to help parents introduce \ 
their children to the worlds of art, | 
crafts, music, science, the theatre, and 
children's literature. Although the same 
topics are discussed at both branches, 
each blanch is featuring a different group 
of speakers. However, Virginia Haviland, 
Readers Advisor for Children, is gracing 
both Codman Square and West Roxbury with 
her stimulating talk on The Joys of Family i 

Reading . I 

At Codman Square, the bi-weekly series 
is entitled Exploring With Your Child , and 
has featured Walter Lorraine, Art Uirector 
of Houghton Mifflin, speaking on Illustra - 
tors of Children's Books , demonstrated 
with pencil and sketch pad to show just 
how the artist achieves the desired effect; 
Patricia Zarella, of the Children's Art 
Center, discussing A Fine Arts Career for 
Children, illustrated her lecture with 
slides of children at work at the Center 
and examples of their handiwork; Dorothy 
Geotis, Director of the Children's Theatre 
at Emerson College, on The Magic of the 
Theatre for Children , emphasized the im- 
portance of drama for the child, as parti- 
cipant and viewer; and Augustus Zanzig, 
former music director of Brookline public 
schools, discussing Your Child's I^tusic and 
Yours . 

Meanwhile back at West Roxbury, its 
series entitled Broadening Your Child's 
Ho rizon has presented Lois Eddy, Director 
oi' Special Activities, Community Recrea- 
•Lion Service, on Fun For Busy Hands ; David 
Berger, book illustrator from Little, 
Brown, on Illustrations Tell the Story ; 
Adele Thane, Director of the Boston Ohil- 
dren's Theatre, on Discovering Drama ; 
Joseph Hodgson, Dean of the Freshman 
School, Hfuseum of Fine Arts, on Creative 
Art; Marvin Rabin, Director of the Greater 
Boston Youth Orchestra, on Music and the 
Young Child ; and Marion Chandler, Elemen- 
tary Science Editor of Ginn Company, on 
Exploring Science. 

The audience at both branches has aver- 
aged from about fifteen to twenty immensely 
interested parents — ^an audience described 
as "fit and few" — ^who, from all reports. 



have derived much information and stimu- 
lation from this illiiminating group of 
speakers, and who have expressed their 
appreciation both verbally and in glowing 
letters of thanks to the branch staff 
members and to Kathleen Hegarty and the 
office of Mrs. Muriel Javelin, Deputy 
Supervisor in Charge of Work With Adults. 

TRAVELIERS TAKE NOTICE 

Friends of the John J. fellahans may be 
interested to note their change of ad- 
dress from: 6 Pleasant Street 

East Norwalk, Connecticut 



to : 3ii Silvermine Avenue 
Norwalk, Connecticut 

John (formerly Open Shelf, now Librar- 
ian of the Norwalk Public Library) writes 
that he and Julie "have bought a four 
bedroom house in Norwalk and would be 
happy to have o\ir friends stop by for a 
weekend or just overnight en route to 
New York." 

"ORE" AND "ORE" AGAIN 

Contestants by the score 
Are stcrming in the door. 
As they undertake their chore. 
Without thinking it a bore. 
Over many books to pore 
Seeking deep elusive lore 
That they never knew before. 

And librarians they implore 

To help them all the more 

Beat the deadline they deplore, 

Though good manners some ignore 

As the pages out they tore, 

Tf/hile on hi^ their hopes do soar 

If they answer three or four. 

Now wouldn't there be a roar 
If one of them should score, 
But they don't come to the fore 
In these quiz games they adore , 
So they'll all be back once more 
When this contest is all o'er 
To start another as before, 

RUTH MRSHALL 



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New Employees 

Ann M. Connolly, Book Stack Service 

Joseph Frazer, Central Book Stock, Branch 

Issue 
V. Lloyd Jameson, Statistical 
Phyllis Nickerson, Dorchester 
Russell A. Nile, Bookmobiles 
Edwin G. Sanford, History 
Robert D. Sawyer, Music 
Ellen T. Sloat, Egleston Square 

Transferred 

Jane F. Fisher, School Issup to Connolly 

Elinor M. Najita, Egleston Square to 

School Issue 
Robert M. Oxman, Open Shelf to Central 

Book Stock, Branch Issue 
Ifergaret H. Seymour, Open Shelf to North 

End 
Susan Smith, Mt. Bowdoin to Bookmobiles 
Bertha Streeter, North End to Hyde Park 

Married 

Mary J. Marsh, Jamaica Plain, to Ephraim 
lailer, November 7 

Resigned 

Robert i*'. McHugh, Periodical and Newspaper. 

to continue studies 
Laura J. Bernard, Washington Village, 

moving to Chicago 
Thomas J. Hegarty, Statistical, to return 

to school 
Rochelle B. Knee, Washington Village, to 

accept another position 
Ruth E. Winn, North End, to accept a 

library position at M. I.T. 
Joyce P. Ellis, Connolly, to remain at 

home because of illness 

Retired 

Florence E, McCarthy, Book Stack Service 
Louise K. Murphy, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication (HR and CS) 
Annie Reis, Lower Mills 

MO'S NEW 

Joan M. Sullivan of Adams Street hails 
from Stoughton and is a graduate of 
Bridgewater State Teachers. She collects 
records and is enthusiastic about "all 
kinds of rausi c" . 



