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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRAKY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Putlished by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Assoc:" aticn 
Vc luire VITI, Number 1 JanuarvJ,95l^ 



Piiblications Committee: Barbara P. Cotter, George M„ Pahud, Sarah Richman, Aura G. 

Watson, Edna G, Peck, Chairman 



P ublir:ation date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material - 

The tenth of each month 

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A REMINDER 

BPLPSA Acnual Meeting, January 23. 
Polls open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m» 



PERSONAL NOTES 



New Employees 



Mary B, Clarke, Book Stack Service. 

Mrs Mary E. Cooney, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics. 

Mts Grace H. Gonzalez, General Reference, 

Patricia 0. Leonard, Open Shelf. 

Daniel J. Koury, Music, formerly part- 
time, 

Charles Meehan, Teachers, formerly part- 
time in Open Shelf. 

Transfers 



r- ?ITQR'S COR.NER 

With this issue of The Question Mark 
the present Publications Committee com- 
pletes its year of service to the Asso- 
ciation. Irurixig the year there have been 
published twelve issues of The Question 
Mark. As individual committee members 
weT-ave appreciated the opportunity our 
work has afforded for us to meet together, 
to exchan^je ideas, and to become better 
acquainted. 

In our work as a committee we have en- 
deavored to present for your criticism, 
information, and enjoynient all profes- 
sional and social events pertinent to the 
library staff. We have not even hoped to 
achieve the impossible ideal of pleasing 
all of the people all of the time, but 
we have tried to "^e objective in our edi- 
torials and inclusive in our news items. 
What we have failed to do has not been 
with intent; what vie have done has been 
accomplished through the cooperation ef 
staff members who have provided us with 
articles, items, and ideas. In the final 
analysis it miust be recognized that the 
Publications Committee plays but a minor 
r«le in the continued well-being of The 
Questi'<n Mark . The unending task of 
mimeographing, assembling, and distribu- 
ting the publication is done by the Office „ „ won t ^ x- o*-^-^ 
of Records, Files, Statistics. To the ^ ^^ ^ary M. Scanlon, Information Office, 
staff of that office the Association owes "'^° ,1® ^!} Texas. , „, ^ i 

a deep debt of gratitude. The Publica- ^ ^^^^J^^ J- .^^^^^^^ Science and Technology 
tions Committee at this time would like to^^^partment, to accept a position with the 
say a public "Thank You" to them and t. National Company, Engineers and Manufac- 
all staff members who through the past 
have given so generously •£ their time and 
talents to keep The Question Mark abreast 
of the times. 

With all good wishes from the c«ntimued 
vitality of our periodical! 



Mrs Harriet F, Heath, from East Boston 
to Open Shelf. 

Hope B. Brown, from Open Shelf to Adams 
Street . 

Rita Doherty, from Book Stack Service to 
Book Preparation. 

Resignations 



THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



turers, Maiden, Mass. 

Catherine H. Evans, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication Department, Division of Reference 
and Research Services, to work in 
Washington, 

Claire C, Spellman, Cataloging and Classi 
fication Department, Bi vision of RefereiKie 
and Research Services, to work in 
Washington, 

Ruth J. DuCliarne, Trus-bees Office, to 
accept another posit.ion. 



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STORK EVENTS 

Mr and Mrs Wallace Herrington announce 
the birth of a son on January I;, 1953 > 
Kenneth Charles. Young Kenneth weighed 
7 lb. 7 oz. at birth, Mrs Herrington 
(ifeiry Lyons) was formerly an assistant in 
the Information Office. 

ENGAGEMENTS 



The engagement of Marion Siraco, Charles- ■£, Nagle and Mrs Frances Kelley, former 



town Branch, to Frank Dubrowski of Dor- 
chester, was announced recently. 

Announcement has been made of the en- 
gagement of Nancy C, Stipurko, Mattapan 
Branch, to William J, Kiernan of West 
Roxbury. Mr Kiernan is a senior at Holy 
Cross, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Holy 
Cross Purple , the college literary 
magazine. 

ITILSON - VENEZIA liffiDDING 



At 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 10, 
Patricia Wilson, Book Preparation L«part- 
ment, became the bride of Michael J, 
Venezia of South Boston at St. Iifatthews 
Church in Dorchester. The bride wore a 
full-length white lace gown and a lace cap 
trimmed with pearls with a finger-tip veil. 
She carried a white prayer book with white 
camellias and streamers of white sweet 
peas. A. Gertrude Barry of the Personnel 
Office, the maid of honor, wore a Nile 
green marquisette net gown and hat and 
carried a prayer book vvlth pink variegated 
camillias with streamers of pink sweet 
peas. 

After the reception, which was held at 
the Furnace Brook Country Club in Wollas- 
ton, t^e couple left for a wedding trip 
to New York City. Mr and Mrs Venezia will 
make their home in Dorchester. Mr Veneziaj 
who is in the Navy, is on a Military Leave | Hackett . 
of Absence from the General Reference 
Department. 



THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

One of the first of the pre-Christmas 
parties took place on December l5, when 
Mrs Edith S. Trocki, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, who has been Correspond- 
ing Secretary of the BPLPSA for two years, 
was guest of honor at a luncheon at the 
Town Room, Sheraton Plaza Hotel. The staff 
of her office was joined by friends from 
other parts of the Library and by Mrs Paul 



staff members. The warm good wishes of 
the group were extended to Mrs Trocki ver- 
bally, as well as tangibly in the form of 
personal gifts. She left on leave of . ' 
absence the next day, 

S.M.U. 



Fifty friends of Katherine J, Gorham 
gathered in the Monaco Room of the Hotel 
Lei ox on December l6 to surprise Miss 
Gorham who thought she was to attend a 
threesome birthday luncheon. She received 
with admirable poise and graciousness the 
well wishes of her friends Qn her approach- 
ing retirement at the end of the year. 
The guest of honor was presented with a 
black suede handbag and a sum of money. 

Miss Gorham has been a member of the 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Division of Reference and Research Services 
for .over fifty years. Her entire service 
in the Library has been spent in the same 
department. An expert in the field of 
classification. Miss Gorham has partici- . 
patgd in the development of the Library's 
own Shurtleff classification and in the,, 
change-over to the Library of Congress 
classification. 

The highly successful luncheon was ar- 
ranged by a departmental committee con- 
sisting of May L, Crosby, Esther Lissner, 
Palmira Piciulo, Harry C. Fletcher, Mrs 
Elizabeth R. Dalton, Mrs Jfercella G. _. 
McQonville, and the chairrran, Alice E. 

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BEST VnSHES FOR' A SPEF-'-Y RECOVERY 



TO 



Marion C. Kingman, Branch Librarian, 
South End, 63 Perrin Street, Roxbury 19. 

Mary E, Connor, Assistant, Brighton, 
Ull Washington Street, Brookline I46, 



Ellen G, McGrath came to the B.P.L. as 
a military substitute in April 19hh work- 
ings in , the Cataloging and Classification 
Department, Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services. Yfhen her time expired 
she left, only t^j find herself missing 
friends made here. So, she returned, and 
worked for a short time in the Branch 
Issue Department and at the West End Branch 
Library 



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In October 19h^ the Information Office 
was fortunate in stimulating her interest 
in work at the information desk just 
enough to have her "give it a try." It 
seems redundant to say that Miss McGrath 
did stay and that she graced the position 
It is impossible to judge how many friends 
she mads of members of the staff and the 
public. 

Vfe in the Information Office literally 
hated to have her go. We have had fun 
together. The members of the public be- 
moan the fact that she had gone. Members 
of the entire Library staff ask for her 
constantly and tell us they miss her. 
All will be glad to know that Miss McGrath 
will return to Boston after a short vaca- 
tion, and it is sincerely hoped that she 
will be a frequent visitor at the Library. 

The orchid corsage and the bouquet of 
red roses which were given to Miss McGrath 
on December Id, the day she was guest of 
honor at a luncheon at Joseph's, have 
long since tTithered, The good wishes 
for her happiness will live forever. 



E.B.B. 



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On Monday evening, December 29, Patricia 
Wilson, Book Preparation Department, was 
given a surprise bridal shower at her 
home. The bride-to-be received many beau- 
tiful and useful gifts for her new home 
from her relatives and friends. Dainty 
little cream puff sandwiches and fancy 
cookies and cakes were served. The din- 
ing room was decorated in pink and white 
with green and white favors. A doll which 
Miss Wilson had as a child was dressed as 
a bride and used as a center-piece. 



Mrs Sara Lyon, Branch Librarian, Hyde 
Park Branch Library, who retires at the 
end of this month, was guest of honor at 
a luncheon at the Hotel Lenox on Wednes- 
day, January 7, In the Monaco Room, fes- 
tive with gaily decorated tables, were 
son© fifty of Mrs Lybn's friends who 
gathered for this special occasion, 

John J. Connolly was distinguished for 
his courage in being the only male present. 
Edith Guerrier, Supervisor Emeritus, and 
Branch Librarians Emeriti, Mo Florence 
Cufflin, Katherine S, Regan, Elizabeth P. 
Ross, Mary M. Sullivan, Rebecca E. Willis, 
and I'jirs Margaret C, Donaghue returned to 
celebrate with the group of Branch Librari 



ans, Chiefs of Departments, and Supervi- 
sors paying tribute to Mrs Lyon. The 
presentation by Mrs Ada A. Andelman of a 
Florentine wallet, containing money for a 
gift of litrs Lyon's own choice, highlighted 
the happy reunion and farewell. 

Mrs Lyon's vivacity, youthful appear- 
ance, and range of interests belie retire- 
ment for many years to come; thus, once 
again, reminding us that years are no in- 
dication of the cessation of activity, A 
life already crammed with countless serv- 
ices and friendships can only go on in the 
futxire to years quite as satisfying and as 
rewarding. 

The patrons of Hyde Park Branch Library 
who have come to know and appreciate Mrs 
Lyon for her tremendous vitality, intel- 
lectual curiosity, and her enjoyment of 
the people she served so well, will feel 
a definite loss as she goes on to the years 
of leis\ire ahead which will now allow a 
closer association with her daughters and 
grandchildren, Bon Voyage, Mrs Lyon, and 
many, many years in which to enjoy all the 
pleasures and interesting experiences pos- 
sible through yo\ir new-found freedom. 

M.K.H. 

Q. M.'S FIRST EDITOR VISITING USA 

Honor McCusker, who resigned as Curator 
of English Literature on the staff of the 
Rare Book Department on September 8, 19li7, 
returned to the United States in December 
for a t\Yo-months ' leave before re-assign- 
ment to her new post as head of the United 
States Information Service Library at New 
Delhi, India. Miss McCusker has been head 
of the U.S.I.S. Library in The Hague for 
two years and more recently of the U.S.I.S. 
Library in Rome, which tour of duty she has 
just completed. She virill be remembered as 
one of the founding mothers and first edi- 
tor of The Question Mark. 



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CONGRATULATIONS 

The staff extends congratulations to 
Miss Helen Schubarth, Auditor, virho will 
receive a substantial beq\ip^^ under the 
will of her cousin, the late r.harlfts F.. 
Aldrich, Boston banker, 

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NOTES OF THANKS 



Dear Friends, 



I do want you to know how very 
much I appreciate the cards, notes, and 
flowers I have received from so many of 
you at Central and in the Branch Libraries 
I might say your kindness almost made be- 
ing ill a pleasure 1 

Seriously though, you did a very great 
deal to brighten up some dull December 
days and I do want to thank you. 

Hiy warm wishes for a happy New Year to 
you all. 

Sincerely yours, 

Mary V, Doyle 



To the Publications Committee of The 
Question Mark t 

Our sincere thanks for your 
generous commendation of the efforts of 
the staff of the Exhibits Office. 

We accomplish our work only with the 
fine and continuous cooperation of the 
several Departments as we ask it from 
month to month. An exhibit of the size 
we attempt to plan and mount at the pre- 
sent time is a somewhat intricate process. 
The Christmas exhibit, for example, re- 
quired the aid of the carpenters, the 
painters, the electricians, tho custodians, 
Klary Sands, the Stock Room, the Informa- 
tion Office, Open Shelf Department, Young 
People's Room, Business Office, Branch 
Issue, Fine Arts Department, Music De- 
partment, Rare Book Department, Printing 
Department, Bindery Department, Book Stack 
Service, and even the people in the Coffee 
Shop delayed closing for a few minutes on 
occasions when we worked in the evening. 
Marguerite Connolly of the Director's 
Office should be mentipned particularly, 
for typing "thank you'' letters to those 
friends of the Library who permit us the 
use of their properties, Edith W, Fisher 
of Cambridge has appeared on television 
and is talking to the Never Too Late Group 
along with allowing us to show her crechea 
A.llan R, Crite made eleven block prints as 
a gesture of friendship to the Library 
where, as he terms it, he has spent ha^^py 
years . 

We have forgotten some person and some 
department who have worked vfith us and 



will be ambarrased to discover the ommi- 
sion. However, the next exhibit will stem 
out on a different branch of the tree of 
library life and we will approach it with 
the confidence of kno^/Ving that the members 
of the staff will do a fine, even if un- 
sung, job. Looking back over the three 
years the Exhibits Office has been in ex- 
istence is satisfying and a bit thrilling 
to realize how many times we have been so 
warmly received in the work shops, depart- 
ments and offices of the Library, The 
Science and Technology Department has of- . 
fered us ideas for a dozen different ex- 
hibits, most all of which we shall use 
sometime in the future. We thank you one 
and all and hope that when a larger work 
area has become available to us we may re- 
turn the courtesies to all departments and 
Pranch Libraries. 

The Exhibits Office 

TAKE A BOW 

This month the Publications Committee 
would like to note the exceptionally fine 
job done by the young ladies who served 
on the Christmas Tea Committee, under the 
Chairmanship of Sheila W, Pierce, The 
Women's Lounge vra.s very attractive, the 
mistletoe adroitly placed, the food was 
up to the usual BPL standards, and a gra- 
cious air of gocd fellowship prevaded the 
entire afternoon. Take a bow , young ladie. 
from your fellow employees for a difficult 
task expertly carried out. 

BRANCH LIBRARIAN HONORED 

On Thursday, December 11, the New Eng- 
land Women's Division of the American 
Je\Tish Congress, at a meeting held at the 
Hotel Beaconsfield, Brookline, presented 
a citation to Miss Fanny Goldstein in re- 
cognition of the completion of thirty years 
as Branch Librarian at West End and of her 
outstanding contribution to the promotion 
of Jewish Culture in America. 

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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

On Friday, January 23, 1953 > the annual 
meeting of the B.P.L.P.S.A. will be held. 
At this meeting the reports of the offi- 
cers and committee chairmen will be read 
and discussed. They indicate the accom- 
plishments of the year and show the will- 
ingness of our membership to work for the 
benefit of our Association. As President, 
I Yiant to express my thanks to the Execu- 
tive Board, the chairmen of the various 
committees, and membership who have helpec 
the Association function successfully in 
1952. 

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The Executive Board and the members of 
the Committee on Personnel Morale have 
been meeting with the Director, at his 
invitation, and discussing the report of 
that Committee. The meetings were most 
harmonious and it is hoped will prove 
fruitful. Certainly, better contacts wil] 
be established and more information ex- 
changed, which is according to the latest 
writings on business, the proper way to 
proceed. There is necessarily some need 
for withholding inf orration, but there is 
also need for more exchange of informa- 
tion. Recent magazine articles call at- 
tention to this need. For example, se- 
crecy is called the big crime in Washing- 
ton ( What really Corrupts Washington : 
Secrecy l Look, 5/20/52) and the example 
of the Pitney Bowes Company in laying all 
the cards on the table and answering all 
questions has helped curtail labor trouble 
( Readers' Digest , Sept. 1952). Their motto 
"What People don't know hurts everybody" 
contradicts the old dictum but seems to 
work in that plant. 

The following members of the Association 
have agreed \o serve on the Balloting Com- 
mittee on Friday, January 23, 1953s 

Mrs Barbara Cotter, Chairman, Super- 
visor's Desk, (B^S). 

Walter Bluhm, Periodical and Newspaper. 

Mrs Alice Chisholm, Cataloging and 
Classification, (HR^j:C3). 

Mary Ellis, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, (R&RS). 

Jennie Femino, North End. 

Mary Ann Gelsomino, Cataloging and 
Giccalfif ation, (R/«/RS). 

Lra Colomba Gnesi, Branch Issue. 

Irene Mains, Mt. Bowdoin. 

William F, O'Hara, Book Purchasing 

Mv„ Flora Roussos, West End 

William Scannell, statistical 



If a library girl named Mary Smith mar- 
riee a man named Brown, she may legally 
change her last name, but in the minds of 
her friends she always will be Mary Smith, 
Accordingly, slate of candidates for of- 
fice is given below v^ith maiden names in 
bracketts and departments. 

President ; 

B. Joseph O'Neil, First Assistant, Per- 
iodical and Nt'wspaper 
Frances C, Lepie, Branch Librarian, 
Mt . Bowdoin 
Vice President: 



Mildred Kaufman, Children's Librarian, 

Mattapan 
Mrs Julia (LaRocca) Miller, Bookmobile 

Librarian, Bookmobile II 
Recording Secretary ; 

Duilia Capobianco, Second Assistant, 

East Boston 
Jean L. Eaton, Probationary Assistant, 

Fine Arts 
Corresponding Secretary : 

M. Jane Manthorne, Second Assistant, 

Open Shelf 
Gilda Rossetti, Assistant, Kirstein 

Business Branch 
Treasurer : 



Harry C. Fletcher, Assistant, Cataloging 
and Classification Department, Divi- 
sion of Reference and Research Services 

Mrs Bertha (Schultz) Keswick,' Assistant ;, 
Branch Issue 
Executive Board ; 

Elinor E. Day, Branch Librarian, 
Dorchester 

Nura Globus, First Assistant, West End 

Mrs Rose (Conti) Leavitt, Assistant, 
West Roxbury 

Louis Rains, Assistant, Science and 
Technology 

Sidney Weinberg, Assistant, Science 
and Technology (Patent Room) 



■ The resignation of tlrs Edith S. Trocki 
: created a vacancy in the office of Cor- 
' resDonding Secretary, which has been filled 
'by the appointment of Agnes C. Lucchesi, 
. Office of Records, Files, Statistics. 
' 'tiss Lucchesi, having worked with Mrs 
• Trocki, ia faniliax' with the duties of 
I that office • 

1 G.L.B. 



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GREETINGS FROM FORPER STAFF MEMBERS 

The following letter iS from Berit 
I^rabertsen who spent September 19^0- 
Jime 19^1 as a voluntary worker observ- 
ing the methods of the Boston Public Li- 
brary through arrangements nsde with the 
Vice-librarian of the Bergen (Norway) 
Public Library: 

Bergen, l6/l2-52. 
To the Personnel of the Boston Public 
Library : 

Dear all of you] 

I hope you still remem- 
ber me, even if I haven't written for so 
long, I have been very busy this fall, 
taking some courses in what they in Eng- 
land call political thoughts, and Latin. 
All this in order to study Philology at 
the University in Bergen. Besides I am 
still at the University Library as I 
didn't go to the Library School this year 
either. I may try next year to, ^ every- 
body seems to be sure that they will take 
me in next fall. 

The work here is so interesting. Lately 
I have been working on rare books and manu- 
scripts, and on an index of all publica- 
tions of the Museum of Bergen (now the 
University of Bergen). 

We didn't have much of any summer here 
in Bergen, and nov/ the winter is here, 
with ^ust a few hours day-light» It is 
very distressing and we will all feel 
relieved when the light turns at Christ- 
mas-time, 

Our Christmas-sales don't start before 
December, so it is very hectic the last 
month. The stores are now open till 7 
o'clock in the evening. The streets are 
full of lit-up Christmas trees, it looks 
very lovely. We just sent a big Christ- 
mas tree to Newcastle yesterday, the one 
in London also is a Norwegian one. 

There here has been an awful lot of new 
books published this fall as always. One 
has to be reading all the time to be able 
to keep pace with the writers. Unfortu- 
nately I haven't been able to read much 
fiction lately, for the time being I am 
enjoying Guareschi: The little world of 
Don Camillo, which was translated into 
Norwegian last spring. 

I would like to come over to Boston to 
v/ish you all a merry Christmas, but I have 
to do it by letter instead. 



With my best wishes for the New Year, 
may it bring peace into the world! 

Leva 

Berit Lambertsen 



The following are excerpts from a letter 
I'eceived by Mrs Frances Kelley, formerly 
of the Book Selection Department, Divisioji 
of Home Reading and Community Services, 
from Nancy Dickson Boylan, who before her 
marriage was also a member of that depart- 
ment. According to Mrs Boylan 's observa- 
tions it may be that the 27.8 percent 
noted in the December editorial who left 
"to accept positions elsewhere", - along 
v*rith the 80 percent who left for the same 
reason in this month's listing of resigna- 
tions - may wish they were back within 
the B.P.L. fold, 

...How very nice that you're about to 
become one of those ladies in retire- 
ment! I don't know how B.P.L. will get 
along without your m.emory catalogue of 
books published and citizenry outraged 
annually. . . 

Speaking of outraged citizens, I must 
confess I received a shock last spring 
when I happened to be out on assignment 
for ray current job. Passing a corridor 
in the Vfeldorf where the ALA convention 
was in progress, amidst a display I pounced 
happily on THE QUESTION MARK, Iimgine my 
surprise to find another tea party in pro-f 
gressi Particularly since I've regarded 
myself as in hot water job-wise only since 
I left B.P.L. Sorry, but I can't help 
thinking you've never had it so goodl 

Starting out after college at B.P.L. I 
made the mistake of imagining that employ- 
ment to be typical of libraries throughout 
the country. After my marriage in the 
summer of 1950 and my subsequent first- 
hand look at the library situation else- 
where, I became increasingly grateful for 
the opportunities at B.P.L. For instance, 
in Chicago, although closed shelves neces- 
sitated my directing a library employee in 
her collation search, I wasn't eligible 
for anything but pushing books on wagons 
because I lack a library science degree, 
Boston is an oasis for the liberal arts 
college graduate who earno&t.ly des-ires -bo 
work in the world of books; who often 
can't afford to finance her own further 
study. Your pay was higher than I en- 



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countered elsewhere in libraries; likewise 
your 35 hour week was unique. 

I've got that now, though it's by no 
means standard in the business world. But 
I haven't got B.P.L., and here are a few 
of the reasons why I still miss it, I wa 



The Library had just cause to be proud 
when the Cecilia Society presented Bach's 
B ?1inor Mass at Jordan Hall on Monday eve- 
hired a year ago September and told to re-|ning, January $, 1953i Three staff mem- 



port October first. lily organization, I 



discovered the following summer, was under ally fine musical performance. Paul Tib- 



a union contract to give 2 weeks' vacation 
instead of one only if I'd been there on 
September 15 of the previous year, IVhere 
I work, you have to work 15 years befoi\2 
you get the month's vacation I enjoyed at 
B.P.L. 

No one is allowed to compute his own 
time sheet in my department. He is marked 
in or out by an elderly man whose memory 
frequently deserts him. Corapartmentaliza- 
tion rules out any complaints* I do not 
enjoy a half-day off for Christmas Shop- 
ping nor holidays nearly every month nor 
a host of other exceptions you've come to 
think of as The Rule. 

When I leave for my lunch hour, I have 
in my section of town only the company 
cafeteria for ray choice — one hard 



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DIRECTOR HOLDS IiffiETINGS WITH THE SPECIAL 
COMITTEE ON PERSONNEL MORALE 



boiled egg is 25^. There are nc refrigerafgave outstanding performances, 
tion facilities nor places to hea^ food, 
no place to lie down and rest in a build- 
ing with 5>0G0 employees (other than the 
medical department I ) , Simple courtesies 
such as shelves for purses in the ladies 
rooms are unknown. The organization's 
library contains few worthwhile volumes, 
none current; one writing desk with no 
ink; the room is used during lunch hours 
by the office boys for a jazz session, 

I could say more, much more. But let me 
only say that vfhat shocked me most about 
some of the letters in The Question Mark 



was that they left none of their "causes 
open to question. The epirit of careful 
inquiry desirous of correction had, it 
seemed to the reader nov/ "outside," been 
replaced by passionate personal self- 
defense. And what has always distin- 
guished B.P.L, in my memory has been tne 
esprit de corps, the desire of personnel 
to be of service to the public. To bor- 
row a motto from my Alma Mater, "Not to 
be ministered uxito, but to minister." 
Ifey it ever be so4 

Affectionately, 

Hancy Dickson Boylan 
651 East Ih objeet. 
Apt, 11-D 
New York 9, ^w Ioi-4j 



LIBRARY STAFF MEfffiERS PARTICIPATE 
IN MUSICAL EVENT 



bers took an active part in that exception- 



betts. Cataloging and Classification De- 
partment, Di'^ision of Home Reading and 
Community Services, vras the bass soloist j 
Jean Northrup, Children's Section, Open 
Shelf Department, vras oboe soloist. Miss 
Northrup accompanied vn.th oboe obligate 
one of the arias sung by Jfr Tibbetts. 
George M. Pahud, Music Department^ provided 
a bassoon obligate to another of Mr Tib- 
be tt's arias. 

The Library might even bask in a bit of 
reflected glory in the fact that James 
Pappoutsakis was the flute soloist. He is 
the brother of Michel Pappoutsakis of the 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Division of Reference and Research Services. 

In the overflow audience were several 
staff members. All report that our artists 



It is generally well-known that within 
the last month, the Director has held three 
meetings -kvith the Executive Board and the 
Special Committee on Personnel Morale, 
These meetings were no casual, brief get- 
togethers but long (the first meeting lasted 
over five hours ) , arduous , down-to-earth 
discussions. Such opport\inities for ex- 
change of ideas cannot fail to have a bene- 
ficial effect. It is hoped that this com- 
mittee in conjunction with the Executive 
Board will have a detailed report to present 
to the membership at the annual meeting and 
that this report may be printed in the Febru 
ary issue of The Question Mark in order to 
give all members an opportunity to study it 
thoroughly, 

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VISITORS 

Mrs CouDtancia dc Jesus, Chief, General 
Reference Division, Bui'oaii of Public Li- 
braries, I'fanila. 



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REVISION OF SICK LEAVE 
ABSENCE ANNOUNGET) 



Under date of December 30, 19^2, the Di-bution. 
rector released a notice outlining there- 
vision in the allowances for absence be- 
cause of illness. According to this revi- 
sion, allowances for leaves of short ill- 
nesses will be separate from the allow- 
anoes for vacations. Up to twelve work 
days for short illnesses will be made an- 
nually for all full-time employees who 
have been in the service for six consecu- 
tive months. Leaves of absence for long 
illnesses will remain as previously set. 



VICTORY AT SEAS EXHIBIT OPENS VJITH 
FORMAL CEREMONIES 



books, has been printed through the cour- 
tesy of WBZ and the Headquarters First 
Naval District and is availabe for distri- 



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THE B.P.L. ON RADIO AND TV 



exhibit 
John 
New York 



Brief formal ceremonies marked the oper>- 
ing of the "Victory at Sea" exhibit in the 
Main Lobby of the Central Library, on 
Sunday, January U, at four o 'clocks With 
enlisted men standing at attention at the 
foot of the main staircase, the Director 
of the Library and the Commandant of the 
First Naval District, in turn extended 
the greetings of the Library and the Navy 
to the throng of spectators assembled in 
the lobby. Following the presentation of 
a copy of "Victory at Sea, the Story of 
the U« S. and Allied Naval Operations dup- 
ing the Critical Years from 1939-1952," 
to the Library by the Commandant, the 
Director concluded the ceremonies by cut- 
ting a wide blue ribbon in the form of 
a giant V on the staircase. 

Planned by the Library, in cooperation 
with Headquarters First Naval District, 
and Station WBZ, in connection with the 
prize winning NBC-TV program. Victory at 



In connection with the Library's 
on the ''J'/hite House Red ecorated, fir 
Fitzgerald of Scalamandre' Silks of 
came to Boston to appear on a series of 
radio and television programs. 

On December 10, at 12:30 p.m. I^Ir Fitz- 
gerald was interviewed by Bill Hahn on 
WJAC-TV in an 8-minute advertising spot for 
the radio program. At 1:00 p^m. Ifr Fitz- 
gerald also spoke over ViT^AC as a guest on 
the "Yankee Hometown Food Program" with 
Ruth M^gglebee, Woman's Editor, Boston Re- 
cord American, and Bill Hahn of WNAC and 
WNAC-TV. 

On December 12, Jfr Fitzgerald made three 
appearances. At 9:00 a.m. Polly Huse of 
WBZ-TV interviewed him on her "Domestic 
Diary" program. He was Nelson Bragg 's 
guest over WCOP at 12:1^ p.m. and at i; :00 
p.m. he v/as on Nell Gabriel's 
WBJiS. 



vol-ume "History of Naval Operations in 
World War II" by Samuel Eliot Moris on, tte 
exhibition celebrates the magnificent 
achievement of the Navy in World War II. 
Striking paintings by Dwight Shepler, 
Mitchell Jamieson, William Draper, and 
Albert Murray, from the official navy 
series, "Operation Palette", and combat 



for the display of books, ship models, 
and other articles in the exhibit cases 
in the main lobby and corridors and in the 
Open Shelf Department. A brochure de- 
scribing the exhibit and program, and con- 
taining a selected reading list of related 



program over 



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J,tLSs Elna 



On December 8, at 8:30 p.m. 
Sherman and the Beacon Recorder Consort 
made a tape recording with Daisy Meadows 
for WNAC. The program was presented on 
Thursday morning, December 11, as a preview 
to their performance in the Lecture Hall 
that same evening, A transcription of the 
program has been presented to the Library 



Sea, which is based on the official, multdfor inclusion in its collection of record- 



ings and is available for use in planning 
programs or for personal interest and en- 
joym.ent. 



Miss Edith Fisher, of Cambridge, whose 
collection of creches was again on exhibit 



photographs provide a pictorial background this December, was the guest of Polly Huse 



on "Domestic Diary" on Monday, December 15, 
at 9:00 a.m., over WBZ-TV. 

The following day Ifrs Huse again played 
hostess to a Library benefactor in the per- 
son of Mrs Beryl &iiley-Jones whcpe il- 
lustrations for the children's story 



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Mouse Manor , by Edward M. Eager were on 
exhibit in the Puvis de Chavannes CJallery 
during December. 



Nelson Bragg, the Liggett Rexall Re- 
porter, interviewed Virginia Haviland, 
Readers Advisor for Children, on Wednes- 
day, Pecember 17, at 12:1$ p.m. Miss 
Haviland spoke about new children's books 
which would be suitable for Christmas 
gifts. 



In connection with his annual presenta- 
tion of Dickens' Christmas Carol in the 
Lecture Hall, Mr Edward F, Payne gave a 
shortened presentation for Polly Huse ova' 
WBZ-TV on Friday, December 19, at 9:00a.in. 

Mr Payne also made a tape recording vith 
Daisy Meadows which was presented on 
Christmas Day over WNAC, at 9:l5 a.m. 

On Sunday, December 21, at 3 p.m., 
WGBH also observed the 26th rendition of 
the "Christmas Carol" by lir Payne by a 
re-broadcast of the 25th performance. Tile 
recording of this w^as made directly from 
the Lecture Hall in 1951. 

On Wednesday, December 2li, at 9:00 a.m., 
four children from the Boston public 
schools, whose Christmas art work was on 
exhibit in the Open Ghelf Department, ap- 
peared on Polly Huse's "Domestic Diary" 
over WBZ-TV, They showed some of their 
drawings and sang Christmas carols. At 
the close of. the program Polly gave each 
child a gift. She also paid tribute to 
"Elizabeth Boudreau" and "Tom Manning" for 
their cooperation in making the program 
possible. 



Lieutenant Commander Bernard S. Solomon, 
U.S.N.R. appeared on "Domestic Diary" ova: 
Vi[BZ-TV on Monday, January ^, at 9:00 a.m., 
in connection with the Victory at Sea ex - 
hibit currently being displayed in the 
Central Library, 



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Polly Huse's guest at 9:00 a.m. on Thurs- 
day, January 8, on WBZ-TV. He gave a 
short demonstration of his work, showed a 
few completed pieces of sculpture, and al- 
so some of the items which are being ex- 
hibited in the Puvis de Chavannes Gallery 
through January 30. 

On Monday, January 12, at 12:15 p.m., 
in connection with the current exhibition 
in the Puvis de Chavannes Gallery, Eliza- 
beth McLean-Smith, Chairman of Exhibitions 
for the New England Association for Con- 
temporary Sculpture, was interviewed by 
Nelson Bragg at the Liggett Drug Store at 
the corner of Boylston and Berkeley Streets 
The program is carried Mondays, Wednesdays, 
and Fridays on WCOP. 



Donald Born, Professor at Boston Univer- 
sity School of Public Relations and Com- 
munications, Radio Columnist of WBUR, and 
Television euterpreneur of the "New Eng- 
land Alnanac" on WBZ-TV has been working 
closely with the Information Office in 
collecting visual material for his pro- 
gram. As a result, each Friday morning, 
at 9:30 a.m., he gives a courtesy credit 
i announcement "To the Trustees of the Best or 
Public Library," 

Professor Born also helped the Library 
tell its story by interviewing Commander 
Solomon on his weekly program on '5l^BUR, 
"This I Like", Sunday, January h, at 
5:30 p.m. 



Arch MacDonald, radio and television 
commentator at WBZ and WBZ-TV has a vreekly 
TV program called "Into Focus". In Christ- 
mas week he devoted his whole program to 
the Louis Prang Christmas card story. He 
gave the B.P.L. full credit for the program 
suggestion and for lending the material 
from its collection. 

Similar credits have been given by com- 
mentators on WNAC-TV and WBZ-TV at frequent 
intervals. The same has been true of radlc 
commentators . 



Peter Abate, Sculptor, Teacher of Sculp- 
ture at the Boston Museum School, and 
President of the New England Association 
for Contemporary Sculpture, apD eared as 






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GIFTS TO THE LIBRARY 

Joseph Salerno, Director of the New 
England Regional Amalgamated Clothing 
Workers Union, CIO, presented 10 copies 
each of the biographies of Sidney Hill- 
nan by Jean Gould and fetthew Josephson 
to the Library on Monday morning, Janu- 
ary 5» Mr Lord accepted the gift for 

Library which came in appreciation of 
Helen Hirson's work with labor groups 
organizations in Boston. 



the 
Mrs 
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EGLESTON SQUARE BRANCH LIBRARY 

Work is progressing rapidly on the new 
Egleston Square Branch Library, at 20U6 
Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, It is expected 
that this building will be ready for oc- 
cupancy in the spring of this year. It 
will be the first branch library to be 
entirely air-conditioned. 

CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY 



1952 



The Trustees of the Library have en- 
gaged Tamblyn and Brown Inc. of New York 
City to aid in the preparation of the 
Centennial Anniversary of the Library and 
in arranging a fund raising campaign for 
the benefit of the Library. 

Services of Tamblyn and Brown began as 
of January 1, 19^3 and will continue 
through until Jfay of 195U. Mr Alexander 
E. Macintosh, President of Tamblyn and 
Brown, Inc.,vri.ll have direct supervision 
of all phases of activities. He will be 
assisted for the present by Mr Harold B. 
Allen, a Vice President, Mr George W. 
War ton, and Mr John B, MacMurdo. 

All of the arrangements for the Centen- 
nial Anniversary and the campaign for 
funds will be in the name of the City of 
Boston and the Trustees of the Boston 
Public Library, of course, and not in the 
name of Tamblyn and Brown Inc. Details 
of the arrangements will be presented to 
the staff of the Library from time to time 
as they come into being. 



NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 



Fiction 

Christie, Agatha 

Murder with mirrors. 

New York, Dodd, Mead, 1952 
Ferber, Edna 

Giant, 

Garden City, N.Y,, Doubleday, 
Frison-Jloche, Roger 

The lost trail of the Sahara. 

New York, Prentice-Hall, 1952 
Hartog, Jan de. 

The distant shore. 

New York, Harper, 1952 
Hemingway, Ernest 

The old man and the sea. 

New York, Scribner, 1952 
Johnson, Pamela H. 

Catherine Carter. 

New York, Knopf, 1952 
Petracca, Joseph 

Cone back to Sorrento. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1952 
Queffelec, Henri 

Island priest. 

New York, Dutton, 1952 
Waltari, Mika T, 

A stranger came to the farm. 

New York, Putnam, 1952 
Waugh, Evelyn 

Men at arms. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1952 



Non-Fiction 



Allen, Frederick L. 

Thr big change. 

New York, Harper, 1952 
Balsan, Consuelo (Vanderbilt) 

The glitter and the gold. 

New York, Harper, 1952 
Bankhead, Tallulah 

Tallulah, 

New York, Harper, 1952 
Douglas, William 0, 

Beyond the high Himalayas. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1952 
Flores, Maria 

The woman with the -mhip. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1952 
Hopper, Hedda 

From under my hat. 

Garden City, N.Y,, Doubleday, 1952 
Martin, John J. 

World book of modern ballet. 

Cleveland, World Pub, Co., 1952 



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Mauldin, William H. 

Bill Sfeuldin in Korea, 

New York, W. W. Norton, 1952 
Myers, Robert M, 

From Beo-'jmlf to Virginia Woolf . 

Indianapolis, Bobbs -Merrill, 19^2 
Smith, Harry Allen 

Smith's London journal. 

Garden City, N.Y., D.-'nblsday, 195^^ 
Wins low, Ola E. 

Meetinghouse Hill. 

New York, Macmillan, 1952 



On December l6 the story hour group en- 
joyed an old-fashioned carol sing. Ella 
Adams of the staff played many traditional 
pieces at the piano. However, it was 
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", sung 
with much gusto, which was the hit of the 
afternoon. 

Jamaica Plain 



H^/de Park 



BRANCH NOTES 

City Point 

Arrivals and departures here since last 
April with attendant parties and presents 
have been too niimerous to keep up with, 
so, to start the year well, we first say 
a "Happy Nevj- Year" to the "sweet girl 
graduates" - Rosemarie Ryan and Jean 
Evans - who left us in May and June for 
full-time positions in the business and 
teaching world j then to Geraldine Fitz- 
gerald, Gilda Tecce and Mary Crosby, 
"guest members" who in turn served us 
through a depleted summery to Marie 
Hastie who left our Children's Room in 
October to take care of West End's chil- 
dren - may she have as many young friends 
there as she left here; and finally to 
Helen 3, Mirphy. City Point and HSM 
have been almost synonomous for so many 
years that it hardly seemed possible to 
her or to us that she vrould be no longer 
here; but v/e are glad that she is virith 
her very true friend, Mrs Helen O'Leary, 
vfith whom she had shared so many happy 
years here in the past. We bade farewell 
to Miss Murphy at the Darbury Room on 
December 6, amidst flowers and music, not 
to mention good food and fellovirship, with 
our best wishes in a black leather lined 
pocketbook v/hich Miss Murphy assured us 
she v^ould "wear, not usei" 

And now, to the future, a Tirarm ass\ir- 
ance of our welcome to the new members 
of our "family" : Christine Celia and 
Felicia Langdon, Mrs Bertha Parnes, and 
Patricia Andrews, Roberta Haley and Anne 
Santella, We all enjoyed together our 
Christims festivity with table alight witt 
Christmas and Enrrjiilrh candles and wished 
that we might all be together for another 
year - at leasti Please - 1953 - no 
more changes i 



Open House was held on Thursday, Decem- 
ber 18, from three to six o'clock for the 
second consecutive year. A festive air 
prevailed throughout the Branch as Friends, 
patrons and neighbors drank coffee and vi- 
sited vfith one another to exchange holiday 
greetings. It vras very pleasant to renew 
old acquaintance with two ex-branch li- 
brarians of Jamaica Plain and former as- 
sistants at the Branch who are now Branch 
Librarians. The tempting array of goodies 
was provided by the members of The Friends 
of the Library. Good food - good drinks - 
good friends. 



Mattapan 



Theodora B. Scoff, Branch Librarian, who 
is vacationing in Miami, reports that she 
is spending much of her time with Nfery 
Golden, formerly of Mattapan, now resident 
in Florida, Miss Golden has been working 
in the Accessions Department at the Univer- 
sity of Miaiai Library, and, her friends 
will be pleased to know, has been feeling 
(very well since her move South, 



The only public or private building in 
New England, we feel sure, which has had 
wide-open windows and whirring electric 
fans this week has been the Mattapan Branch 
Library. It is not that the metabolism of 
our staff differs so radically from that 
of all other Bostonians; it is that every 
winter since 1937 some strange malady has 
ifflicted our coal furnace, the chief symp- 
tom of which is a great effusion of coal- 
gas. We have therefore had our choice of 
shutting the furnace off completely, re- 
sulting in no heat, but at least no coal- 
gas; or of running the heat, thus produc- 
ing coal-gas, thus necessitating the fans 
and open ■ffindov;s, thus producing the same 
effect as if we had no heat, BUT with the 
added attraction of the unconquerable coal- 
gas. Our health may be menaced, but our 
life is never dull. 



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Phillips Brooks 

The Music Appreciation Group will be 
studying twentieth century composers for 
the rest of the school year* It cannot 
be ascertained ahead of time which oom- 



Children's Room under the sunervision of 
:Mrs Ifary La Follette. 
I Marion C. Kingman, Branch" Librarian, 
jwelcomed the adults at the evening Open 
jHouse observances. Student Nurses from 



posers will receive full attention by the jthe Massachusetts Memorial Hospital sang 



group. Also, the composers will not be 
studied in chronological order, but only 
as sufficient recordings of their works 
are available. 

The first meeting served as an intro- 
duction to the course of study, Debussyte 
Premiere Rhapsodie as one example of im- 
pressionistic music of the turn of the 
centxary was counterbalanced by Stravin- 
sky's Three Pieces for clarinet solo, il- 
lustrating the neoclassical movement. 
Some members disliked what they heard, 
and others took to itj but all were ex- 
cited about going on with the study of 
more modern composers than have hereto- 
fore been investigated by the Jihisic Ap- 
preciation Group. 

The first step in acquainting the chil- 
dren with twentieth century composers was 
to have them read short biographies and 
compile a list of the composers thuS dia- 
povered. Then a bulletin board display 
Tivas iiB.de, the group members aiding in its 
composition wherever practicable. As 
many of the composers ' names as possible 
were made a part of the music bulletin 
board. Those 7^0 worked on the project 
and those who now see it have become very 
interested in finding out about those 
people with such "funny names." 

South End 

The Open House observances of the Chil- 
dren's Room were well received by hosts 
of young readers on Thursday afternoon, 
December 18, 1952. The Hyde School 
Chorus, a selected group of fifteen girl^ 
under the direction of Josephine Ricard, 
sang traditional and new carols with 
sweetness and a moving emotional quality. 
Officers and members of the South End 
Reading Club participated in the program 
and served as ushers and hostesses. One 
member was Master of Ceremonies and The annual Christmas -Ha nukkah Good Will 
brought the greetings of the library stafE Party was held on Thursday evening Decem- 



ja group of traditional and modern carols 
'to the delight of an appreciative audience. 

Eighteen members of the South End Read- 
; ing Club, accompanied by two members Of 
the Children's Room staff, attended a film 
shoviTing at the Children's Museum on Satur- 
day afternoon of the holiday week. This 
outing proved convincingly that children 
respond enthusiastically to educational 
programs geared to their interests. The , 
Reading Club members found the Museum tour 
and games so absorbing that they begged to 
be allowed to stay, even though the hour 
of closing was fast approaching. They are 
looking forward to other trips in the near 
future . 

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The first Doll Show was held in the 
Children's Room on Tuesday morning, Decem- 
ber JO, 19^2. The youngsters listened with 
rapt attention to a talk by the Msses 
Grace and Jfeirie Turner, teachers in the 
Louisa May Alcott and Girl's Trade Schools, 
on "Dolls and Doll Collecting." 

As owners of over eight hundred dolls, 
the Misses Turner have shared and are 
sharing some of their dolls with the Bostor 
Public Library, as well as the South End 
Branch . 

An opportunity to see examples of story 
book, character, and historic dolls height- 
ened the interest of the children in the 
talk. They were particularly captivated 
with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and 
"Alice in Wonderland" and the "White Rabbit 
Prior to the talk, each little girl proudly 
exhibited her ovm doll, which she had been 
asked to bring with her. Lollipops were 
distributed to both youngsters and dolls 
at the close of the program. 

West End 



Mrs Faith Stenning led the Reading Club 
and the audience in carol singing. The 
program ended with the telling of a mod- 
ern Christmas story, "Azor and the Blue- 
eyed Cow," by Mrs Barbara C. Elam, Acting 
Children's Librarian. Candy was distri- 
buted to the children by members of the 
Reading Club assisted by the staff of the 



ber 18. The formal program opened with 
Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian, giving 
a few introductory remarks about the Branch 
Cantor Bernard Radin lit the Hanukkah 
candles, while chanting the traditional 
ritual. The Hanukkah message was given by 
Rabbi Samuel Perliian, the new Director of 
Hillel House at Boston University. 



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Dr Frederick M, Eliot, President of the 
American Unitarian Association, stressed 
that Christmas is the time of brotherly- 
love between all men. The musical portion 
of the program was furnished by two Staff 
members — Mrs Flora Roussos and David 
Goldman. Mrs Roussos sang a couple of 
carols and accompanied the whole group in 
the singing of the more familiar ones, 
Mr Goldman played some froelichs and 
Israeli folk songs on the accordian. 

The highlight of the evening was the pre-j 
sentation to the West End Branch Library 
of an Estey four octave organ by Patrick 
F. McDonald, Trustee. It was formally 
accepted by Milton E. Lord, Director. 

A delightful evening was ended with a 
sumptuous kosher collation, provided by ' 
the hostess and prepared by the members 
of the Staff. 

Mrs Jfercela V. Avancena, the Librarian 
of the National Teachers College, in the 
Philippines, who visited Branch Libraries 
under the direction of Elizabeth M. Gordor^ 
Deputy Supervisor in Charge of Work with 
Children wrote the following interesting 
paragraph in a letter addressed to Mss 
Goldstein: 

"I have just finished the formal report 
on my observations in your country, and 
of the 120 single-spaced pages that con- 
situte the whole and describe the work- 
ings of 30 libraries, 9 are devoted to 
the splendid work of your own Boston Public 
Library. I shall always have a fondness 
for your quaint city, all the more because 
you have been very kind to one who wanderoi 
on to your premises without authority or 
introduction. 

I hope you will soon find both the time 
and opportunity to come over and visit our 
shores as I did yours. When that time 
comes, please to remember our address and 
drop in on us for a visit." 

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A Christmas party, held in the Lecture 
Hall on December 12, was the occasion for 
a gay get-together in honor of the fifteen 
successful participants of the Book Week 
Contest. A book donated by Miss Goldstein 
was awarded as first prize to Devra Zeltan 
of the fifth grade in the Peter Faneuil 
School. Christmas stories, carols and re- 
freshments were enjoyed by the guests-of- 
honor and the regular Story Hour group. 

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SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonjmious contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief, 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily indi- 
cate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. 



To the Editor: 

The editorial in the December Question 
Mark crystallizes the thinking of many 
staff members. To improve the situation 
and attract capable librarians from other 
libraries, I suggest more democracy in our 
"family" life. 

Pan 



Dear Soap Box Editor: 

No one who has been a member of the 
bibliothecal staff for even so short a 
time as the past year can be unavrare of thft 
number of resignations which the BPL has 
received from employees who have left "to 
accept positions elsewhere". It took a 
brave person, however, to "put it on the 
line", and so well, in last month's Ques- 
tion Mark. 



Congratulations to you — whoever you are. 
You did a wonderful job. 



To the Editor, for the Soap Box: 

I should like to enlarge upon a statement 
made in the Editor's Corner of The Question 
Mark of December 19^2 to the effect that 
The Library is very generous with its 



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scrambled schedules to fit the need of the 
student". 

All of us in the Library are glad when 
an assistant is ambitious enough to con- 
tinue his education by means of outside 
courses and in-service training courses. 
I believe however, that the student should 
be obliged to fit his schedule to his li- 
brary schedule, and not the library sub- 
ordinate its schedule to that of the stu- 
dent. Moreover, the senior assistants in 
a department are continually being called 
upon to shift their schedules for students 
who "fold their tents and scram" once 
their education has been completed. It 
is not efficient department scheduling, 
or good public service, to have assistants 
popping off to attend mid-morning and mid- 
aftemoon classes. 

Courses should be taken on mornings or 
on days off, and assistants who work reg\i- 
lar schedules should not always have to 
change their schedules to accommodate the 
need of the student employee. 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

The editorial in the December issue of 
the Question Mark reflected the all too 
often heard criticism among the staff of 
the inadequacies in the quality of our 
supervision at various levels. The ex- 
cerpt from Supervising Library Personnel 
by Adra Fay, quoted in the Morale Com- 
mittee 's report, served to omrihasize what 
is perhaps at the root of these short- 
comings - "the failure to understand and 
respect the human element involved in 
supervision", a failure resulting too of- 
ten from the absence or deficiency of 
those qualities so essential in a good 
supervisor, impartiality, open mindednesSj 
tact, integrity, judgment, decisiveness. 
Since, as Miss Fay states, it is the su- 
pervisor (in the broadest sense of the 
word) who has the strongest influence up- 
on attitudes developed in library assist- 
ants" , why should not more tangible evi- 
dence be required of every aspirant to a 
supervisory position as to his abilities 
and capacities in this direction than is 
at present the case? Perhaps we terminate 
our in-service training at too low a level 
Might it not pay rich dividends to declare 
a moratorium on scholarships, since the 
tendency has been often noted for the 
recipients to "up ?-nd leave" so frequently 



after reaping their benefits, and apply 
the funds as an experiment, toward insti- 
tuting periodic courses or workshops in 
siipervision (to be conducted by experts 
in management training), a practice not 
uncommon in business and industry, which 
every supervisory and aspirant to such a 
position would be required to take. Or, 
if impractical, since the entire staff 
would benefit from improved supervision 
perhaps the Professional Staff Association 
could point the way. 

Q.E.D. 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

In the Editor's Corner of the December 
issue of the Question Iferk there appears 
a presentation "v^iich has as its theme 
"our staff morale is not too good". 

The Editor begins by calling attention 
to "two startling facts". One is that 
during the first eleven months of the cur- 
rent year 72 full-time bibliothecal 3t>- 
ployees left the service. The other is 
that the reason heading the list was "to 
accept positions elsewhere". 

What is there "startling" in this? A 
list of the reasons for leaving was given 
showing that 19 women members of the staff 
who were married left in order to remain 
at heme, 13 moved from Boston, k entered 
convents, h went into military service, 
k entered schools and colleges, 3 left 
to be married, 2 left to travel, 1 left 
because of ill health, and 2 gave no rea- 
son. Except for the two for whom no rea-. 
son for leaving was given, was it "star« 
tling" that the other $0 mentioned above 
left the Library? There is no reason to 
believe that these individuals left be- 
cause of unsatisfactory viorking conditions 
or for the reasons suggested in the third 
paragraph of the presentation. 

As for the 20 individuals vjho left "to 
accept positions elsev;here" the evidence 
in the individual cases does not indicate 
that it was necessarily, or evon primarily., 
for the reasons indicated in the third 
paragraph of the editorial that they left. 
An analysis of the 20 new jobs which these 
20 individuals accepted reveals that in 
most instances it was a compliment to the 
Boston Public Library, as well as to the 
individuals themselves, that these people 
could obtain positions elsewhere which 



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generally represented advancement and in- 
creased remuneration. How unfortunate it 
■would be if the Boston Public Library did 
not have on its staff individuals whom 
other employers would engage. The 20 in- 
dividuals in question represent a turn- 
over of h% in the total bibliothecal staff 
as opposed to the unrealistic percentage, 
namely, 27.8^ of the total resignations 
quoted in the editorial. Four per cent 
is not a startling figure. The occur- 
rence of vacancies is, of course, not 
unique to the Boston Public Library, 

The Editor goes on to inquire whether 
we are "making our Library sufficiently 
appealing in salary, working conditions, 
credits and equivalents to attract work- 
ers from other large libraries". Inquiry 
is made whether, for instance, a chil- 
dren's librarian from Letroit can trans- 
fer to Boston "as a children's librarian 
or does she have to go through the throes 
Of examinations, delayed credits, and 
work her way up from the bottom all over 
again" . The answer is that she doe$ not 
have to work her way up from the bottom, 
and that she can be given equivalents for 
her educational background and her pro- 
fessional training and experience for 
which she can offer evidence of an ac- 
ceptable equivalence to the Boston Public 
Library's examinations — and this with- 
out the necessity of examinations. The 
Library has today on its staff a Chil- 
dren's Librarian who so qualified, and it 



has recently taken into its employ another paragraph, "yfho 'use' the Library to com- 



who is similarly eligible to be appointed 
as a Children's Librarian. Is not the 
Editor therefore contrary to fact in the 
fourth paragraph in implying that we are 
"being a little superior, perhaps too 
superior for our own good, in assuming 
that a worker in a library comparable to 
Boston cannot assume a position in Boston 
on a par with the one held in another 
library, given a reasonably short time 
'to learn the ropes'"? 

The Editor goes on to say that "there 
are rumors that our staff morale is not 
too good", and to inquire "where does the 
fault lie?" Again the Editor says that 
"this question naturally implies that all 
staff members are to some extent respon- 
sible for staff morale" J but' "it is in- 
teresting to note, however, that on the 
sime day (November 2li, 1952) tvro well- 
known commentators noted that staff mo- 
rale seeps dovm from the top, never up 



from the bottom", Robert C. Ruarck is 
stated to say in the Boston Traveler that 
"the fault is nearly always at the top", 
and "something is basically wrong with 
the brass, high and low, if the ranks get 
unruly" ; and mention is made that Henry 
J, Taylor said in substance, over a nations 
broadcast, that "the tone of a staff — 
in morale, vrork and general well-being — 
is always determined by those in authority". 
But neither Mr Ruarck nor Mr Taylor made 
these as isolated statements. These sen- 
tences are instead parts of the whole in 
each instance. One has only to read Mr 
Ruarck 's column in full to find that the 
main theme is primarily that the "unruly" 
ranks need to be cracked dovm upon by the 
top "brass". This is something quite dif- 
ferent from implying, as does the Editor 
in ansvirer to the question "where does the 
fault lie", that staff morale is the re- 
sponsibility almost solely of "the top," 
Likewise one has only to read Mr Taylor's 
broadcast in full to find that quoting him 
to the effect that "the tone of a staff , ^ , 
is always determined by those in authority" 
places an incorrect emphasis upon what he 
was saying in his broadcast. By quoting 
these statements from Mr Ruarck and Mr 
Taylor, whether v/ord for word or on sub- 
stance, and taken from the full text of 
their presentations, the Editor comes close 
to contributing «■ to disturbing staff morale. 
Finally, what aoout the young people, men 
tioned by the Editor in the next-to-last 



plete their education, accept scholarships 
from the Library and once educated prompt- 
ly 'fold their tents like the Arabs ' — 
and scram"? The Editor suggests that the 
Library require "that these assistants who 
have been given special consideration for 
educational purposes guarantee the Library 

set minimum of three years of service be- 
fore seeking employment elsewhere" . The 
question arises as to why, before making 
such a suggestion, the Editor did not 
check the facts. The facts are that out of 
the 35 individuals who have been awarded 
scholarships by the Library, lU have re* 
signed and only 3 had not given at least 
three years of service. 

Actually one can not help but wonder 
whether the Editor's Comer in the December 
issue did not itself contribute additional- 
ly to the "rumors that our staff morale is 
not too good." Most of the presentation 
was closer to rumor than to fact, 

Elizabeth Wrlglit . 
Supervisor of Personnel 
lU January 1953 



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To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

In the December issue of the Question 
Mirk a "Soap-Box" correspondent asked why 
no sign had been placed at the site of the 
nev Erleston Square Branch Library to in- 
fo?: a the public of the nature of the buildj-^nd signs were posted wherever possible 
ing operations in progress there. The 



other television station WBZ-TV carried it 
on the National Shairoiut Bank telecast of 
local news. 

In addition to taking the aforesaid stgs, 
notices about the strike v.'sre distributed 
to each unit of the Library f jr posting. 



question was both proper and pertinent. 
The Library was aware of the desirability 
of having a «ign, and the architects of 
the new building were asked to prepare one. 
They did their part well — almost too 
well, it was thought. They prepared a 
design which included considerable infor- 
mation plus a blown-up photograph of a mo- 
del of the building. The trouble was this: 
there had been a political campaign in 
which elaborate signboards appeared here 
and there advertising public improvements 
in progress. These had become something 
of a controversial matter, and accordingly 
it seemed best to stick to stark simpli- 
city. So the architects ' brave effort 
was rejected (with thanks, of course), and 
a new sign was decided upon. It is un- 
fortunate that delay thus ensued. The 
sign was, however, finally placed at the 
site of the new Egleston Square Branch 
Library on Tecember 29, 1952. 

FRANCIS X. MOLONEY 
Assistant to the Director, in- 
Charge of Business Operations 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

In the last issue of the Question Mark 
there appeared a letter which stated that 
the Library had done "almost nothing" to 
notify its patrons of the current strike 
by drivers against the contractor who 
rents trucks and bookmobiles to the Librar^s 

The facts are as follows : 

On November 20, 1952, immediately upon 
receipt of word that the truck drivers had 
struck that same morning, a news release 
Mas sent to all metropolitan dailies, all 
national news services, and all radio out- 
lets notif jring the public of the strike and 
indicating that both bookmobile service aari 
delivery service would be interrupted. 

Three of the metropolitan dailies carried 
the news release and all radio stations 
carried the nevYs. Television station WNAC- 
TV carried spot announcements and used a 
picture of orig of the bookmobiles, and the 



at bookmobile stops on the first day of the 
strike. Approximately UO schools at which 
regular stops are made vrere immediately 
notified by telephone of the strike as 7re?Ll 
as various business houses and stores v^hose 
staffs use the bookmobile service. 

On November 28, 19^2, a second news re- 
lease was sent to all metropolitan dailies, 
all national news services, all weekly news- 
papers, and all radio outlets. This re- 
lease stated that the labor dispute bettveen 
the drivers and the trucking company had 
not been settled. It stated that books 
borrowed from either bookmobile could be 
retiirned to the Central Library or to any 
Branch Library, but that members of the 
public should return books to the Branch 
Libraries from which they were borrovred 
and Central Library books to the Central 
Library building. 

Many of the local nei^re papers carried 
this news release, but insofar as is known 
none of the metropolitan dailies carried 
the release. 

The Library did indeed take action to 
notify its patrons of existing conditions. 
Unfortunately, the Library has no funds 
with which to buy space in the press for 
public notices; nor can the Library assure 
that newspapers will print releases sent 
to them. There was not, hov/ever, a "lack 
of action" on the part of the Library, as 
stated by the writer to the Soap Box of 
the December issue. 

JOHN J. CONlvIOLLY 
Assistant to the Director, and 
Chief Executive Officer 
lU January 1953 



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To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Congratulations on the editorial in the 
December Question Mark . Its many pertinent 
questions seem to put a finger on the rea- 
son for much of the low staff morale in 
the library today. The obstacles to em- 
ployment and advancement far outvi'eigh the 
inducements to come irvfeo or re.iuain iu the 



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library. Nvunerous examinations and class 
dist incisions are but a few of the many- 
reasons » Thus within a few years the in- 
dividual who arrives overflowing with en- 
thusiasm and a "Let's make this the best 
department (or branch)" attitude either 
seeks fields where advancement and remu- 
neration are more certain and rapid — 
or she becomes a dreary "shelf -sitter" in 

the system ^who shrugs and says "Why 

bother" • 

Shelf -sitter 

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CARE LETTERS 



Beneficiary: 



Friends in America, 



Landeswaisenhaus 
Schwaeb.Gm.uend 



Through the Care-Unesco Children's Book 
Fund we have got the following books which 
you have sent us : 

1. April's Kittens by Clare Turlay 

Newberry 

2. Mike Ifulligan and his Steam 

Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton 

3. Johnny and the Birds by Jan Munn 
Ue The Golden Book of Poetry by 

Jane Werner 

5. The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer 

Hader 

6, The Five Chinese Brothers by 

Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt 
Wiese. 
We are very glad now to possess these 
books in our library. Ten of our children 
go to a high-school and a group of about 
fifteen boys and girls learn the English 
in our home-school, ?/hen they will be 
returned from the holidays we shall show 
them these books. Then they will enjoy 



We thank you very much for your parcel 
with the encharming booKs. 

Sincerely, 
E, Holgwarth 

The substitue Headmaster of 

the Orphan 's-House, 



Mchko, Ifey 19, 19^2 



Dear Friend: 



Many warm spring greetings from these 
distant backwoods of Finland, and my very 
sincerest thanks for the package. It was 
simply wonderful to receive such a pack- 
age I It was the very first one I had ever 
receivedi We are beginning to have quite 
a family. There are eight of us now, five 
children and three adults. We have three 
boys, the eldest eight years old, the other 
two, four and three, and now last March 
we had the twins, both girls. They were 
very small at birth but have now grown and 
are beginning to be of normal weight. They 
are a lot of work vrtien one has to do everyr 
thing oneself but one can only do one's 
best. Then we have our grandpapa, my hus- 
band's father, who also needs help in ao 
many ways. But if I can keep ray health 
we will get along all right with God's 
help. We live near rapids a kilometer and 
a half from the Russian boundary. This is 
a tiny village badly bombed during the war, 
but it has its good points along vdth its , 
disadvantages, 

I am 36 years old myself, rather small [ 
in size. My husband is older, 56 already, '■ 
and he was beginning to get worried because 
we had to wait so long for children but 
what could one do about it. The coming of 
the tTirins was quite a surprise to us. The 
girls' names are: Ulla Marjatta and Pirjo 
Anneli, The boys' names: Eino Juhani, 



very much. 

By reading and regarding these books th^Vaino Olavi, and Kimmo Tapani, 
will be able to understand your country, 
its people and countryside much better. 

The books with pictures are best fit to 
vinderstand your country and your customs. 

The finest of these books is Mike Mul- 
ligan. April's Kittens is a very funny 
book. 

German books virhich are read by all our 
children are "Grimms Marchen" und "Der 
Struwwelpeter" , 



Vfell, I must close now and go nurse the 
girls so that I can go to bed. The others 
are sleeping already. My husband is away 
on weekdays. He works at a lumber camp. 
At present they are floating the logs, 
Sundays he is at home. 

Again I want to express my very best 
thanks for the package. 



Gratefully yours, 

Anni Tikka 
Mohko, Mustakorpi 
Finland 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volune VIII, Number 2 February 1953 



Publications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, Geraldine S. Herrick, John J, McCafferty, 

Sarah JL Usher, Charles J. Gillis", Chairman 



Pub licat ion da te : 
The fifteenth of eaub month 



Deadline for submitting material : 
T'he tenth of each month 



ESIT QPJS C OTW.?. 

This number of T he Question M ark is is- 
sued under the aegis of a newly formed 
Publications Committee. We are aware of 
the high standards set by our predecessors, 
both in reportage and in the initiation 
and selection of articles. We will do our 
best to continue the fair and impartial 
policies of The Question Mark v To help us 
in this endeavor, we ask the members of 
the Professional Staff Association (and 
especially the Staff Representatives) to 
continue their cooperation in supplying us 
■wath the material which has made the QM 
the one central source of current informa- 
tion - one that appeals to the new staff 
members just as much as it does to the 
veteran members. 

The columns of the QM are open to all 
members of our Association, with limita- 
tions only as to space and the policy es- 
tablished by the Executive Board injanuaiy 
1950» (This policy deserves re-publica- 
tion and can be found in a separate arti?- 
cle in this issue.) So, we call upon all 
professional 'brains', budding poets, up- 
holders of justice, and unvocal humorists 
to enrich our efforts to turn out a well- 
rounded paper. 

The first objective of our Association 
is "to foster professional librarianship.' 
This aim has been furthered admirably by 
the QjM editors, and by the officers and 
committees of the Association. This has 
been attested by projects such as the 
Institute, the Workshop, and by the Hart- 
zell Lectures, to name a few outstanding 
successes. Surveys and inquiries have 
been conducted with lasting benefit to the 
Association, Professional articles are 
regularly contributed to the QM, along 
with notices of professional activities. 
All in all, our first objective is well 
m Vjand, 

The second objective is "to further the 
cc-nmon interests and welfare of the pro- 
fee) 'ionai staff," The interpretation of 



this phrase has aroused mixed feelings 
among the members, judging from the dis- 
cussion of the objective at the last 
annual meeting. The meaning of the word 
"welfare" and its implications is now undei 
study by a special committee so vre will 
refrain from editorial comment at this tim.e 

The third' objective is "to promote great- 
er efficiency in library service." After 
a lengthy study of Association activities 
it appears that this objective has not re- 
ceived due consideration. If this target 
is to be hit, we must raise our sights. 
What can be done by small groups and by 
individuals? We will receive suggestions 
for the furtherance of the "third objec- 
tive" with a feeling of small accomplish- 
ment (and trepidation). However, we will 
give such suggestions our zealous atten- 
tion, with the hope that out of such ac- 
tivity will come benefits to the library 
and to the professional staff. 

Let the Centennial year 1953 mark an 
advance in all fields and not just a mark 
on a calendar. 

C, J .G. 

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February 19. 



February 27. 



CALENDAR OF E\^NTS 

JILA meeting at the Sheraton 
Plaza 

BPLPSA reception for 1953 
officers, in the Lecture 
Hall at 8:30 P.M. 



March 2. SLA Boston Chapter, at the 
Godfrey L, Cabot Company, 
38 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. 
(Note change of date I ) 



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EDITQRIAL POLICY 

Reprinted from The Question Mark , 
Volume V, No. 2, Page 1 (February 1950) 

With x,his issue of The Question Mark , 
we share with you one nev; policy. There 
has always been some question about fre- 
quency of issue and an editorial policy. 
Beginning with the next issue we will try 
to live up to the following criteria of 
editorial policy. 

1. There should bfi an editorial in 

sach issue of The Question Mark . 

2. The editorials should be centered 

around any subject of interest to 
the Association as a whole as ex- 
pressed in Article II of the Con- 
stitution, namely, that it shall 
be the object of the Association 

(a) to f'^ster professional li- 

brarians hip 

(b) to further the common inter- 

ests and welfare of the pro- 
fessional staff 

(c) to promote greater efficiency 

in library service. 
These precepts have been formulated by 
the Executive Board in response to a re- 
quest from the old/new Publications Coin- 
mittee . 



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PERSONAL NOTES 



New Employees 



Tynne Saari, from Allston to Neponset. 

Mrs Gl'^ria Seidenherg, from Charlestown 
to Allston, 

¥irs Mary E. Obear, from Bookmobile I to 
Adams Street. 

Resignations 



Margaret R. Bowers, West Roxbury, to be 
married. 

Mrs Jfeiry T. Welby, West End, to remain 
at home, 

Robert B. Flanagan, Fine Arts, to accept 
another position. 

William J. Gurney, Audio-Visual Center. 

Mrs Patricia W. Venezia, Book Preparation, 
to remain at home. 

Urs Harriet F„ Heath, Open Sheli", to 
accept a teaching position in the Newton 
Public School system* 

Engagements 



Mildred Fischer, Jamaica Plain, to 
Samuel Maloof . A June wedding is planned, 

Florence Karcauskas, Book Stack Service, 
to Ernest B, Naudzuinas on February 1 , 1953* 

Stork Events 



Mary A, Burns, Trustees' Officej formerly 
part-time, 

Ruth E, Winn, Roslindale", formerly em- 
ployed at South End. 

I>irs Maureen Eriksen, Egleston Square > 
formerly part-time, Bookmobile I, 

Anne B, Doherty, Charlestown. 

George Mansour, Fine Arts. 

Dorothy L, Dodv;orth, South End. 

Transfeie 

Mary T. Crosby, from Codman Square to 
Jeffries Point, 

Louis Goddardj from Jeffries Point to 
School Issue. 

May C. McDonald, from School Issue to 
Charlestown, 

Mildred Presentfe, from Neponset to 
Codman Square. 



Mr and Mrs Harold Tibets announce the 
birth of a son, Harold Francis, Jr., on 
January 13. 

Mrs Tibets is better known as "Ronnie 
Tibets" of Book Stack Service. 

Mr and Mrs Edward Gurnett announce the 
birth of a daughter, Anne ferie, on 
January 2?. 

Jtrs Gurnett is the former Julia Manning 
of Rare Book. 

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BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 
TO 

All staff members on the sick list. 



The Latest Stork Event 



Mr and Mrs Daniel Hughes announce the biiih 
of a son, on February 2. Young Dan weighed 
5 lb. 8 oz. at birth. Jirs Hughes (formerly 
Louis Cheverie) was an assistant in fc^ .. 
Open Shelf. 



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TAKE A BCW 

In this issue of The Question Mark, in 
which her talents are eviUent not only in 
the cover with which she won the cover de- 
sign contest a few years ago, but also in 
the flyer which has been incorporated as 
a final page, the pjblications Committee 
unanimously asks Mildred R. Somes, Book 
Preparation, to TAKE A BOW. Hearty thanks 
to her for the consistent cheerfulness 
with which she greets all requests for 
more art work and for the excellence of 
her announcements of B'^'LPSA activities. 
Long may her pencils stay sharp and her 
ideas flow freelyi 



QUARTER CENTURY CLUB 

At the annual meeting of the Quarter 
Century Club, held on January 21, the 
follov/ing members were elected for the 
year 1953: 

President: James P. J. Gannon 
Vice President: Bradford M. Hill 
Treasurer: Mrs Grace M. Caution 
Secretary: Charles J. Gillis 

The Treasurer will accept 19^3 dues at 
the convenience of the members, 

WHY DON'T YOU BELONG TO A.L.A.? 

As Chairman for Boston on the A.L.A. 
Membership Committee, I ask your coopera- 
tion in answering the baffling question: 
■Why do not people who have chosen Library 
work as a profession support the national 
professional organization? Approximately 
one-third only of the B.P.L.'s profes- 
sional people are paid-up members of A.L.A 
at the present time. 

The first answer which comes always is 
that the dues are too high. That is an 
understandable reason. Yet, money always 
seems to be found for joining in a year in 
which an assistant wishes to attend an an- 
nual conference and combine attendance 
with travel. If so much more money can 
be found in a year in which additional 
travel expenses are involved, why can't it 
be found in years in which only dues are 
involved? 



In order that I may make a constructive 
report to the A.L.A. Membership Committee;, 
will you please send me your answer to the 
question: Why don't YOU belong to AcL .A.? 
All ans'./ers will be considered oonfidenuial. 

3APJVH M. USHER 
A.L.A, Membership Committee 

VISITORS 

Pr Guillermo Feliu Cruz, Curator, The 
Medina Collection, Director of International 
Exchange, The National Library of Chile. 

Waltraut Bender, Librarian, Regensbnrg 
Branch, Bavarian State Library. 

Marga Poehmer-Plitt, Librarian, Branch 
Library, Hamburg. 

Lr Herbert Fenske, Head Librarian, 
Hamburg-Wilhelms'jwg District Library, 
Hamburg . 

Dr Herman Sauter, Chief Librarian, 
Pfaelzische State Library, Speyer. 

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"GRATEFUL GRABS" 

Another contribution has been received 
from a retired staff member for the general 
fund of the association in appreciation 
for receiving The Question Mark . Several 
such contributions have been received 
lately. They are welcome not only for the 
financial support of the association, but 
also it is encouraging to know that our 
"graduates" are still interested in staff 
activities and that they appreciate the 
staff periodical. 

THAMS 

May I take this opportunity through 
The Question Mark to extend to the staff 



my sincere thanks for the many good wishes 
that have so graciously been expressed 
to me. 

Helen Schubarth 



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A.L.A. yOTABLB BOOKS PROJECT 

As in previous years, the Boston Public 
Library was invited to participate in the 
Notable Books Project of the American 
Library Association, 19^2, The National 
Chairman this year was Katharine E. Grum- 
rine, Head of the Central Lending Divi- 
sion, Carnegie Library of Pittsburg. Of 
the 103 libraries and individuals invited 
to participate, US submitted voting lists c 
The entire number of titles submitted on 
the first report by those participating 
was $67, Of these, 

$1 titles received 12 or more votes 

66 titles received 5-11 votes 

118 titles received 2 - i; votes 

232 titles received 1 vote 

These ^6? titles were classified numeri- 
cally by the National Committee and re- 
turned to the local committees for recon- 
sideration. The final list is being 
printed for distribution. 

The following staff members comprised 
the Boston sub-committee of the A.L.A, 
Notable Books Committee: 

Mrs Geraldine Altman, Jamaica Plain 

Harry AndreT\rs, Bi^anch Issue 

Mrs Marjorie Bouquet, Office of Chief 

Librarian, Div. of R and RS 
Nura Globus, West End 
Eleanor Halligan, Statistical 
Ruth Hayes, Adams Street 
Charles Higgins, General Reference 
Rosalie Lang, History 
Mrs Grace Loughlin, Open Shelf 
Louisa Metcalf , Open Shelf 
Mrs Julia Miller, Bookmobile II 
Paul Moynihan, Genral Reference 
Dorothy Nourse, East Boston 
Pauline Vfelker, West Roxbury 
Edna Peck, Chairman, Book Selection, 

Div. of HR and CS 

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NEVER TOO LATE GROUP 

The annual report of the Board of Recre- 
ation of the City of Boston for ijhe year 
ending December 31, 19^2, contains an 
article on "Recreation for our senior 
citizens." One section of the report is 
of special interest to the B.P.L. staff. 
In part this statement reads, "We. . . . 



call attention to the splendid program 
at the Public Library known as the 'Never 
Too Late Group' which will soon celebrate 
its third anniversary. This group ?^e5t5 
every Thursday afternoon at 2 P.M. in the 
Lecture Hall at the Central Library. A 
fascinating and varied program is enjoyed 
throughout the year, consisting of panel 
discussions, book reviews, symposiums, 
hobby demonstrations, special movies, and 
musicales and trips in warmer weather to 
such places of interest as Science Park, 
the museums, and industrial plants, A 
planning committee, composed of members of 
the group, meets monthly at the library 
to suggest programs and speakers. Start- 
ing with 85, the 'Never Too Late Group' 
now numbers over 300, is still growing 

Like everything the library 

undertakes, this outstanding public ser- 
vice is a credit to its leadership." 

CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 
NEW ENGUND UNIT 

Catholic Book Week will be February 22- 
28, 1953, but Boston being ahead of every- 
one else, celebrated it Tvlth a Book Fair 
and Forum on Valentine's Day, February ll;, 
from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., in New England 
Mutual Hallo This has now become a nation- 
al affair, sponsored by the Catholic Li- 
brary Association, but we at the B.P.L,, 
are always proud of the fact that the idea 
began in Boston, in 1937, and that the first 
Committee was assembled by Charles L, 
Higgins, General Reference, Members of the 
original committee who are serving this 
year are: Mary Alice Rea, Book Purchasing^ 
Chairman (Miss Rea was the secretary of the 
first committee); Anna L« Manning, Chief 
of ■*. Teachers; Mary L. Oilman, Branch 
Librarian, City Point; and Alice Waters, 
Open Shelf. 

Nevf B.P.L. members on this year's com- 
mittee include: Paul V. Moynihan, General 
Reference; Richard Waters and William 
Casey, Open Shelf, as well as local book- 
men from parish and college libraries and 
publishing houses. 

Speakers on the afternoon Forum included 
Marie Killilea, author of Karen ; Monsignor 
Matthew P. Stapleton, Vice-Rector of St. j 
John's Seminary; Dr. Alba Zizzamia, trans- \ 
later of Ricciotti's Life of Christ , 
National Catholic Welfare Conference cor- j 



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respondent to the United Nations ; and 
Brassil Fitzgerald, author of Onward 
fe Casey , 

M.A.R. 

