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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JANUARY 1954 



TIiS QL"i;;STIOi, i^iARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume IX, Number 1 



January 195J4 



Publications Committee J Gerald L. Ball, Geraldine S^ Herrickj John Jc McCafferty, 

Sarah M, Usher, Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadli n e fo r subm it ting material i 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORMER 

This issue of The Qaestion Mar k is the 
twelfth and final one to be published 
under the direction of the present Pub- 
lications Committee. During the past year 
we have striven to maintain the high order 
of editing and writing established by our 
predecessors. 

Yfe have continued the usual features 
of the magazine and have added one — Cen- 
tennial Newso Our coverage of profes- 
sional and social events, while such can- 
not be called "news" , have been received 
with appreciation by many of our members 
who were not able to participate in those 
events ^ 

To all our contributors who devoted 
their time and energies to provide us 
with articles and reports, we extend our 
thanks. 

To the Staff of the Information Office 
for their unfailing efforts in keeping us 
informed of Library publicity and public 
events, we wish to acknowledge our 
appreciation. 

To the Staff of the Personnel Office, 
we are grateful for their monthly stint 
of supplying us with the latest informa- 
tion on personnel and on the Staff Library- 

To the Staff of the Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, we are deeply indebted 
for their work in mimeographing and dis- 
tributing The Question ifcirk , often done 
under trying circumstances, but always 
accomplished cheerfully and efficiently. 

And lastly, to the new Publications 
Committee we msh success in the coming 
year. 

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



AcL.A, still needs you 1 
YiTon't you join for 195"!;? 



CALENDA R OF EVENTS 

January 18. S.L.A», Boston Chapter, to 

meet in Lecture Hall, Boston 
Public Library, at 7:30 p^m-^ 
For more details, see page ?.„ 

January 31- AeL»A. Mid-l'Jinter meeting in 
February 6^ Chicago ^ 

PERSONAL NOTES 

New Emplo3'"e es 

Mrs Celeste R. Capano, South End 

Helen J. Nicholas, Parker Hill 

Resigna s ions 

Frank A» Doyle, Central Charging Records, 

moved to New York. 
Mrs Gloria Seidenberg, Allston, to remain 

at home. 
Mrs Naomi i/myne, Codman Square, to remain 

at home . 
Richard J, Kilduff, Kirstein Business, 

to take another position c 

Retirements 

Anna G« 'Lynch, Memorial, after It? years of 
service in the Library. 

Transfers 



Mary Co Day, from Memorial to City Point. 
Felicia J. Langdon, from City Point to 

Audio-Visual. 
Barbara A. Tuthill, from T/est Roxbury to 

North End, 
Isabella M, Porter, from History to 

General Reference. 
Charlotte Cooper, from Central Charging 

Records to North End, 
Hope B. Bro'vvn, from Charlestoiim to 

Jamaica Plain. 

Engagements 



"Announcement was made on Chris't:.mas Day 
of the engagement of Marie L. Crowley, 
Central Charging Records, to Robert 
[Secatore of Milton. 



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Marriages 

Dierdre Barry, Central Charging Records, 
to Mollis Smith, January it, 195U in Orange, 
Massachusetts, 

THE B.P.L. ON TV 

On Friday, January 8, Donald Born 
devoted his entire "New England Almanac" 
program to information about John Singer 
Sargent, whose birthday occurred during 
that weeko He spoke of the paintings in 
the Gardner Museum, of the murals at the 
L'iuseum of Fine Arts, and particularly about 
the murals at the Libriry, Mr Born 
mentioned the fact that the Library's 
murals have just been relighted and shoired 
pictures from the Fine Arts Department 
of the various items he mentioned, 

THE B.P.L. IN PRINT 

Anson Smith of the Boston Herald had a 
feature article on the Library's Preview 
Room in Audio-Visual, published in the 
Herald for Sunday, January 10 » 

B.P.L. HOST TO S.L.A. 

The Boston Public Library will be host 
to the Boston Chapter of S„L.A. on Monday 
evening, January 18, v^rhen its monthly 
meeting will take place in the Lecture 
Hall at Central Library, The program for 
the evening mil be made up of three 
fifteen-minute talks by BPL staff members: 
Milton E. Lord — The contribution of 
the Boston Public 
Library to the Special 
Libraries Field. 
Arthur W. Heintzelman — The Print 

Department, A 
Special Library, 
Mildred C. O'Connor — Cataloging for 

Special Libraries 
in a Large Public 
Library. 
Following the meeting, refreshments 
■■Adll be served by a committee under the 
chairmanship of Loraine A. Sullivan, 
Science and Technology. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO 

Grace Chippendale, Parker Hill, who 
has been re-elected Secretary of the 
Theatrical Library Association, with head- 
quarters in the Nev; York Public Library, 
This is Miss Chippendale's second term. 



TALKS BY STAFF IffiMBERS 

Speaking on the Boston Public Library's 
contribution to community action in 
developing children and young people, 
Pauline Yfinnick, Readers Advisor for Youhg 
Adults , spoke to over one hundi'ed fifty 
teachsrs in public and parochii.al schools, 
December 3> 1953, in the Program for 
Making Better Citizens Institute, held at 
the Boston State Teachers College, 

This Institute is sponsored by the 
Boston School Department and the lilassachu- 
setts Department of Education, and has 
featured each week in turn specialists in 
recreation, law enforcement, education, 
religion, medicine, psychology, sociology, 
and social work whose efforts are being 
directed tovfard young people. 

For the most part, these speakers 
represent member-agencies of the Greater 
Boston Council for Youth, formed last 
Spring to deal positively with juvenile 
delinquency, ^ 

On the evening of January 7, Ivlary Daly, 
Statistical, gave a talk to members of 
the St. Catherine cf Genoa Book Club, in 
Somerville . Included in the audience 
were a number of invited guests from the 
National Council of Catholic Women, 

The title of Kiss Daly's talk was 
"Government Documents as Sources of 
Information and Keys to the Truth". We 
have been informed that it was well- 
received, 

A Bride Comes Back 

When lUrs Robert V.^ Pitman (nee Dorothy 
Fky Nourse) returned from her new home 
in Brookljm, Neiv York, to complete her 
service as Branch Librarian at East 
Boston, she little suspected the strenuous 
three-day schedule prepared for her by her 
colleagues. 

Since East Boston is in the happy but 
hectic state of being renovated, Mrs 
Pitman had the dubious pleasure of v;inding 
up her records (the non-musical type) 
with the entire office equipment piled 
on her desk. After a peaceful (?) 
morning vjriting reports and giving last- 
minute suggestions and advice for the 
adequate continuation of the many library 
programs begun during her regime, in the 
early afternoon she was called to the 
Staff Room to solve an "impending emer^-^.ncy'J. 
The impending emergency proved to be a very 



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attractively arranged collation prepared 
by the Young people cf the "part-time" 
staff, at which lUrs Pitman was the guest 
of honor. At the conclusion of the 
"relief"^ she was presented with a 
package, beautifully topped hy a bow nf 
mammoth proportions, which contained a 
double set of sterling salt and pepper 
shakers. It yras hard to discern who vras 
the liap.-iier, the r ecipient or the givers, 
since all radiated such unrestrained 
enthusiasm. 

After an exciting day at the branch, 
vhere work was constantly interrupted by 
well-wishers from the community who came 
to say a word of appreciation for past 
services and to offer best vdshes for a 
happy future, Mrs Pitman returned to her 
apartment for a quiet evening of rest 
and relaxation (so she thought'.) En 
route from the Library she was one of the 
guests at a Beacon Hill neighborhood 
sherry party, at the home of Mrs Elizabeth 
Lo Wright. The quiet evening at home 
was nicely underway, in fact had just 
reached the after-dinner-coffee™shoe8- 
off -under-the-table stage when some 
twenty friends, carrying chairs, re- 
freshments, silver, china, and gifts de- 
scended on the unsuspecting bride. A 
quick slip-on of shoes, a dash to the 
kitchen with the coffee cups, and Mrs 
Pitman and her housemate, Madalene T, 
Holt, were in a twinkling of an eye, the 
perfect hostesses. Before the evening 
ifas fully under way, six more friends 
arrived and the "arduous" task of opening 
her gifts was undertaken by the bride. 
At the conclusion of this lengthy but in- 
creasingly pleasant task, the hostesses 
for the evening (the 8-8 Club and Miss 
Holt), took over, Delicious refreshments, 
featuring a bride's cake of unusual 
proportions vath delicately etched 
frosting, was cut by the bride (while the 
poor groom "slaved and toiled" in 
Brooklyn), 

Monday had been very festive, but 
Tuesday was to be given over exclusively 
to the tasks of the moment, so the About- 
to-be-Concluded Branch Librarian decided, 
■'J'/hen Margaret Morgan, Branch Librarian, 
Connolly, appeared at East Boston shortly 
before noon, Wtrs Pitman was glad to see 
her but somewhat bewildered by her \in- 
expocted and unexplained appearance. The 
answer was not long in forthcoming. Miss 
Morgan, who had formerly worked at East 
Boston, was there "to keep house" v^hile 



the full-time members of the staff took 
Ifrs Pitman to The Paul Roger House in 
Revere for a farewell luncheon. The 
attractively arranged table, so located 
that the guests had a view of the sea, 
was further enhanced by an intriguing 
package placed beside the guest of honor > 
At the conclusion of a delicious luncheon 
the contents of the package, a sterling 
silver compote, were revealed, and after 
an exchange of well vdshes the party 
reluctantly returned to the scene of the 
day's work, and Miss Morgan, after due 
thanks, was allovred to return from v;-hence 
she came. 

After a brief afternoon of unremitting 
toil, Mrs Pitman left East Boston at 
six o'clock to go to the home of Sarah 
M, Usher, where she joined the 8-8 Club 
in a farewell dinner. 

It was fortunate that Mrs Pitman re- 
turned "to work" at a time when the 
Officer Group of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services had its 
monthly meeting for thus she was able to 
savor once again the unique character of 
these gatherings . She vras also to be 
present in the flesh (no reflections 
meant) at the luncheon given by the group 
in her honor. Forty-six friends and 
associates gathered in the Dome Room 
of the Hotel Lenox to offer M-rs Pitman 
their congratulations and vrell mshes for 
the future and to express regret at the 
fact that she v/ill no longer be an active 
member of the Branch Librarians Group, 
These included: Edith Guerrier, Super- 
visor of Branch Libraries, Emeritus, and 
Branch Librarians, Emeritus, Mary E. Anes, 
M. Florence Cufflin, Mrs Margaret Calnan 
Donaghue, Mrs Sara Lyon, Katherine S, 
Rogan, Mary M. Sullivan, and Rebecca E, 
^¥illis. 

At the conclusion of a tasty luncheon, 
lirs Ada A, Andelman, Supervisor of Home 
Reading Services , in a few well-chosen 
words , spoke for those assembled vfhen 
she recalled the outstanding contribution 
made by Mrs Pitman as a Branch Librarian 
in the several communities in vfhich she 
had served and especially in the East 
Boston District v/hich she has served 
faitlifully and well for over thirteen 
years. At the conclusion of her remarks 
^Irs Andelman, on behalf of the group, pre- 
sented the guest of honor vath an in- 
triguing package (Where had she seen that 
beautiful bow before ?) which proved to 
contain a bill of sizeable denomination 



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enclosed in an attractive evening purse. 
In accepting the gift Mrs Pitman displayed 
another of her many qualities, that of an 
impromptu public speaker. 

It is hard to estimate in #iich 
capacity Mrs Pitman will be more acutely 
missed—in the Library as a Branch 
Librarian working with her ovm staff with 
efficiency and \indorstanding, as a member 
of the Branch Librarians ' Group and of the 
BPLPSA Inhere she served on innumerable 
committees and provided countless numbers 
of cookies for every social function of 
both groups, as a vital factor in the life 
of the community where she gave freely and 
generously of her time and talents; or, 
as a gracious hostess and cook par excel- 
lence in her own homec Vfe are going to 
miss the familiar phrase, "Ask Miss 
Nourse, she'll help." Committees, pro- 
fessional or social, To.thout Miss Nourse 
are almost as hard to envision as Library 
social functions vathout Miss Nourse 's 
cookies. The Library as well as the 
Bride is due for a realignment of duties. 
The best wishes of her associates go with 
her as she takes up her new duties as 
"housevri-fe in Brooklyn", a task v/hich can 
always be enlivened by a pun or two, of 
which Mrs Pitman has an unlimited supply. 

Edna G. Peck 

THE CHRISTMAS .SPIRIT AT CENTRAL 

Wednesday, December 23, was the date 
set for the big party at Central Library — 
the Annual Christmas Tea. The Women's 
Lounge, decorated tastefully as befitted 
the season, was a room overflovdng -vath 
good cheer, good fellowship, very good 
food, and overflowing also with staff 
members — present and retired. To join in 
the festivities, several "alumnae" returned 
and as always 7;ere welcomed with genuine 
warmth by their former colleagues — Mr and 
Mrs Orlando C. Davis, George H» Early, 
William J. Ennis," Christine Hayes, Alice 
M, Jordan, William J. Mulloney, Morris J. 
Rosenberg. The tea served also as an 
introduction to such parties to the 
Centennial Office personnel, represented 
by John MacMurdo, Arthur Stackpole, and 
Vera Van Tassel. To be congratulated most 
heartily are Mrs Elizabeth West and her 
efficient committee. 

On Thursday morning, December 2U, the 
Men's '♦'Suite" vras the scene of an equally 
successful Coffee Hour, under the sponsor- 



ship of the Men's House Committee, Donald 
L, Ne?mian, Chairman. There was dancing 
in one room, to music furnished by re- 
cordings from Audio-Visual, played on a 
machine also lent by that department. 
Congratulations to the men lA^ho decorated 
their quarters so effectively and fur^ 
nished such good refreshments. 

These two parties turned out to be 
climaxes , as the celebrating really began 
on Wednesday, the sixteenth, when the 
Young Adults' Group had its Christmas 
Coffee Hour. From that time on there 
vrore departmental parties too numerous 
to list completely, but which included 
Open House in the nevdy assigned and 
renovated quarters for the Buildings 
Department staff; annual luncheons in 
the Binding, Branch Issue, Cataloging 
and Classification, R. and R. S«, Book 
Preparation, and Book Purchasing Depart- 
ments; and departmental parties and 
luncheons outside the building. Every- 
where, everywhere—food, cards, Christmas 
trees, Christmas decorations, and always 
the friendly, cordial exchange of season's 
greetings among staff members. 

Sarah M. Usher 

SPORTS NEV/S 

Freight jfards Park, Boston 

On December 22, before a madly cheering, 
capacity crowd of 7 frozen fans the 
B P Lions steamrollered the O'Brien All 
Stars by the lop-sided score of 36-12. 
As a result of the smashing victory the 
Lions split up the playoff payoff (a case 
of coke) graciously donated by the losing 
coach, Joe O'Brien, of Central Charging, 

The Lions used their combination of 
speed, passing, and reserves in their 
pulverizing attack. The Lions scored on 
the very first play from scrimmage on a 
pass from Gerry (Slingshot) Hottleman 
to Danny (Crusher) Kelly and were never 
headed or seriously threatened thereafter, 
It was a tremendous team victory since 
six (6) different players crossed the goal 
line for the B P Lions, 

The outclassed-but-game All Stars 
scored on an intercepted pass and on a 
6$ yard touchdovm march that vfould have 
done credit to a Notre Dame Team. 

Grantland Ricepatty 



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The Football Squad 

With the end of the football season the 

National Magazines and NeY\rs Services have 

been naming their College All-American 

teams and their "I;Iost" Players c The 

follovdng is a list of the All-BoP,L, 

Team: 

Right End, Paul Smith, Book Purchasing- 
Right Tackle, Art Lindsay, Exhibits • 
Right Guard, Donald Newman, Book 

Purchasir.g. 

Center, John Hallahian, Open Shelf 
Left Guard, Larry Sindoni, B:ok ?/?.ack 

Sorvlce , 

Left Tackle, John McCafferty, General 

Reference 

Left End, Mike Barden, Cat. and Class., 

R^aid R.o» 

Quarterback, Gerry Hottleman, Book 

Purchasing. 

Left Halfback, Paul Mulloney, Science 

and Techc 

Right Halfback, Yfelter Harris, Book 

Purchasing. 

Fullback, Danny Kelly, Audio-Visual. 
Coach, George Armstrong, Records, Files 

Statistics. 

Most Valuable, Donald Neifman . 

Most Improved, Paul Smith. 

Most Left Handed, Paul Ifulloney. 



Most Dirtiest, Danny Kelly. 

The A11"B.P,L<, team mil be feted at 
a Hot Dog Dinner (vrith all the trimmings) 
down at Joe and Nemo's on Saturday, 
January 23. The "Most" Aviards will be 
made by B-addy Parker-House, coach of 
World Champions. The Detroit Lions, 
incidentally, have refused an offer to 
play the All-BeP.L. team in Fenway Park 
mth the proceeds going to the Cen-^^ennial 
Fund. 

Guest speaker for the Dinner mil be 
Frank N.D. Leahy, well-known coach, v/ho 
is reported to have scouted the squad 
in action on a couple of occasions 
during the season, 

Grantland Ricepatty 



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P RESIDENT'S NOTE S 

Another year in the life of the Pro- 
fessional Staff Association is drawing 
to a close. It has been a busy one and 
one marked by a spirit of good will and 
coopOi-'ation. My sincere thanks to each 
and everycne who helped, the members of 
the E-:i?cutive Board, the Coramittse 
Chairman, the Staff Representatives, and 
all the members who have responded so 
mllingly whenever they have been asked 
to assisto 

Keep up the good work and show the in- 
coming officers the same readiness to work 
together for the corrmon goods 

If possible, arrange to be present at 

the annual meeting on Friday, January 22, 

at 9 A .,M, to hear and discuss the reports 

of your cciTmibtees and officers j, to vote 

for your new officers and to ant on 

'.proposed amendments to the Constitution, 

jOtherwn.se, vote for your officorj by 

jabsent.ee ballot. Remember, to be valid, 

these absentee ballots must be received 

by the Balloting Committee on or before 

; Wednesday, January 20th. The obligation 

to vote is an important one. Whether 

or not you vote, the officers elected 

act for and represent you, 

-- B. Joseph O'Neil 

BR-^INGH LIBRARY — 1 872 lEDEL 

Letter of Instruction to Branch Librarian 
of the South Boston Branch from 
Justin Vlfinsor in l872, 

April 23, 1872 
Mrs, Keen,- 

In investing you, until further orders, 
with the charge of the new Branch Library 
at South Boston, the central government 
of the Public Library desire to call your 
ittcntion -co the By-laws of the Library, 
and particularly to the injunctions con- 
tained in Article 20, on pages l6 and 17. 
Never forget the utmost importance of 
punctuality in the service, and of re- 
quiring it of all under your controlo The 
hours established, or to be established 
for your branch are such as it is thought 
the interests of the public reqtiire, and 
they must be filled from the very beginning 
to the very end in that public service. 
Also remember that personal visitors take 
the Library's time, and the service 
proportionally suffers t It cannot be 
recognized as a proper indulgence. Be 
very careful of shevdng favors to your 



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friends, or allowing your subordinates to 
do it; and by all means enforce the in- 
junction in the By-laws ^ "section 3d of 
Article 20," regarding new books. The 
copies of which may be sent to your 
branch, of new popular books, may otherwise 
be kept in use by the library attendants , 
or their friends, for weeks, Yirith obvious 
injustice tovrards the public. I shall 
dppend confidently upon your avoiding 
this mistake. 

Always treat everybody courteously, 
and mth a spirit of accomodation; and if 
you observe in any visitor a feeling of 
complaint or a desire to suggest change, 
kindly ask such to address the Superin- 
tendent in writing, and tell him that you 
mil see that the communication is con- 
veyed to its proper destination. 

You mil find yourself obliged to deal, 
occasionally unpleasantly, with all sorts 
of people, from those most kindly disposed 
and full of forbearance, to such as are 
carping continually and eager to find 
fault. You must meet these last with 
good temper and conciliatory tact; but 
the moment you are conscious of the need 
for an authority superior to your oivn, 
inform me in writing. 

You must constantly preserve good order 
throughout the rooms; and if after your 
kindly expressed remonstrance, any person 
persists in wrong doing, report the case 
to me at once. If the conduct is fla- 
grantly disorderly, and cannot be safely 
endured till my interposition may come, 
send at once for an officer to the captain 
of the Police Station, and state the case 
to him. 

To your charge is entrusted the keeping 
of the city property in the library and 
you must provide against loss and waste. 
Keep your stationery under lock and key, 
and also the money you may receive from 
fines and the sale of catalogues, which 
you will account for on your daily 
record receipts, at such times as Mr 
Capon may arrange. 

In case of sickness of any of your 
force, so that you are unable to fulfill 
promptly the service required of you, you 
vail report such. I hope to be able to 
provide in due time an assistant or two 
in reserve who may be at once called upon 
by you for temporary service in any such 
emergency. 

Miss Kulloy will be put in charge of 
the Reading Room, and of taking the 
registration. She will satisfy herself by 
questions that the applicant has not 



already since Sept., 186? registered in 
Boylston St., before receiving a new 

application. In asking for the one 
"reference" required, let her avoid the 
use of that v;ord "reference" , and put the 
question thus, — "give me the name of any 
person in South Boston who knows you", 
Vftien the application is made, say to the 
applicant that his "card ■vdll be ready 
as soon as the application can be commu- 
nicated to the central library". The 
applicant will be in each case required 
to sign name or mark to the application. 
This original application must be kept 
in an alphabetical file, and a copy of it 
made, and transmitted the next day to % 
BradshaYiT at the bentral library, who 
will the same day return the slip, (marked 
Ydth the applicant's registration number) 
of any v^rho have already received cards 
from the central Library, and this fact 
will be made known to the applicant on 
demanding his card. If he replies his 
card is lost, make a record of it, and 
give him a nev/ one vdth the registration 
number of his lost card, at the end of 
fifteen days. 

You virill see that the proper statistical 
record of both the Registration and 
Periodical Room is kept day by day as re- 
quired by the headings of the Record 
Book of the Branch. 

Miss Mulloy vfill be relieved during the 
hour and a quarter allovred for her dinner 
by yourself or Miss Baldmn, who may take 
her dinner hour as you may arrange, either 
before or after Miss Mulloy. You as well 
as Miss Baldwin should fully acquaint 
yourself with all that Miss Mulloy' s 
duties require, so as to fill the gap 
yourself if exigencies should require it. 

Vifhoever is to stay till 10 will be 
allowed one hour for tea between 6 and 7, 
and one of the other two must be in charge 
during that hour. 

In no event will the attendant leave the 
Hall at 10 o'clock, unless the Janitor is 
on hand to close the building. 

You vdll see that day by day all entries 
called for by the Record Book are made by 
you in it and on the Daily Report, and 
you will require that Miss Mulloy 
furnishes her figures on a slip of paper 
for you to copy. 

Let- Misses Mulloy and Baldwin read this 
paper, and you must preserve it for 
reference. Your subordinates are to 
understand that within the range of your 
authority as head of the Branch you are to 
be obeyed, and I enjoin upon them a spirit 



of forbearance and submission, and upon 
you one of kindly justife. They san 
appeal to me, if necessary, but such 
appeal should be transmitted through you. 
I confidently expect however that there 
vj-ill be nothing jarring in your official 
relations one to the other. 

(Signed) JUSTIN WINSOR 

ELOCD PROGRAM 

To give blood under the City of Boston 
Employees Blood Donor Program is 
patriotic, humane, and for the protection 
of the donor and his or her family. 
Remember that if the blood is donated 
during a scheduled v/orking day, four 
hours excused absence are allowed by the 
Library for this purpose. 

Have you been intending to give a pint 
of blood and just haven't gotten around 
to doing it? Call Mrs Wollent today and 
ask her for a Blood Donor Pledge Card and 
further information. 

VISITORS 

Dr Sami Kayyali, Director of the 
National Library of Syria, 

Dr Karl Heinz "wallraf, Assistant 
Director, Bremen Public Libraries, Bremen 
Germany, 

TAKE A BOW 

For the excellence of the CARE posters 
which she has made over a period of years, 
we ask Marie T. Has tie, Parker Hill, to 
take a bov; for this month. In fact, we 
think that her Christmas poster is so good 
that its appeal is not limited only to the 
Christmas season, and we are using- it 
as the back cover of this issue of The 
Question Mark . Congratulations, Miss 
Ha-stie I 

ffi¥ TRUE I 
A Quote from A. Lincoln 

"It is better to keep your mouth shut 
and have people think you are a fool than 
to open it and remove all doubt," 

A Prayer (source unknown) 

"Fill my mouth vfith worth\vhile stuff 
And nudge me when I've aaid enouglj." 



C ENTENNIAL NOTES 

The sum of $1,538.00 was realized from 
the sale of tickets for the Boston 
Premiere of the film preseatation of 
?/illiam Shakf:3peare's "Julius Caesar" 
^ich i'%s he].i at the Ma; -stic Theatre 
on Monday evening, Decen-r.""-ir 21 l The 
proceeds from the sale of tickets went 
into the Centennial Fund of the Library. 

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On Saturday, January 9, 19^h, the 
Executive Committee of the Massachusetts 
Library Trustees Association met in the 
Trustees Room to make arrangements for 
an all-day irieeting of the entire associa- 
tion which will be held in ths Boston 
Public Library on Saturday, March 2?, 195U. 
The members of the Executive Committee who 
attended the meeting represented all 
sections of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts. After the morning session, the 
group had luncheon in the Coffee Shop and 
thereafter was taken on a tour of the 
Central Library building. The March 2? 
meeting of the Massachusetts Library 
Trustees Association promises tobe one 
of the highlights of the Centennial 
Anniversary. 

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The Advertising Club of Boston paid 
tribute to the Centennial Anniversary of 
the Library at a luncheon in the ballroom 
of the Hotel Statler on Tuesday, Janu- 
ary 12. In spite of the inclement weather, 
som.e four hundred members of the Club 
and their guests attended the luncheon 
and listened to an excellent speaking 
program which was highlighted by the 
appearance of the four editors of Boston 
newspapers who appear on the popular 
television program entitled Starring the 
Editors , and a talk by Mr Lord on the 
facilities of the Library. 



The Women's City Club paid tribute to 
the Library on- the occasion of its Cen- 
tennial Anniversary at a dinner at its 
Clubhouse, 39 Beacon Street, on Wednesday 
evening, January 13. Augustin H, Parker, 
Jr., Treasurer of the Centennial Committee, 
vras the toastinaster,and the principal 
speaker was Milton E. Lord. Some 2^0 
people attended the dinner including 
several of the Trustees of the Library. 



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CARE 

Grune 13.12.53. 

Through the German Care-Mission we have 
received a CARE package from you. So I 
should like to give e^qsression here of my 
delight, and my mfe and I thank you most 
heartily. 

Yife are both 71 years old and live here 
in very modest circumstances , since we 
had to leave our home (Silesia) in 19U6, 
Now we have a small attic room where we 
are living since this time, and are thank- 
ful to God that He has helped us so far, 
and also made human hands willing to 
assist us. We rejoice greatly, therefore, 
that you have aided us through this pack- 
age, although we are unknown to you. 

I'lay God bless you. 

With hearty thanks. 

Greetings, 

Friedrich Wittig and wife, 
Il/Iathilde . 

The Committee for CARE is pleased to 
bring to your attention from time to time 
appreciative letters such as the above. 
At present the bulk of our packages are 
going to Korea. And although no individual 
replies have been received from that 
country, we are sure that if circumstances 
permitted, these unfortunate people would 
readily voice their thanks too» 

Walter J, Bluhm, Chairman 
CARE 

NET BOOKS IN STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Fiction 



Howard, Frances M. Sleep without armor. 
New York, Button, 1953 

Lane, Ldargaret. The Bronte Story. 

New York, Due 11, Sloan and Pearce, 19^3 

Mayne, Peter. The alleys of I/Iarrakesh, 

Boston, Little, Brovm, 1953 
Meyer, Agnes E„ Out of these roots, 

Boston, Little, Bro-vm, 1953 
Osgood, Cornelius, Winter, 

New York, W, W. Norton, 1953 
Randall, Clarence Bo Freedom's faith. 

Boston, LitA.le, Brown, 1953 
Raverat, Gv/endolen M, Period piece. 

New York, Norton, 1953 
Sheen, Fulton J,, Bp. Life is worth living. 

New York, McGraw-Hill, 1953 
Stevens, Leslie C. Russian assignment 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1953 

Fiction 

Ambler, Eric, The Schirmer inheritance. 

New York, Knopf, 1953 
Barnes, Margaret C„ The Tudor rose, 

Philadelphia, lilacrae Smith, 1953 
Brady, Charles A, Stage of fools. 

New York, button, 1953 
Gallico, Pauls SnovrClake, 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1953 
Grierson, Edward j. The hastening wind* 

New York, Knopf, 1953 
O'Brien, Kate. The flower of May. 

New York, Harper, 1953 
Roberts, Dorothy J, The enchanted cup. 

NeviT York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953 
Steen, Marguerite. Anna Fitzalan. 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1953 
Treece, Henry. The dark island. 

New York, Random House, 1953 



Chute, Marchette G, Ben Jonson of West- 
minster, 

New York, Button, 1953 
Crosby, Caresse. The passionate years. 

New York, Dial Press, 1953 
Croy, Homer, Our Will Rogers. 

New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1953 
Erskine, Helen. Out of this world. 

New York, Putnam, 1953 
Goodspeed, Edgar J. As I remember. 

New York, Harper, 1953. 
Henrey, liirs Robert. Ifedeleine grown up. 

New York, Dutton, 1953 
Holbrook, Stewart H, The age of the moguls. 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1953 



BRANCH NOTES 

Adams Street 

On Friday, December 18, Ruth M. Hayes 
gave her annual Christmas party for mem- 
bers of the staff. After a collation of 
dainty sandwiches, cakes, ice cream, and 
coffee, Clifford Fay, as Santa Claua, 
passed out the gaily-'vn:'apped presents. 
Dancing and games under the direction of 
the extras completed the evening's enter- 
tainment. 

Egleston Square 

Christmas at Egleston Square carried out 
the theme of hospitality and joy. To our 



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patrons the pleasure of Holiday decora- 
tions ^ two trees all sparkling v-lth 
tinsel and stars, one in the Children's 
rsom and one in the Adult room carried 
out the tradition of "A TREE FOR CHRIST- \ 
MS" . Two unusual posters with a black 
background and design of red candles with 
yellovf flames, holly leaves in bright 
green, met the eye as one entered. 

In a surrounding with the decor of cool 
grey floor and draperies, tables and 
desks in blond ash, with chairs in shades 
of coral and blue only the slightest 
arrangement of tables v/as necessary for 
conversational seating. Softly glo-vdng 
red candles in iron holders and a 
beautiful bouquet of red roses attracted 
the eye as one entered the foyer. Gifts 
placed around the tree and joyous Christ- 
mas music played in the background. 
Everything was ready. 

The staff welcomed their guests and, 
after introductions and pleasure in 
meeting old and neii friends and exclama- 
tions over the nevj- library, all gathered 
in a line at the long central charging 
counter v.'hich for the evening became a 

buffet table, 

Vi'ould you like to hear the menu? IThat 
vdth the arrival, like the fresh nevi year, 
of the wonderful library cook book, one 
hesitates to mention menus, but here it 
is : 

Cranberry Juice 
Lobster Salad — Potato Salad 
Tuna and rice casserole 
Pickles Olives 
Salad Mold 
Hot buttered rolls 
Cake-Pie-Cookies-brownies 
Coffee 
Everyone had his place at the table 
and the first Christm.as party at Egleston 
Square was well on its happy way. 

More music — more reminiscing and, of 
course, second helpings for everyone L 
Then everyone gathered around the tree 
and our Santa ^laus , resplendent in a 
red raincoat well filled to rotund pro- 
portions and a paper hat and a beard made 
from a fresh -v/hite mop (even he virent 
partly modern), called the name of each 
person to receive a gift and to each was 
attached a fitting verse v*iich the 
recipient read aloud. More music, happy 
people, a lovely party. Our Librarian, 
Miss Levy, read aloud a gay and vjitty 
poem written by the poetess lauriat — Pat 



ITilscn Venezia. The literary master- 
piece included the whole story, epic- 
style, from the actual working inception 
of the new branch and gave credit to each 
one who had helped, even in a tiny way, 
to get ready. Ifeiny hidden virtues were 
brought right out in the open — and "^ve all 
felt so pleased to have confirmed in 
print all the merits of the staff at 
Egleston Square, 

Lovely soft holiday music — candles 
glovrLng, good conversation, gaiety, and 
happiness — a very merry first Christmas 
Party at Egleston Square, 

P<,5» The Librarian had to put her hat 
on as a signal for all to go home. That 
is real proof of a successful party, 
isn't it? 

Mattapan 

On December llj., William A. MacCormick, 
former chairman of the Youth Service 
Board, spoke to the Friends of the 
Library on "Our Teenagers, v/hat about 
them?" After stating that much of the 
adolescent's trouble stems first from 
his search for security and secondly 
from his inability to express his 
desires, Mr IfecCormick showed how these 
factors contribute to the formation of 
teen-age gangs o The gang vrith its 
definite code of rules for its members, 
its connnon bond of acti-n and ideas 
offers security tc the teen-ager in a 
bewilderingly contradictory world, he 
maintained. In many instances, he also 
pointed out, adults give no help in 
reconciling these contradictions, for at 
one time they m.11 urge the teen-ager to 
act like a grovm-up and in the next 
breath tell him he's too young to enjoy 
the privileges of a groTm-up v/orld. In 
order to solve the problem, lb- MacCormick 
feels, vre must satisfy the teen-ager's 
need for security with love, trust, 
affection and good example. Following 
the lecture, a brief question and answer 
period provided those attending virith an 
opportunity to clarify their ideas. 

On December 22 , a Christmas party vias 
held for the pre-school story hour group. 
The children, dressed in holiday finery, 
entertained their mothers and the staff 
with a beguiling recitation of the 
poems learned during the Fall story hour 
session. They responded enthusiastically 
to the two Christmas stories, "Paddy's 
Christmas" and "Aloysiua and the Rag Rug," 



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To close the program, Christinas candy 
baskets and gifts were distributed. One 
small youngster, afraid that her "wiberry ' 
teacher" might be forgotten by Santa 
Claus insisted that she bring an extra 
toy — a fearful and wonderful wooden 
clapper o 

Nepons et 

Wednesday, December 21, vra.s a day of 
parties. At noon Madalene Holt, Branch 
Librarian, served a delicious lunch to 
her staff, vj-hich v;as follovfed by the 
exchange of lovely gifts to everybody. 
In the afternoon, little kindergarten 
and 1st and 2nd grade children began to 
pour into the Library until by 3 o'clock 
there were 85 bright-eyed youngsters 
eagerly waiting for their promised 
Christmas party to begin. The Christmas 
otory vns read, carols were sung, and the 
children recited poems and sang Christmas 
songs in groups and alone. One of the 
older girls executed two pretty dances in 
a lovely costume. After the program each 
child received a neat little package of 
Christmas candy and a bookmark made to 
resemble an attractive little book vath 
a Christmas greeting inside. 

On Wednesday morning, December 23, a 
group of twenty children gathered around 
Tyyne Saari to listen to Christmas Stories 
and to sing Christmas Carols. 

A ne\i winter project, the Space 
Travelers' Club for discovering and ex- 
ploring ne-v: worlds in books^has been 
launched for the children. Each space 
traveler receives a silver space ship with 
which he zooms from one planet to another 
with each book read and reported on. The 
trip begins at any one of 12 starting 
points, ^each named for one of the con- 
stellations of the Zodiac and representing 
a special field. 

Phillips Brooks 

The Christmas party on December 1? was 
a great success. The Friends of the 
Library sponsors a similar party each year 
in lieu of its regular monthly meeting. 

The joy of the season vras expressed and 
enhanced by the musical program, which 
railed on audience participation. The 
spontaneity and sincerity of the whole 
group made the evening the success it was. 
The Young People's FelloT/ship of the 
Roslindale Congregational Church v;ere our 
carolers. l^Ihen they asked the audience 
to join in on a chorus or two, the audience 



responded to its natural desire to do so. 
From then on the concert turned into a 
community sing, to the great delight of 
the performers. Nothing could have made 
them feel more welcom.c. 

The Puppeteers presented a short play, 
based on a few old carols — the singing 
coming from the extras at the branch and 
one of their friends <, The play started 
the evening off, illustrating that this 
was to be a singing good time and getting 
everyone in the mood for it.. 

The party concluded with refreshments 
prepared under th^ direction of %s 
Christopher Goode of the Friends. The 
punch, cookies, cake and candies were 
attractively served from a Christmas 
decorated table, ^^ames Horner, president 
of the Friends, introduced the parts of 
the program, and a yuletide welcome ivas 
extended to all by Mrs Ivlary Mannix O'Neill, 
Branch Librarian* 

West End 



Everybody had a share in the festivities 
that marked the children's celebration of 
Christmas^ Thursday afternoon, December 17» 
The Lecture Hall, in holiday attire, 
fairly rocked when the voices of ninety 
children sang out "Jingle Bells" , "Frosty" 
and "Deck the Halls", while a pasteboard 
Santa winked encouragement from a table 
top. A group of more sedate choir boys — 
lace-paper surpliced and crimson gowned 
and flanked by wax candles twice as tall 
as theranelves — perched atop the piano, 
presided over the softer strains of 
"Silent Night" sung in three languages — 
English, Polish, and Gerimn. 

There Virerc stories, "Christmas Eve on 
Beacon Hill" and "The Dwarf and the 
Cobbler's Sons", and a play, "The Best 
Gift of All", vfhichwas staged by a group 
of third grade girls from St Joseph's 
Parochial School. Miss Goldstein told 
the children something of her recent trip 
to Europe, contrasting living conditions 
there, especially for the youpg, with the 
freedom and privileges we enjoy in America, 

More songs followed — three lovely Polish 
carols, sung by some of our neighborhood 
children of Polish parentage, English 
carols, by the #iole group, and two solos, 
"The Friendly Beasts" and "Jingle Bells" 
sung five different vrays I A rousing 
"Rudolf" climaxed the program — except for 
the surprise package of Christmas candy 
which each child received as he left the 
hallo 



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Christmas for the Staff this year took 
on an interrational air. Miss Goldstein 
vras hostess to the entire group at a 
Christmas party at her home on Sunday 
evening J December 20. Supper was 
served, a delicious and unusual meal that 
combined standard New England fare with 
delicacies of foreign cuisine. But 
better still was Miss Goldstein's account 
of her travels abroad. The sights and 
sounds and smells of Israel invaded the 
Brookline apartment. For a little while 
we forgot the led and green of Christmas 
decorations, forgot the mistletoej 
we drifted along a canal in Venice, 
watched breathless in an amphitheatre 
on the Acropolis, gazed up at the Pope 
from the Vatican courtyard, dashed 
through the shops of London. With 
difficulty we brought ourselves back to 
more familiar surroundings. And as a 
climax — there before us were the concrete 
symbols of another world, rosaries from 
Italy (blessed by the Pope), a plate 
and silver pins from Israel, book ends 
and a Coronation bell from England — 
these and many othars, gifts for all. 

On Thursday evening, December 17, 
tvrenty-four members of the local Beth 
Jacob Sisterhood held a meeting at Yfest 
End to hear Miss Goldstein's description 
of the Israeli Scene from her observations 
of the past summer. 

Thirty-seven children from the Con- 
firmation class of Temple Israel. Religious 
School at Worcester, and thirteen from 
Kehillath Israel in Brookline came to 
hear of the Judaica collection and West 
End's history during the month of 
December. 

The Massachusetts General Hospital 
sent thirty-five of its student nurses 
to visit Tfest End on Decmeber 23 to see 
the Christmas decorations and to learn 
of one of Boston's foremost historic 
buildings firsthand. 



SOAP K)X 



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 #iich he or she 
is employed. The name is vd-thheld 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 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 with the views 
expressed. 



Dear Editor: 

Judging by the Supervisor of Personnel's 
letter in last month's Question Mark, I 
did suffer under a misapprehension in at 
least two instances, I was apparently 
in error, first, in assuming that 
Margaret Hutchins ' definition of reference 
work as given in her Introduction to 
reference work , Chicago, American Library 
Association, 19UU, p. 10, vras a correct 
one. Miss Hutchins says, "Reference 
work includes the direct personal aid 
within a library to persons in search of 



U.HE FLASH 

Mr and Mrs Walter Robinson announce the 
birth of a daughter, Carolyn Lee, on 
January 11, 195U> in Auckland, Nev; 
Zealand. Virs Robinson is the former 
Muriel Figcnbaum of Print, 



information for whatever purpose, 



(Underscoring mine). The American Library 
Association, Board on Personnel Administra- 
tion, also suffers from this same mis- 
apprehension. In their Descriptive 
list of professional and non-professional 
duties, Chicago, A,L.A., 19145, the only 



job description fitting this tyjE of work 
is to be found under the heading REFERENCE 
mm, subheading, PROFESSIONAL DUTIES. 
My second error was in assuming that 
there was intended som£ order and purpose 
to the Tirhole training program for sub- 
professionals (a term the crassness of 
which, by the way, has already been 
decried by both Pierce Butler and Everett 
Hughes). To judge from what appeared in 
the Supervisor's letter, one must infer 
either, that the program as a whole is 
not intended for the best interests of 
all the members, of the subprofessional 
category but rather only for those in the 
branch service, or else, that all sub- 



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professionals pine and pant for the day 
when they can move from the dull drudgery 
that is now theirs to the Elysian fields 
of branch life. 

But viiat of those creatures so un- 
fortunate as to have taken the course in 
Library Letters, Reports and Statistics, 
which can, like Bartholomevir Cubbins ' 
hats, be so miraculously replaced by 
Elementary Information Sources? Can they 
hope to reach the Ultima Thule even 
though they are not prepared to answer 
easy reference questions? Or are they 
to find out that even though they have 
qualified by examinations, the pearly 
gates are to be shut to them forever, 
as they are for some professionals? And 
conversely, can those lucky ones who now 
take Elementary Information Sources feci 
adequately prepared to handle a sub- 
professional duty requiring a knowledge 
of library letters, reports, or statisv. 
tics? Or, as the field of audio-visual 
work increases, as it seems bound to, 
will tomorrow another hat be taken off 
and Elementary Information Sources re- 
placed by Needle Changing, I & II, Winter 
and Spring terms? 

I will prescind from the moral issue of 
whether persons at a far lesser salary 
should be expected to do work which, in 
some quarters at least, is considered 
professional, I will prescind from the 
issue of whether it is simple justice to 
set up ten stumbling blocks, merely to ' 
toughen the fibre of the younger set 
without having these hurdles pertinent 
to the individual's work, I merely 
wish to point out that the dichotomy in 
this library which divides the staff into 
yang and yin, male and female, pro- 
fessional and subprofessional, reference 
and circulation was created by this 
Administration many years ago. If the 
result leaves the staff with a schizoid 
temperament, it is not of my doing and I 
resent the implication that it is 
stujDidity on my part to expect the 
Administration to adhere to its own- 
created system, 

I reiterate the statement of my first 
letter that no reflection was intended 
upon the capibilities or training of the 
person giving the course. It has always 
been my contention that any intelligent 
person on the staff is capable of per- 
forming well any duty assigned to him or 
her, 

Eamon McDonough 



To the editor: 

The recent announcement of titular 
vacancies to be filled contained no men- 
tion of the position Chief Librarian , 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services . Yet rumor has it that 
appointment to that post is imminent. It 
is to be hoped that this is merely rumor, 
since such a s tep would be extremely ua- 
fair to those capable librarians, with 
many years of successful, pertinent, 
experience in branch libraries, who 
deserve an opportunity to be considered 
for the position. Vfe have been told in 
the past that application for a position 
may not be made until a .Vacancy is an- 
nounced for filling, and the qualifica- 
tions for said position made known. If 
there is any intention to fill the above 
mentioned position at this time, may we 
respectfully request an early announcement, 
setting forth the qualifications for the 
post, so that all eligible candidates 
may be considered. 

Branch Librarian 

To the Soap Boxt 

Dame Rumor, that old bespeckled female, 
was on hand to welcome the unsuspecting 
youth, 195il. As usual, she has been 
rushing about madly in all directions 
and accomplishing nothing. Among her 
major projects at the beginning of this 
brand new year is the possibility of the 
filling of the vacancy created by the 
retirement, sometime ago, of the Chief 
Librarian of the Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services, Dame Rumor says 
that it is to be filled "from the ranks", 
but the ranks have not been so informed. 
Is there any special reason why that 
position should not be "posted" and the 
specifications listed in order that anyone 
interested might apply? Of course. Dame 
Rumor has been known to be wrong in the 
past; she may be very wrong in her present 
mutterings. 

To the Editor: 

The long delay — of almost two years — 
in filling the position of Chief Librarian 
of the Division of H.Ro&CS, has led to 
the natural assumption in some quarters 
that there are none among the staff ade- 
quately qualified for the position, and 
that the library field was being thoroughly 
canvassed for a person of demonstrably 
superior qualifications — of wide experience 



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in branch and community service, of marked 
administrative ability^ outstanding 
personality, and intellectual stature — 
who YTOuld supply positive creative leader- 
ship to the Library, as it enters its 
second hundred years. 

If, however, as rumor has it, that 
filling the position is at hand — and from 
within the Library one cannot help but 
conjecture why not long before? Further- 
more, who among the staff are being con- 
sidered for this vital post? If, as rumor 
continues to have it, only a handful of 
the higher echelon are being considered, 
regardless of specific experience, one 
cannot help but v.onder why qualifications 
for this position should not be posted 
as for any other position, or does the 
theory operate that the job is tailored 
to the individual? Is it not possible 
that there are Branch Librarians, or other 
officers in the Division who have demon- 
strated outstanding qualities of leader- 
ship in their communities which ^vould 
qualify them for consideration for the 
vacancy? ,^^^ ^^^^^, 



have a very warm feeling for them which 
I hope to cherish to the end of my days. 
Thanks again and a very happy New Year 
to all. 

Sincerely yours, 
(Signed) TOLLI/iM A. MCGOViTAN 



GIFT TO m MnGOWAN 

On December 23, John Loring McNally, 
Buildings, and B, Joseph O'Neil, Periodical 
and Newspaper, visited William A. McGowan, 
who recently retired from, the Library 
after $0 years of service, at his home in 
West Roxbury, On behalf of his friends 
in the Library, Bill was presented vidth 
a gift of eighty doll^.rs in a wallet in- 
scribed with his naire, and a "rem.embrance" 
book, beautifully bound by Binding and 
filled with the best wishes of his host 
of friends in the Library,. As unassuming 
as ever. Bill was genuinely surprised 
that anyone would take any notice of his 
retirement, and wanted all his friends 
to know that he will always cherish their 
expression of good mil towards him. 

Bill later sent the following letter 
to B. Joseph O'Neil: 

1$ Burwell Road 
Y/est Roxbury 

Dear Joe, 

I wish to express my sincere thanks and 
appreciation for the gifts presented to me 
by my friends in the Library, on the 
occasion of my retirement. 

Please tell them that I will always 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



HARK, YE 111 HARK, YE 1 1 1 1 

Choral and Glee Club Group Being Organized 



Yfliy? 

Because a number of staff members are intere-sted 
in social singing. 

YJ ho will direct? 

Blair Benner, Audio-Visual Departnent, M^A, in 
music and currently conductor of two choirs , has 
consented to act as Director. 

Rehearsals? 

Permission has been granted for use of the Lecture 
Hall, Central Library, until April 195U> Number and 
frequency of rehearsals to be determined by the group. 

l^at to do if interested? 

Give your name to your staff representative, who is 
asked to forward the list of names for his or her unit 
to: 

Mlliam Di Rosario 
Fine Arts Department 
Central Library 

How soon? 

On or before Friday, January 22, 195U 
Time? 

All rehearsals, etc., to be on members' own time. 
Dues? 



None, except cost of sheet music. 



Many institutions have been doing 

this for years; isn't it about 

time we do sol 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



FEBRUARY 1954 



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



Volume IX, Number 2 



February 19^U 



Publications Committees Gerald L, Ball, John J. McCafferty, Sheila Pierce, 

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 "third objective" of our Associa- 
tion is "to promote greater efficiency in 
library service." As this phrase covers 
a wide area of endeavor, wider than the 
Publications Committee can consider, we 
requested individual members to inform 
us of methods and procedures which might 
tend to further this aim. Since there 
were no suggestions offered we feel that 
our request was too inclusive. A more 
practical angle of attack is to ask "Why 
are some individuals so efficient in their 
jobs?" 

In looking around us for some possible 
answers to this question, we find one 
indication in our own Question Mark 
feature "Take a Bowo" After a searching 
look at the group of individuals singled 
out for special mention, we notice that 
each one is a well-adjusted person, ad- 
justed to his work. 

Many factors seem to contribute toward 
this adjustment — education, experience, 
ability to initiate and execute projects, 
a faculty forviorking with others with a 
minimum of cross-purposes — these are some 
of the attributes and knovirledge needed by 
an efficient library worker. ViJhen this 
adjustment is made one might be considerec 
as being "a round peg in a round hole." 

The reverse side of the picture should 
show the maladjusted person — one who lacks 
cettain of these characteristics necessary 
for efficient service. Such a person, 
although eminently fitted for certain 
jobs, finds himself in one which makes him 
feel like a round peg in a square hole. 
He feels unable to gain that sense of 
achievement which is necessary if he is 
to progress to larger goals. 

In promoting greater efficiency in 
library service the methods used in job 
assignment are all-important. Any modifi- 
cation of a system which will aid the in^ 
dividual to discharge his responsibilities 
more successfully will add to overall 

efficiency, 

Charles J, Gillis 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

February l6. Adult Education Luncheon 
Club meeting, Joseph's 
Restaurant, 12:15 p»ni. 



February 18 < 



February 20. 



March 1. 



March 2, 



M,L.A, mid-winter meeting, 
Sheraton-Plaza Hotel . 

Catholic Book Yfeek Fair, 
New England Mutual Hall, 
2:30 p.m. 

BPL Arnavets, annual dinner, 
6:30 p.m., at Eddie Davis' 
Steak House, 

BPLPSA reception to new 
officers, 8:30 p.m., Lecture 
Hall, Central Library, ¥xs 
Edith H, Bailey, Branch 
Librarian,. Emeritus, 
Phillips Brooks, will talk 
on her trip around the world, 
and will show colored slides. 



PERSONAL NOTES 



Resignations 

George Mansour, Fine Arts 

Mrs Florence K. Naudziunas, Book Stack 

Service, to remain at home 
Mrs Alice R. Chisholm, Cataloging and 

Classification, Div. of H.Rc&CS., 

to renain .at hoine 
Mrs Stella K. Easland, Orient Heights, 

to remain at home 
Mrs Naomi Lo Wayne, Codman Square, to 

remain at home 
¥irs Nancy Co Kiernan, fettapan, to remain 

at home 



from South End to 



Transfers 

Mrs Rhea L. Freeman. 

Charles town 
Mrs Franc ina E. Gelzer, from North End 

to South End 



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Genevieve A, Moloney, from Alls ton to 
Bookmobile II 

BIRTHS 

liir and llrs Edisrard F. Gurnett, Jr 
have announced the birth of a second 
daughter, Julie, on January 23. Mrs 
Gurnett (Julia Planning) was formerly 
on the, -Rare Book staff. 

Lt and Mrs Paul McGillicuddy announce 
the birth of their second son, Owen, 
born December 28. Mrs McGillicuddy is 
the former Eileen Wilson, from Book 
Purchasing. Lt McGillicuddy, on military 
leave from the Patent Room, is now serving 
with the U. S, Marines in Korea e 

Mr- and !trs Henry ¥. Murphy have an- 
nounced the birth of a son on February 11. 
Mrs Murphy, the former Katherine Melavin, 
is on leave of absence from the Business 
Office, Mrs Rosemary Corcoran, Office 
of Div. of H.R.&C.Sb, is the proud aunt, 

BEST l^JISHES FOR A aPEEDY RECOVERY 
to 

Miss Mary E. Ames, Branch Librariai , 
Emeritus , "Fellowes Athenaeum who sus- 
tained a broken hip when she fell recently 
in her home in Belmont. She is at pre- 
sent at Wyman House, 330 Mt Auburn Street 
Cambridge 38, Massachusetts. 

TAKE A BOW I 

To Richard Appel, Chief of the Music 
Department goes the February accolade 
for his successful organization and 
direction of the Library's part in the 
recent two-day meeting of the Music 
Library Association« 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

Your President joins with the other 
officers of the Association in thanking 
you for the confidence in us you have ex- 
pressed in the recent elections. We 
vrill do our best in the coming year to 
justify the choice you have made. If 
there is any way in v/hich we may serve 
you, please let us know. 

The Personnel Committee has begun its 
investigati'^n of the promotional system 
in the Library to discover vihat changes 
mie;ht be recommended. Miss Christiana 



Jordan, Allston, Chairman of this com- 
mittee, would be hanpy to receive any 
suggestions you have on the subjecto 

Our Centennial celebration is ap- 
proaching its climax. Our Library, and 
all of us, its services and resources, 
are on display. To secure greater 
support for the expansion of the Library, 
it is our duty and privi]e ge in our 
various capacities to be living testi- 
monials to the value of the Library by 
providing the most efficient and coior- 
teous service in our power. 

The dues for 19Sh are now payable. 
Staff Representatives should f orward 
the dues well-wrapped to the Treasurer 
Miss Mary A. Hackett, Parker Hill. 

B. JOSEPH O'NEIL 



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BLOOD mOGRM 

The Red Cross Blood Donor Center 
on Dartmouth Street near Marlborougji 
Street ia now open evenings on Tuesday and 
Thursday until 8 P.M. Have you been 
intending to give a pint of blood and ju-^t 
haven't gotten around to it? Call Mrs 
Wollent at Extension 2lt[|. for a pledge 
card to support a worthy program that 
mil also be insurance for you and your 
family, 

EDUCATIONAL FILM LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

Exploring the Audio-Visual World was 
the theme of the first Eastern Regional 
Conf er^^noe held in New York City, 
January 15 and I64 There were sessions 
on The Child's World , The School World , 
The World of the Community and One World . 
Mrs Muriel C. Javelin, Deputy Super- 
visor, In Charge of Work with Adults, 
spoke on the Boston Public Library's 
film service. Mrs Javelin is a member 
of the EFLA Board of Directors, 

CIVIL DEFENSE 

Attention is called to a recent novel 
by Philip Wylie — Tomorrow! — in which he 
contrasts two cities in mid-western U.S.A. 
before, during, and after an all-out atomic 
attack on this country by the Soviets. One 
city had a well-organized Civil Defense 
set-up ready to go into immediate action; 
the other had scorned such preparation, 
A last chapter gives an interesting guess 
at what the U.S.A, might be like several 
years after surviving such a holocaust. 



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IM MEI.ORIAM 

Dr Winthrcp Holt Chenery 

These lines are written in the memory 
of Dr V/inthrop Holt Chenery who for six 
years, from 1921 to 1927, was Chief of 
Special Library Departments at the Boston 
Public Library, He died on October 18, 195^ 
at Burbank, California , 

Six years are not a long time in the 
life of an institution which is just 
celebrating the hundredth anniversary of 
its founding. Yet Dr Chenery 's com- 
paratively short service has an abiding 
place in the history of the Library. 

The son of Winthrop Louis and Ruth 
Baldwin Chenery, and a grand-nephew of 
George Ticknor, he was born at Belmont, 
Massachusetts, on Ikrch 8, 1872, His 
first interest lay in architecture. He 
studied at the tiassachusetts Institute 
of Technology, getting his architect's 
diploma in 1896, However, poor eye-sight 
incapacitated him for concentrating on 
blueprints, and so he decided to turn 
to the humanities . He went over to 
Harvard, vjhere he earned his A«B, degree 
in the follomng year. The next three 
years he spent in Europe, chiefly in 
Spain, On his return to America, he 
became an instructor of French and 
Spanish at the University of Michigan, 
and in 190ii received his doctorate from 
Harvard, For the next fifteen years he 
was on the faculty of Washington 
University in St Louis, first as As- 
sistant Professor and then as Associate 
Professor of Romance languages. In his 
last years there he served also as 
Librarian of the University, Family 
circumstances necessitated his return to 
the East, and, after a year at the Library 
School of New York State, he joined the 
staff of the Boston Public Library, 

The set-up was different here at that 
time. The position of Chief of Special 
Library Departments consisted of the 
directing and supervising of the Fine 
Arts, Technology, i'-fusic, and Rare Book 
(called Barton-Ticknor) Divisions, each 
of which was under the care of an 
As s is tant-in-Charge . 

Staff members connected with the other 
Divisions — now called Departments—are 
better qualified to speak of Dr Chenery 's 
work in their fields; I can testify only 
to his influence upon the Rare Book Divi- 
sion. He knew its collections well, and 



was ready with his advice in all problems, 
small and large. The Music Division 
was at that time located in the Treasiire 
Room, -wrfiile the Rare Book Division oc- 
cupied its present quarters in the 
North Gallery plus the room which houses 
the I4isic Department. It was Dr Chenery 's 
idea to establish a Treasure Room, and 
place it where it is now. He designed 
all its furnishings— its safes, shelves, 
and show cases ; and he made the drawings 
for the complicated shelving of both the 
North Gallery and the Music Department, 
Unfortunately, by the time his plans were 
carried into execution he had left the 
Library, He had resumed his old post 
as Librarian of Vfeshington University, 
remaining there until his retirement in 
1937. 

As I remember, Dr Chenery made designs, 
similar to those of the Rare Book and 
Jfasic Departments, for the Fine Arts 
Department, too. VJhere the plans are now, 
if they were ever completed, nobody seems 
to knovf. His system of classification, 
based on that of the Library of Congress 
but considerably expanded, is that in use 
in the Fine Arts Department, 

After a prolonged illness, Dr Chenery 
died at the fine old age of eighty-one. 
He had a full and fruitful career. Yet 
it is difficult to take leave of him, 
particularly for one Viriio had the privilege 
of knowing him well. This is the case 
vjith the present writer, who perhaps i/vill 
be permitted to indulge in a bit of 
personal reminiscence. 



