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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 2 March 1949 

Publications Committee: Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Brackett, John M. Carroll, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submittino; material ; 
The tenth of each month 


Wien the first issue of the bulletin of 
the B.P.L.P.S.A. appeared, it carried at 
its masthead the phrase "Question Mark", 
for two reasons. First, a more formal 
title had not been adopted; and secondly, 
it represented a state of mind. With the 
passage of time, that name became perma- 
nent since it seemed to suggest the poten- 
tialities of such a bulletin as a growing} 
evolving, intelligent, inquiring periodi- 
cal. Of course, the question marks asso- 
ciated with certain aspects of the bulle- 
tin have been eliminated, since, though 
young in years, there has already been 
established a challenging tradition to be 
lived up to. 

The first Editor-in-Chief was Miss Honor 
C. McCusker, formerly the Curator of 
English Literature, who left the service 
of the Library to assume duties with the 
State Department. She was most happily 
succeeded by Mrs Sarah W. Flannery, Chief 
of the History Department, whose direction 
of and contributions to the Question Mark 
are fresh in your minds. This issue of 
the bulletin is its first appearance under 
its present editorial aegis. 

The Question Mark will continue to gath- 
er professional information of especial 
interest to members of the Association 
It will try to report information about 
people and events throughout the system 
that does not travel too far or too fast 
through a group the size of the Boston 
Public Library family. But, as the pres- 
ent President of the Association has al- 
ready pointed out, much of the vitality 
and vigor of such an undertaking depends 
on you. 

The name is still the Question Tferk . 
Commas, periods, quotation marks, and so 
on, as well as questions marks, will be 
supplied and are all ready waiting to be 
used. But you be sure to supply the wordsJ 

New Staff Members 

Margaret F. Green, Kirstein Business 

Matthew P. Gallagher, History Depart- 

Isabelle M. McHugh, Office of the 

Mrs Barbara P. Cotter, Reference Divi- 
sion Office. 

Robert J» Harris, Book Stack Service. 

Salter R. Curley, Science and Technol- 
ogy Department, (formerly part-time in 
Fine Arts Department). 

Norma E. Dalton, Book Stack Service 
(formerly part-time in Book Stack Service). 

Joan L. Hopkinson, Book Selection De- 
partment, Circulation Division. 

Mrs Jane M. Jackman, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference 

Frank A. Milillo, Book Stack Service. 

Naomi R. Michalak, Charlestown Branch. 

Duane E. Young, Circulation Division 

Isabel M. Martino, Parker Hill Branch, 
(formerly part-time at Brighton Branch). 


Fiorina E. Reffi, Allston Branch, to be 


A daughter named Joan Margery was born 
to Mr and Mrs Earn on McDonough on February 
24, 1949. Mr McDonough is on the staff 
of the General Reference Department and 
Mrs McDonough (Phoebe Stone) is a former 
staff member. 


Bridget Day, retired member of the 
cleaning staff, on March 2. 


Fublication by Staff Member 

The Library Journal for February 15, 
1949 carries an article by Roger P. 
Bristol of the Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion Department of the Reference Division: 
"It Takes Courage to Stock 'Taboos'". 

Library Visitors 

Mr Howard M. Nixon, Assistant Keeper in 
the Department of Printed Books, British 
Museum, visited the Boston Fublic Library 
on January 27, 1949. Mr Nixon is visit- 
ing American libraries and microfilming 
institutions to study the latest techni- 
cal developments and library practices. 

Miss Johanna R. Wolff, children's li- 
brarian from The Hague, Holland, visited 
Boston libraries during the week of March 
7, She has been in this country on a 
fellowship from UNESCO, since the first of 
October, 1948. Miss Wolff has visited li- 
braries in New York City, Cleveland, 
Detroit, and other large cities, as well 
as The Boys and Girls House in Toronto, 
under arrangements made by Miss Mildred 
Batchelder of A.L.A. headquarters in 
Chicago. On Wednesday, March 9, Miss 
Wolff spoke informally to the children's 
librarians of the Boston Public Library at 
their monthly meeting, telling them about 
library work for children in her country, 
and of Holland's pleasure in the receipt 
of the delightful Treasure Chests of chil- 
dren's books from America. 



Naomi-Churchill Dick, who left the 
Office of the Trustees in the early fall 
for work in a civilian capacity with the 
United States Department of the Army, re- 
turned from Germany several weeks ago» 
On "Wednesday, February 23, she was married 
to Captain Howard G. Dice at Leslie 
Lindsay Memorial Chapel , Emmanuel Church. 
After spending their honeymoon in 
"Washington, D. C, and Sun Valley, Idaho, 
Mr and Mrs Dice will live in Omaha, 
Nebraska, pending a hoped-for reassignment 
abroad. While in Washington, the couple 
had lunch with Corporal Doris A. Quigley, 

also a former member of the staff of the 
Office of the Trustees. 

Mr and Mrs James P. McDevitt have an- 
nounced the birth of a son, Daniel John, 
on February 9. Mrs McDevitt is the former 
Agnes Dunn of Charlestown Branch Library. 
Daniel John has two brothers and two sis- 

Mr and Mrs John Niland have announced 
the birth of a son, Lawrence Joseph. 
Margaret Niland was a member of the staff 
in the Book Selection Department of the 
Reference Division. 




Three months after her mid- summer trans- 
fer to Faneuil Branch Library, a little 
North End girl asked, "Where is Miss 
Nichoxs? She liked children". This in- 
stinctive recognition of the underlying 
attitude of the former Branch Librarian 
reflects the fact that to the end of her 
service, Mary Nichols remained at heart 
what she had first chosen to be — a Chil- 
dren's Librarian. A faithful and compe- 
tent executive and administrator, she was 
by predilection a worker with and for 

To her staff, Mary Nichols had three 
outstanding qualities: kindness and un- 
selfishness, honesty, and courage. Her 
new assistants she took to all points of 
interest, introduced them at all schools, 
both public and parochial, and to all 
social agencies in the district. She 
never nagged her staff. Her Yankee humor 
was dry and delightful. Nor was it from 
her that we learned of her going to the 
home of a cleaning woman too ill to get 
out of bed, and building a fire and making 
tea — and not merely once. 

Her innate honesty was inflexible. She 
was no less exigent with herself than with 
her staff. If she arrived at 9:02, she so 
reported, with a scrupulous honesty that 


inspired respect. From workmen or library 
employee, she insisted on a dollar's 
worth of service for every dollar the 
taxpayers provided. 

No fear of disapprobation deterred her 
from defense or attack where she felt 
principle to be at stake. Mary Nichols 
never attempted to evade or to shift 
responsibility. And though we were so 
close to her that we perhaps took it for 
granted, in retrospect we realize, at 
least in some degree, the magnificent 
courage with which she faced life, well 
knowing that the ever- increasing physical 
burden of pain and effort would have pre- 
cisely the end that brought merciful re- 
lease on ?Jednesday, January 26, 1949. 

To work with Mary Nichols those last 
fruitful years was a privilege. Her high 
courage remains an inspiration to devo- 
tion to duty. May the earth rest lightly 
on that gallant heart, 

Geraldine S. Herrick 


Mrs E. Carolyn Merrill Taylor died in 
Brookline on February 19, 1949 after a 
long illness. Mrs Taylor was a member of 
the staff of the Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation Department, Reference Division, 
for thirty-three years. She was an out- 
standing example of one who ever retained 
a marked enthusiasm for her daily work. 
Her almost superhuman accuracy was evi- 
dent to everyone who had contact with her, 
and yet she was understanding of that 
lack in others. Because of her duty 
nights and Sundays in the Music Depart- 
ment, she was aware of the needs of the 
public and the catalogers' responsibility. 
The scholarly cataloging of the Music 
Collection over the years that she worked 
with it is a monument to her industry, 
knowledge, and appreciation of all phases 
of music, 

Mrs Taylor made a great contribution to 
the Library, more than most of us can 
hope to accomplish. She was personally 
poised, serene, kind, and possessed a de- 
lightful sense of humor. We extend our 
sympathies to her husband, Mr Lucien 

Taylor, who is also a former member of 
the staff. 

Alioe E. Hackett 

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The first meeting of the Executive 
Board of the B.P.L.P.S.A, which was held 
in the Staff Library on Friday morning, 
March 4, with only one member absent, 
was an interesting experience for those 
members of the Board who had never served 
in that capacity before. Aside from the 
routine business matters, a very detailed 
discussion was carried on regarding the 
plan outlined in writing by Mr Joseph L.- 
Wheeler, former Librarian at Enoch Pratt 
Library, Baltimore, for a series of lec- 
tures to be presented under the sponsor- 
ship of the B.P.L.P.S.A., these lectures 
to be based on Mr Wheeler's forthcoming 
book on Administration. After a thorough 
examination of all angles of the question 
it was unanimously decided not to recom- 
mend the sponsorship of such a series. 

On a separate page of this issue you 
will find a list of the standing commit- 
tees for the current year. I am sure 
that you will think, as did members of 
the Executive Board when the list was 
submitted to them, that the affairs of 
the Association are in hands of a very 
competent group of committees, headed in 
every instance by people of exceptional 
ability. With your cooperation these 
committees should be able to make a out- 
standing contribution to the interests of 
the Association. 

Let's all make a real effort, if it 
takes an effort--which I doubt, to make 
our first program of the new year a 
marked success. Bishop Wright, a former 
staff member and currently a member of 
the Examining Committee, is a speaker of 
recognized ability. His knowledge of 
world events, as well as his recent trip 
to Ireland, makes him especially quali- 
fied to give us a stimulating talk on his 
chosen subject. The film on Ireland 


which is to be shown is an exceptionally- 
fine one. Need one mention refreshments 
as an inducement after that? 

The chairman of the Entertainment Com- 
mittee has two treats in store for us. 
She has arranged for two hundred seats-- 
one hundred of them table seats, the 
other hundred of them first balcony — for 
a POPS night on Friday evening, June 24. 
Save that date! She is also making ar- 
rangements through Philip J. McNiff, 
Librarian of the Lamont Library, for the 
members of the organization to visit that 
library, exact date to be specified later. 
Since it is strictly a "No Ladies 
Allowed" library this should be a genuine 
treat for the feminime members who always 
enjoy going into prohibited areas. This 
will be your one and only chance to visit 
Lamont and see the latest in library 

This is the month when every member has 
an opportunity to make a personal contri- 
bution to the Association. Dues are duel 
Please accept this stupendous challenge, 
all twenty-five cents worth, and give 
your contribution to your staff repre- 
sentative today — right now. As soon as 
the dues are received by the treasurer, 
Mrs Lydia Falladino of the Open Shelf 
Department, and the necessary records 
made, your 1949 membership card will be 
forwarded to you. 


Our president and Arthur H. Farsons, 
Librarian of the Brockton Public Library, 
are to be guest speakers on the united 
Nations program, It's Your Move Next , 
transcribed over Station 1- 7C0P at 10:30 
p.m., Monday, April 4. 



On October 1, 1948 a letter, quoted 
here in part, was addressed to this Li- 
brary by Mr Louis M. Nourse of the St. 
Louis Public Library, and President of 

the Public Libraries Division of the 
American Library Association. 

"A committee of the Public Libraries 
Division... is preparing a list of out- 
standing books for the current year to... 
be adopted as the A. L. A. list of 'Fifty 
Notable Books of 1948'.... Representative 
libraries and certain individuals are be- 
ing asked to suggest titles. ..of American 
publications for adult readers published 
...during 1948.. .selected. ..because of 
their usefulness, their timeliness or 
their contribution to permanent litera- 

In November and December 1948 a commit- 
tee of twelve members of the B. P. L. 
staff discussed nominations for this list. 
Two hundred and thirteen titles were re- 
viewed orally at four sessions. For only 
one of these titles, The Gathering Storm , 
by "^inston Churchill, was there a unani- 
mous favorable vote. Runners-up were 
Sherwood's Roosevelt and Hopkins, with 9 
votes; Hull's Memoi rs, 10} Mailer's The 
naked and the dead, 9; Stilwell's Papers, 

8; and Paton, Cry the beloved country , 7. 

The list finally adopted by the A. L. A. 
and currently appearing in The Booklist 
for February »15 is reproduced below. The 
36 titles starred were named by the B. P. L. 

Of the 14 others, 12 were discussed but 
rejected by a majority. Only 2 were not 
considered at all, The Africa of Albert 
Schweitzer and ^ r e need not fail, by Welles, 


♦Bradley. No place to hide. 

♦Camus. The plague. 

*Chase. The proper study of mankind. 

♦Churchill. The gathering storm. 

♦Conant. Education in a divided world. 

Crankshaw. Russia and the Russians. 
♦Eisenhower. Crusade in Europe. 
♦Evatt. The United Nations. 
♦Fairbank. The United States and China. 
♦Faulkner. Intruder in the dust. 

Freeman. George Washington, 2v. 
♦Gandhi. Gandhi's autobiography. 
♦Giedion. Mechanization takes command. 
♦Greene. The heart of the matter. 

Hamilton, ""itness to the truth. 
♦Hull. The memoirs of Cordell Hull. 


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Joy and Arnold, The Africa of Albert 
♦Kinsey and others. Sexual behavior in 

the human male. 
*Krutch. Henry David Thoreau. 
*La Guardia. The making of an insurgent 
*Laski. The American democracy. 
*Lecomte du Nouy. The road to reason. 
♦Literary history of the United States. 

Lockridge. Raintree County. 

Lomax. Folk song U. S. A. 

MbWilliams. A mask for privilege. 
♦Mailer, The naked and the dead. 
♦Malone. Jefferson and his time (v,l). 
♦Mann. Dr Faustus. 

Mearns. The Lincoln papers. 

Merton. The seven storey mountain. 
*Paton. Cry, the beloved oountry. 
♦Plievier. Stalingrad. 

Russell. Human knowledge. 
♦Sandburg. Remembrance Rock. 
*Shaw. The young lions. 
♦Sherwood. Roosevelt and Hopkins. 

Sitwell. Laughter in the next room. 
♦Stewart. Fire. 

♦Stilwell. The Stilwell papers. 
♦Stimson, On active service in peace 

and war. 
♦Taylor. The taste of angels. 

Toynbee. Civilization on trial. 
♦Van Doren. The great rehearsal. 
♦Vogt. Road to survival. 
♦Ward. The West at bay. 
♦Wecter. The age of the great depres- 
sion, 1929-1941. 

Welles. We need not fail. 
♦White. Man called White. 

Wilder. The ides of March. 

Editor's Note : If it was modesty which 
prompted the committee to present its 
report without listing its membership, 
we commend it for that desirable quali- 
ty. Feeling that it should, at the 
same time, be commended for its achieve- 
ment, we list the names so that due 
credit may be given to: 

Christine Hayes, Chairman 

Chief, Book Selection Department, 

Reference Division 
Geraldine M. Altman 

Branch Librarian, Jeffries Point 

Branch Library 
Harry Andrews 

Second Assistant, Branch Issue 


John M. Carroll 

Chief, General Reference Depart- 
ment, and Deputy Supervisor 

Muriel C. Javelin 

Chief, Open Shelf Department and 
Supervisor in Charge of i rr ork with 

Priscilla S. MacFadden 

Chief, Fine Arts Department 

Louisa S. Metcalf 

First Assistant, Open Shelf De- 

Ollie J. Partridge 

Second Assistant, Open Shelf De- 

Edna G. Peck 

Chief, Book Selection Department, 
Circulation Division 

Mary F, Ryan 

Assistant, Parker Hill Branch Li- 

Theodora B. Scoff 

Branch Librarian, Mattapan Branch 

Lois M. Shoemaker 

Probationary Assistant, History 



The East Boston Branch Library will hold 
Open House on Monday, March 28th, from 
seven to ten o'clock. A special program 
\vill be held in the Lecture Hall at eight 
o'clock. A social hour with refreshments 
will take place afterward. All who have 
worked at East Boston and interested staff 
members are cordially invited. 

A display of interest at the Jamaica 
Plain Branch Library has for its caption, 
on a large green shamrock, Ireland, land 
of scenic charm . Photographs of both 
scenes and people typical of Ireland were 
obtained through the courtesy of the Irish 
Consulate. Neighbors and members of the 
staff filled a cabinet with pieces of 
Irish linen, peat, a jug, a cup and saucer 
brought from Ireland, an ancient cross 
made in Ireland over fifty years ago, and 
albums and photographs taken in Ireland. 
The Irish airway contributed a large post- 
er of Wicklow. Books by the authors 
O'Brien, O'Flaherty, Byrne, Callaghan, 

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Purcell, Laverty, McLaverty are circula- 
ting well. A book talk on Irish fiction 
is planned. 

This is one of the series on other 
parts of the world, such as Pan America, 
Scotland, Palestine, and the Near East, 
to be displayed at this branch in con- 
secutive order. 

On February 26 Mrs Miriam Hannon was 
the guest of honor at a luncheon given by 
the Staff of the South Boston Branch 
Library at Hampshire House. Superb 
shrimp cocktail was followed by a deli- 
cious curry of turkey, with luscious 
strawberries and ioe cream in various 
forms for dessert. 

A gift of dinner plates in the "Wedgwood 
Napoleon Ivy pattern added to her china 
set. Friends take notice I Mrs Hannon 
has been transferred to Allston Branch 


To the people of South Boston the month 
of March has a dual significance — the 
joint celebration on March 17 of Evacua- 
tion Day and Saint Patrick's Day. ""hile 
appreciating the importance of the first, 
to the many Irish- Americans who live in 
that part of the city, it is the second 
which they celebrate with the greater 
degree of affection. It is, therefore, 
appropriate that the three branch librar- 
ies should feature displays stressing the 
history and legends of Ireland. 

South Boston Branch started its cele- 
bration with an Irish Night. The film 
"lings to Ireland was shown. Patrick 
Joyce, a seventy-seven-year-old resident 
of the district, played Irish tunes on 
his fiddle, and Anne Connors, Children's 
Assistant, sang ,,17 7hen Irish Eyes are 

On display at this library are souvenirs 
of Ireland furnished by the people of the 
district, including a fine collection of 
Irish linens and Irish ware lent by Mrs 
Patrick J. Foley and Mrs Catherine 

Connolly, and three Irish dolls, complete 
in every detail, lent by Mrs Patrick J. 

In the display case in the juvenile 
room of Washington Village Branch Library 
is a little old man playing a fife and 
looking at a pot of gold at the end of 
the rainb&w — a leprechaun, a fairy or 
sprite in Irish folklore. Underneath a 
poster bearing the caption Irish Tales 
are books for young people on and about 
Ireland. Bookmarks with green shamrocks 
scattered over them are being given to the 
children, and appropriate books are set 
aside for the adults of the district. 

The City Point Branch Library is featur- 
ing a display of articles from Ireland, 
including Irish Baleek china, china cups 
and saucers from Sligo, lent by Mrs Helen 
McAuley, Irish linen and an old Irish 
shillelagh. There is also a handsome 
replica of the famous Book of Kells and 
an illuminated manuscript copy of the 
Gospels in Latin. Featured too is a book 
called Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland , 
lent by the Neponset Branch Library. This 
book which lists leading Irish families, 
gives coats of arms, and shows pictures 
and maps of Ireland, has been particularly 
intriguing to the people of the district 
who have found much pleasure in identify- 
ing familiar landmarks. A poster, St . 
Patrick and the Emerald Isle , has also 
caused much interest inasmuch as on it are 
indicated family names common to specific 
parts of Ireland. Shamrock bookmarks and 
book lists are being distributed, 


On Thursday, February 10, 1949, the 
Boston Public Library Employees' Benefit 
Association, Inc. held a Valentine dinner 
and dance in the Salon of the Hotel 
Sheraton. The room was appropriately 
decorated with valentine motifs and color- 
ful balloons were attached to each chair, 
both effecting a gay, holiday air. Over 
200 people — past and present staff members 
and their fri end s--en joyed a delicious 
dinner and the talented singing of Alice 
O'Donnell of Book Stack SerTioo and the 
Herman Sisters, Martha of Charlestown 
Branch Library and Patricia, formerly of 

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the Branch Issue Department. 

The highlight of the evening was a mock 
marriage skit with Alvin George of the 
Stock Purchasing Department as the bride 
and Henry B. Jones of Book Stack Service 
as the happy bridegroom. John McNally of 
the Buildings Department acted the part 
of the officiating clergyman. 

Frank Myers and the Braves Troubadours 
provided tuneful music for dancing until 
1 a.m. From all reports everyone felt 
this was the best affair sponsored by the 
Employees' Benefit Association to date. 
Congratulations to the Entertainment 
Committee I 



Someone has noted that the Library's 
attractiveness rises as the thermometer 
drops and that bad weather may be an in- 
centive for getting started on a book 
that one has long had in mind to read. 
That may be so, but what happens when we 
have pleasant, balmy weather such as 
Bostonians experienced in the week of 
February 25 to March 3, just gone by? 

In that week special arrangements were 
set up at the Central Library whereby an 
hourly count was made of visitors to the 
Library. The count revealed that a total 
of 31,035 persons entered the Central 
Library in these seven days. This is an 
average of 4,434 persons a day, or 369 
visitors during each hour that the Li- 
brary was open. 


Library expansion programs was the main 
topic of the morning session of the meet- 
ing of the Massachusetts Library Associa- 
tion at the Brookline Public Library on 
February 9, 1949. 

Harvard University's program, outlined 
by Keyes D. Metcalf , Director, was es- 
tablished ten years ago, and encompassed 
four units— for less used books, treas- 
ures, undergraduates, and underground 
stacks. The building of the New England 

Deposit, Houghton, and the Lamont librar- 
ies took care of these needs, Lamont pro- 
vides underground stacks in addition to 
facilities for undergraduates. Mr Metcalf 
thinks Harvard's expansion program is con- 
cluded. It will use the New England De- 
posit Library or a regional library in- 
stead of planning more buildings in 
Harvard Yard, 

The Boston Public Library's program, as 
presented by Milton E. Lord, Director, in- 
cludes expansion of the Central Library 
and of the branch libraries. Of the 
Boston University buildings recently pur- 
chased, the former Boston Athletic Associa- 
tion building will be used as a service 
building for the staff. Mr Lord reminded 
the group that the building has a swimming 
pool and an excellent indoor track! The 
College of Liberal Arts will probably be 
razed. If the main entrance to the Cen- 
tral Library is, changed from Dartmouth to 
Boylston Street, the Boylston Street side 
vail then be used for much needed exhibi- 
tion space and will furnish corridors be- 
tween the present building and the new- 

Three new branch libraries are planned 
for 1949, each to cost $75,000 including 
the land. The buildings will be one story 
high, without cellars, of a type that can 
be used for commercial purposes if they 
are no longer desirable as libraries. It 
is hoped that a bookmobile may be bought 
later in the year to meet the interim 
needs of the public until more branch li- 
braries are built. 

Since no funds are available for new 
buildings, the expansion program of 
Framingham Public Library, described by 
Edward Perry, Librarian, means looking 
critically at its organization, its per- 
sonnel, and its book collection. The 
branch in the town hall is now larger than 
the main library. The library's one en- 
dowment fund is restricted to the main 
library. Mr Perry hopes to liberalize 
this arrangement so that the branch li- 
braries may share in the fund. If the 
March town meeting provides the money for 
his new classification and pay plan, he 
will be able to strengthen the staff, re- 
placing lost members and adding more. The 
recataloging of the library provides an 
opportunity to weed out "dead" books. A 


central or circuit collection is being 
built up to avoid overduplication. 

Stacy B. Southworth, Chairman of the 
Board of Free Public Library Commission- 
ers, announced that the report on certi- 
fication, undertaken by the Advisory Com- 
mittee of librarians, will be ready with- 
in two or three months, 

Thurston B. Taylor of Worcester Public 
Library urged the members to write 
Congressmen Kennedy and McCormick to pro- 
mote favorable action on the Library 
Demonstration Bill. 

At the afternoon meeting Virginia 
Kirkus spoke of the influence of best 
seller lists on reading. Miss Kirkus 
thinks one of the evils of best seller 
lists is that poor books are listed be- 
cause their authors have previously writ- 
ten good books. The lists show unusual 
interest in war novels and a lessening of 
the preponderence of historical novels. 
Miss Kirkus characterized The Naked and 
the Dead as "painfully authentic" and 
was surprised that it became a best sel- 
ler. Discussing it with soldiers she 
learned that it gave them a sense of 
comradeship and of knowing each other. 
Occasionally books of literary value do 
make the best seller lists as, for ex- 
ample, Graham Greene's Heart of the 
Matter and Rumer Godden's Candle for St . 

Siri M. Andrews, Young People's Librar- 
ian at the Concord, New Hampshire, Public 
Library, said that A.L.A.'s Plans for the 

Teen Age represents idealism in book 
selection for the student of junior and 
senior high school age. Miss Andrews 
thinks young people are reading less. 
Radio and television cut down their 
reading time and influence the kind of 
book wanted. Sherlock Holmes is too 
slow after hearing radio murder stories. 
Young people, with their many activities, 
are too pressed for time to get the un- 
derlying meaning for which the book is 
selected. Miss Andrews concluded that 
the librarian should do her book selec- 
tion realistically and provide growing- 
up books. Science, or pseudo-science, 
fiction, and poetry are popular in 



On Saturday, February 26, as a final 
gathering of Catholic Book 'Vfeek, an 
authors' meeting was held at the Parker 
Hill Branch Library. The four principal 
speakers stressed the slogan of the Book 
*" T eek, "Read Wisely — Share Truth.", com- 
menting on books which had influenced 
their lives or recommending books to in- 
fluence our lives. Rev. Francis Moran, 
editor of The Pilot, spoke on Catholic 
reading; Helen Landreth, author of Dear 
Dark Head and, currently, The Fursuit of 
Robert Emmett , gave intimate glimpses of 
people and places in Ireland; Mrs Dorothy 
""ayman, of the Boston Globe, began with 
Uncle Tom's Cabin and Ben Hur, dwelling on 

their spiritual values and their impres- 
sion on her early life; and William 
Scofield, of the Boston Traveler ,' talked 
on Communism. Mr Scofield, spent some 
time in Europe last Fall, and gave an in- 
teresting account of conditions in Europe 
as seen by a news reporter. The speakers 
were introduced by John O'Loughlin, Li- 
brarian of Boston College and President of 
the New England Unit of the Catholic Li- 
brary Association. Rev. John Broderick, 
Librarian of the Creagh Research Library 
of St. John's Seminary, was Chairman of 
the Catholic Book "leek Committee. 


Several members of the Boston Public 
Library staff enjoyed the dinner meeting 
of the Adult Education Council held at 
Simmons College on Monday evening, March 
7. Fortified by a delicious dinner, pre- 
pared and served by the Simmons Cafeteria 
staff, the guests assembled to hear the 
speaker of the evening, Marc Starr, Educa- 
tional Director of the I.L.GoW.U. and Mem- 
ber of the Executive Board of the American 
Association for Adult Education,, The 
meeting was opened by M. Norcross Stratton, 
Vocational Director, State Department of 
Education, who, after a brief business 
session, introduced Dr Harrison L. Harley, 
Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, 
Simmons College, who in turn presented Mr 

Mr Starr's remarks were most challenging 
and made those present realize that on the 


shoulders of such groups as the Adult 
Education Council, organized to further 
intellectual freedom, rested the fate of 
the future. Unfortunately, Mr Starr had 
to return immediately to New York and was 
unable to stay and answer the many ques- 
tions which were around in the minds of 
his listeners by his critical analyses of 
the menace of social illiteracy. 

Mrs Muriel Javelin is the Executive 
Secretary of the Adult Education Council. 



The April meeting of the Film Council 
of Greater Boston will be held in the 
Lecture Hall of the Boston Public Library 
on Tuesday, April 12. 

Subject: Producing your own motion 
pictures.-- an exhibit of 
home-made movies produced by people in 
the Greater Boston area. 

A panel of experts on the production of 
motion pictures will be present to criti- 
cize the pictures shown and to offer 
fundamental suggestions for producing 
motion pictures . 

If you know of anyone in the Greater 
Boston Area who has produced a motion 
picture, please leave the name and ad- 
dress of the person with Mrs Muriel 

All individuals interested in the pro- 
duction, distribution, or utilization of 
educational motion pictures are invited 
to this meeting. 

The Boston Public Library is one of the 
sponsoring agents of the Film Council of 
Greater Boston. 




"Ten dollars dues for A.L.A." .. . 

It's oh, so' easy just to say! 

Two hundred cups of cheap, black coffee 

One hundred cups in a tea shoppe. 

Ten weeks carfare to work and back 

Nylons a year you shall not lack ■ 

Boston Symphony for one whole year 

You'll drink a hundred glasses of beer 

Eight plays for dollar-twenty each 

Three and one-third cheap opera seats 

Sixty- seven "cheese on rye" 
You sadly say and softly sigh. 
It's scrimp and save to do as you 

A.L.A. you'd better be goodj 

Shakespeare (of course) 

77ANTED : 

An adequa te answer to the question 
"Thy should Professional employees get 
four weeks vacation, and Subprof essionals 
get only two?" 

Answers accepted from any one, if 
anyone can think one up 



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Officers and Standing Committees, 1949 

Corresponding Secretary- 
Recording Secretary- 

Edna G. Peck 
Frank P. Bruno 
Irene J. " r,T adsworth 
Mery J. Brady- 
Mrs Lydia A. Palladino 

Mrs Geraldine S. Herrick 
Charles L. Higgins 

The Executive Board 

Helen Sagoff 

Standing Committees 

Catherine M. MacDonald 
Louisa S. Metcalf 


Moorfield Storey, Jr., Chairman 
Mrs Gertrude L-. Bergen 
Roger P. Bristol 

Gladys R. " r !hite 


Margaret~A. Calnan, Chairman 
Mrs Margaret D. Butler 

Rose G. DiPasquale 
Mrs Mary D. Farrell 

Veronica M. Flattich 

Mildred E, Francis 

Mary A. Hackett 

Marion R. Herzig 

Mrs Grace B. Loughlin 

Jean Tatson 

Mrs Edna M. Wollent 

Membership an d Hospitality 
Marie J~Pineo, Chairman 
Rose E. Baravella 
Anne P. Connors 
Mary T. Crowe 
Barbara Gilson 
Ruth Riceman 

Men's House Committee 

Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 

Louis Polishook 

Robert J. Roper 

Rare Book Department 
Mattapan Branch Library- 
Cataloging and Classification 

Department, Reference Division 
Mt. Pleasant Branch Library 

Connolly Branch Library 
Periodical and Newspaper 

North End Branch Library 
Cataloging and Classification 

Department, Reference Division 
Book Stack Service 
Business Office 
Parker Hill Branch Library 
Roslindale Branch Library 
Branch Issue Department 
Director ; s Office 
Staff Hospital 

Uphams Corner Branch Library 
3c ok Preparation Department 
South Boston Branch Library 
"lest Roxbury Branch Library 
History Department 
Connolly Branch Library 

Cataloging and Classification 
Department, Circulation Division 

Science and Technology Department, 
Patent Room 

Science and Technology Department 


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Mrs Geraldine M. Altman, Chairman 
Roger P. Bristol 

Mary F. Daly- 
Margaret A. Morgan 
Dorothy F. Nourse 

Jeffries Point Branch Library 
Cataloging and Classification 

Department, Reference Division 
Statistical Department 
Dorchester Branch Library 
East Boston Branch Library 


Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 

Mildred R. Adelson 
M. Dorothy Brackett 
John M.- Carroll 
Eleanor DiGiannantonio 

Records, Files, and Statistics 

Jamaica Plain Branch Library 
City Point Branch Library 
General Reference Department 
Kirstein Business Branch 

Staff Library 

Leonard J. Macmillan, Chairman 

Harry Andrews 

Mary F. Daly 

Mrs Evelyn G. Green 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

Mrs Mary W. Taters 

Book Purchasing Department 
Branch Issue Department 
Statistical Department 
Jamaica Plain Branch Library 
Periodical and Newspaper 

Cataloging and Classification 

Department, Reference Division 

"Somen's House Committee 

Mary O'G. Cahill, Chairman 
Deirdre M. Barry 
Mary E. Cull inane 

Flora A. Ennis 
Mary L. Gilman 
Mrs Mary L. Sands 

Book Purchasing Department 
Book Stack Service 
Cataloging and Classification 

Department, Reference Division 
Book Stack Service 
Lower Mills Branch Library 
Fine Arts Department 

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Published by the Boston Fublic Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 3 April 1949 

Publications Committee: Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Brackett, John M» Carroll, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M» Usher, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Dead l ine for submitti ng material : 
The renth of each month 


What do you know about A.L.A. and efforts 
to secure Federal Aid for Libraries? 

'That do you know about programs for pro- 
fessional education and recruiting on 
a national scale and in our own back- 
yard -- or front yard? 

'That do you know about M.L.A. and Freedom 
of Speech? 

"That do you know about Certification of 
Librarians in Massachusetts? 

What do you know about libraries and the 
Great Issues Program? 

What do you know about the Great Books 

."That do you know about C.A.R.E.? 

Vftiat do you know about the lending of 

"That do you know about State Aid 

What do you know about Bookmobiles in 

" -T hat have you contributed in time, sug- 
gestions, thought, energy, support, or 
money, where such were involved, to 
these activities? 

Has 1949 so far seemed like a signifi- 
cant year in librarians hip to YOU ? 

It has been an important year. If 
it hasn't reached you, why not? 
There's A.L.A. , S.L.A., M.L.A., 

B.P.L.P.S.A., B.P.L., and YOU. 

What's YOUR score? 

The Publications Committee has pre- 
pared an outline to help you in report- 
ing news for The Question Mark . Copies 
to be filled out for the next month will 
be sent to Field Representatives with 
each current issue. A sample copy forms 
the last page of this issue. 



New Staff Members 

Patricia E. McDonough, Charlestown 
Branch Library. 

Robert J. Carner, Rare Book Department. 

Tran sfers 

With the closing of the Fellowes 
Athenaeum Branch Library; 

Marjorie A* Obenauer to City Point 
Branch Library. 

Mary Dennison to Allston Branch Library. 

Etta Kessell to Neponset Branch Library. 

Alice M. Waters, formerly of the Allston 
Branch Library, has been lent to the 
Norfolk House Center in Roxbury where 
Roxbury residents may use their Boston 
Fublic Library borrowers' cards. 

Mrs Miriam B. Hannon, from South Boston 
Branch Library to Allston Branch Library. 

Mrs Mary D. Yanovich, from Charlestown 
Branch Library to South Boston Branch 

Engagements and ""eddings 

Dorothy B. Graham, Statistical Depart- 
ment, has announced her engagement to 
James M. Mackey. 

Lola Robinson, Book Stack Service, has 
announced her engagement to Donald 
MacKay of Lynn. 

Annette L. Shapiro, Personnel Office, 
was married on April third to Wilfred M. 
Sherman. The staff of the Personnel 
Office attended the wedding ceremony and 
reception which were held in the audi- 
torium of Temple Kehillath Israel in 

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A son, Robert Christopher, was born to 
Mr and Mrs Matthew P. Gallagher on April 
4. Robert has a brother, Matthew, four 
years of age. Mr Gallagher is a member 
of the History Department staff. 

Publications by Staff Members 

Til son L i brary Pullet -In, March 1949: 
pp 528-9. "Public Relations Institute", 

Louisa S. Metcalf (First Assistant, Open 

Shelf Department) 

pp 561-2. "Store Displays into Library 

Exhibits", Mrs Irene H, Tuttle (Branch 

Librarian, South Boston Branch Library). 

Director's Calend ar 

March 16 - American Committee on Arrange- 
ments for the International 
Library Congress of 1950, at 
Washington, D. C. 

March 17 - Nominating Committee of the 
Council of National Library 
Associations, at New York City 

March 26 - Panel on Libraries, for the 
Committee on UNESCO Program 
of the United States National 
Commission for UNESCO, at 
Washington, D. C. 

March 30, 31 - Meeting of United States 
National Commission for 
UNESCO, at Cleveland, Ohio. 



Mr and Mrs Joseph H. Lyons are receiv- 
ing congratulations on the birth of a 
daughter, Patricia Dolonia, born March 7. 
Mrs Lyons is the former Irene Bixler of 
the Information Office. 

Mr and Mrs Philip Rotondo are the proud 
parents of another daughter, Maria 
Margaret, born March 16. Mrs Rotondo 
was Sadie Stella, former assistant at 
the Jeffries Point Branch Library. 

Mrs D. Richard Sturgis (formerly 
Florence Stanley of the Young People's 
Room) has an article on the Great Books 
Foundation in the Christian Science 
Monitor Magazine Section, April 2, 1949. 
Mrs Sturgis also wrote Charlotte Bronte , 
Artist which appeared in the Monitor of 
October 11, 1947. 


Four students from the Simmons College 
School of Library Science and one student 
from the School of English, are doing 
field work in the Boston Fublic Library 
from April 4 to 16., Their assignments 
include work in the Information Office, 
Book Selection Department in the Circula- 
tion Division, Rare Book Department, Fine 
Arts Department, General Reference De- 
partment, Cataloging and Classification 
Department in the Reference Division, and 
at Up hams Corner and Memorial Branch 
Libraries , They are: Miller Cook, 
Fhyllis Glasener, Esther N. Partee, 
Margaret Me " r aitj and Mary Massa. 


7'ith the approval of the Trustees and 
the Director, a Mary U. Nichols Fund is 
being raised to establish the Mary U . 
Nicho ls Book Prizes ,, Two books of last- 
ing value will be awarded annually at the 
North End Branch Library, one to the 
North End boy, the other to the North End 
girl, who shall have done the best work 
in English during the Senior Year at the 
local High School. The Fund will be ad- 
ministered and the awards made by the 
Trustees of the Boston Fublic Library. 

irr e shall welcome support for this 
Memorial to Miss Nichols. Contributions 
may be sent to the following staff mem- 
bers for transmission to the Treasurer 
of the Fund before May 1st. 

Dorothy K. Becker - North End Branch 

Duilia Capobianco - East Boston Branch 

Rose Di Pasquale - North End Branch 

Mrs Geraldine S. Herrick - North End 

Branch Library 




Apologies are in order. Through an 
error - entirely my own, sad to say - the 
name of Robert Roper was omitted from the 
Program Committee for the current year» 
I have apologized privately to Mr Roper; 
I would now like to do the same publicly. 
Please excuse me, Mr Roper, I'm sorry. 

A committee on CARE has been appointed; 
Helen M. Donovan, Jamaica Plain Branch 
Helen L. Lambert, Uphams Corner Branch 
Eamon E. ^cDonough, Chairman, General 

Reference Department. 
Notices will be forthcoming shortly. 

The Executive Board will join me, I am 
sure, in expressing thanks to Mrs 
Geraldine Altman and the Program Commit- 
tee and to Margaret Calnan and her fellow 
toilers on the Entertainment Committee 
for the exceptionally pleasant evening 
provided for us on Friday, April 8, at 
our first open meeting of the current 
year. Superlatives are necessary. The 
evening was perfect in every respect. 
More need not be said, except a hearty 
thanks to all those who gave so freely 
of their time, talents, and money. 

At the recent Executive Board meeting 
held in the Staff Library on April 1, 
several projects for staff participation 
were discussed. It is hoped that con- 
crete plans for at least one major activ- 
ity may be ready for release to the mem- 
bers in the next issue of The Question 

How about those dues? Paid? Of course 
they are. But just in case the matter 
slipped your mind, how about seeing your 
field representative today! Paid-up dues 
are so much nicer than unpaid dues. 
Don't you agree? 

Miss Calnan has completed arrangements 
for the visit to the Lamont Library, The 
date is April 30, 1949— the time, 7:30 
P.M. At that time Philip McNiff, the 

the Librarian* has made arrangements where- 
by the staff members of the Boston Public 
Library will be given a conducted tour 
through the new library. All Boston Public 
Library staff members are cordially invited 
to take advantage of this generous offer 
on the part of the Lamont officials. Since 
"no ladies allowed" is the rule at Lamont, 
this offers a real challenge to the femi- 
nine members of our staff. 

Miss Calnan also has kindly offered to 
arrange for dinner in Cambridge should any 
of those who are going wish to make it a 
gala occasion by including a dinner party 
before being exposed to the charm of the 
most beautiful library in New England. 

A specific notice regarding registration 
for attendance is about to be sent to all 
branch libraries and departments. 

Don't forget to save that other impor- 
tant date, June 24th ... 

... B.P.L.P.S.A. Pops night ... 
One hundred floor seats, one hundred first 
balcony seats. First come, first served. 
w Ihy not stake a claim now by contacting 
Miss Calnan, Connolly Branch Library? 

At the Executive meeting on March 4th, 
the President was instructed to write to 
the Director regarding the matter of long- 
service bonuses. The following letters 
are self explanatory. Mr Lord's letter 
should be very gratifying to the staff. 

March 10, 1949 

Dear Mr. Lord: 

The Executive Board of the 
Boston Public Library Professional Staff 
Association, at its meeting on Friday, 
March 4, requested that I ask your coop- 
eration in bringing to the attention of 
the Trustees as soon as possible the mat- 
ter of granting long-service increases to 
members of the Boston Public Library staff 
at the completion of twenty-five years of 
full-time service. The Executive Board, 
representing the Association, has gone on 
record as favoring such action. It hopes 
that the Trustees will find an opportuni- 
ty, despite the many demands on their 
time and attention, to give this matter 


careful consideration. 

If you have no objections, 
the Board would like to have this letter 
appear in a forthcoming issue of The 

Question Mark. 


Very truly yours, 



Boston Public Library 

Professional Staff 


April 11, 1949 

Dear Miss Peck: 

I am happy to notify you 
that at their meeting on April 8, 1949 
the Trustees of the Library took action 
to change from thirty years to twenty- 
five years the period of service upon the 
completion of which long-service in- 
creases in pay are accorded to members 
of the library staff. This change will 
be put into effect as of July 1, 1949. 

Yours sincerely, 

(signed) MILTON E. LORD 


To: Miss Edna G. Peck 
Boston Public Library 

Professional Staff Association 
Boston Public Library 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 



On Friday evening April 8, members of 
the staff and their friends had the 
pleasure of hearing The Most Reverend 
John J. Wright, Auxiliary Bishop of 
Boston, discuss his recent visit to 
Ireland. Aside from the knowledge we 
gathered concerning present conditions 
in this tiny country, we were all enter- 
tained by the many amusing anecdotes 

recounted with great wit and charm by this 
careful observer. His frequent references 
to Helen Landreth's Dear Dark Head will 
create new friends for this delightful 
book. Incidentally, I wonder how many 
were as surprised as I by the revelation 
that all Ireland is smaller than our own 

The talk, which ended all too soon, was 
followed by a film "Wings to Ireland". 
This was especially pleasant to view with 
Bishop Wright's words so fresh in our 

A reception for staff members and their 
guests was held in the Abbey Room follow- 
ing the conclusion of the film. Everyone 
had an opportunity to meet and chat with 
Bishop "'right, who graciously stayed well 
on to the close of the evening. Other 
distinguished guests included Milton E. 
Lord, Director, and Frank W. Buxton and 
Francis B. Masterson, Trustees. 

Our thanks go to Edna G. Peck, who was 
responsible for the presence of our charm- 
ing guest, and to Margaret A. Calnan and 
the members of the Entertainment Committee 
for the delicious cakes and coffee served 
so efficiently. This was no small feat 
when one considers the size of the gather- 
ing--about 300 is our guess. Most of them 
stayed until well after eleven o'clock. 
We think this is pretty good evidence that 
the evening was very enjoyable. 

Geraldine M. Altman 

Chairman, Program Committee. 


The Junior Book Reviewers Reading Club 
of Connolly Branch Library was host to the 
Jamaica Plain Branch Library Junior Book 
Reviewers on the evening of March 31. 
Both groups, each of which consists of 15 
junior high school girls, met in the 
lecture hall of the Connolly Branch Library 
for a special program which consisted of a 
quiz, movies, and refreshments. The 
Jamaica Plain girls were the winners of 
the quiz, which consisted of questions on 
four different subjects, each contestant 
choosing the subject about which she 
wished to be asked. The movies shown were 
"You and your family," which was followed 


by a discussion of teen agers' problems 
in relation to their families, and "It's 
all yours," a film which tells about the 
importance of reading and the enjoyment 
one can get from it. The program was 
under the direction of Mildred R. Adelson, 
Children's Librarian, Jamaica Plain 
Branch Library, and Ruth Riceman, Chil- 
dren's Librarian, Connolly Branch Library, 

An unusual doll collection is on dis- 
play at the Connolly Branch Library dur- 
ing the month of April. It consists of 
dolls from every country of the world, 
which have been collected by Anna von Euw 
of Jamaica Plain. There are dolls from 
Hawaii, Africa, Japan, and a very tiny 
doll which sits on the head of a pin. A 
little doll carriage made of sea shells 
contains two tiny sea-shell dolls. The 
collection is very large, containing 
over 200 dolls, and the exhibit will be 
changed from time to time throughout the 
month, so that all the dolls can be dis- 

A collection of toys made by the stu- 
dents at the Mary E. Curley Junior High 
School for the Junior Red Cross has been 
on exhibit at Connolly Branch Library. 
Large colorful yarn dolls with long 
braided hair and crocheted bonnets were 
made by the girls, while the boys made 
bean bags of oilcloth, in the shape of 
cats. The toys are used by the Red Cross 
for distribution to children arriving in 
Boston from Europe as displaced persons. 

Community night at the East Boston 
Branch Library on Monday evening, March 
28, was attended by about two hundred 
friends from the neighborhood who enjoyed 
a varied program of East Boston talent. 
Albert 'Test, President, and officers of 
the Friends of the East Boston Branch 
Library assisted the staff in sponsoring 
the fourth Open House. 

After a short welcome by the branch 
librarian, Mr Lord expressed his pleasure 
at the interest shown by the community 
in the library in his talk "The Library 
and the Community." "Little Man in a 
Fix," a Danish folk dance, was performed 
by girls from Marginal Street Center 

under the direction of Elizabeth Pope. 
Directed by Anna Lewis, girls from 
Trinity Neighborhood House danced "New 
Castle" and "Black Nag," English country 
dances. In the main feature of the 
evening, Lawrence vr oodbury, Director of 
Central Square Center, illustrated with 
slides his talk on "German Youth, Yester- 
day and Tomorrow, " based on his trip to 
study recreation in Germany last year. 
The Mikado Chorus from the Jeffries Point 
Boys' Club concluded the formal program 
with several selections of the Gilbert 
and Sullivan operetta under the baton of 
Dave Cates. 