GIFT 



Asher J. Shuffer, sales nanager for the 
P..C.A. Victor record division of the 
Eastern Corporation, presented a copy of 
the recording of the newly-released 
"Guadalcanal ferch" to the Library on 
Tuesday, February 3. The selection is 
from the Richard Rodgers score for the 
NBC documentary film Victory at Sea vAich 
is being shown over WBZ-TV on Sundays, at 
3:00 p»m. This particular recording was 
released on the last day of the Victory 
a t Sea exhibit at the Library. John J. 
Connolly, Chief Executive Officer of the 
Library, accepted the gift* 

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THE B.P.L. IN PRINT 

The Sunday Herald , February 1, had under 
"Letters from Readers" a provocative lettar 
entitled No need to be lonely , written by 
Margaret Munsterberg, Rare Book. She re- 
commended the BPL for Sunday afternoon 
enjoyment and content. 

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On February 8, in the Editorial and News 
Feature section of the Boston Sunday Globe 



there appeared an article by Virginia 
Bright entitled "Boston Children's Weekly 
Platter Party j Public Library's Musical 
Treat." The article described the Ifusic 
Appreciation Program for children, which 
is being conducted in the Audio-Visual 
Center on Thursday afternoons. 

An item on Boston's three musical li- 
braries appeared in the Boston Sunday Post 
magazine for February 8, Written by 
William Phelps, it is entitled "Stacks of 
Melody," and includes several paragraphs 
about the Wusic Lftpgjftiiifcriit and the Audio- 
Visual Center. 



THE 3.P.L. ON RADIO AND TV 

Elizabeth B^ Boudreau, Chief, Information 
Office, interviewed Arthur W, Heintzelman, 
Keeper of Prints, on Friday, January 16, 
over WB'iS, Mr Heintzelman spoke of the 
Contempcrary Amorican Print gift for the 



National Museum in Jerusalem. 



Lee M. Friedman, President of the Library's 
Board of Trustees, appeared as a guest on 
the "Our Believing ?'orld" program over 
TiTBZ-TV, on Sunday, January 18. 



On Thursday, January 22, over WBZ-TV, 
Arthur W, Heintzelman appeared on Polly 
Huse's "Domestic Diary" with the artist, 
Rubin, Tvhose paintings were among those 
at the Institute of Contemporary Art's 
Seven Israeli Painters" exhibit. Mr 
Heintzelman and Mr Rubin spoke about the 
Boston Public Library presentation of 
Contemporary American Prints to the Israeli 
exhibit at the Institute, 



On Thursday, January 29, Fanny Goldstein, 
West End, interviewed Dr Glatzer over 
station WB^G, in connection with the publi- 
cation of his latest book on Franz Rosen- 
zweig. 



On Friday, January 30, Commander Dvdght 
C. Shepler, U.S.N.R., was the guest of Polly 
Huse on WBZ-TV, in connection with the 
Victory at Sea exhibit at the Central Li- 
brary, Commander Shepler, a combat artist 
for the Navy in World War II, spoke about 
and showed some of the paintings he did 
during his tour of duty. 



Jean Northrup, Assistant in the Children's 
Section of Open Shelf, was intervievred by 
Nelson Bragg over WCOP on Monday, Febru- 
ary 2, The program that day featured 
activities for children, so Miss Northrup 
spoke of the Music Appreciation Program 
for children virhich she is conducting. 



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TALK BY STAFF MUBER 

On January 22, 19^3* upon invitation of 
the Superintendent of Schools in Cambridge, 
Mildred Kaufnian, children's librarian at 
T5attapan, served with Mildred Mahoney of 
the tessachusetts Commission against Dis- 
crimination and Viola Leventhal of the 
Anti-Defamation League on a panel discus- 
sing resource materials in huican relations. 
Miss Kaufman described resources in chil- 
dren's books for human relations and dis- 
cussed the reading program as a source of 
material in teaching human relations* The 
panel was part of the "Workshop on Human 
Relation for School Administrators", a 
series of conferences held at the Profes- 
eiori^l Library of the Cambridge School 
Department, to introduce a new curriculum 
in hvunan relations for grades one through 
twelve • 

THE SOCIAL mmL 

On January 21, Mrs Sara A, Lyon was re- 
tired from the service of the Boston 
Public Library after serving as Librarian 
at Hyde Park for the past tvrenty-tiio years, 
Mrs Lyon had formerly held positions at 
North End and Tyler Street. On January 17 
she was a guest of her staff members at a 
luncheon at Patten's Restaurant. At this 
time she was presented with gifts and a 
colonial bouquet of spring flowers. 



May MacDonald was dinner guest of the 
Department on January 23 j at the Town 
House. In early January, Mss MacDonald 
left the department to take the posj tion 
of acting Children's Librarian at Charles- 
town. For several years she had been with 
School Issue, starting at the old Tyler 
Street location. 

The staff met at the Town House vtiere 
they had a special table reserved for them. 
Miss MacDonald arrived looking very chic 

and gay in a black and white outfit, and 
wore a Trifari brooch, Yirhich was a gift 
from the staff. Everyone had a wonderful 
time o 

The staff also pave liLss IfecDonald a 
quick and impromptu party at the department 
the day she left. There were light re- 
freshments and quite a few good jokes o 
In all, it was a good send-off for Miss 



MacDonald who, in the midst of the small 
but secret preparations, let it be known 
that she was hungry and anxious to eat. 

The people of School Issue were reluc- 
tant and sorry to have Miss MacDonald 
leave, and wished her every success and 
happiness in her new position. 



On Monday, February 2, 1953 several | 

members of the Open Shelf staff gathered 
at the Sheraton Plaza for an informal 
luncheon in honor of Wilfred Lahaie. 
This affair served to convey to Mr Lahaie 
the congratulations and sincere good 
wishes of his fellow workers on the oc- 
casion of his entrance into the Order of 
the Cistercians of the Strict Observance 
at the Trappist Monastery, Spencer, 
Massachusetts, 



On February 11, 1953, the staff of the 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Div, of HR and OS, enjoyed a superb luncteon 
tendered them by Ethel Mo Hazlewood, Chief 
of the Department. The Wedgewood Room, 
Hotel Vendome^ will be remembered by all 
as the scene of a most delightful party. 

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'■lYHERE ARE THEY NOW" 



The Chrisi.riias Season is a remembering 
timec The namerous Christmas cards of 
former staff members with their messages 
of new babies and new successes remind 
us of how many young people have worked 
here at Eajr, Bostono Each year the Christ- 
mas posters accumulated through the years 
bring back fond memories. The impish 
choirboys ox Ursula, the roguish cherubs 
of tery, the bow bedecked angels of Julia, 
the demxire madonnas of Tony, the "night 
before Christmas"' posters of Shirley, the 
wee elves of Helen ^ and the starry-eyed 
snowmen of Gertrude, all are part of the 
festivities. 

Since the New Year is a time of stock- 
taking and a round dozen years of work la 
worthy of at least a fleeting survey, I 
have studied a bit ^he history of personnel 
in the twelve years I have been at East 
Boston. The two recent articles in The 
Question Mar k on sx.aff morale indicate that 
this cursory survey may be of interest to 



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the staff. 

During the past twelve years, twenty-flare 
new full-time and sixty part-time assist- 
ants have begun work here. Nineteen of 
these entered on or after Jaraiary 19h$» 
Of these eighty-five persons, only four 
had ever worked in the Boston Public Li- 



brary before. Three of these were "extras''assistants are interesting. Three are full- 



to work in a bookstore, after a very fleet- 
ing library career. Five of these new 
persons left the Boston Public Library 
shortly after they were transferred, five 
of them \\d.thin a few months of leaving here. 
Only one full-time worker left to study. 
The careers of some of the part-time 



beginning their careers as full-time as- 
sistants and one, re-entering the library 
after her nBri'iage, had formerly worked 
in the stacks. Of these, aside from one 
regular and seven extras, on the present 
staff, only six are still in the Boston 
Public Library, Three of these are former 
part-time workers now employed full-time. 

There were plenty of other staff changes 
during these twelve years. Not one person, 
janitor, policeman, or assistant has sur- 
vived the years. In fact several positjois 
have been filled several times : we have 
had four first, or acting first assistant^ 
four Childrens' librarians, and f if a seoond 
or acting second assistants. Besides the 
six assistants who began work here and are 
still in the system, there are, if my fi- 
gures are correct, thirteen other profes- 
sional librarians who were here in the 
past twelve years. This total of nineteen 
is not large. Thus the total number of 
assistants who have worked with me and are 
no longer in the system totals seventy- 
eight plus one janitor and six cleaning 
women. With the present staff the grand 
total of staff is one hundred and seven- 
teen. 

''Wiy did the staff leave? IVhere are they 
now? Most of the former full-time girls 
are busy housewives and mothers. This is 
natural as most of our new assistants have 
been very attractive girls with exceptional 
abilities and charming personalities. In 
fact ten of them were already married and 
two had children before entering the li- 
brary! Two others were engaged to be mar- 
ried before they entered the library and 
three girls were married while here. All 
of the married women worked while their 
husbands were in service, or studying in 
college, or interning as doctors, so that 
It was very evident their stay Yrould be 
brief. It was — but some girls made out- 
standing contributions to our work. Two 
young women left to become mothers, one 
because her husband was killed in Korea, 
Three, one hired only for the summer, left 
to return to teaching. Two who were li- 
brary school graduaives left for better 



time workers in the Boston Public Library, 
Our "extra" alumni number a doctor, an 
honor graduate of Harvard will receive his 
M. D, in June, a priest, a nun, a college 
professor, several school teachers, a col- 
lege librarian and civil engineer. Several 
are still students and one is in the Air 
Force in France, The majority of the girls 
are housewives and the "extra" grandchil- 
dren are numerous. 

Besides training all these new workers, 
East Boston has carried out several activi- 
ties during these twelve years. The branch 
celebrated its seventy-fifth birthday with 
appropriate ceremonies. ¥fe have the honor 
of having the first Friends of the Library 
Group in Boston and have been the fortunate 
recipient of the first moving picture pro- 
jector, phonograph and tape recorder in 
the branch system. Since March 19h7 , we 
have a regular weekly movie program for 
six months each year. Our activities have 
included seven Open House Celebrations, 
eight school art exhibits, eight teas for 
the teachers, three adult art exhibits, 
one hobby show, annual celebration of Book 
Week and Spring Book Festival, special 
film programs, special birthday and other 
celebrations. 

Where are they now — at home in Florida, 
California, New York, Louisiana, Connecti- 
cut or Massachusetts. Why did they leave? 
Most never expected to say more than a 
year or two. What's wrong with our person- 
nel? We picked the winners, many already 
ear-marked for the oldest career for wo- 
men. Library work was only a stop-gap but 
the majority made a definite contribution. 
Perhaps the most disturbing thing to me in 
this survey is the lack of personnel trained 
for promotion. The system is -wasteful, in 
time spent training new persons detailed 
library routine. When I think what has been 
done with a constantly changing staff, I 
wonder how we did it. How much more we 
could have done with less turn— over of staff. 
Unfortunately the situation is not improv- 
ing, for we have had eight staff changes 
in 19^2 in full time staff. Three of these 
were new professional workers, two of them 



positions in other libraries and one girl, are no longer in the system. To my mind 



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the personnel problem at East Boston is 
typical of the Boston Public Library for 
we, while the first branch library in the 
United States, are not first in changing 
starf J, 

Dorothy Fo Nov.rse 

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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



On behalf of all the ncwly-elocted of- 
ficers and E:-:ecutive Board I would like 
to thank you for the confidence you have 
expressed in us during the recent elec- 
tion. You may be assured that we are 
aware of our responsibilities and that we 
ViTill do our utmost to serve joa faithfully 
and well. The response from those members 
who have been asked to serve as committee 
chairmen, committee members and as staff 
representatives has been most encouraging 
- my sincere thanks to them for their co- 
operation, I urge each member to give 
every assistance possible to their repre- 
sentatives and committeemen who have undei^j^n Paris, The Keeper of Prints, Arthur 
taken extra duties to serve all of us» 



The year ahead with its Centennial Celebrar 
tion should be an inspiration to the 
Association to makes its activities truly 
expressive of its vrorthy aims - profes- 
sionalism, efficiency and the common 
interests and welfare of the bibliothecal 
staff - and this will require whola-heartBc 
efforts from each and every one of us . 

To all those members of the staff who 
are eligible to join the Association and 
have not yet done so, I extend a hearty 
and cordial invitation to become members, 

A gentle reminder - dues for 1953 are 
now payable and it is suggested that the 
dues (50^) be paid promptly to the staff 
representatives who will forward the dues 
(well-wrapped) together with the names 
of the paid-up members and the name of 
the unit to the Treasurer, Harry Fletcher, 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 



of a collection of 116 contemporary American 
prints to David Goitein, Minister Pleni- 
potentiary of the E^-iibassy of letael. 
Governor Christian a, Herter, expressed 
his great in'-^crest in thin phase of the 
work of the Boston Public Library in a 
short address after the acceptance of the 
gift by Mr Goitein. Mr Lord introduaed 
James G. McDonald, first Ambassador of the 
United States to Israel, who spoke of the 
interest in the arts in Israel, James S» 
Plautj Director of the Institute of Con- 
ii..ipc rr^y Art; whose exhibition of Seven 
Faintavd of Israel opened that evening, 
also '-.-id a few woic'.s. Others among the 
distinguished guests in the gallery were 
the Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 
the Officers of the Library, Officers and 
memberb of the Institute of Contemporary 
Art, three of the "Seven Painters of Israel', 
and most impoj'tant;, the artists themselves 
without whom there would have been no gift. 

The background of these prints is note- 
worthy. In 19U9 America was invited to 
participate in the Exposition Interna- 
tionale de la Gravure Contemporaine, held 



Division of Reference and Research Services.-the staff, Arthur W. Heintzelman, Keeper 

of Prints, Muriel' C, Rcbinson, First 



B.J.O'N. 



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PRINTS FOR ISRAEL 



On January 21 at k Poin« in the Albert 
H. Wiggin Gallery, Milton E, Lord, 
Director, made the formal presentation 



W. Heintzelman, served as chairman of the 
jury of selection which chose forty-two 
prints by leading printmakers. After the 
exhibition at the Petit Palais, the group 
was shown throughout Germany for a period 
of two years. 

On the return of the exhibition to the 
United States it was suggested that these 
artists be asked if they \?ould be willing 
to donate their work to the Israel Govern- 
ment as a gesture of good will which would 
establish the foundation for a growing 
permanent collection of American prints 
in the National Bezalel Lifuseum in Jerusalem. 
The idea was so successful that, through 
the efforts of the Print Department of the 
Boston Public Library, this original group 
of fifty artists was extended to one hun- 
dred and eight printmakers who generously 
contributed examples of their work. In- 
cluded in this group are three members of 



Assistant, and Paul B, Swenson, 



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CIVIL DEFENSE Ng.YS 

Aaron Starr, representing Francis X. 
Moloney, who is in charge of the Library's 
Civil Defense Program, and John W» Tuley, 
Co-ordinator, attended a meeting for all 
key personnel in Boston Civil Defense on 
Tuesday, January 20, at the RKO screening 
room, 122 Arlington Street, for the pur- 
pose of viewing the new Columbia full- 
length picture entitled "Invasion U.S.A." 
Sarah M. Usher, Chairman of the Library's 
Civil Defense Planning Committee, saw 
the picture during its recent showing at 
the RKO Boston Theater. She joins Mr 
Tuley and Mr Starr in strongly urging 
every member of the staff to watch for 
further showings at local theaters and to 
make it a "must" to see this graphic 
demonstration of what an enemy invasion 
of the U.S.A. would be like in this A- 
Bomb era. 

AN ACTIVE RETIRED STAFF MEMBER 

News of retired staff members is always 
interesting, but when their activities 
include service to the Boston Public Li- 
brary, the news is particularly note- 
worthy. Harry S, Bradstreet, a former 
mLiLitary substitute in the Patent Room, 
and, at present, an active member of the 
Planning Committee of the Never Too Late 
Group, addressed the Group on My Experi- 
ences in British Columbia in 1907 and 1917 



on January 29 in the Lecture Hall. In his 
usual engaging and well-poised manner, 
Mr Bradstreet reminisced about the depres- 
sion of 1907 and how it brought him, 
paradoxically, good fortune from his min- 
ing adventures in British Columbia. The 
return visit in 1917 was not as success- 
ful financially but it was worthwhile as 
a pleasure trip. Vicariously, the audi- 
ence derived much pleasure from Mr Brad- 
street's experiences, enlivened by his 
humor and dry wit. The development of 
British Columbia was brought up-to-date 
by the showing of the motion picture, 
British Columbia - Canada's Pacific Gate- 
way .. 

Helen F, Hirson 



CARE 

The CARE Committee is arranging to send 
a number of packages to the Netherlands. 
The recent disaster there should remind 
us of the great need of those who are less 
fortunate than we. 

What can be done depends on each one of 
you. Please continue to give, and give 
generously, 

Marie Has tie 

Minna Steinberg 

Walter J. Bluhm, Chairman 

NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Fiction 

Cloete, Stuart 

The curve and the tusk. 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1952 
Coles, Manning, pseud . 

Alias Uncle Hugo, 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 19^2 
Keyes, Frances P, 

Steamboat Gothic, 

New York, Messner, 19^2 
Tasaki, Hanaraa 

The mountains remain, 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 19^2 
Wentworth, Patricia, pseud . 

Ladies' bane, 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 19^2 

Non-Fiction 

Amory, Cleveland 

The last resorts. 

New York, Harper, 19^2 
Bendiner, Alfred 

Music to my eyes. 

Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania 

Press, 1952 
Bennett, Paul A,, ed. 

Books and printing. 

Cleveland, World Pub. Co., 19^1 
Brown, John M. 

As they appear. 

New York, McGraw-Hill, 1952 
Green, Martyn 

Here's a how-de-do. 

New York, Norton, 19^2 
Hall, James N. 

My island home. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 19^2 



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Hamburger, Philip P. 

J, P, Marquand, Esquire. 
.Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 19^2 
Hokinson, Helen E. 

There are ladies presents 

New Yorkj Dutton, 19^2 
Kennan, George F. 

American diplomacy, 1900-1950, 

Chicago, University of Chicago Press, ig?l 
The New Yorker 

The New Yorker twenty-fifth anniversary 

album, 1925-1950. 

New York, Harper, 1951 
Rickard, John A, 

An outline of ancient, medieval and 

modern history. 

New York, Barnes & Noble, 19U2 



lEDLINGS 



dels, photography, ceramics, crocheted and 
knitted articles, leather work, hooked and 
braided rugs and airplane models are ex- 
pected to be on display. 



Mattapan 

The Florida fever has made considerable 
inroads here. No sooner had our Branch 



Librarian /"eturned from Miami than our 
First Assistant set out for the same place. 
We hope Miss Richman's atay will be as en- 
joyable as Miss Scoff reports hers to have 
been. 



West End 



On Thursday evening, January 15, the 
Sisterhood of the Beth Jacob Hebrew School, 
held their monthly meeting at West End. 
Mary Ellis, Cataloging and Classif icatioriA group of about forty women, many of whom 
Department, Div. of R and RS became the had used the library as children, were 
bride of Bruce Lebert on Friday, February welcomed by Miss Goldstein, the Librarian. 
13 at three o'clock at St. Francis de Sales a coffee hour followed her talk, during 



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Church, Charles town. 



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G. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, of Tyler Street, 
became the bride of Lawrence Cabot Howard 
Saturday, February II4, The ceremony took 
place at St. Luke's Church in Brighton 
and a reception followed at her home in 
Brooklineo 

Mrs Howard is a former member of the 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Div. of R and RS, Mr Howard's home is in 
Iowa. He is, at present, working on his 
Doctorate at Harvard University. 

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BRANCH MOTES 



East Boston 

All staff members who have vrorked at 
East Boston and all interested friends are 
cordially invited to the Eighth Open House 
and the Second Hobby Show on Monday eve- 
ning, March ninth, from seven to ten o*eloefeLIFE AND THOUGHT. 
Under the direction of the "Friends" a 
special program of music and dancing by 
East Boston artists will be held in the 
Lecture Hall at eight o'clock. An enthu- 
siastic interest in the hobby show is ex- 
pected since the neighborhood has so many 
fine craftsmen. Jewelry making, ship mo- 



which she was assisted by Marie Hastie 
and Nura Globus, 



On Saturday afternoon, January 2U, The 
Saturday Evening Girls, a club formed • 
many years ago in the North End Branch 
Library by Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of 
Branch Libraries, Emeritus, held their 
annual meeting at West End, A surprise 
testimonial in the form of an illuminated 
scroll was presented by the club to Miss 
Goldstein, honoring her for the completion 
of thirty years of service as Branch Li- 
brarian at West End, 



On Sunday afternoon, January 25, Profes- 
sor Nahum N. Glatzer of Brandeis Univer- 
sity was honored by the Boston Jewish 
Book Month Committee at a reception and 
tea on the occasion of the publication of 
his latest book, FRANZ ROSENZlfv^IG, HIS 

Mr George Alpert, 
President of the Board of Trustees of 
Brandeis University, was Chairman and intro- 
duced Professor Glatzer to the capacity 
audience. 

An exhibit of uncommon literary and hu- 
man appeal commemorating the work and 
personality of Franz Rosenzweig, the great 



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Jewish writer and thinker, was arranged ly 
Miss Goldstein in cooperation with Pro- 
fessor Glatzer, the Trustee of the Rosen- 
zweig archives. 

A stimulating and detailed review by 
Miss Goldstein, of Dr Glatzei^-s book, ap- 
peared in ohe Jewish Advocate on Janu- 
ary 22, i9i:;3. 

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SEE N AND HEARD AT MA '■lUY INTE R MEETING 

February 3-7, 1953 

Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago 

1. Board and Committee meetings numbered 
163, "corridor conferences "twice that 
figure. 

2. The 195U ALA Conference will be held 
in Minneapolis. 

3. The ALA Federal Relations Committee 
reported that the Library Services Bill 
will be introduced into the 83d Congress 
in the near future. It is a bill to pro- 
mote the extension of public library 
service by the several states to rural 
areas now without such service or with 
inadequate service, 

k' The Board of Education for Librarian- 
ship's 1953 program will be (1) to visit 
for accrediting purposes the four un- 
accredited graduate library schools and 
as invited by the college or university 
president the library schools on the ac- 
credited list #iich now have graduate 
programs to be evaluated under the 1951 
standards and (2) to continue to explore 
the possibilities of developing coopera- 
tive programs of accrediting with regional 
accrediting associations. 

5« Library Trends , the new publication 
of the University of Illinois Library 
School, will devote its July 19Sh issue 
to the field of personnel. 

6. The American Heritage Project has 
plans for the extension of demonstrations 
in 1953-195^4. into 6 more states, 2 regions 
and 20 additional libraries. Young 
People's Programs on a demonstration basis 
are planned for 2 additional libraries. 

7. A little book entitled The Vfonderful 
World of Books edi+j-.d by Alfred Steffernd 
and published this ■n,<xitJi received atten- 



tion at the Council meeting and was for 
sale in a pocket edition in the exhibi- 
tion area. Twelve prominent librarians 
have contributed chapters to this compila- 
tion on reading, books, and libraries, 

8. Robert L. Gitler, Director of the 
Japan Library School, was flo^ATi in frcm 
Japan to make a report to the ALA Council. 
Established undex- the sponsorship of the 
ALA and the U.S. Department of the Array 
and financed by a gr^n^ from the Rockefel- 
ler Foundation the school was opant)d i.n 
April 1951 at Keio University in ToKyo,- 
The faculty is fr-^m the United States, . 
course outlines are in Japanese and 
English, and teaching is done through 
interpreters. Ilr Gitler 's report will 
appear in the ALA Bulletin . 

9. The Chairman of the Intellectual 
Freedom Committee co-nplimented the Direc- 
tor and the Boston Public Library on the 
successful conclusion to the censorship 
struggle with the Boston Post . 

10. The Fund for Adult Education of the 
Ford Foundation has made available some 
$500,000 in 1953 for a program of grants 
for training in adult education. These 
grants will take the form of internships, 
scholarships, and fellowships. Priority 
is given to four fields, one of which is 
libraries. Releases announcing the pro- 
gram and procedures will be made in pro- 
fessional journals in the near future. 

11. Pauline O'Melia, former BPL Children's 
Librarian, is on leave from Florida State 
University, School of Library Training 

and Service, to study for a doctorate at 
Columbia Teachers' College, 

12. Last but not least, Elizabeth Gordon, 
the other BPL staff member attending the 
meetingiwas seen after several days 
emerging from a meeting of supervisors 

of children's work," 

Elizabeth Wright 

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SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chier, 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily indi-j- 
Gate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

The editorial on morale which appeared 
in the December issue of The Question 
Mark appeared to many members of the 
staff to be a sincere effort to pin point 
some of the factors contributing to poor 
morale in the Library, which is more than 
mere scuttlebutt, as evidenced by the 
Morale Committee's report apnearing in the 
same issue of the publication. As the in- 
dividual responsible for the comments ex- 
pressed in the editorial is a veteran 
member of the staff, who in her profes- 
sional capacity, and as past president of 
the Professional Staff Association, has had 
wide contacts and knowledge of conditions 
throughout the system, to dismiss her 
statements as "a presentation closer *to 
rumor than to fact", as -was done in a re- 
ply to the editorial, by the Supervisor 
of Personnel, in the January Question 
tfark , was scarcely a fair or adequate 
answer. While the interpretation of sta- 
tistics regarding resignations from the 
Library during the period studied may be 
questioned, it is fairly obvious that fi]l- 
ing vacancies with qualified personnel 
has not kept pace in recent years with the 
resignations of well-trained, valuable 
members of the staff. To assert that it 
is a compliment to the Library that many 
individuals resign to accept better posi- 
tions elsewhere may be true, but one won- 
ders if in business and industry more 



thought would not be given to the impor- 
tance of retaining valuable, trained em- 
ployees (especially if the professional 
training has been completed while in the 
service of the organization) by establish- 
ing incentives, and recognizing exceptional 
qualifications. Certainly the time lag 
in granting equivalences is a question to 
be considered in this connection. 

As to the Editor's statements, quoted 
from Robert Ruark and Henry J. Taylor, 
that "staff morale seeps down from the 
top, never up from the bottom", and that 
"something is basically wrong with the 
brass, high and low, if the ranks gets 
unruly", these are cardinal principles of 
any enlightened philosophy of personnel 
administration. The assertion by the Super- 
visor of Personnel that these statements 
were quoted out of context in no way in- 
validates the ideas expressed, 

V/hile the dislocation of schedules caused 
by employees studying on library scholar- 
ships is certainly not a major cause of 
poor morale, the question of long range re- 
turns to the Library in terms of improved 
service might well be questioned, in view 
of the fact that during the eleven year 
period that scholarships have been granted 
kO% of those benefiting from them have left 
the service of the Library. It might well 
be argued that in view of these defections, 
the money spent on scholarships for a few 
could have been applied to refresher coursea.. 
etc, from which a greater number of staff 
members would have profited. 

However, the answers given by the Super- 
visor of Personnel to the points raised in 
the editorial are less open to debate than 
the general tone of the letter as a whole, I 
It is generally assumed that one of the 
primary functions of a personnel officer is 
to hear and consider grievances objectively, 
and, to conciliate, or as one authority on 
the subject has put it, to "oil up", inso- 
far as possible, the machinery of staff- 
management relations. Little evidence of 
this was apparent in the letter in ques- 
tion. Rather the attitude was one - to 
quote Mr Ruark in context-that "the \inruly 
ranks need to be~cracked down upon by the 
top brass," 

Ergo 



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To the editor of the Soap Box: 

In the December issue of The Question 
Bferk, the "Editor's Corner" was devoted 
to an attempt vo ascertain some of the 
reasons why the morale of many Boston 
Public Library staff members seems to be 
at a low ebb these days . As Q uestio n 
Mark readers will remember, a January 1953 
"Soap Box" article ansvrering this editori- 
al concerned itself primarily with a re- 
futation of the statistical figures, 
ideas and quotations contained in that 
editorial. Near its conclusion, the 
ai^icle stated that the 1952 Editor came 
''close to contributing to disturbing 
staff morale," 

Apparently the author of this article 
feels that we should not worry about los- 
ing employees to other institutions which 
offer them "advancement and increased 
remuneration". By citing the fact that 
we have one Children's Librarian who came 
from another library and assumed a rank- 
ing position here without being forced to 
take Boston Public Library professional 
examinations and another Children's Li- 
brarian "eligible" for appointment under 
these conditions, the writer feels that 
she has proved that such advancement is 
a general ruleo But even if we were to 
accept these suggestions and others con- 
tained in the article as a successful 
discrediting of the questions raised by 
the December editorial, is it fair to 
label as agitation an editorial written 
in a sincere attempt to improve a sensi- 
tive situation? 

That staff morale is low is not, actual- 
ly, a "rumor" at all. Long before the 
Pecember issue of The Question Mark , un- 
rest and dissatisfaction among staff mem- 
bers had become generally evident. The 
existence of a Professional Staff Associa- 
tion Morale Committee appointed within 
the last year reveals that many people 
felt our morale could be improvedo 
Otherwise, why have such a committee? 

By now most of us realize that the 
problems underlying this situation are 
complicated and concern many different 
facets of library functioning a Those of 
us who seek a solution to these problems 
are far from being agitators. Fear that 
others among us, besides the 1952 Q uegfcion 
Mark editorial board, may be labelled as 
such will not help to raise our morale. 
Since they are formulated by human beings, 
administrative procedures and personnel 



policies are, we realize, liable to error. 
As staff members we are not perfect either = 
But errors, vjhether in judgment or reason- 
ing, fact-finding or action, can be under- 
stood and corrected if and only if we can 
discuss them freely enough to see the many 
sides of every question, maturely enough 
to admit our human fallibility, and intel- 
ligently enough to avoid substituting 
rationalization for a sincere search for 
truth. Within our library vralls, there 
really isn't anyone Tiriio would like to 
stifle such free discussion, is there? 



To the Soap Box: 

There have existed for some time vacan- 
cies of certain positions which will have 
to be filled in the near future. If the 
"point" system is used to select candi- 
dates for these positions, what can be 
expected to happen to staff morale? 
This writer, for one, can hazard a guess. 
Morale, expressed on a percentage basis, 
will drop a few more "points". 

The point system of choosing a candidate 
is widely used in federal employment, in 
the armed services and by large corpora- 
tions. It is used by these large organi- 
zations mainly for recruiting purposes, 
that is, for screening large numbers of 
new job-seekers, individuals whose abili- 
ties are an unknown quantity. For such a 
purpose the point system represents a 
compromise - a substitute for judgment 
based on personal knowledge. But once 
hired, no such irccorsonal estimate of 
ability is continued because there is no 
"system" that can compete with the balanced 
judgment of a good supervisor, one who has 
had an opportunity to observe the abilities j 
willingness, initiative and personality 
of a potential candidate. 

In an organization with only a few hun- 
dred workers and one where promotions can 
be expected only after long years of ser- 
vice, it should not be necessary to intro- 
duce a system of promotion which assumes 
that the recommendation of a supervisor 
counts as nothing, and depends almost 
entirely upon unknwon quantities* For 
example, a degree is a degree and is not 
subject to question - the degree-holder 
did the required amount of work and study. 
Whether the degree-holder was in the top 
tenth of his class or in the middle third 
does not show up in his total of "points". 



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It has been established scientifically 
that machines can calculate faster than 
the human brain, but machines cannot 
think I The newest clerk in an office can 
add "points" up to one hundred - but the 
ansvrer is seldom one hundred percent cor- 
rect - factor X (the human element'! is 
missing. 



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To the Soap Box Editor: 

May I express not only my feelings, but 
the feelings of many members of the Staff, 
on one of the proposed moves of the Li- 
brary? 

We are told that the Bates Hall Catalog 
is to be placed in the Abbey Room. In 
our opinion this room is too beautiful to 
be cluttered up with anything. The 
Supervisor's enclosure is bad enough, but 
when those old broken-down catalogs are 
there — well, vrords fail me. Even all new 
furniture would spoil the room. 

Very often there is a real need for a 
change, but must grandeur and beauty be 
sacrificed? Why not use the area to be 
abandoned by the Registration and Issue 
Departments for the catalogs? 



To the Soap Box: 

Believing that each individual should 
consult primary material in matters of 
importance, I am submitting the text of 
the so-called "Barnes" Act so that all 
may have an opportunity to read it. 
The last meeting of the Association indi- 
cated that it might be of interest. 

NASSAC-IITSETTG MION - REGISTRATION 

(Chapter 6l8 of the Acts of 19k6 as re- 
vised by Chapter 39ii of the Acts of 19U9 
constitutes the MASSACHUSETTS UWION- 
REGISTRATION LAW, revised) 

AN ACT 

To provide that labor unions shall file 
certain statements and reports mth the 
Commissioner of Labor and Industries, 

Be it enacted by the people, and by 
their authority as follows: 

Section 1 No person or association of 
persons sl-iall operate or maintain a labor 



union unless and until there has been filed 
with the Commissioner of Labor and In- 
dustries a statement in writing signed by 
the president and the secretary of such 
labor union, setting forth the names and 
addresses of all officers of such union, 
the aims and objects of said union, the 
scale of dues, initiation fees, fines and 
assessments to be charged to the members, 
and the salaries paid to the officers. 

Section 2 The president and secretary 
of each labor union having a membership 
of more than fifty shall file annually 
with the commissioner of labor and indus- 
tries, in such form as the commissioner 
may prescribe, a report showing the total 
of its receipts of any kind and the sources 
of such receipts, and the disbursements 
made by it, during its last fiscal year. 
If any labor union files a financial state- 
ment with the department of labor of the 
United States, the filing of a duplicate 
of such statement with said commissioner 
shall be sufficient to meet the require- 
ments of this section. 

Section 3 The Commissioner shall have 
the power to require by summons the attend- 
ance and testimony of witnesses, the pro- 
duction of books, papers, and documents, 
and to administer oaths. 

Section h The Comjnissioner of Labor 
and Industries shall keep a record of all 
statements and reports submitted to him 
under the provisions of this -chapter^ all 
of which shall be open to public inspec- 
tion. He shall report to the attorney i 
general instances of neglect or omission \ 
on the part of any person or association 
of persons to comply with the provisions 
of this chapter for the enforcement of 
penalties therefor. 

Section 5 Whoever violates either sec- 
tion one or section two, or whoever know- 
ingly makes or files a statement or re- 
port under section one or section two, 
which statement or report is false in any 
material representation, shall be punished 
by a fine of not less than fifty or more 
than five hundred dollars. 

M.F.D. 



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To the Soap Box Editor: 

Recently, on a cold January evening, 
while writing about one of our early 
begetters in these here ensuing verses, 
I remembered the many times I had trodden 
on his gilded name imbedded in the floor 
of the Front Lobby, and like all men en- 
gaged in serious research, I wanted to 
check at once the exact spot. So I put 
my overcoat on and walked over to the 
Library ( i live nearby) . Unfortunately 
lihe large dark mats had already been 
spread on the floor for the season, and, 
besides I had fractured my left elbow 
some weeks before, so when I began, one- 
armed, and overcoated, to lift up one 
corner of the mat, I got some very curi- 
ous gazes from the people in the Lobby, 
as if I were one of those derelicts men- 
tioned in a recent Examining Committee 
Report. (Editor's Note*. 19^0-51 report, 
page IC) So I went upstairs and put my 
problem to John McCafferty who was on 
duty in the General Reference Eepartment 
that evening, and he, brisk, hatless, 
and coatless, and looking every yard the 
Library official, came right down with 
me, and helped me lift up the mats and 
uncover the name. To the spectators we 
immediately began to look like people 
engaged in a very laudable Yankee activi-tj^ 
perhaps looking for a lost dime, and they 
not only stopped their hostile staring, 
but almost indicated approval and desire 
to help. So I want to record here my 
great appreciation to Mr McCafferty, who 
is not only a sturdy and courteous and 
cheerf\il answerer of all sorts of abstruse 
•questions which come his way all day, but 
an expert lifter-upper of Library mats 
as well. 

Harry Andrews 



THE BPL, OR WAPLIN BEBOPPED 

38. 
Lib'ry surface has been spanned, 

Now its spirit understand: 
See behind the stone and brick. 

What made it and what makes it tick; 
Call to mind the early thought. 

All the labor that was wrought. 
First the dream and then the deed, 

Oak spriJing froin acorn seed. 



39. 

"An institution," the saying ran, 

"Is lengthened shadow of one man." 
But BPL idea was shared; 

I&ny were the ones who cared; 
Many were the pioneers. 

Battled ignorance and fears ; 
Thought and planned and labored well, 

To create this BPL. 

iiO. 
Summon hither shade by shade. 

Them who contributions made; 
Them who talked and begged and raved, 

Them -who gave and helped and slaved; 
Them yiho canvassed all the city. 

Or merely sat on a committee; 
Them who helped with bricks and straw, 

Them who squared things with law, 

Ui. 

Shade the First is now on stage. 

He belongs on foremost page; 
He it was in grand appeal. 

Fired Boston's youth with zeal; 
His Contagious energy 

Atomized all lethaj-gy; 
Nimble*minded, eloquent. 

Converts made wherever he went. 

U2. 
Veritriloqjaiam got him faoa, 

Impersonations won acclaim; 
Kings and emperors applauded, 

Thespian arts were hugely lauded; 
Books and libraries his passion. 

Hoped to bring them into fashion; 
Man of charm and grace and whimsy, 

I read all this in J. P. Quincy. 

U3. 
But brass is brass in every age, 

To some he was an outrage; 
Charlatan to "Boston Proper", 

Foreigner and interloper; 
Spoke with accent and grimace, 

Mobile, animated face; 
Gestures helped him in his say - 

' Tain't the Anglo-Saxon way. 

But the young they congregated. 

Liked what Frenchy advocated; 
Listened gravely and saluted, 

Whereazzed and resoluted; 
And persuaded nearly all, 

That the guy was on the ball. 
Mayor, counoil said OK - 

The BPL was on its way. 



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h5. 
City Hall made home for tomes, 

He had brought from Paris homes; 
Books were few but chosen well. 

Nucleus of BPL; 
Honor's due and much applause, 

This primal mover in our cause. 
Doff your hats to spirit rare - 

ALEXANDRE VATTEMARE. 

Shade the Second's quite a change. 

He had quite a different range j 
Native of the oldest stock, 

Ancestors on Plymouth Rock; 
Scholar-statesimn of renown, 

Famed in every U.S. town; 
President of Thursday Club, 

Foremost citizen of Hub. 

U7. 
The Gods had marked him from the start. 

To play a grand, exalted parti 
Harvard grad at seventeen. 

Highest honors ever seen; 
Brattle Square pulpit won, 

Great Buckminster outshone; 
Preached with eloquence and grace, 

With boyish down still on face. 

U8. 
Even after fifty years 

Some recalled with unshamed tears. 
How the graceful young patrician. 

Held them spellbound like magician; 
How his ■roice had stirred the throng, 

Sweet, mellifluous, and strong; 
Men repented wasted days, 

Sinners swore to mend their ways. 

U9. 
Harvard's Greek professor next. 

Expert in recondite text; 
Editor and critic too 

On North American Review; 
Decade spent in Congress halls, 

Oratory still enthralls ; 
Honors came at faster rate, 

Soon was Governor of state. 

50. 

Envoy to St. James's Court, 

Amiaassador of finest sort; 
Learned, eminent, benignant. 

He could quick become indignant. 
If one tried to treat off-hand. 

His well-beloved native land. 
After term in England spent. 

He "was Harvard's president. 



51. 

Secretary then of State, 

Tried his best to stem the hate. 
Which becoming raging flood, 

Was at last resolved in blood. 
Stayed in Senate season brief. 

And returned home in grief; 
Toured the country thereupon, 

In behalf of Washington. 

52. 

Then retired from his labors, 

Well-beloved by friends and neighbors; 
Taught the rest of life entire, 

What had alvrays stirred his fire : 
Safeguard freedom's institutions. 

But no bloody revolutions; 
Keep tradition with no flaw. 

Have both liberty and law. 

■53 » 

He knew the bane of humankind 

Were corrupters of the mind; 
Knew the peril to the state. 

From ignorant electorate; 
Preached that greatest boon to nation. 

Was more and better education; 
Only those shall be free. 

Who understand this Liberty. 

5U. 

But the higher education 

Was denied to most of nation; 
Colleges were scarce and new. 

Open only to the few; 
Even learned Boston town. 

Second Athens in reneim. 
Offered chances few or none. 

After Public School vras done. 

So this great and famous man 

Joined with others in a plan: 
Thought that Boston's greatest need, 

Was a place for men to read; 
Sort of buffer state of knowledge. 

Between the High School and the College; 
Could anything do this so well 

As a people's BPL? 

56. 

And he wrote to Boston's Itayor, 

Man of understanding rare: 
Urging with persuasive skill, 
What a void this plan would fill; 
Offered minus recompense. 

Vast array of documents; 
Books, advice, and help as well. 

For the start of BPL. 



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57. 
Thought the building should be neat, 

Convenient, studious retreat; 
So great would be the people's pride, 

That all its needs would be supplied 
From eager, generous donations - 

No need of vast appropriations. 
Like A.L.A. in Fifty-Two, 

Books were basic in his view. 

Scholar, Patriot, gentle n:an, 

Noblest of the Yankee clan; 
Sweet persuasion served him well, 

To get support for BPL; 
Labored long without cease, 

President of first Trustees; 
Thus the BPL began, 

Under aegis of great nan. 

59. 
His services grew more and more, 

From '52 to '6ii. 
His passing like a shadov,r fell. 

On Boston and the BPL. 
Mount Auburn holds his dust, 

But his fame will never rust. 
Incalculable is the debt 

We owe EDWARD EVERETT. 



LATE FLASH 



Mr and Mrs Robert Oxley announce the 
birth of a son, Douglas Gordon, on 
January 2U. Mrs Oxley is the former 
Ursula Von Zarsk of East Boston. 



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COMITTEE CHAIRMEN FOR 1953 

Program 

Edna G, Peck, Book Selection, Divi- 
sion of Home Reading and Community 
Services 

Entertainment 

May C, McDonald, Cha^lesto^^^l 

Constitution 

Leonard J. Macmillan, Book Purchasing 

Membership and Hospitality 

Mrs Veronica M. Lehane, Memorial 

Publications 

Charles J. Gillis, Cataloging and 
Classification, Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services 

Staff Library 

Grace M. Marvin, Book Purchasing 

House Committee for Women 

Catherine M. McDonald, Personnel Office 

House Committee for Men 

Donald L. Newman, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics 

Care 

Walter J. Blvihm, Periodical and News- 
paper 

Hartzell Memorial Lecture 
Madelene P. Holt, Neponset 

Concessions 

Paul R. Smith, Book Purchasing 

Pensions 

Louis Polishook, Patent Room 

Special Services 

M. Catherine Robbins, Business Office 

Publicity 

G. Florence Connolly, Fine Arts 



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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE M. L. A. 

MID-WINTER MEETING 
SHERATON PLAZA, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1953 



9:15 A.M. Regis t ration (50(i) 

10:00 A.M, Panel 

Topic: The Far East Today nVAL ROOM 

11:00 A.M. SECTION MEETINGS 

Public Library G roup " THE FOYER 

Topic: From Purchase to Use; an informal 
discussion of pictures, pamphlets, 
recordings and films o 

College Library Group PARLOR G 

Topic: Glimpses Into Other Lands 

Institutional Librarians PARLOR 131 

Topic: Reading for Rehabilitation 

Round Tabl e of C hildren's Libraria ns HUB ROOM 
Topic: Let'S Talk About Cnildren's Books 
in Series 

Round Table of Librarians for Young Adults PARLOR 133 



Topic: The Library, Youth, and the Community 



1:00 P.M. Luncheon 



THE BALLROOM 



Topi-: Hew Romania Lost Her Freedom 
Speaker: Her Royal Highness 

Princess Ileana of Romania 



2:00 P.M. Business Meeting 



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KRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27,1953 
FILM SHOWING IN LECTURE. HAL L, 8*.50 RM. 

Reception and Refreshments in Teachers' Pepartment 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE 

Nura Globus, Chairman 
Margaret A. Morgan Sarah M. Usher 

Elizateth J. Obear Irene J. Wadsworth 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume VIII, Number 3 March 19g3 

Publications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, Geraldine S. Herrick, John J, McCafferty, 

Sarah M. Usher, Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material: 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

Public library employees are people - 
but people set apart from the great 
majority of workers who are "private" 
employees. These two groups are essenti- 
ally different, not as people but in the 
conditions and pressures under which they 
serve. While a private employee is re- 
sponsible only to his immediate superior, 
■the public library employee is responsiblej, 
to, and is judged by, every member of the 
public with whom he comes in contact. 
This judgment by the members of the public 
very often takes the form of criticism 
of the service rendered or criticism of 
the person offering the service. In many 
cases this criticism is unjust - to the 
library and to the employee. 

Public libraries are, in one sense, 
business organizations that have no 
commodity to sell except the service they 
render. Since service is the only yard- 
stick by which the library is measured, 
it behooves every employee to keep in 
mind the fact that he is constantly pil- 
ing up credits and debits for the library. 
Once this fact is realized, he must 
accept more responsibility, he must keep 
his standards of performance at a high 
level and do more than is required of 
the private employee. 

On the other side of the ledger is the 
responsibility of the general public to 
the library employee. Pride in a job 
well done is not enough in our material- 
istic society - adequate remuneration 
should; be 'the reward for top performance. 
This subject has been under investigation 
by the Morale Committee (along with other 
morales -building questions) and is one 
that is fundamental to the whole problem 
of library service. We will not attenpt 
to anticipate the findings of the Commit- 
tee 's report w5riich will deal with the 
specific problems of the Boston Public 
Library. The magnitude of the problem 



is nation-wide and has been dealt with in 
many ways. The problem of salary scales 
for public libraries - salary scales 
which will be adequate in relation to 
those of private industry - is one which 
has not yet been solved. 

As library employees we can help our- 
selves and our public by maintaining the 
highest standards of efficiency and 
integrity, by understanding the limita- 
tions and advantages of our jobs, by 
educating the public in the belief that it 
is good business to require top performance 
in library service and that this service 
must pay adequate salaries to attract ai^d 
hold top people, 

C .J >G, 

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PERSONAL NOTES 

New Employees 

John W, Hoffman, Audio-Visual, 

Margaret J, Drago, Adams Street. 

Anne B, Doherty, Charlestown, formerly 
part-time . 

Marjorie E. Hicks, Uphams Corner. 

Lawrence K. Vezin, Open Shelf. 

Joseph J. Foley, Book Preparation, 
formerly employed in Shipping. 

Geraldine R, Cudmore, Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Div. of HR&CS, 
formerly of the Book Stack Service, 

M. Henry Karsh, Audio-Visual. 

Transfers 

Mrs Patience-Anne Lenk, from Connolly 
to the Children's Section, Open Shelf. 

Mrs Marie J. Benner, from Bookmobile II 
to Connolly. 

Mrs Aura G. Watson, from Charlestown to 
Bookmobile II. 



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Madeline V, Mcfenus, from Open Shelf 
to Bookmobile lie 

Dorothy L. Dodsworth, from South End 
to West End. 

Hope B. Brown, from Adams Street to 
Charlestoiwio 

Resignations 

John F, Buckley, Book Preparation. 

Ifery B. Clarke, Book Stack Service, to 
accept another position, 

Mrs Claire S. Grushey, Kirstein Business 
Branch, to remain at home. 

Wilfrid D, Lahaie, Open Shelf, to join 
the Order of Cistercians of the Strict 
Observance, St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, 
Mass. 

Mrs Bernadette F, 'Callahan, Roslindale, 
to live in Virginia. 

Stork Events 

Mr and Mrs Vincent Puglisi announce the 
birth of a daughter, Rene Phyllis, on 
January 28, Mrs Puglisi is the former 
Pauline Uccello of the Cataloging and 
Classification Department for Reference 
and Research Services. 

Mr and Mrs Jack Trocki have anno\inced 
the birth of twins — Joseph Julius and 
John Francis — on February 18, Mrs Trocki 
was formerly Edith Sliney, Office of 
Records, Files, Statistics, 

Mr and Mrs Donald Gillis announce the 
birth cf a daughter, Judith, on Iferch 8. 
Mrs Gillis is the forusr Patricia Morley 
of the Office of Division of Home Reading 
and Ccmmunity Services, 

Mr and Mrs Donald Koslow, Kirstein 
Business Branch, have announced the birth 
cf a daughter on March 9, 

Wedding 

Mary J. Bradley of Bookmobile I became 
the bride of John J, Dowd at three o'clock 
Sunday afternoon, February 22 o The 
ceremony took place at St. Mary's Church 
in Charles town, and a dinner reception 
followed at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 
The bride was lovely in white satin and 
the net yoke of her gown was embroidered 
with seed pearls. Her. finger-tip veil 
TTas caught by a coronet-style headpiece, 
and she carried a narcissus bouquet. 



The bride was given in marriage by her 
father and her sister attended her as 
maid of honor. The brother of the groom 
acted as best man. Jilany of the bride's 
friends from the library staff were pre- 
sent at the event. The couple flew to 
New York City for a brief wedding trip 
before the groom returned to duty in the 
U.S. Eferine Corps in North Carolina. 

THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

The Director and the Chief of Book 
Selection, Home Reading Services, were 
invited to represent the Boston Public 
Library at a cocktail party given in 
honor of Sfiss Eleanor Ruggles, author 
of the recently published Prince of 
players , at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on- 
Thursday, February 26. 

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A. Gertrude Barry was the guest of honor 
at the Sheraton Plaza Hotal on Friday, 
March 6, when the staff of the Personnel 
Office celebrated her engagement to 
Mr Bernard F. Dcherty of the Binding 
Department.- 



ALUMNI NOTES 

Francis X. Scannell, formerly of the 
Reference Division in the Boston Public 
Library, has resigned from the Detroit 
Public Library to became Coordinator of 
Libraries for the State of Michigan. 
His new address is State Library, 
Lansing 13, Michigan. 



A tea was held at the West Roxbury 
Branch Library on February 17, in honor 
of Carrie L, Morse, Branch Librarian 
Emeritus, to celebrate her ninetieth 
birthday. The guests included Geneva 
Watson, Branch Librarian Emeritus, a 
few of Miss Morse's personal friends, and 
the Branch staff. A decorated birthday 
cake and two-toned pink carnations carried 
out the color scheme for the occasion. 
After the presentation of the gift of a 
white and gold stole, slides of old West 
Roxbury were shown. These recalled with 
pleasure many of the places and people 
Miss Morse had known in the community in 
which she was born and served for so many 
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BON VOYAGE 

Accompanied by her father and sister, 
Laura Abate, Office of the Division of 
Reference and Research Services , is fly- 
ing to Rome on April }, to be there for 
Easter Sunday^ 7/hiile Mr Abate visits in 
Rome, his daughters will travel through 
France and Switzerland, The entire trip 
will take two months. 



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Winifred Root, Kirstein Business Branch, 
sails on April first on the Ryndam, Her 
travels through France, Holland, and 
possibly Belgium will include a visit 
with her brother in The Hague. She will 
be gone seven weeks. 



Paul Tibbetts, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation Department, Div. of HR&CS will 
sail aboard the Liberte on April 30, with 
other members of The Cecilia Society on 
a good-will tour of France. 

RETIREMENTS 

On Gatuday afternoon, February 28, 1^3, 
the Staff of the Connolly Branch Library 
and many former library associates of 
Mrs Susan W. Renfrew, gathered together 
at JOSEPH'S for a luncheon in honor of 
her retirement. 

It was with considerable surprise and 
regret that members of the Staff learned 
of Mrs Renfrew's retirement. Her genuine 
en-^.husiasm for, as well as her active 
participation in, her library work, 
together with all her varied social 
undertakings, belie the fact that the 
calendar has spoken. 

The luncheon was particularly festive, 
with colorful jonquils and purple iris, 
and decorative place cards. The guest 
of honor was presented with a Jefferson 
"Golden Hour" clock for her new home 
which is being built in Florida. She i 
expects to spend her winters in Florida j 
and the suroraers in Cambridge, Massachusetts 
and Vermont. 

Margaret A. Morgan, Branch Librarian, 
spoke briefly of the sense of loss 
Connolly feels in no longer having Mrs 
Renfrew's able and discerning assistance. | 
Elizabeth Ross, Branch Librarian Emeritus,! 
Godman Square, read a clever and amusing 



poem which she had composed for the 
occasion. 

All of Mrs Renfrew's library associates 
will miss her a great deal. She is at 
present basking in the Florida sunshine, 
and we hope warmed with the many, many 
good wishes sincerely offered to her 
upon the completion of her service with 
the Boston Public Library. 

Officer EdT\'ard Egan, assigned to the 
Boston Public Library for almost twenty 
years, retired February 28, 

On Friday, February 27, Mrs Anne Vinni- 
combe retired from Library Service, after 
working 19 years in Book Purchasing. 
Besides being a very productive, efficient, 
persevering worker, Mrs Vinniconbe was 
also noted for her extra-cheery disposi- 
tion. She brightened the day for all 
her co-workers in many ways. She added 
to the friendly atmosphere of the depart- 
ment with the fresh flowers she brought 
in every day. Everyone that came in 
contact with Mrs Vinnicombe became her 
steadfast friend, for she gave her 
assistance readily to others. 

Mrs Vinnicombe is a direct descendant 
of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and she is 
devoted to his poetry and his historical 
background. Her stories of Longfellow 
were interesting and informative. Her 
knowledge of foreign languages is pro- 
ficient. She it was "nho deciphered 
many a foreign communication that led to 
better relationships between this library 
and our foreign dealers. 

Mrs Vinnicombe 's position can be filled, 
but Mrs Vinnicombe cannot be replaced. 
Good Luck, Mrs Vinnicombe. 

G.D.H. 

MISS RUGGLES SPEAKS 
AT DIVISION MEETING 

At the regular monthly meeting of the 
officers of the Home Reading and Com- 
munity Services, Miss Eleanor Ruggles, 
author of the recently published Prince 
of players , was the guest speaker. Despite 
the acclaim her book is receiving — front 
page laudatory reviews in practically all 
the literary periodicals, chosen as Book 
of the month for March and purchased by 
Twentieth Century Fox for filming — 
Miss Ruggles seems refreshingly untouched 



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by all the fanfare. She is a delightful 
person and a charming speaker. She told 
the group some of her research experiences 
and concluded by reading very effectively 
one small portion from the text of Prince 
of players . Following the meeting, Mi'sa 
Ruggles was the luncheon guest of the 
Adult Book Review Committee, Mrs A. Andei- 
man, Mrs M. C. Javelin, and Miss Fanny 
Goldstein. 

DATE-LINE FLORIDA 

Members of the staff who are now or 
have been lately in sunny Florida are: 

Elizabeth M, Gordon 

John J. Connolly and family 

J. Loring McNally 

Edward Maynard 

Patrick Kennedy 

Abraham B. Snyder 

Mrs Susan B, Renfrew 

NEWEERY-CALDECOTT AWARDS 

Hi Ho come to the party I And we did 
just that at k o'clock on Monday, March 
9th, to hear announced the Newbery and 
Caldecott winners for 1952 at the same 
hour that the a-v\'a.rds were made in New 
York City, We too in the Children's 
Room had voted. Miss Armstrong was the 
fortunate one. She guessed both winners 
and the first of the runners up for each. 
Miss Haviland, a member of the Newbe-^y- 
Caldecott Committee, was hostess. Miss 
Armstrong rated a sundae with all the 
fixings and the rest of the Staff de- 
licious ice cream. The winners and 
runners up are as follows : 

Newbery Award 

Ann Nolan Clark — Secret of the Andes 



(Viking) 



Runners -up 



E. B, White ~ Charlotte's Web (Harper) 
Eloise McGraw — Moccasin Trail 

(Coward) 
Ann Weil — Red Sails to Capri (Viking) 
Alice Dalgliesh — The Bears on Hem- 
lock Mountain (Scribner) 
Genevieve Foster — Birthdays of Free- 
dom (Scribner) 



Caldecott Award 

Lynd Ward — The Biggest Pear (Houghton) 

Runners -up 

Jfercia Brown — Puss in Boots (Scribner) 
Robert McClcskey — One Morning in 

Maine (Viking) 
Fritz Eichenberg — Ape in a Cape 

( Hare our t) 
Margaret Floy Graham — The Storm Book, 

by Charlotte Zolotow (Harper) 
J\iliet Kepes — Five Little Monkeys 

(Houghton) 

THE B.P.L. ON RADIO AND TV 

In connection with the 5lst annual 
meeting of the American Jewish Historical 
Society at the Library in February, 
Rabbi Isidore S. Meyer, librarian and 
editor of the Society came to Boston and 
appeared on several radio and television 
broadcasts which were arranged for him 
through the Information Office : Thurs- 
day, February 12, over WBZ-TV, and WBMS 
and February 13, over WCOP. 

Alfrieda M, Mosher, cultivation secre- 
tary of the International Institute of 
Boston, whose collection of crosses was 
featured in the Lenten exhibit In the 
north and south corridors during February, 
appeared on WBZ-TV Ash Wednesday, 
February 18. 

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Charles Angoff , author of In the morn - 
ing light was interiT-ewed by Fanny 
Goldstein over W^^'OM Sunday, March 15. 

\/ 

On Thursday, March 5, Miss Goldstein 
inter^riewed Eleanor Ruggles author of 
Prince of players over WBI/IS, 

On Sunday, March 8, over WVOM, Nahum 
N. Glatzer, Professor of Jewish History 
at Erandeis University, distinguished 
author of ■ Frana Ro s enzweig, His Life 
g nd Thought and the new Passover Haggadah 
was interviewed by Fanny Goldstein, 

OVERHEARD IN OUR ELEVATOR 

Old Lady (to operator) "Will this take 
me to the Geeanogical Department?" 

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THE B.P.L. IN PRINT 

The Boston Sunday Globe for February 
1$ carried a feature story about the 
Library's display of Arosrican books of 
Jei'Tish interest J highlighting the Bay 
Psalm Book, The story was accompanied 
by a photograph of Lee M. Friedman^ 
Trustee, and Rabbi Isidore Meyer examin- 
ing one of the Library's copies of this 
valuable book. 

Reviews of Charles Angoff 's new book 
In the Morning Light by Fanny Goldstein 
appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe, 
February 22, and in the Boston Jewish 
Advocate of Thursday, March 12, 

CONGRATUUTIONS 
TO 

Milwaukee Public Library on its 75th 
Anniversary, 

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First issue of the "United Staff News'! 
a combined operation of the Staff Associa' 
tions of Brooklyn, New York and Que ens - 
borough Public Libraries. 

East Boston, featured on the March 1953 
blotter distributed by the First National 
Bank of Boston as part of its "First in 
Boston" series • The first branch build- 
ing is pictured, 

TAKE A BOW 

Many thanks to the CARE Committee of 
1951 and 1952 under the chairmanship of 
May McDonald, assisted by Marie Hastie 
and Emilia Lange, The novel and clever 
ideas produced by this committee con- 
tributed greatly to the success of this 
worthy cause, TAKE A BCW, CARE Committee, 

GIFTS 

The exhibition of water colors by the 
Israeli painter, Mordechai Avniel, which 
took place at the West End Branch from 
January 23 to February 5, had an unusual 
and profitable outcome for the Branch. 
Morris Shapiro, a trustee of Brandeis 
University, and a personal friend of the 
Mayor of Haifa, Israel, purchased a 
watercolor of Haifa and presented it to 
West End, hoping that it would be a 
symbolic cultural link between Israel and 
the Jewish community of Boston, 



A Port of Boston in the New England 
Economy 1930-1950 , by Francis X. Kennedy, 
was presented to the Library by his 
father, James S. Kennedy, Book Stack 
Service. The author is a former staff 
member, 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

At the first meeting of the Executive 
Board in 1953 there was read a preliminary 
and partial report from the Committee to 
Investigate the Implications of Register- 
ing the Association with the Commissioner 
of Labor and Industries under the Barnes 
Act, In the report it was recommended 
that the Committee be "enlarged to seven 
members in order to explore properly the 
implications of such registration," and 
"that the Association be registered under 
Chaper 6I8 of the General Laws Barnes 
Act as soon as feasuble in order to conform 
with the law," Since this recommendation 
was based on informal opinions of per- 
sons whose names could not be used, the 
Executive Board instructed the Committee 
to obtain a written opinion from the City 
Law Department. It was also decided that 
since the Barnes Act ties in with the 
Resolution, re: polling the membership 
about the interpretation of Article II (b) 
of the Constitution as including questions 
of hours, wages, classification of wages, 
etc, which was originally tabled, it should 
still be held up until more information 
is obtained. When it was learned that 
the City Law Department's services were 
not available to a staff association a 
special meeting of the Executive Board 
was called on 20 February and it was 
voted to have the President instruct the 
Committee 1) to try to obtain a written 
legal opinion based on the Association's 
Constitution and a history of its activi- 
ties as to Tflhether the Association is 
now required to register under the Barnes 
Act, or whether an affirmative vote on 
the interpretation of Article II (b) 
would require this registration, and 2) 
if this were not possible to try to ascer- 
tain the cost of such an opinion. 

One of the original members of the 
Committee, Mrs Mary Blute LaFollette, 
South End Branch Library, has left the ' 
Library on a six-months' leave of absence. 
The following members of the Staff 
Association have kindly agreed to serve 
on the Committee to assist Mrs Irene H. 
Tuttle and Pauline Winnick: 



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Kenneth C, Barnes j Periodical and 

Newspaper 

G, Florence Connolly^ Fine Arts 
Moorfield Storey, Jr., Rare Book 
ScL^rah M-, Usher, Office of Records, 

Files ; and Statistics 

Pauline A. Walker, West Roxbury Branch 

There have been requests from Associa- 
tion members for personal subscriptions 
to 'y\if! QueoT Jon Mark . Because of the 
cleriuc.1 work involved if the mailing 
list --should reach any large proportion, 
it has been recommended that instead of 
personal subscriptions, wider distribu- 
tion should be tried. In addition to the 
one issue sent to each unit, there will 
be sent one extra copy for each additional 
floor in each unit or one extra copy for 
uTiits having more than 10 Association 
members, two extra copies for units hav- 
ing more than 20 Association members, 
etCo Please cooperate with your staff 
representatives who have the responsibili- 
ty of receiving, distributing and main- 
taining files of The Question Mark . 

B.J.O'N. 

PSA rOUBLE FEATURE EVENING 

On Friday evening, February 27, the 
BPLPSA held the first social meeting of 
1953 » In the Lecture Hall over seventy 
members gathered to meet the new officers 
and view three of the best films from tha 
Audio-Visual Section collection. 

President O'Neil was introduced by 
the M.C. of the meeting, Nura Globus. 
Mr O'Neil gave a warm welcome to all 
present and thanked the members of the 
Program and Entertainment Con-iraittees, 
who were responsible for the su.cce3s of 
the occasion. He also thanked Mrs Javelin 
for her part in arranging the film pro- 
gram. Other officers of the PSA were 
then introduced by Miss Globus. 

The film program was moving and stimu- 
lating? "Miracle on Skis'* is a revelation 
of courage over adversity _, beir:g the 
story of two lo^-amputees who mane.ged 
to become expert skiers in spite of their 
handicaps. "Moor's Pa vane" is a ballet 
based on Shakespeare's Othello s IV^isic 
and color are very fine© *'Porapeii and 
Vesuvius" was the third film shown. 
This color film is informative of the 
life and architecture of ancient Pompeii. 



After the film program everyone was 
invited by Miss Globus to go to the former 
Children's Room where the Entertainment 
Committee provided punch, homemade cookies 
and delicious tiny eclairs. Curing this 
period of refresknent the m.em.bers had an 
opportunity to meet the new officers o 
At about ten o'clock the meeting was over« 

WHY SHOU LD I J OIN MY 

Faof^,ss io na l f; ? .nLY? 

A, The organizations have worthy goals: 

(1) To advance the interest of tb£ pro- 
fession of librarianship (for welfare), 

(2) To elevate the character of the pro- 
fession of librarianship (for status), 

(3) To promote the cause of libraries 
(for professional service). 

B. The organizations give valuable 
services: (l) They provide leadership 
in policy making. (2) They promote 
legislation for improving library services, 
(3) They conduct research into library- 
needs and finances, trends and methods 

in librarianship, (h) They promote a 
public relations program for correctly 
interpreting needs and services to the 
lay public. 

0, The organizations have worked for 
me many years. They have "put a floor" 
under the profession. I owe my loyalty 
and service to further that program, 

^J WiAT IS MY DUTY TO MY 
PROFESSIONAL FAMILY ? 

A. To join all — local, state and 
national. 

B. To attend meetings of the organiza- 
tions, 

C. To think critically and offer 
constructive suggestions on professional 
policies. 

D. To keep informed on all current 
civic and professional issues* 

E. To extend sincere loyalty to all 
my colleagues r, 

F. To reflect pride in my profession- 

G. To cooperate in setting and main- 
taining ever higher professional 
standards. 

H. To serve the community sincerely. 



ALA Membership Committee 



WELCOME TO NCT MEMBERS OF BPLPSA 

Margaret F, Ambrose, Roslindale 
Barbara E, Cotter, Connolly- 
Anne B. Doherty, Charlestovm 
Mrs Mairreen Eriksen, Egleston Square 
John J, Hallahan, Open Shelf 
Girard D, Hottleman, Book Purchasing 
Doris R. Kelleher, Cataloging and 

Classification, Div. of R&RS 
Mary Z, Lynch, Book Stack Service 
Irene M, McCarty, Book Stack Service 
Mary M. Mehlnan, Brighton 
Helen K. Murphy, Book Stack Service 
Joan M. Sughrue, Registration 

VISITORS 

Mr Trevor Parfitt, USIS Library, 
London. 

In cooperation with the Ifessachusetts 
Schools Student Government Exchange 
Program the Library arranged for a visit 
of ten students from the Milton High 
School and the Girls Latin School of 
Boston and their faculty advisors on 
Monday, March 9» On March 16 a group 
from the Stoneham High School and the 
Dorchester High School for Girls with 
their faculty advisors also visited under 
the same program* These students had 
an opportunity to observe some of the 
behind-the-scenes activities of the 
Library. 

The program was arranged under the 
supervision of John J. Desmond, Jr» 
Commissioner of Education, and Thomas J. 
Curtin, Director of American Citizenship, 
of the Massachusetts Department of 
Education. 

LENTEN READING 

An encouraging sign of the times is the 

popularity and public interest in the 

Lenten Reading Section in Open Shelf. 

This display of reading matter of a 

spiritual rature contains volumes which 

range in depth from simple homilies and 

brief lives of the saints to the more 

abstract vrorks of Aquinas, Augustine and 

Niebuhr. An attempt is made to supply 

as wide a variety as possible in order 

that the casual browser and the serious 

student may both find items of interest. 

At a time when the reading tastes of the 

public is often felt to be on a low plane, 

it is gratifying to have this suspicion 

dispelled by a definite trend toward such 

worthwhile material. .„ „ „ 

ff.T. Casey 



MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 
MID-WINTER tlEETING FEB. 19 
SHERATON PLAZA HOTEL 

General Session 

The mid-winter meeting opened on an 
international note with a discussion of 
The Far East Today , by William K. Beech, 
foreign correspondent and Nieman Fellow 
at Harvard University, and Dr Douglas 
Paauw, Research Assistant with the center 
of International Studies at M.I.T. Doubl- 
ing for two other scheduled participants 
who were unable to be present because of 
illness, the speakers focused their dis- 
cussion on a summary of the present 
Administrations unfolding Far Eastern 
policy, and the necessity for a sjTnpathetic 
understanding by the western powers of 
the basic forces -at work in that whole 
troubled area today. Recently returned 
from a six-year assignment in Korea and 
Japan, Mr Beech described our policy as 
essentially one of gradual disengagement, 
with a withdrawal of American troops from 
Korea, and French troops from Indo-China 
the ultimate goal. Releasing these forces, 
he pointed out, will correct the present 
badly balanced distribution of western 
strength, and permit the building up of a 
"mobile reserve" which may be used in the 
event of Soviet aggression anywhere in 
the world. Estimating that at present 
70^ of the Korean front is now manned by 
ROK troops, Mr Beech described them as 
excellent soldiers •v\^o can fight as well 
as our own troops if they have adequate 
support. While he recognized that the 
Koreans have a powerful incentive to fight 
in U.S. support of their republic, the 
speaker was less certain that a native 
army can be built up in Indo-China because 
of French reluctance to make concessions 
to their independence in recent years. 
As the policy he outlined is essentially 
a long range one, he foresaw no spectacu- 
lar developments in the immediate future, 
but emphasized a long continuing need for 
logistical support in these two areas. 

Singling out South East Asia as the 
most critical region in the Far Eastern 
picture, Dr Paauw questioned whether its 
national aspirations can be resolved with- 
in a democratic framework, because of the 
social, economic, and political backwardness 
of the people. The solution, he emphasized, 
is primarily educational — ^both of the 
people of the east and the west. Pointing 
to the vast gulf between the educated 
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he declared mass participation in the 
fight for independence is essential if 
totalitarianism is to be averted. Unless 
these problems are resolved in a democra- 
tic way, with a sympathetic understanding 
on our part, he concluded that the out- 
look for the western world is a gloomy 
onee 

L.S.M. 

College Library Group 

After a shift of meeting place, the 
group settled in the Oval Room of the 
Sheraton Plaza for its spring meeting. 
Barbara Hubbard of Mt. Holyoke College 
Library, the chairman, told of the 
College Library Group and then introduced 
the speakers, 

Margot J, Jacobsen of Halden, Norway, 
now connected with UNESCO in New York, 
related in detail the development of 
libraries and library schools in Norway, 
and how the attempts of the Nazis to 
prune Norwegian collections of Anti- 
Nazi literature were frustrated by having 
such books destined for burning suddenly 
"disappear". Later she reported on the 
library training program by which the 
"aspirant" combines work and study, 

Marina G, Dayritt, University of the 
Philippines, now a student at Simmons 
Library School, told of the libraries in 
that country, and related their favor- 
able prospects for future development. 
She disclosed the loss of the valuable 
library collections at the University 
during the Japanese occupation, and 
explained the ways by which some of that 
material is being replaced. 

Douglas W. Bryant, Administrative 
Assistant Librarian of Harvard College 
Library, spoke of the International 
Library Association and its work through 
affiliated governmental bureaus « 

The final speaker, Rae C, Kipp, made a 
strong plea for the new Gift Coupon 
Promotion Project of UNESCO by which 
communitites order needed library 
materials to be supplied by the libraries 
of this country through UNESCO, She 
stressed the need of audio-visual materLala 
as well as books. Because this work is 
done through groups rather than by 
individuals, the progress is accelerated, 

G.L.B, 



Public Library Group 

Topic — An Informal Discussion of 
recordings, pamphlets, pictures, and 
films: Mrs Muriel C. Javelin, moderator. 

The first item discussed was Recordings 
and how a collection may be acquired, 
Worcester appealed to its citizens and 
received donations of both records and 
money. The money received from rentals 
has been the chief method of increasing 
the collection. They have no Lt^'s only 
33 1/3 's and 78 's and they purchase 
locally by sending out bids. By purchas- 
ing locally they have no shipping or 
packing expenses and facilitate replacing 
defective records, 

Springfield reported that it has a 
working collection of records consisting 
of 33 1/3 's and 78 's and have a small 
budget for the purchase of records but 
no rentals. It purchases from the Now 
York record dealers, receives discount, 
and buys on an approval basis. The re- 
cords are processed like books, 

Fitchburg stated that it did not now 
charge rentals and did not wish to do so 
if it could be avoided. They have all 
three sizes in their collection, musical 
and non-musical records. They are 
purchased locally. No classification is 
used in processing the records, they are 
cataloged under the composer. 

Boston Public Library is one of the li- 
braries which as yet is not charging a 
rental fee, Boston does not buy any speed 
but 33 1/3 's has no hS^s but does have 
78 's T/^ich were bought a few years ago. 
Boston also has several albums of selected 
jazz which in time may be considered 
Americana, 

Two points were brought out in the 
discussion of Pamphlets : 

1. .Greater use would be made of pamphlets 
if divided into a Vertical File group and 
another group to be processed as books, 

2, Pamphlets should be classed accord- 
ing to subject. In Springfield as in 
Boston many are cataloged and circulated 
like books. 

The third item, Pictures , is a special 
feature of library service in Attleboro. 
The picture collection almost r\ms away 
with the circulation} more of them are 
circulated than books because of the 
nature of the industries of the town. 



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The subjects called for are almost en- 
tirely in some branch of art, 

Springfield reported no picture col- 
lection; Fitchburg has a small collection 
used only by student-teacher groups from 
State Teachers' College e, 

The general use of Films throughout the 
state seems to be confined to use in li- 
brary programs rather than circulation, 
Fitchburg P.L. is the only library in 
llassachusetts that has circulated films 
and IVIrs Hyatt does not recommend it for 
small libraries, Springfield has just 
begun to undertake this service, Som.e 
members of the panel suggested that the 
circulation of films should be done on a 
cooperative plan (Library plus Dept. of 
Education) or regional cooperation fi- 
nanced by state aid. This very informa- 
tive meeting was terminated with a ques- 
tion period on practical containers for 
circulating records, tracing damage to 
records, etc» 

Mrs Javelin was an excellent leader of 
the group, managed to control discussion 
of most pertinent points with a mininum 
of time, and also provided a mimeographed 
outline for reference during the meeting, 

A.H. 

Institutional Librarians 



The meeting of Institutional Librarians 
opened with a short business meeting. 
The main report presented for the first 
time the Volunteer Library Service 
"Patch", an attractive woven emblem, 
three inches by two inches, which is 
earned after fifty hours of voluntary 
service. The first volunteer's patch 
was awarded to a retired hospital li- 
brarian, now giving voluntary service. 

The guest speaker, Mrs Olive Wheeler, 
discussed Reading for Rehabilitation by 
describing her experiences in the Bedford 
Veterans Administration Hospital, 
Building 70, vhere the patients are all 
women with mental illness. To encourage 
reading, Mrs Wheeler conducts a Wednesday 
Discussion Group in the homelike atmos- 
phere of the library. Programs consist 
of book reviews, current events, reading 
one-act plays, and short excursions. 
Whenever possible, the participation of 
patients is encouraged. The purpose of 
the project is stimulating "a reason for 
reading." 



As for the books, popularity favors 
philosophy, history, "how to", cocking, 
and metaphysics. Non-fiction and fiction 
are about evenly divided. Surprisingly, 
books like the Jalna series and authors 
like Thirkell are not popular. Disturbsd 
patients are concerned with comjnunism. 
Requests for controversial subjects are 
referred to the physicians and sometimes 
to the chaplains. Only new magazines 
are offered to patients, 

Mrs '".Tieeler believes patients like books 
because they seldom throw themi She 
derives much satisfaction from library 
service because she has observed that the 
patients who read, are the patients who 
get discharged. 

In the question period, the hospital 
librarians who serve mentally normal 
patients agreed on a policy of selecting 
books that help pass time quickly and 
pleasantly, rather than books that edu- 
cate patients. 

Appreciation of Mrs V/heeler was expressed 
by honoring her -with the second Volunteer 
Service Patch. 

H.F,H. 

Round Table of Children's Librarians 

The Round Table of Children's Librarians 
held its mid-winter meeting in conjiinction 
with the New England Children's Book 
Clinic, Pauline Winnick, chairman of 
the Round Table, introduced D'Arcy Harcourt 
chairman of the Children's Book Clinic, 
as moderator of the discussion vrtiich dealt 
with the topic, "Let's talk about chil- 
dren's books in series". 

The panel was composed of two reviewers 
of children's books, two booksellers, 
two children's librarians, and two 
publishers' representatives. 