It vras on a summer afternoon in 1923 
that I first met him. Wandering about 
in the Library, and having had my fill of 
the murals of both Puvis de Chavannes and 
John Singer Sargent, I happened to stray 
into a quiet room, empty but for its 
beautiful rows of books, and watched over 
by a boy of fifteen, bent over his school 
work. Wanting to knovif more about the 
strange place, I asked him M^ihere the cus- 
todian vras, only to be told that the man 
had died a few months before. Then and 
there I had the inspiration: this was 
the place for meo 

"If you want to get any information," 
the boy enlightened me, "you better see 
Dr Chenery over in the Fine Arts Depart- 
ment." Over I went, and there at his 
desk in a corner I found Dr Chenery. 



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As I was introducing myself, he stood 
up, tall and strong, with short-sighted 
eyes and large, placid features. I told 
him what I had just learned, namely, that 
there vras a vacancy in the Rare Book Room, 
and asked whether I might be considered 
for the position. Speaking in a low 
voice, he replied that there was no in- 
tention of filling the vacancy for some 
timej nevertheless, he inquired about my 
occupation and antecedents o I answered 
readily, but at one point a sudden im- 
patience seized me: "Sir," I said, "if 
you would sit down, perhaps _! could sit 
dov/n too." 

I still remember the surprise on that 



How viTonderful those first tvro years 
were I For many a month I was constantly 
dazed and reeling, as avidly I wanted to 
knov; the books — all the hundred thousand 
of them. But slowly I began to find, my 
bearin'Sjs, learned the scope and contents 
of the collections, and before long I was 
arranging little exhibits on various 
subjects, sending out notices to the news- 
papers about them. By letters and the 
telephone, teachers and professors were 
invited to bring in their classes to view 
the exhibits, and soon enough I found 
n^self a full-fledged lecturer. The Rare 
Book Room, affectionately referred to by 
some as "the Morgue," became a busy work- 



severe face, and then a slov/ smile and theshop. And before the year was out, I was 



ironic gesture: "Please, do sit dovm." 

¥fe sat down and talked for nearly an 
hour. I told him that I was a native of 
Hungary; that originally I had prepared 
for the law, and got my doctor's degree 
in jurisprudence; that after a brief 
practice, I had become a nevrapaperman, 
working on the largest daily and the 



contributing long articles about the 
Library's treasures to the Boston Evening 
Transcript. 

But Dr Chenery's prediction had almost 
come true. In June 192$ I received an 
invitation (through Professor Reginald 
Griffith) to teach comparative literature 
at the University of Texas; and another 



smallest monthly in Budapest, I had trans- (through Professor Sidney Fay) ta teach 



lated several books from French and 
German into Hiingarian, and published a 
number of stories. Rare Books and fine 
editions had always interested me. 

Dr Chenery vralked back vrith me to the 
Barton-Ticknor Room. Neither of the two 
names meant anything to me; nor did those 
of the Reverend Thomas Prince and Naihaniel 
Bowditch. Conscious of my faulty English, 
I was chary in asking .questions. In fact 
I mentioned my deficiency to Dr Chenery. 
He hov/ever reassured me: "If you have 
learned that much English in tvro years, 
one may hope that you mil speak well in 
another year." 

T/hen I left, he told me that he would 
support my appointment. He put it in a 
very flattering my: "The position pays 
very little, twenty-eight dollars a week; 
no American with your qualifications 
would take it. Nor do I think that you 
will stay longer than tvro years. But 
meanvrhile you will give useful service to 
the Library; and if you find then more 
promising vrork, I shall be glad to have 
been of help to you," 

A week later I passed the entrance 
examination, and in a few days was noti- 
fied of the appointment. I gave up my 
job at the Plympton Press at Norwood, 
vdiich was paying me forty-five dollars a 
week, and began my vrark at the Library. 



Middle -European history and literature at 
Smith College, I talked the matter over 
vdth Dr Chenery, and he shared my opinion 
that, since I was already past thirty, it 
vrould be better for my future to get a 
doctorate in literature before I started 
out teaching. He gave me a letter of 
introduction to Professor John L, Lowes, 
formerly a colleague of his at Washington 
University and then Dean of the Graduate 
School at Harvard. 

Accordingly, I resigned from the Library 
and moved to Cambridge. My teaching 
career, hovrever, was over before it began. 
Friends interfered, no doubt with the best 
intentions, convincing the late Jlr Kirstein, 
a Trustee, that the Library "needed" me, 
I expostulated v>rith them, but they had 
their vray, I split my courses at Harvard 
(finishing only to a mster's degree); 
and in the fall returned to the Library, 
now as Editor of Publications. A few 
months later I brought out the first issue 
of More Books. 



Dr Chenery dliayed at the Library for tvro 
more years, but from then on my contacts 
vdth him vrere slight. For the editorship 
and the custodianship of the Rare Book 
Room vrere tvro distinct positions, in 
charge of two indiiriduals , as they had been 



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from the beginning. The two positions 
vrere for the first time united in the 
hands of one officer in 193U when, in 
addition to my editorial duties, I be- 
came also Keeper of Rare Books, (A few 
years earlier, I had assumed responsibility 
for the new Treasure Room, ) But Dr 
Chenery remained a staunch friend. Nobody 
could have rejoiced more in the success 
of the new Library bulletin. 

It is a matter of great regret to me 
that we had little connection in later 
years. Yet it was to him that I sent, 
with grateful dedication, one of the 
earliest copies of my book on John Adams, 
His vrarm letter of congratulation was the 
last I heard from him. 

Reserved and dignified, Dr Chenery 
often gave the impression of coldness. 
Actually, he was extremely shy. His in- 
timates knew that he had a keen sense of 
humor and a genuine friendliness. Simple 
in all his vrays, he vras contemptuous only 
of sham and hollovv-ness. No one could \ 
have failed to be impressed by his clear 
thinking and extraordinary culture; yet 
above all, he was just and honorable. 

I was fortunate, indeed, to have ray 
entry into American life under the 
guidance of a man of such stature and 
character, 

Zoltan Haraszti 



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Beatrice C. Maguire 

Arfter a prolonged illness of three 
years, Beatrice C, Maguire, Branch 
Librarian, Emeritus, died Sunday, 
January 2I4 at the Pic kf air Rest Hom.e in 
Reading, Miss Jfeguire began her library 
career at Allston in 19lUj and was made 
Branch Librarian in 1917 at Boylston 
(now Connolly), From there she went to 
Warren Street (now Memorial), and then 
to Uphams Corner in 192U inhere she was 
Librarian until her retirement, because 
of illness, on September 30, 195l» 

Her career was marked by zealous 
service to the public, by intense pro- 
fessional pride, and by keen interest 
in guiding young people in their future 
careers. 

In her, the public found a friend in- 
terested in their problems, who did 
everything in her povrer to make accessible 
to them the information, the pleasure, 
and the comfort that books give. 



Many who respected her astuteness sought 
her advice and were always welcomed by 
her in a kindly and understanding manner. 
Only in recent years has some cf the 
public revealed inadvertently hov\r well 
she observed the Biblical expression of 
not letting the left hand know what the 
right one does — for her charity extended 
not only to spiritual works, but, also, 
to corporal works of mercy. 

Her intense professional oride exacted 
from her and her staff the highest 
standards in the principles of serving 
the public with Intelligence and courteous 
efficiency, the public learned to depend 
on her extraordinary knowledge of books 
and their contents, and on her discrin>- 
inatory book selection. Children's books, 
too, concerned her for she realized deeply 
the serious responsibility of gaiding a 
child's initial steps in a world of 
books. 

The young people T;ho worked under her 
supervision found in her a teacher virho 
stressed pride in workmanship, and who 
inspired them to develop potential 
abilities or talents which could be used 
in their future careers. Their successful 
accomplishments later in life rei^varded her 
confidence and faith in them. 

During her long illness it was edifying 
to vri.tness her courage, her concern for 
others, and her complete acceptance of 
God's vail. 

The Library and the Community have lost 
a loyal and selfless friend, but for those 
who knew her well and loved her the loss 
is greater. 

Marie T, Hastie 

RETIREIiENTS 

Anna G« Lynch 

On November 31, 19^3 j Anna G, Lynch 
resigned after forty-seven years of 
library service. Although she worked 
at various times in Branch Issue, at 
Boylston, and in Dorchester, she mil be 
most sincerely missed by the friends she 
made at Memorial, where she worked for 
the past twenty-six years. Her cheery 
outlook, her solid dependability, her 
calm disposition and her quiet humor made 
her the most amiable of colleagues. She 
was economical of words and did not waste 
them idly so that her observations, when 
they came, v/ere telling, pointed, and 
mtty. Her long-standing interest in 



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civic affairs made her quite the authority; 
on developments in most City departments, 
and she v/as probably the most faithful 
reader the CITY RECORD has ever had. 
Through sun or snov/, calm or blov;, she 
leis^orely yralked the distance between 
her home and the branch, undoubtedly 
covering hundreds of milea, filled with 
friendly greetings from the many ac- 
quaintances she iiHde during her years in 
Roxbury. This diversion probably ac- 
counted in some neasure for her good 
health and good spirits, VJe hope that, 
after such activity, she does not plan 
to settle down to too quiet a period 
of leisure, Vfe all offer her the most 
heartfelt of good msheso Nobody else 
can ever fill her place in our fond 
memories • 

Veronica M, Lehane 

CONGF.ATUIATIONS MS IN ORDHl 

The Jewish Advocate recently carried 
the following editorial on Mss 
Goldstein's appointment as Curator of 
Judaica: 

JUDAICA'5 FIRST LADY 

In connection with the observance of 
its centennial anniversary, the Boston 
Public Library this iveek announced the 
establishment of a separate Judaica Sec- 
tion to eventually be permanently housed 
in the proposed addition to the Library 
at Copley Square Yifhen it is erected. 
This is an action of national cultural 
significance. Since such Collections now 
exist only in the Library of Congress and 
in the New York Public Library, Boston 
bids well to become a major seat of 
Jewish scholarship and information. 

Curator of the Judaica Section mil be 
Miss Fanny Croldstein, Librarian of the 
West End Branch Library, who becomes the 
first woman to ever have been so honored. 
No choice could have been more fortunate, 
for fev people have labored more to ad- 
vance Jewish virriting and Jewish books . 

The community pays thanks to the 
trustees of the Library for its forvrard 
and most welcome move and congratulates 
them on their sagacious choice of Miss 
Goldstein as keeper of the books for the 
People of the Book. 

Remember to CARE ■ 



CENTENNIAL NOTES 

Ulusic Library Association 
Meets to Honor 
Boston Public Library 
Centennial Celebration 

Here's to the lAisic Library Association— 
to its future as well as to its past 1 In 
the eyes of an onlooking and partly- 
participating cataloger, its members are 
cordial and interesting people to weete 

The recent convention, with its op- 
portiinity of meeting people from many 
parts of the country, and of becoming 
better versed in what colleagues are 
doing in the f ield ,of music, was stimu- 
lating. 

All of the speakers were authorities on 
their subject, including our own Mrs 
Javelin. Our eyes were opened to pro- 
blems of administration and equipment. 
We learned, too, of the music program of 
the Brookline Public Library, of our 
Audio-Visual Department , ai d of the inter- 
national organization of music libraries. 
The seats were hard in the Lecture Hall, 
but the association's president, Dr 
Spivacke, had us arise at the end of the 
seventh inning. 

The convention had its lighter moments 
on Saturday afternoon when Boston's 
Nicholas Slonirasky gave his hilarious 
talk. We laughed continuously — from the 
incident of the author's review of his 
oTfm book to the story of an old Persian 
who felt it was "nobody's business" vjhen 
he was born. Mr Slonimsky can certainly 
dig up the facts, birth certificates in- 
cluded; and what fun he must have doing 
it. We heard that he wants to start a 
"correctorium" in order to correct all 
of the corrections of lexicographers 
( those old bearded Germans ) . 

It was amusing to see tv^ro music librar--* 
ians meet who had not seen each other 
since their music co\irse at Northv/estern 
University seventeen years ago and to 
hear the story of why each had become a 
music librarian rather than a vocalist. 

All who did not attend the dinner on 
Sunday should have their regrets, after 
having seen the musical menu. (Editor's 
Note: see follovdng article) They missed, 
also, Mr Appel in his element vri. th his 
fine introductions. 

The seats in the Lecture Hall were 
still hard, but not as precarious as were 
the Bentwood chairs of the artists of the 



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afternoon concert. In all seriousness, 
however, v.-e enjoyed the Centennial Con- 
cert by the Stradivarius Quartet, es- 
pecially the String quartet in E-flat 
major by Beethoven. For a cataloger as 
well as for the musicians and other 
librarians, the entire weekend was both 
a delightful and educational experience. 

Mrs Virginia J. Spencer 



The social activities of the recent 
Music Library Association annual conven- 
tion began vdth a luncheon at the Sheraton 
Plaza on Siinday February 7 , 'which was so iwell 
attended that an extra table had to be 
set at the last moment. Speeches ap- 
propriate to the occasion were delivered 
by Patrick F. McDonald, President of the 
Board of Trustees; Dr Harold Spivacke of 
the Library of Congress j Milton E. Lordj 
and Richard G. Appel. A citation to 
uhe Boston Public Library from the lAasic 
Library Association on the occasion of 
the celebration of the Centennial was 
presented to ?tr McDonald. 

The humorous side to the limcheon was 
the following menu prepared by )fr Appel, 
Chief of the Music Department: 

MUSICAL MENU 

CARTE DU JOUR 

Fresh Fruit Cup Maraschino 

con sordino — Love for Three Oranges 
a la Prokofieff 
Half Roast Stuffed Chicken 

senza sordini — La Poule k la Rameau 
Qiblet Gravy 

Grave — Jferch to the giblet k la Berlioz 
Fresh Peas Au Beurre 

allegretto-'^Sathering peascods — 
traditional 
Whipped Potatoes 

ponderoso — Sack a potatoes a la Cecil# 
Vanilla Ice Cream 

glissando — ^Arlequin a la Drigo 
Strawberry Sauce 

pizzicato — ^Rype strawberries, rype a la 
Feelkes ' Cryes of London 
Petits Fours ^ 

chaleureusement — ^Knuspervraltzer a la 
Phimperdinck 
Coffee ^ 

cofi brio — Coffee Cantata a la Bach 
Rolls 

fortissimmo — Paukem«d.rbel a la Haydn 



After the luncheon everyone hiirried 
over to the Lecture Hall which was 
rapidly filling up for the Centennial 
Concert, presented by The Elizabeth 
Sprague Coolidge Foundation of The 
Library of Congress. The concrert, 
performed by the Stradivarius Quartet, 
opened with the String Quartet in E minor 
by the late Elizabeth S. Coolidge. After 
this came the premiere of the Second 
String Qucurtet of George Enesco. Fallowing 
the intermission, we heard the String 
Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 127, by 
Beethoven. The concert was well received 
by a packed house. 

George M. Pahud 

The Boston Public Library Quarterly 
and the Centennial Celebration 

The lead article of the January issue 
of the Quarterly, Centennial Exhibit in 
the Treasure Room , was \7ritten by Zoltdn 
Haraszti. This article has been re- 
printed as a separate pamphlet for dis- 
tribution in the Treasure Room for the 
duration of the exhibit. 

In this same issue there appe'^.rs an 
article entitled Masterpieces of Print- 
tfcking , by Arthur ¥. Heintzelm^.n, which 
tells of the exhibit in the Wiggin Gallery 
during the month of November as a con- 
tribution of the Print Department to the 
inauguration of the Centennial Celebration, 

Notes from NgffS LETTER Number Five 

The Centennial Commission has created 
a Steering Committee to direct and co- 
ordinate all activities. Members of this 

group include Patrick F. McDonald, 
Milton E, Lord, Augustin H. Parker, Jr., 
Francis W. fetch, Paul T. Rothwell, Alan 
Steinert, G. Herbert Marcy, and General 
Chairman, Ralph M. Binney. 

Three hundred and fifty men ".nd women 
serving on 1^0 committees, divisions, and 
teams will make intensive, systematic 
approaches to thousands of individuals, 
business organizations, clubs, schools, 
and groups to obtain their financiTl 
support of the Library's program. 

Specific projects for the establishment 
of units of the greater Library now are 
under consideration by the Irish-American 
and Jewish-American groups within the 
community, 

A number of subscriptions from cor- 
porations have been received during recent 



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weeks, evidence of a grovri.ng realization 
by business and industry of the value of 
this great Library, 

A number of organizations have held 
meetings honoring the Library and pro- 
moting interest. At the luncheon of the 
Advertising Club of Boston, for example, 
several hundred men and women heard tfeyor 
Hynes i^ge them to pxrticipate in the 
program for the Library's development and 
expansion as explained by Mr Lord» 

Another meeting in behalf of the 
Library -vras a dinner of the Women's City 
Club of Boston, Similar events for the 
future include those planned by the 
Massachusetts Society of Colonial Dames, 
the Massachusetts State Federation of 
Womens Clubs, the Massachusetts Library 
Trustees Association, and others. 

The Research Committee, under the 
direction of Richard G, Hensley, has pro- 
vided much valuable data for the develop- 
ment of the national publicity program. 

COOKS IN PRINT 

A second printing of 200 copies of 
the staff cook book resulted from the 
orders received from staff members and 
their friends. There are still avail- 
able about 25 copies which may be pur- 
chased from ¥srs Mary D. Farrell, Cata- 
loging and Classification (R, & R. S»). 
If you have not yet called for those 
vriiich you ordered, Yfill you please do so 
soon? 

Edith Guerrier Gives Miniature Books 
as Centennial Gift 

Many gifts vrill come to the Library 
during the course of the Centennial Year, 
bTjt fevr — if any — of them will have had so 
close a connection Y:ith it as the one 
which was presented on Thursday, February 
eleventh. On that morning Milton E. Lord, 
Director, accepted a gift of 105 minia- 
ture books presented personally by Edith 
Guerrier, Supervisor of Branch Libraries, 
Emeritus . 

Not only vras the donor vitally active 
in the Library for the major portion of 
her adult life, but it vp.s in the crea- 
tion of one of the many effective exhib- 
its for virhich she was responsible that 
the collection had its inception. Want- 
ing a contrast for a first folio edition 
of Shakespeare, what would be better than 
a tiny book— maybe l|" x 1"? One was 



lent to her by James D, Henderson, whose 
collection of miniature books viras out- 
standing. The fascination of tiny books 
was contagious; Miss Guerrier caught it 
then and there and it has never for one 
mnment left her. That v/as more than two 
decades ago. The collection grew stead- 
ily, by purchase and by gift; it was ex- 
hibited frequently throughout the Library 
System; and it finally reached, and then 
exceeded, 100 volumes. 

Because of the circumstances of its be- 
ginning and the close connection its de- 
velopment has had with the Boston Public 
Library, it is particularly gratifying 
that it has been so generously given to 
and vn.ll become one of the special 
collections of the Library, 

The Edith Guerrier Miniature Book 
Collection, vfith its special significance 
as a Centennial gift, will be on exhibi- j 
tion in the main lobby of the Central Li- , 
brary building from April 20 until the 
end of the Centennial Celebration, 

Sarah M. Usher 

ALA MIDWINTER MEETING j 

FEBRUARY 2 - 6. 19 5U I 

THE M3RRIS0N HOTEL, CHICAGO i 

I 
Notes by Elizabeth L. Wright | 

i 

1, Twelve hundred librarians and a numr- 
ber of library school students from 
mid-western library schools who were 
attending their first ALA meeting 
vrere registered during the week, 

2, The Summary Report of the 19 ^U Mid- 
vfinter Meetings has been purchased 
for the Staff Library and should be 
available for use in about a week. 1 

I 

3, At the meeting of the ALA Council and j 
again at the Library Education Divi- 
sion meeting, Mrs Grace Stevenson, 

the Associate Executive Secretary, 
announced the mnners of Study Grants 
from the Fund for Adult Education | 
and the Boston Public Library was , 
honored by the announcem.ent that ¥irs \ 
Helen F, Hirson, Extension Librarian, j 
was one of the virinners, j 

] 
U. The information was obtained at the 

ALA Exhibit that the publication date j 
of the revised edition of the standard' 
reference text by Dr Louis Shores, 



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Dean of Florida State University 
Library School, Basic Reference Books, 
has been advanced to March 195U. 

5 9 It was annoiinced at a meeting of the 
ALA Council that the Committee to 
recommend candidates to the President 
to fill the position of Librarian of 
Congress left vacant by the resigna- 
tion of Dr Luther H, Evans to become 
Director-General of UNESCO has sub- 
mitted the names of srx candidates, 

6. Those individuals avraiting the report 
by lirs Helen Lyncn Smith on the Adult 
Education Project vdll be interested 
to know that it is scheduled for pub- 
lication in Jfey 195U, 

7. The Japan Library School, \Thich opened 
under the auspices of the U. S. Army, 
is now almost three years old and the 
administration of the school from the 
beginning under the leadership of 
Mr Robert L, Gitler, former Director 
of the School of Librarianship of the 
University of Vfashington, is being 
gradually turned over to the local 
staff. Mr Gitler 's term of office 
runs through another academic yearo 
One graduate of the school is now in 
the United States doing graduate v;ork. 
The latest catalog of the school, 
which is both in Japanese and in 
English^ is available in the Personnel 
Office, 

8. An Audio-Visual Workshop for library 
school faculty vras scheduled on Monday 
prior to the ?!idvri.nter Meeting. Its 
subject Wis the use of audio-visual 
materials. The ra?.in ideas which came 
out of the Vnorkshop v/ere (l) that 
audio-visual materials should be 
integrated into the curriculum and into 
library service. For example, in a 
public library, all materials Shake- 
speare should appear in the catalog 
under the subject entry irrespective 
of the media, so that books, recordings, 
flf Shakespeare's plays, films on the 
Elizabethan theatre vrould all be found 
under Shakespeare in the catalog; (2) 
that since the m.ajority of library 
school faculty were trained before the 
day of audio-visual materials, a work- 
shop to provide training in this area 
should be scheduled for these indi- 
viduals; (3) that an inventory of 



so-called "home-made" audio-visual 
materials by library school faculty, for 
example, catalog cards to be used in 
instruction and shown on a Vu-graph, 
should be prepared with the expectation 
that duplication of effort may be elimi- 
nated and reduced costs in producing 
audio-visual teaching materials nny result. 

Since the Midwinter Meeting is devoted 
to furthering the work of the Association 
and its Divisions, Boards, and Committees, 
little time is available to attend meetings 
in areas other than those in v/hich an 
individual has assignments. Due to con- 
flicts in the scheduling of meetings, I 
was unable, for example, to attend the open 
meetings of the Public Libraries Division* 

Notes by Elizabeth M, Gordon 

The week was crammed mth conferences, 
meetings and special group luncheons or 
dinners, — and a scattering of teas and 
"open house" parties for lively inter- 
missions. 

The Official Program listed 30 open 
meetings from Tuesday through Saturday 
morning These were thronged with 
librarians from every part of the USA and 
visitors from Mexico, Canada and other 
countries. On February 2, about 30 
administrative heads of work vri.th children 
in large public library system.s met in 
closed session to consider special pro- 
blems and questions. 

At the business meeting Wednesday of 
the D.L.CY.P., committee reports on work 
accomplished or in progress vrere presented j 
the Carnival of Books programming problems 
ffcre discussed, and plans sketched for the 
^Minneapolis Conference in June, Lively, 
Impressive reports -were made by 15 or more 
officers and committee chairmen at the 
three crovided open sessions of the ALA 
ouncil, held in the hotel ballroom 
Thursday and Friday, Petitions for affil- 
iation were presented and voted upon, in- 
cluding that of the Audio-Visual group. 

Notes by Virginia Haviland 

•• Four members of the Boston Public 
Library staff —the Director, ¥xs Elizabeth 
i&ight, Elizabeth Mo Gorc?on and Virgim.a 

HavilAnd attended* 

As set up, it is a working conference 
and those attending had their days filled 
with board, committee, and council 
meetings, seeing librarians vdth similar 



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purposes in attending — others only by 
chance (Mr Lord in an elevator, Mrs '.Tright 
across tables in the dining room)o 

For those interested in work -with 
children, there -was a luncheon arranged 
by the Chicago children's librarians when 
they introduced local authors, editors, 
revie\7ers and others prominent in the 
children's book world. Among them was 
Mrs Clara Ingram Judson, author, who 
later spoke of her ha.ppy visit to our 
library. 

Another special affair vras the tea 
given by Mrs GeneTieve Foster to intro- 
duce ?1rs llargot Bcnary-Isbert, author of 
The Ark (New York Herald Tribune avrard- 
w inner), Tfrs Foster shovired some in- 
teresting copies of her ovm "Initial 
Biographies'" translated into Urdur and 
other Eastern languages. 

The writer of this piece had an 
exciting meeting of the Nev/bery-Caldecott 
Committee for the annual children's book 
avrards to be presented on March 8. 

SOt!gj^fHERE IN THE LIBRARY . . . 

1. Somev/here in the Library there is in- 
scribed a condensed text of the 106th 
psalm. This psalm text provided a 
famous artist vri.th the subject of a 
great work of art housed in this Librarj^ 
The psalm is inscribed on a rather 
obscure portion of this famous set of 
paintings. Can you locate the in- 
scription? 

2o Somev/here in the Library there is a 
representation of the Lion of St Mark 
supporting an open book that bears an 
inscription of the motto of the city of 
Venice, This representation occurs in 
three separate locations mthin the 
Library, the details in all three 
representations are identical. Can you 
give the three locations? 

3, A former president of the United States 
wrote a biography of George Washington, 
This Library possesses the original 
paintings ivhich were used as illustra- 
tions for that biography. These 
paintings now hang in one of our public 
rooms. Can you give their location? 
The artist vp.s Howird Pyle; the author, 
Woodrow Wilson, 

U» It vrould seem only natural, since the 
Library contains so many volumes of 



dramatic v/orks, that the traditional 
symbol of tragedy ivould be represented 
somewhere in the Library, In a series of.' 

four medallions painted upon the walls 
of the Library there may be seen a tragic 
mask. The -artist who painted these 
medallions and the surrounding art work 
did all his painting directly upon the 
walls of the building. Can you locate 
this painting of the tragic ma.sk? 

Paul Moynihan 

Ansvrcrs to these questions will appear 
in our March is sue « 

DEPARTMENT TOTES 

Audio-Visual 

According to a recent atricle in the 
Parkuay Transcript and the Hyde Park 
Tribune , a concert given by Blair Eenner 
in the Roslindale Congregational Church 
on January 15 was a great success, with 
a full house and enthusiastic audience, 

¥e hear that Blair Benner will appear 
in "The Gondoliers," by Gilbert and 
Sullivan, v/hich is being staged by the 
Braintrce Choral Society sometime in 
April, Blair has been give the bass 
lead, Don Alhambro, the Grand Inquisitor, 
He has previously sung in "Carmen," 
"Robin Hood," and "Les Cloches de 
Cornville" with this same group, 

Kirstein Business Branch 

The staff vrelcomes back Rose LaConca 
after four glorious weeks in California, 
and Gilda Rossetti after two equally 
glorious vireeks in Florida, 

Personnel Office 



The members of the staff were Mrs 
Wright's guests for luncheon and a theatre 
party to see This is Cinerama on Saturday, 
January 23, 195E 

BRANCH NOTES 

Mattapan 

On itonday evening, January 2^, ifr Lord 
spoke to the Friends of the Mattapan 
Branch Library about the Centennial Cele- 
bration, A large group attended the 
interesting talk v;hich traced the develop- 
ment of public library service in Boston 
from 1852 to the p: esent day. High- 
lights of those years were presented as 



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a basis for future plans vAiich mil ex- 
pand the present services and resources 
of the library. At the conclusion of 
the program a coffee hour gave the mem- 
bers of the group an opportunity to meet 
and talk vdth Mr Lord, 



A gala Valentine Party was held in 
the Children's Room for the pre-school 
story hour group on Tuesday morning, 
February 9» In addition to the stories 
told by the assistant in the Children's 
Room, a delightful program of recita- 
tions and songs was presented by the 
miniature amateurs. Of course, the 
highlight of the day was the distribution 
of valentines. A grocery carton disguised 
•with red paper and trimmed with red hearts 
on a lace doily background served as the 
mailbox. Not only did the children bring 
valentines for each other; they also 
brought them for their "wiberry teacher" — 
valentines, several of which were lovingly 
cut out and pasted together by small 
fingers. "Oh, teacher, you'll be sur- 
prised," said one, "but I'm not going to 
tell you that I've got a valentine for 
youo" 

Memorial 

The branch had a surprise visit on 
February 2 from Hirokazu Imamitsu of 
Nagoya, Japan and Hiroshi Kubota of 
Yamanashiken, Japan. Both gentlemen were 
visiting schools v:ith Harold Shapiro, 
Supervisor in Education, Vocational Edu- 
cation Department, Massachusetts Depart- 
ment of Education, YiTiile they were at 
Memorial High School, Dr Winifred Nash, 
Headmaster of the girls school, thought 
a visit to a branch library might prove 
valuable. Both visitors expressed great 
interest and astonishment in many of the 
services v;e take for granted. The idea 
of a free library vihich is open to anyone 
who happens to come in whether or not he 
is a citizen seemed unique. A special 
collection of books for children and for 
young adults vra.s another surprise. Wien 
Miss Kaufman spoke of having had a 
traveling exhibit of art vrork by Japanese 
students, both men were glad to hear of 
it. Exhibits of American art v;ork are 
common in Japan, but the fact that work 
sent here is actually used seemed very 
gratifying. 

Mr Imamitsu and Fir Kubota are high 
school teachers in Japan and have come to 



the United States in order to find out 
about recent methods in vocational 
education. The visit to a library was an 
added attraction which proved enlightenjrg 
for all concerned* 

North End 

Dorothy Dodworth's painting of the 
late Captain John Tcllo, of the North End, 
has been accepted for the Associated 
Artists of Pittsburgh exhibition in the 
Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. This 
v/atercolor, and one other, will be on 
exhibit until the end of March. The 
painting vras done from a sketch nB.de on 
one of frequent lunch hour excursions 
to the harbor. Hiss Dodv/orth enjoyed 
getting acquainted with Captain Tello, 
who owned the "Plover", a small boat 
docked at LevrLs "IVharf . He told her many 
interesting tales, including an account 
of the time he had Joseph Gotten and 
Jennifer Jones on his boat during the 
filming of "A Portrait of Jenny;" Captain 
Tello died suddenly just before Christmas, 
so the picture vdll probably be given to 
the family. 

William R. Scott, Inc., vdll publish 
a children's book in the fall written 
and illustrated by Dorothy Dodworth, ¥;ho 
is Yorking as a probationary assistant 
in the children's room. 

West End 

The services of a public library can- 
not alY/ays be measured. The results of a 
library's services arc sometimss not im- 
mediately obvious. There is no question 
that the habits of good reading and- study 
which a library subtly encourages are of 
the intangible values vjhich crop up later. 
Many authors pay tribute on maturity to 
the place of the library in their child- 
hood, but many more have overlooked the 
fact that the library was to a large ex- 
tent instrumental in their success in 
later life. 

On Saturday evening, February 13, a 
large audience joyfully welcomed back a 
home-town girl yAo had made good in the 
Big City, and paid tribute to one ivho as 
a child grovdng up in the West End at the 
turn of the century had made this branch 
library a second home — ^Reba Paoff Mir sky. 
After graduation fr^m Radcliffe, she 
married and v/ent to live in New York 
where she teaches music at Hunter College 
and the Ncvf York School for Social 



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Research. 

Jfrs Mirsky told in a mcs t enthusiastic 
manner of her vjriting of Thirty-one 
Brothers and Sisters liithout ever going to 
Zululand and of her subsequent four- 
months ' visit there on a Guggenheim f ell:vih- 
ship. Although she appreciated the 
winning of the Charles YL Follett $3,000 
and gold medal for this, her first book, 
she said: "Y/hat thrills and moves me 
more than anything is that I am honored 
by a reception in the very library which 
I haunted daily as a child, a high-school 
girl, and college student." She is now 
v^nriting a sequel to her book, 

A notevrorthy feature of the evening was 
the presenta.tion of Negro-African music 
especially adapted for the occasion by 
Dr William Andrew Rhodes, who vras the first 
Negro composer to graduate from the Bostor 
Conservatory of KtisICo The soloists were 
Mrs Georgie Williams Bailey, soprano, and 
Angelyn DeVaughn, contralto, members of 
the Ebony Artistic Trio. 

Allan R. Crite, well-known Boston 
artist, whose paintings appear in the 
collections of many major cities, had 
several strikingly beautiful and re- 
ligiously appealing paintings on display. 
Besides being a creative painter, ¥x 
Crite has written three books on art. 
He was present and received the tribute 
paid him with a most becoming modesty. 

The chairman of the evening, Judge 
Robinson, husband of Beryl Robinson of 
Adams Street, had been called out of town 
because of the death of his mother. Very 
fortunately a graduate student at BU, a 
member of the Ibo Tribe of Nigeria, was 
available and did an excellent job of 
pinch hitting. He vras Al (for Albert) 
Chinedozi (God prejiares) ?Anonye (Over 
whom arc you rejoicing?). His delightful 
singing in his native tongue was particu- 
larly pleasing. 

Mrs Clarence E, Beck, Grand Basileus, 
brought greetings from the Psi Omega 
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 
joint sponsors vdth the Library of the 
evening's program. 

Fanny Goldstein gave a brief history 
of the Old West Church and Patrick F, 
McDonald spoke as President of the 
Library's Board of Trustees, 

Hostesses and pourers, in addition to 
the West End Staff, included one other 
BPL staff member, Elizabeth M. Gordon, 
Ifrs Robinson had also been scheduled to 
serve, A social hour completed a highly 
successful evening. 



SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap B ox must \ 
be accompanied by the full name of the ' 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether vd.th the name of the Branch Library, 
Department, or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is vdthhuld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the i 
contributor so requests. Anonymous | 
contributions are not given consideration. 1 
The author of the article is kncjvn 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 Associa- 
tion are in agreement mth the vievfs 
expressed. 



Dear Soap Boxers : 

For v^hat seems like uncounted years 
now, we have been reading in the Soap 
Box the cries and lamentations of the 
persecuted and maligned, until at last 
I, for one, am becoming a bit fed up with 
it all. If it isn't our rate of pay, the 
inadequacies of Supervisors, dirt in the 
kitchen and restrooras , or our promotional 
system, it is persecution from the 
Personnel Office, Communist literature 
in the Boston Public Library, pro and 
con, or the unbearable heat in the 
summertime. I'll never forget the floods 
of inky tears shed over the fact that we 
poor souls were actually forced to 
receive our pay by check. Such hardship ! 

From the similarity in style of these 
epistles, it would appear that there 
exists somewhere in our midst a coterie 
whose every \Taking thought is to "needle" 
the Administration, and that thoy have no 
other business except to do so. I must 
admit that a little needling is aimsing 
and even stimulating, but eventually it 
becomes annoying and boresome. Everyone, 
of course, is entitled to a gripe of 
tvro during his or her lifetime, but when 
it comes to the point where "WD prospect 
pleases, and every man (above the fourth 
step level) is vile", the complainers 
should realize that thoy cease to be 
crusaders J and approach the condition 
of paranoiacs. Certainly there must be 
SOMETHING in the BPL and its Administra- 



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tion that these letter-writers like. 
Otherv/ise they v/ould seek greener pastures 
v;hcre their crusading zoal could ac- 
complish more. If it is lack of occupa- 
tion that renders these correspondents 
so facile at vnriting out their complaints, 
let them apply for a position in any of 
the Branches, even the smallest. After 
a few weeks of pacifying unreasonable 
adults, battling juvenile delinquents, 
and preventing story hours from developing 
into riots, they vd.ll find themselves too 
"bushed" in their leisure hours to have 
the energy to complain about an^dihing less 
catastrophic than a m^ajor salary cut. 

Yours for a little more svreetness 
and light, 

Pollyanna Picklcpuss 

To the Editor: 

I rrould like to know hoY/ the library 
is savj.ng money on the proposed change of 
Branch Library hours. 

If the personnel are allovired to work 
in the building mth the doors closed to 
the public, the heat, light and janitorial 
services are still needed. 

If we must close the library to the 
public why can't vro close two nights a 
week and continue Saturday morning 
closings throughout the year. By doing 
this a real saving would be realized not 
alone in personnel but extra and jani- 
torial, services, heat and light. 

If the tax-payer realized what these 
savings would mean to him he would 
accept this proposition. 

Must we accept this proposed change 
of the Trustees or can something raore cor>- 
structive be put into action. 

Anxious to Know 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

I have just learned how to make jello. 
I had long admired the colors, even more 
than the taste of the quivering dessert, 
but I always thought it took lots of 
work ind special culinary know-hov/ to 
make it. Recently my neighbor gave me 
some she had made that morning, and since 
her kitchen facilities are no better than 
mine (a single electric hot plate), I 
asked her how she managed it, and she 
showed me how very simple it was. You 
take a box of jello (9 cents), empty it 
into a glass dish, poiir over "it one cup 
of hot water, stir mildly, add a cup of 



cold vnter, and set the thing on the 
windovs^sill (in the winter, that is), 
and presto, the next morning you have a 
beautiful formation of jello. So I made 
some one day, and the next evening, as I 
was supping off my first try, I pondered 
on the ease mth which some things can 
be done which seem so difficult at a 
distance, and being a sort of philosopher, 
I tried to apply my new nugget of vdsdom 
to the problems currently besetting us. 
Just at that time the Library ivas being 
agitated by rumors of the imminent ap- 
pointment of a successor in the long- 
vacant position of Chief Librarian of the 
Circulation Division, There vns con- 
siderable difference of opinion as to the 
merits of the knoT^vn candidates, and a 
deadlock, extending all the way from 
stack six to the basement, developed as 
to \'/ho should get it — one side holding 
that the job should go to the outsider 
ivith no experience in the BPL, and the 
other that it belonged to the insider, 
whose lack of experience merely extended 
to the Division he was aspiring to head. 
Suddenly, right in the middle of a cold 
slide of a segment of ray handivfork in 
my insides, I said to myself ( I 'live alone, 
so I can talk to myself without causing 
comment), "Hovj about you? 'Ahy don't you 
apply for that job?", and since I was 
eating the entire dish of jello I had 
made (equivalent to about h restaurant 
portions), I had time to develop the 
theme at length. It's not easy to apply 
for a job which hasn't been listed as 
vacant, I didn't know whether applica- 
tion should be made to the Supervisor of 
Personnel, or the Director, or the 
Trustees. I finally hit on the brilliant 
idea of applying through a medium v/hich 
vail reach all those people at once — 
about the fifteenth of the month. Read 
this brilliant idea of mine in the next 
paragraph. 

Some tinje ago, v;hen an outsider was 
appointed to head an important segment 
of the Library, a vrell-knoiivn member of 
the staff wrote a characteristically 
forthright letter to the Question Mark , 
saying that though he was passing no 
judgment on the appointee's qualifica- 
tions for that position, he did think it 
strange that the job should have been 
given to one outside the Library, and 
even outside the library profession. A 
member of the Admini-stration replied in 
the following issue of the Question ?fark , 
that in positions of such importance the 



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Trustees did not feel themselves bound 
by the ordinary promotional procedures 
set up by the Administration, Most of 
us accepted that answer as a fair and 
almost satisfactory statement of the 
policy followed 6 Now I have heard it 
said that turnabout is fair play, and I 
therefore think that whenever such top 
positions become vacant again, the can- 
didates for those positions be allowed 
the same freedom from the orthodox pro- 
cedures in application as the Administra- 
tion has been taking in appointment. 
There now exists a vacancy in the posi- 
tion of Chief Librarian of the Circula- 
tion Division, and I should like to 
apply for it in a new and unorthodox 
way — through the columns of our staff 
magazine. I therefore hereby make 
application through this letter to the 
Soap Box. 

There is no space to list the quali- 
fications for that position, nor which 
of those qualifications I think myself 
to possess. In general positions of 
that sort should go to people who rep- 
resent the best traditions of our 
Library, The best traditions of a great 
Library like ours, to adapt an Eliotism, 
do not necessarily flow through the 
longest tenures, the wordiest titles, or 
the most inflated increments. I have 
seen those traditions flow in rich, 
liixurious stream in a recent arrival, on 
whose lips the Simmons milk has not yet 
gone entirely dry, and issue in a lilli- 
putian chigger of a trickle in one who 
has been around since "the year one"; 
I have seen them in richness and power 
in one who is barely graduated out of the 
category of extra, and become the shadow 
of a shadow in cne whose titularities 
blockbust a couple of alphabets; and I 
have seen them flow vdth vigor and pride 
in one whose pay was once, in a foolish 
show of economy, reduced from 25 to 2ij. 
cents an hour, and come to a dead stop 
in one whose vireekly take from the public 
till would feed a Pakistani village. 
And once in a long while, these tradi- 
tions are forced to abandon the main 
route and, like the Avignon papacy, flow 
with adequacy and legitimacy through an 
outlying province. 

Harry Andrews 

I'ear Soap Box Editor : i 

On the last day of the Senate hearings 



on juvenile delinquency, the Chairman, 
Senator Robert F. Hendrickson, said to 
the representative of the Housing 
Authority then testifying that it is 
true we do not hear enough about the 
positive side of the picture. 

At such a time, would it not have 
been enlightening to the community at 
large as well as to the committee to 
know that the Boston Public Library has 
played a positive part in making juve- 
nile non delinquents 9Q% of the youth 
population? 

Could not a high ranking officer of 
the library have taken his place beside 
the spokesmen for the educational, 
recreational, spiritual, and welfare 
institutions of this city and told of 
our serATice to the sensitive areas of 
the housing projects by bookmobiles and 
the establishment of a branch library in 
one of them? Certainly the committee 
WDUld have appreciated knowing about the 
planned individual and group service to 
children, to young adults, to parents. 
Without such pertinent testimony there 
remains untempered the repeated state- 
ments that the young people are being 
exposed to obscene and lurid literature 
in Boston. 

How else could the Investigating 
Committee learn that the branch librarians 
and those librarians who work vfith young 
adults had had meetings at which expert 
social workers had defined the reasons 
for anti-social behavior and suggested 
new approaches to reach these young 
people so in need of understanding and 
acceptance? 

It seem^ to me that this kind of 
presentation v/ould have strengthened the 
support we derive from the Friends of 
the Library, from the City Council, from 
every member of this community, in and 
beyond this Centennial Year, 

Pauline Vifinnick 



LATE FLASH 1 

Announcement has been made of the 
engagement of Phoebe Lipsky, Office of 
Div. of H. R. & C, S., to Harold Reff, 
of New York City. 



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IN GRATITUDE 
FOR TliC GENEROUS GIFT OF 
$ 2,gUl.l$ 
BY THE EJIPLOYEES OF 

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 

In The 
195U RED FEATHER CAMPAIGN 



United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston present this certificate 
in behalf of the thousands of people vjho vri.ll benefit from this gift in the 
coming year. 



(SIGNED) 



CHARLES DEVENS 

195U Campaign Chairman 




m 



uestion 




I 



THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



MARCH 1954 



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



V ol\ime IX, Number 3 



March 19^U 



Publications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, John Jo McCafferty, Sheila Pierce 

Sarah H, Usher ^ Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting imterial ; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER jsuch sizzling duels , it must mean that we 

have groTim sleek, fat and contented. (I 
Periodically the various members of theam sure that some may disagree with this 
Publications Committee are confronted withjconclusion, ) From you who ask v;hat's 



the task of preparing this section of The 
Question Mark, This has become a diffi- 



cult matter, for it seems that it is prac-jis v/hat you, the staff, mke of it, 
tically impossible to find something to 
talk about editorially that vri-11 not al- 
ienate at least half the staff from the 
■writer. Outspoken attitudes, either pro 



or con, anything , will distress the 
peaceful; pussyfooting or gushing will in- 
cense the warlike; discreet middle -reading Iviarch 2$. 
will offend nobody, but impress few raoreo Thursday 
We are this year practically a holdover 
Publications Committee — ^we have been 
through the mill» We have heard the samxe April 8 
issue of QM called 'nice' by some and 
snarled at as fa¥ming sychophancy by 
others. What is worse, we have heard 
anguished complaints like: (l) QM makes 
the TYorld's worst reading; (2) nobody 
looks forvrard to it any more; or (3) 
what's vfTong vdth you people anyway? yieU^esigna ti ons 



vjTong with us, we ask in return only for 
your contributions. The Question Mark 



Here ' s 
to better and better issues with your hel p i 

John McCafferty 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

SLA meeting at Vc A. Hospital, 
So. Huntington Avenue at Heath 
Street, at 7 00 p.m. 

Boston Chapter, Women's Na- 
tional Book Association, or- 
ganization meeting, Pioneer, 
7:ii5 p.m. 

PERSONAL NOTES 



home 
Mrs Katherine M. Murphy, Business Office, 
to remain at home 



Transfers 



from South Boston 



we hope there's nothing wrong with us, andMary Ann Gelsomini, Cataloging and Classi- 
we frankly feel that there's nothing wrong: fication, Div of Ro and RoS. to remain at 
with The Question Mark , either. We don'tj 
in our capacity, 7»rite the QM, We cul- 
tivate it, prune it, as it were. We awaii 
what you send to us and make the most of 
it. If on occasion you, and we, have had 
to be disappointed by virhat cair£ of our 
efforts, we could remark, with the op- 
timism of the bride v/hose cake fell, that 
while it vrasn't very good, it was still 
better than nothing. To you who criti- I 
cize the literary level or the points-of- ' Engagements 
view of our contributions \fe f-ive assur- The engagement of Helen F 
ance that, if what you have seen has up- 
set you, you have, through our vigilance, 
been spared much v/orse. To you viho com- 
plain that nobody looks forward to QM any 
more we send the reminder that the reason 
the l^th of the month used to be such a 
red letter day vras unquestionably the 



Lillian E, Lagamasino, 

to Orient Heights 
Olive Neilson, from Orient Heights to 

Alls ton 



Beeman, 

Personnel Office, to Harry D. Karpeles, 
Assistant Executive Director of Hecht 
House in Dorchester, has been announced. 
An April wedding is planned 



Announcement has been made of the en- 
igagement of Susan Shelvin, Audio-Visual, 
Soap Box , wherein some heroic battles Trer^to Vincent 0. Trunfio, 
vfaged. If the Soap Box no longer offers ! 



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''FE i^.'ELCOM BACK 
AFTER II.L1MES8E5' 

l^trs Evelyn Herboldsheimer ^ Dorchester 
Ruth Stenstreem and Abraham Snyder, 

Cataloging and Classification, Div. of 

R.&R.Si 



I'ULitary service 



David Sheehan, Book Stack Service, 
returned after almost tvro years service 
in the U.S. Army. 

STAFF IN PRINT 



has 



Inihs Boston GLOBE for February 2U, in 
the "Vifhat People Talk About" column, 
there appeared a letter on train whistles,! 
by Henry Bowditch Jones, Book Stack Serv- I 
ice. It appeared also in the "People's 
Forum", of the Boston TRAVELER. 

?ffiDDING 

February 20 was a beautiful, spring- 
like day, perfect for the vredding of' 
Mary G. Lavery and Joseph S. Cataldo, 
Stock and Supplies Section, The couple 
was married at St Ivlary of the Assumption 
Church, Brookline, at 3:30 in the after- 
noon. The bride looked lovely in a govm 
of azure blue lace. Her hat and gloves, 
a delicate shade of pink, complem.ented 
the govm. Blue slippers completed her 
outfit, i'lrs Cataldo vras attended by her 
imid of honor, Barbara Page, who Virore a 
govm of dusty pink taffeta and tuille. 
Jeremiah P. Driscoll, the brother-in-law 
of the groom, was his best man. The 
ceremony was made mere impressive by the 
fact that Mrs Cataldo 's sister, l/Jargaret, 
became the bride of Leo Lyons, thus 
making a double vredding ceremony. Fol- 
lowing the Nuptials, a reception for the 
two couples vras given at the Metropolitan 
Hall in Brighton. J/or and Mrs Cataldo 
then left for a honeymoon in Washington, 
D.C, Best wishes are sent to the happy 
couple from their friends at the Library, 

Catherine T. Uuffy 

CALLING ALL LADIES I 

Plans are unden/ay for the establish- 
-€•■,+ of a Boston chapter of the Women's 
^ftional Book Association (T.'NBA) . This 
org-Jiization has been active since 1917, 



vdth the home office in New York and 
flourishing chapters in Chicago and 
Cleveland. To launch the Boston Chapter 
an open meeting will be held at The 
Pioneer on Thursday, April 8, 19*514., ■ at 
7:k^ PM. I.'Iiss Mary Shipley, National 
President, will be on hand to describe 
the aims and purposes of the organization. 
Mr Frank Rounds , author of Window on Red 
Square will be the guest speaker. 

The main objective of the Association 
is to bring together socially and pro- 
fesionally all women virho earn their living 
directly or indirectly by means of the 
book. Library v^crkers, publishers, i 
editors, authors, illustrators, book store 
workers , etc . 

If you are interested in attending the 
meeting on April 8, please contact Miss 
Peck, Book Selection E,R.&C.3, Attendance 
at this meeting does not automatically 
imply membership. After Miss Shipley has 
outlined the objectives of the Associatioi) i 
an opportunity will be provided for those 
who wish to do so to become charter member 

JOHN M. CARROLL KONORED t 

John M. Carroll, Chief Librarian of the 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, was honored at the meeting of 
dersartments chief of the Division of 
Reference and Research Services on March 
second. He was presented with a brief 
case and a Holy Grail picture from the 
Division as a whole and with a clock from 
the Division Office staff, v/ith the good 
wishes of his former Division staff mem- 
bers as he assumes his new office. 

NE?/EERY-CALDECOTT ^lEDALS 
V/INNERS ANNOUNCED 

On March 8, in the New York office of 
Frederic G. Melcher, donor of the medals, 
Virginia Haviland, Chairman of the New- 
bery-Caldecott Awards Committee, made the 
preliminary presentation of the medals to 
the winners : 

Newbery — Joseph Krumgold 

for ..o and now Miguel 

Caldecott — Ludwig Bemelmans 

for Madeline's Rescue 

Official nresentation cf the medals will 
take place at the Newbery-Caldecott AwarJs 
dinner in connection with the AM annual 
conference in Minneapolis in June. 



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SPORTS NEtIS 
Basketball 



Bullets e Scouts i'rom prol'essional teams 
are on hand at each game to scout the 

outstanding prospects. 

Any members of the staff interested 



Cn Saturday mornings the B.P.Le basketrj in v^itnessing this "spctacle", please 
ball squad meets at the 11. I. T. gymnasium j contact Manager Paul (Red Auerbach) 
in tune with the year-round sports activ- i Mulloney — Science and Technology for 
ity program. A rugged workout is enjoyed] RESERVATIONS;, 
by many male staff members — especially | 
when one can look forward to a refreshing I 
shower and snack afterwards. 



Bowling League 



The members are divided into two 
squads One squad consists of- 



L.F, Dan (Bob Brannum)Kelly — ^Audio- 
Visual 
Walter (Jim Pollard) Harris — 

Book Purchasing 
Don (Clyde Lovelette) Nevraian — 
Book Purchasing 
L.G. Paul (Dick McGuire) Smith— Book 
Purchasing 



C. 



The Bo^Tling League is now in its fifth 
successful season of competition^ and 
this fifth anniversary is being marked 
by the acquisition of fine sports jackets, 
and sweaters, paid for out of the League 
treasury. 

Les hommes ' have arrived — reversible 
;^ckets of navy blue wool on one side 
and gold satin on the reverse. A m.edal- 
lion, in the shape of a shield vdth 
_ bov.aing pins and ball, is affixed to the 
E.G. Jerry (Andy Phillip) Hottleman — j front of the blue side and each proud 
Book Pijrchasing i owner's name in bold block letters is 

I found on the left sleeve. The bowler's 
The other squad consists of- j name in script appears on the right 

j sleeve of the gold side, 
L.F. Larry (Connie Sim'nons) Sindoni — i Les femmes' svreaters, haven't been 

received yet, but the ^Is are looking 
forward to seeing and wearing them, 
knowing they will be very attractive. 

There has been much favoia'^ble comment 
from all concerning this fine-looking 
sports apparel and the lucky ovmers feel 
justly oroud to "sport" them. 

!''Iany thanks to Jack Kyle of the Stock 
and Supplies Section and Dan Kelly of 
I Audio-Visual for handling all the arrange- 
Many hard-fought battles are staged on | ments. 



Book Stack Service 
R,F, Art (Carl Braun) Lindsay — 

Exhibits Office 
C. Dick (Ed MacAuley) Stanton — 

Business Office 
L.G. Bob (Bill Sharraan) Anglin — Book 

Stack Service 
R.G. Dave (Bob Cousy) Shedd— Book 

Stack Service 



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the court, but the "best" ????? team 
always com.es out on top. 

Outstanding players include — 

Don Newman' l-or' his rebounding 

Dan Kelly for his ac;gresiveness and 

spirit 
Dick Stanton and Y/ally Harris for 

their high-scoring feats 
Larry Sindoni for his deadly hook shot 
Bob Anglin for his play-making 
Paul Smith for his tricky ball handling 
Art Lindsay for his sportsmanship 
Dave Shedd for his clutch play 
Jerry Hottleman for his all-around pl^ 



The Bowling League has had a great 
"lift" in receiving these prizes, and we 
all hope that it will be an added in- 
centive for more new bowlers to com.e out 
for the league next seasono 

3PLPSA RECEPTION FOR OFFICERS 

The annual reception for the officers 
of the Association vras held on terch 2, 
in the Lecture Hall, Edna G. Peck, chair- 
man of the Program Committee, welcomed 
members and guests and introduced the 
officers present. The officers then 
formed a receiving line at the front of 
the hall and were greeted by fellow 
association members while May McDonald 



The KOST VALUABLE players award goes 

u i.3 year to Don Newirian /;hc performed j and the Entertainment Committee served 

li..c an AJX -^ STAR in his freshman year i fruit punch and most attractive and 
,f "pro ball". He will receive for this eminently edible pastries, 
-1-,'ard — a tryout v.lth the Baltimore 



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FolloTri-ng the reception, ivir O'Neil, the 
re-elected president, welcomed members and 
guests, among whom were Patrick F. 
McDonald, President of the Board of 
Trustees, his sister, Mary McDonald, and 
Milton E. Lord, Director. Mr McDonald, 
speaking in representation of the Trustees 
expressed his vra.rm appreciation of the 
staff and its worke 

Miss Peck introduced J'trs Edith H« 
Bailey vri.th a few brief remarks about 
their mutual days together at Phillips 
Brooks. Mrs Bailey and her daughter, 
Ruth, also formerly at Phillips Brooks and 
now director of religious education at a 
large Minneapolis church, had spent six 
months in traveling around the worldo 
For this evening Mrs Bailey showed pic- 
tures and talked only of the trip from 
Greece to Istambul, Ankara, along the 
Mediterannean, Beirut, and then Bombay, 
Delhi and Kashmir. As the Bailey's vrere 
able, through many church and State 
Department contacts, to visit and stay 
at many of the schools and universities, 
and visit in native homes, the slides 
vrere particularly interesting and the 
audience learned much that the average 
tourist never sees or hears o 

It was particularly pleas ant to greet 
so many of cur "alumnae" who came back 
to share the evening with former co- 
workers •, 

PRESIDENT'S MOTES 

Last July in the editorial columns of 
The Question Mark it was suggested that 
the establishment of a staff blood bank 
might be an excellent way in T/hich we 
could help our fellow vrorkers and it was 
urged that we give thoU;':;ht to this pro- 
posal as a very powerful way in iirhich we 
could "assist our fellow workers vfhen 
they or members of their immediate family 
sorely need help," 

We discovered that vre were eligible to 
belong to the City of Boston Employees 
Blood Donor Program and that both the 
Library and the City of Boston were very- 
generous and cooperative in allovd-ng | 
time for this program. We have tried to j 
keep staff members avrare of this program | 
through the pages of The Question iferk . 
Up to this time the number of staff mem- | 
bers who have taken this opportunity to > 
help themselves and their families is j 
verj small 3 Pledging a blood donation is! 
a i^eisonal, individual decision yet it I 



reaches far beyond the insurance it pro- 
vides for the person and his family 
since it makes available a backlog to 
help in civilian disasters and military 
necessities. If you have been intending 
to pledge a donation and have let it 
slide, why delay any longer? Do it now. 



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The Executive Board late last year 
urged that the Staff Centennial Gift 
Committee consider a proposal that the 
Centennial Gift of the Staff be pre- 
sented to the Library in memory of the 
Library's World War II dead. At the next 
meeting of the Committee which' had a 
quorum present, the proposal vras very 
favorably received. At som.e time in the 
future v^hen the staff virill be given an 
opportunity to help select the Centennial 
Gift, the proposal to remember our World 
Ifar II dead in our Centennial Gift v/ill 
also be presented to the entire staff. 



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At its February meeting the Executive 
Board appointed John J. McCafferty, 
General Reference, as Publicity Director 
for the Association. The Publicity 
Director's duties include securing 
favorable publicity for the Association 
and its activities both v^rithin and out- 
side the Library, 



A gentle reminder: Dues for 195U are 
nov/ payable, ^0^ to the Staff Represen- 
tatives, Staff Representatives Vidll 
please send the dues, well-virrapped 
to Mary A, Hackett, Treasurer, Parker 
Hill« And please be patient if the 
receipts and membership cards are delayed i 
somev;hat. It takes time to make accurate 
records and receipts for some UJO members, 

B. Joseph 'Neil 

BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM 

The Red Cross Blood Donor Center at 
3lli Dartmouth St. (near tferlborough) is 
open Monday, iVednesday and Friday from 
11 A.M. to 5 P.M.; on Tuesday from 2 P.M. 
to 8 P.M., and on Thursday from 11 A.M. 
to 8 P.M» Donors are accepted until 
l5 minutes before closing time. 