The new member of Book Stack Service is 
Joan Stolpner of Hyde Park. Joan gradu- 
ated from Hyde Park this past June. Skat- 
ing is her favorite pastim,e. 



There are two new members of the staff 
in Central Charging Records. 

Judith Stauber is a native of Rock Is- 
land , Illinois . She spent two years as 
an English major at Illinois Vfeslyan be- 
fore coming to New England. Judy is in- 
terested in books and jazz. . 

Mary Ann Hadley comes to us from 
Plaistow, New Hampshire ^ via Haverhill 
High (Mass.) and Sanborn Seminary (N.H.) 
She attends the Actor's Workshop even- 
ings and keeps up her interest in read- 
ing and music. 



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Lili M. Holloway is the new children's 
assistant at Roslindale. She is a grad- 
uate of Patterson Teachers College in 
New Jersey. She taught in her home 
town, Longbranch, New Jersey, for three 
years before coming to Boston. Lili 
lists reading, knitting and photography 
as her chief interests. 



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Judith Briggs of Rare Book comes ori- 
ginally from Oneonta, New York. She 
graduated from Welles ley and worked as 
a research assistant at Harvard Divinity 
School before coming to BPL. Judith 
spends her spare time on reading, music 
and outdoor sports. 



Robert Wicks of Worcester is the new 
assistant in Periodical and Newspaper. 
Bob is a graduate of Clark University 
and he worked at Filene's in the Train- 
ing Program before coming here. He en- 
joys classical music, literatiire, ice 
skating and dancing. 



The new assistant at Codman Square is 
Jo Knn Reis, who is originally from 
Vifashington, 2.C. Jo Ann attended high 
school in Paris where her parents were 
working at the time. Later she went to 
Radcliffe and Simmons Library School. 
Her favorite hobby is cooking. 



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grin of suppressed laughter lately, it 
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assistant Felice Van Horn, former Phila- | 
delphian, former teacher with a BS in Ed- | 
ucation from Westchester (Pennsylvania) j 
Teacher's College. Felice brings with herj 
a quick, dry wit and hilarious tales of 
Horace, her bungling beagle. 

AUTUMN OFFSPRING 

On November 8, petite (6 lb, 5 oz) 
Patricia Ann Miacahy presented to the 
world a pair of brand new parents, litr. and 
Mrs. Richard Mulcahy. Mama Rosemarie is 
formerly of the Business Office, 



Mr. and lUrs. William MacLeod (Marie 
Larkin formerly of Book Preparation) 
announce the birth of their first child 
David Malcolm on November 11. Young David 
weighed in at 8 lbs, 13 oz. A future re- 
semblance to his Dad may be noted in his 
impressive 20 inch length, though so far 
there's no evidence of that famous curly 
hair. 



Arthur V, Curley of Connolly is the 
proud father of a second daughter, Ellen 
Louise, born on Oct 28th. 



Mr. and Jlrs. William Di Rosario rounded 
off their bambino collection on November 
Uth with the addition of a girl, Lisa 
Marie. The total score is four, running 
alternately boy, girl, boy, girl to the 
satisfaction of all the Di It's, 

CONGRATUUTIONS 

To Virginia Haviland ^vho was chosen 
Woman of the Week by the Boston TRAVELER. 
The article cited Miss Haviland' s activi- 
ties in the field of children's litera- 
ture, her position in the BPL as Readers 
■Advisor for Children, and her authorship 
of three new children's books of fairy 
tales from foreign lands. 



STAFF FETES MISS REIS 

The staff of Lower Mills including the 
custodian, Edward A. Clark, entertained 
Miss Ar. Tii p- Reis, Branch Librarian at a 
luncheon in honor of her retirensnt from 
the library service which took place 
November 1, 1959. The invited guests in- 
cluded former staff members, Dorothy 
Becker, Branch Librarian of Egleston 
Square, Marie Kennedy, Children's Librar- 
ian at Mount Bowdoin, Anne Brennan, Adults 
Librarian at Dorchester, and Jeanne tte 
Pepin, Librarian at East Boston High 
School. 

A high point of the afternoon was ihe 
presentation of an orchid to Miss Reis by 
Mrs. Kearney's little daughter, Anne. 
The luncheon was held at the Abner TJheel- 
er Restaurant in Framingham. A beautifxil, 
sunny fall day combined vri-th excellent 
food, pleasant conversation, and the op- 
portunity to greet friends made the after- 
noon 301 enjoyable one for all. 