During the social hour which followed 
the program, punch and cookies were 
served in the Children's Room which was 
decorated with forsythia, jonquils, and 
acacia. Catherine Flannery of the Orient 
Heights Branch Library and Mrs Geraldine 
Altman of the Jeffries Point Branch 
Library presided at the punch bowls. 
Frank W, Buxton, Francis B. Masterson, 
Trustees, Milton E. Lord, Director, and 
Orlando C. Davis, Chief Librarian of the 
Circulation Division, were special guests. 
The fourth Open House was a memorable and 
happy occasion! 

As you may or may not know, the East 
Boston Branch Library provides weekly 
movie entertainment for its smaller bor- 
rowers. On one such occasion it was 
decided to have a question period follow- 
ing the shorting of a cinema attraction 
called profoundly, The Mailman . Matters 
were arranged so that the children could 
ask the questions and other children 
answer them. After several average 
queries, one freckle-nosed infant intel- 
lectual arose and after a dramatic pause 
asked — 

"TJhat doesn't a mailman not have to 
worry about?" 

Silence pervaded. No one could even 
venture a guess. Curiosity was rapidly 
getting the better of me so I asked — 
(I was playing the straight man at the 
time) "What doesn't a mailman have to 
worry about?" 

Answer — "Feeding de chicks de day 
after they're borned 'cause you don't 
have to feed or drink 'em, jso they can be 

Ah me I Life in the children's room! 

Ursula Von Zarsk 


To anyone uninitiated in court proce- 
dures the opportunity to sit as an observ- 
er at the trial of the books Serenade , by 
James Cain, and God's little acre , by 
Erskine Caldwell was more than welcomed. 
The three days spent in the Superior 
Court listening to the trials proved to 
be both a broadening and an entertaining 

An old hand at that game would probably 
never have been shaken from his equanimi- 
ty by the "S'elp me Gawds" that boomed 
out as each witness was sworn in; by the 
accumulated dust that almost obliterated 
the design of the American flag; or by 
the leisurely atmosphere that pervaded 
the entire sessions. But to a novice, 
these minor details seemed to have dra- 
matic implications. 

The judge, the Honorable Charles S. 
Fairhurst, was just as a judge is always 
imagined— white-haired, benign, soft- 
spoken, but very firm and with a mind as 
keen as a razor blade, never missing a 
point no matter how trivial. 

The trial was of special significance 
in that it was only the second case to 
be tried under the new Massachusetts' law. 
wherein the book and not the person dis- 
tributing the book is on trial. Forever 
Amber was the first book to be tried 
under this law. 

The Attorney General's Office was rep- 
resented by Assistant Attorney General 
Timothy J. Murphy. The case for Serenade 
was defended by Arthur E. Farmer, of New 
York, while Robert W. Meserve, former 
Assistant United States Attorney in 
Massachusetts, was counsel for God's 
little acre . The two books were tried 
separately, each trial taking approxi- 
mately a day and a half. 

The state's witnesses in the case of 
Serenade were Sergeants Edward I. Blake 
and John E. Howard, of the Boston Police 
Department, Lieutenant Michael J. 
Cullinane, of the Massachusetts State 
Police, and tvo English High School 
teachers, Bernard McCabe and Joseph E. 
Kenney. One of the witnesses for the 
original publisher, A. A. Knopf Company, 

was Harold Strauss, while the reprint 
editions were championed by Victor E. 
Teybright, president of the New American 
Library of World Literature > Inc. (The 

word "Inc." pronounced Ink , was used 

on all possible occasions... It seems 
that once a firm reaches the status of 
being "Inc.-ed," " Inked " it must ever be, 
even in speech). Other witnesses for 
Serenad e were Theodore Morrison, director 
of English for the freshman class at 
Harvard University; Ralph Thompson, New 
York literary critic; and Robert G. 
Davis, associate professor of English at 
Smith College. In each case, except for 
the publishers, the witness was requested 
to give an evaluation of the book from a 
literary point of view. After the wit- 
nesses had concluded their testimonies, 
Mr. Farmer summed up the case. Assistant 
Attorney General Murphy's refutation fol- 

The case rested, - but not the observ- 
ers „ They were plunged at once into the 
intricacies of court procedure for God's 
little acre ^ Mr. Meserve opened the 
casei The state called as witnesses the 
same three policemen who had testified 
against Serenade . The original publisher 
of God's little acre , Viking Press, was 
represented by B. W. Huebsch, president 
and director of the company. Duell, 
Sloane and Pearce, to whom the rights 
were sold, was represented by Charles E. 
Duell, president of that company. Again 
Mr. TJeybright appeared for the reprint 
firm, the New American Library of World 
Literature, Inc . Others who testified 
in behalf of God's little acre were John 
Chamberlain, New York literary critic; 
Erskine Caldwell, the author; Lewis 
Stiles Gannett, New York literary critic; 
Dr. Ira Reid, professor of sociology at 
Haverford College; Dr. Sydney MacLean, 
professor of English at Mount Holyoke 
College; and a young Carvel Collins, who 
teaches English at Harvard and is assist- 
ant dean of men, in charge of freshmen. 
Mr. Meserve gave his summary and the 
counsel for the state refuted. The case 
rested. The decision is now in the hands 
of Judge Fairhurst, 

A three days' steady diet of such 
literary highlights left one rather 
groggy mentally. Such a series of cap- 
sule courses in literary criticism cannot 


be absorbed in three days without a 
strain on the average mentality - but it 
was certainly worth the strain. 

The highlight of the sessions should 
have been the appearance of the author, 
Erskine Caldwell, who was flora on from 
his home in Tuscon to be present at the 
hearings. The morning he was scheduled 
to appear tension was high. Rumors were 
afloat that the publishers produced Mr. 
Caldwell on every possible occasion, 
since his cherubic appearance made good 
advertising. '"Vhen he appeared, however, 
there was little indication of the cherub 
about him. He was tall, sandy-complex- 
ioned, well-groomed, sophisticated. He 
was not an impressive vri.tness. He was 
forthright and sincere but unspectacular. 
In fact Judge Fairhurst had Mr. Caldwell 
rather at a disadvantage several times. 
To me the outstanding witness vias Dr. Ira 
Reid, the Negro sociologist. His keen 
mind, his critical appraisal of the book, 
his fluent flow of language, and his en- 
gaging manner made him stand out in this 
array of brilliant minds. Even Mr. 
Caldwell, who maintained a rather suave 
and nonchalant appearance during the 
testimony of the preceding witnesses, 
Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Gannett, quite 
obviously came to life when Dr. Reid 
began to speak. TJhen Dr. Reid had fin- 
ished one was tempted to suspect that Mr. 
Caldwell had been surprised to discover 
how good an author he really was when he 
wrote God's little acre . 

It is interesting to note that librar- 
ies were mentioned only twice during the 
entire proceedings, once when a reference 
was made to the Worcester Public Library 
and once when the Boston Public Library 
was credited with supplying witness mate- 
rial in the form of bound magazines which 
were used in citing certain advertising. 

It is to be hoped that such a perform- 
ance will not need to be repeated with 
other books on trial, but as a premiere 
this certainly had much of entertainment 
and enlightenment to offer to those in- 
terested in modern trends in the world of 

E. G. Peck 


Mrs Sarah W. Flannery represented the 
Association at the hearing on Senate 366, 
held on April 6. Her report follows: 

On Wednesday morning April 6, 1949 the 
Legislative Committee on Pensions and Old 
Age Assistance met in room 446 of the 
State House to consider among other bills, 
Senate 366— "Petition of John J. Craffey 
for legislation relative to the superan- 
nuation retirement allowances of certain 
public employees." The act is of inter- 
est to all library personnel and there- 
fore worth our serious attention. At the 
present time under the new State-Municipal 
retirement system, the amount of pension 
a person receives is computed on the 
basis of what he would get if he retired 
at 65. For each month the person lacks 
of the age 65 at retirement the pension 
is reduced 1/4 of 1% or Z% a year which 
means that a person retiring at the age 
of 60 received 15% less pension than if 
he retired at 65, end at 55 gets 30-% less. 
The present bill would make the reduction 
l/8 of 1% a month or 1 l/Z% a year (ex- 
cept in the case of veterans whose reduc- 
tion would still be Z% a year) so that a 
person retiring at 55 v/ould receive only 
15$ less than he would receive if he re- 
tired at 65. 

Two other bills discussed at the same 
time were of similar nature. These were 
House 357, introduced by William V. 'Tard 
and Frank D. McCarthy and House 982, in- 
troduced by the Massachusetts Associated 
Retirement Boards. These two advocated 
cutting the loss of pension by as much as 
2% a year. Many persons, among them some 
library staff members, went on record as 
favoring the bills under discussion. No 
one except the Real Estate Association 
(which opposed several other proposals 
for pension legislation) went on record 
as opposed. 

It was noted, however, that several 
members of the Legislative Committee did 
not seem kindly disposed to legislation 
that would lower pension ages or increase 
pension benefits. This was especially 
marked in the discussion of several bills 
introduced whereby the length of service 
required before an employee be permitted 
to retire for disability be reduced from 


twenty years to fifteen years. The crit- 
icism was mainly on two counts--one took 
the form of a rhetorical question as to 
how long state and municipal employees 
were going to continue their demands for 
more and more benefits at the taxpayers' 
expense, and how far did they think the 
taxpayers could go in tolerating such re- 
quests. The other was that requests of 
this sort continued to be made year in 
and year out by the same few people-- 
people who never proposed legislation in 
the common interest but only in behalf of 
their own limited groups. 


Many comments have been heard concern- 
ing the attractive centerpiece on the 
Abbey Room table at the reception on 
Friday evening. Although the flowers 
were beautiful, their beauty was accentu- 
ated by the Daniel TJebster bowl in which 
they were arranged. Special thanks goes 
to those who so graciously made this 
treasure available for use that evening. 


American Library Association. Board on 
Personnel Administration. Descriptive 
list of professional and nonprofession- 
al duties in libraries. 1948. 

American Library Association. Committee 
on Postwar Planning. A national plan 
for public library service. 1948. 

Chicago. University. Graduate Library 
School. Library Institute. Youth, 
communication and libraries. 1947. 

Immelman, Rene F. M. 

The foundations of library management; 
organization from the administrative 
angle. 1947. 

Institute of government, University of 
'"Tashington. Section on public library 
administration. Proceedings. 9th and 
10th annual. 1946. 

Irwin, Raymond. The national library 
service. 1947. 

Kiefer, Monica Mary. American children 
through their books, 1700-1835. 1948. 

Merton, Thomas. The seven storey moun- 
tain. 1948. 

Robertson, John George. A history of 
German literature. 1931. 

Rossell, Beatrice Sawyer, "forking with a 
legislature. 1948. 

Savage, Ernest Albert. A librarian looks 

at readers. 1947. 
Special Libraries Association. Employer's 

evaluation of training desirable for 

the special librarian. 1948. 
Stewart, James Douglas. A tabulation of 

librarianship. 1947, 



Dear "Soap Box" Editors 

There seems to be confusion on the part 
of some staff members concerning the pro- 
cedure to be followed in receiving visi- 
tors during business hours. It is gener- 
ally understood that visitors who come 
fcr purely social reasons are not to be 
entertained. There are, however, in- 
stances when it is necessary to see, for 
a brief period, friends or business ac- 
quaintances from outside the library. It 
has been generally understood also that 
in such cases the staff member, if he or 
she works in a closed department, is to 
be summoned to the front hall where the 
reason for the visit can be taken care of 
in comparative privacy and without dis- 
turbing other members of the department 
or office. Recently, with no general 
notice as to a change in procedure, 
people are being sent to the offices and 
closed departments. For the most part 
these quarters are designed as working 
units and as such afford no privacy. 

Since visiting for visiting only is 
discouraged, and rightly so, the people 
who do come to see staff members come for 
a purpose. Frequently that purpose may 
be one which the staff member does not 
wish to share in detail with the other 
members in the department or office. 

It would seem also that the same might 
be said for those who work-in open de- 
partments, for there the public as well 
as other members of the staff, have to be 
protected against disturbance or inter- 
ruption which is often unavoidable when 
two people are discussing something, ir- 
respective of how low the voice is kept. 

If staff members cannot be summoned to 
the front hall, where there is at least 
seating space for a brief conference, 

would it be possible to make some other 
arrangement whereby staff members could 
see a person from outside the library 
without disturbing the entire department 
or office? Some clarification in pro- 
cedure concerning this matter would be ap- 

Dear "Soap Box" Editor: 

Several notes have appeared in The 
Soap Box from time to time in favor of 
four weeks' vacation for the members of 
the Subprofessional Library Staff, obvi- 
ously \vritten by members of that group. 

As members of the Professional Library 
Staff, may we express an opinion on the 
subject? T7e too believe that the vaca- 
tion allowance of four weeks granted mem- 
bers of the Professional Library Staff 
should be granted also to members of the 
Subprofessional Library Staff. Our 
reasoning in this is as follows: 

1. Vacations should not be based on 
educational background or responsi- 
bilities in positions held; they 
should be recognized as equally 
necessary for the physical well- 
being of all members of the staff, 
regardless of the types of work they 

a. It is generally understood that 
vacations are granted for rea- 
sons of health; in order that 
energy and vitality may be re- 
newed so that work in the year 
ahead may be performed to the 
best of one's ability. The 
need for this period of rest 
and relaxation is the same re- 
gardless of the type of work 
performed during working days. 

b. Persons holding professional 
positions receive pay commen- 
surate with their responsibili- 
ties and in recognition of the 
educational backgrounds which 
they possess, 

c. Educational background and 
ability to pass examinations 
has never been proved, as far 
as we know, to be a measure of 
one's ability to turn in a good 

day's work. It is possible 
that there are many Subprofes- 
sionals who are giving a better 
return on the taxpayers' money 
than are some Professionals. 
As a matter of fact, the pres- 
sure under which Subprofession- 
al Assistants are frequently 
called upon to work is as great, 
if not greater, than that under 
which some Professional Assist- 
ants workg 

2. In the matter of daily relief periods 
it is considered that Subprofessional 
Assistants need the same amount of 
time as Professional Assistants; it 
would seem logical to apply the same 
principle to vacation allowances. 

3. The present practice of allowing up 
to two weeks' sick leave in days to 
Subprofessional Assistants means that 
there are likely to be more absences 
during the busiest winter season, 
since it is only human nature to take 
a day off if one is not "feeling up 
to scratch" if one knows that the 
time is not coming out of one's vaca- 

4. A uniform treatment of bibliothecal 
workers in the granting of vacation 
allowances would boost morale and 
make for a happier, more-contented 



Monthly Memo to THE QUESTION MARK 

Department or ig4g 

Branch Library Issue J 

Note : The Publications Committee has drawn up the following outline to aid you 

in gathering material for The Questio n M^.rk. Please feel free to list any 
events which you feel would be of interest in addition to the items sug- 
gested. If you prefer also to write original articles on any of the sub- 
jects or events, please attach each write-up on a separate sheet of paper. 
Clippings or carbon copies of articles will be accepted, if that will be 
of greater convenience* 

Attention is called to the fact that items for the So ap Box must be signed 
when submitted to the Editor. However... names will not appear on these 
articles when they are printed in The Question Mark unless specifically 
requested by the writers, and their soarcS will be~held in confidence. 

You are reminded that the Publications Committee may have to exercise some 
selection because of limitations of space, 


News of Present Perso nnel (engagements, marriages, births, extended illnesses, 

academic achievements , publications, travel, etc.) 

Alumnae Notes (engagements, marriages, births, academic achievements, publica- 
tions, etc.) 

Branch Activities (Open House, community meetings, Friends of the Library, etc.) 

Staff Activities (parties, teas, etc.) 



Story Hours 

Notable Visitors 


Discussion Groups 

Interesting Community Items of Cultural Mature 

Staff Problems — AIR YOUR VIE^TS 

Staff Suggestions — SHARE YOUR IDEAS 

Short Cuts and Bright Ideas 

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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 4 May 1949 

Publications Committees 

Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Brackett, John M. Carroll, 
Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material i 
The tenth of each month 



The following art 
member of the assoc 
local paper, which 
a non-existent pape 
"Jhatever its purpos 
is something about 
thinking. If your 
high last month, pe 
you, or vice versa. 

icle came to us via a 
iation, clipped from a 
in turn quoted it from 
r, the "Norwood Press", 
e may be, we think it 
which we all should be 
score was flatteringly 
rhaps this will deflate 

New Staff Members 

1. Don't go to any of the meetings. 
But if you do, go late. 

2 . Always find fault with the work of 
the officers and members. 

3. Never accept an office — it is much 
easier to criticize than to do things. 

4. Get sore if you are not appointed 
on a committee. Should you be appointed, 
don't attend any of the committee meetings. 

5. If asked to give your opinion on 
some matter, tell the chairman you have 
nothing to say. After the meeting, tell 
everyone how it should be done. 

6. Do nothing more than is absolutely 
necessary. "Then others roll up their 
sleeves and willingly and unselfishly use 
their ability to help matters along, howl 
that the organization is run by a clique. 

7. Hold back your dues as long as pos- 
sible, or don't pay them at all. 

8. Make no effort to get a new member. 

9. Don't be sociable either within or 
outside the organization. 

10. If you should get a good idea 
smother it at once. 


Miss Rhoda May O'Donnell, Circulation 
Division Office. 

Mrs Laura V. Nitchie, General Reference 
Department (Mrs Nitchie has been working 
in the department on a part-time basis). 

Miss Marie L. Crowley, Registration 
Department . 

Engageme nt s and beddings 

Miss Victoria Venezia, Book Purchasing 
Department, to Francis X. Cronin. 

Miss Helen Sagoff, Children's Librarian 
at the Mattapan Branch Library, has an- 
nounced her engagement to Mr Bernard W. 

Miss Florence S. Cooper, South End 
Branch Library, was married to Mr Peter 
MacNair on April 27, 1949. 

Miss Dorothy B. Graham, Statistical 
Department, was married to Mr James M. 
Mackey on April 14, 1949. 


Twins, John Charles and Mary Ann, were 
born to Mr and Mrs John Hatzik on April 
22, 1949. Mrs Hatzik (formerly Gussene 
Guveyan) is a member of the Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference 

Roger P. Bristol of the Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference 
Division, did his field work as a Simmons 
College Library School student in the 
Order Division of the Library of Congress 
in April. 




The Association welcomes the following 
visiting Librarians who are in the Boston 
area this week: 

Dr Hanns W. Eppelsheimer 

Director of the University Library- 
University of Frankfurt, and 
Chairman of the Trizonal Committee on 

Mr Werner Mevissen 

Librarian of the Volksbuecherei of 


Miss Marguerite Schmeer 
Chief Librarian of the 
Volksbuechereistelle, Munich 

Miss Gertrud Baruch 

Chief Librarian of the 
Volksbuechereistelle, Bayreuth 


As President-Elect of the American Li- 
brary Association, Mr Milton E. Lord will 
represent that Association as a member of 
the World Town Hall Seminar , from June 
twenty-sixth to September first. Presi- 
dents and high representatives of some 
twenty organizations in the United States 
will visit a dozen or more capital cities, 
including London, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, 
Rome, Cairo, Tel-Aviv, Karachi, Delhi, 
Manila, Tokyo. The group will stay five 
days in each place, engaging in daily 
seminars with groups of leaders in each 
country visited. The purpose of the trip 
is five-fold: (l) To increase American 
understanding of world problems, (2) to 
increase understanding of America 'round 
the world, (3) to show our genuine inter- 
est in other peoples and their problems, 
(4) to strengthen and spread the democrat- 
ic way of free discussion, and (5) to 
promote peace, freedom, and well-being. 
There will be a Town Meeting on a differ- 
ent subject in each of the capitals vis- 
ited, participated in by two Americans and 
two citizens of the host country. These 
meetings will be recorded and the record- 
ings will be flown back to this country 
to be used in the summer on the regular 
Tuesday evening probram America's Town 
Meeting of the Air. 

During his absence Mr Lord will also 
represent the American Library Association 
at the meeting of the International Feder- 
ation of Library Associations in Basel, in 
connection with the planning of the Inter- 
national Library Congress in the United 
States next year. 



Late in August of last year, Miss Anne 
Armstrong of the Young People's Room was 
nominated Woman of the Week on station 
WBMS, by Mrs Rose Schildkraut. This re- 
sulted from Miss Armstrong's kindness in 
corresponding with Mrs Schildkraut 's 
daughter over a long illness in the 
Children's Hospital, and while she was a 
patient in a convalescent home. The little 
girl had been a Library borrower from the 
Young People's Room, and her mother felt 
that Miss Armstrong's interest in her pub- 
lic was something to be commended. 

During the broadcast, Miss Armstrong 
stressed Library service to both children 
and parents. 

Miss Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian 
of the West End Branch Library, received 
the signal honor of being chosen as 
Boston's " r oman of the Week on the program, 
ABPOINTMENT irf ITH EVELYN, featured over 
Station WBMS and was interviewed on Mondajj 
April 25th. 

Miss Goldstein was introduced by Evelyn 
and heartily congratulated for her out- 
standing work as a humanitarian in the 
community. •• 

During the interview Miss Goldstein 
pointed out that a knowledge of the tradi- 
tions, customs and literature of other 
races is a great integrator of good will 
and understanding... 


The suggestion has been made that The 
Question Mark be given another name. One 
specific recommendation has already been 
made. The Publications Committee would be 
interested in expressions of opinion from 
members of the Association on a change of 




Arnavets have announced the following 


Leonard J. Macmillan 
Vice Commander 

Thomas J. Manning 
Adjutant & Quartermaster 

James P. J. Gannon 

Russell A. Scully- 
Officer of the day- 
Patrick 0. Murtagh 

Charles J. Gillis 

Louis N. Rains 

Samuel Green 

Henry F. Barry 
Sargeant Major 

James W« Kinsella 
Patriotic Instructor 

Sarah W. Flannery 

Charles L. Higgins 

Thomas J. Daly 

William Di Rosario 

Martin F. Waters 

Louis Polishook 

John T. Kyle 
Color Bearers 

Charles F. Weider 

"filliam A. Reynolds 

Stephen L. Baxter 

Francis H. Boudreau 
Color Guards 

George E. Earley 

Bernard F. Doherty 

Joseph Fallon 

Edward F. Maynard 
Guard Commander 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

The Boston Public Library Employees 
Benefit Association, Inc., has elected 
the following officers: 


Fanny Goldstein 
Vice President 

Albert J. Carpenter 

Mary D. Farrell 


Francis Fichter 
Financial Secretary 

John W. Tuley 
Board of Directors 

Margaret A. Calnan 


The four scholarships of $100 each ftor 
study at library schools during the twelve 
months period dating from June 15 , 1949 
have been aivarded to the following members 
of the staff? 

Miss Vanda Bertazzoni 

Assistant;, Science and Technology 

Joseph H. Center Scholarship 
Miss Elizabeth M. Kaufmann 
Assistant, Print Department 
Daniel Sharp Ford Scholarship 
Miss Helen G. Pappas 

Probationary Assistant, Information 

Francis Skinner Scholarship 
Miss Elizabeth G. Todd 

Probationary Assistant, Teachers' 

Daniel Treadwell Scholarship 


The visit to the Lamont Library on 
Saturday evening, April 30th,proved to be 
an exceptionally pleasant and inspiring 
occasion., In spite of the fact that the 
event took place on a Saturday evening and 
that it was a beautiful evening when the 
out-of-town allure was very strong for 
habitual country week enders, almost a 
hundred staff members and their friends 
enjoyed the hospitality of Mr Philip 
McNiff, Librarian of Lamont, and two of 
his staff members „ These three gentlemen 
constituted themselves as guides through 
the library. Their obvious pride in the 
building was certainly understandable,. 
Many laudatory accounts of Lamont have 
been written elsewhere. Nothing can be 
added to what has already been said. "" T e 
can only say that those members of the 
B.P.L.P.S.A. -who had the privilege of 
seeing the library were quite carried 
away by its comfort, modernity, and 
practical aspects. 


Our sincere thanks go to Mr McNiff and 
those of his staff members who gave so «. 
freely of their time to make our visit the 
unqualified success it so obviously was. 

Miss Calnan, Chairman of the Entertain- 
ment Committee, calls to your attention 
the fact that plans for the POPS program 
on Friday evening, June 24th; are shaping 
up nicely* On May 23rd she will be given 
the floor plan chart and the tickets* The 
plan will be posted on the Staff Bulletin 
board of the Central Library* and Mrs 
'Tollent, in the Staff Hospital, will be 
available to allocate seats and sell 
tickets. Those who wish to make reserva- 
tions prior to May 23, may get in touch 
with Miss Calnan at Connolly Branch and 
indicate how many and the general loca- 
tion. The price range is as follows: 

Table seats $2.25 

First balcony (first row) $1.75 

First balcony (other than $1.25 
first row) 

Miss Calnan reports that she already 
has a considerable number of reservations. 
Don't put it off too long. We only have 
two hundred reservations. Indicate your 
preference now and pay later. The money 
does not have to be in Miss Calnan' s hands 
until June 14th. That is the dead line 
for both reservations and payments. 

We are pleased to announce the formation 
of an In -Service-Training Committee. This 
committee is busy drawing up plans for a 
staff in-service-training project for the 
fall. This is a committee which is very 
important to the vitality of our organi- 
zation. As you will see it is made up of 
members who are not only filled with con- 
structive ideas but they are people who 
are not afraid of good, old-fashioned 
hard work. However, no committee, no 
matter how strongly guided or how effi- 
ciently organized or how willing to make 
self-sacrifices for the good of the or- 
ganization they serve, can really accom- 
plish very much without the whole-hearted 
support of every member of the organiza- 
tion. That means you . The Committee has 
high hopes of active staff participation 

in their fall activity. T "hen they ap- 
proach you for aid, please remember there 
are two words you never knew and which you 
will never use as far as participation in 
activities of the B.P.L.P.3.A. are con- 
cerned. The simple words, "I can't", are 
so small yet so powerful to cripple the 
progressive, forward march of any activity 
to which they are applied. Be a bulwark 
to this committee by the encouraging words,, 
"I'd be glad to try-" The calibre of the 
B*P.L. staff is such that few of those who 
really try ever fail* 

The In-Service-Training Committee for 
the current year is as follows t 
Sarah vr . Flannery, Chairman 

History Department 
Ruth S. Cannell 

Circulation Division Office 
Charles L<. Higgins 

■ General Reference Department 
Evelyn Levy 

Brighton Branch Library 
Pauline A* "Talker 

'Test Roxbury Branch Library 

Friday, May 20th at 9 A. M. the spring 
Business Meeting of the B.P.L.FaS.A. will 
be held in the Lecture Hall. This is an 
activity in which all members, who can be 
spared from their regular duties, are in- 
vited to participate, VT e hope to accom- 
plish much without an undue strain on time 
away from our assigned duties for that 
morning. After the business meeting, the 
president would like to meet for a few 
minutes with the field representatives. 
This too, we hope, will be a brief but 
important meeting. 



The Jamaica Plain Branch Library had on 
display for the month of April an inter- 
esting exhibit on South America, titled 
phlets on the various parts of South 
America were advertised. Some of the 
dolls on exhibition were lent through the 
courtesy of the Childrens' Museum . Such 
articles as a hand woven basket, an onyx 
figure, an inlaid mahogany box, a poncho 
doll, an embroidered piece from Chiapas, 


a gourd and bombilla for drinking mate, 
the national beverage gf Argentina, a pair 
of sisal sandals made ' ±tr Ecuador, a cap 
or chupa worn by Indiana of Peru, and a 
mat from Ecuador were on display. Mrs 
barren Lothrop of 18 Traill Street, 
Cambridge, lent some of the pieces men- 
tioned as well as several large-sized 
posters with South American background. 
TRADE ROUTES, a poster with a map of 
South America, attracted attention. About 
two dozen pamphlets arranged in fan form 
on two separate tables were secured from 
the Pan American " r orld Airways. The 
Mexican Tourist Association and the 
Commerce Department Buildings, Washington, 
D. C. furnished material. 

So much has been written about the Holy 
Land, and the subject is so controversial, 
that the Jamaica Plain Branch Library has 
as its display for the next two months an 
exhibit which reads: A LAND IS BORN. 
Because of the ancient traditions and the 
beliefs of many people in many lands who 
claim the Holy Land as their own we have 
collected books on both sides of the 
question. One of the patrons of the 
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Mrs Fiorina 
C. Adams, a Registered Nurse, ivas sta- 
tioned in Palestine, Egypt, and Syria dur- 
ing the World War II. During her stay in 
the various countries Mrs Adams found 
time to study and write about Palestine. 
She has kindly lent a few of the beautiful 
laces from Nazareth, linens from Tel-Aviv 
and Bethlehem, dolls, costumes, and reli- 
gious articles gathered by her while on 
duty in the Holy Land. One of the patrons 
who had been to the Holy Land as far back 
as 1914 enjoyed the display so much that 
she volunteered to lend some of the 
special laces which she brought from 
Nazareth. Through the courtesy of the 
Zionist House and the United Nations 
As-ociation Information Center pamphlets 
and a large poster with the caption: 
are on display. This exhibit is the 
third one in a series on the peoples of 
the world. We are pleased to find that 
this type of exhibit has been very popular 
and that the public are eager to lend 
materials for the various displays. 

E. G. 

The following letter written by an 
eleven-year-old child was received at the 
Mattapan Branch Library. 

April 24, 1949 

Dear Sirs, 

I'm registered at your library, 
and own a library card. .1 own a dog and 
so does quite a few other card holders. 

It's hard for me to go to the 
library without, him since my mother is so 
busy. You don't allow dogs in the library 
and so you see my perdikermant. 

It is hard to tie him outside 
without him howling and whining for me. 
I usually go to the library myself and I 
can't trust my dog with somebody outside. 
Could I suggest you to slightly change 
your rules. I know you'd have to go 
through quite a bit of trouble but could 
you allow dogs only on leash and above a 
certain age. I know I'm practically ask- 
ing the impossible. If the Dogs couldn't 
be allowed in the library, couldn't you 
fence in a section in the back of the 
library to keep the dogs in. Please 
answer me quickly, 

Sincerely yours, 

(Name withheld) 

G • L. B. 

More than a hundred people attended the 
Irish program at Neponset Branch Library 
on April 27 and found pleasure in the ex- 
hibit of photographs of Ireland lent by 
Miss Catherine C. Kelly. Books about 
Ireland were displayed with the pictures. 
Anne Flaherty, one of the teen-agers, en- 
tertained with a group of Irish melodies 
and Miss Ruth M. Hayes, Branch Librarian, 
told the story of "Teig Mulligan". The 
program closed with a showing of the film 
"'ings to Ireland . The audience was well 
pleased and left expressing the desire 
that "we could do this more often". 

BRANCH LIBRARY organization, in Readville, 



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was added this last month. On April 15th 
parents, teachers, and officers of the 
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY met at an informal 
tea to discuss the formation of this new 
group and to consider activities for the 
YOUNG FRIENDS; especially, now, their 
part in the community project to secure a 
moving picture projector for their li- 

meeting on Tuesday afternoons, first to 
organize, then to work on projects to 
benefit the projector drive, under the 
guidance of Miss Reva Halperin, who is in 
charge of the neighboring Hemenway School. 
Both girls and boys, lower schools and 
high school, are eagerly working together 
to make and sell handwork for the further- 
ance of this project. 

In connection vath the post-war 
Treasure Chest Campaign, an unusual young 
people's program was held at the Phillips 
Brooks Branch Library on Monday evening, 
April 18. Mrs Herbert Loeb, a native of 
Holland and Chairman of the New England 
Treasure Chest Committee, was the guest 
speaker. Addressing an audience con- 
sisting of members of the Saturday li- 
brary reading club, their parents and 
friends, Mrs Loeb related many interest- 
ing stories, gathered during her recent 
visits to Holland and other European 
countries, to show how much European 
children enjoy our gifts of books. 

The remainder of the evening was filled 
with the reading of letters from a girls' 
school in Bourdeaux, France. Having been 
the recipients of one of the treasure 
chests sent by the Phillips Brooks Branch 
Library, these Frence girls recently 
expressed a desire to correspond with our 
children in Readville. Their first let- 
ters, written in amazingly accurate 
English, contained many charming proofs 
of friendship based on gratitude for 
American kindnesses. For example, in one 
of the letters read on April 18, one 
little girl declared, "I say dear sister 
(to you) because I think that the nations 
United States and France are sisters. 
Daddy during the last war was the brother 
of your father. And it was thanks to 
your aid we have had the victory." 

Through their letters these French 
children are trying to create real under- 
standing between their country and ours. 
We hope that the April 18th library 
program did much to accomplish the same 

Lithuanian Night was observed on April 
27 at the South Boston Branch Library as 
a "get-acquainted" night for the people 
of t he district. The program was con- 
ducted in Lithuanian and English by the 
Reverend Albert Contons of St. Peter's 
Lithuanian Church. Mrs Ona Ivaska led a 
group of young people in songs and dances 
with Lithuanian music and costume. An 
accordion, a zither, a fiddle and a flute 
provided the accompaniments. 

Over 150 people of all ages, including 
some DPs and their families, filled the 
main floor of the library, and thoroughly 
enjoyed the lively dancing and singing. 
The talk in Lithuanian by Father Contons 
stressed the opportunities of a democracy 
and the free education which the library 
offers to all. Since the weather was 
warm, the windows were open, and a large 
audience collected outside for the music. 

A display of hand-woven linen, models 
of wooden roadside crosses, and books 
published by Displaced Persons in the 
American Zone of Germany showed different 
phases of Lithuanian culture. 

The unexpectedly large crowd and the 
hearty expressions of thanks were very 
gratifying results of this experiment in 
public relations. 

The following item appeared, unsolic- 
ited, in the May 10, 1949 issue of the 
Darbininkas , the Lithuanian bi-weekly 

A free translation: 

Lithuanian night was held two weeks 
ago in South Boston Library with many 
newly arrived Lithuanians in attendance. 
These people have started a drive to in- 
crease the Lithuanian book section at the 
South Boston Library. Mr Gimbutas do- 
nated new books to be taken out by the 
public, especially the newcomers, and 

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wishes to organize a beautiful Lithuanian 
book collection so that the older resi- 
dents in America can borrow the latest 
books brought by displaced persons. He 
asks everyone possessing Lithuanian books 
to donate at least a few of them so that 
all can benefit from them and in that way 
raise a new Lithuanian cultural feeling 
among South Boston Lithuanians. All 
Lithuanian people are requested to take 
Gimbutas' offer and promise to work to- 
gether, • •• 

Mr Mosheh Oved, eminent Yiddish poet, 
author, and sculptor, was the guest of 
honor at a meeting held at the r fest End 
Branch Library, Saturday April ninth. 

Miss Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian 
at the West End Branch Library, opened the 
formal part of the program with a few 
words of welcome and sketched briefly the 
history of the Branch building, formerly 
the Old West Church. Miss Dorothea Blue, 
a member of the West End Branch Library 
Staff sang AMERICA. Miss Blue and Mrs 
Ernest Roussos sang GOD SAVE THE KING. 
Mrs Roussos sang the Jewish National 
Anthem, HATIKVOH. After the musical por- 
tion of the program, Miss Goldstein in- 
troduced Mr Oved, who spoke on the topic, 
was timely and gave the listeners a new 
awareness of Israel's position in our 
hectic world. 

A reception and tea followed which was 
thoroughly enjoyed by all of the guests. 

"May I hear about Thidwick?" "Tell us 
about Madeline today." These and many 
other requests are heard by the library 
"teacher" every Wednesday morning at the 
West Roxbury Branch Library. Stories are 
told and picture books are shown to the 
enthusiastic pre-schoolers. The treat of 
the morning is Mother's granting permis- 
sion to take books home. The stories are 
told by Miss Marion E. Flaherty under the 
direction of Miss Marjorie Maclntire, 
Children's Librarian. 

M. E. F. 

On Saturday, April sixteenth, the City 
Point Branch Library Staff entertained 

Mrs Helen O'Leary at the Town Line House. 
Mrs O'Leary, until her recent transfer to 
Faneuil Branch Library, had been Branch 
Librarian at City Point Branch Library for 
twenty years. 


Mrs Dorothy Lovett, Business Branch 
Librarian, is serving as Chairman of the 
Nominating Committee of the Boston Chf pter 
of the Special Libraries Association. 

W. F. R. 


On Thursday evening, May 5, several mem- 
bers of the Branch Issue Department, and 
former members of the old Branch' Depart- 
ment, made up part of the enthusiastic 
audience who witnessed the second success- 
ful performance of Bashful Mr Bobbs, pre- 
sented by the Literary Club of xhe North 
End Union. Miss Cclomba Bartalini of the 
Branch Issue Department gave a convincing 
performance as one of the principal char- 
acters. Dinner at Freda's was enjoyed 
earlier in the evening. 

Miss Eloise Lownsbury, author of The Boy 
Knight of Rheims , Saints and Rebels , and 
other juvenile books, visited the Young 
People's Room recently, after a round-the- 
world cruise during which she spent much 
time in India and China. 

With the opening of the Baseball season, 
the readers in the Young People's Room are 
evincing a marked interest in plans for 
this summer's reading club. Memories of 
the autographed baseballs presented to 
winners of last summer's ^orld Series 
Reading Club have probably prompted the 
enthusiasm shown thus far. 


A very frightened rather worse-f or-wear, 
rabbit, Peter by name, appeared in the 
Young People's Room one day in early April. 
He really shouldn't have been scared in a 
children's room, but you see Mr McGregor 

was chasing him and that v/as reason 
enough for a very small rabbit to be up- 
set. He came to us from the Children's 
Museum, and through the artistry of Miss 
Mildred Somes of the Book Preparation 
Department, stayed with us in Mr 
McGregor's tool shed for about a month. 
I think he quite got over his fright for, 
lo and behold and true to form, by Easter 
our case blossomed into Bunny Town with 
rabbits big and little snuggled under an 
Easter Egg Tree. The rabbits were origi- 
nally from a collection belonging to Ruth 
Sawyer. Maybe Peter sent a message to 
his Museum pals that the glass case in 
the Young People's Room was a pleasant 
place in which to be and so they followed 
him. At any rate, we and our young li- 
brary users welcomed them with low cries 
of joy. Grown-ups too paused to enjoy 
our Easter Egg Tree, an old German custom, 
we learned, and to admire the rabbits, 
some of which had travelled long dis- 
tances — even from China and England and 
other foreign countries. 

Since the bunnies have returned home, 
we are playing host to "Little Women" 
dolls. Miss Elizabeth Boudreau borrowed 
them for us from Jordan Marsh Company, 
From the pleased expressions on the dolls' 
faces, we feel sure they like the visi- 
tors who stop to renew their friendship 
with Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg, and to wel- 
come new readers who have just been in- 
troduced to them. 

M. U. P. 



In the April 1949 number of COLLEGE AND 
RESEARCH LIBRARIES there appears an arti- 
cle by Rudolf Hirsch on The In-Service 
Training Program of the University of 
Pennsylvania Library . In marked contrast 
to the conception of in-service training 
held by this Association, the Pennsylvania 
idea seems to consist of general library 
training for a selected few, and incor- 
porates some of the features of an in- 
ternship program. One wonders if such a 
program does not go far toward dupli- 
cating facilities already in existence in 
library schools. 

If there is anyone who has not yet read 
the editorial in the SRL of March 26, 
1949 titled Bogus Best Sellers it will be 
to their advantage to do so. The article 
was deemed of sufficient importance to 
receive coverage on at least one national 
radio news program. On the same subject, 
but with a different approach is H. A. 
Pulling* s Our Best Sellers; Be tter? - Or 
Worse ? ( Library Journal, Feb. T,~ 19*49~] 
This latter is not concerned with the 
method of selecting best sellers as is 
the former. It simply tries to evaluate 
those titles reported as best sellers 
from the viewpoints of literary excel- 
lence and moral standards. 

The "situation" which arose at the ALA 
Mid-Winter Meeting receives good report- 
ing at the hands of L. I. Poste in his 
No Top Bra ss in the ALA (Library Journal, 
Mar. 1, 1949~T. This article presents a 
full account of the controversy which 
arose over the method of nomination, the 
debate thereon, the personalities in- 
volved, and the final resolution. 

An eminently sane approach to the prob- 
lem of the correct place for technical 
training in library education is seen in 
Need We Be Ashamed ? by Wharton Miller 
and Carl Melinat (Library Journal, Feb. 
1, 1949). Written jointly by two veil- 
qualified librarians, its central theme 
is that library schools need not hang 
their heads in shame because they teach 
the basic techniques of library service. 

It is pleasant to note here the publi- 
cation of Francis X. Doherty's survey of 
the New England Deposit Library (Library 
Quarterly, Oct., 1948 and Jan., 1949). 
Mr Doherty was a member of the staff of 
this Library for several years. Follow- 
ing war service he left here to do grad- 
uate work at the University of Chicago 
prior to accepting his present position 
as Branch Librarian with the District of 
Columbia Public Library. His two arti- 
cles on the Deposit Library sum up in 
admirable fashion the purposes of that 
institution and present a careful out- 
line of its problems and activities. 

C. L. H. 




Asked by a young colored boy in the 
Treasure Room: 

"Have you got any Bibles with gold 

"Haven't you got Bibles with gold 


The showing of the film Little Tomen 
in Boston recently stimulated anew the 
demand for Louisa May Alcott's books. In 
this connection, the following article is 
of particular interest. 


At the outset let me confess that I 
never met Miss Alcott but once and then 
for a few moments only. 

On an afternoon almost seventy years 
ago my aunt was on her way along the 
streets of Concord to call on her friend, 
Louisa Alcott, when somewhere near the 
library I met her. Of course, she could 
not resist the temptation of giving her 
little niece the opportunity to meet the 
beloved author of Little 'Tomen , so she 
took me along with her. 

When we arrived at the Alcott home my 
aunt discovered that my hands were very 
dirty. In spite of that disgraceful 
fact, however, Louisa, who came to the 
door herself, looked at me kindly and 
seemed to think it was a most natural 
thing for a little girl to have dirty 

I remember being taken to "May's room" 
where Miss Alcott very graciously helped 
me to clean up. I also remember wonder- 
ing about certain pencil drawings "right 
on the wallpaper". My aunt explained to 
me on the way home that they had been 
drawn by May (I knew her as Amy), who 
was no longer living. 

Miss Alcott frequently sent little 
gifts to my aunt. These offerings were 
always accompanied by rhymes, scribbled 
in her readable handwriting. 

With a pair of bellows she sent the 

"To Anna 

"A little pair of 'bellus' 
Your cosy fire to blow, 
"Ihen winter winds are howling, 
And softly falls the snow. 

"I wish some gentle fairy 
The magic would bestow, 
Whereby all care and worry 
Up the chimney would go. 

"But the best kind of angels 
For a world of want and woe, 
Are the cheerful heart and spirit 
That in your bosom glow. 

"So with many happy wishes 
That time be very kind, 
A useful friend I offer 
To help raise the wind." 

"Tith a calendar she wrote, 

"To Anna 

"To one who uses life so well 
A calendar but serves to tell 
The sands that fall from old Time's 

and turn to gold as they downward 



One of my favorites came with a box of 
notepaper : 

"Anna, my dear, 
I send you here, 
In return for your bread 
Note paper white 
That your appetite 
For writing may be fed c 
'Tis the only way 
My debt I can pay, 
And you know the Scriptures tell 
If your bread you cast, 
On the waters vast, 
It comes back buttered well." 

On a visit to Orchard House, not long 
ago, I was surprised to see among the 
exhibits a faded wax doll dressed in a 

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costume of the Alcott period* I recog- 
nized the little doll as one I had given 
to the wife of one of "Meg's" sons, be- 
cause every bit of her costume had been 
designed and made by my aunt, who was a 
dear friend of "Meg" and "Jo." 

Edith Guerrier 
Supervisor of 
Branch Libraries, 



Under the sponsorship of friends of the 
North End Branch Library contributions to 
the Mary U. Nichols Book Prizes Fund have 
been received to perpetuate the memory of 
Miss Mary U. Nichols, Branch Librarian 
there from 1941 - 1948. Mrs Thomas Raia, 
Treasurer of the Fund, presented a check 
in the amount of five hundred sixty dol- 
lars fifty cents ($560.50) to the Library 
on Monday, the ninth of May, 1949. 

The Director has appointed the following 
committee in 1949 to select the books to 
be awarded: the Branch Librarian of the 
North End Branch Library (Miss Ellen C. 
Peterson); the Deputy Supervisor in Charge 
of Work with Children (Miss Elizabeth M. 
Gordon); and two individuals from the 
faculty of the local high school: Father 
Thomas, O.F.M. , Vice Principal and Head of 
the English Department of the Christopher 
Columbus Catholic High School, and a 
Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. 

The presentation of the two book prizes 
for 1949 will be made by the Director of 
the Library on Thursday evening, June 2, 
1949 at 8 o'clock at the North End Branch 
Library. The other speakers will be 
Bishop John J. bright, Father Timothy 
O'Leary, and Mrs Thomas Raia in represen- 
tation of those contributing to the Fund. 

All members of the staff of the Boston 
Public Library who are interested are 
cordially invited to attend. 




A peasant I, you must agree 
My years "in service" are but three. 
But, peasant-like, I take my stand 
And shake my unknown sister's hand- 
Mother of the incantation 
"Give us two more weeks vacation. 

For most of us will never know 

The joy of being called a "Pro"- 

And we must answer to a dub 

As insignificant as "Sub" I 

To complete the degradation 

1r fe have just two weeks vacation. 

^'e, sore of backs and weak of bones, 
Are violets by mossy stones 
We must, perforce, remain anon 
As carelessly we're trod upon 

Nor wail too loud our lamentation 
"Give us two more weeks vacation." 