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Staff members donating blood under the 
City of Boston Blood Donor Program are 
allowed h hours for this purpose by the 
Library ( 

Call Mrs Vfollent at Extension 2I4U and 
arrange to make a pledge to the Red Cross 
Blood Donor Program. 

TAKE A BOW 

A bouquet to Mary Ann Gelsomini of 
Cataloging and Classification (R.&R.S.) 
for her valuable assistance at the 
Association's business meetings since 
1952. Miiss Gelsomini has taken verbatim 
accounts by Stenotype and helped greatly 
in providing a complete and accurate 
record of the meetings . Take a bov/, Ivfery, 

CEI-fTENMIAL NOTES 

t/JLA Presents Citation 

At the mid-¥irinter meeting of the 
Massachusetts Library Association, held 
at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel on February I8, 
President Philip J. McNiff presented the 
Boston Public Library vath a citation on 
the occasion of its Centennial Anniver- 
sary, The citation was accepted for the 
Library by Milton E, Lord, Director, Y/ho 
made appropriate comments on the work 
of the Library, 

COOKS IN PRINT 
" Makes" Syndicated Column 

In the Boston Evening AJfERICAN on 
March 8, Dr Ida Bailey Allen, in her 
column Let's Eat , under the caption New 
England Dishes Feature d, began with these 
vfords : "IT'S NElifS when an important pub- 
lic library puts out a cookbook I" She 
went on to describe the cover, and after 
reminiscing about early visits to the 
BPL and paying tribute to its collec- 
tions, she included two recipes in her 
Tomorrow's Dinner taken from COOKS IN 
PRINT— Squash Muffins and IVlarlborough 
Pie. 

The title of the book vra.3 not given, 
nor \7as the price, but as of March 11 
two inquiries concerning it have been 
received — the first one from Baltimore, 
Maryland, and the second from Toledo, 
Ohio. It is interesting to note that 
ti io syndicated column, to quote its 
ai t 'cr, "breaks nationvfide, in Canada, 
Australia, Bermuda and Hong Kong," 



Centennial Billboards 

Through the courtesy of the Donnelly 
Advertising Company ninety billboards i/Tdll 
shor-oly bring to the attention of the 
public the campaign for funds which is 
being undertaken in connection with the 
Centennial Celebration. The billboards 
are located through the greater Boston 
area, C. Robert Perrin, of itO Bromfield 
Street, Boston, designed the poster as a 
public service^ 

Library Honored 

The Massachusetts Society of Colonial 
Dames paid tribute to the Library's Cen- 
tennial Anniversary at its March meeting 
which took place on the eleventh at the 
Society's headquarters, 55 Beacon Street. 
A particularly attractive exhibit had 
been assembled and set up by Rare Book 
and the Exhibits Office. It consisted 
of items published prior to l805 and of 
special interest to ivomen: Historic 
letters, rare books, including the Eliot 
Bible and the Bay Psalm Book, manuscripts 
and covenants, children's books, courtesy 
books, and Vifritings e£ early American women 
authors 

The principal speaker was Milton E. 
Lord, whose subject was: "The Boston 
Public Library, One of New England's Great 
Treasure Houses 0" 

SOD/ETOERE IN THE LIBRARY . . . 

$0 Somevj-here in the Library there hang 
copies of four American historical docu- 
ments. Affixed to each document are 
autograph signatures of the signers 
taken from letters and documents. Can 
you name the four documents and give 
their location? 

6c The location of the Library, Copley 
Square, is named after the painter John 
Singleton Copley, Somewhere in the 
Library there is a painting by Copley, 
Can you locate it? 

7e The Library has two portraits of 
Benjamin Franklin that hang close by 
each other in similar frames. One 
portrait is by Joseph S, Cuplessisj the 
other is "said to be by Jean Baptiste 
Greuze", Can you locate these portraits? 

8. In 1835 some citizens of Boston pre- 



sented Daniel Webster with a silver 
vase in commemoration of his defense of 
the Constitution. The vase, of pure 
coin silver has a height of 13 3 A in- 
ches and a diameter of lU 3/8 inches. 
It was presented to the Library in 
1865. This vase now stands upon a 
mantel of white Sienna itHrble. Can you 
give its location? 

9. Do you know at what number Dartmouth 
Street the Library stands? 

Answers to February Question s 

1. On the rib between the lunette and the 
arch at the north end of Sargent Hall. 

2. Over the entrance to the Teachers' 
Dept.j over the entrance to the Abbey 
Roomj over the arch as one descends the 
staircase from the Sargent Corridor to 
the P'j.vis de Chavannes Corridor, 

3. On the Trails of the Teachers Depart- 
ment. 

U. The dome of the Ponpeian Lobby at the 
entrance to the Abbey Room. 

CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

NgyV ENGLAND UNIT 

Two meetings vrere held in February. 
The first was on the srxth at the Arch- 
bishop Cushing Educational Clinic . 
Sister Mary Immacula, the Librarian, gave 
a brief outline of the problems of 
building a library for children vath 
reading difficulties. A visit through the 
Library and study rooms revealed all 
modern equipment for testing readability 
and for correction of eye defects. 
Although most of the 200 students regis- 
tered are children, older men and vromen 
are enrolled for individual courses, 
Zolt^n Haraszti, Rare Book, gave an 
interesting talk on the nature, evalua- 
tion and purchasing of rare books. Many 
of the librarians present (particularly 
those not of the BPL) expressed their 
pleasure and planned to visit the 
Treasure Room in the very near future. 

On February 20, the annual Book Forum 
and Fair vras held in the Nev/ England 
I.'utual Hall. Thomas V, Reiners, Li- 
b-Parian at Boston College, Chairman of 
t.'-o N'jw Ln{/l?.nd Unit, opened the Forum. 
Vurj Alice Rca, Book Purchasing, arranged 



and directed the program. The four 
speakers vrere Dr Nathaniel Hasenfus, 

author of Marie goes to the zoo , Mary K, 
Corbett, author of Girl of Urbino , Mrs 
Helen 'Aalker Homan, author of Star of 
Jacob , and Hon, Charles McKew Parr, 
author of So noble a captain , 

Dr Hasenfus pointed out the value of 
introducing good books and stories to 
children at a very early age» Miss Cor- 
bett told of life of women a nd girls in 
the I&ddle Ages in Italy, Mrs Koman 
chose for her topic. Some Mssionary 
Pioneers , and Senator Parr paid a stirring 
tribute to Ferdinand Magellan, the hero 
of his book. 

Essays vnritten by school children were 
read and posters displayed. One of the 
topics of the essay contest vras If I 
should lose my library card , and all 
manner of dire consequences were imagined 
and stressed if this tragic event oc- 
curred « 

After the meeting the 8OO guests present 
visited the various book displays and 
the authors autographed books . 

Anna L» Manning 

MLA MID-l'ir[NTER MEETING 
Sheraton-Plaza Hotel 
Thursday, February 18, 19$U 

Sidelights and Highlights 

1. Announcement by Mr Lord of a conference 
of trustees planned by the Executive 
Board of the Jilassachusetts Library 
Trustees Association, 

2. Clarence R. Graham, Librarian of the 
Louisville Public Library- spoke on 
The Library; Blueprint for the Future . 
Mr Graham said that he did not suggest 
a change in the traditional function of 
the library — that is, a communication 
center — but that its traditional goals 
should be implemented in teriTiS of the 
late twentieth century. He specifically 
urged that the public library should 
serve all parts of the community, by 
means of the printed word and other 
media. The axiom "A thinking man does 
not commit suicide" pointed up the con- 
cept cf the public library as a deposi- 
tory of materials for self-education. 
The main focus of public libraries must 
be to provide the opportunity for, and 
stimulation to, self -education. 



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This concept has brought about 
experimentation in many fields. In 

Louisville, modern advances in com- 
munication media have been used to 
advantage — microfilms, microcards, 
recordings, educational radio broad- 
casts (on tape and discs), forums, 
lectures, and artifacts. Other li- 
braries have used teletjrpe and fac- 
simile services, leased telephone lines 
for classroom education, and television 
pro grams B Even lowly water-pipes are 
being considered as a means of elec- 
trical conductors to transmit informa- 
tion to every urban homei 

Mr Graham advocates an entirely nev/ 
idea in self-education, T/hich for lack 
of a better name he terms "City Agents." 
Kural areas have been helped by agri- 
cultural technicians and advisors, 
knovm as "County Agents." These County 
Agents assist farmers in developing 
their areas. The "City Agents" might 
assist in developing city areas. The 
agents could be based in Branch Li- 
braries and work toward developing the 
neighborhood by helping small business, 
by home demonstrations, and by other 
m.eans. Each agent would be a member 
of a city-mde council, dedicated to 
a complete saturation of the community 
with self -education. A final result 
of this program would be a decrease in 
vocational education and an increase 
in education in the humanities. 

3. Dr Robert G. Hyde, Assistant Superin- 
tendent, Boston Psychopathic Hospital, 
spoke on Librarians are Human Beings . 
Dr Hyde described the typical small- 
town librarian of the past — a lady he 
knew in Vermont during his boyhood. He 
analyzed her reasons for becoming a 
librarian — her love of books and her 
sense of protection of books from people, 
her wish to retire into a quiet and 
secluded atmosphere. These are the 
reasons he gave for hor choice of voca- 
tion. 

The modern librarian, Dr Hyde thinks, 
is subject to emotional conflicts which 
must be overcome if she is to give 
satisfactory service to the nublic. 
Some of the questions virhich must be 
resolved to this end arc: "'Vhat does the 
librarian expect of people? IVhat do 
the p-'.trons expect of the librarian? 
\n-.t r'o the Trustees expect of the 
librarian? 



The stress and conflict to which 
librarians are subject can best be 

solved by self-examination and the 
realization of her essential humanness. 
Editor's Note ; For further informa- 
tion, read Dr Hyde's article in 
Reader's Digest, January, 195U, p. 83-8'i 

)4. The luncheon speech given by Virgilia 
Peterson will be covered in the spring 
number of the ICA bulletin. 

First Joint Meeting 

The first joint meeting of the Round 
Table of Children's Librarians, the 
Round Table of Librarians for Young 
Adults, and the New England Book Council 
was presided over by Elizabeth Handy. 

The main speaker rjas John D. Coughlan, 
Director of the State's Division of 
Youth Service. In his topic Some Im- 
plications of Delinquency , filr Coughlan 
gave the audience a clear and com- 
prehensive picture of the work of the 
Youth Service Board. He set forth the 
philosophy and aims of the Board, which 
revolve around the idea that the juvenile 
delinquent, aged 7 to 17, is not a 
criminal but an educable individual who 
needs and wants help. It stresses the 
need of preventive education, rather than 
corrective treatment. 

The work of the Board, organized in 
19U8.. begins after the court has found 
the youngster guilty. Unless the judge 
suspends sentence, the Board takes over. 
First, an individual study is made of 
the school, family and neighborhood con- 
ditions. Next, the d elinquent is com- 
mitted, not sentenced, to a detention 
home or open training school. The 
Board is careful to stress in all cases 
that the delinquent is not "sentenced 
to jail", and is not a criminal. No 
criminal record is built up by the trans- 
gressions of a delinquent. 

The Board, formed of professional 
persons who know and understand young 
people, is aided in its vfork by an ad- 
visory committee appointed by the Governor, 
lir Coughlan pointed out that in the five 
years of the o'^eration of the Board, not 
one case of dope addiction by a juvenile 
delinquent has come to its attention. 
Also, that in the recent invasion of a 
Girl's Training School by an armed group 
of five boys, not one of the boys had ever 
been under the jurisdiction of the Youth 



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Service Board. Mr Coughlan believes that 
rehabilitation rather than incarceration 
is the way to solve the problem of 
juvenile delinquency. 

A capacity audience welcomed the ques- 
tion period which followed. 

Edward J. Cullinane 
College Libraries Group 

Professor Helen M, Cam, who came to 
Radcliffe in 19li8 after a period of 
over twenty years as professor of 
history at Cambridge University in Eng- 
land, spoke on the differences in the 
practices of university libraries in 
England and America. 

The English libraries, for the most 
part, are not open in the evenings. 
The longer hours of the American li- 
braries is a considerable convenience for 
library users. Vifith few exceptions, 
the English libraries do not have finan- 
cial resources for purchasing bcoks com- 
parable to the resources of the American 
libraries J one would not therefore find 
the wide coverage of both American and 
English authors in the English li- 
braries as one finds in the American 
libraries. The English universities, 
in general, have closed stacks, Cam- 
bridge University being an exception. 
The English libraries do not have card 
catalogs; they use book catalogs, some 
of which are in manuscript. 

Professor Cam gave a few criticisms of 
American university libraries. From her 
experience in using them, she concluded 
that one can never be sure of finding 
key reference books when one needs them, 
because permission is frequently given 
for professors and students to remove 
these works from their regular place and 
keep them for extended periods at their 
library study desks. She felt it is 
a disadvantage to researchers for a 
library to allow the circuJa tion f rom 
the library of large numbers of books. 
The speaker called to question the value 
of a subject catalog; in her opinion it 
is almost impossible to make an adequate 
subject catalog, and therefore it might 
be better not to have any subject catalog 
at allc 

Professor Cam quite readily conceded 
■f-.h:^*!. The United States is far ahead of 
i]ri\^znd in the art and science of biblio- 
fo-rarhyc 

Paul V, Moynihan 



Hospital Librarians 

For the first time, public library 
service to the hospitalized vras pre- 
sented as a topic at an M,L,A, meeting. 
In recogniation of the Centennial year 
of BoP.L,, Mrs Mary Langton, Hospital 
Library Service, was invited to speak on 
Service to the Boston City Hospital . 
Jtrs Langton presented an account of the 
very real achievements accomplished during! 
the nine short months of the Branch's 
existence. She spoke of the specialized | 
equipment necessary in such an activityj 
of the warm reception by t he patients, 
and cf the solid satisfaction felt by 
the hospital officials with the work that 
has been done. The doctors are especially 
pleased with its effect on long-term '. 
patients and those who require complete 
rest. Mrs Langton closed with remarks } 
on the importance of hospital library ' 
service and the high priority such ex- ! 
tension work should be given by library ' 
systems expanding their services to the j 
community. : 

The second speaker, Edna Phillips, i 
Morrill Ifemorial Library, Norwood, spoke ; 
on the general subject Public Library '■ 
Service to Hospitals , making special | 
references to the activities of the 
Morrill Memorial Library of Norwood at thei 
Norwood Hospital, where public library ; 
extension work has been carried on for i 
some time. 



Adult Education Section 

The section meeting was devoted to a 
panel discussion of the American Library 
Association "American Heritage Program", 
This project was revealed by the panel 
members, as a nation-wide program to aid 
in setting up discussion groups in 
libraries. The Program is sponsored by 
the Fund for Adult Education and this 
Fund is financed by the Ford Foundation, 

HYDE PARK CELEBRATES 
EIGHTIETH ANNIVERSARY 

The Hyde Park Branch celebrated the 
eightieth anniversary of library service 
in the community on Wednesday evening 
March 3^ at eight o'clock. The chairman 
for the program was John J. Buckley, 
a teacher at the Hyde Park High School. 
The Director brought greetings from the 
Trustees, in the absence of Patrick F. 



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McDonaLdj President of the Board, who was 
unable to be present* The icain address 
was given by Milton E. Lord, Director, 
and music was furnished by the Hyde Park 
'T' Community Chorus, Others to take part 
in the program were Nancy Fennessey, who 
read a poem written for the original 
dedicatory program in l87Hj and ''/[illiam 
Powers 1*10 read an historical sketche 
Refreshments were served at the close of 
the program. In spite of the inclenent 
weather over one hundred and fifty 
persons attended the celebrationo Among 
those attending was a lady vtio had used 
the Hyde Park Library for seventy-five 
of the eighty years it has been in ex- 
istence. 

A BIT OF ERIN 

In connection with the observance of 
the Library's centennial anniversary 
the Friends of the Adams Street Branch 
Library presented on March 10 an Irish 
program entitled "A bit of Erin" . It 
'■ira.s attended by over three hundred mem- 
bers of the community. 

The program was arranged by Fo-s 
Francis Po Carroll, Chairman of the March 
meeting. Mrs Carroll, vj-ho is active in 
the Eire Society and is head of the Folk 
Dance group of that society, alae arranged 
an exhibit of Irish arts and crafts which 
were of great interest to everyone. 

Among those contributing to the event 
were Florence M. Garrity, a member of 
the Library's Examining Committee, Past 
President of the Eire Society, and one- 
time member of the Library staff. Miss 
Garrity showed colored slides of Ireland, 
shovidng homes , gardens , and places of 
historical interest, 

Mr Milton E, Lord, Director, made a 
fine speech of vrelcome and thanks to the 
group, and brought greetings from the 
Trustees, in the absence of Patrick F, 
McDonald, President of the Board, who 
was unable to attend. 

Traditional Irish folk songs v;ere sung 
by James McCarthy of Somerville and his 
three children. There was dancing by the 
Tara Step Dancers and the Eire Society 
Folk Lance group. Mrs Anna Is/iacKenzie 
Smith, well-knovm in the community of 
Dorchester, sang a group of Irish songs. 
Master Jamaa Pasztor, a nine-year-old boy 
from Brookline, played Irish melodies on 
his harp, j 

Three lovely Irish ballads were sung '. 



by Mary Ellen Sheehan, who is Supervisor 
of Music in the Watertovm elementary 
schools. 

Last, but certainly not least, was the 
shanachie Ruth M. Hayes, Branch Librarian, 
who held her audience spell-bound with 
her wonderful telling of an old Irish 
folk tale. 

The program c.~included Yri.th community 
singing ard refreshments which included, 
of course, Irish Brea d. 

LUNCHEON FOR MRS AHNE DOLAN 

On Tuesday ^larch 2, a surprised Anne 
Dolan Yras greeted by a group of her 
library friends gathered at the Hotel 
Vendome for a lunch in her honor. Mrs 
Dolan was soon to leave the service of 
the librarya After a delicious luncheon, 
''■Irs Muriel C. Javelin, Deputy Supervisor, 
in Charge of ^'fork mth Adults, ex- 
pressed everyone's appreciation of Anne 
as a friend and co-vrorker. Then, she 
presented the guest of honor with a Reed 
& Barton T ovm and Country sterling 
silver creamer and sugar and sugar tongs 
as a permanent memento from all her 
library friends, 

ALL SORTS by Joe Harrington 
Boston POST— October 2U, 1953 

Every midday the Boston Public Library's 
bookmobile is parked on the Tremont St. 
mall of the Boston Common, with all and 
sundry invited to do some reading. The 
girls who work in one of the nearby 
stores, and are steady customers of this 
ambulating library, call it "The Flying 
Chaucer," 

CARE 

Our CARE program continues with the 
emphasis on Korea and refugees from 
behind the Iron Curtain. Any contribu- 
tion, no matter how small a sacrifice it 
may be to you, means new hope and life to 
someone in need. 

Staff Representatives : Please send 
remittances to Y/alter J. Bluhm, chairman. 
Special Com^iittee for CARE, Periodical 
and Newspaper Department. 



Being late is a habit 
Being early is a gift 



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IN MEI'IORIAM 

These few ^irords can scarcely express 
the deep loss that the Library has suf- 
fered in the passing of Mrs Evelyn 
Grosbayne Green on March 11th. Her deep 
sense of loyalty to her niany friends, to 
her religious affiliations as a teacher 
in Sunday school, and to the library pro- 
fession, was an inspiration to all who 
knew and loved her. A dynamic and vi- 
brant individual, she brought her Trarm- 
hearted personality into library vralls 
and transferred her love and knowledge 
of books to the thousands of library 
borrowers she served through rrany years 
in the South Boston and Jamaica Plain 
districts. She exemplified the true 
spirit of librarians hip, the human factor 
so important in any profession. She left 
no stone unturned in creating an interest 
in books among library patrons by using 
every medium — reading clubs, poster, 
exhibits, book revievfing, and as leader 
of a Great Books Club that recently 
completed its fifth year with many of the 
original group. 

Above and beyond her work ¥ra.s her 
tremendous capacity for friendship. The 
quotation, "There is nothing worth the 
winning except the laughter and love of 
friends" was her credo of living. For 
those in need of sympathy and understand- 
ing, Evelyn was ready to help, not in 
words but in deeds. Although she left a 
void that can never be filled, she also 
left infinitely more to her friends in 
the principles of living — integrity, 
loyalty, and devotion to any cause for 
the good. As was so finely expressed by 
her spiritual advisor, "Yifhather we live 
a year or a thousand yeargyit is only 
what we accomplish here for the good that 
is recorded in the stars," 

Alary L, Oilman 
Evelyn C, Marden 

A VJDRD OF THANKS 

Mr Louis Green and the Grosbayne 
family have asked that there be expressed 
through the columns of The Question Mark 
their heart-felt gratitude to these v;ho 
so generously donated blood during the 
recent illness of Evelyn Grosbayne Green, 



WII BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

American Library Association 

Sumr.iary reports of 19 5h midvirinter 
meetings, January 31-February 6, 
Chicago, Airerican Library Association, 
195U 

Illinois Library Association 

Conference manual, by Marguerite 

Giezentanner and others 

Chicago, Illinois Library Association, 

i95n 

DEPARTMENT NOTES 

Exhibits Office 

Recent displays outside the Library 
have been arranged by the staff at: 
The American Association For The Advance- 
ment of Science Conference and Do It 
Yourself Show, Mechanics Buildingj Negro 
History Week Conference, John Hancock 
Buildings Eire Society Meeting, New 
England Mutual Building; Massachusetts 
Society of Colonial Dames, SS Beacon 
Street; The United States Veterans 
Bureau, Tremont and Beacon Streets-^ 
and The Home Savings Bank, Tremont and 
Beacon Streets. 

Patent Room 

On Tuesday evening March 23, Gene 
Montefiore will be giving a Recital in 
Recital Hall at the New England Conserva- 
tory of Koisic, Huntington Avenue. No 
tickets are required for admission. We 
expect to see a lot of the Library Staff 
there to hear the Patent Room's tenor. 

BRANCH NOTES • 

Jamaica Plain 

Midwinter meeting of the Friends of 
Jamaica Plain Branch Library was held on 
February 8. The guest of the evening 
was Arthur Vif, Heintzelraan, distinguished 
artist and Keeper of Prints, Boston 
Public Library, His subject was Th e 
Albert H. YJiggin Collection — one of the 
Library's great treasures , to Heintseiman 
brought with him many beautiful prints— 
the work of such famous artists as 
Muirhead Bone, Honore Daumier, Jean-Louis 
Forain, and Gerald BrockhuTst» It vras a 
fascinating talk and the audience was 
most enthusiastic. Many members of the 



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group have expressed the hope that Mr 
Heintzelraan may address the Friends again 
A social hour concluded this very in- 
teresting meeting. 

North End 

On February 18, Linda Marie Pagliuca, 
assistant, v>ra.s guest speaker during the 
annual Career 1"feek at the Julie Billiart 
High School which is situated next door 
to the library, A graduate of the high 
school, Miss Pagliuca spoke on The Role 
of the Librarian in the Comiriunity in 
which she told hcv/ library work is not 
the dull occupation people believe it to 
be but rather an opportunity to help 
others considerably and at the same time 
to enrich one's ovm life and to broaden 
one's cultural background, 

Phillips Brooks 

The children's Reading Club sent 
Valentines to about sixty of their fa- 
vorite authors. Since then the most 
lovely replies have been coming in, in- 
cluding some original illustrations from 
Carolyn HayvTood's Eddie and the Fire 
Engine. The authors all express their 
surprise and appreciation at having 
received the Valentines, and they are 
especially thrilled that the cards are al] 
hand made by the children. The children 
look forward eagerly to reading each now 
letter, and the Editorial Board of the 
club's bulletin, The Pathfainders ' News , 
enjoys picking the c^nes to be printed in 
the monthly issues. 

South Boston 

Lillian Lagamasino, recently trans- 
ferred to Orient Heights vras entertained 
by the staff at a farewell party at the 
Red Coach Grille, She was presented mth 
a gift of records. 



sponsored Science Fair at MIT in May, 
In addition to this distinction, Barbara 
also was awarded first orize in a short 
story competition of the Notre Dame 
Magazine <, Her story will be published 
in the May issue. 

The President's Award of the 19^k 
Boy Scout Week display competition went 
to Boy Scout Troop 2 of South Boston 
Boys' Club in recognition of the magnifi- 
cent "Equipment Display'" v^hich the Troop, 
under the direction of Scout Master 
Robert Fahey, arranged in the front Td.ndow 
area of South Boston. The display in- 
cluded a tent, sleeping bags, cooking 
tools , knives , hatchets , machetes , 
vreapons, and photographs, vri.th a vfall- 
high American flag as the background. 



SOAP BOX 



On February 6, Anne McCarthy vv'as the 
guest of the staff at a luncheon at 
Novak's to celebrate her recently an- 
nounced engagement to Mr Charles Kinne, 
The staff surprised Anne vfith a gift of 
Revere Vfere, 

The staff is proud of extra assistant, 
Barbara Concannon, Senior at St Augus- 
tine's High School, South Boston, 
Barbara won first prize in the local 
Science Fair and -vdll compete at the 
Diocesan Science Fair at Boston College 
on April 9 and 10, and at the GLOBE 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether Yri-th the n^me 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 cf the article is knoiim only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief. The contents of articles 
appearing in the Spap Bpx are personal 
opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does n^t necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Associa- 
tion are in agreement with the views 
expressed. 



Dear Editors 

The announcing of the closing of the 
Central Library Building at 6 P,M, on 
Saturdays was a definite step forward. 
Since only a few departm.ents remained 
open until 9 P.M., it was not possible 
to give completely integrated and effi- 
cient service after 6 P.M, and this lack 
gave rise to many complaints from patrons. 
The public relati-^ns and esteem of the 
Library should improve as a r esult of this 
decision to eliminate "half-^7ay" service 
on Saturday evenings. 

Perhaps we may hope for a complete 



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elimination of this "half--vray" service 
by establishing a uniform closing time 
for the Central Library at 9 P.Ju on 
Monday through Friday especially since 
the recent cheek on the number of patrons 
entering the few departments open from 
9 P. Mo to 10 PeM, indicates that the 
lightest patronage of the entire day 
occurs during this hour. 

Efficiency and Economy 

To the editor: 

It does not seem logical to many of 
us that a chief of a department which 
does not deal directly vfith the public, 
should be working even a few hours at 
the Supervisor's desk ir. the Division of 
Reference and Research Services, especial^ 
when there are chiefs of public depart- 
ments free for the assignment. The 
Chief of the General Reference Department 
knows the Division book-stock, the amount 
of call for various starred books for 
i.vhich special circulation privileges may 
be requested, and has had far more ex- 
perience in the problems of reference 
Yfork, and years of service with the 
publico He would be a far more logical 
and qualified supervisory carjlidatea 
This situation looks as though it vrere 
just another example of "pushing a 
favorite" by gi\'lng "experience" toward 
a possible future promotion to the 
vacancy, ivhich should — if the workers 
in the Division are to have ANY morale 
left — more properly go to one who has 
worked tovrard this goal step by step 
and v/ho is therefore more fit in every 
way to supervise the departments virhich 
deal with reference vrork and mth the 
public o 

Reference v/orker 

Dear Editor: 

I just vri-sh to extend my congratula- 
tions on the recent appointment to the 
position of Chief Librarian of the Divi- 
sion of Home Reading and Community serv- 
ices. Having kncvm the gentleman in 
question for a good many years, I am sure 
that he mil do a thorou'^h, conscientious, 
and brilliant job. 

As one who has a high opinion of him- 
self, I had no favorite candidate for the 
position and can consequently view from 
an Olympian height such criticism of the 
appointment as lias come my v/ay. It seems 



to fall into two categories, either (l) 
we should have gotten an appointee from 

outside, or, (2) we should have gotten 
an appointee who had experience in the 
division in question. (I have heard no 
one deny the excellent personal qualifi- 
cations of the successful candidate.) 

As to the first point, my personal con- 
viction is that on the day this, a large 
metropolitan library, feels that it must 
go to, for instance, a library one- 
quarter its size for its qualified can- 
didates, we might as well take down our 
shingle and devote ourselves solely to 
kindergarten work. 

The second point is one well-taken. It 
obviously would be of benefit to the 
appointee to have had experience in the 
division, (Albeit high level appoint- 
ments were made in the past mthout ex- 
perionce and these same critics were 
silent). However, for some time past 
the modus operandi of this library 
mttingly or unvfittingly discouraged 
transfer on a promotional basis from one 
division to the other. If the gates had 
been opened there might have been in- 
numerable qualified experienced candidates 
to choose from, myself included. 

One can perhaps hope that this transfer 
on a high level augurs well for future 
exchanges of personnel betvreen the divi- 
sions for the betterment of the library 
service. 

Peregrine Pickle 

To the Soap Box: 

The appointment of a chief officer of 
the Reference and Research Division to 
be chief officer of the Home Reading 
and Community Services Division calls for 
pause and contemplation. The comments 
vjhich follow bear no reflection on 
personalities. Most staff members are 
able to see above the restricted view 
of personalities. It is with policies 
we are concerned. 

To one who can view this recent appoint- 
ment objectively — ^with no personal in- 
volvement — the first thing that calls for 
comment is the query — Tnas there no one 
in the Division of Hom£; Reading and 
Commanity Services who was capable or 
qualified to fill this position? 

Vifhat happened to the "policy" of no 
shuttling between the Reference and 
Research and Home Reading and Community 
Services Divisions? Once ripped, curtains 



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tend to disintegrate — and that wis such 
a convenient curtain behind vj-hich to take 
refuge vfhen someone became too ambitious 
and \vantud to ignore its existence. Now 
it seems to be a free-for-all « Advance- 
mont used to be vertical; now it can be 
horizontal as well as vertical. Maybe 
that's a good idea — maybe it isn't, l/fhat 
happens to years of accumulated "know 
hov/"? Was it mse, in the recent appoint- 
ment, to disregard the incumbent's rnany 
years of outstanding service as a recog- 
nized authority in the reference field 
and place him in a position virhich demands 
an equally specialized background in 
community service and in which he has had 
no experience? Cannot this same thing 
be repeated over and over again now that 
the "policy" of inter-division transfers 
has been instituted. It's an interesting 
speculation and may completely revolu- 
tionize the Library's appointment poli- 
cies. For instance, is it novir possible 
for members of the Home Reading and 
Community Services staff to apply for the 
supervisory position in the Division of 
Reference and Research Services made 
available by the new appointment of Chief 
Librarian. 

Then there is the speculation as to 
why someone from the outside was not 
brought in, assuming, of C'-urse, that 
the caliber of the Home Reading and 
Community Services personnel was ap- 
parently ton low in quality. It is 
gratifying, of course, to have the 
abilities of our own staff members 
recognized; on the other hand a breath 
of outside air might be refreshing and 
infuse in us some now ideas and give us 
a psychological lift. Even families 
deteriorate when they become ingrown^ 

To a novice, it's all very confusing 
and one can't help but vronder "Where do 
vj-e go from here?" 

Speculator 

Dear Editor: 

I heartily approve it and believe 
that the Administration should be con- 
gratulated for the recent appointment. 
I would also like, of course, to extend 
my deepest C'^ndolenccs to the Division 
of Reference and Research Services. I 
don't know vifhother to extend congratula- 
tions or condolences to the new appointee, 
It takes a brave man. 

Anon. 



Dear Editor : 

In the recent appointment of Chief 
Librarian, Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services, of an individual 
from another division, we are aware that 
the Trustees do not feel bound at top 
level by the restrictions vj-hich are 
applied to appointments at lower levels. 
Such an appointment does point up, 
however, that ivithcut reference to 
points or examinations transfers in 
grade from one department or one divi- 
sion to another are possible at all 
sub-professional levels, at the 1st three 
professional levels, and then again 
officers of the Library may be promoted 
from one division to another. But pro- 
motions to Uth step, 5th step, or Chief/ 
Branch Librarian levels, or transfers to 
Utlii or ?th step positions, require strict 
adherence to points , examination require- 
ments, experience, etc. 

T?hy should there be these strict 
requirements for only these three levels 
and much easier rules for those below and 
above ? 



GOOD LISTENING AHEAD I 

On Saturday, April 3, on the Interesting 
People interviews with Priscilla Fortes- 
cue, Station IVEEI, the "interesting 
person" will be Clarence R. Graham, 
Librarian, Louisville Public Library, 
Louisville, Kentucky, The tape recording 
Y7as made on February 18, 19S>h} when Mr 
Graham was a speaker at the mid-winter 
meeting of the Massachusetts Library 
Association. 

GLOBE I'lAN'S DAILY STORY 

Shortly after attaining the rank of 
emeritus, a Harvard professor en- 
countered a former student in the yard, 
•■Congratulations, sir, on becoming 
emeritus," the student said. "They 
should have done it long agoo" 



A, L. A. STILL NEEDS YOU IN 19^h 

Aprlication blanks and membership 
information are furnished happily 

by 

Sarah M. Usher 

Records, Files, Statistics 



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FEDERAL INCOJiJ EXEI^iPTION BILL 

Note: At the March l5 meeting of the 
Executive Board, it vras voted to 
bring the follomng information and 
suggested course of action to the 
attention of tlie membership through 
the pages of The Question Mark 

The Ilason Bill, HR ?180, seeks to 
equalize tax treatment for retired 
oeoDle- It provides that -vlOO a month 
of retirement income shall be nontaxable. 
This ^1,200 exemption on retirement in- 
come is in addition to the personal 
exemption received by all individuals , 
errployed or retired. This spl,200 exemp- 
tion applies to retired persons over age 
6^ and to persons under 65 who have 
actually retired under an established 
public or private retirement plan. 

The Mason Bill now becomes part of 
the general tax revision legislation 
scheduled to go to the House floor in 
] larch, 

Work on this legislation has only 
begun since opoosition in the Senate v.dll 
be greater. Also remember, the bill must 
still pass the House. 

Yifhat action is novf needed ? 

1. Write your Representative urging 
him to vote to keep intact the Mason 
Amendment to the general tax revision 
bill. 

2. Start vjriting to your Senators now 
urging their support of the wlason pro- 
posal when it reaches the Senate. Tell 
them vifhy the exemption is needed. Social 
seciirity benefits are entirely exempt 
from federal income taxj beneficiaries 
under the Railroad Retirement Act have 
their retirement benefits entirely free 
from federal income taxes, l^/hy are not 
all retired people handled similarly and 
given equal tax treatment? Vlhy should 
retired librarians, and other municipal, 
state, and federal employees remain 

the victims of discriminatory legislation 
and rulings? 

3. ¥rite the President of your in- 
terest in the Ifeison proposal. This 
legislation novr lacks Adirdnistration 
support and letters from all parts of the 
country would indicate vridespread in- 
terest in the measiire. 



CONGRATULATIONS 

T\To former members of the Library 
staff have been honored this month by 
Pope Pius XII: 

Named Papal Chamberlains as a reward 
for merit, ?dbh tho title Very Rcverand 
Monsignor, 'vvoire Char.'lcs Ro Flanagan, head- 
nE.3ter of iSt Sebastian^'s Gounbry Day 
School^ Newton, and Eraiacis ?^. McSlroy, 
exeeutive director, Archdioscesan Union 
of Holy Name Societies » 



CENTENNIAL 
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Please contact immediately; 

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History 



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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PROFESSIONAL STAFF AS.SOCIATION 

Officers nnd C'^nraitt.cs — 19^h 



President 
Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary 
Recording Secretary 
Treasurer 



B. Joseph O'Meil 
Thomas J, Manning 
Jtrs Elizabeth F. Ho-ward 
Duilia Capobianco 
I&ry A. Hackett 



Executive Board 



Harry Andrews 

Mrs rtargaret D, Butler 



Mrs Elinor D,- 
Louis Rains 



Conley 



Standing Committees 



Constitution Committee 
Leonard J. Iviacmillanj Chairman 
Arthur L,; Lindsay 
Ellen C, Peterson 

Entertainment Committe e 

May C McDonald, Chairman 

Mildred Adelson 

Anne B. Doherty 

Emilia M. Lange 

Mrs Evelyn B« I'krden 

Mrs Mary M. O'Neill 

Marion Siraco 

Irene J. T/Yadsworth 

Bertha V, Hartzell Memorial Lecture Com^'aittee 
Fits Lucia S. Faulkner ^ Chairman 
Edward Jo Cullinane 
Catherine T. Duffy 

Ii;2rs Grace B. Loughlin 
Prise ilia 3. IViacFadden 
Mildred R, Somes 
Mrs f/Iary C, Yfest 

House Committee for Men 

George E, Early, Chairman 
-!iWalter Coleman 
-"-Michael Dello Russo 

Arthur Lo 'Lindsay 

Charles R. Meehan 



Book Purchasing 
Exhibits Office 
Hyde Park 



Charlestown 
Jamaica Plain 
Charlestown 
Print 

Bookmobile I 
Phillips Brooks 
Charlestown 
School Issue 



Memorial 
Egleston Square 

Book Selection, Division of Home 
Reading and Comm.unity Services 
Open Shelf 
Fine Arts 
Book Preparation 
Open Shelf, Children's Section 



General Reference 
Buildi ngs 
Binding 

Exhibits Office 
Teachers 



House Committee for '?offlen 
M. Jane Ifenthorne, Chairman 
Anna M. Buckman 
!H;-Delia A, Leonard 
Ruth Michelson 

-;;-Mary T. Sands 



Open Shelf 

Central Charging Records 

Buildings 

Book Selection, Division of 

Reference and Research. Services 
Buildings 



Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service Employees 

International Union, Local #U09 (AFL) 
Representative of other groups not represented in the Association or the Union 



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Membership and Hospitality Committee 

Elvira G. Lavorgna, i-^hairman 

Phyllis E. Adams 

Francis R, Currie 

Shirley A, Gildea 

Marion D. MacWilliam (Mrs) 

Tyyne M. Saari 

Program Committee 

Mrs Beryl Yo Robinson, Chairman 

Gracemarie V, Alfe 

Madalene D, Holt 

Edna G. Peck 

Pauline A. Walker 



Fine Arts 

Book Stack Service 

Memorial 

Information 

Fine Arts 

Neponset 



Egleston Square 
East Boston 
Neponset 

Book Selection, Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services 
West Roxbury 



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Publications Committee 
Charles J. Gillis, Chairman 



Gerald L. Ball 
John J. McCafferty 
Sheila W. Pierce 
Sarah Mc Usher 

Special Services Committee 
Robert* C. Woodward, Chairman 
Bettina M. Coletti 
George Adelman 

Staf f Library Committee 

Marion R^ Herzig, Chairman 

Emilia M, Lange 

Etta Lasker 

Mrs Rose C, Leavitt 

Mrs Anna T. McGuinness 

Mrs Lydia A, Palladino 



Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services 

Book Purchasing 

General Reference 

Central Charging Records 

Office of Records, Files, Statistics 



History 
Open Shelf 
General Reference 



Roslindale 
Print 

Uphams Corner 
West Roxbury 
Mt Pleasant 
Open Shelf 



Special Committees 



Book Selection Policy 
Charles L, Hi.'^gins, Chairman 
Ruth M. Hayes 
Bradford M, Hill 
Evelyn Levy 
Harriet Swift 



General Reference 
Adams Street 
Periodical and Newspaper 
Egleston Square 
Rare Book 



CARE 

Walter J. Bluhm, Chairman 

Minna Steinberg 



Iferie T. Has tie 



Periodical and Nevirspaper 
Cataloging and Classification, 

Division of Reference and 

Research Services 
West End 



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Centennial Gift Committje (Staff) 
Mrs Ada A, Andelman, Chairman 

Mrs Geraldine M. Altman 
Charles Jo Gillis 



Jeanne H. Hayes 

Bradford M, Hill 

Priscilla S, IkcFadden 

Thomas J. Manning 

Pauline A. Walker 

Pauline Winnick 

Representing Quarter Century Club 

litrs Grace M, Caution 

Daniel IT. Sheeran 

Representing Employees Benefit Association 

(now disbanded; 
Frank P. Bruno 
J. Joseph Danker 
Catherine A. Farrell 
George ''-V, Gallagher 
Patrick J. Re illy 
Representing Arnavets 
John J. Tuley 
Sidney Weinberg 

Centennial Play Committee 
Iitrs Muriel C, Javelin 

Marjorie A, Brown 



Edward X, Casey 



Mrs Margaret ''•'!* Haverty 
Ruth M. Hayes 
Felicia J. Langdon 
Pearl Smart 
Loraine A, Sullivan 
Martin F. Waters 
Pauline Winnick 



Office of Division of Home 

Reading and Community Services 

Jamaica Plain 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services 

Book Purchasing 

Periodical and Nevirspaper 

Fine Arts 

Exhibits Office 

West Roxbury 

Open Shelf 

Accounting 
Bindi ng 



Science and Technology — Patent Room 

Buildings 

Accounting 

Binding 

buildings 

Fire Control Center 

Science and Technology — Patent Room 



Office of Division of Home 

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 



Concession Cominittee 
Paul F, I'hilloney, Chairman 
-;H;-Bernard F. Dougherty 
Girard D. Hottleman 
Daniel J. Koury 
-;;-Frank P. Moran 



Science and Technology 

Binding 

Book Purchasing 

Music 

Shipping and Receiving Section 



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Pension Committee 
Louis Polls hook. Chairman 
llax Anapolle 
Catherine M. MacDonald 



Science and Technology — Patent Room 
Periodical and Newspaper 
Personnel Office 



* Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Services Employees 
International Union, Local #i|09, (AFL) 
-;Hf- Representative of other groups not represented in the Association or the Union, 



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Pcrsonnel 

Christiana P. Jordan, Chairman 

Charles J, Gillis 



Paul V. Moynihan 
Louis Polls hook 
I'krgaret M. Sarsfield 
Mrs Bridie O'Connell Stota 
Loraine A, Sullivan 
Pasquale A. Vacca 
Kathleen M, Y/oodworth 



Alls ton ■ 

Cataloging and Classification, i 

Division of Home Reading and , 1 

Comniunity Services { 

General Reference \ 

Science and Technology — ^Patent Room ■ 
Centra"'. Charging Records i 

Uphans Corr.er j 

Science and Technology I 

Dorchester i 

Fine Arts \ 



Director of Publicity 
John J. McCafferty 



General Reference 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



APRIL 1954 



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



Volume IX) Number k 



April 1951; 



Publications Corainittee: Gerald L« Ball^ John J, McCafferty, Sheila V/. Pierce, 

Sarah M, Usher, Charles Jo Gillis, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material ! 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

The period of commemoration of the 
100th anniversary of the Boston Public ' 
Library will end on Sunday, i'ky 2, In tTroj 
weeks ' time a re-dedication ceremony will 
take place in the Library, a solemn oc- 
casion to end the hustle and bustle, the 
excitement and toil of the past year. 

This is a fitting time to viev? the 
accomplishments of the Centennial Program. 
The five objectives of the Centennial Com- 
mission as announced in the advance state- 
ment were to "fittingly observe the 100th 
anniversary", "to create better under- 
standing of the functions of the library", 
"to encourage greater use of the library" ^ 
"to bring about a larger measure of pri- 
vate and public support" , and " to develop 
increased cooperation among public lib- 
raries and other cultural and educational 
institutions," To our certain knowledge, 
four of these objectives have been at- 
tained — the program for "private and pub- 
lic support" (i. e, gifts and endowments) 
is now in full sv^ring and cannot be 
evaluated yet. 

The Trustees of the Library, the 
Director, and the public-spirited members 
of the Centennial Commission have all 
given unstintingly of their time and 
effort to the success of the program. 
The members of the Library staff, by theii 
participation and gifts, have aided the 
Commission to reach its objectives. 

The professional library associations— 
the Massachusetts Library Association, 
the Special Libraries Association, the 
Massachusetts Library Trustees Associa- 
tion, the Music Library Association — all 
have cooperated in the program. 

Business and industrial organizations, 
represented by the Advertising Club of 
Boston, the motion picture industry, and 
others, have contributed greatly to the 
better understanding of the importance 
of the Library in the community. 

Cultural and educational organizations^ 



such as the Tfomen's City Club, the Eire 
Society, the I&ssachusetts Federation 
of Womens ' Clubs, and the Massachusetts 
Society of Colonial Dames, have aided in 
the improvement of public attitudes 
toward the Library. 

The iifidespread publicity gained 
through this program is a valuable asset. 
The realization has been brought home to 
thousands of people that here is a great 
institution geared to modern public 
service — service to the private citizen, 
to the school, to industry, and to the 
professions. 

Vfe feel sure that the investment of 
time and energy contributed by the Com- 
mission will continue to pay dividends 
for a great many years. 

Charles J. Gillis 

NEW SOAP BOX POLICY 

At a recent meeting, the Publications 
Committee, in deliberating on the policies 
of The Question Mark , considered those 
affecting the "Soap Box" columns, We do 
not relish taking action which might be 
interpreted as an attempt to stifle 
criticism. However, we feel that, the 
present policy, which allows unlimited 
space for the expression of opinions, 
could, with reason and justice, be sub- 
ject to nominal limitation. Therefore, 
Y\re asked the Executive Board to consider 
our recommendation. The limitation now 
appearing in the box at the head of the 
"Soap Box" was approved on ferch 1^ by 
the Executive 3oard. The limitation 
will take affect in our May issue. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



Did you remember to join A.L.A.? 



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CALEMDAR OF EVENTS 

April 20-23. CIA, 30th annual conference,; 
Belle vue-Stratford Hotel, j 
Philadelphia. 



April 2[i. 



April 26. 



April 28. 



lHay 2. 



Civil Defense test in Boston 
9:05-9:15 a.m. 

SLA, Boston Chapter, monthly 
meeting, Brandeis University 
Yilalthara, 7:l45 p.m. (Dinner 
at the Castle at 6:kS p.m.) 

Civil Defense district 
meetings, 2:30-3:30 p.m., 
for volunteers in Social 
Services Division, Informa- 
tion and Counseling Section. 

BPL Centennial — ^Re-dedica- 
tion exercises in Bates Hall. 

PERSOML NOTES 



Resignations 

Blair M. Benner, Audio-Visual, to devote 

his time to a career as a concert 

singer, 

Herbert F. Clement, part-time Assistant, 
Office of the Edv. of HR and CS has 
left the service to join the Ringling 
Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. 

llrs Anne L. Dolan, Office of the Deputy 
Supervisor, in Charge of YiTork with 
Adults, to remain at hom£ 

?ilrs Barbara C, Elam, South End, to remain 
at home 

J,Irs ilhry A. LaFollette, South End, to 
remain at home 

Retirements 

John L, McNally, Buildings, after 28 years 

of service, 
John A, Williams, after 21 years of 

custodial service at East Boston. 

Transfers 

Evelyn B. Herboldsheimer, from Dorchester 

to Brighton. 
Ellen E. Richvragen, from' Roslindale to 

North End 
Mrs Norma S. Sherman, from Brighton to 

Egleston Square. 
Hope B. Brovm, from Jamaica Plain to 

South Boston. 
Eleanor O'Leary, from Memorial to South 

Boston, 



Veronica T. Yotts, from Mount Pleasant 
to the Office of the Deputy Super- 
visor, in Charge of TiTork Tri.th Adults, 

BEST WISHES FOR A S PE EDY R i'. GQVERY 
to ■ ' 

A. Gertrude Barr-y, Personnel Office 

Mary E. Ames, Branch Librarian, Emeritus, 
who is recovering from a broken hip at 
Storrow House, Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, 

Edward Maynard, Building's, recovering 
from an operation at VA Hospital, Tfest 
Roxbury, 

BON VOYAGE 
to 

Mr and Mpg Ronald Keswick and young 
Ronnie vfho left on April 12 for a trip 
to Mexico. From headquarters in Mexico 
City, they vrill include Guadalupe, Xochi- 
milco , Acapulco, Taxco, and Toluca in 
their visit — to say nothing of witnessing 
a bull fight: 

CONGRATULATIONS 
' to 

T\TO of the B,P,L, part-time staff, who 
have recently given song recitals in Re- 
.cital Hall, New England Conservatory: On 
March 23, Gene Montefiore, Patent Room; 
on March 26, Angela Centola, Bookmobile II. 

Fanny Goldstein, West End, who has been 
named, for this area. Chairman of the 
Libraries Committee for the celebration 
of the Tercentenary of the settlement of 
Jews in America. 

BABIES 

Mr and Mrs William M. Svirsky happjly 
announce the arrival of their son, William 
Jfartin, on March 12. Jfrs Svirsky, the 
former Elizabeth McLoughlin, is on leave 
of absence from Parker Hill, 

Itr and Mrs Ernest Naudzuinas have 
announced the arrival of Ernest, Jr,, on 
March 17. Mrs Naudzuinas is the former 
Florence Karcauskas of the Book Stack 
Service, 



IviT and Mrs James P. J. Gannon, Binding, 
announced the arrival of a daughter, Mary 
Virginia, on Ivhrch 19. 



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Mr and Mrs Stephen L, Baxter, Binding, 
have announced the arrival of a daughter, 

Jean Ilarie, on March 26, 

Friends of Joseph G. Sakey, formerly 
of Cataloging and Classification, Div. of 
R. and R.S,, will be glad to hear about 
the arrival of Joanne Patricia (7 lbs,, 
6 oz. ) on ffeirch 27, 

Dr and Mrs Walter C. Cotter have an- 
nounced the birth of a daughter, Jean, 
on April 1. Mrs Cotter is on leave of 
absence from Hospital Library Service. 

VISITORS 

German Garcia, Director-Biblipthecario 
de la Asociacion, Bernardion Rivadavia, 
Argentina, 

Albert Krebs, Biblioth^que Nitionale, 
Paris, 

THE B.P.L. ON TV 

On Vfednesday afternoon, March 2U, 
Francis X. Moloney vras the guest of 
Donald Born on TOZ-TV's New England 
Almanac program. Mr Moloney, pinch- 
hitting for Mr Lord vrho was ill, discussec 
the Library's Centennial Celebration, 
The historical aspect of the Centennial 
vras stressed since the program commemo- 
rated the opening of the Mason Street 
Reading Room on March 20, l85Ii. 

THE B.P.L. IN THE NEV/S 

The Boston AMERICAN for March l8 
carried a full-page picture story by 
E, A. Howard on the Kirstein Business 
Branch entitled Information for the 
Looking . " 

George Ryan, a feature Yrt'iter for 
the PILOT had a half -page story v^ith 
photographs published in the March 27 
issue. Entitled Boston Public Library 
Century of Service Means Multiple Aid 
to Catholic Schools , the article des- 
cribed the numerous services of the 
Library to Catholic schools, groups, and 
institutions in Boston, 

A past and present picture story of 
the Mason Street building and the present 
Central building appeared in the JfiNITOR 
for March 27, by Lyman Fisher, 

The April issue of the BOSTON WCA NKBi 
discusses the Library's Centennial and 
ser-vices in the Resident Cat column. 



MR HEINTZELMN HONORED 

A committee composed of the Curator 
of the National Gallery of Art in 
Washington, the Director of the Corcoran 
Gallery of Art, and the Chief of the 
Division of Prints of the Library of 
Congress have named Arthur Vf, Heintaelman, 
Keeper of Prints , to membership on the 
Pennell Fund Committee. The committee 
is composed of two artists and the Chief 
of the Division of Prints of the Library 
of Congress, and is charged with the 
selection of prints purchased for the 
J, St. E. R, Pennell Collection for the 
National Collection in the Library of 
Congress, 

Mr Heintzelman at present is organizing 
an exchange exhibition between Italy and 
the United States vjhich will be inaugurated 
in Rome and Boston in October, 

A retrospective exhibition of Ifr 

Heintzelman' s prints is being shown in 

the National Museum of Jerusalem, IsraeX' 

during the Spring months , . -, . ^ 

Emilia Lange 

' PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The Retirement Income Exemption Amend- 
ment to the General Tax Revision Bill, 
H.R, 8300, known as the ffeson Bill^ was 
changed by the House Ways and l\feans 
Committee in the following respects : 

1, Only persons 65 years and older 
can secure the exemption, 

2, A retired person must have earned 
at least $600 per year for ten con- 
secutive years, 

3, No individual can receive benefit 
greater than the bottom tax rate 
which is 20^, multiplied by the ex- 
clusion. This means that no matter 
how large the retirement income, no 
person can derive a maximum benefit 
of more than $1200 x 20^ or $2l40. 

The bill, with these provisions, passed 
the House as Sec, 38 of H,R, 83OO, The 
bill noYf goes to the Senate Finance Com-' 
raittee for consideration. 

Those interested in having the 6$ year 
age limit deleted, and in having the 
amount of retirem£nt income exempted from 
taxation restored to $1500 may write to 
Senator Eugene D. Millikan, Chairman of 
the Senate Finance Committee, Senator 
John F. Kennedy and Senator Leverett 
Saltonstall of Massachusetts, at the 
Senate Office Building, Washington, D,C,, 
urging their support of this legislation 



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to benefit retired individuals and ex- 
plaining what it would mean to retired 
librarians. 

The medium for the Centennial Pageant 
has recently been changed. The original 
play, written by Christine Hayes, Chief 
of Book Selection (RRS), Emeritus, 
Marjorie Brown, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation (RRS), and Bessie Doherty, Branch 
Issue, presented many technical problems 
in producing so that it was felt that a 
new medium might obviate many of these 
difficulties. 

It was decided to make the play into 
a musical revue called "Free to All" , 
based on the ori.:?:inal play, Martin 
Waters, History, Eamon McDonough, Genera 
Reference, and Sheila Pierce, Central 
Charging, have done a tremendous amount 
of work ada-pting the play into a musical 
revue and in T,vriting original music 
(Mr Vfeters) and lyrics (Miss Pierce and 
Mr McDonough)- 

The members of the Executive Board 
vrere given a little previevf of vihat has 
been done thus far with the revue and 
vrere most favorably impressed. It was 
felt that a work with so much promise 
of fine entertainment should be given ■ 
sufficient time to be properljr^ produced 
so that it is now planned to* present it 
in the Fall in a hall or theatre outside 
the Library vdth a larger seating ca-pa- 
city and more adequate staging faci- 
lities. 

Since the Centennial fund-raising 
activities will continue after the offi- 
cial ending of the celebration, the 
revue will still contribute much to the 
Centennial in addition to providing fun 
and entertainment for all concerned. 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

SOMEYirHERE IN THE LIBRARY . . . 

10. Somewhere in the Library there is a 
memorial to a man who, though he was 
not an employee of the Library, 
nevertheless greatly assisted the 
Library over a number of years in the 
selection of books in the fields of 
modern literature. Frank H, Chase has 
written of him: "He left a permanent 
impress on the library by helping it 
to keep up to standard in the entire 
field nf Belles-lettres." An author, 
scholar, and educator, he lived from 
18U5 to 1928. In 19^0 Virginia Harlow 



wrote S. biography of this man, enumerating 
all his many services to this Library, 
liVho wa^ this man? ViJhere is the memorial 
to him located? The memorial vjas made in 
Birmingham, England, and is a work of 
art in itself. 

11, Somewhere in the Library there is a 
memorial to a man of vj'hom it can be said 
that he placed an embodiment of the 
Renaissance spirit in Copley Square. TiTe 
read on his memorial tablet the following 
words; FAITHFUL SERVANT OF THE ARTS/ 
INCOMPARABLE FRIEND TO YOUTH/ HONOURED 
MASTER OF HIS PROFESSION/IN THIS BUILDING 
ENDURINGLY IS REVEALED/THE SPLENDID 
AJ/IPLITUDE OF HIS GENIUS /AN INSPIRATION 

. TO ALL MEN. The phrase "incomparable 
friend to youth" may be interpreted in 
the light of his establishing traveling 
scholarships at Columbia and Harvard, 
and his efforts to establish an American 
Academy at Rome, virhere talented youth 
might have, under competent direction, 
association with the masterpieces of all 
ages. Yi/ho was this m.an? ''iifhere is the 
memorial to him located? 

12, The. signs 'of the zodiac are inlaid 
in the floor 'of the Entrance Hall of the 
Library. In what other place within the 
Library can you see an artistic represen- 
tation of the signs of the zodiac? 

13, The Parthenon, ancient temple of the 
goddess Athena, can be seen in one of the 
Library's famous works of art. This 
artistic representation of the famous 
temple is described in one of the Library's 
guide books in the following vrords, "In 
the background is the gleaming white 
Parthenon, lifted high upon the Acropolis. 
The building stands upon the height soli- 
tary and alone, so that it commands the 
painting in single unperplexed beauty." 

To what painting in the Library does this 
description apply? 

Answers to March questions 

5. The Dec]a ration of Independence, 
Constitution of the United States of 
America, Articles of Confederation, 
Petition to the King, 177U. They are 
located in the Treasure Room. 

6-8, All located in the Treasure Room. 

9. 230 Dartmouth Street. 

Paul V. Moynihan 



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WEDDINGS 

On March 27, Susan E. 
Visual, became the bride 
Trunfio. The ceremony t 
Nantucket where Mi' Trunf 
of music in the public s 
bride wore a beige suit, 
hat and dark brovm acces 
stephanotis on a Frayer 
attendant was her sister 



Shelvin, Audio- 
of Vincent Paul 
ook place in 
io is supervisor 
chools . The 
Tivith blush pink 
sories, and carriec 
Book. Her only 



Helen Beeman, Personnel Office, be- 
came the bride of Harry Karpeles, on 
Sunday, April 11» The ceremony was per- 
formed at Southern House in Brookline. 
Mr Karpeles, formerly of New York, is now 
Assistant Director of Hecht House. After 
their honeymoon trip, llr and Jirs Karpeles 
will make their home in Broakline. 