Miss Reis was presented with a portable 
radio as a parting gift to help her to 
enjoy her leisure time, 

GERTRUDE L. BERGEN 




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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Departnent or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is known only to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association 
members and their appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions 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 Soapbox: 

One of life's dimmer moments for many 
of us comes when the pay checks for work- 
ing on Sunday or emergency overtime ar- 
rive. It is fDT a morale builder to rea- 
lize that one is, for all practical pur- 
poses, being forced to vrork some Sundays 
(all of us do not wish to give up our 
"leisure day" , especially if we have had 
to work on Saturday too, and since the 
four hours the library is open plus ex- 
tremely slow travelling time will leave 
little time free before or after work) and 
at a pay scale, in many cases, LESS than 
our daily hourly pay rate, vihen Sunday in 
most other employment systems would be 
paid for at time and a half. We do rea- 



lize that it is a City rule that this 
overtime on Svinday and in emergency is 
not to top 5;<3.00 an hour, BUT, could not 
the Administration point out more vehe- 
mently, the great injustice to our staff 
and the change in TOige scales since that 
rule was put into effect? Sunday is very 
busy and is therefore more exhausting 
than any other day except Saturday, and 
there is in effect a bare minimum skele- 
ton staff on duty, which makes it even 
more tiring. If the library is to give 
adequate service on Sunday, should not 
the staff receive adequate pay, rather 
than being actually penalized, for being 
forced to woric the undesirable and diffi- 
cult hours? 

250 an hour loser. 




7; 30 p»m^ 

December It, 1959 
Lecture Hall—Central Library 



An evening of entertainment 
including 

THOmS TOOD, Ballad Singer and Guitarist 
(Mr Wood is a Professor at M.I.T.) 

TWO SHORT FILIJE5: A dventure of an Aste risk 

and 
Marcel ISfeirceau 



Refreshments 
will be served in the Elliott Room 
immediately following the program 



Friends and relatives welcome 



Watch for flyer of complete program 



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THE E05T0N PUBLIC LlBPxAKY 

STATF ASSOCIATION 



DECEMBER 1959 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIV IJumber 12 ___^ December 1959 

Publications Committee; Thomas F. Gaines, Marjorie Groves, Emilia Lange, 

Frank La vine, Mary V. Sheehan, I. Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



THOUGHTS y,TiILE PUNNING A SAFARI 
TO Wn ENGLAND l\TEf:S~C07 

If we had enough money to indulge in impulse buying, we'd let thousands 
of authors solve all our problems. ¥/henever we found ourselves speechless 
with pleasure, pain or rage, we'd rush out, buy a book with an appropriate 
message and dispatch it to the cause of our frustration. We might even make 
a full time specialization of sending the right books to the right people at 
the right time. We would buy books to suit a personality, a job or a hobby, 
and we would create such a business of supply without demand that the Readers 
Advisors might tremble under the threat of competition, (Of course the 
involuntary nature of our gifts on the part of the receivers may allow some 
room in the field for continued RA services.) Tte might give books to hear 
music by, books to eat lunch by, books to tend switchboards by, books to run 
programs by, books to visit the nurse by, books to soothe cranky patrons by, 
and other useful coordinates. 

But the fact is, we have no money for such a glorious game, so we thought 
we'd give just titles this year.. .because titles don't cost a cent. Here is 
our tentative gift list which we will forward post haste to Santa, Any appro- 
priateness in subject matter of contents is purely accidental and does not 
count for points in this game. 

Merry Christmas and season's greetings as we give 

- To the City of Boston (hopefully) — Poor no More 

- To the new Mayor —Philosophy for a Time of Crisis 

- To the Board of Trustees — More Than Meets the Eye 

- To the Administration — Gentlemen, Scholars and Scoundrels 

- To Book Selection and Purchasing— Wait till Next Year 

- To the Chowder, Chatter and Marching Society — 

Did Anyone Bring an Opener 

- To all departments below Stack #1 — The ijubterraneans 

- To Young Adult Librarians — The Vanishing Adolescent" " 

- To First Assistants— j^ Life With Paper 

- To Sunday workers — The Weekend War 

- To Librarians with Ulcers — The Land of Milk and Omelets 

- To the Staff Association — The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking 

- To Simmons College, SLS— All Our Tomorrows 

- To the female staff — Eat Fat and Grow Slim 

- To the Branches — The Happy Exiles 

- To all pro-tem appointees — The Status Seekers 

~ To the Question Mark — Goodness Had Nothing to do Vifith It 

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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

Those of you who did not attend the eve- 
ning program on December f oiirth missed a 
very pleasant experience. Professor Theo- 
dore Wood of the Department of the Humani- 
ties at MIT entertained us by singing Ame- 
rican folksongs accompanied by a guitar. 
He traced the development of American 
folksong TTith examples from such vd.dely 
divergent sources as sea chanteys and cow- 
boy songs. The program was as instructive 
as it was entertaining. The movies se- 
lected by ISr Peltier were also of a superi- 
or quality especially one devoted to liie 
mimicry of Marcel Ikrceau. 

At this time I should like to wish you 
all a very Merry Christmas and hope tiiat 
the New Year will bring many pleasant 
things. I also wish to thark all of you 
who have helped with the Association this 
year by giving both your time and your 
ideas. It has been for me a very pleasant 
experience . 

SARAH W. FLAI^INERY 



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V»'ALTER J. BLUmi HEART ?ilE^DRIAL 

A contribution of t'70.75 has been sent 
to the Heart Fund in memory of Walter J. 
Bluhm. A list of the contributors and of 
their library units was typed on the memo- 
rial scroll and sent to the Bl\ihm family, 

(signed) B. J. O'NEIL 

The following acknowledgments have been 
received: 

November 2U, 1959 

Boston Public Library 
c/o ffr. B. Joseph O'Neil 
Copley Square 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr. O'Neil: 

Your Heart Association is most grateful 
for the thoughtful gift vAiich the Boston 
Public Library has sent in memory of the 
late Walter J. Bluhm. An acknowledgment 
has been sent to the Bluhm family, 7U 
Clement Avenue, West Roxbury 32, Massachur- 
setts. 