But, if our efforts you reward 
Then, jubilant, we'll thank the Lord 
And glare no more at Personnel 
Nor joke about the 3.P.L. 

And plague no more this publication 
Demanding two more weeks vacation. 

"The Unendowed" 


Name: Jane Doe 

Occupation: Late employee of the B.P.L< 
Professional assistant 

Duration of stay: Eternity 

Name: Jane Schmoe 

Occupation: Late employee of the B.P.L. 
Sub-professional assistant 

Duration of stay: One - ha If eternity 


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Sub. - You'd better go lie down. 

Pro. - Lie down? ^Thy? 

Sub. - Because I'm only supposed to get 
half as tired as you and I'm 

"The Ha If -baked" 

Editor's Note ; At the meeting of the 
officers of the Library held on May tenth 
the Director reported that a study of 
vacation policies in certain other li- 
braries is being made for the benefit of 
the Trustees. 


Dolores J. Masoay, Book Stack Service, 
has announced her engagement to Paul 
Dobay of the United Stares Coast Guard. 
She is planning to be married June 5. 

Veronica M. Flattich, Book Stack 
Service, is planning to be married on May 
28, to Paul Tibbets of the New England 
Telephone Company. 

Sarah Kushner, also of Book Stack 
Service, has announced her engagement to 
George Marshall. 

Mr Kenneth C. Barnes, Assistant in the 
Periodical and Newspaper Department, has 
had two prints chosen for exhibition in 
the Eighteenth Boston International Salon 
of Photography, at the Boston Camera Club, 
351a Newbury Street, from May 22 through 
May 29. The public is invited to attend 
this exhibition, which is open from 2 to 
9 p.m. daily. 

Prints of Mr Arthur W. Heintzelman, 
Keeper of Prints, and Miss Muriel C. 
Figenbaum, also of the Print Department, 
are shown in the Boston Printmakers' 
second exhibition at Paines of Boston, 
May 11 through May 28. 

The Boston Printmakers are a group of 
graphic artists and print collectors 
devoted to developing a more widespread 
interest in the print field. Founded in 
1947, the membership lists have grown to 
include a great many internationally known 
artists and prominent print collectors. 

Mr Arthur ,rr . Heintzelman, Keeper of 
Prints in the Boston Public Library was a 
participating artist in a group demonstra- 
tions given at the National Academy Gal- 
leries, New York on April 7, 1949. 

Mr Heintzelman demonstrated the drypoint 
medium, and his model was the Honorable 
Judge Harold R. Medina of New York. 

E. K. 

The officers of the Library are invited 
to attend a tea which is being given in 
honor of the Librarians from Germany who 
are visiting libraries in the Boston area 
at this time* 

The tea will be held in the Somen's 
Lounge on Monday, May 16, 1949 from 4 - 
5 P. M. 


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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 5 June 1949 

Publications Committees Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Brackett, John M. Carroll, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Usher , Chairman 

Publication date i 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 


In the columns of this issue are to be 
found notes on the death of two members 
of the Library profession, Mr T. Francis 
Brennan, who at the time of his retire- 
ment was Chief of the Issue Department 
and Deputy Supervisor in the Reference 
Division, and Miss Nina G. Brotherton, 
Professor of Library Science at Simmons 

Mr Brennan had worked in the Boston 
Public Library from July 1890 until his 
retirement in December 1943. He was fa- 
miliar with the growth of the Library 
from the days when it occupied the "old" 
building on Boylston Street. His consci- 
entious, careful work on the card cata- 
logs of the Library, the Classics, the 
Bible, the city, state, and federal docu- 
ments is still of major value to people 
utilising the reference material in the 
Library. In his capacity as Chief of 
what is now Book Stack Service from 1930 
on, he kept a growing city of books or- 
ganized into a smoothly operating system, 
free of traffic snarls. He liked people 
and enjoyed serving the public. 

Miss Brotherton had been in library 
work since 1907, Her career embraced a 
wide variety of experiences in many 
places throughout the eastern section of 
the country. She came to Simmons College 
in 1927 to give courses in Yfork with 
Children and The Library as an Institu- 
tion, Her's was a ranging mind, always 
enquiring and exploring. It was obvious 
to all that her heart was in her work. 

Some of us had the opportunity to know 
both of these people. Their passing over 
within a relatively short time makes a 
comparison of their careers rather inter- 
esting to speculate about. Each in his 
way had much to contribute toward librar- 
ianship. Each did. Their careers span a 
whole phase of the growth of Librarian- 
ship. In each career there is much to be 

found that was truly inspiring as well 
as instructive, 

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New Staff Members 

Frank J, Donovan, Book Staok Service, 

Helen R, DeSimone, Book Stack Service 
(formerly part-time), 

Mary A, Gelsomini, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference 
Division (formerly part-time), 

Adrienne I, Murray, Roslindale Branch 

Jean Richardson, Personnel Office, 


Martha A. McGee, Dorchester Branch 
Library, to be married,, 

Jean M» Canavan, Book Sta*k Service. 

John H, Kelly, Book Stack Service, 

Mary C, O'Brien, Book Staak Service, 

Mrs Mary T. Miller, Roslindale Branch 
Library, to live in Chicago. 

Mrs Mary W. Waters, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference 
Division, to remain at home. 

Louis N, Rains, General Reference De- 
partment, to go into business for him- 

Helen Sagoff , Mattapan Branch Library, 
to be married, 

Mrs Myrene L, Steele, Codman Square 
Branch Library. 

Mrs Suzanne Turner, East Boston Branch 

Annie J, Daley, Branch Issue Depart- 



Veronica M. Flattich, Book Stack Serv- 
ice, -was married to Mr Harold Tibets on 
May 28, 1949. 

Dolores J. Masaoy, Book Stack Service, 
was married to Mr Paul Dobay on June 5, 

Thomas O'Connor, Statistical Department, 
was married to Maury Catherine MacDonald 
on June 11, 1949. 

Deborah Blossom, General Reference De- 
partment, was married to Mr Paul E. 
Est over on June 11, 1949, 


Mr and Mrs Timothy F. Desmond, 31 
Paulina Street, Somerville, are receiving 
congratulations on the birth of a son, 
TTilliam J. on May 21. Mrs Desmond is the 
former Dorothy Ployer of the Supply Room. 

Since so many friends have enquired for 
Miss Editha Ewing, we are happy to print 
the address to which cards and greetings 
may be sent: Channing Home, 198 Pilgrim 
Road, Boston 15. 


Mrs Cecilia Nazzaro McCarthy, Charles- 
town Branch Library, after a long siege 
of illness. 

Earl Quadros, Buildings Department, 
after several weeks' illness. 


Miss Theresa Durante, Information Of- 
fice, was awarded a two-year scholarship 
for Emmanuel College at the graduation 
exercises of Fitton High School in East 

Miss Mary Hennessey, Information Office, 
is working on a personnel survey at 
Jordan Marsh Co. for the summer. 

Miss Ruth Marshall, Information Office, 
is graduating from Radcliffe College with 
high honors, (incidentally, as a gradua- 
tion gift, she is taking an extended 
motor tour with Virginia as her goal.) 

Miss Isabella Pennampede, Information 
Office, was the main speaker at the grad- 
uation exercises of the High School of 
Practical Arts in Roxbury on June 1. A 
graduate of the school, she received 
three scholarships from there in 1943. 
The subject of her talk was Experiences 
of a Graduate . 

Miss Helen Savakian, Information Office, 
who has a B.S. degree in Commercial 
Science from Boston University, will re- 
ceive a B.S. degree in Library Science 
from Simmons College on June 13. 

Miss Ursula Von Zarsk, East Boston 
Branch Library, is graduating from the 
Leland Powers School of the Theater and 

Miss Mary Brady, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication Department, Reference Division, 
received her A.B. degree from Boston 
College on June 8, 

Miss Mary Ann Gelsomini, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference 
Division, graduated from Girls' High 
School on June 1. 

Miss Sally Trentini, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference 
Division, received her diploma from 
Everett High Schoon on June 7. . 

Miss Mildred R. Adelson, Jamaica Plain 
Branch Library, has recently completed 
the course at the Simmons Library School. 

Mr William J. Mclntire, Mattapan Branch 
Library, a member of the class of 1949 at 
Boston Latin School, was axvarded the 
"Freshman Scholarship" which will extend 
throughout the four years at Harvard 
College. He was president of the Modern 
History Club , a member of the literary 
staff of the "Register", the school maga- 
zine and the Honor Society . He also was 
active in the Debating Club , the French 
Club and the Music Appreciation Club . 

Mr Paul X. Shea, Mattapan Branch Li- 
brary, a member of the class of 1949 at 
the High School of Commerce, won two 
scholarships. In addition to one of the 
Silver Anniversary scholarships awarded 
by the Class of 1924, he also received a 
$100 award from the Alumni Educational 
Fund. While in school, Paul ivas a member 
of the Key , Forum and Booster Clubs, was 
a delegate to the Washington national 
convention of the Key Club, assistant 
editor of the Tradesman, and represented 
the school at the Boston Rotary Club. 


Mr Bradford M. Hill has recently been 
elected President of the Boston Chapter, 
Special Libraries Association, for the 
year 1949-1950. 

Mr Charles L. Higgins, General Refer- 
ence Department, has been asked to give 
the course "Introduction to Librarians- 
ship" at the Simmons College summer ses- 

Editor's Note ; We are sure that many 
other members of the staff are receiv- 
ing academic honors of various sorts 
but these are all that have been sent 
to us. Congratulations to all the 
others I J 



Mr and Mrs Joseph Lynch are receiving 
congratulations on the birth of a daugh- 
ter, Rita Patricia, on May 19. Mrs 
Lynch is the former Rita Carr of the 
Director's Office. 


The A.L.A. Bulletin for May, 1949 car- 
ries a biographical sketch of Dr. Jaime 
Torres Bodet of Mexico, the new director- 
general of UNESCO, -written by Mr Lord. 
Dr. Bodet was at one time head of the 
Department of Libraries in the Ministry 
of Education. 


Mr Palle Birkelund of the Royal 
Library, Copenhagen, visited the Boston 
Public Library recently. He is holder of 
a UNESCO Fellowship. He is interested in 
Personnel, Cataloging and Classification 
in the Reference Division, and in Book 

Mrs Bland of the Ordering Department of 
the Vancouver Public Library paid an in- 
formal call on the Book Selection Depart- 
ment recently. Young, charming, and very 
much interested in book selection and 
book purchasing procedures, Mrs Bland was 
able to tell us many interesting things 
about the ways in which these processes 

are carried on in the Vancouver Public 
Library. The exchange of ideas with 
workers from other libraries is always 
stimulating. It is a pleasure to have 
out-of-town visitors take a business 
holiday and visit our library. Mrs Bland, 
who is visiting friends in Melrose, said 
that she "simply could not resist coming 
to see the Boston Public Library." 

Miss Mary Reynolds, formerly of the 
Book Stack Service, visited the Library 
last week. Miss Reynolds commented on 
the many changes, especially in the staff 

Corporal Doris Quigley of the United 
States Marine Corps, formerly of the 
Trustees' Office, visited the Library on 
Thursday, June 9. She is on a twelve-day 
leave from her duties in Tfashington, D.C. 

Miss Dorothy Joan Tierney, a former 
member of the staff, visited Charlestown 
Branch Library while vacationing in 
Boston from her duties as Librarian of 
the Navy Line School in Newport, Rhode 


After many years of service in the 
Branch Issue Department, Miss Annie J. 
Daley resigned from her position on May 
9, 1949. 

During her long service in the Library, 
Miss Daley has made many friends who were 
all very sorry to see her leave, and who 
now wish her every joy and happiness in 
her much-deserved rest. 


One protest against changing the name 
of our publication was registered. Since 
that was the only response to the request 
for comments on the suggestion that the 
name be changed, we assume that the pres- 
ent name, The Question Mark , is satis- 


The Board of Directors of the Boston 
Public Library Employees* Benefit Asso- 
ciation, Incorporated, wishes to remind 
the staff, through the courtesy of the 
B.P.L.P.S.A., that there are only 193 
days before Xmas. For your Xmas cards 
and gifts this year, don't forget the 
Post Card Counter. 


Instead of having our theme song for 
this month June is bust in* out all over, 
we might paraphrase it to say June is 
poppin 1 out all over , since we are all so 
vitally concerned with our Pops evening. 
All the seats have been spoken for (and 
paid for by now, no doubt) with a very 
few exceptions* If Aunt Susie. Uncle 
Henry, or Cousin Liz should arrive unex- 
pectedly, no doubt Miss Calnan would be 
able to produce another ticket from that 
magic hat which she uses so effectively. 
According to the enthisiasm evidenced, 
this should be a very happy occasion. 

Mrs Sarah W. Flannery, as past editor 
of The Question Mark , and the President 
have been invited to meet with the Pub- 
lications Committee on Monday, June 13th, 
in order to crystallize, if possible, an 
editorial policy for The Question Mark 
which should serve as a guide for present 
and future editors and their committee 
members. It is hoped that there will be 
a definite policy evolved which can be 
reported in detail at a later date» 

Congratulations are in order to the 
members of the staff of the North End 
Branch Library for the exceptionally 
well-planned and efficiently carried out 
program on June 2nd, at the first award- 
ing of the Mary u", Nichols Book Prizes. 
The laudatory comments about Miss 
Nichols, her fine %vork in the library, 
and her outstanding contribution to the 
community brought home to us all very 
forcefully the need for a kind word of 
encouragement and an occasional crumb of 
appreciation while we are here to enjoy 
it. It seems to be a universal human 
failing to expect from our fellow work- 
ers a good job, well-done, with no com- 
monts, whereas an unexpected bit of ap- 
preciation from our superiors and co- 
workers can do much to help us over some 
of the hard spots. It might be worth 
trying sometime. 

As the report of the Membership Commit' 
tee brought out at the May business 

meeting, our paid-up membership is very 
gratifying. There must, however, be a 
few hardy souls who are still resisting 
our manifold temptations of membership. 
The Piold Representatives still have a 
little missionary work to do along that 
line. Let's aim at 10C$ and achieve that 

Please notify your social secretary to 
set aside for you the following dates — 
November 17 and 18, and December 2, 1949. 
Exciting events are in the making and it 
would be sad if a previous engagement 
made it impossible for you to participate. 
Details later. Save the dates. 

As first president of the Boston Public 
Library Professional Staff Association, 
Mr Bradford M. Hill's name has been sub- 
mitted for possible inclusion on the 
slate of the Steering Committee of the 
national SORT (Staff Organization Round 
Table), TTe are hoping that the Executive 
Committee of that organization will con- 
sider favorably the candidate from our 

Our CARE representatives are doing a 
grand job. Don't forget that they can't " 
keep it up without your pennies, dimes, 
and nickels -•- and, of course, hundred 
dollar bills are always acceptable. 


The First Annual Award of the Mary U. 
Nichols Book Prizes was made by the 
Director, Milton E. Lord, at the North 
End Branch Library on Thursday evening 
June 2, 1949 at 8 o'clook. On that 
beautiful June evening over three hundred 
persons gathered in the adult room of the 
Library before the model of the Doges 
Palace, Miss Ellen C. Peterson, Branch 
Librarian, made the address of welcome 
and introduced as Chairman, "•■ John A. 
Scanga, the popular manager of the 
Michelangelo Evening School Center Mrs 
Thomas Raia, Treasurer, ingratiated her- 
self with the audience by her aclmowledged 


inexperience as a public speaker, as she 
presented the Book Fund, which has now 
reached $591.50, to the Director. In 
presenting the Book Prizes, Mr Lord 
stressed the unusualness of Miss Nichols' 
having made so deep an impression on the 
community in so relatively short a time. 

Award winners were Joan Marie Sandrelli, 
who received "Poems of Francis Thompson" 
with notes and biographical sketch by 
Terence L. Connolly, S.J., and Vincent A. 
Maglia, who received the Kittredge edi- 
tion of "Shakespeare". Both books had a 
bookplate designed by Mr Arthur W. 
Heintzelman, Curator of Prints. The dark 
green full leather binding with gold 
tooling v/as done under the personal super- 
vision of Mr James P. Mooers, Chief of the 
Binding Department. 

Reverend Timothy F. T Leary, Ph.D., 
Assistant Superintendent of Diocesan 
Schools, spoke of the fine cooperation 
between the Boston Public Library and the 
Parochial Schools. He paid a personal 
tribute to Miss Nichols for her inspira- 
tion and help when he was faced with the 
task of transforming an army barrack into 
a modern city high school in the dis- 
hearteningly short space of two months. 

Bishop John J. Wright spoke on the cul- 
tural heritage of Italo-Americans, and 
urged the boys and girls to learn Italian, 
not the local North End dialect but pure 

The Girls' Glee Club from Christopher 
Columbus High School sang three selec- 

An informal reception and refreshments 
brought the program to a close. 

Trustees, Library staff members, 
Pastors of St. Mary's and St. Leonard's 
Churches and many of their assistants, as 
well as the entire faculty of the boys' 
division at Christopher Columbus High 
School, representatives from the Social 
Houses, Schools, Italian Consulate, local 
organizations, and neighborhood friends 
made up the audience. 

The day after the presentation, the 
principal at Christopher Columbus High 
School was besieged by members of the 
Junior Class from the North End wishing 
to know what they had to do to qualify 
for the Mary TJ. Nichols Book Prizes next 

One Christopher Columbus Senior, in- 
spired by Mr Heintzelman 1 s bookplate, 
spent the week-end designing his personal 

bookplate, and on Monday took his sketch 
to an artist to find out how much it 
would cost to have the bookplate made 
ready for engraving. The price over- 
whelmed him. He wishes he had won the 
Mary U. Nichols Book Prize just to have a 
copy of the Bookplate. 

Miss Mildred Kaufman of Mount Bowdoin 
Branch Library lent a group of Italian 
dolls dressed in the costumes of the 
various Provinces of Italy. These dolls 
made a very interesting exhibit and were 
much admired by the Award guests. 

Requests continue to come tothe Library 
for the attractively printed programs 
which were distributed to our guests by 
members of the North End Branch Reading 
Teensters Club, 

The beauty of the Prizes volumes and 
the spirit in which they were received is 
an outstanding tribute to the Boston 
Public Library, to the people of the 
North End, and to the memory of Mary U. 

**** ****** 

The annual meeting of the M.L.A. was 
held in the Memorial Hall at Plymouth on 
Wednesday, May 25. More than three hun- 
dred members attended, many of them from 
Boston. A special chartered bus carried 
forty-one B.P.L. members and additional 
members went in private automobiles. 

The morning program opened with a panel 
discussion on "Inter library loans: their 
use and abuse," Mrs Ethel Chandler, 
Librarian of the East Bridgewater Public 
Library. (and a past President of the 
Association) expressed the views of the 
small library; Miss Lucile Wickersham of 
the Springfield City Library Association 
gave the viewpoint of the medium-sized 
library; Irs Grace B. Loughlin, Chief of 
the Branch Issue Department of the Boston 
Public Library, upheld the policies and 
views of the large library; while Miss 
Elsie M. McCabe» Reference Librarian of 
the Division of Public Libraries, ex- 
plained how the Division functions in 
this field. A summary of the statements 
made by this panel of experts cannot do 
justice to the many points brought out 
for the improvement of loan procedures. 
However, this discussion revealed so many 
inadequacies in the present system that a 

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special committee was suggested to draw 
up a statewide system of rules and han- 
dling procedures. If this suggested com- 
mittee is formed the resulting rules and 
regulations should prove beneficial to 
both libraries and borrowers. 

The Honorable Timothy Murphy, Assistant 
Attorney General (and the attorney in 
charge of the prosecution in the recent 
case of Caldwell's "God's Little Acre" 
and Cain's "Serenade" versus the state) 
presented the inside story of the official 
position now taken by the state in regard 
to books accounted obscene or injurious 
to the morals of youth. Mr Murphy's 
speech will be printed in full in the Fall 
issue of the M.L.A. Bulletin so that 
everyone interested will be able to judge 
for himself as to the merits of the case. 
Also, the function of the Massachusetts 
Advisory Committee for Juvenile Reading 
was explained. This committee was formed 
mainly to advise the Attorney General 
when cases of comic books and other juve- 
nile "literature" considered injurious to 
the morals of youth were discovered by 
the committee members. The committee is 
to inform the state authorities in such 
cases and then the Attorney General's 
office is to persuade the dealers to re- 
move such items from their stock. Miss 
Elizabeth M. Gordon, Deputy' Supervisor 
In Charge of YTork with Children, is a 
member of this committee. 

No official luncheon was scheduled, so 
when the morning session was adjourned by 
President Rich, the meeting broke up into 
small groups of members, who repaired to 
the many restaurants and tea-rooms spe- 
cializing in sea-food. 

The afternoon session was opened by the 
introduction of Mr Fred H. Garrigus, 
Director of Public Affairs for Station 
WEEI. His topic was "Radio — education 
or recreation?" A very facile speaker of 
great experience in radio programming and 
publicity, Mr Garrigus kept his audience 
at attention by explaining just hox7 the 
radio station can help the library and 
hew the library should arrange programs 
capable of "holding" the listener. The 
old standby of the past — a fifteen- 
minute speech read by a librarian — Mr 
Garrigus stated really cost the station 
ore hour and fifteen minutes. He ex- 
plained that this type of program caused 
the listener to tune out the station and 
on an average the listener did not tune 

in again for one hour after the program. 
The best type of program for libraries, 
in his opinion, is the group discussion 
program, consisting of three or four 
speakers and a coordinator. His sugges* 
tions and explanations were considered 
very helpful by a great many of the mem- 
bers, especially those from small librar- 

The annual business meeting was held 
next and Mr Rich installed the new 
President, Mr John D. Kelley, Librarian 
of the Somerville Public Library. Miss 
Louise B. Day, of the Lynn Public Library 
is the new Vice President. 

Mr Harold A. Tfooster of the Newton Free 
Public Library was called upon and he 
presented the tentative program of the 
A.L.A. Regional Meeting to be held at 
Swampscott, October 12-15, 1949. 

C .J.G. 


Those working in subject departments 
will be interested in R, H. Whitford's 
thoughts on the educational requisites 
for successful special librarianship. 
Although particularly concerned with 
training for the technical librarian, his 
remarks have a bearing upon the entire 
field of special librarianship. 
(iThitford, R. H., Triangular training for 
the technical librarian. Special 
Libraries, May- June, 1949, p. 178-182). 

An interesting item of information is 
the note that beginning July 1 of this 
year, the magazine Newsweek will be 
available on micro-card, as well as micro- 

The May 14, 
devoted almost 
ing and output 
presses. This 
which SRL has 
the topic. It 
formative read 
rial having be 
coming Report 

1949 issue of the SRL is 
entirely to the function- 
of American university 
marks the seventh year 
given over one number to 
makes interesting and in- 
ing with much of the mate- 
en digested from the forth- 
on American university 


Oftentimes one hears comment on the 
personnel policy and salary schedules in 
college and university libraries without 
being presented with sufficient facts to 
warrant conclusions. For the most part 
information on such subjects has been 
piecemeal and quite unsatsifactory par- 
ticularly when comparisons with the pub- 
lic library field are sought, M. P. Seay 
in his Key to college salaries (Library 
Journal, June 1, 1949, p. 860-861) has 
done a service in presenting the results 
of a survey of some 72 land-grant col- 
leges and universities with respect to 
their policy in such matters as tenure, 
educational attainments and salaries. 
The presentation is incomplete from sev- 
eral viewpoints, but it is at least a 

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On Kay 30th Mr T. Francis Brennan, 
formerly Chief of the Issue Department 
and Deputy Supervisor in the Reference 
Division, passed away. Mr Brennan had 
retired from the service of the Library 
in December 1943, after more than fifty 
years of faithful service. Until a year 
ago he had been in good health. 

Frank, as he was known to all his asso- 
ciates, was a man who had a large heart 
and a generous nature under a seemingly 
gruff exterior. Most of his many acts of 
kindness will never be known; as he truly 
believed, and practiced his belief, in 
doing all his good deeds in such a manner 
that his left hand should not know what 
his right hand had done. 

Always interested in the welfare of 
those who came under his supervision, he 
was constantly on the alert to be of as- 
sistance to them by counsel or in other 
ways. Any member of the staff who had 
troubles of any kind always found a 
friend in Frank Brennan. It was his in- 
terest in his fellov/ worker that caused 
him in 1902 to be one of the founders of Boston Public Library Employees 
Benefit Association. 

Funeral services for Mr Brennan were 
held on Thursday, June 2, 1949, at St. 
Cilumbkille's Church, Brighton, with a 
E'.ah Mass of Requiem and interment was at 
Calvary Cemetery, Mattapan. The services 

were attended by a large delegation from 
the Library, headed by the Director, 
Milton E. Lord. 

J .o .K« 

Members of the Boston Public Library 
Staff, who were former students of the 
late Miss Nina C. Brotherton, professor 
of Library Science at Simmons College, 
were shocked and saddened at the news of 
her sudden passing on May 25, 

She had been a member of the library 
profession since 1907 when she graduated 
from the School of Library Science at 
Western Reserve. She served as children's 
librarian at the Cleveland Public Library 
from 1907 to 1917. She often fondly re- 
called her work there. From 1920 to 1927 
she was principal at the Carnegie Library 
School. Coming to Simmons College in 
1927, she had been on the faculty twenty- 
two years. Her special field was chil- 
dren's work, but yearly she gave an in- 
troductory course in Library Science, 

It was a privilege to have had Miss 
Brotherton for an instructor. Her stu- 
dents felt that they had received the 
best possible introduction to library 
work coming as it did from one who had 
such a vast fund of library knowledge and 
experience. To have known such a person 
as Miss Brotherton was an added privilege. 
Her valued advice, which was frequently 
sought, was cheerfully and graciously 
given. Her perspective vms hard to 
duplicate. She had a delightful sense of 
humor in the classroom as well as outside. 
Imbued with a great love of Boston and a 
tremendous interest in the Simmons Col- 
lege Library School, it vias fitting that 
Miss Brotherton passed on while still an 
active teacher. 

E. J.L, 



Codman Square 

The staff entertained Mrs Myrene L, 
Steele at luncheon on May 20, Mrs Steele 
has resigned to return to her home city, 
Indianapolis, where her husband has been 
appointed Minister of the Bethel 
Methodist Church. 



A luncheon party -was given by the staff 
of the Dorchester Branch Library at the 
Toll House on Saturday, April 30th, in 
honor of Miss Martha McGee. The tables 
rere attractively decorated with spring 
f lowers and gay colored May-baskets. A 
sterling silver sugar bowl, creamer, and 
tray were presented to Miss McGee. Mrs 
Geraldine Altman and Miss Marguerite 
McCauley, former members of the staff, 
were guests at the luncheon. 

Miss McGee was married to Mr David 
McDonnell on May 14th. Many members of 
the Dorchester staff attended her wedding 
and reception in Hyde Park. 

East Boston 

Mrs Suzanne Turner and Miss Ursula 
Von Zarsk of the Children's Room staff, 
were guests of honor at a staff party 
held at the home of Miss Dorothy Nourse, 
Branch Librarian. Both present and form- 
er members of the staff who had worked 
with the guests of honor gathered to ex- 
tend good wishes to Mrs Turner, leaving 
the library service, to return to her 
home in Louisiana, and to Miss Von Zarsk, 
graduating from the Leland Powers School 
of the Theater and Radio. A delicious 
dinner was served by the hostess. 

Lower Mills and Neponset 

On Saturday, May 14th, about fifty boys 
and girls who are members of reading 
clubs at the Neponset and Lower Mills 
Branch Libraries, got together for a trip 
to Orchard House and other points of in- 
terest at Concord. Naturally, the first 
stop was made at Orchard House, where 
they were received very graciously and 
conducted on a tour of the house. After- 
wards they were permitted to roam about 
and examine whatever interested them 
especially. The boys and girls had a 
wonderful time both inside and outside 
the house. Another stop v/as made at 
Concord Bridge, and other places of in- 
terest were pointed out to the children. 

The trip was under the direction of 
Miss Mildred Presente of Neponset Branch 
Library and Miss Mary Gilman of Lower 
Mills Branch Library. Miss Ruth Hayes, 
Branch Librarian at Neponset and other 

staff members accompanied the group and 
helped conduct the tour. 

Phillips Brooks 

The third week in May proved to be an 
exceptionally memorable one at the 
Phillips Brooks Branch Library. On May 
16, the newly organized FRIENDS OF THE 
their first program meeting with the 
celebration of the eighteenth anniversary 
of their library as a branch of the 
Boston Public Library. After a few words 
of welcome by the Branch Librarian, Miss 
Virginia Haviland, and Mr Milton E. 
Lord's recognition of the significance of 
"Friends of the Library" in a community 
such as Readville, the meeting was turned 
over to the president of the organization, 
Mr Donald Leavitt. He opened the program 
with a message describing the aims of his 
group. He made it clear that the organi- 
zation is designed "to create an aware- 
ness among the people (of Readville) of 
the greater uses of the library and its 
importance to the life of the community"; 
he concluded with a statement of the 
group's desire, by working with the li- 
brary, "to help our children appreciate 
the finer things in life (and) teach 
them to understand and respect the rights 
and privileges of others." For the eve** 
ning the speaker was Mr Tilliam jj, Harlow 
of Hyde Park, a member of the Great Books 
Discussion Group at Phillips Brooks 
Branch Library and a lecturer on local 
history. He presented an accurate and 
fascinating picture of the growth of the' 
Readville-Hyde Park area of Boston from 
1689 to the present. 

Both the evening's entertainment and 
the delicious cakes and punch served as 
refreshments were provided by THE FRIENDS 
Over a hundred and fifty people attended 
the festivities, including as special 
guests Mr Milton E. Lord, Director, Mr 
Francis B. Masterson, Trustee, Mrs Ada A. 
Andelman, Supervisor in the Circulation 
Division, Miss Edna G. Peck and Mrs Edith 
H. Bailey, former Branch Librarians at 
this Branch Library. 

During the same week, our last Great 
Books Discussion for the year was held on 
Thursday evening. Members of this 1948- 
49 group (who will continue next year for 
the second course of reading), led by 

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Mrs Bailey and Miss Havilandj entered in- 
to a lively appraisal of Karl Marx' 
COICUNIST MANIFESTO; This was carried on 
farther by Mr Gordon DuPee, Regional 
Director of the Great Books Foundation^ 
who was a visitor for the evening. For 
the social period which followedj a com** 
mittee of women from the group served 
punch and cookies, 


Uph ams Corn er 

".Talking into the Uphams Corner Branch 
Library between May 31 and June 9, one 
would have seen on display anything from 
a portable radio to a small table lamp 
complete with wiring. The occasion for 
this display was a Hobby Show, held dur- 
ing the month of May in order to stimu- 
late and encourage the neighborhood chil- 
dren to express their creative abilities. 

Children in grades four to eight were 
asked to bring in specimens of their 
hobbies for exhibit at the library, Jhe 
response to the invitation was quite en- 
thusiastic. Thirty-eight children 
brought in hobby exhibits, including 
stamp collections , drawings, clay models, 
embroidery, needlecraft, wood carvings, 
and original poems. Of particular inter- 
est was the radio constructed by an 
eighth-grade boy from directions given in 
Popular Mechanics Magazine, 

On June 9 two prizes were awarded to 
the children with the best displays, and 
four other boys and girls received honor- 
able mention. 

While the hobbies were on exhibit, the 
library was visited by both teachers and 
social workers, all of whom showed great 
interest in the work that the children 
had done. The results of the contest 
were most gratifying, both in bringing to 
light latent talent, and in creating a 
closer contact between the children and 
the Library t 


The Uphams Corner Branch Library is 
planning a varied group of activities for 
its summer program. In July Mr and Mrs 
John Cronan will give a Stcry Hour every 
Thursday morning at ten o ; clock for the 
neighborhood children. Invited to these 

Story Hours will be the boys and girls 
from Denison House and Little House, two 
Red Feather organizations, and from the 
six playgrounds in the area. In addition, 
the Library is supplying these groups 
with books to help their 1 leaders carry 
out their summer activities* 

Spscial Story Hours will be given in 
August for the children in the Pilgrim 
Church Vacation School, and books will be to the School to afford both 
recreation fur the children and assist- 
ance to the teachers, 


The Librarian and staff of the Uphams 
Corner Branch Library gave a ben voyage 
party in honor of Miss Marie Pineo., the 
children's librarian, on Wednesday, June 
22. . 

Miss Pineo is sailing from Quebec on 
June 25th for a two month European tour 
under the chape ronage of the American 
You-ch Hostels, The staff presented her 
with several small but .useful gifts to 
tuck in her bicycle bag (30 pounds 
limits) , as the young lady in question is 
bicycling through France over the Swiss 
Alps into Italy, and possibly through 
Austria ~ no mean feat for a librarian 
who has only recently taken up the fine 
art of bicyclingo 



Cata loging a nd C l assification , 
Ref ere nce L i visi on 

This department kept the usual June 
tradition of brides and sweet girl 
graduates this year of 1949, 

Our bride, Miss Sally Trentini, was 
married at 4:30 p*m 9 on Sunday, June 12 f 
in St Anthony's Church, Everett, to Mr 
Joseph D. I/Iiloe The department sent 
their very best wishes with a silver 
cream and sugar and accompanying tray. 
Miss Trentini was among our sweet 
girl graduates, as on the Tuesday previ- 
ous to her "/redding day she received her 
diploma from Everett High School, 


General Reference 

A small group of his friends fore- 
gathered recently to extend best wishes 
to Mr Louis Rains of this department on 
the occasion of his resignation from the 
Library. As a memento, the departmental 
staff presented him with a desk pen set. 
Mr Rains leaves on June 15 after more 
than twelve years of service during which 
time he worked at the Kirstein and "West 
End Branch Libraries and the General 
Reference Department, In addition he has 
been active in several of the staff 
groups and has held office in the 
B.P.L.P.S.A. During TTorld War II Mr 
Rains was with the U. S. Navy and saw 
service in the Pacific, 

For the past two years he has been pre- 
paring for entrance into the real estate 
field. Upon leaving the Library he Tall 
establish offices in the Copley Square 
district. Those who have had the pleas- 
ure of .rorking vdth him or knowing him 
will regret his departure and extend 
every good wish for success in his new 


Mr Arthur W, Heintzelman, Keeper of 
Prints, was Chairman of the committee for 
the International Exhibition of Contem- 
porary Graphic Art at the Petit Palais 
Museum, Paris, France, from April 29 
through May 30, 1949. The Exposition was 
sponsored by the Minister of Foreign 
Affairs, The Minister of Education, and 
the City of Paris, 

The exposition was organized in recip- 
rocation of the invitations which have 
been extended since 1945 by public or 
private foreign organizations to the 
National Committee of French Graphic 
Artists, the Society of Comtemporary 
Young Graphic Artists, and the Society 
of French Painters and Graphic Artists, 

The United States was confined to send- 
ing only forty prints to this exhibition, 
Mr Heintzelman is also an exhibiting mem- 


After many months of waiting and keep- 
ing watch from the Albert H. ITiggin 
Gallery, the Keeper of Prints, Arthur W. 
Heintzelman, and his staff were pleased 

to welcome visitors to their new enlarged 
quarters on May 18 and 19, 1949. 

In connection with our recent gift of a 
complete collection of the lithographs of 
Henri Fantin Latour from Mr TJTiggin, then 
on exhibition, a special invitation was 
sent to the Trustees of the Boston Public 
Library, Friends of the Print Department, 
and to persons interested in French art 
activities, to view the exhibition and to 
inaugurate the re-opening of the Depart- 
ment. He were very pleased to include 
among those who poured Mrs John Hall, 
Madame Albert Chambon, wife of the French 
Consul of New England, Madame Montalembert, 
wife of the French Vice Consul, and Mrs 
John V, Spaulding, The following day all 
members of the staff were invited to vis- 
it the Department, 

Those who frequented the third floor 
during the alterations know something of 
what was done, and many must have seen 
the steel beams coming in through the 
courtyard. The former location of the 
department was on a balcony overlooking 
the picture files of the Fine Arts De- 
partment. The open space between the 
balcony and the windows was then floored 
over, giving much added space, as well as 
more light and air. Because of the en- 
gineering problem the new floor level had 
to be raised several feet above the old, 
so that we now have two levels. Our 
largest area is the Study Room which now 
looks down upon the courtyard, making a 
most pleasant place for artists and col- 
lectors to work. It is also large enough 
to take care of small lecture groups. 
The room is lined with print cabinets 
stained as before, and the walls have 
been painted a beautiful light and cool 
grey green. Behind the Study Room is the 
Office of the Keeper of Prints, The main 
entrance has remained the same, from the 
balcony of the Albert H, TTiggin Gallery, 


On Tuesday evening, June 7, the 
Arnavets enjoyed a dinner party at the 
Irving Adams Post, A,L. hall in 
Roslindale, A sumptuous boiled dinner 
was served and all commented favorably 
on both the flavor and sufficiency of 
the meal. 


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After dinner, one minute of silence was 
observed in honor of members of the li- 
brary staff who did not return from the 
wars and also for deceased members of the 
organization. Mr Louis Rains was pre- 
sented with a gift, as he is leaving the 
library service. Mr James Gannon, the 
Quartermaster, introduced each member who 
was present, in order that the new mem- 
bers couid become acquainted. 

Upon conclusion of these formalities, 
many groups formed slightly off-key 
barber-shop quartets, while others ex- 
changed reminiscences. Forty-six members 
attended the party. Membership in the 
Arnavets is at an all-time high of sixty- 
eight members.' Mr John McNally deserves 
a vote of thanks for his untiring efforts 
in making the arrangements for a very en- 
joyable evening e 



In the May, 1949 issue of The Question 
Mark there appeared an item against which 
I wish to register an emphatic protest. 
I am referring to the article on the top 
of page nine, under the caption, A Rare 
Book Connoisseur . I am not concerned 
with the fact that the little story is 
rather senseless, but I am surprised at 
the needless mention of the boy's color. 
Cannot we be more adult in our selection 
of material; especially of so-called 
humor, and thus reject inane items which 
are bound to give offense? 

Yours truly, 

(signed) GEORGE E. EARLEY 
General Reference Department 

Editor's Notes 

Sorry. We accept the 

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord III 
The pen is mightier than the swordl 

Old Ever sharp it was you, 
Who gave the B.P.L. its cue! 

Subpros now all promise to wear 
Eversharps in their hair! 

""■/hat's the cause of this elation? 
We have won three weeks' vacation! 

Ever grateful will we be, 
Yes, until Eternity! 



The staff at Central Library was sad- 
dened upon arrival at work this morning, 
June 15, to learn that Earle Quadros of 
the Buildings Department had passed away 
suddenly last evening. 

Earle, who had only recently returned 
to work from a leave of absence and who 
was looking forward to a vacation in 
Maine, was well-known by the staff and 
was appreciated for his pleasant smile, 
his cheery disposition, and his obliging 
nature. He was always willing to under- 
take any mission, small or great, to help 
a friend. 

Earle entered the Library in February, 
1929, in the Book Purchasing Department. 
Transferring to the Buildings Department 
in January, 1936, ho was made Junior 
Building Custodian on June 21, 1944. 

Earle 's hobby ;vas stamp collecting and 
his enthusiasm was so contagious that his 
friends were always on the lookout for 
unusual specimens to augment his collec- 

He is survived by his wife, Maxine, and 
his ten-year-old daughter, Marjorie, who 
only last Saturday accompanied her daddy 
to a Sunday School picnic. 

We will all miss Earle. 

Requiescat in pace! 


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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 6 July 1949 

Publications Committee: Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Brackett, John M. Carroll, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Ushor, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 

Shhhhhh l 

There have been some awfully amusing 
cartoons appearing of late spoofing li- 
braries on their "Silence" traditions. 
That certainly is a joke of ancient vin- 
tage. Mention it and most library people 
grin self-consciously, almost guiltily. 
But, fundamentally, what is wrong in pro- 
viding quiet in a library reading room? 

It seems to be just good manners and 
commonsense not to interrupt a conversa- 
tion. Reading is certainly a form conver- 
sation. If the books on library shelves 
are well selected the "conversation" of- 
fered users of libraries should be worthy 
of full attention and some concentration. 
Yet libraries at times don't seem to take 
positive steps to have some respect the 
privileges of others in this regard. 

At a library meeting a while ago, a 
guest speaker was figuratively throwing 
bouquets at a certain library because its 
policy permitted him to go there and talk 
to its staff and with his associates with- 
out restraint. As he spoke in that vein, 
he was literally throwing a fit because a 
banquet was being set up in an adjacent 
area and the hotel employees were bustling 
in and out with linen, silver, chairs and 
such. The speaker, despite his praise of 
those licensing him to disturb others in 
a library reading room, was visibly upset 
that he did not have quiet as he spoke. 
And his audience (librarians) applauded 
his message and gave out with little gusts 
of annoyance at the source of the disturb- 

Has anyone made that study of the number 
of people who have been kept from using a 
library because of quiet compared with the 
number who have ceased to use a library 
because of lack of quiet? 


New Staff Members 

Miss Jean W. Brisoo, Codman Square 
Branch Library. 

Miss Harriet J. Stainback, Rare Book 

Miss Patience-Anne C. Williams, East 
Boston Branch Library. 

Miss Marion J. Manthorne, Dorchester 
Branch Library. 

Miss Margaret M. Gallagher, Dorchester 
Branch Library (formerly part-time at 
Phillips Brooks Branch Library). 


Miss Rose E. Baravella, Book Preparation 
Department. She will soon begin to work 
part-time in the Branch Issue Department. 

Miss Jean D. Lamb, Rare Book Department, 
to do graduate work. 

Mrs Norma D. Eisengrein, Codman Square 
Branch Library, to live in New Mexico. 

Miss Alice M. O'Donnell, Book Stack 

Miss Bertha S. Smith, Kir stein Business 
Branch, to resume her studies at North- 
eastern University. 

Mrs Gussene G. Hatzik, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference Di- 
vision, to remain at home. 


Mrs Anna L. Shanor, West End Branch 
Library to South End Branch Library. 

Engagement s 

Miss Natalie C. Herman, Book Stack 
Service, to Alton Y. Snyder of Amesbury, 



Miss Vanda P. Bertazzoni, Science and 
Technology Department, to Mr Anthony R, 

Mr Paul Sweeney, Extra Assistant in the 
Periodical and Newspaper Department, 
was married on May 28 to Miss Mary Curry 
of Quincy, 


A son, Stephen, Jr., was born June 8 
to Mr and Mrs Stephen Roomian. Mrs 
Roomian is on leave from the City Point 
Branch Library, 

Miss Editha Ewing writes, to quote 
from her note in verse to the Personnel 
Office Staff: 

"Please thank my friends 
For notes and cards, 
Both beautiful and funny, 
But there's a distinct lack of 'dirt 1 
Don't say there isn't any." 

Mr Carl Hoyer, Periodical and Newspaper 
Department, starts six weeks' training 
duty at the U. S. Navy Reserve Officer 
Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island, 
on July 7, 1949. 

Mr Charles Murphy, Book Purchasing 
Department, and Mr Paul Smith, Business 
Office, are with the National Guard at 
Camp Edwards for two weeks. 

Miss M. Dorothy Brackett, City Point 
Branch Library, Miss Rose DiPasquale, 
North End Branch Library, and Mrs Bette 
Preer, Mt. Pleasant Branch Library, are 
enrolled in the summer session at the 
School of Library Science, Simmons 


Mr Milton E. Lord has been appointed 
by the Secretary of State to be a member 
of the United States National Commission 

for UNESCO, in representation of the 
American Library Association, 


Mr Paul E. Nagle, after an extended 
absence on account of illness. Mr Nagle, 
formerly of the Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion Department, Reference Division, is 
now working in the Book Preparation De- 



Miss Alice M. Mulhern, extra assistant 
at Connolly Branch Library, was awarded 
the Jamaica Plain Women's Club Scholarship 
at the graduation exercises of Jamaica 
Plain High School on June 3. Miss Mulhern, 
who has been at Connolly Branch Library 
for three years, was also awarded the 
Mueller Gold Medal for holding the highest 
marks in her class since her sophomore 


Miss Rebecca Millmeister, Second Assist- 
ant at West End Branch Library, sailed 
from New York on Friday, July 1, on a 
three-weeks' cruise to Guatemala. 

Miss Elizabeth M. Gordon, Deputy 
Supervisor in Charge of Work with Children, 
Miss Margaret Morgan and Miss Virginia 
Haviland, Branch Librarians at Dorchester 
and Phillips Brooks Branch Libraries re- 
spectively, are flying to Mexico (includ- 
ing Yucatan) and Guatemala on July 30 for 
a four-weeks' vacation. While in Mexico 
City they expect to see Eva Anttonnen, 
who formerly worked at East Boston Branch 

Editor's Note: There may be others who 

should be included in this list of travel- 
ers; if so, Bon Voyage to them, tool And, 
of course, Happy Vacation to all those who 
are planning to enjoy vacations in New 
England, and nearer home — or even at 




Miss Elena Conlin, formerly on the 
staff of the Personnel Office, is now em- 
ployed in the public library at Orlando, 

Hiss Elizabeth J. Hodges, a member of 
the staff of the Boston Public Library 
System for some years, has been appointed 
Librarian at the Leominster Public Li- 
brary. Since her return from service 
overseas, she has been circulation li- 
brarian at the Yfatertown Public Library. 

Miss Kathleen T. Ryan, former assist- 
ant in charge of children's work at the 
Yfest End Branch Library, was married to 
Mr T.'illiam Dacey of Milton on Saturday, 
June 4. 

Mr Frank N. Jones, formerly Chief of 
the Science and Technology Department and 
Deputy Supervisor of the Special Refer- 
ence Departments of the Boston Public 
Library, has left Harvard College Library 
to become librarian at Ohio University, 
as of July 1, 1949. Mr Jones was active- 
ly associated with the organization of 
the Lamont Library. 

At the annual meeting of the Thoreau 
Society in Concord, Massachusetts, on 
July ninth, Miss Edith Guerrier (Super- 
visor of Branch Libraries, Emeritus ) € 
granddaughter of Mr Daniel Ricketson'of 
New Bedford, spoke on Thoreau's Friends , 
the Rickets ons . 