AMERICAN LEGION GIFT 

On April 1 the Brighton-Alls ton 
American Legion Post No. 17 presented 
the first three of a series of books to 
the Boston Public Library, These books 
were gjiven in memory of boys from the 
Brighton-Allston district who lost their 
lives in the Korean coixflict. The 
presentation is a part of the American 
Legion's program against Communism which 
recommends that the various posts give 
books to their public libraries to aid 
in this fight. 

Seeds of Treason by Victor La sky and 
Ralph De Toledano was presented to 
Brighton in memory of Corporal James 0, 
Dance, Jr.; Conquest by Terror by Leland 
Stowe to Faneuil in memory of Private 
First Glass ViTilliara B, Smith, Jr.; and 
Red Ifasquerade by Angela Calomiris to 
Allston in memory of Private Phillip C, 
Hughes, 

Special bookplates , prepared by the 
American Legion, are affixed to each book 
describing the nature of the gift. The 
Post plans eventually to donate a book 
in memory of each hero from the Brighton- 
Allston district. 

IN lElVDRIAIil 

William P, Hickey 

William P, Hickey. retired member of 
the Buildings Department, passed away on 



March 31. "Hickey", as he was kno"vm to 
most of the staff, had been ill for the 

past few years. Bill Hickey did special 
work at the Library for many of the 
Boston newspapers J but chiefly for the 
Boston GLOBE. The newspapers when they 
urgently needed naterial called Hickey, 
and Bill using the best brains of the 
Library soon delivered the desired material. 
He Yias always very helpful in obtaining 
publicity in the newspapers for all 
affairs run by the staff. He was also 
very helpful to individual members of the 
staff in getting into the newspapers 
pictures and notices about affairs in 
viThich they were interested. Bill would 
also obtain copies of pictures \vhich had 
appeared in the newspapers for those 
who were interested in having them. 

Mr Hickey 's wife died a few years ago. 
Bill, who was a devoted husband, was 
never the same after her death. He ivas 
also a devoted father. He was buried 
from the home of his daughter, ivith whom 
he lived since his retirement, with a 
solemn requiem Mass at St Columbkill's 
Church in Brighton, on Saturday April 3rd. 

James S, Kennedy 

RETIREMENTS 

John Loring McHally 

Have you heard that John has left us ? 
Not John Harvard, no, nor John Barleycorn — 
but our own John Loring McNally. "Lead 
kindly light" was his motto. ...he- always 
had light on any subject, be it great 
or small. He v;as a friend of everybody. 
Not only i«as he effervescent, but 
fluorescent as well in later years. 

May his pleasing and pleasant 
personality be an example for all of us 
to follow. We all wish him well not only 
here in Boston but well in Wellfleet, 

William F. Quinn 



John A. Williams 

John A. Williams, custodian at East 
Boston for the past ten years, vras re- 
tired from the library service on March l6. 
He is remembered by all who vforked vdth 
him at East Boston and in the North End 
for his cheerful nature and his vdlling- 
ness to help the staff at all times. He 



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will be sorely missed vvhen new projects 
are planned for there is nothing Vt 

Willi^ims cannot do, from making a stage 
for puppet shows and creating miniature 
castles to running a movie projector 
and tape recorder. However, we hope that 
he will novj- enjoy his leisure and perhaps 
find time to virork on his ovm special 
projects. 

Duilia Capobiancc 

BPLFSA VJELCOME TO NE.'T ?ffiJfflER5 

Robert J. Anglin, Book Stack Service 
Ruth F, Arjouraanian, Central Charging 

Records 
Vera L. Cheves, Branch Issue 
Robert S. Collyer, Book Stack Service 
Anne B. Gushing, Central Charging Records 
Marie Devlin, Book Selection, Div, of 

H. Re and C, S. 
Dorothy Dodworth, North End 
James G. Griffin, &)ok Stack Service 
Millie ent A. Hamer, Dorchester 
Monica Harrington, Cataloging and 

Classification, Div, of R« and R, S, 
Garth B. Henzler, Bookmobile I 
Evelyn B, Herboldsheimer, Dorchester 
Mary J. Joyce, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, Div, of H, R, and C. S, 
Myron Kaplan, Book Purchasing 
Jferie A. Larkin, Book Preparation 
Carolyn A, Linehan, Connolly 
Irene M. McCarthy, Adams Street 
Maureen McCarthy, Book Stack Service 
Faith T, Minton, Book Stack Service 
Timothy J. 'Donovan, Book Stack Service 
Angela A, Sacco, Allston 
Arlene Saffren, South Boston 
Janet B. Schlein, Brighton 
David J. Shedd, Book Stack Service 
David T. Sheehan, Book Stack Service 
Norma C. Sherman, Brighton 
La-ivrence J, Sindoni^ Book Stack Service 
Virginia J, Spencer, Cataloging and Clas- 
sification, Div, of H, R, and C. S, 
Gilda Tecce, Hyde Park 

BLCCD DONOR PROGRMt 

If you want to be assured that you 
or your family have blood when they 
need it in an emergency, ask Mrs 1/Yollent 
in the Staff Hospital for the details 
of the City of Boston Employees Blood 
Donor Program, 



THE BPL (Conclusion) 

91 

Shade the Fifth the stage ascends. 
Greatest of our early friends; 

Presence, dignity, and weight, 
A Shakespeare counselor of state; 

Kindly, yet commanding eye. 

Gracious, but remained up high; 

Framed along the Newman plan- 
Christian scholar, gentleman, 

92 

Labor, wealth, and talents gave. 

Fledgling BPL to save; 
Spent himself without stint, 

Left on us eternal print; 
Built us so we stay at prime. 

Not an age but all of time; 
Bravely bearing now and then. 

Rougher times and smaller men» 

93 

Boston son by birth and choice, 

Boston's creed a heeded voice; 
Educated well at home. 

Atmosphere like early home; 
Yankee virtues planted deep. 

As you sow so you reap; 
Courage, honor, learning, zeal. 

Selfless work for public weal, 

9h 
Prodigy at Dartmouth College, 

Stunned the experts with his knowledge; 
Trinity's divines in cassocks 

Saturated him in classics; 
A Yankee Sullivan taught him law- 

As lawyer he was somewhat raw; 
Paid his rent and office boy. 

But resigned the Law with joy. 

9S 

Knew his strength, his hopes, his mind, 

Aimed to serve his human kind; 
Knew his country's chiefest need 

Was for more of scholar breed; 
Hungered for the rarer knowledge. 

Not yet found in U,S, college; 
Moneyed father gave the nod. 

Went reluctantly abroad, 

96 
Letters v/ritten by the great, 

Opened to him every gate; 
Handsome, dashing, bright, vivacious, 

ITitty, learned, kind and gracious; 
Social gifts diverse and rare; 

Charm he had beyond compare; 
Melted Europe's v/onted chill, 

^rue ambassador of good willo 



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97 

First to England, motherland, 

A first we all can under? tandj 
Met with Byron, Davy, Gifford, 

Campbell, Roscoe, Parr, and Cliffordj 
London social vihirl palls, 

Dedicated duty calls j 
Soon to Gcittingen he flies, 

Cynosure of scholars' eyes. 



Set himself a routine grim. 

Drank all learning to the brimj 
iifestered history, German, Greek, 

Found all he came to seekj 
Laid a foundation strong, 

Useful to him all life long; 
Never to his final day, 

■-ijuite forgot his German stay, 

99 

Twenty months of concentration 

iiiade him hungry for vacation; 
Studied country's flora, fauna, 

Dresden lured him T»'ith Ifedonna; 
Paid respects to Weimar's sage, 

Deop in honors as in agej 
Germans all a placid feast. 

Not a trace of Nazi beast. 

100 

Thence to Paris, then as now, 

Chief of fashion know-how; 
Learned men from every nation 

Add a spice to conversation; 
Statesmen, scholars of renown, 

Welcomed him as their ovm; 
Citadels, like walls of Troy, 

Crumble for the Boston boy. 

101 
Places of the highest tone. 

Private boudoir and salon; 
Inner sanctums of the great- 

Every place one open gate; 
Met with Schlegel, Talleyrand, 

Humboldt, and Chateaubriand; 
Montmorency de Laval, 

Justly famed Madamie de Stael. 

102 
Paid belated U.S. debt, 

Visiting General Lafayette; 
Switzerland with mountains vast. 

Nature's vistas unsurpassed; 
Italy vrith sunny skries, 

Her extollers don't tell lies; 
Venice, Florence, and Mian 

Tribute to the art of man. 



103 
Then to Rom.e, eternal city, 

Proof of \'irrath divine, and pity; 
Ancient ruins dot the view. 

Jostling modern and the new; 
Caesar's fierceness tamed by time, 

Ch'orch proclai'Zo a faith subline j 
Pagan gods and gcdlets fled, 

Overcome b;- C nc who bledo 

lou 

Met TvTith statesmen, politicians. 

Churchmen, commoners, and patricians; 
Aged ibpe with penetration. 

Praises Yankee toleration; 
Noted foreigners by the score, 

Welcome him at their door; 
Men of power, fame, and arts, 

A wilderness of Bonapartes, 

105 
Then to Spain, by nature blest, 

But unnatural and depressed; 
Despot rules the people's fate, 

Guilt, corruption taints the state; 
Upper class by crime beguiled, 

Common people undefiled; 
Commerce, learning in decay. 

People picturesque and gay, 

106 
Roads, inns in ugly state, 

Traveled at a snail's gait;' 
Constitution young and strong, 

Not dispirited for long; 
Fellovr passengers enjoy 

Yarns spun by Yankee boy; 
Used his natural gift of gab 

Read Don Quixote in the cabo 

107 

Libraries attention claim. 

Their condition crime and shame; 

Visitor incensed and riled. 
Valued books in jumble wild; 

Lumber room in worst disgrace, 
Turns up a rare La Place; 

Found nature's oddest spooks- 
Librarians ignorant of booics, 

108 
Fell on books vri. th might and main. 

Wrested golden gains from Spain; 
Lajiguage, culture, people, all 

Rest of life his soul enthrall; 
Spain his purpose sharp defined, 

More than rest of Europe combined; 
Showed expert hand and sure. 

Writing of its literature. 



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109 
Back to Piris and its pleasures, 

Homesick, bursting ■./ith his treasures; 
French are mannered and official. 

Brilliant, graceful, superficial; 
England beckons, smiling land, 

People friendly, nature bland; 
Feted darling of the great, 

Dukes and duchesses a spate. 

110 
Ache for home insistent ,^ows. 

Sick of Europe and its shows; 
Mother died v/hile he vra.s gone. 

Bitter seemed the laurels won; 
Shook the foreign dust off feet. 

Flew in haste to native seat; 
Landed near New Bedford farms. 

Rode all night to father's arms. 

Ill 
Entered Harvard's cloistered walls. 

Extra auditors tlu'ong the halls; 
Introduced reforms, correctives. 

Controversial nev; electives; 
Back from Europe, in retreat, 

Magnum opus to complete; 
Mark on Spanish letters set. 

Scarcely superseded yet, 

112 
Sumptuous home near Park Street mall, 

World's renovmed here call; 
Famed as scholar, writer, friend. 

Virtues all in happy blend; 
Shed a luster far and wide, 

Boston basks in him Tri.th pride; 
Shunned publicity and strife, 

Private, happy, family life. 

113 
Then, in eighteen fifty tv/o, 

Bug biblio thecal bit him too; 
Europe's libraries had shovm 

TiTcafuL lacks in native toTm; 
Harvard's books, he pained declared. 

Seemed a closetful compared; 
Boston, learned, rich, and free. 

Had no public library. 

Leading citizens discuss 

Fear of Boston missing bus. 
If New York's new library. 

Be the only one that's free; 
Mayor Seaver tries to prod 

Council into giving nod; 
Council takes the prodding well. 

Chooses board for BPL. 



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Served virith Everett, Shurtleff , Reed, 

Turning projects into deed; 
Outline of needs began. 

Others bowed to his plan; 
Dreamed and studied, planned and ■virrought, 

Masterpiece of forceful thought; 
Wrote report, in skill and data, 

Boston Library's I/Iagna Charta, 

116 
No society long stays free, 

Minus public library; 
Means of general information 

Must be free to population; 
^y the books the public wants. 

Offer shelter from its haunts; 
Library is foe to fools, 

"CroT/ming glory of our schools." 

117 
Overseas report was read. 

Bates nostalgic tears had shed; 
Princely gift he fortfori.th nade. 

Put all others in the shade; 
Books in thousands were bought, 

City fathers gave the plot; 
Sooner than it takes to tell, 

Boston had a BPL. 

118 
Should my verse much longer prove. 

The editors Virill my head remove; 
To prevent #iich severation, 

I'll stop this dissertation; 
Telescope my hero's size. 

All his virtues minimize; 
But repeat advice I must , 

Spoken by his Bates Hall bust; 

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Disregard moronic strictures, 

Treat the books like sacred scriptures; 
People have a right divine. 

Serve them vath a grace benign; 
Think your work, in spite of mob. 

More a priesthood than a job; 
Books Yri.ll answer every need, 

Read and read and read and read. 

120 
Built us mightily on rock. 

Adamant to every shock; 
Ancient systems' dissolution. 

Even palace revolution; 
Genuflected honor's due 

Pioneer fine and true; 
French police had called him Bignor, 

We salute the great GEORGE TICKKDR. 

Harry Andrews 



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CENTEMIAL NOTES 

Conference of Trustees 
of Ivhssachusotts Libraries 

On Saturday, 1/ferch 27, the Boston 
Public Library vns host to the library- 
trustees of Massachusetts as part of its 
centennial celebration. 

An introductory session was held in 
the Lecture Hall at 10:30 AM. Milton 
Eo Lord, Director, extended greetings 
to the trustees and gave a short des- 
cription of the central library building. 
The architecture, unique in America 
at its inception, proved tote the 
prototype v;hich architects followed for 
almost half a century. The trustees were 
also told of the expanded functions of 
the present Library and the need for an 
addition to the main building. This 
addition vail be designed to further 
these neviT or greater services. 

The assembly \ras then invited to 
divide into groups for conducted tours 
of the building, ■"■ number of staff 
members were assigned to t ake these 
groups to the various public and behind- 
the-scenes activities. Department 
chiefs vrero on hand to describe the 
work of their departmonts and to answer 
questions. Included in the tour were a 
visit to the Director's Office to vievj- 
the model of the proposed addition, and 
informal discussions of special aspects 
of library service — Hospital Library- 
Service, Group Services, and the Friends 
of the Library activities. 

The afternoon session included a 
symposium at the Sheraton-Plaza Hotel 
on "The Future of JiJassachusetts Public 
Libraries." After the symposium about 
one hundred trustees took advantage of 
the opportunity to visit two of our 
nev: circulation units — the Adams Street 
and Egleston Square Br-^nch Libraries. 
Members of the staff -wrere on duty to 
greet the visitors and to answer their 
many questions. 

The evening session, the dinner in 
honor of the Centennial Anniversary 
of the Boston Public Library, took place 
in the main ballroom of the Sheraton- 
Plaza Hotel, Stacy B. Southv/orth, 
Chairman of the Massachusetts Free Public 
Library Commission and toastmaster, I 

introduced the speakers, Mrs George I 

Rodney Wallace, President of the | 

Massachusetts Library Trustees Associa- ! 



tion, extended greetings from the 
Association, Patrick F. MclJonald, Presi- 
dent of the Trustees of the Boston Public 
Library, accepted the greetings and 
welcomed the guests on behalf of the 
Boston Public Library Traistees. iir 
McDona.ld stressed the importance of the 
Boston Library to the citizens of Boston 
and to the people of the State in its 
function as a great reference library. 
Since its charter, received from the 
Commonwealth, states that it must be 
forever "free to all", Mr McDonald ex- 
pressed his belief that the State Aid 
bill is of great importance and called 
upon the assembled trustees to band 
together in support of the bill, 

Mr Lord gave some of the highlights of 
the Library's history and the part played 
by non-residents of Boston in its develop- 
ment. Special mention ws made of the 
gifts and endovmients of Joshua Bates, a 
businessman of London, 

Mayor Hynes spoke on "Boston and the 
Boston Public Library." He extolled the 
great' collecticns of books and the 
varied services made availo.ble to the 
citizens of Boston and to the residents 
of the state. Due to t he present state 
of the city revenues, the feyor said that 
he welcomed the opportunity to go on 
record in favor of State Aid to Libraries, 
Mayor Hynes asked for concerted action 
from the Trustees of the state in support 
of the bill, 

M.L.A. BULLETIN in Tribute to B.P.L. 

The M.L.A. BULLETIN has saluted the 
B.P.L, in its centennial year in a most 
complimen-tary fashion — by devoting to it 
the major part of the January 19514 issue, 
Editor-in-Chief, John T, Parkhill, who 
worked closely v;ith Helen Pappas, of the 
Library's Infornntion Office, is to be 
congratulated upon the excellence of the 
coooeration between papers of which this 
issue gives evidence. Boston newspapers 
whose editors or critics contributed 
to this enlightening picture of the 
Library's activities include the HEIiAID, 
Sunday POST, GLOBE, PILOT, and the 
Associated Press, 

The titles of the articles indicate 
the range of subject matter presented: 
Public Library Leading Vfay in Back B^ 
Expansion Plans , They Read tfhile They 
Labor , Records to Take Home Free I, 
Music Department, The BPL Print Department 



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Curb Servicfc; BPL Bookmobile , ¥ork with , 
Teen-^.gers , Story H-^ur Fliv".ls Pl-'.y grou nd, i 
Profits in Froe Books (Kirstein Business I 
Branch), md City Hospital Library Service | 
This recognition by the bulletin of I 
the State's libr?.ry association is one ! 
of the most he art-vr'.rming tributes which 
has been paid to the Boston Public Library 
during its Centennial Celebration, 

Old Boston Movies a Centennial Gift 

The Boston Pu'' lie Library Centennial 
Commission saluted the motion picture 
industry at a dinner hold at the 
Sheraton-Plaza on April 6. Outstanding 
executives from the movies shared the 
program with city, state, and library 
officials. Representing actors and 
actresses was Nina Foch. 

Movie vie^vs of Boston taken half a 
century ago were shown and then presented 
to the Library by the Academy of Motion 
Picture Arts and Sciences, 

Saturday Evening Girls Honor B»P.L . 

SATURDAY EVEMKG GIRLS, a group of 
former children yiho were organized into 
story hour groups at the turn of the 
century, in connection v/ith the library 
club h'^use work of the North End Branch 
Library, held a reunion at ?fest End on 
Saturday afternoon, April 10, This 
particular meeting honored the Boston 
Public Library in its Centennial Year, 
Mrs David A. Dorcn, president, introduced 
Patrick F. McDonald, President of the 
Trustees of the Library, virho was guest 
speaker. 

¥sr McDonald spoke on the Library — 
the symbolism of its Centennial Celebra- 
tion, its historic background, its present 
service, and its future potentialities. 
He also implied that in the building 
of a man's philosophy of life the 
library can play an important role. Not 
only is the library a place in Y\rhich to 
read, but it provides also a great 
educational opportunity, an opportunity 
for self -education and for the training 
of the intellect for an understanding of 
freedom and of civic responsibility. 
Coupled -vvith a trained intellect is a 
disciplined will, ^^ihich, according to 
philosophers, prepares a man for the 
highest plane of living. The modern 
library has cast off chains and other 
restrictions v;hich were imposed upon the 



reader in the past. Today, libraries are 
pl^nred and built just as big business 
would build, for the comfort of the 
readers and for the better use of books. 
In other words, it is not the Public 
Library, but the people's library of 
the City of Bostons This, the Centennial 
Celebration is intended to bring home 
to the populace and library friends© 

Fanny Goldstein, S.E.G. Archivist, 
presented to the Library Centennial Fund, 
through Mr McDonald, a check for VHO 
from the group. A picture of the pre- 
sentation appeared in the Boston Sunday 
HERALD on April 10, 

Edith Guerrier, founder of the group, 
and Supervisor of Branch Libraries, 
Emeritus, was guest of honor. She" pre- 
sented to each girl a silver pin, v/hich 
was a reproduction of a pin vfhich had 
been designed especially for the group 
by Edith Brovm, Director of the Paul 
Revere Pottery, when the Library Club 
House rooms vrere opened in the North 
End Branch Library, and which was in- 
tended as a club emblem. The acquisi- 
tion of the original pins involved great 
economic planning because they cost 
$1,25 each. When the last partial pay- 
ment was made on it, the pin 7vas vrorn by 
the possessor v»ith much pride for many 
years. The nc^T pins bridge forty years 
of happy memories, Y/ith each was the 
follov/ing printed message from Miss 
Guerrier: 

The S.E.G. Pin 
••About fifty years ago our Story Hour 
started. Since that Spring day long 
ago vie have acquired mcny new members, 
and many of cur loved friends are no 
longer vri. th us. Those of us who are 
still here have happy memories of Club 
House, Camp and Library, but the out- 
standing memory is of our precious 
friendships and v;h''t these friendships 
have meant to us. Nothing in this world 
can take the place of true friendship. 
The happy smile, the kind word, the 
reassuring hand-clasp of a friend offer 
cheer and courage which nothing else can 
give. One of the saddest things I ever 
said v/as when someone asked me to tell her 
what was the greatest need of one v/ho had ' 
called upon her for help. I replied, 
"A friend — she appcrs not to have a 
single friend." The thing that has meant \ 
most to me in our S.E.G. is our friendship, 
and I vant to Icve 7ri.th you this permanent 
record of that friendship. When you lock 



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at the pin I hope it mil remind you th-^.t 
if thore were 'nore true frincdliness in 
the vforldj sadness ind despair ■vi/ould 
disappear, and vr.r would become iror- 
possible. 

Signed: Edith Gucrrier — ^April 195U. 

It is of interest to record at this 
time, that forty years ago. Miss Goldstein, 
as a very young girl, and president of tte 
S.E.G,, accepted the keys from Horace G. 
Wadlin, then librarian of the Boston 
Public Library, at thv. opening of the 
LIEEIaRY club HC^USE rooms in the now 
building acqeired for the North End 
Branch Library in 1913 • 

In her remarks. Miss Goldstein called 
attention to the fact that there was 
a parallel bet\ireen the meeting of forty 
years ago and this one of today, by 
citing a portion of the remarks made 
then; 

"The ideals of American viromanhood 
Tirhich you good friends have helped to 
place before us, we the S.E.G. , mil aim 
to exemplify by our living, and to pass 
the ideal on to others. We shall en- 
deavor to be better f riends, bettor 
daughters, better vfives, better mothers j 
and always pure and simple women, who, 
years hence, will look vdth pride upon 
this Association of American Daughters of 
North End Immigrants". 

The above precepts and ideals , th^. 
S.E.G. have lived by, and exemplified 
these many years, as v.dves, mot]iers, 
grandmothers , and servants of the public . 



CARE 

Contributions to CARE hav.j been 
lagging considerably this year. So far 
the only order th^ Com.-ittee has been 
able to place includes 3 anti-tuberculosis 
kits at ^7.50 each, and 1 book package 
of medical books for Korea, costing $10. 

Tc B. has been so vri.de-spread follovr- 
ing the war th-t the local CARE office 
has recommended the purchase of special 
kits to help alleviate the disease. 

To those who hav^ remembered CARE 
our sincere thanks, but may we not hear 
from morv- of you? See your Staff Rep- 
resentative and help CARE now I 



YJaltcr J. Bluhm, Chairman 
CARE Committee 



RICHARD G. APPEL RETIRES 

The staff of the library vxas surprised 
indeed to loarn of the imminent retire- 
ment of Rich-^rd G. Appel, Chief of 
Jfusic, to be effective April 30, 195'-i. 
}?r Appclvall be sixty-five on the 25th 
of April, having been born in Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania in I889. He studied at 
Columbia, Harvard, and Heidelberg univer- 
sities and in addition to his leadership 
of the Iiteic Department, has lad a 
successful career as composer, organist, 
and hymnologist. Iitr Appel joined the 
staff in 1922 and has been in charge of 
Music since 192ii, a record of v>rhich to 
be justly proud. 

In his quiet and modest vray, llir Appel 
has patiently Viratched over and nurtxired 
the continued growth of the fine collec- 
tions under his care. We shall be hard 
put to replace the dignity and integrity 
of this gentleman of the old school, ¥ir 
Appel, when necessary, is a man of 
determination vdiich som.e attribute to his 
Pennsylvania Dutch hei;itage, but when 
upholding his views staunchly he is al^rays 
a man of courtesy and has never questioned 
a person's reputation. 

On April IJ4 Mr Appel v/ as given a sriHll 
reception in the Office of the Chief of 
the Division of Reference and Research 
Services. After this a coffee hour -vms 
held in his honour in the Women's Lounge 
v^cre m.any members of the staff came to 
Ydsh hirae well. As a farewell reminder 
of his m?.ny friends, he vns presented 
mth a barometer and a pair -of theater 
glasses. With one he can tell when to 
look -with the other so that he vri-ll not 
lose sight of us, 

George M. Pa hud 

INVITATION TO JOIN N.E. UNIT, C.L.A. . 

Members of thu B.P.L, staff interested 
in joining the N.E. Unit of the Catholic 
Library Association may do so upon appli- 
cation to Sally Anne Quinn, Chairman of 
the Membership Committee, who Yri.ll be 
present at the meeting of Ifeiy 8, or to 
Anna L, Manning, Secretary-Treasurer, 
Teachers, Membership dues are $1,00 a 
year, and m.cetings are held four times a 
year. 



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NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Non-Fiction 

Barrett, Edward ?if. Truth is our •weapon. 

N'3W York, Funk & Vfagnalls Co., 19^3 
Brovm, Ivor J, C, Summer in Scotland. 

London, Collins, 19^2 
Carrighar, Sally, Icebound summer. 

New York, Knopf, 1953. 
Carter John F« Republicans on the Potomac 

Nov/ York, Mc Bride Co., 1953 
Clark, Eugenie, Lady vfith a spear. 

Nuvf York, Harper, 1953 
Cummings, P-^.tricia. Nev^r York on a modest 

income • 

New York, Simon and Schuster, 1952 
Fawcett, Percy H. Lost trails, lost 

cities, 

Nevr York, Funk & Wagnalls, 1953 
Highet, Gilbert, People, places, and books. 

New York, Oxford University Press, 1953 
Jackson, Shirley. Life among the savages 

New York, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1553 
Kim, Agnes.' I married a Korean, 

New York, J. Day, 1953 
Palazzeschi, Aldo. The sisters Materassi. 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1953 
Posselt, Teresia Renata de Spiritu Sancto, 

Sister . Edith Stein. 

Now York, Sheed and Yferd, 1952 
Schildt, Goran. In the vake of Ulysses, 

New York, Dodd, Mead, 1953 
Tomlinson, Henry M, A mingled yarn. 

Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1953 
Trevino, Elizabeth B, My heart lies 

south. 

New York, Grovrell, 1953 
■'i'lfoodward, Helen B, The bold vroman. 

New York, Farrar, Straus, and Young, 

1953 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

Boston Public Library Centennial Commisaon 

Building a great future upon a glorious 

pasto 

Boston, Boston Public Library Centen- 
nial Commission, 1953 
Butler, Pierce, ed. Librarians, scholars, 

and booksellers at mid-century. 

Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 

1953 
Fleming, Edward M. R, R. Bowker, 

Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 

1952 
Fry, Barnard M, Library organization and 

management of technical reports litera^ 

ture. 



Washington, Catholic University of 

America Press, 1953 
Kirkegaard, Preben, The public libraries 

in Denmark. 

Copenhagen, Danske selskab, 1950 
McCord, David T. W, As built with second 

thoughts , reforming vrhat was old I 

Boston, The Centennial Commission 

of the City of Boston, 1953 
Muir, Percival H, , ed. Talks on book- 
collecting, 

London, Cassell, 1952 
Sheehan, Donald H, This was publishing, 

Bloomington, Indiana University 

Press, 1952 

Fiction 

Gann, Ernest K. The high and the mighty. 

New York, Sloane, 1953 
Godden, Rumer. Kingfishers catch fire. 

New York, Viking Press, 1953 
Kane, Harnett T, The lady of Arlington. 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1953 
Lehmann, Rosamond. The echoing grove. 

New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1953 
Ostlere, Gordon. Doctor at sea. 

London, M. Joseph, 1953 
Salinger, Jerome D, Nine stories, 

Boston. Little, Brovm, 1953 
Thirkell, -^ngela M, Coronation summer. 

New York, Knopf, 1953 
Van Dor en, Mark, Nobody say a vrord. 

New York, Holt, 1953 
Yaffe, James, The good-for-nothing, 

Boston, Little, Brovm, 1953 

BR.'INCH NOTES 

Connolly 

The midwinter meeting of the Friends 
of the Connolly Branch Library was held 
on March I6, 195U. Two noteworthy films? 
Marion Anderson and Jascha Heifetz , were 
offered as part of the program, and v/ere 
viewed vdth great interest ard enthusiasm. 
Later, the group enjoyed a delightful 
social hour, with delicious refreshments 
served by members of the staff. 

East Boston 

After undergoing a neriod of extensive 
redecorating, which included completely 
new^ lighting and colorful paint, usual 
activities were resumed virith the holding 
of the Ninth Annual Open House on Monday 
evening. March 22. On this same evening, 
the Fourth Art Exhibit, which includes 
vrorks done by students in East Boston 



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schools ?.nd tv\renty~f our individual 
artists in the coirmiunity, was opened and 

will remain on display in the Adults ' 
and Children's Rooms until April 2I4., 

A fine musical program in the Lecture 
Hall included selections from operas, 
as well as popular songs, piano, and 
violin solos, piano duets, accordion and 
guitar duets played by one of our extra 
assistants, Lelia Battista, and her 
brother, and several dances by a group 
from the Central Square Center, 

Cookies and punch were enjoyed in the I 
Children's Room after the program. Anne [ 
Coleman, Branch Librarian, Jeffries Point J 
and Mrs Arthur liLranda of East Boston | 
presided at the punch bovilse Many of her 
friends recognized llirs Dorothy Pitman's 
delicate touch in the large quantity of 
dainty cookies vi/hich she had sent from 
Brooklyn. It v:as very nice to know that 
Ibrs Pitman remembered us. The staff of 
East Boston vjlshes to thank their friends 
in the Library vfho generously gave us 
cookies for this occasion. ?fe were also 
very happy to receive donations from 
several business organizations in East 
Boston, among v.tiich was a large basket 
of white and peach-colored gladiolas 
arranged against a background of ferns 
and laurel. 

The many pleased comments from members 
of the library staff and the public 
telling us they enjoyed the program, the 
art work, and the cookies assures us that 
the evening was a success, 

Jamaica Plain 

For the second consecutive year, Edna 
Peck, Chief of Book Selection for Horre 
Reading and Community Services, spoke 
at the April meeting of the Friends of 
the Jamaica Plain Branch Library con- 
cerning the Notable Books of the Year, 

Miss Peck, as the staff expected, 
and the Friends soon learned, delivered 
an informative talk in her delightful and 
charming manner that makes her audience 
sigh -ftdth regret \hen she finishes. 
Coffee and goodies rounded out the meet- 
ing — also the Friends, 

tfettapan 

Cn Monday evening, March 29, the 
Friends of the Mattapan Branch Library 
featured for their monthly program a 
discussion of puppets and marionettes by 
Dorothy Lodworth, assistant in Children's 
Work at North End. Prior to her talk. 



Girl Scout Troop 3U7j under the direction 
of Mrs Albert Slavin, presented Stars 
and Stripes , a Revolutionary War play 
about the m.aking of the first American 
flag, adapted for hand puppets. Using 
this play as an example. Miss Dodyrorth 
pointed cut the value of puppetry for 
children in teaching cooperation, 
patience, and perseverance, as well as 
stimulating curiosity in historical 
research. The many anecdotes which she 
related during her discussion of the 
history of puppets and marionettes 
delighted the audience. Following this 
enjoyable program a coffee hour was held 
under the direction of the Entertainment 
committee. 

At the April meeting of the Friends ' 
group, Daniel J, Foley, editor of 
Horticulture and author of Annuals for 
Your Garden , Garden Flowers in Color , 
and Vegetable Gardening in Color , will 
give a lecture entitled ''Gardening Can 
Be Everybody's Hobby," Since the group 
is pp-rticularly interested in gardening, 
the subject promises to attract a large 
audience. 



On Tuesday evening, March 30, members 
of the Temple Beth Hillel Youth Commission 
led by Rabbi Sidney Steiman met at 
Mattapan to participate in a film forum. 
Two films on brotherhood. The House I 
Live In and The Races of Mankind , were 
sho\m, and the young people compared the 
effectiveness and general interest of 
each, contrasting particularly the live 
actors of one to the cartoon format of 
the other. The program concluded with 
the non-controversial Building a Nation . 
Discussion was informal and active and 
the audience indicated interest in 
further programs of the same type. 



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Members of the staff were delighted 
to welcom^e back Mrs Augusta Rubenstein 
after her recent illness, 

Neponset 

"Modern methods" for discovering and 
exploring nevj- worlds in books have been 
used at Neponset since the Space 
Travelers ' club vras launched early this 
year. The club has been able to sustain 
the interest of our young readers for 
nearly three months • 



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"I never knew reiding i/ns so much 
fun !" cried a little third-grader after 
he had reported on his book and could 
pick his "capsule" for his next "base". 
The twelve Starting Bases, each named 
for one of the constellations of the 
Zodiac J represent tvrelve different 
fields, i.e.: Aries for fairy tales, 
Taurus for biography, Gemini for 
history and geography. Cancer for ad- 
venture stories, Leo for sport stories, 
Virgo for religion. Libra for science, 
Scorpio for animal stories, Sagittarius 
for arts and crafts, Capricornus for 
poetry, Aquarius for family stories, and 
Pisces for mystery and fanciful tales* 
Even the little second-graders want the 
thrill of picking the "capsule" from the 
metal box with its legend; PYour rocket 
flight leaves from base number I, Aries ."J 
(or base number II, Taurus, or whatever 
it happens to be); then there is a mad 
rush to the poster with the Starting 
Bases to find out what the subject will 
be. The legend continues: "Consult 
your Flight Control Officer, Miss Saari, 
if you need help in choosing equipment 
(books) for the trip." Each club member 
owns a membership card on which the 
bases he has used and the books he has 
reported on are recorded. And though 
it is sometimes difficult to find just 
the right book for the base required, 
especially for the little ^nes, the 
starting bases help to introduce dif- 
ferent types of books to the children 
and cause books to move which might 
otherwise be overlooked. 

The Space Travelers' Club poster with 
its eleven colorful planets: Earth, 
Moon, Venus, fers. Mercury, Saturn, 
Jupiter, Fluto, Neptune, Uranus, and 
baby Eros, adorned with the one hundred 
and sixty-five tiny silver space ships, 
each inscribed with the nane of its 
owner, is a iragnet tliat draws the 
attention of young and old alike. Thirty 
of the space ships flaunt a red star on 
the right wing in recognition of the 
fact that they have visited each of the 
planets. A blue star on the left wing 
of many of the ships proclaims that these 
ships have made the circuit twice, a 
gold star on the tail of some ships that 
the proud owners of these ships have 
traveled around the "universe" three 
times. Three girls have succeeded in 
making the circuit four times and are new 
on their fifth voyage. The children lo"ve 



to see their space ships "zoom" from 
planet to planet but they are also dis- 
covering how interesting the books can 
be that they have hitherto neglected. 

Most of the one hundred and sixty-five 
members range from the second through the 
sixth grade but we do have some seventh 
and eighth" graders and one very active 
first grader in the club also. Our boys 
were so excited over the project that 
they wanted to make a Space Travelers' 
poster, and so we had a poster made, com- 
plete with a space ship, a station, and 
asteroidis, the joint work of three boys. 
The words "Discovering nevir virorlds in 
books" were added by the "Flight Control 
Officer" and the poster was ready for 
display. 



Tuesday, March 23, vras a very busy day. 
Both children and adults were swarming 
about the many tables laden with samples 
of the children's handicraft and their 
collections of various objects. 

The Children's Hobby Show exceeded all 
expectations in both quality and quantity^. 
Forty-one different entries vrere on dis- 
play ranging from hand-made scatter rugs 
to original oil paintings. There were 
dolls from all over the world and dolls' 
clothes neatly sewn by little fingers. 
Colorful pot-holders and an afghan in 
the making lent their brighthues to the 
display. There were numerous stamp, 
shell, coin, and picture card collections. 
The many collections of tiny planes and 
other models of transportation testified 
to the skill, patience, and perseverance 
of their youthful builders. A pirate 
ship complete mth fierce pirates, trea- 
sure chest, £;-uns, and the flag with its 
skull and crossbones proved especially 
magnetic to the younger boys. 

From all these attractive and interest- 
ing hobbies Mrs Francis Corr, Mr George 
Hagner, and Jfr Meyer Shore, vj-ho had 
kindly consented to act as judges, finally 
decided to avrard the first prize to 
l-'ichael King of Mdnot School, Grade 5, 
for the beautiful rug he had made of 
colored strips of cloth. They avrarded the 
second prize to Frederick Ferguson of 
Mary Hemingway School, grade 5, for his 
magnificent collection of shells , and the 
third p^ize to Laraine Humora, Mary 
Hemingway School, for her lovely collec- 
tion of dolls in hand-made dresses. 
There vrere three honorable mentions. The 



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first went to Iviarcia Currier, St Ann's, 
Gr. 8, for her doll collection, the second 
to John Faherty, St Ann's, Gr, 6, for 
his oil painting, and the third to 
Bernard Osborne, Minot School, Gr, 5, 
for his model planes, 

Phillips Brooks 

In celebration of St Patrick's Day- 
Phillips Brooks displayed a lovely Irish 
exhibit for the month of March, Items 
of Caracmacross lace and Irish linen 
formed the base of the display in the 
hall case. Several carved oieces of 
bogiTOod, the Round Tower, a Celtic cross, 
a jaunting car and a broach, added dark 
accents. Silver Tara broaches and a 
shamrock pin of Cannemara narble were 
particularly interesting, as was the 
colorful Aran island belt. The beautiful 
was exemplified by a Belleck vase, the 
picturesque by a black thorn shillelagh, 
and the quaint by an Irish colleen doll 
and several sirall leprechauns . Two 
Mt Helary rosaries made of horn were a 
lovely addition to the display. 

Residents of Readville who loaned 
items for the exhibit to the branch are : 
Ifery Bowen, Patience Brown, Agnes Leahy 
and Catol lately. The posters and scenic 
photographs of Ireland, which complemented 
the exhibit, vrere loaned by the Irish 
Tourist Information Bureau. 

Roslindale 

On Thursday evening, I«1arch l8, Rosalyn 
S. ■'.'■farner. Children's Librarian, spoke 
before a Treating of the Mozart Home and 
School Association. Her talk, directed 
at the importance of reading material, 
nevf procedures, and how rjarents can 
stimulate an interest for books in their 
children, was enthusiastically received 
by the members present. 



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Ellen Richwaf<en, recently transferred 
to North End, vras entertained by the 
staff at the Toll House in TJhitman, on 
Saturday, March 27, She was presented 
vjith a surprise gift, a smart handbag. 

South Boston 

South Boston is very proud to announce 
that tv/o members of its Imagination Club, 
Katherine Masselli and Barbara Simison, 
were awarded prizes for poems which they 
submitted to the annual vrorld-wide com- 



petition of children's draivlng and writing 
sponsored by Shankar's Weekly of New 
Delhi, India. Katherine Masselli is 
11 years old and in the seventh grade of 
Girls' Latin School) at the time she 
wrote her prize poem she was in the sixth 
grade of the Norcross School. Barbara 
Simison is 11 year old and in the sixth 
grade of the Norcross School. The prize 
poems were published in the December 1953 
Children's Naimber of Shankar's Weekly , 
and were chosen from among 17,000 entries 
from boys and girls of ItU countries. 
Prizes for the winners were donated by 
persons of distinction in India including 
the President of India, Dr Rajendra 
Prasad; the Vice-President, Dr S. 
Radhakrishnan; and Prime Minister, Pandit 
Jawaharlal Nehru. The judges vrere 
eminent officials , educators , and private 
citizens. Mrs Indira Gandhi was chairman 
of the selection committee which vreeded 
out the entries for final judgment. 

South Boston's Imagination Club is now 
one year old. It is an activity of the 
Children's Room under the direction of 
Martha C, Engler, Children's Librarian, 
The Club is devoted to the development 
of the creative abilities of the boys 
and girls v;ho patronize South Boston, 
Virtually every child ta^io is a regular 
attendant at the Library is a member and 
has contributed something tov/ards the 
success of the Club. Original drawings, 
poems and stories are submitted to the 
Children's Librarian. The good ones are 
posted on a special Imagination Club 
bulletin board and the best of the items 
submitted are sent to such oeriodicals 
i-Aiich accept children's work. During the 
one year of the Club's existence several 
children have had the thrill of seeing 
their creative efforts, poems and 
dravdngs , published in the Horn Book 
and in Hif^hlights for Children . Mrs 
Irene Tuttle and all her staff at South 
Boston are justly proud of vjhat the 
Imagination Club members have achieved, 

CHORA.L GROUP 

The recently organized B.P,L, Choral 
Group requires the services of a nev^r 
director, omng to the resignation from 
the staff of Blair Benner. Volunteers 
for this activity are requested to see 
or communicate with V/illiam d'Rosario, 
Fine Arts Department 



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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 vdth the name of the Branch Librai^^ 
Department, or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is vfithheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributicais 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 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 vri. th the views 
expressed. Only those contributions 
containing not more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 



To the Editor: 

Does it not seem grotesque that the 
Library should ba closed on March 17 
and April 19, virhich are local holidays, 
and open on Easter Sunday, vifhich from the 
beginning has been the first and highest 
holiday of the Christian Church, and 
was celebrated long before the time of 
the Christmas festival was decided upon? 
This year, thanks to the moon, it also 
happens that the time of the Passover 
of the Jevri-sh faith coincides v/ith the 
date of Easter on April 18 (cf. a letter 
from Professor Bancroft H, Erovm of 
Dartmouth College in the Boston Herald 
of April 6). 

One may say, of course, that the 
practice of keeping the Library open on 
Sundays involves the inclusion of 
ecclesiastically special Siindays, That 
is right — but should not a difference be 
made for the greatest festival of the 
Christian year? Nobody can lightly 
exchange duty on his assigned Sunday, if 
it falls on Easter, with another staff 
member, because it would be Easter Sunday 
for that worker tooo Then there is the 
familiar objection that somebody would 
be losing the time-and-a half that he had 
counted on if his Sunday work were omitted, 
That would not be so tragic if one knew 
from the start th?t the year's cycle of 
Sundays contained just one less than 



before, and anyone in need of the money 
could, I presume, put in a Sunday's 
work in his vacation, I hiimbly invite 
discussion of this problem, 

Paschala 

Dear Editor: 

Would it be possible to be brought 
up-to-date on the handling of lost and 
found articles? 

The notice of October 28, 19Uh, Lost 
and Found Articles , say^ in part, 
" . . .Articles vj-hich are found by members 
of the staff about the building should 
be- turned in to the office of the Super- 
intendent of Buildings for safekeeping 
and return to rightful owners..." 
(underlining mine). 

In the Staff fenual for the Bibliothecal 
Service, Trial Edition, November 19li8, 
(Is there ever going to be another edi- 
tion?) P 76 reads: "Articles left by 
members of the staff and of the public in 
any part of the Central Library building 
are to b e sent to the Office of the 
Superintendent of Buildings, where a 
Lost and Found Record is made..." 

It seems that "safekeeping" consists 
of placing the articles turned in on a 
window sill in a room which is not 
locked and which, at tines is left un- 
attended, I understand that after there 
is an accumulation of articles, they 
are removed elsewhere for .storage, but 
in the meantime — ? If any Lost and 
Found Record is made out, apparently 
the name of the finder and the location 
of the article vifhen found is not in- 
cluded s:'nce no questions concerning 
these facts or any other facts are asked 
of the finder as far as I know. 

And TiThy should not a receipt be given 
to the finder in all cases but especially 
if the article found is a valuable one? 

NOE REE WARD 

Dear Editor: 

Some time ago the Soap-Box carried 
an item called "Ballade Upon a Reference 
Letter," \Thich enjoyed some popularity. 
Could I ask that the poem be reprinted 
to serve a neiT need at this timeo 

A Smecd fan 



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BALLADE UPON A F . EFiT.E':ICE REPLY 

One Phineas Pharphel, clerkc of Den bury. 

Conn. 
Troubled by questions he did think upon 
Bethought himself a letter he vrould vnTitc 
With celerity and svvif tly expedite 
To seek the answer to his mystery 
Unto the largo and public library 
Vifhich situate in Boston tovm doth be 
Noted for prompt and simple courtesy. 

Betimes the letter came to Copley Square 
Passed through the divers official channels 

there 

■"Vas stamped and dated by the higher echelcr 
And then the lovfer until it came anon 
With dispatch and with right good speed 
Unto the hand of Athanasius Smeod. 
A lovrly reference fellow was this Sraced, 
Quite fond" of lore and given to bookish 

screed, 
I'STho took to heart each notice and memor- 
andum 
(Swallowed 'em whole vAiile others only 

scanned 'em) 
Ambitious, young and happy in the notion 
Advancing years would bring a Big Promo- 
tion. 

Right merrily and vdth a right good vfill 
Smeed set to work and searched and 

searched until 
Within a tome quite ancient, beat and 

musty 
He came upon the answer "presto fusti" 
(¥Jhich is Italian for, "I do declare 
^Vho'd ever think to find that there thing 

there.") 
Straightway he sat to vrrite his discovery 
Unto the scholar in distant Danbury 
In simple l^npMa7,e such as he vms taught 
In the grammar school where learning he 

had sought; 
Dotted each i and corssed each tiny t 
And felt his mind at rest and conscience 

free. 

He little recked the chore he thought all 
done 

Was only just, arxl not too well, begun, 

For libraries lirge and proud of reputa- 
tion 

Before they'll send a letter through the 
nation 

Blessed vri.th their sign and signatmre upon 
it 

Ifcist have it perfect as Petrarchean 
sonnet J 



And for to safeguard 'gainst fate melan- 
choly 
Brouciht on by indiscreet and youthful 

folly 
Have wisely chosen experts to examine 
Each reference letter for deadly gravamen. 

Smeed 's paltry prose they pounced upon 

ivith glee 
Uncovering each fault vifith great 

alacrity; 
Inserting colons vjhere colons there were 

none. 
Inserting semi's vrhero commas were begun. 
And one did think the choice of words too 

massive; 
And one did think the mood not enough 

passive; 
And one did think it brief unto a failing; 
And one did think it hypersesquipedalian. 
And so it went and so corrections grc\? 
'Til Ossa piled on Pelion poor Smeed kncTv. 

(There vp.s no malice in it, there's no 
question, 

For all remarks were meant just as sugges- 
tion. 

But since suggestions were scribbled on 
his letter 

Smeed had to type it over; 'twould look 
better.) 

So back and forth it v/hisked, the sad 

epistle. 
And Smeed, careworn, forgot to sing or 

whistle. 
Unhappy Smeed a.s his mistakes grew more, 
He made mistakes he'd never heard of be- 
fore, 
'Til lo 1 at last, as he reached the break- 
ing point. 
Tired and vreary, an ache in every joint. 
His answer was approved without delay 
Three years from date received right to 
the day 

And then anon there cam£ a grateful note 
From Danbury, Connecticut, 'tv;as \nrote, 
"My husband would have found your answer 

fascinating 
But Phineas Pharphel died while he was 

waiting." 

The End 



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LATE FLASH 

Mr and Mrs PtuI C onion have announced 
the birth of a SGCond son, Robert Francis, 
on April 12. I'irs Conlon is the foriiEr 
I'/Hldrcd Francis of Branch Issue and Business 
Office, 



NOTICE 



The follovdng unbound issues of Sub- 
scription Books Bulletin have not been on 
shelf in the Staff Library for some months 
and are not charged out. It is urgently 
requested that they be returned to the 
Staff Library so thit the set may be bound. 



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1950 Volume 21 Numbers 1 

1951 Volume 22 Number 1 

LATER FLASH 

Bon Voyage to Anne M. Connolly, South 
End, T^ho has left for three months in Mexico, 
where she will visit a niece and travel 
extensively. 



HAPPY EASTERl 



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



Volume IX, Number 5 



fey 19^k 



Publications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, John J, McCafferty, Sheila W, Pierce, 



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 

Several weeks ago the 195U Profes- 
sional Staff Association membership cards 
were sent out. I was present when somie 
sub-professionals received theirs. In a 
group of about seven, the only reaction 
was indifference. One young man didn't 
even know what the Staff Association was. 
He barely remembered joining and he said 
he only did so because he thought he had 
to. 

Until a couple of years ago, sub— pro- 
fessionals really felt that they were a 
part of the Association. They discussed 
various issues at relief time and over 
their lunches, issues that didn't nec- 
essarily concern them and their jobs. 
They enjoyed attending meetings and they 
were anxious about the outcome of elec- 
tions. And it didn't take new staff 
members long to find out about the Asso- 
ciation. They heard their friends dis- 
cussing it and they heard mention of it, 
however casual, all during their work 
week. But between then and now something 
has happened. 

It can't be said that the Association 
is to blame. Its reasons for existence 
are clear ani the sub-professional can 
find them out simply by asking a few 
questions. It was organized by library 
people for library people and its purpose 
is to give these people a chance to dis- 
cuss mutual problems with the hope of 
finding solutions. It has no powers out- 
side of itseK and, strictly speaking, it 
has no rights. Its there simply to give 
you a chance to bring your problems to 
the attention of others «, 

Perhaps you're asking, where is the 
incentive for the sub-professional's 
learning more about a group that clearly 
calls itself the Professional Staff 
Association? IITiere is the assurance that, 
in that Association, the sub-prof essioxHl 
has as much voice as the Professional? 
Perliaps you're convinced that nobody 



cares about the sub-professionals, I 
think the important thing is that the 
sub-professionals care about themselves. 
If you feel that the sub-professionals 
have a problem, talk about it. Bring it 
up at the meetings. Nag and nag and 
keep on nagging, !&ke people realize 
that it's important to you. If you feel 
that we don't have adequate representa- 
tion among the Association officers, talk 
about it. Write to the Soap-Box . That's 
what it's here for. If having something 
to gripe about and someone to gripe to 
are the only thing^s that will stimulate 
your interest, then do so, by all means. 
Anything is better than indifference. 
And remember, if you refuse to take 
advantage of a chance to solve your 
problems, or at least convince others 
that they are problems, you're giving up 
one of your most preci-^us rights — your 
right to complain. 

Sheila V/, Pierce 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

I'Tay 15. Fourth Annual Film Festival, 
Sheraton Plaza Hotel, 9 a,m. 

May 17, B.P.L.Q.C.C, annual luncheon, 
Hotel Lenox, 12 n. 

May 17-20. S.L.A. annual convention, 
Cincinnati. 

Fay 20-21. M.L.A. annual meeting. The 
Northfield, East Northfield- 



?ay 28. B.P.L.P.S.A, business meeting. 
Lecture Hall, Central Library, 
9 a.m. 

June 3. I&ry U. Nichols Book Prize 
Awards, North End, 8 p.m. 



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PERSONAL M3TES 

Re-entered Service 

ivlrs Elizabeth if. Scannell has returned 

to full-time employment at Kirstein. 

Retirement 

Ralph H, Mann, Buildings Department, after 
23 years of service. 

Transfers 

Louis R, O'Halloran, from Cataloging 

and Classification (H.R« and C.S.) 

to the Office of the Div. of H.R. and 

C. S. 
Helen A. Connell, from Lower Mills to 

Mattapan . 
Carolyn A. Linehan, from Connolly to Mt 

Bowdoin. 
Irene M. Mains, from Mt Bowdoin to 

Hospital Library Service. 

Resignation 

Elizabeth Sarjeant, Hospital Library 
Service . 

BIRTHS 

Ivir and Virs John Lerch have announced 
the birth of a sen, Bruce Werner, on 
April 20. Mrs Lerch is on leave of 
absence from Audio-Visual, Jtr Lerch 
formerly worked in Periodical and News- 
paper, 

lir and Mrs Asburj^ H. Herrick have 
announced the birth of a daughter, Sarah 
Elaine, on April 21, Mrs Herrick is on 
leave of absence from North End. 



Mr and Iv^s Robert vToodTrard have an- 
nounced the birth of a son, Iviatthew 
Robert, on May 2 . 

TOPPINGS 

On April 2k, Elizabeth Sarjeant, 
Hospital Library Service, was married to 
John Robert Bernier at St Gregory's 
Church, Dorchester. Follomng a honey- 
moon in New York State and Canada, Mr 
and Mrs Bernier will make their home in 
Baltimore. 

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On Sunday, ¥ia.y 2, 19^h, Phoebe Lipsky, 
Office of Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services , became the bride of 
Harold Reff . After a honeymoon in 
Qiaebec, Mr and Mrs Reff will make their 
home in Riverdale, New York. 



T WISHES FOR 



A SPEEDY RECOVERY 
"to 



John ¥, Tuley, Fire Control Center 
Elizabeth M. Kernachan, Mt Bowdoin 
Isabel G. Finn, Bookmobile II 
Elizabeth S. Good, Central Charging Records 
Rosemary M, Corcoran, Office of Div. of 

H.Ra and C. S. 
Palmira Piciulo, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion (So and R. S.) 

WE ITCLCOtE BACK 

A. Gertrude Barry, Personnel 
Marjorie Gibbons, Washington Village 
Ruth McNamee, Branch Issue 

BPLPSA WELCOME ID imt nEmms 

filrs Harriet Holve, Business Office 
Nancy A. Lovis , Trustees' Office 
Margaret li/Iacdonald, Director's Office 
Hugh S. MacKay, Central Charging Records 
Joseph N. O'Brien, Central Charging Records 

CONGRATULATIONS 
to 

Helen Pappas, Information, vifho was one 
of a committee of four judges in the 
"Rose Marie" contest sponsored by the 
Sheraton Plaza Hotel and the Canadian 
National Railways. 

Frederick E. Banker, part-time assistant, 
Book Stack Service, who has been placed 
on the Pean's List at Harvard where he is 
a Sophomore o Fred is the son of J. J, 
Danker, Buildings, 

Marie Devlin, Book Selection (H.R. and 
C,S«) who has been chosen a delegate to 
the Republican pre-primary convention to 
be held in Worcester on June 12, 19514. 

BON VOYJiGE 
to 

Evelyn Levy, Egleston Square, and 
Taimi Lil ja , Codman Square, who sailed 
on the Ryndam, from Hoboken, on Friday, 
April 30, for two months in England and 
France o 

Mildred R. Soraee, Book Preparation, who 
flies to Bermuda on Ifey 15, v/here she 
will spend two weeks. 



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Dorothy Codworth, North End, who 
sailed on fey lii for two months in England, 
Scotland, France^ and Italy, 

CIVIL DEFENSE 

Official Daylight Air Raid Test 

On Saturday, April 2k, the City of Bos- 
ton Department of Civil Defense conducted 
a region-wide test involving public parti- 
cipation. The Red Alert sounded at 9:05 
a.m. and the Vifhite Alert (All-Clear Sig- 
nal) at 9:1^ a.m. 

The Central Library building op??nod as 
usual at 9 a.m., but the public vras not 
permitted to go beyond the main entrance 
hall until after 9:l5 a.m. Branch Li^^ 
braries also opened at 9 a.m. and followed 
the regular procedure in effect during 
previous Air Raid Tests. Excellent co- 
operation by both public and staff members 
was reported throughout the library 
system. 

Group Meetings 

As planned by the Department of Civil 
Defense, Social Services Division, group 
meetings took place on April 28, at 2:30 
p.m., in thirteen junior high school 
buildings throughout the city. Arrange- 
ments within each building were made by 
the Headmaster, follovj-ing a plan of pro- 
cedure set forth by Civil Defense head- 
quarters. Registration took place prior 
to the general meeting, at which back- 
ground information on Civil Defense -was 
presented either by the Headmaster or a 
representative from Civil Defense head- 
quarters. Group meetings follovred at 
v/hich registration Yns taken for each 
particular group, and mimeographed 
material on the work of the unit was dis- 
tributed » 

Following the meetings , all volunteers 
from the Library, in response to a brief 
questionnaire, have eiven their fr?jik re- 
actions to the value of the meetings, A 
summary is being prepared and will be 
forwarded to Civil Defense headquarters, 
in the belief that this information, 
supplied in a spirit of cooperation, 
will be of aid in making plans for future 
action. 

Sarah M. Usher 



BPL STAFF IN PRINT 

The Boston Sunday FOST's nev/ Accent 
on Youth section has recently been 
carrying a Teen About Tovm column by 
Linda Pagliuca, of North End. Miss 
Pagliuca has been vjriting a regular Teen 
Topics column in THE ITALIAN NEYiCS, a 
local North End newspaper, for some time. 

B.P.L. IN HONG KONG SCH30L 

Is anyone planning a vacation to Hong 
Kong this summer? If so, we recommend a 
visit to the Maryknoll Sisters in Kowloon 
Tong. There, you will not only meet 
Sisters from Boston and other parts of 
New England, but you vail see two of our 
Holy Grail pictures proudly displayed. 
In order to bring a touch of Boston to 
Hong Kong, the Sisters recently purchased 
large-size paintings of the Departure 
and the Golden Tree . Now, suitably 
framed, they adorn the walls of the new 
School Library and are of general interest 
to all and an inspiration to the Chinese 
children, 

CARE 

A gentle reminder that you CARE 
The burden of others a bit to pare. 

Though the need is still really great 
Contributions have been lagging up-to-date. 

With me I hope you will bear 
Yvhen again I ask that you CARE, 

FOUND IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Simple library cataloging , by Susan G. Akers 
This book may be claimed by the owier 
in the Personnel Office. 



A, L. A. Annual Conference 19 ^h 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
June 20-26 
JOIN A. L. A. N Will 



For application blanks, contact: 

Sarah M. Usher 

A.L.A. Membership Committee 

Office of Records, Files, Statistics 



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A NDTE OF THANKS 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



i'iy -vmn appreciation and heartfelt 
greeting to those yino made the afternoon 
of Vfednesday, April lU, such a memorjible 
and h^ppy occasion for me. All of it 
vfas wholly unexpected and came as a total 
surprise. 