The enclosed Memorial Scroll is sent to 
you with the thought that those who parti- 
cipated in the gift might like to sign it 
and send it to the Bluhm Family by way of 
further acknowledgment. 

Sincerely, 
(signed) WILLIAMINA B. GUDSTONE 
ffrs Ernest D. Gladstone 
Heart Fund Director 

December 12, 1959 

Dear Mr. O'Neil: 

We wish to express our deep apprecia- 
tion to Walter's many friends in the Li- 
brary for their though tfulness in contri- 
buting to the Heart Association in his 
memory. It is indeed a fine tribute to 
V/alter and his years of service in work 
he really enjoyed. 

We also wish to thank them for their 
many expressions of sympathy and under- 
standing; all of vAiich helped to comfort 
and strengthen us during this difficult 
time. 

Very sincerely yours, 
(signed) RUTH D. BLUHM 

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PERSONIvlEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Allan J. Allen, Periodical and Newspaper 

Kathleen Radcliffe, Central Charging 

Records 
Anthony F. Tieuli, Book Purchasing 

Re~entered 

June C. Miles, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and ES 

Transferred 

M?.r jorie Gibbons , Hyde Park to YiTashington 
Village I 

>feLdalene D. Holt, Washington Village to i 
Lower Mills 

Donna L. Rosenbauer, Bookmobiles to Wash- 
ington Village 

Resigned 

Kathleen T. Briano, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS, to accept another 
position 

Nancy Condon, Central Charging Records, to 
accept another position 

Marion C, Dugan, East Boston, to accept 
another position 

James L. Del Conte, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, to accept another po- 
sition 

David G. Irving, Audio-Visual 

Mrs Graceraarie Le Blanc, East Boston, to 
remain at home 

Elizabeth I. McLucas, Cataloging and Clas- 
sification, R and RS, to return to school 

Phyllis A. Nickerson, Dorchester, to return 
to school 

liVHO'S NElfY 

Lloyd Jameson, is the new assistant in 
Statistical. Lloyd, originally from Man- 
chester, New Hampshire, is a «56 graduate 
of the University of New Hampshire, He 
spent two years in the Army before coming 
to the BPL. "Art in general" is his hob- 
by — especially painting jewelry work. 



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Joseph Frazer of Dorchester is the newest 
member of Branch Issue. Joe graduated from 
Christoper Columbus High School in 1959. 
He spends his spare time enjoying sports — 
especially baseball. He worked part-time 
for Open SheK last year. 



The newest member of Book Stack Service 
is Ann Connolly of South Boston. Ann 
graduated from Gate of ^eaven High School 
in 1958, and worked at Liberty Mutual be- 
fore coming to us. Sewing and reading 
are her favorite hobbies. 



Edwin Sanford, new in History, is a na- 
tive of Belmont. He did his undergraduate 
work at Northeastern and B.U. and is now 
attending Simmons. Before coming to the 
BPL, Ed worked in a private library. He 
spends all his spare time reading. 



Egleston Square is boasting another at- 
tractive young Xady, Ellen Sloat of Rye, 
New York. Ellen, who graduated from B.U. 
last August, is the new children's worker. 
She lists skiing and sewing as her chief 
hobbies . 



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Russell Nile of Waltham has joined the 
staff of the Bookmobiles. After graduat- 
ing from Bates, Russ spent two years in 
the Army during which time he attended the 
Army Language School in California, and 
was later stationed in Africa. Currently 
he is attending Simmons and spending his 
leisure time on reading, music, and cy- 
cling. 

STAFF ASSOCIATION SOCIAL FIZZLES 

On Friday evening, December Uth, a sor- 
ry group of seventeen stalwarts met in 
the lecture hall for a pleasant evening 
of Ballads and films. The program was 
entertaining and the refreshment commit- 
tee had outdone itself. 

At nine o'clock a few more staffers ar- 
rived on the scene, luckily for the heaps 
of refreshments but unfortunately too 
late for our guest balladeer. 

If there was keen disappointment for 
those who gave time and energy to the 
preparation and presentation of the pro- .. 
gram, there may have been pleasure for 
someone when Lou Rains drove the plenti- 
ful remaining food to the House of the 
Good Shepherd where it was gratefully re- 
ceived by the Sisters. 



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FA LA LA AND FUl\t, FIM, FUM 

This Xraas season marks the fifth year in 
the history of the Boston Public Library's 
youngest tradition — the Carolers. Not to 
be confused vdth other B.P.L. traditions, 
both animate and inanimate, which admitted- 
ly have deeper roots (no tradition should 
be vdthout thera) , the Carolers, neverthe- 
less, now represent a way of life, a ray 
of light in an otherwise quiet and dull 
season. 