The topic was particularly pertinent 
because of the great numbers of books in 
series which have been published during 
the past year. The spirited discussion 
raised a great many questions concerning 
series books: Do authors write their 
best for series?, Can children afford to 
give their limited reading time to series 
books?. Should librarians buy material, 
which is perhaps second-rate, in order 
to satisfy a demand? 



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It was interesting to note that the 
panel seemed to be in agreement on two 
points; namely, that series books are 
very popular with children, and through 
sheer numbers the series seem destined 
to kill themselves off» 

M.C.W. 

Round Table of Librarians 
For Young Adults 

A stimulating discussion on Youth, the 
Library, and the Community was heard by a 
large group of interested librarians. 
Ujnder the able direction of Mona Adshead 
of the Merriam Public Library, Auburn, 
a diverse and well-qualif led panel dis- 
cussed the factors which are keeping 
young adults from using the library more 
than they do» 

The panel agreed that although such 
factors as homework, after-school jobs, 
and organized outside activities, such 
as clubs, sports, and the recreation 
centers, found in many communities were 
things which librarians could not, and 
probably would not, want to interfere- 
with, there remained opportunities to 
connect reading with the immediate needs 
and interests of the young adult; to 
have trained and sympathetic assistants 
to work with them; to make efforts to 
learn about the school curriculum and to 
supplement rather than duplicate school 
libraries; and to try to work through 
parents to make them realize the impor- 
tance of reading in family life. The 
panel felt that the influence of televi- 
sion and comic books could best be over- 
come by providing better material and 
making the young adult aware that it is 
available. Basilla E, Neilan's lively 
talk brought out the point that many 
delinquents get their ideas from reading 
the ubiquitous pocket books, not from 
seeing television; and, therefore, the 
library, in pro\'iding good reading, is a 
powerful potential in combating delinquen- 
cy. She also remarked that the best 
advertisem.ent a library can have among 
young adults is word of mouth passed from 
one satisfied young adult to his friends. 

The meeting closed with a buzz session 
in which the various groups discussed, 
among, other topics, what libraries can do 
to institute programs to interest young 
adults, what the library can do about 
comic books, and how far it is wise or 



possible for parents to control the read- 
ing habits of young people. 

R.M. 

HOW ROmNIA LOST HER FRE1:D0M 
Lu ncheon address by 
Princess Ileana of Romania 

Princess Ileana was introduced to a 
capacity audience of ffessachusetts li- 
brarians by Richard J. Sullivan of the 
Lowell Public Library. He informed the 
audience that the Princess was a great- 
granddaughter of Queen Victoria, a cele- 
brated patron of Romanian hospitals, and 
an able nurse. Of late, she is best 
known as the author of I live again . 

The Princess prefaced her talk by 
voicing her appreciation of and paying 
tribute to librarians as a class. She 
said that librarians hold in their hands 
the education of the free peoples of to- 
day. She was impressed by the fact that 
words play such a great role in this 
materialistic society, "Words matter so 
much and printed words matter so much 
more." 

Princess Ileana then gave a jiostalgic 
picture of Romania, from the time when 
the region was a Roman colony (it derives 
its name from this period) to the happy 
days just before the Second World War. 
The reign of her father, Ferdinand, was 
a particularly happy time for Romania, 
Vforld War II passed as the Princess con- 
centrated on her hospital work, an impor- 
tant career amid the casualties of war. 
After Hitler came the Communists, in- 
filtrating the disrupted country, A hard 
core of Communists, estimated at less than 
one thousand by the Princess, seized the 
communications of Romania and then were 
able to take control of the machinery of 
government , 

Staying long enough to observe the re- 
sults of the new regime in her country, 
the Princess reports that the people have 
lost the power to resist. They learn to 
live vdthout freedom — to live without 
trust in their fellowman. 

Her conclusions are: there can be no 
compromise with Communist thinking; Com- 
munism is the most demanding religion that 
ever existed; Communism does not admit of 
any other religion than itself; Communists 
and the free peoples of the world are 
engaged in a battle between darkness and 
light — we are all in this battle and we 



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inust not lose it by default, we must not 
vegetatei We raust fight for all we be- 
lieve in. 

C.J.G. 

Business Meeting 

The meeting, presided over by Philip 
McNiff, President, was attended by a 
larger number of members than is usually 
the case at business meetings. 

After the reading and acceptance of the 
Secretary's report, the President reported 
on state affiliation with A.L.A. Owing to 
a need for clarification of the rules and 
regulations applying to state and regional 
affiliation with A.L.A. , the matter was to 
have been considered at the mid -winter 
meeting of A.L.A. As soon as word comes 
through on this, an announcement will be 
made in the MLA BULLETIN. 

In connection with the Treasurer's 
report, attention was called to the publi- 
cation of the latest Handbook of M.L.A. 
members and the expense involved in such 
an undertaking. 

The President reported on two censor- 
ship bills which had come before the Gen- 
eral Court at this session — Senate 286, 
authorizing the Tistrict Attorney to take 
certain action in the matter of obscene 
books and magazines, and House 773, which 
would provide for the establishment of a 
Decency Review Board in the Department of 
Public Safety. By vote of the Association 
the M.L.A. Executive Board registered 
opposition to both of these bills : Mr 
McNiff on Senate 286 and Hu^ Downey on 
House 773 • Neither bill was reported out 
of committee. 

In the June 1950 issue of The Question 
Mark there appeared a long report on the 
Conway Plan — regional service in Franklin 
and Hampshire Counties over an experi- 
mental period of two years, made possible 
by a gift of |36,000 from Jfarshall Field. 
That period has now elapsed and the Divi- 
sion of Library Extension is including in 
its budget funds for continuing and aug- 
menting this service for 35 small cities 
and towns in western Massachusetts. Let 
ters to legislators from individuals and 
organizations in support of this plan are 
neededt The M.L.A. Executive Board voted 
at its last meeting to recommend to the 
members of the Association that the 
Association go on record as endorsing 
this undertaking, believing that its 



accomplishment would be the first major 

advance in regional library service in 

Massachusetts since the establishment of 

bookmobile service in the early 1930s. 

The vote taken was unanimously in favor of . • 

endorsement, 

Alice Cahill of the Division of Library 
Extension spoke of the resolution passed 
by the Trustees of the Greenfield Public 
Library nominating one of their members, 
Channing L. Bete, to receive an A.L.A. 
Trustees ' citation at the annual meeting 
in June. By unanimous vote, the M.L.A, 
went on record as endorsing the nomination. 

The President called attention to the 
great need for books by the Boxboro Public 
Library where there had recently been a 
fire. 

William T. Wietzel announced that the 
annual meeting of the M.L.A. has been 
scheduled for May lU and 15 (Thursday and 
Friday) at the Berkshire Inn, Great 
Barrington. The weaker for the dinner 
meeting on the li|th will be Carle ton E. 
Johnson, who has spent more than twenty 
years in southern Africa,- 

S.M.U. 

■iHH(-»HHHB{-;;-«- 

IN BRIEF 

One of the inevitable consequences of 
selective book selection: 

There ' s a lot 
Not bought 

J, Hallahan 

LORD MILTON 

A couple of years ago Milton Lord of the 
Boston Public Library attended a meeting 
in Montreal and registered at the Mount 
Royal Hotel, When Edgar S, Robinson, 
librarian of the public library of Vancouver, 
British Columbia, called the hotel and 
asked for Mr Lord, the desk clerk insisted 
that no Milton Lord was registered. Finally, 
in desperation, Mr Robinson went to the 
hotel and appealed to the manager for help. 
They carefully checked the registrations 
but without success. Finally a bright 
young man behind the cashier's window 
volunteered, "Oh yes J Lord Milton registered 
yesterday morning." 

Wilson Library Bulletin 

Iferch 1953 



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NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Non-Fiction - Library Science 

A.L.A. catalog, 19U2A9 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1952. 
Malcles, Louise N. 

Les sources du travail bibliographique. 

vol. 2 in 2 vols. 

Geneve, E. Droz, 19^0 
Pennsylvania, University. Library 

Changing patterns of scholarship and the 

future of research libraries. 

Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania 

Press, 19^1 
Ranganathan, Shiyali R,, rao sahib 

Library catalogue, fundamentals and 

procedure. 

Madras, Madras Library Association, 1950 
Syracuse, N.T. Public Library. 

Gold Star list of American fiction. 1952 

Syracuse, N.Y., Syracuse Public Library, 

1952 
U.S. Library of Congress. Descriptive 

Cataloging Pivision , 

Rules for descriptive cataloging, in 

the Library of Congress, Supplement 

19i;9/5l Washington, U.S. GcTernment 

Printing Office, 1953 



DEPARTIvENT NOTES 

Klrstein Business Branch 

Already hard hit, the Business Branch 
has just sustained two more losses. Mrs 
Claire "Sandy" Grushey resigned from the 
service to await a blessed event. Her 
efficiency and unfailing good nature have 
endeared her to us, and we feel that she 
can never be quite replaced. A party 
was held in her honor at the home of Rita 
Desaulnier. Rita's sister, Louise, 
showed colored pictures of the European 
trip she took with Rita last summer. 
Sandy was presented with a car bed for 
the expected infant. Followed a sumptu- 
ous collation, music, singing, and conver- 
sation. 

Thomas Gaines is leaving to join one 
of the services; He hopes for the Navy, 
but the competition is keen, and there 
is danger that the Army might snatch him 
frtsn under the Navy's very nose. He has 



made a secure place for himself in our 
hearts, and we shall miss his gentle 
smile and even disposition. He was enter- 
tained at a high tea, i.e., ice-cream 
and such, and presented with a toilet kit. 



BRANCH NOTES 

Brighton 

We welcome back after a long illness, 
Mary E. Connor. 

We send best wishes for a speedy recovery 
to Katrina M. Sather, Branch Librarian, 
who is recuperating at the Allertin 
Hospital in Brookline. 

East Boston 

Open House 
A capacity audience enjoyed a fine pro- 
gram of East Boston talent at the eighth 
Open House on Monday evening, March 9. 
The entertainment arranged by the Friends 
of the East Boston Branch Library and the 
staff was a rich variety of types of music 
and dancing. After short addresses by 
Dorothy F, Nourse, Milton E. Lord; and 
Albert West, President of the Friends, 
the audience listened to a tape recording 
made by eight boys and girls who had 
arranged hobby exhibits in the Children's 
Room. The machine, presented by the group 
in November, also was used to record the 
musical numbers of the program. Two 
artists of former years, the'^violinist 
Angelo Alabiso and Matilda Cerulli, 
soprano, delighted the audience with 
classical selections. Three Conservatory 
students, Joseph Zarba, pianist, Claire 
Tierney, mezzo-soprano, and John Guazzerotti, 
bass baritone, were very special features 
of the evening. Mr Zarba played excerpts 
from his composition "Art through the 
Ages" while Miss Tierney and Mr Guazzerotti 
sang solos and a duet "II Cuore" from 
"Cosi Fan Tutte". Entertainment in the 
lighter vein was represented by Robert 
Spinazola who demonstrated pantomine 
dancing in two lively numbers and by flute 
duets by George DiLorenzo and Fiore Aiello. 
The Camp Mothers' Club of Central Square 
Center sang several folk songs and danced 
the tarantella as a climax to a delight- 
ful evening. Punch and frosted cookies 
were served in tJie Children's Room, festive 
with forsythia and spring flowers. 



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On the same evening the second Hobby 
Show opened in the Adult Roonia Forty men 
and v/omen participated. In addition, the 
Photography Club of Good Vfill House had 
a remarkable exhibit of pictures taken 
and developed by its members. Hooked 
and braided rugs, a crocheted table cloth, 
silk quilt, blocked organdy, a handmade 
christening dress, painted tiles, copper 
and leather work, exquisite embroidery, 
many painted glass and metal articles 
made up an impressive display. A spice 
cabinet fashioned from wood and book 
ends in the shape of cannon added a 
masculine touch. Pictures in oil and 
watercolors and many fine examples of art 
photography are in the show. Collections 
of minerals, minature books and auto- 
graphed books represent other types of 
hobbies. A ixnique and different hobby 
is a Christmas tree made from wishbones. 
Baskets sewed together from Christmas 
cards add a cherry note. In all there 
are ninety items on exhibition. East 
Boston has many clever and generous 
hobbyists • 

Parker Hill 

Rita Reidy, a part-time assistant has 
been offered the choice of tv/o scholar~ 
ships for college studies. One from 
Stonehill College located at North 
Easton, Massachusetts; the other, from 
Archbishop Gushing Junior College which 
is located in Brookline, She has decided 
to accept the latter, 

Roslindale 

Mrs Bernadette 'Callaghan was guest 
of honor here on Friday, February 27 j at 
a luncheon given by her fellow staff- 
members. A gift of money and a corsage 
of nylon flowers were presented to Mrs 
'Callaghan, who is leaving to join her 
husband in Washington E.G. Her friends 
all wish her every happiness in her new 
home but she will be greatly missed by 
all. 

* 

Roslindale welcomes back to the service 
Ruth Winn, formerly at South End. 

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Several letters have been received by 
the staff from a former member, Mrs 
Josephine Shaw, Ti\ho is now in France with 
her husband. She is teaching first grade 
children of the Air Force personnel at 
Nancy, France. 



S outh En d 

The South End Reading Club presented a 
program of Brotherhood on Thursday evening 
February 26, 1953, in the Children's 
Room to many enthusiastic parents and 
friends . 

The affair opened with a few words of 
greetings and announcements of coming 
events by Marion C. Kingman, and Mrs 
Barbara C, Elam. Then the program was 
turned over to the members of the Reading 
Club, who performed most admirably. The 
narrator throughout the entire performance 
was Nicholas Haddad, He presented the 
skit entitled, "This is Our America," 

The program reflected the cooperative 
spirit and feeling of brotherhood which 
exists here in the South End, Refresh- 
ments were served at the close of the 
program. 

West End 

Mrs Flora Roussos and Mrs Mary Welby, 
who have recently resigned, were guests 
of the staff at a luncheon party at 
Patten's Restaurant, Saturday afternoon, 
February 28, Each of the girls received 
a remembrance gift, 

Mrs Flora Roussos, Sub-Professional 
assistant since September 19U6, resigned 
from, service to remain at home and to 
pursue her vocal work. 

On Sunday, March 8, the Business and 
Professional Group of Boston Hadassah 
presented Fanny Goldstein with a beauti- 
fully illustrated copy of the Saul Raskin's 
Book of Psalms printed in Hebrew, Yiddish, 
and English and a scroll honoring her, 

Charles Angoff , well-known editor, 
author and former user of West End whose 
most recent book In the Morning Light has 
just been published, was guest of honor 
at a "Meet the Author" program Sunday 
afternoon, March 15, Professor Alvin 
Sloane, Associate Professor of Engineer- 
ing at M.I.T., presided over the meeting 
at which l!r Angoff talked on the "Oppor- 
tunities and Problems of the Jewish- 
American Writer" , A large and enthusiastic 
audience included many of the former 
school friends and associates from Mr 
Angoff 's earlier days in Boston's West 
End, Refreshments were served. 



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An extremely" interesting and informati've 
display of "New England Minerals" loaned 
to West End by the Boston Mineral Club 
may be seen through March 21. The many- 
samples of minerals in the raw and 
polished stages have already been much 
admired and commented on by the library's 
patrons The material was obtained 
through the interest and cooperation of 
Jacques Moon, part-time employee and a 
geology major at Boston Universityc 

Bookmobile II 

Ore of thj-ee top awards in the annual 
Science Fair at Monsignor Ryan High 
School went to Lillian Lynch, a part-time 
worker, Lillian distilled used motor 
oils to prove that the gasoline content 
increased with the mileage in some motor 
01.1 3 A She also tested this used oil for 
acidi-'.-y, flash point and viscosityj terms 
strange tc some, but very real and im- 
portant to car owners. As a result of 
Lillian's distinguished award she will 
be asked to participate in a Diocesan 
Fair to be held at Boston College on 
March 27 and 28, and the Massachusetts 
Science Fair held at M..I.T. in April* 
Such awards are not a novelty to Lillian 
for she won similar honors last yeair in 
the same field of competition,. So with 
saich valua'uxe knowledge in mechanical 
workings it is certainly appropriate that 
Lillian should be on the staff of the 
locomotive branch of the Library. 

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BO 310 N GFJ.PTER 
SPECUL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION 

MjTa E. VJhite, will be hostess to the 
Boston Chapter of SLA at its next meet- 
ingj liarch 23, at 7:30 p.m., in North- 
eastern University Library. 

Er Carl Stephexv Ell, president of the 
University will welcome members. "A 
SOCIOLOGIST LOOKS AT THE LIBRARY PROFES- 
SION," will be the topic of Dr John 
Donovan, Associate Professor of Sociology 
at Boston College, and principal speaker 
of an interesting programme prepared by 
Arlene Hope, and the Education Committee. 

Dinner will be served at 6:l5 in the 
Students Center Building. The next meet- 
ing will be April 27 in Worcestero 

M.A.R. 



LATE FUSH 

Mr and Mrs Joseph M, Lynch announce the 
birth of twins — a son and a daughter — on 
Maroh 11. Mts Lynch is the former Rita 
Carr of the Director's Office. 

■ji- 

Mr and Mrs Gerald K. Goolkasian announce 
the birth of a daughter, Eleanora Eliza- 
beth on February 19* Mrs Goolkasian is 
the former Sleanora Fiorio of Book 
Purchasing r 



SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box m\ist be 
accomoanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciatj on member submitting it, together 
with tiie nane of bhe Branch Library, De- 
partmnr.'t or Office in which he or she is 
empl.^yad. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap L ex are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that ohe Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the views 
expressed. 



To the Soap Box: 

The editor is to be congratulated on his 
fine editorial in the February issue of 
The Q -.i.e stio n tiark . There is indeed a 
stroiijr: tende'ioy on the part of the staff 
to looG sight of the Association's third 
objective. We become so immersed in our 
problems as staff members that we tend 
to fciget that our primary object as a 
staff is "to promote greater efficiency 
in library service" to the end that the 
taxpayer may receive an adequate return 
in liliraiy service on his tax dollarr 
Espeoiilly do those who work ''behind the 
scenes ' tend t-o forget the public* "Cut 
of sigiit, out- of mind" is too often the 
case© 

We all admit that it would be gratifying 
if we had a salary increase. It is 
generally recognized that in the overall 
salary picture, library workers as a group 



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are woefully underpaid » There is no one 
on the staff who could not use, just to 
absorb the soaring cost of living, a 
salary increase; it would be gratifying 
if appointments to vacant positions could 
be made in a normal time so that there 
would not be great gaps on the body 
bibliothecal, gaps which too often re- 
sult in open sores which irritate not 
only the part effected but the body as 
a whole; it would be gratifying if the 
building were equipped with elastic walls 
to make room for our growing activities 
and to allow for sufficient expansion so 
that the office workers could have enough 
elbow room to do an adequate job; it would 
be gratifying if all the staff members 
were perfect (or would it be only deadly 
dull?) c But since these things are not 
so, it may be as in chess if we each 
make the strategic move, other moves 
will follow naturally and it virould seem 
that the strategic move is for each one 
to do the best job within the limits of 
personal capabilities to the end that the 
public may be given the best possible 
library service. In the final analysis 
the library stands or falls in the com- 
munity not because of its beautiful 
architectural qualities but because the 
people of the community find within its 
walls, understanding and appreciation of 
the needs of even the most inarticulate 
patron and a sincere effort to meet those 
needs on the part of every staff member 
from the humblest workers to the top 
executives. It may seem unnecessary to 
note that a staff among whose members there 
is mutxHl understanding of professional 
problems and mutual respect for individu- 
al contributions to the profession, will 
be the staff best equipped to give ade- 
quate service to its public. 

E.G.P. 



To the Soap Box: 

The 1952 World Almanac contained an 
error in its table of the holdings of 
public libraries in large U.S. cities, 
listing the BPL as o^ming 632,706 volumes 
(a little more than the Providence or 
Springfield, Mass, Public Libraries) and, 
as far as users of the World Aliranac are 
Concerned, the 23d ranking public library 
in the country in this respect. This 



error was commented on frequently in my 
department throughout the year, and now 
with the arrival of the 1953 World Almanac, 
we notice that it is repeated. In view 
of the tremendous circulation of the 
World Almanac and its reputation for 
accuracy and authority, this should have 
been brought to the attention of its 
editors last year. Was it? 

ALERT 



SAVE THESE DATES 



May Hi, 15. 1953 



L. 



A. 



Annual Meeting 

Berkshire Inn 
Great -Barrj.ngt6n, Massachusetts 



DO 



YOUR 



SHARE 



WITH 



CARE 



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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 
Officers and Committees- 19^3 



President 
Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary 
Recording Secretary- 
Treasurer 



B. Joseph O'Neil 
Mildred Kaufman 
M. Jane Jfetnthorne 
Duilia Capobianco 
Harry C, Fletcher 



Executive Board 



Edward X, Casey 
Elinor E. Cay 



Mary F, Daly 
Louis Rains 



Standing Committees 



Constitution Committee 
Leonard J, Macmillan, Chairman 
Mrs Geraldine M. Altman 
George M, Pa hud 
Mrs Porothy M. Lovett 

Entertainment Committee 

May C. McDonald, Chairman 

Mldred Adelson 

Anne Doherty 

Emilia Lange 

Mayy T. Mannlx 

Mrs Evelyn B, J&rden 

Marion Siraco 

Irene J. Wadsworbh 

Membership and Hospitality 

Mrs Veronica M. Lehane, Cha irnan 

Ruth S. Cannell 

Martha C, Engler 
Agnes C, Lucchesi 

Men's House Committee 
Donald L, Newman, Chairman 
William Casey 
*«-Bernard Doherty 
Paul Mulloney 
^John W. Tuley 

Program Committee 
Edna G, Peck, Chairman 

Mrs Margaret W. Haverty 
Winifred Root 
Dorothy P. Shaw 
Pas quale Vacca 



Book Purchasing 

Jamaica Plain 

Music 

Kirstein Business Branch 



Charlestovm 
Jamaica Plain 
Charles town 
Print 

Parker Hill 
Bookmobile I 
Charlestown 
School Issue 



Memorial 

Office of Division of Home Reading 

and Community Services 

South Boston 

Office of Records, Files, Statistics 



Office of Records, Files, Statistics 

Open Shelf 

Bindery 

Science and Technology 

Fire Control 



Book Selection, Division of Home Reading 

and Community Services 

Jamaica Plain 

Kirstein Business Branch 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Dorchester 



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Publications Coirjnittee 
Charles J. Gillis, Chai r man 

Gerald L. Ball 

John Jc McCafferty 

Sarah M. Usher 

Mrs Geraldine S. Herrick 

Staff Library Committee 
Grace Marvin, Chairman 
Mrs Mary C. West 
Harry Andrews 
Edward X. Casey 

Marie Cashman 
Ellen C. Peterson 



Cataloging and Classification, Division 

of Home Reading and Community Services 

Book Purchasing 

General Reference 

Office of Records, Files, Statistics 

Phillips Brooks 



Book Purchasing 

Open Shelf (Children's Section) 

Branch Issue 

Cataloging and Classification, 

Division of Reference and Research Services 

Open Shelf 

North End 



Women's House Committee 
Catherine M. MacDonald, Chairman 
Mrs Rosemaiy Mo Corcoran 

Jean L. Eaton 
Pearl G, Lewis 
-iHfBarbara M. Salowitts 
■»Mrs Louise C, Wall 



Personnel Office 

OfficG of Division of Home Reading 

and Community Services 

Sciene and Technology 

General Reference 

Accounting 

Buildings 



Special Committees 



^Ba rnes A ct^ 

I.Irs Irene H. Tuttle^ Chairman 

Pauline Winnick 

Kenneth C, Barnes 

G. Florence Connolly 

Sarah M. Usher 

Pauline A. Walker 

Moorfield Storey, Jr. 



South Boston 

Open Shelf 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Fine Arts 

Office of Records, Files, Statistics 

West Roxbury 

Rare Book 



CARE Committee 

Walter J. Bluhm, Chairman 

Minna Steinberg 

Marie T. Hastie 



Periodical and Newspaper 
Cataloging and Classification, Division 
of Reference and Research Services 
West End 



Centennial Committee 
Muriel C, Javelin, Chairman 

Iferjorie A, Brown 

Edward X, Casey 

Mrs Margaret V/. Haverty 
Ruth M. Hayes 
Felicia J. Langdon 
Pearl Smart 
Loraine A, Sullivan 
Martin F, Waters 
Pauline Winnick 



Office of Division of Heme Reading and 

Community Services 

Cataloging and Classification, Division 

of Reference and Research Services 

Cataloging and Classification, Division 

of Reference and Research Services 

Jamaica Plain 

Adams Street 

City Point 

Personnel Office 

Science and Technology 

History 

Open Shelf 



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Concession Committee 
Paul W. Smith, Chairman 
William R. Lewis 
Frank P. Bruno 
-Chester R, Walsh 
-;HK}eorge W. Patterson 

B ertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture 
Madalene D, Holt, Chairman 
Elinor E„ Day- 
Mrs Geraldine 3. Herrick 
Evelyn Levy 
May C. JfeicDonald. 
Mrs Bertha V. Kesvack 
Irene J. Wadsworth 



Book Purchasing 
History 
Patent Room 
Bindery 
Buildings 



Neponset 
Porchester 
Phillips Brooks 
Egleston Square 
Charlestown 
Branch Issue 
School Issue 



Pension Jommittee 
Louis Poliahook, Chairman 
Max Anapolle 
Catherine M. IfecDonald 



Patent Room 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Personnel Office 



Publicity Committee 

G. Florence Connolly, Chairman 

Helen H. Savakian 

Eleanor Halligan 

Special Services Committee 

M. Catherine Robbins, Chairman 



Fine Arts 
InforiTBtion Office 
Statistical 



Business Office 



* Representative of the Boston Public Library Maintenance Employees Union, 

■Jf-K- Representative from other groups not represented in the Association or the 
Union, 




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THE BOSTON PUBUC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VIII, Number k 



April 19^3 



Publications Committee: Gerald Lo Ball, Geraldine S, Herrick, John J. McCafferty, 

Sarah M. Usher, Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

If the Soap Box can be considered a baro- 
meter indicating the highs and lows of 
staff morale (that is, many criticisms 
indicating low, and few critical letters 
indicating high) then last month could be 
interpreted as an all-time high for staff 
morale. However, our investigators report 
that the unusual situation could be diag- 
nosed as a case of mass -hypnotism. Rumor 
had it that the forth-coming salary sched- 
ules would rectify all inequities, settle 
all difficulties. This state of mind is 
more conducive to the delightful feeling 
that all is right with the world than it 
is to the arduous labor of drafting a 
devastating letter of criticism. 

Two weeks have passed since the official 
release of the bibliothecal salary scales 
and our barometer still shows morale at a 
high point. The approbation of the bib- 
liothecal staff has been almost unanimous. 
The progression from step to step (the 
vertical scale) is a great improvement 
over the scale now in use. The increments 
vrithin grades (the horizontal scale) will 
provide a lift to the morale of those who 
have found themselves in the same grade 
for imny years, vrlth no expectation of 
promotion* 

The Publications Committee feels that 
the Trustees and the Library Administra- 
tion deserve congratulations for the 
preparation and adoption of this classifi- 
cation which more nearly places the Boston 
Public Library on a par with the other 
leading libraries of the United States. 

Charles J. Gillis 



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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

April 27. Special Libraries Association 
meeting at Clark University, 
. Worcester. For particulars, 
consult Mary Alice Rea, Book 
Purchasing. 

May 2. Third Annual Film Festival, 

Sheraton Plaza Hotel, 9 a.m. to 
UOO p.m. For particulars, con- 
sult Mrs Muriel C. Javelin. 

May 6. Third Annual Bertha V. Hartzell 
Memorial Lecture. See poster on 
last page. 

May lU-l^o Annual meeting of the Massa- 
chusetts Library Association, 
Berkshire Inn, Great Barring- 
ton, 

PERSONAL NOTES 

New Employees 

Mrs Ifery V, Curado, Egleston Square, 
formerly part-time with Bookmobile II. 

Rosemary D. Cross, South End, formerly 
part-time t 

Mrs Blanche G. Campagnoni, Book Stack 
Service. 

Claire M. 'Donne 11, Book' Stack Service, 
formerly part-time. 

Millicent A. Hamer, Dorchester. 

Joan B. Silverier, South End. ' 

Mrs Melanie H. Bellah, Rare Book. 

Katherine I. LaMontagne, School Issue. 

Frances S. Freedman, Fine Arts. 

Florence L. Samperi, Book Stack Service. 

Transfers 

'Marie A. Strachan, from Book Stack Ser- 
vice to Book Preparation. 

Gladys L. Murphy, from Connolly to 
Roslindale . 



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Mrs Jfery E, Obear, from Adams Street to 
Bookmobile lo 

Rose L, LaConca, from Book Stack Service 
to Kirstein Business Branch. 

Resignations 

Mrs Flora W. Roussos, West End, to de- 
vote more time to her singing. 

Mrs Alison Bishop, Rare Book, to remain 
at home. 

Mrs Julia Gumett, Rare Book, to remain 
at home. 

Stork Events 

Mr and ffrs Jonathan Bishop have announced 
the birth of John Eleazar on ferch 10, 
lUrs Bishop was formerly a member of Rare 
Book, 

Mr 'and Mrs Ben Watson Melvin, Jro, 
announce the birth of a son, Ben Watson 
Melvin III, on March 17, Wxs Melvin was 
Elizabeth Hershey of the Personnel Office 
staff from September of 1950 to September 
of 1951. 

Mr and Mrs Robert Harris have announced 
the birth of Michael Walter on March 20. 
'Ifr Hartis was formerly a member of the 
staff of Book Stack Service. 

Mary Toomey Welby (Mrs Frank Welby) , 
formerly of West End, gave birth to a 
baby daughter on Tuesday, March 31* 

TAKE A BOW 

Rosalyn S, Warner, Children's Librarian, 
Rosiindale, has "taken a bow" publicly 
ahd we would like to record that event as 
The Question l\fark "Take a Bow*' for the 
Oftirent issue. 

At a meeting of the Longfellow Home and 
School Association on Thursday evening, 
March 19, Charles 0. Ruddy, Headmaster, 
in addressing a large audience of parents 
and teachers, introduced Miss Warner to 
the group and spoke of the outstanding 
work done by her in that school district. 
He cited the fact that in the Longfellow 
School there is one hundred per cent li- 
brary participation as every child is a 
library card-holder and credit is given 
on individual school repolrt cards for the 
reading of library books o Mr Kaddy spoke 
of Miss Warner's keen interest in the 
children as individuals and told how she 



continually brought inspiration and impetus 
to them for extra-curricular reading on 
all subjects. His remarks revealed the 
fact that there must exist in this district 
a fine spirit of cooperation between the 
School and the library. liLss Warner Take 
a Bow " also from your fellow-workers a 
We, too, appreciate the fine job you are 
doing. 

C0NGRATUI.ATI0N5 

Hugo Bedau, part-time assistant at West 
End, has been awarded one of Harvard 
University's most coveted fellowships, a 
year's graduate study at Oxford University 
in Ehgland, He leaves with his wife and 
baby girl early in June. 

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Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian at 
West End, has been appointed to the nation- 
al Ame--ican Jewish Tercentenary Committee 
which will draw up the plans for the obser- 
vation in I95I1 of the 300th anniversai'y of 
the settling of Jews in the United States. 

Chosen as one of three judges to make 
the Isaac Siegal Memorial Award for Jewish 
Juveniles published in 1952, Fanny Goldstein 
again seeks to advance the interests of 
Jewish literature through her active par- 
ticipation in the Jewish Book Council of 
America, 

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Fanny Goldstein has accepted an invita- 
tion to act as American Consultant for 
the new book "Who's Vftio in World Jewry", 
now being compiled in Israel. 

NOTES FROM ALUMNI 

"I get my ? regularly and I await it 
every month most eagerly." 

"I love to read The Question Mark . It. 
keeps me in touch with the Library," 

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Word has been received at Rosiindale 
from Mrs John 'Callahan, who is now in 
Virginia with her husband who is in the 
U.S. Army a Mrs 'Callahan has joined the 
staff of the U.S. Ifevy library, 

A suggestion that articles if signed at 
all be signed with full names rather than 
initials to make identification of con- 
tributors easier. 
Editor's Note: Present members of the 



Soaff have often expressed a desire to 



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"knov/ who wrote whafg So,, in future ful 
names of contributors will be used vmless 
a contributor has a valid objection. 

BEST mSHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 
to 

Harry Andrews, Branch Issue, P.O. Box 
296, Back Bay Annex, Boston 17^ 

Irene Bennett, Book Preparation, 11 
Eastman Street, Dorchester 2$. 

Mrs Betty Dalton, Cataloging and Clas- 
sification, Div. of R and RS, U Napier 
Park, Dorchester, 

Frances Ferson, Binding, 7^7 Hyde Park 
Avenue, Roslindale 31* 

William P, Hickey, former Buildings, 
St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Room 321;. 

IE WELCOME BACK AFTER LONG ILLNESSES 

Katherine G. Sullivan, General Refer- 
ence. 

Kathleen Woodworth, Fine Arts. 

THE B.P.L. IN PRINT 

William Phelps, a feature writer for 
the Boston Sunday Post , spent most of 
Monday and Tuesday, torch 30 and 31, 
visiting various departments of the Li- 
brary for material for the last article 
in his series on libraries in Boston. 

On page 553 of the March issue of the 
Wilson Library Bulletin there is an 
article about the gift to the Library of 
labor recordings from the Northeast 
Region of the Jsvdsh Labor Committee, 
which includes a photograph of Joseph B. 
Greenfield of Chelsea, Chairman of the 
Committee, Mrs Heltn F. Hirson, and 
John J. Connolly. 

The April 1 issue of the Library Journ- 
al published a photograph of John J. 
Connolly receiving an RCA recording of 
the Gviadalcanal March in connection with 
the Victory at Sea exhibit which was on 
display at the Library during the month 
of January. 

THE B.P.L. ON RADIO AND T.V. 

On Thursday, March 19, Elizabeth B. 
Boudreau and Robert Treyz of Boxborough 
appeared on WBZ-TV. They made an appeal 
for books for the Boxborough Public Li- 
brary which was recently destroyed by 
fire. 



. Polly Huse on her program "Domestic 
Diary", WBZ-TV, on Bferch 2U, made use of 
the Fine Arts Department's collection of 
reproductions. She showed prints such 
as- The Millinery Shop by Degas, as a 
preview of modern Easter hats. 

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Mrs Muriel C. Javelin was interviewed 
over WERS-FM (the Emerson College broad- 
casting station) on March 26. Marie Dunn 
and Nancy Valine ourt, students of the 
Radio Division at the College, questioned 
Mrs Javelin about the Library's audio- 
visual activities. 

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On March 27, Edward I5uir, New England 
Representative for the Great Books Founda- 
tion, was Nelson Bragg 's guest on WCOP. 
lir JMir talked about the leader training 
course which began at the Huntington 
Avenue YMCA on April 7 and about current 
Library Great Books Discussion Groups. 

On April I4, Paul V. Moynihan appeared 
on WNAC-TV singing with the choir of 
Sto Paul's Church. Cambridge. 

THE SOCIAL Y/HIRL 

The Hyde Park staff were supper guests 
of Mrs Sara A, Lyon, retired branch li- 
brarian, on March 6. A pleasant meal 
was followed by happy reminiscing. Present 
also was Jeannette Pepin, former children's 
librarian. All thoroughly enjoyed the 
fine food and warm hospitality. 

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On March 2U, a party was held at Connolly 
in honor of Gladys Murphy on the occasion 
of her transfer to Roslindale. The mem- 
bers of the staff presented a gift to her 
as a token of their very best wishes for 
her future success. 

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April 2 was a red-letter day at Connolly. 
Just one year ago that day, Margaret A. 
Morgan was sent there as Branch Librarian. 
To celebrate her anniversary her staff 
surprised her with a delightful arrange- 
ment of spring flowers. She was also the 
guest of honor at a tea, 

B.E .C g 

On Tuesday evening, April 7 a farewell 
party for Mrs Muriel Figenbaum Robinson 
(Print) was held at the home of Anna 
L. lifeinning in West Roxbury. The guest 
of honor is leaving the library service y 
in May to make her home in New Zealand. 



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The guests played an original variation of 
bridge created by the hostess. As a com- 
pensation, a delicious collation followed 
which the guests thoroughly enjoyed. 
Among those present was one of our former 
staff members, Mrs Ruth Ross of Ipswich, 
who worked in Bates Hall Reference while 
in the library service, A pair of gold 
earrings, set with moonstones, was pre- 
sented to Muriel, with warmest wishes for 
her future happiness in her new homeland. 

Grace M. Marvin 

Mrs Geraldine S. Herrick, Branch Li- 
brarian, Phillips Brooks^ was the guest of 
the Adult Book Selection Committee at 
the Home of Dorothy F. Nourse on Thursday, 
April 9. Dr and Ibrs Herrick plan to 
leave for a European trip in Mayo The 
dinner was up to the usual high standards 
maintained by Miss Nourse in the culinary 
(and other) departments. The piece de 
resistance of the delicious meal was a 
miniature boat, equipped with life savers, 
gallantly holding its course on a deep 
green gelatin sea, with whipped cream 
waves lashing its starboard. Following 
the dinner, the members of the group had 
an opportunity to test their familiarity 
with new book titles by filling in the 
spaces provided in "% European Tour", 
a "literary masterpiece" prepared by the 
hostess • It is to be hoped that the 
Herrick tour will not follow too closely 
the resulting outline,' The prize, ^i^ich 
went to the guest of honor, was a simu- 
lated book containing several pound notes, 
ready for spending for something "extra 
special" in the British Isles, It was 
decided that the entire staff should go 
abroad so that everybody could give 
everybody else a party similar to this 
delightful "Bon Voyage" occasion, 

BUMPS AND mUISES 
■On Saturday evening, April 11, about 
30 members of the library staff, plus 
their friends, invaded the precincts of 
the Roll-land Skating Rink in Norwood. 
All types of skaters, from shaky begin- 
ners to confident experts (?). were repre- 
sented. Regular habitues of the Rink were 
treated to fanciful exhibitions of skat- 
ing never before presented. Despite 
assorted bumps and bruises, everybody 
enjoyed themselves and returned home 
discussing plans for a bigger and better 
party in the near future. 

Shirley V. Anderson 



SOFTBALL AT B.P.L. 
This year, as was the case last year, 
B.P.L. will be represented by a Softball 
team. Last year the team was not formed 
until late in the season and as a con- 
sequence, did not have time to take part 
in a full schedule of games. This year, 
however, the team hag already completed 
spring training and it is expected that 
a full schedule will be met. Among those 
who played last year and who will play 
this year are Paul Smith (2B), Vfelter 
Harris (OF), Arthur Lindsay (3B), Girard 
Hottleraan (P), all of Book Purchasing, 
Daniel Kelly (C) Audio-Visual, Donald 
Nei/vman (IB) Records, Files, Statistics,- 
Paul 'iiulloncy (LF), Science and Technology, 
and Gerald '^fehoney (SS). Book Stack Service, 
Games are usually played on the Boston 
Common Softball Field with the starting 
time between ^:13' and 5: 30. Scheduled 
games will be posted on the Staff bulletin 
board. The first game is at Tech Field 
in Cambridge, Saturday, April I8, versus 
Sigma Chi Fraternity of M.I.T., at 2P.M. 

Girard D, Hottleman 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

When the original Special Committee on 
CARE was formed contributions were ac- 
cepted for "'relief packages" for "library 
workers" abroad. As a result of staff 
inquiries, especially after the recent 
floods in Holland and England, the As- 
sociation's CARE pro'^ram has been reviewed 
and now contributions may also be received 
for cash grants and relief to non-librarians 
whenever recommended by CARE headquarters. 
Walter Bluhm, Periodical and Newspaper, 
chairman of the Special Committee on CARE, 
reports that CARE headquarters has indi- 
cated that the greatest need for relief 
now exists among the civilian victims of 
war in Korea and among the refugees from 
behind the Iron Curtain who have nanaged 
to escape into western Germany. Please 
remember these poor unfortunates when 
it is "time to share with CARE". 

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At the request of the Executive Board 
Louisa S, Metcalf, Open Shelf has agreed 
to be a nominee for the Steering Committee 
of the Staff Organizations Round Table of 
the American Library Association 



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The Executive Board at a Special Meet- 
ing on 1 April approved the sending of 
a letter to the Mayor and to the members 
of the City Council urging favorable 
action on a supplementary budget to pro- 
vide the necessary appropriation to put 
into effect the salary schedule adopted 
for the Bibliothecal Library Service 
by the Trustees of the Library. 

B, Joseph O'Neil 

ROUND TABLE OF CHILDREN'S LIBRARIANS 

The annual Spring Book Review meeting 
•mas held Thursday morning, April 9, in 
the Brookline Public Library lecture 
hall, with Pauline Winnick, chairman, 
presiding. 

A brief business meeting vras followed 
by a talk on the "Pennies for Pinocchio" 
project by the chairman of the fund, 
Evelyn R. Robinson, Consultant, School 
Libraries and ViTork with Children and 
Young People, Division of Library Exten- 
sion, Ifessachusetts Department of Educa- 
tion, and a plea for Children's Library 
Association membership by Dorothy N. 
Shumaker, librarian. Junior Department, 
Morrill Memorial Library of Norwoodo 

Elizabeth M« Gordon presented the guest 
reviewer, Ruth C, Barlow, Children's 
Librarian, Fairfield Memorial Library, 
Fairfield, Connecticut, and reviewer of 
children's books for the Christian 
Science Monitor, former head of the 
Children's Department of the Flint, 
Michigan) Public Library, producer of a 
notable children's radio program in 
Shreveport, Louisiana, and author of 
Lisbeth Holly , and Fun at Happy Acrea * 

Miss Barlow reviewed informally and 
delif^htfully about fifty of the new bocks 
for children, emphasizing those of in- 
tegrity and appeal, reading effective 
excerpts, calling attention to fitting 
and beautiful illustrations and expertly 
characterizing each volume, indicating 
those of general interest or of specific 
value . 

Following Miss Barlow's thoroughly 
enjoyable and very helpful reviews, 
opportunity was given for brief examina- 
tion and personal discussion of the books, 
kindly lent by the Personal Book Shop. 
Luncheon at Novak's followed adjournment 
of the meeting, 

Elizabeth M. Gordon 



tttA LOANS FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDIES 
IN LIBRARY SCIENCE 

The Education Committee of the Jfessa- 
chusetts Library Association announces an 
interest-free loan plan for qualified li- 
brary school students. Loans up to $300. 
may be granted to legal residents of 
Massachusetts. For further information 
write to: 

Rachel Cartland 
Chairman, Education Committee 
Massachusetts Library Association 
Brockton Public Library 
Brockton, Massachusetts 



RECENT MATERIAL OF 
PROFESSIONAL INTEREST 

Staff Participation in Management, by 
Amy Winsloxv (Director. Enoch Pratt Free Li- 
brary, Baltimore) Wilson Library Bulletin 
27:6214-28 April 19^31 

TELEVISION SYMPOSIUM 

A Symposium, Securing Ed ucational Tele- 
v ision Channel #k! , called by the Massa- 
chusetts Civic League, was represented by 
seventy civic and educational organizations 
in the state, including the Library. 

H, Shippen Goodhue, of the League, re- 
quested the representatives to assist in 
arousing public support of educational 
television and of the group applying for 
Channel #2. 

Ralph Lowell, Lowell Institute Co-opera- 
tive Broadcasting Council, expressed the 
Council's interest in broadening its 
representation and then applying for 
Channel #2. Senator Christopher H, Philllj 
Chairman of the Special Commission on 
Educational Television, announced that the 
Commission plans to report to the State 
Legislature the first week in May.- Thus 
sufficient time would be permitted for 
debate prior to the June 2 dateline for 
filing an application to the FCC. 

Representing the National Citizens Com- 
mittee for Educational TV, Donald W, Dresde 
reported on the progress of other cities. 
The Fund for Adult Education has pledged 
to match the state contribution toward 
the construction of a station. Plaus wei^ 
announced for an interim committee of one 
delegate from each organization to meet 
in two weeks. 

Helen F, Hirson 



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NEYf SWITCHBOARD INSTALLED 

On Wednesday, March 2^, at 7:00 a.m., 
the Telephone Company completed installa- 
tion of a new semi-automatic dial tele- 
phone system for the Central Library. 
The new system makes it possible for de- 
partments in Central to reach each other 
by dialing the desired extension number 
without having to go through the switch- 
board. The operator thus handles only 
calls coming into the Library from outside 
the building and calls to the outside 
being made by individuals or departments 
having restricted lines. The new system 
is similar to having a complete telephone 
exchange within the Central Library 
building. 

If there is anyone who wishes to visit 
and learn more about the new system, 
please call the Information Office, 231, 
for an appointment. An appointment is 
necessary since the switchboard quarters 
can only accommodate a few people at a 
time. 

NON-RESIDENT BCRRO'.'KNG 

On April 1 the Registration Department 
became a part of the new Central Charging 
Records and moved to new quarters on the 
first floor of the Library. Plans have 
been made to re-register borrowers as 
their present cards expire, so that re- 
registration of borrowers will extend over 
a two-year period. 

For the first time in its history, the 
Library began on April 1 the issuance of 
cards to non-residents upon payment of 
fees. Although the granting of cards to 
non-residents on a fee basis had been 
noted by the newspapers, no special pub- 
licity was prepared in connection with the 
April 1 changes, inasmuch as the procedures 
are new and it did not seem wise to stimu- 
late more business than could be handled 
adequately. It is planned to have addi- 
tional newspaper publicity about the new 
arrangements, in the near future. The 
response to date on the part of the public 
has been moderate, and members of the 
staff assigned to registration work have 
been able to process the new registrations 
and issue the new identification cards 
without delayo The Library's last re- 
registration took place more than thirty 
years ago, so that it is obvious how great 
was the need for streamlining a registra- 
tion procedure -rtiich had become uravieldy 



through changes and additions. Under the 
the new plans all registration procedure 
for branch libraries will be handle by 
Central Charging Records, the only excep- 
tion being that Branch Libraries will 
take registrations and fees for forwarding 
to Central Charging Records and will 
deliver library cards to borrowers vtien 
they are received from Central Charging 
Records . 

It is interesting to note that during 
the first week of operation Central Charg- 
ing Records (exclusive of branch library 
work) registered 1?5 adult non-resident 
borrowers and collected fees amounting to 
$196, During this same period U30 adult 
residents were registered. 

The first non-resident 's card was issued 
at 9:0$ a.m^ on April 1 x.o Alden B. Hoag, 
Boston Herald editorial "iirriter, whose home 
is in Medway. A non-resident in Pit'tsfield 
holds the record for greatest distance 
from the BPL, Inquiries have been received 
from persons interested in solving their 
gift problems through purchase of Boston 
Public Library non-resident cards for 
relatives and friends. Through the mail 
one person sent hie request for a non- 
resident's card for five years, together 
with his check for $l5l . 

CIVIL DEFENSE 

There has been published recently, 
"sponsored as a public service by WCOP", 
and "Edited exclusively for Residents of 
Boston and distributed thru the coopera- 
tion of public spirited citizens of this 
area", a GREATER BOSTON CIVIL DEFENSE 
MANUAL. This 36-page pamphlet, profusely 
illustrated, besides giving specific in- 
fornation on what is being done through- 
out the City of Boston, includes general 
information on various phases of Civil 
Defense, On page 8, under the heading 
Business and Industry in Civil Defense , 
the Public Library's activities are 
described, 

* 

David P. O'Keefe, Senior Building 
Custodian, has been appointed Deputy 
Coordinator, Central Library, to fill the 
vacancy caused by the retirement of Patrick 
A. Kennedy, 

* 

Representing the Library Department, 
John W. Tuley, Coordinator, attended a two- 
hour meeting on Jferch 31, at Civil Defense 
Headquarters. At the meeting, called and 



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presided over by Joseph L. Jfelone, Direc- 
tor, Boston Civil Defense Department, the 
Nevada atom bomb test was discussed and 
appraised, and slides taken on March 17, 
1953 > were shoini. It is interesting to 
note in this connection that the March 
thirtieth issue of LIFE contains several 
pages of pictures on this test. 

A thought for those with an apathetic 
attitude to\7ard Civi,l Dofense 

TIE BOMB 

(From "Freedom from Fear", editorial in 

NEW ENGUND JOURNAL OF JffiDICINE, August 7, 
1952.) 

This period of uneasy "peace" is a time 
for labor and a time for prayer. Men 
work to protect themselves and their 
neighbors against the avoidable panic 
with its consequent unnecessary death and 
paralysis of the ability to recover; they 
pray that the sacrifice of their lives and 
dearest hopes will not be required of 
them — and no less that fear, of the known 
and unknown, will not cause them to be 
found wanting if trial and crisis occur. 
The alternative to chaos and the shame 
of defeat is the will to act and thus to 
survive . 

NEIV BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Non-Fiction 

Berelson, Bernard 

Content analysis in communication re- 
search, 
Glencoe, 111,, Free Press, 1952 

Best cartoons of the year, 1952. 
New York, Crown Publisher, 1952 

Koestler, Arthur 

Arrow in the blue; an autobiography. 
New York, JfecMillan, 1952 

Non-Fiction - Library Science 

American Library Association. Committee 
on Conference Reports . 
Annual conference suirimary reports, in- 
cluding meetings of pre-conferences. 
1952. 
Chicago, 1952 

Craster, Sir Herbert H.E, 

History of the Bodleian Library, 18U5- 

19U5. 

Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1952 



New York (State) Governor's Committee on 

State Aid , 

Library service for all, 

Albany, 1951 
Ohio Library Trustees Association. 

Library trustees manual. 

Coliunbus, Ohio, 1952 

BRANCH NOTES 

Hyde Park 

Easter postcards dating back to the 
early 1900 's are being featured in the 
exhibit case. They are the property of 
Ella M. Adams of the staff, 'V'tiose penchant 
for things of the past lends welcome color 
and a trace of nostalgia to the library. 
In the same display are Easter egg faces — 
with an amazing and appealing range of 
millinery concocted by Miss Adams from 
odds and ends of ribbon, paper, candies, 
flowers and feathers. 



SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, together with 
the name of the Branch Library, Department 
or Office in which he or she is employed. 
The name is withheld from publication, or 
a pen name used, if the contributor so 
requests. Anonymous contributions are not 
given consideration. The author of the 
article is known only to the contributor 
and to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents 
of articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 



To the Soap Box: 

A recent notice has informed us that 
Branch Issue and School Issue are to be 
merged to form a new department to be known 
as Central Book Stock for Home Reading and 
Community Services. This name is entirely 
too long and w© think that it should be 
shortened to Book Stock Service. Then, 
we could have a Book Stack Service and a 
Book Stock Service in the building and 
could made the following changes in the 
present names of other Library activities 



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in line with this development, thereby 
establishing a new uniformity in BPL 
nomenclature: 

OLB NMIE NEW NAME 

Coffee Shop Book Snack Service 

Women's Lounge Book Yack Service 

Mr Carpenter <. Book Took Service 

Approval Table Book Look Service 

Book Selection Book Pick Service 

Staff Hospital Took Sick Service 

Stack Deliveries. .. .Book Stuck Service 
Reserve Collection. .Book Shock Service 

Time Tray Tick Tock Service 

Interlibrary loans.. Book Swap Service 

Sheila W. Pierce 
John McCafferty 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

In view of the fact that I didn't take 
up one line of space in the March Issue 
of QM, and in view of the further fact 
that I am tetrametring this time the most 
important single individual in our early 
history, I hope it will be found possible 
to squeeze in this entire instalment, 
though I admit it's rather long, I woiild 
be lacking in respect to the subject as 
well as to my fellow members of the staff, 
if exigencies of space should make me 
appear to be presenting here a truncated 
Founder . 

If anything in the following verses 
should seem to fall rather flat, in senti- 
ment or expression, I hope it will be 
kindly attributed to the fact that I wrote 
most of them in a horizontal position. 
I want to take this opportunity (and moro 
space) to thank all those in the Library 
who sent cards of sjonpathy and other 
remembrances, as well as those who took 
time out to visit me at the hospital* 
They helped considerably to get over an 
uncomfortable time, but there was one bad 
feature to it : the quantity of mail and 
the visitors made the hospital authorities 
think they had snagged themselves a real 
live VIP, and charged accordingly. 

One last note: In stanza 8? I speak of 
the Eddis portrait. In the copy of 
Wadlin I used, in the index under the 
Founder's name, the painter's name is 
given as ENNIS, Now I have never met a 
single EDDIS, but I do on the other hand 
know a very nice ENNIS, and to give her a 



vicarious gratification, I hope Mr Wadlin 
had a cold when he wrote about the painter 
in the text, and that the index entry is 
correct. Perhaps Mr Storey will reach up 
and lock at the picture, or if it is too 
high, perhaps Mr McCafferty will climb up 
on catalog section KL-LIB and make sure. 

Harry Andrews 

The BPL 

60, 
Shade the Third emerges now. 

Handsome face and noble brow; 
Thoughtful, mild, kind, serene. 

Regal air, gentle mien; 
Knew much sorrow, tasted joys. 

But all his manner breathes of poise; 
Look at him and mark him well- 

FOUNDER of BPL. 

61. 
Born in seventeen eighty ei^t. 

In little-known part of state; 
Early settler blood in veins. 

Their highvrays country lanes; 
Puritans in his descent 

Had not yet their vigor spent; 
Labored hard without sigh. 

Life was plain, but thought was high. 

62. 

The villagers in hardy toil 

Eked a life from friendless soil; 
A softer age would think things rough. 

But few the wants, there's soon enough; 
Sturdy, modest, self-reliant. 

To others' wishes oft compliant; 
But on themselves made stiff demands. 

Virtue such respect commands. 

63, 

Everywhere in this young nation, 

Respect was great for education; 
This little town had its school, 

Where all were taught by strictest rule; 
Bare, cold the place they met. 

Central heating was not yet; 
The poorer lads, as best they could. 

Had to bring their own wood. 

6h. 

Village life was unexciting. 

Distant prospects seemed inviting; 
Keen ambition gripped the boy. 

Talents found no employ; 
Meagre patrimony took, 

And his country home forsook; 
Bade goodbye to early scene. 

Came to Boston at fifteen. 



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■65. 
Boston was a thriving city, 

Wealthy, generous , and grittyj 
Vessels broi.:ii5ht fr-om every port 

Luxuries of every sort^ 
Money came from coirmerce base. 

But C in Culture was upper case; 
Schools, lyoe.ams, clubs galore. 

Lectures crowded to the door. 

66, 
The lad he made a nice appearance, 

Met indulgence and forbearance; 
Found work with Mr Gray, 

Greatest' merchant of the day; 
Proved he had in large degree, 

Intelligence, integrity; 
Twin possessions de rigueur 

In every job, we all concur. 

67. 

Wanted to improve his mind, 

Yifith reading of the better kind; 
But no library was free 

For mere workingmen like he; 
Athenaeum was for members. 

His room too poor for extra embers; 
Sad and strange it is to tell, 

Boston had no BPL, 

68. 
Books arrived from many lands. 

But they were in private hands ; 
Presses published quite a few^ 

Mainly for the well-to-do; 
Private libraries in town 

Catered only to their own; 
Ordinary Joes no doubt. 

They just had to do without. 

69, 
Later, when a merchant prince, 

How he would recall and wince. 
How he thirsted for all knowledge. 

But could not afford the college; 
How no library was there. 

To supply the mental fare; 
Fled the wintry outdoors, 

Reading stealthily in stores. 

70. 
Spent a decade hard at work, 

As lowly counting-house clerk; 
Started once his own place, 

But found it unequal race; 
War at sea hurt ships that sailed. 

Little enterprises failed; 
Then by Mr Gray was sent, 

Affairs abroad to represent. 



71. 
Luck he met virith good and ill, 

Of reverses had his fill; 
Often thought himself a flop. 

But knew there's alv/ays room on top; 
For twenty years, he would recall. 

Fought the world with back to wall; 
But success was his at last. 

Compensating for the past, 

72. 

Made a name for probity, 

Widsom and ability; 
Genial manner, honest air, 

Ways superlatively fair; 
Won respect and admiration 

From leading men of every nation; 
In Baring Br9thers famous bank, 

Partner made of equal rank. 

73. 
Famous, honored, of vast estate. 

Home a mecca for the great; 
Gracious hospitality 

For men of every quality; 
Particularly tried to please 

Countrymen from overseas ; 
In all his permutations great. 

Clung in thought to old Bay State. 

71;. 
Then, in eighteen fifty two, 

Boston was obliged to woo 
Baring Brothers overseas 

For a water-loan ease; 
City documents were sent, 

Boston's case to represent; 
One of virhich, of expert sort. 

Was Ticknor's Library report. 

75. 
In language forcible and clear, 

Ticknor spoke for all to hear. 
Why a library was needed, 

Why its building should be speeded; 
What benefits accrue to all. 

When breach is made in ignorance wall; 
What evil bastions, ramparts fell. 

When city had a BPL. 

76. 
Boston's scheme of education 

Was as fine as most in nation; 
Best instruction methods used. 

Arts and learning wide diffused; 
But they who could afford no college, 

Lost all hope of further knowledge; 
This city of the brave and free, 

Had no Public Library 



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77. 
The ci-devant Bay Stater read, 

And the water-loan was spedj 
But the Ticknor vfords they lingered, 

As the documents he fingered; 
And he saw himself again, 

As the century began; 
In Boston minus rich relation, 

With no means for education. 

78. 
The world of books, that magic land. 

Was barred by want's restraining hand; 
Though he climbed to top of nation. 

Without fancy education. 
Yet he never quite forgot 

The lesson poverty had taught: 
Books and libraries must be free 

To all a nation's citizenry. 

79. 
Though long expatriate, 

His heart -tjas still with old Bay State; 
And he was resolved to see 

The Boston poor fare better than he, 
V/hen he was ambitious lad. 

And no books were to be had; 
Laggard Boston he'd compel 

To speed the birth of BPL. 

80. 
So he wrote a famous letter. 

Saying he was Boston's debtor; 
And he wished to make amends 

For kindness got from Boston friends; 
Liked Report made by Trustees, 

And would they let him, if they please. 
Contribute to the project planned 

A nice and round fifty grand. 

81. 
He attached a string or two. 

Explaining what he had in view; 
An ornament this place must be, 

Large and fine, a sight to see; 
Spacious J lofty rooms inside, 

To fill the citizen with pride; 
Warm, well-lighted roomy hall. 

And always, always free to all» 

82. 
The Boston poor must get to feel. 

The realm of books has had new deal; 
No matter what their private hells. 

This place's as good as those for swells; 
Men will treat as extra grace 

Membership in such a place; 
Highest praise for lads will be. 

That they frequent the Library. 



83. 

Boston heard with jubilation. 

Of this magnificent donation; 
City fathers quickly tried 

Such a building to provide; 
His gift was funded by Trustees, 

Income used for books' increase; 
The Londoner thought this too slow. 

Library must faster grow, 

8U, 
His envoys combed all Europe's nooks. 

To fill the BPL with books ; 
These he bought from every land. 

And spent another fifty grand. 
In gratitude our first Trustees 

This benefactor thought to please: 
Gave him name which suits him well- 

FOUNDER of BPL. 

85. 
I confess without shame, 

I hold in reverence his name; 
And often in a raa.iner bold. 

Discussion with his statue hold: 
How reality of today 

Squares with hopes of yesterday; 
And come to know fairly well. 

His latest views on BPL. 

86. 

What he thinks of Sunday closing, 

Innovations we're proposing; 
What departments need enlarging. 

All about the three-week charging; 
Morale in Library at large. 

Caliber of some in charge; 
What critics use discrimination. 

And who just needle th 'Administration. 

87. 
To ray unglassed and aging eye, 

The EDDIS portrait hangs too high, 
I would dearly like to see 

Honor done him in large degree; 
Spread his fame in every way, 

His date of birth a holiday; 
Let PPL'r's question be, 

I wonder what he'd think of me. 

88. 
He thought about us more and more. 

Until his death in '61;; 
His body lies in Kensal Green, 

London grave can still be seen. 
Stand and cheer this generous man. 

All our greatness he began; 
Spirit which the heart elates, 

Grand and peeric;=>s JOSHUA BATES. 



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INTERESTED FRIENDS, ARE CORDIALLY 
IN'/ITED TO ATTEND THIS LECTbRE 



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THE COMMITTEE FOR THE BERTHA V. HARTZELL MEJiORIAL LECTURE 

Madalene D. Holt, Chairirsn 

Elinor E. Day Geraldine S, Herrick Evelyn Levy 

May C, MacDonald Berbha 5, I^eswick Irene J, Wadswcrth 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



MAY 1953 



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Published hy the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VIII, Number $ 



May 19^3 



Publications Committee: Gerald L« Ball, Geraldine S, Herrick, John J. McCafferty, 

Sarah M, Usher, Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material: 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

In the March number of the Los Angeles 
Public Library "Broadcaster" (The publi- 
cation of the lAPL Staff Association) the 
editorial was devoted to a eulogy of a 
well-knovm staff member on her retire- 
ment, A piece of this kind ordinarily 
would not cause notice outside of the 
immediate vicinity of the Library. How- 
ever, the editor made the following obser- 
vation: ",,. If she had made her many con- 
tributions to the world of letters as a 
member of the faculty of a university she 
would have been honored, on her retirement 
with the title emeritus. It seems unfor- 
tunate that such recognition of scholarly 
accomplishment is limited to academic 
circles. Public libraries might well 
bestow upon their retired leaders a title 
which not only renders them the honor 
they richly deserve, but may even continue 
in an advisory capacity, their official 
connections with the institution they 
have served so well. Public libraries 
have no such tradition - perhaps it is 
time for them to develop one,,," 

We at the Boston Public Library are 
proud to be able to state that the de- 
velopment of such a tradition began in 
our institution as early as December, 
1929. On that date Frank C. Blaisdell 
was honored with the title of Assistant 
Librarian, Emeritus, Since that time 
forty-six other officers of the Library 
have been also honored. 

The title of "emeritus" is not an empty 
one to those who receive it, A feeling 
of continued recognition is received with 
the letter of award, a feeling of still 
belonging, even after being separated froni 
official duties by the retirement laws. 
Many of our "emeriti" have had years of 
hap»py association with the Library, both 
in semi-official and social affairs, 
because of tMs tr&dition, 

Charles J. Gillis 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

May 21, Round Table of Children's Li- 
brarians, meeting at Thomas 
Crane Public Library, Quincy. 

May 29. BPLPSA, business meeting, lecture 
hall, at 9 a»in« 

June 1, Fifth Annual Mary U, Nichols 
Book Prize Awards, North End, 
8:00 p.m, 

June 21-26, ALA Annual Conference, Los 
Angeles, California, 

June 22-25. SLA Annual Convention, 
Toronto, Canada 



PERSONAL NOTES 



New Employees 



George T. Armstrong, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics. 

Mrs Rita A. Collins, Connolly. 

James G. Griffin, Book Stack Service. 

Mrs Alleen M. Wiggins, Memorial. 

James A. Mackie, Science and Technology, 
formerly part-time. 

Constance O'Keefe, Roslindale. 

Transfers 



Mrs Barbara P. Cotter, from the Office, 
of the DiAx of R and RS to Hospital Library 
Service, 

Mrs Maiy G, Langton, from Memorial to 
Hospital Library Service, 

Arthur L, Lindsay, from Book Purchasing 
to Exhibits. 

Isabel M. Martino, from Open Shelf to 
Hospital Library Service. 

Donald L, Newman, from Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics to Book Purchasing. 

Elizabeth A, Sarjeant, from Codman Square 
to Hospital Library Service, 



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MP3 Pauline U. Puglesi, Cataloging and 
ClassiMcation, Div of R and RS, to re- 
main at home. 

Mr-j M, Louis Hughes, Open Shelf, to 
remain at home. 

Ireno M. McCarty, Book Stack Service, 
to aooept another position. 

Car»uf!llft 0» Lemon, Memorial, to teach 
in tho Detroit Public School System, 

Mrs Maur--?on E, Eriksen, Egleston Square 
to remain at home. 

Gerard J. Mahoney, Book Stack Service, 
to enter Armed Forces . 

Marjorie E, Hicks, Uphams Corner, to 
accept another position. 

Marriagga ~ 

T^olores Ctsta, Bookmobile I, to Dominic 
P. Cerulli o'» April 15, 1953 « 

Franc ina E, Copeland, North End, to 
Franklin E, Gelzer on April 18, 1953. 

Katheriie T. Melavin, Business Office, 
tff Hajvvy W, Murphy on May 9, 1953. 

BEST IT SHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 
To 

Katrina M. Sather, Brighton, 35 Selden 
Street, D«;rehe«ter 2U, 

Mary T. C. Monnix, Phillips Brooks, 21 
Vermont Street, West Roxbury 32 o 

Etta Lasker, Codman Square, I4.8 Selden 
Street, Dorchester 21;. 

Mrs Anna Braekett, South End, 219 Gold 
Street, South Host on 27. 

TO WELCOIffi BACK AFTER LONG ILLNESSES 



Irene Bogn^tt, Book Preparation, 
Frances Person, Binding 

BON VOYAGE 
To 

Mrs Edith H. Bailey, Branch Librarian, 
Emeritus, who loft recently by plane on 
•the C'.rst lap of her journey around the 
warld. Sho Tri. 11 stay in New Delhi, India, 
while her daughter, Ruth, a former BPLer, 
is attending 3. eonference there. 

George Johnson, formerly Fine Arts, who 
is on a Eui-'op'iS.n trip v^iich will be cli- 
iaxefi by attendance at the coronation. 



Jean B. Lay, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, Div of HR and CS, who sails from 
Quebec on May 21, on the Scythia. She will 
attend the coronation and then travel 
through England, Irela^id, Scotland, and 
Wales, 

Dr and Mrs Asbury Herrick, North End, who 
sail on Itay 20 on the Queen Elizabeth 
from Pier 90, North River, New York, They 
will visit England, Belgium, Holland, 
Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France, 

Mr and Mrs Walter Robinson, (Muriel 
Figenbaum, Print) , who will sail on June 6, 
from Vancouver, B.C., on the Aorangi to 
make their home in New Zealand. 

THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

On Thursday evening, April 30, the three 
Book Selection Committees of the Div of 
HR and CS went on a trek to Toll House 
to spend their hard-earned dimes on the 
good things in life. In honor of the 
occasion Mr Sun himself came out of his 
long retirement and shone down upon the 
cavalcade as it journeyed southwardo 
Contrary to the character in Dahl's 
cartoon, no one suffered shock at Mr Sun's 
appearance and, may we add, neither did 
any one suffer loss of appetite » At Toll 
House, the con^any, twenty-two strong, 
enjoyed life from onion soup to "Mary 
Janes" , As Miss Peck, ensconsed at the 
head of the table, beamed benignly on her 
brood, strains of Happy Birthday were 
heard and a small but festive birthday 
cake on a musical merry-go-round was 
placed in front of her. Was it Miss 
Peck's birthday? We do not know but 
everyone does have a birthday sometime 
during the year and this did seem a most 
opportune moment for Miss Peck's, 

The cars which returned from Toll House 
were filled with satisfied, if too-well 
fed, females but it was noted that many 
appeared as usual in the Coffee Shop the 
next day. 

A "bon voyage" party for Jean B, Lay 
of Cataloging and Class if ication>Di» of 
HR and CS , was held on Sunday, May 3, at 
the attractive abode of Edna G. Peck. 
Sarah M. Usher starred as co-hostess with 
Miss Peck. 

At 7 p.m. a delicious collation was 
served to the nineteen people present, who 



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had met to wish Miss Lay a very happy and 
successful tour of the British Isles, the 
highlight being attendance at the Corona- 
tion. 

The guest of honor, decorated with a 
corsage of pink camellias, was given 
several "pound notes" to spend in London 
next June, This money was in a decora- 
tive bill -fold designed by the artistic 
Mildred Somes, In accepting her gift, 
Miss Lay made an amusing little speech 
which was received with applause. 

It was an evening long to be remembered 
for its food, fun, and delightful hospi- 
tality. 

« 

Monday, May U, at five o'clock, Doris H, 
Kelleher of Cataloging and Cl»ssification, 
Div. of R and RS was given a shower in the 
Women's Lounge in honor of her approach- 
ing marriage to John H. Walsh, Jr. 

A bouquet of bills, artistically 
fashioned, was presented to Miss Kelleher 
by the members of her department. The 
wedding is to take place on May l6 at 
St. Edward's Church, Brockton. 

VISITOR 

S. Janice Kee, Executive Secretary, 
Public Libraries Division, A.L.A. 

TAKE A BOW 

The Publications Committee nominates 
"Marty" Murphy for TAKE A POW honors for 
the month of May. During the long months 
in which the new front elevator was being 
installed, there were few moments during 
each day when the back elevator was not 
crowded with a varied assortment of staff 
members, public, book trucks, books, and 
bundle s. Through it all "Marty" main- 
tained a calm, unruffled exterior — always 
the perfect gentleman, who knew, even as 
Miss Scoggin, that The Saving Grace is a 
sense of humor, 

MUSICAL NOTES 

Daniel Koury and Phillip Batstone, Music 
have recently had performances of their 
works heard at the Boston University 
College of Music concerts and over radio 
station WBUR-FM. 

George Pahud, Music, is playing bassoon 
with the "May Pops" Orchestra, for five 
weeks. 



Jean Northrop, Open Shelf, was oboist 
with the orchestra of the "Oklahoma" 
company during its recent Boston engage- 
ment. 

Henry Santos, Audio -Visual, pianist, 
made his debut in Jordan Hall, April 25. 

CONGRATULATIONS 

Pauline Winnick, Readers Advisor for 
Young Adults, was recently initiated into 
the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, National 
Honor Society for Women Teachers, founded 
in part to pay tribute to women who have 
given distinctive service to any field of 
education, including librarianship. Mrs 
Beryl Robinson, Children's Librarian, 
East Boston, was electad to the same 
society, nearly two years ago. Congratu- 
lations to both I 

WELCOME TO NBa^ MEMBERS OF BPLPSA 

Christine J. Celia, City Point 

Mrs Mary E. Cooney, Office of Records, 

Files, Statistics 
Delores Costa, Bookmobile I 
Rosemary D. Cross, South End 
Geraldine R, Cudmore, Cataloging and 

Classification^ Div. of R and RS 
Margaret J. Drago, Adams Street 
Mrs Lucia S, Faulkner, West Roxbury 
Shirley A, Gildea, Information 
Marjorie E, Hicks, Uphams Corner 
Janice G. Lane, Office of the Div, of 

HR and CS 
Mrs Mary Lebert, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, Div. of R and RS 
Julia A. Lenzi, Adams Street 
Patricia Leonard, Open Shelf 
Margaret L, Mahoney, Information 
Thomas J. Nolan, Periodical and News- 
paper 
Linda M, Pagliuca, North End 
Mrs Janet Quint, Allston 
Lawrence Vezin, Open Shelf 
Ruth E, Winn, Roslindale 

LAST C A L L! 1 i 

Join ALA nowi 

Attend the Conference in June J 

See Sarah M. Usher 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics 



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, THE B.P.L. ON RADIO AMD T.V. 

On Thursday, April 16, over WBZ-TV 
Mrs Irene Tut tie, Branch Librarian, 
South Boston told about the collection 
of wooden dolls which were being exhibited 
at the Branch during the month of April* 

Donald Born, Professor of English at 
Boston University College of General 
Education, and host on WBZ-TV's "New 
England Almanac" program, credited the 
Library for the photostats and original 
copies of old New England newspapers, 
which he used on his program for Friday, 
April 2it. 

THE STAJ'F AFIEIH 

Elizabeth B. Boudreau, Chief of the 
Information Office, was guest speaker 
at the Ripley School Mothers' Tea in 
Melrose on Wednesday, April 29, She 
spoke about the Library's new non-resi- 
dent privileges and the coming Centen- 
nial, 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The Committee on the "Barnes Act", in 
carrying out the instructions of the 
Executive Board to obtain a written le- 
gal opinion as to whether the Association 
is required to register as a labor union 
or would be required to register if 
Article II (b) of the Association's 
Constitution were construed and inter- 
preted as including questions of hours, 
wages, classification of employees and 
working conditions of all full-time 
bitliothecal employees of the Boston 
Public Library, requested an opinion 
from the Commissioner of Labor and In- 
dustries. The reply received from 
Raymond F. 'Connell, Counsel, Office of 
the Commissioner of Labor and Industries, 
gave the opinion that it was not neces- 
sary for the Association to register aa 
a Labor union since an organization, such 
as the Professional Staff Association, 
dealing with a branch of a municipality, 
does not have the same powers as the 
usual labor union and was not intended 
to be included under the provisions of 
the Act, even if Article II (b) of the 
Constitution were expanded. 



Congratulations to Jfedalene D, Holt and 
the Bertha V, Hartzell Memorial Lecture 
Committee and to Ifey C. McDonald and the 
Entertainment Committee for their splendid 
job in arranging such an enjoyable evening 
at the Third ffeirtzell Memorial Lecture. 

We regret that the nomination of Louisa 
S, Metcalf to the SORT Steering Committee 
could not be effected because of a pro- 
vision in the Constitution of SORT which 
states that "No affiliated organization 
shall be represented on the Steering 
Committee for more than two consecutive 
terms," Since Bradford M. Hill will have 
just completed two consecutive terms for 
the Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association, any nominee from the 
BPLPSA would not be eligible to serve 
during the coming year, 

B, Joseph O'Neil 

THIRD ANNUAL 
BERTHA V. HARTZELL MEIORIAL LECTURE 



An audience of about one htmdred and 
fifty Association members and invited 
guests attended the Third Annual Bertha 
V, Hartzell Memorial Lecture , which took 
place on May sixth in the Wiggin Gallery. 

B, Joseph O'Neil, president of the 
Association, after graciously welcoming 
the audience, turned the meeting over to 
Madalene D. Holt, Chairman of the Bertha 
V, Hartzell Memorial Lecture Committee 
for 1953« She introduced the speaker of 
the evening, Margaret C, Scoggin, Superin- 
tendent of Work with Young People & Schools, 
New York Public Library, and currentl^r 
conducting a course in literature for 
young adults at Simmons College, Miss 
Scoggin had chosen for her subject "The 
Saving Grace." 

Out of her experience as a "practical 
librarian" and her own stimulating phi- 
losophy of librarianship, Miss Scoggin 
interpreted "the saving grace" as a sense 
of humor, from which is gained a needed 
sense of proportion and sense of balance. 
She spoke of its importance to librarians — 
and to anyone in these troubled times, 
"Where humor flourishes there can be no 
dictator . " 

The Librarian, she again pointed out, 
needs perspective and balance, must be 
willing to enjoy differences in taste and 



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to be among the public rather than set 
over the public, We should be "the light 
that illumines, not the heat that de- 
stroys." 

Light verse and light fiction, she 
believes, have their place in the li- 
brary. She made a plea f.or the "blessed 
absurdity" of the pun, the cartoon, and 
the nonsense verse. 

Throughout her talk Miss Scoggin drew 
from her wide knowledge of books an il- 
luminating array of quotations aptly to 
prove her points, moving from the humor 
in children's classics to the less pro- 
perly acclaimed humor of Mutt and Jeff, 
the Little Willy stories, etc., and to 
recognized humorous writers for adults. 
In stressing the importance of identify- 
ing ourselves vrith young people in their 
delight in the Mutt and Jeff variety of 
humor, she drew herself and her audience 
into a recognition of their own apprecia- 
tions at that age. 

At the close of the talk refreshments 
were served by the Entertainment Com- 
mittee, under the chairmanship of May C, 
McDonald. 