The handsome memory book, designed and 
executed so vrell by the Binding Depart- 
ment, contains so m?.ny expressions of 
friendship and vrarm good v/ishes that it 
vj-ill be a prized possession to turn to 
oftentimes in the future days. 

The other tokens of esteem given to 
me are highly v^.lued as well. An etching 
by Mr Helntzelman of Beethoven presented 
to me by the Music Department staff in 
the early afternoon will h^vc an honored 
place in my home. It will serve as a 
constant reminder of the excellent co- 
operation and loyalty of a capable staff. 

Later in the afternoon I had a con- 
ference scheduled with Ivir Hunsley to dis- 
cuss Music Department organization and 
acquisition policies. It vras interrupted 
very delightfully by a mass invasion of 
the office by Department Heads and 
colleagues in the Division of Reference 
and Research Services. At this time I 
vras overv^helmed v/ith a ^^if t [ on behalf 
of the staff of the B.P.L.] of ane 
opera glasses and a serviceable barometer 
vfhich pleased me grDatly. The day of 
surprises was not yet complete J The 
ensuing coffee hour was memorable and 
touched me very much. The \varm ex- 
pression of good -./ishos by staff members 
and a few distinguished music friends 
made the occasion truly memorable and 
touched me very much. 

To one and all -.jho no.de this occasion 
such a happy one, and to all those iTith 
whom I have had such pleasant associa- 
tions in the past, I give my heartfelt 
thanks ind my warm greetings, 

Richard G. Appel 



"A man with both feet 
on the ground hasn't far to 
fall," 



The Library's Open House festivities 
on Sunday, May 2 , brought to a pie asant 
conclusion the formal celebration of the 
Centennial, It has been a year of events 
vdiich we shall often recall. The 
magnificent Centennial Dinner for the 
Library Staff; the Staff's Centennial 
Gift to the Library, a gift which has 
been proposed to be a part of the addition 
to the Library as a memorial to the Li- 
brary's dead of World V/ar IIj the Cen- 
tennial Fair with its wonderful spirit of 
fun and camaraderie; the Library's Open 
House and Birthday Party; all these con- 
tributed to make 19^3-Sk a most memorable 
one for the staff. 

Yet, we must still look to the future 
and it promises to be a glorious and 
exciting one. Our Centennial Ifusical 
Revue, which will be presented in the 
fall, will continue, we are sure, the 
high level of accomplishment attained 
in the past year. 

The Centennial Celebration has served 
to acquaint both librarian and layman 
with the historic significance and 
momentous progress of the Boston Public 
Library in its first century. But the 
goal of our efforts is yet to be attained — 
the provision of more adequate library 
services and resources for the community 
in the proposed nev/ addition to the 
Central Library Building and in new 
branch libraries. The fund raising for 
this purpose is expected to continue 
for several years. And so, in a sense, 
the Centennial Celebration will continue 
until the new addition is built and 
functioning. The spirit of helpfulness 
and cooperation -v^iich have characterized 
the past year will not fail to speed 
the day when our goal will be achieved. 



The Executive Board, at its March 
meeting, authorized the selection of 
j Charles L, Higgins, Chief of General 

Reference, as a nominee of the Professional 
Staff Association for the Steering 
Committee of the Staff Organizations 
Round Table for 195)4-?5. 

B, Joseph O'Neil 



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ROUND TABLE OF LIBRARIANS 
FOR YOUNG ADULTS 

The Spring Meeting was held on Thursday 
morning, Kay 6, at the new Thayer Mem- 
orial Library in South Braintree, Follow- 
ing a coffee hour and a business meeting, 
presided over by Isabel Handy, Chairman, 
Harry Stubbs, science teacher at Milton 
Academy and author (under the pseudonym 
of Hal Clement), and A. Phyllis Freeman, 
assistant at Mattapan, discussed the 
selection of science-fiction novels for 
youni^ adult readers. 

Although he has published many short 
stories in leading science-fiction 
magazines and has been praised by critics 
for his novels , Iceworld ( 1953 ) , Missio n 
of Gravity (1951|J and Needle (1950), the 
last being almost a classic in this field, 
Mr Stubbs modestly disclaimed his prowess 
as a critic. In attempting to set up 
some criteria for evaluating science- 
fiction, he began by tracing its develop- 
ment from Homer's Odyssey and eighteenth 
century scientists like Kepler through 
H, G. Wells to early tvrentieth century 
examples of the typical western plot 
backgrounded in space and peopled with 
supermen. That siencc-fiction has today 
advanced in literary merit far beyond 
such incredible, stereotyped material 
is due in part, he feels, to the critical 
standards set up by John W, Campbell, Jr, 
editor of Astounding Science Fiction 
magazine. That the field is rising in 
public esteem, he feels is due to the 
fact that many astute writers predicted 
such an explosion as that at Hiroshima 
long before 19U5« Since leading science 
fiction authors aim at plausibility, 
logical plot development, and convincing 
characterization, it is reasonable, then, 
for librarians to demand these elements 
of good writing. Exact scientific 
accuracy is, on the other hand, less 
important. In fact, the dividing line 
between science-fiction and fantasy almost 
defies definition. Here the main ques- 
tion is still the one which the critic 
should always ask; Vifhat has the author 
tried to do and has he succeeded in doing 
it? To censor Hal Clement for poor 
characterization would be foolish, said 
Mr Stubbs, since he does not pretend 
to be able to recreate people and de- 
liberately uses as characters creatures 
from other planets. His own aim, Mr 
Stubbs revealed, is to bring together 



facts and hypothe.ses from latest scientific 
research, to fashion them into a logical 

story and then to sit back defying anyone 
to pick flav;s in his science, (Someone, 
incidentally, rocked Mr Stubbs ' self • 
confidence by pointing out a glaring 
error concerned with sailing which ap- 
peared in Mission of Gravity ) o 

In essence. Miss Freeman agreed with 
Jilr Stubbs' criteria for judging science- 
fiction. Eaving become an unofficial 
expert upon this field by dint of ex- 
tensive reading md having wide experience 
vdth a dolescents in her capacity as an 
assistant in charge of work vdth young 
adults. Miss Freeman has found that 
literary merit and scientific accuracy 
usually go hand in hand and that young 
people seek first a good story. Hov/ever, 
she noted some leading vnriters like Ray 
Bradbury who produce provocative, highly 
ontortaining stories v\^ich prove to be 
almost entirely inaccurate or improbable 
in their hypotheses. Pointing out that 
junior high school students may best be 
introduced to science-fiction through the 
books of Robert Heinlein which lead 
naturally to the usually acceptable 
Winston science-fiction series, Miss 
Freeman concluded by distributing to the 
group a valuable bibliography ivhich she 
had originally prepared for the training 
course in Literature for Young Adults 
given at the Boston Public Library, 

After the meeting, Round T^ble members — 
including the large number of Boston 
Public Library staff present — enjoyed a 
tour of the modern, sunlit building 
conducted by their hostesses, the staff 
of the Thayer Memori=.l Library, and 
lunched together at the Allison House, 
Braintree » 

BLOOD DONOR PROCEAM 

City of Boston . 

Employees Blood Donor Program 

Many employees virho have been unable to 
join the City of Boston Employees Blood 
Donor Program because of a history of 
jaundice or malaria are now eligible, it 
appears, according to an article in the 
Boston Sunday Post, May 9, 1951i, Po 3o 

"Men and women formerly turned down 
because they once suffered from either 
jaundice or malaria now are being 
accepted as blood donors by the Red Cross, 
Chair ma.n Daniel Needham of the blood 



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program disclosed last night. 

Persons vdio have had jaundice but have 

suffered no attacks during th3 past two 
years can no\T give blood. Those virho have 
had malarial fever or suppressive therapy 
for malaria and have had no malarial 
attack or therapy for the past six months 
are also eligible. 

The blood given by these donors will 
not be used as Yrhole blood or plasma, 
General Needham expl-^.ined, but will be 
made into blood fractions, 

"The men and vromen who care enough 
about their fellow men to give blood, 
■whether they have medical histories or 
always have been in top health," General 
Needham said, "are the backbone of our 
program. We always need new donors to 
meet the constant demands made on our 
blood bank." 

CATHOLIC LIBR A RY ASSOCIATION 

The New England Unit met at the Boston 
Public Library on May 8, at 2 p.m. 
Despite the rainy weather, about sixty 
members and guests were present, from 
as' far away as Springfield^and Portland, 
Ilaine. 

The first speaker of the day, Milton 
E. Lord, Director, was introduced by the 
Chairman of the Unit, Thomas Reiners. Mr 
Lord welcomed the group and gave a most 
interesting talk on the Library, past and 
present. He was followed by Patrick F. 
McDonald, President of the B.P.L, Trustees 
who added his word of welcome and paid 
tribute to the organization. 

Mr Reiners presented a testimonial 
to the Library from the Catholic Library 
Association, together with a check, a 
small offering for the Centennial Fund, 

Mary Alice Rea, Program Director, then 
acted as Moderator of a panel discussion 
on Visual Aids, Four specialists took 
part in the discussion: Lottie Lenn, 
art critic of The PILOT and faculty 
member of the Nevj- England Conservatoiy 
of iitusic; Arthur Sheehan of New York, fiUm 
director for CARE5 Francis E. Murphy, 
director of audio-visual work at Boston 
College; and Euclid J. Peltier of the 
B.P.L. Audio-Visual Department. 

Before and after the meeting tours of 

the building were in order, and as one 

guest expressed it, "I am amazed at the 

mazes in this building." Punch and 

cookies, served in the lounge, ended an 

enjoyable day. , t „j • 
"^ •' '' Anna L, Manning 



EOIVLIHG LEAGUE BANQUET 

The fifth annual Banquet of the B.P.L,' 
Bowling League was held on Tuesday nighty 
April 27, at the Five O'clock Club, The 
delicious steaks and southern fried 
chicken put on again all the extra poundage 
that the hardy bowlers lost during the 
season. 

Team and individual prizes were awarded 
to honored champs. First place in the 
standings went to Team #2.. nicknamed the 
"cellar dwellers" and captained by Bill 
Di Rosario of Fine Arts. Jerry Cudmore 
of Cataloging, Don Ross, formerly of 
Cataloging, Julia '.'alker. formerly of 
South End^ and Joan Mullaney were the other 
members of the championship team. 

Jack Kyle of the Stock Room 'vvas the 
Master of Ceremonies, Jack •was his usual 
genial self in presenting the "certificate 
of achievment" awards (Form 8096|C#2, he 
says ) to all the bowlers . A key-ring 
adorned with a bowling ball and pin were 
given to each League member as a special 
memento of its wooden anniversary. 

Anne Doherty of Charlestown was the 
only member of the league v*io came from 
a Branch and we would really like to have 
many more of the branch personnel in the 
league. So let this be a special in- 
vitation to all the branches to send in 
their bowlers for a bigger and better 
Boston Public Library Bowling League next 
season, 

Grantland Ricepatty 

SOMEWHERE IN THE LIBRARY . . , 

lit. The late Joseph Linden Smith, 

American artist, who died Oct. I8, 19^0 
at the age of 8? years, had been in 
his lifetime an h'-^norary curator of 
the department of Egyptian art at the 
J'Juseum of Fine Arts, and a member of 
the visiting committee of the Semitic 
and ancient Egyrjtian civilization 
department at Harvard University. 
I'lfhen he vas yet a young painter in 
Boston, before he became famous for 
his reproduction of ancient Egyptian 
art, IVIr Smith was commissioned by 
the Boston Public Library to decorate 
a portion of the Central Library 
building. Can you locate the art work 
which Mr Smith did for the Library in 
the early years of the Central Library 
building ? 






iSt Elmer E. Garnseyj American artist 
and mural painter^ concentrated upon 
mural painting and color as applied to 
architecture. Mr Garnsey's decorations 
in this Library are considered to be 
a concrete example of his v;ork. His 
work has been described as having a 
strong architectural character and 
"his color schemes shovj the influence 
of the ancient vrall-paintings of 
Pompeii, as vrell as that of the Italian 
masters of the Renaissance." Can you 
locate the artistic work that lie 
Garnsey executed for the Library? 

16, The two great poems, the Iliad and 
the Odyssey , are represented in one of 
the Library's paintings by tiro female 
figures : one wears a helmet and 
carries a spear, appropriate to the 
theme of the Iliad ; the other figure 
holds an oar, appropriate to the theme 
of the Odyssey , Can you locate these 
personifications ? 

17. In what painting in the library can 
you see portrayed the daughters of 
Jupiter and i'Jinemosyne : Calliope , 
Clio , Erato , Euterpe , Melpomene , 
Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and 
Urania <> 

Answers' to April questions 

10. Thomas Sergeant Perry. The Perry- 
memorial tablet is on the north wall 
of the courtyard. 

11. Charles Pollen McKim, architect. 
The McKim memorial is on the wall of 
the landing of the staircase leading 
to the Sargent corridor. 

12 » On th6 vrest wall of Bates Hall over 
the balcony above the main entrance to 
the Hall is a hemisphere crossed by 
a belt of the signs of the zodiac. 

13. Viewed from Puvis de Chavannes 
corridor, it is the first painting 
on the left in the Philosophy panel 
of the Puvis de Chavannes groupe 

Paul V. Moynihan 



CONGRA TULATIONS TO THE IHNNERS 
SF 

A.L.A. Grants 

$100 each toward the expense of attendance 
at the Annual Conference of the American 
Library Association in Minneapolis, Minne- 
sota, June 20-26, 19%: 

George E. Earley, General Reference 
Virginia Haviland, Open Shelf 
Charles L. Higgins, General Reference 
Esther E. Jalonen, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication (R. and R. S.) 
Pauline Winnick, Open Shelf 

Scholarship Awards 

$100 each for study at library schools 
during the twelve-month period dating 
from June 15, 19Sk'' 

Charles R. Meehan, Teachers 

Joseph H, Center Scholarship 
Mary M. Mehlman, fettapan 

Daniel Treadwell Scholarship 
Bette B. Preer, Mt Pleasant 

Daniel Sharp Ford Scholarship 
Lawrence K. Vezin, Open Shelf 

Francis Skinner Scholarship 

BOOK BONERS 
RECEIVED IN BRANCH ISSUE 

The Neck Romancer 

(The Necromancer) 
Bitch of Book and 7fall 

(Bitch of ^cheravald: Isle Koch) 
Tender Loin in the Streets 

(Lion in the Street) 
Two-door Wench 

(Tudor I'/ench) 
Jude the Obscene 

(Jude the Obscure) 
Crockery in the Public Schools 

(Quackery in the Public Schools) 



"There are minute men, 
Trait a minute men and last 
minute men." 



APPOINTED TO FILL VACANCY 



Pauline Winnick, Open Shelf, has been appointed 
to fill an unexpired term as Secretary of the As- 
sociation of Young People's Librarians, A.L.A, 



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CENTENNUL MDTES 
Re-dedication Ceremony 

The public celebration of the Cen- 
tennial Year came to an impressive end on 
Sunday, llay 2, from 3 to 6 o'clock, A 
re-dedication ceremony i/ras the focus of 
attention for over ti/o thousand visitors. 
Bates Hall, Tfhere the ceremony took 
place, was cleared of tables and desks 
and provided a memorable setting. Just 
inside the central entrance to the Hall 
Twas a platform ^where a giant birthday 
cake, decorated -with one hundred candles, 
was displayed. In the center of the Hall 
mas the speakers' platform, A large 
nvunber of Spring flowers adorning both 
platforms caused exclamations of pleasure 
from many appreciative visitors, A 
chamber-music ensemble provided music 
suited to the solemn occasion. Among the 
officials present to greet the visitors 
during the reception period were: 
Patrick F, McDonald, President of the 
Trustees J Frank YJ", Buxton and Lee M. 
Friedman, Trustees; Milton E, Lord, 
Director; and Ralph M, Binney, General 
Chairman of the Centennial Commission. 

Assisting in directing the public 
to the ceremony and ansvrering questions 
were a group of Library staff members. 
This group also provided guided tours 
which included inspection of four models 
of the Library and the proposed addition, 
'^ich were on display in the Abbey Room, 

The Outdoor Library, an extension of 
the Open Shelf Department, was opened to 
the public for the first time. This 
Library, situated at either end of the 
Courtyard, vras a center of attraction, 
as was the Courtyard itself. Hundreds 
of plants in bloom brightened the festive 
occasion, and lent color to the usually 
quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard, 

At four o'clock the ceremony was 
formally opened by iv'ir Lord Vifhen he 
addressed the assemblage. He paid 
tribute to three founders of the Library: 
George Ticknor, Edvrard Everett, and 
Joshua Bates, He concluded virith a 
statement that the library officials and 
staff "now rededicate our actions and 
efforts solemnly to the ideals of these 
three founders of the Library," 

Mayor John B. Hynes spoke of his ex- 
tensive use of the Library in his youth, 
and commented on the ircijestic beauty of 
Bates Hall. He expressed his conviction 



that in another one hundred years vre will 
lead all the other libraries of the world 
because our plans are laid in that direc- 
tion, 

Jir McDonald spoke feelingly of the 
symbolism of the Holy Grail murals and 
how it aan affect our lives today. He 
also revealed that plans now completed 
viill result in making at least fifteen of 
the thirty-three Branch Libraries as 
good as those at Egleston Square ar^d 
Adams Street, 

Mr Binney paid tribute to the more than 
six hundred and fifty men and women of 
the Centennial Commission who gave valuable 
time and assistance to further the interestf 
of the Centennial Celebration. 

The ceremonies ended with the cutting 
of the birthday cake by Mrs Michael 
White, a great granddaughter of George 
Ticknor. 

Charles J. Gillis 

VISITORS 

Dr Gunther Beckers, Director of Cultural 

Affairs, Hanau, Germany 
Dr Hans Breddin, Editor, Bucherei und 

Pildung, lErtemberg, Germany 
German Garcia, Director-Bibliotecario De 

La Asociacion, Bernardino Rivadavia, 

Argentina 
Sigurd Mohlenbrock, Head Librarian, 

Public Library, Norrkoping, Sweden 

RETIREMENT 
Ralph Mann 

You undoubtedly have read last month's 
Question Mirk ; if not, you should have, 
for our John has gone. 

Now, Great Balls of Fire and Stuff— • 
tfet Mann about Town, Ralph to you, son, 
has pulled up stakes, taken to his chaise 
longue for a much needed rest, Ralph is 
a ataunch patriot, a great Legionnaire, 
and a Prince at heart. A "tenn" that 
worked virhile we slept and he could polish 
things off in his own inimitable way. 

(with apologies to — no one) 

RECENT APPOINTtENT 

The Executive Board has authorized the 
appointment of Abraham Snyder, Cataloging 
and Classification (R. and R. S.) as 
Special Advisor to the Pensions Committee. 



AN ALUJBIUS REUffiMBERS 



DEPARTIilENT M3TES 



Edward J, Moore, who retired from the 
Library in I9I4.6 after 1? years in the 
Buildings Department, recently expressed 
in a very tangible way his appreciation 
of his past connection \Tith the B.P.L, 
He presented to the Library a copy of 
Bishop Fulton J, Sheen's latest book. 
Life -is Worth Living « 

NE1<Y BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBR.'^Y 
Non-Fiction — Library Science 

Becker, May L, First adventures in 

reading! introducing children to books, 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 19hl 
Davis, Mary G. Randolph Caldecott, 

18U6-1886 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 19ij.6 
Duff, Annis , "Bequest of wings," a 

family's pleasure with books » 

New York, Viking, 19hh 
Eaton, Annie T, Reading with children 

New York, Viking, 19^2 
Eaton, Annie T» Treasure for the taking, 

a book list for boys and girls. 

New York, Viking, 1951 
Rose, Ernestine, The public library in 

American life. 

New York, Columbia University Press, 

I95I4 
Schenk, Gretchen K. County and regional 

library development. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

19Sh 
Winchell, Constance M,, "ed. Guide to 

reference books, 7th ed, Suppl, 

Chicago, Aicerican Library Association, 

1951; 

Non-Fiction 

Bellonci , Maria, The life and times of 

Lucrezia Borgia, 

New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1953 
Brooks, Cleanth, Understanding fiction. 

New York, Appletonr^entury-Crofts, 

1913 
Highet, Gilbert, fen's unconquerable 

mind. 

New York, Columbia University Press, 

19^h 
Merton, Thomas, Bread in the vdlderness. 

New York, 1953 

FICTION 
Thompson, Morton, Not as a stranger. 
New York, Scribner, 1951; 



Information Office 

On Ifey 6, Mrs Isabella (Pennampede) 
Windham, former member of the staff, 
visited the officeo She and her husband 
were en. route to California where he will 
spend a brief period of study before 
returning to the Naval Base at Norfolk, 
Virginia, 

Open Shelf 

Pauline Winnick, past president of 
Metropolitan Business and Professional 
Chapter, B'nai B'rith, has been elected 
recently Recording Secretary of B'nai 
B'rith Greater Boston Council, and 
Corresponding Secretary of B'nai B'rith 
Greater Boston Donor Dinner Committee. 

Print Department 

On I'hursday afternoon. May 6, a tea and 
reception was held in Print in honor of 
the artist, Robert Fulton Logan, vjhose 
etchings and drypoints, acquired by the 
Library last December, are on exhibition 
in the Albert H. "'figgin Gallery during 
the month of May, Many notables attended, 
including Mne, Charles-Roux, the vfife of 
the French Consul in Boston, 

Ivtr Logan is a former Bostonian, and 
his prints , mostly of architectural 
subjects in France, are a most important 
addition to the Library's collections. 



BRANCH NOTES 



Alls ton 



On the evening of April 9, the Young 
Adult Council of the Allston Branch 
Library sponsored an Open House for 
Young Adults, The audience, consisting 
of tv/enty-eight boys and girls, was held 
enthralled by Edna G, Peck's entertaining 
book revievj-s. During a brief intermission 
the group browsed through the Young 
Adult Alcove and examined new books which 
composed a special book display. These 
titles vrere included on book-lists diS" 
tributod at tho beginning of the evening/ 
The second part of the program consisted 
of a film, March of the Movies , vidiich 
was enjoyed by all. The festivities 
concluded vri.th the serving of refreshments 
made by the members of the council and 
the staff, 

"Connolly 

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spring, some by love, A fifth grade 
class at Blessed Sacrament School has 
been inspired by the Connolly Library, 
Their song is set to the music of "The 
farmer in the dell" • 

OUR LIBRARY 

There are books for girls and boys. 
There are books for girls and boys. 

Up in the Connolly Branch, 
There are books for girls andboyso 

The books are on the shelves. 
The books are on the shelves. 

Up in the Connolly Branch, 
So come and help yourselves, 

Mrs Benner's always there. 
Miss Cotter's always there 

And they vifill help you choose a booke 
Please handle it with care. 

It's always fun to go, 
It's always fun to go, 

Up to the Connolly Branch 
To see a puppet shoY/, 

You'll like the movies, too 
You'll like the movies^ too. 

Up in the Connolly Branch, 
For most of them are nevJ'. 

There arc m^'.ny things to see. 
There are many things to see, 

Up in the Connolly Branch, 
The place for you and me. 



Ivirs Blair Benner, Children's Li- 
brarian at Cor-nolly, recently appeared 
on WEEI's Q, and A program. Attorney 
General George Fingold spoke on juvenile 
delinquency in llassachusetts, Mrs 
Benner was one of three representatives 
of the Big Sister organization who told 
what is being done to prevent delinqijency 
among girls o 

Egleston Square 

The firal meeting of the Friends of 
the Egleston Square Branch Library vfas 
held April 22, in honor of the Cen- 
tennial Celebration of the Boston Public 
Library. Milton E, Lord, Director, vras 
the principal speaker. An additonal 
feature was the announcement of the 
winners of the Centenn.i-:^-l Essay dontest, 



sponsored by the Friends, for children 
who use the Library. Presentations 
were made by Elizabeth M. Gordon, 
Deputy Supervisor In Charge of Work with 
Children, who had served as one of 
the judges of the contest. A social 
hour rounded off a very pleasant evening, 
and brought to a conclusion the first 
successful year of activity of this 
nevf group of Friends. 



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The members of the staff presented an 
overnight case to Evelyn Levy, their 
Branch Librarian, at an informal tea 
shortly before she left Boston to sail for 
Europe, 

Mattapai 

On Tuesday, April 27, the Mattapan 
Branch Young Adult Council sponsored a 
jazz evening at the Branch,, After the 
film, Introduction to Jazz , was shown, 
Gecrge Solano, a member of the Jazz 
Workshop, conducted therest of the pro-' 
gram, playing and discussing recordings, 
with emphasis on the "new Music," to which 
the response of the young people was 
not entirely favorible. The Council has 
made tentative plans for another, not 
quite so esoteric, program of music for 
the fall season. 

During the first two weeks of May an 
exhibit of the work of gifted Mattapan 
.junior high school artists received many 
favorable comments. The young artists, 
students of Joyce Benvie, an extra 
assistant at Vifest Roxbury, executed un- 
usually fine paintings in various mediums. 
Special mention was given to their work 
in the local papero 



North- End 



On May 11, Dorothy Dodworth, assistant 
in the Children's Room, was guest of the 
staff at a bon voyage dinner at the 
Stella Restaurant, at w^ich she was also 
presented with a gift. Miss Dodworth 
is taking a vacation trip to Europe, 

West End 



The April 1$, 19$h, Passover Issue of 
the JE\''nSH ADVOCATE carried an article 
entitled Judaica; Unique Cultural Asset 
of Boston , by Fanny Goldstein, Curator 
of Judaica c This article is an exhaustive 
historic account which describes and 
evaluates the Library's Judaica Collection, 



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much of which is housed at West End. 
Reprints of this article may be had upon 
request to the author 9 



SOAP H)X 



Activity in the Children's Room during 
April centered around the Spring Festival 
Book Club, Instead of a conventional 
Honor Roll, there was an orchard of 
rolling green hills in which each member 
planted a tree bearing a bright blossom 
for each book read and reported on. There 
was a mailbox iidth Spring decoration for 
the deposit of book reports, as well as 
a bulletin board for "Best Book Reports 
of the Week" . Jackets of new books have 
been on display, and the walls of the room 
sport a border of saucy baby animals 
and spring flowers. 

The Easter Exhibit in the display case 
featured an Egg Tree standing in a 
grassy plot, while around it were baskets 
of Colored eggs, chickens on nests and 
chickens just hatching from bright 
shells. The children accepted the eggs 
in nests, baskets or grass as real eggs, 
but denied that recognition to the eggs 
on the tree, because "V.Tio ever saw an 
egg hang?" They labelled those "Easter 
bulbs" until they heard the explanation 
from the Katherine liClhaus book. 

Some of our Easter and spring posters 
•were done by the children, and brought 
out once more an interesting fact' which 
we have frequently noticed; that is, 
that our children who skate on narrow 
sidewalks and jump rope in alleys always 
dra\"; their children skipping and swing- 
ing in green parks where apple trees are 
blossoming and bluebirds are flying 
overhead. 

Not to be outdone by the children, 
we took note of Audubon's birthday 
during the last week of April, displaying 
not only his picture and biography but 
also books and pictures of his famous 
studies of American birds, 

STAFF. ART 1ST 

Paul B, Swenson, Print, has had one 
of his etchings. House by the Sea ac- 
cepted for the tw<3lfth annual exhibition 
of prints, held in the memory of Joseph 
Pcnnell, at the Library of Congress* 



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Department, or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
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The author of the article is knovm only 
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I appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
' opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
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i net necessarily indicate that the Pub- 
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are in agreement with the views expressedo 
I Only those contributions containing not 
! more than 300 words will be accepted. 



Dear Editor: 

As the time for annual conventions 
approaches, a rather delicate question 
comes to mind. Vfould it not be feasible 
for the Trustees to accord to the members 
of the Catholic Library Association the 
same privilege in the matter of a leave 
for attendance at the Association's con- 
vention as is accorded to other national 
and regional associations. I realize that 
such matters are matters of privilege 
and there can be no question of anyone 
demanding time off as a right, I am sure 
no member of the Association thinks in 
such terms. Nor indeed would any of us 
care to make comparisons with other As- 
sociations for such comparisons would be 
odious, 

However.it just occurs to me that when 
very sincere people have shown by past 
experience that they are willing to make 
personal sacrifices of time and money to 
attend professional gatherings, the 
Trustees might deem it well to include 
them in privileges afforded others. By 
the way, lest anyone may think I am 
doing some special pleading, 1 assure 
you that I have neither the finances nor 
the inclination to attend conventions, 
not even the Democratic one in Worcester^ 



Eamon E, McD enough 
General Reference 



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PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JUNE 1954 



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



Volume IX, Number 6 



June 19$h 



Publications Committee: Gerald Le Ball, John J. IfcCafferty, Sheila W. Pierce, 

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 

At this point in the v/ork-year, pro- 
fessional interests are apt to diminish 
in importance, due to the advent of ■warm 
weather and the imminence of vacation 
time. Recreation and relaxation become 
uppermost in our thoughts. For some of 
us vacation time means the opportunity 
to restore our energies and to gain a 
refreshed outlook on the future. For 
others, it provides an opportunity to 
travel and see new places and new faces — 
the chance to widen our horizon and 
maybe even come to a new and greater 
appreciation of our individual situations. 
For still others, it provides an oppor- 
tunity to investigate new ideas and inteiv 
pretations at ALA, or further education 
and training in suminer sessions. But 
each one of us looks forward to this 
chance to get out of harness and seek new 
pastures. 

Situations and problems which seem 
unsolvable or unbearable at the end of a 
long work-year can seem less desperate 
after a season of recreation or self- 
improvement. Judgments made preceding 
vacation are likely to seem unduly severe 
to those returning to duty refreshed . and 
eager — refreshed in body and spirit, and 
eager to prove to themselves that things 
are not as bad as they could be. 

Situations not to one's taste can be 
overcome, chiefly by that innate re*- 
silience possessed by humans, expressed 
by a philosopher as the postulate that 
man lives by hope, that vdien man can no 
longer look for-vrard to better things to 
come, then indeed he is lost. 

So, at this time your editor wishes to 
express his hope that Association members 
will enjoy a happy and carefree vacation, 
to return to the Library ■'m.th renewed 
vigor and with the determination to 
pursue the objectives of the Association<, 

Charles J, Gillis 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

June 20-26. A.L.A, annual conference, 
Minneapolis 

PERSONAL NOTES 

Resignations 

Mrs Irene B. Kerrigan, Book Preparation, 

to remain at home 
Claire M, O'Donnell, Book Stack Service, 

to accept another position 

Transfers 

Isabelle G. Finn, from Bookmobile II to 

City Point. 
Helen J. Nicholas, from Parker Hill to 

South End, 
J'irs Ruth M. Wall, from Parker Hill to 

Roslindale. 

BPLPSA lii/ELCO?'iE TO NEff MEHIBERS 

Jtrs Joyce R, Kelley, Cataloging and 

Classification (R. and R. S,) 
Helen Nicholas, Parker Hill 
Josephine ^haw. South End 

ENGAGEtffiNT 

The engagement of Millicent Ann Haraer, 
Dorchester, to Hugh W. Smith was announced 
on June 10. They plan to be married in 
the Fa Ho 

WEDDINGS 

Sydney Shwom, ^odman Square, became 
the bride of Hyman I'Vhitman on Sunday 
evening, iiay 30. The ceremony was per- 
formed at the Dorchester Plaza, Yfhich -vras 
beautifully decorated with white and pink 
flov/ers. The bride wore white lace and 
carried a cascade of orchids. The couple 
are honeymooning at The Concord, in upper 
state New York. 

Several days before the wedding the 
bride-to-be was given a small party by the 



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members of the staff, who presented her 
with an electric coffee maker, 

BIRTHS 

Mr and ffrs Joseph Runci have announced 
the birth of a daughter, Elaine J.larie, 
on May 5. Mrs Runci is the former Alice 
O'Connell, of the Office of Division of 
HiR. and C. S, Mr Runci as Executive 
Secretary, Social Services Division, 
Boston Department of Civil Defense, is 
in frequent touch with the B.PoLo 

VISITORS 

Mrs Kaeta Seibicke, Librarian, State Li- 
brary Center for South Wuertteraberg- 
Hohenzollern District, Reutlingen. 
Germany 

Knuy Thalberg, Librarian, Faculty of 
Science, Oslo University, Blindern, 
Nonvay, 

BON VOYAGE TO A.L.A. ATTEBIDANTS 

Milton E. Lord, Director 
G. Florence Connolly, Fine Arts 
George E, Earley, General Reference 
Elizabeth M. Gordon, Division of H.R. 

and C.S. 
Virginia Haviland, Open Shelf 
Charles L. Higgins, General Reference 
Esther E, Jalonen, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, Division of R» and R,S» 
Muriel C. Javelin, Division of H.R. 

and C.S, 
Elvira J. Lavorgna, Fine Arts 
Evelyn B. Marden, Bookmobile I 
Beryl I. Robinson, Egleston Square 
Pauline Winnick, Open Shelf 
Elizabeth L. ITright, Personnel 

AN INVITATION TO A 
VJEDDING-TO-BE 

On June 26, Maurice Rahilly, formerly 
of Audio-Visual , vrlll wed Patricia Kane 
at St Ifetthew's Church in Dorchester, 
at 10:00 A.M. The bridegroom extends 
a cordial invitation to his Library 
friends to attend the ceremony, llr 
Rahilly is now a member of the staff at 
the New York State Maritime College, 
Fort Schuyler, N, Y, 



THE SOCIAL TOIRL 

On June 1, a number of staff friends 
gathered at the Darbury Room for a 
surprise luncheon in honor of Helen G. 
Pappas, Information, who vdll leave the 
service of the Library to be married 
on June 19 to Arthur J. F. Sullivan, 
formerly of Arlington, 

Along mth a beautiful orchid corsage 
and a bouquet of flowers, Miss Pappas 
was presented v;ith three serving pieces 
in her Silver Wheat pattern from her 
many friends throughout the Library, 

I/[any friends vrere happy to see 
Elizabeth B. Boudreau at the luncheon. 
In spite of her illness, she joined 
the spirit of surprise and acted as a 
decoy to get Miss Pappas to the Darbury 
Room, 

On June lit, Janice G. Lane, Office 
of Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, vras guest of honor at a surprise 
luncheon at Joseph's. Library friends 
had gathered to v;ish her happiness in her 
coming marriage to Roger B» Hunt of 
Cambridge. The wedding will take place 
on June 19» Miss Lane was presented with 
a corsage and a mix master, 

IN MEM)RIAM 

Marion H« Shumway 

Marion H. Shumway, who was for many 
years an Assistant in the Director's 
Office, died on May lii, 195il. Miss 
Shumway entered the Library service in 
I'fey 1895 T/fnen the Central Library on 
Copley Square was newly opened to the 
public. She retired on August 31, 1939* 
She came to the Director's Office in 
1906 and there took charge of assembling 
the statistical compilations of the 
Library, served as custodian of the 
general correspondence files, and kept 
employee time records. Miss Shumway 
was widely acquainted with the staff and 
vras particularly knovm to branch li- 
brarians and those in charge of other 
circulating units for the firm but gentle 
hand -vTith vdiich she presided over the 
monthly reports they rendered 



IfcinsigDor Robert H« Log-d 



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With a deep senso of loss we record the 
death of our former Trustee Msgr. Robert 
H. Lord, on Ifey 22. A man of many- 
talents, knovm locally and internationaIl;g 
Msgr. Lord remained vri.thal a modest man, 
a man v/ho did not seek to impress his 
personality upon those of us Tirho knew him. 

Msgr. Lord Yias a man who had a varied 
career. He was a professor of history at 
Harvard University, and while in that 
capacity he was called upon to act as a 
trusted advisor to President Wilson at 
the Paris Conference after World War I. 
Later, he became a priest of the Catholic 
Church, •i^iere he was called upon to 
utilize his great gift of scholarship 
in her service. His outstanding con- 
tribution during this period vras his 
History of the Archdiocese of Boston, 
In recognition of his work as a teacher 
and historian he Tvas appointed to the 
Board of Trustees of the Boston Public 
Library by Mayor liaurice J. Tobin in 
1936. He served the Library earnestly 
and well until in 1952 he tendered his 
resigmtion because of ill-health and 
pressure of Church duties. 

Msgr. Lord's death is a loss to the 
Library, the Church, and the community. 

SPORTS NE\-TS 

In tune, as a It ays, vrith the year- 
round sports activity program, the Library 
is featuring Softball as its current 
athletic endeavor. The official opening 
took place in the early part of May on 
Boston Common, and enthusiasm has been 
strong ever since. 

Slimming up the individual players : 
Walter Harris has cleared the outfield 
fence on tv:o occassionsj Jerry Hottleman's 
pitching vfing has been, as usual, a great 
asset 5 Dave Sheehan and Paul Kulloncy 
have fielded sensationally^ Paul Smith, 
Don Nevmian and Danny Kelly, all seasoned 
ard reliable veterans, are back for 
another year in the big time; Art Lindsay 
and Larry Sindoni jumped to the majors 
from Slippery Rock in the Class D league 
and have taken over their regular varsity 
jobs v;ith their power hitting. Newcomers 
to the squad include Dave Sheehan, an 
ex-Army all star, Sam McGrath, a tireless 
performer, and Mike Barden, a promising 
bonus player. Also, Paul Smith has shown 
unusual talent as player-manager in his 



calling of plays, making decisions and 
all round good play on the field. The 
squad his been supplied vdth a new set of 
bats and balls to help them get started 
on the right foot. 

Having played and beaten all the 
major male opposition in the semi-pro 
circuit around Nevf England, manager 
Smith feels that his Library "Bombers" 
are qualified to challenge any girl 
teams capable of supplying adequate 
competition. All parties interested 
should contact manager Paul Smith of 
Book Purchasing as soon as possible. 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

Your President read with much interest 
the editorial in the May issue of The 
Question !fark concerning sub-profess ionaLs 
in the Association, and feels that much 
could be done to encourage greater 
participation of sub-professionals in 
the affairs of the Association and to 
assure that the sub-professionals have a 
more adequate guarantee of representation 
on the Executive Board and that they 
have a better chance to present problems 
peculiar to them and to make recommenda- 
tions for solutions of these problems. 

Your President, therefore, made two 
recommendations to the Executive Board 
iiAiich after discussion were approved in 
the folloT/Ting form: 

1, That consideration be given to 
amending the Constitution so that 
of the two members of the Executive 
Board elected each year, one will 
be a sub-professional and one a 
professional, vjhich vrould result 
eventually in at least two members 
of the Executive Board being sub- 
professionals 3 

2. That consideration be given to 
amending the Constitution to make 
the Personnel Committee a standing 
Committee comprised of 9 members 

of ivhom 3 vidll be sub-professionals, 
and 6 members will be professionals. 

These proposals vri.ll be submitted to 
the Constitution Committee so that they 
may be prepared for submission to the 
Association as amendments to the By-Laws. 

Leonard J. Macmillan has submitted his 
resignation as chairman of the Constitu- 
tion Committee. The Executive Board at 
its June meeting voted to accept his 
resignation. Ifery E. Connor, Brighton, 
viho has expressed her willingness to 
serve, has been appointed as the Chairman» 

The Executive Board has authorized 
the naming- of the follnvri.np five indi- 



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viduals (and the alternate for each) to 
serve, until ^pril 30, 19^$, as the 
bibliothecal employees ' half of the 
appeal panel provided for in the notice 
issued by the Director on 9 April 1951, 
Appeal Procedure for Bibliothecal Em - 
ployees : 

Mrs Helen F. Hirson, Office of the 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services 

Alternate: Dorothy K. Bfecker, Tyler 
Street 

Louisa So Metcalf , Open Shelf 

Alternate : M. Jane Iknthorne , Open Shelf 

Arthur Tifulloney, Statistical 

Alternate ; Vfilliam T, Casey, Open 
Shelf 

TiTilliara R, Lems , History 

Alternate: George E. Ear ley. General 
Reference 

Ellen Richtragen, North End 

Alternate: Elizabeth Tanck, Dorchester 

The Executive Board thought that it 
would be desirable for the entire appeal 
panel, including the half named by the 
administration to be published at the 
same time and have informed the Director 
to this effect. Up to this writing, we 
have not learned of the administration's 
intentions in this regard, but we did not 
feel that the naming of the bibliothecal 
staff's half of the appeal panel should 
be delayed any longer. 

At the fey business meeting through 
the error of the President the report 
of the Membership and Hospitality Com- 
mittee was not called for. It is on 
file and the following statistics are 
quoted from this report for the informa- 
tion of the members ; 

"As of Ifey 28, 195U the membership 
of the Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association is h^S out of an 
eligible ii89 employees. This number 
represents 93>% of the employees in the 
bibliothecal services. 21 of the 1953 
members have not rejoined so far this 
year — and of this number 8 are on leave 
of absence. Since January 195U we have 
had an enrollment of 36 new members 
and a loss of 12 members through resigna~ 
tions and retirements," 

The folloYfing members of the Associa- 
tion vifho mil be at the American Library 
Association Conference have agreed to act 
as the delegates of the BPLPSA to the 
Staff Organizations Round Table business 
meeting to be held -Tune 22, at which 



meeting the delegates will vote for SORT 

Steering Committee Members: 

George E. Earley, General Reference 
Esther E, Jalonen, Cataloging and 

Classification (R. and R. S.) 

Mi's Muriel C, Javelin, Office of 

Home Reading and Community Services 
Mrs Elizabeth L, Wright, Personnel 
Charles L, Higgins, General Reference, 

Chairman 

B. Joseph O'Neil 
FOURTH ANNITAL FILM FESTIVAL 

The Film Council of Greater Boston 
held its Fourth Annual Film Festival 
at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel on Jiky 15, 196^ 
Fifty-one films of the over two hundred 
submitted had been selected for Festival 
showing by five Selection Committees — 
(1) Adult Education, (2) The Arts, 
(3) Classroom, (U) Religion. (5) Industry — 
(a) Public Relations and (b) Sales 
Promotion. Members of the Boston Public 
Library Film Preview Committee served on 
the Adult Education Selection Committee* 

Among the registrants at the Festival 
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 
private schools, and colleges; librarians; 
social service workers; city, state, 
and national government emplojreesj 
hospital personnel; program chairmen from 
Y/oraen's clubs, parent-teacher associations, 
and other organizations; clergymen and 
other religious workers; and representa- 
tives from the Fine Arts and Science 
Hfoseums, as vrell as from other art groups. 

The Festival audience came early and 
stayed throughout the day. 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 under way. Each 
viewer rated each film individually on 
its own merits 

Presiding at the Festival luncheon 
was Council President, Edward Palmer. 
Reverend Warren Hunt, Boston Council 
of Churches , offered the invocation. 
The speaker was Joseph McKeon, Manager, 
Film Library, New York and Assistant to 
the Film Production Manager, General 
Motors Corporation. Mr McKeon discussed 
and showed for the first time in New 



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England the General Motors 3-D l6mm film 
This Is Progress . This shovri.ng was made 
possible through the Radio Corporation 
of AuErica, Special glasses were supplied- 
by the Polaroid Corporation of Cambridge. 
A special Boston Film Council "Pioneer" 
Award vras presented to General Motors 
through Mr McKeon and to the Producer 
of the film, Raphael G. Wolff. Milton 
E. Lord, Director of the Boston Public 
Library, representing Mayor John B. Hynes^ 
presented to the speaker a handsome 
brochure which is given to honored guests 
of the City instead of the keys to the 
City. 

Film sponsors, producers, and directors 
and Boston Film Council members and 
friends gathered at the Sheraton Plaza 
Hotel on June 2, 1951| for the Second 
Annual Film Council Awards Dinner at 
which were presented the 19$h av/ard 
certificates. At least an Award of Merit 
was given for each film shovm in the 
Festival. Festival Chairman, Alan Lydiard 
presented the certificates assisted by 
John D, Brown, Director of Public Cele- 
brations, representing Mayor John B. 
P^es, 

The guest speaker, Lang S. Thompson, 
Vice-President of Wilding Productions, 
Inc., introduced and shovred the first 
commercial l6mm Cinema Scope film pro- 
duced by ^^filding for the Ford Division 
of the Ford Motor Company. In recogni- 
tion of, this film, a Boston Film Council 
"Pioneer" Avrard was presented to the 
Ford Motor Company and to Wilding Film 
Productions* 

Muriel C. Javelin 

BON VOYAGE 

Rebecca Millmeister, inveterate world 
traveller left West End Tuesday, June 1, 
for a six-weeks' trip ivhich vdll include 
Spain', Portugal, md North Africa. In 
a hurry to get to nevf sights, she flew 
from Logan Airport to Portugal, but will 
take a leisurely boat trip home. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO 

Janice Charney, part-time assistant 
at V/est End and June graduate from Girls ' 
High School on receiving two scholarship: 
awards on the basis of scholastic merit 
and good charactero She received the 
$)200 cash ai/vard and scroll in the name of| 



the Amy V. Kingston Award from Girls' 
High School, and a like cash award from 
Boston University on the basis of her 
College Entrance Board Exams. West 
End is very proud of her. 

CIVIL DEFENSE 

All units of the Library System 
participated in the nation-vride Officail 
Air Raid Test which was held on Monday, 
June li;, at 10 a.m. Successful coopera- 
tion by members of the staff and the 
public was reported. The Information 
and Counseling Teams were not asked to 
report for duty during this Test- 

BOOK SELECTION COIUMITTEES 



On Tuesday evening, June 8, the three 
Book Selection Committees — ^Adult, Young 
Adult, and Children's— enjoyed dinner 
together at the 1775 House, Lexington, 
Several "alternates" vrerc able to join the 
group vifhich added considerably to the 
pleasure of the occasion. With the 
problems of objectionable passages, 
duplication, and inadequate budgets 
safely locked a\my in the Book Selection 
Department, the evening proved very 
restful and refreshing, especially since 
the weather, so precarious these days, 
was perfect for at least the fe?/ hours 
of the outing. 

HELP CARE MOW 

C is for the contributions we eagerly seek 
T is for our aid to the ailing and vreak 
R is for the refugees who need a helping hand 
E is for our efforts in every land. 

BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM 

Do you want to insure that you and 
your family will have blood in an emer- 
gency? Those employees ivho donate a pint 
of blood through the City of Boston 
Emplo3''ees Blood Donor Program feve this 
insurance for themselves and their 
familieso Get a pledge card from Mrs 
Wollent in the Library Hospital, The 
Library will allow you four hours of 
excused absence to visit the Red Cross 
Blood Donor Center on Dartmouth Street 
near Marlborough to make a donation. 



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SIXTH ANNUA L 
M5RY U, NIGH0L3 BOOK PRIZE AT-iARDS 

For six consecutive years nov/ there 
have been a-vi^arded the I'lary U, Nichols 
Book Prize Ai/vards on an evening in early 
June, at North End, These occasions have 
led to the development of a most success- 
f\il Open House for that community. On 
Thursday evening, the third, Ifi.lt on E, 
Lord, Director, presented the 19^U awards 
to Dolores Intraversato and Anthony 
Termini, students from the local high 
schools who in their senior year excelled 
in their English studies « Each had 
chosen THE HOLY BIBLE (Duoay Version) c , 
These volumes had been handsomely bound 
in the Library's Binding Department and 
bore copies of a bookplate especially 
designed by Arthur "I'T. Heintzelman, Keeper 
of Prints o 

A standing vote of thanks goes to the 
guest speakers and artists for an evening 
of excellent entertainment vihich followed 
the presentation, under the expert guid- 
ance of John A. Scaiga, the program 
chairman. Patrick F. McDoaald, President 
of the Board of Trustees^, spoke with 
enthusiasm of the functions of the li- 
brary. Some inspiring;; highlights on the 
life of Amerigo Vcjspucci were recounted 
by Dr Gino Merluzzi, v/hose radio program 
has v/on him 7rarm friends. The block 
flute (or recorder) music with harpsi- 
chord and percussion, performed by The 
Boston Recorder Consort under the direc- 
tion of Elna Sherman, was a nev/ and enjoy- 
able experiences 

A great many Boston Public Library 
personnel as well as a grand group of 
North End friends were welcomed, includirg 
Ellen C, Peterson, Gracemarie Alfe, 
Dorothy Becker, Tyyne Saari and Gilda 
Tecce, all forner staff members. Assis-t>- 
ing the library staff as hostesses were 
several community leaders and some mem- 
bers of the North End Young Adults Li- 
brary Council. 

Indeed, the major social event of the 
year at North End vra.s a decided success 
and it can truly be said that "a good 
time was had by all" I 

FOURTH ANNUAL 
BERTHA V. HARTZELL FiQJDRIAL LECTURE 

The Hartzell Memorial Lecture was 
given on the evening of June 11, The 
lecturer was Dr Sidney Butler Smith, 



Director of the University of Vermont 
Libraries, and President of the New 
England Library Association. Dr Smith 
chose as his subject The Librarian and 
the Staff, a Cooperative Team , 

Gathered in the Vifiggin Galle ry to 
hear the lecture were approximately 
seventy Association members and friends* 
Dr Smith gave an informative and spirited 
talk on staff relations, a subject of 
keen interest to his audience. Among the 
friends were Sigrid Edge and Ruth Leonard 
of Simmons College Library School, 

President O'Neil opened the occasioi 
with a short speech of v/elcome, follov/ed 
by an introductory speech delivered by 
the Committee Chairman, May C, McDonald, 
Jliss McDonald, as a former: Training class 
member, paid tribute verbally to Mrs 
Hartzell as a teacher j the printed pro- 
gram contained a tribute from Alice M, 
Jordan, Supervisor of Work v/ith Children, 
Emeritus, a friend of and fellow teacher 
wL th llirs Hartzell in the Training Class 
days. 

Refreshments were served during the 
social hour v/hich followed the lecture. 

The Committee hopes to publish the 
lecture in the near fut-ure. 

EXPANDING HORIZONS 

During the months of March, April, 
and May the Boston Public Library, Tdth 
the co-operation of the National Con- 
ference of Christians and Jev^-s, con- 
ducted a ten-session training institute 
for community headers in the background 
and techniques of inter-group education. 
A group of some fifty individuals from 
Boston organizations served as members 
of the Sponsoring Committee under the 
Chairmanship of Dr Kenneth Bcnne, Director 
of the Human Relations Center at Boston 
University vjho also served as Chairman 
of the Institute Steering Committee. The 
members of the Sponsoring Committee 
suggested organizations which might be 
invited to send participants to the In- 
stitute, interviewed these participants 
prior to the Institute, and assisted 
in the preparation of an extensive pam- 
phlet list on Intergroup Relations. Dr 
Travdck Stubbs of Harvard University ivas 
the Training Leader of the Institute, and 
Dr Robert Chin and Stephen Kegeles of 
Boston University were Evaluation Consul- 
tants, Other Consultants were called 
in from time to time during the Institute, 






Members assisted in conducting the scssiorsi 
at vjhich new techniques in leadership I 
were projected. Special reading lists | 
were prepared by the Readers Advisor for 
Adults at the Boston Public Library. 

On May 2ij., some sixty members of the 
Institute and Sponsoring Committee held 
a dinner meeting at the Boston University 
Faculty Club. The dinner was followed 
by a unique and informal presentation of 
the Institute's organization, accomplish- 
ments, and future usefulness. Dr Benne, 
as Chairman of the evening, introduced 
the program. Among the participants were 
Dr Louis Radelet, Director, Commission on 
Community Organizations, The National Con- 
ference of Christians and Jevirs, Inc., and 
Mrs Grace Stevenson, Associate Executive 
Secretary of the American Library Associa- 
tion. 

The Institute, made possible through a 
grant from the Americm Library Associa- 
tion Fund for Adult Education, is to be 
fully evaluated and completely reported 
at a later date, 

Muriel C. Javelin 

SOME'JfflERE IN THE LIBRARY . . . 



18, Among the several busts in Bates 

Hall, two are of famous American women. 
One of these two busts represents a 
woman vrell-knoivn for her activities in 
the cause of woman suffrage. It is 
said of this woman that she retained 
her maiden name, even though she was 
married, as an indication she had not 
lost her individuality by her marriage. 
Who was this woman? Her marriage name 
was I^frs Henry Brovfli Blackvfell. 

19o According to Shakespearian authori- 
ties, there exist only two unquestion- 
ably authentic likenesses of ShakespeaiB,, 
One of these is the bust in Holy 
Trinity Church at Stratford-on-Avon, 
A cast of the face of this bust tias 
made for Thomas P. Barton, vjhose ex- 
cellent Shakespeare library this Li- 
brary nov'f ovms. TiTien the Library ob- 
tained the Barton collection in 1873, 
it also obtained this cast. Y/here in 
the Library can one sec this important 
likeness of the great poet? 

20. George B. Ch?.se, a trustee of this 
Library from 1876-1885, presented to 
the Library some years ago a carved 



teak table mlth a marble top* This 
attractive ornate table has recently 
been moved to a prominent place in 
the Central Library building. Can 
you locate the table? 

21, There is in Bates Hall a bust of a 
man who has been described as "a::. 
prominent member of the literary 
coterie which made Boston famous in 
the middle of the nineteenth century". 
His sister married the famous poet 
Longfellov/ after the death of the 
poet's first wife. He gave to the 
Library in 1869 the Cardinal Tosti 
collection of engravings, now housed 
in the Wiggin Print Gallery. Who is 
this gentleman? 

Ansvrers to May questions 

lU, lb- Smith did the art vrork for the 
area known as the Venetian Lobby, at 
the entrance to the Teachers Dept. 

1^9 It- Garnsey \as the artist for the 
area known as the Pompeian Lobby, at 
the entrance to the Abbey Room. He 
also did the paintings on the vra.lls 
of the corridors on the first floor, 
extending from the Entrance Hall, 

16, Viewed from the second floor corridor 
the representations of the Iliad and 
the Odyssey are in the first Chavannes 
panel from the right in the panel 
devoted to Epic Poetry. 

17 • The wall of the second floor corridor 
containing the main entrance to Bates 
Hall has the, Chavannes painting of the 
nine muses , viho in Greek mythology 
are considered to be the daughters of 
Jupiter and Mnemosyne, and preside 
over song, the different kinds of 
poetry, and also the arts and sciences* 

Paul V. Moynihan 



ARNA VETS-OFFICERS FOR 19$k 

Commander— Louis N. Rains 
Vice-Commander— Samuel Green 
Chaplain— Henry F. Barry 
Adjutant and Quartermaster— James P. J» 

Gannon (20th term) 
Officer-of-the-day— Charles L« Higgins 



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ALUMME I^TES 

Orlando C, Davis, Chief Librarian, 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, Emeritus , has been elected to 
the Board of Trustees of the Medway PublJc 
Library, West Jfedway^ 

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Of interest to her many friends in the 
B.PcLo will be excerpts from a recent 
letter from !frs Dorothy Nourse Pitman, 
Branch Librarian, Emeritus: 

Since May first I have been Bookmobile 
Librarian on the Richmond Regional Travel- 
ing Library, commonly and familiarly knonr 
as the "Book Wagon". This operates on 
Staten Island, vjhich is a Borough of New 
York City just like Manhattan — only very 
different, sin; e it has many small towns, 
open stretches of country, and marshes. 
We have a staff of four, of whom I am the 
only professional, and on Wednesdays and 
Fridays T,ve have a Columbia Library School 
student -vtio works vdth us. The "YiTagon" 
is 'a 19h9 truck carrying about 900 books 
and we cover between 200 and 300 miles a 
week. Most of our stops arc at schools, 
though vv'e have a coramiinity stop each day 
and visit two housing projects as well. 
We also stop at a factory during the lunch 
hour. 

Ifost of our circulation is children's 
and we are doing a land office business. 
We arrive at a school and are visited in 
turn by all grades, even the first. With 
such a small book collection, we depend 
on the books returned by each grade to 
supply their pupils which means intense 
book slipoing, shelving, and charging. 
lHy job is to stand in the middle select- 
ing books , making substitutions for titles 
not available, getting the slipped books 
to the youngsters and speeding the bargain 
basement in books I As well as liaison 
officer, I also act as a convenient resting 
place for many feet — unusually about ten 
children per foot which is maximum capa- 
city for ray large understanding 1 The 
children are attractive, responsive, and 
easy to work vdth but we have lively times 
when thirty or more try to get six books 
apiece. 

The staff are young, work well together, 
and are a fine, capable group. As in 
Boston on Bookmobiles, we have a wonderfbl 
driver who knows books and understands 
boys and girls. He works as one of the 
staff — slipping, discharging, charging, 
and doing registration. Three days each 



week we lunch in branch staff rooms but on 
Tuesdays and Thursdays we dine on the 
wagon, }fy only innovation is a vrash basin, 
since I could not eat my sandwich Y/ith 
filthy hands — me an ex-Proper BostonianI 

It may be of interest that the New York 
Public Library, of which I am now a humble 
member, has a forty-hour, five-day vreek. 
Book Wagon has a community stop on Tues- 
days and we spend the afternoon and evening 
there. 

Getting to Staten Island is a realtrip"" 
one stop on the subway and a twenty-five 
minute ferry ride but it takes me an hour. 
An eleven hour day is quite a feat and I 
can't say I enjoy leaving home at eight 
and getting back at seven, especially since 
vrork on the "wagon" demands much "physical 
stamina" , to quote the job qualifications 
for the Bronx Bookmobile Librarian which 
position is now open, (Anyone from Boston 
want the job?) 

Two days a week we are doing about a 
thousand circulation; our light day on 
Tuesday is about tvfo hundred; the other 
days are betvreen five and six hundred. 
Our total for J.fa^y vfas exactly lit, 000 
which represents much activity ( Editor's 
Note: B,P,L, Bookmobile I in. Fay — 17,311; 
Bookmobile II, 1$ , 9^h)» Being a part of 
a regional set-up means vre have our own 
book collection with headquarters at St. 
George and get circuit books, adult one, 
for three months. We do quite a bit with 
interbranch loans and reserves, too. Our 
charging is by Gaylord machine, which is 
supplemented by hand charging when 
necessary. Rules and Regulations seem 
quite sensible and simple but some routine 
processes seem more complex than in 
Boston, while others are more flexible. 