It all started back in 1955 vrtien three of 
the B.P.L. 's foremost (in girth) musicians, 
Louis Ugalde (violin), George Pahud (bas- 
soon), and Martin Waters (trumpet), keenly 
aware of the meaning of Xraas and determined 
to fet out of their respective departments 
for a few hours, decided to serenade their 
fe.L'.ow librarians with carols at each of 
th^ stack levels. It tias planned as an in- 
side job, purely for the benefit of the 
staff; yet, the tradition was barely an 
hour old when our errant minstrels were 
"invited" to perform in the front hall 
along with a hastily-formed group of sing- 
ing ladies from the division offices. Our 
patrons vrere not to be denied I 

In 1956 it was decided to exercise some 
control over the singing, not to mention 
impromptu instrumentalists, so a mixed 
quartet was invited to join the group. 
Aletha and Ed Munro, Veronica Yotts, and 
Maurice Carbonneau sang beautifully, aided 
and abetted by Martin Waters, Louis Ugalde, 
and Dan Koury, who played a celeste, rented 
for the occasion. We missed George Pahud, 
who had left the Library with his bassoon. 
The theatre of operations was extended to 
include the Sargent Gallery, the Abbey 
Room, and, of course, the front hall urtiere 
the public was invited to join the singing, 
courtesy of John Hancock. There v/ere those 



who planned big things for us, including 
an appearance on the Parkman Bandstand 
as a part of the Boston Christmas Festi- 
val. However, oixr minstrels were not 
naive enough to think that success could 
come so quickly and easily, and so de- 
cided to allow a few years for maturity. 

The group remained the same in 1957 
but managed to extend its repertoire to 
include several lovely carols of other 
lands, notable among which were "Un 
flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle", "Prae- 
torius" and "Lo how a Rose Ere Bioomin." 
Solos by Aletha and Ed IMnro included 
"Jesu Bambino", "0 Holy Night", and "I 
Wonder as I Wander" , which resounded 
majestically through the marbled front 
hall. 

In 1958 there were slight rumblings of 
dissent and revolt, which seemed to dis- 
solve upon clearer reflection of the 
true meaning of Kris Kringle. There was 
one change in the lineup: Elizabeth 
Drane filled in for Veronica Yotts who 
could not leave her post at South Boston. 
More foreign carols were introduced in- 
cluding one from the Basque country and 
the Catalonian "Fum, fum, fvira." 

Once again we come to caroling time 
and this year the carolers will be big- 
ger and better. Both Betty Drane and 
Ronnie Yotts are expected to sing alto, 
and both Aletha Munro and Dan Koury have 
consented to come out of retirement to 
rejoin the group. Even George Pahud has 
threatened to come back, this time with 
a viola he made himself. Another impor- 
tant change involves Martin Vfeters, who 
will play a valve trombone at least as 
well and probably better than the trum- 
pet he has wielded these past four years. 
The date is Tuesday, December 22 from 
2 to ii p.m. 

MANY HAPPY RETURNS 

An early Christmas gift to our public 
from BPL is a drive-up book-return box. 
V/rapped in sunny yellow paint, it stands 
"at the ready" on the curb's edge directly 
in front of the main entrance of Central. 

This is not an in-free gesture, as re- 
turns will be checked against the files, 
but it should be a great convenience in 
avoiding the parking struggle. 



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BANDIED CLICHES 

Grab your hats, zip up your doublets 
Here comes a hatful of cowardly couplets j 
To all you girls and all you fellers. 
To Jill you grand old BPLers, 
To "the Director and each Trustee, 
Employees present and emeriti, 
Christmas cheer and Christmas -vrassail. 
To Sculljre — Betty, George and Yossel; 
And Sullys — ^Kate, Mike and Loraine, 
The David Sheehans and Betty Drane, 
Mike Papoutsakis, Mary Rea, 
Gertrude Wade, Shirley Gildea. 
May happiness and good cheer gladden 
The hearts of Prisilla MacFadden, 
Edna Wollent, Mary Farrell, 
Kay MacDonald, John M. Carroll. 
Peace on earth we know you'll foster, 
Santa Claus, for Santa Koster, 
Dot Morgan, Rita Desaulniers , 
And Ed and Felicia Peltier. 
The grandest of all Christmas trees 
For the Uraanos and the Ugaldes, 
Tom Manning, Margaret Morrissey, 
Joe Crowley, Zoltan Haras zti. 
Ma rga ret BatLer , . Ma ry Ha eke tt , 
Mike Venezia and Hal Brackett. 
Liiy welkins ring for Frank Bruno, 
I red Van Norden, Ed Munro, 
The two Balls, Gerald and one who's 

Lawrence, 
Connolly, John and Connolly, Florence, 
Harrington, Pat and Harrington, Betty, 
Jean Fitzgerald and Gilda Rossetti. 
Let Christmas stockings overflow 
For Gay and Maurice Carbonneau, 
B. J. O'Neil and Bradford Hill, 
Lewis, Margaret and Lewis, Bill, 
Quarter Centxiry Club and book reviewers. 
The Arnavets and film pre-viewers. 
Fill cups with cheer for Loiiis Rains, 
Paul Brayton, Tom and Ervin Gaines, 
The Murphys, Martin and Pauline, 
Frank Moran and Samniy Green, 
May McDonald, William Casey, 
History's Sally, Ifertin, Macy, 
And, Santa, place the mistletoe 
Over Billy Di Rosario. 
Let carols ring so merrilly 
For Mildred, Kate and Rosalie, 
Helen S. Murphy and Helen O'Leary, 
Eleanor Halligan and Mary Daly, 
Lou Polishobk and' Charlie Gillis, 
Michael Ford6 and Adams , Phyllis . 
A happy New Year and seemly sobriety 
To the Chowder, Chatter and Marching 