Virginia Haviland 

THE CATHOLIC LIERARY ASSOCIATION 
1953 ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

The 1953 conference of the Catholic 
Library Association was held in Columbus, 
Ohio at the Deshler-Wallick Hotel from 
April 7-10, Attending the conference 
were librarians of Catholic schools 
and colleges, seminary librarians, parish 
librarians, and a few people from public 
libraries • 

Following the pattern of most confer- 
ences of library associations, the CIA 
presented general sessions, luncheon 
speakers, general business sessions, and 
meetings of the various sections. It was 
at the meetings of the individual sections 
of the Association that one could readily 
see the need for having a Catholic Li- 
brary Association, In Catholic colleges 
and in seminaries many problems arise 
over the cataloging and classification 
of Catholic theological books and 
periodicals, and it is through annual 
meetings that the problems can be dis- 
cussed through papers read and round 
table fonams. 

At the general business session it was 
vote<f to continue oublication of a hand- 



book for the Association. The purposes 
of a handbook would be to give the con- 
stitution and the organiza;tional frame- 
work and procedure of the Association, 
Assurance of continued subscription to 
the Catholic Periodical Index was asked 
and the need for new subscribers was 
stressed. 

During the conference there were op- 
portunities for visiting the library of 
the Ohio State University, the Ohio State 
Library, and a branch of the Columbus 
Public Library, Because of extensive 
renovations and alterations now in pro- 
cess the main library of the Columbus 
Public Library was not on the visitors' 
itinerary. Ohio State University is one 
of the largest universities in America; 
all its departmental buildings are lo- 
cated on the campus in Col\imbus# The 
library with its adequate stack areas, 
new lighting and furniture and convenient 
arrangement of departments proved a very 
pleasant place for visiting librarians 
to tour, with sometriaat envious spirit. 

The next annual conference of the 
Catholic Library Association will be held 
in Philadelphia. 

Paul V, Mojmihan 

ROUND TABLE OF LIBRARIANS FOR 
YOUNQ ADULTS 

The spring meeting was held in the li- 
brary of the Brookline High School on 
Thursday morning. May 7. The first order 
of business was the election of officers, 
among whom was M, Jane Manthorne of Open 
Shelf who will serve on the Executive 
Board. Evelyn Robinson, Division of Li- 
brary Extension, urged the members of 
the group to try their hands at writing, 
both for the professional journals, since 
there is a demand for information in the 
field of young adult work, and for the 
publishing houses, since there is an even 
greater demand for good young adult books. 
The main speaker was Edna Q, Peck, Chief 
of Book Selection, Div. of HR and CS, who 
discussed book selection for young adults 
in her customary competent, entertaining, 
and informative manner. Miss Peck parti- 
cularly emphasized the advisability of 
keeping in mind the interests of the young 
adults vihen books are being considered for 
them, and explained to the meeting the jpoli- 
cies and procedures followed in the BPL. 
Luncheon at Novak's followed adjotirnment 
of the meeting. 



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miRD ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL 

Representatives from all the New Eng- 
land states, New York", and even Ohio, 
registered at the Third Annual Film 
Festival of the Film Council of Greater 
Boston, held at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel, 
Boston, on May 2, 19$3» Among the re- 
gistrants were representatives from a 
variety of industries, including film 
producers, film distributors, and dealers 
in audio-visual equipment? educators from 
public and parochial schools, other pri- 
vate schools, and colleges; librarians; 
social service workers; city* state, and 
national government employees; hospital 
personnel; program chairmen from women's 
clubs, parent-teacher associations, and 
other organizations; clergymen and other 
religious workers; and representatives 
from the Fine Arts and Science Museums, 
as well as from other art groups. In 
addition to several staff members from 
the Boston Public Library, there were 
library representatives from Andover, 
Brookline, Leominster, Mlton, Quincy, 
Springfield, Worcester; Stamford, 
Connecticut, and Greenwich, Connecticut » 

From nine to ten o'clock in the morning 
guests enjoyed the coffee hour and viewed 
the audio-visual exhibits. 

By ten o'clock the screenings were unda- 
way. For weeks four hard-working selec- 
tion committees - Adult Education, The 
Arts, Classroom, and Industry - had been 
previewing some two hundred and fifty 
films in preparation for the final 
showing of fifty-seven films at the 
Festival, 

Members of the Film Preview Committee 
of the Boston Public Library actively 
participated in the planning of the 
Festival, Pauline A, Walker, Branch 
Librarian, West Roxbury, was the Chair- 
man, cind Mrs Muriel C. Javelin, Deputy 
Supervisor in Charge of Work with Adults, 
served as a member of the Adult Educa- 
tion Selection Committee. Mrs Phyllis 
Barclay, Children's Librarian, Uphams 
Corner, was the Chairman, and Evelyn 
Levy, Branch Librarian, Egleston, was a 
member of The Arts Selection Committee. 
Ifery A. Hackett, .Branch Librarian, 
Parker Hill, Ruth M. Hayes, Branch Li- 
brarian, Adams Street, Margaret A, Morgan^ 
Branch Librarian, Connolly with Euclid 
Peltier and John Hoffman of Audio-Visual 
as Co-Chainnen, and Mrs Muriel C, Javelin 
as Chairman served on tiie Arrangements 



and Registration Committee. 

Presiding at the luncheon was Council 
President, Edward Palmer, New England 
Telephone and Telegraph Company, Reverend 
Cornelius Sherlock, Superintendent of 
Schools, Archdiocese of Boston, offered 
the invocation. The hi^ point of the day 
was the talk by Dr Arthur A. Allen and 
Dr Peter Paul Kellogg of the Laboratory 
of Ornithology of Cornell University who 
were introduced by the Festival Chairman, 
Mac Bougere, Radio Corporation of America, 
Choosing as their subject Stalking Birds 
with Color Camera and Microphone , these 
nationally famous ornithologists described 
their experiences in photographing bird 
life and in recording many varieties of 
sounds They demonstrated with color 
slides and recordings various bird songs 
in high, mediiim, and low keys, as well as 
frog sounds, and the sound of a thunder- 
storm. An experimental color motion 
pict\u"e with magnetic sound included such 
interesting shots and sounds as a rviffed 
grouse drumming with its wings, the song 
of a Florida mocking bird, the dance of 
the prairie chicken, and the meadow larks 
feeding their young — ^all in their natural 
surroundings. The speakers explained the 
use of their parabolic microphone which 
separates vranted soimds from those not 
wanted and brings to close range the sounds 
and songs of birds at a great distance from 
the mike, Dr Allen, expert in wild -life 
photography, and Dr Kellogg, an outstanding 
sound engineer, are a remarkable team. 
Not only have they built up one of the most 
unusual libraries of nature soTinds and wild- 
life pictures in the world, but parts of 
Dr Allen's footage and many of Dr Kellogg's 
sounds have been used in notable Hollywood 
productions, 

John D. Brown, Director of Public Cele- 
brations, representing His Honor the Mayor, 
presented to the two speakers handsome 
brochures which are given to honored guests 
of the City instead of the Keys to the City. 

The Festival audience came early and 
stayed throughout the -day. At the film 
sessions each viewer rated each film 
individually on its own merits. The bal- 
loting was extremely close in many in- 
stances -vrfiich indicated that all films were 
considered worthy Festival choices* 

On Tuesday evening. May 26, 1953> 
announcement of First and Second Award 
winners will be made publicly at an Awards 
dinner at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in 
Boston, In recognition of the fact thdt 



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only films of high quality were shewn at 
the Festival, producers and sponsors of 
all films used will be presented with 
either an Award of Merit or a First or 
Second Award. Dr Paul Wagner, Executive 
Director of the Film Council of America, 
will speak on The Future of the l6mm 
Motion Picture « Further information on 
the dinner may be obtained from the 
Council Secretary, Mrs Muriel C, Javelin, 
Boston Public Library, 

There were many complimentary comments 
about the Film Festival program which 
was printed in the Boston Public Library 
Printing Department. Special thanks 
are also due to the Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics for mimeographing 
ballots and other needed notices. 

Muriel C. Javelin 

ALA REPRESENTATIVE TOURS 
NEW ENGLAND 

S» Janice Kee, Executive Secretary of 
the A.L.A. Public Libraries Division, 
spent the morning at Central Library, on 
Monday, May 11. She arrived promptly at 
nine o'clock in order to visit the course 
in Branch Libraries, since the subject 
for the day was Adult Education, Fol- 
lowing an appointment with the Director, 
she was taken on a hasty tour of the 
building. She then dashed over to the 
Division of Library Extension for a 
meeting with Mrs George Wallace, Trustee 
of the Fitchburg Public Library, 

A very small group from the Boston 
Public Library attended a luncheon at 
the Salmagundi Restaurant, planned in 
Miss Kee's honor by the Massachusetts 
Division of Library Extension and at 
which she brought official greetings from 
ALA, The BPL was allotted a limited 
"quota" in order that other librarians 
in the Greater Boston area might have an 
opportunity to meet Miss Kee. 

This is the first time for many years 
that a representative from ALA headquar- 
ters has made an extensive tour of the 
New England area. Although the primary- 
purpose of Miss Kee's trip was to visit 
State Library Agencies, she also visited 
public libraries wherever possible. 



Muriel C, Javelin 



PANEL TALK 

On April l6, branch librarians from the 
South Boston area gave a panel talk to the 
South Boston Neighborhood Council on the 
various library facilities available to 
the people of the district. Mary Oilman, 
City Point, described the organization of 
a branch library; Mrs Eleanora Chaplik, 
Washington Village, spoke about the book 
collection; Mrs Evelyn Green, First 
Assistant, City Point, discussed activi- 
ties; and Mrs Irene Tuttle, South Boston, 
talked about the new viewpoint in library 
work and new departments and services at 
the Central Library. Library publications 
and booklists were distributed to members 
of the Council. 

Irene H. Tuttle 

A BRIEF QUOTATION OF INTEREST 

The following brief quotation from Ify 
Host the World, the third and last volume 



of George Santayana's fascinating auto- 
biography "Persons and Places," may 
interest some members of the staff because 
of its connection with the decoration of 
the (Central Library building on Copley 
Square : 

(The author tells of returning to 
Gibraltar in I89I and crossing to Tangiers 
with some steamer acquaintances, one of 
whom was John Sargent.). "He was then at 
work preparing his decorations for the 
Boston Public Library, and intent on find- 
ing figures and especially costumes suit- 
able for his Hebrew Prophets; and in Spain 
ie wished to re-examine the dressed wooden 
images of the Mater Dolorosa, in view of 
a Madonna that he, neant to introduce into 
lis design for the other end of the same 
lall. His appreci.tion of these sc Spanish 
images appealed to rie. Without being a 
Dre-Raphaelite, he had altogether outgrown 
Protestant shyness in religious art, and 
felt the deep passion in it. Nevertheless 
we saw nothing in Tangiers that was more 
than curious. . . We saw some Jewish 
houses, not being admitted into the Moslem 
ones; and while Sargent and the others 
bargained for all sorts of treasures, I 
bought a pink-and-gold cloak, that for 
years afterwards decorated my wall, and 
that Sargent said was Venetian stuff woven 
with half moons expressly for the Oriental 
narket," 

Margaret Mixnsterberg 



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MELAVIN-MURPHY 

At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9> 
Katherine Melavin of the Business Office 
became the bride of Harry Murphy of 
Charlestovm at St, Ambrose Church in 
Dorchester, The bride wore a full-length 
gown of ivory satin and a Juliet cap with 
a finger-tip veil. She carried a mixed 
bouquet with a white orchid in the centejj 
Miss Melavin 's sister Doris was her only 
attendant and she wore a pink gown of 
net over satin with matching headpiece. 
On her arm she carried a spray of deep 
pink lilacs. 

After the reception, which was held at 
the Beaconsfield Hotel, the couple left 
for a wedding trip to New York City, 
Mr and Mrs Murphy will make their home in 
North Weymouth, 

ARNAVETS - ROSTER 19^3 - 195U 

Commander — Charles J, Gillis 
Vice-Commander — Louis N, Rains 
Adjutant & Quartermaster — James P, J. 

Gannon 
Chaplain — Samuel Green 
Officer-of-the-day — Henry F, Barry 
Trustees — Charles L. Higgins 

Thomas J, Daly 
Historian — William Di Rosario 
Serjeant-Major — Martin F, Waters 
Patriotic-Instructor — Louis Polishook 
Bugler ~ John T. Kyle 
Sentinel ~ Charles F, Weider 

CARE 

The following is a quotation from a 
letter recently received by the Chainnan 
of the Special Committee on CARE from 
Paul J. Caron, New England Representative 
for Public Relations} 

"...Will you be kind enough to convey, the 
appreciation of CARE to all the members 
of the Professional Staff Association 
for this spletidid contribution to the 
CARE Book Fund Program.,," 

Keep up the good work. Remember to 
CARE I 

Special Ccwnmittee on CARE 

■<HH?-K-»^HKHf-R- 



CIVIL DEFENSE 

Daylight Air Raid Test 

All units throughout the. Library System 
reported full cooperation of staff and 
public during the Daylight Air Raid Test 
on Thursday, May 7. One hundred and 
thirty members of the staff in Central 
Library were on Civil Defense duty. 

This was the first test in which volun- 
teers for Information and Counseling 
Services have had to report for duty. 
An analysis of the 73 volunteers is of 
interest: 

30 reported for duty 
9 reported as Wardens or First Aiders 
15 were needed in their departarents 

or branch libraries 
19 were not scheduled to work 

Thursday morning or were attending 
the Round Table of Librarians for 
Young Adults, and did not report 
for Civil Defense duty. 
There were 38O members of the staff and 
119 members of the public in the Central 
Library and 60 people from the street took 
shelter. In branch libraries there were 
122 staff members and 127 members of the 
public in the buildings. 

Under date of May 8, 19^3, the following 
letter was received from Joseph L, Malone, 
Director, Boston Civil Defense Department; 

"The City of Boston Department of Civil 
Defense wishes to extend to you and those 
associated with you its thanks and apprecia- 
tion for your contribution of time and 
effort in the interest of Civil Defense, 

"We realize how busy our key personnel 
and their assistants are and we are most 
appreciative of their willingness to 
accept additional responsibilities in 
Civil Defense in Boston, Their splendid 
cooperation guaranteed the success of our 
city-wide test on May 7, 1953. 

"I know that the success of the test 
yesterday must have brought to all a 
feeling of satisfaction in a job well 
done, Congratulationsi" 

Know Your Blood Type 

The Boston Public Library Civil Defense 
Planning Committee made the following 
recommendation on May 5> 1953^ 



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"That arrangements be made with the 
Civil Defense Headquarters for the under- 
taking of a voluntary blood typing pro- 
gram in the Library so that all full --time 
and part-time memoers of the staff -who 
so desire may be given the opportunity 
of having their hlood tested and receive 
identification cards cho/ing Blood Type 
and Rh Factor; that the program be under 
the supervision of Mrs Wollent^ and that 
it be carried through as soon as possiblei' 

On May 11;, 1953:; "this recommendation 
was approved by Francis X, Moloney, in 
Charge of the Library's Civil Defense 
Program. Plans for putting it into effect 
will be given to the staff through of- 
ficial notices. 

Sarah M, Usher 

BRANCH NOTES 

Jeffries Point 

The book reviews which members of the 
Jeffries Point Blue Ribbon Story Club 
have been writing have been a source of 
entertainment to the staff as well as a 
means of enlightenment to our young 
readers. The children who belong to the 
Blue Ribbon Story Club have a choice of 
appraising the books they read by either 
writing a comment on the book, or, if 
they are of a more artistic bent, by 
drawing a picture to convey their impres- 
sion of it. Both the reviews and the 
drawings have shown much ingenuity and 
imagination. 

Not content with simply singing the 
praises of the books, our young reviewers 
insist that the other boys and girls 
read the stories too, and tell them so 
in no uncertain terms. Another favorite 
method used by literary-minded club 
members is to describe ?. highly precari- 
ous story situation and leave the outcome 
gravely in doubt. We seem to have no 
lack of budding super-salesmen in our 
neighborhood] 

The Blue Ribbon Story Club has been 
active at the Jeffries Point Branch 
since February 12 and will hold its con- 
cluding meeting for the season on June S, 

Neponset 

On April 28 at 300 in the afternoon 
the Library had its last movie of the 
season. This was attended by approxi- 
mately 95 enthusiastic children from 



grades 3-5. In the movie entitled "Sing 
a song of Friendship" the children joined 
eagerly in the singing adding a new note 
to our film program. 

The first vreekly pre-school story hour 
for the tiny tots took place on Monday 
May h.y 1953 at 10 o'clock. The children 
listened attentively to the stories told 
by the Children's Librarian and joined 
in singing games to vary the program. 

On Friday afternoon May 8 at 3:30 
o'clock the ten children who had attained 
their gold star for reading at least ten 
books in the "Discoverers and Explorer? 
Club" were present at a party, RefreEh- 
ments were aerved (which disappeared like 
hot cakes) and games were played, A good 
time was had by all, 

Phillips Brooks 



On the evening of April l6 Virginia 
Haviland, former branch librarian and now 
Readers Advisor for Children, returned 
to Phillips Brooks to show her charming 
color slides, with a gay commentary on 
the pQflces visited. "Islands - North and 
South" was the title given the "divertisse- 
ment", and it afforded the thirty-five 
spectators a welcome change from the 
horribly rainy evening, with the colorful 
glimpses of the northern islands of Nova 
Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Cape 
Breton to the warmer, sunny scenes of 
Bermuda, and the West Indies, The members 
of the audience were equally pleased with 
the voyage by proxy, and the chance to 
greet Miss Haviland, We all look fojrward 
to more pictures of the trips we hope she 
will take in the future. 

South End 



It's Circus time all the time during 
the month of May in the Children's Room. 
Circus and animal stories are enclosed in 
a circus ring on one of the tables. Large 
figures of circus animals, clowns, and a 
lion trainer attract the eye as soon as 
one enters the room. The Clown has a 
gleam in his left orbj the lion trainer 
a smug air; the monkey, a "Curious George" 
smile. We are very proud of these figures 
and the young artist who brought them to 
life so quickly and with so much animation- 
■Ruth Horgan, a student in the junior 
year at the State Teachers' College of 
Boston. The dra;d.ngs have met the supreme 
test, too, for our most exacting judges, 
the children, declare, in incredulous 
wonderment, "They look realj" We welcome 



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visitorsj we urge those of you who cannot 
attend "Barnum &. Bailey's Greatest Show or 
Earth" to come to OUR Circus — come to the 
circus at the South End I 

* 

A special highlight of the Children? s 
Room this month is a poster of "Our 
Favorite Stories", book reviews written 
by the children themselves, in Grades 
3-5» The reviews are original, brief, 
and most inviting* A third grader liked 
"Peter Pan" because "It made him happy 
when he read it'' — "His name is Michael 
and his brother's name is John just like 
the boys in the gtory," A fifth -grade 
girl enjoyed "Little Women" because "she 
had a feeling that she was living right 
id.th them in the family." 

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During May, the Branch is cooperating 
with the "Clean-up, Fix-up, Paint-up" 
poster contest sponsored by the South 
End Planning Council and the South End 
Businessmen's Association, The posters 
are the creative efforts of boys and 
girls in the junior high and high schools 
of the district. Many are imaginative 
and colorfulj all emphasize very forcibly 
the theme. The President of the South 
End Businessmen's Association, Allan W, 
Pierce, distributed certificates to the 
prize winners on Thursday afternoon. 
May lU, 1953, but the posters will be on 
exhibit for the entire month. 

West End 

Jacque Moon, B.U. geology major and 
part-time assistant at West End, has left 
the library service to take a position in 
Greenland for the Summer, He plans to be 
married soon after his return in the fall, 

•«• 

May 10 marked the anniversary of the 
ruthless burning of books in Germany when 
the Third Reich tried to eradicate freedom 
of thought from the minds of men. It is 
of interest to recall this day, twenty 
years later, and to note that practically 
all of the books which were burned in 
those holocausts are still available on 
the shelves of the Judaica Collection at 
West End. 

Free thought survives tyrants. 



DEPARTt^NT NOTES 

Book Purchasing 

The members of Book Purchasing were 
sorry to lose Grace Marvin when the 
approval service was taken over by Book 
Selection because it is felt that approvals 
are more a function of selection rather 
than the purchase of books. Miss Marvin 
was presented with a gift and the fol- 
lowing opus written by two fellow workers: 
P. "Longfellow" Smith and G, "Whittier" 
Hottleman, members of the ASLV school of 
poetry. 

You took your books 
To your new lair 
But you left behind 
Your broken down chair 

I guess you know 
That your removal 
Did not meet 
With our APPROVAL 

But here's a token 
Of our esteem 
And of Friendship's 
Lasting gleam 

Just a necklace 
It's not very much 
But we hope its enough 
To keep us in touch 

We've got earrings too 
So just "sit tight" 
We'll send them along 
Tomorrow night. 



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SOAP BOX 



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



To the Soap Box: 

In the section on changes and transfers 
in June, it will be announced that I have 
been transferred to a branch. But it 
occurs to me that some members of the 
staff might like to know my new address 
now, I was told on Tuesday May 12, U8 
hours before I was due back after my 
leave of absence that I was being sent 
to the Mt. Bowdoin Branch, I hope that 
the many friends I have made in this 
building the past 26 years will continue 
to keep in touch with me. 

Harry Andrews 

To the Soap Box Editor: 

The recent appointments have once more 
throwii the floodlight of inquiry upon a 
problem which would seem to need careful 
study and scmitiny. As conditions now 
exist there is a discrepancy of 1600 be- 
tween the maximum salary of a Branch Li- 
brarian and that of a Children's Librarian, 
This figure is based on the recently 
announced proposed salary schedule. Prior 
to this the discrepancy was $700, Does 
not such a discrepancy lead naturally to 
the draidng off of Children's Librarians 
into the ranks of the Branch Librarians? 

If a young person comes into the library 
trained as a Children's Librarian, works 
successfully In that field for several 



years, and likes children, why should she 
be enticed into a job for which she is 
not specially trained or interested? 
Naturally, anyone in his right mind would 
prefer a salary increase of $600 or $700— 
but why should such a discrepancy exist?.; 
Why could not the Children's Librarians 
receive a maximum almost equivalent to 
that of Branch Librarians and thus remove 
the temptation to transfer from a position 
for which they are especially qualified 
and where they are desperately needed? 
This does not mean that Children's Librari- 
ans should not be considered as potential 
Branch Librarians if they express a desire 
to transfer to that position, but if the 
children are not to be deprived of some 
of their best librarians, the bait held 
up ($600-$700 is quite some bait) should 
not be so great. 

Branch Librarians who have the overall 
responsibility for a branch library should 
receive a remuneration in proportion to 
their position. Children's Librarians 
also have a vital place in a public li- 
brary. Their salary should come sufficient- 
ly within the range of that of branch 
librarian so that they will think twice — 
yes, even thrice — before they leave their 
chosen field of work to assume the added 
responsibilities of branch librarianj 
otherwise, the lack of Children's Li- 
brarians will continue indefinitely. 

Undoubtedly this condition exists in 
libraries all over the country — and may 
this not account at least in some 
measiire for the dearth of Children's 
Librarians? Could not Boston pioneer in 
this field by making the two positions 
more equitable financially and thus begin 
a trend toward keeping some of our fine 
Children's Librarians in their special 
field of work? 

CONCERNED 



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AS ONE EXECUTr/E SEES IT . 

(From The PROSPECT, published by the 
Sales Managers Club of the Boston Cham- 
ber of Commerce, April, 19^3.) 

"...as everybody knows, an executive 
has nothing to do. That is except: 

"To decide what is to be donej to tell 
somebody to do it, listen to the reasons 
why it should not be done in a differ- 
ent way, and to prepare arguments in 
rebuttal that shall be convincing and 
conclusive. 

"To follow up to see if the thing has 
been done; to discover that it has not 
been done; to inquire why it has not 
been done; to listen to excuses from the 
person who should have done it and did 
not do it; and to think up arguments to 
overcome the excuses. 

"To follow up a second time to see if 
the thing has been done; to discover that 
it has been done but done incorrectly; 
to point out how it should have been 
done; to conclude that as long as it has 
been done, it may as well be left as it 
is. 

"To consider how much simpler and 
better the thing would have been done 
had he done it himself in the first 
place; to reflect sadly that if he had 
done it himself he would have been able 
to do it right in twenty minutes, but 
that as things turned out he himself 
spent two days trying to find out why 
it was that it had taken somebody else 
three weeks to do it wrong, but to 
realize that such an idea would have had 
a highly demoralizing effect on the 
organization, because it would strike 
at the very foundation of the belief 
of all employees that an executive has 
really nothing to do," 

MR HEINTZELMAN HONORED 

Arthur W. Heintzelman was the honored 
guest at a luncheon given by the Rotary 
Club of Boston on Wednesday, May 13, in 
the Georgian Room of the Hotel Statler. 

President Aaron Marshall Jones intro- 
duced Mr Heintzelman as the distinguished 
Keeper of Prints who has brought national 
and international prestige to the Boston 
Public Library and the City of Boston; 
who is renowned as an etcher whose 
artistic reputation is known equally in 
the United States and Europe; who has 



given the City valuable service by his 
many civic activities and untiring efforts 
to promote and create a better under- 
standing of the arts as a critic to the 
student, advisor to the collector, and 
interpreter to the lajmian; and who has 
made the Print Department in the Boston 
Public Library a vital force not only in 
this city but throughout the United States, 
South America, and Europe, 

CIVIL DEFENSE LETTER 
RECEIVED MAY 15 

Dear Mr Tuley: 

May I at this time thank you for send- 
ing me a copy of your air raid test report. 
It is an excellent report in every way 
and reveals the extensive cooperation of 
all public libraries in the Civil Defense 
Program in Boston. 

Please extend to those vAio assisted in 
the Civil Defense effort of our Boston 
public libraries our thanks and apprecia- 
tion as well as the congratulations they 
so richly deserve, I know that the 
success of the test must have brought to 
all a feeling of satisfaction in a job 
well done. 

Sincerely, 

JOSEPH L. MALONE, Director 
Boston Civil Defense Department 



FURTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST 



May 18, 



May 23. 



May 26, 



SLA, Boston Chapter, meeting 
at Perkins Institution, 
Watertown, at 7:30 p.m. 
Note change of date , 

CLA, Boston Chapter, biennial 
meeting with election of 
officers, 2:30 p,m., Adams 
Street Branch Library. 

Film Council Awards Dinner, 
Sheraton-Plaza Hotel, For 
information consult Mrs Muriel 
C. Javelin. 



Lament of a little Box 






Nobody seems to care, 

Nobody seems aware '■^. 

Of a little box that's standing there* 

No Pandora box am I, 

For out of me no troubles fly, 

But also - and alas I - no hope. 

And that is why I stand and mope. 

If I could only be protean 

And turn into a South Korean 

With haggard hand outstretched in want, 

Or one who, hollow-eyed and gaunt, 

Escapes the iron bar and flees 



To no-man's land of refugees - y'^^^ A 



To offer these a little ease 

The Care-less passer-by would stop 



O' -,c> 



And nickels, dimes and quarters drop, 
And fill me to the very top. 

But emptiness, absorbing space, 
I can't help thinking a disgrace. 




Care(e)itas 




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uesiion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JUNE 1953 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VIII, Number 6 



June 1953 



Publications Coinmittee: 



Gerald L. Ball, Geraldine S. Herrick, John J. McCafferby, 
Sarah M, Usher, Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 



PERSONAL NOTES 



New Employees 



EDITOR'S CQRNHl 

The advent of summer causes a psychologi- 
cal slowing down to even the most energetic 
of us. The pleasant prospect of vacation 
time, the added daylight for leisure ac- 
tivities, the joy of week-ends at the sea- 
shore or in the gSrden — these things tend 
to distract one from the importance of the 
job in hand. But summer is also a time 
for leisurely retrospection. 

Let us look back on the hundred years of 
the Library, and its service to the resi- 
dents of Boston, It has built a solid 
foundation of scholarly achievement and 
dependable service. In its early years the 
Library was ever in the vanguard of li 
brarianship. The men who guided its destiry 
were foremost in their field — daring in- 
novators, indeed, three-quarters of a cen- 
tury ago, who claimed the public library 
as the "university of the people." 

In later years, more conservative leaders 
were at the helm and the departures from 
the well-trodden paths of librarianship 
were infrequent. The testing of untried 
paths was done by other libraries, while 
the BPL followed the crowded high-road of 
traditional service. There were expansions 
of service, yes, by adding new branch li- 
braries, but the new branch libraries dis- 
pensed the same quality of service. 

About twenty years ago, this long-time 
trend started to change, gradually at firsrl^ 
then ever more rapidly, until today we can 
say again that the BPL is in the vanguard 
of librarianship. This overhauling of the 
leaders in the field has been a struggle 
which has been felt by most of us. 
shaken many of us out of our former state 
of complacency and has aroused a sense of Resignations 
competence and competition known to few li-Mrs Muriel C. Robinson, Print, to live in 



labor unions, and fine exhibits. 

In this Centennial Year plans are in the 
making which will keep the BpL in the fore- 
front of librarianship for many years. 
Let us do our utmost t.o help those plans 
reach their fruition, 

Charles J, Gillis 



Isabella M, Porter, History. 
David J. Shedd, Book Stack Service. 
Edwin J. Kelley, Jr., Kirstein. 
Lawrence J. Sindoni, Book Stack Service, 
Sydney L, Shwom, Codman Square, formerly 

part-time at Mattapan. 
Paul B. Swenson, Print, formerly part-time, 
Kathleen B. Hegarty, Office of the Div. of 

R and RS, formerly part-time at Brighton, 
Mary L, Devolder, West Roxbury. 
Mary E. Grant, West End. 
Ann M. Allen, Egleston Square, formerly 

part-time at Dorchester, 

Transfers 



Grace M, Marvin, Book Purchasing to Book 

Selection, 
Harry Andrews, Branch Issue to Allston. 
Mrs Lucia S. Faulkner, West Roxbury to 

Memorial. 
Marie T. Hastie, West End to Parker Hill, 
Mrs Elizabeth F. Howard, Tyler Street to 

Mattapan. 
Ethel Kimball, Allston to Connolly. 
Mrs Veronica M. Lehane, Memorial to West 

End, 
Eleanor O'Leary, Dorchester to Memorial, 
It has Ruth E. Winn, Roslindale to Tyler Street. 



brarians fifty years ago. 

It has resulted in services not dreamed 
of by the forerunners of the profession: 
loai service for recordings and films, 
bcokmobiie service for outlying areas, ex- 
tension service to hospital patients and 



New Zealand, 
Mrs Melanie H. Bellah, Rare Book, 
)lrs Grace E. Hughes, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, Div. of R and RS, tobe at home, 
^rs Lois G. Goddard, School Issue, to move 
to Florida, 



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Engagements 

Maurice Rahilly, formerly of Audio- 
Visual, now serving a one-year internship 
at the State Department Library in Wash- 
ington, has announced his engagement to 
Patricia Kane» Miss Kane is a teacher in 
the Boston school system. 

Mary T, C. Mannix, Branch Librarian at 
Phillips Brooks, recently announced her 
engagement to James E, O'Neill, Mr O'Neill 
is a Field Manager for the Catholic 
Digest, 

Elinor E. Day, Dorchester, has announced' 
her engagement to William Conley, West 
End. The wedding will take place on 
August 15, 1953. 

Rosemary D, Cross, East Boston, has 
announced her engagement to James Cola- 
russo. The wedding will take place on 
June 20, 1953. 



BON VOYAGE 

TO EUROPEAN TRAVELLERS 

Susan Shelvin, Audio-Visual, who sailed 
on June 11, on the lie de France, from 
New York. She will spend the summer 
months attending music festivals in 
France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Eng- 
land. 

Helen Schubarth, Auditor, and Mrs Ann 
Lasbury, Post Card Counter, who fly from 
Idlewild Field, New York, on Monday, 
June 15, for a five-weeks' tour of the 
Scandinavian countries. Landing in 
Copenhagen, they will spend some time in 
Denmark and Sweden, After a boat trip up 
the coast of Norway, they will fly home 
from Oslo. 

Zoltan Haraszti, Keeper of Rare Books, 
who sails on the S, S. Mauritania from 
Pier 90, North River, New York City, on 
June 20, He will travel in England and 
France, and while in Italy will visit 
his neice who is married to an Italian 
professor and makes her home on the 
Italian Riviera . 

G. Florence Connolly, Fine. Arts, who 
sails on the S. S, Georgic, from New York, 
on June 2U, as a member of a Harvard 
Travel." ng Seminar, The group will study 



Romanesque architecture in France during 
this eight-weeks' trip, 

BON VOYAGE TO A.L.A. ATTENDANTS 

Milton E, Lord, Director 
Mildred R, Adelson, Jamaica Plain 
May L. Crosby, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, Div, of R and RS 
Mary F, Daly, Statistical 
Mary L, Oilman, City Point 
Virginia Haviland, Open Shelf 
Madalene D, Holt, Neponset 
Muriel C, Javelin, Div, of HR and CS 
Mildred Kaufman, Memorial 
Emilia M. Lange, Print 
Catherine M, MacDonald, Personnel 
Ruth V, Marshall, Teachers 
Donald L, Newman, Book Purchasing 
Euclid J, Peltier, Audio-Visual 
Mary Alice Rea, Book Purchasing 
Tynne Mc Saari, Neponset 
Helen H, Savakian, Information 
Ruth M. Stenstreem, Cataloging and 
Classification, Div. of R and RS 
Elizabeth L, Wright, Personnel 

THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

A surprise shower was tendered Rosemary 
D, Cross, Assistant in the Children's 
Room, South End, on Friday evening. 
May 5, at the home of Anne M. Connolly, 
Adult Librarian. Miss Cross' co-workers 
showered her with gifts of delicate 
bridal lingerie, an Indian-patterned 
blanket, and a lovely glass dish. Deco- 
rations for the room and the unique 
umbrella centerpiece were made by Miss 
Connolly's sister. Snapshots were taken 
of this mixed happy 'n sad occasion, 
which also marked Miss Cross' transfer 
to another branch. 

On Saturday evening. May 13, a group 
of the "younger set" enjoyed a second 
evening of roller skating at Roll-land, 
Norwood. Only one minor tumble is 
remembered. In fact, the participants 
were in such good glee that they concluded 
the evening at the Italian Kitchen in 
T^edham where they gave their Jaws exer- 
cise while they rested their feetl 

On May 21 at 5 p»m, in the lounge a 
shower was tendered two prospective brides 
of the Book Stack Service, Jean Moritz 
and Florence Karcauskas. Florence was 
the recipient of a pair of lovely lamps 



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and Jean vras delighted with a personal 
gift for her trousseau. Among the guests 
•was another bride-to-be, Betty McLaughlin 
formerly of the Book Stack Service, now 
working at Parker Hill. Betty^too, was 
presented with a wedding gift from the 
friends who miss her very much. Refresh- 
ments were served in the lunch-room and 
a happy evening was enjoyed. 

At the College Club on Commonwealth 
Avenue, on Saturday, May 23, Alice M, 
Jordan was hostess to a nvimber of her 
former Library co-workers and friends. 
Miss Jordan still keeps up an active 
interest in work with children. 

On Monday, June 8, Helen Schubarth and 
Mrs Ann Lasbury shared honors at a Bon 
Voyage luncheon at the Town Room, 
Sheraton Plaza Hotel, Some twenty co- 
workers had gathered to wish them well 
on their trip to the Scandinavian coun- 
tries. Christine Hayes came in from 
Natick to join in the festivities, and 
was, as usual, a most welcome addition 
to the party, 

WEDDINGS 

The sun shone brightly on May l6 for 
the Kelleher-Walsh wedding in Brockton, 
Doris, of Cataloging and Classification, 
Div. of R and RS, made a lovely bride in 
her gown of imported Chantilly lace over 
satin with -viiich she wore a veil of 
illusion held by a full crown of seed 
pearls and rhinestones. She carried 
white roses on a prayer book, 

Helen Kelleher, sister of the bride, 
was maid of honor, dressed in orchid 
nylon tulle over taffeta with matching 
cummerbund and bolero. The other three 
attendants wore identical gowns of mint 
green, azure blue, and petal pink. They 
carried white marguerites and a crown of 
fresh flowers in their hair. 

Following the wedding breakfast and 
reception, which was held at a South 
Easton Inn, Mr and Mrs John H . Walsh, Jr 
left for their wedding trip to New York 
city. The bride wore a gray suit with 
boxy jacket, a red-trimmed white sailor 
hat, and red and white accessories. 

Mrs Walsh graduated from Simmons Col- 
lege in 1952, Mr Walsh attended Bentley 
School in Boston, and is now employed by 
the Brockton Edison Company, The couple 
will live at 32 Milton Street, Brockton, 



On Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. Louise 
Miraldi of General Reference was married 
to John La Fontaine of Brockton at St 
Theresa's Church in Everett, Miss Miraldi 
was attended by her sister, Mrs Walter 
Rysko. A reception was held at Carl's 
Duck Farm in Saugus, after which Mr and 
Mrs La Fontaine left for a wedding trip 
to Vermont, They are now living in Boston^ 

On Sunday, May 31jat 3:30 p,m, at St, 
Joseph' s Church in Roxbury, Jean Moritz 
of Book Stack Service became the bride of 
Harold Gilbert of Boston. The bride 
looked beautiful in a white tulle gown ■ 
with a short train, while the maid of 
honor was gowned in yellow tulle. The 
wedding party enjoyed a happy reception 
at the home of the bride's aunt, after 
which they left for a honeymoon in Canada, 

On Saturday morning, June 6, at a Mass 
at St, Peter's Church in South Boston, 
Florence Karcauskas of Book Stack Service 
became the bride of Ernest B, Naudziunas 
of Boston, The bride looked lovely in 
a ballerina length, organza and lace 
gown. Her sister, who was maid of honor, 
was gowned in blue lace. After the recep- 
tion, which was a gala affair, the bride 
and groom left for a wedding trip in the 
White Mountains, 

At 5 p.fi. on Sunday, June 7, Barbara 
May Salowitts, Accounting, became the 
bride of Harold Bloom of Dorchester. The 
bride wore a ballerina -length vrtiite satin 
gown triraned with lace and a seed-pearl 
coronet with a finger-tip veil. She 
carried a white prayer book with a white 
orchid and streamers of Stephanotis, A 
cousin of the bride came on from New York 
to be the maid of honor. She was dressed 
in a shaded pink chiffon ballerina dress 
and carried an old-fashioned bouquet of 
roses and baby's breath. 

After the reception, which was held at 
the bride's home, the couple left for a 
wedding trip to the Catskill Mountains, 
New York, Mr and Mrs Harold Bloom will 
nake their home in Dorchester, 

VISITORS 

Dr Fernanda Ascarelli, Director, Library 
3f Modern and Contemporary History, Rome, 

Mr S, S, Saith, Librarian of the Ministry 
3f External Affairs of the Government of 
India, 



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THE STAFF IN PRINT 

M, Therese Campbell, alumna of Catalog- 
ing and ClaBsification, Div, of R and RS, 
was the author of the Boston POST'S short 
story for March 18, 19$3- "Hunch Button , 

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS OF BPLPSA 

Mary Burns, Trustees' Office 
Joseph Foley, Book Preparation 
Grace Gonzalez, General Reference 
Daniel Koury, Music 
Julia A, Lenzi, Adams Street 
Louise Miraldi, General Reference 
Constance O'Keefe, Roslindale 

NEWS OF THE HARTZELLS 

Harlan House 
Cornell College 
Mount Vernon, la. 

Dear Miss Holt, 

I am very sorry to be so 
tardy in acknowledging your gracious 
letter, even though Karl sent our regrets. 
We want you to put the enclosed check 
towards the expenses for this year's 
lecture, as a "Thank you" from us to all 
of you loyal friends who are keeping 
alive Mother Hartzell's memory, 

Karl had to go to Kansas City, Mo,, 
to-day (about 300 miles) to speak to a 
very active alumni group. He will return 
tomorrow night in time for a Faculty 
Meeting-, no doubt very tired, but I thini 
the little change of scene will do him 
good. 

You may have read in the Times that 
Cornell's president, Dr Russell D, Cole, 
was stricken on February 13th with an 
acute coronary thrombosis. He has not 
recovered fully yet - is in Florida now, 
after a long stay in the hospital - but 
hopes to be here for commencement. 

In the meantime, the college is being 
run by an Administrative Committee, with 
"Dean Hartzell" as Chairman. Karl is 
learning lots, believe me, and this will 
certainly be a rich and rewarding experi- 
ence, if he can keep his health and his 
sense of humor. It is Cornell's Centen- 
nial year, which makes things even more 
hectic. How proud "Mama B," would be if 
she could see what a fin6 job her dear 
son is doing'. The students are crazy 
about him - the faculty have grast confi- 



dence in him-and the trustees seem to 
find him most acceptable. 

The only group which isn't completely 
satisfied is his own family - who see 
very little of him. But we hope to go 
to Wisconsin for 2 weeks in June and to 
Colorado for 2 weeks in August (Cornell 
has 2 six weeks' sessions of Summer 
School) when "Daddy" can relax and play 
a leisurely game of tennis and golf and 
read some "Who-dunits" 1 

This week-end Cornell is having its 
55th May Music Festival - the oldest 
Festival west of the Mississippi with 
artists like Harszowski Thurs, night, 
Jennie Tourel Friday and the Chicago 
Symphony Sat. We are looking forward 
to it very much. You can imagine that 
arranging the details for such an affair 
takes endless hours of planning - many 
people from Iowa have been coming yearly 
for the last 30~U0 years I Then we catch 
our breath before commencement. 

Our boys just love it out here -i and 
are growing like weeds. Drew, who was lli 
in March, is now 6'1" tall and still 
growingi He is very musical, playing 
piano and clarinet. The twins are 9 3/U 
full of "beans" - very ardent Cub Scouts 
and not so ardent piano students. There 
is a Conservatory of Music at Cornell 
■vdiich awards Bach, of Music and Bach, of 
Music in Education degrees, in addition 
to the regular A,B, 

We are located in a large house on the 
side of a hill - with a beautiful view 
across the Cedar River Valley, I, among 
other New Englanders, was happily surprised 
to see how hilly this part of Iowa is. 
The twins and Drew enjoyed coasting and 
skiing this winter for the first time 
(Long Island, where we lived before, 
was very flat). 

Well - I am rambling on and on - but 
thought you and the other girls might 
like to know a little about our new home, 
and especially Karl's job as Academic Dean, 
When you have passed this around to any 
friends interested would you please see 
that Editha Ewing gets it - I haven't 
written her in agesi There are so many 
College, High School, Grade School, Church 
and Community Affairs to attend - plus 
the usual 3 meals a day, etc, etc. 

With all good wishes. 



May 5th '53 



Most sincerely, 
Anne Lomas Hartzell 



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ARMED SERVICES NEWS 

Charles Hanson of the Air Force' visited 
the Library during a recent furlough. 

AM AN 9OI-2I4-6I 

Sq VP-h N.A.S. 

Oak Harbor 

Whidbey Is. Washington 

May 12, 1953 
Bindery Dept, , 

Hello and how are you all? Here I am 
3110 miles from Boston, I am in Patrol 
Squadron I4 and our home base is Ault 
Field up here. There are h patrol 
squadrons and one French Naval Airforce 
patrol squadron up here. Later on this 
year our squadron is going either to 
Japan or Korea to replace or relieve 
another patrol sq. 

The N.A.S, is out on a small island in 
Puget Sound and is divided into two parts 
by the town of Oak Harbor -one part is the 
Seaplane base and the other part is the 
Ault Field where our sq. is based. 

The nearest cities are Mt, Vernon, 
Everett, Bellingham, Bremerton, Seattle, 
Tacoma and in Canada, Victoria, New 
Westminster and Vancouver, B.C. Juneeu, 
Alaska is also nearby. Only way to get 
there is by ship or plane. In the near' 
future I am planning to visit British 
Columbia; Lewiston, Idaho; Portland, 
Ore^n and Crescent City, California. 

I left Boston U:00 p.m. Sunday April 26 
and was in Seattle at 12:30 p.m. Monday. 
We made stops at Philadelphia, Chicago, 
Fargo, N.D. and Miles City, Montana. 
The roughest part of the flight was over 
the Rockies in Montana and Idaho and the 
Cascades in Washington, Hello to every- 
body. It is time to report to the hanger 
for duty. Goodbye for now. 

Bill 

(William Willwerth) 
(Book Preparation) 
■«■ 

29 May 1953 
Dear Charles, 

I dearly love to get the "Question 
Mark" and read it avidly each month how- 
ever it has been coming to me by very 
devious routes. You people still have 
the old BOQ address where I stayed when 
I first arrived in Norfolk, and although 
they have my forwarding address, I usually 
get the Question Mark marked "Moved due to 



orders" "Moved without address" "Address 
unknown" or some other strange thing, 
fortunately my friends in the BOQ snoop 
in the mail boxes and bring it in to me. 
Once however, it got as far as Great 
Lakes, Illinois, where a Wave who used to 
know me here found it and forwarded it 
back to Norfolk, Anyhow, the Postal 
Officer (an ensign with a desk in my 
office) handed me the enclosed card and 
told me he thought it was high time I 
let you people know where I am, I think 
everyone does except whoever has charge 
of the addressograph file. 

Things are peaceful down here, with no 
news of note at the moment, and the only 
thing in the offing a projected change of 
command party to be held in July when our 
Captain leaves. It will probably be the 
party of parties as our skipper is uni- 
versally liked here, and also he loves 
parties, so already people are laying 
the groundwork for this one, I expect 
to see you all before too long as I am 
coming to Boston in the middle of June, 
I figures not everyone would be gone to 
A.L.A., also I wanted to get my leave 
while the getting was good. 

Yours, 

Sally Flannery 
S.W. Flannery, USNR 
U.S.N. Communicntion Sta . Norfolk 
U.S. Naval Base 
Norfolk 11, Virginia 

■SH;-i!-»-JHHHBf-«- 



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IN MMORIAM 
ALICE VESTA STEVENS 

Alice Vesta Stevens, Chief of the Branct 
Issue Department, Emeritus, who passed 
on in Wellesley, May 20, 1953 > was a mera 
bar of the library staff from July 3, 1855 
to July 30, 1938. She came to the library 
soon after her graduation from Wellesley 
College; and when she entered the service, 
the Branch Department, as it was then 
called, was in its initial stages. For 
several months she worked without re- 
muneration, after which she was appointed 
as a regular full-time member of the 
department to which her entire library 
service was to be given. Miss Stevens 
was a perfectionist — a hard worker who 
brought to every phase of her work a 
quality of meticulous devotion rarely to 
be found in anyone. Of a somewhat re- 
served nature, she was never widely known 
among her library associates; but hers 
was a most generous disposition, and to 
those few to whom she gave her friendship 
she was at all times loyal and devoted. 
She was a great reader, and read with 
keen appreciation of the best in litera- 
ture. She was a lover of beauty wherever 
it was to be found, but especially as it 
was expressed in music and flowers,; Her 
garden in Wellesley yielded many lovely 
blooms, which, from time to time she 
shared with those who worked with her. 
She was a regular attendant at the weekly 
concerts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 
and was a devotee of grand opera. Her 
failing eyesight, during recent years, 
must have been a great trial for a person 
of her vivid nature, and one can only be 
glad that as her physical sight grew too 
dim fully to observe the beauty of materi- 
al things, her spiritual eyes were so 
quickly opened to behold the greater wonr '^ 
ders of Heaven and eternity. Nevertheless; 
many of us who knew her best, and admired 
her many fine qualities, will find it 
hard to believe that she is no longer 
nctive in her home in Wellesley; but we 
can rejoice to know that for her the truth 
of these lines has now been fully realized 

"To Heaven, the place of His Abode 
He brings my weary feet: 
Shows me the glories of my God, 
And makes my joy complete," 

Bessie L, Doherty 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

In aocoi'dance with the resolution 
adopted at the November 1902 business 
meeting and amended at the January 1953 
meeting, instructing the Executive Board 
to contact the Director and Trustees to 
inquire as to what action has been taken 
on the recommendations in the report of 
the Special Committee on Staff Morale, 
the Ebcecutive Board has directed the 
President to send a letter to the Director 
inquiring about progress on this item and 
requesting, in particular, favorable 
action on a method of appointment which 
would take into account the factors re- 
lating to appointments enumerated in the 
report of the Special Committee on Staff 
Morale and in the report of the meetings 
with the Director on the report of that 
committee , 

In a notice issued by the Director on 
9 April l°5l, entitled Appeal Procedures 
for Bibliothecal Bn.ployees , an open method 
and a panel method were proposed in addi- 
tion to the long-established procedure 
through superior administrative officers 
of the Library, The panel method provided 
that the bibliothecal employees (acting 
through their formal organization or 
organizations comprising a substantial 
majority of their number) might hame five 
individuals (and an alternate for each) 
to serve on the appeal board for one year 
beginning from May 1st, The Professional 
Staff Association is, therefore, selecting 
five members and alternates to serve on 
this panel until next April 30. 

Acting on the suggestion of many of its 
members that the Professional Staff 
Association present a gift to the Library 
on the occasion of the Library's Centen- 
nial, the Executive Board has authorized 
the formation of a committee to raise 
funds and select an appropriate gift on 
behalf of the Association, 

The following members have consented to 
act as delegates of the BPLPSA at the SCRT 
business meeting at the ALA convention to 
vote for candidates for the SORT Steering 
Committee: 

Mildred Kaufman, Chairman 

Mildred Adelson 

Ruth V. Marshall 

Euclid J. Peltier 

Ruth Stenstreem 

B, Joseph O'Neil 



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EXHIBIT OF PUBLIC SERVICES 

"Public Servants Week", by proclamation 
of Governor Herter, was the week of June 
1-6. As part of the observance of this 
week, an exhibit was held at thq First 
Corps of Cadets Armory, June h,$>6. In- 
cluded were exhibits by many state and 
local agencies, sponsored by Massachusetts 
State Council of the American Federation 
■of State, County and Municipal Rnployees. 

The Boston Public Library was representee 
by a thirty-foot booth >dij<5h displayed a 
few of the important services given by 
the Library. One-half of the booth was 
given over to a well-conceived display of 
the books available in the Division of 
Home Reading, each book brilliant in its 
plastic jacket, and arranged by the Exhi- 
bits Office, The phonograph-record listen- 
ing and borrowing service, demonstrated by 
Library representatives, proved popular 
and a surprise to many Boston residents. 
One of the fine reproducing machines from 
Open Shelf was available with loudspeaker 
and ear-phones. 

The other half of the booth was devoted 
to the art of fine book-binding as prac- 
ticed in our bindery. Examples of leather 
bindings and of gold-tooling were demon- 
strated while the audiences gathered arounc 
the bindery workers to watch and ask 
questions. 

The Massachusetts Departments of Educa- 
tion, Civil Defense, and Correction, the 
Boston Park Department, State Planning 
Commission and the National Cluard were 
other agencies represented. 

FIFTH ANNUAL 
MARY U. NICHOLS BOOK PRIZE AWARDS 

The Fifth Annual Mary U. Nichols Book 
Prize Awards took place on Monday evening, 
June first, at North End. Ably presided 
over by John A. Scanga, as in past years, 
the well-planned meeting moved along 
amoothly and was enjoyed by a very friendly^ 
interested audience. 

After greetings by Ellen Peterson, 
former Branch Librarian who had graciously 
returned to officiate in place of the 
newly-appointed Branch Librarian, Mrs 
Geraldine S, Herrick, who is in Europe 
with her husband, the presentation of the 
prizes was made by the Director, Milton E, 
Lord. He first welcomed many of the -grow- 
ing body of those who have received awards 



in the past and who were seated together 
at the front of the room. He then paid 
fitting tribute to Mary U. Nicholsj re- 
called the circ\imstances under which the 
prize awards came into being; and- outlined 
the improvements to be made in the build- 
ing in the next year. The two recipients 
of the prizes "awarded annually to the 
North End boy and to the North Ehd girl 
who in their senior year at a North End 
high school have excelled in their 
English studies" were Louis A. Sasso who 
had chosen ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN HIS- 
TORY, edited by Richard B, Morris, and 
Kathleen Gennazi who chose THE HOLY 
BIBLE (Confraternity Version). Both 
voliunes had been handsomely bound in the 
Binding Department of the Boston Public 
Library and bore copies of the bookplate 
specially designed by Arthur W. Heintzelman 
Keeper of Prints, 

The chief speaker of the evening, 
Dr Ernest Siciliano, prefaced his remarks 
by paying tribute to the Branch Librarian 
vrfiom the Italians of the North End had 
taken into their lives and who had re- 
ciprocated by giving to them unstintingly 
of her energy, her time, and her talents. 
He spoke of the glorious heritage that is 
the Italians from two distinctly different 
sources; First, from the great men and 
women who have won fame and honor in their 
chosen fields, and secondly from the 
humble parents who have come to a new 
country and have labored to give to their 
children high ideals by which to live. 
His sincerity, his sense of humor, and his 
hofiest presentation made him not only a 
delightful speaker, but a very happy 
choice for this particular occasion. 

The Qirls Glee Club from the Julia 
Billiart High School sang three times 
during the evening, which ended with a 
few remarks by Reverend Francis T, Sulli- 
van, spiritual adviser at the school. 
The staff served delicious refreshments 
during th6 social hour which followed 
the program. 

Thus, in a friendly, informal atmosphere 
was the memory of Mary U, Nichols and her 
work brought once more to mind— l>lary U. 
Nichols who had given without reservation 
of her strength; who had accomplished her 
work with never an attempt to attain 
personal glory; and who had laft the scene 
of her activities an unqualified success 
in the hearts and minds of those who knew 
her best and appreicated her most sincerely. 

Sarah M. Usher 



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INAUGURATION OF HOSPITAL LIBRARY SERVICE 

On June 2, England had its coronation, 
but the Boston Public Library had a grand 
opening. For on that day the Hospital 
Library Service at the Boston City 
Hospital was launched, dedicated, or what 
you will. 

The room, the former Ward H in the Old 
Medical Building, was painted, polished, 
and resplendent with flowers sent by 
friends and associates. The Hospital 
dining room, with the aid of the ladies 
of the Friends of the Hospital, provided 
delicious refreshments — coffee, punch, 
sandwiches, cakes, cookies, etc. 

A blue satin ribbon stretched between 
the ranges of books, with its streamers 
labeled on one side Boston City Hospital 
and on the other Boston Public Library. 
Dr James Collins acted as M.C. and intro- 
duced Dr James W. Manary who welcomed the 
guests on behalf of the Hospital. 
Milton E. Lord, Director, then gave a 
brief outline of what the Library hopes 
to do and asked the cooperation and help 
of the hospital staff to guide it in its 
new undertaking, Patrick F, McDonald, 
President of the Library's Board of 
Trustees, also spoke briefly, as did 
Dr Thomas J. Giblin, the Secretary of the 
Hospital Trustees. 

The ribbon was cut and we were on our 
way, but the main order of business for 
that day, at any rate, was meeting people, 
eating, and getting to know each other. 

Barbara P. Cotter. 

MLA ANNUAL MEETING 
GREAT BARRINGTQN, May lU and 15 

Virginia Kirkus, pillar of book selec- 
tion to libraries, big and small, as well 
as to book stores here and abroad, is 
president of the board of trustees of a 
small Connecticut town library, and in 
this capacity has an opportunity to give 
her service an acid test. She believes 
that the accent of the library should be 
on books and people, and its prime pur- 
pose "to keep people reading, trash, if 
necessary, but good trash rather than bad" 
Secondly, granting that there are never 
enough new books in the library, there 
are enough good books on the shelves, and 
she would keep these circulating. In her 
library there is a collection of "gold 
star books", with each book chosen and 



recommended by one of the neighbors, and 
the personal element in this device proves 
very effective circulating them. 

Mrs Kirkus assessed current trends in 
the book field as follows: 

War, fiction . Immediately following 
World V.'ar II we had such novels as The 
naked and the dead and From here to 
eternity l These books were marked by 
extremely free speech and behavior, but 
their validity was attested by servicemen. 
Moreover they show latent traits that 
exist in all of us and should be so under- 
stoodr However, Herman Wouk demonstrated 
that a good war novel is possible without 
constant four-letter words. Using the 
Wouk approach we have Battle cry by Leon 
Uris^ a dramatic picture of the Marines in 
action, and Far from the customary skies , 
by Warren Eye star, a live story of the 
Navy written from fundamental knowledge. 

Historical fiction . The modern histori- 
cal novel is no longer necessarily on 
escape from realism. Much scholarship 
has gone into its making, and this is 
notably so in the recent trend toward the 
historical novel with a religious back- 
ground. This trend is exemplified in 
Costain's Silver chalice , Prescott's 
Man on a donkey , Simon"^ Golden hand , and 
Nathaniel Weinreb's forth-coming The 
Babylonians . 

Books about pleasant people, and others . 
Pleasant people are not easily found in 
the modern novel. Witness the villa iness 
who nearly spoils Steinbeck's superbly 
written East of Eden . Hemingway's old man 
and boy reveal themselves appealingly in 
The old man and the sea , Frances Parkin- 
son Keyes is a writer of "good trash", a 
careful craftsman and thorough researcher, 
Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd, the adult's 
Superman, sparks a series of readable 
adventures that appeal to our surface 
remembrance of the immediate past. Echo- 
ing grove , Rosamond Lehmann's current 
novel of marital infidelity, handles a 
ticklish subject with good taste and re- 
flects post-war times in England, King- 
fishers catch fire by Rximer Godden (a 
favorite author of Mrs Kirkus) features 
a woman who lives an imaginary personality 
all her life and runs away from situations 
she can not handle. 

There is much popular non-fiction this 
year to edge people over to more solid 
fare. Annapurna , The gea around us (which 
Mrs Kirkus has read three times ) Silent 
world and Undersea adventure appeal to an 



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urge in all of us, Louise Baker's Snips 
and snails is really amusing, while Per sis 
is my heart and This many splendoured 
thing bring us the strange and remote 
countries interpreted through personal 
experience. With the reader in serious 
mood to read about what goes on in his 
world one can offer him Lilienthal's Big 
business , Allen's Big change , Dean'-s 
Foreign policy without fear , Douglas' 
North of Malaya , and Magidoff's The Krem- 
lin versus the people . 

Virginia Kirkus' service handles from 
3^00 to UOOO books per year, many in 
galley proof. She has a staff of five, 
reads about 800 books a year herself. 
The books must be read fast, but, such is 
the responsibility of the Kirkus prestige, 
perfunctory opinions are out. Each re- 
viewer tries to put herself in the place 
of the market for which the book is in- 
tended — rental shelves, libraries, stu- 
dents, general trade, and assess the book 
for that market. In the case of fact 
books they must have sufficient backgro\ind 
to understand the author's purpose, 
appraise his viev^oint, handling of con- 
troversial issues, and how his book dif- 
fers from others already in the field, 
Kence she tries to assign books accord- 
ing to the varying ba<;kgrounds and pre- 
dilections of her staff. 

Marion Abbott 

CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 
NEW ENGLAND UNIT MEETING 

The Spring meeting was held at Adams 
Street on May 23. As this was the annu- 
al meeting, the necessary reports were 
presented. 

Rev. John A. Broderick, Chairman, re- 
viewed briefly his two years of service. 
He also commented on the Catholic Li- 
brary Association, stressing certain 
puposes of the organization, such as the 
value of the Catholic Periodical Index , 
which the Association publishes, and the 
dissemination of good literature through 
a Catholic Book Week program. One point 
he emphasized was that a well-rounded 
librarian should not confine his activi- 
ties to one professional organization, 
but should be an active member in several 
different groups, 

Mary Alice Rea, Program director, out- 
lined the various programs of the year. 



She urged all persons interested in good 
literature and library work to become 
members of the Association and to work 
■ actively for its promotion. 

Mrs Genevieve Boisclair Galick of the 
Massachusetts Division of Library Exten- 
sion chose for her topic Are librarians 
basic ? She compared salaries and require- 
ments in towns and cities in Massachusetts 
and suggested more individual considera- 
tion and flexibility in library personnel 
appointments. 

After the meeting adjourned the members 
and guests enjoyed a social hour. The new 
Adams Street was admired and the hospitali- 
ty and graciousness of Ruth Hayes, Branch 
Librarian, and her staff added greatly 
to the success of the meeting. 

Anna L, Manning 

ROUND TABLE OF CHILDREN'S LIBRARIANS 

The Spring meeting took place on May 21 
at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy. 
The program opened with a coffee hour. 
Pauline Winnick, Chairman, conducted the 
business meeting. After the regular re- 
ports were read, there was a discussion 
concerning the time of the Caroline M, . 
Hewins Lecture at the Fall conference. 
It was voted to have it on Friday, Octo- 
ber 2, at three o'clock as in the past. 

An insurance representative from the 
Lester E, Burdick Company spoke on group 
insurance for the Round Table members. 
The following slate of officers was pre- 
sented and accepted: Chairman, Dorothy 
Shumakerj Treasurer, Rachel Bodinej and 
Secretary, Elizabeth Phelan. 

Following the business meeting, Gertrude 
Allen, author of "Everyday Birds," spoke 
briefly to the group. 

Mrs Phyllis L. Barclay, Children's Li- 
brarian, Uphams Corner, gave a delightful 
presentation of her views on the subject 
"Problems in selecting films for children," 
At the beginning she emphasized the fact 
that films should be used for the value in 
themselves, not just as boosters in 
circulation. Children-' s Librarians should 
work just as hard in developing in chil- 
dren tastes in films and music as they 
have been doing with their storytelling. 

She found in her work on the film com- 
mittee that there was no set standard of 
quality by any producer. There were good 
films and poor ones. In her opinion the 



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fairy tale received the worst treatment. 
Sometimes the puppets appeared to lose 
vitality vrtiich might be due in part to 
the slow dialogue. In fact the narrative 
of some films had a patronizing tone, 
J. Arthur Rank, an English producer, 
seemed to be the most noteworthy film 
maker with the three pictures — "Circus 
Boy," "The Mysterious Poacher," and "Chil- 
dren of the New Forest" to his credit, 
Walt Disney had done a fine piece of work 
in "Seal Island". 

In choosing films it should be important 
to visualize how a child of ten would 
feel about the film. Many awards in the 
field of children's literature have not 
been given for the books which the child 
reader would choose. Librarians have a 
real responsibility in film selection. 

In carrying out programs Mrs Barclay 
felt that films should be combined with 
other features as music, stories, or 
book reviews. "Sing a Song of Friendshif?' 
was a film which could be used very well 
in this type of entertainment, 

/:S Mrs Barclay brought her talk to a 
conclusion, she spoke of her belief in 
the use of films in library work. Her 
closing remark was, "Films build a bridge 
to the world of tomorrow for the children 
of today," A special showing of the 
film, "Steps of the Ballet" was the final 
feature of a very stimulating morning's 
program. 

Beatrice Frederick 

ELIZABETH BCWEN SPEAKS 
AT BOSTON UNIVERSITT " 

Several staff members availed themselves 
of the invitation extended by Boston 
University to hear an address given by 
Elizabeth Bowen, English novelist, under 
the auspices of the Graduate English Club, 

Miss Bowen, who was graciously intro- 
duced to the audience by Bill Reid of the 
English Department, was in Boston on her 
way to New York where she was to deliver 
an address before the American Academy of 
Arts and Sciences, Gowned in grey with 
black accessories, she presented the 
typical appearance of the successful 
English novelist which an American audi- 
ence most fully appreciates. Despite an 
obvious hesitancy in speech she completely 
held her audience during her entire 
address. 



Miss Bowen spoke on "The Technique of 
the Novel," making use of her own experi- 
ences. She pointed out the fact that the 
novel is "a free form" called into being , 
only two hundred years ago in a search | 
for something less rigid than the drama j 
and that each author must make his or her 
own place on the field by personal experi- 
ment. She then asked and answered three 
questions: first-^-^ich is of primary 
importance, plot or characters? The two, 
she claims, are inseparable. The core 
of the novel is the situation ; character 
and plot exist only to egrve the situation. 
Second— how great is the importance of 
dialogue? The dialogue must be a structu- 
ral part of the plot and should not exist 
only to illustrate characters and serve 
as a resting place in the plot, 
Third~how much should the writer be 
bound by ideas of style and form without 
seeming to be too rigid and artificial? 
The author must guard against the tendency 
"to squeeze the process of life into a 
standard form and style." Style should 
never become just a veneer, it should be 
integrated with the plot and characters. 
Miss Bowen gave several definitions of 
style, among them "an attempt to dissolve 
language" and "being capable of producing 
so\mds in the wind," or again, "Style is 
a nervous, intense animal which can be 
controlled," 

In conclusion Miss Bowen stated that 
the novel, in which situation, characters, 
plots, dialogue, style and form, are all 
adequately integrated must first and last 
be a work of the imagination. By care- 
fully allowing characters to be only as 
articulate as they would actively be in 
life, an author can reveal through dialc^ae 
many of the psychological factors motivat- 
ing the speech and actions of his charac- 
ters, 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS 

A.L.A. Grants 

$100 each toward the expense of attendance 
at the Annual Conference of the American 
Library Association in Los Angles^ June 
1953: 

Mildred R, Adelson, Jamaica Plain 
Mary F, Daly, Statistical 
Mildred Kaufman, Memorial 



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Ruth V. Marshall, Teachers 
Euclid J, Peltier, Audio-Visual 

Scholarship Awards 

$100 each for study at library schools 
during the twelve-month period dating 
from June 1$, 1953: 

Gracemarie V. Alfe, North End 

Joseph H, Center Scholarship 
William T. Casey, Open Shelf 

Daniel Sharp Ford Scholarship 
Donald M, Koslow, Kirst'eih Business Branch 

Francis Skinner Scholarship 
Eunice R. Werner, Audio-Visual 

2aniel Trea dwell Scholarship 

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
CENTENNIAL AMIVERSARY 

At a brief ceremony in the Mayor's 
Office at City Hall on the morning of 
June 3) Ralph M, Binney, Vice President 
of the First National Bank of Boston and 
former President of the Boston Chamber of 
Commerce, was appointed General Chairman 
of the Centennial Commission of the Bos- 
ton Fublic Library. Officiating at the 
proceedings were His Honor John B. Hynes, 
Mayor of the City of Boston, Patrick F, 
McDonald, President of the Board of 
Trustees of the Library, Milton E. Lord, 
Director, and other prominent Bostonians 
interested in celebrating the lOOth 
anniversary of the establishment of the 
first, free circulating library in any 
American city. Mayor Hynes and Governor 
Christian A. Herter will be Honorary 
Chairmen of the Centennial Commission. 

Plans for the celebration are being 
made under the direction of a Centennial 
Commission of 600 outstanding citizens of 
the city, state, and nation, and were 
outlined at the staff meetings held dur- 
ing the month of May. They have been put 
into print in a thirteen-page pamphlet 
being distributed to the staff. This 
publication answers the questions: What? 
Why? Where? When? 

Summer Recipe 

Seek the cool breezes to escape summer 
heat, but have a warm heart for CARE. 

CARE Committee 



THE B.P.L. ON TV 

On Wednesday, May 13, Alton Hall Black- 
ington of the WBZ-TV "Yankee Scrapbook" 
program quoted a statement which Arthur 
W. Heintzelman made- about the artist Jack 
Frost, who was the subject of the program 
that evening. At the same time he devoted 
a few moments to identifying Mr Heintzelman 
and his work at the Library. Mr Blacking- 
ton also used a photograph of Mr Heintzel- 
man in his visual presentation. 

The Coronation exhibit now on view in 
the Open Shelf,' lower level, and first 
floor corridors came in for some advance 
publicity when Polly Huse interviewed 
Thomas J. Manning, Chief of the Exhibits 
Office, and Allon Barker, Information 
Officer of the British Consulate General, 
on Wednesday May 27, over WBZ-TV. Items 
from the exhibit were shown and the plans 
for the Coronation were discussed, 

CIVIL DEFSKSE 

Blood Typing Program 

Although the disaster at Worcester the 
night before had made heavy demands upon 
laboratory technicians, the arrangements 
made between the Civil Defense Agency and 
the Library some weeks ago for blood 
typing on June 10 were carried through on 
schedule. It is most gratifying to record 
that U08 employees of the Library reported 
for the blood type test. 

The Buildings Department men cooperated 
with Mrs Edna M. Wollent, R.N., in arrang- 
ing the furniture in the Training Class 
Room according to the plan provided by the 
blood typing unit so that the work could 
be done with the least expenditure of tinie 
and effort. The Personnel Office arranged 
for girls to be on duty at two typewriters 
in the Staff Library preparing the identi- 
fication cards. Incidentally, a duplicate 
set of cards is now on file in the Staff 
Hospital and should prove most useful in 
cases of emergencies in the Library. 

Mrs Wollent and John W. Tuley, Coordina- 
tor, were on the job all during the day 
and deserve credit for the success of the 
program. 

Francis X. Moloney, in charge of the 
Library's Civil Defense Program, and the 
members of the Civil Defense Planning 
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in expressing their appreciation to the 
staff for its cooperation in the blood 
typing project. 

Greater Boston Civil Defense Manual 

Copies of this manual have been dis- 
tributed to each unit in the Library- 
System. Several extra copies are avail- 
able should they be needed. Application 
for them should be made to Mr Tulsy, 

Sarah M, Usher 

MR AND MRS CARPENTER ENTERTAIN 

On Thursday evening, June 11, Mr and 
Mrs Albert L. Carpenter entertained the 
staff of the Office of the Division of 
Home Reading and Community Services at 
their home in Jamaica Plain. A delicious 
buffet supper was served in the garden, 
and it was the unanimous opinion of the 
guests that the party was one of the 
nicest ones any of them had ever attended, 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT l 

The story is told of a Librarian of 
Congress who misplaced thousands of 
dollars of library funds by employing 
twenty dollar bills as bookmarks. So 
with members of o\ir public and their 
cherished budget money. 

Last week the Open Shelf Department re- 
ceived harried phone calls from a truly 
desperate mother. Her daughter had de- 
posited fori»y dollars in a collection of 
Francis Thompson's poems — an Open Shelf 
Book — and had returned the volume to 
Allston. Then telephones buzzed: Open 
Shelf, Allston, Shipping and back. Sched- 
ules of returned hooks were consulted, 
hands searched dubiously in pockets of 
Thompson Books. 

Unbelievably, the funds were found 
after two days of unknown, quiet repose 
on shelf. Deep within a book pocket, 
folded into a tiny square. Two ten 
dollar bills and four fives. As a result 
a young lady graduated in proper garb 
from Girls' Latin. She had saved the 
forty dollars after a whole year of part- 
time work. Her graduation savingsl 



BRANCH NOTES 

Brighton 

The active Children's Room was the re- 
cent scene of several festivities in 
honor of Children's Spring Book Festival. 
Boys and girls of the district enjoyed 
story hours, film programs, a contest and 
a play. For several weeks children of 
grades one through six designed and made 
their own bookmarks which they entered in 
the Bookmark Contest. The bookmarks are 
now on display on two small trees decorat- 
ing the Children's Room, Winners of the 
contest were announced at a special pro- 
gram, and books were awarded as prizes. 

Highlight of the celebration was the 
presentation of a one-act play, "The King 
in the Kitchen" , before a capacity crowd 
of 250 children. Menibers of the newly- 
formed Brighton Library Dramatic Club 
range in age from six to ten. The talent- 
ed cast of actors and actresses under 
the direction of Mary Mehlman, assistant 
in the Children's Room, also presented 
the play to their parents and teachers 
at an evening performance. Following this 
performance, refreshments were served to J 
the guests and members of the cast. ' 

The above is the conventional account 
which might appear in the social column of 
any well-regulated newspaper. But no 
newspaper ever gives the full account — 
those behind-the-scenes reports which 
make each activity unique and not infre- 
quently amusing. Such was the case with 
the unwritten sequel to "The King in the 
Kitchen" which might well be called "The 
Staff in the Kitchen." Having concocted 
a punch mixture from Good Housekeeping , 
we decided to go the food experts one 
better by garnishing said mixture with 
mint leaves. As we began to serve it one 
of the small actors approached, "Pardon 
me, miss," he whispered, "but I think 
some weeds accidentally fell into this 
stuff I" 

Connolly 

A highlight of the Spring Book Festival 
was a talk by the charming authoress, 
Marguerite Dickson, on Wednesday afternoon, 
May 13. The warmth and friendliness of 
her manner as she spoke to over fifty 
teen-agers made her seem one of them in 
understanding. Yet, as she confided to 
the staff, she is approaching her eighti- 
eth birthday. Encouraging the girls to 



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write themselves, she advised them to plan 
a definite time each day for the task. 
Many left at the conclusion of her talk 
intent on a writing career; all left vdth 
autographs carefully tucked away in ap- 
preciation and admiration of an authoress 
whose stories they enjoy so much. 

Another interesting venture undertaken 
in observance of the Festival was an 
"Open House," Thursday evening, May 21. 
The Keen Teens and Corjiettes, together, 
presented a special program to interest 
new members. The Presidents of both 
clubs spoke briefly to the one hundred and 
forty girls present about past' events, 
present rules, and future plans. 

Following that, four recent college 
graduates — a social worker, a teacher, a 
secretary, and a recent bride — partici- 
pated in a Career panel discussion. 
Later, they were besieged by questions 
from their interested young audience, 
Cne particularly "keen" teen asked the 
teacher if the bachelor's degree she had 
mentioned as being so necessary for her 
career kept her from getting married! 
Due to lack of time, questions had to be 
terminated to present awards to the best 
readers of the Clubs and to present a 
short entertainment. Three members, 
expert at toe, ballet, and tap dancing 
performed in costume. 

Then, the club members, wearing red 
satin "hostess" ribbons, served delicious 
punch, cookies, cake, fudge, and candy 
to their classmates, who eagerly asked 
when would there be another "Open House" 
and could they please be interviewed the 
following week for membership. 

On Friday afternoon, June 5> "The doll 
who came alive" , adapted from the book 
by Enys Tregarthen, was presented by the 
Magic Strings Puppet Club. This climaxed 
the weekly puppet shows offered through- 
out the year. Two hundred sixty-seven 
little girls and their dolls appeared to 
attend the performance. Every imaginable 
kind of doll was present — from well-worn, 
much-loved baby dolls and dolls in satin 
gowns too beautiful to be played with, 
to dolls sent from overseas. All were in 
their party best, except for one" who came 
with curlers in her hair. The performance 
was a great success to all but one little 
girl who asked, "IVhere's the eats?" 



East Boston 



On Wednesday evening, June 3, the staff 
attended a dinner party at the home of 
Dorothy F. Nourse, in honor of Mrs Beryl 
Robinson and Mrs Donna Maxson who were 
leaving the branch. After enjoying the 
delicious chicken dinner followed by 
brownie pie and demi-tasse, Mrs Robinson 
and Mrs Maxson were presented with gifts 
from their fellow workers who wished them 
good luck in their new positions. The 
delightful evening was over much too 
quickly. 

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On Wednesday afternoon, June 10, a party 
was held at the branch for three extras — 
Michael Siraco, who graduated from Burdett 
College, Joan MacLean, who graduated from 
the East Boston High School and won the 
Emma B, Harvey Scholarship, and Janet 
Rubico, who graduated from Girls' High 
School were guests of honor. After enjoy- 
ing the cake and ice cream, each graduate 
was presented with a small gift from the 
members of the staff. 

Summer Reading Club activities began 
on Friday, June 5, with a Pre-Birthday 
Party, which included a program of folk 
dances presented by children of the Cen- 
tral Square Center, and the playing of 
a tape recording made by the winners of 
the third annual Spring Butterfly Contest. 
Put on display for the first time was a 
huge birthday cake in three tiers, large 
enough to hold one hundred candles for the 
birthday of the Boston Public Library, 
plus eighty -four candles for the birthday 
of the East Boston Branch. Children will 
earn candles for the cake by reading, and 
a gala Birthday Party will be held in 
August, Cookies in the shape of candles 
were distributed to the children as a 
happy climax to the Party, 

Phillips Brooks 

On Thursday evening. May 21, Phillips 
Brooks celebrated its twenty-second 
anniversary. The program was sponsored 
by the Friends of the Library and featured 
four speakers representative of community 
organizations. Betty Hogan, President of 
the CYOj Mrs Orlando Caruso, President of 
the Hemenway PTA; Thomas Connors, President 
of the Readville Improvement Association 
and George Noonan, Commander of the 
American Legion Post, spoke on the topic, 
"The Future of Readville." 