The staff at the regional branch are a 
fine group, quite congenial and very 
pleasant. I don't feel I know them too 
vrell since I spend at most an hour and a 
half there in the day, for vre leave at 
9:30 and return between 5 and 6* 

Yfell, life is busy, exciting, and I 
keep thinking as we "bump over the wash- 
boardy roads "more bounce to the ounce" 
and I average a fev/ ounces, though not more 
than in Boston I Certainly I am flexible 
and am learning new tricks , , , Oh, yes, 
New York salaries for branch librarians 
are about |)300 lower than Boston, as well as 
5 hours more work per vreek (Grumblers in 
Boston, if any, please note !)• After two 
large ninety foot reading rooms, a lecture 
hall, office and sub-basement, my new 
quarters are a bit crowded. Variety and 
contrast are the spice of life I 



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NEHV BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Non-Fiction 

Bowles, Chester. Ambassador's report. 

New York J Harper, 195^; 
Del Villar, Mary, l^i/here the strange roads 

go doTfim 

New York J Afccmillanj 1953 
Hunt, Sir John. The conquest of Everest. 

New York, Button, 195h 
Kimbrough, Emily, Forty plus and fancy 

free. 

New York, Harper, 19 5^ 
Leavitt, Robert K, The chip on gramdma's 

shoulder, 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 19514 
McKenney, Ruth, Far, far from home. 

New York, Harper, 19^h 
Montagu, Hon, Even, The man v/ho never 

was, 

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 195U 
Wciite , Theodore Ho Fire in the ashes. 

New York, Sloans, 1953 

Fiction 

Asch, Shalom. A passage in the night. 

New York, Putnam, 1953 
Dodson, Kenneth. Avp.y all boats, 

Boston, Little, Brown, 195ii 
Flood, Charles B, Love is a bridge. 

Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1953 
Forbes, Esther, Rainbovir on the road, 

Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 195U 
Janney, Russell, So long as love remem- 
bers. 

New York, Hermitage House, 1953 
Michener, James G, Sayonara, 

New York, Random House, 195U 
Monsarrat, Nicholas, The story of Esther 

Costello, 

New York, Knopf, 1953 
Shellabarger, Samuel, Lord Vanity, 

Boston, Little, Brovm, 1953 

BRANCH NOTES 

Connolly 

The Friends of the Connolly Branch Li- 
brary held its final meeting of the season 
on Monday evening. May 2k» The guest 
speaker was Phil Engel, Public Relations 
manager of Twentieth Century-Fox Film 
Corporation. Dravd-ng upon his vast 
experiences in the motion picture industry 
he delighted the audience Yri.th many 
fascinating stories and inside information 
on the many types of publicity used for 



various films. A lively question and 
answer period followed, A social hour 
brought to a close one of the most 
interesting meetings enjoyed by the 
Friends group* 

•«• 

Spring Book Festival was celebrated 
with three scenes from Alice in Wonder- 
land —the Mad tea party, the Lobster 
quadrille, and Alice's evidence. The 
success of the play was heightened by the 
costxming. The Girls' Club of Manchester, 
Nev; Hampshire, kindly lent several 
costumes. Others were designed and made 
by Gertrude Kornmuller, extra assistant 
at Connolly, 

In many ways, the play was a branch 
enterprize. The actresses were members 
of the BetYfeeners, a club of fifth and 
sixth grade girls. The announcers and 
the electrician were Boys' Club members. 
Each Young Adult clubber, ready with 
stories and songs , took charge of a 
group of early audience arrivals » 

The play was the gala event of the 
seasons Four hundred fifty junior 
socialites of Jamaica Plain attended the 
two performances o 

Phil lips Brooks 

On Tnursday evening. May 20, from 
7:30 p<,m. to 9:30 p.m.. Open Mouse was 
held, in observance of the 23rd anniver- 
sary. The Friends of the Libraiy, spon- 
sors of the program, presented rtooert 
Davidson, Chief Planner of the City 
Planning Board, whoso topic was The 
Changing Face of Boston . This illus- 
trated talk covered such developments 
and proposals as the Central Artery, 
neighborhood rehabilitation, and the 
Back Bay Civic Center, 

The vd.nners of the "Do-It-Yoursolf " 
Craft and Hobby Exhibit were announced, 
and subscriptions to hobby and interior 
decorating magazines were presented to 
them. 

The evening closed vdth refreshments 
and a social hour, vd.th an opportunity 
to admire the many various crafts, and to 
chat with neighbors, Mr Davidson was 
available for further questioning, by 
an audience vAiich had displayed keen 
interest in his talk, 

West End 

The Children's Spring Book Club, which 
had been under way at VJcst End Branch 



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since iferch, held its closing exercises 
during the Tjeek of the Spring Book 
Festival, As a special project, the chil- 
dren undertook to conduct an election at 
which they would select the books they 
thought should receive the Spring avrards 
and honors. Candidates were nominated 
by workshop groups, discussed in "buzz 
sessions," finally voted for during 
Election Week, and results were announced 
at the party on fey 22nd. Their top 
honors went to HALD moIC and THE TIN 
FIDDLE, while the critics' choice, 
ALPHONSE, was only in sixth place. At 
the closing program, reading certificates 
and book prizes vrere av/arded, and the 
children's guest author was Mss Ifary 
Yfelsh, who has virrittcn several dis- 
tinguished Irish stories for children. 



SOAP EOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
AssociaticBi member submitting it, to- 
gether v/ith the name of the Branch Library, 
Department, or Office in vihich 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 known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief, The contents of articles 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their appearance docs 
not necessarily indicate the the Pub- 
lications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 Y/ords will be accepted. 



( Editor's Note e; The foUoKdng is a con- 
densation to 300 v/ords of a letter sent 
to the President vrLth the request that 
it be read at the business meeting. 
Since this wa.s not done, it is being 
printed here.) 

To the Soap Box Editor: 

Since the future -vvclfarc of the Asso- 
ciation is in jeopardy due to the methods 
used by the Executive Board in cancelling 
the original 19^U Bertha V. Hartzell 
Lecture, we the uridcrsigncd past presi- 



dents take exception to their action on 
the following grounds: 

1, The precedent of giving recogni- 
tion only to recommendations made 
in vnriting and signed by the com- 
plainant or otherwise clearly 
identified as to source, was 
ignored. The independence of the 
Ussociation lies in adhering to 
this practice, 

2, The contention that the speaker's 
talk was not on a "professional 
library subject" is not valid 
since it is a matter of inter- 
pretation. Could 'not the Board 
have consulted the original 
Memorial Lecture Committee along 
■vi th the 19Sh Committee and thus 
have rendered a verdict arrived at 
by a wider representation of the 
Association — or better still called 
a special meeting or conducted a 
poll, 

3, Granted the assumption that the 
question of constitutionality were 
valid, did not the Association have 
an obligation to its Committee, to 
the speaks r, to the Hartzell family 
and to the membership which trans- 
cended a technical interpretation 
which apparently up to the time 

of the complaint had posed no 
problem to any member of the 
Executive Board? 

To safeguard the f uture we ask that 
the following points be discussed at the 
Business I&eting: 

(1) the possibility of amending the 
constitution to stipulate that a.11 
recommendations be sent in writing 
over the signature of a member of 
the Association) 

(2) the desirability of calling a 
special meeting of the Association 
or conducting a poll of the member- 
ship -whenever there is doubt regard- 
ing a coiirse of action to be 
folloTNGdj 

(3) the original Hartzell Committee 
clarify its intent in establishing 
the lectureship. 



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(k) the recommendations of past 

Hartzcll Committees to appoint 
the Committee in the fall of each 
year, be acted upon, 

Louisa S, Motcalf 
Edna Go Peck 
Pauline A. Walker 

To the Editor: 

What, if anything, came out of the 
Staff Association meeting at which the 
cancellation of the first Hartzcll Mem- 
orial Lecture was discussed? Although 
I was unable to attend the meeting, the 
reports I receive clear up none of my 
confusion. None of the reports seem 
to be adequate. 

Several of us on the staff have taken 
a course at SimirioBS College titled, 
Sources and Media of ivlass Communication, 
in v/hich journals, journalists, and vjhat 
journalists write arc considered. At 
the time I took the course, Simmons felt 
it important enough to require it of all 
candidates for a degree in library 
science. This would seem to indicate 
that the subject of the first lecture 
could be considered a professional li- 
brary subject. 

Among the questions left unanswered 
are these: On vjhat groundbdid the 
Executive committee decide that the sub- 
j; ct of the lecture was not a pro- 
fessional library subject and on what 
does it base its right to bo sole inter- 
preter of the provisions of the lecture? 
Should not these provisions be made more 
definite in the future? lYhy did the can- 
CQllation of the lecture come so late? 
The executive committee must have been 
aware for some time of the lecturer and 
the type of lecture he would be apt to 
give. 

There is much speculation and un- 
healthy rumor going around concerning 
this affair, which makes it appear that 
the whole truth of the matter has not 
come before the Staff Association member- 
ship. The time has come for some definifce 
statements from those who knovir what is 
going on. This wovild get several people 
off the hook as well as bring renewed 
faith in the Staff Association as a 
healthy body to -".vhich one vrould be proud 
to be connectedo 

Frarcis R, Currie 



Dear Editor: 

At the business meeting of the Boston 
Public Library Professional Staff Associa- 
tion on Friday, May 28^ it was very notice- 
able that there was a great lack of know- 
ledge of the principles of Parliamentary 
Procedure on the part of the majority of 
the members (myself included) who were 
at this meeting. Now because most members 
of an organization are not acquainted 
with the fine technicalities of Parliamen- 
tary Law, I should like to recommend that 
a member of the Executive Board of the 
B»P,LcP.S»A,, Y/ho is an expert parliamen- 
tarian, be assigned to the B,P,LeP,S,A, 
meetings in order to advise a member ivhen 
necessary as to the proper method of 
procedxire when the member vashes to exer- 
cise and protect both his individual and 
joint rights o 

Grace ©, Loughlin 

To the "Soap Box" 

Ivtr Joseph O'Neil was elected presi- 
dent of the B,P,L, Professional Staff 
Association by a high percentage of the 
votes, I believe we should support him 
in his efforts to run the association 
according to the constitution of the 
association. 

Many of us remember when no organiza- 
tion in the library was considered 
representative because it did not have a 
majority of employees as members. It's 
about time we supported those we elect to 
represent us. Criticism is to be expected, 
provided it is constructive criticism. 

Sincerely, 

Common Sense 

To the Editor: 

The old prizefight cry WE WAS ROBBED 
has taken a new twist if we can believe 
our ears vihen listening to the post-May 28 
meeting talk. If this cry came from the 
subprofessionals there might be some 
reason to listen to it. But it issues 
forth from the lips of experienced members 
of the staff. In fact more than one of 
the past presidents of the association, 
who must have h'-.d some experience with 
Roberts Rules of Order in order to conduct 
a meeting, do not hesitate to cry out in 
mournful tones. 

The cry ROBBED BY ROBERTS sounds a litHe 
naive. Lot's forget a very distasteful 
experience and get on mth our worko 



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To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Yfe h?.ve had reason for pride in our 
Professional Staff Association. Formerly, 
as its founders intended, it has given 
members a ch-^.nce to voice opinions, in- 
terests and needs regarding matters per- 
tinent to their professional welfare. 
Past officers have sponsored action to 
further and protect these interests. 
They have exhibited the courage needed to 
viTithstand outside pressures v/hether these 
originated from non-m.embers vidthin the 
Library or from subversive or super- 
patriotic groups outside our walls. But 
this Association may cease to be an in- 
dependent, representative body unless 
we meet the grave, increasingly apparent 
danger inherent in the growing apathy 
on the part of many members. 

Responsibility to an organization does 
not end idth payment of dues. To riHke 
their wishes knovm, members must attend 
meetings* They must study parliamentary 
rules of procedure so that well-iinformcd, 
vocal groups vjithin the organization can- 
not misuse these rules to usurp total con- 
trol. And, obviously, each member must 
become avnre of action pending or effects! 
by his elected officers so that he can 
express approval or disapproval of steps 
taken in his interests. 

Democratic organizations depend on two 
equally important principles; rule of 
the najority and the right of minorities 
to be heard. At our last meeting, serious 
differences of opinion became obvious re- 
garding recent Executive Board action. 
Such differences can be settled amicably 
only if each side can freely express its 
views. If we allow some members to 
silence others, mth v.'hora they disagree, 
by imperious demands for adjournment, 
each of us should remember that in the 
next discussion v/e m3.y find ourselves in 
the minority silenced vri-thout a hearing. 

Our Staff Association was created to 
serve us all. Let us' keep that Associa- 
tion vital, productive and genuinely 
representative by becoming alert to 
dangers Y;hich apring up to threaten its 
existence and its integrity. 



professional persons, I am not referring 
to nor am I against calling a spade a 
spade virhen it is a spade. However, the 
current name calling and innuendo in 
certain areas is unreasoni-ble. True, the 
Executive Beard made a mistake in not 
notifying the Hartzell Committee much 
earlier that the Constitution must be 
strictly interpreted, I agree it is un- 
fortunate to vdthdraY/ an invitation to a 
speaker. From what I have gathered 
that seemingly was accomplished without 
rancor as far as the speaker vras concerned. 
However, if action had not been taken this 
lecture wculd have set a precedent for 
the future contrary to the Constitution 
of the Association, 

The Executive Board, which has many 
duties to perform has admitted its error, 
yet the Committee for the Hartzell Memorial 
Lecture v^hich was directly concerned with 
this matter, has failed to acknov/ledge the 
fact that they acted contrary to the 
specific provision of the Constitution 
governing their authority, vAiich provision 
stated explicitly that the lecture vras 
to be on a professional library subject. 



M. F. Daly 
Just in case — 
P.S, I Tras not one of the members of the 
association originally requesting 
a reexamination of the lecture 
subject. 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

Come noY/-. Let us calm dovjn. There is 
no sense in becoming so emotional that 
it in some cases borders on hysteria. 



Dear Editor: 

Reflecting on the cancellation of the 
Hartzell lecture, certain facts bear em- 
phasizing, A letter dated 23 March 195U 
from the Chairman of the Hartzell Memorial 
Lecture Committee to the President of the 
BPLPSA listed speakers under considera- 
tion, none of them professional librarians, 
md disclosed that the Committee considered 
X broader interpretation of "the profes- 
sional library subject". The President 
rasied no objection, although invited to 
nake recommendations, nor did any member 
jf the Executive Board when the letter 
^ras read to them at a meeting on 12 April 
L95U. Yet when a member of the staff, 
liding behind anonymity, objected on the 
Dretense that the proposed lecture was 
lot on a professional library subject, 
■:he Executive Board voted to cancel the 



proposed lecture. If the staff member 
T?/hen people use terms, generalities, and 'vho raised the objection was sincere in his 
innuondos not at all applicable to a or her effort to safeguard the constitution 
situation at hand, they are not acting as of the association, why all the secrecy? 

Certainly nobody should be ashamed of 



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having instigated this action if the 
motive vras honorable, 

Geraldine M, Altman 

To the Editor: 

95 or Goose-egg? 

Taking one's ovm measure is an in- 
teresting thing to do. Frequently we 
test ourselves on quizzes appearing in 
magazines e Sometimes we're a bit smug 
over our scores. Other times vre feel 
distinctly foolish. Now, just for lOUR 
OVifN SAKE, check yourselves on these, vdll 
you, and see how you rate? The score is 
your secret — ^but be honest t 

1) Did you go to the JAay Staff Associa- 
tion meeting prepared T/ith Robert's 
Rules? 

2) Did you ask the question troubling you 
or were you a seat-sitter? 

3) Did you make it your business to know 
if any questions or motions vrere lost 
in limbo? 

k) If vre 11- versed in parliamentary pro- 
cedure, did you lend your assistance 
to the Association aq a Virhole , or 
just to your buddies? 

5) Did you request information from the 
chair as to when certain questions 
vjDuld be in order? 

6) Have you checked the purposes of 
organization of the Staff Association? 

7) Did you help anyone solve problems? 

8) Did you hinder anyone? 

9) That was your meeting. Did you let it 
fall on a few? 

10) Do you know the only things that will 
preserve a Staff Association? 

11) If an executive member, did you fulfill 
yo\ir obligation by offering opportunity 
for all possible clarification of 



' ' '- tions or sessions packed with stimulat- 
ing interest? 

Hov/ did you rate ? 



As a SOUND MEMBER / 



As a LIABILITY /" 



controversial issues? 

12) Did you do your own thinking? 

13 ) Did you take notes or did you leave it 
all to the secretary? That was almost 
court-recorder pace , you knoxv I 

Ik) '''^as your regard for truth as strong as 

your personal opinions? 
1$) Are you clear on each issue? 

16) If not, are you an intelligent member? 

17) Have you irade the dangerous mistake of 
underestimating the intelligence of 
the membership and the public? 

18) Do you want your association meetings 
to be a battlefield for warring fac- 



Lucia S, Faulkner 

To the Editor: 

I should like to commend May C, 
McDonald and the members of the Fourth 
Annual Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture 
Committee for their arrangements for a 
pleasant and constructive program on the 
evening of June 11, The spirit behind 
their efforts vras reflected by the 
audience, and I am sure that all vifho vrere 
there felt as I did, that llrs Hartzell 
was truly remembered -and honoredo A fine 
teacher, a conscientious librarian, 
and a gracious lady, Bertha V. Hartzell 
would have been grieved and shocked by 
any altercation in connection vdth a 
library program, most of all, one in her 
memory. Let us not lose sight of the 
original purpose of the lectures t 

Elinor Day Conley 

(Editor's Note: The following letters 
were referred to the Executive Board for 
consideration, according to the Publica- 
tions Committee policy concerning material 
of controversial nature. The Executive 
Board answers questions put in these 
letters, but does not deal vdth matters 
expressing personal opinions,) 

To the Editor: 

HELP WANTED 1 1 III S I 

What's going on? v/hat's it all about? 
Does anyone know the facts? 

I have heard so many conflicting ideas, 
begarbled versions and ugly rumors, of 
the nastiest species, regarding the ill- 
fated Hartzell Lecture schedviled in May 
that frankly I am confused, befuddled and 
bemuddled, I vjanted very much to attend 
the last business meeting to find out 
for myself, but someone had to hold the 
fort, and that someone happened to be 
me. The verbal reports of the meeting 
were as varied as the persons v/ho attended 
and reflected all shades of opinion, BUT 
VfflAT ARE THE FACTS? Dunno. Nor did the 



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mimeographed report of the meeting shed 
any enlightenment » I still can not 
figure out v/hat, if anything, vjas accom- 
plished at the meeting, except an en- 
tanglement in parliamentary protocol in 
which the letter of the law sought to 
stifle the lively spirits seeking to 
exercise their rights to be heard, I 
thought ours -was .a democratic society I 
WHAT DID HAPPEN? Dunnoo 

However, methinks, the members of our 
executive committee should be chided 
severely on several scores: 

(1) Are they so indifferent to com"- 
mittee reports that they accept first 
and then take several months to stir 
from their lethargy before examining 
their actions? Shame I 

(2) Is it nice to invite anyone, let 
alone someone of the stature of the 
originally scheduled speaker, and then 
at the last moment y/ithdraw one's 
hospitality? Shame I 

(3) I spent a miserable hot summer at 
library school studying IIEDIA OF MASS 
C0M1UNICATDN, in which we learned about 
the press, its responsibility in news 
reporting, and its relation to the Li- 
brary* If a professional library school 
sees fit to include material of such 
nature in a professional library course, 
who are we, meaning our staff associa- 
tion, to impose a narrow, outmoded defini' 
tion of the vrord "professional" on our 
library activities? 

FEJ'IUDDLED 

To the Editor: 

We suggest that "Femuddled" read the 
statement of 17 May 195ii sent to Associa- 
tion members giving notice of the can- 
cellation of the Hartzell Lecture 

1, Paragraphs 2 and 3 of this state- 
ment point out a. that the notes of the 
first meeting of the former Hartzell 
Lecture Committee indicated that although 
the Committee had discussed a broader 
interpretation of "professional library 
subject", they reached no decision and 
ytere to discuss this m?.tter at a later 
meeting, b» It was not apparent until 
the flyer, setting forth the title of 
the proposed lecture, had been distri- 
buted through the Library, that the 
Committee had decided on a broader 
interpretation of "professional library 
subject". 

2. No J it is alvrays painful to with- 



draw an invitation extended to anyoneo 
The Executive Board apologized to the 
speaker for doing so; the invited speaker, 
in answer, graciously stated that there 
vras no need for apologies and that he 
welcomed his release because of his other 
commitments, 

3, The first three ffertzell Memorial 
Lecture Committees followed a strict in- 
terpretation of "professional library 
subject", and the former Hartzell Lecture 
Committee was a;vare of this. If any 
member of the Association believes there 
should be a TJider choice of subject, 
it is his or her privilege to propose an 
amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws, 
modifying the term "professional library 
subject", as it appears in the duties of 
the Committee, 

The Executive Board 

To the Soap Box Editor: 

Since llir Roberts took over the recent 
business meeting of the Association, there 
were many questions which members desired 
to raise and have answered which were not 
"in order," Therefore, I would like to 
ask, and have ansYiered, through the medium 
of The Question Mark , the follomng queries: 
1» Are the officers elected to carry 
out the vdll of the membership— 
or to impose their vd.ll on the 
membership, as happened in the can- 
cellation of the original 195U 
Hartzell Lecture? The Constitu- 
tion states — as part of the 
"duties of the Executive Board" — 
"to consider all matters affecting 
the common interests and welfare of 
the Association, and to recommend 
to the Association such action 
as the Board deems vrLse," — 
italics mine — to recommend — not 
to act , 

2, If interpretation of the con- 
stitution — Hartzell lecture clause — 
v/ere the cause, yhy was the original 
Hartzell Committee not consulted? 

3« Did not common courtesy require 
that the 195U Hartzell Committee 
v/hich had every detail of the 
lecture planned be consulted, rather 
than be issued an ultimatum? 

ii, A special meeting was requested, 
liifhy was this request ignored? 



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5» A poll viBs requested, Yfhy T;as 
this request ignored? 

(*''Thore vns not sufficient 
time", is in excuse, not 
a reason.) 

6. If a columnist reports on a con- 
troversial subject, and two local 
papers disagree vrith that report, 
is this unusual? It happens every- 
day in a democratic society and 
should happen . 

7. Why did the Executive Board feel 
that this incident, the suspected 
reason for cancelling the lecture, 
had to be hushed up and the con- 
stitution theory put forvrard as a 
camouflage 2 

8. Was not the Executive Board's fear 
of facing the issue, the only 
real danger in the entire situa- 
tion? 

9. Is the Association going to be an 
independent organization or is it 
going to jump through the hoop 
every time someone (suspected but 
unknown) lashes the whip? 

Edna G. Peck 

To the Editor: 

1. The officers are elected to carry 
out the vdll of the membership, as 
the membership has expressed its 
will in the Constitution and By- 
Laws and not in a manner contrary 
to the Constitution and By-Lav/s, 
Article 2 (b) of the By-Lavfs, as 
part of the duties of the Execu- 
tive Board, has been in the Con- 
stitution since the beginning of 
the Association, Yet from the 
very first year of the Association 
the Executive Board has taken 
action for the Association betvieen 
meetings of the membership and has 
not restricted its activities to 
merely making recommendations to 
the Association, Nor does the 
present Executive Board believe 
that the Association would have 
been able to function effectively 
throughout the life of the Asso- 
ciation, if the Executive Board 
could only recommend action and - 



fcouid act act iiBcrll, Any. former 
President should be aware that 
this is the policy that has 
always been follov/ed, 

2» The Executive Board considered 
the language of the By-La.ws, 
"professional library subject", 
to be very clear and in no need 
of interpretation, 

3. The Executive Board has already 
apologized to the former Committee 
publicly for not giving earlier 
notification, 

i;. The request for a special meeting 
made on late Friday afternoon of 
May lljth was not ignored. It 
v/as given every consideration. 
The President had been instructed 
to carry out arrangements for can- 
cellation if the Committee re- 
signed. Any special meeting 
called would have been held after 
cancellation arrangements had been 
initiated. The statement issued 
Ifey 17th was intended to give the 
membership notice of the Executive 
Board's action and the reasons 
for its action, 

B, Joseph O'Keil 

for the Executive Board 

To the Editor; 

5» The result of a poll could not 
make an unconstitutional act con- 
stitutional, 

6, No, If a columnist reports on a 
controversial subject and tviro 
local papers disagree with that 
report, it is not at all unusual* 

7, The Executive Board takes this 
opportunity to state once again 
that the only reason for cancelling 
or postponing the Bertha Ve 
Hartzell Memorial Lecture which was 
considered or discussed by the 
Executive Board was that the art- 
nounced subject was not in accord 
vfith the Constitution, 

8, The Executive Board faced the issue, 
the constitutionality of the an- 
nounced subject, and voted un- 
animously to take action on can- 



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cellation and postponement. A week 
and a half later the full Board 
iinaniraously reaffirmed the stand it 
had taken previously so that there 
would not be the least shadow of a 
doubt as to its post ion » 

9» As long as the present Executive 
Board is in office they will do 
all in their power to insure that 
the Association v;ill remain inde- 
pendent* The average age and girth 
of the members of the Executive 
Board preclude j\amping through 
hoops for anyone. 

Louis Rains, 

for the Executive Board 

To the Soap Box Editor: 

Yife urish to thank the many friends vvho 
joined in helping us honor Mrs Bertha V, 
Ifertzell, To further honor her memory the 
Committee is assuming the expenses of the 
Fourth Ifeirtzell Memorial Lecture o 

Geraldine T, Beck 
Charles J, Gillis 
Irene J. ■'.'Jadsworth 
ifey C, McDonald, Chairman 
FOURTH HARTZELL MEMDRIaL 
LECTURE COmnTTEE 



LATE FUSHl 

Announcement ha-s been made of the' 
engagement of I/hrgaret Jfehoney, Informa- 
tion Office, to John Morrison of Cambridge, 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JULY 1954 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Pub]ic Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume IX, Number 7 



July 1951 



Publications Committee: 



Gerald L. Ball, John J. McCafferty, Sheila W, Pierce, 
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 pristine unequivocalness of elemental man, 

must be a gradual clouding over of 
There appeared soire years ago a British everything we try to say or write to a 



publication with the engaging title Chamber 
of Horrors « Upon inspection this little 
book proved to be a "glossary of official 
jargon, British and American". The com- 
piler using the pseudonym "Vigilans", 
alarmed at the "fungoid" growth of this 
language phenomenon, and determined to 
check in some vra,y the spread of these 
v/eeds, has brought together some of the 
more absurd specimens of this strange 
tongue, together Tdth translations into 
standard English, (Ex. "institute the 
necessary inquiries" for ask.) In the 
introduction, incidentally, the reader is 
treated to an excerpt from Federal Prose . 
How to vjrite in and/or for Washington .. 
(Univ. of N.C. Press, 19iia) which defines 
official jargon as follows : that form of 
nonmetrical composition, apparently 
English, vifhich can be invariably inter - 
preted as meaning and/or not meaninglriore 
and /or less than, rather than v/hat, it" 
seems to mean. 

We librarians ourselves have, over the 
years, been guilty of a similar jargonis- 
tic approach in saying and writing things. 
Ovoc sin has lain in our characteristic 
use of what one might call Library prose, 
perhaps best described as "genteel long- 
windedness." ¥e have so long been used 
to such expressions as delightful colla- 
tion when -we mean lunch; individual vjhen 
we mean person and charming abode vhen we 
mean somebody's house, that a disturbing 
attitude has crept into the profession's 
word-choice, a conviction that two 
syllables, like tvfo heads, are better 
than one. We have been pursuing this 
sesquipedalian path so unswervingly, in 
fact, that Vigilans (see above) might 
tremble lest we banish directness forever 
from the Library profession in favor of 
bh'"; 'fiqre. It vould seen that the in- 
;Vit b'.c ■'.ii':' regrettoble consequence of 
this behavior, unless Yre return to the 



point of complete confusion. 

Ikking A as crystal-clear atop the 
scale of intelligibility, and making Z 
utter chaos at its lower end, (and bearing 
in mind man's inability (1) to make himself 
completely understandable and (2) to com- 
pletely understand others) we must admit 
that most human communication staggers 
along at about G or H on that scale. 

This unhappy condition is almost as 
good as semanticists say we poor humans 
can achieve. (Senanticists are pro- 
fessional head-shakers over language 
difficulties.) Their somewhat too great 
insistence on complete mutual understanding 
as the one true basis of peaceful and 
fruitful relationships, and their paralML 
conviction that any degree of this under- 
standing will occasion a like degree of 
friction is too neat an explanation and 
offers too easy a solution of the world's 
ills. However, they may well be entirely 
vjTong. Perhaps Library language, once 
simplified, Yd.ll help simplify Library 
procedures, 

John McCafferty 



PERSOML NOTES 



Resignations 



Mrs Grace H, Gonzalez, General Reference, 
to remain at home in GuateitHla City, 
Guatenala, C.A. 

Transfers 



I.Irs Elizabeth B. Svirsky, from Parker Hill 
to Central Charging Records. 

Returned from Military Leave 



Lawrence R. Bushey, Fine Arts 



CARE 
Remember to CARE during the Summer. 



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Y'JEDDINGS 

St Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill, 
July 10, v/as the scene of the Nuptial 
Mass at which Constance E, Wilson, Book 
Stack Service, and Paul 5. Delahanty, 
Central Charging Records, were married. 
The bride wore a full length govm of 
off-white silk organza over bridal satin 
mth an insertion of Alencon lace at the 
bodice and a seed pearl crown with an 
illusion veil. Her ma id-of -honor, Jeanne 
Daly, wore white embroidered eyelet 
organdy over blue taffeta j Loretta Ann 
Delahanty was govmed in pale blue tulle. 
The bride's bouquet vras of white roses 
and siiephanotis mth a center of pink 
sweetheart roses. The J/iass was celebrated 
by Father Leonard of Boston College while 
the best nan ■>!ia.s George Hickey of Dor- 
chester. The reception, vAiich followed 
immediately, was held at the home of the 
groom's parents in West Roxbury. 



On Saturday afternoon, June 19, in the 
Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral 
of the Holy Cross, Janice G, Lane of the 
Office of Home Reading and Community 
Services, became the bride of Roger B. 
Hunt. Following a honeymoon in Upper 
New York State and the Gaspc, I'tr and Mrs 
Hunt vfill live in Cambridge, 



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Margaret Macdonald, Director's Office, 
was married in Boston on July 1 to Jose 
de Rivas-Mcoud, The couple vri.ll live 
in New York City, 



On Saturday morning, June 19, Helen G, 
Pappas, Information, ivas me-rricd to 
Arthur J. F, Sullivan, of Corning, New 
York, at a double v/cdding ceremony at 
St Patrick's Church in Watcrtovm, 
Massachusetts, Her sister, Mary Catherine 
Pappas, Tims wed to Paul Frazier, of 
Dorchester, at the same time, 

Helen looked exquisite in a white 
mousseline do sole over satin gov.n 
decorated with seed pearls placed in the 
hearts of the little flovrars in the lace 
inserts at the waist and bodice. Her 
chapel length train was cleverly designed 
to' allow her to [rather it up for the _ 



reception on invisible buttons forming a 
bustle in the back. Her tiara added a 
regal air. Each bride carred a prayer- ' 
book covered with a triple-headed orchid, 
vdth Stephanotis along the satin ribbons. 

The brides used the Marion Year colors. 
Blue for the bridesmaids' govms and yellcv/ 
and vidiite accessories to match the gold 
and T^^hite used in decorating the altar. 

Their attendants included tvYo members ' 
of the Library staff, Mrs Mary F, Scanlon, 
Central Charging Records, and Helen H, 
Scvagian, Information Office, They wore 
turquoise blue gowns vdth white shoes and 
gloves. Yellow roses and white carnations 
formed the coronets worn by the bridesmaids. 
These flowers were used to cover ycllov/ 
satin and lace fans which they carried. 



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On Saturday, June 26, Ikurice Rahilly, 
former staff member in General Reference, ■ 
Periodical and Newspaper, and Audio-Visual, 
was married to Patricia Kane at St, Matthew 
Church, Dorchester, Fbnsignor Hascnfus, 
a friend of the bride, performed the 
ceremony. The couple vri.ll live in New 
York City, 



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BIRTHS 

Martin Waters, Reference Librarian in 
History, is the happy father of a son, 
Alan, born in Yfcyraouth on June 26, Alan 
weighed in at eight pounds. Formerly, 
¥srs Waters was a member of Cataloging 
and Classification, Division of R. & R, S, 

PRESIDENT'S KDTES 

The Executive BDard has been concerned 
for some time that, if the payments of 
service anniversary increases were made 
before the remaining balances due from the 
April 1, 1953 revision of salary scales 
had been {Hid, there would result in- 
equities to a considerable number of 
persons, in particular, that many seniors 
in grade would be receiving sma.ller 
salaries than some juniors in grade for 
some nine months, more or less. 

The Executive Board has been comimini- 
cating vdth the Administration concerning 
this matter since the first notice on 
payment of service anniversary increases 
vras issued, and on Wednesday,- July 7, the 
President and Mr Louis Rains of the Execu- 
tive Board were authorized to meet mth 



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the Director and the Chief Executive 
Officer to discuss this situation. 

After this discussion the following 
statement was authorized; 

"The Director stated that, in addition 
to the payment of the remaining ba]ances 
due from the April 1, 1953 revision of ' 
salary scales (probably as of October 1, 
195i|j and, if possible, as of an earlier 
date in 195U, depending upon the state of 
the personnel service budget) he would 
recommend to the Trustees payments for 
the period of January 1, 195^4- to the date 
of the effective date of the balances due 
to those individuals for -whom inequities 
of payment had come into being as a result 
of the granting of anniversary increases 
earlier in the current fiscal year«" 

We are pleased to announce -that Charles 
L» Higgins , General Reference, was elected 
as a member of the Steering Committee of 
the Staff Organizations Round Table of 
the American Library Association and will 
serve 'for a two-year term. Congratula- 
tions, Mr Higgins t The Association is 
honored by the election of Mr Higgins so 
soon after Bradford M, Hill, Periodical 
and Ne?:spaper, had served for two con- 
secutive terms on this important national 
committee. 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

LOST km FOUND 

The following item, having been posted 
on the Central Bulletin Board for over 
a month v/ithout a claimant, has been sent 
to The Question Mark for v/ider notice: 

Found 

Gold bracelet found in the Women's 
Lavatory, Stack 3» Owner may claim 
at the Personnel Office. 

Personnel Office— 6/&/5I4 

IN ?ffiI>iDRIAM 

Mrs Evelyn Grosbayne Green 

At the suggestion of llirs Evelyn C, 
ILarden, Bookmobile, who vias the official 
representative of our Association at 
the funeral services of Mrs Evelyn Gros- 
bayne Green, a donation of ten dollars 
froin the Associ'^.tion in memory of Ws 
Green has been sent to "Youth Aliyah", 
a fund for the care of orphaned children 



in Israel. 

This donation was made in lieu of the 
flowers usually sent on the death of an 
active member of the Association because 
the newspaper death notice requested that 
a donation be made to charity in lieu 
of flowers. 

Below is a copy of the letter received 
from the husband of the late Mrs Green t 

U5 Wallingford Street 
Brighton, Massachusett 
July 10, 1951; 

Ifr B. Joseph O'Neil, President 
Professional Staff Association 
Boston Pub! ic Library 
Boston, Ifeissachusetts 

Dear Sir, 

I have been recently informed 
of a contribution received by Youth 
Aliyah from the Professional Staff 
Association in memory of my beloved v;-if e, 
Evelyn. 

Evelyn had alvrays evinced a keen 
interest in the work done by Youth Aliyah 
and the contribution to this organization 
most fittingly honors her name. 

Please convey to the members of 
the Professional Staff Association my 
gratitude and sincere thanks for this 
beautiful tribute to my Evelyn. 

Respectfully, 
(Signed) Louis Green 

SOtE'mERE IN THE LIBRARY . . . 

22, Towards the close of the last century, 
a famous vroman poet and essayist vrorked 
for nearly two years in the Catalog 
Room of this Library, lifhen she left 
the Library, she v/ent to England to 
study at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, 
"I came to England not for excitement, 
not for vogue, but for the velvety feel 
of the Past under foot, like moss of 
the forest floor to a barefooted child," 
she said. Her studies in England were 
mainly of the seventeenth-century poets. 
Among her works are: A Little English 
Galls ry j England and Yesterday ; Blessed 
Edmund Campion j Recusant Poets , Can 
you identify this woman? 

23. Another member of the Catalog Depart- 
ment of the Library, T/ho worked here 



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for iTiany yoars, until the time of her] 
death during Yforld War II, was also an ' 
author, a vo-iter of mysteries. Can ycu 
identify this cataloger-authoress? 

2ii, SomevAoro in the Library is an 
original wash dravong entitled "Twen- 
tieth Century Boston". The size of 
the drawing is considerable, Ul x 83J 
inches. The artist was Bert Poole| 
the date on the drawing is 1907. The 
whole TOrk is a most comprehensive 
viev/ of Boston and Boston Harbor. 
The ships in the harbor, the piers, 
the railroads, the ncv/ly-constructcd 
buildings: — all create a picture of 
Boston at the tiirn of the century with 
the newly acquired look of a modern 
city. Can you locate this drav/ing? 

25. Somcv/here in Bates Hall there is a 
pair of pedestals for the busts of two 
famous Library benefactors. These 
pedestals are made of cipolino marble, 
the marble used in the Temple of 
Antoninus and Faustina in the Roman 
Forum, and in the columns of the Church 
of Santa Jferia Maggiore in Rome, This 
marble is no longer obtainable. Can 
you locate these pedestals? 

(Answers to these questions appear on 
page 5 ) 

AnsTJ-ers to June questions 

18, Lucy Stone 

19, Rare Book Department 

20, In the space formerly occupied by 
the postcard counter, 

21, Thomas Gold Appleton, 

Paul V, Moynihan 
BLOOD DOMDR PROGRAM 

The following excerpts are from an 
editorial by E, Roland Harriman, Presi- 
dent of the American National Red Cross, 
in Today's Health for Jfarch 19^1+ . 

"Both V/orld Vfer II and Korea have re- 
quired Americans to donate blood in vast 
quantities. Response to that need, and 
the resultant supply of vifhole blood and 
blood derivatives has been of groat 
benefit to our wounded and has had a 
collateral benefit to civilians, through 
a gro\ri.ng consciousness of the value of 
blood and the v/illingncss of people to 
donate it," 



,,, "Increased knowledge and, vrith it, 
the mounting need for blood presents a 
major problem—TJ-hcrc to get it. Unlike 
other medicinals, blood cannot be bought 
in quantities sufficient to meet needs 
because not enough people are willing 
to sell it— at any price. Blood pro- 
curement is not solely the responsibility 
of the medical profession, but also the 
duty of the average citizen", 

,,#"We must make sure that no soldier 
or civilian dies for the lack of blood", 

"But each healthy citizen must also 
assume a part of the responsibility because 
it is only through the enlightened genero- 
sity of people in keeping up consistent 
donations that the program can succeed* 
The American Medical Association, the 
Red Cross and hospitals vd.ll do their part. 
All of this will avail little unless each 
of us \fho is able makes blood-giving a 
habit". 

Have you 'made a donation through our 
own program, the City of Boston Blood 
Donor Program? 

"REMEIfflER, THE BLOOD YDU GIVE MAY 
SAVE SOJffiBODY'S LIFE " , 

BEST VJISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 

George T, Armstrong, Records, Files, 
Statistics, is recuperating at home, 
following an operation, 

ENGAGEMENT 

The engagement of Irene M, McCarty, 
Adams Street, to Michael J, Shea of 
Dorchester vra.s announced on July 12, They 
plan to be married next Spring, 

A.L«A. CONFERENCE 

Conference theme ; "Knoviflcdge 
A Free People 's Surest Strength " 

At many of the general raeetings of the 
A,L,A, as 'a -whole and of the several 
divisions, great stress \vas put upon the 
importance of the United Nations as a 
force for peace and freedom:, and upon 
the role of the United States as a major 
force in the proper functioning of the 
U,N, TvTO men in particular made eloquent 
and fervent appeals in support of the U,N, 
Carroll Binder, Editorial Editor of the 
"Minneapolis Tribune", discussed the 
attitudes tow^-rd participation by the 
U,S, in world affairs with particular 



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the Association of College and Reference 
Librarians held a panel discussion on 
the above topic. The chairman of the 
Section made some preliminary remarks and 
then introduced the chairman of the panel. 
The latter looked around the large ball- 
room v;here there vrere assembled a couple 
of hundred of us in a horse-shoe and ivith 
no vra.rning vAiatsoever suggested that every- 
one was going to have a good time this 
afternoon* He smiled when he said this. 
This levity took many of the librarians 
by surprise and some few lost their grim— 
ness and determination. A tepid titter 
swept the room. But it was a temporary 
lapse. For some one got up and indulged 
in that delightful ALA custom of "reading 
a paper". There was good reason to be 
grim. Luckily the room was air-conditioned. 
In her paper the lady kept using the vrord 
empirical, I do remember that for some 
reason. Upon the completion of that paper, 
another paper was read, etc. The panel 
chairman, incidentally, made no further 
reference to good times. But enough of 
this silliness J on to the moat of the 
meeting. It vras concerned vdth the work 
of a committee lAJiich is undertaking to 
revise ajid to re-name the International 
Index to Periodicals, At the present time 
this index includes periodicals devoted 
to the humanities and the sciences. It is 
intended to drop the sciences (physical) 
and include only the hunr.nities and the 
social sciences. However, periodicals 
in the field of psychology and all periodi- 
cals in foreign languages are to be ex- 
cluded too. This project entails an enor- 
mous amount of work; in fact judging by 



emphasis on the r easons advanced by those 
groups opposed to the UiN, Dr Charles 
Jfeyo of the Ifayo Clinic, Rochester, 
Minnesota, and President of the American 
Association for the U.N, urged that the 
coming U.N. Day be appropriately cele- 
brated on the local level throughout the 
Uoited States, 

SORT 

The Staff Organizations Round Table 
held a meeting at v/hich five new members 
were elected to the Steering Committee 
Ti±iich is composed of nine members 
scattered throughout the country, Charles 
Higgins, Chief of General Reference, 
had been nominated by tlic BBLPSA and he 
was one of the five elected from the 
fifteen nominees. The election was 
follovrod by several reports some of lAhich 
were somewhat interesting. The chief 
report and the one vihich aroused some 
animation was delivered by the SORT Staff 
Committee Survey, This survey was con- 
ducted among the various member staff 
organizations. The point was brought 
out in the survey that ten libraries have 
a member of the staff organization regu- 
larly attending the meetings of the Board 
of Trustees, This is so in Los Angeles, 
Minneapolis and Clevelande This seemed 
surprising and daring to the representa- 
tive from St Louis and' Dayton, tvro rather 
conservative libraries. For example, 
the Dayton representative could see 
nothing unusual in the fact that every- 
thing v/hich appears in the Dayton staff 

paper first goes over the Librarian's jthe remarks of some of the speakers one 
Desk for his approval. That fact is taken flight get the impression that the v*iole 
for granted in Dayton. In Minneapolis thing is absolutely hopeless. There are 
a member of the staff has "alvrays" sat so many periodicals, so much duplication 
in on all Trustees' meetingF« That fact in other indexes, so many decisions'to make 
is taken for granted in Minneapolis. In regarding psychological periodicals, so 
a great many libraries the Chief Librariani^ny foreign periodicals, so many border- 
(Director) is a regular member of the Line periodicals (is this psychology or soitb 
staff association, and in others he is Dther social soienco?) Absolutely over- 

vhelming. The Wilson Company is represented 
Dn the ACRL Committee. I do think that it 
Is fair to assume that the Internation.il 
Endex will emerge revised and re-naircd, 
iespite all difficulties. It was announced 
:hat the next index due for revising but 
lot for rc-nraraing is the Industrial Arts 
[ndex and for this prodigious tajk the 
ACRL is going to vfork v.ith committees from 
■:he Public Libraries Division and from the 
SLA, The Wilson Company is again to be 



invited to attend staff association 
business m.ectings. Several short talks 
by representatives of various staff 
organizations were made, including one by 
Mr Higgins in vrhich he summarized the 
activities and organization of 'BPLPSA. 

Current Issues 
In Periodical Indexing 

The Reference Librarians' Section of 



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Japanese Library School 

At a meeting of the ALA Council several 
reports ivcre read, one of then being a 
progress report by Robert Gitler on the 
Japanese Library School ;7hich he and 
several other Americans have set up at 
Keio University in Tokyo* There are only 
tvro Americans on the faculty nov/ and it is 
expected tha.t in the near future Iilr Gitler 
and his assistant id.ll return to this 
country leaving the Library School en- 
tirely in Japanese hands. Students enter 
the Library School at the third year 
college level after a complicated screen— 
ing of as rmny as 600 applicants. Each 
year there are about SO students in the 
school. Unfortunately about ten percent 
of those do not graduate because they 
contract tuberculosis. For those v/ho do 
graduate there is no placement problem. 
The average sa!b.ry is about $35 per 
month, this being equal to teachers' pay. 
The $35 is considered to be a fine salary 
because the teachers do not make any 
more, I do not knot; v/hethcr this means 
that librarians and teachers are thus able 
to starve on equal terms in Japan or that 
$35 is a fortune in Japan, Thanks to 
the ALA and the Rockefeller Foundation the 
Japanese people vdll now have home— trained 

librarians, _ „ „ . 

George E. Earley 

Children's Librarians' Programs 

Children's librarians attending the 
conference found two program meetings of 
direct importance to them.. On Monday 
morning Mrs Bonary-Isbort, author of 
The Ark and its forthcoming sequel Rowan 
Farm J spoke in a memorable manner of 
"The Meed for Understanding in our Shrink- 
ing World," Her deoply-fclt rema.rks, 
bom from her ovm. experiences through and 
after the v;ar in Germany, complemented the 
message given delightfully in her stories 
of post-Y/ar German life. In both she has 
expressed the need to give children 
courage to overcome fear, an intimate 
acquaintance vrith beauty in art and 
nature, and the knov;ledge that no human 
being has an isolated existence, but a 
responsibility to adjust to others. The 
exchange of students viho are v.-ithout 
prejudice, malice, and fanaticism can 
help she said. Books, which belong to 
each of us, will give an understanding 
of the background of suffering, 

lirs Senary was appropriately followed 



by Maj'tha King, folklorist knovm on radio 
and recordings. In her talk on "Midvrcst 
Roots in Folklore and Folksong" she ex- 
plained her idea of folklore as the v;ay 
we keep , ourselves going, with courage, 
wisdom, and humor. Her songs of the 
Iilinnesota area included ballads of the 
French Voyageurs, the ""Huron Indian 
Christmas Carol" and a mid-west version 
of "Barbara Allen." 

On Wednesday evening the Division of 
Libraries for Children and Young People 
introduced Dr Dora Smith of the University 
of Minnesota, Her forceful talk, "Books, 
a Source of Strength for Youth in a Free 
Land," was a convincing presentation of 
the importance of the individual, the 
importance of standards in selection of 
books , and the need to help young people 
through reading — through experiences of 
human greatness, through humor that is 
both "obstreperous and unconscious," and 
through help in recognizing tyranny, 
Dr Smith concluded by saying, "It is wiser 
to believe than to doubt. This is the 
strength I believe books caa bring youth 
in a free land," 

Virginia Baviland 

Serials Round Table 

The Serials Round Table met in the 
Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel on Tuesday, 
June 22, at 10:00 a.m. Robert A. 
Elftmann of the Northern State Teachers 
College Library of Aberdeen, S,D,, spoke 
on "Some Simplified Procedures for ' 
Serials Handling in Small Libraries," 
the first of vhich was the obvious ex- ' 
pedient of cutting down on acquisitions, 
by being selective in keeping those 
serials vi/hich were actually used and not 
otherwise available from larger libraries. 
The second -vms to prefer consulting the 
shelves directly rather than list long 
holdings. The third method was to bind' 
serials even if the file was incomplete, 
and the fourth was to have certain 
series broken up and treated as vertical 
file material, 

Henry M, Fuller, Yale University 
Library, spoke on the International Index: 
under study. Subscribers to this index 
had been sent questionnaires vj-hich in- 
dicated that kQ% wanted to retain the 
present title and 3^% wished to change 
it to Liberal Arts Index, If this vrere 
done, the scope might be changed, yet 
kept on a scholarly level, and the great 



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number of science periodicals, already- 
listed e Is ewhere-i— often inany times- 
could be dropped, as might also those 
in psychology. Subscribers favor in- 
clusion of English language periodicals 
only. An interim questionnaire has been 
sent and is to be followed by a third. 

Speaking on the Lubetsky proposals 
for revision of the ALA. Code as they re- 
late to serial entries was Elizabeth C, 
Borden of the University of Pennsylvania 
Library. The disadvantages lAiiich li- 
braries that might adopt Lubetsky's 
suggestion to enter serials under each 
different change in entry occurring 
during its history vrere mentioned, as 
also were the difficulties v^hich might 
result, both in accepting Library of 
Congress cards and in reference use of 
the catalog, from adopting Lubetsky' s 
recommendations for geographic and cor- 
porate entries, especially for government 
publications, 

Esther E, Jalonen 

Division of Libraries 
For Children and Young People ; 
Association of Young People's Librarians 

"Planning For Better Service to Chil- 
dren and Yo\ing People" was the theme of 
the opening membership meeting of the 
Division on Monday morning. A review of 
the past year's vrork, accomplished and 
in process , v;as gained through the re- 
ports of the chairmen of the committees. 
Some highlights were: 

A booklist to be called "First 
Choice" is to be published under 
the chairmanship of Elinor Tfelker 
(Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) 
v/hich will be of particular use to 
libraries where there are no young 
adult workers «■ 

Top of the Nevis , the Division's 
quarterly publication, is to be 
expanded and revamped, v/ith Elinor 
Vifalker as editor, 

Mildred Bachelder v;ill be full 
time executive secretary of the 
D.L.C.Y.P. Additional funds granted 



children's and young People's 

departments may be properly con- 
sidered in the planning stages. 
The common objectives of the 
Division of Libraries for Children 
and Young People and the Public 
Libraries Division have been dis- 
cussed by representatives of both 
Divisions with a view to establish 
better communication, to avoid 
duplication of activities, and to 
firrther cooperation. 

The progress achieved by the 
International Relations Committee 
through the International Youth 
Library in J'lunich; the International 
exhibit of children's books for 
UNESCO, in Paris; the CARE -UNESCO 
Children's Book Program, and the 
list in preparation of American 
children's books suggested for trans- 
lation v/as reported. 

The results of a questionnaire 
to gather information concerning the 
use of television vrith children and 
young people va.s included in the 
committee reports. All the li- 
braries I'-hich answered had obtained 
public service time. 

The Division President elected for 
195ii-55 is Alice Louise Lefevre, Director, 
Department of Libra rianship, Western 
I/Lichigan College of Education. 

The Vice President and President 
Elect: ybcs Natalie Mayo Edifrix, San Diego 
Public Library. 



The Association of Young People 's 
Librarians elected for Chairman, 195U-55, 
Dorothy Laws on, Indianapolis Public Li- 
brary, 

The Vice Chairman and Chairman elect; 
Frances Grim, Cleveland Public Library, 

Adapting the Large Library Program 
to the Smaller Library— Book Selection 

A panel discussion on Tuesday brought 
together representatives from the large 
the Division made possible these last]_ibraries — New York and Boston — and the 
two developments, smaller ones — International Falls, 

The Design and Equipment Committee j^nnesotaj Des Moines, lovra,; Pierce 
chairman recommended closer co- bounty Rural Library District in Tacoma, 
operation v,dth architects and head Washington. The presentations and the 
librarians planning renovations or ijuestions from the outspoken audience re- 
new quarters so that space for the (sealed the very vddc disparity in services 



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to young people in this country. Where 
no staff member is assigned to vrork with 
the age group— and the term young people 
is an elastic one \7hich may cover juhior 
high students— the pages may be the ones 
to s elect the books for special shelves 
TrLth the aid of printed lists day to 
day. There may or may not be special 
young adult marking on books. At the 
other end of the yard stick are to be 
found libraries vdth highly trained 
personnel selecting books by reviewing 
rather than by r emote recommendations. 
When these selections for young adults 
are published as is the annual list by 
the New York Public Library, they are a 
major help to the smaller libraries. 
Each community should heed the local 
tastes and local taboos, it vo,s pointed 
out, although the basic book selection 
tools I'vere .nonetheless valuable. The 
exchange, moderated by Xenophon P» 
Smith, Librarian of the Peoria Public 
Library, brought to light the strength 
of the small community library v^ere 
each young person and his family are 
knovjn continuously by the librarian, and 
the advantages of the larger libraries 
organized to recognize the youpg adult 
population and serve them. The librarians 
T/fho crovrded that morning session gained 
new areas to develop and fresh approaches 
to try, although the ciying need is more 
funds and additional staff* 

American Heritage Project— -Young Adults 

On Tuesday afternoon, Hannah Hunt, 
Young Adult Specialist on the A»L,A, 
American Heritage Project staff for the 
past tvro years, gave a full report of the 
young adults discussion groups "It's 
Our America" designed to attract young 
people betvreen the ages of 17 and 2^ and 
who do not attend school. Libraries 
\vhich have been selected as demomstra-' 
tion areas receive leadership training, 
financial support up to ^^200 for books 
and materials, and close supervision. 
There are some tv;enty-two groups now 
scattered over the United States both 
within demonstration areas and outside 
these areas, the latter receiving advice 
and assistance directly from the Chicago 
office. For the coming year, applications 
have been received for "It's Our America" 
grants from fcurteon states j from the six 
presented for consideration to the Board 
three, possibly only two, vdll be selected 



as decmonstration areas. 

A birdseye vie\/ of young adult v/ork 
in the United States v;as one of Mss 
Hunt's rewards for her intensive work and 
extensive travel. She spoke of the press- 
ing needs in small and medium sized li- 
braries, the pride of the librarian in 
her profession, the dynamic progress des- 
pite handicaps, and the tremendous job 
that is to be done v/ith out-of-school 
youth. There are to be resolved the 
problems of vfhich ages to include (whether 
17 to 21 or 17 to 2$) which department 
and which staff members shall take on the 
work,, in order to hurdle the question of 
how to do it. The American Heritage Project 
is one vray to reach the youth. There are 
other ways used in Detroit and Baltimore, 
Perhaps all these programs together vd-H 
bo the answer. 

Miss Hunt described a s tudy of young 
people 18 to 30 years old made possible by 
the Fund for Adult Education v;hich con- 
tains advice for program planners. These 
are some characteristics of young adults: 
They are non- joiners of organizations, 
so that the individual approach is necessaay,, 
An exception to this is their interest in 
labor unions i*iich they do join. Young 
people are concerned v/ith civic affairs 
but in the usual community they do not 
participate. The climate of opinion is 
at present "venomous for young adults under 
tv;enty-five" (Justice Douglas), Youth 
likes the opposition party but they fear 
being labelled subversive for having 
iivergence of opinion, and fear seals their 
lips* 

Pointers for program planners: 

1, Plan vdth not for young adults 

2, Be content vdth small beginnings, 
3ven half of the anticipated number and 
illow nucleus of six to grow to fifteen 
3y the interest and efforts generated by 
the original number, 

3« Limit the scope, 

h» Capitalize on personal interest vdth 
Less emphasis on duty and more on personal 
»ain,. 

5, At time of evaluation we must make 
judgment by things other than statistics, 
■rdth young adults. The intangibles count. 
Oompromiso betv;een the measured and the 
unragined, 

6, Recognize toughness of the job, 
Phis age group takes more time, more money, 
nore staff, more techniques, etc, than 
any other age group, 

7, In February, begin plans for next 



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year. 

The American Heritage Project for 
Young Adults helps "bridge the years 
between the school year s and the more 
mature years." Apparently infonral dis- 
cussion is still a rare occurrence, a 
new experience, a ne\r ira.y to contact 
vocational schools, agencies, community 
sources. The young people's comment e on 
what they gained and vfhat they found they 
wanted to read are telling. 

Another valuable report v/as made by 
Elinor Walker, Chairman of the Booklist 
Committee, who described a list of first 
choice books to be compiled for the li- 
brarian vdio vrants to build an attractive, 
valuable collection not of titles young 
people must read, but only those they 
have enjoyed. The uses of each book mil 
be conveyed in the annotation , for in»- 
stance? vhether it is especially good 
for a 'book talk or to introduce a nev; 
field, or another book, etc. Also, the 
annotation will evaluate the book and 
mil provide a selling sentence. 

In the expanded "Top of the Nev;-^J, of 
viiich Miss ITalker is Editor, the featiire 
Recent Books for Young People will be in 
the hands of a continuous committee. rather 
than one person. 

The Recordings Committee report vra.s 
followed by the reading and unanimous 
passage of a revised constitution. The 
enlarged object of the AYPL is "to 
develop reading guidance and special 
service for young people in public li- 
braries and to cooperate mth other 
agencies in the promotion o f enterprises 
affecting the v/elfare of youth ." 

The underlined clause was added, 

Pauline Winnick 

BON VOYAGE I 

Virginia Haviland, Reader's Advisor 
for Children, vfill fly to Germany on 
July 31 and vri.ll spend five vj-eeks on the 
Continent and in England and Wales, 

CONGPJ^TUIA TIONS TO 

Kenneth Barnes , Periodical and Neivs- 
paper, v/hose photographs of The Gaspe are 
attracting much attention in the Puvis 
de Chavannes Gallery, v«here they a re on 
exhibition during July, 

To Vj.rginia Haviland, Reader's Advisor 
for Children, who was elected President 



of the Children's Library Association for 
the coming year. 