Society 
May the season be both bright and gay 
For Barbara Feel^, Margie Bouquet, 



Sam Adelstein and his two Dots, 

Emilia Lange and R-onny Yotts, 

Deck halls with matzoh balls and holly 

For Minna Steinberg, Kay Macauley, 

Pauline Winnick, Helen Sevagian, 

Aaron Starr and Gracie Marvin. 

And to all you others whose names don't 

rhyme 
May you too have a jolly timej 
We're sorry we couldn't use your 

monniker — 
Joyeux Noel and Happy Chanukah. 

KRIS KRIWGLE 

CHRISTMAS WASSAIL 

For many years an annual Christmas Tea 
has been given for the library staff and 
alumni in the Women's lounge. The event 
has been so popular that the lounge faci- 
lities are no longer adequate and the at- 
mosphere of crowded discomfort is dis- 
couraging the attendance of our numerous 
retired members. 

This year the committee, under the 
chairmanship of Emilia Lange, will try a 
new approach. T>e more spacious and airy 
accomodations of the Elliott Room (former- 
ly the Teachers Room) will welcome all 
comers to a Christmas Wassail on Tuesday, 
December 22. Since this is the first 
time the Elliott Room has been used for a 
Christmas party, the committee has planned 
things as simply as possible -v^iile retain- 
ing the festive air so evident in previous 
years . 

Invitations have been sent to close to 
one hundred members in retirement whose 
friends here will greet them in greater 
comfort this year. 

The usual delectable cakes and sweets 
are being solicited from the expert bakers 
among us, in addition to which the commit- 
tee is asking for favorite tea sandwich 
recipes, the donor being encouraged to 
supply the ingredients. Those of us who 
feel less comfortable in the realm of 
fancy cuisine may still help with small 
donations to defray the cost of liquid 
ref reshntent and incidentals . 

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THE VISIT 

"'iWs the night after Christmas, and 
all through the library, not a creature 
■was stirring — and all of a sudden this 
creep wearin* a red s\xit comes in. 

"Ho ho ho," says he, and I said, very 
politely, but firmly, "Hey, bud, can't you 
read? Silence, it says, and silence it's 
going to be." He got that laugh off his 
face quick, (Quite a few characters come 
into our department, and I didn't figure 
this one ary different.) He throws down 
a lot of books on the counter, and I rif- 
les through the transaction cards, and 
they are a year overdue, 

"Where you been, sir, for such a long 
time?" 

"North Pole", he answers, and I'm not 
too surprised — as a good librarian, I like 
to keep up with things in the news, and I 
figure that he was either on the Nautilus, 
or part of the exploration group for the 
International Geophysical Year, and let it 
go at that. 

"Five dollars in fines," I said, and 
this cat digs into an enormous sack, and 
pulls out five shiny silver dollars. Now 
you know some of the types that come into 
libraries, carrying Boston bags, lunch 
bags, paper bags, satchell bags, barracks 
bags and carpet bags. Well, this man's 
bag had all kinds of fancy wrapped pack- 
ages in it, see, and I figure this creep's 
a klepto, and he gotta be watched, so I | 
watch him closely. 

All of a sudden, I hear this awful rack- 
et out in the courtyard, and I hurry out, 
and what do I see, but a bunch of cows 
with funny horns dragging a big red and 
gold s]ed around. These creatures (j 
don't know what they are exactly, because 
I don't work in the Reference Department), 
are munching on the shrubbery, 

I go over to this guy with the red nose, 
(he must have had a few, but not enough to 
call the police) and I says to him, "Does 
that livestock in the courtyard belong to 
you?" 

He turns to me, and he artswers, "Yes, it 
does, and ¥/hat sort of a joke does this 
seem to be? You must know who I am; don't 
I get a little respect around here? Don't 
you know Ssmta Ciaus when you see him?" 

I turned to him with a half -sneer on ray 
lips, and I said to him, "Daddy-0, there 
ain't no Santa Claus," A look of surprise 
crosses his face, and he says, "But here I 
am, with all of my gear and paraphernalia- 



one nice toy bag, red suit, sleigh, and 
all my reindeer too numerous to mention, 
my vrtiite beard, and jovial face I" 

"No, man," I said, "I can't believe 
there's a Santa Claus, How can I, when 
I have to work the day after Christmas?" 

BESIDES ONLY CHILDREN'S LIBRARIANS BE- 
LIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS—HD-ID-HO. 

NEIV ENGLAND WIIT 
CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

The fall meeting of the New England 
Unit of the Catholic Library Association 
was held on Saturday, October 17, at 
Cardinal Cashing College, Brookline. 
Sister Verda Clare, president of the col- 
lege, was hostess. 