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A short business meeting of the Friends 
was held in which the officers for the 
coming year were elected and the treas- 
urer'^s and secretary's reports were read. 
Entertainment for the evening was provided 
by the children's puppetry class, which 
presented "Beauty and the Beast." James 
Horner, President of the Friends, then 
invited the gathering of eighty-five 
people to enjoy the refreshments and a 
social hour. Mrs John Enos and Mrs Pat- 
rick Ferzoco were co -chairwomen of the 
Friends' hospitality committee, Mrs 
Christopher Goode, chairwoman of the mem- 
bership committee, was on hand to accept 
new members into the Friends. 

The program was planned and introduced 
by Mrs Laurelle W. Cole; the puppet play 
directed by Mrs Phyllis R. Kallman, It 
was a pleasure to have as guests the 
former branch librarians, Virginia Havi- 
land and Edna G. Feck. Mary T. G, Mannix, 
newly appointed Branch Librarian, was 
formally introduced to the Friends. 

Uphams Corner 

The Spring Book Festival was held on 
Wednesday afternoon, May 20. The Chil- 
dren's Room was gaily decorated with 
springtime friezes, colorful posters, and 
bouquets of variegated flowers. The cen- 
ter of attractions was the maypole, with 
its festively costvmied girls and boys 
pointing out the new spring books. 

This exhibit was a new venture for Up- 
hams Corner. The public was invited, and 
many interested parents, teachers and 
children came. They examined our displays, 
took some of the many lists that were 
placed at strategic spots, and enjoyed the 
refreshments. 

Washington Village 

On Tuesday afternoon, May 19, teachers 
from the John A. Andrew, John B. O'Reilly 
and Michael J, Perkins schools were guests 
at a gala Spring Book Festival Tea held in 
the Children's Room. Lynd Ward's charming 
book festival poster made a colorful back- 
drop for bright tea tables, gaily adorned 
with a maypole and fresh cut flowers, and 
heaped with delicious sandwiches, dainty 
eclairs and other fancy desserts. 

Attractive children's books of particu- 
lar interest to teachers were arranged 
by age and grade level on special table 
displays, and the teachers appreciated the 
titles suggested to them. Pictures were 



taken to remind us of a lovely afternoon, 
which has highlighted in particular the 
cooperation and pleasant relationship 
existing between the library and our local 
schools, 

DEPARTMENT AND OFFICE NOTES 

Information 



In the Treasure Room on Monday, May 11, 
"Miss Printers' Devil of 1953", Betty 
Baugh of the University of Kentucky, was 
photographed as John J. Connolly showed 
her the leaf of the Gutenberg Bible. 

At the Governor's Office late that 
afternoon, Miss Baugh and Governor Herter 
were photographed looking at a facsimile 
of the Bay Psalm Book, which was borrowed 
from the Library. 

Leslie C. S, Barber, British Consul 
General, came to the Library on Monday, 
June 1, to view the Coronation exhibition 
which was being installed. He was met 
by the Director, Members of the press 
were on hand and photographs were made of 
the two gentlemen examining material in one 
of the display cases. 

Interesting Quotes 

One of our authors showed us a hand- 
somely printed little note he received, 
along with some proofs, from a well-knovm 
and respected printer. It advised him 
that he'd save himself trouble and money 
if he used the proper proofreading marks. 
The note concluded with a list of symbols 
headed "Proof Readers' Marks." 

THE PLEASURES OF PUBLISHING, May 19^3 
Published monthly by Columbia 
University Press 
■«• 

A Columbia professor's wife, arriving at 
a campus box office to take her turn at 
selling tickets to a performance for chil- 
dren, was just in time to overhear this 
exchange between the lady she was relieving 
and a six-year-old boy: 

"How much is a ticket?" 

"Ten cents." The boy took out a dime, 
than hesitated. 

"How long is the show?" 

"Forty-five minutes • " 

He shook his head and moved away, 

"Can't go. My span of attention is only 

twenty minutes." 



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An informant at the University of 
Washington tells us that Buschk's book 
called Sex Habits is filed (in accordance 
with a suggestion of the Library of Con- 
gress) in their library under Applied ■ 
Science, 

THE PLEASURES OF PUBLISHING, June 1953 
■«• 

Thinkers help other people to think, 
for they formulate what others are think- 
ing. No person writes or thinks alone; 
thought is in the air but its expression 
is necessary to create a tangible spirit 
of the times. 

Elbert Hubbard 

FRCM the Newsletter , Massachusetts 
Teachers Federation, 

Doris Almy, Director of Public Relationsj 
and Editor of the Newsletter , includes 
items of exhibits and events at the Li- 
brary in the publication. 



SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the As- 
sociation member submitting it, "together 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor-in- 
Chief. The contents of articles appear- 
ing in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association mem- 
bers and their appearance does not neces- 
sarily indicate that the Publications 
Committee and the Association are in 
agreement with the views expressed. 



To the Soap Box: 



not forget him has already been realized, 
and the specialized assistance that he 
gave so unstintingly through the years 
will be deeply missed. The qualities of 
a good librarian which he possesses to so 
unusual a degree — a deep love and know- 
ledge of books, together with an equal 
desire for sharing them resulted in the 
kind of service to the public which is all 
too rarely given. His exceptional know- 
ledge of the combined resources of the 
Reference Division and the Branch Issue 
Department was doubtless unmatched in the 
Library, and was of inestimable value, 
in the latter key department, to the 
branch libraries especially, with their 
limited resources, and necessarily limited 
knowledge of the Central Library collec- 
tions. To his now assignment, however, he 
will bring an unusual background for serv- 
ing the public — if in a less ample field — 
and it is to be hoped that the opportunity 
of working for a time directly with the 
public will bring new satisfactions and 
opportunities. 

Pro Bono Publico 

To the Soap Box Editor: 

The absence of Harry Andrews in the 
Central Library — who belonged to more than 
one department--leaves a regrettable void. 
His consistent concern with each person's 
request and his superior sleuthing to 
provide pertinent material from even the 
remotest regions will long he missed. 
May he know, though, that his public, 
viierever and whatever it may be, will be 
fortunate to have his knowledge and his 
service. 



Appreciative 



To the Soap Box Editor: 



While one of the branches has obtained a 
valuable addition in the person of Mr Harry 
Andrews, the branch system in general will 
Word- of Mr Andrew's transfer from Branchmiss the unique service which he provided 

for its patrons. VJith his extraordinary 
knowledge of books, their contents, and 
their location, he could always be depended 
upon to provide just the right material — 
Dromptly, We take this opportunity to ex- 



Issue Department to a branch library came 
as something of a shock to those many 
individuals in both the Home Reading and 
Reference Divisions who through the years 
had depended so heavily on his assistance 
and had come to consider his name almost 



syrionymous with Branch Issue, 

His hope expressed in his note in the May^nd to wish him well in the future. 
Question Mark that these individuals will 

The Staff of Jamaica Plain Branch 



tend our thanks for the invaluable assis- 
tance he has always rendered so willingly 



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HEAR YEJ HEAR YE] 



The Coffee Shop will be closed 
during the week of July 27, 19^3 
in order to allow Mr Adelstein 
and his help to take a vacation. 

The Coffee Shop, freshly re- 
painted, will reopen August 3> 
1953. 



CONCESSION COMMITTEE 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JULY 1953 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VIII, Number 7 



July 19^3 



Publications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, Geraldine S, Herrick, John J. McCafferty, 

Sarah M. Usher, Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date t 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

Now that we have made a little advance 
in the eternal search for the almighty 
dollar, it is fitting that a little 
thought be given and some action taken 
toward helping our fellow employees. We 
have a very high regard for the people 
we work with, and there is nothing that 
we wouldn't do for each other. Unfortu- 
nately, with the exception of temporary 
aid when someone is burned out, that is 
the way we go through the years literally 
doing nothing for each other. 



PERSONAL NOTES 

New Employees 

I^s Rhea L, Freeman, Uphams Corner, 

Mrs Evelyn B, Herboldsheimer, Dorchester, 

Bernadine J, Grace, Uphams Corner, formerly 

part-time. 
Wilma A. Lyons, Book Stack Service, 
Raymond D, Jennings, Book Stack Service, 

formerly part-time in Fine Arts, 
Mrs Laura H, Reyes, Roslindale, 
Richard J. Kilduff , Kir stein Business 

formerly part-time in the Book Stack 

Service, 



There is, however, an excellent way tha 4 Josephine A, Waldron, Office of Records,^ 



we can get together and do some tangible 
good 8 It is by becoming members of a 
blood bank. It means making arrangements 
externally and internally: externally 
with the Red Cross for the setting up of 
a club, a system of release, and a sche- 
dule for donations j internally by having 
a committee appointed to draw up a form 
giving the name of the employee and the 
members of his family. Later, appoint- 
ments will be made for the depositing of 
blood to be drawn upon when needed, which, 
unfortunately, is often very sudden, 
and iinexpected. Two members of tne 
committee vdll be authorized to release 
the blood when it is needed, and will be 
responsible for seeing that it is re- 
ceived only by those who are entitled to 
it. 

Please give some thought to this, as it 
is one of the very powerful ways in -which 
we can assist our fellow workers whea 
they or members of their immediate family 
sorely need help. 

Gerald L, Ball 



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Files, Statistics, formerly part-tme in 

the Book Stack Service, 
Edward J, Cullinana, Egleston Square, 
Doris M, Scott, Codman Square, 
Louise M, Fogarty, Uphams Comer, formerly 

part-time at Washington Village, 
Gilda Tecce, Hyde Park, formerly part-time 

at North End, 
Donald P, Crowley, Book Purchasing, 
Ana stasia Efthemeou, Print, 
Beverly C, Pettengill, Mt. Bowdoin. 
Vera L, Cheves, Branch Issue, formerly 

part-time, 

[' obert C, Woodward, History, formerly 
part-time, 
ransfers 



jracemarie V, Alfe, North End to East 

Boston« 

Rosemary D, Cross, South End to East Boston, 
^oda Blacker, Jeffries Point to Mattapan, 
Mary E, Brigante, Uphams Corner to Allston. 
Elizabeth F. Howard, Mattapan to Jeffries 

Point, 
Donna C, Maxson, East Boston to School 

Issue, 

Mary M, Mehlman, Brighton to Mattapan, 
Janet B, Schlein, Mattapan to Brighton, 
Dorothy L, Dodworth, West End to North End 
Helen L. Lambert, Uphams Comer to Eglesi:.on 

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Resignations 

Mrs Margaret M, Sagar, Hyde Park, to re- 
main at home, 

Mrs Edith S. Trocki, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, to remain at home. 

Elsa N. Shore, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, Div of R and'RS, 

Barbara Gilson, History, to study secre- 
tarial subjects. 

Marriages 

Florence E. Karcauskas, Book Stack Ser- 
vice, to Ernest B, Haudziunas on 
June 6, 1953. 

Jean A, Moritz, Book Stack Service, to 
Harold Gilbert on May 31, 1953, 

Elizabeth B. McLoughlin, Parker Hill, to 
William Svirsky on June 13, 1953 

Rosemary D, Cross, East Boston, to James 
Colarusso on June 20, 1953. 

Er^agements 

Elizabeth Serjeant, Hospital Library 
Service, has announced her engagement 
to John Bernier of Baltimore, The wedding 
is planned for next April, 

BON VOYAGEJ 

Beatrice Coleman, Book Stack Service, 
and Anna Mapning, Teachers, sailed on the 
Mauretania, July 8, and will travel 
through Ireland, England, Scotland and 
France, 

BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 

Aaron Starr, Business Office 

Girard D, Hottleman, Book Purchasing 

George Pahud, Music 

THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

From: Commanding Officer First Amphibi- 
ous BPL Chowder, Chatter and March- 
ing Society, 

To: Commanding Officer Question Mark, 

Subject: Bottle Report. 

Time: 1? June 1953. 

Place: Duxbury Beach, Massachusetts, 

Code: Not only code but cloudy too, 

1100 First wave hits beach after 
bribing native parking lot 
attendants, 

1130 Successive waves of combat troqps 
land. Defense perimeter set up 



100 yards from beachhead. Sup- 
plies moved up to line. Labor 
Bottalion includes veterans Paul 
Mulloney, Gates Cariani, Bill 
Lewis, and Ed (Muscles) Casey, 

llU5 Camp established. Fire obtained 
by rubbing two dry librarians to 
gether. First and last time 
there were two dry librarians on 
the beach, 

1150 Patrols sent out under command 
of Jean Eaton, CBW (Chief Bird 
Watcher). 

1200 Heavy firing heard. Scouts re- 
port it is the sound of beer 
cans being punctured, 

1205 Mulloney and Lewis return to canp 
with freshly bathed clams. Clams 
put over fire to steam, Mulloney 
and Lewis sent to recreation area, 

1210 Chow broken out, Frankforts, 

rolls and fingers scorched over 
fire. 

1215 Clams steaming. Bob Woodward 

boiling — somebody requisitioned 
his beer, 

1230 First contingent of clams dis- 
patched. Clam demolition squad 
highly successful, Vanda Cari- 
ani distinguishep herself as 
chief butterf ingers . 

1300 Enemy clouds shower troops with 

heavy rain. Retire to previously 
parked cars. Green troups sent 
home with junior officers, 

lliOO Enemy attack turns to light 

harassing action. Main troops 
retvirn to camp and reestablish 
contact with rear guard. Clams 
re-heated and eated, 

llj.30 Troops continue hea-v.y • eating. 
Some signs of chow fatigue, 

15C0 Cis Ritter captured and carried 
into water but rescued before 
black velvet britches make con- 
tact with surf. 

1515 75 mm, watermelon opened up. 

1530 More ammunition brought up to 
the line and placed on ice, 

15U5 George Adelman becomes first ace 
by knocking off ten cans, 

1600 All enemy action ceases. Sun 

almost comes out, Louis Ugaldi 
emerges from folding foxhole 
and attacks clams barehanded, 

1630 Chow running low but ammunition 
in plentiful supply despite 
heavy rate of fire. 



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1700 
1715 

1730 

I7li5 
1800 



Mary Mellman court-martialed 
for dereliction of duty. 
Charged with losing the can 
opener. Charges dismissed 
when court sits on case and 
locates missing item, 
Helen Beeman's command de- 
serts, 

Ed Casey suffers frost- 
bitten hand. Surgeon ampu- 
tates beer can. Casey 
awarded Piirple Lips citation^ 
Bob Woodward entertains 
troops with his rendition of 
the WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE. 
Casualties collected and 
escorted to cars. 
Troops return to bases. 



Enclosure A, Recommended for citations: 

Carroll, Phillip With a disposition as 
sunny as his curls he absorbed an amount 
of sand above and beyond the call of 
duty. 

Lewis, William Despite a severe case of 
immersion hand, Captain Lewis continued 
to pass the ammunition, 

Myers, Francis Unflinchingly and with 
high courage he fed his brood toasted 
marshmallows. Anybody can toast marsh- 
mallows — but between the toes, 

WEDDINGS 

The former Julie Serjeant was one of the 
loveliest of June brides at a Nuptial Mass 
in St, Gregory's Church, Dorchester, when 
she pledged her vows to John Hallahan of 
Open Shelf, on Saturday, June 27th, One of 
her most attractive attendants was her 
sister Elizabeth, a member of the staff of 
the new Hospital Library Service, 

Mildred Fischer, Jamaica Plain, and 
Samuel Maloof were married on Sunday, 
July 5, at a candlelight ceremony at 
Snmanuel Church, West Roxbury. The bride, 
looking radiant, wore a white satin gown 
and finger-tip veil. After a reception at 
the Beaconsfield Hotel, Mr and Mrs Maloof 
left for a wedding trip to Lake George. 
They will make their home in Somerville, 

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VISITORS 

Miss Hanna Deicke, Chief Librarian, 
Public Library, Goettingen. 

Miss Maria Gress, Chief Librarian, 
Heidelberg City Library, 

Henry J, Gartland, Asst. Dir, of U.S. 
Veterans Administration Library Service. 
Mr Gartland is a former member of the staff 
and wishes to be remembered to all his 
library friends. 

ALUMNI NOTES 



June 25, 1953 
Peterborough, N.H, 



Dear Miss Usher, 



AgaTn I bring to you all, gratitude and 
appreciation for the tribute that has 
been once more given to Mary's memory. 

The account of the party made it sound 
truly a friendly and happy period of tine . 

The words written of her were so fine 
and true, that one could almost see the 
pleased happy little smile that she used 
to wear — altho all the time she was 
doubtlessly thinking that she should have 
done much more. 

May peace and attainment be with you all 
throughout the coming year. 

Most sincerely, 

Katie Nichols 

■«• 

Elizabeth P. Ross, Librarian Emeritus 
of Codman Square, and her sister, left 
on June 27, on a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma 
to attend the wedding of her nephew, 

•M- 

William J. Mulloney left on his annual 
visit to Colorado on July 3, He will 
visit his daughter Mrs George Bradford, 
the former Helen Mulloney of Book Stack 
Service, and his son William, Jr. Mr 
Mulloney will return to Boston in the fall, 

LIBRARY IN PRINT 

M. Therese Campbell has done it again] 
Another short story in the Boston Post for 
Saturday, July h (no lessl) — Laughter's 
Miracle . 



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Truman Nelson, author of The Sin of the 
Prophet , has finished a manuscript about 
the Theodore Parker Collection, which is 
to be used during the Centennial celebra- 
tion, 

John Knox of the Associated Press is 
preparing an article on the Newspaper 
Room which will receive nation-wide dis- 
tribution in connection with the Centen- 
nial, 

Dr Frederick Gillis, Assistant Superin- 
tendent of the Boston Public Schools, 
is preparing an article on BPL services 
available to educators and parents. This 
will be published in School and Society , 
the top national magazine for educators, 

THE B.P.L. ON TV 

On June 29, Mrs Lois Livingston of the 
English-Speaking Union, was a guest on 
Polly Huse's program over WBZ-TV. She 
spoke about and displayed some of the 
seals which the English-Speaking Union 
has lent to the Library for exhibit dur- 
ing the month of July. 

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Dr James Ma nary. Superintendent of the 
Boston City Hospital, and Mrs Mary G. 
Langton, Hospital Library Service, were 
intervievjed by Arch MacDonald on "Into 
Focus," July 6. Through the generosity 
of Dr Manary, feleven photographs showing 
the Hospital Library Service in action 
were made available to tell the story of 
the development of this newest Library 
service. 

On the same day, Mark Bortman, chairman 
of the Committee on Historic Places of the 
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, ap- 
peared on WBZ-TV with Polly Huse in connec- 
tion with the Boston Historic Festival, 
Mr Bortman drew particular attention to 
the exhibits at the Library, 

ARMED SERVICES NEWS 

FFC David T. Sheehan, on leave from 
Book Stack Service, was an honor graduate 
of U.S. Seventh Army non-com academy at 
Munich, Germany. He's assigned to Ii03d 
Engineers Base Depot, Kaiserlautern, 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

A Special Committee on Book Selection 
Policy has been appointed with the approval 
of the Executive Board. The duties of 
this committee are to outline recommenda- 
tions for book selection procedures and 
policies for the Boston Public Library 
and to submit "a report to the Executive 
Board, The following members have indi- 
cated a willingness to serve on this com- 
mittee: 

Charles L, Higgins, General Reference, 
Chairman 

Ruth Hayes, Adams Street 

Bradford Hill, Periodical and Newspaper 

Evelyn Levy, Egleston 

Harriet S\d.ft, Rare Book 

It is proposed to divide the field into 
four areas, book selection for children, 
book selection for young adults, book 
selection for adults, book selection for 
reference and research purposes, with a 
separate sub-committee working in each of 
these fields. It has been suggested that 
the committee consider conducting a panel 
discussion by prominent personalities on 
book selection, and publication of the 
committee report and the panel discussion. 
The committee id.ll welcome further sug- 
gestions from the membership. 

As the time for the Centennial celebra- 
tion approaches let us remember that we, 
as individuals, are largely responsible 
for the public relations of the Library, 
Well-stocked bookshelves, streamlined 
procedures, modern lighting, equipment 
and furniture have their place in creating 
and maintaining among our patrons and the 
general public a favorable attitude- towards 
the Library* But few things are more 
effective than a pleasant manner, a posi- 
tive approach and an evident willingness 
to serve, A friendly greeting and a warm 
smile, a little extra effort to provide 
service, an expression of regret when we 
are not able to help are things that 
people appreciate, remember and associate 
with the Library, The Library is not only 
a building and a collection of books: it 
is the individuals comprising the staff 
who give it form and being. Each one of 
us is the Library ■vAien we serve our patrons. 
Relations with the public are essentially 
person-to-person. Let us, you and I, do 
the best we can for each individual vho 
requires our services so that each patron 
feels satisfied that we have his interests 



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at hearto Such public relations will re- 
dound to the advantage of all concerned 

B, Joseph O'Neil 

CENTENNIAL COMMISSION 

John B, MacMurdo of the Centennial Com- 
mission has asked the staff of the Boston 
Public Library to participate in the 
development of Centennial Celebration 
plans through a group known as the Centen- 
nial Research Committee, The Centennial 
Research Committee is being coordinated 
through the Office of Reference and 
Research Services. The Committee would 
welcome ideas and suggestions for news- 
paper and magazine articles, radio or 
TV programs, speeches, exhibits, etc. 
from other meniiers of the staff. If you 
can offer any suggestions, please get in 



who was for many years a business man in 
the Brighton district . , . John J. Devlin 
was graduated from Massacnusetts institute 
of Technology in 1911. He enlisted in the 
Army as a First Lieutenant in the Officers 
Reserve Corps, August 11, 1918 and went 
overseas with the 301st Engineers in 
June, 1918, holding the rank of Captain 
as a member of the staff of Lt, Gen, 
Robert Lee Bulla rd. He was officially 
commended for his conduct in action, and 
wore the Victory Medal with three battle 
stars. He returned from overseas duty 
in June 1919. He was a member of the 
engineering staff of the firm of Maxwell 
and Moore at the time of his death in 
Larchmont, N.Y. October 10, 1931> aged 
k3 years. He was a member of John P. 
Mitchell POvSt,, American Legion, and 
numerous other patriotic and Engineering 
Societies, Arrangements for dedicating 
the Major John J. Devlin Square are in 



touch with the appropriate sub-committee 

chairman, or, if uncertain as to the field] charge of Brighton-Allston, Post 17 j 

in which the topic might properly fall, 

with the Office of Reference and Research 

Services, The chairmen responsible for 



the various areas are as follows: 

Exhibits— Elizabeth M, Gordon, Deputy 
Supervisor in Charge of Work with Chil- 
dren. 

Children' s Work — Mrs Beryl Y, Robinson, 
Egleston Square. 

General Topics — ^Esther Lissner, Catalog- 
ing and Classification, Div of R and RS, 

Yough Adults — A. Phyllis Freeman, 
Mat tap an. 

Adults— Mrs Grace B. Loughlin, Open Shel 

Reference and Research — Louis Rains, 
Science and Technology, 

News Items and Notes — Priscilla S, 
MacFadden, Fine Arts. 

Miscellaneous— B. Joseph O'Neil, Periodi 
cal and Newspaper, 



MAJOR JOHN J. DEVLIN MEMORIAL 



American Legion," 

The daughter of Major Devlin, Marie 
Devlin is a member of the staff of Book 
Selection, Home Reading and Community 
Services, 



A VISIT TO A LADY WHO IS MY COUSIN 

Let me sit in your kitchen. 

Let me see the seven o'clock evening 
sun on the wall. 
Let me rest and hear you talk. 

There is much peace for a tried soul. 



The follomng are excerpts from an 
article which appeared in the Brighton 
Citize n, June 11, 1953» 

'*0n a motion offered by President 
Francis X. Ahearn, the Boston City Council 
has voted to name the square at the corner 
of Parsons Street and Washington Street, 
Brighton in honor of Major John J. Devlin, 
a hero of World War I. 

Major Devlin died in October 1931 from 



Nothing is there to disturb, and the 

tried soul shall gain rest. 
Not unlike a visit to church will it 

be to sit in your kitchen, 
'Sooth my outer nerves, so that strength 

will come to the tried soul. 
Let me stretch my hand and touch the 

clean scrubbed wooden table. 
Let me taste the tea that quickens my 

pulse. 
Let me hear your soft voice explain the 

intricacies of some old, old story. 
Let me rest in the activity of former 

times J the noise and excitement of 

which will be muted in the telling. 



a service connected disability 

Major Devlin was the son of James H, Devlin ^g^ j^g ^g ^j^ Eternity, 

Let me die while we sit and talkl 

Paul V. Moynihan 



Talk on into the night in your soft, 

clear voice. 
The night is Eternity; the daylight is 

Time, ' 



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MATERIAL OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST 

Butler, Pierce. Librarianship as a 
Profession, Library Quarterly, October 

1951, pp. 23^^wr, 

Stating at the outset that all librarians 
believe librarianship is a profession in 
the same category as medicine, law, and 
engineering, Mr Butler describes this 
belief as an emotional conviction rather 
than a rational conclusion. Because in 
Mr Butler's eyes "we can adduce neither 
evidence nor argument to justify our 
opinion," this article was written by him 
to clarify our ideas about the essential 
nature of a profession. 

Some interesting reasons are assigned 
as causes for our vagueness about pro- 
fessions and professional work. The very 
word "professional" can be an obstacle to 
our understanding. The thief \ho makes a 
clever steal; the plumber who does raliabfe. 
work; the golf player who has risen above 
an amateur level of playj a musician to 
whom music has become more than an avoca- 
tion: to these people the adjective "pro- 
fessional" is continually applied. This 
word has come to mean many things. In 
this essay Mr Butler uses the word "pro- 
fession" with this limitation: the pro- 
fessionalism in librarianship will cor- 
respond to that of a physician, a lawyer, 
or an engineer, but not to the profession- 
alism of a craftsman or an artist. 

Another obstacle to the librarian's 
attaining a more solid realization of the 
professionalism in his work iSj according 
to Butler, the inclination over the years 
past, "to imitate the outward forms of 
the other professions before attaining 
the corresponding internal development," 
This inclination in Butler's estimation 
has been a factor ... in many of the past 
departures of American librarianship," 

As an example of this inclination Mr 
Butler attributes the establishment of 
library schools in part to "the idea 
that librarianship should have its pro- 
fessional schools because the other pro- 
fessions have them," although it is 
stated in the essay that the pioneers of 
library schools did aim primarily at 
providing vocational training. The early 
library schools were founded in an era 
when librarians were very much concerned 
with library technology, "the niceties 
of cataloging and classification," Con- 
sequently a core curriculum was then 
crystalized which even today resists dis- 
solution and makes educational reforms 



more difficult than they should be," In 
Mr Butler's estimation the early library 
schools in their effects did not completely 
satisfy the founders' desires. 

Two other examples of a "departure in 
librarianship grounded in a mistaken con- 
ception of professionalism" are "the pre- 
mature organization of librarians" into the 
American Library Association, and "the 
recurrent clamor for certification," In 
the space of half a page in his essay Mr 
Butler lets his pen run freely in very 
candid vein as he states his concept of 
the American Library Association. Some- 
where in the middle of this description 
he speaks of A,L,A. as having always been 
"what the American Medical Association 
would be if it enrolled druggists, nurses, 
and hospital clerks as well as physicians, 
gave them all an equal vote, and evaded 
ill-advised majority decisions by politi- 
cal manipulations." Mr Butler's provoca- 
tive statements on certification I quote 
in full, 

"Hitherto, this movement (certification 
of librarians) has been comparatively 
innocuous because it has been unsuccessful. 
Here, again, an imitative measure is 
advocated on delusive presuppositions. 
Even though the practice of medicine, law, 
and engineering is rightfully limited to 
those who can pass a qualifying examina- 
tion, it does not follow that the same 
restriction should at present be imposed 
upon librarians. In all those other pro- j 
fessions a distinctive and almost esoteric ' 
scholarship has long since been developed 
and is universally recognized. But the 
same thing is not true of librarianship. 
Here, if a group of practitioners were 
asked to enumerate the necessary qualifi- 
cations, there would be almost as many 
prescriptions as there were prescribers," 

At this point Mr Butler restates his con- 
tention that the librarian's lack of full 
recognition of librarianship as a profes- 
sion is due to the librarian's having 
hitherto "thought too much of the formal 
and too little of the functional charac- 
teristics of both his own and the other 
learned professions." The remainder of 
his essay is devoted to tracing the 
"general functional pattern" in these 
vocations and attempting to identify the 
same pattern in library work, Following 
this procedure Mr Butler believes he is 
establishing the professional character 
of librarianship, 
(to be concluded) 

Paul V, Moynihan 



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EGLESTON SQUARE OPENS 

Boston opened another beautiful library 
on Wednesday afternoon, July 9t at three 
o'clock, when Mayor John B, Hynes official- 
ly cut the ribbon at the Egleston Square 
Branch Library, The Director, Milton E, 
Lord, introduced Patrick F, MacDonald, 
President of the Board of Trustees, who 
outlined briefly the growth of the Branch 
Library System from the opening of the 
first Branch in East Boston to the pro- 
posed opening of a new Branch in the 
South Boston area and he invited all to 
Join in celebrating the library centennial 
anniversary. Mayor Hynes was enthusiastic 
about Boston's first air-conditioned li- 
brary, and invited all to use the facili- 
ties provided in order that Boston might 
continue as an intellectual and spiritual 
center. He expressed the hope that some 
young person present, would, through the 
inspirations afforded by the library, 
become a truly great man, Mr Lord spoke 
of the delightful experiences awaiting 
the people of the district in the furnish- 
ings, books, films and records available 
in this finest of Branch libraries. 

Visiting spiritual and civic leaders 
from the community as well as the people 
of the district were greatly pleased with 
every detail of the beautiful furnishings 
and equipment of the Branch, 

Eveljm Levy, Branch Librarian, and her 
staff were most charming hostesses to more 
than four hundred guests to whem they 
served delicious punch and cookies, 

Ruth M, Hayes 

THANKS 

Cecelia N, McCarthy, Charlestown, wishes 
to thank the following Branch Librarians, 
Adult Assistants, Adult Librarians and 
friends who so kindly contributed to the 
re-establishment of her home recently de- 
stroyed by fire: 

Annie Reis, Lower Mills 

Mary L, Oilman, City Point 

Elinor Day, Dorchester 

Marjorie Obenauer, Mt. Pleasant 

Anna and Ruth Brennan, Mt, Bowdoin 

Gertnide Bergen, Lower Mills 

Helen Connell, Lower Mills 

Agnes D. McDevitt, Marion K, Abbot, Aura 
Watson, Mary L, Dennison, Dorothy G, 
Donohue, 

Thank you very much. 

Cecelia N, McCarthy 



PSA CENTENNIAL GIFT COMMITTEE 

The first meeting of the Centennial 
Gift Committee was held on Wednesday, 
July 1, The nature of the gift to be pre- 
sented to the Library by the Professional 
Staff Association was discussed and it 
was decided that it should be useful and 
durable. The suggestion that met with 
unanimous approval was a silver service, 
decorated xd.th the Library seal and with 
an inscription identifying the Association 
as donor. The service would be available 
for functions held in the Central Library 
and Branches, 

Announcement of the method to be used 
in raising the sum needed for its purchase 
will be made by the Committee at a later 
date, 

Mrs Geraldine M, Altman 

Charles J. Gillis 

Jean M. Hayes 

Priscilla S. MacFadden 

Thomas J. Manning 

Pauline A, Walker 

Pauline Winnick 

Mrs Ada A. Andelman, 
Chairman 

DIRECTOR SPEAKS AT GRADUATION 

Mr Lord, who was Valedictorian of the 
1915 class at Lynn Classical High School, 
returned there as guest speaker at the 
Graduation exercises on June 12. 

CIVIL DEFENSE CITATION 

On Thursday, July 2, at 11:00 a.m., a 
citation for meritorious work in Civil 
Defense was presented to the Boston Public 
Library by the City of Boston Department 
of Civil Defense, The presentation was 
made by Joseph L, Malone, Director of 
Civil Defense, to Milton E, Lord, Direc- 
tor of the Boston Public Library, 

Among those present at the ceremony were 
John J, Connolly, Assistant to the Direc- 
tor and Chief Ebcecutive Officer of the 
Library; John W, Tuley, fire prevention 
inspector and Coordinator of the BPL Civil 
Defense Program; and Sarah M. Usher, chair- 
man of the Planning Committee for the BPL 
Civil Defense Program, 

(see back cover) 



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ALA CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS - 1^53 

The 72nd annual convention of the Ameri- 
can Library Association was held June 21- 
June 27 at Los Angeles, California, Of 
the more than 3200 registrnnts in attend- 
ance, nineteen were BPL staff members. 

For most Convention business, the Hotels 
Biltmore and Statler were the main scenes 
of activity, with the three general meet- 
ings being held at Los Angeles' Philhar- 
monic Auditorium, At the Biltmore there 
had been set up an exhibits area in which 
over one hundred exhibitors — publishers 
and library equipment and supplies manu- 
facturers — displayed the latest in books 
and furnishings for libraries. 

Flora B, Ludington, Librarian, Mt. Holy- 
oke College, who had served as First Vice 
President and President -Elect in 1952-$3^ 
succeeded retiring President Robert B, 
Downs. Many staff members will remember 
Miss Ludington. as Hart zell Memorial Lectur- 
er here at BPL in. 1952. Chosen as First 
Vice President and President-Elect for 
1*553-511 was L. Quincy Mumford, Director, 
Cleveland Public Library. Mr Mumford will 
become President in 195U, succeeding 
Miss Ludington, Elected Second Vice Presi- 
dent was Laura K. Martin, Associate pro- 
fessor in Library Science, University of 
Kentucky, 

In addition to the three general meet- 
ings there was a wide program of special- 
ized activities — committees on Adult 
Education, Audio-Visual Aids, Personnel, 
Administration, Children's Work, etc. — 
COTimittees in subject-fields — Documents, 
Science, Music, Business and many others, 

"Book-burners and book-burning" was 
certainly the liveliest item treated dur- 
ing the week. President Eisenhower's re- 
marks in his Dartmouth Commencement ad- 
dress had focused worldvd.de attention on 
the issue th?t is still making the head- 
lines. The ALA's stand as given by Presi- 
dent Downs and by the Special Committee on 
Book Selection in Defense of Liberty was a 
re-affirmation of the Association's tradi- 
tional attitude. A letter from President 
Eisenhower read to the membership made 
another plea, for the maintenance of "Free- 
dom to read." 

The general theme, of this year's meeting 
was "America Looks West." The western 
flavor of much of the program aimed at an 
assertion of the rising social and cultural 
importance of the rapidly-growing West. 



America will look somewhat more eastward 
in 195U when next year's convention will 
be held at Minneapolis, Minnesota, 

John J, McCafferty 

Editor's Note; There will be fur-j:her 



coverage of ALA by some of our returned 
conventioners in the August issue. 

NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Non-fiction - Library Science 

National Council of Teachers of English, 

Books for you. 

Chicago, 1951 
Stefferud, Alfred, ed. 

The wonderful world of books, 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1953 

The following books are imports from Eng- 
land and India, 

i. 
Collison, Robert L, 

The cataloguing, arrangement and filing 

of special material in special libraries, 

London, Aslib, 1950 
Collison, Robert L, 

Information services, their organization 

and administration. 

London, J. Clarke , 1952 
McColvin, Lionel R. 

Reference library stock; an informal 

guide , 

London, Grafton, 1952 
Palmer, Bernard I, 

The fundamentals of library classifica- 
tion. 

London, Allen & Unwin, 1951 
Ralph, Richard G. 

The library in education. 

London, Turnstile Press, 19U9 
Ranganathan, Shiyali R, , rao sahib 

Library tour 19i;8j Europe and America, 

irpressions and reflections, 

Delhi, Indian Library Association, 1950 
Savage, Ernest A. 

A librarian's memories; portraits and 

reflections. 

London, Grafton, 1952 



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Fiction 

Duggan, Alfred L, 

The little emperors. 

New York, Coward-McCann, 1953 
Greene, Graham 

The shipwrecked. 

New York, Viking Press, 1953 
Lowndes, Marie A, 

The lodger. 

New York, Longmans, Green, 19U0 
Maclnnes, Helen 

I and my true love. 

New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1953 
Mason, Van Wyck 

Golden Admiral, 

Garden City, N.Y. , Doubleday, 1953 
Rawlings, Marjorie (kinnan) 

The sojourner. 

New York, Scribner, 1953 
Sackville-West, lion, Victoria M, 

The Eastor parxy. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1953 
"Wright, Richard 

The outsider. 

New York, Harper, 1953 
Young, Jefferson 

A good man, 

Indianapolis, Bobbs -Merrill, 1953 

Non-F lotion 

Baker, Louise (Maxwell) 

Snips and snails. 

New York, McGraw-Hill, 1953 
Cousins, Norman 

Who speaks for man? 

New York, Macmillan, 1953 
Helm, MacKinley 

Spring in Spain, 

New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1952 
Henrey, Mrs . Robert 

The little Madeleine,' the autobiography 

of a young French girl. 

New York, Button, 1953 
Herzog, Maurice 

Annapurna, first conquest of an 8000- 
meter peak (26,U93 feet) 

New York, Dutton, 1953 
Merton, Thomas 

The sign of Jonas, 

New York, Harcourt, Brnce, 1953 
Miller, Betty B. (Spiro) 

Robert Browning, a portrait 

New York, Scribner, 1953 
Pearson, Hesketh 

The man Xilhistler, 

New York, Harper, 1953 



Randall, Ruth (Painter) 

Mary Lincoln; biography of a marriage, 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1953 
Ross, Ishbel 

Proud Kate, portrait of an ambitious 

woman. 

New York, Harper, 1953 
Ruggles, Eleanor 

Prince of players; Edwin Booth 

New York, W. W. Norton, 1953 
Sandburg, Carl 

Always the young strangers. 

New York, Harcou.rt, Brace, 1953 
Sone, Monica (Itoi) 

Nisei daughter, 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1953 
Thornton, Francis B, 

Sea of glory; the magnificent story of 

the four chaplains. 

New York, Prentice-Hall, 1953. 

DEPARTMENT NOTES 
Exhibits Office 



If you looked at Filene's windows during 
the fortnight June 26-July U, you would 
have seen a number of familiar items; first 
editions of local authors of the past cen- 
tury from Rare Book, bust of Longfellow 
and Whittier which have graced Bates Hall 
for many years, the Webster Bowl from the 
Treasure Room, and the Bowditch Desk, all 
of which were on display in a cooperative 
effort between the Exhibits Office, 
Filene's and the Greater Boston Chamber 
of Commerce in observance of the Historic 
Boston Festival, . 

BRANCH NOTES 

East Boston 

The ■ branch received a gift of a moving 
picture camera as part of the Centennial 
celebration of the Boston Public Library, 
The Friends of the East Boston Branch 
Library who have been raising funds tinder 
the leadership of Albert West, President, 
presented the Cin^-Kodak very informally 
on June l8th. Because of the vacation 
season, it was decided to have a formal 
ceremony in the fall when the branch has 
been refurbished with new lights and fresh 
paint. This fine gift was raised by the 
Friends from funds donated by civic-minded 
individuals and organizations. 

It is fitting that the first Friends 
group in the Boston Public Library System 
should make the first gift of the Friends 



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groups in this Centennial year. In 19U7 
this group donated the firt moving pic- 
ture projector and electric phonograph 
given to a branch library. Later a beaded 
screen for the movies was presented. Last 
November a Webster-Chicago tape recorder 
was given to the branch. This is an out- 
standing achievement. More important than 
these valuable gifts, is the interest and 
cooperation of this generous group of 
true Friends. 

Je ffrie s Point 

Khoda Blacker, who was recently trans- 
ferred to Mattapan was entertained at the 
Town House on Tuesday, June 30, After an 
enjoyable dinner Miss Blacker was presarfcec 
with a lovely aquamarine pin as a parting 
gift from her former fellow-workers of 
Jeffries Point, 

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On June l8th the Jeffries Point Circus 
Reading Club wound up its activities with 
a gay party. The members were first 
introduced to a niimber of circus books 
that they would enjoy, after which many 
games were played. The youngsters were 
quite vocal in their enthusiasm for the 
games, especially a pantomine quiz of 
circus performers with the members show- 
ing considerable imagination in devising 
clues, Reading certificates were then 
presented to all members who had made at 
least six visits to the library in the 
course of the club. As the children left 
the library they were given cheerful nap- 
kins filled with candies. A good time 
was had by all, 

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The Centennial Summer Reading Club 
started off with a bang at Jeffries Point 
as the idea of the 100th Birthday celebra- 
tion was taken up with enthusiasm by the 
boys and girls of the district. For each 
oral book report, a member earns a paper 
candle bearing his name and the name of 
the book he has read, -triiich is then 
mounted on the large and beautiful birth- 
day cake set up over the mantelpiece above 
the fireplace. Although the first meeting 
of the club did not take place until 
July 6, the cake had already become quite 
crowded with bright candles. The staff 
hopes that this initial interest in the 
club will continue throughout the summer 
despite the many other tempting neighbor- 
hood activities. 



Summer Story Hours are held every 
Wednesday at 11 a.m. during July and 
August. The children's workers also have 
a regular schedule of story-telling at 
the Wood Island Park Day Camp which is rvin 
by the Good Will House. These programs 
are particularly successful as they are 
held out-of-doors in the delightful atmos- 
phere of Wood Island Park i^riiich is a com- 
bination of green shady grove and sunny 
beach. The enthusiastic audience usually 
numbers about 75> children" from the ages 
of 7 to 12 who look forward to the weekly 
visits of the Jeffries Point story tellers. 

Mattapan 

An eyewitness report of the destruction 
wrought by the Worcester tornado was 
brought back to Mattapan by staff member 
Nancy Stipurko, Nancy, who stayed in 
Worcester on June 9 to attend her fiance's 
graduation from Holy Cross, saw the tornado 
sweep across the hills on the Brookfield 
side of the city. Although newspaper 
reports and photographs graphically de- 
picted the horror this most terrible of 
nature -s weapons created, the story as 
told by an associate brought us closer to 
the scenes of tragedy and desolationn 

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Good reading for vacation time relaxation 
is the theme of the summer display at 
I^ttapan, Koda chrome pictures (courtesy 
of Trans-World Airlines) coupled with book 
jackets invite the armchair traveller to 
tour the world in his own backyard. 

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In the Children's Room attention is 
focused on the summer reading club list of 
books selected in conjvmction with the 
Library's centennial celebration, Keynot- 
ing the bulletin board displays are those 
stories which have been children's favorites 
since the library was founded — Little Women , 
TomSawyer, Doctor Doolittle — as well as 
newcomers such as Madeleine which seem 
likely to win equal favor. 



North End 



The model of the Ducal Palace at North 
End has joined Paul Revere 's house and the 
Old North Church as one of the special 
attractions of the district. Among the 
recent visitors to the Library to see the 
Palace was a womnn from a St. Louis museum, 
g group of students from Cambridge, and a 
social worker who brought eleven children 



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with her. They were all charmed, and 
impressed by the model. 

Since the recent opening (across the 
street from the Ncrth End) of the Boston 
Hostel of the American Youth Hostels, the 
library's guide books and maps of Boston 
and New England have been consulted con- 
stantly by these bicycling visitors. 
They too find the Ducal Palace model of 
special interest, 

CARE Comm i ttee reports 
Letters of appreciation 

Waarde, Holland, 

Dear friend, 

A+'ter a long time of evacuation about 
all the inhabitants of our village are 
rs"burned from their places of exile. At 
first our fellow-villagers and ourselves 
were dispersed in 8? municipalities, 
An.i yet the need of my people here is 
great. Certainly you have seen in the 
ciA?riia -house, or by photos, how much of 
our properties and estates are ruined. 

But in spite of all we'll begin anew. 
The dike, that has to protect us against 
t^.c water, is mended and June 8th we might 
return to our homes. 

We are very grateful to your countrymen 
and yourself for the brilliant food-packet 
that we might receive from your country 
so soon after our return, 

Ilany countries helped us in our greatest 
needs, but you and your country did aid 
us in an original and practical way. We 
thank you cordially for your kindness and 
we hope that our God and Heavenly Father 
will provide also in all your needs and 
will bless you and your fellow-countrymen 
with His great blessings in Jesus Christ, 
our Lord and King, 

With many greetings from Holland 
Yours truly, 
(Signed) Oden Boer, Reformed Church 

Waarde, Holland. 

Good friend, 

Here the need is great after all the 
de/estated disaster of the fivst February 
19ij3. Very much has been destroyed or 
driven away. In spite of all we'll begin 
anew. Now the dike has mended and June 
8th WG might retiu'n to our home. 



Our emotion was great, that we might re- 
ceive the brilliant food-packet from -your 
country so soon after our return, "We 
know, that many countries have helped us 
in our greatest need, but what you have 
done, .just at the time that we needed it 
so badly, has struck us very much^ We are 
grateful to you and your fellow-countryr.ien 
and hope, that the friendship between your 
and our country, which has come to uttering 
so striking now, may be permanent. 

With many thanks fiom Holland., 
Yoi:.rs grate;?ully, 
(Signed) H, G. Foley 

The above letters were received from 
recipients of CARE packages from the 
Association 

Walter J„ Bluhm, Chairman 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation mei-iiber submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or she is 
employed^ The name is iNdthheld from p\ab- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requestSc Anonymous contribu- 
tions: are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-inrChief « 
The contents of articles. appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions esqsressed 
by incividual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily indi- 
cate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. 



To the Editor: 

As original members of the Boston Public 
Library Chowder, Chatter and Marching 
Society we feel that it is about time to 
expose for the mischievpus and libelous 
fabrications they really are, those in- 
accurate and often impertinent accounts of 
the Society's activities which have 
appeared in the QUESTION MARK. We are of 
the opinion that the Society has been held 
up to ridicule unjustly. We realize the 
difficulty of proving the falsity of 



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general implications vdthout basis in 
fact. Therefore, we shall confine this 
expression of our indignation to answer- 
ing those direct accusations that have 
been made both in print and verbally 
about the Society and its members. For 
the sake of brevity we shall present our 
defense through questions and answers, 

Q. Is it not a fact that all Library 
toss -pots are members of the Society? 

A, Certainly not. There are several 
solitary drinkers who do not belong, 

Q, Is it not true that the Society has 
featured un-American dishes at its 
functions? 

A, No, Sir, Spaghetti and fudge sauce 
or chocolate covered oysters may be 
indigestible but they are one hundred 
percent, true blue Yankee Doodle dishes 

Q, Is it not true that vodka has been 
served at Society meetings? 

A, The Society does not serve drinks. 
Individual members order or bring their 
own particular preferences, but the 
Society maintains that it is beyond 
the scope of the "Social Welfare" 
clause of its constitution to dictate 
either the kind or amount of medicine 
to be taken by the members. It may 
interest the Senator to know that the 
official Society libation is composed 
of equal parts Kickapoo Joy Juice and 
library paste. 

Q. No. vodka? 

A, No, thanks, Bourbon and branch 
water will be fine, 

Q, Is it not a fact that members of 
your club are now or have been in the 
employ of an institution charged with 
harboring quantities of unlabelled 
propaganda? 

A, The Society has no control over the 
policies of the Institution, However, 
the Society's own policy concerning 
labelling is that nothing should be 
poured from an unlabelled bottle. 

Q. Just what are the aims and purposes 
of your organization? 

A. We believe that librarians, given 
half a chance, can and should be human. 
Our purpose is to develop in our mem- 
bers those latent human qualitiea that 
find no means of expression during 
working hours. We urge our members 
to keep before them the Society's motto 
"Illegitimatl Non Carborundum". 



Prunella and Philomena Farfel 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Shade the Fourth's no shade at all. 

Not yet gone beyond recall; 
Emeritus alumna she. 

Librarian of high degreej 
Gentlewoman firm yet kind. 

Fine of person, fine of mind; 
Sprightly, spirited and gay, 

A CfflANDE DAME in every way. 

Knew her job and did it well, 

A pillaress in BPLj 
Living shame to them who drone. 

That the Yankees are all done; 
Myself will testify with thanks, 

That most I know I got from Yanks } 
And though I'm risking Donald's ban, 

Confess I am a Yankee fan. 

When I finished my stint on Mr Bates for 
the April issue, I bethought myself with 
sympathy of the quiet, generous, captive 
audience of QM, who so patiently received I 
all my endless tetrameters, and decided to 
reward them, not excessively, by stopping 
altogether, but in the manner of the Lucky 
Strike HIT PARADE show on Saturday nights 
by giving them an EXTRA, I thought I would 
interrupt the parade of great shades in our 
early history, and bring forward on the 
stage one who was indeed no longer with us 
at the Library but, who was notable in our 
more recent history, and was still alive. 
Since most of whatever virtues as Librarian 
I may myself possess I derive from that 
lady, I fixed on Alice Stevens as the live 
"graduate" to bring on as relief from the 
great dead. I had written the above | 
stanzas, and was planning a visit to 
Wellesley to get some biographical details 
of her early life, when I received a tele- 
phone call at Alls ton informing we that 
Miss Stevens had died early that morning, 
and had thus joined the great shades after 
all. So now, if I am ever to write of her 
in verse again at all, it will hav=; to be 
in her proper chronological order, perhaps 
in i960, at the rate I am going. But I 
should like to say a few words in prose 
^bout the great lady who is now dead. 

Miss Stevens was the most truly dedicated 
Librarian I ever knew , so that the Library 
became her entire life, and all her private 

mere afterthought and appendage. 
That famous principle propounded by her 
forebears, that PUBLIC OFFICE IS PUBLIC 
TRUST, she took so seriously, that she 



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thought it applied not only to Governors 
and Presidents and Senators and Mayors, 
but to head Librarians and stack workers, 
to clerks and runners and cleaning women. 
Not a "modern" librarian in the sense 
of Library schools, Library "literature, 
ALA. conventions, seminars and institutes, 
she brought with her when she came to 
BPL a fine intelligetje, a good education, 
thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of 
her job, great energy and industry, and 
a most extraordinary fund of integrity. 
She did an enormous lot of work herself, 
and inspired equal exertion in many of 
the people up.der hor charge. Those will- 
ing to be trained learned the craft of 
librariap.ship from her, and held it as 
possession forever after. She had 
delicately organized sensibilities, rich- 
ness and complexity but not coii^licated- 
r.ess of nature, excellent tastes in things 
and arts and people, humane and generous 
impulses, and profound insight into viiat 
was truly important. She was an expert 
knower of right from wrong, and often 
insisted on people adhering to her notion 
of the right, but in all matters of pri- 
vate taste or opinion never sought to 
impose her orthodoxies or heterodoxies 
or. others. Though she had great reserve, 
she also had great magnanimity, and re- 
sponded with all the splendid warmth of 
her very real humanity whenever she felt 
hei'self "involved" and knew that her aid 
was really needed. She gave all her 
loj"alties and all her devotion to this 
Library, even at the expense of her 
best private interests, including her 
health. She was the "grand" lady, with 
all of the virtues and some of the faults 
which go with that calling — a frequent 
inperiousness which doesn't fit too well 
in e democratic society, and an innocence 
and naiveness which people today lose in 
grammar sphool. It was amusing to see 
her constant amazement at the wickedness 
of others, sinpe she was never tempted 
that way herself. She had a romantic 
belief in the endless perfectibility of 
human nature, and it was amusing and 
disturbing to see the indefatigable 
assiduity with which she persisted in try- 
ing to fashion into a purse what was obTi- 
ously and forever a sow's earo '. 

For those of us who knew her and re- - 
spected her, the Library underwent a 
sharp and permanent contraction when she 
left it in 1938, And now that she is dead, 



the v^iole world is the less, I am g]ad 
that though thus inadequately I am left 
to report her and her cause aright. 
And I like to think that in the celestial 
club of BPL'rs where merit alone counts, 
and truth always prevails, Miss Stevens 
was met by a special delegation, lifted 
over the "stile of pearl" brought into 
the company of Everett and Ticknor and 
Bates and Capen and Jewett and Swift and 
Chase, and "Empress" Theodosia of the 
old Ordering Department, and welcomed with 
"Well done thou good and faithful Alicei' 

Harry Andrews 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

In hot humid weather, worirlng conditions 
in Bates Hall, History, and General 
Reference are intolerable. Can we look 
forward to some relief one of these years? 

A member of General 

Reference 



BIBLIOTHHIAPY 

A now medium has been added to the 
Hospital Library Service— "Projected 
Books." Recent books of fiction, biograpty, 
travel, sports and humor are being sup- 
plied on film to patients unable to hold 
the bound volumes. This film can be 
projected from a bedside machine onto 
the ceiling of the patient's room so that 
the patient can read from a reclining 
position. 

About one hundred and seventy books- 
on-film are now being processed and id.ll 
be available to aid in the therapy of the 
Hospital Library Service, 



UTE FLASH 

Stork Event 

Mr and Mrs Paul W. Smith announce the 
birth of a daughter, Paulette, on June 30, 



Mr Smith 
ing. 



is an Assistant in Book Purchas- 



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CITY OP BOSTON DEPARTMENT OP CIVIL DEFENSE CITATION 



WHEREAS the President of the United States on December 6^ 19^0 ^ 
did issue a proclamation stating the existence of a national 
emergency which requires that the military, naval, air, and 
civil defense of the nation be strengthened as quickly as possible 
so that we may be able to repeal the threats now imminent against 
our lives, liberty, peace, security, and the fulfillment of solemn 
obligation to the United States; and 

WHEREAS the General Court by enacting Chapter 639 of the laws of 
the Commonwealth did legalize the establishment of Civil Defense 
organizations at state and local levels in the interest of public 
safety; and 

WHEREAS the Governor of the Commonwealth on December l6, 19^0* 
declared by proclamation that a state of emergency did exist by 
reason of the fact that the peace and seeurity of the Commonwealth 
are endangered by the imminent threat of belligerent acts of the 
enemies of the United States; and 

WHEREAS business, industry, and patriotic organizations in response 
to these declarations have pledged their cooperation to provide 
the additional man power and woman power necessary for civil 
defense during this period of national emergency; and 

WHEREAS the Boston Public Library promptly responded to the request 
of local authorities for assistance in civil defense by pledging 
its membership as a group and as individuals to serve in civil 
defense in the City of Boston and organized its facilities in a 
manner worthy of commendation and praise; 

NOW, THEREFORE, the City of Boston Department of Civil Defense 
hereby awards this citation of merit in the hope that it will 
inspire continued efforts and active participance in the interest 
of Civil Defense in Boston, 



JOHN B. HZNES 
Mayor of Boston 

SAMUEL J. POPE, Chairman 
Mayor's Advisory Coxincil 



JOSEPH L. MALONE , Dirfl«tor 
Boston Civil Defense 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



AUGUST 1953 



T ;: E Q u E s I T c ;j m a k k 

Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VIII. Number 8 



August 19^3 



Publications Committee; Gerald Lo Ball, Geraldine So Herrick, John Je McCafferty, 

Sarah Mn Usher, Charles Jo Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 

The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material i 
The tenth of each months 



EDITOR 'S CORNER 

Perhaps not everybody likes to travel, 
but it appears that most Librarians do© 
Observant readers of The Question Mark wHL 
have noticed over the years the recxirrent 
salutes of "bon voyage" and "welcome home" 
accorded members of our staff embarking 
upon or returning from vacation trips. 
Even so, it is quite likely that for each 
of these lucky travelers there are probably 
a half-dozen envious stay-at-homes left 
behind in wistful dream. Some of these, 
with frugality and self-sacrifice, may be 
able to make the dream come true, but too 
many others, burdened by expenses that 
cannot be trimmed, can only look forward 
to a lifetime of brooding over colorful 
and exciting travel folders, before with 
regretful sigh, setting sail for Nantasket. 

There can be no question about the satis- 
faction and the benefits that come of tra- 
velingo History shows us how Renaissance 
training insisted upon the "grand tour" in 
the making of a gentleman, how the sons of 
wealthy Americans in our early history 
took leisurely, often years-long, vaca- 
tions in Europe before coming home to begin 
brilliant careers in literature and the 
arts. But even greater, perhaps, is the 
pure pleasure, the excitement, the thrill 
of travel— and this ought to be no less an 
incentive. It has never been satisfactorily 
established whether it is better to amuse 
or to instruct oneself, and here one can 
do both. 

To many of you, it may come as a surprise 
that there are actually some people wi 
to stake you to that dreamed-of trip. In- 
vestigation will show a respectable number 
of opportunities for fellowships providing 
aid for librarians studying and working 
abroado These are aimed almost exclusively 
at the girls, incidentally. Another source 
of aid could be the Fulbright program, if 
you can find your spot in one of the fol- 
lowing categories; students, trainees, 



teachers, guest instructors, professors 
and leaders in fields of specialized 
Imowledge and skills So far, interna- 
tional exchange in Library work seems to 
have been on rather a high level, but 
this is the same exchange program that 
sees elementary-school teachers enjoying 
the benefits of travel and working abroad* 
Whether or not lower-level library workers 
can ever hope to profit by the Fulbright 
program might be discovered if more of 
them inquired about the matter. Very 
often things are accepted as so because 
they seem soo Nobody from this Library 
has gone abroad on a grant (while dozens 
of Boston schoolteachers have) so maybe .. 
it is ass\imed that nobody ever willc Who 
knows, perhaps the chance could be inves- 
tigated to some staff member's very 
pleasant surprise. And then, for the 
girls, there are definitely opportunities 
to shoot ato Maybe^ then, we'll all be 
able to go to Paris next year— insofar as 
such absence does not interfere with the 
service to the public, of course, 

John J. McCafferty 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



September 30, 
October 1 and 2. 



New England 
Library Association 
Meeting, New Ocean 
House, Swampscott 



PERSONAL NOTES 



^^Ne w Employees 



Catherine M. Doherty, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics 

Angela A, Sacco, Allston, formerly em- 
ployed part-tjjue at Charlestown 

Carolyn Ac Linehan, Connolly 

Marie Larkin, Book Preparation, formerly 
employed part-time at Mt. Pleasant 



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MarriagSs 

Doris M, Scott, Ccdman Square, to Andrew 
F. Brimmer on July 18. 

Resign ation s 

Mi's". Rita A» Collins, Connolly, to remain 

at homeo 
I-irs Patience W. Lenk, Open Shelf, to 

remain at home* 
Agnes C. Lucchesi, Office of Records, 

Files, Statistics, moved to Arizona. 
M, Elizabeth Grant, West End, to accept 

another position, 
Sylvia ¥/ood, Allston, to accept another 

position, 
llargaret J, Drago, Adams Street, to 

accept another position, 

BIRTHS 

Mr and Mrs Richard A, Janes have an- 
nounced the birth of a daughter, Georgia 
Ann, in June, Mrs Janes is the former 
Elirabeth Adams of Rare Book. Since 
leaving the BPL she has been employed at 
■the State Department Library in Washington, 
D. C, from which she is at present on 
leave of absence, 

Mr and Mrs William Tc Casey, Open Shelf, 
have announced the birth of a second 
daughter on August 10 at 3:30 p.m, 

ALUMAE KDTES 

Abe Kalish. oB'.vacation from the State 
Department Library, Washington, D, C, 
has made several calls on his former 
colleagues in the BPL, His son can 
testify to the allure of the new Chil- 
dren's Section, 

Allan Angoff, assistant director of the 
New York University Office of Publications 
and Printing for the past year, hajs been 
named associate editor of the press. He 
was managing editor of Tomorrow magazine 
from 19U6 to 1951 and prior to that was 
associate editor of Creative Age Press , 
Mr Angoff is a former member of the staff 
of Cataloging and Classification (Div, of 
R. & R.S,), Mrs Angoff is the former 
Florence Adelson, School Issue. 

BON VOYAGE 
to 
Fanny Goldstein, West End, who sails on 
the S.^S, Constitution from New York on 
August 21, connercting at Naples with the 



Stf S, Jerusalem, and going on to Israel 
where she will spend an extended vacationc 

WE CONGRATULATE 

Virginia Haviland, Readers Advisor for 
Children, who was elected vicr. chairman 
and chairman-elect of the National Chil- 
dren's Library Association, at its 
meeting in June, One of the pleasant 
duties of the vice-chairmanship is serving 
as chairman of the Newbery-Caldecott 
Committee, 

Dorothy L, Judge, part-time assistant 
in the Information Office, who was 
recently granted the Seriah Stevens 
Scholarship by the Longfellow Home i^d 
School Association of Roslindale. Mise 
Judge plans to attend Boston State 
Teachers' College in the fall, 

VISITORS 

Stuart Perry, City Librarian, Wel- 
lington, New Zealand. 

Mildred L, Batchelder, Executive 
Secretary, A»L,A, Division of Libraries ■ 
for Children and Young People, 

THE B.P.L. ON TV 

The Library's exhibit on "50 Years of 
Powered Flight" has been discussed on 
two of Polly Huse's programs over 
WBZ-TV— on July 20, by Al Alabiso, public 
relations director of the Logan Inter- 
national Airport; on August 3^ by Lee 
Court, chairman of the Aviation Committee 
of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 
and display director at Filene's. In- 
cidentally, Mr Court is the gentleman 
who cooperated with the Library's Exhibit ■ 
Office in preparing the exhibit placed 
in Filene's Tdndows during the Boston 
Historic Festival. 

Arthur Riley, aviation editor of the 
Boston GLOBE and president of the Aero 
Club of New England, also discussed the 
exhibit when he appeared on WNAC-TV as 
Louise Morgan's guest on July 22, 

THE B.P.L. IN PRINT 

The Boston Daily Record for Friday, 
July 31, carried a two-col\imn photograph 
of a young visitor in the Children's 
Section, Open Shelf, as she was admiring, 
the artistic efforts of the Child Life 



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magazine poster contest winners, which 
are currently on exhibit. 

On Wednesday, August 5, a picture story 
entitled "Tell Me a Story" by Gordon 
Converse of the Christian Science Monitor 
about the BPL story hours at Playland on 
the Common, was given international pub- 
licity as it appeared on the right half 
(5 columns wide) of the first page of the 
second section of the Monitor . 

By coincidence the Boston Daily Record ' 
for Thursday, August 6, used the same 
"Tell Me a, Story" caption for the photo- 
graph they used of the Library's story 
hour in the children's wards at City 
Hospital, 

In connection with the exhibit of prize- 
winning photos in the Boston Press 
Photographers' Association at the Library 
in July, the 'Record for July 7, carried a 
picture of 9 year old Leon Day of Boston, 
camera in hand, looking hopefully at the 
exhibit. 

The "Observant Citizen" column in The 
Boston Sunday Post for August 2 carried 
the complete, item about the exhibit of 
prize-winning posters in the Child Life 
magazine contest which are currently on 
view in the Children's Section, Open 
Shelf. 

M'L CEWENNIAL 

The Centennial Commission has released 
■ News Letter , n\mber one, August 1953. 
This has been distributed not only to 
Conmission members but to each full-time 
and part-time member of the staff of the 
Library. Attractive in design, this pub- 
lication is intended to give up-to-date 
information on progress being made. 

COFFEE BREAK 
(Inscribed on one wall of the coffee 
shop at Republic Studios, California) 

Come and rest awhile. Mark 6;31 

Let's go for coffee. And we do that. 

Enjoy a pleasant chat 

About the news, ball games and jokes. 

Say hello to a lot of folks. 

Then back again to the treadmill. 

To tackle the job with refreshed vail. 

There's nothing that will pick you up 

Like a brief recess and steaming cup. 

Relax, take ten, try to forsake 

Your tension with a - coffee break. 



THE SOCIAL WHIRL 
A Farewell and a Debut 

On Monday, July 20, Agnes C. Lucchesi, 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics, 
was guest of honor at a luncheon at Nino 
Biagi's. Twenty of her friends from Cen- 
tral had gathered for her last luncheon 
in Boston prior to leaving for Phoenix, 
Arizona, where she and her family will 
make their home. Miss Lucchesi was pre- 
sented with a U.S. Savings Bond, a shoul- 
der bag, and a corsage with all good 
wishes for her new life so far from New 
England. Among those present were Mrs 
Ifery Nagle and Mrs Edith Trocki, former 
members of the Record Room staff. 

Following the luncheon, Jack Trocki 
brought Jackie and Joey, the healthy, 
happy, good-natured Trocki twins to the 
BPL for their first peek inside a public 
library — and they seemed to like it I The 
hospital, having no patients at the moment, 
was quickly turned into a reception room 
and the Trocki family "received" most 
graciously. Donald Newman, formerly of 
the Record Room, came down in the hope of 
signing the twins up for the Red Sox 
Cheering Squad, but they never once de- 
monstrated their lung power J 

FubgQ BPLers ? 

On August 5, present, past, and future 
BPLers in the John Carroll family were in 
Central, Mrs Carroll formerly worked in 
Fine Artsj Daddy is still very actively 
at work as Supervisor in the Div. of R. 
and R.S.J and John, Jr, and Philip, the 
very attractive and active sons, seemed 
to like thier first glimpse inside the 
Library and it is to be expected that they 
will be taking entrance examinations at 
the earliest possible date. 

On the same day, Julia Manning Gurnett, 
formerly of Rare Book, brought her charm- 
ing red-headed daughter, Anne Marie, and 
she had the opportunity of meeting the 
Carroll boys. Maybe that will be the 
beginning of another Library romance, who 
knows? 

In the morning of the very same day 
fcfr and Mrs Francis Scannell brought their 
pelightful family to visit old friends. 
The two boys, Christopher and Joel, came 
in with Daddy to say "Hello", but the 
young daughter, Elizabeth, stayed in the 



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quiet of the car with her mother, the 
former Mary A, Donovan, History, Mr 
Scannell, formerly of General Reference, 
is now Coordinator of Libraries for the 
State of Michigan. 

Friends, particularly in Fine Arts 
where Mrs Murtagh worked when she was 
Vera Calbury, and in Book Stack Service 
where Patrick Murtagh now works, were 
happy to have a visit recently from Mrs 
Murtagh and four-year-old Kathleen. It 
is ho]f)ed that next time brother Tom will 
come along, too. 

Editor's Note ; If there were other mem- 
bers of the Library's younger generation 
who visited the Central Library recently, 
we welcome them, too I Those listed above 
are the only ones vHno were brought to 
our attention, 

Elinor Day Feted 

Elinor E, Day, Dorchester, who had been 
invited by Dorothy F, Nourse to attend an 
Esplanade Concert on July 15, following 
dinner at the Nourse-Holt apartment, was 
completely surprised to find that the 
dinner was being given for her in honor 
of her approaching marriage by a committee 
representing the Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services, Following a deli- 
cious dinner in the true Nourse tradition, 
and the testing of wits by one of the 
Nourse literary games, the bride was pre- 
sented with a bag and cash gift with best 
wishes from the group. 

Miss Day was again invited to attend 
an Esplanade Concert' on July 22, but this 
time she fo\md herself guest of honor at 
a shower at the apartment of Virginia 
Haviland, Friends from Central and 
several branch libraries in which she had 
worked before going to Dorchester were 
present to see her open the large "Bride's 
Book" (published at East Boston L) which 
contained miscellaneous gifts for the 
bride and her future home. After the 
group had been tested by a second version 
of the Nourse literary game, it was re- 
warded with delicious refreshments. The 
best wishes of her friends went with the 
bride — and may she some day really get to 
an Esplanade Concert I 

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Remember I 

It's not too hot to CARE 



PRESIDENT'S tPTES 

The Centen^iial Gift Committee, feeling 
that a gift to t he Library on the oc- 
casion of its Centennial should come from 
the library employees as a whole rather 
than from one group, has asked the Presi- 
dent to invite the other library employee 
groups to join mth the Professional 
Staff Association in the Centennial Gift 
to the Library. Accordingly, the Presi- 
dent, with the approval of the Executive 
Board, has invited the other groups, the 
Amavets, the Employees Benefit Association, 
the Maintenance Employees Union and the 
Quarter Century Club, to participate with 
the Professional Staff Association in 
this worthy project. 

Thus far we have had replies from the 
Arnavets and the Employees Benefit Asso- 
ciation. The Arnavets have given the 
idea a hearty approval but since virtually 
all their members are also members of 
other Boston Public Library employee 
or garni zat ions they are taking no further 
action as an organization. The Employees 
Benefit Association has asked that they 
have representation on the committee, and 
has been invited to appoint an appropriate 
number of members to the Centennial Gift 
Committee. 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

AU - LOS ANGELES 
Audio-Visual Workshop 

My field being Audio-Visual, the Pre- 
Conf erence and Audio-Visual Tforkshop was 
of great interest. Held in Founders Hall, 
on the beautiful campus of the University 
of California, it consisted of three days 
and nights of talks by leaders in the 
field, demonstrations of new equipment, 
experimental programs, and the always 
fascinating workshop groups. 

The workshop group I attended consisted 
of librarians working with Audio-Visual 
materials, and those librarians planning 
to go into the A-»V field in the near 
future. Each person had different ex- 
periences and problems, which made the 
meetings very lively. 

I discovered, much to my surprise, that 
we here in Boston are very progressive in 
the A-V Field, many of the suggestions 
for expanding and improving an A-V De- 
partment were about activities in which 
we are already engaged, or at least had 
tried out in the past. For instance, our 



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children's programs in branch libraries 
are running along srflfiothlyj while young 
adult programs are getting started 
gradually. This experience came in handy 
for me when these subjects TS-e discussed* 

One of the conclusions arrived at in 
t;'C3e discussions was that programming 
must become an important part of the 
A-V Departmentt This must be done in 
alliance with other departments of the 
library. The Adult-Education Department, 
working hand in hand with leaders of 
outside civic groups and organizations, 
gets the ball rolling. This department 
then plans a program, utilizing the 
facilities of the A-V Department, in- 
cluding films, recordings, slides, etc., 
with the aid of staff members of other 
departments of the library. YiTith books 
as the final goal, these programs should 
consist of materials and speakers who 
will stimulate the audience into a v/ider 
use of the library's books and other- 
resources. An important point brought 
out here was that the staff members who 
deal with the public should be thoroughly 
aquainted vdth the Audio-Visual materials 
owned by the library. 

If only information is desired, the 
A-V Department should act as an infor- 
mation center v^here all information on 
A-V materials can be obtained. This 
calls for personnel well trained and in- 
formed in all phases of the A-V field 
Ttrrking in that department. 

Other high points of the workshop groups 
were the discussions of Film Circuits , 
Policies Governing the Loan of Films , 
Controversial Films, and Film Strips , 
The discussion on Film Circuits was most 
interesting to me as my knowledge of 
them was limited. Many of the libraries 
in the Yifest and Midwest are participants 
in these circuits vfhich have one library 
as a center, and subscriptions to packaged 
programs on a short-loan basis. These 
have both advantages and disadvantages; 
the main advantage being an economical one. 

Another fascinating program prepared for 
us Yias a demonstrated television program 
produced by the University of California's 
A-V Department. This consisted of a short 
play ViTTitten for libraries, to be used in 
Educational TV programming for increasing 
the use of library resources. 

One of my activities outside of the 
Conference which may be of interest vras 
a ^jersonal intervieTf with Cecil B, DeMille 
at the Paramount Studios. I found him 
to be a most interesting and modest man. 



He was sincerely interested in the work 
we are doing ivith films, and the role 
of the library as a communication center, 
I also found time to visit the Disney 
Studios, and see several of the new un- 
released True Adventure series; to attend 
a previevf of MGM's new film "Julius 
Caesar" ; besides visiting several motion- 
picture studios, and watching films in 
production, 

I feel that in addition to gaining a 
wealth of information from the conference, 
the workshop discussion, exhibits and 
demonstrations, we of Boston were also 
able to contribute a good deal to the 
Audio-Visual meetings from our short, 
but extensive and rapidly-expanding work 
in the field. 

Ed Peltier 

Public Documents Committee 

Covering the whole range of human 
knowledge. United States Government pub- 
lications are of the utmost importance 
as primary source materials. It seems 
as though no important piece of research 
can be accomplished without reference to 
theme There are about 2^0 government 
agencies and bureaus issuing publications. 
Considering these factors it is indeed 
strange that there is still a considerable 
number of librarians lacking basic know- 
ledge concerning these publications, thoir 
content and their acquisition. 

Every library should obtain the "Monthly 
Catalog of Government Publications" so 
that the librarians may check it and order 
the new materials as they are is sued » 
Most material is usually obtainable from 
the Government Printing Office at 
Washington. However, some very important 
publications, including census materials 
and publications relating to small busi- 
ness enterprises, may be obtained from the 
local Field Office of the U.S. Department 
of Commerce (Boston Field Office - 26l 
Franklin Sto). An important ten -year 
index to the "Monthly Catalog of Govnrn- 
ment Publications" will be issued this 
Fall, 

Many librarians are not cognizant of the 
fact that even when they buy government 
publications they pay only for the print- 
ing and binding and not one cent toward . 
the exhaustive research and compilation 
involved. 

One of the most important of the govern- 
ment publications, the "Statistical 



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Abstract of the United States" issued 
annually, summarizes figures abstracted 
from Til govcrranent and 1|2 non"go vernment 
series c A very n^rcial feature of this 
publication is the bibliographical refer- 
ences to the source material, noted page 
by pa 5;3, 

Two other publications which should be 
in every library and branch library are 
the "Historical Statistics of the United 
Statesj 1739-19^0", an extremely valuable 
reference and research source, and the 
"Congressional Record", the daily record 
of congressional debate, which should 
be readily available to the citizen so 
that he may know at first hand what is 
actually being said and presented by his 

representatives* „ „ ^ , 
^ Mary F, Daly 

Personnel Clinic 

The Personnel Clinic proved to be of 
interest not so much as to methods and 
procedures but as a stimulant to self- 
analysis for those in supervisory posi- 
tions of the basic philosophies held by 
them in their supervisor relationships 
■vrith employees. Everyone would welcome 
smooth relationships plus superior work 
accomplishments, I believe it vras 
adequately illustrated that it is the 
underlying philosophy, not the varying 
methods of record keeping, formulas, 
rules and regulations, or even \vage scales^, 
that is most important in bringing about 
the desired results o 

Mary F, Daly 
SORT Meetings 

As chairman of the delegation rep- 
resenting the B„P,L. P.S.Ac at the SORT 
Steering Committee election, it was my 
very pleasant duty to attend the SORT 
meetings at the A.L.Ac Conference in 
Los Angeles on June 23 and June 25c 

"With pardonable pride, I listened to the 
many laudatory references to our ovm 
staff association and to the part it has- 
played in establishing precedents for 
other staff organizations tliroughout the 
nation^ During the business meeting 
which preceded the election, many questir3 
concerning our organization and its work 
were directed to me from the floor. It 
vras very heartwarming, 3000 miles from 
home, to hear names of fellow members, 
such as Edna G. Peck and Bradford M. Hill_, 
commended for their contribution to SORT. 



B.P.L»P.S,Ae will also be pleased to 
learn that both of the candidates nomi-» 
nated by us, Marion Phillips of Min- 
neapolis Public Library and Frances 
Covington of Enoch Pratt Free Library, 
v/ere elected to the Steering Committee « 

Besides the election, the business 
meeting included an inquiry into the 
following tliree questions s 

(1) The nujnber of libraries having 
staff association meetings on 
library timeo 

(2) The number of staff associations 
vfhich include cleaning ana main- 
tenance workers o 

(3) The number of staff associations 
having formal contact vdth their 
trustees, that is, attendance at 
trustees' meetings. 

The major part of the meeting was de- 
voted to an informal, lively discussion 
of the three prize -ivinning projects in the 
SORT IDEAS contest for staff association 
activities? (1) The St, Louis Public 
Library Staff Association tax increase 
campaignj (2) Los Angeles Public Library 
staff findings project involving a de- 
tailed questionnaire on personnel, and 
(3) Ner/ark Public Library's "Operation 
Survival" in ivhich experienced employees 
set up a lecture series to help their 
young assistants pass civil service ex- 
aminations » The work of the three groups 
was stupendous and truly inspiring. 