To Mrs Muriel C, Javelin, Deputy 
Supervisor in Charge of Work with Adults, 
who was elected Chairman of the A.L.A. 
Audio-Visual Round Table for the coming 
year. 

To Charles L, Higgins, Chief of General 
Reference, who was elected a member of 
the SORT Steering Committee, 

THE STAFF IN PRINT 

In the July number of the Atlantic 
Monthly is an article entitled "The 
First Public Library," by Zoltan Haraszti, 
Keeper of Rare Books and Editor of Pub- 
lications, 

Answers to SOJ^iEl-lHERE IN THE LIBRARY 

22, Louise Imogene Guiney 

23. Gladys E. Locke 
2U. Periodical Room 

25. These are the pedestals that hold 
the busts of George Ticknor and Joshua 
Bates; they are placed at the sides 
of the main doorway in Bates Hall. 

lOLIDAY PICNICS 

Duxfaury Idyll — June 17 

Nice people. 
Clams au steam ' - 
Sandy hot dogs. 
Gourmet's dream. 
Beautiful women. 
Handsome brutes. 
Hordes of children. 
All so cute. 
Ants in jantzens. 
Cloudy skies - 
Chilling v/inds, 
Unhappy sighs. 
Scrabble boards and 
Games of ballj 
Strenuous time vras 
Had by all. 
Enough warm cokes 
And unused beer 
To start a stockpile 
For next year. 

George Adelman 

Nahant— July h 

On Sunday, July U, a combination Picnic 



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and ?feenie Roast v/as held at Nahant Beach 
for members of the staff, Gertrude Bariy, 
Personnel, and Dave Sheehan, Book Stack 
Service, Vv-ere co-chairmen of this Holiday- 
outing that was attended by 25 lovers of 
the beach. I'/hen it came time in the 
evening for the Vfeenie Roast, the hardy 
25 could easily have been mistaken for 
lobsters because it had been a very sunny 
day. 

The term "Weenie Roast" -vras used very 
loosely at this gathering. Nobody re- 
membered to bring a grille and everybody 
forgot to bring a toasting fork. As a 
result the galvanized pail that served 
as an ice chest for the liquid refresh- 
ments vras put into use as the boiling 
pot for the hot dogs* Jack Kyle of the 
Stock Room used all the skill that he 
acquired as a beachcomber in the South 
Pacific Islands to spear the cooked 
frankfurts as they floated near the top 
of the "Witches Brew", The steaming hot 
dog was then put into a bun and plastered 
with relish and mustard to add the pro- 
fessional touch. Danny Kelly, Audio- 
Visual, had the "Bicarbonate of Soda" con 
cession at the outing and it is rumored 
that he made enough money to buy a grille 
that Yn.ll be used on the next Weenie 
Roast to be held sometime in August with 
everybody welcome, 

Grantland Ricepatty 

JUDAICA— A.WA,RDS AIID PRIZES 

The West End has had the distinction 
of featuring many Jevri-sh authors in con- 
nection with its Judaica work over the 
course of the years. On several occasions 
the Library has shovm an almost omniscient 
sense of picking vd.nners. Many of the 
authors feted at West End have later be- 
come prize mnners. Wo are particularly 
proud at this time to take part in an 
honor th^.t hus come to tvro of our West 
End alumni. On Wednesday night. May 21, 
in the Buttenwciser Hall of Nev/ York, 
Lexington Avenue IM & YMHA, the Jev/ish 
Book Council of America in its annual 
meeting, honored tvro sons of Boston, 

Harry H. Fein received the Harry 
Kovnor Memorial Award of ."iilOO with a 
citation for his contribution to Englisb- 
Jevdsh poetry. In receiving this award, 
it is of intcirost to record hero th-^t the 
date is almost identical vfith the pub- 
lication of Mr Fein's first book of poetry 



exactly twenty years ago. Probably more 
than anyone else in America, Harry H, 
Fein has helped to popularize Hebrew 
poetry among English-speaking people, 1 

As scholar, poet, and translator, he ' 

possesses the knack of bringing the 
loftiest concepts of poetic expression 
dovm to common understanding. His antholo- i 
gies of translations from the great Hcbreav 
poets and his many lectures have brought 
Hebrew poetry close to the hearts of Jevis 
and nonr-Jev/s alike, 

Mr Fein's first volume of translations 
from the Hebrev;- poets vra.s published tvrenty 
years ago this month, in I93I4, This book 
A Harvest of Hebrew Verse vras greeted 
Tri.th praise and admiration throughout the 
English-speaking world. 

On the occasion of the publication of 
his Light Through The Mis t, he was honored 
with a "siy^" (roceptionT by the Boston 
Public Library and the Rabbinical Associa- 
tion, 

We salute Harry H. Fein at this time 
as poet-author, and congratulate him as 
a worthy recipient of a distinguished 
avrard. 

Another Jemsh author feted on several 
occasions at West End was the recipient 
of the Iferry and Ethel Daroff Memorial 
Fiction Award litiich carries with it a 
$250 cash prize, and a citation for his 
latest novel In The Morning Light , 

Boston is proud of the fact that Charles 
Angoff received his early training, im- 
pressions, and indoctrination as an Amorica: 
writer mth Jev/ish precepts and ideals, 
and dedicated to the highest literary 
standards, in his home city of Boston, 
Although he has v/orked vrithin the Last 
fev' years in New York as editor, journalist 
author in various media of poetry, essay, 
criticism, short stories, and novels, wc 
still claim him as our ovm, 

Mr Angoff has already v/rittcn some 
sixteen books, each of v;hich can stand on 
its ovm, commanding merit awards. His 
Journey To The DaTm heralded a new note 



of wholesome and sympathetic character 
portrayal of the Jevrish types^ v/hich was 
a sharp contrast to the escape and dis- 
torted patterns so prevalent with Jewish 
writers in America , 

In The Morning Light carries on the 
story of the Polonsky family, its growth, 
its integration into the American life and 
mores , so ably begun in Journey To The Da;™ , 



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Yfe salute Chcirlcs Angoff, and are 
grateful to him for thu beauty of Jevdsh 
life -which he depicts, the warmth and 
sympathy with v/hich he vrrites, and we 
congratulate him mth much joy on the 
winning of this award. The Jewish Book 
Council of America is to be congratulated 
on its pollers of appraisal in selecting 
our tvro Boston authors. 



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Miss Goldstein was a Judge for the 
National Jevd-sh Book-«-ireck Council of 
America in the avrarding of the Isaac 
Siegel Memorial Av/ard, valued at (^250,^ 
in addition to a citation, for the best 
Jev/lsh Juvenile v/rittcn and published in 
English in the United States for 1953» 
This wds Deborah Pessin's The Jewish 
People, Book Ihree . 

WH BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Fiction — ^Library Science 

Brough, Kenneth J. Scholar's vrorkshop; 
evolving conceptions of library service 
Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 

1953 
Danton, Emily M», ed. Pioneering leaders 

in librarians hip. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1953 
Larsen, Knud. National bibliographical 

services, their creation and operation. 

Paris, UNESCO, 1953 
Opie, lona A,, ed. The Oxford dictionary 

of nursery rhymes, 

Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1952 
Shores, Louis, Basic reference sources, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

195U 

Special Libraries Associa.tion, Directory 
of special libraries, 
Nevr York, Special Libraries Associa- 
tion, 1953 

Non-Fiction 

Adelson, Dorothy. Roughing it on the 

Rue de la Paix. 

New York, Crowell, 19514 
Anderson, Jack. McCarthy: the man, the 

Sen^ator, the "ism". Boetcn Beacon, 19$ 
Beahn, John E, A rich young man; Saint 

Anthony of Padua. 

Ml\nukec, Bruce Pub, Co«, 1953 
Brooks, Van¥yck« Scenes and portraits. 

New York, Button, 1951t 



Buckley, ?/illiam F. McCarthy and his 

enemies. 

Chicago, H. Regnery Co., 195U 
Bumham, James. The web of subversion 

New York, J. Day Co., 195i|. 
Gogarty, Oliver St. J, It isn't the 

time of year at all. 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 195ii 
Kertzer, Morris N, llJhat is a Jew? 

Cleveland, World Pub, Co., 1953 

Fiction 

Rirrett, ^'sfilliam E. The shadows of the 

images . 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1953 
Lee, Edna L, The southerners, 

Nev/ York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953 
Vfellman, Paul I. The female. 

Garden City, Nev; York, Doubleday, 1953. 

DEPARTOiENT NOTES 

Itusic 

To the 'surprise of Jacques Renard, 
violinist, the Boston Public Library came 
up mth a copy of the Ethiopian National 
Anthem. Mr Renard played it on June 3 
at the Sheraton Plaza luncheon tendered 
by !feyor Ifynes to Haile Selassie* 

Teachers 

On June 12, Charles R, Meehan, Teachers 
and Helen Hayes were married at a Nuptial 
Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in 
Worcester. After a reception at the 
Sheraton-Plaza Hotel the bridal couple 
left for a honeymoon in the Ihite Moun- 
tains, 

A fev; days before the vredding the 
members of the Teachers Department staff 
tendered Mr Meehan a surprise party and 
presented him v/ith a clock. 



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Many Boston Public Librarians had 
the privilege of attending the First Mass 
and Reception of Father Leonard Francis 
Glavin, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, 
at St, liark's Church, Dorchester, Sunday, 
June 27. 

Fr Leonard is the son of Nellie McShane 
and Frank Glavin former members of the 
B.P.L, staff, and nephew of Elizabeth 
McShane late Branch Librarian of Washingtoi 
Village, 

A younger brother, James^ who worked as 
an extra in Book Stack Service is also 
studying for the priesthood in the same anSc 



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SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
bo accompr.nied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether virith the name of the Branch library. 
Department, or Office in -which he or she 
is employed. The name is mthheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given considerationo 
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 arc personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their appearance docs 
not necessarily indicate that the Pub- 
lications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement vdth the vievfs expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 v/ords vd.ll be accepted. 



DEAR ED, 

HAD NOT INTENDED SOaP BOX ENTRY THIS 
1®NTH STOP T.rKiTHi:R TOO HOT STOP HDI'/EVER 
UNDERSTAND FROM PAST PRESIDENTS' LETTER 
ORGANIZATION ABOUT TO FOLD STOP THOUGHT 
I'D LIKE PifflTBIG SHOT STOP ABOUT ASSOCIA- 
TION- '^-ir IT IS FABULOUS INVALID STOP IF IT 
SURVIVED m RESIGNATION FROM PRESIDENCY 
IT CaN STAI© Al^IY ICENOR CRISIS STOP ABOUT 
RAISES -;k;- as delinquent DEBTOR /iLWAYS 
PAY MY OLDEST BILLS FIRST STOP THINK 
LIBR;IRY SHOULD DO S:.:ffi STOP THEPilFORE 
BELIEVE LAST YKIR'S R^ilSES SHOULD BE PAID 
BEFORE ANNIVERaJlLES STOP HDYffiVER WDLE 
RAISE SCHEDULE DID NOT MKE SENSE -;«{• HAD 
NEITHER /-JUTm/D-lTIC LDR GEOI.ffiTRIC PRO- 
GRESSION STOP CONSEQUENTLY HAS MNY 
LOOPHOLES E. G. SERVICE RAISES AT END OF 
FOURTH YEJJl INSTE/iD OF THIRD YEAR FOR 
TITULAR POSITIONS AND INADE'jUATE COM- 
PENSATION FOR ASSISTaNTS-IN-CHARGE STOP 
TOO HOT TO ARGUE THE IvIATTER STOP HOW 
ABOUT MORE Mi^T RELIEF AND SPORT SHIRTS 
STOP HAVE HAPPY V.'.CATION DON'T STOP 

E/IMDN (KEEP IT UNDER 300) MCDONOUGH 



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National Award to the Boston Public Library 



At the A, L. A, Conference in Itinneapolis the 
Boston Public Library was announced as the 19^k v/lnner 
of the "Letter Avrard," given annually to one library 
for outstanding libr?.ry vrork representing humanitarian 
achievements 

The citation: 

"To the Boston Public Libr-^.ry, nov/ com- 
pleting its first century of public service, 
for its courageous and continuing defense 
of freedom of inquiry and freedom to read. 
Its effective response to the challenge pre- 
sented by those vvho would curtail those 
freedoms has been an inspiration to all the 
world of books. Its constant vigilance in 
defending these essential rights is an ex- 
ample for all librarians, library trustees 
and friends of libraries to followo" 

The citation v;as accompanied by an avrard of one 
hundred dollars. 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



AUGUST 1954 



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



Volume IX, Number 8 



August 19gU 



Publications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, John J. McCafferty, Sheila W, Pierce 

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 current list of theses titles of sub- 
jects chosen by candidates studying for 
advanced degrees in library science came 
to my attention recently and I vra.s struck 
with the great improvement over similar 
compilations in the past v^hich were usuaHy 
surveys compiled from questions mimeo - 
graphed and mailed out to hard-working 
librarians to be checked in catalogs, etc., 
and from which such startling conclusions 
were reached as, for instance, that men 
read more westerns than women^ women read 
more "light love" than men, etc^, etco 

True, the list scanned bore such per- 
ennials as "History of the Robert F^ Kidd 
Library, Glenville State College, Glen- 
ville, West Virginia (\Thich according to 
the 19th edition of the A.L.A, DIRECTORY— 
1951, page 6I4.6 — is located in a tovvn v;-ith 
a population of 1,?83, had 20,998 volumes, 
and a budget of ^12,Ol4l), and the seeming- 
ly-exhausted, technical-process topic en- 
titled "Study of the Functions of the 
Title Added Entry for Nonfiction Bocks in 
the Dictionary Catalog"* Hoi/vever, the one 
that rang a bell wa.s "Transistors, a Bib- 
liography Concerning its Theory, Charac- 
teristics, and Application", v^hich was 
evidently the work of a library assistant 
in a science and technology division who 
was smart enough to combine the vrork of a 
busy division mth the vvrirk of compiling 
a list of books for a project in library 
science. 

Such a combination of vrork and study 
immediately suggested that T/e in the li- 
brary field might aid the prospective 
scholar by suggesting fields for study 
which vrould answer questions at hand and 
vfould at the same time give the degree 
candidate — hard-pressed for a thesis sub- 
ject --something to viTork one Until a more 
cm. "ete list is compiled, I ifould sug- 
f-rs' La.it 3 study be made on the subject 
of record keeping — just how m.ich can we 



work; some bibliographical studies of 
Irish literature, Judaica, and New England, 
for proposed new departments! some studies 
in library economy to drav/ the much-needed 
line between v/hat is true economy and what 
is false economy by which money sa-^red now 
may result in greater expenditures at a 
later datej or hov/ recruitment of personnel 
in the Boston area may be achieved and 
compared -with that in other areas, 

Gerald L. Ball 

CA LENDAR OF EVENTS 

August 22, All-day outing at Duxbury» 
All staff members invited. 
See notice on Staff Bulletin 
board, and mimeographed in- 
vitation dated August 2, 19^k» 

Personal Notes 

Resig n ations 

Thomas J, Nolan, Periodical and Newspaper, 
to take another position 

Iitrs Ellen D. Gurney, Book Stack Service, 
to remaJJi at home 

Margaret F. Ambrose, Roslindale 

Jilrs Flora -Ann fJufmann, Memorial, to live 
in Vifashington, DoC, 

Mrs Evelyn B, Herboldsheimer, Brighton 

Itrs Anne A. Sullivan, Egleston Square, to 
remain at home 

Ruth E, Winn, Tyler Street, to attend 
Pratt Institute Library School 

Rita M, Doherty, Book Preparation, to be 
married 

Ruth M„ Stenstreem Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, lis and R.S,, to travel 

Cecile A. Kitter, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R. and R,S«, , to be married 

Mrs Rose S. Rosenthal, Book Stack Service, 
to join her husband at Camp Dix. 

MarrJ .ages 

Marion" Sira CO, Charlestown, to Frank Ao 
Dubrawski^^ June 26, 



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Mary Mehlman, Mattapan, to Richai'd. Jo 
Burns, July H. 

ENGAGEI'ffiNTS 

Announcement has been made of the en- 
gagement of Cecile Hitter, Cataloging 
and Classification, R» and R.S., to 
Robert E, Goldstein of Nevj- York. 

Announcement has been made of the en- 
gagement of Laura V, Abate, Office of the 
Division of Reference and Research 
Services, to Angelo Abate of Rome, Italy. 

TiTEDDINGS 

Sunday, August 8, vras the date. Tvvo 
o'clock was the time. The occasion? 
Well, of course — it was the marriage of 
Christine Celia, Children's Assistant at 
City Point, to Frank Umano of Brocktono 
The bride vrore a govm of embroidered 
Yjhite organdy, and a small pearl-studded 
coronet that held her vra.ist length veil. 
She carried a double orchid with streaniers 
of stephanotise Her maid of honor and 
bridesnaids were dressed in ballerina- 
length gowns of v;hite organdy trimmed vdth 
red velvet ribbon, which matched their 
bouquets of red carnations. The beautiful 
ceremony vras performed in the church of 
Our Lady of Lourdes, in Brockton, and was 
followed by a reception at the Meadowa. 
iJiJhere did the happy couple go on their 
honeymoon? We really don't know — it is a 
dark secret. But, when they return, a 
lovely new home av/aits them in Braintree, 
v;here their friends vash them many years 
of happiness, 

Mrs Frances Mller, part-time assistant 
at Vfest End, left the service and was 
married on July l6 to Levds Reed. They 
will live in Nev/ York. ¥sc Reed is li- 
brarian at the Court House in Brooklyn. 
Wbaba romance it was I Nobody even sus- 
pected it at the Branch. It all happened 
so siTiftly. Good luck, Frances Mller 
and Lewis Reed t 

NEl"[ CITIZENS 

Mr and Mrs Louis Ugalde, Rare Book, 
are receiving congratulations upon the 
birth of a son, Paul, on July 21. 



BEST YiflSIIES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 
to 

Esther Lissner, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R. and R.S,, who is remaining 
at home as a precaution against infection 
from cat bites , incurred -v^rfien she vrent 
to rescue her pet, Daisy, from an attack 
by an Irish setter. Both Iiliss Lissner 
and Daisy are coming along well, and the 
former's co-workers are anticipating her 
return to work in the near future. 

Fits Mary Ryan, Buildings. 

TO YifELCOME BACK 
after illnesses 

Palmira Piciulo, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R. and R. S. 

George To Armstrong, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics 

John ¥. Tuley, Fire Control Center 

BON VOYAGE 
TO 

Linda Pagliuca, North End, xb.o sailed 
on the Andrea Doria on July 23 for a tvro- 
months ' vacation in Italy, 

■Si- 
Ellen Rita Murphy, Book Stack Service, 
who sailed on July 31 on the Neptunia, 
from Boston, to visit relatives in Ireland. 

■«■ 

Mr and Mrs Albert L. Carpenter, Office 
of Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, who sailed on the Maasdam, from 
Hoboken, on August 5i for two and one-half 
months in Europe. 

•«• 

Ruth Stenstreem, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R, and R.S,, who sailed on 
August 13 to attend the Edinburgh and 
Pitlochry Festivals in Scotland. She 
plans to winter and study in Londona 

Mrs Ethel He ins. North End, v*io sails 
on August 26 vdth her family on the French 
liner, the Liberte, The Heins family will 
spend a year in England where Mr Heins 
vd.ll study at Oxford under a Ford Founda- 
tion Fellowship. Before returning to this 
country, they plan to tour the continent, 

AND Bon Voyage to all others who are 
traveling extensively and about whom the 
committee has had no information. Then, 



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too, Happy Vacation to those v/ho are 
traveling shorter distances or staying 
at home. 

CONGRATUIATIONS 

Charles L» Higgins, General Reference, 
viho has been named one of the Advisers 
to the Steering Committee for the Catalog 
Code Revision, A.L.A, Cataloging and 
Classification Division, 

TAKE A BOW 

East Boston was very proud last month 
I'lhen Gracemarie V, Alfe, Acting Children's 
Librarian, was interviewed by the BOSTON 
POST for its Outstanding Career Girls 
column. After telling about the many 
activities and programs she plans for the 
Children's Room, and of her studies at 
Emmanuel and Simmons, Miss Alfe vfas 
photographed with tvro delighted children 
who had v>fon a recent book contesto The 
interview. Books -'.nd Gra cemarie Deli ght 
Small Fry, appeared in tne BOSTON POST 
on June 30o Just three Treeks later^ a 
panel of prominent Bostonians chose Miss 
Alfe the POST'S Outstand i ng Career G irl 
of the Month , citing the ''persistanco, 
enthusiasm, and creative imagination" 
found in her fine vrork with childreno 
Miss Alfe was also one of the children's 
librarians ¥;ho participated in a tele- 
vision program on Friday, July 30. She 
appeared with Robert !iahoney and Ronald 
DiPietro, both of Ehst Boston, v;ho ex- 
hibited their shell collections and told 
how they became interested in their hobby 
through the Science Club at the librarye 

VISITORS 

Kinji Ando, Chief of Library Division, 
Tokyo American Cultural Center, 
Tokyo, Japan 

Nguyen-Thi Cut, Vietnam, Saigon 

Tengku Ahmad Rayan, United States Informa- 
tion Service, Medan, Indonesia 

THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

Virginia Haviland vja.s guest at a 
luncheon party at the Du&arry Restaurant 
on Monday, July 26, prior to her departure 
for Europe, The staff of Open Shelf 
gathered to wish Miss Haviland bon voyage, 
and presented her with a corsage. 



Cards received since indicate that 
Miss Haviland had a very enjoyable flight 
across the Atlantic, and is looking 
forward to pleasant weeks in the British 
Isles, France, and Germany, 

On Friday, July 30, Miss Haviland Y;as 
guest of honor at a second luncheon at 
the Tovm Room, Sheraton Plaza Hotel, vj-here 
her hostesses were members of the Committee 
on Book Selection for Children, With 
their bon voyage vdshes they presented 
French francs to be spent by the traveler 
to enhance her enjoyment of Paris. 



An engagement shower was given for 
Cecile Ritter by her co-workers in Catalog 
and Classification, R, and R,S,,. on Tuesday, 
July 27, in the iromen's Lounge, Cecile, 
vj^ho plans to be married early in September, 
received many lovely gifts. Refreshments 
served included turkey salad, sandv/iches, 
a vfedding cake and other homemade cakes, 
and punch, 

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Anne E, McCarthy, South Boston, \ms 
honor guest Friday evening, July 30, at 
Patten's Restaurant, The staff and a few 
friends gathered to v^fish her happiness 
in her forthcoming marriage to Charles 
Kinne, An electric percolator was given 
her at this timee Her mother, I/Irs Florence 
McCarthy, also a member of the B.P.L, 
staff, vias a welcome guest. 

On August k, the d^y prior to his 
sailing for Eixrope , }Sr Albert L, Carpenter 
vra,s guest of honor at a surprise Bon Voyage 
party given by the staff of the Office of 
the Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, He T:as presented vjith a fountain 
pen. During their two-and-one-half months, 
Hr and Mrs Carpenter will tour England, 
visit relatives in Scotland; and on the 
continent vail visit their son, Peter, 
who is teaching in Germany, and spend some 
time in France and Italy, 



A bon voyage party was given by the 
staff at North End in honor of Linda 
Pagliuca before she sailed for Italy, A 
letter mailed from Gibraltor by the 
traveler reports a delightful ocean 
crossing. 



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BPL OH TV 

Frid?-y afternoon, 30 July, upon the 
invitation of Judge John J. Connelly, 
presiding justice of the Boston Juvenile 
Court, several staff members of the BPL 
took part in the Judge's TV program. 
Jig -Saw , a weekly half -hour sponsored by 
the Ivhssachusetts Department of Educa- 
tion and Station liiTBZ. The discussion 
on the previous week's program had 
stressed the soriously harmful effects 
of crime and horror comics, so a posi- 
tive program for the stimulation and en- 
coairagement of interest in good reading 
was presented by the panel, and demon- 
strated by groups of children from seven 
branch libraries. 

Elisabeth M, Gordon, Deputy Supervisor, 
in Charge of Work vrith Children, and Mrs 
Phyllis B-'rclay, children's librarian, 
Uphams Corner, mth Judge Connelly and 
Arthur Amidon formed the "panel of 
exports" which discussed library faci- 
lities for children, and various means 
by vfhich librarians encourage children 
in the use of libraries, and the braoden- 
ing of their reading interests » 

Mrs Beryl Robinson, children's li- 
brarian, Egleston Square, introduced twp 
girls, prize-winners in a recent library 
essay contest, and a boy who displayed 
several articles he had constructed from 
milk cartons, telling how he had follovred 
directions from a book on the Summer 
Reading Club listo 

Gracemarie Alfe discussed hobbies and 
collecting vrith tvio members of the East 
Boston science club whose knowledge and 
interests are developing and expanding 
as they read and study the many informa- 
tional books available through the li- 
brary, and visit museums on library club 
trips. 

The famous dancing, -viridely-tra veiled 
puppet "Clippo" was presented to the 
audience and performed most realistically 
under the clever manipulation of Dorothy 
Dodworth, He climbed gaily about, told 
of his own private mailbox, and ques- 
tioned the five North End girls and boys, 
who showed him their favorite books and 
introduced to him tv;o fine new puppets. 
Saint George and the Dragon r 

Martha Engler, children's librarian. 
South Boston, displayed a large scrap 
book of work di ne by members of the 
Imagination Club, v/ho are encouraged to ! 
read "vri.dely, and express themselves freely| 



! in orijTrnaT vevsp .'"-i r" t'av:ir^;b T'\i,'i"' 
I vrork has appeared in several perioaicais, 
I and won two prizes in the 19^3 inter- 
national competition of Shankar's Weekly 
! of New Delhi, India, Cne boy read vath 
^clat his latest poem. 

Two young people from, the Adams Street 
Branch Library discussed their individual 
reading interests with Mary V, Doyle, 
children's librarian, and recounted the 
results of watching and discussing library 
film programs. 

Mrs Mary Ellen Brigante, Allston, pre- 
sented a small Chinese girl who talked 
delightfully of the unusual summer reading 
club program of activities in which she 
and her friends are engaged, and showed 
articles fashioned ingeniously from 
directions they found in the listed li- 
brary books 

JIrs Phyllis Sirclay introduced two 
members of the Uphams Corner simmer reading 
club who talked of their individual in- 
terest and pleasure in the reading guid- 
ance for the long vacation period* 

Judge Connelly was truly appreciative 
of the entire program and expressed his 
thanks to all. He said the telecast showe.-< 
clearly ho\f much the BPL is doing for the 
prevention of juvenile delinquency in 
making available good reading for all 
children, and encouraging constant use of 
the library. Later, in a note, he wrote 
that ¥BZ had received "many fine and en- 
thusiastic letters and telephone calls" 
praising the program. 

PS, Congratulations should go to 
Douglas Leonard and the entire studio 
staff for taking the unexpected appearance 
of such a large number of people (6 ex- 
pected — 30 came) as a matter-of-course, 
and making arrangements so efficiently, 
expertly, and promptly for them all at 
such short notice. 



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Lady' s W!tch 



in Women's Powder Room, Stack 2 



Friday, July 30, l«5i; 



Owner may clarn ia Personnel Office 



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IN RETROSPECT 

Thirty years ago, the October-November 
192U issue of Library Life, Staff Bulle - 
tin of the Eos ton Public Libr ary, con- 
tained many interesting items, but we 
venture to guess that two of them will 
bring nostalgic memories to those who 
"were there" and enlightenment to those 
Yjho Yirere either not yet thought of or 
were in their infancy. 

Quote No. 1 

"Adult Education" has at last been 
discovered to be the public library's 
true sphere of usefulness, and the call 
for mobilization has been issued. 

Quote Mo. 2 

The Great Open Spaoes 



The first to welcome us was the little 
tourist boy v/ho had been peering for 
goldfish in the pool of the courtyard 
fountain. As our procession approached, 
he leaped to his feet vd.th a subdued 
T^hoop. Jiaybe he thought there vrould be 
elephants. As it was, the general effect 
was rather imposing. In the lead was a 
simll "extra" carrying a very large 
■""Jindsor chairj after him trailed a 
slightly larger "extra" toting an armful 
of wire book supports, 

"Juggling I Gee i" thought the little 
tourist boy. Several feet behind, a 
third, vrell set-up "extra" pushed a pro- 
testing truck, loaded mth fiction, 
travel books, essays, plays and biogra- 
phy. Finally, clutching a date-stamp, 
pencil, charging blanks, and an inkpad, 
came, with a sliglitly vrorried expression, 
the "courtyard attendant." 

The book truck \ms wheeled into posi- 
tion; non-fiction was attached to a table 
with the book supports; the breathless 
"extra" set dov-ti his V/indsor chair, into 
which the attendant sank gracefully. A 
crowd gathered — ^well, anyi'ray a relative 
of the tourist child strolled over, 

"What are you doing — airing the books?" 

The first to make use of the "courtyard 
library" were two girl hikers from New 
York, They came in vrearing svreaters and 
knickers and carrying knapsacks. They 
were much interested in the experiment, 
one which e^a.dently had not yet been tried 
in Nev; York, 



Later, some young ladies from a nearby 
office building discovered us. They 
selected plays, ■'."/hen the lunch time v^as 
up, they turned in the volumes reluctantly, 
and vrere much cheered to find that the 
books vfould be reserved for them the next 
day. The "continued-in-our-next" idea 
seemed to please them, for thereafter they 
came in almost every noon-hour. J.fegazines 
also vere much in demand, and the courtyard 
benches vrere dotted vath "Atlantics" and 
"Bcr j bners." 

One of the most interesting patrons 
v;as a man vrtio had been blind for eighteen 
years and who had recently regained his 
sight through a series of delicate opera- 
tions. He came in every day, and '"ead 
through "The Sea and the Jungle." 

Likevdse there vras one dear old lady, 
who asked the attendant to suggest a "nice" 
book. She shook her head at the proffered 
volumes of fiction and selected "Two Years 
Among Nev/ Guinea Cannibals" instead. "This 
book looks kinda educational," she murmured 

People from all parts of the country 
presently took advantage of the suggestion 
to "read a good book in the courtyard at 
noon." From California, Utah, Nev; Mexico, 
Minnesota, they came. When they had 
sufficiently admired the building and the 
courtyard, they invariably disclosed how 
much their new library v/as going to cost, 
"Yessir, right on Main Street, opposite 
the bank," 

"But your circulation I" one hears the 
small-tovm librarians cry. "How vas your 
circulation?" 

"Excellent, thank you," the attendant 
replies courteously. "Even in September, 
iivhen it got chilly, we enjoyed being 
Dutdoorsr-— " 

"No I No !" the scandalized librarians 
interrupt, "The book circulation!" 

The attendant's lips tvri.st ruefully. 
'Well, it v/asn't alarming. Seven volumes 
or So went out each noon, 'ffe weren't 
aiming for record circulation, you know, 
fovrcver, the books vrere read. Usually 
3vei-y seat in the courtyard vras taken, 
Ind oh I" - — \ath a joyous sigh of remini- 
cence—r" Everyone did have such a good 



lime. 



M,E,P, 

(Mary E. Prim 
Information Office) 



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A.L>A. COI^IFERENCE REPORTS 
Cataloging and Classification Division 



The business meeting "vms preceded by 
a reception for the incoming officers, 
who included ?irs Orcena llahoney who had 
been elected to the newly created office 
of Executive Secretaryo The reports of 
officers and committees, and constitu- 
tional amendments provoked nothing so 
interesting as the heated discussion set 
off by the business of creating special 
committees on which the floor felt that 
only members of the DCC could serve. 

At the Thursday morning meeting, Lucile 
M. Morsch, Library of Congress, presented 
the !iargaret Mann Award to Pauline Seely 
of the Denver Public Library, I'lfyllis 
E, Wright, miliams College Library, 
Carlyle Jo Frarey, Duke University Li- 
brary and Richard S. Angell, Library of 
Congress, spoke on the problems of . 
standards for subject headingsa The 
fact that 10% of card catalog users are 
satisfied in findjng what they want could 
still be improved. Such findings gen- 
erally give catalog use by an avci'age 
user who is satisfied, yet there is need 
of d3,ta of quantitative results of the 
minoilty ivho has difficulty. 

A large amount of material is lost 
under broad subject headings, because of 
lack of clarity in the meanings of 
specific headings, A selective coverage 
for material over fifty years old (autho; 
entry only) ; problems in the area of 
geographically treated subjects j in 
language, as in phrases and inverted 
headings; obsolescence of terminology; 



I could cut numbers more easily than a 
I large library could expand, numbers will 
i be given in full \'yith underscoring to 
j indicate digits which might be dropped. 
Classes under which larger amounts of 
material appear under notation used in 
the lUth edition will be retained, but 
the l5th edition will be used if it is an 
improvement. Built-in aids to the 
classifier will be used sparingly as they 
would increase cost and obscure the out- 
lines, A possible bibliographic edition 
is considered. 



of files of telephone directories was 
and predicting new headings were mentionedlreexamined. 



Decimal Ol assif icat lgn 
Special iia/jsory Oomm i 'ctee 

At its meeting David J, Haykin, 
Library of Congress, presented an account 
of the vrork on the forthcoming standard 
edir.ion of Devrey entitled The l6th Edi- 
tirn Moves Forvf ard , Editor"^ J F rogr o^s 
T.fi"'.r\,o I'TB Eleanor Bo Huny&x'ford, 

[rial Classification Office, Washingtonjcincinnati Public Library, who received a 



Esther E, Jalonen 
Public Libraries Division 

The Reference Section met several 
times during the Conference. In general 
terms the purpose of those meetings other 
than "general" meetings or "business" 
meetings, was to call to the attention 
of smaller units of library service those 
sources which could be useful in answering 
reference questions which had "stumped" 
smaller public library reference staffs. 
As a result, the proceedings, while 
probably very useful to reference workers 
in smaller libraries, had little more 
than technical interest for librarians 
in medium and larger units of service. 

In the fields of literature, art, 
history, business and related fields the 
questions which name up involved knowledge 
and use of handbooks, histories and the 
like. The location of pictorial materials 
seemed to present a considerable problem 
to smaller libraries. And the usefulness 



Problems for discussion were introduced 
by the panel methods A small group of 
librarians asked questions of individual 
members of the panel. The resultant ansvrer 
often evolved into floor discussion. 

The General Session met on Tuesday 
in mid-morning » There were introdu.ced 
several members who had contributed notably 
to the progress of the Division over the 
years. Among these were Carl Vitz, 



citation of merit for his contributions, 
Mr Vitz responded ^vith brief reraark,s 
outlining a few areas in which development 



D. Co, made an analysis of the various 
classification schemes for a preliminary 
draft. Vi/esley Simonton spoke on The 

l6i-,h Ed ition and the Practic i ng C ]c" sifier, might occur in the years ahead. It vra-s 
A.- the Icth edition is planned for li- interesting to note his suggestions for 
bi-ai'ies up to 200,000 volumes, being ex- groupings of subject reference librarians 
oc"-ted to provide for a medium-sized vdthin the Public Library Division as a 
rax,her than a very small library v;hich 'possible future line of development* 



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The principal address vras delivered by 
Dr jatau of Macalester College, St Paul, 
who spoke on the necessity of attaining 
wisdom in addition to knovdedge. Dr 
J'itru's address vjas well thought out, 
but probably was not precisely the type 
of -calk best suited to a divisional 
meeting , The theme had a much wider 
application and might have been more 
effective had it been offered at a Genv 
eral Session of the Association. Apart 
from this, it was a revra.rding address. 

The final General Session of the Con- 
ference met in the magnificent Audi- 
torium of the University of Minnesota on 
Friday evening. The retiring President 
of the Association, Flora B. Lildington, 
presided. The first speaker was Dr 
Charles Ifeiyo whose topic was the United 
Nations organization. He placed emphasis 
on the importance of the role to be 
played by libraries in making United 
Nations publications available to the 
general public. His principal theme was 
the necessity for patience and tolerance 
in our dealings Tdth other members of the 
UN, and with other nations. His talk was 
delivered with liveliness and humor, and 
was very vrell received. 

Special awards were then made to two 
trustees for their outstanding ccntribu- 
tions. Mrs Merlin of the Arkansas Li- 
brary Commission, one of the recipients, 
made a particularly graceful acceptance 
speech. Mr Fleming of the Chicago Pub- 
lic Library, the second recipient, spoke 
pridefully of his Library and effectively 
contrasted its present position with the 
situation as it existed during the early 
thirties when the City vras unable to meet 
its financial obligations for an extended 
period. 

The feature address was delivered by 
Itr Mumford, incoming President of the 
Association, and recent ly~<iosignated Li- 
brarian of Congress, Mr Mumford chose 
as his topic the concept of librarianship 
in the present era mth emphasis on the 
personal and institutional relationships 
involved. He spoke of the continuing 
difference of opinion as to the role of 
libraries in the handling of controversial 
materials and noted that, apart from 
theory, there are still over 30 million 
people in this country 7;ithout library 
service of any kind whatever. 

Charles L. Higgins 



Association of 
Young People's Librarians 

Continuing the theme "Adapting the 
Large Library Program to the Smaller 
Library" , a panel discussion on Pub- 
licity throu,;^h Booklists, Displays, Nevra- 
paper. Radio and TV highlighted the kinds 
of book lists devised to reach the young 
people by way of schools, drug stores, 
housing developments, and other channels. 
Young Adults plan, arrange, and photo- 
graph displays, while radio and IV media 
are used ingeniously and imaginatively 
to pique their curiosity and attract neiT 
users to the library- 

Group and Community Work vrere discussed 
by panelists who brought to the fore 
varying experiences with Teen-^ge Councils, 
improvised programs, long-range projects — 
all designed to bring the library to the 
favorable attention of young extroverts 
and young introverts and to increase the 
library's knowledge of and service to 
the community. 

A forum book discussion on Theodore 
T/Jhite's Fire in the Ashes by five 
Minneapolis young people was introduced 
and led by Jay Royen of the "Youth Wants 
to Knovc", NBC-TV show from Washington, 
D.C, He had outlined the know-how 
necessary for a library to put on a 
successful radio or TV program and pro- 
ceeded to demonstrate the vital con- 
troversial and timely elements by having 
as participant an articulate German lad, 
in this country less than a year, take 
issue Ydth statements made by other panel 
members. This presentation vras top-notch 
and alive. 

Pauline Winnick 

ELEGY IN A LIBRARY COURTYARD 

Summer wanes 

And on the Vifing a bird is heard • 

Calling back a season lost - 

Forevermore 

Weather vanes 

Of green-encrusted moulded gold 

Pointing to directions gone - 

Forevermore 

Wooded lanes 

That led to stationed destinations 

Once sought out but now o'er looked - 

Forevermore 



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Leaded panes 

Reflecting scenes from staid parades 

V'/hich passed but once to be forgot - 

Forevermore 

Paper chains 

So welcome then - a ms'd excuse 
To stay - but no\T they've changed to steel- 
Fore vermo re 

\Yhispered strains 

Of music heard but oncej the chance 
Not taken then, perhaps it's now? - 
No nevermore 

John McCaff erty 

NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Fiction — LibraiT Science 

American Association of School Librarians. 
Committee on Planning School Library 
Quarters. Dear Yx Architect: an open 
letter from the school librarian. 
Chicago, American Library Association, 
1952 

American Library Association. Board on 
Personnel Administration. Personnel 
administration for libraries; a bib- 
liographical essay. 
Chicago, American Library Association, 

1953 
American Library Association. Board on 

Personnel Administration. Personnel 

organization and procedure j a manual 

suggested for use in college and 

university libraries, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1952 
American Library Association. Board on 

Personnel Administration. Personnel 

organization and procedure; a manual 

suggested for use in public libraries. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1952 
American Library Association. Committee 

on Intellectual Freedom. Freedom of 

communication, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1951; 
Association of College and Reference 

Libraries, ACRL monographs, no. 10-11, 
Chicago, Publications Committee, 
Association of College and Reference 
Libraries, 1953-5U 
No. 10. Proceedings of the 1953 ACRL 

Buildings Plans Institute vath 
a special bibliography 



No. 11, Proceedings of the 195h ACRL 
Building Plans Institute v/ith 
R, H, l&iller's Compact book 
storage. 
Chicago University, Graduate Library 

School. The core of education for 

librarianship, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

19514 
Graham, Bessie. Bookman's manual; a guide 

to literature, 7th ed, rev, and enl» 

New York, Bowker, 1951; 
Heuser, Frederick W, J, German university 

and technical libraries. 

New York, Germanistic Society of America 

1951 
Library literature, 19 5U. 

New York, H. W. Wilson, 195U 
Long, Harriet G, Rich the treasure; 

public library service to children, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1953 
Lubetzky, Seymour, Cataloging rules and 

principles, 

Washington, Processing Department, 

Library of Congress, 1953 
U,S, Library of Congress, Annual Report, 

1953. 

Washington, Library of Congress, 19514- 
Williams, Edvv-in E. Farmington plan 

handbook o 

Bloomington, Indiana, Association of 

Research Libraries , 1953 
ViTilson, H, ?/. , firm, publishers . Fiction 

catalog, Suppl, 1951-53 ' 

New York, H, W, Wilson, 19Sh 



Fiction 

Bottoms, Phyllis, The secret stair » 

Nev/- York, Harcourt, Brace, 195ii 
Lofts, Norah R, Bless this house. 

Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 195U 
Remarque, Erich M, A time to love and a 

time to die. 

New York, Harcourt, Brace, 195i| 



BRANCH NOTES 



East Boston 



On Tuesday, July 27, Duilia Capobianco, 
Assistant in Charge, was guest speaker 
at a luncheon meeting of the East Boston 
Kiwanis, She told an interested audience 
of local business and professional ppople 
hov; the library tries to fit itself to 
the needs of all the people in the community 
taking into consideration the special 
interests of all ages and types of people. 



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As part of its program for the siunmer. 
East Boston has been having an hour of 
recorded music on Monday and Thursday- 
evenings, The music, from its oTrm 
collection of records, is played in the 
main reading room and has been a pleasant 
accompaniment to broweors. We have re- 
ceived many pleased comments from the 
public, including requests to continue 
playing music for longer periods. One of 
the most successful programs, the complete 
opera La Traviata , induced many borrowers 
to remain for close to two hours listen- 
ing to the music. The programs ■vrLll con- 
tinue throughout August, 

Mattapan 

On July 17, J'iary M. Mehlman was married 
to Richard Burns of Jamaica Plain, at 
St Anthony' s-by-tho-sea, in Gloucester 
The nuptial mass was celebrated by the 
Rev, John F, Burns, brother of the bride- 
groom. The bride's sister, Barbara, was 
maid of honor and the groom's brother, 
Eugene, 7ra.s best man. The Branch staff 
and others of the bride's library as- 
sociates attended the reception, held 
at the Shore Drive Manor, Magnolia o 
Following their honeymoon trip to Nevf 
Hampshire, Mr and itrs Burns are making 
their home in Brighton, 

South Boston 

Mrs Irene H, Tuttle, Branch Librarian, 
vras one of the judges for the recent 
^'Little Brother" contest sponsored by the 
South Boston Girls' Club, 

West End 

Members of the West End Branch staff 
have become seasoned travelers this 
summer. Led by our veteran traveler. Miss 
Mllmeister, members have already visited 
several countries. Miss Fdllmeister has 
just returned from an extended tour 
abroad — by plane, sea and land, during 



though our Faneuil Hall is \ddely knoT,m 
as the Cradle of Liberty, our children's 
librarian found that claim disturbingly 
disputed, during her recent vacation trip. 
It appears that the citizens of Penn- 
sylvania think that independence really 
got under vray at Independence Hall and 
Valley Forge, while the Virginians give 
all the credit to Patrick Henry and Thomas 
Jefferson. Around Monticello, they even 
conjure up the name of Jack Jouett, v/hose 
midnight ride, they say, overshadotved that 
of our Paul Revere, Despite these erroneoui 
opinions of the inhabitants, Mrs Lehane 
greatly enjoyed her visits to the famous 
historical and literary spots in Phila- 
delphia, Richmond, Baltimore and Willlams- 
b\rrg, as virell as the breath-taking drive 
through the Blue Ridge Itountains and the 
Smokies. One unexpected and delightful 
event vfas coming across a Pennsylvania 
Dutch Festival, where she was intrigued 
by an authentic Easter Egg Tree which 
has been in a Pennsylvania family for 
three generations, 

Helen Colgan went north of the U.S. 
to Canada on a combined tour and cruise, 
to Montreal, Quebec City, up the St, ' 
Lavinr-ence and Saguenay Rivers and back, 
then on to Ottavra., returning home via 
Montreal, She was keenly enthusiastic 
about all the places; and had but one re- 
gret— *hat she v/as unable to remember much 
of her school-day French, Our latest 
West End Motto: "Always willing to travel", 

Joseph Lee Day was observed nationally 
on July 30, but here the day had a more 
personal and local significance. The 
library paid special tribute to % Lee 
as a former resident of the West End, a 
very good neighbor, and a universal 
benefactor of children. The writings of 
Mr Leo, pictures and other material about 
him, dravm from the WestEndiana Collection, 
were on exhibit. The children in the 
Summer Re-'.ding Club made their dramatic 



which she visited well-kno™ and historic ^contribution to the observance of the day 



spots. She savj- the Alhambra and the Rock 
of Gibraltar, Portugal, Spain and then 
went on to North Africa, Of all the 
places, she is most enthusiastic about 
the streets of North Africa with their 
teulti-colorcd dress and many tcngued 
natives and tourists. 

}!xs Veronica Lehane also traveled ex- 
tensively; but in our oi«i country. She 
went by auto from Boston to Nevf York and 
Pennsylvania dovm to Williams bio-g , Vir- 
ginia. Then on to North Carolina. Al- 



Ivfhcn they presented a four-act play, 
!shoT/ing the course of Joseph Lee's concern 
!\?ith the recreational facilities available 
|to children, from its beginnings in Boston 
to its culmination in the establishment of 
playgrounds throughout the United States 
and abroad. 

The Space Travel Reading Club at West 
End continues to hold regular Friday 
morning meetings with amusing formality. 
The children take quite seriously their 
book travels through time and space, and 



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eagerly volunteer to give brief talks 
about vrfiat they have learned in the fields 
of nature, travel, or the progress of 
modern science. Today's fantasy seemed 
to promise tomorroT,r's reality, on the 
morning vrhen one member brought in a 
newspaper report about the people who are 
actually signing up to bo passengers on 
the first rocket trip to the moon. Al- 
though there is no doubt of the chil- 
dren's interest in space travel, they 
still seem to enjoy hearing about other 
children's e-arth-bound experiences, in 
reality or in books, 

COUU IT BE ? 

Received on August 11, 195U, in the 
first-class mail, letter from The Nestle 
Company, Inc., l/?hite Plains, Not; York, 
addressed: 

Mr Geoffrey Chaucer 
Boston Public Library 
Boston, ISass, 
Could it be that someone on the staff 
is using this name as a pseudonym? 






SOAP BOX 



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be accompanied by the full name cf the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether vdth the name of the Branch Library, 
Department, or Office in v;hich 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 kno\'m only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief, The contents of articles 
appearing in the Soa p Bo x are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their appearance does 
not necessarily indicate that the Pub- 
lications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement vjith the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



Editor-Pro- Te m's Not e : 
We knexi in auvance that the Editor of 
THE QUESTION PARK and the President of the 
Association would be on vacation at the 
time the August issue came out, and that 
in consequence there vrould be no Presi- 
dent's Notes. But, we had not figured 



that the entire staff would be on vaca- 
tion mentally (or completely relaxed and 
uncomplaining) to such an extent that 
there would be no contributions to the 
Soap Box . Hov/ever, such seems to be the 
case, S'ince vre discovered it, we have 
been smiling broadly as we imagine the 
disappointed expressions -v^diich mil adorn 
many faces v/hen from force of habit their 
ovmers turn first to the S oap B ox and find 
there nothing but this, the Publications 
Committee's vdsh for 

HAPPY VACATIONStl 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



SEPTEMBER 1954 



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



Volume IX, Number 9 



September 1951; 



Publications Committee: Gerald L, Ball, John J, McCafferty, Sheila W. Pierce, 

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 influence of television on the 
reading habits of the average American 
has been of intense interest to li- 
brarians for the past five years. Still, 
little light has been shed upon the sub- 
ject. 

The report of an interview with a lead- 
ing metropolitan librarian was published 
this past week in -vvhich the librarian 
disclosed his answer to the question. 
His conclusions, based upon a survey, are 
these: That television's effect is similar 
to that of radio in its infancyj that the 
average American devoted all his spare 
time to television until the novelty 
wore off, then returned to books — better 
than he had been reading be fore 5 that 
people realized that vrith television in 
their lives they had less time for read- 
ing, so they selected books of a higher 
standard; that there is less reading of 
fiction and more of non-fiction now. 

These conclusions, especially the last 
one, are enlightening,, The recent trend 
from fiction reading to non-fiction has 
not gone without notice in the Boston 
Public Library, Although there can be 
found other explanations for the trend 
toward non-fiction reading the readiness 
of a highly-placed librarian to attribute 
it to educational television programs 
points toward a peaceful co-existence 
between the library and TV, No longer 
should we hear the plaint that TV is 
pre-empting the free time of children 
and adults to such an extent that few 
people have time for reading books. 



CARE 

Our grateful thanks to those who have 
remembered CARE during the summer months. 

Help for the unfortunate continues to 
be needed. Please give as you are able. 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



September 27, 



S.L.A, monthly meeting at 
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR 
Library, Dinner at Cafe 
Amalf i. 



October 2. C.L.A, fall meeting, Cheverus 
High School, Portland, Maine, 
at 2:30 p.m. Bus from Boston 
at 9:00 a.m. For bus trans- 
portation contact John 
Hallahan, Open Shelf. Round 
trip, exclusive of luncheon, 
no more than $5*00, 



October 18-20, 



N.E,L,A, fall meeting at 
New Ocean House, Swamp- 
scott. 



PERSONAL NOTES 

Resignations 

Mrs Helen P. Sullivan, Information 
Office, to live in Corning, N.Y, 

Rita M, Doherty, Book Preparation, to be 
married' 

Firs Ann A. Sullivan, Egleston Square, to 
remain at home, 

Mrs Beverly P, Parsons, Ht Bowdoin, to 
remain at home 

Mrs Josephine M. Shaw, South End;, to re- 
turn to a teaching position in France, 

I*.fe.ry J. Joyce, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion (HR and CS) , to enter nurses' 
training school. 

Retirements 

William F, Quinn, Superintendent of 

Buildings, after 30 years of service, 
William A. Swan, Binding, after 37 years 

of service. 
Joseph J, Conway, Printing, after 27 

years of service, 
William B, Gallagher, Chief, Printing, 

after 27 years of service, 
Chester A. S. Fazakas, Branch Issue, 

after 53 years of service.. 



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Transferred 

Irene M. Mains, from Hospital Library- 
Service to Roslindale^ 

Mrs Laura H. Reyes, from Roslindale to 
South End. 

Mrs Arlene R, Saffren, from South Boston 
to East Boston. 

Returned from ililitary Leave 

JtLchael J. Venezia, Book Stack Service- 

TAKE A K)YI I 

Congratulations to Arthur L, Lindsay, 
assistant in the Exhibits Office, for 
his quick thinking and fine first aid 
work at the height of hurricane Carol. 
He applied pressure techniques to an in- 
jured library patron so ably that no 
dressings were necessary when the injured 
person reached City Hospital. 

ilARGARET M. TULEY 

Margaret M, Tuley, who was employed 
in Book Stack Service in 1952 and 1953 j 
entered the religious order of Daughters 
of Charity on September 8. After leaving 
the Library she entered the Catherine 
Labourl School of Nursing and vias in 
training vlhen she decided to enter the 
religious nursing order of Daughters of 
Charity. It is this order of nurses that 
are in charge of the Carney Hospital and 
St Ifergaret's Hospital here in Boston. 
Over 500 friends and relatives attended 
a reception in her honor on Saturday 
evening, August 28, in St ¥illiam's Hall, 
She is now located at St Joseph's Cen- 
tral Houise, Emmetsburg, Maryland, 
i!/Iargaret is the daughter of John W, Tuley, 
Fire Prevention Inspector for the Library. 

MEYf CITIZENS 

Mr and JJrs Paul E, Nagle have an^ ■ 
nounced the birth of a daughter, Kathleen 
on August 27. Ivir Nagle is a member of 
the Book Preparation Staff and Mrs Nagle 
was formerly a member of the staff of 
Records, Files, Statistics, 

On September 1, ilr and Jfrs Pasquale 
Vacca became the parents of a baby 
daughter, Mr Vacca is an assistant at 
Dorchester, In anticipation of the 
happy event, the staff gave a baby shower 
in August for the prospective parents. 



Mr and Mrs John J. Hallahan have ajinounced 
the birth of a son, Francis Brendan, on 
September 5. Mr Hallahan is a member 
of the Open Shelf staff. 

ENGAGEMENTS 

Announcement has been made of the 
engagement of Mary C, Day, Ifemorial, 
to Airman First Class Norman W. Kennedy 
of Cambridge. 

SOCIAL WHIRL 

On August 11 at the home of Mr and 
Mrs William Conley in Melrose, a very 
pretty bridal shovrer was given to 
Millicent Ann Hamer, a member of the 
Dorchester staff, in honor of her 
approaching marriage to William Hugh 
Smith of Dorchester. 

The table t^s daintily decorated 
with flovrers, ferns, tiny colored um- 
brella place cards, and a pink, green and 
vfhite umbrella cake as a center-piece. 
I'l/hite wedding bells and streamers hung 
in the doon/vays. A delicious supper vra.s 
served by J.Irs Elinor Conley, Branch Li- 
brarian. Miss Hamer was presented vidth 
a place setting of Heirloom silver in 
the Damask Rose pattern, a gift from the 
staff. 

Besides the members of the Dorchester 
staff, other guests present Trare Margaret 
Morgan, Eleanor O'Leary, Mrs Gloria 
Vacca, Helen DeSimone, and A. Philip 
Frederick, 

An impromptu kitchen shov/er was held 
at the Branch for Miss Hamer on Friday, 
August 27, Around her place at the table 
where refreshments were served, were 
heaped various sized gifts of all poss- 
ible shapes including two wrapped and 
decorated to represent the bride and 
groom. 

On Tuesday, August 2k, Duilia Capo- 
bianco, Assistant in Charge at East 
Boston, vias given a Bon Voyage party at 
the Hotel Vondome by the staff and 
Jennie Femino of North End. A travel- 
alarm clock in a red leather case was 
given to Miss Capobianco to make sure 
'she ;7Duld be on time for the many won- 
derful activities she has planned for 
her s ix-v;eeks* tour of Europe. 

iiiss Capobianco, accorpanied by her 
sister, left August 27 from Logan Airport 



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bound for Paris. They vdll go on to visit 
the French and Italian Rivieras , the 
Dolomites, Innsbruck, Genoa, Milan, 
Venice, Capri, Perugia, Florence, Naples, 
and Rome, 

l"fEDDINGS 

Saturday, August 21, 195U was the day 
of the vredding at St John's Church at 
10 a, mo Jfe-ss of Rita l/krie Doherty and 
Frederic Casey of Winthrop, The lovely 
bride looked radiant in a govm of white 
lace and taffeta. J-Iargaret Doherty 
served as Honor attendant at her sister's 
vredding and wore a rose taffeta gown. 
The groom looked handsome and gallant on 
crutches needed because of a paratroop 
accident at Army camp where he is sta- 
tioned. 

The reception, held at the Paul Roger 
House, Revere, was attended by imny 
library friends. The Caseys motored to 
Kentucky ■vdiere they plan to make their 
home for the next year. 

At St Ambrose Church, Dorchester, on 
August 28, Anne E. McCarthy, South Boston, 
and Charles Kinne i/rere married at a 
Nuptial Mass, The bride's govm was of 
Ghantilly lace over white satin v/ith a 
fingertip length veil. She carried a 
bouquet of white roses and euch-'.rist 
lilies with a white orchid center. Mrs 
Herbert Hevres (foarmerly Marie McCarthy 
of Book Purchasing) v/as ra?.tron of honor 
for her sister. The reception was held 
in the soLarivim at the Hotel Vendome. 
LiUsic at the reception vras ably provided 
by Frankie Jfyers, 

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On Saturday afternoon at I; o'clock, 
the fourth of September, i.iillicent Ami 
Hamer was narried to ITilliam Hugh Smith 
at the Stoughton Street Baptist Church 
in Dorchester. Officiating at the 
ceremony was the bride *s father, the 
Reverend William Llev/ellyn Hamcr, The 
church vras beautifully decorated vdth 
#iite fall flovrers and candles, and the 
bride vias lovely in a ballerina govm of 
T/.tiite taffeta with a shoulder length veil 
and a bridal bouquet. Her bridesmaid 
v/ore green taffeta and carried sweetheart 
roses. 

After a wedding trip to Maine and 
Washington, Ttr and Mrs Smith v/ill make 
their home in Newton Centre where JiEr 
Smith is attending Andover Newton Theo- 



logical School. Mrs Smith vvill continue 
as an assistant at Dorchester. 

On September $, at 2:30 p.m,, Joan 
Lorraine Dandrow became the bride of 
Girard D. Hottleman, Book Purchasing, at 
St Paul's Church in Dorchester, The 
bride, v/earing a -vdiite gown of la.ce over 
satin vd-th Juilliard cap and finger tip 
veil, carried a prayer book with orchid 
streamers. The matron of honor vias Mrs 
Gloria Iviaclssaac, sister of the bride, 
G, Maclssaacs was best man, acting as, 
proxy for Edward Fisher who is in the 
service. Following the reception at the 
Maclssaac home in Jamaica Plain, i>.1r and 
Mrs Hottleman left for a honeymoon in 
New Harapshireo 

On Saturday morning, September 11, at 
the Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale, 
Rosemarie larrobino. Business Office, 
became the bride of Richard Paul Mulcahy 
of Jpjnaica Plain, 

Rosemrarie looked lovely in a full 
length gown of antique satin trimmed 
vrith a collar of seed pearls and an orange 
blossom crown with illusion veiling. The 
bride's bouquet was white orchids on a 
prayer book vri. th stephanotis streamers. 