The program, arranged by Sally Ann 
Quinn, vice-chairman, presented Alice 
I'arie Buckley, librarian at Jamaica Plain 
High School and former BPL staff member, 
wh3 spoke on The High School Library in a 
Public School ; and Brendan T. Halin. for- 
merly of the Irish News Agency in Dublin 
and now feature writer for the Boston 
GLOBE, whose topic vras De Valera and the 
Irish Election , The Unit Chairman, Sis- 
ter Mary Assisium OSF, presided. 



Diane G, Farrell, children's librarian 
at Godman Square, is going to be very ac- 
tive indeed in the affairs of the Catho- 
lic Library Association, Diane is not 
only the Secretary of the New England 
Unit CLA, but has succeeeded to the of- 
fice of Director of the Elementary Advi- 
sory Committee of the Unit, following 
Martha C, Engler, South Boston, who was 
the first such Director, Diane has also 
been appointed Chairman of the National 
Committee for the Children's List, THE 
BEST IN CATHOLIC READING I960, 

Continuing as Publicity Director for 
the New England Unit, Martha C. Engler, 
is also serving as Membership Chairman, 
Elementary Schools Libraries Section, CLA, 
and as a member of the Regina Award Com- 
mittee, CLA, 

Anna Manning, Teachers Department, the 
retiring Chairman of the New England Unit, 
is now a member of the Board of Directors, 

Paul V, Moynihan, Reference Librarian, 
Boston College Bapst Library and former 
BPL staff member, has been elected Treas- 
urer, IMJ-CLA. 

Alice T/aters, Statistical, has been 



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appointed Transportation Director NEO-CLA. 

JJARTHA C. ENGLER 

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Program for Tuesday, December 29, 1959 
Cathedral Cente"r 

10:00 INVOCATION 

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Timothy F. O'Leary, 

Ph.D., LL.D. 
Director of Schools 
Boston, Massachusetts 

ON THE HIGH SCHOOL SECTION OF THE 
C.L.A. 

Miss Anna Manning 

Boston Public Library 

10:30 BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS 
Miss Rose Moorachian 
Librarian for Young Adults 
South Boston Branch Library 

11:15 READING FOR THE SLOW READERS 

Brother Martin Andrew, F.M.S, 
Central Catholic High 
La-wrence , Mas sachusetts 



12:00-1:30 
1:30-2:30 



RECESS LUNCH 

HIGH SCHOOL PANEL 



K)OK SELECTION 

Sister Macrina, S.S.J, 
Librarian, Regis College 
Weston, Massachusetts 

BASIC REFERENCE BOOKS FOR HIGH 
SCHOOL LIHIARIES 

Rev. Nicholas J. McNeil, S.J. 

Librarian, Cheverus High School 

Portland, Maine 

BOOK PURCHASING FOR HIGH SCHDOL 

LIBRARIES 

ISr, Gerald L. Ball 

Book Purchasing Department 

Boston Public Library 



2:30 QUESTIONS 



DISCUSSIONS 



MORNING BECOISS EI£CTRIC 

Like the Locke-Ober's bar which for 3^h 
days of the year keeps a sharp vigil a- 
gainst invasion by the high-heeled set, 
the BPL's Sancta Sanctorum opens its doors 
but once each year to admit a feminine 
foot. 

The day is Thursday, December twenty- 
fourth, ladies; the place is the men's 
lounge. Stack #1; the time, morning; and 
the occasiorv the annual Men's Christmas 
Coffee Party. 

The committee, headed by Arthur Mullon- 
ey, promises traditional decor, dim ligh-t- 
ing, donuts, and dancing to the strains of 
the finest orchestras in the country 
(courtesy of Audio-Visual). Committee 
members are reluctant to make any official 
statements regarding mistletoe, though 
they are anxious to remind us that deeds 
of gallantry have always been performed 
in the best Pickwickian style (within the 
limits of pre-luncheon protocol). 

So, God rest ye merry gentlemen — and 
ladies — but not until after you have dared 
the roseate atmosphere of the Men's 
Christmas Coffee Party. 

MTTAPAN FRIEiroS' PROGRAM 

On Tuesday, December 8, over 120 inter- 
ested patrons attended the Friends ' pro- 
gram in observance of Jewish Book Month. 
Mrs. Blanche Daniels, a local book re- 
viewer of much talent, discussed Maurice 
Samuel's The World of Sholom Aleichem . 
Musical films were also shown, featuring 
such artists as Artur Rubenstein, Jascha 
Heifetz, and Myra Hess. 

The crowded, usually noisy, Children's 
Room where the program was held was in 
absolute stillness as Mrs Daniels read se- 
lections from Tevye's Daughters and The 
Great Fair (both by Sholom Aleichem) , em- 
phasizing the Jewish characters of the 
old world, and describing the colorful 
ghetto life in 19th century Poland and 
Eastern Europe. Both the speaker and the 
films made a tremendous hit, and many te- 
lephone calls have been received at the 
Branch asking that this program be re- 
peated. 