Henry David Thoreau and Mr Ricketson 
corresponded for many years and Thoreau 
visited at the "Brooklawn" home of the 
family. In his journal Daniel described 
his first meeting with the Concord phi- 
losopher as follows: 

"The season %vas winter. A snow had 
lately fallen and I was engaged in 
shovelling the accumulated mass from 
the entrance to my house when I per- 
ceived a man walking toward me bearing 
an umbrella in one hand and a travel- 
ling bag in the other. So unlike my 

ideal Thoreau, whom I had fancied from 
the robust nature of his mind to be a 
man of unusual vigor and size, that I 
did not suspect, although I had expected 
him in the morning, that the slight 
quaint looking person before me was the 
ITalden philosopher. There were few per- 
sons who had previously read his works 
who were not disappointed by his person- 
al appearance. As he came near to me I 
gave him the usual salutation s supposing 
him to be either a peddler or some way- 
traveller. He at once remarked, 'You 
don't know me.' Concealing my surprise 
I at once took him by the hand and led 
him to the room already prepared for 
him. " 

Daniel also referred to Thoreau's dance 
at the Brooklawn home: 

"One afternoon when both Henry and Amos 
Bronson Alcctt were present, while my 
wife was playing an air upon the piano, 
Thoreau became very hilarious, sang 'Tom 
Bowline', and finally entered upon an 
improvised dance. Not being able to 
stand what appeared to me at the time 
the somewhat ltidicrous appearance of our 
TTalden hermit, I retired to my Shanty, 
while my older and more humor-loving 
friend Alcott remained and saw it 
through, much to his amusement." 
Of the Thoreau bust in the Concord Pub- 
lic Library, modeled by Daniel's son, Dr. 
Edward Emerson, son of Ralph Waldo, wrote: 
"Hal ton Rickets on 's bust will be on the 
whole the best representation of Thoreau. 
It is idealized but only justly and has 
an artistic quality. It cannot be ex- 
actly alike, even if that were desirable, 
but it is sufficiently like and tells 
the story of clear eyed courage and 
directness, a suggestion of Nature's 
ruggednoss with Nature's refinement and 
wholes omeness, and a hint too of the 
tenderness and faith that made him poet 
as well as naturalist. It is a happy 
face, as it should be." 



On Saturday, June 35, Miss Nora de Lamos, 
of the Biblioteca Minister io do Fomento, 
Caracas, Venezuela, visited the Library. 

On Thursday, June 30, Miss Pearl E. 
Portnoy, branch librarian from Cincinnati, 
visited the Library. Her regret ^ms that 
she had so little time that she could not 
see more of our Branch Libraries. She 


did visit the departments in Central Li- 
brary which work directly with Branch 
Libraries and found much of interest 

On Thursday afternoon, June 30, a group 
of thirty librarians who wore enrolled in 
the annual Summer Library Institute of 
the Division of Public Libraries, visited 
the Library. After a short talk by Mrs 
Elizabeth Wright, Supervisor of Personnel, 
they were taken on a tour of the building. 
They were then shown two moving pictures 
of professional interest followed by a 
showing of the picture on Yosemite which 
was introduced by Mr Young. This last, 
was a demonstration of the proper way to 
introduce a film to a library audience. 


On June 28 an accident occurred in the 
Book Preparation Department which in- 
volved two members of the Buildings De- 
partment ~ Mr John J. Mealeyand Mr 
Michael Sullivan, While Mr Mealeywas at 
work washing the upper windows, the lad- 
der on which he was standing slipped on 
the highly polished linoleum and he fell, 
dislocating his shoulder and receiving 
other cuts and bruises. Mr Sullivan, who 
was steadying the ladder, injured his 
ankle. We are happy to report that no 
more serious injuries were sustained; to 
welcome back Mr Sullivan, who returned to 
his duties last week; and to send our 
best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr 
Me a ley. 



The evening of June 24, was Pop's night 
for members of the Staff Association and 
their friends. One hundred and forty- 
eight people enjoyed a delightful program 
of old-time music. Some of the old fa- 
vorites whioh the audience took up with a 
great deal of spirit were, Sidewalks of 
New York, Sweet Rosie 0» Grady, The Band 
Played On, Smiles, Till We Meet Again, 
and Sweet Adeline. The high lights of 
the wonderful evening were special fea- 
ture numbers by Leo Litwin, master of 

classical music, and Phil Saltman, the 
king of rhythm. Priscilla Fortescue was 
chosen as the commentator to give thumb- 
nail sketches of the lives of these men 
who are outstanding in different fields 
of music. 

Our friends will be glad to know that 
the profits from this concert have in- 
creased the funds of the treasury of the 
Staff Association by thirty-seven dollars 
and seventy- five cents. 




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On the morning of July 4, a group of 
library employees and their friends left 
by bus from Copley Square for Crane's 
Beach, Ipswich. Approximately one hun- 
dred and thirty people filled four buses 
for this outing. 

Amid a minimum of confusion, the buses 
left Copley Square at 10:15 a.m. and ar- 
rived at 11:30 a.m. The members of the 
group refreshed themselves in the cool 
water of Crane's Beach. Although a few 
games of dodge-ball and softball were 
played, the terrific heat lessened activ- 
ity. The party spent most of its time in 
the water — except during the unexpected 
rain-hail-sand storm in the afternoon — 
which was ideal for swimming. Tonic 
which was supplied was served at the 
afternoon and evening meals. 

Tired but happy from the trip, the 
crowd — sunburns and all — headed for 
home at 9:15 p.m. and arrived safely in 
Copley Square at 10:30 p.m. 

I wish to express my thanks to all 
those who helped make this outing a big 


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Miss Mary T. C. Mannix, children's 
librarian of the Parker Hill Branch Li- 
brary, has been appointed to fill the un- 
expired term of Miss Helen Sagoff as mem- 
ber of the Executive Board. 


A recent pole regarding CARE distribu- 
tion reveals the following: There were 
273 ballots returned. 
Number wishing present 

policy continued • • 104 

Number wishing a proportion 
of CARE money to be devoted 
to the Book Program • •• 153 

(25$ for books and 75$ for food as a 
proportion received the majority of 
Number wishing all CARE 
allotments to go to Book 

Program. ■•••••••••••• • 14 

Number not in favor of any 

one of the three plans.. . .... •• 2 

This survey shows several very gratify- 
ing trends. The fact that 273 ballots 
were returned at the height of the vaca- 
tion season indicates a real interest in 
CARE and its activities. The voting re- 
veals the fact that serious thought was 
given to tho problem by individual voters 

In another column there appears a plea 
on the part of the current CARE committee, 
Such reminders are essential. They help 
us to remember that while the B.P.L.P.S.A. 
has an enviable CARE record (at the rate 
we are going we will soon top our $1000. 
mark since the project was inaugurated in 
1948) we must not rest on our laurels, 
great as they may be. There is still 
much to be accomplished and it can be 
done only by individual effort. Let us 
each one, as our CARE representative sug- 
gests in her article, stop, look, and 
listen every time we are tempted to "wait 
until next week" to contribute to CARE. 


The In-Service-Training Committee for 
the year 1949, under the capable leader- 
ship of Mrs Sarah Flannery of the History 
Reference Department, has drawn up tenta- 
tive plans for the fall program. This is 
to take the form of an Institute to be 
held in the Boston Public Library Lecture 
Hall on Thursday and Friday, November 17 
and 18, 1949. The main objective of the 
Institute is to present new developments 
in several fields of knowledge, especial- 
ly as they are reflected in the attitudes 
..f the writers in the various fields, 
ihis objective, if attained, should help 

to bring staff members up-to-date on 
modern trends in the publishing field. 
It should also make the staff more aware 
of what is useful and interesting and 
make them better able to serve the public 
in helping them to select reading suited 
to specialized needs, in preparing book 
lists and other professional aids. 

The title of the Institute is to be 
Current attitudes . A limited number of 
subjects will be covered during the tvo- 
day sessions with specialists in the 
various fields as leaders. Details will 
be reported as they are worked out by the 

The success of the Staff Institute in 

1948 was due not only to the outstanding 
contribution of the 1948 In-Service- 
Training Committee but to the fine finan- 
cial support given by the Trustees of the 
Library. It gives me real pleasure to be 
able to announce that the Trustees have 
made a similar grant of $200. for the 
Staff Institute for 1949. 

The Trustees are behind the idea of an 

1949 Institute. The members of the com- 
mittee are prepared to give unstintingly 
of their time and talents. All that is 
needed to make the 1949 Institute equal 
in interest and value to the individual 
staff members is your wholehearted sup- 
port and participation. No staff activi- 
ty* great or small, can succeed without 
the cooperation of the staff. If you 
wish to make a contribution of ideas or 
effort, contact Mrs Flannery or any mem- 
ber of her committee — Miss Ruth Cannell, 
Mr Charles Higgins, Miss Evelyn Levy and 
Miss Pauline Walker. 


"Le roi est mort. Vive le roil" is the 
theme of this notice. Since December 
More Books in its cheerful covers of 
crimson, flame, russet, green, and (in 
Junet) sky-blue was no more to be seen 
lying about on reference desks and hall 
tables. Like air and love and all the 
best things of life, More Books was free 
(of charge). But we are living in a hard 
age of heavy costs, with the consoquence 
that this freedom, and with it the life 
of the Bulletin, could not be maintained. 
A new venture, however, has taken its 
place — The Boston Public Library 
Quarterlyj one which is different in form, 


but not so very different in essence. 

Dr. Zoltan Haraszti, Keeper of Rare 
Books, who created More Books and edited 
it for twenty-three years, is also the 
Editor of the new Quarterly. More Books 
was unique in that it served a twofold 
purpose. For the Boston Public Library, 
more than any other library in the coun- 
try, except the New York Public Library, 
combines the resources and services of a 
public and of a university library j more- 
over, the scope of its special collec- 
tions exceeds that of the American uni- 
versity libraries, with the exception of 
Harvard and Yale. So the bulletin looked 
backward and forward. It showed to re- 
search scholars - and to the general pub- 
lic also - the riches of the rare book 
and other special collections, describing 
these from a historical and humanizing, 
as well as a technically bibliographical, 
angle. At the same time, it printed a 
classified, annotated list of the books 
currently acquired and, in addition, of- 
fered the familiar "Ten Book" feature - 
brief reviews of ten non-fiction books 
chosen monthly. Formerly the Bulletin's 
list of recent acquisitions included also 
fiction and children's books - a freight 
now carried by the Books Current of the 
Circulation Division. 

In the first year of its existence 
More Books was voted by the Library 
Scnool of Columbia University "the best 
bulletin published by any library in 
America." And during its long career 
M ore Books maintained its initial stand- 
ard. A glance over the articles it pub- 
lished shows an infinite variety. Every 
new issue had a pleasant freshness and 
vitality. To the end, its distinguishing 
feature was the combination of sound 
scholarship with popular appeal. 

More Books had a high reputation among 
librarians and book collectors throughout 
the country as well as abroad. The in- 
numerable inquiries of the public, both 
by mail and in person, after it became 
known that the December issue was to be 
the last, show to what extent More Books 
has become a part of the tradition of the 
Library — has won the affection of 
scholars and laymen alike. 

In its light-blue cover The B .P.L . 
Quarterly presents a strikingly attrac- 
tive appearance The cover « designed 

by that great artist of the book, Mr 
William A. Dwiggins — • is dignified and 
restful. People may notice that the 
traditional seal of the Library has been 
redrawn -- simplified — by Mr Dwiggins. 

The first number of the new Quarterly 
opens auspiciously. Those who have read 
Dr. Haraszti' s previous studies present- 
ing John Adams's marginal comments on the 
eighteenth-century French philosophers 
will welcome the first article entitled 
"John Adams and "Turgot." The frontis- 
piece is a portrait of the great 
Comptroller-General of Louis XVI, against 
whose criticism Adams wrote his Defence 
of the Constitutions of the United States. 
The dialogue between Turgot's letter and 
Adams's manuscript comments, now printed 
for the first time, throbs with the vital 
issues of the young American nation. 
"The fate of America is already decided -- 
she is independent now for ever," the 
French statesman reflected, "but will she 
be free and happy?" And Adams answered 
with a confident "Yes," 

The second article, "Pantaloon as 
Shylock" by Professor John Robert Moore 
of Indiana University, should be welcome 
to that growing public which — thanks, 
perhaps, to Laurence Olivier — is more 
and more interested in Shakespeare, 
Professor Moore shows that Shylock is in 
the tradition of the Pantaloon, or harle- 
quin, bequeathed by the 16th-century 
Italian comedy. 

The staff members who take their rest 
in the court-yard must be familiar with 
the bronze tablet on the north wall: 
"In Memoriam Thomas Sergeant Perry, 1845- 
1928. He enriched this Libraby by his 
wise counsel and his rare learning during 
half a century." Miss Virginia Harlow, 
Professor at Do Pauw University, has con- 
tributed an enjoyable chapter on the 
friendship between Perry and Henry James, 
Long excerpts from more than fifty un- 
published letters by James make the arti- 
cle both significant and delightful. 

Readers of the Quarterly would be dis- 
appointed if they had to miss the regular 
articles by Mr Arthur Tf. Heintzelman, 
Keeper of Prints, on the artists whose 
works have been exhibited in the "Tiggin 
Gallery. The first issue includes his 
sensitive interpretation of the litho- 
graphs of Fantin-Latour — the most com- 
prehensive collection of its kind ~- re- 
cently donated to the Library by Mr 


The descriptive catalogue of the Li- 
brary's Griswold Collection, begun sever- 
al years ago by Miss Honor McCusker in 
More Books , is continued. Within this 
formal framework, the literary world with 
which Rufus Wilmot Griswold, editor of 
Graham's Magazine and literary executor 
of Poe, was in correspondence comos sub- 
tly to life. 

Finally, under the collective title of 
"Notes on Rare Books" are briefer arti- 
cles: on the rich Treasure Room exhibit 
made in celebration of the centenary of 
the publication of George Ticknor's 
History of Spanish Literature ; on an en- 
tertaining old work on medicinal plants; 
on the 1513 edition of Huon de Bordeaux ; 
on Lorenzo Gracian's baroque Art of 
Ingenuity ; and on Jane Austen's last 

Paper, format, and typography of The 
B.P.L. Quarterly are equally excellent. 
The Printing Department has done itself 
proud with the new publication. 


We note here with pleasure that copies 
of the B.P.L. Quarterly will be available 
to employees of the Library at reduced 
rates. Every employee is entitled to 
purchase a single copy at $.35 (instead 
of $.50) or have a year's subscription at 
$1.25 (instead of §2.00). 

This is really a bargain. The four 
issues of the B.P.L. Quarterly v/hich will 
make up a year's volume will comprise, 
v.ith the inserted illustrations, nearly 
300 pages — a substantial book, which 
would command something like $5.00 nowa- 

(A hint to the wise: Two years ago a 
New York rare book firm, The Brick Row 
Book Shop, offered a handful of stray 
copies of More Books for §12.50). 



The annual lollipop party for the chil- 
dren of the district took place on 
Thursday afternoon, June 23, in the lec- 
ture hall of the Branch. Sponsored by 
the Jamaica Plain Women's Club, the party 

featured entertainment by the children, 
community singing, and a quiz between a 
team of girls and a team of boys. On the 
way out, each child was presented with a 
lollipop and a bag of popcorn, with the 
compliments of the Jamaica Plain Women's 
Club. These parties, started three years 
ago, have become an annual event at tho 
library. The children enjoy them, and 
the lollipop parties have proven to be 
good public relations for the branch. 

A special exhibit explaining the many 
benefits to be had from Federal Social 
Security is being featured. Pamphlets 
are being distributed to help the public 
learn how they may obtain benefits under 
Social Security. 

A very unusual shell collection vail be 
on exhibit during the month of July. 
Miss Anna Von Euw of Jamaica Plain has 
offered to exhibit her collection, 
gathered during her trips to all parts of 
the world. It is completely catalogued, 
and contains dolls and other articles 
made from shells, as well as many rare 
types of shells. 


A delightful luncheon was tendered to 
Miss Helen Sagoff at the Salmagundi Tea 
Room on May 14 by members of the Branch 
Staff and friends. A silver decorated 
salad bowl was presented to her. The 
children's librarians entertained Miss 
Sagoff at a luncheon at the Red Coach 
Grill in May. In early June Miss Gladys 
White and Miss Pearl Smart were hostesses 
at a supper party held at Miss Smart's 
home to which former Mt. Bowdoin Library 
associates were invited. Miss Sagoff was 
married on June 26 to Mr Bernard W. 
Berkowitch. Their home is at Point of 
Pines, Revere. 

North End 

The High School Reading Club ooncluded 
its activities for the season by attend- 
ing a "Pops" concert at Symphony Hall 
with Mrs Herrick. It was a new and 

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greatly enjoyed experience for the girls. 

Miss Becker accompanied her "Reading 
Teensters" on an all-day picnic to 
Riverside* Perfect weather, swimming in 
the pool, games, and hearty lunches com- 
bined to make a memorable day. 

A demonstration of storytelling tech- 
niques was given by Miss Dorothy Becker 
of this branch library and Miss Jeannette 
Pepin of Hyde Park Branch Library to the 
Conference for Playground Workers held at 
Boston Teachers 1 College, 

Miss Ellen Peterson assisted by Miss 
Becker and Miss Pepin spoke at the 
"Summer in the City Training Program" on 
How to choose and tell stories to chil- 
dren . This institute, now in its eighth 
year, is held annually at the North End 
Union for the training of volunteer so- 
cial workers. Books, reading lists, and 
marionettes made by children at the li- 
brary were exhibited. 

Miss Estelle Henderson recently trans- 
ferred from North End Branch Library to 
Jeffries Point Branch Library was hon- 
ored at a luncheon and presented a gift 
by the North End staff. 

Vacation time has come for Miss Ellen 
Peterson who is spending three weeks at 
her summer home in Sandwich, for Miss 
Dorothy Becker who is taking a motor trip 
to the Gaspe with Miss Marie Kennedy of 
Mt, Bowdoin, and for Miss Saari who is 
visiting her family in Fitchburg, The 
vacationists shared honors at an ice 
cream party which also served to cele- 
brate Miss Rose DiPasquale's birthday and 
enrollment at Simmons College Summer 
School, and as a welcome to Miss Charlotte 
Myers recently transferred from South End 
Branch Library, At the party, Miss Rita 
Susi gave an account of a glorious Fourth 
of July week-end at Hampton Beach. 


Did you enjoy your last steak dinner? 
Your last broiled lobster with drawn 
butter? Do you scrape your plate clean 
until every morsel of food is gone, or are 
you a disciple of etiquette who always 
leaves some? Do you swallow, grab, and 
gobble your food -- any food as long as it 
is food — without regard to taste or type? 
Some will answer "Yes"? others, "No"; and 
yet others with a horrified, "Of course 
not; I wouldn't think of gobbling my food," 
or "I'm very particular about what I eat," 

Well, many of our neighbors in European 
countries would have said the same thing 
once, for Europe was once the center of 
food culture, each country being famous 
for a dozen different dishes. But hunger 
ends all that. Food becomes anything that 
is edible, anything that can be crammed 
into hungry mouths, anything that can be 
used as sustenance for tortured bodies, 
TOien was the last time you were hungry? 
Perhaps you are hungry right now if it is 
just before lunch time or dinner time or 
at three o'clock in the afternoon. You 
feel hungry. Sure, but stop and think a 
moment. You had all you wanted to eat — 
probably wasted a lot, or a lot was wasted 
or discarded in preparation -- just a few 
hours ago. Multiply that hunger you feel 
now by several days. Work in the field 
for six hours to get a mouthful of food 
that is barely enough to sustain life for 
another six hours. The next time you get 
hungry, skip a meal and see if you are as 
particular about the next meal you eat. 
Just think how you would feel if that hun- 
ger was prolonged for three days, a week, 
a month, or since before the last war — 
for ten years. 

Of course, we all know how necessary it 
is for us to lend aid and we all talk of 
billions to this country and that, but the 
fact is that little of this aid reaches 
the individual immediately. Government 
expenditures are primarily to set the huge 
wheels of overall economy turning again, 
and a slow process it is in war-ravaged 
countries. But, we as individuals can 
feel the needs of people as individuals. 
Ask any serviceman. He was fed and 
clothed by the Army and Navy by the high- 
est standards of the world, yet the things 
these men and women longed for most were 
the packages from home ~ food, candy, 
socks, sweaters. Our foreign neighbors 



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are not eating at the highest standards, 
may live largoly on American gifts; so, 
you can imagine their joy upon receiving 
a package of the staple food items sent 
from some warm-hearted friends here in 

This giving is not beyond our reach; 
giving is a satisfaction everyone can en- 
joy. T7e have heard stories of some of 
the roughest MP Sergeants taking off much 
of the monthly pay to send packages from 
CARE to friends or acquaintances they had 
made on their tour of duty in Europe. 
One said, "Why shouldn't I? The people 
are starving." There was no forcing him; 
no one had even put up a CARE poster. He 
knew from experience that he got the most 
good from his money from CARE. One look 
at some of the privations and starvation 
of the people and you, too, will give 
more to CARE. 

Especially during this time when some 
hope is returning to the world, let's 
help that hope in the B.P.L. drive for 
C'\RE. More especially, every time you 
sit down to even your plainest meal, give 
thanks that you will not be hungry -- and 
give more to CARE. 



American Library Association 

Handbook. 1948 . 
Assembly of librarians of the Americas 

Proceedings, 1947. 
Bent ley, M. L. 

Wedding etiquette. 
Bowen, Elizabeth 

Heat of the day. 
Buck, Pearl 

Cerf, Bennett 

Shake well before using, 
Churchill, Winston S. 

Their finest hour. 
Costain, Thomas 

High towers. 
Cowles, B. M. and Robert W, Orr 

Library instruction manual. 
Cozzens, James G, 

Guard of honor. 
Far son, Negley 

Sons of Noah, 

Fowler, Gene 

Beau James; the life and times of 

Jimmie Walker. 
Gilbreth, F, B, and E. M. G. Carey 

Cheaper by the dozen. 
Gunther, John 

Death be not proud. 
Hamburger, Philip 

The oblong blur, 
Joeckel, Carleton B,, ed. 

Reaching readers; techniques of extend- 
ing library services, 
Jordan, Alice M, 

From Rollo to Tom Sawyer and other 

Marquand, John 

Point of no return. 
Mason, F, Van Wyck 

Cutlass empire, 
Meany, Tom 

Baseball's greatest teams. 
Miller, Arthur 

Death of a salesman. 
Murphy, Audie 

To hell and back. 
Pan ova, Vera 

The train, 
Pearson, Hesketh 

Dickens, His character, comedy and 

Persons, Christopher Edgar 

Public relations for colleges and 

Ruark, Robert C. 

I didn't know it was loaded. 
Sheen, Fulton J, 

Peace of soul, 
Shera, Jesse H, 

Foundations of the public library. 
Smith, Ira L. and H, Allen Smith 

Low and inside; a book of baseball 

anecdotes and oddities. 
Smith, "Red" 

Saturday Evening Post sport stories. 
Spring, Howard 

There is no armour, 
Taylor, Margaret S, 

Fundamentals of practical cataloguing. 
Walser, Frank 

Art of conference. 
Wayman, Dorothy G. 

Bite the bullet, 
Wellman, Paul I. 

The chain, 
Wylie, Philip 

Generation of vipers, 
Zilahy, Lajos 

The Dukays, 




If we cannot have a food concession at 
present, why can't we have a coke machine, 
anyways ? 



Requested Seriously — cushions of some 

sort for people 
who have to sit 
for long hours 


To the casual observer it would seem 
that there are two distinctly divergent 
schools of thought regarding music in the 
courtyard during the lunch hour. It ap- 
pears that some people believe that under 
any circumstances and at any time "Music 
hath Charms", while others feel that un- 
less conditions are ideal "Heard melodies 
are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter". 
The opinions we share with you are those 
of individual staff members, staffs of 
some departments fronting on the court- 
yard, and some volunteered by members of 
the public. 

Music in the Courtyard is a happy 
thought, but is not enjoyed by people who 
are working up above the cloister roof. 
The music from this point is simply a 
sound, no feeling of the programs offered. 

Pleaset No vocal selections. Sounds 
like a loud speaker sound wagon on elec- 
tion time.**Please go light on brasses, 
the courtyard can't take such volume,** 
A person who likes to go into the court- 
yard to read said there was no use to do 
so — it was impossible to concentrate,** 
Can't we have light background music, 
instead of a concert?** Overtures, 
Strauss waltzes and popular tunes ~ such 
as the Jerome Kern album -- seems most 
unsuited if readers are trying to concen- 
trate seriously,** TUhy not concentrate on 

chamber music?** Try something on the or- 
der of Schumann's Ca rnaval Suite , 
Schubert's ballet music from Rosamunde, 
etc,** Try the sonatas of Mozart, 
Beethoven, Brahms, etc,** How about the 
quartets of Hayden, Boccherini, etc? 

This is a bid for MORE AND MORE MUSIC in 
the courtyard, I find the noonday program 
most enjoyable and pleasant to hear as I 
toil at my desk. To me it is not dis- 
tracting but stimulating; not disturbing 
but refreshing. The only suggestion I of- 
fer is that the programs be continued 
every day, not just the three-day schedule. 
The selections are excellent, and the at- 
mosphere created by this musical interlude 
often lends a certain enchantment to an 
otherwise ordinary work day. 

Most of our students think the music is 
distracting, A few think it is "very 
nice". The reception is poor, and at 
times it is only sounds up and down. We 
think the students and serious readers 
should be considered before the General 
Public who are only relaxing in the court- 
yard. Isn't the fountain music enough on 
a hot day? Glancing around the courtyard 
there is just as much conservation going 
on as ever and few seem to be concentrat- 
on the recordings,** My personal vote 
would be for Stop the Mus ic , 

The music in the courtyard provides a 
pleasant interlude on a long hot summer 
day. Admittedly it is there primarily 
for the library patrons' enjoyment, but I 
wish there were some way we in our depart- 
ment could hear it more clearly. 


The so-called music in the courtyard 
represents one more step toward turning 
the Library from its established purpose, 
"Thy should a library, built for reading, 
join the company of busses, restaurants, 
bars, and the neighbors' radios which 
flood people day and night with amplified 



A courtyard is poorly adapted to music 
f any kind. Carefully chosen selections, 
j ""lyed on great occasions by talented 
r sicians, could be delightful. But a 
hedge-podge of selections badly played 
assault the one sense that cannot be 
"turned off". 

Serious readers, in need of quiet in 
which to study, are sacrificed in a fool- 
ish attempt to cater to a casual group of 
people who loaf in the courtyard for a 
few minutes or hours. Some of these idle 
people come in search of quiet, which 
they do not find. Among the readers are 
many who have come long distances to get 
books which are unattainable elseivhere, 
and their time is limited. Surely they 
have a right to as much quiet as the lo- 
cation of the Library and the routine of 
departments allow, 

I do not speak of those persons, and 
there are very many, who either do not 
care for music or who only wish to listen 
to excellent music when they are in the 
mood for it. 

A musician: The amplification is very 
poor and the choice of records is com- 
monplace. In an institution of this kind 
- musical program should include little- 
k. own music, not the stuff that is played 
frequently on radio programs and in popu- 
lar concerts. The music may be good, but 
we are getting tired of it. 

An average man: It squeaks; sounds like 
a bad calliope. 

A sensitive man: I wonder about the 
mentality of the person vfho suggested 
such an atrocity. 

A woman trying to concentrate: "Then will 
it be over? I»ll come back then. 

A half dozen others: Ye gods J IThat a 
racket I 

A reader of Lawrence Hope's India's love 
lyrics: I like it. 

"Music hath charms to soothe the 
troubled breast". Maybe -- maybe not. 

It depends on many things -- mood, temper- 
ament, ability to throw off extraneous 
"noises", and the capacity for musical 
appreciation. Personally I must lack the 
latter. I seldom hear the concerts when 
they are on; I never miss them when they 
are off. 

Immune . 

It's a d— - nuisance. First it's the 
noise in the subway; then electric fans 
humming while one tries to concentrate; 
then that! 

Are you irked by NoohMusik in the Court- 
yard? Is your telephone conversation 
marred by Voices of Spring and do you find 
that when you look at a book Smoke Gets 
in Your Eyes? Is it true that to you a 
Nutcracker is no longer Suite? 

You should have a windo\v on Blagden 
Street and hear the music students in the 
Nottingham Building vocalize, an obstruc- 
tion to orderly mental processes, it is 
admitted, but one which the Library staff 
has withstood for years and still has been 
able to function. 

A listener. 

Given the proper amplifier and soft, sub- 
dued background music — who knows, it 
might be fine I 




Behold the Subs 

Though they be proud 

In reverence 

Their heads are bowed 

Showing their appreciation 

For that increase in vacation, 


Editor's Note; 

An unsigned suggestion concerning employ- 
ees working 30 hours a week has been re- 
ceived. If the person who sent it will 
submit a signed letter setting forth the 
details of the case, vie shall be glad to 
print the letter (without name if desired) 
in the next issue of The Question Mark . 


Dear Sir, 

It was a very pleasant surprise 
that came to us last week, when we opened 
the large carton and stacked out on the 
kitchen floor such a pile of good things 
to eat in those bright American wrappers 
which reminded us of our three year visit 
to the States years ago. 

Some things we just put away for those 
occasions when one wishes he had some- 
thing special, but the dried apricots 
were soon in an appetising dish on the 
breakfast table. They were of first 
quality, and we couldn't resist the 
temptation to use them at once. 

I do not know how you managed to get 
our names, I am Librarian in a small 
missionary college, and am doing my ut- 
most to build it up to 10,000 volumes 
(all non-fiction). But to the individual 
who put us on the list, and to the group 
that gave us this pleasure, we wish to 
send back a hearty "Thank You." 

E. A. Marter 

Dear unknown Friend, 

77e have just received your parcel CARE 
and we wi sh to tell you how pleased we 
are my wife and I with all these precious 
things from America. 

Will you please thank all the members 
of your staff for their kindness. As 
life is yet quite difficult here we con- 
sider ourselves very lucky to receive 
such a wonderful gift. It does not only 
help us considerably but shows the sym- 
pathy and the generosity of our american 

We remain yours very greatfully, 

A, Ramirez 

Dear friends, 

"7e are extremely grateful to 
acknowledge receipt of a CARE parcel for 
our baby, sent by your kindness. The 
tins of baby foods etc. will prove inval- 
uable during the coming winter; their 
variety amazed us I 

We have two young children - Anthony 
Robin (2 years 4 months) and Gillian 
(11 months) both with hearty appetites. 
I enclose a recent photo of Gillian (on 
file) in order that you may seo the one 
v/ho will actually benefit from your par- 
cel. As our mi. Ik ration has now been 
cut again for the coming winter, the tins 
of dried milk will be most useful for 
making puddings and drinks for her. 

In conclusion, my husband and I wish to 
thank you very much for this fine gesture 
of friendship from the library staff of 
your city, and your thoughtfulness for 
the children of this country. 

Yours sincerely, 
(Mrs.) Joan Crossley 


Bates Hall ceiling is falling down — 
again I 


Mr Albert Carpenter and his assistant, 
Mr Paul Kennedy, nearly came to blows 
over who should investigate a lost book 
which had been borrowed by a chorus girl 
who performs at the Old Howard. Miss 
Ruth S. Cannell had to make the final 

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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 7 August 1949 

Publications Committee: Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Brackett, John M. Carroll, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 

Publication date : 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material : 
The tenth of each month 


It has been said that over fifty muscles 
are brought into use when one frowns and 
only twelve or thirteen when one smiles. 
In these days of heat when every excess 
movement counts, it is well to consider 
the value of a smile. 

This has been put very aptly in a clip- 
ping which we came across recently, the 
original source of which we have been un- 
able to locate. 

The Value of a Smile 

It costs nothing, but creates much. 

It enriches those who receive without 
impoverishing those who give. 

It happens in a flash and the memory of 
it sometimes lasts forever. 

None are so rich they can get along 
without it, none so poor but are richer 
for its benefits. 

It creates happiness in the home, fos- 
ters good will in a business and is the 
countersign of friends. 

It is rest to the weary, daylight to the 
discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and 
nature's best antidote for trouble. 

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, bor- 
rowed or stolen, for it is something 
that is no earthly good to anybody till 
it is given away. 

And if someone is too tired to give you 
a smile, just give them one of yours 
anyway. For nobody needs a smile as 
much as those who have none left to give 


How about it? Have you some smiles tucked 
aivay? Why not try giving them to patrons 
and fellow staff members? 

New Staff Members 

MisS Marcia J. Dunlevy, Allston Branch 

Miss Mary J. Littlefield, Charlestown 
Branch Library. 

Mrs Jane B. Lacy, Rare Book Department. 

Miss Barbara S. Rogovin, Book Stack 

Mrs Virginia B. Reusch, General Refer- 
ence Department. 

Miss Elaine D. Parsons, Business Branch. 

Miss Ruth E. McNamee, Book Preparation 
Department (formerly part-time at School 
Issue Department) 

Miss Patricia A. Tuley, Book Preparation 
Department (formerly part-time at Mt. 
Bowdoin Branch Library) 

Miss Doris M. Cornelius, Codman Square 
Branch Library (formerly part-time at 
Washington Village Branch Library). 

Miss Helen R. McMahon, Book Stack Serv- 


Mrs Florence McNair, South End Branch 
Library, to live in California. 

Mrs Jean W. Armstrong, Book Purchasing 

Miss Mary L. Mowles, Dorchester Branoh 
Library, to stay at home. 

Mr Ralph 0. Silva, Fine Arts Department. 

Miss Doris L. Cros6, Rare Book Depart- 
ment, in order to accept a teaching posi- 

Miss Norma Dalton, Book Stack Service, 
to join the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. 


Miss Mary K. Donaldson, Fine Arts De- 
partment, to study at Columbia University. 
She also received a Fulbright Scholarship 
and will study abroad in Athens, Greeoe. 

Mrs Dolores Dobay, Book Stack Service, 
to stay at home after a month's vacation 
in Maryland. 


Miss Mary L, Dennison, Allston Branch 
Library to Jeffries Point Branch Library. 

Miss Rosemarie DeSimone, Jeffries Point 
Branch Library to Dorchester Branch 

Mrs Iphigenia K. Fillios, Jeffries 
Point Branch Library to Orient Heights 
Branch Library. 

Miss Estella R. Henderson, North End 
Branch Library to Jeffries Point Branch 

Miss Mildred Kaufman, Mt, Bowdoin 
Branch Library to Mattapan Branch Library. 

Miss Marie R. Kennedy, Orient Heights 
Branch Library to Mt, Bowdoin Branch 

Miss Charlotte A, Myers, South End 
Branch Library to North End Branch Li- 

Mrs Anna L. Shanor, "Vest End Branch 
Library to South End Branch Library, 

Miss Naomi R. Michalak, Jamaica Plain 
Branch Library to Hyde Park Branch Li- 


Miss Mary T. Ryan, Tfest End Branch Li- 
brary, to Mr Kenneth Hale Robinson of 
Char lest own, Massachusetts and Old 
Orchard, Maine, 

Miss Carol Antoinette Connor, Fine Arts 
Department, to Mr Luis Amescua of Mexico 
City, Mexico, 


On Saturday, July 23, Miss Isabelle M, 
McHugh, Office of the Trustees, was mar- 
ried to Mr Henry M, Leen, at St, Joseph's 
Church, Amesbury. A reception followed 
at the Amesbury Country Club, After a 
honeymoon in Nassau, Mr and Mrs Leen will 
live in Tfoburn. Miss Elizabeth B, 
Brockunier and Miss Phyllis Hoffman of 
the Office of the Trustees attended the 
wedding and reception. 

Miss Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian 
of "Test End Branch Library, will attend 
the New York State Community Service 
Council of Young Adults Conclave at 
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York during 
the week of August 30 — September 5. 

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Mr and Mrs Lawrence Kirkman are receiv- 
ing congratulations on the birth of a son, 
Robert Kincaid (weight four pounds), Mrs 
Kirkman is the former Clarinda ("Topsey") 
Lavrson of the Science and Technology De- 

Mr and Mrs Joseph Runci are receiving 
congratulations on the birth of a daughter, 
Janet Louise, on August 3, 1949, Mrs 
Runci is the former Alice O'Connell of the 
Circulation Division Office, 


On Sunday, July 31, Mr and Mrs Albert H, 
Yfiggin paid their first visit to the new 
enlarged Print Department, Mr Tfiggin 
formed his unique collection of prints 
over a period of many years, culminating 
his work by placing the Collection in the 
Boston Public Library in June 1941, when 
the Print Department was established. 
Since that time he has added many invalua- 
ble prints to the Collection, most note- 
worthy being the complete works of 
Alphonse Legros, Honore' Daumier, Gavarni* 
and Henri Fantin-Latour . 

Miss Florence Adelson, former children's 
worker in the Branch System, visited li- 
brary friends on her way to a Canadian 
vacation. Miss Adelson is now Branch 
Librarian at Montclair, New Jersey, 

Miss Eva Anttonen, a member of the staff 
of the Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico 
City, recently visited East Boston Branch 
Library where she had been children's 


librarian. Miss Dorothy F. Nourse enter- 
tained Miss Anttonen at a dinner to -which 
many of her friends and former associates 
were invited. 

Mr Edward X. Casey, formerly at the 
Kirstein Business Branch, visited Central 
Library recently. Mr Casey is now study- 
ing at Boston University. 

On the afternoon of July 19, 1949 a 
class from the Simmons College Library 
School, which Mr Charles L. Eiggins of the 
Reference Department has been teaching 
this summer, visited the Library to make a 
study of its services. Mrs Elizabeth L. 
Wright, Supervisor of Personnel, spoko to 
the class on the library service, and then 
they wero taken on a carefully planned 
tour of demonstration. 



Miss Mary Cornwall, extra assistant at 
South End Branch Library, won the award on 
the "Cinderella Yfeek-end" program on 
August 5. Mary will go to New York by 
plane on August 12, and there she will 
meet other "Cinderellas". And it couldn't 
happen to a nicer girlt 

Miss Louise Fogarty, extra assistant at 
Washington Village Branch Library, has 
been awarded the Notre Dame Alumnae four- 
year scholarship to Emmanuel College. 




Mrs Elizabeth L. Wright, Supervisor of 
Personnel, and Miss Elizabeth B. 
Brockunier, Assistant to the Director, are 
flying to Mexico on Monday, August 15, for 
a four-weeks' vacation. 

Miss Nura Globus, first assistant at 
West End Branch Library, is traveling by 
automobile through the Blue Ridge Moun- 

Miss Rebecca Millmeister, second assist- 
ant at West End Branch Library, reports 
that her recent cruise to Guatemala was 
one of her most enjoyable trips* 

Miss Carol A. Connor, Fine Arts Depart- 
ment, has returned from an extended tour 
of the Southwest, including Mexico City* 



Fifty-two years of library service is 
the proud record of Mr William C. Maiers, 
Chief of the Book Purchasing Department, 
who has just been retired. The title 
"Chief of the Book Purchasing Department, 
Emeritus " was immediately given him* 

All of us, and especially members of the 
Book Purchasing Department staff, now 
realize the meaning of a void and a vacuum, 
and the loss of a "guide, philosopher, and 
friend". In addition to business acumen, 
Mr Maiers had the "human touch" and ready 
wit which endeared him to his associates. 
He was almost as much of an institution as 
the Library itself J 

He was the recipient of a gift and a 
memory book at an informal reception held 
in the Book Purchasing Department on 
Thursday, July 28. 

Mr Maiers carries with him the respect 
and good wishes of all for his outstanding 
achievement and for the leisure which he 
has abundantly earned. However, if we 
were to hazard a guess, Mr Maiers might 
soon embark on Career No, 2, 

A. V. 



Mrs Muriel C. Javelin aoted as a dis- 
cussion group leader covering the subject, 
Putting Films to Work in the Community , at 
the Institute in Radio-Audio-Visual Aids 


held at The Massachusetts School of Art, 
on June 28, 29, 30, and July 1, 1949* 
This Institute was presented by the Divi- 
sion of University Extension, Office of 
Radio-Audio- Visual Aids, with the coopera- 
tion of Boston University's Divisions of 
Radio and Teaching Aids; WBZ-WBZA, the 
Westinghouse Stations in New England; 
WCOP, The American Broadcasting System; 
WEE I, Columbia Broadcasting System; WHDH, 
Boston; "JNAC, the Yankee Network; and the 
New England Committee on Radio in 


Mrs Muriel C. Javelin, Deputy Supervisor 
in Charge of Work with Adults, attended 
the annual conference of the Educational 
Film Library Association held in Chicago, 
July 29 to August 3, in cooperation with 
the National Association of Visual Educa- 
tion Dealers, the Film Council of America, 
and the Midwest Forum on Audio-Visual Aids. 

The conference theme was Improving Ad- 
ministrative and Supervisory Patterns for 
Audio-Visual Center Operations . In addi- 
tion to the general sessions, there were 
sectional meetings covering such subjects 
as, "What Assistance Should the User Re- 
ceive from a Center of Audio-Visual 
Materials," "What are the Problems of Dis- 
tribution, Maintenance, and Storage of 
Audio- Visual Materials," "Ylhat is the Role 
of the Commercial Producer," "What are the 
Problems of Implementing the Audio-Visual 
Functions at the Local Level," etc. 

The speakers at the banquet meeting of 
the Film Council were: Dr. Homer P# 
Rainey, President, Stephens College, Dr. 
Mortimer J. Adler, University of Chicago, 
and Mr Charles H, Percy, President, Bell 
& Howell Co. 

Mrs Javelin was elected a member of the 
Senate of the Film Council of America 
representing the Northeastern Region. 


A group of over one hundred enthusiastic 
poopie, young and old, enjoyed a delight- 
ful evening aboard The Boston Belle on the 
evening of August the fifth. This modern 
floating palace — • with its spacious decks, 

lovely ball-room, and peppy orchestra — 
has all the facilities for providing a 
happy evening for its passengers. Those 
who preferred to enjoy the invigorating 
salt air from the decks were fortunate in 
having a dear moonlight night to view 
Boston's fast changing sky-line. The 
orchestra wss most generous in the selec- 
tions which it offered to those who en- 
joyed the dancing, and dedioated one num- 
ber, I love you truly , to the BPLPSA. 

Yfe are glad to announce that the treas- 
ury of the Association was increased by 
twenty-six dollars and five cents from the 
sale of the one hundred and twenty-three 
tickets , 

The Entertainment Committee thanks all 
those who contributed to the success of 
the first Moonlight Sail of the BPLPSA. 

Margaret Calnan, Chairman 
Entertainment Committee 



In these days of soaring temperatures, 
it is refreshing to be able to even think 
about next January. So a cooling note 
comes when we report that a Nominating 
Committee has been chosen by the Executive 
Board to draw up a slate of officers for 
the business meeting of January 20, 1950. 
The list is to be submitted for approval, 
or rejection, by the membership as a whole 
at the November business meeting. The 
task of this committee is not always an 
easy one. You can be of real service to 
the organization by accepting graciously 
any office which might be offered to you. 
Based on personal experiences, I can say 
that the actual demands made upon an offi- 
cer are much less strenuous than might be 
expected. The membership as a whole makes 
the task of the officer a very satisfying 
one. Complete cooperation on every score 
and a willingness to make unlimited per- 
sonal sacrifices of time and talent on the 
part of the individual members has been 
most gratifying. It is certain that the 
incoming officers, whoever they may be, 
will find that this spirit of cooperation 
does much to lighten what otherwise might 
be the heavy tasks of office holding. Do 
not hesitate to say "yes" to the fatal 
question. With over four hundred willing 
cohorts, your task will be relatively easy. 


The Nominating Committee, which v/ill be 
waiting on you in the near future, is made 
up of the following members : 

Miss A. Gertrude Barry, Personnel Office. 

Miss Muriel C. Figenbaum, Print Depart- 

Miss Mary Golden, Allston Branch Library. 

Mr Robert J. Roper, Science and Tech- 
nology Department. 

Miss Dorothy F. Nourse, Chairman, East 
Boston Branch Library. 

The Executive Board, at its last meeting, 
decided to appoint a Publicity Committee 
to serve for the remainder of the current 
year. The Association's activities have 
never been publicized through a duly ap- 
pointed Publicity Committee and it seemed 
wise to make this one of the special com- 
mittees for this year with the recommenda- 
tion that it become a standing committee 
should there be sufficient work to justify 
its continued existence. 

The membership for the Publicity Commit- 
tee for 1949 is as follows: 

Miss Marie T. Hastie, School Issue De- 

Mr B. Joseph O'Neil, Periodical and 
Newspaper Department. 

Miss Isabelle G. Pennampede, Chairman, 
Information Office. 

Mrs Sarah W. Flannery, Chairman of the 
In-Service Training Committee, reports 
that plans for the Fall Institute 
(November 17 and 18) are coming along 
apace. She hopes to have a detailed re- 
port for the September issue of The 
Question Mark. 

Remember that VERY IMPORTANT date we 
asked you to save, December 2nd? We hope 
it isn't too late to change it to December 
1st. Events over which mere humans had no 
control made it necessary to change the 
date. "Tatch the September issue of The 
Ques tion Mark for more about this gala 

8f 'Ut. 




Once again the Boston Public Library has 
been invited to participate in the selec- 
tion of the A.L.A. List of Notable Books. 
The national committee is under the chair- 
manship of Mr John S. Richard, Librarian 
of the Seattle Public Library and vice- 
president of the Public Libraries Division 
of the A.L.A. The local committee is to 
work under the chairmanship of Miss Edna 
G. Peck of the Book Selection Department, 
Circulation Division. The following staff 
members are serving on the committee for 
the current year : 

Mr Harry Andrews, Branch Issue Depart- 

Mr John M. Carroll, General Reference 

Miss G. Florence Connolly, Fine Arts 

Miss Mary F. Daly, Statistical Depart- 

Miss G. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Cataloging 
and Classification Department, Reference 

Miss Christine Hayes, Book Selection 
Department, Reference Division. 