At the open SORT meeting on Thursday, 
June 27 . 1953, the formal presentation 
of the IDEAS awards v^-as made, followed by 
a brief summary describing each project, 
Mrs Helen Trimble, stylist from Desmond's, 
a very fashionable department store in 
Los Angeles, discussed fashion ideas for 
librarians and illustrated her talk v/ith 
most attractive models shoiTing advance 
fall fashions o The chief speaker of the 
afternoon was Mrs Muriel M, Morse, 
Assistant General l!hn3.ger of the Los 
Angeles City Civil Service Commission, 
who spoke most expertly on "The Idea of 
Civil Service," 

Jlildred Kaufman 

Erie Stanley Gardner 

on 

Esca pe Literature 

Man turns to escape literature because 
it satisfies a need— the need to at least 
play the part of the self-reliant. His 
owTi' personal problems, v/hich he may 






consider overnrhelming, are temporarily put 
aside. As the "escape" story progresses 
he becomes engrossed and identifies him- 
seK Tdth the fictional character of the 
hero — the self-reliant one. T/lTien through 
this self-reliance, courage and initiative 
the fictional problems are solved, not 
only satisfactorily but gloriously, he 
puts dovm the book vdth a sense of accom- 
plishment. Refreshed and often retaining 
a sense of confidence as the result of his 
unconscious identification of himself with 
the hero, he faces his ovm problems with 
a renewed vigor. The reading of "escape 
literature" many times is an instance of 
"intellectual problem drowming" of a 
problem the individual cannot bring him- 
self to face immediately. Good "escape 
literature" does help the individual as 
it revivifies and stimulates his mind 
helping him acquire vicariously certain 
elements of character necessary to his 
well-being as a person of decision and 
character. 

It should be emphasized that the. selec- 
tion of "escape literature" is especially 
important because it does indeed have the 
power to unconsciously affect the char- 
acter of the individual. The best "escape 
literature" should contain realism both 
as to background and style. The use of 
words and background should be authentic. 
Mr Gardner pointed out that certain 
author's in the field^due to meager knov/- 
ledge of the subject or laxity in de- 
termining dictionary meanings of words , 
have been responsible for some grave though 
at times amusing mistakes being per- 
petuated. 

Mary F, Daly 

Adult Education 

In July 1952, a grant from the Ford 
Foundation Fund for Adult Education made 
possible an A.L.A. survey of adult edu- 
cation activities of the public libraries 
and state library extension agencies in 
the United States. Copies of the Survey 
were sent to all libraries in communities 
of over 2,500 population in an endeavor 
to learn what v/as being done to help 
adults and young adults (16-21 years of 
age) in continuing education. The Survey 
was concerned primarily ¥;ith three areas; 
1. the services the library provides to 
other adult education agencies j 2, the 
services the library provides to com- 
munity groups; and 3. the library's own 



programs and activities. (For an ac- 
count of this project see A.L.A. Bullet in, 
May, 1953). 

The Public Libraries Div, program was in 
the nature of a work conference in four 
sessions, planned by the Division and 
its Adult Education Section, to explore 
and discuss the findings and the broad 
implications of the Survey .which was com- 
pleted by U,096 libraries. The opening 
session of the workshop was a discussion 
of what libraries have to offer to the 
Adult Education movement. Although 
attention was given to recommendations 
for a clarification oft he general 
functions and philosophy of Adult Edu- 
cation, the emphasis was on the need for 
action first and philosophy second. The 
gradual recognition of the importance of 
Adult Education' in the library's program 
from 1920 to the present was discussed; 
the roles of the large and small libraries 
were presentedj and the major issues of 
the Survey were briefly outlined. Al- 
though the importance of individual 
service was not under-estimated, this 
particular survey was concerned with 
group services only. No attenpbwas made 
to discuss the questionnaire as such, the 
validity of the findings, not the in- 
cidental effects of the survey. It was 
suggested that further studies might well 
include evaluations and measurement of 
standards, and re-evaluation of Adult 
Education activities » 

Following the general meetings, ap- 
proximately twenty small discussion groups 
met in two sessions to s tudy the statis- 
tical facts and findings of the Survey , 
to search for implications in what United 
States libraries do or don't do, and to 
make recommendations for the future use 
of the S urvey . 

With John Cory of the New York Public 
Library as Moderator, a panel from the 
workshop recorders reported to a second 
general session the com.bined thinking of 
the various discussion groups. The major 
issues covered were; training needed in 
adult education group leadership tech- 
niques, use of audio-visual materials, 
the general functions and philosophy of 
adult education, library co-operation 
with other agencies, and recommendations 
for continuing the study of the Survey . 
A panel of librarians commented critically 
on each of the issues as presented by 
the recorders. Since this meeting is to 
be fully covered in a special A.L.A. re- 
port, the Survey findings will not bo 



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elaborated upon here. Tliat there is 
nation-Tade interest in the Survey was 
evidenced by the very large attendance at 
this last session and by the spirited 
discussion from all sections of the floor. 
This T«as one of the first attempts to 
include a vrorkshop as a part of the con- 
ference work rather than as a pre-con- 
ference session. That it was eminently 
successful was due in large part to the 
careful pre-conference planning of all 
the details o 

It may be interesting to B.P.L.P.S.A. 
members to know that there will be further 
discussion of the Survey and its implica- 
tions for NeviT England at the fall meeting 
of the New England Library Association. 

Muriel C. Javelin 

; WIJ BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Fiction— Library Science 

American Library Association. 

Annual conference summary reports, 19^3* 

Chicago, 1953 
American Library Association. Board on 
Personnel Administration t 

Salaries of library personnel, 19^2. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1953. 
Bliss, Henry E. 

A bibliographic classification. 2d ed. 

VoIII-IV. 

New York, Wilson, 1952 
Mohrhardt, Charles M. 

Public libraries. 

New York, 1952 
Ranganathan, Shiyali R. rao sahib. 

Library book selection. 

Delhi, Indian Library Association, 1952 

Fiction 

Angoff, Charles 

In the morning light. 

New York, Beechurst Press, 1952 
Ferguson, Ruby 

Ap- icot sky. 

Boston, Little, Brovm, 1953 
Fowler, Helen M, 

The intruder. 

New York, Morrow, 1953 

Non-Fiction 

Han, Suyin, pseud . 

A many-splendored thing, 
Boston, Little, Brown, 1952 



DEPARTIffiNT NOTES 



Atidio -Visual 



On June 20, in the AME Bethel Church, 
New Bedford, Leola N, Waters was married 
to Henry J, Santos, Jr., Audio-Visual. 
Acting as best man was Jack Usher, 
formerly both a classmate of the groom 
at BU College of Music and part-time 
assistant in Open Shelf. Audio-Visual 
was represented by Mchel Kildare. 
FolloT/ving the reception, Mr and Mrs 
Santos left on a motor trip. Mrs Santos 
is a teacher of music and her husband 
is doing graduate work in music at BU, 
and will do some teaching at Perkins 
Institute for the Blind during the coming 
year. 



BRANCH NOTES 



Charles town 



Mrs Ylarren Strangmen, a Ftiend of the 
Charlestovm Branch Library, entertained 
a large group of friends, including the 
branch staff, at her home on Cordis 
Street, on Friday evening, June 19. The 
occasion was a surprise shower for Mrs 
Cecelia McCarthy who T/as the recipient 
of a variety of attractive and practical 
gifts for her newly renovated horaee In 
a fire on January 29, damage to Mrs 
McCarthy's house and its furnishings was 
considerable; her fellow-workers and many 
friends outside the library rejoice that 
she now is back in her own home which has 
been attractively restored and re-furnisted, 
yiTS Strangman's party afforded an op- 
portunity for all the library staff to 
enjoy vievang many new, interesting 
paintings by Alva Glidden, a cousin of 
Mrs Strangman, and a long-time, generous 
friend of Charles town Branch. 

lUrs Mary K. Harris, Branch Librarian, 
vras hostess to s ome 25 guests on Friday 
evening, July 17, at an outdoor party 
held in her garden on Cordis Street, The 
branch library staff and some members of 
their families were present; the occasion 
was a surprise shower for tvro staff mem- 
bers. Marion Siraco was presented gifts 
in honor of her engagement vjhile Jean 
Dinsraore, v&io is to be married on Sep- 
tember 5, was given a bridal shower. It 
was a warm, clear evening, and the gar- 
den with flowering plants and soft pink 
lights, provided an ideal setting, Pic- 
tiiTes were taken and an album recording 
high-lights of the "party has been pre- 



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sented to each ftrides-to-be, Gayly de- 
corated tables were laden with a variety 
of fancy sandwiches , home-made cakes and 
candies, while iced lemonade, fruit punch, 
and ice-cream added a cooling note. 
Before the party ended, the guests gathered 
in Mrs Flarris ' living room where Nancy 
Buckley played the piano and all joined 
in singing a few new and many of the old 
familiar songs. 



Memorial 

R r'^vning from paradise, designated on 
world rifc.ps as the Hav;aiian Islands, Mil- 
dred Kavfman, Branch Librarian, has been 
regaling the staff with her tales of the 
mid "Pacific. 

On the flight from New York, Miss Kaufraar 
was met at Chicago by a group of reporters, 
who, it developed, were there to get pic- 
tures of the junior Ifrs, Eisenhower and 
her children, who happened to be on the 
same flight, not of Miss Kaufman. 

The A.L.A. meeting at Los Angeles was 
not all work. There was a trip to the 
Paramount Studio to watch Danny Kaye's 
new picture in progress, and there was 
the chance to see the building of gon- 
dolas for Bob Hope's new picture. Back 
to Venice . 

Then, fabulous Hawaii, where Miss 
Kaufman basked on the sands at ¥faikiki 
and Black Sands Beach, rode the waves in 
an outrigger canoe accompanied by one of 
Bob Crosby's children, and explored a lava 
hole complete with stalactites and stalag- 
mites. Perhaps most exciting of all T«as 
a trip through a fern forest where the 
way was made tvith a machete and quicksand 
oozed on either side. On a tour of Pearl 
Harbor, made possible through special 
arrangement with the Navy, Miss Kaufman 
had the chance to stand on the gun turrets 
of the Arizona , the only parts of the ship 
still remaining above water. 

Miss Starr, a staff member of the 
Honolulu library, provided a personally 
conducted tour of the Oriental sections 
of the city to view the Chinese and 
Japanese shrines. Of course, no tour 
vjould be complete vri-thout seeing the Hula 
dancers, and they are everywhere. In 
addition to these there are the "Bon" 
dancers. They are Japanese Buddhists who 
perform out of doors evenings during the 
month of July in honor of the dead. 

At Laie there was a "hukilau", or fishing 
festival, in the Samoan sett]e ment vjhere 
the hiG;h point of the proceedings was a 



dance virith knives and spears — not alivays 
carried in th^ hand, but hurled over and 
around the dc.n:srs., 

On Mount Ki.lauea, one of the peaks of 
Mauna Loa, Miss Kaufman vras the luncheon 
guest of "Uncle George" LycurgvS;, who is 
to Havraii whit royaV&y is to Britaino He 
is the proprietor of the Volc-ino House, 
ivhich by his ovm reckoning is located 
at the only drive-in volcano in the world* 
Not only vras the luncheon a treat, but 
"Uncle George" was persuaded to pose for 
a picture with his guests j 

Another trLp vras to the Dole pineapple 
plant where fresh ice-cold pineapple juice 
replaced the expected tepid vrater in the 
bubblers. Not bad at all. 



Roslindale 

A farewell party vjas held on Friday, 
July 31, for Dorothy Cornelly who en- 
tered the Notre Da.ne de Namur >cynvent 
inWaLtham, Mass.. or; August 2. Miss 
Connelly has endeared herself to her 
fellow-vrarkers in her year and a half 
of service as an extra. She TfrLll be 
greatly missed but we all v/ish her 
complete happiness in her new vocation. 

Washington Village 

January, 1953 marked the fifth year for 
the meetings of the Discussion Group 
under the leadership of Etta Kessell, 
The topic of study vjas Woman in the 
Modern Novel . Every person expressed 
pleasure in reading the selected books, 
especially Hardy's Tess of the 
D'Urbervilles, Bennett's,. 6 Id Wive's Tale . 



It is interesting to note that Tolstoy's 
Anna Karenina was least liked. The 



enthusiasm aroused by these discussions 
proved an impetus to further reading 
this summer, such as the works of Charles 
Dickens, Austen, Bronte and other classics. 
They are all looking forvrard vn.th eager- 
ness to beginning the fall season. 

Our last meeting in June consisted of 
a conducted tour of the Central Library 
through the courtesy of Henry Myers. Many 
of the women had never seen the library, 
and the Abbey and the Treasure Rooms 
vrere special sources of delight. They 
vrere also charmed with the nevr Open 
Shelf Department and the Children's 
Section, promising to return for a more 
lengthy visit with all the family. Mrs 
Anne Dolan, Audio-Visual, graciously 
showed a film on The Typical Family of the 
Brooklyn Public Library, vrhich proved 



enlightening. 



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. From the opinions voiced it is evident 
the group enjoyed not only their literary 
experiences', but also getting to know and 
naking friends with their neighbors, as 
well as— their Library. 



SOAP BOX 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in -vtiich he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in Chief. 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily indi- 
cate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. 



To the Editor: 

From the "Report of the Examining 
Committee of the Boston Public Library 
to the Trustees of the Library"; 

"The Committee (Subcommittee on 
Personnel) renews the following recom- 
mendations originally in the report of the 
1950-1951 Subcommittee . . . 

1. That further study be given to the 
modification of the present arrangements 
for promotional appointment. This might 
involve discontinuing the limiting of 
promotional selections to the top three on 
the list of eligibleso,, 

2. That a certain niimber of points be 
assigned to personality in the present 
evaluation sheet used in making promotioral 
appointments." 



Without discounting the thoroughness 
of the study which led to the above 
recommendations, nor the possible value of 
certain aspects of these jrecommendations, 
possible results must always be studied. 
The fullest interpretations of such pro- 
posed changes might almost eliminate the 
structure on which the basis of promotion 



now rests. There can be little debate 
that proper person?! qualities are very 
important to successful Y^rork accomplish- 
ment, particularly in supervisory posi-- 
tions. However, ratings of personality, 
as such, are quite difficult, and have 
not met with too much success unless 
they have followed some such criteria .-/j.- 
as the follov/ing: 

1. An individual's personality rating ^ 
is generally considered "excellent" 
unless there is substantiated evi- 
dence to the contrary. 

2. Negative ratings of personality must 
be the result of positive evidence. 

3. The individual given the negative 
rating must be so informed, 

h* Personality ratings concern only 
the personal qualities directly 
affecting the individual's work, his 
contact vith fellovir employees, and 
his contact with the public if he 
works with the public. 

5. Points as such are not given. Per- 
sonality defects are discussed and 
have effect only in regard to 
evaluation of persons accredited as 
possible applicants for a particular 
position, YJhat might be a persona- 
lity defect for one type of posi- 
tion, might well be considered in 
the opposite category in another 
instance. 

6, Full consideration must alv/ays be 
given to the fact that individual 
personalities change. Most studies 
show that personjiel supervisors 
now strive to correct temporary 
personal difficulties and work with 
the individual in an effort to 
eradicate them. 

Further study should be given to the 
possible results of substituting an open 
list for the present system of selecting 
from the top three elegible. The present 
system has been in operation for some 
time. Many of the inequities that have 
existed in the past have been corrected. 
An open list no\f might result in those 
who are in line after having worked 
towards the top of the list being placed 
lower on the list. Would a change result 
in those 7/ho may have acquired additional 
points in unrelated fields or categories, 
receiving a promotion rather than the 
person virorking xvith and having special 
knowledge in the particular field vjhere 
the promotion has occurred? 

Some while back those mth service 



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previous to the system noyf in operation, 
were given equivalences for ceirtain 
qualifying examinations, the theory being 
that a person in service for any length 
of time would have acquired at least a 
fundamental knowledge of the techniques 
of library science. This was not given 
for the promotional examinations in steps 
h and 5 necessary for promotion to 
titular positions. Many took the titular 



conditioning, and its contents were 
position examinations and would have takericlean, I wouldn't think it unreasonable 



the simpler and easily passed qualifying 
examinations if they had known they were 
not being given the equivalences in 
points. It is to prevent such a recur- 
rence that any steps taken should be 
carefully studied. 



M. F, Daly 



Dear Soap Box Editor: 



For those ytho wish to ccaoe to an 
objective rather than an opinionated 
conclusion on the so-called "book- 
burning" episode I suggest that they 
read the documentation as reprinted in 
the U.S. News and World Report for June 
26, 1953 (Page 37-Page 56;. As librar- 
ians, concerned with the objective 
approach as indicative of the person of 
intellectual honesty, ire should indeed 
read the three parts of the hearings 
issued on the "State Department Infor- 
mation Program— Information Centers" 
now available from the Permanent Sub- 
coimittee On Investigations, Senate 
Office Bldg., Washington, D.C, free of 
charge, as these are the hearings on 
i«Aaich the charges were based. These in 
turn were held in accordance with the 
implications of the enabling act which 
set up these Library Information 
centers, the "United States Information 
and Educational Act of 19U8" (Public 
Law No. Ii02, 80th Congress) establishing 
an information service to disseminate 
abroad information about the United 
States, its people, and policies pro- 
mulgated by the Congress, the President, 
the Secretary of State and other re- 
sponsible officials of the Qovernment 
having to do with matters affecting 
foreign affairs." ks Arthur Krock of 
the New York Times pointed out in the 
issue of July 3 "the assumption that the 
U.S.I.S, book program involves the issue 
of academic freedom is false." 

M. F, Daly 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

HAVE WE MET OUR WATERLOO 
IN THE BATTLE TO KEEP GLEAN ? 

In consideration of the recent ban on 
sport shirts worn by full-time male 
members of the staff in public departments, 
I would say that if the Library had air 



to wear a coat all the time. But let us 
look at things as they are, and not as 
we hope they may be sometime. We all 
know how hot it can get in the Library, 
parts of it resemble an oven when the 
ten?3erature soars. We must open the 
vdndows for ventilation, and this admits 
dirt wholesale, especially when the wind 
blows. In performing my duties it is not 
unusual to get hands and arms black with 
iirt. This can happen, not in one day, 
but in a half day, or in an eaCtreme case, 
after servicing one member of the public. 
If you are wearing elbow length sleeves, 
Lt is not too bid, you can generally keep 
the worst of the dirt off your shirt front, 
3ut I've never been able to keep my sleeves 
slean. 

At one time I preferred to wear an alpaca 
;oat to going coatless. The reason was 
Jin^jle, it was cool and kept my shirt clean* 
Tnfortunately the firm that made them went 
3Ut of business, and Vfhat was offered as 

substitute, definitely was quite warm 
iespite the label "Palm Beach". Stxits made 
>f the synthetics such as nylon and rayon 
weren't bad to wear in hot weather, but 
it is rather discouraging to have the 
tailor tell you that he had to send the 
suit to the cleaner twice, and when you 
get it back you can still see dirt in the 
sleeves -tihich probably will not come out 
during the life of the garment. 

The oiily solution that I have been able 
to figure out is t o wear a shirt mth 
elbow length sleeves. It didn't natter 
how dirty your hands and arms got, soap 
and water would take it right off. 

If we have to wear long sleeves during 
the hot weather, I'm wondering if my 
Shirt's will eventually come back from the 
laundry with tattle-tale gray sleeves, 

Kenneth C, fernes 
Periodical and Nerrspaper 
Department 



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To the Soap Box ; 

Newest gadget on the scene 

Is Allston's Recordak machine 
Gray monstrosity up front 

Makes assistant look like runt 
Gives you heat in mid- July 

Stares at you with fishy eye 
Simplifies the work a lot 

Don't you prefer old-fashioned blot? 

Harry Andrews 

OBSERVATIONS ON DIGNITY AND PROPRIETY 
— I N CLOTHING FOR THE MALE 

LIBRARI AN DURING HOT SUMvER MONTHS . 

■yjhen I was just a little lad at school, 

I'm sure that I was never taught a rule 
By which to any genuine satisfaction 

I might contrive to measure an abstraction. 
For abstract things admit no measurement,. 
As Teacher said, "You cannot represent 
Their height or i/idth or depth the same 
old way 

You can with library books or bales of hag 
Or railroad trains or billiard balls or 
benches • 
You just can't measure them in feet and 
inches i 
For Virtue's not for human eyes to seej 

You can't buy Kindness at the AScP , 
And I have never met the man uncouth 

Enough to say he owns five pounds cf Truth 
All this defies a man, however sage. 
Unless he see a thing, that thing to 
gauge I" 
And yet, despite these proofs, some still 
believe 
That Dignity's the length of half-a- 
sleeve. 
One necktie wide, one buttoned-collar deep^ 
Dimensions dread — to make a strong man 
weep 
Vifhen summer's heat comes steaming in our 
midst. 
And Dignity, our saint, our guide, insis 
That modestly vre stay locked up inside 

Those Qotton prisons -under v^-hich we hide, 
Lest we our hairy arms and throats reveal 
Chaste outer 7/raps that vulgar flesh 

conceal 
But , be it known now that \7e«re dignified. 
That matters leave us far from satisfied, 
And that a man dressed up against his will 
Perspiring yearns for naked comfort stiHl 

John McCaff erty 



HEROISM ON THE THIRD FLOOR BACK 

The Boston Public Libi*ary ChoTjder, 
Chatting and Marching Society, an organi- 
zation whose antics its members find very 
amusing, can point with justifiable pride 
today at one of its most venerable leaders, 
Louis Rains, Science & Technology, who 
last Monday showed once more the stem 
stuff he is made of. Singlehandedly, 
since he had to cling to the wall vri.th the 
long curling fingernails of his left hand. 
Rains climbed to the dizzy height of 
fifteen feet to rescue a confused bird 
trapped in one of the vdndows of the West 
Gallery. The stricken bird was handed 
below to two fellow members of the Staff, 
Kathleen Wordworth, Fine Arts, and Jean 
Eaton, Science and Tech., who had stood 
below the intrepid hero in anxious 
anticipation. Miss Eaton, Chief Bird 
Watcher of BPLCCMS, incidentally, stands 
in grave danger of dismissal from that 
post, having been unable to identify the 
little feller. Mr Rains' nimble descent, a 
study in graceful motion, climaxed the 
thrilling scene. There aren't many 
men like Rains left in this world. That's 
why we small fry in BPLCCMS try in every 
way we can to be just like him. Watch 
out, girls 1 1 



Mr. Audubon 



Dear Editor : 



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A notice concerning the dress of male 
employees of the library was issued by the 
Director of the Library on 19 February 
19h7» The second paragraph of this notice 
reads as follows: 

"This does not necessarily mean that a 
man must wear a coat in warm weather. 
However, if a coat is removed while on 
duty, it is expected that neckties ivlll be 
properly tied, and sleeves rolled doMi. 

short-sL eeved sports shirt which is in- 
tended to be open at the neck, which does 
not require a necktie, is acceptable. All 
shirts must be tucked into the trousers 
and a belt worn," 

Since this notice has apparently not 
been subsequently rescinded a certain 
amount of confusion and resentment has 
resulted from an announcement which has 
been spread verbally in some departments 
of the Library to the effect that a short- 
sleeved sport shirt is no longer accept- 
able attire for full-time male members of 
the staff. 



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Tv'ould it be possible to have the notice 
of February 19, 19hl roaf firmed? The 
short-sleeved shirt, open at the neck and 
tucked into the trousers, is a practical, 
comfortable mode of dress for a building 
vathout air conditioning. Dignity cannot 
be assumed by donning a long-sleeved 
shirt nor must it bo lost by vraaring a 
short-sleeved, open-necked shirt. 

Please, may we men be allovied to dress 
comfortably in the -warm weather. 

HDT UNDER THE COLLAR 



Chapel Bells in Harvard Yard 

Ring, Ring, and wake my soul; 

The sleeping heart soon will follow, 
Grace ard blessings are in your toil; 

They come on the wings of the swallow* 



P.V.M. 



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P 
Y 



To Staff Representatives: 

The script for the Library Cavalcade is practically completed 
and it is expected that the Cavalcade will be produced sometime in the 
fall. The assistance of every full-time and part-tins employee of the 
Library is needed, A check list was sent out in 1951, but more up-to- 
date information is now needed. Will you please contact each member 
of your group before August 20, if possible, and send to Muriel Javelin, 
Office of the Division of Home Reading and Community Services, the 
names of all those who are willing to help in any way. Please also 
indicate individuals who, you believe, will wish to help, but who 
are on vacation. 

Please list after individual items the names of employees 
who are willing to serve on committees or take part in the Cavalcade. 

Stage Committee 
Scenery 

Designing 

Constructing 

Painting 

Properties 

Lighting 

Costumes 

Make-up 

Coaching 

Prompting 

Cast 

Acting 

Dancing-Ballet 

Singing 

Soprano 

Alto 

Contralto 

Tenor 

Bass 

Baritone 
Playing Musical Instrument (please specify instrument) 



MURIEL C. JAVELIN, Chairman 
For the Committee 



August 6, 1953 



THE T/HITE HOUSE 
Washington 



June 21^, 1953 



Dear Dr. Downs: 



Thank you for your letter of June fifteenthc I am glad to know 
of the annual conference of the American Library Association convening 
this week, and of the spirit of conscientious citizenship ruling its 
deliberations. 

Our librarians serve the precious liberties of our nation: 
freedom of inquiry ^ freedom of the spoken and the written word, freedom 
of exchange of ideas o 

Upon these clear principles, democracy depends for its very life, 
for they are the great sources of knowledge and enlightenment » And know- 
ledge—full, unfettered knowledge of its own heritage, of freedom's enemies,. 
of the whole world of men and ideas— this knowledge is a free people's 
surest strength. 

The converse is just as surely trueo A democracy smugly disdainful 
of new ideas would be a sick democracy. A democracy chronically fearful 
of new ideas would be a dying democracy. 

For all these reasons, we must in these times be intelligently 
alert not only to the fanatic cunning of Communist conspiracy — ^but also 
to the grave dangers in meeting fanaticism with i.^piorancee For, in 
order to fight totalitarians who exploit the ways of freedom to serve their 
own ends, there are some zealots who— with more wrath than wisdom- 
would adopt a strangely unintelligent course-, They would try to defend 
freedom by denying freedom's friends the opportunity of studying Communism 
in its entirety — its plausibilities, its falsities, its weaknesses. 

But we know that freedom cannot be served by the devices of the 
tyrant. As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated 
into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored 
into existence. And any who act as if freedom's defenses are to be found 
in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien 
to America o 

The libraries of America are and must ever remain the homes of 
free, inquiring minds. To them, our citizens— of all ages and races, 
of all creeds and political persuasions— must ever be able to turn with 
clear confidence that there they can freely seek the whole truth, unvrarped 
by fashion and uncompromised by expediencyo For in such whole and healthy 
knowledge alone are to be found and understood those majestic truths of 
man's nature and destiny that prove, to each succeeding generation, the 
validity of freedom. 

Sincerely, 

(signed) DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER 




Wi 



hestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



SEPTEMBER 1953 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VIII, Number 9 



September 19$3 



Publications Committee: Gerald L, Ball, Geraldine S, Herrick, John J. McCafferty, 

Sarah M, Usher, Charles J, Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

A man isn't old so long as he is willing 
to try a new way. This aphorism applies 
to institutions as well as to men. Next 
month the Boston Public Library will 
begin celebrating its one hundredth anni- 
versary. Its outlook, however, remains 
young, for it is willing to try new ways, 
keeping the best from the past, and pio- 
neering into new channels, retaining the 
successful while discarding any failures. 

Among the new ideas being spotlighted 
by the Boston Public Library this Sep- 
tember, as a new school year opens, is 
the program of work with Young Adults, 
Heretofore, work with the Young Adults 
group was unorganized and scattered. It 
depended almost entirely upon the in- 
terests of the staff. The work with chil- 
dren and with adults was highly developed 
along very definite lines. In most cases 
the Young Adult was the forgotten man. 
Up to high school age, he had used a 
Children's Room, where a staff satisfied 
his every need, in familiar surroundings. 
There were authors with whose books he 
had grown up, story hours, film programs, 
clubs, and individual book selection. 
From this sheltered world and atmosphere, 
he emerged into an adult room -vdiere he 
often became frustrated and stopped using 
the library. He wasn't able to bridge the 
intellectual gap between the children's 
room and the adult area, • 

Novf all of that has been changed. We 
have a beautiful modern Young Adults Sec- 
tion at the Central Library and will have 
special young adults rooms or sections in 
as many Branch Libraries as is physically 
possible. We have a Readers Advisor for 
Young Adults ready to counsel and suggest. 
We have a Young Adults Book Selection Com- 
mittee whose choice of books is geared to 
the Young Adults Reading-Age t vel. Each 
Branch Library has a Young Adults book 



quota for the purchase of these carefully 
selected books. But most important of 
all, the vifork with Young Adults is now 
organized; those who work with that age' 
group meet occasionally to discuss common 
problems , hear sii ggestions and to get 
inspiration, information, and new ideas e 
In a carefully worked out public re- 
lations program, all of the Boston High 
Schools will be visited by a Boston 
Public Library representative to acquaint 
students and teachers with what the 
Library has to offer in the way of books, 
films, recdrdings, activities, and facili- 
ties for Young Adults . 

The popularity of Miss Scoggin's course 
on work with Young Adults sponsored by 
Simmons College this spring was proof of 
the interest felt by the Boston Public 
Library staff in this phase of library 
service. It is new, it is different, it 
is challenging. To this new program, our 
heartiest vri.sh for its every success. The 
Boston Public Library, one hundred years 
old, is forever young, because it is 
willing to try out a new idea, 

G. S. H. 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



September 30 
October 1 and 2 

(See back page 
for program) 



New England 
Library Association 
Meeting, New Ocean 
'House, Swamps CO tt 



PERSONAL NOTES 

New Employees 

Robert P. Giddings, Cataloging & Classifi- 



cation 



R» & R, S» 



Linda M, Ivers, Uphams Corner 
Barbara A» Tuthill, West Roxbury 
Margaret A, Macdonald, Director's Office 
Eettina M, Coletti, Open Shelf 
Flora -Ann Hufmann, Memorial 



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T ransfers 

lirs Rnea L. Freeman, Uphams Corner to Soutl^ 

Endn 
lirs Anna M. Brackett, South End to West 

End. 
Ruth E. McNairee, Book Preparation to 

Branch Issue, 
Shirley Anderson, Open Shelf to Adams 

Street 



STORK EVENTS 

Mr and Mrs Richard Malany have announced 
the birth of a son, Christopher Mark, on 
August lU. yirs Malany is on leave of 
absence from Rare Book. 

Mir and Mrs Edivard Cullinane announced 



Marriages 

Marie A. Strachan, Book Preparation, to 

William M. Vifalsh on August 1, 1953. 
Ann Allen, Egleston Square, to William 

P. Sullivan on July 2$, 1953. 
Stella Kallas, Orient Heights, to Robert 

P. Easland on July 18, 1953 
Elinor E. Day, Dorchester, to William J, 

Conley on August l5, 1953 
Eunice R. Werner, Audio-Visual, to John S, 

Larch on August l6, 1953 
Beverly C, Pettengill, Ht, Bowdoin, to 

Robert Parsons on August l5, 1953 

Resignations 



the birth of a 71b, son, Mark Edward, on 
August 23. Mr Cullinane is a Young 
Adult Assistant at Egleston Square, 

ENGAGEMENTS 

Louise Mo Fogarty, Uphams Corner, 
recently announced her engagement to 
James Kenneally. 

NOTES ON 
1953 AU FRE-CQNFERENCE 
PASADENA, CALI1''0RN.D[~ " 

The Huntington Hotel in Pasadena was 

an ideal spot for the conference. It was 

beautiful, quiet, and away from distrac- 



Constance O'Keefe, South End, to be marriedJtions. On the first evening of the Pre- 



Mary A. Burns, Director's Office 

Blanche G. Campagnoni, Book Stack Service, 

to move to Nevir Jersey. 
Florence L. Samperi, Book Stack Service, 

to return to college, 
Patricia M. Auvil, Branch Issue, to study 

nursing. 
Bertha T. Dumsha, Adams Street, to study 

nursing, 
Mrs Alleen M, Wiggins, Memorial, moved 

away from Boston. 

WE CONGRATULATE 

Mr and Mrs William C, Maiers celebrated 
their Golden Wedding Anniversary, August 26( 

Mr and Ifrs Milton E. Lord celebrated 
their Silver Yfedding Anniversary, September 
8. 

The B.P.L, News includes in its Septemr' 
ber issue three pictures. More power to 
it 1 1 Now the world can not only read 
about us , but see us also in this widely 
distributed paper, 

TlfELCOME BACK 

Zolta'n Haraszti, from a tour of Europe, 

Aaron Starr, from a siege of illness, 
b^i+. looklr.g very fit. 



conference Institute of Library wrk with 
Children and Young People, the Los Angeles 
Public Libraiy sponsored a "Meet the 
Authors" dinner, at v*ich fourteen chil- 
dren's editors and twenty-two well-known 
children's authors vrere introduced. It 
vras delightfully arranged that each table 
of guests included either an editor, or 
an author, or both, I^irs Margaret Leighton, 
writer of mystery stories for boys and 
girls, sat at our table and regaled us 
vdth tales of her grandchildren, and 
experiences of her own. It was in- 
teresting that many of the editors and 
authors remained for the entire con- 
ference. 

On Friday morning, during the first 
session, Frances Clark Sayers delivered 
an address on "Broadening library 
horizons". There are three of them, she 
said, the apparent, the sensible, and the 
celestial horizons. She deplored the 
practice of condensation of the classics; 
to words of one syllable. She also 
decried the acceptance of mediocrity and 
the reliance on the infallibility of the 
machine, and our faith in science. She 
made a plea for the return of imagination, 
understanding, and the celestial horizon 
vdiich comes within our range of vision whai 
we strive for understanding of children. 

At a luncheon meeting on Friday we were 
given a demonstration of group dynamics by 



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Dr Robert Bo Haas, Head, Educatirn Ex- 
tension, Univer^^ity of California at Los 
Angeles c The entire group participated in 
the demonstration vdnich consisted of 
diseussion and checking of a questionnaire 
containing fifty-six topics. The ques- 
tions were all of a controversial nature, 
some were rather irritating. The con- 
clusions were not immediately drawn, but 
the results will be published at some 
later date. 

Later in the day, Althea Warren, formerly- 
head librarian of the Los Angeles Public 
Library spoke on "Broadening Vievrpoints in 
Book Selection", in which she compared 
book selection technique v/ith the opera- 
tions of a fruit stand proprietor, in that 
the wares of both can be something 
beautiful, or rotten to the core. After 
Miss Warren's talk the meeting broke up 
into small discussion groups, each of 
which spent thirty-five minutes discussing 
problems selected by the members. The 
group I joined, directed by Elizabeth 
Groves, Professor of Children's Literature 
in the School of Librarianship, University 
of Yfashington, discussed the prospect of 
travelling book exhibits sponsored by 
A.LoA., as a means for small libraries 
pre-viewing bocfa before purchase j the 
pre-binding of picture books; the amount 
necessary to spend on easy readers; and 
books in series. The 35 minutes was much 
too short. 

On Friday evening. Jack Morrison, 
Lecturer in Theatre Arts, of the University 
of California at Los Angeles, spoke on 

T.V», a new Horizon . Mr Morrison, an 
amusing and convincing speaker, described 
the effects of sane of the T. V, programs 
on his own two children. He spoke of the 
standards which should apply to the 
selection of T.V. programs. He suggested 
that the librarian should be the obvious 
source of material for use in children's 
programs, and that they should write to 
producers, vn'iters, etc., vri-th suggestions, 
After his lecture, the librarians told 
of their experiences v/ith T.V. shovrs. 
Enoch Pratt Free Library has a fifteen 
minute T.V, program. Step into Storyland . 
Seattle sponsors Telaventure Tales , 
making use of local puppet clubs. Cub 
Scout groups, and hobby clubs. John Hall 
Jacobs of the Nev/ Orleans Public Library, 
amusingly described his experience mth 
T.V. during the past three years v/hen he 
directed a teen-age book review program. 

On Saturday morning, a panel discussion 
entitled -Youth asks-librarians ansvrer. 



was composed of Young People from the 
Long Beach California Library Youth 
Council, and Young People 's librarians. 
The four teen-agers, two boys and two 
girls, were indeed a revelation. Poised, 
calm, and very vocal, they emphasized the 
fact thci.t teen-agers are as different 
from each other as are members of all 
other groups. They resent being lumped 
into a group. They want to be considered 
as individuals. They all stated that 
library activities should be prepared BY 
the young people, not FOR them, and that 
to be successful, library programs should 
be without any form of compulsion. The 
panel of Young People's librarians then 
ansvrered questions, and told of their 
programs . 

The luncheon meeting on Saturday was 
opened vdth recognition of the work of 
the committees v^o planned and carried out 
the program of the Pre-Conf erence , 
Emerson Greenaway, Librarian of the Free 
Library of Philadelphia, the luncheon 
speaker, emphasized that children's 
librarians have more opportunity now than 
they ever had to reach a large public, 
that parents and elected officials be 
invited into the library and get together 
vdth other groups to arrange programs. 
His topic was Future Horizons , and in- 
dicated that rumour to the contrary, 
children's librarians have a most 
promising future. Mr Greenaway suggested 
that Parent's Book Councils would bring 
needed support from the homes. He also 
brought up the idea of children's 
librarians conducting children's Litera- 
ture courses- for parents, in order to 
interest them in the materials available. 

As interesting and stimulating as the 
meetings were, exchanging ideas with 
others in the same field was really the 
most valuable part of the conference. 

Mildred Adelson 

VISITORS 

Lester E. Asheim, Assistant Professor 
and Dean of the Graduate Library School, 
University of Chicago. 

Mrs Helen E. Wessells, editor of the 
Library J ournal. 

CENTENNIAL 

David T. W. McCord, well-known writer 
on historic Boston, has accepted the 
task of writing the Centennial brochure 



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"Romance of the Library." Originally this 
was to have been done by Rudolph Elie, 
but Mr Elie was forced to relinquish the 
work because of the pressure of outside 
business, 

THE B.P.L. ON TV 

On Monday, August 17, Streeter Stuart 
interviewed Mrs Muriel Javelin on his 
"Into Focus" program over VifBZ-TV, lUrs 
Javelin talked about the Library's Audio- 
Visual Section, with particular emphasis 
on the collection of recordings. 

Donald Born, professor of English at 
Boston University College of General 
Education, and entrepreneur of the TOZ-TV 
show "New England Almanac", talked about 
the Boston Public Library and its ap- 
proaching Centennial on his program for 
Friday, September h, at 9:30 a.m. Using 
the birthday of Charles Follen McKim, 
architect of the Library, as a starting 
point, he worked into McKim 's connection 
with the Library, and then discussed the 
Library's history and the Centennial. 

On Monday, September 21, Polly Huse 
on TOZ-TV, will feature the Printing 
Uninhibited exhibit when she interviews 
one of the exhibitors. 

The Librarian 
^ f~the ia50's 

Throughout this Centennial Year of 1953 
our thoughts wLll often be directed to 
the library of 100 years ago. In such a 
retrospective mood we might also think of 
the librarian of the long ago. V/hat was 
he or she like?. "What were their values? 
By what criteria were they judged before 
the days of library schools, scientific 
approach, position analysis, and other 
means of evaluation? According to all 
available a.ccoxr£^ these librarians of 
another day were invariably considered, 
not only with respect and honor, but with 
genuine affection. 

Turning to the very early reports of the 
Trustees and Superintendents (Librarians, 
Directors) of the Boston Public Library 
for clues, we were immediately intrigued 
with three words which recurred in their 
descriptions of the excellence of the 
library personnel. These words were 



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of an almost perfect librarian. 

Intelligence would indicate a high 
degree of understanding and knowledge 
and the ability to anprehend the inter- 
relationships of presented facts in such 
a way as to guide action towards a desired 
goal. 

Zealousness would be characterized by i 
an active and eager interest in problems — | 
a sort of efficiency with warmness , 
necessary in those who would win the con- 
fidence of, and work well with, people. 

Cheerfulness would imply a bright 
and equable temper and disposition re- 
flected in the face, the voice, the actions 
It suggests a strong and spontaneous, 
but quiet flow of good spirits — not a 
hail-fellow-well-met, not the overbearingly 
hearty person, but the best aspects of 
each characteristic with the brakes on. 

The collective description suggests a 
combination of v/armth of personality, 
plus intelligent interest and a sincere 
desire to help. As primary requisites 
for librarianship it would indeed be 
difficult to improve on these. 

M, F. Daly 

CIVIL DEFENSE 

If An Atomic 
Bomb Drops II 

Have you ever tried to find out what 
chance you would hav^ if you happen to ■ 
be downtown as usual when an atomic bomb 
drops on your city? 

Turn to something m.ore agreeable , right 
now, if you choose « It's easier to think 
it won't happen to you. But make no mis- 
take, you have only one chance if it does 
happen; and these are the -odds. 

Without warning, without shelters, 
within a half-mile of a Hiroshima-size 
burst, 90 percent of all present will be 
<il]e d. Ten percent will be injured. 

Your chance vdll be better if you are 
between a half-mile and a mile from the 
burst. Buildings will be so virrecked that 
they can never be used again, but only 
50 percent of all present will be killed » 
The injured will be 35 percent; the un- 
harmed, 1$ percent. 

And are you sure you will be far enough 
from the aiming point to give you even 
this fifty-fifty chance of death or 



intelligence , zealousness, and cheerfulness survival? A bomber trying to hit the 

In the exact shade of meaning of~each~wor3^ middle of downtoi«m is likely to be a mile 

we have what even today stands as a picture, 



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off in any direction — in your direction. 

If you do ei:cape killing , but are in- 
jured, vri.ll there be enough first aid 
teams, ambulances, doctors and nurses to 
give you tiie medical service you need 
iramediatelyT 

These are only the effects of the old- 
type atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima, 
Me know that bombs many times as povrerful 
are being manufactured todayo 

Your ultimate chance of survival will 
depend on an adequate civil defense 
organization of volunteers, trained to 
supplement the usual professional fire- 
fighting, police, rescue and m£dical 
services 

Eo you know vifhat to tell your family to 
do if you are caught downtown and they are 
uptown? 

Civil defense in this sense has hardly 
started in some cities <, 

Are you living in one of them? 

Civil defense budgets are being cut 
deeply in city councils, in state legis- 
latures and in Congress. The general 
purpose of economy is one that I favor, 
but it should not go so far as to slow 
down our civil defense to readiness in 
ten years from now, as it is doing. 

What if the Russians drop their bombs 
this year? 

It is beyond doubt now that they have 

enough atomic bombs and ability to deliver 

them, despite our air defense, to drop one 

on every critical target city in the 

States. 

Exerpt from -article by Val Peterson, 

Federal Civil Ds^fcnse Administrator 

Editor's note; This was written to 
emphasize to the American public the 
facts behind America's CD program* 



ALUI-II^JI ^DTES 

Hon, John ?„ Higgins, Chief Justice of 
the Superior Court, a former member of the 
West End Branch staff, now a member of 
the Centennial Commission, has been ap- 
pointed Chairman of its Committee, on the 
Friends" o£ the' Boston. Public Libraiy, 

Carol Vassalo, former branch library 
assistant, has recently received an ap- 
pointment as librarian of the Willimantic 
State Teachers College, Connecticut. 



Maurice Rahilly, formerly of the Audio- 
Visual, is now on the staff of the Nevi Yorl<lp: 



Maritime College Library, Fort Schuyler, 
Bronxo 



RECENT MATERIAL OF 



PROFESSIONAL INTEREST 



Butler, Pierce. 



Librarianship As A 
Profession. The Lib.-^ary Quarterly , 
October 1951, pp. 2j5-2l;7. TContinued 
from July issue) 

The professional person is one who has 
a special intellectual equipment with 
which he does important things for other 
people ,•. The essence of a profession is a 
special scholarship. There are three 
elements to scholarship: materials, 
process and human motives. Modern thought 
has greatly emphasized the first two 
elements while ignoring the third. Since 
scholarship is the intellectual content 
of culture, its pattern must conform to 
the pattern of the cultural activities to 
which the scholarship belongs. All human 
actions involve three simultaneous 
awarenesses — of the m.aterial, of the 
process, and of the motive. The branch 
of scholarship concerned with human 
motives is just as important as the 
materials and processes involved. The 
present day trend of ignoring human 
motivations thereby results in an un- 
natural incompleteness of scholarship. 

In vocational activity there are two 
, personal and impersonal. 
The first is concerned with earning a 
livingj the second is cultural, i,e,, 
depending on the requirements of the job 
which in turn depend upon the requirements 
of the culture to which the v/ork belongs. 
In the professions a special science and 
a special technology are indispensable 
and both are of such an abstruse nature 
as to be unintelligible to a layman. 
Personal motivation in the professions ■ 
is financial, but predominantly a personal 
intellectual predilection for the work. 
Cultural motivation in the professions 
must be developed intellectually to the 
point that it becomes a specific humanistic 
discipline, just as distinctive as the 
professional science and technology in- 
volved. Today the reality and specifica- 
lity of professional humanities are 
generally misunderstood. 

The intellectual content of librarian- 
ship undoubtedly consists of three dis- 
tinct branches. It deals vd.th things and 
rinciples that must be scientifically 



Unitec motivations 



handled, with processes and apparatus thatjv^ill sharpen the understanding, judgement 



require special understanding and skills 
for their operations, and with cultural 
motivations that can be apprehended only 
humanistically. The question is raised: 
"Is the intellectual content of librarian- 
ship so specialized as to become a special 
professional scholarship?" A quick survey 
of library history seems to imply a nega- 
tive answer* Our library system came 
into existence by the automatic processes 
of cultural development o The problems 
of library v/ork have been and still are 
approached vd-th an attitude that relies 
on experience and observation alone, 
without due regard to science and theory. 
The technique of library work is so 
mattar-of-fact that a layman can quickly 
learn on the job. It would seem that the 
library worker -v^io is motivated by personal 
reasons alone does just as well as the 
worker who also bears in mind cultural 
objeotiveso The majority of people working 
in libraries have never attended a pro- 
fessional school. 

Actually a few considerations will show 
that the development of a complete pro- 
fessional scholarship in librarianship has 
been retarded rather than unnecessary. 
Scientific research of the last quarter- 
century has brought results that indicate 
the ineffectualness of an empirical .ap- 
proach to librarianship. One might con- 
sider library technology simple only if 
he ignores two facts : any layman who 
becomes a librarian overnight is a person 
with book experience and a frequent 
library user; and such a person enters 
a going concern manned by experienced 
operatives. The absence of an explicit 
humanistic discipline is the cause of 
two characteristics that have alvrays marked 
librarians as a group — their ancillary 
attitude and their faddishness. Because 
librarians lack an awareness of a dis- 
tinctive Cultural function of their own, 
they are inclined to consider the library 
as a mere handmaiden to other cultural 
agents such as the schools. Not recog- 
nizing in theory the humanistic pecu- 
liarities of their vrork librarians take 
up innovations useful elsewhere, but 
irrelevant to the library. 

The cultural motivation of librarianship 
is the promotion of vdsdom in the indivi- 
dual and in the ccanmunity. The chief 
fus.ction of the library is to undertake 
supplying literature on any subject to any 
citizen for any purpose. This is done on 
the theory that in the long run the process 



and prudence of the readers and so sus- 
tain and advance civilization. The 
librarian must always be intensely aware 
that everyone who enters the library is 
impelled to do so for both personal and 
cultural reasonso The librarian's atti- 
tude must be more intellectual than 
emotional, for he must be able to gen- 
eralize the reading need at the same time 
that he personalizes the reader. It is 
only by explicit study and discipline 
that he can thus exploit the humanistic 
possibilities and probabilities of his 
office. 

It can readily be appreciated that 
library vrork viewed in this philosophical 
study of professions with their cultural 
significance requires of those performing 
the work a very definite professional 
scholarship. 



Paul V. Moynihan 

CENTENNIAL GIFT COmHTTEE 
ENT..1RGED 

A meeting of the Centennial Gift 
Committee, ccmprising representatives from 
the Arnavets, the Employees Benefit 
A.ssociation, the Professional Staff 
A.ssociation ard the Quarter Century Club, 
inras held on Friday, August li;. 

The choice of a gift of a silver tea 
and coffee service previously under con- 
sideration is being held in abeyance 
v;hile the enlarged committee studies 
various other suggestions. 

The enlarged committee consists of the 
follovdng members 5 
Professional Staff Association 



Geraldine Mo Altraan, Jamaica Plain 

Ada A. Andelnian, Office of the Division 

of Home Reading and Conmunity Services 
Charles J, Gillis, Cataloging and 

Classification for HRS 

Jeanne M, Hayes, Book Purchasing 
Bradford M. Hill, Periodical and 

Newspaper 

Priscilla S, MacFadden, Fine Arts 
Thomas J. Manning, Exhibits Office 
Pauline A. Walker, West Roxbury 
Pauline Winnick, Open Shelf .- ,. 

Quarter Century Club 



Mrs Grace M. Caution, Accounting 
Daniel W. Sheeran, Binding 

Employees Benefit Association 



Patrick J. Reilly, Buildings 






Frank P. Binino, Patent 
George W, Gallagher, Binding 
Jj Joseph Danker, Buildings 
Catherine A. Farrell, Accounting 

Ar naveta 

John Wc Tuley, Fire Control Center 
Sidney Weinberg, Patent 

The Centennial Gift Committee 

ADA A ANDEUMN 

Chairman 

NEWS FROM DOIW UNDER 

A fen days ago I paid my first "official!' 
visit to the Auckland Public Library 
and presented my letters of introduction 
from Mr Lord and Mr Heintzelman. The 
Director, Mr Duthie, took me on a per- 
sonally conducted tour throughout the 
Library, He has just taken over the posi- 
tion from someone who had it for about 
ho years and is little by little trying 
to reorganize and put things into workable 
order. We had a long talk comparing 
methods and ideas etc. I am enclosing a 
little pamphlet on the Library for those 
who are interested in these details. 
Briefly, the Library is free to "ratepaysEs 
and residents of the City of Auckland" — 
others pay a small fee per year and a fee 
for each book borrowed. The basic idea 
of a "Free" library is not the basic 
principle of N,Z, libraries as yet I Mr 
Duthie informed me that many of the NoZ. 
public libraries are still subscription 
libraries. Another feature i^hich seemed 
very strange to me is that some of the 
libraries are free in-so~far as educational, 
materials are concerned, but fiction, 
popular non-fiction and other items at 
their discretion are placed in a rental 
collection that is administered by the 
public library. In other words, the 
library will supply material that it thinfe 
educational and that it is its duty to 
provide free, but for the occasional 
reader with a yen for a mystery or western^ 
or just an ordinary best-seller, the books 
are not free* In Auckland books are all 
free to the above "ratepayers etcJ', but 
there is a collection called "pay 
duplicates" ifliich is explained thus: 
"This collection is an attempt to meet the 
demand for popular books without placing 
too great a strain on the book funds. It 
contains duplicate copies of books already 
in the free section." To me this gives 
the impression of, if you aren't first in 



line, so to speak, and don't get the copy 
of a best-seller that is in the free 
collection, you can pay a fee and get 
one of the duplicate copies vri. thout 
waiting so long. In other words "those 
vj-ho pay, get, those vrtio don't, wait 1" 
It is now clearer to me why there is a 
lending library on every corner in 
Auckland and the suburbs — it doesn't cost 
any more to borrow a book from the lending 
library than from the public library. . My 
first reaction in Auckland was vronder at 
the si^t of so many lending libraries 
and I couldn't understand why people 
didn't use the public library — but I 
can see that for the fiction reader (both 
the good and the poor fiction) the 
commercial lending library or "book club" 
offers as much if not more than the public 
library o Perhaps this is a harsh judge- 
ment and I will say that it is a first 
impression gained from observation and 
from discussion with the Director of the 
Auckland Public Library, You will see by 
the pamphlet that the hours in no vfay com- 
pare to the hours of service in Boston 
and the branch libraries are very limitedo 
Speaking of hours, Mr- Duthie asked me 
if our assistants worked a "split shift" 
(even Library vrork is spoken of as shifts), 
I asked him what he meant and he said that 
his people vrould work a morning, have the 
afternoon off and come back to work .the 
evening shift. I explained our system 
to him and said thit such a thing Y\rould 
not happen except in some sort of emergency 
on the staff, and that I did not think 
anyone on the staff would stand for 
such a system as a general thing. This 
"split shift" is evidently in great favor 
here — liir Duthie said it was his first 
attempt at change v/hen he became director 
and only one member of the staff supported 
his ideae For some reason or other the 
staff prefers the split system and on a 
vote taken they did not vrant to changes 

You Tirill see, also, that there are few 
branches and one bookmobile (mobile 
library) , which evidently is in great use . 
The North Shore district v^here T/e live is 
in metropoliliais or greater Auckland and is 
not served by the Auckland Public Library 
at all. The area is governed by Boroughs 
which divide the Shore into small towns ani 
each borough would eventually like to have 
its own Library, Some of them have, 
although I have not visited them as yet. 
I am told that their hours are very short 
and that they are manned by volunteer 
help — in other words they are not 



"libraries" in our sense, b^ut a room where 
the books are kept and an attendant who 
checks them in and out, Mr Duthie in- 



newsy letter received from Mrs Robinson, 
Ifeny of her friends vail enjoy reading 

formed me that the N.Z., Library Associatiatjthe complete letter, which can be 

(Auckland Branch) is v;orking hard to 

persuade the borough of Devonport and the 



borough of Takapuna (adjacent districts) 
to combine their efforts towards one good 
library — ^i-dth two buildings one in each 
town, but with one Librarian and one book 
fund. I believe soicething along the lines 
of our Regional Libraries is what their 
goal is, but the Boroughs are like 
Massachusetts tovms— each one vi'ants to 
say it has its own library. In the 
meantime the rental libraries flourish and 
Library Service in the largest city of 
N.Z, is paihfully inadequate. 

As for the building itself of the Auck- 
land Public Library — a vcooden structure, 
70 years old — ^what more can one say I It 
is less functional than the B.P.L, which 
has certainly been found full of flaws 
from the standpoint of a modern library 
building. The circulation departments 
of the Auckland P,L. are on the ground 
floor and the reference on the second 
(as we would call it). Books and bound 
periodicals are stored from there on 
up into sort of attic space, some of 
which is reached only by twisting iron 
stairs. There is no elevator in the 
building — ^public or otherwise — and heavy 
bound newspapers and other items must be 
carried over many stairs to the reader and 
back, Mr Duthie informed me that the City 
Architect would like to tear the building 
down and start over, but evidently that is 
out of the question. The building is 
shared by the City Art Gallery and the Old 
Colonists Museum, this latter houses all 
sorts of relics of early settlers 
of N.Z. displayed in a hopeless muddle. 
The City Art Gallery has recently acquired 
a new Director, a young Englishman, who 
seems to have done vranders in conjunction 
with the City Architect in renovating a 
certain amount of a7\rkward space into a 
very attractive gallery with storage and 
office space. This is not yet finished, 
but I have had the privilege of a previevf, 
I hope that he mil be able to do the same 
vdth the other galleries. Either he or 
the City Architect is introducing color 
to the interiors of the gallery #iich is 
quite a change to N.Z, interiors. Even in 
the homes a cream color prevails on all 
the walls, either in paint or wall paper, 
and the soft pastel colors used in the 
new decorations should help immensely, 

Ifuriel G, Robinson 



Editor's note; This is part of a long. 



borrowed from Miss Usher, Record Room. 



SO CIAL TWHIRL 

On August 1$ Elinor E, Day, Dorchester, 
was married to William J, Conley, West 
End, The ceremony took place at the 
bride's home in Melrose, After the 
wedding and reception the couple left 
for their honeymoon in Maine. 

At the Branch on Vfednesday, the staff 
gave Miss Day a surprise kitchen shower, 
Rosemarie DeSimone wrapped the gifts 
in unusual packages representing the 
members of the wedding, the church, their 
future home, and various figures. Eleanor 
O'Leary, Mrs Pasquale Vacca, and Helen 
DeSimone were guests at the shower. 
Delicious refreshments were enjoyed by 
all. The Staff's vredding present to 
Miss Day was a pressure-cooker. 

Previous to the shower, #ien Miss D,ay's 

announcement was first made, the staff 

entertained her at a dinner party at the 

Abner "Wheeler House, 

ii- rr « 

On September 10 Marguerite A, Connelly 
of the Director's Office vras married to 
Edward Doran at the Sacred Heart Church 
in Roslindale, Several of her associates 
on the staff attended the ceremony and the 
reception which followed later at Long- 
wood Tovrers, Mr and Mrs Doran will live 
in North Cambridge > 

The Boston City Club vras the scene of- 
a farewell dinner tendered to Mrs Dorothy 
M, Lovett by the Kirstein Business Branch 
staff on September U, Mrs Lovett has 
resigned from the service to remain at 
homoo Forty-eight persons, staff — past 
and present, Central friends, and invited 
guests enjoyed a roast-beef dinner. At 
the head table were Mr and Mrs Lovett, 
Mrs Mary Watkins Dietrichson, Business 
Branch Librarian Emeritus, and Mr 
Dietrichson, Patrick F. McDonald and 
Mary G, McDonald, Richard G, Hensley, and 
John M, Carroll, lie were also very happy 
to have as guests Mr and Mrs Arthur S, 
Merrow, Mrs Lovett 's parents, 

Mr Carroll, an able master of ceremonies, 
introduced Mr McDonald and Mr Hensley, 
yiho delivered addresses, Winifred Root 
read an original poem dedicated to Mrs 
Lovett. Presentation of the gift, a 
lovely silver bowl of Paul Revere design, 



7ras made by Riti Desaulniers. In her 
response, Mrs Lovett paid tribute to two 
"vromen who had inspired her in her library 
career, Mrs Bertha V, Hartzell and Mrs 
Mary Watkins Dietrichson, 

So also may we, who had the privilege 
of working i/vith Mrs Lovett, have, in this 
association, a guide and inspiration for 
our future years. 

Yanifred F. Root 

ERANCH I\DTES 

Mattapan 

The nevirly redecorated Branch is ready 
to Yifelcome back its vacationing public© 
No change was made in the original color 
scheme of cream and white with dark red 
trim because it was felt that this com- 
bination best emphasized the graceful 
interior architecture of the buildingo 

Not the least part of the redecoration 
project was carrying on "business as 
usual" — particularly vdien this involved 
setting up a temporary charging desk in 
a different place each day. "Operation 
paint job" also meant that some twenty- 
five thousand books had to be moved from 
the shelves and then put back in place. 
But when the painters had departed, the 
scaffolding had disappeared, the books 
were shelved, and we had a moment to 
glance around, we found that the result 
made the extra effort very worthwhile 
indeed. 

"Sew" right for the Fall Fashion Parade 
is the theme of the early September 
displays. The outdoor bulletin board 
features books which help the at-home 
seamstress to achieve that envied pro- 
fessional touch. Fashions through the 
years are displayed in the foyer where 
pictures from the library's collection 
of costume books are contrasted with the 
current mode. Swatches of the ne-w 
fabrics complete the effective display. 

West End 

Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian, has 
arrived in Israel whore she will cele- 
brate the Jewish holidays — ^Rosh Ifeshonah 
in Haifa, and Yora Kippur in Jeinisalem, 
Although of a personal nature, her trip 
hasbeen acknowledged by the Israeli 
Embassy in Yfashington, Yehuda Harry 
Levin, Secretary of the Embassy, has 
given her several letters of introduction 
to government officials in Israel to make 



her stay there more enjoyable. 

Israel ^ffill receive from Miss Goldstein's 
personal library a gift of ^00 books 
which reflect the American scene through 
all classes of literature and for all 
ages. She will formally present a 
portion of these books to the Municipal 
Library of Haifa. Another group of 
American juveniles will be given to the 
Department of Education of the Hebrew 
University in Jerusalem to be added to 
the collection #iich Miss Goldstein 
inaugurated in 1952. The remainder of 
Miss Goldstein's book gifts will be 
distributed at the suggestion of the 
Minister of Education and Culture who is 
very interested in this major cultural 
gift from America. 

On returning to Europe, Miss Goldstein 
will be received' at the Vatican Library 
in Rome by Archbishop Arboreda. She 
expects to travel through Italy, France, 
and England before coming home in November, 



SOAP BOX 



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accompanied by the full name of the As- 
sociation member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or she 
Is employed, Tte name is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The 3uthor of the article is known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor-in- 
Chief, The contents of articles appear- 
ing in thg Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association mem- 
bers and their appearance does not neces- 
sarily indicate that the Publications 
Committee and the Association are in 
agreement with the views expressed. 



Dear Editor; 

I find myself in complete agreement with 
l/Iiss Daly's letter about the Examining 
Committee's recommendations concerning pro- 
motion, I greatly fear, however, that she 
is a voice crying in the wilderness. By 
the time our fellow employees affected by 
such radical changes come to a conscious- 
ness of tte fact, a good ten years will 
have passed and the wide open list will be 
a fait accompli. 



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Cheer up, Mary, You -nd I may prove ths Division of Savings Bank Life Insurance, 
greater beneficiaries of such a system, ! Library employees und.er_age ^0 may 
We^re bound to get lots of points for jjoin the group and be irii^red for $1,000 

personality. jat a very reasonable cost. Mr Green 



E-^mon E, McDonough 



inforns us that further details, including 
,a rate chart, will appear in an adminis- 
trative notice. 1 



YDU AND THE A.L.A. 

ITith enthusiastic reports of the Los 
Angeles coiu.erence still ringing in your 
eais, have you stepped to check on the 
status of your membership in this national 
professional association? If not, ivcn't 
you do it now? 

Don't forget that compilation of the 
1953 ALA IffilviEERSHIP DIRECTORY logan 
September 1^ On?-y pail members ar e !ldste''1; 
Now when so many stimuxating oppcrturiicies 
are ours, we hone you do not intend to let 
your membership le.pse,. 

AppiicatJ.on blanks for new members^ 
and for menbers who have misplaced their 
rcner.'al blanks , are available in the Record 
B'.ocmo 

SAJJiH M, USHER 
AoLoA.e Membership 
Coijmittee 

RECENT CREDITS 



Credited T/ith valuable bibliographical 
assistance by the author of "F^'arple 
Passages", Madeleine B. Stern, were 
Richard G, Henslty, Chief Librarian, 
Division of Reference aid Research 
Services and Frank Bruno, Assistant in 
Science and Technology 3 Patent Rocm= 

ANO THER ALUMNI NCTB 

Lloyd W. Griffin, former Assistant in 
Cataloging and Classification, Division 
of Reference and Research Services, is 
now head of the Reference Department, 
University of Wisconsin;, 

CITY EIvPT.OYEES LIFE INSURANC E 

We have been informed by Samuel Green of' 
the Business Office (in answer to a requeslj 
for informatiun) that another opportunity | 
to join the Boston Employees Association 
Group Life Insurance Plan will be avail- j 
able abou;L- November 1^. This plan is [ 
underwritten by the Boston Five Cents • 
Savings Bank, a member of the Massachusetta 



AT TENTIO N S 

"I have long felt that all people have 
to do_, to live in peace and pleasantness^, 
is tc a.'.quire the good manners, alertness 
of mind and level of intelligpi ce of 
professional librarians and archivists.'' 

From: Ewiggett, Hoviard, The extra- 
ordina:y Mr Morris (Garden 
City, N.Yc, Dcubleday, 195,2)p.x 

C.ARE 

The fighting in Korea has ceased, but 
the misery of hunger, disease, and poverty 
continues. 

CARE can help the unfortimate. Please 
give, and give generously^ 

Staff Representatives: your help is 
much needed. 

Special Committee on CARE 



If you are a full-time BPL employee 



you have 



an 



IMPORTANT DATE 



on 



Novem/ber 11, 19^3 



Watch for official no bice I 



NEW ENGLAND LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONVENTION 
New Ocean House, Sv/ainpscott, Massc Sept,. 30, Oct 1 and 2, 19^3 

Wednesday, September 30 

10:00 A.M.— Registration Opens 
2 '.30 PgMi~General Session; 

Speakers: Flora Bo Ludington, President of A-L.A, 
Greetings from A.L,j5io 
David I, Clift, Executive Secretary of A:,L,A« 

"The Regional Library Association" 
I. Bernard Cohen, Professor of Education and History of 
Science, Ifervard Universityo 

"The Librarian's Responsibility for Scientific 
Progress." 

8s30 P.M.— EVENING OF FUN AND FROLIC I Let's get acquainted! Tell your friends 

there is going to be a Barn Dance you won't forget in Convention Hall'. 
Come and dance — Come aid see your friends j 

Thursday, October 1 

10:30 A.M» — General Sessionj 

Speaker: Dr Luther A. Weigle : The Publishing of the Revised Version 
by the Chairman of the Standard Bible Committee j Dean 
Emeritus of the Yale Divinity School o 
2:30 P.M.— New England Children's Book Clirao: "Here Are the Authors:" 

Adele deLeeuw, Jessica Lyon, Munro Leaf, H.A, Rey, Helen Hoke, Lee 
Kingman, Kenneth Andler 
2:30 P.M. — ^Adult Education Group Meeting: 

"Issues Suggested by the Adult Education Survey" 

Mrs Grace Stevenson, Associate Executive Secretary, Ad. A. 
"l/Jhat the Adult Bducati n Survey Means for New England" 

Panel Discussion by New England Librarians — Buzz Session 
lj.:00 P,M, — Special Libraries Association: 

"Our Library" — a visual aid to 'sell' the library— 

Katherine L. Kinder, Johns Manville Research Center 
Qtl$ P.M. — General Session: 

Speaker; Vera Micheles Dean, Research Director, Foreign Policy 
Association — "What next in U.Sc> Foreign Policy?" 

Friday, October 2 

9:00 A.M. — ^Adult Education Group 

"VJhat Are Yfe Going To Do About It?" 

Members of Thursday Panel, Recorders of Buzz Session. — ^Mrs 
Grace Stevenson, Evaluator. 
10:00 A.M. — ^N.E.L.Ao Business Meeting 
llsOO A.M. — Boston Regional Group of Catalogers: 

Symposium; "Simplify but Extend Cataloging in the Small Library," 

"Non-Professional Assistants in Cataloging Departments" 
"The Librarian in Scotland" — Miss Bessie Thomson, University of 
Edinburgh 
11:00 A.M. — Meeting of Ne\T England Extension Librarians 
2:00 P. Mo — Massachusetts Library Association — Business Meeting 
3:00 P.M. — Caroline M. Hevdns Lecture: 

"Jacob Abbott: a Goodly Heritage" — Lysla Abbott 
3:00 P.M. — ^Hospital Libraries Group: 

"The Therapeutic Value of Books" — Foster Mohrhardt, Director Library 
Service, Special Services Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C, 
7:00 P.M.— Banquet 

Speaker: Bernard DeVoto, author and critic — 
"Leaves from a Library Table" 




™ 



uestion 



\^A\^K 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



OCTOBER 1953 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Profensional Staff Association 



Volume VIII, Number 10 



October 1953 



Publications Committee: Gorald L, Ball, GBraldine S, Herrick, John Jt McCafferty, 

Sarah M, Usher, Ciarles J, Gillis, Chairman 



Publication datei 
The fi'fteent~of each month 



EDIX.R'S CCRiMER 

A radical change in borrower registra- 
tion and circulation procedure has taken 
place in the Central Library, It has been 
accomplished so smoothly and successfully 
that many of us are unaware of its impli- 
cations, although some are already notice- 
able. 

The grouping of Home Reading depart- 
ments on the street level has resulted in 
added convenience to borrowers and easier 
servicing of the circulating collections. 
This grouping also helps to channel the 
student and research -worker to those 
parts of the building devoted to reference 
work and study aids. 

The liberalization of borrowers ' privi- 
leges (to an extent not thought possible 
a generation ago) has been accepted vri.th 
enthusiasm by many borrowers heretofore 
eligible for only limited privileges. 
The extension of borrowers' privileges 
to non-residents of Boston should result 
in a great reservoir of good will at the 
present time. If the national trend 
toward centralization of regicnal services 
continues — and it seems certain to do so~ 
this reservoir can be tapped to the great 
advantage of Boston and the Library. 

Every staff member will have an oppor- 
tunity to help in builda.n,-^ this good will 
and Central Charging Records is presented 
with a unique opportunity* The staff will 
meet and have an influence upon every 
borrower, student, and visitor. The im- 
pressions created by the members of this 
Department will be far-reaching. In addi- 
tion to the routine services, such as book 
charging, receiving of raturned books, 
keeping of borrowers' records—staff mem- 
bers may also be required to act as 
receptionists, tactful inspectors of lug- 
gage, and traffic directors. The effi- 
ci-ency with iMiich these varied duties are 
being carried on presages success for 
future good vri.ll toward the Library, 



Deadline for submitting material ! 
The tenth of each month 



With our Centennial upon us and the 
need for public support for our Csiitemial 
Fund, the value of public good will 
toward the Library carjiot be over- 
emphasized. 

The recognition of the importance of 
the Library and its services is being 
attested to almost daily in the public 
press, in community activities, a nd in 
the words and actions of public-spirited 
leaders. We, as members of the Library 
staff, should not do less than cur best 
to help keep our standards of service 
high. 

Charles J, Gillis 

CALE NDAR OF EVENTS 

Octobtr 2[t. Citholic Library Associa- 
tion, 2:30 ptm., Acadon^ 
of the Assumption, Route 9, 
Wellesley Hills, 

October 26, S.L.A., Geo-Physics Library, 
I4.15 Summer Street, Boston, 
The host, Edward Michael 
Doherty, formerly worked in 
Open Shelf, Dinner at 
6 p.mc will be at Ruby Fod's' 
Restaurant, 6 Hudson Street. 

November 11. Centennial dinner to all 

full-time libr-iry staff mem- 
burs, Sheraton-Plr-za Hot-el, 

WELCOI.IE ID I'lE'-- f/^MPERS OF BPLPSA 

Nancy Rogal Cohen, Open Slislf 
Laura Reyes, Rosl i.ndile 
Joan R. Silverio, South End 
Rhoa L, Frev.,man, Uphams Corner 
Bernardinc J. Grace, Uphams Corner 
Miiy L. Devoid er. West Roxbury 
Barbara A. Tu thill, Idlest Roxbury 
Goorge T. Armstrong, Office of R, F, S. 
Catherine M. Doherty, Office of R, F, S. 
Josephine A. 'Taldrcn, Office of R, F, S, 



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PERSONAL NOTES 



K"-/f Employees 

■j'^hn J. O'Neill^ Open Shelf 
C^rrlelia W. Dorgan^ Jlare Book 
Constance £. Wilson, Book Stack Service 
( former ly part-time) 

New Emplo yees — Central Charging Records 
Mrs Marjorie D, Knilling 
Joseph M. 'Brien 
Emanuel Levine 
Mrs Elizabeth S. Good 
Hugh S. HfecKay (formerly part-time in 
Book Stack Service) 

Transfers to Central Charging Records 

From Book Stack Service 
Deirdre M. Barry 
Mo Gertrude Chipmsn 
Flora A. Ennis 
Mary Z. Lynch 
Sheila T/V, Pierce 
Margaret Sarsfield 

From Open Shelf Departm.ent 
Albert J. Brogna 
Mary R. Roberts 
Mary M. Scanlon 
Virginia Dalton 

From Memorial 

Charlotte Cooper 

From Business Office 
Clarence L. Fuller 

Resignations 

Marguerite A. Connelly, Director's Office, 

to be married, 
Joan B. Silverio, South End, to be married 
Mary J. Dowd, Bookmobile I, to join her 

husband who is stationed in North 

Carolina i 

WEDDINGS 

On September 19 Patricia Ann Tuley, 
Book Preparation, was married to James 
John Norton at St. V/illiaras Church, 
Dorchester, at a nine o'clock Ifess. Mrs 
Norton is a daughter of John Vif. Tuley, 
Fire Control Center, B.P.L. The bride 
wore a lace trimmed v;hite satin gown 
v;ith a full train. The four brides maids 
wore gov/ns of sapphire blue and the maid 
of honor's govm was -;old color. Mary 
Curado, Book Purchasing, v/as one of the 



four brides maids, and Margaret Tuley, 
sister of the bride, was maid of honor. 
The reception was held at the Hotel 
Beaconsfield, Brookline. Many library 
friends attended 3 The music was provided 
by Frank I/^ers ' orchestra. Following a 
trip to Canada, Mr and Iks Norton will 
make their home in Dorchester, 

Irene M. Bennett, Book Preparation, 
was narried on September 26, to Michael 
Kerrigan at Our Lady of the Assumption 
Church, Green Harbor ^ Mr Kerrigan of 
the UcSo Army is stationed at Camp 
Atterbury, Indiana. Dressed in a fashionabl 
blue suit vfith matching accessories and 
carrying a bouquet of v/hite pom poms and 
baby's breath, the bride was given in 
marriage by her father, Ralph Bennett, 
The bride was attended by her sister. Carol 
Bennett, who wore a grey suit and carried 
a bouquet of autumn flowers. After a 
buffet style reception, held in a hall 
adjacent to the church, the couple left 
for a honeymoon on Cape Cod. 

At 3:00 p.m,, on Saturday, October 3, 
in the Church of St, Andrew the Apostle 
in Forest Hills, Shirley V. Anderson .of 
Adams Street became the bride of Richard 
J. Waters of Open Shelf, The bride wore 
a ballerina length lace govm and a 
shoulder length illusion veil attached 
to a half hat of white velvet ribbon. 
The gown was strapless v/ith a fitted lace 
jacket and had an insert of t\xlle pleats 
in the skirt. The bride carried a 
double crchid bouquet with streamers of 
virhite button chrysanthemums and stephanotis, 
Francis Donahue of Hyattsville, Maryland, 
was the best man and Helen G, Pappas of 
the Information Office was the maid of 
honor. The latter wore a full-length 
gown of yellow tulle, carried a bouquet 
of yellow chrysanthemums and tearose 
and yellow rosebuds, and vrore a coronet 
of rosebuds v:hich matched the bouquet. 

After the ceremony the wedding party 
and members of the immediate families had 
dinner at The Merrymacs in Northeaston. 

Following a two weeks honeymoon in 
Washington, D.C, and Williamsburg, 
Virginia, the couple will live in Boston, 

One of Autumn's most radiant brides 
T/as the former Nancy Rogal of Open Shelf 
(Children's Section) when she became 
Iifrs Albert Cohen. The ceremony was per- 
formed at the Belmont Country Club amidst 



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a 'profusion of pale pink flowers on Sunday, 

.i.ing October h, Dr Cohen (he is a 
j^^aiatrician) and his bride are now ' 

honeymooning in upper New York State. 



BIRTHS 

Vr and Mrs John Norman a: Alexandria, 
Virginia, announce the birth of their 
first child, Nancy Ellen, on August 28, 
Mrs Nprman is the former Elizabeth 
Kaufman of Print* 

A son, Lawrence J,, was born to Mr and 
Mrs Paul J. Dorr of Park Drive, Boston, 
on September 18. Mrs Dorr was formerly 
a part-time assistant in the Young People'^ 
Room and in the Teacher's Room, She is 
the oldest daughter of John W, Tuley, 
Fire Control Center, B;,PoL. 