As interesting testimony to the effec- 
tiveness of the affair, mention might be 
made of the presence of "Bubbles", our 
canine "Friend" of the Library, who sat 
throughout in rapt, silent attention on 
his master's lap, and, as the entertain- 
ment ended, trotted to the refreshment 
table to partake of his duly-earned cake 
and coffee. 



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"He makes more noney than I do, doe s less work, 

bugs me all year, and you v:ant mo to chip in on a 
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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in vshich he 
or she is employed. The name is vd.th- 
held from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is known only to the Editor-in-Chief, 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association 
members and their appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions Committee and the Association are 
in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Soap Box: 

As librarians, the members of our Staff 
Association can all recognize quality in a 
publication when they encounter it. I 
think we are all agreed that this year the 
^ has been a publication in i^iich we have 
a right to take great pride. 

Only a former editor of the QI\J, on the 
other hand, knows just how much time, ef- 
fort and serious thinking goes into any 
issue of this staff bulletin. After the 
first issues of 1959 had appeared, the 
present editor received several accolades 
in the Soap Box for the manner in which 
she vras tackling this difficult job. I 
have meant to add my echo to these letters 
ever since. Now I ten glad that I have not 
found time to do so until now. To begin 
a task well is one thing; to sustain that 
accomplishment and even improve upon it 
throughout an entire year is something 



even more remarkable and praiseworthy. 
Somehow, our present editor has managed 
to make each succeeding issae ss goo-I and 
often better than the last one. In my 
opinion, this has been one of the finest 
years the QM has ever known, 

Vi/hen you~Tind such high quality in aqy 
publication, you know that its whole edi- 
torial staff must have reailly been work- 
ing to produce it. So our thanks are 
rightfully due to all members of the edi- 
torial board. I, for one, would like the 
whole board to know how much we appreci- 
ate their efforts. But in the end, it is 
the editor viho must think and plan, pull 
and prod, cajole and placate, tie loose 
ends together, and assume the actual re- 
sponsibility for getting each issue out. 
Ultimately, then, the wreaths are yo^lrs, 
Felicia. Please accept them vdth the 
sincere gratitude of your readers for a 
splendid performance from beginning to 
end. 

B. GERTRUDE ITADE 

To the Soapbox, 

Having finally, if belatedly, adopted a 
rational personnel classification setting 
minimum standards of education and train- 
ing, we find that most of our top admini- 
strators cannot present the minimum edu- 
cational qualifications required of a 
professional librarian. l%ile it is dif- 
ficult to understand why successive 
boards of trustees have continually ig- 
nored the need for professional leader- 
ship in this library, it is almost unbe- 
lievable that the same board of trustees 
which adopted our present personnel 
classification could appoint a person to 
direct this program who did not possess 
the educational qualifications which were 
being established. 

It is not my purpose to be critical of 
a person who accepts a position vdiich 
will enable him to provide more adequate- 
ly for his family and who strives to per- 
form his duties to the best of his abili- 
ty. Rather my criticism is directed at 
the concept that the administrators of a 
library do not need training and experi- 
ence in librarianship. Let us consider 
what an individual would probably do upon 
being offered a position in a business in 
which he had not previously been engaged. 
Most likely he would rush down to the 
public library to get a few books on the 
new type of work. Upon reporting for 
work after a short period of home in- 



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struction can this person be assumed to i 
have the necessary knowledge to satisfac- i 
torily perform his new job? In the Boston^ 
Public Library, yes I We have been living ■ 
in the land-of -make-believe for so long ' 
that such an assumption comes easily, | 

However, in reality, we find that the 
City of Boston is supporting an expensive 
do-it-yourself on-the-job training program 
for administrators with no checks or con- 
trols to evaluate the results and with the 
inevitable consequences. 

E PLDRIBUS UNUM 

To the Editor: 

There is such a noticeable change in our 
library atmosphere lately, one wonders wha'^ 
may be the basic cause, "^he so-called 
"cost of living" raise, etc.? We have re- 
ceived similar raises in the past without 
realizing any similar lift in morale. Be- 
sides, the raise did not equalize the in- 
creased cost of living. We must look 
fwrther, 

I wonder whether it may not be a general 
recognition that our Trustees have finally 
t:iken a more direct and effective interest 
in determining our problems and in finding 
an answer to them. If so, it proves a far 
more effective means of obtaining coopera- 
tion than did the complete delegation of 
responsibility and authority to one indi- 
vidvial. 

I sincerely congratulate these good gen- 
tD.emen on their courage in taking the 
f jrst steps to correct this former weak- 
ness, 

SATISFIED CRITIC 



MORE BLESSED TO GIVE 

The ms.gnificent Christmas Tree in New 
York City's Rockefeller Plaza this year is 
a gift from Massachusetts, home-grown in a 
town called Podunk, Boston's Christmas 
T^;ee was brought with home-grovnn money to 
the tune of ^liiOO.OO or thereabouts. 



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COMMITTEE FOR CHRIS TMA.S WASSAIL 
Emilia Large, Chairman 



Phyllis Adams 
Barbara Coffey 
Jeanne Fitzgerald 
Maryann Hadley 
Joyce Kelley 



Jane Jfenthorne 

R-uth Ijlarshall 

Betty Obear 

Felicia Peltier 

Mary Sheehan 



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