Mrs Geraldine S. Herrick, North End 
Branch Library. 

Miss Frances C. Lepie, Mt. Bowdoin 
Branch Library. 

Mr Leonard J. Macmillan, Book Purchasing 

Miss Louisa S. Metcalf, Open Shelf De- 
partment . 

Mr Robert J. Roper, Science and Tech- 
nology Department. 

Miss Pauline A. r '. r alker, "".Test Roxbury 
Branch Library. 

Miss Gladys R. Ylhite, Mt. Pleasant 
Branch Library. 



The organization of a fall bowling 
league among the members of the library 
staff is in progress. Male and female are 
invited to participate. Anyone interested 
should contact Mr Arthur Mulloney of the 
Statistical Department or Mr Frank P. 
Bruno of the Patent Room. 


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ITord has been received from the Credit 
Union Office that beginning Monday, August 
15, it will be possible for any permanent 
employee of the City of Boston to purchase 
five shares per month ($5.00 per share) 
for an indefinite period. This is in addi- 
tion to the fifteen shares per employee 
available for purchase since April 1, 

It is suggested that, if you are not 
familiar with the Credit Union and are in- 
terested in joining, you contact Room 38, 
City Hall Annex. It is open from 9 a.m. 
to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. 



An unusually interesting exhibit of 
fourteen varieties of breads from other 
countries, which was on display at the 
Jamaica Plain and South Boston Branch 
Libraries last winter, is being exhibited 
at the Children's Museum for the summer 
months. This exhibit will be available 
for loan to other branch libraries this 
fall. Any persons interested, please con- 
tact Miss Mildred Adelson. Jamaica Plain 
Branch Library. 



The staff of the Kirstein Business 
Branch entertained Miss Sylvia Smith at 
dinner at Patten's Restaurant on July 15th, 
She was presented with golden earrings. 
Miss Smith is leaving the service to re- 
sume her studies at Northeastern Universi- 


Vienna, Vl/56 

Dear Sir, 

Several weeks ago my chief said to me, 
that I would receive a CARE parcel. I 
think the joy, which I had you cannot 
imagine, because we are in Austria very 
indigent now. 

"Then I went to fetch the parcel I came 
td know your address and now I want to 
thank you very, very much for it. 

The contents of the parcel is so consti- 
tuted, that every woman must be very en- 
joyed, of course my wife was also very 
delighted, you can perhaps imagine. 

Now I will introduce myself to you. I 
am lodging in Vienna with my family. I am 
thirty-six years old and have tvo children, 
a girl, who attends the first class of the 
elementary school and one boy, seven 
month of age. My profession is law-officer 
and my salary is only so, that I am able 
to purchase the most necessary things only. 

During the war I was soldier and one and 
a half year prisoner of the Americans in 
Italy in Naples and Pisa. The treatment 
was good there, but the foods better. 

Now dear unknown donor once more the 
best thanks for the present, which you 
have done for a really needy family. You 
gave us many pleasure with it, particular- 
ly for the children also, I mean ;vith the 
chocolate and cocoa, and I don't know, how 
I can thank you. 

Looking forward to a letter from you, I 
close my letter vdth the best Y/ishes, 

Yours sincerely, 

Anton Ulrich. 


Dear Mr McDonough, 

I would like to thank you most sincerely 
for the very kindly gift of food which was 
sent to me by your Staff Association. The 
consignment arrived safely and was imrne- 
diagely unpacked and the goods displayed 
on our staff room table. I wish our good 
friends in Boston could have seen the de- 
lighted expressions on the faces of the 
staff at the sight of the contents of the 
parcel. It was decided to ballot for the 
articles and I am pleased to say that each 
member of the staff was able to benefit 
from the gift. 

As you know, we in England have been 
living under austere food conditions for 
some years now, and although we are far 
from being badly fed the type of articles 
reveived from you are in very short sup- 
ply, and were most appreciated. Indeed 

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some of the things had not been seen for 
many years. On behalf of the staff of the 
Deptford Libraries I do again thank you 
for so thoughtful a gift. 

Deptford, with a population of about 
80,000, is one of the smaller of the 
twenty-eight London Boroughs, but owing to 
its strategic situation was one of the 
most badly damaged by enemy action. It is 
also a very historic borough, and for your 
interest I am enclosing two booklets which 
briefly describe and illustrate something 
of its history and present-day conditions. 
I am also enclosing a short account of the 
Deptford Libraries during the war which 
has been written by one of the Staff, as 
I was away on Tjar Service at the time. 

Trusting you and your Staff Association 
will find these items of some interest, 
and welcoming this occasion of contact 
between your large and progressive city 
and this small London borough. 

Yours sincerely, 

(signed) H. J. Rengert 

Borough Librarian 


During the first few months of the war the 
activities of the Libraries in Deptford 
were considerably reduced. Deptford was 
very much "on the map" because of its 
riverside position in the South East of 
London. There was the mass evacuation of 
children and the work of the Junior Li- 
braries, a special feature of the service, 
ceased completely. Later when, contrary 
to fears, as the months passed bombs did 
not fall many children returned to their 
parents and one of the Branch Libraries 
was able to offer accommodation to a 
teacher who had rounded up sufficient pu- 
pils for a class but had no place in which 
to hold it since all the schools were 
closed or being used for other purposes. 

The Libraries Committee were determined to 
maintain the service to its members. A 
return to the reading habit was inevitable 
once people had recovered from the first 
shock of war and all that it had implied. 
In actual fact the issues per head of the 
much depleted population began to in- 
crease. Reading as "escapism" was common, 
and a growing return to a more normal 

mental outlook brought the demand for 
knowledge. But the maintenance of the 
service was carried out under considerable 
difficulties. As soon as what had, prior 
to September 1939, been referred to as a 
"state of emergency" became bluntly a 
"state of war" the Staff, headed by the 
Borough Librarian, became responsible for 
feeding the Civil Defence Personnel and 
were organised to be prepared to act in 
all circumstances and under all conditions 
from exercise operations to the complete 
obliteration of whole areas, by enemy ac- 
tion. This was additional to the continu- 
ation of the Library service and it was 
quite common for assistants to be attend- 
ing to the preparation and distribution of 
eggs and bacon (later to be supplanted by 
toast and margarinej) from 7 to 9 a.m. and 
books thereafter. 

Yihen later Deptford began to "get it", and 
as we pride ourselves to take it, the 
Libraries Staff was made responsible for 
the preliminary emergency feeding of peo- 
ple rendered homeless by bombing (and 
there were many hundreds since Deptford 
suffered some of the worst incidents on 
record) and of those who spent their 
nights in public air-raid shelters. Even 
here, in addition to a food service, a 
shelter library service was inaugurated 
and every communal shelter in the borough 
had a corner from which a library servioe 
was operated. It was in the feeding of 
the people that the borough will always 
remember its indebtedness to the generosi- 
ty of the people of the United States who 
presented two mobile canteens and to the 
children of Australia who presented one 
for work with Deptford children. These 
canteens, although operating under the 
authority of Civil Defence, were organised 
by the Libraries Staff and serviced by a 
band of '"'omens' Voluntary Service helpers 
under the able and sympathetic leadership 
of Miss Noel Streatfeild, known equally 
well in the United States as in England 
as novelist, writer of children's books 
and lecturer. It is also of interest that 
on more than one occasion of heavy bombing, 
especially the Flying Bomb era, and par- 
ticularly after an attack on the Victual- 
ling Yard, both soldiers and sailors of 
the U.S.A. billeted locally, gave valuable 
assistance. They will be remembered also 
as giving help when the people of Deptford 
experienced for the first time the devas- 
tation caused by a Rocket. 


And so the Libraries continued until the 
final "all-clear" to hold the reins of 
the Departments for feeding the inner man 
coupled with the nourishment of the in- 
tellect. But the story was not as simple 
as it is in the telling. The Government 
early in the TJar began to direct women 
into National Service and it became nec- 
essary to replace all but the Senior mem- 
bers of the Staff by young and untrained 
assistants with little or no aptitude for 
the duties required of them. The Chief 
Librarian and Deputy Librarian were also 
required to serve in the armed forces. 
Albeit the storm was weathered and now, 
with almost the full complement of pro- 
fessional staff, the leeway is being made 
up and the Library Service takes its 
place in the fore-front of the Deptford 
Borough Council's cultural activities. 


Public Libraries 

Dear Colleagues, 

Thank you very much in- 
deed for your kind gift of a food parcel 
received through the C«A,R.E. organisa- 
tion. I have acknowledged its receipt 
through the official organisation but 
feel that I must express my personal ap- 
preciation to you all. 

The 'Test Ham Libraries, seven in num- 
ber, are situated in this heavily indus- 
trialised area, of eight square miles, 
and they carry an annual issue of books 
amounting to over a million and a half. 

Our southern boundary is the River 
Thames, on the banks of which are situ- 
ated the Royal Docks. This dockside area 
was an attraction to the enemy during the 
last war. So much so that the Borough of 
"Test Ham had over eleven hundred of its 
citizens killed in air raids and over 
thirty thousand injured and taken to 
hospitals. Fourteen thousand houses were 
completely demolished and, as you can 
imagine we are faced with a huge housing 

The replanning of the Borough is now 
under way and several hundred houses have 
now been built in our Tidal Basin area, 
which was practically completely de- 
stroyed. The replanning includes provi- 
sion for new library buildings, but 

these, of course, must await the rebuild- 
ing of houses which have first priority. 

It is interesting, however to mention 
that before the war, with a population of 
280,000 our annual book issue was about a 
million. Today with a reduced population 
of 170,000, our issues are now over a mil- 
lion and a half. 

Once again, ever grateful thanks for 
your very kind generosity. 

Yours sincerely, 

(signed) E. R. Gamester 

Borough Librarian 


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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 8 Septem ber 1949 

Publications Committee: Mildred R. Adelson, M» Dorothy Brackett, John M. Carroll, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 


The stencil for the present cover of 
The Question Hark is rapidly disintegrat- 
ing. The Publications Committee, there- 
fore, is faced with the necessity of pro- 
viding a new cover. 

The suggestion has been made to the Com- 
mittee that there are many people with 
artistic talent on the staff who should be 
asked to contribute sketches for a new 

So, we are now inviting anyone who 
wishes to make his contribution to The 
Question Mark to submit a sketch for a 
proposed cover, not la t er than October 20 , 
1949 . 

All sketches received will be reproduced 
in The Question Mark for November fif- 
teenth so that each member of the Staff 
Association may have an opportunity to 
vote for his choice. 

Width of de sign: 
Length of design: 

Sp ecifications 

Not over 7 inches. 

Not over 11 inches, 

October 20, 1949 


Make sure that you have earmarked time 
~ and a few dollars — so that you can 
participate in the first New England Con- 
vention of the A.L.A. under its new plan. 
M.L.A., S.L.A., — and all the other 
L.A. 's — will be represented. 

New Ocean House 

Swamps cott 

October 12-15 

SORT breakfast — October 13, 8 a.m. 


New Staff Members 

Mrs Barbara G. Sissman, Jamaica Plain 
Branch Library. 

Miss Philomena F. DiVito, Book Purchas- 
ing Department. 

Miss Mary C. O'Malley, Book Stack Serv- 
ice (formerly part-time at Connolly Branch 
Library) . 

Mrs Elizabeth A. Simoons, West Roxbury 
Branch Library. 

Mr Thomas H. O'Connor, Statistical De- 
partment (formerly part-time). 

Mrs Margaret P. Filburn, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference Divi- 

Miss Mary V. Groden, Book Stack Service 
(formerly part-time at Washington Village 
Branch Library). 

Miss Marion H. Dowling, Fine Arts De- 
partment . 

Mrs Elaine E. Kimmelman, Rare Book De- 
partment . 

Mr Edward X. Casey, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference Divi- 
ion (formerly worked at Kirstein Business 


Mrs Iphigenia Fillios, Orient Heights 
Branch Library to West Roxbury Branch Li- 

Miss Marion Flaherty, ".Test Roxbury 
Branch Library to Orient Heights Branch 

Miss Gilda Rossetti, Reference Division 
Office to Kirstein Business Branch. 


Mrs Dorothy G. Mackey, Statistical De- 
partment, to remain at home. 

Miss Mary J. Azadian, Book Stack Service, 
to attend Boston University. 


Mr Roger P. Bristol, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference Di- 
vision, to work at the Peabody Institute 
Library, Baltimore. 

Mr Domenic J. Maio, Book Stack Service, 
to attend Northeastern University. 

Miss Joan Hopkinson, Book Selection De- 
partment, Circulation Division, to accept 
another position. 

Mrs Adele Wynne, Kir stein Business 
Branch, to live in England. 


Mr John M. Carroll, Deputy Supervisor 
in the Reference Division and Chief of 
the General Reference Department to Miss 
Evelyn Caswell, Head of Guided Missiles 
Library, Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology. Miss Caswell is a former 
member of the staff of the Science and 
Technology Department. 

Miss Kathryn I. N. Dolan, Open Shelf 
Department, to Mr Edward G. Maloof. 


On Saturday morning, August 27, Miss 
Frances W. McGonagle of Book Selection 
Department, Circulation Division, was 
married to Mr William P. Kelley, Jr. at 
St. Anthony's Church, Allston. A recep- 
tion followed at the Hotel Somerset, and 
the honeymoon was spent in Bermuda. Miss 
McGonagle was attended by her twin sister, 
Mrs Marjorie Eiggins. 

Miss Jean " T .. Briscoe, Codman Square 
Branch Library, to Mr Thomas C. Buchanan 
III, July 23, 1949. 

Mr Ernest E. Hughes, Science and Tech- 
nology Department, to Miss Margaret Ann 
McDonald on August 20, 1949. 


August 16 — a son, Brian Gerard, to Mr 
and Mrs Henry Barry, Book Preparation 
Department . 

August 18 -- a daughter, Carol C, to 
Mr and Mrs Robert Roper, Science and 
Technology Department (Mrs Roper is the 
former Dorothy Galvin of the Business 

August 19 — a daughter, Priscilla Ann, 
to Mr and Mrs Francis Myers, Book Stack 
Service (Mrs Myers is the former Carolyn 
"Wallace of the Director's Office). 

August 20 ~ a son, Roger William, to 

Mr and Mrs William DiRosario, Fine Arts 
Department • 

September 5 — a daughter, Kathleen Ann, 
to Mr and Mrs Patrick Murtagh, Book Stack 
Service (Mrs Murtagh is the former Alveria 
Calbury of the Fine Arts Department). 

Septembor 12 — a son to Mr and Mrs 
Sidney Altman. Mrs Altman is Branch 
Librarian, Jeffries Point Branch Library. 



Mr Donald L. Newman, Records, Files, and 
Statistics Office, after an absence of 
over five weeks on account of an injury to 
his ankle received while playing baseball. 

Miss Sigrid Robinson, Open Shelf Depart- 
ment, after a four-months' leave of ab- 


The June issue of The Quest io n Mark 
carried the announcement that the name of 
Mr Bradford Hill had been submitted for 
possible inclusion on the slate of the 
Steering Committee of the national SORT 
(Staff Organizations Round Table). It is 
with real pleasure that we can now write 
the second chapter to that story. Not 
only was Mr Hill's name included in the 
nomination slate but he was elected to the 
office. Thus the BPLPSA is represented 
on the national organization. This honor 
which comes to Mr Hill, and indirectly to 
the staff association which he represents, 
is well deserved for Mr Hill has done much 
to further the interests of our staff as- 
sociation. It also means that we, as an 
association, are growing up 9 

These who are serving with Mr Hill on 
the Steering Committee of SORT for the 
current year are: 

Margaret G. Hickman, Los Angeles Public 
Library Staff Association! Esther Kelly, 
Dayton Public Library Staff Association; 
Katherine Prescott, Cleveland Public 
Library "Torkers' Association; Wilma W. 
Taite, University of California Library 
Staff Association. 

A SORT breakfast is being planned for 
October 13, during the Swampscott Confer- 
ence which will provide an excellent op- 
portunity for those interested in staff 


organizations to get together and ex- 
change ideas. 



Miss Annie J. Daley, former member of 
the staff of the Branch Issue Department, 
is now a neighbor, having recently moved 
from T 7ellesley to 127 Commonwealth Avenue 

Mr Robert F. Dixon, Jr., has recently 
been made Assistant Librarian at the 
United States Coast Guard Library, New 
London, Connecticut . Since leaving the 
Science and Technology Department of the 
Boston Public Library, Mr Dixon has been 
at the United States Naval Academy Li- 
brary, Nevrport. 

Mr Francis X. Doherty, Branch Librarian 
in the '"."ashington, D. C. Public library 
system, has recently been transferred 
from the Northeastern to the Mr. Pleasant 
Branch Library, one of the largest in the 
system. Mr Doherty formerly worked in 
the General Reference Department, 



Dr Herbert Putnam, Librarian of the 
Boston Public Library from 1895 to 1899, 
and now Librarian Emeritus of the Library 
of Congress, on September 8. Having been 
instrumental in planning the present 
Central Library Building, Mr Putnam ex- 
pressed the hope that he will live to see 
new wings or additions made to the build- 
ing when the Library comes into posses- 
sion of the Boston University buildings. 
Mr Putnam is 88. 

Miss Juliette Chabot, Assistant Chief 
Librarian of the Montreal Public Library 
was one of the out-of-town visitors to 
the Library on August 23, 1949. 

Miss Chabot was especially interested 
in the new quarters of the Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference 

Division, and inquired about the lighting 
fixtures, the equipment and furniture, the 
system of storage space in the adjoining 
stack, as well as the size of personnel 
and the technical processes of the depart- 
ment. The duplication of catalog cards 
was a main point of interest to her, com- 
paring our Niagara Duplicator to the mul- 
tilith machine used in the Montreal libra- 

Miss Chabot also visited the Parker Hill 
Branch Library. She was impressed with 
the architecture and equipment of the 
building, "giving due consideration" to 
quote Miss Chabot, "to the European branch 
libraries I have visited". 

Miss Edith Gustafson, formerly of the 
Branch Department, and now on the staff of 
the Newark Museum, visited Central Library 
on August 24. She was interested in the 
changes -- physical and administrative — 
which have taken place in the Branch De- 
partment, as well as throughout the rest . 
of the building. 

Mrs Ned Yfyinan of Athens, Vermont, visit- 
ed the Library one day in August. She was 
nmch surprised to find that the Catalog 
Department was not in the room which she 
left in 1914. She is the former Laura 
Mendum and has never returned to the Li- 
brary since her last day of work here and 
was amazed at the changes which have taken 

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To wn Meeting of the Ai r program on 
Tuesday, August 20, originated in Cairo, 
Egypt, and, as all others of this partic- 
ular series, it was transcribed, Mr 
Milton E. Lord, representing the American 
Library Association, made the introductory 
remarks. He was heard by many staff mem- 
bers who have followed the tour with 
great interest. 



Reprinted by Request 


Word has been received from the Credit 
Union Office that beginning Monday, 
August 15, it will be possible for any- 
permanent employee of the City of Boston 
to purchase five shares per month ($5.00 
per share) for an indefinite period. 
This is in addition to the fifteen shares 

per employee available for purchase since 
April 1. 

It is suggested that, if you are not 
familiar with the Credit Union and are 
interested in joining, you contact Room 
38, City Hall Annex. Ih is open from 
9 a,m, to 3 p.m.., Monday through Friday. 


Those members of the staff who belong 
to the "5^" State Retirement System will 
be interested to know that during the 
recent session of the State Legislature 
three changes were made in that pension 
system. Die full text of these changes 
will be found in Chapters 656, 657, and 
671 of the Acts of 1949, copies of which 
are located in the General Reference and 
Statistical Departments. 

These amendments to the basic law gen- 
erally liberalize the previous provisions. 
Chapter 656 modifies the formula for cal- 
culating retirement benefits for those 
reaching 60 years of age and having had 
40 years of service. Chapter 657 reduces 
the length of service required before 
being eligible for disability retirement 
from 20 to 15 years, making that feature 
uniform with the "4^" system. Chapter 
671 liberalizes the financial provisions 
of the system, 


As the sun broke through the clouds at 
about 10:15 Labor Day morning, three bus 
loads of Library employees set forth 
from Copley Square for Stage Fort Park, 
Gloucester. We arrived there at 12 m. 
The weather, which the weather forecaster 
tried to ruin for us, turned out to be 

ideal. Everyone enjoyed the refreshing 
waters of a Gloucester cove, particularly 
those who played ball until they were 
about ready to fall in their tracks. The 
busses headed for home at 8:45 p.m., and 
arrived at Copley Square at 10:30 p.m. 
There were no accidents but the next day 
everyone was quite stiff from the strenu- 
ous exercise of the day before. 

I wish to express my deepest thanks to 
all those who helped in the success of our 
Labor Day outing. 

Francis P. Connell 


The front entrance hall of the Central 
Library Building is taking on a new look) 
The enclosure which was erected during 
the War to form an Information Booth will 
be dismantled and the new Information 
Desk will be opened this vreek. Be sure 
to step by to see this attractive new 
Desk which has been especially designed to 
harmonize with the 'jurroundings. 

The beauty of the entrance hall is to be 
further enhanced shortly by the installa- 
tion of four handsome bronze exhibition 
cases_, which., being placed in the four 
niches . will give opportunity for more 
adequate displays of the Library's treas- 


Mr Richard Shaw, 25 Huntington Avenue, 
Boston, has been selected by the Trustees 
to design the new branch library building 
which is to be erected on a site on Adams 
Street, Dorchester, between Delmont Street 
and Oakton Avenue. 


Some time in October Boston will get 
its first modern Bookmobile Service. Ar- 
rangements have been made with the H.B. 
Church Truck Service Company to provide 
the bookmobile for us on a contractual 
basis. The driver will be from the truck 
company while the other personnel will be 

from the Library staff. The bookmobile, 
with a capacity of approximately 3500 
volumes, vail serve the adult and juve- 
nile population of the entire city. De- 
velopments in this service will be re- 
ported with interest in future issues* 



A mobile library is not an entirely new 
venture in Boston. Remember the pushcart 
library which was used in the summer of 
1925 and a Fcrd truck book wagon in 1926? 

It began with an inspiration on the 
part of Miss Grace ITills, the Head Worker 
of Lincoln House settlement and the 
prompt acceptance by her personal friend 
and our then Supervisor of Branches, Miss 
Edith Guerrier. Miss Wills found a fine 
banana push cart and a willing friend who 
was interested in promoting a nevr idea, 
and so the Tyler Street Branch Library 
was started on a new method of bringing 
books to the homes of the neighborhood. 

For the three summer months, under the 
direction of Miss liarion C. Kingman, 
Eranch Librarian at Tyler Street Branch 
Library, a weekly load of books, in 
English and four or five foreign lan- 
guages, made a trip through the crowded 
streets of the Harrison Avenue district 
between the railroad tracks and Dover 
Street from 4 to 7:30 p.m. 

Good Luck and Bon Voyage to the stream- 
lined model! 


On August 19, the Ambassador , Boston- 
bound Montreal express, collided with its 
sister train, also called the Ambassador , 
out of Boston, at Canaan, New Hampshire. 
One of the passengers was Miss Martha C. 
Engler, Children's Librarian at South End 
Branch Library, who was returning home 
after her vacation. Miss Engler writes: 

"I should like to say a sincere 
•Thank you! 1 to all my good friends who 
sent cards, letters, and telegrams to me 
in the hospital and at home. It is all 
deeply appreciated. 

"As for the accident itself, it all 
happened so quickly that none of us in 

| the train had any chance to be frightened. 
i One minute we were sitting there very 
peacefully minding our own business, and 
the next minute we were all nursing our 
individual cuts and bruises. Thanks to 
my loyal, hard-working Guardian Angel, who 
was right on the job, I escaped with cuts 
on my face rather than injured eyes. One 
minute before the crash I turned my head 
to look out of the window, and the back 
of the seat in front of me hit me on the 
side of my face rather than full front! 
My right foot was also badly sprained and 
that is what is keeping me at home» 
Otherwise, I feel fine, 

"Those of us who were taken to the Mary 
Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N. H. , were 
very fortunate. It is a modern, well- 
equipped hospital with lots of very young 
and very efficient doctors. Everyone 
there, patients, nurses, and doctors were 
very jolly and it was as pleasant a place 
to be as to be in a hospital at all can 
ever be pleasant. 

"All in all, the experience, though un- 
desirable, was not too harrowing." 

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Three B»P.L. travellers in Mexico this 
summer were honored in a delightful manner 
at a tea given in our State Department's 
Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico City. 
Miss Elizabeth M. Gordon, Deputy Supervi- 
sor in Charge of Work with Children, Miss 
Margaret Morgan and Miss Virginia 
Haviland, Branch Librarians at Dorchester 
and Phillips Brooks Branch Libraries, en- 
joyed meeting staff members, other librar- 
ians, and authors, who, at the invitation 
of Miss Bertha Harris, Director of the 
Benjamin Franklin Library, and Miss Eva J. 
Anttonen, Children's Librarian, met in- 
formally. " r, hile the delicious tea was 
being served there was opportunity for 
most interesting conversation with persons 
doing unusual work in the library field. 


The bowling league begins next Tuesday 
and Wednesday, September 20 and 21 at the 
Fenway alleys at eight o'clock. It is 
still not too late to join on either night 
as the first two weeks of bowling will be 


noncompetitive to ascertain positions on 
teams. No new members will be accepted 
after the second week. 


The bicentenary of Goethe's birth is 
being celebrated in the Treasure Room by 
an exhibit of first editions and other 
Goetheana. Most of the items belong to 
the Sears-Freiligrath collection; others 
were purchased from the income of the 
Benton Fund. Though the exhibit is not 
large, the volumes on display do set 
forth the wide range of Goethe's inter- 

The most important, of course, is Faust, 
which in the literal sense was a life- 
work, as Goethe began on it at the age of 
twenty-five or even younger, and com- 
pleted it only shortly before his death, 
in his eighty -third year. The Library is 
fortunate in having the first printed 
version, Faust, ein Fragment of 1790 in 
three copies ~ two separate ones (one 
with the date misprinted 1787) and one as 
volume 7 of Goethe's works published in 
the same year. This edition is especial- 
ly intriguing for the student, who can 
compare it with the earliest version ex- 
tant, the Urfaust , and also with the com- 
pleted Faust , Part I . 

The earliest of the first-edition items 
is Goetz von Berlichingen of 1773, with- 
out the author's name or the place of 
printing. Goethe v.rote this gripping 
drama of sixteenth-century feuds and the 
Peasants' War at the period of his life 
when he was most under the influence of 
Shakespeare, Die Leiden des Jungen 
Wert her is present in the second issue of 
the first edition of Leipzig 1774. This 
sensitive tale of hopeless love made 
Goethe suddenly world-famous. It was 
translated, imitated, and parodied — in 
short, a propelling force of the romantic 

The four volumes of Wilhelm Meisters 
Lehrjahre are seen in the edition of 
Berlin 1795-96, with the six folded 
plates of music to Goethe's songs. 
Countless people are familiar with 
Mignon's song "Knows 't thou the land," 
even though they have no idea that Mignon 
is a fascinating character in Goethe's 
engrossing novel of a young idealist's 

strange adventures. Another novel, more 
modern and "psychological," is Die 
Wahlverwandtschaften (Elective Affinities), 
represented in the first edition of 
Tubingen^ 1809. The narrative poem of 
rural life, Hermann und Dorothea , may be 
seen as it first appeared in an almanach. 

The many-sidedness of Goethe's mind, re- 
calling that of Leonardo da Vinci's, is 
brought out by a view of his contributions 
in the fields of art and of science. Here 
are copies of the art periodicals, the 
Propylaen — which takes its name from the 
vestibule to the temple of Athena ~ 
founded and edited by Goethe himself, and 
Ueber Kunst und Alterthum which contains 

his critical contributions, as well as 
"Jinckelmann und sein Jahrhundert , Goethe ' s 
tribute to a great art historian of his 
time. His works on botany and optics are 
also represented by original editions. 

Other items are Goethe's translations 
from the French and the Italian, and nu» 
merous volumes of his correspondence. A 
book of opinions on Goethe by his contem- 
poraries includes an' amusing criticism of 
Goetz von Berliching en by Frederick the 
Great, who, writing in French, commented: 
"One can pardon Shakespeare for his bi- 
zarre faults, for the birth of the arts is 
never the point of their maturity. But 
behold a Goetz de Berlichingen appears on 
the scene, a detestable imitation of these 
bad English plays, and the pit applauds 
and calls with enthusiasm for a repetition 
of these disgusting platitudes,,." 

A number of English translations are 
shown, including Carlyle's Wilhelm 
Meister's Apprenticeship , Edinburgh 1824, 
and the manuscript of John Sullivan 
Dwight's Se lect Minor Poems of Goethe and 
S chiller , published in 1G<59* A welcome 
feature is the display of various Faust 
illustrations, ranging from the austere 
outline drawings by Moritz Retzsch, a con- 
temporary of Goethe, to Rene Clarke's 
brilliant illustrations for Alice 
Raphael's translation of Part I, brought 
out by the Limited Editions Club in 1932. 
The most striking of all is the splendid 
folio of a French translation, Paris 1828, 
with the haunting lithographs by the great 
French artist Delacroix. 

Those who wish to know more about the 
exhibit are referred to the article which 
is to appear in the October issue of 
The Boston Public Library Quarterly. 

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Photochargers have been installed in 
two Branch Libraries — Mattapan and West 
Roxbury — for an experimental period of 
two months. They will be put into opera- 
tion sometime within the next ten days. 
This charging system, developed by the 
Library Bureau Division of Remington Rand 
Company, is designed to eliminate part of 
the clerical work now involved in the 
charging of books* 


IN 1949 

Book List for Grade Three 

January 1949 
Book List for Grade 4 

January 1949 
Book List for Grade 5 

January 1949 
Book List for Grade 6 

January 1949 
Third National Army- Industry Day 

February 4, 1949 
Recent Books on the Negro 

Negro History Week 

February 6-13, 1949 
Brotherhood Week 

February 20-27, 1949 
Science and the Citizen 

March 29, 1949 
Army Day 

April 6, 1949 
The State of Israel 

May 4, 1949 
List of 100 Books for the 

Average Reader 

June 1949 
Enchanted Caravan 

Summer Reading Club 

June 1949 
Goethe Bicentennial, 1749-1949 

August 1949 
The Electoral College and 

Presidential Election 

August 1949 
Reading List suggested in 

connection with the 63rd 

Annual Convention of the 

American Philatelic Society, 

Inc., August 16-20, 1949 



Hyde Park 

The staff is appreciative of the re- 
painting job which will be completed here 
during September. 

Jamaica Plain 

An exhibit on SCOTLAND, consisting of 
interesting articles lent by a patron of 
the branch library, attracted much atten- 
tion. Appropriate books and magazines 
were also displayed. 

Meet the Author Group at the Jamaica 
Plain Branch Library 

So many high school girls, ranging in 
age from fifteen to seventeen, have shown 
an interest in the personalities and lives 
of the authors of their favorite books 
that special sessions have been held this 
summer at the Jamaica Plain Branch. These 
book reviews were similar to the ones held 
here last summer. The most frequent re- 
mark made by these girls has been, "We 
have read many of these books and feel 
that we would have enjoyed them more if we 
knew something about the men and women who 
wrote them." 

The procedure at these meetings was to 
combine enjoyment and knowledge. Results 
have proved -unusually worthwhile. A. J. 
Cronin s James Hilton, Louis Golding, 
Kenneth Roberts, Mildred Walker, Lloyd 
Douglas, Jane Austen, and Thomas Gray 
illustrate the diversified interests of 
the young people who took part in these 
discussions. The informal atmosphere re- 
sulted in spontaneous reactions. The at- 
mosphere and results of the meetings are 
perhaps best summarized by reactions of 
one of the girls s "I like the reading 
club because many of the other girls had 
differences in opinions about the authors 
and it made me understand their opinions." 

One of the members has a sincere love 
for poetry and she held the group en- 
thralled when she discussed in simple lan- 
guage the life and works of Thomas Gray. 

E. G. 


North End 

The Puppeteers had a very successful 
season, giving weekly shows each 
"iednesday morning at 10:30 during the 
months of July and August. Despite all 
the city heat, these performances were 
very well attended, having audiences of 
100 to 120. Many mothers brought their 
pre-school children to the plays. The 
local playground teachers and settlement 
house workers used the Library's programs 
in connection with their own planned rec- 
reation for the children. 

In addition to the regular weekly per- 
formances, the Puppeteers played host to 
a group of girls and boys from the 
Phillips Brooks Branch Library. On July 
29 Miss Virginia Haviland, Branch Li- 
brarian, and her assistant, Miss 
Gracemarie Alfe, conducted 34 children on 
a visit to the North End Branch Library. 

The Summer Reading Club had a party in 
the branch library on Wednesday, Septem- 
ber 7, to end a very successful season. 
"TJhile the number winning awards this year 
was not as large as in other years be- 
cause of the terrific heat, much very 
good reading had been accomplished by the 
finalists. Refreshments consisted of 
punch and candy. Miss Tyyne Saari, as- 
sistant in the Children's Room, led the 
group in playing games. After the party, 
pictures were taken of the group. 

Yjest End 

An exhibit is being currently featured 
of scenes from the new motion picture 
"Sword in the Desert". A collection of 
pamphlets and books on Israel has also 
been assembled and the public is cordial- 
ly invited to visit the Branch Library 
and see this timely and interesting ex- 

Thirty children had their favorite toys 
as special guests at the Toy Party held 
on August 3 for members of the Summer 
Reading Club. Bride dolls, trains, and 
Shmoos were among those present. Prizes 
were avrarded to the owners of the pretti- 
est, the funniest, and the most unusual 


Miss Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian, 
talked to the children on summer reading, 
and Miss Elinor Day, Children's Librarian, 
told an entertaining story. The guests 
also participated in two quizzes ~ one on 
books, and the other on the "Jest End 
Branch Library building and its history. 
As a climax to the party, ice cream and 
lollipops were served to the guests. 

A Great Books discussion group will car- 
ry on for the second year, beginning 
Monday evening, October 10, and meeting 
every other Monday thereafter. 

In connection with the beginning of a 
new academic year for institutions of 
higher learning, there will be featured 
during the month of September an exhibit 
on famous colleges and universities, both 
at home and abroad. The exhibit will in- 
clude mounted photographs, catalogs, and 
histories of many of the schools, as well 
as general material on adult education. 



There is no doubt in the minds of the 
members of the Executive Board of the 
B.P.L.P.S.A, as to what season of the year 
it is. Fall is indeed with us, and with 
the fall a host of proposed activities. 
At the Executive Board meeting held 
September 14 there were brought before the 
Board several suggestions for future As- 
sociation undertakings which should pro- 
vide pleasant social activities for the 
members and at the same time be a substan- 
tial help to our shrinking finances, which 
need reinforcement if our professional 
projects are to be properly executed. The 
fact that the proposals submitted by staff 
members were nicely balanced between pro- 
fessional and social shows that the in- 
dividual members are alive to the needs 
of the Association. Several of these sug- 
gestions require some ground work done be- 
fore they can be reported to the member- 
ship as a whole but they should be ready 
for release in the October issue of The 
Question Mark. We can give a brief report 


on the follcwing items: 

(1) The plans for that VERY IMPORTANT 
date -- December 2, 1949 — can now be 
divulged. It is to be a reception to 
honor our Director upon his inauguration 
as President of the American Library As- 
sociation. The reception is to be held 
in the Princess Suite at the Hotel 
Somerset, 400 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 
at 8 p.m. It lias been several years 
since a Director of the Boston Public 
Library has been President of A.L.A. 

This honor which comes to Mr Lord is 
shared in a certain measure by the Boston 
Public Library and the other libraries in 
the New England area, where Mr Lord has 
made a valuable contribution to the im- 
provement of library standards. It is 
hoped that all staff members will take 
this opportunity to pay tribute to a high 
office and to the man who has been chosen 
to serve in that office for the coming 

(2) The Committee on In-Service Train- 
ing reports that speakers for the Pall 
Institute, to be held in the Boston 
Public Library Lecture Hall November 17 
and 18, have been contacted. The list is 
impressive and it is hoped that those who 
accept will bring to the membership, and 
all others who are able to participate in 
the Institute proceedings, real inspira- 
tion for a broader and more understanding 
service to the public. A general plan of 
the Institute was outlined in the July 
issue of The Question Mark . 

(3) Tentative plans are underway for a 
theatre party and for an evening of 
square dancing, both undertaken to pro- 
vide pleasant recreation and, it is 
hoped, a little financial upholstery for 
the Institute expenses. 


Dear "Soap Box" Editor: 

Those of us who are interested in the 
scholarships granted to staff members for 
study in the fields of library science 
are somewhat disturbed by the number of 
applicants who receive scholarships and 
then, after a very brief time with the 
Library, go on to "greener pastures." It 
would seem that the prevalence of this 

practice should be given some serious con- 
sideration. TTould it be possible to make 
one of the requirements of the receipt of 
a scholarship a promise from the recipient 
that he or she will stay in the Library a 
specified length of time after the comple- 
tion of the course for which the scholar- 
ship was given? 

Not being familiar with the procedure of 
scholarship grants, I find it difficult to 
offer concrete suggestions, but it does 
seem that some measure should be taken to 
protect the Library against this method of 
refined exploitation which is becoming far 
too prevalent either for the good of the 
Library service or for those receiving 



In direct ratio to the building up of 
the splendid book collection in the Branch 
Issue Department during recent years is 
the growing need (apparent to those mem- 
bers of the staff working with the public) 
to make this collection more widely avail- 
able to borrowers using the Central Li- 
brary. The size of the collection (more 
than double that of the Open Shelf Depart- 
ment and the largest of the Branch adult 
collections) and the broad understanding 
of books and people and their needs re- 
flected in its selection, make it incom- 
parably the finest basic circulating col- 
lection in the library system. Carefully 
developed on the basis of city wide rather 
than purely local needs it is free of the 
parochialism which of necessity may char- 
acterize a branch collection. For this 
reason and because of the sharply reduced 
book quotas now in effect in the Open 
Shelf Department and the Branch Libraries 
it would seem desirable that its resources 
should be available to the public at all 
times that the circulating departments of 
the Central Library are open. 

All too often a Branch borrower, finding 
his local collection inadequate for his 
immediate special needs, comes hopefully 
to Central only to discover that the books 
he requires are unobtainable from the Open 
Shelf Department or restricted to hall use 
in the Reference Division. Unless it is 
at a time xihen the Branch Issue Department 


is open (whore in many instances his needj 
might be met) the borrower will leave un- 
satisfied, mentally chalking up a black 
mark against the library "where you can 
never get anything" -- a wail familiar to 
complaint-hardened staff members. 

In addition to its overall value as a 
well rounded, basic collection is the 
added fact that it includes also hundreds 
of "starred" books which in most in- 
stances are unobtainable for circulation 
anywhere else in the system. As every 
assistant in public departments such as 
Open Shelf and General Reference is 
aware, many of these are among the most 
consistently asked for books by students 
and teachers as well as the general 

Discounting the numerous ephemeral 
"best sellers" which for one reason or 
another are assigned to this collection, 
the following groups of books are to be 
found in the "starred" collection* 

1. Significant fiction -- Authors 

ranging from Boccacoio to Flaubert, 
Zola, Stendhal, Romains, Gide, 
Proust, James Joyce, Huxley, 
D. H. Lawrence, Dos Passos, 
Sherwood Anderson, Dreiser, 
Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, 
James Farrell and such contempo- 
rary war novelists as Hersey, 
Burns, Shaw, Mailer, etc. 
Although but a handful of exam- 
ples, these suffice to indicate 
that it is impossible for a stu- 
dent, teacher or the general 
reader to study the development 
of the modern novel without re- 
course to this collection, 

2, Books on sex and marriage , contin- 

ually asked for by students, 
teachers, social workers, young 
couples, etc. 

3. Titles in various special fields of 

psychology, such as Psychology of 
women , Varieties of temperament , 

4, Miscellaneous — individual titles 

in the fields of criminology, 
anatomy, physiology and medicine, 
anthropology, autobiography, 
drama, etc. 
Other important fields in which the 
Branch Issue Department's holdings are 
strong, on which the Open Shelf Depart- 
ment and the Reference Departments draw 
heavily for their borrowers because of 

inadequacies or restrictions in their own 
collections, are: 

1. Ci vil ser vice books. Unavailable in 

the Open Shelf at the present time, 
the bulk of the Reference Division's 
extensive holdings are for hall use 
only, and the few available for 
circulation are entirely inadequate 
to meet the continual heavy demand 
for copies for home use. 

2. Technical books . These are unavail- 

able in the Open Shelf Department 
and in many cases are restricted to 
hall use in the Reference Division. 

3. Vocat io nal literature — including 

operating small businesses, etc, 

4. The standard classics — including 

wide duplication of titles used in 
"Great Books" courses. 

5. So called "avant garde" literature. 

6. Psychology — standard works and 

texts insufficiently duplicated 

7. Arts and crafts. 

8. Social sciences, 

9. Certain current reference books, 

generally unavailable elsewhere for 

home use. 
Since the Branch Issue Department is 
closed evenings, Saturdays and Sundays (or 
39 hours weekly when Open Shelf and 
General Reference Departments are open) it 
is painfully apparent to assistants in 
these departments that scores of borrow- 
ers are each week denied at the time of 
their requests books which in most in- 
stances could be supplied without waiting 
by Branch Issue Department. In many in- 
stances these individuals are working 
people whose only free time is during the 
evening hours and on weekends. 

At the present time, during those hours 
when Branch Issue is open, an average of 
thirty trips daily are made from Open 
Shelf to that Department to supply borrow- 
ers' needs. This is in addition to simi- 
lar trips made from the various Referonce 

In view of these facts, might it not be 
possible to staff the Branch Issue Depart- 
ment during these hours with one capable, 
trustworthy part-time assistant (at 60 - 
80/ an hour) who would service the col- 
lection and be responsible to the 
Supervisor? In terms of added, much 
needed service to the public, and the sub- 
sequent good public relations created by 
such a step certainly the cost (roughly 


$1400 a year) would be negligible. 



To the "Soap Box": 

No Soap Box in the August issue! Lest 
this lapse should become permanent, I've 
picked two conflicting opinions out of 
the not-as-hot-as-it-was atmosphere (if 
that is where opinions dwell) and present 
them for inspection: 

l a The Question Mark is not "profes- 
sional" and it should be as the 
mouthpiece of a professional organ- 
2. The Question Mark is grand because 
it brings me up-to-date on what's 
happening around me. I look for- 
vrard to the fifteenth of each month 
with pleasurable anticipation. 
Obviously, before agreeing or disagree- 
ing, it was only fair s 

1. To examine the Constitution and By- 
Laws of the Association and the 
file of The Question Mark to see if 
the scope of the paper had ever 
been set down in black and white. 

2. To examine the issues to date to 
reacquaint myself with what they 

3. To consider — regardless of 1 and 
2 — the people for whom the paper 
is issued. 

First, the Constitution contains no 
statement with regard to a bulletin. 
The By-Laws (Article V, Section 5) state: 

"It shall be the duty of the Publica- 
tions Committee to issue a bulletin. 
The chairman of this committee shall 
be the editor-in-chief." 

The first issue of The Question Mark 
included this statement: 

"This publication is a trial balloon — 
a news sheet for the Staff Association. 
We should like to have it controlled 
as much as possible by all the Staff 
members for whom it is issued,., 

"The present plan is to cover, in brief 
form, current library news and person- 
al notes of general interest, with 
occasional notices of special books or 
articles on library topics. Further 
suggestions will be very welcome. 
There might, for instance, be an 
'open forum* section; or one for 

discussion of projects under way in 
Branches or at Central; or any other 
feature which you would find useful." 
Secondly, an examination of the issues 
through the years revealed that space has 
been given to: Reporting professional 
library meetings; listing articles of pro- 
fessional interest in periodicals; detail- 
ing branch and department activities 
(social and professional); announcing 
ever-changing personnel; and free expres- 
sion of opinion in the Soap Box . 

Thirdly, for whose consumption is The 
Question Mark intended? Primarily for 

the members of the Staff of the Boston 
Public Library — hundreds of human beings 
(from 15 to 701 ), subject to the frailties 
and foibles of all Imman beings; therefore, 
probably interested in the minutiae of 
everyday living among their fellow workers, 
and ~ in more serious moments ~ eager to 
be informed of the progress being made in 
the profession of Librarianship, 

These hundreds of human beings are lo- 
cated in more than thirty widely-separated 
buildings (no bookmobiles, yetl) through- 
out the city. They need a medium through 
which they can keep in touch and be made 
to feel that what their branch or depart- 
ment does professionally and socially is 
helping to make the whole organization 

All of which leads me to express two 
personal opinions: 

First, that The Question Mark should be 
both professional and non-professional; 
both serious and not-so-serious; but 
always embracing a "live-and-let-live" 
philosophy and never a condescending 
"holier-than-thou" attitude. 
Secondly, that whatever The Question 
Mark contains it will appeal — now, to 
some; again, to others; but probably 
never to all at the same time. 
Hot/ do you feel about your Question Mark? 


Editor's Note : The Publications Commit- 
tee \velcomes — and anticipates ~ dis- 
cussion with regard to the content of 
The Question Mark , It is hoped that the 
above letter will call forth other ex- 
pressions of opinion as well as contri- 
butions of both types mentioned. 

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Fublished by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 9 October 1949 

Publications Committee t Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Braokett, John M. Carroll, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material j 
The tenth of each month 


Abraham E. Pinanski 

Trustee of the 
Boston Public Library 
February 1943 — April 1949 

"To live in hearts we leave behind 
is not to die." 

With the death of Judge Abraham E. Pinanski on October fifth 
the Library lost a staunch friend and tireless worker for its 
betterment. Judge Pinanski served the Library from 1934 to 1942 
as a member of the Examining Committee, of which he was elected 
Vice Chairman in 1937 and again in 1938. On February 16, 1943 
Judge Pinanski was appointed a Trustee of the Library and con- 
tinued on the Board of Trustees until April 30, 1949, He served 
as President of the Board of Trustees in 1946. 