Mr and Mrs Yifilliam Fox announce the 
birth of a son, Christopher Anthony, on 
Saturday, September 25. Mrs Fox is the 
former Mimi O'Erien of Information, 

Mr and Mrs James A. Chisholm have an- 
nounced the birth of a daughter, Kathleen 
Mary, on October ?. Mrs Chisholm (Alice 
Nuttall) is on leave of absence from the 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Div. of HR and CS„ 

Mr and Mrs Roger Linder have announced 
the birth of a daughter, Karen. Mr 
Linder was formerly em.ployed in the 
Office of the Div. of HR and CS, working 
vdth Albert L. Carpenter, 

VISITOR S 

Hossein Farhoudi, Editor, Teheran, 
Iran, 

TAKE A B3W 

Bradford M. Hill, retiring Editor of 
SORT, for his conscientious work in 
editing this important national publica- 
tion. 

ARNAVETS 

The ARNAVETS announce the gift of a 
framed portrait of Frank Krigel, BPL staff 
member who died in the armed service in 
1919. Mr Krigel was in Brest, ready to 
embark for home, v/hen he succumbed to the 
effects of v;ar gas. At present, the- 



picture is housed in the Personnel 
Department, until a more suitable place 
can be found, 

ALUMNAE NOTES 

Sixth Annual Alumnae Tea 

The weatherman carried on in his novf 
well-established tradition and produced 
a beautiful, warm fall day on September 
nineteenth when Edith Guerrier, Super- 
visor of Branch Libraries, Emeritus, was 
hostess at the sixth alumnae tea. Branch 
Librarians, Emeritus, who attended were: 
Mary Eo Ames, M, Florence Cufflin, Sara 
Lyon, Clara L, Maxwell, Margaret I. 
McGovern, Katherine S, Rogan, Elizabeth Pe 
Ross, Geneva Vfatson, and Rebecca E, 
Willis, Greetings were read from several 
of those who had found it impossible to 
attend. 

Refreshments, prepared arji served by 
the same catering group -v^ich has acted 
in this capacity in previous years , in- 
cluded a birthday cake in honor of Miss 
Guerrier 's 83rd birthday which came on 
the following day. 

Colored slides of vacation days were 
shown by Muriel C<, Javelin and Virginia 
Havilando 

There vras ample time for visiting with 
old friends and reminiscing of former 
Branch Meeting days. One point which 
was broi;ight out most enthusiastically was 
the interest this group has m The ■ 
Question Mark . They all noY/ receive it 
and are among its most loyal and ardent 
supporters . 

As the guests parted, they vfere given 
a most hearty invitation to come back 
again in 19$U and all accepted with 
pleasure • 

Sarah M. Usher 

Friends of Mrs Edna Coffin Langille 
will be sorry to hear of the death of 
her husband at Oak Bluffs on October 1 , 
1953. 

Margaret Tuley, youngest daughter of 
John W. Tuley, is now in training at 
the Catherine Laboure School of Nursing, 
Carney Hcspital. Miss Tuley worked 
part-time in Book Stack Service, 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The issue raised in The Question Mark 
editorial of July 1953 is one which should 
he of concern to every member of the 
jtaff — a blood bank for the Library throi^, 
which we might help one another in an 
emergency and on which we could depend for 
assistance if any of us or our families 
should need blood» 

Upon investigating the natter we have 
found that — lo I and behold — ^we have such 
a blood bank but, in spite of several 
notices which were issued in connection 
■(dth the inauguration of the program, 
many members of the staff had little or 
no recollection of the blood bank programs 

At the outset, let it be said that if 
any member of the staff or any of his 
family should need blood or if any staff 
member vdshes to be a blood donor or 
wishes to he registered as a donor vfho 
might be called on in an emergency, the 
simplest and meet direct way to get action 
is to comTTiunicate mth Mrs Wollent in 
the Library Hospital . 

The problem, then, seems to be one of 
publicizing an existing program. As the 
first step in a publicity campaign, an 
outline of this program is presented in 
the following paragraphs. 

There is now and has been since January 
1951, a blood bank program in vYhich em- 
ployees of the Library may participate, 
namely, the City of Boston Employees Blood 
Program. 

Under this program, standing appoint- 
ments for library employee donors have 
been arranged at the Red Cross Blood Donor 
Center, 3^h Dartmouth St. (between Com- 
monwealth and Marlborou:^h) every Friday 
afternoon at 2:30. A pledge card may be 
obtained from Mrs Wollent in the Staff 
Hospital, signed and returned to her before 
going to the Blood Center. Employees who 
give blood under this program may be ex- 
cused from work for the rest of the after- 
noon. 

Those employees ¥^ho do give blood and 
their families as vrell, "while in any 
Massachusetts hospital, will be furnished, 
Y/ithout charge, such blood as may be 
needed in whatever amounts are availabld'. 

For those employees who have not yet 
or could not participate in this pr®gram, 
there is maintained in the Staff Hospital 
a list of employees who have volunteered 
to donate blood to their fellovf employees 
4nd thcii' .families in emergencies. These 
volunteers have responded quickly and 



generously to requests for donations of 
blood . 

Although this program was neither 
started nor continued under the auspices 
of the Professional Staff Association 
we feel that as a servi'ce to our fellow 
staff members we may properly use The 
Question M-^-rk for frequent reminders of 
the benefits of the program. 

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The Executive Board, at its meeting 
on September 23, authorized the estab- 
lishment of a Special Committee on 
Personnel vAiich will study and make 
recommendations for changes in the 
present promotional systemg 

B, Joseph O'Neil 
THE B.P.L. ON TV 

Donald Bom, Professor of English at 
BU and entrepreneur of the New England 
Almanac on WEZ-TV, has been using the 
Library as the source for material in 
planning his Friday morning programs. 

On September 10, he credited the 
Library and thanked Daniel Khoury, Music, 
for the help he received in looking for 
informcation about the "Star Spangled 
^rjier" . 

On September I6, he shewed a facsimile 
copy of the Bay Psalm Book from Rare 
Book. 

Fine Arts,' and especially G. Florence 
Connolly, were the subjects of his 
gratitude on October 2« 

On October 9, Professor Bom devoted 
his entire program to the Library. He 
started by saying thnt he had many re- 
quests regarding his choice of subjects 
and materials, ^e explained that he 
always started with Hazeltine's 
Anniversaries and Holidays , viihich was 
available at the Library. From there on 
he showed how he finally chose Columbus 
Day .as the most logical one for the 
day's program. Then he told of the help 
received from Harriet Swift, "who was 
Mr Haraszti's assistant", showed 
facsimile maps of Columbus' route, and 
other ancient ra^.ps. He ended with a 
picture of the preliminary study of the 
Central Library Building and the pro- 
posed addition, and drew attention to 
the Centennial celebration. In closing 
he thanked Marjorie Bouquet and other 
staff members for helping him to prepare 
the day's telecast. 



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From now through May 19^h} Professor 
horn has promised to devote some of his 
time each week to a different department, 
branch library, or service of the Library, 

I'lans for a TV show in connection with 
the currjnt exhibit of Sherlock Holmes 
Memorabilia are in preparation to take 
place on Monday, October 26, on the 
Louise Morgan program on TOAC-TV. In 
case of change in date, the new date iTill 
be posted on the Staff Bulletin ,Board» 

CARE 

Excerpts from a letter received 
recently by the CARE chairman from Van 
S. Bowen, chief of the CARE fission, 
Berlin, should prove most gratifying to 
our contributors to CARE: 

"Two of the CARE packages. . .sent by 
your organization to refugees in Berlin 
have been personally delivered to the 
Sonnenberg and Geisel families. Herr 
Siegfried Geisel,,,is very ill and could 
not leave his bed... 

"In 19hS they (Herr Geisel and family) 
left their home in Pomerania when the 
Russians moved in... Then, in March of 
this year, they fled again to the safety 
of west Berlin, Viherc they were granted 
recognition as bonda fide political 
refugees at once... The authorities want 
to move the family on to vrest Germany for 
final resettlement, but Frau Geisel fears 
that her husband cannot stand the trip... 
She is seeking permission to remain hero 
and was visibly moved by your kindness 
virhen the package was given to her, 

"Frau Edmund Sonnenberg,. .told of how 
she and her husband fled from Saxony a 
year ago withtheir two children... Herr 
Sonnenberg has finally been given part- 
time work. ..for recognised refugees, 
although their income remains pitifully 
small and your package will ..lean a 11 the 
more because of this, 

"The others who have benefitted from 
your kindness,,ewere recommended as 
especially in need by a church welfare 
group that knows their cases personally.o J 

The letter also gives informs-tion of 
three other recipients of CARE packages. 

CARE Committee 



ALA Still Needs YOU 1 1 



FIRE PREVENTION WEEK 



On Friday, October 9, a fire drill 
TTijas held in the Library, in cooperation 
with the Boston Fire Department, ob- 
serving Fire Prevention Week, The 
building was evacuated in four minutes e 
The drill, which waaconsidered excellent 
by officials of the Fire Department, 
was observed by Director Milton E. Lcrd, 
Fire Commissioner John F. Cotter, Director 
of Civil Defense Joseph L. Malone and 
Assistant Direcotr Frank C, Cleary, and 
Deputy Fire Chief Edward N^ Montgomery,: 
Chief Montgomery is in charge of Fjr e 
Prevention. 

After the fire drill the Boston i^'ire 
Department Drill Te-m put on a half-hour 
exhibition in Copley Square, directly 
in front of the building. The team was 
accompanied by the Fire Department Band, 

John % Tuley 

CALLING ALL BPL ARTISTS AND CRAFTStJEN I 

The officers of one of the savings 
banks of Boston have expressed a desire 
to cooperate with the Library in cele- 
brating its centenary. The bank is 
willing to s et up a display of art works 
and items of handicraft done by members 
of the Library staff. 

Staff members desiring to exhibit their 
vforks may call on Thomas J, Manning, 
Chief of the Exhibits Office, and discuss 
the display in detail, 

SEEING THINGS 



Atoms, stars, and points between. 

Are much alike when far off secnj 
No crude, nor fine, no great, nor small, 

No good, nor bad are seen at all; 
No bright, nor sharp, no depth profound. 

At far avray can ever be found; 
The works of God in vast profusion. 

Look all alike in one confusion; 
Myopic man unwise, alone. 

Sees the world in monotone. 

But they of other sights possessed. 

Long at other grandeurs guessed; 
And see how flake is unlike flake. 

No fish alike in sea and lake; 
No print resembles print on hand. 

No hair equals other strand; 
See differences infinitesimal. 

To the ultimate shade and decimal; 
lAnd marvel at God's universe,, 
I JAiltitudinous and diverse* Harry Andrews 



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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION W3TE3 

Progress Report of 
Staff Centennial Gift Committee 

Airount Received to date: $5^5^2.07 

Number of contributions: 5 ^^ 

The Gommittee will welcome further 
contributions , both from indi\T.duals 
and groups, until November 10 » 

The members of the Committee take 
this opportuiiity to express their thanks 
to every one who has helped in this fine 
demonstration of good vdll toward OUR 
Library, 

Samuel Adelstein of the Coffee Shop 
has joined the staff in a contribution 
toward the Centerjiial Gift. 

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NEWS LETTER, Number Three, recently 
issued by the Centennial Commission, makes 
four important announcements: (l) Ac- 
ceptance by Frederic C, Dumc.ine, Jr., of 
the Chairmanship of the Business and 
Industry Committee, (2) the Centennial 
Dinner, to be given by the City of Boston 
on November 9, to inaugurate the Library's 
Anniversary, (3), the Centennial Dinner 
to be given by the City of Boston for 
all full-time Library Staff members, 
November 11, at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel, 
and (I4) the presentation of two citations 
for distinguished library service given 
by the New England Library Association 
and the lAassachusetts Library Trustees 
Association. 

NEff ENGLAND LIB RA RY ASSOCIATION 
CONFERENCE 
NEy/ OCEAN roUSE , 3WAMPSC0TT 
September 30, October 1 and 2 
The first general session convened 
in the Ball Room on Wednesday afternoon. 
The meeting was called to order by the 
President, Louise B. Day, who iatroduced 
the directors of the NcE.L.A, They, 
in turn, were responsible for introducing 
the speakers of the afternoon, the first 
of whom was Flora B, Ludingtin, President 
of ALA. She brought greetings from the 
national Association j drew attention to 
the fact that librarians are not as 
mousey as filmdom has pictured them but 
they are people of vital activity vfho 



have learned to "speak up"; deplored 
the fact that statistical coverage in 

New England makes it difficult to show 
the need for larger library service; 
reminded Ye r listenei's that the fruits 
of such conferences as this are not fully 
realized for weeks or months— not until 
the ideas gained are put into use in 
libraries in far-flung parts of the 
section; mentioned that New England is 
well represented in membership in the 
ALA; regretted that frequently people 
who seem to possess the exact qualities 
needed for leadership are found to be 
non-members of the national organization; 
stated her belief bbat ALA has not 
yet reached its full potential and vi 11 
reach it only by a membership that is 
interested in its prafession and is 
''eager to make our libraries just a 
little better then they are now and we 
ourselves just a bit better librarians 
than we have beenc" She outlined the 
program which ALA is undertaking for the 
year ahead: (l) Continuing the American 
Heritage programs, (2) expanding adult 
education opxicrtunities, (3) reviewing 
ALA publishing (which has to be done 
periodically), (U) considering the 
progress report of the Board on Personnel 
Administration, particularly relating to 
the problem of placement; and (5) 
offering to the President of the United 
States tlae services of an ALA sub- 
committee in connection with the newly- 
appointed Presidential Commission on 
Inter-Governmental Activities, In 
connection vrith this last point, she 
stated that anything relating to federal 
aid for libraries vdll not take place 
until after the report of the Commission 
is made in March, 

David I, Clift, Executive Secretary 
of ALA, also brought greetings from that 
body. As part of his subject The 
Regional Library Association , he stated 



that there are b such associations vdiich 
have been organized between 1^09 and 
19ii9 and which cover 32 states and 1 
province of Canada: Pacific Northwest, 
Southeastern, Southwestern, New England, 
and Mountain Plains. He traced the 
development of regionalism from sectiona- 
lism; outlined the variations in the 
regional associations as to meetings, 
programs, and projects; posed the 
question, "V/hy have regional Associa- 
tions?"; and looked briefly at what the 
future holds for them; ending with 



characteristic Nev.'" England pride , by 
asking "?/here can librarians do more 
things better than in New England?" 

The main speaker of the afternoon was 
I. Bernard Cohen^ Professor of Education 
and History of Science, at Harvard 
University. He prefaced his remarks by 
sajd.ng that "The average person is very 
ignorant about science not only because 
he is unavrare of certain facts or theories 
but ignorant in an even worse way because 
he has no comprehensive idea of the 
nature of scientific enterprise." He 
touched on the common hostility to 
science, citing the atomic bomb as an 
example, and developed the theme that an 
understanding of science is important for 
the individual's security ^ well-being 
and happiness. 

He discussed the librarian's respon- 
sibility to the reader from the point of 
view of the selection of science books. 
He pointed out the danger of choosing 
scionce books from best seller lists 
because of the fact that science books 
v/hich get onto these lists are apt to be 
paradies or books attacking science. 
He called attention to the fact that at 
the present there are a number of extra- 
ordinarily good books being v/ritten in 
the field of science, many by first-rate 
scientists. 

He suggested that the program of 
having science books in public libraries 
night be considered as a social problem; 
that it might be considered from the 
point of viev/ tl-B. t understanding science 
implies a goal that is as socially 
valuable to the community ar.d the United 
States as the understanding of people in 
districts where the population is made up 
of rany races and creeds. He believes 
that there should be a long-range program 
of building up science collections to 
serve the public — not books dealing with 
current controversies in science, not 
books of transitory value, not books like 
scientific encylopedias. In this there 
must be taken into account the fact that 
there are probably no scientists on 
the library staff nor on the library 
boards of trustees. The problem the 
librarian has to face is that of finding 
some more attractive and efficient way 
to aid in the education in science of 
those who use the public libraries, 

Edna G. Peck 
Sarah M, Usher 



Adult Education Group Meetings 

The recent Adult Education Survey 
financed by the Ford Fund for Adult Edu- 
cation was the subject discussed at two 
meetings on October 1 and 2. The first 
meeting, presided over by Mrs Muriel 
C, Javelin, Deputy Supervisor in Charge 
of Work v/ith Adults, Boston Public 
Library, opened v/ith a stimulating talk. 
Issues Suggested by the Adult Education 



Survey , by Mrs Grace Stevenson, Associate 
Executive Secretary, A,L.A. In addition 
to the explanation of hovf and why the 
Adult Education Survey began, Mrs 
Stevenson ably summarized the findings 
of the Sxirvey and its implications on the 
national scene, 

Mrs Javelin vfas the moderator for the 
panel discussion, i/Uhat the Adult. Educa- 
tion Survey M^ans for New England , 
interpreted in a lively manner by the 
following members : 

Robert S. Ake, Public Library Con- 
sultant, State Department of Education, 
Connecticut, 

Leonard Archer, Librarian, Rutland 
Free Library, Vermont, 

Sallie ^, Coy, Librarian, Public 
Library, "ffestcrly, Rhode Island, 

Sigrid A. Edge, Professor, School of 
Library Science, Simmons College, 

Ruth ^yatt. Librarian, Public Library 
Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 

Miriam Putnam, Librarian, Memorial 
Hall Library, Andovcr, Massachusetts. 

L. Felix Ranlett, Librarian, Public 
Library, Bangor, Maine. 

Forrest Sta ulding, Librarian, Public 
Library, Nashua, New Hampshireo 

Four questions were considered: How 
can in-service training be provided for 
librarians already in the iprofession? 
How can libraries in New England be en- 
couraged to make wider use of' audio- 
visual aids? How far should the library 
go in initiating community-wide projects? 
Are there some objective criteria for 
evaluating library adult services? 

Each question raised several additional 
questions. Regrettably^ discussion was 
limited in order to permit time for 
audience participation. Previously 
assigned leaders and recorders helped to 

arrange the audience into several "buzz" 
groups to discuss the same four questions. 
Again, time and not interest terminated 
the animated discussions. However, a 
feeling of satisfaction prevailed from the 



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a-^nouncement that the foui questions 
vvere to be discussed again the next day» 

The second meeting, which considered 
What Are We Going to Do About It ?^ was 
presented in the form of reports on 
each of the four questions, presented 
by the recorders, Rebecca J, Camp, 
Assistant Secretary, Free Public Library 
Commission, Vermont; Mrs Helen F. Hirson, 
Extension Librarian, Boston Public 
Library J Isabelle B, Hurlbutt, Librarian, 
Greenmch Library, Connecticut; and 
Hannah Hyatt, Fitchburg Public Library, 
Each report summarized the discusaions 
of the "buzz" groups and also raised 
basic questi-ins for audience discussions 
The Thursday panel members were helpful 
as resource assistants and Mrs Grace 
Stevenson served as commentator and 
evaluator. 

The two connected meetings of the 
Adult Education Group were considered 
a good example of in-service training 
on the regional level. The various 
techniques used at the meetings demon- 
strated techniques v^hich could be used 
with in-service training and also vdth 
adult education programs. That these 
techniques were successfvl was evident 
from the fruitful results of the tvro 
meetings. A great deal of practical 
information on the purpose and content 
of adult education programs was pointed 
up, as well as the need for further 
study and evaluation, 

Helen Hirson 

Here Are The Authors 

Book Clinics can be fun, to paraphrase 
Munro Leaf, a nd perhaps to those who 
like the leaven of h^omor, of the non- 
sensical and lighthearted in the lump 
of erudition, Thursday afternoon in the 
ballroom proved a delightful session. 
The meeting, well attended, got under 
way after a brief and gracious intro- 
duction by Louise Weiscopf , who promptly 
turned it over to D'Arcy Har court, Mr 
Harcourt's assignment was a pleasant 
one. His introductions were brief, 
capable, and had a smile tucked back of 
each one so that the audience was 
nicely conditioned to the hiunor which 
characterized the entire mf.eting. 

Adele deLeeuw came first, complete, 
praise be, with name pronounced clearly, 
thus setting many of us fumblers and 



stumblers straight. For those not there, 
let me announce that, reasonable or 

otherwise, the name is pronounced deLay-ch, 
Adele led off at a very spirited pace — 
humorous, with an easy, light, enjoyable 
delivery, productive of those welcome, . 
sustained chuckles from an audience 
that a speaker enjoys only slightly more 
than an audience itself. With quick 
strokes she sketched in the steps leading 
to the collaboration between her sister, 
Cateau, and herself in the early days of 
stcry telling in a musty old hall. 
Admittedly having no time to read:, with 
feminine logic she decided to write, and 
■with the executive's natural flair for 
getting things done by others, she soon 
discovered Cateau 's excellence at 
"research, history, and beefsteak," Adele 
deLeeuw opines that the young girls for 
whom she writes career stories are much 
touglicr than some think — that they should 
get something beyond their daily ex- 
perience from books, and if so they will 
like it, ^ Shouldn't she knowl 

Then followed Gateau I Family 
resemblance and family humor were un- 
raistakeablej With some earnestness she 
approached her theme that in her writings 
she definitely strives to "equip" young 
girls for the marilcd life that is sure 
to follow. Their preparation for count- 
less other things far exceeds that for 
the biggest job of their lives; and via 
the warm and sympathetic page, she hopes 
to present both problem and solution to 
the end of stimulating thinking and 
responsibility. She had us aU slightly 
bug-eyed, however, with her calm and 
frequent references to the way the sister 
team uses the "sub-conscious." "Simply," 
says Cateau, "give the sub-conscious 
orders, relax, go to the typewriter, 
and there it is I" (She neglected to men- 
tion what "it" might turn out to be with 
some of us f) Nevertheless, with her 
books under the pseudonym of Jessica 
Lyon, she has definitely pioneered in 
her field. 

A strong breeze blew doivn the aisles 
of the room with Vxs Rachel Baker, 
author of many biographies, conductor of 
a radio program, "Elbows on the Table," 
and enthusiast of life and of her many 
admitted loves — namely, her various 
biographies. Lively, percussive, period- 
omitting, and amusing, this versatile 
vroman initiated us into the mysteries of 
knocking down presentable young men on 
the leeward side of a catalogue case, 



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with an eye to prompt matrimony, and on 
hovr to yell vdsely back at oiir offspring 
\vhen they inquire of us if we know aught 
of sex and Freud. She knows a challenge 
Mhcn she sees one, and Freud is now being 
biographed v;ith "wim, wigor, mtality" 
and ability i 

Helen Orr Ifatson — white-haired, 
mo the rly-lo eking armj' iirife, spoke in- 
terestingly of her urge to antidote the 
effects of stories presenting the uglier 
side of army life by v^'riting about army 
horses, dogs, pigeons and mules. Normally 
a lover of the short story and already 
busy vvlth such writing, she found that the 
array training of pigeons was an absorbing 
story requiring longer presentation. She 
was. homey, unaffected and fresh as the 
breeze blowing off the ocean— and wc 
loved her I 

Came a modest Puck-Coolidge combination 
in the person of H.A, Rey, who won his 
audience in the first breathu Cecily G's 
famous creator was wholly delightful- 
soft spoken, strongly accented, en- 
deavoring to prove his utter incapability 
of. addressing such an august audience of 
adults, yet with a pseudo-naivete ad- 
mitting that racs t of what he had just 
uttered v;as falsehood. Then, sensing 
the childlike importunacy in each of us, 
he went to the blackboard and drew a 
beautiful tail* Invited guesses from the 
audience included "snake," "periscope,'' 
et cetera, but tail it was, the waving 
end of a truly Reyan lion. Mr Rey, 
moreover, in audio-visual modus, gave a 
curiously perfect roar which made the 
lion strictly authentic. Now he plans 
to do a "sniff book for dogs," We don't 
know. Ask Mr. Rey I And say— he's an 
accomplished astronomer t 

Helen Hoke j a7;are of the fact that a 
fast'-moving pace had been set, attributed 
her presence on the speakers ' platform 
to the queerness of her hats 4 Then, being 
a good editor, she v.lsely shifted us to 
a clever letter f rom Noel Streatfield, 
It seems that the little brochure which 
"Tatts Publishing Company puts out for it.^ 
authors, asking nothing short of perfec- 
tion, found Noel Streatfield a fter her 
book was written. The simple enormity of 
its demands impelled her to send to Helen 
Hoke an equally exacting recipe for 
English biscuits, thereby squaring the 
score, 

Lee Kingman, formerly of Houghton 
Mifflin, gave us an intimate picture of 



Cape Ann and its quarry interest. So 
graphically did she present to us the 
uses to which Cape Ann granite has V»een 
put that no ovorpassus, public buildings 
or bridges are safe from our appraising 
eye, though our "knowledge" may be 
translated into murmurs of, "That's 
probably some of lee Kingman's granite," 
The interesting activities embraced in 
her life are legion. Questioning us as 
to whether or not regional writing is 
practical and of appeal^, Lee Kingman, 
young, attractive and successful^ set 
us thinking c 

A sort of ruddy-faced, chuckling, 
crew-cut young man had been enjoying the 
various speakers, and vihen he was in- 
troduced as Munro Leaf, v/e naturally ex- 
pected more f un-i-nnd got it 1 Protesta- 
tions by the yard ensued, Mr Leaf's chief 
aim seeming to be to prove that his was 
not art. With two gi owing sons, he has 
to prove that various things can be fun, 
so he does. His "doodles" — as he calls 
his dravrlngs, are basic and include sucH 
fundamental differentiations between 
the famale and male sex as three hairS 
instead of one and a skirt instead of 
trousers. He claims that these dravdng^ 
break davm. the age barfier — readers not 
k^.owing what age they are intended for I 
Vowing seriously that the "ultimate of 
easy pacification is television," he 
combats it in his newest book, "Reading 
Can Be Fun." Grinnmgly he ponders one 
on "photosynthesis," but it's all in 
goodj clean fun. Around the lion he drew 
two of his familiar figures with finel* 
gradations of sensitivity of feature'., 
expressed in the singlc-line-upturned aid 
single -line-dovm-turned mouth I Naturally 
he had us eating out of his hand ! Single 
line, horizontal. 

A couple of questions from the audience 
brought Adele deLeeuw forvrard again to 
throvf in a brief bit about their sojourn 
is. Java, and \re no longer wondered at 
the P.P's — the Prodigious Producers — 
for theirs is the sheer, unadulterated 
joy of living aa.d workinf^ (with the sub- 
conscious doing mo3t of it) vitally* No, 
a brain was not born thai afternoon. 
Trope and motaphoi* didn<t pack every 
sentence, but fun it certainly Was, and 
how awfully fond of everyone everyone 
felt afterward I 

Lucia 3, Faulkner 



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SIA 



The Septtmber meeting of the Boston j 
Chapter was held on October 1 at h'-OO p,m,| 

ia the Priscilla Room» As this was a j 

jrint effort vri. th the Connecticut Valloy | 

Chanter, the tvifo Chapter Presidents were 1 
co-chainnon. After a few words of greetiiT^ 

from Mrs Doris McNulty, President of the j 

Boston Chapter, the group v/as elcomed by i 

Jeanne B, North, Connecticut Valley j 

Chapter Presidento Miss North in turn i 

introduced the speaker, Katherine Lc ■ 

Kinder of the Johns-Manville Research ! 

Center whose topic was Our Library — ^A i 

Visual Aid to 'Sell' the Library . i 

By the use of charts which visually : 

illustrated the special library's place ' 

in the modem industrial or research \ 

organization. Miss Kinder proceeded to i 

"sell" her library to the officials of ; 

the corporation. These visual aids are '> 
designed to enable the library and the 

laboratory to acquire a better means of ' 

communication and may be used as an ' 

orientation method cf presenting the . 

library's needs and aims to the officers | 
of an organization. 

"The throe tests of a library's ' 
successful fulfillment of its mission," 
said Miss Kinder, "are 1) information 

provided, 2) money saved, and 3) time i 

savcdo" ' 

Leonard J, Macmillan i 

i 
WHAT NEXT IN U. S . 

FOREIGN POLICY ? ■ 

Mrs Vera Michelcs Dean told of her | 

experiences last June when the news that i 

her books were taken off tk; list of I 

books supplied by the U, S, Information ! 

Service received front page notice. She 1 

would have liked to survey the matter j 

with the calm composure of an Englishman | 

eating his porridge v;hile reading the j 

obituary notices in the TIMES and feeling ! 

that "all this vdll pass away". Also I 

she appreciated the advice of her six- ■ 

teen-year-old son who said, "Enjoy it i 

while you can, you m?.y never make the ; 

front pa ge again" . However, she was glad ' 

that she was able to fight the battle of \ 

intellectual freedom and with the help j 

of her organization, launch an attack, j 

The ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH v/rote fifteen } 

editorials in her cause. Finally, she ' 

was rcvra.rded by a telegram from a Dr ' 

Johnson of the State Dejnrtment telling | 



her that "her books were removed through 
error and that they were now restored" e 

Mrs Dean told of our need for infor- 
mation about the Far East. It seems 
that people who vfrite about the East 
are attacked, partirularly writers in 
nEgazines and nev;sp:pers. The aation 
as a whole should make up its mind en the 
basis of information, not on the attacks 
on foreign policy. We need information 
on the graduate level. If we do not we 
will be a nation of ignoramuses. The 
Russians have an informed appraisal that 
is very close to realities. They have 
the facts even if they do make blunders. 
The facts arc needed ^ vathout them we 
arc sitting ducks. 

As far as foreign policy is concerned, 
we are faced with two courses ; inter- 
national co-operaticn or the new form of 
isolation, i.e. "the go it alone 
policy". Are wc going to jettison the 
Acheson policy of foreign co-operation or 
not? The continued oscillation is con- 
fusing to our friends. Wc know that the 
end is peace but we should define our 
means. We should decide just how to 
treat Syngman Rhee and remember ttB t 
cutting taxes is irreconcilable with vra.r» 
In Korea, there is stalemate and not 
unconditional surrender. Our end is 
peace, but the means used may lead to 
a reneival of war. We cannot isolate 
aggression and we cannot settle the 
issue alone. Korea is a bridgehead, it 
has been so all through history. We 
also cannot dismiss Communist China and 
call it a minor issue, pretending that 
it does not exist, h. la Alice in Wonder- 
Land. We have to come to grips vifith 
reality because we will be forced to by 
other nations. 

Mrs Dean discussed the German situa- 
tion and mentioned that balai ce of power 
exists in all human relations and is 
bound to exist in foreign relations. She 
made note of the fact that Germany will 
eventually bo united and that our dis- 
regard of the Labor parties in E^st 
Germany is umcLse because the Social 
Democrats may be leaders not Adenauer's 
Christian Democrats, The Social 
Democrats, representing the workers, are 
still a force vdiich must be treated with 
caution. 

She mentioned the rise of the peoples 
in various comers of the world who are 
rebelling against imperialism. These 
people have received the inspiration from 



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this country which carried on a successful 
revoluti-^n. Rcmoniber that the whites are 
a world minority and that a more moderate 
policy should be carried on mth the free 
nitionsa 

Gerald L. Ball 

Hospitals Libraries Group 

Disappointed by the failure of Foster 
Mohrhardt to appear as announced from 
the Special Services Veterans Administra- 
tion^, Yifashingtcn, D.C., -vi^cre he is 
Director of Library Service, the Group 
proceeded, nevertheless, to a stimulating j 
discussion of The Therapeutic Value of i 
Books under the .duidance of Grace Cramer, 
I'resident of the M,L,A, Institutional 
Librarians Group. i 

Preceding an open discussion, Mr, i 
Brennan, Assistant Librarian at the | 
Chelsea Soldier's Home read an article I 
by Mr Mohrhardt entitled, T he Interna- ' I 
tional Aspects of Hospital Librarianship ^ j 
This paper pointed out the newness of | 
hospital libraries throughout the world 
and the fact that bibliotherapy is 
generally considered the most important 
problem in these libraries. As doctors 
have stated, of all the remedies applied 
to sick men, only reading is accepted 
vj-illingly. Especially in work vdth 
neuropsychiatric and tubercular patients, 
it is knovm that re 'ding has a definite 
therapeutic value, but some sort of joint 
international studies aro needed to 
measure this value and increase it. In 
his Administrative Psychiatry , William 
Bryant states that to be of therapeutic 
value to the insane, books must be care- 
fully selected vrith h^alp cf the psychia- 
trist, librarians must bo persuasive and 
the hospital library must be centrally 
located. To gain the financial support 
of the institutions in which they are 
located, hospital libraries must establish 
the fact thit they are an intellectual 
pharmacy and that library service ie 
therapy of a high order, relatively cheap 
in cost. 

At Miss Cramer's invitation, follov.lng 
this paper, members of the group described 
informally specific cases in -vifliich they 
had personally seen patients helped by j 
reading. There was, for example, a middler 
aged policeman at the Chelsea Soldier's i 
Home, despondent with the inactivity i 
caused by age and old v/ar vrounds, vho I 



became an expert speaker on juvenile 
delinquency through interest roused in 
the hospital library. Another patient, 
at the Rutland Sanitorium, recovered 
her will to live partially because of 
the persistence of the librarian in 
bringing her the religious material 
her devout Irish background suggested 
she might be interested inc Among the 
most interesting of these informal 
accounts was Mrs Elsa Leahy's picture 
of the problems posed by young Korean 
war brides suffering from tuberculosis 
at the Yfestfield State Sanitorium. 
Recently, her wrok has included a general 
program of orientation for these girls, 
including study of English, home economics, 
and baby care. Since many of these women, 
as Mrs Leahy pointed out, come to this 
country expecting full social acceptance, 
the year or two which they are being 
forced to spend at Westfield may well be 
a blessing in disguise as it helps them 
to face their new lives realistically^, 

It was evident from these remarks, 
and others, that oua- hospital librarians 
not only believe in the therapeutic value 
of books, but that they are proving this 
value everyday, 

B, Gertrude Wade 

Caroline M, Hewins Lecture 

The sixth Caroline M. Hevdns lecture 
was given at the fall meeting of the 
Round Table of Children's Librarians, 
held on October 2, under the chairmanship 
of Ne Dorothy Shumaker, 

Introduced by Frederic G. Melcher, 
sponsor of the lectureship, Lysla Abbott, 
Director of School Libraries for the 
Portland, I.!aine, Public Library, gave in 
a most delightful manner her excellent 
paper on JACOB ABEOTT~A GOODLY HERITAGEc 

Presenting first the background of 
this New England writer for nineteenth 
centiiry children. Miss Abbott traced 
interestingly the family influences on 
the boy and young man, bom in Hallowell, 
Maine, in I803, revealing the strong 
"Puritan" and "Christian" home life which 
led to his training as a minister and his 
busy career of teaching and writing. 

At twenty-six Jacob Abbott founded in 
• Boston on Mount Vernon Street the Moixnt 
Vernon School for Girls and soon wrote 
THi^. YOUNG CHRISTIAN and THE TE-ICHER. It 
was stated that all he ever w rote came 



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under the two words "young" and "Christiani'i 
All of his teaching was filled mth a j 

deep concern to shape the characters of 
his pupils — "to fix ideas, not words ^ in 
the mind," j 

Coming to the great number of books 
T/vTitten for children by this prolific 
author — the "Rollo" series, the Franconia 
Stories , the Red Histories , and others 
(a total of 180 by him alone and thirty- 
one more by him as joint author) — Miss 
Abbott pointed cut their sound child ] 

p-sychology and the fact that they were | 
"neither sentimental nor maudlin." i 

Miss Abbott's apt and amusing use of | 
quotations from these books and her fine i 
feading of her paper enlivened a subject I 
of real interest and importance. , 

Virginia Havlland | 

I 
Bernard DeVoto Speaker j 

at Convention Banquet 

To the pleasantly expansive mood in- | 
duced by the go >d food and conviviality i 
of Friday's banquet, Bernard DeVoto's talkj 
Leaves from a Library Table , added a not j 
entirely unexpected fillip^ More 
specifically — if more prosaically — it I 

might have been entitled Trends in Pub - j 
lishing, for this was the gist of I-'ir i 

DeVoto 's remarks, although the announced i 
title gave him leeway to comment on other j 
matters germane to publishing. Exhibi- j 
ting the characteristic vdt and pungency I 
familiar to readers of (Harper's) The j 

Easy Chair , he discussed first the 
declining state of contemporary fiction, 
pointing out that of the mere than 11,000 
titles published in 19^2 only 1,329 were 
fiction, with juveniles, biographies, 
religious books, and works of history, 
economics, and sociology assuming an 
increasing prominence. Although he 
scoffed at the Jeremiahs who predict that 
fiction is about to become obsolete, he 
freely admitted that fevrer novels of 
outstanding merit are being published now 
than during the period from 1?27-I9li5» 
However, he is convinced that fiction 
is not a dying form but is merely 
suffering a "temporary anemia". To the 
question, what has happened to fiction, 
his ansvrer is thoat the novelists themse.l\t!£ 
are partly to blame, and that aoparently 
many v-riters have found certain aspects 
of modern civilization too gruelling to 
cons to grips vri.th, thereby falling down 



on two of the primary jobs of fiction, 
"to comment on the age", and "to illuminate 
and interpret experience" . While he 
believes that there is no lack of skill 
and talent among the younger writers of 
today, and often a technical mastery 
ordinarily not found in novelists of 
forty, it is apparent that too often 
these vn^iters fail to mature. In spite 
of th.- fact that much contemporary 
writing has a certain beauty and charm, 
in general he believes that it lacks the 
vigor, vitality, character, and content 
so characteristic of the literature of 
the '20s and 'UOs. The failure to con- 
front life is apparent in other tendencies 
such as the prevalence of allegories 
written in a kind of private symbolism, 
and in the cult of science fiction. 
Nowhere does he see evidence of a return 
to native roots for reinvigoration. 
In England he believes that Inness and 
Ambler are capable of it, as was Greene 
before he was diverted and while Dashiell 
Hammett gave the novel a nevr form — as 
developed by Raymond Chandler it turned 
out to be not a new form after all but 
one that "f'^undered in sado-masochism". 
Science fiction, which iir DeVoto des- 
cribed as "horse opera in space suits", 
is mostly cliche written, and few authors 
have gotten past mechanical tricks, and 
given it humor, vrit, and grace, with the 
exception of such rare practitioners as 
Bradbury* In the main it is a popular 
type of fiction entirely devoid of 
emotion which provides escape for author 
and reader alike, this tendency to 
escape he finds true of most of the 
fiction being written, and it is rare to 
find novels in which our common experience 
is reflected. As he pungently phrased it, 
"today, father-son novels have become 
bloody psychic dramas written out of 
abstract theory". 

Looking away from fiction, which he 
declared has been elevated out of its 
relativ:i importance in the literary 
field, Mr DeVotc, with characteristic 
vigor, stated that we are living in a 
great age, out of which a generation 
of outstanding historical vn-iting has 
come (modestly making no mention of his 
aun) which has been liberated from 
formalism and economic determinism. 
Characterizing it further as a journal- 
istic age, he declared that journalism, 
toe, haa come of age, and has developed 
from the press to the bound book, into 



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something new. Furthermore, he is con- 
vinced that correspondents are today the 
best equipped to report actual events in 
their socio-economic aspects. 

Another encouraging trend observed by 
i.ir CeVoto is the grovjth of what he termed 
■'corner grocery literature", and the 
oi-enmg up of a vihole new market of 
readers o Recognizing that much of this 
writing is "junk", he declared that 
reading junk is better than not reading 
at all, for at least the reader can 
never roach anywhere but upwardc In its 
better asp^^cts this development has re- 
vealed a need for literature never 
evidenced befcire,as demonsti ited by 
phenomenal sales of such books as The 
Odyssey , Patterns of Culture , and ^on 
fessions ox St. Augustine . 

Closing his talk on a more ominous 
note Mr DeVoto, a longtirre defender of 
freedom of the press, emphasized as the 
most siq:nif leant portent' of the times 
the "inexplicable fear which has gripoed 
the United States" which has, been ex- 
ploited to the utmost by those elements 
who hate and fear freedom, and is 
particularly evident to librarians in the 
assault on the freedom to read and the 
nation-wide wave of anti-intellectualism. 
This attack, he emphasized, must be fought 
on both the grounds of subversion and 
obscenity. As libraries and universities 
are on the immediate front they must stand 
together in the fight as "eternal vigi- 
lance is the price of freedoiri'. 

Louisa S, Metcalf 

TliE (21EATER B3STDN COUNCIL FOR YOUTH 

This Council, which is composed of 
approximately one hundred ag'3ncies con- 
cerned with the educational, recrea- 
tional, and welfare needs of young 
peopi in Boston, announced at its meeting 
on October 6, that the Boston Public 
Library has been accepted as a con- 
stituent member, Pauline Winnick, 
Readers Advisor for Young Adults, has been 
designated as representative of the 
Library. 

There was adopted as an immediate 
project a three-year program in the 
troubled area of Roxbury aimed to help 
dissolve the juvenile delinquency problem 



RECMT MATERIAL OF 
• PROFESS ICMAL INTEREST 

Ives, Vernon. Teen-Age Reading. ALA 
Bulletin , October 1903, pp. UOO-hOU. 

Teen-Age Reading is a report "based 
on the first comprehensive study of the 
reading interests and needs' of" the group 
variously called young people, young 
adults, or teen-agers. The study vns 
made in the spring of 19?3 hy tho 
Publishers Liaison Committee, vrtiioh is a 
joint Committee of tne AlA Divisi-in of 
Librarias for Children and Young People, 
the American Association of School 
Librarians, and the Children's Book 
Council, its purpose was to gather 
information from librarians actively 
working mth young people and pass it 
on to publishers and library adminis- 
trators , to the e nd that the young 
people themselves might have the books 
they want and need." The B.P.L., through 
its Book Selection Committee for Young 
Adults participated ih thia.situdye 

Pauline Winnick 
IN MEMORIAM 

Kafrina M. Sather 

Katrina M. Sather passed away on 
Sunday, October 11. She had served as 
Branch Librarian at Brighton for twenty- 
six years. Previous to this assignment, 
her experience as Branch Librarian at 
Roxbury Crossing, and as an Assistant 
at Codman Square, covered another 
twenty-year oeriod. Her career in the 
library began while she was still a 
student in high school. 

Hers was an admirable personification 
of the qualities of loyalty, dependa- 
bility, de^rotion to duty, and unfailing 
cheerfulness. The thoughtful observer, 
if able to evaluate properly the mrtues 
reflected by her character and example, 
would be impressed by the simple vrord 
"devotion" — to duty, and service' to 
others. Hers was a disposition, truly, 
of the "Good Soldier" quality. Miss 
Sather demonstrated also, hujnility; 
a willing cooperation and sharing of the 
common effoajt. 

She was a pers on blessed by nature 
vrLth exceptional health and stamina. 
In recent months, although se"rere illne'ss 
iras upon her, she met that situation 
with splendid fortitude. Her phil- 
osophy seemed to be that this v;as but a 



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temporary obstacle to bo overcome. Life, Rounds^ Frank 



as usual, moint responsibility — imrk to 
be done. Hence, we believe, that it is 
rot over-sentimentality to characterize 
f'atrina Sather as a "Good Soldier" v^o 
served the good cause well. 

Florence E. Mcl5anus 
I'JE.'I B30K5 IN THB SmFF LIBRARY 

Non-Fiction 

Barrett, Richmond B, 

Good old summer days, 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 19^2 

Cobb, Hubbard 

The home o^vner ' s c oraplete guicfeto re- 
modeling. 
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1953 

Griddle, %ssell 

Love is not blind 

New York, Norton, 19^3 

Cousteau, Jacques Y, 
The silent world. 
Mew York, Harper, 1953 

Frank, Pat 

The long way round, 
Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1953 

Grimble, Sir Arthur 

We chose the islands, 
^^ew York, Morrow, 1953 

Guttenberg, Elizabeth 
Holding the stirrup. 
New York, Due 11, Sloan and Pearce, 1952 

LaGallienne, Eva 

With a quiet heart. 

New York, ^'iking Press, 1953 

FacCarthy, Sir Desmond 
Memories . 
New York, Oxford University Press, 1953 

Maugham, William 3, 
The vagrant mood. 
Garden City, New York, Double day, 1953 

Najafi, Najmeh 

Persia is my hearto 
Nevf York, Harper, 1953 

Roosevelt, Eleanor 

India and the awakening East, 
New York, Harper, 1953 



A vn.ndow on Red Square, 
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1952 

Thom-^-s, van 

The seeking. 

New York, A, A. V'yn, 1953 

Verrill, Alpheus H, 

America's ancient civilizations. 
New Yoric, Putnam, 1953 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

Jcrdan, Alice M, 

Children's classics. 

Boston, Horn Book, Inc., 1914? 

Library literature, 1952 — June 1953 
New York, HeW. Vifilson Co, 

Thompson, Charles S, 

Evolution of the American public 

library, l653— 1876. 

Vfeshington, Scarecrow Press, 1952 

Wilson, H. W,, firm, publishers. 
Standard catalog for high school 
libraries, 6th ed. 
Supplement 1953* 
New York, H, W, Wilson, 1952 

Fiction 

Clift Charmian 
The big chariot, 
Indianapolis, Bobbs -Merrill, 1953 

CoatsY/orth, Elizabeth J. 
Silky 
Nevf York, Pantheon Books, 1953 

Cronin, Archibald J, 
Beyond this pLace, 
Boston, Little, Brovm, 1953 

Jameson, Storm 
The green man. 
New York, Harper, 1953 

Karmel, Ilona 
Stephania , 
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1953 

(azantzakes, Nikos 
Zorba the Greek, 
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1953 

^""Siif.'Y^?-i^fcramifi?^ 



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Lin, Yu-t'aig 

The vermilion gateo 
New York, J. Day, 19^3 

Masters, John 

The lotus and the mnd. 

New York, Viking Press, 1953 

lifayo, Eleanor R. 
Svran's Harbor, 
New York, Crovrell, 1953 

Moore, Doris (Langley-Levy) 
All done by kindness, 
Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1953 

Morrison, Peggy 

The hour awaits, by March Cost (Pseud) 
Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1953 

Morrison, Theodore 

The stones of the house. 
New York, Viking Press, 1953 

Newby, Percy H, 
The r etreat 
New York, Knopf, 1953 

Norway, Nevil Shute 
In the wet. 
New York, Morrow, 1953 

Pierce, Ovid W, 
The Plantation. 
Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1953 

Prescott, Hilda ^, 
The man on a donkey. 
New York, Macmillan, 1952 

Prokosch, Frederic 
Nine days to Mukalla, 
New York, Viking Press, 1953 

Richter, Conrad 

The light in the forest. 
New York, Knopf , 1953 

Sarton, May 

A shower of summer days, 
■ New York, Rinehart, 1952 

Upshaw, Helen 

Day of the harvest, 
Indianapolis, Bo bbs -Merrill, 1953 

Wilson, Ethel E, 
Lilly's story. 
New York, Harper, 1952 



Winw^r, Frances, pseud . 
The eagle and the rock. 
New York, Harper, 1953 

Zilahy, Lajos 

The angry angel 

New York, Prentice-Hall, 1953 



BRANCH NOTES 



Adams Street 



The Centennial Summer Reading Club 
closed its season with a party for its 
members on Tuesday, September 22, 
Certificates were awarded to those who 
had completed the reading requirements. 
Three appropriate prizes of books were 
given to the children vdio had read the 
most books . A program by the members and 
games were enjoyed along with ice cream, 
cookies, and candyo 

East Boston 



A double party celebrating the end of 
the Centennial Summer Reading Club and 
the christening of the new moving picture 
camera was held on Thursday afternoon, 
September 2Uo The Camera, the gift of the 
"Friends" was presented informally early 
in the summer » Shots of the fifty-eight 
club members entering the hall, close- 
ups of the entertainment staged by the 
children, pictures of the three-tiered 
cake virhich r et,orded the reading progress 
of the members d\iring the summer, the 
ceremony of presenting the certificates , 
and, of course, pictures of the tvro 
birthday cakes were filmed on the new 
camera as a permanent record of library 
activity, A beautiful cake , made and 
decorated by a good friend of the 
library, Anthony Fanara, was admired and 
thoroughly enjoyed as a climax to a 
happy, eventful afternoon. 

Two dolls , one representing 1853 and 
the other 1953, v/hich had been on dis- 
play on the birthday cake during the 
summer, were presented to the two top 
winners, Ann llarie Fanara and Joanne 
Console, who had each read forty-eight 
books. Fifty-eight certificates were 
awarded to tiie children v^ho had read 
eight or more books during the summer, 

Mattapan 

On Thursday, September 17, at UjOO 
p.m., Albert Pollard, Director of Edu- 
cation of the American Husiaiie Educ' Soc» 
spoke before a group of seventy-five 



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enthusiastic children on the domestica- 
tion, training, and value of dogs. Mr 

Pollard briefly sketched the history of 
dogs from earliest times when they ran 
wild, down to our modern era -when they 
have become man's faithful and loving 
pets. 

To test the children's knowledge of the 
various kinds of dogs, Mr Pollard held 
up large pictures of them and asked the 
children to name the breed to which each 
one belonged, ^he librarian was stymied 
in a number of cases, but not the 
children I They glibly responded, "dober- 
man' pincher, pomeranian, boxer" etc., 
without a moment's hesitation. 

In the question and answer period 
(vi/hich followed the conclusion of Mr 
Pollard's talk) girls and boys ted an 
opportunity to find the solution to 
individual problems vath regard to the 
care and training of their own pets. It 
seemed that every handv/as raised with 
a question for the speaker, but Mr Pollard 
answered each one carefully and fully, 
to th: intense satisfaction of each boy 
and girl. Typical questions weres "How 
can I keep my dog from climbing on 
chairs?" "How can I teach my canary to 
sing?" "Ihat is the best food for a 
parakeet?" 

As an added treat, Mr Pollard brought 
along two excellent films to show to 
the children. One of thom, "Developing 
Responsibility'^ emphasized the idea that 
a boy must assume the responsibility of 
training a dog if he wishes to have one 
as a pet. The second film, "Mammals of 
the Countryside", presented delightful 
color shots of animals of our vroods and 
streams. 

Needless to say, e veryone had a grand 
time , and added a good deal to his fund 
of kno\Tledge concerning the history and 
habits of dogs and other pets. 



Carried away with enthusiasm one small 
youngster approached the Chili ren's 
Librarian a few days after Mr Pollard's 
talk, "Do you have a book of names 
for dogs" J she asked, "because we're 
going to have one," 

West End 

Word has just been received of a gala 
reception tendered in Fanny Goldstein's 
honor by the Cultural Department of the 



city of Haifa. Mayor Aba Hushi greeted 
Miss Goldstein at Eaifa's Museum of 
Modern Art on Sunday morning September 
27 and gratefully accepted her gift 
collection of American books on behalf 
of his communityo 



SOAP BOX 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Library 
Department or Office in TAiich he or she is 
employed. The name is vfithheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is knovm only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief. The contents of articles 
■appearing in the Soap Box arc personal 
opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicat e tliat the 
Publications Coranittee and the Associa- 
tion aru in agreement v/ith the views 
expressed. 



To the Soap Boxs 

The follovri.ng material discloses the 
philosophy underlying personnel rela- 
tionships in the field of industry in 
those areas where advanced management 
methods are employed. Implied is the 
concern felt, and in most instances ap- 
plied by those in supervisory positions, 
for the individual as a person vrorthy 
of respect. Those in positions designated 
as professional have long since held a 
similar philosophy of respect for the 
individual. Here and there, as in 
industry, we may^Aill find those who 
hold with the obsolete approach of the 
autocrat -whose whims, whimsies and per- 
sonal prejudices are the basis for action. 
These happily are few and far between. 
I am submj-tting this material as excellent 
criteria for all of us who may happen 
at any time to be employed in supervisory 
positions, 

Mary F. Daly 



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LEADERSHIP; 

H3W "TOU CAN 7EKETITE~'EEST I'OSSIBIE 

USE OF CRITICISM XW PRAISE 



Koep in mind that every worker is 
pGrpetual.ly interested in rercgnition« 
It indicates to him that he ;is Progres- 
sing... 

Use criticism entirely as a construc- 
tive force. Remember that it is a dan- 
gerous tool, capable of untold damage. 

Never criticize an individual unjustlyo 

Never criticize an individual in the 
presence of others. 

When criticizing, always let the other 
fellow save his face. 

Give criticism.s in a completely matter- 
of-fact and impersonal manner. 

Whenever possible, assume a part of the 
blame yourself. 

Never get excited and raise your voice. 
Never criticize in anger. Make your 
criticism constructive by suggesting a 
clear-cut plan of a ction that will 
overcome the trouble. 

Avoid implied criticisms that are un- 
intentional. Be particularly careful 
about putting one of your vorkers in a 
bad light before his fellow-workers. 

Criticise sparingly, but praise with 
a more lavish hand. Remember more super- 
visors are expert at criticising than at 
passing out compliments and encourage- 
ment. 

Always give credit where credit is due. 
As often as possible, do this in the 
presence of others. Again, compliment 
the job, not the worker. 

Do not take credit for the success of 
your group. Give it to the vrorkerso You 
Trdll improve their confidence in you, 
possibly more than in any other wiy. 
Besides you automatically reflect credit 
on yours eir-e 

■'".'hen necessary be mlling to take the 
blame for mistakes of subordinates. In 
a sense, their errors are a reflection 



on your leadership. 

Praise even small improvements, and 
never let an outstanding job go un- 
recognized. 

From: Wetherill, Richard W, 

"Management techniques for 

foremen" 
National Foremans Institute 1953 

Dear Editor: 

Public departments in the Cen tral 
Library now have various closing tineso 
Monday through Friday most close at 9 P.^ij 
others at 10 P.M. On Saturdays most close 
at 6 P.M., others at 9 P.M. 

This situation causes oone oonfusion and 
loss of good mil among the Library's 
patrons. Many persons who come a con- 
siderable distance to use the Library's 
facilities in the evening find the Library 
"open'' indeed, but the departments having 
the materials they require are very much 
closedo 

They find it difficult to understand 
why the current files of the New York Tim6s 
are available in the Nev/spaper Room, but 
last month's files and the New York Times 
Index are locked up in the Patent Room; 



why special coHections are available in 
history, but not in science and technology, 
fine arts, education or economics | why the 
file s of Newsweek and Good Housekeeping 
are obtainable in the Periodical Room 
but Business ¥ifeek in Statistical and 
American Home in Fine A^ts are notj why 



our show place, the Open Shelf Department 
with its large general collection of 
recent books closes an hour before the 
Library building does on Monday through 
Fridayo 

Conciliatory apologies seldom satisfy 
irate patrons v^o often leave disappointeia 
and bitter. People thus frustrated could 
not be expected to have an enthusiastic 
regard for the Library whether the Library 
is 100 years old or 101 years old. 

A uniform closing hour for all the 
public departments would do much to dispel 
the existing confusion, provide more 
efficient, better coordinated service, and 
prom-ote good -itxII among the users of the 
Library. 

In the meantime a reasonable explanaticn 
for the present situation might help to 
placate th^ unwary v;ho take our " Hours' ■• 
Library Open" at face value. „ ^ 




YU 



uestion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



NOVEMBER 1953 



THE Q U E S T I-O N MARK 
Published by the Boston Publpn Library Professional Staff Association 



VauTie VIII, Number 11 



November 1953 



FuDlications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, Ge 

Sarah M. Usher, Charle 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



raldine S, Herrick, John J. McCafferty, 
s J, Gillis, Chairman 

Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 



The selection of books is one area of 
librarianship which has been carried on 
amidst controversy since the first public 
library opened its doors. For over a cen- 
tury methods and procedures used in book 
selection have been occasionally under 
fire, usually on a local scale and by in- 
dividuals or small groups . In recent 
years these controversies have involved 
larger groups and on a Tiide scale. As 
librarians, we seldom are in a position to 
influence the outcome of these contro- 
versies. They are usually resolved when 
public opinion asserts itself, and almost 
invariably in favor of library policy. 

However, there are times when minor con- 
troversy arises within the confines of the 
library vialls — times when those entrusted 
with the duty of selection meet with op- 
position and criticism from their col- 
leagues , The merits of any one case 
cannot be discussed pro and con in this 
column, but the general problem can be dis- 
cussed. One of the objects of the Pro- 
fessional Staff Association is "to promote 
greater efficiency in library service" — 
and one way to do this is to provide in- 
formation of a general nature not easily 
available to the membership. 

Book selection procedures in the Boston 
Public Library are divided into two parts — 
one is done on a subject basis (The Divi- 
sion of Reference and Research approach) , 
the second is done on a more general basis 
according to local demand (the Division of 
Home Reading approach). It seems that the 
second approach, since it is more likely 
to be influenced by the temper of the 
times, is more apt to develop strong 
feelings in its practitioners. To keep up 
with the changing demands of the present 
reading public for informational and rec- 
reational reading materials, the book 
selector must have the fine sense of bal- 
ance of a tight-rope artist. Today the 



reading public takes in its stride books 
that not so long ago would have been 
"banned in Bostons" These books are not 
foisted upon the public by book selectors^ 
they are supplied because they have been 
demanded by every means available. 

This estimate of public demand is no 
parlor trick done with mirrors. It is the 
result of a combination of factors — 
reviews of reputable critics, knov/ledge 
of earlier works of authors, the choices 
of the influential book clubs, and the 
considered opinions of our own book selec- 
tion committees. Yet in spite of the 
rigorous screening received by books 
before they are finally purchased, some of 
them are not universally approved. 

Is it a definite improvement to have a 
written policy and method procedure?' Only 
two large public libraries (Buffalo and 
Baltimore) have adopted written policies. 
Perhaps it is advantageous to have a fluid 
policy T/hich can deal with occasions as 
they arise. 

What can be done to improve the pro- 
cedures now in use? The Professional 
Staff Association recognized the need for 
improvement some time ago when the Special 
Committee on Book Selection Policy was 
created. This Committee has not yet re- 
ported its findings and recommendations, 
30 we can look forward to some concrete 
proposals on the subjeci>. 

In formulating an overall policy, either 
written or understood, a great many factors 
are involved. Compromises and concessions 
will have to be made to the end that a 
workable policy, understandable to every- 
body concerned, can be the final result. 



Charles J, Gillis 



CARE 

With Thanksgiving Day close at hand 
Remember the less fortunate in &very land, 
A contribution from you is all Care needs 
To continue with its countless good deeds. 



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November 20 t 



Hovember 21, 



November 27. 



November 28; 



December Ii. 



CALENDAR OF EVEx^[T3 

BPL Employees' Benefit Asso- 
ciation special meeting, 
2 530 p^mo, Lecture Hallo 

Adult Education Association 
of Massachusetts, Annual 
Meeting, Chandler Street 
Jiinior High School, 
Worcester, 

BPL Professional Staff Asso- 
ciation, business meeting, 
9 a, m«. Lecture Hall 

39th conference of Eastern 
College Librarians, Columbia 
University 

Centennial Fair. Lecture 
Hall, 10 a,m, - 9 Pom, 

PERSONAL NOTES 



New Employees 

Jean Bates , Bookmobile II 

Timothy J. 'Donovan, Book Gtack Service 

Garth B. Henzler, Bookmobile I 

Anne B. Cushing, Central Charging Records 

(formerly part-time at Mt Pleasant) 
Richard T. Stanton, Business Office 

Former Employees Who Have Re-entered the 



Mrs Aura G. Watson, Bookmobile II, to 

devote her time to writingc 
Virginia A. Dalton, Central Charging 

Records, to enter the religious order. 

Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, 

Maryland 
Mrs Jean M. Gilbert, Book Stack Service, 

to remain at home 

]\tilitary Service 

John F. Collins, Jr., left on November 3, 
for Sampson AF Ease to begin basic 
trainings His address is: A/B John F, 
Collins, Jr., AF11270lii5,365lst BMTS~Flt. 
29UI, Sampson AF Base, New York. 

Births 



Mr and Mrs Herbert Hewes of Rochester, 
New York, have announced the birth of a 
son, James Christopher, on October 6, 
Mr Hevres formerly worked in Book Prepara- 
tion and Mrs Hewes, the former Marie 
McCarthy, was in Book Purchasing, 

Lt» and Mrs James G. Dovmey of 
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, haTe announced 
the birth of a daughter, Patricia Ann, 
on November 8a 

Mrs Downey (Phyllis Mac Donald) formerly 
vrorked in the Office, Div, of R&BS, Kay 
MacDonald, Personnel Office, is the proud 
aunto 

Engagements 



Service of the Library 
Doris N. French, School Issue 
Mrs Marion D. MacWilliam, Fine Arts 
Mrs Elizabeth F. Scannell, Kirstein 

Business 

Transfers 

Louise M. Fogarty, from Upharos Corner to 

Codman Square [Katharine HcGrath, Housekeeper 

Etta Lasker, from Codman Square to Upharas iDoris French, School Issue 

Corner iFanny Goldstein, West End 

Mrs Donna C, Maxson, from School Issue to \ 

Washington Village AL UMNI NOTES 



Announcement has been made of the en- 
gagement of Katherine La Bont^, Brighton, 
to Paul Williams. Mr Williams is as- 
sociated v/ith the Ford Motor Company in 
Dearborn, Michigan. 

m 1«IELC0ME BACK 



Marriages 

Rose S. Sanft, Book Stack Service, to 
Stanley A, Rosenthal, on October h, 1953 

Resignations 

Mrs Miriam F. Cohen, Kirstein Business, 

to remain at home 
Karl E. Nyren, Fine Arts, tc accept a 

position in Florida 
Mrs Doris K, Walsh, Cataloging and 

Classification, Div. of MRS, to live in 

Brockton 



j Robert F. (Bob) Delaney, formerly a mem- 
jber of the Cataloging and Classification 
)ept», HR St CS, visited some of his 
library friends recently. On the Active 
le serve list of the lU, S, Navy, Bob has 
)een a Naval Attache at the American 
Elmbassy at Rome for the past two years, 
^e directed the Book Program for the 
American Information centers abroad. Now 
back in America he is to carry on this 
work from headquarters at Washington D.C, 
With his wife, Mary, and very young son. 



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Flynn Joseph, Bob will live at IJ4O9 Early 
3t., Falls Church, Va. He would like to 
hear from any Library people who remember 
him back in 19hl-19kQo 

VISITORS 

Dr Leendert Brummel, Director, The Royal 
Library, The Hague. 

Dr Gerhard Krohn, Deputy Director 
Designate, American Memorial Library, 
Berlin. 

Dr Rolf Kluth, Staff Member Designate, 
American Memorial Library, Berlin. 

Dr Karl Rossel-Majdan, University of 
Vienna . 

lELCOtJiE TO NHJT MEBffiERS OF BPLPSA 

Barbara Coffey, Book Selection, (HR&CS) 
Edward J. Cullinane, Egleston Square 
Cornelia Dorgan, Rare Book 
Robert P. Giddings, Cataloging and 

Classification (R&RS) 
Isabella M, Porter, History 
Ivlrs Anna A. Sullivan, Egleston Square 
Robert C. Woodward, History 

THE STAFF IN PRINT 

In THE CHURCHMAN for November first there 
appears a satirical poem. Dream, Medieaval 
Style, by Margaret Munsterberg, Rare Book 

T/E CONGRATULATE 

The Exhibits Office, in general, and each 
member of the staff personaIly»~Thoraas J, 
Hanning, George W. Scully, and Arthur L, 
Lindsay — ^for the outstanding series of 
Centennial Celebration exhibits which 
they have assembled throughout the 
Central Library Building. 

SOCIAL ?miRL 
Scientists on a Spree 

On the evening of Saturday, October 2k, 
the Kisses Loraine and Gladys Sullivan 
entertained the staff of Science and 
Technology at their charming and gracious 
estate in VfetertoTm. The high spot of 
the evening was provided by Itr Polishook's 
illustrated travelogue on his visit to 
Paris, lir Weinberg sang loudly and shovred 
his complete independence of spirit by 
ignoring Miss Sullivan's piano accompani- 



ment. Mr Lilackie mixed drinks v/ith his 
home chemistry set. Mrs Cariani looked 
lovely in her open-toed basketball shoes o 
Miss Eaton brought a fella Paul Mulloney 
ate the most. Tabby was sent to bed 
before Mr Rains delivered a short talk on 
the natural history of the camelus 
dromedarius. Everybody was having a 



perfectly vfonderful time until Mr Bruno 
lit one of his cigars and broke up the 
partyo 

BPLC C&IIS .'.BULLETIN 

Certain members of the BPL Chowder, 
Chatter and lurching Society convened 
at Sherry's in Quincy on Friday evening, 
November 6, to fete Ifr and Mrs Joseph 
G. Sakey. Mr Sakey works here (Cata- 
loging and Classification, R&RS) from 
time to time, having recently taken up 
his duties as Branch Librarian at the 
Edgell Branch,. Framingham Tovm Library e 
After dinner the party repaired to the 
home of Mr and Mrs Louis Rains, in 
Yifeymouth, to seek shelter from the 
Nor'easter. 

WEDDING 

Belated congratulations to ¥x and Mrs 
Paul F, l*alloney, who were married at 
St. Patrick's Church, Watertown, on 
October 3, Mr Mulloney is an assistant 
in Science and Technology. Mrs Mulloney 
is' the former Katharine Stevens of 
Watertovm. Arthur Mulloney, Statistical, 
vras his brother's best man at the cere- 
monj'-. After the reception at the Hotel 
Commander, the couple left for a honey- 
moon trip to the Berkshires and Nevir York 
City. They are novf living in Watertovm. 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

Being so close to the activities of the 
Centennial celebration, caught up with 
the excitement of the events, we may yet 
fail to realize that we are, indeed, pri- 
vileged to be an essential part of the 
Library at this time. For v/e may well 
feel honored by the interests and efforts 
of that distinguished corps of men and 
women, the Centennial Commission, who 
are laboring to make our Library a still 
greater force in the community. 

To witness the enthusiastic support 
given to our Library by these leaders in 
the spheres of arts and letters, of 



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business, and of government, is to focus 
attention on the immense importance of 
our Library's function and to see our day- 
to-day efforts in their true perspective, 
'"Je know that in the repetition of a 
familiar routine, in the employment of a 
special technique, in the administration 
of a particul^ir portion of the Library, 
vre may lose sight of the larger objective 
of our Library's mission. 

The members of the Centennial Commission 
as also the Library's founders, its great 
benefactors, its Trustees, and its 
Librarians , take a grand view in the 
planning, the financing, the building, 
and the organizing of the Library, The 
ultimate accomplishment of their under- 
takings is our responsibility. While more 
modem- facilities, mechanical and elec- 
tronic innovations, may facilitate and 
accelerate the Library's services, yet, 
in the many facets of library operations, 
the judgement, cooperation, and good will 
of the staff determine largely the calibre 
and reputation of the institution. 

As the many carefully executed details of 
architecture and decoration, in their 
entirety constitute the beautiful Central 
Library Building, our individual efforts 
taken together carry out the grand purpose 
of the Library, 

The Centennial celebration is intended to 
center attenticn on the Library and its 
services — on us I — in order that it may 
secure greater resources for its activi- 
ties. It honors us and it gives each of 
us the opportunity to do his or her part 
so well that there mil not be the 
slightest doubt that the Library as a 
■■^vhole is deserving of greater support, 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 
lEETS AT ITCLLESLEY 

Thirty-five members of the Boston Public 
Library staff were among the one hundred 
members and guests who attended the meeting 
of the New England Unit, C,L,A, at the 
Academy of the Assumption on Saturday, 
October 2U, 

Thomas V. Reiners of Boston College, 
Chairman of the Unit, conducted the meeting 
Mary Alice Rea, Director of Catholic Book 
Week in Boston, reviewed former Book 
Weeks and urged all to prepare for the 1951- 
celebration. The slogan for 195tl will be 
Christian reading for a united world. 



Dr John D, Donovan, Professor of soci- 
ology at Boston College, was the principal 
speaker. His subject was A sociologist 
looks at the library profession . Dr 
Donovan defined tte social status of 
professionalism and asserted that not 
onlj'" the library profession, but others 
as well are falling under the influence 
of industrial society and are in danger 
of losing their standing. It was a 
stimulating talk and caused the librarians 
present to become more avrare of their 
professional status. 

Sister Rita Agnes, S,C,H,, author of 
Sta rs are shinging , gave an interesting 
lecture on poetry. She read many of her 
oTm poems and also many from Spirit, the 
poetry magazine. Sister made a plea for 
more teaching and reading of poetry and 
advocated Adult Poetry hours in libraries. 

After the meeting had adjourned a social 
hour ivas enjoyed with tea, sandmches, 
and cakes provided by the Academy, 

Anna L, Manning 

TIffi ROUND TABLE OF LIBRARIANS 



FOR YOUNG ADULTS 

The Round Table of Librarians for Young 
Adults met Thursday, November 5, at the 
East Milton Branch Library. Before the 
meeting, a pleasant social hour was en- 
joyed at Tfldiich coffee and doughnuts were 
served. 

The meeting was opened by Chairman 
Isabel Handy of the Thayer Public Library, 
in Braintree, Miss Handy introduced 
Marjories Shaw, Librarian of the Milton 
Public Library, who gave an illustrated 
lecture entitled, YA — ^ALA and the ¥fest, 
Most of the colored slides shovm were 
taken by Miss Shaw. They included high 
points of her trip to and from the ALA 
Convention last summer. 

At the business meeting which follovred, 
it was decided to appoint a committee 
under the chairmanship of M. Jane 
Manthome, Boston Public Library, to ex- 
plore the purpose and scope of a proposed 
reading list which could be used with 
delinquents and at state institutions 
and detention houses. It was also decided 
that a committee under the chairmanship 
of Vrs Katherine Jeffrey, of the Milton 
Public Library, compile a reading list 
to supercede the previous lists of adult 
book titles suggested for use ^vith young 
adults , which have been distributed 



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annually to small libraries throughout 
the state. This was followed by a dxsr- 
cuss ion, of the contribution which the 
Round Table might be able to make at the 
mnter meeting of the M,L,Ao, after which, 
the meeting was adjourned, 

A luncheon at The Hollow, in Quincy, 
was then enjoyed by about thirty members 
of the group. 

Francis R. Currie 

THE B.P.L, IN T!^E NEYJS 

The Pilot for Saturday, October 17, 
carried a half-page photo story of the 
work of the Bookmobile with the parochial 
schools in the Archdiocese, 

The October issue of Boston Business 
(published by the Chamber of Commerce) 
carried a lengthy article on the Library's 
Centennial celebration, accompanied by a 
photograph of Messrs* Binney, Hynes, and 
McDonald o 

The Sunday Post for October 2^ featured 
a story about the new Central Charging 
Department, written by Bob Sherman «, 

On Wednesday, October 28, the Monitor 
gave the Centennial exhibits advance 
publicity by publishing a photograph of 
Rose larribino of the Business Office as 
she examined the contents of the comer- 
stone of the Boylston Street building, 
T/i^ich are now on exhibit. 

The November 1 issue of Library Journal 



contained a four page illustrated article 
by Mrs Helen Hirson about the Never Too 
Late Group . 

THE B.P.L. ON TV 

Donald Born of WBZ-TV has continued to 
use the various resources of the Library 
for materials to use on his Friday 
morning programs. On October l6 he 
talked about Npah Webster, using the 
100th anniversary history of the M^rriam- 
Webster Company, In addition Professor 
Born used a cooy of Hazeltine's Anni - 
versaries and Holidays . Credit for the 
loan of these two volumes was given to 
the Division of Reference and Research 
Services . 

Sarah Josephine Hale, editor of Godey's 



Lady's Book , was his subject on Oci» 
tober 23. For this program Mr Born used 
photograpjtas from Fine Arts and copies 
of the magazine from Flare Book, 
For the October 30 program Mr Bom used 



an Open Shelf copy of the Linton's book 
Hallowe'en Through 20 Centuries for his 
Ha 11 owe ' en programo 

On November 6 he talked about Abigail 
Adams, the wife of John Adams and mother 
of John Quincy Adams o He showed photo- 
graphs and books from Fine Arts about the ' 
Adams family, 

Don Volkman of WBZ-TV came to t he 
Library on Monday, November 9, to take 
moving pictures of the Centennial exhibits 
in connection with the Centennial Com- 
mission dinner that evening. This film 
was used at 6:l5 p.m, on the Esso 
program Victor Best and the News , and 
again at 11:00 p^m. on the J ohn Day and 
the News program . Beginning with an 
announcement about the Centennial Com- 
mission dinner, .the commentator worked 
into the film by talking about the Cen- 
tennial celebration, the current exhibits, 
the improvements and renovations which 
have been made, and plans for the future, 

GIFTS TO THE STAFF LIBRARY 

The Staff Library was pleased to receive 
the publications listed below to add to 
its collections on libraries and books. 
The first three titles are the gift of the 
Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover, 
Jilassachusetts, and the fourth publication 
is an anonymous gift, 

American Library Association 

Papers and proceedings of the l8th, 

22nd — 23rd, 26th — 31st annual meeting 

of the American Library Associatione 

1896, 1900—01, 190U~09. 

Boston, Chicago 
The booklist; a guide to the best new 
books « 

v.l, no, 7— v, 2ii, T. 26, 1905—09 

Boston 
Libraries; a monthly review of Library 

matters and methods, 

V. 3I--36, Jan, 1926~Dec, 1931 . 

Chicago, Library Bureau 
Thomson, Osmund, R^ Ha f , 

Reasonaole budgets for public libraries 

and their units of expense. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

192g 

WAIT , . , 

Don't finish Christmas Shopping 
until you've seen it , , , » 
THE STAFF COOK BOOK 



Going on Sale , 



. December I4, 19$3 



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NEWS FROM NE'T ZEALAND 

Heathcote Rd, 

Castor Bay, Auckland, N.Z, 



First of all, I want to think whoever 
is responsible for seeing that I receive 
the Question Mark, I read it from 
beginning to end to see what is going on 
and viThat is hapoening to all my friends. 
Please keep sending it — I aopreciate it 
immensely. The September issue arrived 
today and the August one about a week ago. 
Even my husband has been reading them, 
and they do help me to feel a little 
closer to Boston and still part of the 
"family". 

Here are a few things you may wish to 
put in the Question Mark, I have been 
elected a member of the Auckland Society 
of Arts, I did a tape recording on Print- 
making for the radio station lYA, which 
will be used at some future date on the 
program "Feminine Viewpoint". The talk 
is about 15 minutes long, and I hope to 
do more at a future date. 

Radio, by the way, is government 
sponsored down here, as in Britain. That 
is tvfo stations— in Auckland lYA and lYC— 
the call letters vary, of course, in each 
city. Then there is one commercial sta- 
tion IZB. lYA is rather general and lYC 
is on the air only in the evenings and 
broadcasts more "intellectual" programs. 
There are a great many recordings of 
BBC programs, and excellent musical pro- 
grams of classical recordings. In fact, 
I am becalming quite spoiled — it is such 
a relief to listen to good music, es- 
pecially during the day on lYA, without 
any interruptions. They usually play 
several LPs one after another, announcing 
them all before and after but not in 
between. Even at breakfast, and as early 
as 6 a,m, vre get a pleasant mixture of 
popular and serai-classical music, with the 
only interruptions for the time and the 
titles. Of course, to irake up for the 
lack of sponsors on these programs one 
piys a license fee of a bout $3.00 a 
y^jar — anyone owning a radio must pay— or 
I should say "operating" a radio. 

The weather still seems to stay a bit 
uncertain here, A few weeks ago (Oct, 26] 
was Labor Day here, marking the beginning 
of summer, rather than the end. It was 
a lovely week-end and swimming was 



beginning and the sailboats vrere coming 
outo It has been a bit on the grey side 
since, though. It will be strange to 
celebrate Christmas in the middle of the 
summer. As for dates, I have just lost 
all track of time — or should I say sense 
of time. I think in terms of seasons 
instead of months , and it all seems rather 
strange* 

Please give my best wishes to my friends, 
and thanks again for sending the Question 
Mark . 