The human quality of his warm friendliness and of his unfail- 
ing kindness made association with Judge Pinanski a pleasure for 
the staff. His willingness to aid in activities carried on by 
members of the staff and to give of his time and energy whenever 
called upon by the Library will not soon be forgotten. 

New Staff Members 

Miss Joan R. Nill, Mattapan Branch 

Miss Joyce C. Rylander, Reference Divi- 
sion Office. 

Miss Nancy J. Dickson, Book Selection 
Department, Circulation Division. 

Miss Fern K. Schoonmaker, Brighton 
Branch Library. 


Mrs Phyllis Podren, Brighton Branch 
Branch Library, to remain at home. 

Mrs Jeanne C. Foret, Mattapan Branch 
Library, to accept a position as Chil- 
dren's Librarian at the Watertown Public 

Miss Joan Hopkins on, Book Selection 
Department, Circulation Division, to ac- 
cept another position, 

Mrs M. Kathleen Roomian, City Point 
Branch Library, to remain at home. 

Mr Julian L. Moynahan, Cataloging and 
Classification, Reference Division, to 
study at Harvard University. 


Mrs Helen F. Hirson, West Roxbury 
Branch Library to Circulation Division 

Staff Members Studying at Simmons College 

School of Library Science 

Miss M. Dorothy Brackett, City Point 
Branch Library. 

Miss Mary J. Brady, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Reference Di- 

Mrs Marjorie G. Bouquet, Reference Di- 
vision Office. 

Miss Elizabeth H. Kaufmann, Print De- 

Miss Isabella G. Pennampede, Informa- 
tion Office. 

Miss Elizabeth G. Todd, Teachers De- 
partment . 

Miss Katharine TJeisman, Memorial Branch 


Miss Nancy J. Dickson, Book Selection 
Department, Circulation Division, to Mr 
Tilliam A. Boy Ian, Harvard Lav/ School. 

Miss Sigrid Robinson, Open Shelf De- 
partment, to Mr John W. Reddy of West 
Newton, on September 18. 


At ten o'clock on the morning of 
Saturday, September 17, at the Cathedral 
of the Holy Cross, Miss Kathryn I. N. 
Dolan, Open Shelf Department, was married 
to Mr Edward G. Maloof . Miss Anne Moore 
of the same department was one of the 
bridesmaids. Following the ceremony a 
reception was held at the Brookline Elks 1 
Club. After a wedding trip through New 
Hampshire and Canada, Mr and Mrs Maloof 
will live in Winchester. 


Mr Milton E. Lord, the Director, after 
a summer's absence during which he repre- 
sented the American Library Association 
as a member of the World Town Hall 

Miss Marie McCarthy, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Circulation 
Division, after a long absence on account 
of illness. 

Miss Martha Engler, South End Branch 
Library, after several weeks* absence 
as the result of a railroad accident. 


Miss Katherine G. Sullivan of the 
General Reference Department has been ab- 
sent from the Library since September 10 
because of a fractured v/rist sustained in 
a fall while visiting in Quincy. Her re- 
turn is looked forward to by her fellow 
workers and the public as eagerly as we 
hope she looks forward to it. 




Miss A. Virginia Haviland, Branch Li- 
brarian at Phillips Brooks Branch Library, 
will give the second Hewins Lecture at 
Swampscott on Saturday afternoon, October 
1$. She is the second member of the 
Boston Public Library staff to have re- 
ceived this honor. The first lecture in 
19h7 was given by Miss Alice M. Jordan, 
Supervisor of Y/ork with Children, 
Emeritus . The Hewins Lectures were 
founded by Mr Frederic Melcher and are 
administered by the Round Table of Chil- 
dren' s Librarians. 

Mrs Dorothy M. Lovett, Business Branch 
Librarian, will participate in the Region- 
al Meeting of the Business and Technology 
Section of the ALA. An informal discus- 
sion of mutual problems and plans for the 
formation of a Regional Group is 

Mr Charles L. Higgins, First Assistant 
in the General Reference Department, is 
conducting a course in Reference Work at 
Simmons College and is also teaching a 
University Extension course in Reference 
Work which will meet in the Training 
Classroom in the Central Library. 

We are happy to learn that, effective 
March 1, 19h9 , according to Chapter 681, 
Acts of 19l;9, all city employees retired 
prior to October 1, 19U6, received an in- 
crease of 20$ in pensions, provided that 
they had been receiving less than $1^00 a 
year, and that no pension in this category 
should be increased to an amount exceed- 
ing .$1500. Congratulations to each of 
you I 



Remembering that those who attended the 
Alumnae Tea in 19U8 had expressed a desire 
that the event might become a regular Fall 

activity, Miss Edith Guerrier, Supervisor 
of Branch Libraries, Emeritus , issued in- 
vitations to the same fifteen who were 
invited one year ago. 

Those Branch Librarians, Emeritus , who 
came were: Mrs Edith H. Bailey, Misses 
Anne M. Donovan, Margaret H. Reid, 
Katherine S. Rogan, Mary M. Sullivan, and 
Geneva Watson ; also, Miss Marion A. 
McCarthy, Chief of Book Preparation De- 
partment, Emeritus. Those who were pre- 
vented from coming on account of previous 
engagements were: Supervisor of Work with 
Children, Emeritus , Miss Alice M. Jordan, 
and Branch Librarians, Emeritus , Misses 
Katie F. Albert, Mary E. Ames, M. Florence 
Cufflin, Clara L. Maxwell, Carrie L. 
Morse, and Katharine F, Muldoon, and 
Supervisor in the Circulation Division, 
Mrs Ada A. Andeiman. 

Miss Guerrier was assisted by what she 
referred to as her "Catering Club" : 
Miss A. Virginia Haviland, Mrs Muriel C. 
Javelin, Miss Dorothy F. Nourse, Miss 
Edna G. Peck, Mrs Gertrude Stoddard, and 
Miss Sarah M. Usher. 

After refreshments had been enjoyed, 
colored slides taken by her in Mexico 
this past summer were shown by Miss 
Haviland. The afternoon was in all re- 
spects a complete success. 


On Friday evening, September 30, Miss 
Edith Guerrier entertained the Old 
Dartmouth Historical Society with a talk 
about the friendship between her grand- 
father, Daniel Ricketson of New Bedford, 
and Henry David Thoreau, famous author, 
naturalist, and philosopher. 

Miss Guerrier also read many excerpts 
from letters written by friends to her 
grandfather. There were letters from 
William Howitt, British author, Lydia 
Maria Child, editor of the first monthly 
periodical for children published in the 
United States, Charles Elliott Norton, 
Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Greenleaf 
Whittier, W. Ellery Channing, Theodore 
Parker, William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell 
Phillips, the English poet, William 
Barnes, George William Curtis, and 

In the informal period which followed 
the talk, Miss Guerrier was greeted by 



many persons who remembered her as a 
child in New Bedford. She had the thril- 
ling experience of being introduced to an 
unusually good oil painting of her mother, 
the existence of which she had not known 
of previously. 


On September 17 > 19h9 , while on an 
automobile trip to Prince Edward Island, 
Miss Evelina V. Olivier, formerly of the 
Connolly Branch Library, was badly in- 
jured vihen the car in which she was a 
passenger skidded on a newly constructed 
highway in Norton, New Brunswick. The 
driver was also badly injured. Because 
of the seriousness of their injuries a 
long period of hospitalization will be 
necessary. At present they are being 
cared for in the King's County Memorial 
Hospital, Sussex, N.B. Canada. After 
about two weeks they hope to be trans- 
ferred to a hospital near home. I am 
sure Miss Olivier would be glad to re- 
ceive friendly greetings from her library 

M. A. C. 


The engagement of Miss Joan L. 
Hopkinson and Mr John W. Harder has re- 
cently been announced. Miss Hopkinson 
is a former member of the staff of the 
Book Selection Department, Circulation 



Those who did not j")in the $% retire- 
ment system for the reason of the 20-year 
disability provision as against the l^- 
year disability provision of the k% sys- 
tem may now feel that they wish to look 
into the $% system in view of the change 
in the law equalizing the two systems in 
this respect. 

It has been suggested at the office of 
the Retirement Board that Mr Kenney might 
be able to present a petition to the 
Board to re-open the $% system if enough 
people are interested. Letters may be 
sent to: 

Mr William D. Kenney 

Secretary and Executive Officer 

Retirement Board 

City Hall 6$ 

Boston 8, Massachusetts 



The City of Boston Employees Credit 
Union reports that no payments will be 
accepted until further notice. Future 
issues of The Question Mark will keep you 
posted on any changes. 



We urgently request all those who are 
attending the Regional Meeting in 
Swampscott to be on the alert for items 
which will be of interest to the Boston 
Public Library staff and should be in- 
cluded in the November issue of The 
Question Mark . 


The bowling season officially opened 
Wednesday evening, October fifth. Be- 
cause of the small turnout on the previ- 
ous two weeks on Tuesday night, the day 
was changed to Wednesday. The active 
bowler r now number U2 — 23 women and 19 
men. Each week the bowling averages with 
pinfall will be posted on the bulletin 
board. On account of the holiday on 
October 12, there will be no bowling that 


The Men's House Committee renorts that 
the television set rented by popular sub- 
scription of BPL baseball fans so that 
the World Series could be brought to the 
Men's Smoking Room, was greatly appreci- 
ated by the men (and a few of the ladies'.)- 
The Committee hopes that at some future 
time a television set will be a permanent 
fixture in the library. 



The changing foliage, the crisp early- 
morning air, and the calendar all remind 
us that fall is here. There are also 
several other indications for BPLPSA mem- 
bers that the busy season is with us. 

It is almost time for the annual insti- 
tute. The In-Service Training Committee 
reports that plans are progressing favor- 
ably. Unless some unforseen difficulties 
arise, the Institute promises to be a re- 
warding experience for all staff members. 
Save the dates — November 17 and 18. 
Before this issue of The Question Mark 
reaches you, you will have received the 
preliminary announcements concerning the 
Institute. Remember that this Institute 
can be of value to you , only if you at- 

To help defray the necessary expenses 
involved in carrying on the Institute, 
and to supplement the two hundred dollars 
so generously granted by the Trustees, 
the Entertainment Committee has made ar- 
rangements for a Square Dance to be held 
in the BPL Lecture Hall on Friday even- 
ing, October 28, at 8 p.m. Duncan Hay 
will be the caller. Refreshments will be 
in keeping with the season. Admission is 
sixty cents, tax included. Come and 
bring a friend. This is a grand chance 
to have a oleasant evening and at the 
same time to help bolster the financial 
structure of the Association. 

Recently two special committees have 
been appointed by the Executive Board. 
It was decided that some foundation work 
should be done on the problem of Sabbati- 
cal leaves. Miss Pearl Smart of the 
Personnel Office was asked to choose a 
committee to begin work on this problem. 
Their first project is to make a report 
on Sabbatical leaves as practiced in 
other educational institutions, with 
special detail given to the library angle. 
Miss Smart has chosen to work with her, 
Mr Edward X. Casey, Cataloging and Clas- 
sification Department, Reference Division, 
Miss Marie J. Pineo, Uphams Corner Branch 
Library, and Miss Edith M. Sliney, 
Records, Files, and Statistics Office. 

i I am sure that the membership will be in- 
terested in hearing from this committee. 

Another special committee headed by Miss 
M. Catherine Robbins is busy, very busy, 
making a study of possible discounts for 
BPL employees in several essential cate- 
gories. Their contacts to date have been 
most gratifying. In the November issue of 
The Question Mark it may be possible to 
submit to you at least a partial list of 
business houses and firms that are inter- 
ested in giving discounts to BPL employ- 
ees. Miss Robbins has chosen to work with 
her on this project the following people: 
Mr Samuel Green, Business Office, and Mr 
Edward X. Casey, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation Department, Reference Division. 


At the request of the Executive Board, 
steps are being taken to have the complete 
file of T he Question Mark bound and in- 
dexed. Copies will be added to the Li- 
brary's collection. This important task 
is being carried on by the Publications 

The Executive Board has voted to utilize 
the constructive suggestion submitted by 
Mr Moorfield Storey, Junior, Chairman of 
the Constitution Committee. Mr Storey has 
suggested that it might be helpful if a 
week prior to any business meeting, the 
agenda for that meeting were posted on the 
bulletin boards, in Central Library and in 
all the branch libraries. In this way 
every member of the Association will have 
some idea of what is to be taken up at the 
meeting, and will be able to crystallize 
his or her own ideas on the topics to be 
discussed. This should do much to stimu- 
late interest in the business meetings, 
and each individual member will be given a 
greater responsibility in expressing opin- 
ions on any policy or question under dis- 

The fall business meeting is scheduled 
for Friday, November 2£, at 9 a.m. in the 
Lecture Hall. Yes, we know it is the day 


after Thanksgiving but due to complica- 
tions — November 11 is a holiday, Nov- 
ember 18 is the final day of the 
Institute — the 2£th seems to be the 
only Friday available — and it has been 
generally agreed that Friday morning is 
the best morning, all things considered. 
So, even tho' you may be feeling somewhat 
inflated due to over-indulgence on 
Thursday, come just the same. The exer- 
cise will be good for you. 

Another suggestion submitted by an in- 
terested association member, Miss Marion 
Kingman, 3ranch Librarian at South End 
Branch Library, is that a plan should be 
set up whereby, through some competitive 
measure, a cash prize should be offered 
to young staff members, (i.e. young in 
point of library service) to help defray 
expenses at professional library meetings, 
such as the ALA, MLA, SLA, etc. The 
Executive Board has this suggestion under 
advisement and it is hoped that a satis- 
factory plan may be set up in the near 
future. At the moment lack of funds is 
the chief deterrent to the plan. 

The results of the CARE drive were very 
gratifying. You are doing a grand job. 
One more long hard pull and we ' 11 make 
that desired destination — one thousand 

On Tuesday afternoon, October h> Miss 
Fanny Goldstein, President of the Boston 
Public Library Employees Benefit Associa- 
tion, Inc., Miss Edna G. Peck, President 
of the Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association, and Mr Leonard J. 
Macraillan, Commander of the Arnavets, met 
together to discuss the possibility of 
the three organizations joining forces to 
lay plans for the erection of a suitable 
memorial to those library employees who 
served in World War II. A communication 
has been sent to the Director regarding 
this matter. It is hoped that we may 
have some concrete plans to present in 
the December issue of The Question Mark. 


What is the status quo of your engage- 
ment calendar? Don't forget you have a 
VERY IMPORTANT date on Friday evening, 
December 2. You'll be hearing more about 
it very shortly. 



Sketches for a cover for The Question 
Mark are due on October 20 , 19lt9 . 


Width of design: Not over 7 inches. 

Length of design: Not over 11 inches. 

Is yours ready? 


A contract has been awarded to C. C. 
Temple for making renovations in the form- 
er Cataloging and Classification Depart- 
ment. Upon completion of the work, on or 
about February 1, 1950, new quarters will 
be available for the Open Shelf Department. 



Word has been received that the Book- 
movile will be ready for use on November 



Girls from various colleges going out on 
blind date — first question asked: 
Wellesley — How much money has he got? 
Smith — What about his family back- 
Radcliffe — What college did he go to? 
Simmons — Where is he? 


This fall Janet aged six entered school 
and learned many things including the 
pledge to the American flag. Her version 


is "I pledge allegiance to the flag of 
the United States of America and the pub- 
lic library for which it stands." 


Ten year old Faith has her life well 
planned. She says, "When I get out of 
college, I'll teach for a year or two un- 
til I get married. If no one asks me to 
marry him, I'll be a librarian like my 



"Yes, a good many men have thought me 
beautiful. Thoy do now — sometimes." 
Our Front Hall was reviving her memories 
of other days in an interview granted ex- 
clusively to The Question Mark . "No 
longer ago than last Christmas," she con- 
tinued, "a man stopped one of the Library 
girls on the main staircase and asked, 
'What does it say to you, this hall, as 
you go in and out and look up at its 
walls? I come back to it whenever I am 
in Boston. It's forty years now since I 
first saw it. '" 

"In those days," the Front Hall chuck- 
led, "we didn't think too much about 
utility and convenience. Being beautiful 
was supposed to be enough. But you have 
to do more than that now if you want to 
keep your public. 

"Things went on much as they were in 
the beginning for a number of years — 
till after the First World War. Oh, we 
held an exhibition on the street floor 
occasionally in one of those little rooms 
where the Open Shelf Department is now. 
And over beside the elevator a public 
stenographer had a room. The telephone 
booths were down the hall just outside 
the door of the Newspaper Room. Except 
for a bench where visitors to members of 
the staff could be entertained, that was 
all there was until Christmas of 1918. 

"Then some women from the Red Cross 
wanted to come in for the holiday season 
to sell greeting cards to help the organ- 
ization. They set up a table and two 
chairs in front of the old coat room at 
the left of the staircase, and they wore 
their hats and coats and rubbers all day. 

"In the fall of 1920, the combined Open 
Shelf Room, Information, and Government 

Service Departments moved into the little 
exhibition room and it wasn't long after 
that before we began to hear a lot about 
the importance of information. People 
needed guidance all of a sudden and they 
had to have it as soon as they were in- 
side the front door. So, a few years 
later — in 1928, it was — we had an 
Information Booth. It cost nine hundred 
and seventy-five dollars. Somehow, I 
never thought it suited me. It was a big 
round thing of dark-brown wood with a 
dome-shaped top and little glass windows 
so that the girls inside wouldn't feel 
the draft. But it vrould take more than 
glass to keep the drafts out of this hall, 
if you ask me. I used to see the girls 
dash to their lockers for their over- 
coats whenever a break-down of the sched- 
ule threatened and an emergency call was 
sent down for some one to go on duty in a 
hurry at the booth. 

"Then came World War II. By that time 
it wasn't enough to have just information. 
There had to be a center for it and, of 
course, I was the Center. You remember 
what happened. Booths to the right and 
left of you, maps, flags, posters, signs, 
and flood-lights that made your eyes pop. 
The old, dome-covered nine-hundred-and- 
seventy-five-dollar pagoda with its lit- 
tle glass windows was hustled off to the 
basement. Additional heat was installed 
in the outer lobby and smart tweeds re- 
placed the attendants' overcoats. Open- 
toed sandals had come in with the war, 
and no one wore rubbers any more even 
when they were needed. Like the bewil- 
dered old woman in Mother Goose, I looked 
round and said to myself, '0! deary, 
deary me, this is none of I.' ' 

"Stay? Yes, indeed, I did. Every day 
I was right there, greeting the public 
and trying to look my best. I was biding 
my time. Sure enough, after the war all 
but one of the booths were moved away. 
Now, that, too, is gone. And today, 
where the old coat-room with its drinking 
fountain was once, and afterwards the 
office of the tabulating machine, and 
after that, Book Selection, is the new 
nineteen forty-nine home of Information. 
You can read the familiar name in shining 
letters. Only this time it's stencilled 
over fluorescent lights. 

"People tell me," the Front Hall con- 
cluded, with a touch of vanity, "that I 
am looking more like myself again." 



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It was on January 22, 15U9 — four 
hundred years ago — that the first Eng- 
lish Book of Common Prayer was ratified 
by Parliament. In commemoration of the 
anniversary, an exhibit has been arranged 
in the Treasure Room. 

The Boston Public Library owns one of 
the richest existing collections of the 
Book of Common Prayer. Received in 1919 
as a bequest of the late Josiah H. Benton 
and augmented since from the trust fund 
established by him, the collection com- 
prises over eight hundred volumes. It 
includes first-edition copies of the 
first Prayer Book of 15U9, Edward's sec- 
ond Prayer Book of 1552, and those of 
Queen Elizabeth of 1559, King James's of 
I60I4, and no less than five copies of the 
final revision of 1662, besides scores of 
other editions. It has some of the rar- 
est English Primers, the Scottish Liturgy 
of 1637, and the first Prayer Book of the 
Church of Ireland of 1?21. Translations 
into nearly a hundred languages, ranging 
from Greek and Latin to Turkish, Yiddish, 
Sanskrit, Eskimo, and the dialects of the 
remotest African, Australian, and 
Polynesian tribes, are one of the salient 
features of the collection. 

The American section is equally com- 
plete. It boasts of such extreme rari- 
ties as the first American edition of 
1710, the Mohawk Prayer Book of 1715, 
Benjamin Franklin's Abridgement of 1773, 
and the Liturgy of the First Episcopal 
Church in Boston, 1785. Naturally, it 
has the "Proposed Book" of 1786, and the 
first standard edition of 1790, and all 
the later revisions. The exhibit in the 
Treasure Room had to be limited to a 
hundred items — to the choicest volumes 
of the magnificent collection. 

The pre-Reformation service-books are 
extremely rare — the King's Primer pro- 
hibited their use in \$l&, and a year 
after the publication of the Book of 
Common Prayer a statute ordered that "all 
Bookes called Antyphones Mysalls Scrayles 
Processionalles Manualles Legends Pyes 
Portuyses Prymers in Lattyn or Inglishe... 
shalbe clerely and utterlye abollished 
extinguished and forbidden for ever to be 
used or kepte. . ," 

The Library has about a dozen of these 
precious items. The earliest is a Hore 
Virginis Mariae according to the 

I Salisbury use, printed in Paris in 1526. 
It is a beautiful folio of 22li leaves, 
each page surrounded by a woodcut border 
made up of scenes from the Bible, the 
Dance of Death, and various grotesque 
figures; the title-page shows the funeral 
of the Virgin, and there are twenty other 
full-page woodcuts, besides numerous his- 
toriated initials. Next should be men- 
tioned the Prymer off Salysburye Vse 
printed in Paris in 1533. This is a small 
book of nearly three hundred leaves. The 
twelve oval woodcuts of the Calendar, rep- 
resenting the successive stages of human 
life, are probably by Geoffry Tory, as 
they are signed by his mark, the Lorraine 

But even more valuable is a copy of the 
first edition of the Marshall Primer . The 
volume is in its original binding, wooden 
boards covered with green velvet. On the 
last fly-leaf there is the inscription: 
"The seventh daye of Septembre was the 
lady Elizabeth daughter to Kinge Henry 
borne at Greenwiche and christened at the 
frere churche the X daye of Septembre..." 
It must have been jotted down in early 
153U, a few months after Elizabeth's 
birth — that is why the year is not given. 
The writer speaks merely of "Septembre," 
meaning last September. The Library has a 
beautiful copy of the King's Primer . The 
volume was produced by Richard Grafton, 
the last page bearing his mark, a tree 
growing through a barrel. 

The first edition of the Book of Common 
Prayer was published by Edward Whitchurche 
in London. It has the date "anno Do. 15U9. 
Mense Martii" on the title-page, the colo- 
phon further stating that it was printed 
"the seventh daye of Marche, the yeare of 
our Lorde, I5ii9." Whitchurche issued two 
more editions, with the dates of May and 
June. Simultaneously Richard Grafton, too, 
published three editions: the first has 
March in the title and March 8 in the 
colophon; the second has March in the ti- 
tle and June in the colophon; and the 
third has June in both the title and colo- 
phon. John Oswen printed two editions at 
Worcester, with the dates of May and July 

The Library has a beautiful copy of the 
first edition by Whitchurche. A note on 
the inside cover states: "This Book 
belonged to Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham 
in time of Charles II, and descended to 
Lord Alvanley. At his death his library 
was sold and I bought this volume. 
Wm. Gott." 


William Gott was the father of John Gott 
(1830-1906), Bishop of Truro; and the 
former owner mentioned v. r as undoubtedly 
the third Lord Alvanley, who died in 1857 
and whose library was sold the following 
year. The fly-leaf has another note, in 
the hand of Bishop Crewe: "This is so 
great a Curiosity I apprehend the value 
of it to be at least Ten Guineas." The 
copy should be worth today fifty times 
that sum. . . We have also a beautiful 
copy of the second issue produced by 
Grafton . 

Apart from its comprehensiveness, the 
Benton Collection is remarkable for the 
condition of its volumes. Most of the 
items are in original bindings. Old limp 
vellum, fish-skin, and oak-boards with 
metal clasps alternate with richly orna- 
mented brown, red, and blue morocco. The 
great names in the history of English 
binding — Samuel Mearne, Roger Payne, 
Charles Lewis, Francis Bedford, and 
others — are well represented. 

The provenance of the books, too, 
should delight the bibliophile. Many 
volumes have three or four book-plates, 
besides autograph signatures of former 
owners. Some of these — like Archbishop 
Juxon, and Bishops Wren, Vaughan, and 
Crewe — have played leading parts in the 
history of the Prayer Book. Several vol- 
umes are embellished with royal monograms, 
while others belonged to simple parish 
churches. A handsome copy of the 1660 
folio edition, published after the 
Restoration but before the final revision, 
Mr. Benton received as a gift from 
Kenneth F. Gibbs, Vicar of Aldenham and 
Canon of St. Albans, himself a collector 
of prayer-books. The fly-leaf bears the 
inscription, "To Mr. J. H. Benton, from a 
brother maniac." 

The First Book of Common Prayer is the 
subject of the leading article of the 
October issue of The Boston Public Library 
Quarterly . Two later articles will dis- 
cuss the successive revisions; and a 
fourth will be devoted to the Book of 
Common Prayer in America. 


Remington Rand Photochargers have re- 
cently been placed in the Mattapan and 
West Roxbury Branch Libraries for two 
months' experimental use. From the 

Mattapan Branch Library comes the follow- 
ing account of the experience of the 
people there with the new machine. 

"On Wednesday, September 21, 19U9, a 
new system of charging books was inaugu- 
rated at the Mattapan Branch Library. 
The Remington Rand Photocharger, a ma- 
chine which keeps a photographic record 
of all books charged out along with the 
borrower's name and address, was in- 
stalled at the issue desk for a two 
months' experimental period. 

"The Photocharger is an electrically 
operated important-looking square grey 
machine, 1U inches high and 15 inches 
wide, which contains a roll of photo- 
graphic paper long enough to charge out 
2100 books. The borrower's library card, 
the book slip, and a "date due" slip are 
placed in position beneath the photo- 
graphic lens of the machine. Then a foot 
pedal is pressed, lights go on, and a 
picture of the whole transaction is taken 
on the roll of photographic paper inside 
the machine. This streamlined method of 
charging books eliminates the copying of 
card numbers, and also does away with the 
tedious process of slipping books. Each 
date due slip is numbered consecutively, 
stamped with the date the book will be 
due, and placed with the library card and 
book slip into the pocket of the book. 

"The film is not removed from the charg- 
er until its 2100 charging spaces have 
been used up. At present the developing 
of the film has been taken care of by the 
Remington Rand people. After it has been 
developed it is returned to the branch to 
be read on a viewer that makes each name 
easily scanned for the information in- 
volved in each charging operation. 

"Y/hen the book is returned the date due 
slip is removed from the pocket and filed 
numerically with all the other date due 
slips removed from returned books. When 
the time to type mail notices arrives, 
the date due slips are scanned for mis- 
sing slips, i.e. , if we have slips #1,2, 
3, and 5, we know that #U is missing, and 
that the book taken out on #U date due 
slip has not as yet been returned and is 
now overdue. Then we examine the devel- 
oped roll of photographic paper to find 
the picture of #U date due slip, and 
there we find the name and address of the 
borrower, and the author, title, and num- 
ber of the book borrowed. The overdue 
notice is then typed directly from this 
photographic record, thereby eliminating 


the time-consuming method of looking up 
the card number in the numerical record, 
and then looking up the address in the 
registration files. 

"All of which is very interesting in 
theory, but is twice as interesting in 
actual practice, as the staff at Mattapan 
Branch Library discovered on the first 
day of operation. Mr. Purcell and Mr. 
Underwood of Remington Rand were on hand 
to lend much needed moral support to the 
awed staff members. The machine was 
"loaded" (a term which did little to al- 
lay suspicions of the new contraption), 
and then a rather apprehensive group of 
library workers waited for the morning's 
first customer. Time dragged — indeed, 
it seemed to be standing still as we 
waited. Just when it began to look like 
the public was suddenly boycotting 
Mattapan Branch Library and just when the 
gentlemen from Remington Rand were sug- 
gesting that we camp out on the sidewalk 
to waylay unsuspecting passers-by, busi- 
ness began with the customary sudden rush 
The lights on the machine were soon 
flashing busily. 

"Operation of the machine, as we dis- 
covered immediately, was as quick and 
easy as rolling off the proverbial log — 
and much more fun. Charging books this 
new way was fast becoming as automatic to 
us as the old stamping and writing of 
card numbers had been. 

"As may be expected, comments by the 
public came in fast and furious, the most 
frequent being, •'What's THAT?' After 
being told what THAT was, the remarks 
varied. One woman pointedly asked the 
assistant, •'What are you going to do if 
the machine does all the work?' It's 
this latter type of question which con- 
firms our suspicion that the public be- 
lieves a librarian does nothing but stamp 
books in and out all day. Another bor- 
rower (he'd probably just received his 
tax bill) asked if the machine would do 
away with librarians entirely, and if 
taxes would then be lower. 

"And the remark which might be classed 
under the heading "signs of the times" 
came from a busy housewife who hurried in 
to return her books and failed to notice 
that the issue desk had been rearranged. 
The assistant asked the borrower to come 
around to the other side of the desk, ex- 
plaining 'We've moved. 1 'Oh.'' cried the 
borrower, obviously misunderstanding, 

'Aren't you lucky to have found an apart- 
ment these days. • 

"But the reaction of the wide-eyed chil- 
dren was perhaps the best of all. One 
small group of youngsters stood just out- 
side the front and breathlessly asked each 
child as he came out clutching his library 
books, 'Did you get your picture taken 


American Library Association. Committee ■ 
on Post-was Planning 

The public library plans for the teen 

a£c? o 

(Cnicago) A.L.A. 19U8. 
American Library Association. Division of 
Cataloging and Classification 

A.L.A. cataloging rules for author and 

title entries. 2d ed. 

Chicago, A.L.A. 19h9. 
American Library Association. Division of 
Libraries for Children and Young People 

Proceedings, pre-conference: youth 

and libraries and Institute on chil- 
dren's books and reading. 

Atlantic City, N.J., 19W3. 
Berelson, Bernard 

The library's public; a report of the 

Public Library Inquiry. 

New York, Columbia Univ. Press, 19lt9. 
Miller, William 

The book industry, a report of the 

Public Library Inquiry. 

New York, Columbia Univ. Press, 1939. 
Orne, Jerrold 

The language of the foreign book trade. 

Chicago, A.L.A., 19U9. 
Prescott, Marjorie W. 

New England son. 

New York, Dodd, Mead. 19ii9. 
Special Libraries Association, Boston 

Directory of special libraries in 

Boston, vicinity and member libraries 

in New England. 5th ed. 

Boston. 19U0. 
U.S. Library of Congress. Subject Cata- 
loging Division 

Subject headings used in the diction- 
ary catalogs of the Library of 

Congress. 5th ed. 

Washington. 19U8. 
Y/aldron, Gloria 

The information film; a report of the 

Public Library Inquiry 

New York, Columbia Univ. Press, 19U9. 


Wheeler, Joseph L. 

A regional library service for the 
East Bay area. Oakland, California. 
East Bay Regional Library Committee. 



i in the Children's Room during the month of 
| October. While the emphasis is on stamp 
I collecting, other hobbies are represented 
'with descriptive pictures and books. 
'Framed "Blocks" bearing the coveted serial 
| numbers of stamp sheets form the nucleus 
jof the display, and many a young stamp 
! collector will enjoy seeing the correct 
■way to mount and preserve valuable stamps. 

Con nolly 

On October ll; the Community Fund Com- 
mittee of Jamaica Plain held its first 
meet ; ng here to make plans for the annual 
drive to raise funds for the social 

The first meeting of the combined West 
Roxbury and Connolly Branch Libraries 
Great Books Group met on Thursday, 
October 6. Homer's Odyssey provided the 
material for a spirited discussioni The 
meetings will be held once a month at 
each branch library. 

Miss Gilligan of the Art Department of 
the Mary E. Curley School has offered to 
cooperate for Art Week by sending for 
display purposes an exhibit of the work 
done by the pupils of her classes. 



On Wednesday evening September 'twenty- 
eight, at seven-thirty o'clock, a special 
program was held at which prizes were 
awarded in the Book Review Contest which 
was sponsored by the Neponset Post, No. 
583U, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in co- 
operation with the branch library. More 
than one hundred people were present. 
Commander Robert Carson and Mr William 
Timmins represented the Neponset Post. 
After a speech by 'Ir Timmins, Commander 
Carson awarded prizes to eight boys and 
girls. The program concluded with the 
showing of three films It's All Yours , 
Backward Ho I , and Washington, D. C. 

West End 

"What's your hobby?" is the theme of an 
unusual exhibit which is being featured 

Beginning October 8, stills and descrip- 
tive material will be exhibited in con- 
nection with the first Boston showing of 
the new Technicolor motion picture, 
"Christopher Columbus". A tie-up with the 
film will be a display of mounted pictures, 
book jackets, and books on great explorers 
and explorations through the centuries. 

Art Week, October 31 to November 7, will 
be observed with an exhibition of drawings 
and paintings by the pupils of the local 
schools; The Blackstone, the Peter Faneuil, 
and the Winchell. A cordial invitation is 
extended to the community to view this 


The staff of the Kirstein Business 
Branch enjoyed an outdoor picnic at the 
Humarock Beach cottage of Miss Rita 
Desaulniers on Saturday, September 10. 
The occasion was a farewell to Mrs Adele 
Wynne, who has resigned to live in England 
for a year. Her husband has a Harvard 
fellowship in neurology at Queens Square 
Hospital, London. They will make their 
home in Iverheath, Bucks, a small village 
about twenty miles from London. The group 
enjoyed a feast of humburgers, sweet corn, 
and all the fixings. A long walk on the 
beach was necessary in order to negotiate 
the ice-cream and cake which came later. 
Farewell gift to Mrs Wynne was a rhine- 
stone necklace. 

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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 10 November 19U9 

Publications Committee: 

Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Brackett, John M. Carroll, 
Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 

Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material : 
The tenth of each month 


In the September issue we announced 
that the stencil for our cover was fast 
deteriorating. We asked that members of 
the staff possessed of artistic ability 
submit suggestions for a new cover. 

We are happy to announce that eight 
drawings have been received. These have 
been reproduced, each by its creator, 
and copies are attached. They are num- 
bered from 1-8, inclusive. 

Please examine these suggested covers 
carefully so that, when a ballot is sent 
to you in the near future, you will be 
ready to cast your vote without delay. 

The cover chosen by you will appear on 
the December issue. At that time the 
name of the artist will be announced. 



Plans have been completed for the re- 
ception on December second, when the 
Boston Public Library Professional Staff 
Association will honor the newly-elected 
President of the American Library Asso- 
ciation, Mr Milton E. Lord. 

Invitations have been issued to all 
active members of the Association, to re- 
tired members of the staff, and to libra- 
ry friends outside the Boston Public 
Library. A general invitation has been 
extended also to those members of our 
staff who are not members of the Associa- 
tion, and to friends and families of all 

Now, to answer a few questions] What 
part of the Hotel Somerset? The Princess 
Ballroom. Formal? No, it is not formal. 
Program? No formal program — reception 
to guests, vocal and instrumental music, 
no ballroom dancing. Refreshments? Yes J 

Additional tickets are available upon 

application to the Chairman of the 
Entertainment Committee, who reminds you 
that returns should be made by November 

Margaret A. Calnan 
Chairman, Entertainment Committee 

New Staff Members 

Miss Rose S. Sanft, Book Stack Service 
(formerly part-time in Book Stack Service), 


Mrs Edith P. Kelley, Uphams Corner 
Branch Library. 

Mrs Rita 0. Sullivan, Brighton Branch 
Library, to remain at home. 


Miss Jean E. Watson, Director's Office, 
to Mr Frank C. Weitz of Allston. 


Miss Patricia C. Carter, Registration 
Department, to Mr Henry F. Iseman on 
October 12. 

Miss Corona M. Groves, Mt. Bowdoin 
Branch Library, to Mr Ralph F. Murphy on 
October 17. 


Mr and Mrs John Bavicchi have announced 
the birth of a daughter, Janet Marie, on 
September 26. Mrs Bavicchi is an assist- 
ant at Hyde Park Branch Library. 




Miss Elizabeth M. Gordon, Deputy Super- 
visor in Charge of Work with Children, 
gave a talk at a meeting of the Old 
Colony Library Club held in Abington, 
Massachusetts, on November \\. Miss 
Gordon spoke on children's work and re- 
viewed the fall books. 

Mrs Muriel C. Javelin, Deputy Super- 
visor in Charge of Work with Adults, gave 
a talk at a meeting of the Merrimac 
Valley Library Association in Chelmsford 
on October 21. Mrs Javelin spoke on the 
use of films in the public library. 

One hundred and ninety-seven parents 
attended the October twenty-sixth meet- 
ing of the Thomas Gardner Home and School 
Association to hear Miss Elizabeth M. 
Gordon, Deputy Supervisor in Charge of 
Work with Children, describe the behind- 
the-scenes work involved in buying books 
for young people. The Association, which 
was instrumental in the establishment of 
the library in that school, was interest- 
ed in learning of the careful screening 
process employed by the juvenile book 
review committee, and in knowing of the 
Library's other facilities for children, 
story telling, films, the bookmobile-to- 
be , etc . 

After the meeting, the parents visited 
in the library where they had an oppor- 
tunity to examine the book collection and 
to talk with the librarians. This year 
marks the thirteenth that the Thomas 
Gardner School Library has been in opera- 
tion. In 1936-37 it was administered by 
the Staff of the Young People ' s Room, but 
since 1938 it has been under the direc- 
tion of the School Issue Department. 


Miss Beatrice M. Flanagan, Chief of the 
School Issue Department. 

Miss Katherine G. Sullivan, General 
Reference Department. 

Miss Grace McCarthy, Book Purchasing 


On November tenth, Mr and Mrs R. F. M. 
Immelman of Cape Town> South Africa, vis- 
ited Central Library. Mr Immelman is 
University Librarian and Director of the 
School of Librarianship of the University 
of Cape Town, and Vice President and 
President Elect of the South African Li- 
brary Association. 


Mrs Kathleen Ryan Dacey, formerly an 
assistant in the Children's Room of the 
West End Branch Library, was elected a 
member of the Boston School Committee on 
Tuesday, November 8. 



Mr Alexander D. Magee, who at the time 
of his retirement in 19h0 was Acting 
Foreman of Painters, passed away on 
October thirtieth. He leaves his wife, 
Eleanor J. Magee. 

He will be remembered as an interior 
decorator of excellence and a master 
craftsman. One of the highlights of his 
years of work in the Boston Public Library 
was his friendship with Mr John Singer 
Sargent which began while Mr Sargent was 
installing his famous murals. 


Mrs Frank Benson passed away on October 
thirtieth. Mrs Benson, the former Susan 
Maguire, worked in the Issue Department 
from 1905 to 1918. 


In acknowledgment of a letter of condo- 
lence from the Benefit Association and of 
the expression of sympathy which appeared 
in The Question Mark , Mrs Pinanski has 
written the following letter, addressed 
to Mrs Mary Farrell, Secretary of the 
Benefit Association: 

"Will you express to the members of the 
Boston Public Library Benefit Association 



my deep appreciation of your kind letter 
and of the beautiful tribute you paid to 
ray beloved husband in 'The Question Mark?' 
He was very haopy in his association with 
the library staff and counted it a priv- 
ilege to be your guest at your annual 
dinner. I remember so well, the dinner 
he wanted me to go to when he was in the 
hospital two years ago and he wanted to 
hear all about it on my return. 

"'To serve in his name and his memory is 
my only reason for courage in these dark 

Sincerely yours, 
(signed) Viola R. Pinanski" 



As this issue of The Question Mark goes 
to press, the Institute is about to be- 
come a reality. An outstanding program 
has been planned. Mrs Sarah Flannery and 
her able committee have put in long hours 
of concentrated effort in order to bring 
to our staff members and to members of 
the library profession throughout this 
area, a group of speakers who will pre- 
sent to us messages of inspiration and 
challenge. The program is given in de- 
tail later in this issue. A glance will 
assure you that the Institute this year 
bids fair to equal that of last year. It 
is something no alert library worker can 
afford to miss. 

The special committee appointed to in- 
vestigate the possibilities of cash dis- 
counts for staff members has done an out- 
standing piece of work. The results of 
their labors may be announced soon. 

Another honor has come to our associa- 
tion. Mr Bradford M. Hill, recently 
elected to the Steering Committee of SORT 
(Staff Organizations Round Table) has 
been invited to serve as Editor of the 
Bulletin of SORT for the current year. 
Congratulations and best wished to him! 
May the Bulletin of SORT flourish under 
his expert guidance. 

How much do you know about the Fourth 
Activities Committee Report? The 
Swampscott meetings certainly brought home 
the fact that the ALA members are faced 
with a real challenge. The Committee re- 
ports as well as background material is 
available in the Staff Library. It might 
be a good idea if we each one set aside a 
definite evening in which to devote some 
time to the study of this important sub- 

On Friday November 25, at 9 a.m., the fall 
business meeting of the Association will be 
held in the Lecture Hall. At that meeting 
there will be placed before the membership 
the question of the Association assuming 
the responsibility for, and thus acquiring 
profits from, the new food and drink con- 
cession about to be opened on the stack 
two area. Reports from Committees will 
include a report on the Institute by Mrs 
Sarah Flannery, the Chairman of the In- 
Service-Training Committee, and a report 
from the Entertainment Committee headed by 
Miss Margaret Calnan, on social events 
past and near future. The report of the 
Committee on CARE, to be given by the 
Chairman, Mr Eamon McDonough, will include 
the showing of the film sponsored by the 
national CARE organization. 

It is unfortunate that the meeting has 
to be held the day after Thanksgiving, but 
it might be a good time to be thankful that 
you are able physically and mentally to 
come — and come J 

The following letter has been received 
from the Director: 

7 November 19h9 

Dear Miss Peck: 

I am inclosing a copy of the 
announcement setting forth a change in the 
matter of approval of the making up of 
fractional time in certain instances, such 
as appointments with a doctor, a dentist or 
an oculist, and funerals and weddings. I 
think that it speaks for itself. 

It was interesting to have this mat- 
ter presented as it was in the Question 
Mark, and I am happy that it has been 


possible to take action along the lines 

Yours sincerely, 

(signed) Milton E. Lord 


Miss Edna G. Peck 

Boston Public Library Profes- 
sional Staff Association 
Boston Public Library 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 


Fractional Time 

To Members of the Staff: 

Beginning on 
November h, 19h9 Chiefs of Departments 
and Branch Librarians may arrange for the 
making up of fractional time which does 
not exceed two and one-half hours re- 
sulting from a fractional absence occur- 
ring for any of the following reasons: 

(a) a doctor's appointment 

(b) a dentist's appointment 

(c) an oculist's appointment 

(d) a funeral 

(e) a wedding 

For fractional absence? for these pur- 
poses it will no longer be necessary to 
submit Form 10 U2 to the Supervisor of 
Personnel, provided that the amount of 
time to be made up does not exceed two 
and one-half hours. 

Fractional absence up to this maximum 
of two and one-half hours may be made up 
as follows : 

(a) on a lunch hour or a supper hour, 
provided that no lunch hour or 
supper hour is of less than one- 
half hour in duration 

(b) by working up to six o'clock on a 
regularly scheduled five o'clock 

! day in an open' department or a 
branch library 
(c) by working up to one o'clock if 
working on a six a.m. to twelve 
noon schedule 

The maximum allowance of two and one- 
half hours fractional time which may be 
made up in this fashion will equalize for 
all employees the opportunity for making 
up of fractional time, since in a closed 
department one-half hour a day (a total of 
two and one-half hours in a five-day week) 
represents the maximum amount an individu- 
al can work over and above the normal 
daily work schedule. 

h November 19h9 


Over one hundred Association members and 
their friends spent an exceptionally happy 
evening on October twenty-eighth at the 
Country Dance Party which was held in the 
Lecture Hall. Mr Duncan Hay, the popular 
dancing leader, was the caller, and was 
largely responsible for the gay spirit 
with which all present joined in the 
dancing and merrymaking. Newcomers were 
warmly welcomed and an air of conviviality 
and good fellowship enhanced the evening's 
fun. Light refreshments befitting the 
occasion were served and enjoyed by all. 

The Country Dance Committee takes this 
occasion to thank the Director and the 
Trustees for the use of the Lecture Hall. 
They thank also those members of the Divi- 
sion of Business Operations who contributed 
materially to the success of this event. 

The interest and enthusiasm in these 
pleasant socials seem to indicate that 
more frequent gatherings could be planned 
and enjoyed in the future. 

Margaret A. Calnan 


Entertainment Committee 




The Library was a very popular place 
during Fire Prevention Week — October 9 
through October 15>. There was a continu- 
ous stream of firemen, along with the 
public, that came into the Library to see 
the exhibit in observance of Fire Preven- 
tion Week. 

In the Venetian Lobby on the second 
floor, articles seized by the arson squad 
of the fire prevention division of the 
Boston Fire Department were displayed. 
Deputy Chief Edward Montgomery lent the 
articles to the Library. Included were: 
trailors recovered from the basement 
floor of an antique shop; coal lining and 
padding saturated with flammable fluid 
recovered from the debris of a large fur 
factory; trailors of cellophane and ex- 
celsior; and excelsior rolled in wrapping 
paper, candle with matches attached to 
one end which was recovered from a large 
wholesale grocery store. On either side 
of the display case were two portable 
fire trucks, part of the Central Library^ 

In the Puvis de Chavannes and Sargent 
Galleries, the exhibit was supplemented 
by books and rare pictures. Among the 
pictures were found the famous fires 
occurring in Boston, 1872, Chelsea, 1908, 
and Chicago, 1871. The famous documents 
on display included the act for the pro- 
tection of the City of Boston against 
fire, 1827, and Governor Sharpe's appeal 
for aid to sufferers from the fire in 
Boston on March 20, 1760. Also dis- 
played were pamphlets and posters depict- 
ing the causes of fires and means of pre- 

Interesting to note was the book Ye 
Old e Fire Laddies by Herbert Asbury which 
mentions Washington as a fireman. George 
Washington was one of the most enthusias- 
tic firemen in America. Mr Asbury says: 
"»., Washington was more than a buff, as 
these amateur smoke-eaters are called; 
he was a practical and capable fireman, 
and greatly delighted in manning the 
brakes of an engine and splashing buckets 
of water upon the roaring flames." 

Fire Prevention Week was also observed 
at the Branch Libraries. Posters and 
pamphlets showing causes and prevention 
of fires were displayed at the 
Charlestown, Connolly, Faneuil, Jeffries 
Point, Mattapan, North End, Parker Hill, 

and West Roxbury Branch Libraries. 

In addition, on October lU at torelve 
noon, the drill team of the Boston Fire 
Department presented its annual demonstra- 
tion and drill in Copley Square in front 
of the Boston Public Library. 



Bought your Christmas cards yet? If not, 
the Post Card counter, sponsored by the 
Benefit Association, has some beautiful 
cards which could well be used as Christmas 
cards. Why not look before you leap? 

Don't forget The Boston Public Library 
Quarterly makes an excellent gift, also. 



To all who are interested in literature 
for and work with children — whether they 
are actively engaged in the field or not — 
an invitation is extended to join the 
Round Table of Children : s Librarians. The 
annual dues are only twenty-five cents and 
five self-addressed post cards. The 
treasurer, Miss Pauline Winnick, of the 
Codman Square Branch Library, will be hap- 
py to receive your dues in coin or stamps, 
and even to address the post cards for you. 



The bowling league rolls merrily on with 
a weekly attendance of forty or more. The 
early season jitters have disappeared, and 
the averages for most are mounting. As of 
November third the standing shows John V. 
Sullivan, Buildings Department, leading 
with a ninety-four point average, closely 
followed by Donald Ross, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Circulation 
Division, with a ninety-three. Bob 
Williams, Patent Room, is in third place 
with an eighty-eight, and the rest of the 
field trails. "Sullie" came up with a one 
twenty-one string to top the previous high 
by Ross of one twenty. We aren't very 


happy at the Fenway Alleys. They're in 
poor condition, and we need two more al- 
leys to accommodate our eight teams. If 
anyone knows of available alleys close to 
the Library, please contact Mr Frank 
Bruno in the Patent Room. 


On the evening of October twenty-sixth, 
in the Staff Lounge, Miss Pauline M. 
Ferrante of the Circulation Division Of- 
fice was tendered a surprise shower. Her 
fiance, Mr Paul J. Vinci of Hartford, 
Connecticut, presented her with an orchid 
corsage. Lovely gifts from her many 
friends were of constant delight as she 
carefully brought them forth from their 
beautiful wrappings. This was followed 
by refreshments featuring a bride's cake 
in the shape of two hearts on which were 
inscribed the principals' names. The 
couple are to be married Sunday afternoon, 
November twenty-seventh, at two o'clock, 
at St. Clement's Church in Somcrville. 


Those who use the Lounge in the Central 
Library will be pleased to learn that 
plans are under way for the installation 
of a rubber tile flooring sometime during 
November. The present bare cement sur- 
face has not exactly fitted in with the 
otherwise inviting atmosphere of the 
room, and we have been especially con- 
scious of this when receptions have been 
held for visiting librarians, etc. In 
the new floor covering it is hoped there 
will be achieved the effect of a rug with 
a gray-black tone predominating. This 
month, also, it is expected that a new 
sofa will be added to the none-too-numer- 
ous items of furniture already in the 
Lounge. It should raise the morale of 
all of us a few notches to see this par- 
ticular staff facility take on a new at- 



The West Roxbury Branch Library is soon 
to be one of the few branch libraries to 

have fluorescent lighting. For some time 
this branch library has had a lighting 
problem, and after careful study it was 
decided that fluorescent lighting is the 
best answer. The contract for this work 
has been awarded and installation will be 
undertaken shortly. It is believed that 
in the coming year the lighting problems 
in several other branch libraries will 
receive attention. 


St. John and McColl, Inc., authorized 
distributors of A. B. Dick mimeograph 
products in this area, held a fall review 
in Boston, during the last two weeks in 
October. Each day there were two identi- 
cal three-hour sessions, with registra- 
tion limited to thirty people. Eleven 
assistants from the Boston Public Library 
who cut stencils and do mimeographing 
work were given permission to attend. 

The sessions were conducted by Miss 
Florence M. Raye, the A. B. Dick repre- 
sentative from Chicago. Her program was 
well planned and was carried out with un- 
usual effectiveness. There were demon- 
strations of the most up-to-date mimeo- 
graph equipment. An opportunity was giv- 
en for each person attending to do spe- 
cial work on stencils, such as drawing 
pictures, lines, and writing in long hand. 

If the people who attended remember 
only that the degree of perfection of the 
finished material which comes through the 
mimeograph is entirely dependent upon the 
excellence of the stencil which was pre- 
pared for duplication, attendance at the 
course will have been worthwhile. 



A constant patron of various depart- 
ments in Central Library, Miss Mary 
Forbes of Fairfield Street, was inter- 
viewed in the Boston Traveler of October 
twenty-first, in connection with the vis- 
it to Boston of Pandit Nehru. Thirty- 
seven years ago, Miss Forbes, born in 
India where her father owned a tea plant- 
ation, was seated at a dinner party in 
Simla next to Nehru. He had just gradu- 
ated from Trinity College in England. 
They had talked of his plans for his 


future, which were indefinite except that j 
he wanted first of all to serve his coun- 
try. They had also discussed the differ- 
ence in the way the English treated the 
Indians in England and in India. Miss 
Forbes was later tutor to the Rani of 
Mandhi and was head of a girls ' school in 
Palestine. She has written for British 
publications in India and her writings 
have been censored because her interpre- 
tation of the American way of life "tend- 
ed to increase the ideas of freedom in a 
period of tension" . 


for Book Week , November 13-19, 19h9. 


The second annual Human Relations In- 
stitute for Teachers and Librarians, 
sponsored by the Boston Public Library 
with the co-operation of the National 
Conference of Christians and Jews, was 
held in the Lecture Hall of the Boston 
Public Library on Saturday, November 

The morning session opened with an in- 
spiring keynote address by Dr Dennis C, 
Haley, Superintendent of Schools in 
Boston, followed by an excellent discus- 
sion of new books in the field of human 
relations by members of the Library 
staff — Miss Edna G. Peck, Chief of the 
Book Selection Department, Miss Pauline 
Winnick, and Miss Mildred Kaufman, Chil- 
dren's Librarians, Codman Square and 
Mattapan Branch Libraries. Dr Martin P. 
Chworowsky, Director, Intergroup Rela- 
tions Program, Columbia University, pre- 
sented a thought-provoking address on 
"The Intergroup Education Responsibili- 
ties of Schools and Libraries". Mrs 
Muriel Javelin presided at the morning 

The afternoon session was devoted to 
the production, evaluation, and use of 
human relations films, and film demon- 
strations. Because of illness, Mr Louis 
de Rochemont was unable to appear, but 
was ably represented by Mr Thomas Orchard, 
Vice President of Louis de Rochemont 

Associates, and the Producer of "The 
Earth and its Peoples", a new and pio- 
neering effort in human relations motion 
pictures. Mr Howard M. LeSourd, Dean of 
the School of Public Relations, Boston 
University, introduced Mr Orchard. 

At a luncheon meeting, with Mr Francis 
L. Hurwitz presiding, Dean Charles W. 
Ha vice, Chairman of the Department of 
Sociology, Northeastern University, de- 
livered a stimulating talk on "Diversities 
That Unify Us". 

Mr Thomas F. Dungan, Submaster, Theodore 
Lyman School, East Boston, and thirteen of 
his pupils demonstrated to a delighted 
audience the way in which the film Sing a 
Song of Friendship might be used in a 
sixth grade classroom,, Mrs Beryl Y. 
Robinson, Children's Librarian, East 
Boston Branch Library, discussed the ef- 
fective use of educational moving pictures 
in the library before demonstrating some 
of her points by introducint Farmer - 
Fisherman , a Louis de Rochemont film in 
Norway. She was assisted by eleven chil- 
dren chosen for unusual library co-opera- 
tion who demonstrated by a quiz the after- 
film check-up. The two presentations in- 
terestingly contrasted film use in formal 
and informal education. 

Four students from Teachers College and 
the School of Library Science at Simmons 
College served as ushers. 


October 12-lg 

The major theme of the Conference was 
The Pub! ic Library Inquiry . Inasmuch as 
the various reports published as a result 
of the Inquiry are being added to the 
Staff Library as they become available, 
no summarized presentation is made here. 

The talk given by Mr Milton E. Lord, 
Town Meeting of the Air, Around the World, 
was one of the highlights of the Confer- 
ence. It is understood that similar 
talks will be given at staff meetings in 
the near future; consequently, it is not 
summarized here. 

Several persons have been asked to give 
short reports on various phases of the 
Conference in which they were especially 


interested. These follow: 

Massachusetts Library Association 
Business Meeting 

The business meeting of the Massachu- 
setts Library Association was attended by 
a small group of members. After the 
routine reading of the secretary's report, 
Miss Gertrude Callahan gave the report of 
the Nominating Committee concerning the 
proposal to place on the ballot the name 
of only one candidate for the position of 
Vice President and President Elect. Miss 
V. Genevieve Boisclair of the Division of 
Public Libraries reported that applica- 
tion forms for certification will be 
ready for distribution in about three 
weeks. Libraries may request a sufficient 
number of blanks for their entire staffs, 
if desired, thus eliminating the necessi- 
ty of each person applying individually. 
She also spoke of two courses being spon- 
sored by the Division of Public Libraries: 
a fifteen-lesson course in Reference Work, 
beginning October 21;, conducted by Mr 
Charles L. Higgins, General Reference 
Department, Boston Public Library; and an 
eight-lesson laboratory course in Radio- 
Audio- Visual Education for Librarians, 
beginning October 21, conducted by Mr 
Rodney R. Wood, Instructor of the Duxbury 
School Department; and answered the many 
questions which were asked concerning 
them. Miss Louise B. Day announced that 
suggestions for the Program Committee 
would be most welcome and should be gdven 
to any member of the committee. Miss 
Edna G. Peck announced the Country Dance 
which the Professional Staff Association 
sponsored on October 28, and the recep- 
tion which it is giving on December 2, to 
honor the President of the American Li- 
brary Association, Mr Milton E. Lord. 

SORT Breakfast 

The 8 a.m. Staff Organizations Round 
Table breakfast was attended by approxi- 
mately thirty people, at least one-third 
of v/hom were from the Boston Public Li- 
brary. Arrangements for a private room 
did not materialize, so the group was as- 
signed one long table just inside the 
main dining room. Because of the conges- 
tion attendant upon feeding a large 
group, the constant coming and going past 
the table, and the fact that many of the 

group were interested in getting away to 
another meeting at 8:30, the breakfast 
meeting was not, in the opinion of this 
participant, one of the successful ses- 
sions of the Conference. It was impossi- 
ble to hear the short speech of welcome 
at both ends of the table at the same 
time and there was no discussion of the 
announced subject Recruiting . What ben- 
efits were gleaned from the meeting by 
individual attendants came only from con- 
versation with those sitting within hear- 
ing distance. 

A Workshop on the Use of 
Audio-Visual Aids 

At the early hour of 8:30 on the morn- 
ings of October 13, lU, and 15, the Pub- 
lic Libraries Division of the Adult Edu- 
cation Section of the A.L.A. sponsored 
A Workshop on the Use of Audio-Visual Aids 
in Library Adult Education . The fact 
that 53 New England and New York Librar- 
ians attended the complete series, and 2U 
others attended one or more sessions, in- 
dicates that New England Librarians are 
becoming increasingly concerned about the 
use of Audio-Visual media. 

At the opening meeting, Mrs Patricia 
Blair, A.L.A. Library Film Advisor, de- 
veloped the subject, The Why and How of 
Films . Mrs Blair described briefly the 
Regional Library Film Plans in operation 
at the present time and also covered such 
topics as film selection, the sponsored 
film, and film previews. Mrs Javelin 
served as Chairman at this meeting. 

Professor Samuel B. Gould, Director of 
the Division of Radio and Speech, School 
of Public Relations, Boston University, 
presented a practical talk on Recordings, 
Radio, and Television in Adult Education . 
Professor Gould illustrated his remarks 
with demonstrations of recordings which 
might be used in a Library program. Mr 
C. R. Graham, Director of the Louisville 
Public Library, and newly-elected first 
Vice President and President Elect of the 
A.L.A., gave the group an enthusiastic ac- 
count of the Louisville Public Library's 
Audio-Visual program. Miss Sigrid Edge, 
Professor of Library Science, Simmons 
College, acted as Chairman. 

At the third and closing session, with 
Mrs Blair as Chairman, Mr John Cory, Ex- 
ecutibe Secretary, A.L.A., spoke on the 
Use of Films in the Community , and 


discussed Group Services Through the Li - 
brary . He then led a stimulating discus- 
sion based on Productivity: Key to 
Plenty , and Peiping Family , two films 
contrasting ways of life in the United 
States and China. 

Kits of book lists, sample film period- 
icals, and other mimeographed material 
pertaining to the selection and use of 
films were distributed. A display of 
film forms and catalogs used in various 
public libraries, and an exhibit of 
audio-visual books and pamphlets attract- 
ed wide attention 

Music Library Association 
Boston-Cambridge Chapter 

The Boston-Cambridge Chapter of the 
Music Library Association took advantage 
of the Regional meeting of the A.L.A. to 
have its fall meeting at Swampscott. The 
joint meeting brought together music as- 
sistants from Connecticut and New 
Hampshire, as well as Massachusetts. The 
New Hampshire representative reported on 
the state-wide circulation of records — 
a project which, owing to the lack of 
funds has had to be temporarily suspended. 
A report on the Julius Hart School of 
Music at Hartford and on the public li- 
brary at Stamford revealed the resources 
and services of these institutions. 

Professor John LaRue of Welle sley spoke 
on a process of duplicating music which 
has great possibilities for quantitative 
production of rare items to avoid multi- 
ple use of the same. Mrs Mary Ankudowich 
of Smith College described the unique 
manuscript collection of Italian madri- 
gals donated by Alfred Einstein. 

After a business meeting and luncheon 
at the New Ocean House the members ad- 
journed to the Essex Institute at Salem 
to examine the collection of musical 
instruments exhibited there, and to hear 
a paper on Music in Museums, by Miss 
Narcissa Williamson of the "Museum of Fine 
Arts, Boston. Mr Edward C. Richard gave 
a demonstration of wire and tape record- 
ers to conclude the afternoon session. 
Steps are being taken to secure members 
in Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island, and 
to secure more members from public librar- 
ies in the region who are meeting an in- 
creased demand for music. 

A.L.A. Division of Cataloging and 

The A.L.A. Division of Cataloging and 
Classification had a joint meeting with 
the Boston Regional Group of Catalogers 
and Classifiers on Friday, October four- 
teenth. Miss Marion L. Kesselring of 
Brown University, Chairman of the Boston 
Regional Group, presided. 

Miss Laura C. Colvin, Vice President of 
the Division of Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, brought to the attention of the 
group the statement of the Division's Ex- 
ecutive Board on the report of the Fourth 
Activities Committees. Miss Colvin asked 
the audience to send her their opinions 
on the questions raised in the statement. 
The opinions will guide the Executive 
Board in their recommendations about the 
Fourth Activities Committee report at the 
A.L.A. Midwinter Conference. 

Dr Andrew D. Osborn, Assistant Librar- 
ian, Harvard College, spoke on the Cata - 
loging Aspects of the Public Library 
Inquiry . Dr Osborn 's talk was a criti- 
cism of the Inquiry report by Watson O'D. 
Pierce entitled Work Measurement in Pub - 
lic Libraries . As the result of question- 
naires sent to libraries, Mr Pierce e- 
volved simplified methods of measuring 
library operations. Mr Pierce applied 
his method for two weeks to three librar- 
ies ranging in size from large to small: 
Newark, N. J., Montclair, N. J., and 
Larchmont, N. Y. Dr Osborn considered 
the choice of libraries unfortunate since 
one library was not preeminent in cata- 
loging while another was so publicity- 
minded it sought innovations to add to 
its publicity. The two-week period was 
too short to justify the conclusions 
drawn. During the two weeks Newark cata- 
loged iiOO titles, Montclair 223, and 
Larchmont 7$. Since these libraries usu- 
ally catalog 10,000, 5,000, and 1,000 
titles annually the figures obtained dur- 
ing the two-week period were out of pro- 
portion. Mr Pierce decided that too much 
time has been devoted to the study of 
catalog departments and not enough to the 
operation of the other departments of a 
library. Dr Osborn agreed that catalog- 
ers have by their own efforts improved 
the efficiency of catalog departments. 

Dr Osborn concluded that the report 


should have been theoretically qualita- 
tive rather than quantitative. It is not 
a question of whether a department can 
catalog a book in so many minutes, but 
can a department keep abreast of its work. 
In his sociological statistical study of 
library problems Mr Pierce has lost sight 
of the fact that a library organization 
is people and not processes. The study 
is not an important contribution to cat- 
aloging literature. 

Dr Robert D. Leigh, Director of the 
Public Library Inquiry, answered Dr 
Osborn's criticism by agreeing the time 
measurements were crude, but quantitative 
measurements are admittedly very helpful 
in setting standards. 

Division of Libraries for Children and 
Young People, and Round Table of 
Children's Librarians 

The Division of Libraries for Children 
and Young People presented three inter- 
esting programs: On Wednesday, The Place 
of Young People ' s Work in the Library and 

Community , with Librarians from Brockton, 
Leominster, and Greenfield as speakers, 
and a radio program by a group of alert 
Brockton high-school students; on Friday, 
Book Reviewing for Book Selection , a 
thoughtful talk by Miss Mary Silva, 
Consultant, School Libraries and Library 
Work with Children and Young People, 
Massachusetts Division of Public Librar- 
ies; and on Saturday, a lively discussion 
of the Fourth Activities Report, led by 
Miss Mildred Batchelder, Division Execu- 
tive Secretary. Miss Batchelder inter- 
preted some of the debatable points, then 
comments followed from the various mem- 
bers of the symposium group, with pros, 
cons, and questions from the floor. 

The Round Table of Children's Librar- 
ians sponsored three meetings also. On 
Friday, a delightful tea and reception 
was held, in honor of the 25>th anniversa- 
ry of the Horn Book, with birthday cake 
and candles, and greetings from the 
guests of honor. On Saturday afternoon 
the Caroline M. Hewins lecture was given 
by Miss Virginia Haviland, entitled For 
Pr ofit or Pleasure: the travelogue 
s torybook of the nineteenth century , a 
skillful, enjoyable presentation indicat- 
ing thorough research. Lastly, and in 
fact the closing event of the Conference, 
was the party for Berta and Elmer Hader, 

beloved illustrators and authors of chil- 
dren's books and Caldecott medal winners, 
a reception giving opportunity for them 
to meet Children's Librarians from every 
part of New England, 

A.L.A. Joint Committee on Library 
S ervice to Labor Groups 

The well-arranged meeting of the A.L.A. 
Joint Committee on Library Service to 
Labor Groups, under the Chairman, Miss 
Sigrid A. Edge of Simmons College, was in 
the form of a panel discussion with three 
speakers covering Labor and Libraries in 
New England . 

The most interesting speaker for the 
Boston audience was Mrs Charlotte D. 
Robinson, Educational Director of the 
International Ladies ' Garment Workers 
Union, A.F.L., who described her experi- 
ence with the Boston Public Library. The 
contact was made by Mr Abraham Kalish, 
formerly in charge of work with unions. 
The Bostonians were pleased to hear Mrs 
Robinson's praise of Mr Kalish' s person- 
ality and his work. Mrs Robinson's chief 
problem was familiar to librarians — how 
to interest people in reading. As she 
was sympathetic with tired and busy union 
workers, she set no time limit or fines 
for the loan of a book. Indeed, in order 
to help union members more, she followed 
Mr Kalish 's suggestion that she request 
the factory owners to permit a collection 
of books from the Boston Public Library 
to be deposited in the shops themselves. 
Three factories readily consented and as- 
signed a worker as librarian. Mrs 
Robinson closed with her definition of a 
good union librarian as a person with an 
understanding of the workers and of the 
problems of trade unions. 

The second speaker, Miss Dorothy G. 
Flynn, Assistant Librarian of the Lynn 
Public Library described the services to 
the United Electrical Union, the largest 
union in Lynn. Profiting from past fail- 
ures, Miss Flynn recommended a bookmobile 
with a trained librarian to visit the 
plants on the lunch hour, as the ideal 

A different phase of labor service was 
presented by Mr Frederic G. Dunn, Super- 
visor of Workers ' Education Program, 
Rhode Island State College. In ±9k5, a 
Labor Advisory Committee vras formed under 
the General College Extension of Rhode 
Island. Since then, evening classes have 


proven consistently popular. During the 
day, for a short but concentrated period, 
there is a "Resident Institute" on the 
campus for union members. 

Association of College and ' 
Reference Librarians 

The first action taken at the meeting 
of the Association of College and Refer- 
ence Librarians on Saturday, October 15> 
at the A.L.A. Regional Convention was the 
passing of tv. r o resolutions. One resolu- 
tion was to the effect that the members 
present wished to go on record as feeling 
that the Fourth Activities Committee re- 
port should be accepted as a guide for 
the Executive Board rather than taken as 
a course of action. The second resolu- 
tion authorised the officers of the Asso- 
ciation to enter into discussion with the 
officers of other library associations 
about the possibilities of a federation 
of library associations. The background 
for such resolutions and for similar ac- 
tion at the Far West Regional A.L.A. Con- 
ference is to be found on pages 310 and 
311 of the October, 19h9 issue of the 
A.L.A, Bulletin. 

After both resolutions were passed by a 
showing of hands with approximately half 
those present voting, and with no nega- 
tive vote being registered, the meeting 
was turned over to three very lively 
speakers ivho talked on practical problems 
of the college reference library service 
pattern in a down-to-earth vein. 

Mr Nathaniel Goodrich, retiring librar- 
ian of Dartmouth College Library, admit- 
ted he had come prepared to address the 
New England College Library group. His 
comments were quite a propos, neverthe- 
less. Sharing his enthusiasm for poetry 
and mountain climbing with all present, 
he also found it possible to project to 
his auditors some of his professional 
enthusiasms, and reservations, after a 
long career. Keep libraries beautiful, 
keep systems simple, keep morale high, 
and keep book collections alive, were the 
keynotes of his professional remarks. 

Miss Eileen Thornton of Vassar College, 
a non-New Englander note, spoke on the 
need of liaison between library staff and 
faculty, both for service purposes and 
for book selection activity. She made 
the point that being a good librarian is 
a career in itself, with or without a 

faculty status. Personnel recruiting and 
the developing of a staff with subject 
specialization was one of her themes. 
Her punch line — to the effect that we 
can't please everyone all the time but 
that we could try — was delivered with a 
sincerity that conveyed conviction. 

The final speaker, Dr D. L. Farnsworth 
of Mol.T., spoke on Psychiatry and the 
Libraries . He made available to the 
audience a list of some forty titles of 
books in the field that he felt had a 
place in a general library collection, 
copies of which could also be secured 
from him at M.I.T. In his comments he 
dwelt on the practical points of the 
handling of such books and the type of 
library user interested in such material. 

Special Libraries Association 
Boston Chapter 

In her talk, How Business Uses Library 
Services , Miss Eleanor S. Cavanaugh, 
Librarian, Standard & Poor's Corporation, 
New York City, brought out the following 

"No business executive alone can keep 
abreast of all factors affecting his busi- 
ness without tailor-made knowledge pro- 
vided by specialized library services." 
Business needs a clearing house for in- 
formation to which it may turn for back- 
ground material, for current trends, and 
for today's latest information on which 
to base tomorrow's decisions. 

There is no indication that the special- 
ized information services to business men 
have kept pace with industrial develop- 
ments in various areas in the United 
States. A public relations program is 
needed so that we may more effectively 
sell ourselves to business. We probably 
have not yet even learned the correct ap- 

Business today operates in a highly 
competitive field. It must develop new 
products, find markets for them, keep old 
customers, find new ones, produce and sell 
at the lowest possible cost, advertise, 
and carry on public relations,, Business 
must cope with problems of management and 
labor relations; must keep informed of 
materials, prices, shortages; and, on top 
of this, is constantly harassed by various 
regulations which are now the lot of so 
many businesses. 

To do all this without a clearing house 


to which to turn seems to a librarian an 
impossible task. It is unfortunate that 
public libraries, and especially those in 
the larger industrial areas — good as 
they are, and as hard as they try to give 
competent services — are so handicapped 
by lack of funds that they are unable to 
engage in the exploratory type of re- 
search and to furnish highly-specialized 
services to the extent which would be de- 

We would not be too far wrong if we 
placed on the librarian the blame for 
this situation, inasmuch as he has not 
been sufficiently articulate about what 
he can do. On the other hand, we can 
place on the business man the responsi- 
bility for not demanding such highly- 
specialized services from his library, 
and for not insisting upon getting them. 
If this type of cooperation between li- 
braries and businessmen could be achieved; 
it would in all probability help library 
administrators to secure more funds with 
which to carry on such services. 

The discussion period brought out (1) a 
greater need for co-operation between li- 
braries, (2) a need for pooling resources, 
and (3) that regional libraries are prob- 
ably the best means of achieving the 

Mr D. H. Angney, Manager, Research and 
Statistics, Federal Reserve Bank of 
Boston, spoke on Recent Trends in the New 
England Economy * He pointed out that if 
New England's growth and strength in the 
future depends on men, research, ideas, 
and aggressive action, then the special 
library has an important role in our re- 
gional economy. It is an important mem- 
ber of a research team which is inter- 
ested in action. A special library must 
anticipate the needs of the other members 
in a research organization or business. 
Ideas are potent forces but they must be 
widely disseminated if we are to achieve 
action. Special libraries are not only 
the custodians of ideas in written form 
but are also the "routing points" for 
directing the flow of ideas. "A library 
is not as popular as a movie theatre, but 
if it reaches key people, it can be an 
effective aid for selling ideas." 

A research worker must be conversant 
with day-to-day changes in his assigned 
field. In addition he must follow the 

current trends of research activity and 
have the proper perspective for integrat- 
ing his work with the efforts of others. 
He must avoid duplication and benefit 
from new ideas. The Federal Reserve Bank 
of Boston's special library publishes 
daily News Notes , consisting of abstracts 
of items of local, regional, and national 
interest, and sends it to banks in New 
England, but not to such organizations as 
public libraries. This library also pub- 
lishes a Quarterly Inventory of Economic 
Research which summarizes the subject 
matter of economic research projects on 
New England, their dates of completion, 
and where they may be obtained. 

The most important single economic 
problem for New England is how to imple- 
ment and achieve future growth. This 
bank is actively engaged in a study of 
man-made obstacles to growth in New 
England in order that they may be correct- 
ed. The problems of taxes, new factory 
buildings, sources of raw materials, 
costs of transportation and electric pow- 
er, availability of equity capital, and 
community attitudes toward industry are 
some of the pressing issues. 

A series of charts thrown on the screen 
showed the economic changes in New 
England in regard to population, income, 
employment, retail sales, and other eco- 
nomic data. Mr Angney painted a rosy 
future for New England, based upon the 
growth of new industries and the presence 
of certain skills. He felt there was a 
compensation for the decline in such 
lines as leather and wool. 


East Boston 

About one hundred teachers visited the 
fifth annual art exhibit Tuesday, Novem- 
ber first. Besides the usual spectacular 
display of street scenes, flower and 
fruit arrangements, pencil sketches, 
crayon work, etc, there were new fea- 
tures. An interesting display showed the 
adaption of mechanical drawing and formal 
design to making unusual buttons. Another 
exhibit traced the making of a stencilled 
cloth from the formal sketching of the 
design to the stencil and the finished 
hanging. Two hundred and thirty-six pic- 
tures, the work of East Boston students 


from the kindergarten through the high 
school, have been on display since 
October seventeenth. 

From two-thirty to four-thirty tea, 
sandwiches and cookies were served in the 
candle-lighted office. Mrs Ada A. 
Andelman and Miss Elizabeth M. Gordon, 
Supervisors in the Boston Public Library, 
poured. Miss Dorothy F. Nourse, Branch 
Librarian, and her staff were assisted as 
hostesses by Mrs Margaret A. Donovan, 
Children's Librarian at the Jeffries 
Point Branch Library. 

Jamaica Plain 

An unusual music display called OLD 
MASTERS — NEW FRIENDS is being featured. 
Pictures of composers and performers in 
both the operatic and concert field are 
displayed on a colorful background. At 
the entrance to the stacks there are some 
excellent color prints of Schubert, 
Koussevitsky, Toscannini, Tchaikovsky, 
Kreisler, Wagner and Rimsky-Korsakov. On 
the top shelf on the exhibition case are 
the busts of Schumann, Schubert, Bach and 
Wagner: on the next shelf are miniature 
reproductions of a violin and a Russian 
Balalaika — both of which were brought 
here from Europe by a musician on one of 
his tours. These two pieces are charm- 
ingly made and delightfully trimmed with 
a mother-of-pearl inlay. 

The public has a large selection of 
books from which to choose — fiction 
with a musical background; biographies 
and autobiographies of past and present 
performers and stars of the musical world. 
For the more serious-minded there are 
books of the symphonies and operas which 
explain many musical mysteries to the 
layman . 


For two weeks, November 1-12, the 
branch library will be the proud posses- 
sor of a fine collection of "young 
American originals" — paintings, draw- 
ings, murals, and designs done by the 
elementary grade public school children 
in the Audubon, Martha Baker, William 
Bradford, Charles Logue, Robert T. Paine, 
Pauline A. Shaw, Tileston, and Roger 
Wolcott Schools. In co-operation with 
the Art Department of the Boston Public 
Schools, the Art Week is being celebrated 
with the exhibition. 

The picture collection is indeed a 
varied one. The subject matter consists 
of wonderful multicolored designs to 
please the lover of abstract art, as well 
as still lifes and lively scenes for 
those who prefer more realistic represen- 
tation. Both color and form are handled 
with great precision. The everyday 
scenes reveal the interests of our young 
artists in the life about them; there are 
pictures of Hallowe'en witches and fierce- 
looking dogs, of skiers and dancers, of 
snowmen and of the school children them- 

Worth particular mention are the three 
large murals in the exhibit. Two of them 
were done by Marjorie Swartz, a first 
grader at the Audubon School; Helene 
Feldberg, Roberta Kosofsky, Carol Levitt, 
Ilene Perlis, and Lawrence Mills, sixth 
graders at Charles Logue School, collabor- 
ated to do the third mural. All three 
murals show extreme skill in perception 
of movement, besides a protrayal of per- 
spective that is also admirable. 

North End 

Films were used for the first time to 
explain the Library to the Senior English 
classes from the boys' division of 
Christopher Columbus High School. 

Father Thomas, O.F.M. brought lii5 boys 
in three groups to the Library. Miss 
Ellen Peterson and Mrs Geraldine Herrick 
gave introductory talks and then the 
films Find the information and Know your 
Library were presented. lot Ice , a 
hockey film, was shown as a dividend to 
lighten the program. Needless to say the 
boys were delighted with it. The in- 
structor, the boys, and the Library per- 
sonnel felt that the use of films in 
teaching the use of the Library was a 
complete success. The following morning, 
the boys returned to the Library, to 
spend their English period on assignments 
that tested their ability to develop the 
techniques presented in the films on the 
use of the Library. 

The program was repeated for the girls 
on Wednesday, November ninth. Early 
Settlers of New England was substituted 
for Hot Ice . 

Parker Hill 

In observance of Art Week, a large ex- 
hibit of drawings by the pupils of the 
schools in the district was featured 


Book Week exhibits will include: For- 
eign dolls and books with foreign back- 
grounds, stressing the theme United through 

books ; and a large collection of pictures 
of authors of juvenile books. The high- 
light of the Book Week celebration will be 
a tea and Open House on November fifteenth, 
from three to five o'clock, in honor of 
the teachers of the public and parochial 
schools in the district. 

Phillips Brooks 

Recent events have included a delightful 
book review evening on October twenty- 
seventh at which Kiss Edna G. Peck dis- 
cussed informally new fiction and non- 
fiction titles. The very active FRIENDS 
nished refreshments — the traditional 
autumn cider and doughnuts . Newer resi- 
dents of Readville, as well as Miss Peck's 
old friends in the community, attended the 

Continuing their activities for the 
BRANCH LIBRARY will sponsor a morning cof- 
fee party at the library during Book Week. 
On Wednesday morning, November sixteenth, 
while pre-school children are entertained 
with picture books, in this first of their 
new pre-school story hours, their mothers 
will enjoy contact with other women of the 
community and will have opportunity to 
discover books in special exhibits ar- 
ranged for them. 

Another activity currently being pro- 
moted by this group is an essay contest 
for children upon the subject: WHAT THE 
On Monday evening, November twenty-first, 
at a regular meeting of the group, six 
selected essays will be read and books 
awarded for the best in each of the three 
age groups. Judges for the contest, se- 
lected by the executive board of "THE 
FRIENDS" from people outside Readville, 
are: Mrs Edith H. Bailey, former Branch 
Librarian, Mr William B. Harlow, a leader 
of the second year Great Books discussions, 
and Mr Paul Heins, teacher of English at 
English High School. 

Uph ams Corner 

Special exhibits were shown in the Chil- 
dren's Department during Art Week. These 
consisted of free-hand work in water color 
and pastels; still life studies and child- 
hood activities. A panorama of Meeting 

House Hill in color, the work of the third 
grade of the Quincy Street School, was 
perhaps the most outstanding and astonish- 
ing. Each pupil executed a section in the 
mural which showed perfect harmony, design 
and arrangement. The work of the students 
in the following schools included: John 
Motley, John Winthrop, Benedict Fenwick, 
and the Quincy Street. Miss Angela 
Cannata, supervisor of Art in the Public 
Schools, planned the work. 

Washington Village 

It is a pleasure to announce the resump- 
tion of the Book Discussion Group for the 
season, l°U9-£0, October through June, the 
first and third Wednesdays of the month. 
It is even more pleasant and gratifying to 
be able to say that some of the members 
are veterans and devotees, going into their 
fourth year. The average attendance is 
eighteen, a third being men and articulate 
ones (praise be!). As always, the assem- 
bly is composed of a variety of types and 
backgrounds — young and old — all linked 
by, and animated with, a common interest 
and purpose. The meetings take place in a 
cozy corner of the Children's Room, in an 
atmosphere and attitude that, one hopes, 
would meet with Dr Mortimer Alder's approv- 

Conducted along the informal, Socratic 
method, the books discussed, of course, 
are of a different vein from the Great 
Books, and therefore are not as arduous, 
being geared to people who feel that Great 
Books entail more time than they have to 
give. The books selected, however, are 
worthwhile or outstanding, either from a 
literary or historical point of view, This 
year the book program is centered on the 
Study of the novel by dominant type , such 
as the picaresque, Gothic, satirical, 
problem, historical, as well as the novel 
of manners and the novel of atmosphere, 
Defoe ' s Roxana was the first novel con- 

sidered, important as one of the first 
realistic novels in English and indicative 
of a very early and generative type, the 
picaresque novel, in which the chief pro- 
tagonist is an anti-hero or heroine, trav- 
elling from one level of society to anoth- 
er, often satirizing these levels. As may 
be expected, the discussion of Roxana was 
spirited and challenging. The group, as a 
whole, it should be mentioned, is mentally 
mature and conversant with a diversity of 
reading, classical and modern. Above all, 


they are good sports and willing to be 
taken dovm strange paths! Ann Radcliffe, 
Jane Austen, Sinclair Lewis, Joseph 
Conrad, Edith Wharton, are the authors in 
mind from which the novels will be chosen. 

At the second meeting of the month, cur- 
rent events hold sway, and are very much 
in favor with the group. The topics to 
be considered are specified at the pre- 
vious meeting, so that there will be 
similarity and unity in the reading of 
current events. Our special textbook and 
guide for the year is Dr Liebman's Peace 
of mind , a sub-topic of which is closely 
analyzed, on our current events evenings. 

In accord with a custom established at 
the inception of this Discussion Group, 
there is a pleasant half -hour, after the 
two-hour session, of friendliness, gen- 
eralities, and partaking of the "cup that 
cheers but not inebriates". 

West Bnd 

Children's Book Week this year will be 
observed November 13-19, with "Make 
Friends With Books" as its theme. The 
West End Branch Library will celebrate 
the event both in the Children's Room and 
in the Main Reading Room. Original il- 
lustrations from the year's best in 
Children's literature and the new books 
themselves will be featured. Bookmarks, 
3s well as the latest publishers' cata- 
logs and related material will be dis- 
tributed to teachers, social workers, and 

As in the past, the West End Branch 
Library will play a leading part in this 
ye?.r : s observance of Jewish Book Month 
in Boston, November 11 to December 11. 
Besides featuring several displays it- 
self, it will serve as headquarters for 
other branch libraries and Jewish agen- 
cies, and will arrange and send out ex- 
hibits dealing with various facets of 
J brash culture. 

Miss Fanny Goldstein, Librarian of the 
West End Branch Library, will deliver a 
lecture in the Lecture Hall of the Boston 
Public Library, on Sunday evening, 
November twentieth, at 8:00.' . . Her 
topic will be "Sholem Asch - the Man and 
hits Works" •■ The meeting is open to the 
public. On Sunday, December fourth, also 
in the Lecture Hall of the Main Library, 

another program in connection with Jewish 
Book Month will take place. Several oth- 
er programs of interest are being planned, 
details of which will be announced later. 


Baldwin, Emma V. 

Library costs and budgets. 

New York, Bowker, 19hl 
Berelson, Bernard 

Education for Librarianship. 

Chicago, A.L.A., 19U9 
Bonnet, Theodore 

The mudlark. 

New York, Doubleday, 19h9 
Burns, John H. 

Lucifer with a book. 

New York, Harper, 1914-9 
Caldwell, Taylor 

Let love come last. 

New York, Scribner, 19k9 
Cather, Willa 

Willa Cather on Writing. 

New York, Knopf, 19h9 
Christie, Robert 

Inherit the night. 

New York, Farrar, 19U9 
Dinneen, Joseph F. 

Purple Shamrock. 

New York, Norton, 19U9 
Fitzgerald, F. Scott 

Portable Fitzgerald. 

New York, Viking, 19^9 
Hayes, Alfred 

The girl on the Via Flamina. 

New York, Harper, 19U9 
Howe , George 

Call it treason. 

New York, Viking, 19U9 
Lea, Tom 

Brave bulls. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 19^9 
Lewis, Sinclair 

The God-seeker. 

New York, Random House, 19U9 
Lord, David 


New York, Dutton, 19U9 
McCamy, James L. 

Government publications for the citizen; 

a report of the Public Library Inquiry, 

New York, Columbia Univ. Press, 19h? 
Maclnnes, Helen 

Rest and be thankful. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 19h9 


Mannin, Ethel 

Late have I loved thee. 
New York, Putnam, 19h9 
Merton, Thomas 

Seven storey mountain. 
New York, Harcourt Brace, 19U8 
Merton, Thomas 

Seeds of contemplation. 
Norfold, Ct., New Directions, 19U9 
Muntz, Hope 

Golden warrior. 
New York, Scribner, 19U9 
O'Brien, John A., ed. 
Road to Damascus. 
New York, Doubleday, 19li9 
O'Faolain, Sean 

New York, Devin-Adair, 19U9 
Orwell, George 

Nineteen eighty-four. 
New York, Harcourt, 19U9 
Perelman, Sidney J. 

Listen to the mocking bird. 
New York, Simon & Schuster, 19U9 
Rogers, Agnes 

Women are here to stay. 
New York, Harper, 19U9 
Savoy, Willard ViT. 
Alien land. 

New York, Dutton, 19U9 
Sheean, Vincent 

Lead, kindly light. 
New York, Random House, 19h9 
Starkey, Marion 

The Devil in Massachusetts. 
New York, Knopf, 19U9 
Steen, Marguerite 

Twilight on the floods. 
New York, Doubleday, 19U9 
Street, James H. 
Tomorrow we reap. 
New York, Dial, 19U9 
Streeter, Edward 

Father of the bride. 
New York, Simon & Schuster, 19h9 
Taber, Gladys 

Especially father. 
Philadelphia, Macrae Smith, 19U9 
Utter, Ethel C. 

Parliamentary law at a glance. 
Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 19U9 
Van Praag, Van 
Day without end. 
New York, Sloane, 19h9 
T ' : altari, Mika 
The Egyptian. 
New York, Putnam, 19U9 

Williams, Ben Ames 

Fraternity village. 

Boston, Houghton, 19h9 
Williams, Charles 

Many dimensions. 

New York, Pellagrini, 19U9 
Wilson, Mitchell 

Live with lightning. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 19h9 


".ORLD IN "nlCH HE LIVES, sponsored by the Association, will be held in the 
Lecture Hall of the Boston Public Library on Thursday and Friday, November 17 
and 18, 1949. 

Eight distinguished subject specialists have agreed to present to the 
membership and its guests an evaluation of current trends in writing in selected 
fields of study. In this way it is hoped that the membership will be provided 
with authoritative estimates of opinion trends in fields which will be of 
assistance in an individual's professional life. 

The program will be as follows: 

Thursday Morning at 9:30 A.M. 

Introductory remarks by Mrs. Sarah 7«. Flannery, Mr. Milton E. Lord, and 
Mr. Kenneth R. Shaffer. 
Address j Franc is R. St. John, Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library, 



Thursday Afternoon at 2:30 P.M. 

Address t Thomas E. Shortell, S.J., Assoc. Prof., Boston College 



Addres s: S. Andhil Fineberg, Author, Counsellor, speaking on 


Thursday Evening at 8;00 P.M. 

Address: John Lobb, Prof., Mount Holyoke College, speaking on 

Address: John Brubacher, Prof., Yale University, speaking on 


Friday Morning at 9s 30 A.M. 

Address: Myron P. Gilmore, Assoc. Prof., Harvard University, speaking 

Address: Thomas' H.D. Mahoney, Ass't Prof., Massachusetts Institute of 



Friday Afternoon at 2j30 P.M. 

Address j ".aldenar B. Kaempf fert, Science Editor, T.evr York Times, 

There will be no pre-registration. Tickets may be purchased at the entrance 
to the Lecture Hall during the thirty minutes preceding each session* Admission 
fee will be the same as last years that is, 50/ for a single and §1.00 for the 
entire series. 

The printed program for the Institute will be distributed early next week 
and will be available before each meeting. Members of the Association are urged 
to be in attendance. The series gives promise of providing information which 
all can use in our daily work. 

SARAH If. FLAN1JERY, Chairman 
SpecoComn. on In-Service Training 
9 November 1949. 

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Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume IV, Number 11 December 1949 

Publications Committee: Mildred R. Adelson, M. Dorothy Brackett, John M. Carroll, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Sarah M. Usher, Chairman 

Publication date ; Deadline for submitting material t 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 




To the 

members of the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association: 

As I have entered upon my responsibilities as President of 
the American Library Association, I have been greatly cheered and en- 
couraged by the friendly interest which has been shown in my doing so 
by the members of your Association. Particularly was this so in help- 
ing me to get off to a good start with the very pleasant reception 
which you so kindly held for Mrs Lord and me on the evening of De- 
cember 2nd. It was the first official function in which I had par- 
ticipated since entering upon the position only eight days earlier. 

A national professional association such as the A.L.A. runs 
always the risk of seeming remote from its members by virtue of the 
fact that it has to operate primarily at the national level. This 
sometimes seems particularly true to those of us off in one corner of 
the country, whether this be the Northeast or the Northwest or the 
Southeast or the Southwest. The problem is to find a ground upon 
which each of us as individual members may have a sense of participa- 
tion in the affairs and programs of the Association. 

One of the ways in which this may perhaps be accomplished 
is through a strengthening of the state and regional library asso- 
ciations in the areas in which each plays its role, and then to re- 
late the national association more closely to them, and they in turn 
more closely to the national association. This is a process which 
requires time. It is one to which I am asking the A.L.A. Executive 
Board to give increasing attention during the period immediately 
ahead. The state and the regional associations must be put into a 
strengthened position if they are to play an effective role in sup- 
port of a strong national professional association. And we as in- 
dividuals must also help to strengthen them by developing a larger 
degree of participation in their programs both at the state and local 
levels. Only thus can we as individuals bring our influence to bear 
upon the national picture satisfactorily and successfully. Simply 
being a member of a national association alone will not solve the 

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In similar fashion we need to maintain and develop our li- 
brary activities through the library groups which are directly con- 
cerned with the functional fields or the type-of -library or the sub- 
ject fields in v;hich we are engaged in our regular jobs. In other 
words we have a role to play as members of the Division of Public 
Libraries or the Association of College and Reference Libraries or 
the Special Libraries Association and the like, of the Division of 
Cataloging and Classification or the Children's Library Association 
and the like, or of subjeot groups such as the Music Library Associa- 
tion and the like. 

As professional librarians we can strive to participate ful- 
ly and actively (l) at the national level as members of the American 
Library Association, (2) at the state or local level as members of our 
state associations and local library groups, and (3) at the functional 
or type-of-library or subject levels as members of the appropriate as- 
sociations. It is only thus that as individual librarians we shall be 
able to play our professional role to the fullest degree possible. 
If and as we do participate to that extent, we can require that in 
their turn our associations (whether national, state or local, or of 
special fields) play a dynamic role in relating their activities one 
to the other in such manner as to bring about an integrated sum-total 
of results. Cne of the goals which I intend to stress during my pe- 
riod as President of the American Library Association is the breaking 
down of the barriers between the various library groups. They need 
to act together to an increasing degree as a related whole. 

I pledge my best efforts for the accomplishment of the de- 
sired end. I am confident that all of you will likewise play your 
full role by participation both in the programs of the A.L.A. and also 
in those of state, local, and other library groups. 