November 6, 1953 
Editor • s Note : 



Sincerely yours, 

Muriel C. Robinson 



The Q.M, is being sent to Mrs Robinson 
as a gift by Grace Marvin, Book Selection, 

LOCAL #U09 ORGANIZED 

The members of The Boston Public Library 
teintenance Employees Union, Local 131It 
(American Federation of State, County, and 
Municipal Employees) have disaffiliated 
themselves from the international union 
and returned to it the charter granted 
them in October 19^0. They have reorgan- 
ized themselves under a nevi charter, dated 
September 1, 1953, as The Building Services 
Employees' International Union, Local ^.h09 
(AFL) o The following officers were elected 
on October 8, 19S3i President, Francis Pf 
Moranj Vice President, John V. Sullivanj 
Secretary-Treasurer, Joseph Sarro; Steward, 
John McManus; Executive Board, David 
O'Keefe, Edward Maynard, James ^rry, 
George Patterson, 

CENTENInIRL NOTES 

Centennial Research Committee 

To date many constructive and helpful 
suggestions concerning the Centennial 
have come in and have been of material 
assistance to the Research Committee, The 
chairmen of the sub-committees of the 
Research Committee will welcome additional 
suggestions from members of the staff. 
Also, you are ■welcome to stop by the Office 
of the Division of Reference and Research 
Services to discuss additional ideas and 
the proper sub-committee to handle them. 
The sub-committees and chairmen are as 
follows ; 

Exhibits — Elizabeth M, Gordon, Deputy 



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Supervisor in Charge of Work with Children 

Children's Work — Mrs Beryl Y, Robinson, 
Egleston Square 

General Topics — Esther Lissner, Cata- 
loging and Classification, R&RS 

Young Adults — Phyllis Freeman, Mattapan 

Adults — Mrs Grace B. Loughlin, Open 
Shelf 

Referonce and Research — Louis Rains, 
Science and Technology 

Nevis Items and Notes— Priscilla S, 
MacFadden, Fine Arts 

Miscellaneous — Be Joseph 'Neil, 
Periodical and Newspaper 

Tv/o Centennial Dinners 



Two centennial dinners tendered by the 
City of Boston to nark the official opening 
of the observance of the One Hundredth 
Anniversary of the Boston Public Library 
took place in the same week — the first, 
on Monday evening, November 9, at the 
Hotel Statler for the members of the Cen- 
tennial Commission; the second, on 
Wednesday, November 11, at the Sheraton 
Plaza for present and retired full-time 
members of the staff of the Boston Public 
Library. Great credit is due to those 
v/ho worked behind the scenes so that these 
t\t) affairs sounded the proper note for 
beginning so large and important a cele- 
bration as the One Hundredth Anniversary 
of this great Library, 

In addition to the Centennial Commis- 
sion members there were invited to the 
Monday evening dinner representatives of 
the professional library associations on 
the national, regional, state, and local 
level, and in the Special Libraries 
field. Those who were present in their 
capacities as presidents of these associa- 
tions were: Flora B. Ludington, ALA; 
Dr Sidney Butler Smith, NELA; Philip 
McNiff , MLA; B. Joseph O'Neil, BPLPSA; i/irs 
Ruth Clancy McNulty, SLA. Staff and Line 
Officers of the Library present were: 
John J, Connolly, Elizabeth B, Brockunier, 
Richard G. Hens ley, Francis X. Moloney, 
Arthur W, Heintzelman, and Zoltan Haraszti, 
Also present were: Elizabeth B, Boudrcau, 
in connection vdth her publicity duties 
as Chief of the Information Office; Samuel 
Green, #10 had charge of arrangements for 
the Library; and Sarah M. Usher, in 
connection vath the duty which has been 



were six assistants from Central Library 
and two from the Centennial Office: Mary 
J, Brady, Janice G. Lane, Nancy Lovis, 
Catherine MacDonald, Margaret Macdonald, 
Victoria Vangos , Vera Van Tassel and 
Barbara Saul. These charming ladies per- 
formed their duties at the reception for 
he Head Table which preceeded the dinner 
and in the Imperial Ballroom where the 
dinner was heldo 

The dinner was under the chairmanship 
of Michael T« Kelleher and tte program 
was carried out in a. most satisfactory 
manner under the guidance of Edward A. 
Weeks, Jro who acted as toastmaster. The 
invocation, prayer of thanksgiving, and 
benediction were given by the following: 
Right Reverend Monsignor Augustine C« 



Dalton, Pastor, Saint Kevin's Chruch, 
Dorchester; Rabbi Joseph S, Shubow, 
Temple Bnai Moshe, and Reverend Frederick 
M. Meek, D.Do, Minister, Old South Church 
in Boston, Greetings vrere brought to the 
group from the Centennial Commission by 
Ralph M. Binney, General Chairman; from 
The City of Boston by His Honor Mayor 
John B, Hynes; from The CoramomYealth of 
Massachusetts by Lieutenant Governor 
Sumner G. 'jiJhittier; from The Trustees 
by Patrick F. McDonald, President of the 
Trustees; from the Library by liilton E, 
Lord, Director, and Librarian; and from 
The Authors by Samuel Eliot Mori son. Rear 
Admiral, USNR, Ret. Mr Morison representai 
a group of authors seated at the head table 
and introduced by the toastmaster: Cleve- 
land Amory, Walter D. Edmonds, Oscar 
Handlin, M, A, DeWolfe Howe, Bruce 
Lancaster, Archibald MacLeish, David 
McCcrd, May Sarton, and Walter Muir 
Whitehill, The principal address was 
given by Theodore C. Streibert, Director, 
United, States Information Agency, and was 
broadcast over Station WNAC at 9:30 p.mc 
Rebroadcasts were made over other stations 
during the evening. 

Sarah M, Usher 



assigned to her of gathering material 

for a chronological record of events durin^Binney, were The Most Reverend Richard 

the Centennial year. Acting as hostesses 



Vfednesday, November 11, marked the 
Centennial Staff Dinner of the EPL, Dis- 
tinguished guests. Trustees, staff members, 
both active and retired, and friends of 
the Library — approximately five hundred 
and fifty ill number — ^were in attendance. 
At the head table, seated on either side 
of Toastmaster Ralph M. Binney, Chairman 
of the Centennial Commission and Mrs 



J. Gushing, Archbishop of Boston; The 



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Most Reverend John Jo Wright, Bishop of 
Forcesterj our hosts representing the 
City of Boston, The Honorable John Bo 
ffyneSj Mayor of the City of Boston^ and 
the Honorable Francis Xo Ahearn, President 
of the Boston City Council; Patrick F.j 
I"cDonald, President, Trustees of Boston 
Public Library, and his sister, Mary 
McDonald; Mr and iVtrs Frank W, Buxton; 
Lee Friedman, and his sister, Sophie 
Friedman; Francis B. Masterson; Mr and 
Mrs Milton E« Lord; and Mr and Mrs Walter 
Muir Yihitchillo Present also in their 
capacities as loaders of staff organiza- 
tions and activities vrere Mr and Mrs 
George W, Gillagher, Bo Joseph 'Neil, 
President, Professional Staff Association; 
Mrs Ada A, Andelman, Chairman, Staff 
Centennial Gift Committee; Charles J a 
Gillis, Commander, Arnavets; Frank Po 
Bruno, Vice-President, BPL Employees' 
Benefit Association; James PoJo Gannon, 
President, Quarter Century Club, and 
Francis Pc Moran, President, Building 
Employees' International Union, Local 
li09, A.F.L. 

The Invocation, a special prayer for 
Librarians, . de I'iV.'ared ': by Archbishop 
Gushing, preceded the business of eating. 
Was it coincidence, incidentally, that 
prompted the orchestra to include "The 
Best Thinf^s in Life are Free" in the 
dinner-music medley? Immediately after 
dinner, we heard Mr Lord's "Centennial 
Greetings" , irollowed by the presentation 
in behalf of tho entire staff of our 
Centennial Gift (at present pledged in 
the amount of $6,30ita57) to the President 
of the Trustees by Mr Gallagher one of 
the five staff members with the longest 
record of service, Toastmaster Binney 
next introduced three tributes to the 
BPL, first of all, from the Trustees, by 
Mr McDonald; from the City of Boston, 
by Mayor Jfynes — ^whose remark about salary 
increases, while greeted with warm ap- 
plause, cannot, unhappily, hold out too 
much hope for us, beings as it was, an 
answer to something that somebody did 
not say I — and lastly from fellow li- 
brarians, by Walter Muir TATiitehill, 
Director, Boston Atheneum, who is currentlj) 
at work on a centennial history of the 
Boston Public Library, and whose remarks 
were mainly historical. The "response 
in behalf of members of the Library staff 
past and present" Y/as then eloquently 
delivered by Bishop Wright, a BPL alumnus. 
Archbishop Gushing, our alpha and omega of 



the evening, closed the formal program 
with a benediction and reassurancfe that 
we rail get that .$1,500,000 1 Coupled 
\dth Mr McDonald's earlier assertion that 
he is not a man accustomed to losing and 
Mr Binney -s determined attitude in the 
matter of the Centennial Fund, the 
Archbishop's enthusiasm all but assures 
success in that particular. 

The rush to the checkroom made the 
Sheraton lobby look like Park Street 
Station at five o'clock, but it vras a 
very complacent, if jostled, waiting-line, 
indeed- That frantic pause gave rise to 
vAiat must have amounted to several 
thousands of handshakes and 'how-do- 
you-do's', as, perhaps for the first time, 
nearly all of the Library Staff was in 
the same place at the same time* And 
i*at a stiinning group I All the hundreds 
of ladies were lovely, all the dozens of 
gentlemen were handsome,- (J-Bbrrci/T tho. 
figures from Mr McCord's reflections. And 
that is the pleasant history of last 
V/cdnesday's party. We all stepped out 
for an evening together, a te good food, 
heard intelligent oratory, enjoyed each 
other's company, and had a good time— 
I personally thought it was a very good 
time, and should be happy to attend a 
Centennial Staff Dinner, every hundred 
years I 

John J. McCafferty 

Library Lions 

The pair of small lAiiite lions used as 
decorations on the head table at the 
Staff Banquet are the original models for 
our "Library lions". They were brought 
out of obscurity, refurbished and given 
this place of honor. They aroused many 
surprised and pleased comments from the 
staff members. 

DEPARTMENT NOTES 

Information f f ice 

Patricia Yfaldron, publicity director of 
the Akron, Ohio, Public Library visited 
the Office on Sunday, October 18. She 
v/as particularly interested in the Cen- 
tennial publicity and in the exhibit 
facilities of the Library, 



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HRANCH NDTES 



Mattapan 

November, a biisy month, efficially 
openodwith Art Woek, celebrated from 
Novcraber- 1-8, Art exhibit nnterlal 
representing the best v^rork done in grades 
one through high school of the area during 
t^E past yoar was on display. 

An outstanding cooperative project was 
the cotton picking mural executed by 
the fifth grade of the Robert Treat 
Paine School, Designed in conjunction 
ATlth a geography iinit on cotton, the 
mural depicted g^^ily dressed figures in 
a cotton field. An old colonial mansion 
in the background, log cabins in the fore- 
ground, and a showboat on the distant ri\a: 
lent atmosphere to the scone. 

Equally fascinating were the three 
series of pictures contributed by the 
children in grade one of the Audubon 
School, These three portrayed a visit 
to the zoo, a nei^borhood, and a day 
at the beach. Completing the display 
were posters urging the public to keep 
the city clean, made ty the first graders 
of the Paine school and posters emphasizirg 
the right way to use leisure tiii^e drawn 
by sixth graders of both the Audubon and 
Paii» Schools. 

n ^ It * 

On Saturday, October 17, an informal 
luncheon party was held at the ToTme EoMse 
for Nancy Stipurico in honor of her ap- 
proaching wedding. The bridp-to-be was 
presented with an orchid corsage and a 
portable buff at server by her present and 
former associates. Those attending were 
Theodora Scoff, Branch Librarian, Rhoda 
Blacker, Phyllis Freeman, Mary Mehlinan, 



appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
Sarah Richman, and Mrs Augusta Rubensteir>-( opinions expressed by individual 



all members of the staff— and Bernadine 
Grace, lirs Jean Foret, Sidney Shwom, and 
Mrs. Janet Schlein, 



South Boston 



A TRIBLTTE 



Why do people often say 
Libraries are always gloomy? 
Why, ouais always cheerful nnd gay, 
And it's also very roomy. 

Come .ind visit us some day. 
Please do coice re=\l soon 
You'll only wish that you could stay 
And soend the afternoon. 



We have some of the friendlisst workers 
(Some of the prettiest too.) . ' ■; 

Our branch is the best one that there is, 
(It's one of the newest too.) • 

You'll find the books ^jpealing. 
Some are old aid some are new. 
We have a book that's all about Bing. 
We have newspapers and nagazines too. 

I'm sure that you'll enjoy yourself 
If you happen to come some day. 
Don't forget to see our New Fiction Shelf 
Before you go away. 



Marie Zaleskas-. 



West End 



■Jevrigh Book Month, is th6 current theme 
being featured at West End throu^ 
November 30. Colored photographs, • 
drawings, children's books in Hebrew, and 
Jewish books of the 1953 season are on 
display. 



SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by tbs full rame of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Library 
Departraerit or Office in which he or she is 
eD?3loyed. The' name is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief. The contents of articles 



Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that ■ttie 
Publications Conmittee and the Asaocia- 
tion are in agreement with the views 
expressed. 



Lux Omnium Civlum 

"The Genii with the torches may signify 
the illuminating power of literatiire. 
The Book needs no explanation. The Tree 
is the Tree of Knowledge, while the dol- 
phins refer to the maritime character of 
the City of Boston — a seaport." Thus 
wrote Mr St Gaudens in 1889 to explain 
the background of our motto. Lux omnium 



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civium. 

Lux omnium civium — Light of all 
citizens J Have we lived up to it? Words 
can be interpreted according to their 
apsociation in the mind of the reader. 
Personally I think to most people today- 
Lux means a soap, and all the more so 
against a background of maritime creatures 
and rather soiled Genii. With the recent 
freshening up comapign within our building 
Lux surely should have been a power. 
Meanwhile Lux, as lif^ht, seems to be 
forgotten. Mary of us workers are still 
in semi -darkness. The Book may "speak for 
itself" , the books used in the Catalog 
and Classification Departm3nt of the 
Reference and Research Division are 
scarcely incandescent. The Light of 
Knowledge needs assistance there from 
above. Since we get none, I say that 
there light is needed on the Book. They 
say the catalog is the key to the library. 
Then the oft consulted printed catalog of 
the Library of Congress is a master key, 
Vfere those i/dio designed the illuminating 
of the room shewn the reduced type in these 
volumes? Did they decipher the footnote- 
sized Y;ords blurred in reproduction? Did 
they distinguish eights from threes or 
colons from semicolons? All the cata- 
logers are forced to us hand magnifiers 
in copying and to sit in shadows. Tired 
eyes are losine their light. 

Nevf rooms such as Book Selection have 
the same lighting fixtures, but more of 
them— all this and daylight too. The 
Director's new anteroom is said to have 
500 watt luminaries. The catalogers ask 
for no such luxurious magnificence as 
those, but do vnnt a few more ranges of 
lights. Examining Comrrdttees pass them 
by. Requests for better lighting are ig- 
nored. The catalogers may be far behind 
the scenes, invisible members of the 
omnium civium of the Library, but v/hy 
cannot they have enough light and of good 
quality? 

Esther Lissner 

Dear Editors 

Would it be possible if the annual 
promotional examinations given in May 
could be corrected and notification of 
results sent to the individuals who took 
the examinations before the fall semester 
at most ujiiversities begins. Without this 
infonnation, it is imoossible to know 
whether or not to take a course covering 



the field of the examination taken in 
May or to take courses in the subject of 
the next promotional examination to be 
taken. Since all examinations may nob be 
corrected over a period of 1; ( four ) 
months, why is it necessary for those 
individuals lA^iose examinations have been 
corrected to wait for a period longer 
than this, such as 6 ( six ) months or 
1/2 year. It's a long, long time from May 
to November, are we going to make it 
December? 



November Song 
(With Apologies to '!Ihe September Song" ) 

Oh it's a long, long time 

From May to November 

And it's hard to wait 

When you reach September. 

The autumn leaves 

Begin to fade 

And you still don't know 

If you've made the grade. 

Y our hopes dwindle down 

To a precious few. 

October i November I 

And each less well-paid-day 

I feel more blue. 

Won't our results 

Ever come through? 

W. A. Mozart 

To the editor: 

I have just discovered that the audio- 
visual center is lacking in "ii5'SH, I am 
told it would be impractical to have them 
because it vrould mix the collection too 
much. The Library does have "78s" and 
"33s" so why vrould it confuse the issue 
further to stock "U5s"? I am also told 
that practically everyone these days has 
three speed record players. Perhaps I 
do not travel among wealthy enough 
classes,,.but many of my friends still 
have the old fashioned type or have 
managed to buy a "ii5" attachment for their 
radio. The "U5s" are lighter and easier 
to carry and handle, do not break, give 
long enjoyment particularly if they are 
the nevf extended play records , Tilhy must 
the ovmers of just a "U5" record player 
be the only class discriminited against^,, 
particularly as they obviously cannot 
afford to buy as many records as someone 
#10 can afford a three speed player? 

Poor but musical 



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Dear Editor: 

YJithout intending any reflection 
'.'jhatsoever upon the person v;ho is at 
present giving the course in Elementary 
Information Sources^ I v.lsh to express 
my objections to the fact that a cours3 
in the use of reference tools is being 
given by a person employed in the Divi- 
sion of Home Rea-ing and Community 
Services rather than a qualified refereriE 
person from the Division of Reference and 
Research Services^ the Division responc- 
sible for that function of the library's 
service . 

If it is argued that these tools are 
used in the branches as well as in 
Reference departments ^ I would point out 
that it is not being us^^d by trained 
reference personnel, however intelligent 
they may be,. Inasmuch as the Supervisor 
of Personnel is also responsible for the 
Training Program, I hope that this is 
not a forecast of a future opinion oh 
the part of the Supervisor of Personnel 
that the use of reference tools in its 
branches constitutes reference experience 
thus making all branch personnel quali- 
fied for work in the Division of Reference 
and Research Services, v:hile the gates 
continue to remain closed for any re- 
ciprocal arrangements 



Eamon E. McDonough 
Reference Librariran in 

General Reference 
Department 



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BLOOD PROGRAM 

The City of Boston employees Blood 
Program offers you and your family pro- 
oection in the event that you or they 
need blood in an emergency. Call Mrs 
WoUent in the Staff Hospit-^.l for further 
details. Do it novi I 

Vi!0 BARGAINS 
(at $20 each) 

Portable Typewriters 

Royal—No. CD 237207 
Smith-Corona— No 3A92978 

Contact ; Mrs Phyllis Kallman 
Phillips Brooks 

LOST AMD FOU I-ID 

Found in the Staff Library the book 
listed below: 

Brooks, Jra, Cleanth 

Understanding fiction, by Cleanth 
Brooks, Jr. and Robert P. Warren 
This book may be claimed by the owner in 
the Personnel Office. 

LATE NEV/S 

lUr and Firs Gerald Seidenberg announce 
the birth of their 71b. 2oz, daughter, 
Jane Ellen, on October 30, 1953. Mrs 
Seidenberg (the former Gloria Shine) was 
Children's Librarian at Alls ton. 



Dear Editor: 



With the proposed disbanding of the 
Benefit Association Vfe are particularly 
concerned .about the Post Card counter. 
We hope that it will be retained somehow. 
Our vforks of art are beautiful and famous 
and reproductions should be available for 
visiters. Perhaps the P.S.A. can take 
it over. 

We feel that losing the attendant v/ould 
be a loss to the Library. Mrs Lasbury 
has been faithful and helpful during her 
years of service. She has served almost 
as a public relations officer on the 
second floor, and her pleasant, cheery, 
"Good morning, lirj I help you?" as one 
steps off the elevator is a hearty vrel- 
come for visitors. 



HELP! HELP I HELP' HELP I 



NEEDED BADLY 



A Name 



for the 



Staff Cook Book 
(going on sale December U, 19^3) 



HURRYl HUBRYll HURRYllI 



Send suggestions to ; 

Mrs llizxy D. Farrell 

Cataloging and Classification Department 

Division of Reference and Research Services 



Award for name chosen t 

A first-edition copy 
of the cook book 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



DECEMBER 1953 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VIII, Number 12 



December 15"53 



Publications Committee: Gerald L, Ball, Geraldine S, Herrick, John J, McCafferty, 

Sarah M. Usher, Charles J, Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 



The long and valuable career of the 
Employees' Benefit Association, almost 
fifty-two years of service to its members. 
ended on November 20. At a special 
meeting attended by over a hundred memr^ 
bars , it vras voted that the Association 
dissolve, and that the assets of the 
Association be turned over to a receiver- 
ship to be liquidated. 

Thus, the end of a Library era. An 
era during which some of us can remember 
many happy occasions sponsored by the 
Association — the dances, formal and in- 
formal, held at Boston hotels, the whist 
parties and the amateur theatricals — all 
of them providing useful funds for the 
Benefit Association, 

At the end of the road it seems fitt 
to pay tribute to those officers -v^io gave 
unstintingly of their time and energies to 
further the welfare of their fellow- 
members. We all salute those who helped 
to fill a need during the years before the 
advent of Blue Cross and liberalized ill- 
ness allowances, ¥e know that the former 
Association members will still work for 
the common good in the numerous avenues 
left to help their neighbors. 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

December 23. Staff Christmas Tea, 3-5 p.m.. 
Women's Lounge. 



December 2h» Open House - "Ladies ' Day" - 
Men's Lounge, 10:30 a.m. 

January 18. S.L.A, monthly meeting. 

Lecture Hall, Central Library, 
following dinner at place to 
be announced later. 



New Employees 



Charles J, Gillis 



THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



E 



SEASONS Q^EETIWGS TO ALL 



PERSONAL NOTES 



Elaine R. Hanson, Kirstein Business Branch 
Robert D. Tfyman, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, Div, of R. and R. S, 
ingMonica Mo Harrington, Cataloging and 
Classification, Div* of R. and R<, So 
Faith T, Minton, Book Stack Service 
l\trs Ncrma So Shemian, Brighton 
Jason Berkovitz, Central Charging Records 

Re si gnat ions 



Emanuel Levine, Central Charging Records » 



Retirements 

f^illiam A, McGovian, Book Stack Service, 

after ^0 years of service. 
Nettie C. Bandiera, Binding Department, 

after 28 years of service. 



Engagements 



Rita M, Doherty, Book Preparation, to 
Frederic J, Casey, Corporal, U. S, Army, 
Fort Dix, New Jersey. 

Marie A. Larkin, Book Preparation, to 
John B. McQuaid, Airman 2nd class, Gary 
Airforce Base, San Marcos, Texas. 

Announcement has been made of the en- 
gagement of Anne E. McCarthy, South Boston, 
to Charles F, Kinne of Dorchester. A 
summer wedding is planned » 



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Janice G, Lane, Office of Div, of H.R, 
and C.S, to Roger B, Hunt of Cambridge, 

Births 

Mrs Bennett Wayne (Naomi Wayne) of 
22 Suffolk Rd. Sharon, now on leave of 
absence from Codman Square, had a little 
girl on Nov. 18. The baby's name is 
Roberta Sue. 



Mr and Mrs Mortimer Lenk announce the 
birth of a son, David, on November 19. 
Mrs Lenk is the former Patience-Ann 
Vifilliams of the Children's Section of 
Open Shelf. 

^MEDDimS 

On November 11, Nancy C. Stipurko was 
married to Ensign V/illiam J. Kiernan, Jr., 
at the Holy Name Church, West Roxbury. 

The bride wore a traditional white 
satin gown vfith panels of chantilly lace 
creating a redingote effect. The finger- 
tip veil was caught to a Flemish cap of 
Hatching lace. She carried a bouquet of 
white chrysanthemums and stephanotis. 

Jane Ann Kiernan, sister of the groom, 
as rraid of honor, wore a ballerina govjn 
of ruby antique taffeta. The bridesmaid. 



Assisting in serving were two of the bride's 
neices. Faith Webber and Elizabeth Nourse. 
llr and Mrs Pitman left that evening for 
New York, where they will make their home 
at l60 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn 1, 

Jacque Moon, formerly at West End, 
\*io recently returned from GreeiiLaid where 
he worked with the American Geological 
Expedition, was married to Suzanne Manning 
at a candlelight ceremony in the Daniel L, 
Marsh Chapel of Boston University on 
Friday evening, November 6, The ceremony 
was followed by a reception at Longvrood 
Towers, which the West End staff attended. 
The honeymooners Trent on a motor trip to 
l¥illiamsburg and Nev/ York, On their return 
Ivir Moon will continue to work for his 
Ph,D» at Harvard 

VISITORS 

Dr Ernst Hessenauer, Director, Adult 
Education, Ministry of Education, Kiel 
Germany. 

Twelve students from the Department of 
Librarianship , New York State College for 
Teachers in Albany, visited the Library 



on the morning of November 19, 19^3, 
Mary Mehlman of Mattapan, wore a similarly accompanied by Mr Robert S. Burgess, the 
styled gown in emerald green antique Head of the Department and a member of the 
taffeta. Matching gold leaf ha If -hats and faculty 
bouquets of fall floi/ers completed the 
ensembles o The bride has returned to her 
former position at Mattapan while her 
husband completes a course at Naval Jus- 
tice School, Ne¥/port, Rhode Island, 



MILITARY SERVICE 



Mrs Sarah W. Flannery, Deputy Super- 
visor, Div, of R. and R.S, and Chief of 
History, returned on Monday, December ll;, 
after an absence of three years spent on 
duty at the U.S, Naval Base, Norfolk, 
Virginia, 



CONGRATULATIONS TO 



The Nourse homestead, Westborough, 
Massachusetts, was the setting for a 
quiet but impressive wedding ceremony on 
Thanksgiving afternoon, November 26, 1953, 
vhen Dorothy Fay, the daughter of Arthur 
Merriam No\irse , became the bride of Robert 
Williams Pitman. The vows were taken by Mildred Kaufman, Branch Librarian, 
the couple standing before the flower- femorial, who has been named to serve as 
banked fireplace in the main living room, U member of the Education Committee of 
The Reverend Kenneth Brooks, pastor of thethe National Conference of Christians and 
Congregational Church, 7/as the off iciating Jews, 
clergyman. 

The bride wore a blue afternoon dress, 
with a corsage of rose camillias, Follovir- 

ing the ceremony, lilrs Lucy Vifebber of Linda Pagliuca, assistant at North End, 
Auburn, Maine, sister of the bride, and recently chosen Tops among Teens b y 
Mrs Helen Nourse, her sister-in-law, were Sheila John Daly in her syridicated article 
hostesses at the beautifully decorated foj, the Teen Age in the Chicago Sunday 
dining room table where dainty refresh- rribune. Miss Pagliuca writes a column 
ments, including a bride's cake (not made 'Teen Topics" in the Italian News— 
by the bride I), was the main feature. a weekly paper published in-the North End. 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

At the September meeting of the 3xecu- 
tive Board it was decided to establish a 
Personnel Committee, 

The duties of this Personnel Committee 
are to make investigations and recom- 
mendations on those personnel matters 
yvjhich are referred to the Committee by 
the Executive Board and to make a report 
on these matters to the Executive Board, 

The Executive Board, therefore, has 
requested the Personnel Committee to in- 
vestigate the promotional system (includ- 
ing transfers) for the bibliothecal staff 
to make recommendations for changes, and 
to make a report to the Executive Board, 

All phases of the promotional system 
are to be considered but the Committee 
has been instructed to include these itemc 
suggested by members of the Executive 
Board and other members of the Associa- 
tions 

lo A detailed analysis of the work- 
ings of the present "point system". 

2, The advisability of having the 

top three candidates, vfho have beer 
selected for interviev/s for pro- 
motion to a particular position, 
previously screened to determine 
that each of the three has an 
active interest in being appointed 
to that position. 

3. The question of whether points 
should not be given for equiva- 
lences granted (a) to staff mem- 
bers in the Library before 1938 
for qualifying examinations and 
(b) to any staff member for 
courses taken and examinations 
passed, other than those needed 
for the particular job vjhich he 
holds , 

U. Viliether it vfould be feasible, 

prior to the filling of a vacancy, 
to post a list of the eligible 
persons vd.th a statement of their 
points and their relative status. 
Suggestions and constructive criticism 
from all interested members of the 
Association are invited as an aid to the 
Committee. 

Copies of the reports of the Special 
Committee on Personnel Ratings, of the 
Special Committee on Personnel Morale, 
and of the Meetings of the Executive 
Board and the Morale Committee vfith the 
Director are being nade available for the 
Committee's use. 



The follov'dng members have expressed 
their willingness to serve on this Com- 
mittee; 

Christiana P, Jordan, Branch Librarian, 

Alls ton (HR&CS), Chairman 
Charles J. Gill is. Cataloguer and 

Classifier, Cat & Class (KRStCS) 
Paul V. Moynihan, Assistant, General 

Reference (R&RS)' 
Louis Polishook, Assistant, Patent 

Room, (R&RS) 
Jfergaret Sarsfield, Assistant, Central 

Charging Records (IHtCS) 
Mrs Bridie O'Connell Stotz, Assistant^ 

Uphams Corner (HR&CS) 
Loraine Ac Sullivan, Chief, Science 

and Technology, (R&RS) 
Pasquale A. Vacca, Probationary 

Assistant, Dorchester (HR&CS) 
Kathleen M. Woodvirorth, Reference 

Assistant, Fine Arts, (R&RS) 

B. Joseph O'Neil 
President 

B OSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
EI^iPLC-YEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION, INC . 

1902-1953 

The ending of the oldest Staff As- 
sociation brings regret to everybody. 
In its life of fifty-one years the Boston 
Public Library Employees ' Benefit Asso- 
ciation, Inc« paid in sick benefits to 
its members |)U7j6U3»l8 and in death 
benefits |12, 500.00, This T-vas all done 
vdth only the small payment of twenty- 
five cents for dues each month until a 
couple years ago when dues were raised 
to fifty cents a month in an attempt to 
give the old Association a transfusion 
to keep it alive. 

In 1910, five weeks' sick benefit were 
allowed to be paid to members. Through 
the years, this ivas raised to thirteen 
weeks and in its last year had to be 
reduced to three weeks. 

In 19^2 vvhen the Association celebrated 
its Golden Anniversary, only 119 persons, 
a majority non members, were interested 
enough to attend the Banquet. 

At one time the membership of Asso- 
ciation included about seventy-five 
percent of the staff. This year, its 
last, it comprised about thirty-three 
percent, 

James P. Mooers 



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YOUNG ADULTS IN HCNOLULU 

The following item is taken from a 
recent Honolulu nevrapaper, and should be 
of interest to anyone trying to do v7ork 
with Young Adults: 

"With most people, in most places , 
getting a library card is pretty much a 
routine event, like paying taxes, or 
going to the family doctor for an annual 
checkup, 

"That's not the way the folks out in 
the Kalihi-Palama section think of ito 

"They nade a community ceremony out of 
the presentation of adult library cards 
to a group of teen-agers recently, 

"There was a program of hulas and songs 
a movie on dating, and refreshments, 
thou^tfully provided by the Kalakaua 
Lions Club, 

"Community leaders representing 
neighborhood schools, the Oahu YouAh 
Council and the Kalihi-Palarra Community 
Council were on hand to add their en- 
couragement, 

"The program vras arranged by Librarians 
Ityrtle Mattison and Alice Covell, 

"lITien you stop to think about it, 
getting a grovm-up library card is a 
pretty big event for a teen-ager, 

"It is a conscious step from the y/orld 
of juvenile books to the unlimited 
horizons of adult literature. It is the 
beginning of a new adventure in self- 
improvement, in recreation, 

"To the imaginative people of Kalihi- 
Palama who took this opportunity to bring 
the community together and re-emphasize 
the value the library and its books Yave 
to them, a deep, appreciative bovir," 

Mildred Kaufman 

WELCOME TO Ng? MEMBERS OF BPLPSA 

Bettina M. Coletti, Open Shelf 
Edward J, Cullinane, Egleston Square 
Cornelia Dorgan, Ftare Book 
Diane G, Farrell, West End 
Louise M. Fogarty, Codman Square 
Elizabeth S. Good, Central Charging 

Records 
Marjorie D, Knilling, Central Charging 

Records 

Wilma A. Lyons, Book Stack Service 

James A, Mackie, Science and Technology 

John J, O'Neil, Open Shelf 

Isabella M, Porter, History 

Sydney L, Shwora, Codman Square 

Mrs Anna A, Sullivan, Sgleston Square 



Constance Wilson, Book Stack Service 
Robert C, Woodward, History ' 



RETIREMENTS 
William A. McGovran 

William A. McGowan retired from the 
service cf the Library on November 30, 1953 • 
Last March 9th marked his fiftieth year 
cf service. Fifty years is a great deal 
of time to be an employee of one in- 
stitution and it isn't often an institu- 
tion can boast of such loyal service. The 
small circle of those whose devoted 
service runs back to boyhood and girlhood 
grows smaller with each retirement. Bill 
cans to work in this Library v/hen he and 
this building were still young and full 
of enthusiasm. Through the years, his 
has been a career of friendships. No one 
has been more loyal or helpful to his 
fellow employees than Bill, 

Jtr McGowan was a member of the Quarter 
Century Club, past Vice-President of the 
Employees' Benefit Association, past 
President of the Library Union, and for 
years was a member of the Board of 
Directors of the City of Boston Employees' 
Credit Union, 

Now that he has retired, we will miss 
him more and more. Come back and see us 
often Bill. 

Patrick Murtagh 

A ?JEIGHTY M/lTTER 

TSro little boys virerc examining the 
Webster's unabridged dictionary in the 
Teacher's Department, and were having 
quite a discussion about it. When asked 
if they were looking for anything in 
particular, one of them replied, "Naw, 
we v;as just vrondering which was heavier, 
this or the Prayer Book on the altar »" 

BLOOD PROGRAM 

If you give a pint of blood through 
the City of Boston Employees Blood Program, 
you and your family virill receive needed 
blood free from the Red Cross. Call Mrs 
Wollent in the Library Hospital. Do it 
now I 



LOST A.ND F0UI-3D 

Six keys in black leather koy case, 
left in Personnel Office, Owner may 
recover them there o 

Gold bracelet found in Povj-der Room, 
Stack 2, after Branch Librarians' meet» 
ing on December 2. Oimier may claim in 
Personnel Office* 



ADULT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION 
OF MASSACHUSETTS 

The second Annual Meeting held in 
Worcester's new and extremely modem 
Chandler Street Junior High School, on 
Saturday, November 21, was attended by 
four BoPoLs staff members. The purposes 
of the meeting were: "To enable all those 
engaged in adult education (l) to become 
conscious that they are part of a common 
educational enterprise, (2) to broaden 
their interests, deepen their understand- 
ing, sharpen their skills, (3) to share 
with all educational undertakings the 
task of developing democratic practices 
in all phases of our community life»" 
A series of Tuorkshops on subjects and 
materials vrere built around the theme 
Making Better Use of Present Resources c 
Dr Franklin P. Hawkes, Director, Fair 
Educational Practices Commission, was the 
leader of a panel, each member of which 
gave a five-minute preview of one of the 
morning workshops. An interesting featnre 
of this panel was the time clock used by 
Dr Hawkes, Perhaps it n3.s due to the 
clock that not even one of the five 
participants exceeded the time limit. 

Of the ten workshops held during the 
day, reports on five are given here. Two 
Boston Public Library staff members served 
as resource members at the workshops — 
Mrs Helen Hirson, Extension Librarian, 
at the workshop on Senior Citizens ^ and 
Mrs Muriel Javelin, Deputy Supervisor, 
In Charge of Work with Adults, at the 
Workshop on Informal Continuing Education 
Groups. 

FolloT/ing a roast beef luncheon in the 
School Cafeteria, there was a brief busi- 
ness meeting. Among the newly elected 
officers were three Librarians: Presi- 
dent: Miriam Putnam, Librarian, Memorial 
Hall Library, Andoverj Regional Vice 
Presidents: Thurston Taylor, Librarian^ 
Worcester Free Public Library; and Sigrid 
Edge, Simmons College School of Library 



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S'.-ience, Dr Kenneth D, Eenne, Director 
of the new H'.iaan Relations Center at 
Boston University, briefly described 
plans for the development of the Center 
and Forrest Seymour of the ¥>forcester 
i Te le gi -.'- i-n-Ga % (^t t o siMirnariEed the findings 



of the mornir.,^ woi'^'ohopsi, 
I Reports of the neetir.g have not yet 
l^been printed, but ix. seemed to bo the 
general impression that once again the 
workshop iype of meeting had demonstrated 
its value as an educational technique, 

Muriel C. Javelin 

Wbrkshop on Educational TV 

The educational TV program of Rutgers 
University and the plans for Worcester's 
two proposed commercial TV stations. 
Channels 20 and 2k, were described in 
some detail. Throughout the meeting 
references to Boston's proposed educa- 
tional Oiannel 2 were made by Robert 
P, Anderson, a director of the Massachu- 
setts Citizens' Committee for Educational 
Television and one of the five resource 
persons at this meeting. Hannah Hyatt 
of the Fitchburg Public Library served 
as Recorder. The interest of the group — 
which was a large one — seemed to center 
on the question: What are some of the 
successful programs on educational and 
commercial television and how do they 
differ? The need for training those 
responsible for planning educational 
programs was a problem which concerned 
many group members. Certainly the entire 
group left the meeting ^vith the realiza- 
tion that there are many unsolved pro- 
blems in connection with the effective 
use of TV for educational purposes, 

Muriel C, Javelin 
Workshop on Foreign Affairs 

Sherman S. Hayden, President, Worcester 
Chapter, Foreign Policy Association, and 
Associate Professor International Rela- 
tions, Clark University, was chairman and 
discussion leader at the Workshop on 
Foreign Affairs. There were about 25 
participants in the group all working in 
various fields of adult education with 
representatives from the Worcester and 
Fitchburg Libraries as well as Boston, 

Resource materials were consMcred 
first and the Pamphlet Shop and Spgakprs 
Bureau of the United Council on World 



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Af fairs in Boston were cited as being 
especially useful and available through- 
out the state, William J, Trainor, Jr., 
Field Worker, American Foundation, Boston, 
spoke of the programs of discussion 
groups being carried on by that organi- 
zation under a grant from the Ford Fund 
for Adult Education. 

The continuing discussion brought out 
the need for a film circuit to make films 
available to groups and organizations not 
situated near Boston. The possibility 
of such a circuit being established 
through libraries is already under con- 
sideration. Another lack is that of the 
use of TV for purposes of political edu- 
cation. 

It ■was felt that individuals had moved 
in their interest in international affairs 
from the place of volunteer organizations 
and big-name speakers, to highly struc- 
tured organizations and new approaches 
such as the discussion groups, film 
forums , etc , It was pointed out that 
people must have the opportunity to "do" 
as well as "study" by means of activities 
that might include group visits to the 
United Nations in New York and visitc 
from members of the United Nations by 
invitation to families in the community. 

The ever-present question of how to 
challenge the interest of the man in the 
street resulted in the comments that it 
is not necessary for a program to be 
mutually exclusive and that it need do no 
more than to provide handholds for people 
vrtio have their interest stirred. In 
planning programs it must be decided 
whether we are trying to build attitudes 
or are chiefly concerned T/ith informationj 
The situation is complicated and if it can 
be s implif ied for the individual by making 
an experience for him through some project, 
as having him become acquainted with a 
foreign student,. then he will perhaps be 
willing to struggle intellectually to 
change his attitudes. 

Even if 1^% to 30^ of the people are 
uneducable , as claimed by different 
authorities , there are still three . 
quarters of the people of various kinds 
to be reached. People are generally 
apathetic about foreign affairs because 
of fear and a feeling of their oim in- 
adequacy. A well-planned program, with 
the proper type of promotion, and spon- 
sored by more than one organization to 
represent several points of view, has the 
best chance of success, 

Pauline A, Walker 



W orkshop on 
Informal Con'Einuing Education Groups 

Brief, informal talks by Resource mem- 
bers covered the work of the Worcester 
County Extension Service, an account of 
Adult Education activities at the 
University of Massaoiiusetts , at the Holy 
Cross Institute of Industrial Relations, 
and at the Boston Public Library. 
Edward Muir, Field Worker of the Great 
Books Foundation, concluded with a des- 
cription of the Great Books project, A 
lively discussion of informal education 
in Massachusetts followed the presen- 
tations . 

Muriel C, Javelin 

Workshop on Senior Citizens 

Under the leadership of Robert F, 
Cahill, Worcester Community Council, 
several educational resources for senior 
adults were ennumerated and evaluated, A 
great aid to an effective discussion was 
the mimeographed list of seven questions 
v^iich was distributed to every one at the 
meeting. Another asset was the variety of 
persons present who represented settlement 
house clubs, the Springfield Hobby Club 
Center, industries employing older people, 
geriatric clinics, and educational pro- 
grams like The Never Too Late Group of the 
Boston Public Library^ Facetiously, 
several members claimed that the high 
level of educational activity of the 
^fever Too Late Group could only survive 
in "Cultural Boston", 

Helen F. Hirson 

Workshop on Young Adults 

Edna Sommerfeld, Regional Extension 
Igent, New England Pilot Project for work 
vith young men and women, Worcester, set 
;he informal tone as she greeted the 
participants and invited each person to 
identify himself (or herself) by name and 
Position, Between twenty-five and thirty 
'esponded. The majority were those 
working with young adults but it was 
pleasant to note that there were also 
three young adults participating solely 
in their capacity as interested young 
idults, William R. Miller, Regional 
ibctension Agent, New England Pilot Pra,1eot^ 
Droved a very effective leader by sub- 
limating himself and inspiring questions 






and discussion from the general members. 

Young adults as considered at this 
meeting are the group of young people in 
all walks of life covering the ages 18-30, 
Mr Miller explained the Pilot Project 
which is an organized group with the 
objective of inquiring into the problems 
of youth and endeavoring to meet those 
problems. The thotre of the workshop 
was "Are the resources for aiding Young 
Adults effective?" It was repeatedly 
pointed out that the young people are 
interested in the business of living. 
One young adult participant pointed out 
that young adults want education in the 
sense of knowing how to get along with 
people and to underst^.nd what the other 
fellow is thinking, even though they may 
outwardly scorn formal education. Another 
young adult reminded the group of the fact 
that young adults are nev; at the job of 
being adults and they need a time to ad- 
just themselves to their new status. They 
also need patience and understanding whiile 
they are making the adjtffitment. Mr 
Eberley (Boston Y.M.C.A,)carried forward 
this idea and warned that the language 
of adults is "foreign" to young adults and 
adults must learn hovf to get their in- 
terests and enthusiasms across to the 
young people. The role of libraries as 
a useful agent in work T.dth young adults 
was discussed briefly. It was pointed 
out that a dults must not do things for 
young adults but vri- th them. A discussion 
regarding the ncvTspaper and radio re- 
porting of the crime s of youthful off era-. 
ders was just getting undervray when it vas 
discovered tb^t the hour for closing had 
passed unnoticed fifteen minutes previous- 
ly. The Roundtable was pleased to have 
comments from representatives from England 
and Viet Nam. 

Of the four "resource persons" who 
helped to keep the discussion ball rolling 
one was a former BPLer, Mrs Katherine P. 
Jeffrey, Milton Public Library, Milton, 

Edna G. Peck 



CARE 

Be sure to see the Christmas 
card and letter on the Bulletin 
Board in Central from a grateful 
recipient of a CARE package. 



CENTEMIAL NOTES 

Julius Caeaar Preview 
Aids Centennial Fund 

One of the special events planned in 
connection with the observance of the 
Library's lOOth Anniversary is the Boston 
premiere of the fiLii presentation of 
William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to 
be held at the Majestic Theatre on Monday 
evening, December 21, in advance of the 
public showings which are to start on 
Christmas Day, 

This important new f iLm stars Louis 
Calhern as Caesar, James Mason as Brufeus, 
John Gielgud as Cassius, Fiarlon Brando 
as Antony, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, and 
Deborah Kerr as' Portia, 

This preview is being made possible 
through the courtesy of Metro -Go Idwyn- 
Mayer Pictures and Shubert Theatres. All 
proceeds from the sale of tickets, priced 
at five dollars each, will go to the 
Centennial Fund of the Library^ 

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor of the Boston 
Pops, is Chairman of the Committee of 
Centennial Commission members sponsoring 
the presentation. 

Television Programs 
Highlight the Centennial Celebration 

From 5'-00 to S:h^ p.m^ on Friday, De%- 
cember 11, WNAC-TV presented a "live" 
telecast from Central Library on -the "ankee 
Goes Calling program , emceed by BiH Hahno 

Patrick F. McDonald, President of the 
Board of Trustees, and Milton E. Lord, 
Director, were ably assisted in presenting 
the BPL to TV viewers by the following: 
John M. Carroll, John J. Connolly, John J. 
Cronan, Zoltan Haras zti, Arthur W, 
Hcintzelman, Bradford M. Hill, Priscilla 
S. I&cFadden, and -Thomas J. Manning, 
Filmed sequences of various phases of the 
Library's ¥TOrk were incorporated into the 
presentation. 

Many staff members greatly appreciated 
being given the opportunity of seeing the 
program on the rented TV set placed in the 
lecture hall for their convenience. 

On Monday, December 21, at 9:00 a.m.. 
Ml* Lord will again represent the Library 
when he vfill be the featured guast on 
Domestic Diary , with Polly Huse , on FB7,-TV<, 




"The tumult and the shouting are 
o'erS'-^the Centennial Staff Gift Fund is 
fatter by over |)l,i;00, and the staff is 
still gasping at its ovm accomplishment 
and feeling grateful to the Administra- 
tion for having given permission for 
the holding of a Fair I 

There can be not the slightest shadow 
of a doubt in anyone's mind that the bow — 
big and svieeping — can be taken this month 
by Priscilla S. JfecFadden who dared to 
suggest such a stupendous undertaking as 
a staff fair and vho stuck vdth it until 
the doors of the Lecture Hall closed with 
a big bang of success at 10 p.m. on 
Friday evening, December U. 

Smaller bows may also be taken by each 
staff member vdio contributed in any 
amount of his or her time, talents, sale- 
able products, and purchasing povrer be- 
cause it was the combined generosity, 
cooperation, enthusiasm, and good will of 
all which furnished the momentum virhich 
swept the undertaking joyously on tovrard 
its successful conclusion. For one whole 
day staff gripes were forgotten, indi-- 
vidual problems relegated to the back- 
ground, and staff morale went zooming up 
to a high not reached in many a moon. 



From the first appeal, materials for 
sale came flooding in until they over- 
flowed Mr Tuley's quarters and had to be 
stored in the a joining room. They varied 
from a sealskin coat (which sold for $15 
and was worn most becomingly by a satis- 
fied customer l) to one lonely earring 
which had strayed from its mate l 

Ardent workers transformed the Lecture 
Hall into alluring fair grounds, and the 
food "Concession" on the "midway" did 
such a rushing business that it was almost 
as bare as Mother Hubbard's cupboard at 
certain periods of the day. Close by, and 
equally successful, was Cooks in Print , 
v^fhich sold out its first edition of k3S 
copies, much to the satisfaction of 
l"Iary D, Farrell, its inspiration. The 
prize in the title contest — a first 
edition copy — ^went to Eamon E. McDonough, 

Bidding for Heintzelman etchings (5 
in number, contributed most generausly 
by our Keeper of Prints and adding $12^ 
to the net profit) attracted much atten- 
tion. The contest to choose "Miss Centen- 
nial Fair" was heated and marked by 
frequent lifting of the boxes in vain 
attempts to guess who was ahead I (See 
apecial item following) The baffling 



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baby picture contest caused many brows to 
wrinkle and pencils to be gnawed vigorously 
as aspirants attempted to identify "8 out 
of 10". The "8" were: Albert L. Carpenter, 
John J. Connolly, Catherine M. MacDonald, 
Edna G, Peck, Ellen C, Peterson, John W. 
Tuley, Mrs Edna Me T/Tollent, and Mrs Eliza- 
beth L. Wright. Added to confuse the issue 
were pictures of Friscills S. MacFadden 
and Mrs Vanda Cariani, Five people tied 
for hnnors In this contest: 

J'Irs Muriel C. Javelin 

Mrs Veronica Lehane 

Catherine M. MacDonald 

Edna G. Peck 

Irene J. Wadsworth 

Madame Jennifer, the Romany Gypsy, 
(Elizabeth M. Gordon), read palms in close 
competition with Isis, Egyptian Card 
Reader (a friend of Miss MacFadden) who 
told fortunes by cards. If the building 
hadn't closed at 10 p«ra,, undoubtedly 
waiting lines would still be queued, eager 
to find out what the future holds. 

Background music during the day was 
furnished by recordings from Audio-Visual 
and by piano solos by Loraine A. Sullivan, 
Bradford M. Hill, and Martin F. Waters. 

All material was cut to half price be- 
fore the auctioning of the remainder be- 
gan under the auctionner's mythical hammer 
wielded expertly by George W. Patterson, 
Buildings. A raccoon coat, reminiscent 
of the gay '20's, went for $6.00, and a 
portable typewriter for $26, Only the 
fact that there are but 60 minutes in 
each hour and the building closed at 10 
p.m. prevented the auctioning from con- 
tinviing. 

The program, ably emceed by Paul Jo 
Delahanty, formerly of Open Shelf, con- 
sisted of a delightfully surprising 
array of "home talent". Mr M.C., himself 
produced a live rabbit from a hat after 
pouring into said hat a concoction which 
would have given indigestion to any able- 
bodied man, but y^hich left the rabbit alire 
and kicking when it was auctioned off to 
the highest bidder, and went for ;ti'2.10. 
The musical part of the nrogram follows: 
Vocal solos b/- Gene T. Montefiore, Patent, 
and Angela T. Centola, Office,. Div. of 
H.R, and C.S.j violin solo by Louis M. 
Ugalde, Rare Book; Folk songs with guitar 
accompaniement, by Elsa Shore, formerly. 
Cataloging and Classification, Div. of 
R. and R.S.j with Daniel J. Koury, Music, 
and Robert P. Giddings, Catalog and Class- 
ification, Div. of R, and R.S., playing 



accompaniements and turning music, by turn. 

Helping to boost sales at various 
times during the day were Mrs Frank W, 
Buxton and the Misses' Friedman, represent- 
ing the Trustees, and many BPL 'klumnae" , 
including Christine Hayes, Alice M, Jordan, 
Geneva Watson, Rebecca E, Tifillis, Mrs 
Mary Vfatkins Dietrj.ckson, and M, Florence 
Cufflin^ 

An estimated total of from 700 to 800 
BPLers, their families and friends, kept 
the cashier busy making change from 10 a.m. 
to entertainment tiraeo Frankie Myers took 
pictures to prove that it actually happened. 



The virhirl and gay confusion of a big 
social event, the stampede tovrard rare, 
home-concocted breads and pastries, the 
jingling of exotic jewelry, the holiday 
frsLgrance of greens — memorable all of it I 
The hope is that such a fair will over- 
viTork us, distract us, overjoy us more 
often than once in a hundred years I 

M» Jane Manthome 
Sarah M. Usher 

Miss Centennial Fair 

Ten of the Library's fairest vied for 
hnnors in the Miss Centennial Fair Con- 
test: 

A, Gertrude Barry, Personnel Office 
Mary J, Brady, Office, Div. of R. and 
RoSo 

Geraldine Coyman, Cataloging and Classic 
fication, Div, of R. and R«S. 
Jeanette DeLello, South End 
Rosemarie larrobins. Business Office 
Kathleen A. McCabe, Mt Pleasant 
Dorothea Morgan, Accounting Office 
Claire 'Donne 11, Book Stack Service 
Claire Spellman, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, Div. of R.. and R. S, 

Constance V/ilson, Book Stack Service 

Photographs submitted by the sponsors 
of the contestants vrere enlarged through 
the good offices of John W, Tuley, Fire 
Prevention Inspector, 

A, Gertrude Barry carted off the laurels, 
and thereby will become the proud owner 
of a portrait sketch done by Arthur 
Polonsky, a Boston artist, wio kindly 
volunteered to sketch the winner of the 
contest. Miss Barry's picture, as the con- 
test winner, appeared in the Boston Sunday 
Post for December 6, 1953. The Centennial 
Fund was enriched by over $60, 

Sidney Weinberg 



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Centennial Staff Fair 
Thanks to Everyone : 

to these Yiho gave permission for the 
Centennial Fair and gave it constant en- 
couragement. 

to those who publicized it by notices 
and by word of mouths 

to those who contributed ideas for 
making it a success, 

to those who set up the hall, and 
mopped up aftervrards, 

to those who brought and sent the 
thousands of items that were sold. 

to those ii/ho received and sorted and 
arranged them. 

to those vjho sold and to those who 
bought. 

to those who contributed to Coo ks in 
Print — the cooks, the Editor and her 
Committee, these -v,ho made sketches, those 
I'iho mimeographed, to the Printing Depart- 
ment and the Bindery Department v<ho 
turned it into a book, 

to our sponsored Beauties for con- 
tributing excitement and money. 

to the famous Babies virho mj stifled us, 

to our persuasive auctioneer. 

to our entertainers for their talent 
and time. 

to our fortune tellers v:ho boosted 
our egos, 

to our friends and relatives who con- 
tributed thinrrs to sell, and came to buy 
also, 

to our photographer who recorded the 
event, 

to photographers and friends v;ho con- 
tributed prizes for our contestants. 

Thanks to everyone ! 

Priscilla S, MacFadden (Fine Arts) 
Chairman, Centc;nnial Fair 

In Appreciation 

To All The Members of the Staff: 

I am very grateful for the honor given 
me to act as your representative in pre- 
senting your Centennial Gift to the 
President and Members of the Board of 
Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 
at the Centennial Dinner held at the 
Sheraton Plaza on Wednesday, November 11. 

Gratefully yours, 
(Signed) GEORGE '''^ GALLAGHER 
Binding Department 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY HONORED 

The Boston Public Library has been 
chosen by the Adult Education Board of 
A.L.A, as one of twenty libraries to re- 
ceive a sub-grant from the Fund for Adult 
Education to initiate and develop a new 
adult education project. The project, 
entitled Expa nding H oriz ons, will consist 
of a ten-week training institute in prac- 
tical human relations for leaders of com- 
munity organizations to proAn.de represen- 
tatives of adult community groups an op- 
portunity for leadership training pointed 
towards the resolution of human relations 
problems, vdth particular reference to 
the needs of metropolitan Boston. 

AL UMNA APPRECIATION 

A note tucked in v/ith a Christmas 
card from Mrs Gussene Gu^j-eyan Hatzik, 
formerly of Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, DiVc of R. and R^S., and now of 
Encino, California, has given much plea- 
sure to the Publications Committee, We 
share it with you: "I miss you all very 
much and can't wait until I receive the 
' Quest i on Ifark '' every month. Every word 
is hungrily devoured and enjoyed c The 
'Qu.epti_on_Mark' is like a sincere hand- 
shake across the miles c Keep up the good 
vsTorkj" 

S EAS0M5 GREETINGS 
TO THOSE ON THE SICK LI ST 

Elizabeth B, Boudreau, Information Office 

Mrs Franc ina Gelzer, North End 

Hope Bi Broi/TO, Charlestown 

Elvira G, Lavorgna, Fine Arts 

Mrs Stella K. Easland, Orient Heights 

Robert J. Mahoney, Buildings 

Edward F. Maynard, Buildings 

Charles F. Welder, Buildings 

NEV; BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Ficti on 

Mpors, Anthony. Kathorine Mansfield, 

Now York, Knopf, 19^3 
Anderton, Rus'^. Tic-polonga. 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1953- 
Bemelmans, Lud-vig, Father, dear father, 

NcT.r York, Viking Press, 1953, 
Breig, Joseph A. A halo for father. 

Milwaukee, Bruce Pub, Co,, 1953 
3rosby, Bing. Call me lucky. 

New York, Simon and Schuster, 1953 



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Douglas, William 0. North from Iihlayac 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 19$3. 
Griffith, Richardo The world of Robert 

Flaherty. 

Nev\f York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1953 
Lindbergh, Charles A, The Spirit of St 

Louis, 

Now York, Scribner, 19^3 
Loveridge, Arthur, I drank the Zambezi, 

Nev, York, Harper, 19$3 
Martin, Martha, of Alaska , rugged land 

of gold. 

Now York, Macmillan, 1953 
Maurois, Andre. Lelia, the lifo of George 

Sand. 

New York, Harper, 1953 
Moody, Ralph o The fields of home. 

New York, Norton, 1953 
1/furray, Yfilliam H, The story of Everest, 

New York, Button, 1953 
Reynolds, James,' F-.bulous Spain,, 

New York, Putnam, 1953 
Stackpole, Edouard A. -The sea hunters; 

the New England virhalemen during t\ro 

centuries, 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1953 
TlTarp, Louise (Hall) Until victory: 

Horace Mann and Mary Peabody, 

Boston, Litt]e , Brown, 1953 

Non-Fiction — 'Library Science 

Norris , Dorothy M. A primer of catalogu- 
ing » 

■ London, Association of Assistant Li- 
brarians, 1952 

Smith, Lillian Ho The unreluctant years; 
a critical approach to children's 
literature, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 
1953 

Fiction 

Aurthur, Robert A, Tho glorification of 

Al Toolum, 

New York, Rinehart, 1953 
Barker, Shir lay. Rivers parting. 

New York, Crovm Pub,, 1950 
Bates, Herbert E, Love for Lydia, 

Boston, Little, Brovm, 1953 
Buck, Pearl, Come, my beloved. 

New York, J, Day Co., 1953 
Butler, Suzanne. My pride, my folly* 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1953 
Charques, Dorothy. Men like shadovirs. 

New York, Cov/ard-McCann, 1953 
Clayton, John B. Wait, son, October is 

near, 

Nev\r York, Macmillan, 1953 



Goudge, Elizabeth. -The heart of tho 

family. New York, Coward-McCann, 1953 
Hilton, James, Time and time again. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1953 
Hull, Helen R. Landfall. 

Ncv^ York, Coward-McCann, 1953 
Lancaster, Bruce ^ Blind journey. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1953 
Michcner, James A, The bridges at Tokc-ii 

NciY York, Random House, 1953 
Moore, Ruth. A fair-ffimd home. 

New York, Morrow, 1953 
Paton, Alan, Too lato the phalarope. 

New York, Scribner, 1953 
Thompson, Sylvia. The candle's glory, 

Boston, Little, Brovm, 1953 
Williams, Ben A. The unconquered. 

Boston, Houghton Mfflin, 1953 

BRANCH NOT ES 

Codman Squ are 

During Book Week a contest was held un- 
der the supervision of Mildred Frescnte, 
children's librarian, and her assistant, 
Mrs Doris Brimmer. Over 150 pupils in 
grades 3-8 participated. The judging 
proved to be a laborious task for Eliza- 
beth M, Gordon, Deputy Supervisor in 
Charge of VYorkwith Chi3dren, Grace 
Fufari, extra assistant and art student, 
and Louise Fogarty, young adult workero 
Special awards of books were given to 
the top entries and 18 honorable mention 
certificates were presented, 

Bgleston Souare 

The Friends of the Egleston Square 
Branch Library held their first general 
meeting Thursday evening, November 19, 
with Harry Elam as chairman of the 
evening. Greetings were extended to the 
group by the president of the Trustees 
of the Boston Public Library, Patrick F. 
McDonald. The Honorable Albert West, 
Vice -Chairman of the Committee on 
Friends of the Boston Public Library of 
the Centennial Commission, was present 
and spoke a fevr -ivords on the role of 
Friends groups in the city of Boston, 
The remainder of the program was based 
on the theme. The Library ; a Family 
Affair . 

Mattapa n 

On Thursday, December 10, the winners 
of the book-'title contest were presented 
With their prizes. The contest, featured 
as one of the Book Week activities, con- 
sisted of short stories in which book 



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titles were concealed. One story was 
composed for grades four and five; the 
other for grades six and seven. The 
winners vera those children -who correctly- 
Identified the greatest number of titles » 

Roslindale 

A large and enthusiastic audience of 
the Friends of the Roslindale Branch 
Library enjoyed its inaugural neeting 
on Monday, November l6. 

After a welcome to all by Marion R. 
Herzig, Branch Librarian, the meeting 
was turned over to John J. L-^ndrigan, 
President of the "Friends", Mr Landrigan 
then introduced Patrick F. McDonald, 
President of the Board of Trustees, who 
brought greetings from the Library and 
commended the group on its interest in 
the Library. 

After a short business meeting, Edna 
G. Peck, in her ovm inimitable manner 
which completely delighted the audience, 
reviewed several of the new fall books. 

Following the meeting, refreshments were 
served by the staff members. It was 
noted that the group i/vas especially 
congenial Vtrhich seems to assure a 
successful future for the organization. 

West End 

Mr and Mrs YiTilliam J. Conley (the 
former Elinor Day) entertained the mem- 
bers of the Vfest End staff at a supper 
party on Sunday evening, December 6. Mrs 
Conley, an accomplished cook, prepared 
the delicious and attractive repast, 
•which lent appetite and zest to a con- 
genial group of co-woikers and companions 
who spent a delightful evening, 

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Fanny Goldstein, who recently returned 
from her travels abroad, was the subject 
of several articles in the forei'^ press, 
German, Hebrew and English papers in 
Israel announced her visit to the country 
and recorded the various events which 
were given in her honor. During her stay 
Miss Goldstein had the pleasure of acting 
in behalf of the author, Rachel Baker, 
who "designated her to present the original 
manuscript with a first edition of the 
book "Chaim feizman. Builder of a Nation" 
to the Chaim Weizman Archives, The 
presentation ceremony took place in the 
drawing room of the Weizman Mansion 
(better known as the Wiite House of 
Israel) at a simple but impressive cere- 
mony. The gift was received by Meyer 



Weisgal, the literary executor of Presi- 
dent Yfeizman's estate. 

The October 30 issue of the London 
Jevdsh Chronicle carried a story of Miss 
Goldstein's visit, in which they said 
that "Miss Goldstein visited leaders of 
the intellectual life of Anglo-Jewry 
during her stay in London." ^iifhile on 
tour Miss Goldstein purchased many books 
for the Library, especially a group of 
up-to-the-minute modern Italian books j 
and many new and out-of-print titles of 
Judaica, In addition to the many 
foreign Judaica titles bou^t abroad by 
Miss Goldstein, a special gift of 
twenty-one French Judaica books were 
presented to her for the Boston Public 
Library during her visit in Paris, 

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November opened with a display of art 
material lent by the pupils of the 
William Blackstone School. The tvfenty 
panels vrere a unit, shov;ing a variety of 
treatment of two assigned problems, with 
an interesting and unusual emphasis on 
the application of the designs to textile 
prints. 

During Book Week, the s tory tellers 
visited each third, fourth, fifth and 
sixth grade in the Peter Faneuil School. 
The children vrere given seasonal book 
marks , and each teacher received a 
special Book Week packet containing 
reading lists, publishers' catalogs, 
book jackets and other pertinent material. 

Not one birthday cake, but twenty- 
eight, duly emphasized the Centennial 
theme at the Book Week program on Novem- 
ber 21o The festivities marked the 
awarding of reading certificates and 
book prizes to the members of the summer 
reading club. The program included 
stories by the children's librarian, 
Mrs Veronica M, Lehane, a short program 
presented by the guests themselves, 
book games and — a feature not to be over- 
looked—refreshments. Besides the con- 
ventional candy, each child had. an 
individual, pink-frosted birthday cake, 
with a lighted candle, Tiventy-eight 
reading certificates were avrarded, and 
four book prizes. The highest book 
awards went to a boy who had read fifty- 
eight books, and a girl who had read 
fifty-seven. Second prizes went to a 
girl TNho had read forty-five, and a boy 
who had read forty-three -books. The 
party closed vath a spontaneous singing 
of "Happy Birthday" to the Library, 



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H ospital L ibr ary Se rvice 

On November 2, Lirs Mary G. Langtcn^. 
Hospital Librarian, spoke to the Faulkner 
Hospital aides on "The Challenge of 
Hospital Librarianship," 

A large group was present and from 
their eager questions it was evident that 
they were extremely interested and grati- 
fied, by the information given by fcs 
Langton, 

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Cn November 13, a group of ladies from 
the Friends of the Boston City Hospital 
visited the Hospital Library quarters o 
They were shoTvn around and observed the 
various operations of the department c 
They, too, evinced a great interest in 
the work of the library o 



SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full nar.ie of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Libiary, 
Department, or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is Yirithheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests , Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief. The contents of articles 
appearing in the So ap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Associa- 
tion are in agreement vdth the views 
expressed. 



To the Editor of the Question Mark.* 

In the S oap Bo x in the November 1?53 
issue of The Question t^ark is a letter 
from Mr Eamon E. LcDonough of 'the General 
Reference Department. It is believed 
that this letter indicates (l) confusion 
in thinking on and defining of the two 
bibliothecal services, namely, the Pro- 
fessional Library Service and the Sub- 
Professional Library Service, and (2) 
that there is not understood the intent 
of the training courses and the Qualify- 
ing Examinations for the Sub-Professional 
Library Service and in particular of the 



course in Elementat y Inf p r onati on Sou rcosc 
Therefore, some cornmont may be useful^ 

The purpose and intent of the training 
program and of the examinations in the 
ten fields of the Qualifying Examinations 
for the Sub-Professional Library Service 
are to provide a background and a com- 
petence in fields which represent actual 
duties performed by this personnel, and 
information pertinent to their work. 
Actually it is probably only in a direct 
service unit of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services that all 
ten of these areas are applicable. 
However, certain of these areas of the 
training program and of the Qualifying 
Examinations are appropriate to each 
department of the bibliothecal service. 
Demonstrated knowledge of various fields 
makes possible the opportunity for trans- 
fer from one unit to another cr for work 
in a special area. 

Now to come to the particular field 
of Elementary Information Sources , It 
will be remembered that this c ourse re- 
placed a course entitled Library Letters, 
Heports_and Stat ist ics , which it was 
believed after consideration and ex- 
perience, no longer continued to fill a 
need. Element ary Infor:;ia tion S o urces , 
it is believed, ana time will tell, 
fills a need particularly in the branch 
libraries. The course attempts to 
familiarize these individuals, in a 
general way^ Yfith some twenty general 
information sources to be found in the 
branch libraries so that d\iring rush 
hours in a branch library, for example, 
when the professional personnel is other- 
wise engaged, an Assistant in the Sub- 
Professional Library Service may service 
these few basic titles and provide a 
source to answer simple questions. This 
does not represent any attempt to teach 
reference work or reference techniques 
to members of the Sub-Professional Library 
Service. 

Since this is the case, then, the 
logical individual to teach such a course 
is a member of the staff of the branch 
libraries. The instructor is a graduate 
of an accredited library school, is ex- 
perienced vdth branch library administra- 
tion and seivices, understands completely 
the aim and intent of this course, .and 
sees the possibilities and usefulness of 
it to the vjork of the bx-anch libraries. 

An examination of the reference collec- 
tions in a branch library would seem to 



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be evidence sufficient to give assurance 
to any member of the staff of the General 
Reference Department that experience mth 
general reference materials could not be 
established, and to carry it one step 
further, to individuals employed in the 
Periodical and Newspaper Department that 
reference experience in an extensive 
collection of periodicals and newspapers 
could not be established. 

Elizabeth ViTright 
Supervisor of Personnel 

Dear "Poor but musical": 

Please be assured that there was no 
intention of discriminating against anyone 
in formulating the Library's policy con- 
cerning the non-purchase of ij.5 rpm re- 
cordings. Prior to the opening of the 
Recording Section, Audio-Visual, all 
public libraries with sizable record 
collections were surveyed. It was found 
that none of these libraries purchased 
h^'s. Furthermore, the Library vias ad- 
vised by ma'e than one large music company 
not to purchase ij.5's. This week, the 
Library rechecked with one of the music 
companies and was advised: (1) All 
major recording companies, including 
Victor, -."/hich made the first l;5's, have 
discontinued cutting classical US's ex- 
cept in the case of very short works » 
(2) Approximately 75^ of the current 
releases of U5's are popular recordings 
of the current hit parade variety, (The 
Library does not purchase these in any 
speed), (3) The remaining 2$% of the 
current U5 business has teen converted 
almost entirely into semi-classical or 
classical recordings of not more than 
seven minutes in playing time, (U) The 
sale of U^'s has fallen off considerably 
which would indicate a decreased demand 
for these recordings. 

Because of breakage and difficulty in 
shelving, the Library has discontinued 
the purchase of 78 recordings, except for 
a small number of children's and non- 
musical recordings which are not yet 
available in 33 1/3. However, gifts of 
78 's are acceptable. 

I should be glad to discuss this matter 
further v;ith "Poor but musical" if he 
(or she) so desires, 

Muriel C, Javelin 



To the Soap Box: 

Insofar as both public and staff alike 
ignore the exhortations of the Central ■ 
Charging staff to leave the Library by | 
the middle door, I have a suggestion which 
may help to correct the situation. 

It is a common practice among laboratory 
workers in the training of ■vdiite mice, to 
run an electrical charge around the pens 
in vfhich these animals are kept, While 
the animal remains in the pen he has 
plenty of food and warmth. If, however, 
he tries to leave the pen, he is slightly 
stunned by a mild electrical shockp 
Eventually the creature realizes that 
this disagreeable sensation is connected 
v\rith leaving the pen. He is then content 
to remr.in virithin the pen, 

I suggest that the public be "handled" 
in the same manner. The brass panels 
on the library's doors may be electrically 
charged? If the inside panels of the 
side doors and the outside panels of the 
middle door were charged, people entering 
through exits and exiting through en- 
trances would experience the shock and, 
if his intelligence equals that of the 
mouse, would soon realize that he'd be 
happier if he obeyed the signs. 

This measure may sound harsh, but five 
people refused to leave by the center 
door this morning even though they were 
asked quietly and courteously to, do so. 
Tivo of these were staff members. 

Sheila W. Pierce 
Central Charging Records 

Dear Scaple •. 

The Epicurean Section of the Fressers ' 
Division of the Chowder, Chatter and 
Marching Society extends heartiest con- 
gratulations to those fellow gourmets 
vfho were responsible for compiling and 
publishing COOKS IN PRINT. For mast of 
the recipes we say, "Well done" . As for 
the steak recipes we say, "Medium rare". 

We cannot, however, let pass without 
comment some of the more indigestible 
omissions from your dandy little cook 
book, and we offer herewith some choice 
tidbits for inclusion in the second re- 
vised eidtion of COOKS IN PRINT: 

Chocolate covered oysters-^- 

Onion soup vdth chlorophyl 

Breast of frankfort under glass 

Spaghetti vrLth fudge sauce 



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Hand woven himburgers 

Flaming ice cream on a sword 

Lemon mirage pie 
■sf-Recipe for chocolate covered" oysters. 
Take each oyster — oops^ slippery, aren't 
they — and wish thoroughly. Of course, if 
you are the more sanitary type of cook 
you will have washed thoroughly before 
you handled the oysters. Melt a suffi- 
cient amount of milk chocolate in a 
double boiler. Dip oysters into the 
chocolate and swish around until thumb 
and forefinger are v<b11 scalded. Line a 
shallow pan vdth a gay wallpaper and line 
up the oysters in even rows. Place in 
refrigerator until firm, and one must be 
firm with these nasty little denizens of 
the seashore. Just before serving, 
garnish vdth medium size pearls and then 
just sit back and listen to your guests 
squeal with delight. And, don't forget, 
little home-makers, during June, July and 
August you may substitute sardines for 
the oysters . 

Clementine Addle pate 



O'Neil l - Ifennix 

Ifeny of her library friends were 
present on Saturday, November 21, at St. 
Theresa's Church in West Roxbury, when 
Mary T. C. Mannix, Branch Librarian, 
Phillips Brooks, became the bride of 
James E. O'Neill, field manager for the 
Catholic Digest in the Boston Diocese. 
The bride, govmed in antique ivory satin 
and Ghantilly lace, trimmed with sequins 
and seed pearls, and matching headdress, 
carried a prayer book vdth a vfhite orchid. 
Her sister, ISrs Thomas Barry, as matron 
of honor, wore green velvet. Two brides- 
maids wore rose velvet and all three 
attendants carried muffs vdth chrysanthe- 
mum corsages. E'our-year-old John Mannix 
Barry, a nephew of the bride, was ring 
bearer. 

Following a reception at Longv/ood Towers, 
Mr and Mrs O'Neill left for a ten-day 
honeymoon at Sea Island, Georgia. They 
are making their home in West Roxbury. 

LATE FIASHIll 

On December ll; a particularly interest- 
ing letter was received at the Library 
from Kittery, J'laine. Inasmuch as one of 

the questions raised in it was the same ^ ^ , ,.^ 

■ . , . , r. ^ j.'L. 1- John J» Lronan, one 

one m the minds of many of those who saw famous storytellers. 



the TV program on December 11 (see page 
7) , we have been given permission to 
print the letter and the answer which was 
made to it by Elizabeth M, Gordon, 
Deputy Supervisor, In Charge of Vifork 
vdth Cb1ld.tan<^ Congratulations to iJlr 
Cronan I 

December 11, 19^3 

Boston Public Library 
Boston, Mass, 

Friends : 

The T.Vo "visit" to the Boston Public 
Library presented December 11th 
(channel 7) was most enjoyable. 

Especially noteworthy was the story 
being told by the gentleman in the 
children's department. . .(tale of the 
peddler on the bridge). In fact, I 
noticed two youngsters in my own home sit 
transfixed during the telling of the 
story,,. and five minutes of absolute 
quiet from a couple of young commando 
raiders is next to a miracle. 

Has it occurred to you people at the 
Boston Public Library that a regular 
program featuring that particular 
gentleman who related th-^t story would 
be most educational and enjoyable for 
children to view and listen to? 

That gentleman knows how to hold the 
interest of his listener without any 
"props" YJhatsoever, using only his 
magnificent ability to tell a story. 

By the way, we parents are supposed 
to be the best informed individuals on 
earth (to our children). Although the 
stoiy was wonderfully told, it put me 
on the spot because the program ended 
before the kids found out what the peddler 
was ■'supposed to hear' on the bridge, 

Yfell, what WAS he supposed to hear? 
I've got to tell them something (logical, 
that is ) . 



(signed) 



Sincerely, 

HOWARD W. REYNOLDS 



Dear Mr Reynolds : 

Yfe are pleased indeed to hear of your 
interest in "Yankee's visit to the Boston 
Public Library" via TV ]£ist Friday, and 
especially of your appreciation of Mir 
John J» Cronan, one of Boston's trio of 



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The tale he was telling is "The Peddler 
of Ballaghadereen" as it is found in The 
Way of the Stoiyteller by Ruth Sawyer 
(a M7;ine author), published by Viking 
Press in 19I42. 

The viTords the hungry old peddler was 
listening for so vrearily, told him to dig 
under the cherry tree in his oi^m bit of 
a garden, and there he would find rnuch 
gold J "Back to Ballaghadereen went the 
peddler, one foot ahead of the other", 
and he dug deep, and uncovered an old sea 
chest full of Roldj and he put great 
"goodnesc into the spending of that gold." 
A delightful old tale, vdiich, as Ruth 
Sawyer says in her notes regarding its 
source, appears in several other versions 

Perhaps your children may find this 
book in their public library. 

Sincerely, 
(signed) EI..IZABETH M. (XR130N 

Deputy Supervisor, in 
Charge of Vfork with 
Children 

THEY'VE mm IT AGAIN i 

Come through with flying colors I ! Yi/ho? 
"Why, THE STAFF, of course. They have 
pledged more this year than they did last 
to the annual Red Feather Campaign. And 
this in addition to generous contribu- 
tions and pledges already made to the 
Centennial Staff Gift. 




staff Christmas Tea Conimittee 



Barbara Ma Bloom 
Alice M. Cray- 
Eleanor Halligan 
Mary T. Kenny- 
Frances S. Landrigan 
Jnnice G. Inne 



Pearl Gc Lewis 
Marcclla G. McConville 
Mary R. Roberts 
Sus'-in E, Shelvin 
B. Gertrude Wade 
Alice M, Waters 
y C. ^Vo"t, Chairman 



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