The task ahead is a large one. It is one that will perforce 
have to continue well into the future. It will require the combined 
action of all who are friends of libraries in the truest professional 

President, American Library Association 

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On the evening of Friday, December 2, 
we who work in the Boston Public Library- 
united to honor our Director, Mr Milton 
Edward Lord. The occasion was his recent 
elevation to the presidency of the 
American Library Association at the 
Southwestern Regional Conference of the 
Association in Fort Worth, Texas, from 
which he had just returned. The place 
was the Princess Room of the Hotel 
Somerset in Boston. 

For months plans for this event had 
been simmering. Calendars had been 
scratched, admonitions to save the date 
were issued at intervals, committees met, 
went on field trips, and re-convened 
until the seemingly effortless moment 
arrived when we stepped forward one by 
one over the deep-piled velvet carpet of 
the ante-room at the Hotel to greet the 
Director and Mrs Lord, with their son, 
Peter, standing beside Miss Edna G. Peck, 
president of the Boston Public Library 
Staff Association, Mr Frank P. Bruno, 
vice president, Mrs Geraldine M. Altman, 
chairman of the Program Committee, and 
Miss Margaret A. Calnan, chairman of the 
Entertainment Committee. 

Those of us who have sampled Library 
hospitality in the past know that there 
is always in it vigor, heartiness, and 
good spirits. But the numbers on Friday 
night were impressive. Parenthetically, 
it should be said in fairness to the 
Hotel management that the fire laws for- 
bade them to provide chairs enough to 
seat everybody. Entire staffs of the 
Branch Libraries turned out. All the 
Divisions in almost all of their several 
departments in Central were represented. 
Professional colleagues came from the 
State Library, the Boston Medical Library, 
from the nearby cities of Brockton, Lynn, 
Everett, Newton, and Quincy, from Melrose, 
Watertown, Winchester, Medford, Somerville, 
even from Springfield. Members of the 
Examining Committee were there: 
Mr H. Daland Chandler, Mr Samuel Stern, 
Mrs Thomas H. Mahony, Mrs Vincent L. 
Greene, Mr William F. A. Graham, and 
Bishop John Wright, as were our Trustees, 
Father Robert H. Lord, Judge Frank J. 
Donahue, Mr Lee M. Friedman, Mr Francis 
B. Masterson, and Mr Frank W. Buxton, 
President of the Board. Retired members 
of the staff who returned included Miss 

Edith Guerrier, Mrs Bertha V. Hartzell, 
Miss M. Florence Cufflin, Mr Lucien E. 
Taylor, Miss Marion A. McCarthy. From 
Simmons College came Mr Kenneth R. 
Shaffer, Miss Laura C. Colvin, Miss 
Sigrid Edge, Miss Mary R. Kinney, and 
Miss Ruth S. Leonard. 

The Director, in his response to Miss 
Peck's address of welcome, recalled his 
predecessors in office who, like him, had 
come from the Boston Public Library and, 
referring to his globe-circling pilgrim- 
age of the past summer, spoke of what 
library people everywhere could do to 
promote the mutual understanding so badly 
needed in the world today. 

In the musical selections which fol- 
lowed, the v;ell-known trio of the Circula- 
tion Division, made up of Miss Mary 
Golden, Mattapan Branch Library; Miss 
Marion Abbot, Charlestown Branch Library; 
Miss Winifred Root, Kirstein Business 
Branch, were heard in the following num- 
bers: Haydn's minuet in C; Trio in 
B-flat, by Dvorak (second movement); and 
a Hungarian Dance, by Brahms. Mr Paul 
Tibbetts, an exceptionally gifted member 
of the staff of the Music Department, 
Reference Division, who was ably accom- 
panied by Mr Richard G. Appel at the 
pianoforte, sang The Holy Child, by 
Martin, and two English folk-songs ar- 
ranged by Benjamin Britten, The Sally 
Gardens and Oliver Cromwell. 

With the conclusion of the program, 
punctuated more or less often by the pop- 
ping flash bulbs of the press photograph- 
ers, not to mention those of our own 
Frank Myers, we gave ourselves up to re- 
newing "auld acquaintance," to chatting 
with friends whom we hadn't seen for we 
couldn't remember how many years, or just 
to enjoying the fun of looking at our 
fellow workers in different clothes and 
with time to talk to each other. Gener- 
ous refreshments were circulating pleas- 
antly meanwhile and the Guest Book was 
well on its way to being filled before it 
was time to say good-night and to think 
of overshoes and taxis and of what the 
weather-man was doing. 



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With the election of Mr Milton E. Lord 
as President of the major professional 
library organization of the country, with 
a membership of nearly 20,000 and an in- 
ternational role of great responsibility, 
it may be interesting to review the ros- 
ter of men to whom that honor has come 
who also have headed the Boston Public 

Mr Justin Winsor was elected the first 
President of the American Library Asso- 
ciation when it was organized in 18?6 and 
remained President until 1885. Late in 
1866 he had been appointed Trustee of the 
Boston Public Library and in 1868 he was 
asked to assume the duties of Superin- 
tendent of the Library, and in that ca- 
pacity he directed the activities of the 
Library until 1877 when he left to become 
Librarian of Harvard College. In 1877 he 
attended the first International Confer- 
ence of Librarians when it met in London. 
He was one of the founders of the Library 
Journal . He became President of the 
A.L.A. again in 1897. Apart from his 
career as Librarian, where he did much to 
liberalize the relations between librar- 
ies and their users, he also did much 
original work, including the editing of 
the four volume Memorial History of Boston) Ecol 

and the Narrative and Critical History of 
America . 

Mr Herbert Putnam was the second head 
of the Boston Public Library to hold the 
A.L.A. Presidency. He was first elected 
President in I898. By that time the 
A.L.A. could claim almost 900 members. 
Mr Putnam had been appointed Librarian in 
1895. He had practiced law in Boston 
from 1892 to 1895. As Librarian he 
handled the problems of adjusting a work- 
ing library to quarters in an Italian 
Palace after the move from the library 
building on Boylston Street to the monu- 
mental new building in Copley Square. He 
left the Boston Public Library in 1899 to 
become Librarian of Congress. He held 
that position until his retirement in 
1939. He had been elected President of 
A.L.A. a second time in 1903. 

When Mr Charles F. D. Belden became 
President of the A.L.A. in 1925, the 
A.L.A. had over 6,000 members. Mr Belden, 
like Mr Putnam, had a legal background, 
having graduated from Harvard Law School 

in I898. He was successively Assistant 
Librarian of the Harvard Law School Li- 
brary, Librarian of the Social Law Library 
of Boston, and Librarian of the Massachu- 
setts State Library from 1909 to 1917. In 
1917 he was appointed Director of the 
Boston Public Library and held that title 
until his death in 1931. Under Mr Belden 
the book collection of the Library grew 
from 1,157,362 volumes to 1,631,1+22 vol- 
umes. The annex on Blagden Street was 
completed. Cooperative arrangements with 
the Harvard Business School Library and 
the Boston Medical Library were worked out. 
His span of office saw the establishment 
of the Kirstein Business Branch and the 
erection of several new buildings for the 
branch libraries. 

As Mr Milton E. Lord, the present 
Director of the Library, assumes the re- 
sponsibilities of President of the A.L.A., 
he heads an organization functioning 
through at least 58 active boards and com- 
mittees, 26 joint committees, and 7 divi- 
sions and 9 round tables, quite a differ- 
ent picture from the days when 103 inter- 
ested people met in a single convention in 
Philadelphia for the first A.L.A. Confer- 
ence. Mr Lord received his A.B. degree 
from Harvard College in 1919, and has done 
graduate study at the Harvard Graduate 
School of Arts and Sciences and at the 
e des Sciences Politique in Paris. 
Mr Lord has been Director, and Librarian 
of the Boston Public Library since 1932. 
Before coming to this Library he had been 
associated with the Library of Harvard 
University, the American Academy in Rome, 
and the State University of Iowa Libraries. 
While in Rome he served on the Commission 
of Five American Librarians appointed to 
aid in the reorganization of the Vatican 
Library. Since coming to the Boston 
Public Library, Mr Lord has served on many 
professional committees. He was the or- 
ganizer and Chairman of the Board of 
Directors of the American Book Center for 
War Devastated Libraries, Inc., and became 
also President of the United States Book 
Exchange, Inc., the successor to the form- 
er. He has been associated with the 
Council of National Library Associations 
since its beginning, having drafted its 
constitution. He has been since 19U7 the 
First Vice President of the International 
Federation of Library Associations, and is 
Chairman of the American Committee on 
Arrangements for the International Congress 

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of Libraries to be held in the United 
States in 1950. He has twice served as a 
delegate to the International Congress of 
Libraries and Bibliography, once in 1929 
and again in 1935- He served as Director 
of the American Library in Paris in 19U5» 
and has been an Honorary Trustee of that 
institution since 19h7. In 19U9, with 
leaders of representative professional 
groups of America he circled the globe as 
a member of the World T-^wn Hall Sem inar. 
Currently he is also a Trustee of Simmons 
College. Mr Lord is perhaps singularly 
equipoed to help the A-.L.A. achieve its 
purposes of "promoting* library interests 
throughout the world, . .inducing coopera- 
tion in all departments of bibliothecal 
science. . .disposing the public mind to 
the founding and improving of libraries", 
to quote from the A.L.A. Charter. 
We wish him well in his undertaking! 


The American Library Association will 
hold its 1950 conference in Cleveland, 
Ohio, from July 16 to 22, 1950. This 
represents a change in meeting place and 
in date of meeting. 





Boston Public Library staff members, 
taking advantage of the new discounts of- 
fered by local merchants, have overwhelmed 
Mr Green with orders for candy — 

l,it35 pounds — $1,068 

It is anticipated that the BPL will have 
to set up a diabetic clinic early in the 
new yeari 



Now you know that cover number 3 was ad- 
judged the winner; and it was by a deci- 
sive vote. There are at present U32 mem- 
bers of the Association Returns on the 
balloting were as follows; 

No. 3 •> 161 

No- 2.... 67) tied 

No. 8... 67) 

NO. 5.o, , ... 21 

No, U. • • 18 

No. 6.., 12 

No. 7-. h 

Preferred former cover... 10 

Total* 393 

The Committee is grateful to all who 
submitted designs and hereby records its 
sincere thanks. 

The winner is Miss Mildred R. Somes, who 
has been a member of the staff of the Book 
Preparation Department since 19U3» We of- 
fer her our hearty congratulations,' 

The work of Miss Somes is already famil- 
iar to staff members, inasmuch as she has 
conceived and executed many excellent 
posters for various Library functions; 
witness, the last page of this issue. 

Miss Somes received her training at the 
Rhode Island School of Design and is cur- 
rently continuing her studies under Mrs 
Polly Nordell, Boston artist. 



The last sentence in the annotation of 
Beauty After Forty reads as follows : 

"The whole' theory of the author is that 
forty is a date line not a deadline — wake 
up and lie, the best is yet to be!" That 
little "v" was surely needed then, if ever. 





Mrs Helen M. Duston, Cataloging and 
Classification, Reference Division, to the 
Rare Book Department. 


Mr Patrick A. Forrester, Binding De- 
partment . 

Mrs Selma Zimmerman, Roslindale Branch 
Library, to remain at home. 


On Sunday afternoon, November 27, Miss 
Pauline M. Ferrante, of the Circulation 
Division Office, was married to Mr Paul 
J. Vinci at St. Clement's Church in 
Somerville. Miss Pauline J. Uccello, of 
the Cataloging and Classification De- 
partment, Reference Division, cousin of 
the bride, was a bridesmaid. A dinner 
and reception were held at the Hotel 
Continental in. Cambridge. Mr and Mrs 
Vinci are spending their honeymoon motor- 
ing to New York, Washington, and Florida. 
On their return, they will reside in 




Mrs Catherine Burke of the Buildings 
Department died suddenly on November 23. 
Mrs Burke had been in the service of the 
Library since 1917 and will be missed by 
all those who frequented the Women's 
Lunch Room. 


Dr Richard G. Hayes, Director of the 
National Library of Ireland, visited the 
Central Library in late November in his 
tour of important reference and research 
libraries in this country. He is partic- 
ularly interested in microfilm activities 
in American libraries and is sponsoring a 
project to have all early documents re- 
lating to the history of Ireland eventu- 
ally preserved for posterity through 

microfilming. In the Central Library a 
loan exhibit of Douglas Hyde material, 
lent by the Library of Congress, was shown 
in honor of Dr Hayes' visit. The exhibit 
was opened on November with a brief 
ceremony in which Mr Lord, Honorable 
Joseph F. Shields, Consul of Ireland, Mr 
Martin A. O'Malley, President of the Eire 
Society of Boston, Professor Emeritus 
Fred Norris Robinson of Harvard, and others 
spoke. Dr Hayes was also honored with a 
formal dinner at the Hampshire House on 
November 26th given by the Eire Society, 
to which Mr Lord and Mrs Bouquet were in- 


Miss Norah Albanell MacColl from Uruguay, 
a graduate of the University of Denver 
Library School, now at the Columbus Mem- 
orial Library at the Pan American Union in 
Washington, D. C, visited Central Library 
on November 23. She was particularly in- 
terested in reference activities. 



Mr Alfred Fairbairn, Buildings Depart- 

Miss Rose Karaian, Branch Issue Depart- 

Mr Thomas J. Manning, Patent Room. 

Miss Florence McManus, Brighton Branch 

Mr John Mealey, Buildings Department. 

Miss Ruth B. Sather, Codman Square 
Branch Library. 



A little boy who visits us infrequently 
came in the other day and asked if we had 
any baseball stories. Said the Children's 
Room Assistant, trying to think of a good 
story for a small boy, "Have you read 
"Steady"? Somewhat self-consciously came 
the answer, "Yes — that is — most of the 





Miss Anna M. Buckmann (Registration De- 
partment), 62 Forest Street, Roxbury 19 

Mr John J. Cronan, (Library Storyteller) 
6^1 '.Vest Roxbury Parkway, West Roxbury 32 

Miss Bridget Downey (Buildings Depart- 
ment), 6l West Brookline Street, Boston 18 

Miss Editha Hwang (Personnel Office), 
198 Pilgrim Road, Boston 1$ 

Miss Catherine E. Flannery (Orient 
Heights Branch Library) 33 Pleasant Park 
Road, Winthrop 52 

Mr William J. McCarthy (Periodical and 
Newspaper Department), 2lr9 River Street, 
Mattapan 26 

Mrs Margaret O'Connell (Buildings De- 
partment), Ik Winthrop Street, Charles- 
town 29 

Mr Edward H. Redstone (Supervisor in 
the Reference Division), 31 Linnean Street, 
Cambridge 38 

Mr Michael Sullivan (Buildings Depart- 
ment), 75 Goodenough Street, Brighton 35 


Richard G. Appel, Chief of the Music 
Department, spoke at the first meeting of 
the season of the New England Chapter of 
the American Musicological Society held 
at Boston University, November 7, 19l;9. 


A child asked for "that book you told 
us about at school — the one about the 
'stupid butler'." After deep thought the 
Librarian remembered The Barkingtons — 
a story with a 'dumb waiter'. 


Following the announcement of the 
Trustees that the South Boston Branch 
Library would be closed, the South Boston 
Citizens' Association protested the clos- 
ing of the branch library and asked for a 
hearing before the Board. Representatives 

of the group appeared before the Trustees 
at a special meeting held on Friday, 
December 2, and requested that the branch 
library not be closed and that temporary 
quarters be found somewhere in the dis- 
trict. The new owners of the building in 
which are housed the present quarters ' of 
the South Boston Branch Library have 
agreed to allow the library to remain for 
an indefinite period pending further study 
of the entire situation by the Trustees. 



Miss Evelina M. Olivier, former staff 
member at Connolly Branch Library, is now 
back in Boston after having spent several 
weeks in a New Brunswick hospital follow- 
ing an automobile accident while traveling 
in Canada. Miss Olivier is at the New 
England Deaconess Hospital, 16 Deaconess 
Road, Boston 15, still undergoing treat- 
ment. Cards and notes from her friends on 
the B.P.L. staff would give her a great 
deal of pleasure. 

Seasons Greetings go to Mr Richard Brown, 
who would, we feel sure, be happy to re- 
ceive cards at Christmas time from his 
friends in the B.P.L. Mr Brown, who re- 
tired in 19hl after long service in the 
Shipping Department, is at the Massachu- 
setts State Hospital, ^75 Trapelo Road, 
Waltham 5U. 


On November twenty-third, Mr William J. 
Ennis, Chief of Book Stack Service, 
Emeritus , visited friends in Central Li- 
Enthusiastic over his busy life in 


Maine, he is a convincing example of a man 

who knows how to enjoy his retirement. 


Miss Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of 
Branch Libraries, Emeritus , Miss Alice M. 
Jordan, Supervisor of Work with Children, 
Emeritus, and Miss Marion A. McCarthy, 

Chief of Book Preparation Department, 
Emeritus, have all visited friends in the 

Central Library during the past month. 


These three ladies are excellent examples 
of women who know how to enjoy their re- 
tirement to the full. 

Mrs Dorothy Harvey Turner, an assistant 
in her office when Miss Guerrier was 
Supervisor of Branches, is now living in 
Alton, Illinois. Her older son, Bill, 
was married last January, and is now sta- 
tioned with the Air Force at Weaver Base, 
Raoid City, South Dakota. Her younger 
son, Jim, entered Antioch College this 

On a recent visit to the New York 
Public Library, Miss Edna G. Peck talked 
with Mrs Adele Sulesky Requena, who is in 
the office of the Supervisor of Work with 
Children, Mrs Requena sent greetings to 
her friends in the B.P.L. Mrs Requena 
was in the Director's Office prior to her 
moving to New York. 


Congratulations to to Sgt. Doris A. 
Quigley, USMC-W, C102 Nebraska Hall, 
Arlington Farms, Arlington, Virginia, 
upon her promotion from Cpl.J Miss 
Quigley formerly worked in the Office of 
the Trustees. 


A meeting was held in the Lecture Hall 
of the Central Library on Wednesday, 
November 9th, at which time the Quarter 
Century Club was reorganized, Officers 
xvere elected, and plans for the future 
were outlined. Officers elected were: 
Mr George W. Gallagher, Binding Depart- 
ment, President; Miss Bessie L. Doherty, 
Branch Issue Department, Secretary; Mr 
Robert F. Dixon, Shipping Department, 

A dinner and reception to the Trustees 
of the Library is planned for sometime 
during January 1950. 

All members of the staff who are eligi- 
ble for membership should contact Miss 
Doherty, Secretary, or Mr Dixon, Treasur- 


The President, for the Executive Board, 
has only one line of thought these days — 
a large banner-size "Thank You-." 

To Mrs Sarah W. Flannery, Chairman of 
the 19U9 In-Service-Training Committee, 
and her able committee goes the sincere 
thanks not only of the Executive Board 
but of the entire Association. The 
Institute reflected a high degree of ef- 
ficiency not only on the part of the com- 
mittee but also those who gave so freely 
of their services in the carrying out of 
the various phases of the program. One 
and all worked hard and a fine spirit of 
cooperation was evident -on all sides. 
Everyone, even those who supported the 
Institute by their oresence, should feel 
very gratified at the unqualified success 
of this Institute which equalled in many 
ways the excellence of its predecessor, 
the 19U8 Staff Institute. To one and all 
who in any way helped toward this success 
the Executive Board extends sincere thanks. 

It is fortunate that gratitude is un- 
limited, for much is needed to extend to 
those responsible for the success of the 
reception for Mr Milton E. Lord, newly 
elected President of the A.L.A. Inevita- 
bly the major responsibility for this so- 
cial activity fell on Miss Margaret A. 
Calnan, Chairman of the Entertainment Com- 
mittee. Miss Calnan was aided by her very 
efficient entertainment committee and by 
several special committees appointed to 
serve as auxiliary aids. All gave freely 
of their time and effort, and the result 
was a reception which reflected great 
credit on the committees in charge. Work- 
ing with Miss Calnan was the program com- 
mittee headed by Mrs Geraldine Altman. 
The fine program was indeed a credit to 
those who were responsible for its ar- 
rangement. The Executive Board would like 
to express its thanks to everyone individ- 
ually who helped in this project in any 
way. However, space permits us to mention, 
in addition to the committees, only those 
who prepared the printed matter — Mr 
Arthur W. Heintzelman, who designed the 
programs; Mr William B. Gallagher and his 
staff, who printed the invitations and 
programs; Mr James P. Mooers and his staff, 
who assembled them. Special thanks is due 
the artists who gave so generously of 
their talents. The trio — Miss Mary 
Golden; Miss Marion Abbot and Miss 
Winifred Root — played with finesse and 


ability. Mr Paul Tibbetts, accompanied 
by Mr Richard Appel, won the admiration 
of everyone by his outstanding vocal a- 
bility. The Executive Committee is both 
proud and grateful to have found such 
talent among staff members. Our sincere 
thanks go to one and all who performed 
with such a high degree of excellence. 
Probably most of all we should thank the 
many who braved the bad weather to pay 
tribute to the man who has recently as- 
sumed the high office of President of the 
national organization — The American 
Library Association. The best wishes of 
the Association are extended to Mr Lord 
as he assumes this great responsibility. 


The President and the Executive Board 
extend to all staff members the greetings 
of the season. May you one and all have 
a very happy Christmas and may the New 
Year bring to you only the better things 
of life. 

At the business meeting of the Associa- 
tion held in the Lecture Hall on November 
twenty-fourth, it was voted that the As- 
sociation should assume responsibility 
for setting up and operating a Staff 
Canteen, on an experimental basis. It 
was the feeling of the members that the 
Canteen should be operated, not primarily 
to make money for the Association, but 
rather to sell food to staff members at 
just what the concessionaire charges; 
thereby benefiting each individual staff 
member who patronizes the Canteen. What- 
ever profit is made will come from the 
soft drinks machines or other dispensing 
machines which may be installed in the 

The problems involved in setting up 
such a project are many. The Committee 
will need the cooperation of every member 
of the staff. If you have any construc- 
tive suggestions, please offer them. 
They will be more than welcome. If you 
have nothing constructive to offer, please 
withhold comment until such time as the 
Committee has had an opportunity to work 
out its own ideas. 

The Committee is as follows: 

Mr Aaron A. Starr,. Business Office, 

Miss Rita M. Doherty, Book Stack Service 

Mr Charles. J. Gillis, Catalogingrand 
Classification Department, Circulation 

Miss Barbara Gilson, History Department 

Mr Joseph A. Lynch, Book Preparation 

Miss Catherine Robbins, Director's 



In the October 19h9 issue of The 
Question Mark , under PRESIDENT'S NOTES , 
was an announcement that a committee of 
three — representing the Arnavets, The 
Boston Public Library Professional Staff 
Association and the Boston Public Library 
Employees' Benefit Association, Inc., — 
had conferred together concerning the 
"possibility of the three organizations 
joining forces to lay plans for the erec- 
tion of a suitable memorial to those li- 
brary employees who served in World War LT". 
Mr* Leonard J. ITacmillan, for the committee, 
presented the suggestion in writing to 
the Director. The correspondence follows: 

October 10, 19U9 

Dear Mr Lord, 

It was recently proposed by a member of 
the Professional Staff Association, that 
the staff erect a memorial to the members 
who served in World War II to complement 
the one dedicated to those who served in 
the First World War. 

Consequently, on October Uth, Miss Peck, 
acting in her capacity as President of 
the Professional Staff Association, Miss 
Goldstein, as President of the Employees' 
Benefit Association, and I as Commander 
of the Arnavets held a meeting to consid- 
er preliminary procedures. At this meet- 
ing it was decided that any campaign to 
erect such a memorial, must be a joint 
operation with the three organizations 
playing an equal part. Secondly, it was 
agreed that I should initiate the drive 
by informing you of the proposal. 

Therefore, this letter serves a two- 
fold purpose. First, we wish to ask your 
kind permission to inaugurate such a ven- 
ture.. Second, we beg that you favour us 
with any suggestions that you may have as 
to the location of a memorial, providing 
permission to advance our plans is 



We realize that it will be a matter of 
considerable time, even years, to bring 
these plans to fruition, but the present 
officers of all three organizations will 
feel proud if such an enterprise can be 
started during their terms of office. 
Speaking for myself, I am fully in accord 
with the principle involved in such an 
undertaking, and I am particularly pleased 
that the proposal originated in a non- 
veteran's organization rather than in the 
Arnavets. It seems to indicate what the 
reaction of the average staff member 
would be if approached with such a propo- 

The Executive Board of the Professional 
Staff Association asks that I request 
your answer by December 1, 19U9 in order 
that a definite announcement may be made 
in the December issue of the "Question 
Mark" . 

Yours most sincerely, 

(Signed) Leonard J. Macmillan 
Commander, Arnavets. 

11 October 19U9 

Dear Mr Macmillan: 

I have received with much interest 
your memorandum of October 10th. I shall 
be glad to have consideration given to 
the interesting proposal which is there 
set forth concerning the possibility of 
there being erected in the Library by 
members of the Library staff a memorial 
to those members who have served in 
World War II, this being a complement to 
the one to those who served in World 
War I. This is a very interesting pos- 
sibility which will receive cordial con- 

I note that the Executive Board of the 
Professional Staff Association has re- 
quested further word in the matter in 
season for an announcement to be made in 
the December issue of the Question Mark . 

Yours sincerely, 

(Signed) Milton E. Lord 


P.S. This seems to be a happy develop- 
ment in that any campaign in support 

of such an activity might well be a joint 
operation of the Arnavets, the Boston 
Public Library Professional Staff Associa- 
tion and Boston Public Library Employees' 
Benefit Association. 


Mr Leonard J. Macmillan 

Commander, Arnavets 

Copy to: Miss Edna G. Peck 

Miss Fanny Goldstein 

13 December 19U9 

Dear Mr Macmillan: 

A while back you wrote to me concerning 
the possibility of there being erected in 
the Library by the members of the library 
staff a memorial to those individuals who 
served in World War II as a complement to 
the one to those who served in World War I. 

It would seem to be thoroughly appropri- 
ate for such a proposal to be carried 
through. Of course, its design would 
have to have the approval of the Trustees 
of the Library, and also that of the Art 
Commission of the City of Boston. I am 
sure that this could be worked out with- 
out undue difficulty, however. Presumably 
the location could be the north wall of 
the courtyard of the Central Library 
building in an appropriate place to the 
west of the existing memorial tablet for 
those who served in World War I e 

If you and your associates wish to pro- 
ceed along such lines as these mentioned 
above, I shall be glad to see that such 
design as is brought into being is pre- 
sented for approval to the appropriate 

What you and your associates have in 
mind is a very desirable development in 
every way. 

Yours sincerely, 

(Signed) Milton E. Lord 


Mr Leonard J. Macmillan 

Commander, Arnavets 

Copy to: Miss Edna G. Peck 

Miss Fanny Goldstein 



The Institute, presented on November 17 
and 18 by B.P.L.P".S.A. , on "Current 
Attitudes Underlying Recent Writing on 
Man and the World in Which He Lives" was 
a great success, at least from the point 
of view of the caliber of the speakers 
who were present, and from the interest 
their remarks aroused in those who at- 
tended. The average attendance at the 
meetings was about a hundred. A new de- 
parture in this year's Institute was that 
instead of discussing principles, philos- 
ophies or techniques of Library practice 
per se, an approach was made to the sub- 
ject fields of the books with which we 
deal as librarians. It was felt that 
this would give the staff something they 
do not usually get through other of their 
professional associations and that thus 
the work done by the other associations 
would not be duplicated. The B.P.L.P.S.A. 
is in a good position to do this sort of 
thing, representing as it does the staff 
of a large library with interests in many 

The content of the books with which we 
deal is of interest to all of us, whether 
cataloguers, reference assistants, branch 
librarians or children's librarians .» It 
is manifestly impossible to keep up in 
all fields of knowledge and the birds-eye 
view of the many important fields which 
the Institute provided was something 
which held some interest for nearly all 
of us. 



World shows high regard for our informa - 
tion libraries . Library Journal, 
October 15, 19h9. 

"A State Department exclusive which 
tells how librarians and literature aid 
foreign millions who seek aid." 

The Library's part in the communicative 
arts . Franklin Dunham, Chief of Radio, 
U. S. Office of Education. Library 
Journal, December 1, 19U9- 
Discusses the library's responsibility 
to act as the major distributer, of 
books and audio- visual materials. 

New York State refines regional plan . 
Warren W. Coxe, State Division of Re- 
search, Albany, N. Y. Library Journal, 
December 1, 19U9- 

"This official believes basic princi- 
ple has been found for improving public 
library structure through state aid." 





DON'T use fancy papers or string unless 
covered by heavy wrappings. Wrap it for 
safety and not for sight. 

DON'T ask for it-cent stamps for un- 
sealed Christmas cards at your Postoffice — 
present third-class rate is two cents. 

DON'T neglect having a book of stamps 
on your person or in your purse so that 
you will not have to stand in line to 
purchase a single stamp frequently. 


DO place a duplicate address inside 
each package for additional protection. 

DO write mail and return address in 
ink — not pencil. 

DO be sure the address is complete, in- 
cluding name, street and number, anart- 
ment if known, city, zone and state. 

DO insure or register all parcels, val- 
uable papers or letters. 

DO use air mail to the fullest extent 
where distance is great. 

DO use first-class mail to assure for- 
warding or return of all letters and 

DO bring your parcels to the postoffice- 
in the morning so as to avoid the heavy 
business mailings in the evening. 

DO use special handling or special de- 
livery on all fragile gifts and those 
which warrant special attention and de- 

DO use plenty of heavy paper and 
strong cord on parcels. 




New Exhibition Cases 

The four new glass exhibition cases 
which we've been expecting arrived last 
week and are now in place in the four 
niches in the front lobby of the Central 
Library. The cases, which are dust- 
proof, are framed in a beautiful rich 
bronze, have three generous sized shelves 
of heavy glass and are lighted by means 
of concealed cold cathode tubes. They 
will certainly set off our exhibits to 
great advantage. 

New Electric Self-regulating Clock System 

There has recently been installed in 
the Central Library building an Inter- 
national Business Machines Electric Clock 
System featuring an Electronic self- 
regulator. The system has an accurate 
Master Time Control as director of the 
system. Once each hour, I.B.M. clocks 
which are plugged into any electric out- 
let will automatically be corrected to 
the exact second. When completely in- 
stalled through the building, this spe- 
cial clock system will assure a uniform 
recording of the correct time. At pres- 
ent only the Courtyard Clock has been con- 
verted from mechanical to electric mech- 
anism and is now recording accurate time. 
As soon as funds permit, additional 
clocks will be installed or converted to 
this system. 


Mrs Ada A. Andelman and the branch li- 
brarians were the hostesses at an inform- 
al coffee party in the women's lounge 
following the branch librarians ' meeting 
on Wednesday morning, December 7,- 19U9* 
About fifty staff members enjoyed the 
opportunity to have a friendly chat while 
balancing a coffee cup in one hand and a 
couple of doughnuts in the other.- One of 
the most pleasant features of the occa- 
sion was the opportunity to welcome some 
of our retired co-workers, Miss Edith 
Guerrier, Supervisor of Branch Libraries, 
Emeritus , Miss Mary E. Ames, Branch 
Librarian, Emeritus (Fellowes Athenaeum 

Branch Library) ; Mrs Edith H. Bailey, 
Branch Librarian, Emeritus (Phillips 
Brooks Branch Library) . The consensus of 
opinion is that these informal gatherings 
are very pleasant and should happen more 


On Wednesday morning, December lli, fol- 
lowing their monthly meeting the Chil- 
dren's Librarians were hostesses at a 
similar function. Although the group was 
not as large as in the previous week), 
the same festive spirit pervaded the 
women ' s lounge . 



In the second week of its three-week 
celebration of Book Week, a poster con- 
test was held in the Children's Room, 
Children in the neighborhood from grades 
three to eight were invited to submit 
posters based on the theme of Book Week 
,T Make Friends with Books". On Monday, 
November 21, 79 posters were on display 
and ready for their judges, who were to 
be the boys and girls who came to the 
Library throughout the week. No names of 
"artists" were in sight and each poster 
could be identified only by the number 
which was assigned to it. Each voter had 
four votes — one for the best poster in 
each of the following groups — * fifth 
grade,- sixth grade, and Junior High 
School. Each ballot had to be signed — 
repeaters beware J A padlocked ballot box 
was provided and the elections were on.- 
By Monday morning of the following week 
the results were known and blue ribbons 
were attached to the prize-winning post- 
ers.. On the following evening, November 
29,- an Open House for the parents of the 
children who had submitted posters was 
held. The response was overwhelming and 
the Children's Room was bursting at the 
seams as more and more proud parents came 
through its doors. Posters were viewed 
and exclaimed over by parents and friends, 
displays of new books and Newbery and 
Caldecott medal books were examined, and 
book lists were distributed. The Chil- 
dren's Librarian, Miss Evelyn Levy, gave 
■i!--third and fourth grades, 


a short talk and Miss Elizabeth M. Gordon, 
Deputy Supervisor in Charge of Work with 
Children, after an informal talk, awarded 
the four prizes — books, of course. 

The evening ended with conversation, 
cider, and cookies. 


Today the Branch will be the scene of a 
gay Christmas party when the Jamaica 
Plain Women's Club presents its fourth 
annual Christmas party for the children 
of the district. It is expected that two 
hundred boys and girls will attend the 
party, which will feature movies, carol 
singing, and even Santa Claus himself. 
Santa will arrive with a gift and a bag 
of candy for each child, providing a fit- 
ting climax to an afternoon which it is 
hoped every child will enjoy. 

Jamaica Plain 

History in the making is the caption of 
a poster which calls attention to a dis- 
play of historical novels. Since Ameri- 
can history is an intriguing subject and 
since the public has always enjoyed 
reading history in the form of a good 
novel, the circulation of these books has 
been gratifying. 

North End 

The Staff held its annual Christmas 
party on Thursday, December 8, so that 
Miss Tyyne Saari could attend. Two days 
later, Miss Saari left to spend the holi- 
days in Florida. She and her family are 
planning a celebration for her father's 
75th birthday. 

Parker Hill 

Christmas Week activities will start on 
Friday, December 17, with a Christmas 
Story Hour and "Brunch" for Miss Hagerty 
and the Special Class of the Martin 
School. After refreshments have been 
served, individual guests will entertain 
with holiday songs and recitations. The 
program will conclude with carol singing 
by guests and staff, and the awarding of 
a gift book to Miss Hagerty for the class. 

On Monday, December 19, the film show- 
ing for children at h p.m. will include: 
Christmas rhapsody ; Little Child ; 
Children of Holland ; Mother Goose stories. 
At 7:30 p.m. the adult film program will 
feature: Pearl of the Orient ; Peonle of 
Hawaii; Wings to Hawaii. 

Christmas carols will be sung by the 
Boys' Choir of the Mission Church in the 
Lecture Hall, on Tuesday evening, December 
20, at 8 o'clock. The program, under the 
direction of Mr Rodolphe E.« Pepin, Mission 
Church organist, will be open to the pub- 

Mrs Phyllis Barclay, former Children's 
Librarian in the Boston Public Library, 
will be the storyteller at the Christmas 
Story Hour on Wednesday, December 21, at 
U:l5 P»m. Children in grades 3-6 will be 
invited to attend. 

Teachers and pupils of the Thomas Dwight 
School will present their Christmas pro- 
gram in the Lecture Hall on Thursday morn- 
ing, December 22, at 10 o'clock. The in- 
vited guests will be the parents of the 

The annual staff Christmas luncheon on 
Friday, December 23, will wind up 
Christmas Week festivities. 

Phillips Brooks 

A community group in Readville met at 
the Branch Library on Monday evening, 
November 28, to hear Miss Patience Bowen, 
a long-time neighbor, give a most delight- 
ful account of her recent trip to Europe. 
Miss Bowen, who has spoken here before 
about her earlier travels, pleased this 
group with a vivid picture of Ireland's 
scenic beauty and historic interests. She 
will, by request, return in January to 
continue the account of her trip, covering 
this time her travel in England and France. 

West End 

The Branch Library has been very busy 
this past month planning and holding pro- 
grams in celebration of Jewish Book Month. 

Mr Yudel Mark, eminent Yiddish scholar 
and educational consultant for Jewish 
schools in New York, spoke at a Yiddish 
program held at the Mattapan Branch Li- 
brary on Sunday evening, November 27. 

On Sunday evening, December k, Miss 
Marie Syrkin, author of BLESSED IS THE 
MATCH, was the principal speaker at a pro- 
gram held in the Lecture Hall of the 
Central Library. Dr Harry Savitz spoke on 
The musical portion of the program con- 
sisted of songs by Mrs Ernest Roussos, 
accompanied on the cello by Miss Mildred 
Kravitz, both members of the staff of the 
West End Branch Library, with Mrs Hyman 
Shrier at the piano. 


Mr Charles Angoff , author, of Y/HEN I WAS 
A BOY IN BOSTON, was honored at a recep- 
tion and tea at the West End Branch Li- 
brary on Saturday evening, December 10. 
Mr Angoff, a former resident of West End, 
was representative of the many Jewish 
authors of yesterday and today who were 
among the distinguished guests attending 
the event. Mr Charles Angoff was inter- 
viewed by Miss Fanny Goldstein on Station 
MAC on Wednesday afternoon, December Ik. 
at U:15 p.m. on THE IMPACT OF THE JEWISH* 

A radio symposium, SOME GREAT JEWISH 
CLASSICS, will be aired over WNAC on 
Saturday afternoon December 17 at U:30p.m, 
The distinguished members of the round- 
table will be Rabbi Abraham J. Klausner 
of Temple Israel, Boston, Rabbi Judah 
Nadich of Temple Kehillath Israel, 
Brookline, and Rabbi Dudley Weinberg of 
Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline. Miss 
Goldstein will act as moderator. 

West End will hold its annual goodwill 
Hanukah-Christmas party this evening at 
the branch library. 



Mr and Mrs William Javelin entertained 
twenty-six members of the Open Sheld De- 
partment, including husbands and fiances, 
at their home on the evening of November 
11. Mr Paul Delahanty, part-time assist- 
ant, delighted the group with his feats 
of magic, and the Javelins showed color 
slides of their last summer's trip to 
Williamsburg, Charleston, New Orleans, 
and points en route. 



Asch, Sholem 


New York, Putnam, 19k9 
Brady, Leo 

The edge of doom 

New York, Dutton, 191+9 
Chase, Mary Ellen 

Plum tree 

New York, Macmillan, 191+9 

Frankau, Pamela 

Willow cabin 

New York, Harcourt, 191+9 
Gallico, Paul 

The lonely 

New York, Knopf, 191+9 
Green, Henry 


B., jr. 


New York, 
Guthrie, A. 

Way west 

New York, Sloane, 191+9 
Lampell, Millard 

The hero 

New York, J. Messner, 191+9 
Ogilvie, Elizabeth 

Rowan Head 

New York, Whittlesey, 191+9 
O'Neal, Charles 

The three wishes of Jamie McRuin 

New York, J. Messner, 191+9 
Peters, Arthur A. 

The world next door 

New York, Farrar, Straus, 191+9 
Sinclair, Upton 

shepherd, speakl 

New York, Viking, 191+9 
Stone, Irving 

Passionate journey 

New York, Doubleday, 191+9 
Upson, William 

"Hello, Mr Henderson" 

New York, Rinehart, 191+9 
Welty, Eudora 

Golden apples 

New York, Harcourt, 191+9 
Wilkins , Vaughan 

Once upon a time 

New York, Macmillan, 191+9 


The Association of American Library 

Directory 2nd. ed. , 191+8 

Seattle, Univ. of Washington, 191+9 
Benchley, Robert 

Chips off the old Benchley 

New York, Harper, 191+9 
Brown, John Mason 

Morning faces 

New York, Whittlesey, 191+9 
Gunther, John 

Behind the curtain 

New York, Harper, 191+9 


Hottes, Alfred C. 

Flower garden for the amateur 

Forest Park, 111., Midland Publishers, 

Leighton, Isabel, ed. 

The aspirin age 

New York, Simon & Schuster, 19h9 
Mauldin, Bill 

Sort of a saga 

New York, Sloane, 1°U9 
Rogers, Will 


Boston, Houghton, 19U9 
Roosevelt, Eleanor 

This I remember 

New York, Harper, 19h9 
Smith, Lillian E. 

Killers of the dream 

New York, Norton, 19h9 
Steegmuller, Francis 

Maupassant: a lion in the path 

New York, Random, 19U9 
Toombs, Alfred 

Raising a riot 

New York, Crowell, 19U9 
Tully, Grace G. 

F.D.R., my boss 

New York, Scribner, 19U9 
7/aldron, Gloria 

The information film; a report of the 

Public Library Inquiry 

New York, Columbia Univ. Press, 19U9 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

There are questions in the minds of 
some members of the staff about State 
Certification of Librarians, e. g. : 

1) Is it advisable for Boston Public 
Library staff members to apply for 
State certification? 

2) Is a State Certificate of value only 
to those who plan to seek library em- 
ployment outside of the Boston Public 

3) What value does the certificate have to 
justify its fee? 

h) Will a State Certificate of Librarian- 
ship be a prerequisite in the Boston 
Public Library for appointment or pro- 
motion in the future? 

5) Why is the position held on August 19U8 
considered the basis for application? 

6) Why is July 19^0 the deadline for ap- 
plying without examination? 

May we have some authoritative informa- 
tion that will clear the air I 

Sincerely yours, 
(G. S. H.) 

The Publications Committee hopes that 
these questions may be answered at the 
Officer Meeting on December 15. If they 
'are not, it will attempt to have answers 
appear in the January issue. 

To the Soap Box: 

Remember the old Library Life ? That 
was printed and bound. Why should not 
The Question Mark , gaining stature with 
every issue, be accorded an equal courte- 

Library Life makes fascinating reading, 
as well as preserving a valuable record 
of staff activities. Maybe fifty years 
hence the staff might like to know what 
was going on way back there at the middle 
of the century. Our Question Mark in its 
present format will never last fifty 
years. What can we do about it? Some- 
thing, surely! 




To the Soap Box: 

In the October 19h9 issue of The 
Question Mark the "Soap Box" carried an 
article on the poor lighting conditions 
of the service stairway connecting stacks 
four and five in the annex. The day fol- 
lowing the publication of The Question 
Mark this stairway was equipped with new 
lights and the stairs were properly 
marked. It would be nice if The Question 
Mark could claim credit for this much 
needed improvement. However, this cannot 
be. Even the B.P.L. electricians, speedy 
as they are, could never have completed 
that job in two hours I The work was evi- 
dently planned and completed between the 


time the letter was submitted and The 
Question Mark published. To the Division 
of Business Operations goes the credit. 
Who was responsible for having the work 
done is, in the long run, immaterial. 
The fact that it is done is what counts. 
•The writer of the letter to the "Soap Box" 
wishes to say to those responsible, 
"Thank you for anticipating my comments." 


Dear Editor: 

A great deal of the Christmas mail that 
circulates through the building is strict- 
ly intra-mural . This generally causes 
heavy loads not only on the U, S. Post- 
office, but also on the Records, Files, 
and Statistics Office here in Central. 
This year there is the additional consid- 
eration of an increase in mail rates. 

Therefore, may I suggest that the As- 
sociation play Postoffice this year? A 
large box could be set up in the Staff 
Library some days prior to Christmas for 
the reception of staff mail. Then sever- 
al volunteer postmen could sort and de- 
liver the mail to the separate depart- 
ments. Incidentally, branch people who 
wished to send cards to friends in 
Central might also make use of the serv- 

I might add in closing that this idea 
originated with the bashful Mr Andrews of 
the Branch Issue Department, but since he 
was too shy to appear in print, I have 
been persuaded to act as amanuensis. 

Yours , 
(signed) Eamon McDonouth 
General Reference Department 


To the Soap Box: 

Among the recent announcements of va- 
cancies to be filled is one of compelling 
interest — Deputy Supervisor in the 
Reference Division — inasmuch as the re- 
quirements have been changed since the 
vacancy was announced 19 May 19U8 and not 
filled. At that time the first paragraph 

"The passing of the requisite Promotion- 
al Examinations for any Department in the 
Reference Division." 

The revised version omits this qualifica- 
tion by examination only, thus eliminating 

persons who may have passed examinations 
in the Reference Division while working 
in the Circulation Division, to prepare 
themselves for promotion in either Divi- 

The baffling question is why the posi- 
tion is restricted to members of the 
Reference Division (and there, Kirstein 
Business Branch is excluded!). This 
would seem to be discriminating against 
a portion of the staff, among whom it is 
very possible that there may be some who 
have satisfactory personalities, superior 
educational backgrounds, adequate knowl- 
edge of the Central Library building and 
of reference tools, an intelligence capa- 
ble of learning the contents of our spe- 
cial collections and other information 
pertinent to the position, years of ex- 
perience in working directly with the 
public, and judgment sound enough to cope 
with emergencies. — - in addition to hav- 
ing passed the necessary examinations. 

Obviously, if, as is allowed in an al- 
ternate qualification, a person holding a 
pertinent position outside the Boston 
Public Library and possessing knowledge 
of the field were chosen for the position, 
he would not only have to learn about our 
special collections, but would also have 
to familiarize himself with the building, 
learn our rules and acquaint himself with 
our personnel — and would not have passed 
our examinations. 

It can be recalled by all that not too 
many years ago a chief of a reference de- 
partment was promoted to an important 
supervisory position in the Library Sys- 
tem — an entirely different field from 
that in which she was working. Was hers 
a special case, or should all other staff 
members be given similar opportunities 
for advancement? 



The Members of the Publications Commit- 
tee wish for all members of the staff of 
the Boston Public Library a Blessed 
Holiday Season! 


/edn 26 da u . nft c moon • 
DECEMBER -21- 1949 

''vf/ "V 




in the 

WovnmA Lounqe 

for the Central Library Staff 

Helen Schubarth, Chairman 

Barbara P. Cotter 
Mary F. Daley 
William DiRosario 
Eleanora V. Fiorio 
Barbara Gils on 

Julia M. Manning 
Lucy M. Manzi 
Ruth V. Marshall 

Francis G, Myers 
Annette L. Sherman 
Mildred R. Somes 
Gertrude Stuhl 
Elizabeth G. Todd 

7 December 19h9 



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