Her sister, Patricia, as maid of 
honor, wove emerald green taffeta as did 
her bridesmaids, one of whom was Mrs 
Barbara Bloom, Accounting. The flower 
girl, little Margaret larrobino, iras 
adorable in yellov: taffeta and floral 
tiara. 

The reception v\fhich follo^Ycd immediately 
w?.s held at the King Phillip Ballroom in 
Wrentham and was thoroughly enjoyed by 
many guests v;ho braved the hurricane to 
attend. 

Follovdng a honeymoon in New York and 
Washington, D,C,, Mr and ?frs IJhilcahy will 
reside in Boston, 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

At the November business meeting the 
Nominating Committee will present the 
list of candidates of officers to be 
elected at the annual meeting in Janur.ry. 
It is perhaps human nature to find excuses 
to avoid being a candidate, to let "George 
do it". But MO should appreciate the 
importance of the task of the Nominating 
Committee and give to them the coopera- 
tion they need if they are to present a 
representative list of candidates. 



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A SORT survey completed eirly this 
summer had several items of particular 
interest to members of the EPLPSA: 

Wc have one of the largest memberships 
of any staff organization in SORT, being 
one of the four having over UOO members; 
but wc have the smallest dues of any 
organization being one of the six having 
dues of fifty cents a year (three had 
dues of '^6,00 a year and the average dues 
were about $2,00). Our CARE program wxs 
cited, attention being given to the fact 
that we have given ^2,5U6.00 to CARE 
since vre adopted it. Our Association was 
also singled out as a pace-setter for its 
part in raising |8, 000.00 for the Cen- 
tennial Gift* 

B, Joseph O'Neil 

STAFF IN PRINT 

Dorothy Dodworth, children's assistant 
^t North End, had a delightful picture 
bo ok^ A Dangerous Day for I'Irs Doodlepunk , 
published September 7 by ViTilliam R, Scott ^ 
Inc., of Nevr York. An excerpt from the 
blurb states: "a fresh and original 
picture-story by a talented nev;comer to 
the field, its theme is the strained 
interpersonal relations bctvroen Mrs 
Doodlepunk, a young lady of seven, and her 
neighbor, Ifr Frizzboy, aged eight and up 
to no good. Needless to say, she turns 
the tables on th^ villain." 

IilU AND INSURANCE 

¥c have been asked to bring to the 
attention of M.L.A. members the offer 
of the Loyalty-Group Insurance Plan. 
Policies •'jYTittcn under this plan are 
available to librarians vfho are not 
acceptable risks for individual policies. 
Many librarians throughout the state have 
been in this Group insurance plan since 
August, 1953. Further information can 
be obtained at the Personnel Office. 

VEraaPHT LIBRARY JEETHTO 

Firs Muriel C, Javelin, Deputy Super- 
visor in Charge of "^Jork mth Adults, spoke 
on The R'ole of the Library in the Community 



at the Pre-Conference Adult Education 
Workshop of the Vermont Free Public Li- 
brary Commission at Lake ilorey Inn, Fairlec 
Vermont, on Thursday morning, September 2, 
195ii. 



Ifr Edward J&ir, New England Representa- 
tive of the Great Books Foundation, 
briefly described the services of the 
Foundation in setting up leadership 
training groups for small communities and 
in organizing new Great Books programs, 
Mr I/Iuir's headquarters are in the Office 
of the Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services, 

This meeting immediately preceded the 
Biennial Convention of the Vermont 
Library Association. Mrs Javelin also 
served as a Consultant on Adult Educa- 
tion programming during the Conference, 

AiffiRICAN HERITAGE PROJECT 

A grant for a young adult demonstra- 
tion project under the American Heritage 
Project has been made jointly to five 
libraries in Greater Boston communities — 
Arlington, Brookline, Medford, Quincy, 
and Boston. The local director of this 
project will be M. Jane Manthorne, Young 
Adults Librarian, Open Shelf. 

Present plans for the Boston Public 
Library's participation include four 
programs to be conducted at Adams Street, 
North End, Mattapan, and Open Shelf. 

AMERICAN JEWISH TERCENTENARY 

The Tercentenary of the Settlement of 
the Jews in America is being observed 
from September, 19$h to May, 1955. This 
event marks the arrival of a sturdy band 
of twenty-three Jews vdio came to New 
Amsterdam, now New York, in l65ii» 

Great plans are going forward in hun- 
dreds of cities. Extensive preparations 
are going on in Boston, A committee of 
300 hand— picked leaders in this Boston 
community has been formed to spark-plug 
plans. The theme of the Tercentenary is 
MN'S OPPORTUNITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 
UNDER FREEDOM. The observance vrLll be 
marked in diverse ways by books, maga- 
zine and newspaper articles, conferences, 
meetings, lectures, study programs, radio 
and television programs, exhibits, con- 
certs, organizational projects, special 
ceremonies — and in a hundred other ways. 

In consonance with all these prepara- 
tions, the West End Branch Library stands 
ready to serve with special exhibits of 
books and photographs being especially 
gathered to meet the call. Two members of 
the B.P,L. staff are serving on The Ter- 
centenary Libraries Exhibits Committee for 



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Boston and surrounding areas, Fanny 
Goldstein and Zoltkn Haraszti. 

RETIREMNTS 

Chester A,S. Fazakas 

Congratulations to Chester A. S, 
Fazakas upon his retirement from the 
library staff after fifty-three years of 
service. VJhile this time -was all spent 
as a member of the Branch Issue Depart- 
ment, I.lr Fazakas' vfork took him regularly 
to other departments of the library, 
Tflhere he vri.ll be greatly missed for his 
constant helpfulness, his ready vri.t, and 
his outgoing, generous spirit. Few 
members of the staff would be as generally; 
and as sincerely missed; and our very 
best vri.shes go with him as he enters upon 
this new phase of life, Yilhile we know 
that Mr Fazakas ' love for the library 
will keep him from remaining away for 
long periods of time, we want to express 
the hope that he mil never allovf him- 
self to become a stranger among us. 

Bessie L. Doherty 

William B, Gallagher 

With the retirement on September 7 of 
William B. Gallagher, Chief of the 
Printing Department since November 19 , VJ! 
and a member of that Department since 
November 1, 1926, the Boston Public Li- 
brary loses one of its most versatile 
members . Bill is a man of parts : a good 
athlete in the first quarter of the 
century, a fine soldier in World War I, 
an active member in the American Legion, 
arid a first-rate craftsman \vhose technical 
knowledge and ability T/as vddely re- 
spected and whose cooperation was a 
shining example for all. 

Bill helped fcund the South Boston 
Athletic Club and ■vms outstanding as a 
fonvard on its basketball teams vfhich 
held high rank in semi-pro circles. He 
served in the 101st Infantry of the Yankee 
Division during World War I along vdth a 
certain Colonel Stilwell later known as 
"Vinegar Joe". Later, he was one of the 
organizers of the Sons of the Legion and 
served as president of that organization 
which vras devoted to Americanization, 
a subject very dear to Bill's heart. He 
also served as Commander of the Michael 
Perkins Post, A.L. and of the 101st 



Infantry Veterans Association. 

?Je vdsh Bill the best of luck on his 
retirement, and hope that his health v.lll 
improve. 



WILLIAM A . SWAN 

On August 23, Mr and Mrs William A, 
Swan were the guests of honor at a fare- 
well party in Binding. Bill, one of the 
most popular members of the department, 
is a veteran binder, mth thirty-seven 
years of service in the Library. After 
a catered dinner, he was presented YJith 
a substantial cash gift as a token of 
appreciation from his fellow-workers. 

Bill, alvays friendly and cheerful, 
virill be long remembered by his many 
Library friends* 



JOSEPH J. COMWAY 

The present imve of retirements has 
taken along Joe Conway, a linotype 
operator in Printing since March 7, 1927 • 
Joe Till be remembered as a good-natured, 
helpful and agreeable fellovv who yjss 
always the same even-tempered worker. 
We hope Joe enjoys his retirement and 
gets a chance to see his beloved Red Sox 
van a few games, 

NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Non-Fiction 

Ausubel, Nathan. Pictorial history of 

the Jemsh people. 

NevT York, Crown, 195U 
Bowers, Claude G, My mission to Spain. 

New York, Simon and Schuster, V)Sk 
Dean, Yfilliam F. General Dean's story. 

Nevj York, Vicking Press, 195U 
Kelly, Emmett. Cloim 

New York, Prentice-Hall, 195U 
Norv/ay, Nevil Shute. Slide rule. 

New York, llorrow, 19 5U 
Overstreet, Harry A. The mind alive, 

NeviT York, Norton, 195U 
Tftiite, William 3. The Taft story. 

New York, Harper, 195U 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

American Library Association. Proceedings 
of the 72nd annual conference, 
Chicago, American Library Association, 
1953 



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Eyre, Frank. 20th Century children's 
books . 

Now York, London, Longmans, Green, 
1952 

Moore, Anne C, ed. lYriting and criticisn. 
Boston, Horn Book, 19^1 

Shedlock, i'hrie L, The art of the story- 
teller. 
Nev/ York, Dover Publications, 1952 

Shores, Louis, ed. Challenges to li- 
brarians hip. 
Tallahassee, Florida State University, 

1953 
Wallace, Sarah L. Promotion ideas for 
public libraries. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 
1953 

Fiction 

Caldwell, Taylor, pseud. Never vic- 
torious, never defeated. 

New York, McGraw-Hill, 195U 
Ellsberg, Edward, ilid watch. 

New York, Codd, Mead, 1951^ 
Keyes, Frances P. The royal box. 

New York, J. Messner, 195^ 
Sharp, Margery, The gipsy in the parlour. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 195ii 
Shirer, William L, Stranger, come home, 

Boston, Little, Brovm, 1951; 
Smth, Lillian E. The journey. 

Cleveland, World Publishing Company, 

195U 
Wylie, Philip. Tom.orrov;, 
New York, Rinehart, 1951 

BRANCH NOTES 



During Ifrs Wollent's absence, or at 
any time, the Staff Association through 
the president will be happy to assist 
any staff member who mshes to make a do- 
nation of blood under the City of Boston 
Employees Blood Program, or having donated, 
wishes to be furnished with blood for 
himself or his family. 



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Connolly 

On Friday, September 17, 65 boys and 
girls attended the annual party •'/jhich 
brought to a close the Summer Reading 
Club activitios. The reading certificates 
which these children have earned were 
sent to their schools for presentation 
at assemblies or in the classroom, 

BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM 

The Red Cross Blood Donor Center, 31i; 
Dartmouth Street (near Hferlborough) , vd.ll 
be open to receive blood donations Tues- 
day and Thursday from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. 
and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 A.M 
to h P.M. The Library allows h hours 
of excused absence to employees to en- 
able thorn to donate blood under the City 
of Boston Employees Blood Program, 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether mth the name of the Branch Library, 
Department, or Office in Tihich he or she 
is employed. The name is Tdthhold 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 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their appearance does 
not necessarily indicate that the Pub- 
lications Committee ,and the Association 
are in agreement vrith tho views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 v;ord.s v/ill be accepted. 



To the Soap Box: 



LIBRARY EMPLOYEES EXPENDABLE 

With; the radio braodcasts by both 
state and municipal authorities advising 
citizens to stay at home and keep off 
the streets during the advent of hurricane 
"Edna", why T/as the Library kept open 
vvith practically a full staff on Saturday? 
Surely someone had the authority to close 
the Library as far as the employees were 
concernedo There was plenty of time, 
since vifarnings were being issued as early 
as Friday morning. 

Keeping the Library open as a Refuge 
is one thingj keeping the Library open as 
a functioning institution is quite another 
matter. Practically tho only "refugees" 
.were the members of the staff of the 
Boston Public Library. Should not their 
welfare have been taken into consideration 
too? If real disaster had occurred the 
Civil Defense personnel vnould have taken 



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over anyhow. 

The same holds true for the previous 
hurricane, "Carol" t The Library should 
not have been open that Tuesday evening, 
September 7. There was no moon that 
night and no lights whatsoever in the 
outlying districts, feny employees who 
were forced to work until 9 p.m. had 
considerable difficulty in getting home, 
stumbling over fallen trees and branches 
that clogged most streets. 

Commercial employers were more con- 
siderate of their employees r Have the 
Library officia].s vrho work fro'. 9 to ^, 
Monday to Friday, no cons iderr-.v ion for 
their employees? Certainly durilng an 
emergency the Library offers non-essential 
service, compared to hospitals, etc. 
Library employees are human too; or are 
we considered expendable? 

One of the Refugees 

Ed. note ; The Saturday HERALD reported 
that at an emergency meeting, Friday 
evening, September 10, Mayor Hynes ordered 
city department heads to give every 
possible aid to communities. "He ordered 
that all schools and other public build- 
ings be kept open today (Saturday) to 
'care for those who -vmnt to seek shelter 
or safety. '" 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

UNIFORM CLOSING TII-IE FOR ECO NO LOT, 
EFFICIENCY and GOOD PUFLIC RELATIOaS 

Might this not be the opportune time 
to consider continuing throughout the 
year a uni.form closing time for all open 
departments in the Central Library 
Building? 

A uniform closing time of 9 ?.Vi, 
would not only provide the jHtrons with 
better integrated and mere efficient 
service but would also afford an oppor- 
tunity to provide savings in the budget 
and promote better public relations. 

In the past when most departments have 
closed at 9 P.M. and a few stayed open 
until 10 P.M., many patrons have been 
disappointed vihen the materials or 
services they sought were not available 
because the department providing them 
had closed an hour before the announced 
closing time of the Library, 

Closing an hour earlier in those 
departments usually open until 10 P.M. 



would allow those working in the evening 
to come in an hour earlier and help in 
covering lunch hours. This would give 
some relief to those departments which 
are shorthanded because of the "no 
replacement" policy. Closing an hour 
earlier would also provide sizeable 
savings in the extra service budget and 
in heat, light and power expenses. 

If the administration has not already 
decided on a uniform closing time for 
the Central Library Building would this 
not be a good time to consider it since 
establishine; a u.:i;',form closin.<^ time of 
9 P.M, at this tjjie would continue the 
ho\irs of sei'vice to which tiie patrons 
have become accustomed during the jHst 
four months? 

PRO BOND PUBLICO 



EGLESTON SQUARE VIGNETTE 

She vras a dainty and self-possessed 
four-and-a-half, and she settled her- 
self with a charming preciseness at the 
picture books table. 

"I have to learn to read," she an- 
nounced, "because I'm going to school 
next year." 

After a few seconds of silent con- 
j centra tion, she closed the book firmly, 
and made another announcement. 

"I've found that the only way to 
read is to have reading glasses. I'm 
going to tell my mother," And so saying, 
she left, dignity in every stop, as she 
went to find her mother, 

ONE FOR THE BOOK 

The following note was received at 
Dorchester, together vfith a somevirhat 
battered book: 

Sir: 

In regarding the cover of this book, 
my cat j\imp on the couch and rip it. If 
there is any charge for damage please 
Y>rrite a note and give it to my girl. I'm 
terrible sorry. 

Mrs B. 
Note; The title of the book was "The 

Complete Book of Cat Care", Perhaps 
this should be re-read and re-evalu- 
ated from a cat's point of viev/. 



A.L.A. MEMBERSHIP FOR 19% 

I have just received from A.L.A, a 
list of those Boston members v;ho had not 

paid their 195U dues as of July 31, 195U. \ 

Included were the names of 28 B.P.L. staff, f 

raerabors. If there is any doubt in your ♦ 

mind about your status, won't you please j: 

check vj-ith me? t 

i 

REi\ffiMBER~A.L.A. still needs you I ' 

Don't you still need A.L.A«? j. 

l 
Sarah M. Usher 
A.L.A. Membership Committee 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



OCTOBER 1954 



T i! E QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volvime IX, Number 10 



October 19^U 



Publications Committee : 



Gerald L. Ball, John J. iicCafferty, Sheila Yii. Pierce, 
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 CORNIER 

?(kny city dwellers, including Bos- 
tonians, think little of the unassuming 
Ailanthus tree that -vd-ll grow alm.ost 
anywhere mthout coaxing or encourage- 
ment. They see it everyi^here: on un- 
paved streets, in railroad yards, on the 
fringes of parking lots. Probably with~ 
out realizing it, people have come to 
regard it as a vreed rather than a treeu 

In the library, however, these trees 
hold a place of honor. For at least 
fifteen years they have surrounded the 
courtyard at Central. Though most of 
the Ailanthus trees in Boston "just 
grov/ed" and were allowed to remain, the 
trees in the courtyard vrere purchased 
and planted. And when, during the Sep- 
tember hurricanes, three trees fell, 
m.en came mth ropes and lifted the trees 
back into position, straightened their 
roots, and encouraged them to grow again. 

Three Ailanthus trees would not have 
been a great loss, but it's pleasant to 
note that the people who run a busy li- 
brary in its busiest season took time out 
to protect the quiet familiarity of the 
courtyard, to vrhose serenity these trees 
are so well suited. 

Sheila W, Pierce 

CALEIOAR OF EVENTS 

October 18, 19, 20. NELA. conference. 

New Ocean House, 
Swamps CO tt 



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FERSOimL KOTES 

Resignations 

Ifetalie L. Velardo, Book Stack Service, 

to be married. 
Mary L, Devolder, Vest Roxbury, to attend 

Garrett Biblical Institute at Evanston, 

Illinois • 
¥ts Flora-Ann Huffman, Memorial, to move 

to Nevj- York* 
Ruth E. V.'inn, Tyler Street, to attend 

Pratt Institute Library School. 
ii, Henry Karsh, Audio-Visual, to return 

to college. 

Transferred 



THERE 



Charlotte R. Cooper, from North End to 

Tyler Street. 
Helen A. Connell, from Mattapan to 

Neponset, 
Its Phyllis R. Kallroan, from Phillips 

Brooks to South End, 
Felicia J, Langdon, from Audio-Visual to 

Roslindale, 
Irene lie Mains, from Roslindale to 

Mattapan. 
Mrs La\ira H. Reyes, from South End to 

Memorial. 
Albert J. Brogna, from Central Charging 

Records to Audio-Visual » 
Mrs Dorothy B. Clark, from Uphams Corner 

to City Point 
Taimi Lilja, from Codman Square to East 

Boston 
Katherine T. Laiiontagne , from School 

Issue to Roslindale, 

Retirements 

Catherine C. Kelly, Neponset, after 33 

years of service 
Francis J, Gough, Printing, after 19 

years of service- • 

MILITAHY SERVICE 
Welcome Back 1 

John F, Collins, Business Office 
Frank J. Donovan, Book Stack Service 



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VISITORS 

I'liss Ko Siu '"'ah. Hong Kong 

lliss iiargaret Ohn-Bvirint, Rangoon 

THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

Testimonial Dinner for William Fo Quinn 

In the Lecture Hall on the evening of 
September 22, a testimonial dinner in 
honor of William F. Quinn was attended 
by one hundred and thirty-five friends 
and former co-workers. The festive 
occasion was the first of its kind held 
in the Library since 1901 when James L. 
TJhitney, former Librarian, -ms retired. 

After an enjoyable catered dinner, 
Master-of -Ceremonies George Tf, Gallagher, 
Binding, introduced Lee M, Friedman, Li- 
brary Trustee c i'r Friedman, from his 
many contacts vvlth Mr Quinn, gave a very 
fine tribute to the former Superintendent 
of Buildings for the valuable services 
contributed during his years of service, 

Wc Gallagher then introduced Francis 
B. Masterson, former Library Trustee, 
and Milton E. Lcrd, Director, who gave 
short testimonies in honor of Mr Quinn, 

Patrick F. McDonald, President of 
the Board of Trustees, ■mho v;as vuiable to 
attend the dinner, sent a telegram of 
congratulation, Mr "f'cDonald thanked i.ir 
Quinn for his outstanding service to the 
Library during his thirty years ' tenure , 
and vj-ished him health and happiness in 
the years ahead, 

yjc Quinn v/as then presented mth a 
Polaroid camera arid accessories. He 
gave a very engaging (and sometimes 
hum.orous) speech of thanks and farewell. 

After the dinner, friends and guests 
gathered around the guest of honor to 
present their good vashes. 

Music was furnished by Frank Myers • 
Orchestra during the dinner and for the 
dancing which took place afterwards, 

Chester A, S« Fazakas Honored at Tea 

On Thursday, September thirtieth, the 
Women's Lounge presented an especially 
festive air y;ith its bouquets of beauti- 
ful fall flowers from the gardens of I»ir 
and Jirs Ronald Kesv/ickj its artistic 
centerpiece, a gift from Fanny Goldstein; 
its gleaming silver and china j and its 
trays of tempting cakes and cookies. 



The occasion was a farewell tea in 
honor of Chester A. S, Fazakas, v/ho re- 
tired from the Library in August after 
servinp; fifty-three years in Branch Issue. 

A committee of three— Bessie L, Doherty, 
Fanny Goldstein, and Joseph A, Lynch — 
TiTas in charge of this pleasant affair 
and -mas most ably and effectively assisted 
by the Branch Issue staff. Pourere 
were: Anne Brennan, Alice Cray, M, 
Florence Cufflin, l''arion R, Herzig, Mary 
Mo McDonough, Minna Steinberg, Sarah M, 
Usher, and Elizabeth L, ^Jright, 

A gift of money in a handsome leather 
billfold, together vdth a beautifully- 
bound (in the BPL's ovm Binding Depart- 
ment I) leather book containing messages 
from his colleagues , was presented by 
Fanny Goldstein. 

Library friends, both present and 
past, took advantage of this friendly 
opportunity to reminisce Yfith the guest 
of honor and to wish him happiness in 
the years ahead. 

Sarah M, Usher 

Farevjell Luncheon for Catherine C. Kelly 

Catherine C, Kelly, -vrtio retired in 
September, vras guest of honor at a lun- 
cheon at the Salmagundi Restaurant on 
Saturday, October 9, 

Poised and attractive, she sat at the 
head of the festive table wearing the 
lovely orchid corsage which exactly matched 
her pretty hat and virhich had been given 
to her by the members of the Keponset 
staff. The many friends who had -worked 
with her at Neponset and other branch 
libraries during the busy thirty-three 
years she had so graciously served her 
grateful public, were gathered about her. 

In honor of the Marian year, Madalene 
Holt presented Iliss Kelly mth a beauti- 
ful I'iadonna on behalf of these friends. 
The lovely figure of the Madonna had been 
hand-carved in Oberammergau and then 
embedded in crystal-clear lucite with a 
background of Miss Kelly's favorite color, 
blue • 

Her many friends hope she will enjoy 
all the pleasures and interesting ex- 
periences ahead of her in her new-found 
leisureo 



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ALUMME KOTES 
Seventh Annual Alumnae Tea 

Six of the Branch Librarians, EmerituSj 
viho enthusiastically accepted the invita- 
tion extended to them on September 19, 
19$3, by Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of 
Branch Libraries, Emeritus, to "come back 
again in 195U," attended the seventh 
annual alumnae tea held on September 25, 
1951t. These six — Mary E, Ames, M, Flor- 
ence Cufflin, I'ts Sara Lyon, Clara L, 
Maxwell, Ifergaret I, McGovern, and Re- 
becca E. Willis — x^ere joined by three 
Y>;ho had been unable to attend last year— - 
Mrs Edith Hb Bailey, Irs Margaret C, 
Donaghue, and lilary Mo Sullivan — and by 
!,"rs Ada A. Andelman, Supervisor in the 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, 

Notes of regret had com.e from those 
who could not attend because of other 
plans or absence from tovm — Katie F, 
Albert, Carrie L. Korse, Mrs Dorothy N. 
Pitman, Katherine S, Rogan, Elizabeth 
P. Ross, Geneva '7atson, and Alice M, 
Jordan, Supervisor of Work larith Children, 
Em.eritus, 

It seemed also that another valued 
friend was missing. Hurricane "Carol" 
had blovm dorm the enormous shade tree 
around which the Pottery buildings had 
formed a horseshoe and which ha.d reigned 
over these buildings and their occupants 
in a most friendly and protective manner 
for many, many years. 

The weatherman produced one shower 
unscheduled by the hostess but con- 
veniently arranged for it to fall at a 
time v/hen it did not interfere with the 
festivities , for the guests were deeply 
engrossed in exchanging reminiscences, 
in catching up on the happenings of their 
members in the past year, and in viemng 
the beautiful colored slides taken by 
Virginia Haviland on her most recent 
trip to Europe e 

The sam.e group which has com.e to be 
identified as "caterers" at these annual 
teas was present again, but vrithout its 
former inspiration, Dorothy Pitman, whose 
leadership v/as truly missed. The climax 
of the tea came with the group sine'ing 
"Happy Birthday to you" as I'.Iiss Guerrier 
blew out the candles which spelled 8U on 
her birthday cake. 

There can be little doubt in the minds 
of those i-rho attend tJiese- functions that 



the alumnae tea is one of the happiest 
traditions v,;hich has grown up in the 
Boston Public Library. 

Sarah M, Usher 

Greetings from Abe Kalish 

Eicerpt from a recent letter from Abe 
Kalish ; "I am now in the Features Section 
of the United States Information Agency, 
1778 Pennsylvania Avenue, tvro blocks 
from the White House. I wish visitors 
from the BFL to Washington would at least 
ring me at the office and say 'Hello'. 
The telephone is RE-7-83i|0, extension 
2260," 

Henry J, Gartland Named Chief VA Librarian 

Henry J. Gartland has been appointed 
chief librarian of the Veterans Ad- 
ministration Library Service in Washington, 
D,C. 

Fr Gartland, who joined the V,A. in 
I9I1.6 as chief librarian of the fonner 
branch office in Boston, replaces Fester 
Mohrhardt, who has been appointed director 
of the library of the United States 
Departm.ent of Agriculture, 

Before V'orld YJar II, Fr Gartland was 
employed for five years by the Boston 
Public Library. He is fonner president 
of Boston Chapter, Special Libraries 
Association, and past president of the 
hospital libraries division of the 
American Library Association, 

BOWLING LEAGUE SEASON OPENS 

FolloiTing five successful years, the 
BoTifling League has begun its sixth season 
mth high hope for the months ahead, 
Anne Doherty continues to have the dis- 
tinction of being the only player from 
Branch Libraries, A most cordial in- 
vitation is extended to all— full-time 
and part-tim£ — to join the League, In 
fact, at least six more participants are 
badly needed, VJon't you join? See 
Jack Kyle, Stock and Supplies, Hurry I 
Hurry I 



CARE 



Did you put a coin in the CARE box 
recently? Remember CARE needs you as 
much as others need CARE, 



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IN tffilORIAM 

Garrett Lacey 

Garrett Lacey, retired msmber of 
Buildings, died suddenly last Thursday 
at the Savin Hill kTA station while on 
the -may to a sporting event. Garrett, 
v»ho retired in 1939 after 3S years of 
service, was the type v/ho never seemed 
to grow old. Mo one meeting him would 
believe that he was 85 years of agej 
rather they might :;-uess that he vras not 
yet out of his ItO's. -He was universally 
liked because of his friendly, agreeable 
manner J loyally attended every library 
function; and was ever ¥/illing to oblige 
a friend, even to the extent of in- 
convenience to himself. His funeral 
service on Columbus Day was attended by 
many of his friends from the library 
staff, 

PRESIDENT'S KDTES 

The Executive Board at its meeting 
on 20 September considered some addi- 
tional personnel questions and decided 
to refer to the Special Committee on 
Personnel for investigation and recom- 
mendation the following questions j 

1. Payment for Library Examinations 
as Compared i/dth Payments for 
Certification for Courses Completed 
in Library School or Other Colleges 
or Universities© 

2. Delays in Liaking Promotional 
Appointments, 

3. Pay Scales for Assistants-in- 
Charge» 

I am sure that the Personnel Committee 
would welcom.e information and constructive 
suggestions on these problems as well as 
on those problems and recommendations 
included in its preliminary report issued 
last May, 

Be Joseph 'Neil 

AMERICAN HERITAGE PP.OJECT 

The American Heritage Project for the 
regional Boston area vras launched on 
Monday, October U-,'V'ri.th an introduction 
of Heritage goals by Nell Scott, Director 
of the American Heritage Project of the 
American Library Association and by Jane 
Ellstrom, Young Adylt Specialist, Brief 
talks by the two visitors from A,L,A» 



Headquarters preceded a tea in the Staff 
Lounge, Guests were the head librarians 
from the five greater Boston libraries 
which are cooperating in the discussion 
series-rArlington, Boston, Erookline, 
Medford, and Quincyo 

The American Heritage Project en- 
courages groups of approximately twenty 
young adults to meet in libraries and 
discuss their convictions about the 
United States — past, present, and future, 
A grant from the Fund for Adult Educar 
tion aids libraries to supply books and 
films which will present issues for such 
discussion. It is emphasized that the 
young adults be an out-of -school group, 
one of the most difficult age groups to 
reach in the community. 

The discussion programs will begin in 
the various libraries during the weeks 
of October 18 and 25. Prior to that time, 
Miss Ellstrom is offering intensive 
practice in discussion and leadership 
techniques to the librarians and young 
adult co-leaders who virill sponsor groups o 

As a final aim for the Project, li- 
brarians hope for a greater knowledge of 
young adults— ways of reaching them and 
encoura'5;ing their civic participation — 
and for a mere responsible young adult 
citizenry, 

Jane Manthome, vfho is serving as 
regional director, reports a heartening 
response to initial recruiting efforts. 
Already, a lawyer, a social worker, a 
construction laborer, a chemist, and a 
messenger are numbered among the partici- 
pants o 

BLOOD DONOR PROffllAIiJ 

There are many motives -which persons 
may have for donating blood to the Red 
Cross, It may be patriotism, a desire 
to help the men in the armed forces who 
ttay need blood j it may be humanitarianism, 
a desire to help fellow humans who need 
blood because of serious illness or 
accident J it may be to provide insurance 
so that an individual may be assured that 
he and his family mil have blood im- 
mediately without cost if the need arises. 
It may be all or any combination of these 
motives. But of those of us who have 
these motives , hovf many do not give , m^erely 
because of procrastination? 

Don't delay any longer, make a date today 
jto give a donation of blood throurh the City 
lof Boston Employees Blood Donor Program. 
Call Its V^ollent at Extension 2i^Ii, 



RETIIlEIErlTS 
William Fe Quinn 



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As a friend and associate of William 
F, Quinn, I am delighted at the op- 
portunity afforded me by the Que stion 
Mark to v/rite a fev; T;ords about him. 
¥iT Quinn served as Superintendent of 
Buildings from May 19, 192U, to August 11, 
195U, when he rras made Superintendent of 
Buildings , Emeritus . 

When I came to the Library in Sep- 
tember 1929, the late Charles F.D, Belden, 
then Director of the Library, took me 
about the building and introduced me to 
the Department Heads, Just before vre 
reached ]l']r Quinn 's office Iv'r Belden said 
to me that I \Tould find I-i" Quinn one of 
the most capable and helpful men in the 
Library* In the intervening years this 
characterization of lir Quinn became 
clearer and clearer as ray daily contacts 
•with him increased. 

It is difficult to speak of this man 
of so irany attributes and capabilities o 
First it must be said that he is a devout 
Christian gentleman, a man of high honor, 
integrity and dependability. United with 
these virtues he has a calm, quiet dis- 
position, with an uncanny knack for 
getting along well idth other people 
with wide variations in temperament. 

It- Quinn has an algrt, inquiring mind 
associated vdth the qualities of astute- 
ness and intuition. He possesses to a 
high degree creative ability and the 
faculty of looking beyond the surface and 
deep v;ithin the heart of things. Time 
and again in the discharge of his duties 
he demonstrated ability to organize plans 
and work out difficult situations with 
unruffled and outward seeming ease. He 
is vrell versed in building, engineering, 
and other technical matters. He holds 
first class licences from the Commonvrealth 
of Massachusetts in the fields of his 
competencies e 

The life of William F. Quinn is filled 
with a wealth of associations and ex- 
periences, some of them prosaic, others 
interesting, many of them happy ones. 
Their range and scope are too numerous 
to recount here, A few will suffice* 

During World War I Mr Quinn saw 
service as an Engineer Officer in the 
United States Navy, with assignment to a 
mine sv;eeper. His navy assignment led 
him overseas, with action in the English 
Channel and in the Mediterranean Sea» It 
is a pleasure and a rare privilege to hear 



him occasionally recount some of the 
incidents in his naval career. An • 
audience with His Holiness the Fope, 
a breathtaking view of a picturesque 
seaport, quaint customs observed in 
strange lands, and many other vivid things, 
are clear in his mind's eye. They take 
shape, come a live and exist again when 
he speaks of them among friends© 

The greatest tribute that can be paid 
a man is the measure of friendship, 
loyalty and affection that those as- 
sociated with a man bear for himo It 
may be said simply that Mr Quinn is 
held in high esteem by those who vrorked 
for him and by his friends* A man may 
be modest in material ireans and yet be 
wealthy in the higher values when he is 
held in such regard by his fellow men. 

Although i'ir Quinn has left the active 
service of the Library, his influence 
will endure in everything he touched 
here. He goes forth to new-found 
opportunities with the leisure time to 
develop them and to enjoy the ever-fresh 
fruits of these accomplishments. He has 
not alone the rewards and satisfactions 
of his technical competence to enjoy now, 
but he b-as also the leisure for the 
exercise of his interests in music, the 
stage, literature, public affairs and in 
his fellow man, the latter especially 
having made his life so rich in past 
years. 

"QUAICO ULLUM INVENIET FARmi?" 

Richard G, Hensley 
Catherine C, Kelly 

On September 30, 19$li, Catherine C. 
Kelly retired from the Boston Public 
Library after 33 years of service* 

Neponset patrons mil miss her, where, 
in spite of the fine branch librarians 
under vAom she served. Miss Kelly was 
always sought out. Her gracious manner 
and her calm disposition endeared her to 
all who came either for books or advice. 

Although one thinks of her always in 
terms of Neponset, she served her 
apprentice years there, Tras later trans- 
ferred to ilemorial, and then to Paj-ker 
Hill, \;here she remained until a dire 
need at Neponset necessitated her return. 

Miss Kelly sav/ many changes in staff 
during her years of service and form.ed 
many lasting friendships therefrom. All 
of these friends join in hoping that rrLth 



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her increased leisure she can devote 
more tiir.e to the things that are dear 
to her heart — to travel^ to doing kind 
things for the aged, and to comrcunity 
projects, 

Beatrice Mo Flanagan 

Francis Gough 

Frank Gough, Printing, retired on 
October 5 after nearly tyrenty years of 
service, 'Je will always remember Frank 
as a very capable, conscientious worker 
Y;ho enjoyed his big press, knew its 
possibilities, and turned out some very 
fine examples of the printer's art. 
The good \'vishes of his library friends 
go \vith him I 

THE STAFF IN PRINT 

The latest volume of the Jei/ish Book 
Council of America, Volvime 12, 1953- 
1955, is completely dedicated to the 
Tercentenary of the Settlement of the 
Jews in America, Tvro BPL people have 
made contributions to this volume i Lee 
M. Friedman, Trustee, discusses American 
Jevdsh Literary Firsts , and Fanny 
Goldstein, Curator of Judaica, has con- 
tributed a study entitled American 
Jeiivish Juvenile Books. 



The lith edition of Famy Goldstein's 
bibliographic study The Jewish Child 
in Bookland has just been published by 
the Jewish Book Council of America, 

BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 

Rebecca idllrceister, virho met with an 
accident early in September and has 
been confined to the hospital^ is now 
back at home. Vfe wish her a speedy 
recovery, for she is raring to return 
to work. at West End, 

CATHDLIC LIER/VRY ASSOCIATION 
I'.5EETS AT FORTIAND 



On Ocjbober 2, some fifty m.embers of 
the Association attended the Annual Out- 
of-ToiTn meeting of the New England Unit, 
this year at the Chevems High School 
in Portland, John Hallahan, Open Shelf, 
Tra.s in charge of arrangements. 

The meeting, under the general direc- 



tion of ilary Alice Rea, Book Purchasing, 
was conducted by Thomas V, Reiners, 
ChairmaUcj Rev, Francis J, Gilday, S,J,, 
Principal of the school, greeted the 
members and Rev, Nicholas J. i"fcNeil, S.J., 
Librarian, introduced the speakers. 
Sister iiargaret Mary, Librarian of the 
College of Our Lady of i'ercy, Portland, 
lectured on Laura E, Richards , Creator 
of Idylls and Ideas. An exhibit of Ivirs 
Richard's books, lent by the Portland 
Public Library, brought back for many of 
the members memories of the Three Margarets j 
Hildegarde series, and Captain January, 

Bishop Healy was the subject presented 
by Rev. Robert A. Hevfitt, S.J,, Rector. 
Bishop Healy is of particular interest to 
Bostonians as he Tras at one tim.e attached 
to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross- and 
asscc iated with the Home for Catholic 
Childreno All present now have an added 
incentive to read the nevi book about the 
Bishop o 

A chcraL reading of Book VII of 
Chesterton's Ballad of the White Horse 
was received enthusiastically. A huge 
amount of time and effort must have been 
expended on this project and the teachers 
and boys are to be congratulated on the 
excellent rendition. 

The graciousness of Father I'cNeil and - 
Mrs laPierre, the Librarians of Cheverus, 
the luncheon served by the Parents 
Association, the friendly spirit of the 
members from Maine, the enjoyable bus 
ride, all served to make the Portland 
meeting an outstanding occasion, 

AeLo lanning 

RECENT MATERIAL OF 
PROFESSIONAL INTEREST 

Muller, Robert H. "A Program for Staff 
Reading," College and Research Libraries 
XIV (July 1953), ppo235-239. 

Robert H. Muller, director of li- 
braries at Southern Illinois University 
believes "well-read librarians" are 
becoming rarities in the profession. 
Quite frankly he admits the possibility 
that this situation has arisen from the 
rather universal policy of prohibiting 
any protracted reading by the staff on 
library time. He does not consider 
virging librarians to do more reading at 
home very fruitful, for leisure-hour 
reading usually is done more for pleasure 
than for supplementing one's work. 






Mr Kuller suggests a type of staff 
reading program "vhich could be estab- 
lished in libraries. Such a program wouLdi 
exist only for the professional staff, and| 
no distinction vrould be made between thcsej 
Tj-ho work mth the public and those who j 
work on technical processing. One-fourth 
of a Tfork week v;ould be set aside for | 
reading. The reading i/ould be done un- | 
disturbed in a room set apart fcr the 
purpose. Either a reading specialist 
or a committee of staff members, "top- 
ranking" staff members, vrould select the 
books to be readj the basis of selection 
would be the actiial reading interests 
and desirable interests of library users. 

The immediate problem facing a library 
administrator who would like to establish 
such a reading program is the cost, Mr 
Kuller decided that one-fourth of the 
staff's work v;eek is the minimum time to 
be set aside for consecutive reading, if 
the program is to be effective. Accord- 
ing to Kuller »s estimates, to set aside 
this amount of time requires either a 
curtailment of the general v^rork program 
of a library or an increase in staff. 

On the basis of a UO hour work week, 
two hours a day vrould be set aside for 
each individual's reading. In the average 
work year of li8 vreeks, U80 hours vfouM 
be -spent in reading. At a reading rate 
of 1|0 pages an hour for fiction, the 
average work of fiction having UCO pages 
could be read in 10 hours and ItB books 
of fiction could be finished in a year. 
Between 30 and 35 nonf iction books could 
be read in a year. From a sele ction of 
fiction and nonfiction an average of I4O 
books a year could be read, A staff of 
eight librarians could cover 320 different 
books each year. 

Fir Muller claims that the "conscien- 
tious individual librarian" could read 
another 60 books a year on his ovra time; 
such a person also participating in a 
staff reading prc^iiram v/ould then have 
finished 100 books in one year. The 
figure of 60 books on one's ovm time is 
based on estimates made by Eean Burchard 
of H.I.T, 

In this reading program vrhich stresses 
quantity of books it is assumed that books 
vTill be read carefully and adequately com- 
prehended. Selecting relevant titles 
from the plethora of annual jpublications 
for this staff reading program vri.ll always 
be a challenge. Since the program will 
cost the library C'9li2 per librarian per 



year, or $2395? per book read (according 
to Vr I/Iuller's figures based on an 
average yearly salary of $3,768).,l'ic 
Iiuller states the advisability of 
defending the high cost by having books 
selected "according to a clearly formu- 
lated policy appropriate to the library 
in question," 

It hardly seems necessary to record 
here vdiat J.Ir Kuller considers the 
benefits of such a reading program; 
among the benefits he lists are the 
improvement of service to the public and 
an increase of staff competence, 

Eurton, Howard A, "Maximum Benefits from 
a Program for Staff Reading," College 
and Research Libraries XV (July 195ii), 
pp. 277-280. 

In this article Hovrard A, Burton, 
instructor in "Lnglish at Purdue University, 
urges libraries to adopt a program of 
developm.ental reading for their staff, 
A developmental reading program is aimed 
at improving reading speeds . He writes : 
"In the improvement of reading speeds, 
I believe, lies the answer to the pro- 
blem of finding time to be well read," 

The basis of Ifr Burton's enthusiasm 
for developmental reading is his belief 
that "rapid reading is good reading, and 
slov/ reading is poor reading," The 
evidence for such belief, I.r Burton 
claims, is in the results of a develop- 
mental reading program conducted at 
Purdue University for four years. At 
Purdue University 6O8 students in the 
program in the fall semester of 1953 
had at the start an average reading speed 
of 222 vrords per minute, and at the 
close of the program had developed a 
speed of ij.57 words per minute, an improve- 
ment of 106 percent. Comprehension of 
material read at the start of the program 
vras 58 percent; at the close, comprehension 
of similar material was 70 percent. 

The beneficial effect of more rapid 
reading upon comprehension of material 
read is the important point of the vJhole 
program, ¥r Eurton emphasizes that an 
understanding of ideas is the purpose 
in reading, not a race in reading speeds, 
A reader absorbing facts and ideas at 
top speed has a heightening of concentra- 
tion and a lessening of susceptibility 
to distractions. 

How such a program worked at Purdue 
University and vtiat results vrere gathered 
is contained in two articles reviewed belov/. 



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Howard Burton indicates in his article 
that the developmental reading program 
can help libraries that adopt the staff 
reading program proposed by Robert H. 
Kuller in the article reviewed above. If 
the staff is first trained to improve 
their reading speed, the cost of a book 
read can be reduced by half » V/here 
Jfuller's program calls for tvro hours 
daily reading by a staff member on li- 
brary time, it can be expected that this 
daily reading can be reduced to one hour 
after the staff have doubled their 
reading capacity by means of develop- 
mental readings 

Most libraries have no access to an 
established program of developmental 
reading such as the course offered at 
Purdue, Mr Burton advises libraries to 
appoint a member of the staff to in- 
vestigate the procedure and make rec- 
ommendations for training facilities for 
improvement of reading skills for the 
staff on an individual rather than a 
class basis* 

A room for on-the-job reading may be 
set aside as ¥ir I'Ailler sufigests. This 
room .should be equipped i.dth a pacer 
(described in the articles reviewed 
belov/) and instruction books such as 
Norman Lewis' Rem to Read Better and 
Faster and iiarvin Clock's The Improve- 
ment of College Reading » A staff member 
will for the first fev/ days familiarize 
himself m.th the principles and methods 
of reading improvement and with the 
operation of the pacer. He should set 
the pacer at a slightly too fast speed 
and try each day to increase speed by 
five to ten percent. After a fev/ vreeks 
he m.ay begin to read the books assigned to 
him on the staff reading orogram with the 
pacer, A fevr minutes each %veek he can 
use a book, such as Perr3'- and V.'hitlock's 
Selection for Improving Speed of Com - 
prehension , which gives reading time 
for the selections included and checks 
for comprehension of the material read* 
These weekly exercises will serve as a 
gauge of the developmental progress made* 
Ifir Burton believes that reasonable ap- 
plication to this program vn.ll soon en- 
able a person to read in one hour materia] 
which formerly required trro or three 
hours. 



Cosper, Russell, and Barriss Mills, 
^'Developmental Reading at Purdue," 
Journal of Highter Education XXIV (May 
1953), pp. 258-262. Kinne, Si-nest 17, 
"Reading Improvements for Adults," 
College English XV (January 195U), 
pp. 222-22B. 

Purdue University has recently been 
offering a Developmental Reading course. 
The coiArse is given for normal readers 
and aim.s to improve basic reading skills 
of average and superior readers. It 
is not a course in remedial reading for 
handicapped readers. The course lasts 
fifteen weeks, two hours a week. 

On the basis of tests given to students 
who took the course and students who 
did not, it has been shoTm at Purdue that 
reading speed can be increased and that 
at the same time an imporvement in com- 
prehension of books read can be effected. 
It is believed at Purdue that reading as 
a skill should be taught all along the 
line. Secondary schools should do much 
more -with reading, but so shoxild the 
colleges. According to Cosper and Mills, 
Tri-thout direct training in reading only 
a very few students increase their speed 
and efficiency after leaving the sixth 
or seventh grade. The course in develop- 
mental reading given in extension classes 
and in adult education classes has pro- 
duced results which indicate, in a 
general way, that older a dults respond 
Bomev/hat more slowly in gains in speed, 
but have a slight advantage in comprehen- 
sion over young college students, Ernest 
Kinne emphasizes the fact that the pro- 
gram of developmental reading should not 
be restricted to college students. At 
Purdue they have found that age does not 
materially influence reading achievement. 

In the first week of the course two 
tests of reading skills are given, the 
Triggs Test and the Harvard Reading Test, 
In the final vreek of the course similar 
tests are given vilth more difficult 
material to check individual gains in 
reading speed and comprehension, Din-ing 
the intervening iveeks reading films dis- 
tributed by Harvard University Press are 
used. The reading films are a series of 
sixteen short reading selections. The 
first selection is sho^vn at lov: speed of 
about 180 words a minute and allows the 
reader five fixations a line. The last 
film is shown at a greatly increased speed 
of 100 words a minute and allows for only 
two fixations a line. Comprehension checks 



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accompany each film. 

Along vdth the films thei-e is used each 
v;eek a' s>-'ort essay from Perry and TVhit- 
lock's Selections for Improving Speed of 
Comprehension » The selections in that 
collection are timed and provided with 
comprehension tests. Selections cover 
such difficult authors as John Stuart 
Mill and '''alter Lippmanno 

Another instrument used in the course 
at Purdue is the accelerator, or pacerc 
This machine is a bookholder equipped 
with a shutter v:hich descends over the 
pa:^e at a predetermined rateo Books and 
mai^azines to te used v.dth this machine 
are previousely rated for difficulty 
of vocabulary and sentence structure and 
are graduated in words per minute for 
the reading accelerator. At first the 
machine is adjusted to the reading rate 
of the individual, previously determined 
by the Triggs Test and Harvard Teste 
Students are encouraged to increase their 
reading rate on the accelerator each 
vreek. By the end of the sem.ester many 
students have doubled their reading rate 
vdthout loss of comprehension., 

Paul Ve Moynihan 

THANK IDUL 

October 12, 19$h 

To all Staff members. Central and Branchss, 

Through the m.edium of this note I 
assure each one of you of my deep ap- 
preciation and sincere r^ratitude for that 
excellent "send off" vi th which you saw 
fit to honor me. The_ party, ivith its 
ettendant gift, were both acceptable and 
affecting, I can not, hcavever, refrain 
from saying that equally acceptable and 
affecting, vras the beauty of the thought 
behind your kindly act. 

Words are frequently useless to ex- 
press our innermost thour-hts. Perhaps, 
the poet previsioned my inability to 
form fitting words for this occasion: 
"Fond memory brings the light of other 
days around meo" 

Yes, "meirory", I shall always cherish 
the memory of this joyous occasion until 
my dying day, at which time it will be a 
grave occasion. God bless you all. 

Sincerely yours, 
(Signed) CHESTER A. S. FAZAKAS 



EXCHANGE EXHIBIT OPMIKG 

On Thursday afternoon the Exchange 
Exhibition of Contemporary Italian 
Prints vias formally inaugurated in the 
Albert H. Y^iggin Gallery, The ceremony 
.began \r±th talks by Milton Ee Lord, 
Director, Patrick F<, IlcDonald, President 
of the Trustees, Dr Giovanni Formichella, 
Italian Consul General, and Arthur W» 
Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints c Tlie 
affair v/as attended by a large and 
enthusiastic group which included many 
prominent Italo-Americans and a number 
of Branch Librarians and Chiefs of Depart- 
ments e 

Refreshments were served in the main 
Wiggin Gallery \'vhich vras attractively 
arrai ged for this occasion. 

This is the first comprehensive ex- 
hibition of present"day Italian prints 
to be shown in America. The exhibition 
T/ill continue here through November 30, 
after which it will travel to a number 
of fflisexims and art centers in various 
parts of the United States. 

Paul Swenson 

CIVIL DEFEI\ISE 

The Civil Defense Planning Committee 
held its first meeting of the season 
October 11; in the Preview Room at Central c 
Its morning's business was the previewing 
of five Civil Defense films so that it 
would be in a position to recommend pos- 
sible purchase for the Library's collec- 
tiono 

Three British films were shown first: 
Waking Point , Five Stages of Rescue , and 
The Atomic Bomb; Its Effects and HoYiT to 
Meet Them o 

Tito American films shown were: The 
House in the Mddle and Rescue Street p 

For this particular meeting, the Com- 
mittee was joined by two representatives 
from the City of Boston Civil Defense 
Department and by key Civil Defense per- 
sonnel in the Central Library building. 

Consideration is being given by the 
Planning Committee to the possibility of 
another series of First Aid Classes o 

Sarah M. Usher 



lE^'I BOOKS TN THE STivFF LIrRARY 



Non-Fiction 



This is Norman 



Erokenshire, Norman, 

Broke nshire, 

Ne\7 York, D. l:cKay Coo, 19?U- 
Dior, Christian, Talking about fashion, 

Nev/ York, Putnam, 19Sh 
Dudley, Owen F, Last crescendo. 

New York, Longmans, Green, 19 $U 
Early, Eleanor. New England cookbook. 

IJew York, Random House, 19Sh 
Fowler, Gene. Minutes of the last 

meeting. 

New York, Viking Press, 195U 
Noble, Helen, Life with the Ifet, 

New York, Putnam, 195U 
Robertson, Robert B. Of whales and men. 

New York, Knopf, 19 5U 
Sutton, Horace, Confessions of a grand 

hotel; the Vfaldorf -Astoria, 

New York, Holt, 1953. 
"Wertham, Frederic, Seduction of the 

innocent. 

NeiT York, Rinehart,. 195U . 
White, ITilliam C. Adirondack country... 

New Ycrii, Buell, Sloan, and Pearce, 

195U 

Non-Fiction-"Library Science 

Stallmann, Esther lo Library interne- 
ehips . . . 

University of Illinois Library School 
Occasional Papers, Number 37. 
Urbana, University of Illinois, 19$h 



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them opportunity to chat infc.-mally ■'dth 
Miss Peck, much to their pleasure. They 
are all looking forward to Miss Peck's 
return another season. To our Friends 
i group Jliss Peck has become a tradition. 



Fiction 

Lipsky, Eleazar. Lincoln McKeever. 

Hew York, Appleton-Century-Crofts , 

1953 
Ogilvie , Elisabeth, The dawning of 

the days 

Ifew York, McGraw-Hill, 19^h 

BRANCH NOTES 

Adams Street 

The Friends of the Adams Street 
Branch Library had their first m.eeting 
of the season on l/7ednesday evening, 
October 6. Edna G. Peck, Chief of 
Book Selection, was the speaker for 
this occasion. In her inimitable way 
Miss Peck introduced some thou^t- 
prDvoking books to a most receptive 
audience. 

After the meeting, coffee and cakes 
were served to the group. This afforded 



; j'lattapan 

I'Jattapan Branch recently welcomed back 
I its roving Adults Librarian from a trip 
i to the yjest Indies and South America, 
i Sarah Richman, a seasoned traveller, 
I was impressed vri.th the islands, but vras 
j loudest in her praise of Caracas, the 
; capitol city of Venezuela, 
I Instead of taking the usual Cook's tour, 
I the intrepid ItLss Richman and a party 
I of five "cooked up" a tour of their own, 
! With the blind luck of beginners they 
! were extremely fortunate in their choice 
: of a '<uide. He proved to be an excellent 

linguist (English speaking drivers are 
1 rare in Caracas); a skillful and fearless 
: driver (the mountainous roads have 
j dangerous curves and are extremely narroiT.) 
* He T/as an impeccable guide (his knoviledge 
j of Caracas and its history was nothing 
j short of extraordinary); and a bon 
. vivant (he know where to find an excellent 
Spanish meal at a reasonable price; this 
in a country where the American dollar 
buys very littlco) 

Their tour included not only the usual 
tourist spots but also places in- 
accessible to the ordinary traveller. 
Hiss Richman and company discovered later 
that they were the only ones from their 
boat who were allowed on the grounds of 
the nevr University City, a spectacular 
group of buildings of amazing architectural 
! design, built at a phenomenal costo This 
i was due to the fact that their driver-- 
j hold on to you hats I — had served in the 
j same capacity for John Foster Dulles and 
I had entre to places denied the usual 
visitor© 

For the records Cost per passenger 
for a T/hole day trip — five dollars. With 
tips, meal and incidentals (five post 
cards at one American dollar J ) --eleven 
dollars G 

Neponset 



On Saturday, October"2, a group of 
youngsters visited Central Library with 
Tyyne Saari, These children virere the for- 
tunate members of "Your Passport Tlirough 
Space" club v;ho had completed the require— 

I ments for the Summer Reading Club certif i— 

i cateso 

! Arriving at Copley Square, the youngsters 



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admired the beautiful library building 
mth its statues and carvings and the 
lovely marble entrance inside. They were 
entranced vath Xhe Children's Room where 
I'iss Prall joined the a;roup and conducted 
the tour through the various interesting 
departments. She left the group in the 
Preview Room ^/here the children v/ere 
entertained by a lovely color film of 
the migration of birds and a record of 
Edvrard Grieg's life story i/ith selec- 
tions from his beautiful musiCj Back in 
the Children's Room each member of the 
group had an opportunity to listen ^vith 
the earphones before returning to 
Weponsete 

After a light repast of cokes and 
ice cream in a neighboring drugstore, the 
group came back to Neponset to receive 
their certificates© 

The visit to the main library iTas 
one of the highlights of their summer, 
for none of the children lad been there 
bef oreo 

West End 

The Jir,nSH ADVOCATE of September 9 
carried a front-page feature of the 
special groups of Tercentenary exhibits 
prepared by Farjiy Goldstein at TJest End. 
It is entitled A LIBRARY EXHIBIT IS BORN, 
by Dr Harry Zohn, Boston author o 

The BOSTON 3] WAY GLOBE of October 10 
carried an article in Leo Shapiro's 
column entitled "Local NoteSo" This 
article also stressed the Tercentenary 
exhibits and their potentials for cir- 
culation in this communityp 



lications ComTittee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words v;ill be accepted. 



No contributions received. 



FRESIDEi-IT'S M)TES— 2 

At the Executive Board meeting on 
lU October 195h the subject of salary 
increases vrais discussed and the feeling 
of the Board was that it might be helpful, 
in view of the apparent misunderstanding 
on the jart of many members of the 
Association, to point out in the "Presi- 
dent's Motes" that the most recent 
statement the Executive Board has received 
from the administration did not specify 
the date on vfhich payments might be 
made, but that the payments would be 
made probably as of October 1, 19$U, or 
as of an earlier date in 195U, ioSo, 
that payments made as of a particular 
date might be paid £n a later date, 
retroactively. 

B. J. O'Neil 



SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must j 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Libiary,' 
Department, or Office in v;hich he or she 
is employed. The name is mthheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests© Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is kno^m only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief, The contents of articles 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their appearance does 
not necessarily indicate that the Pub- 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



NOVEMBER 1954 



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



Volume IX, Number 11 



November 195U 



Publications Committee : Gerald L, Ball, John J. McCafferty, Sheila Wo Pierce, 

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 

At this season of the year our activi- 
ties seem to grow more numerous, both pro- 
fessional and socialo We are so fully 
occupied that ve find little time to pause 
and consider our rast and our future. But 
during the daily conversational give-and- 
take, lately one thought seems to crop up 
repeatedly; a thought vfhich gives evidence 
that most of us are pleasantly surprised 
to find that vre have arrived at a goal 
which we believed could not be attained 
until some time in the future. This goal 
has been the full effectiveness of the 
19^3 wage classification. 

This classification, adopted in April, 
1953, has been placed fully into effect in 
the unbelievably short period of nine 
months — actually it has been a longer 
period, but the retroactive payment pin- 
points the date as January 1, 19$U. 

Those of us who remember the previous 
classification, rrtiich \ias adopted in 1938, 
know that a number of years passed before 
it was in full effect. This past ex- 
perience, tofiether v;ith the present 
economic situation faced by the City, 
leads us to believe that the Trustees and 
the Director have accomplished a difficul-^ 
almost impossible task. 

The editors, from their many contacts 
\vith their fellow-workers, feel. that we 
can express the heartfelt thanks of the 
staff to the Board of Trustees, the 
Director, and the officers of the Library 
who have brought about this happy event. 
For some of us, it mil afford an oppor- 
tunity to progress more quickly; for most 
of us, it vdll be a Thanks 'living to be 
remembered. 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



November 29. 



January 29, 
1955 



Resignations 



S.L.A. meeting, Harvard 
Law School, at 7:30 p.m. 
Dinner at Harkness Commons. 
For reservations , call 
Mas Bean at N. E. Mutual 
Life Insurance Co, 

^'Free to All", Centennial 
Musical Revue 

PERSONAL NOTES 



IviTS Harriet C. Holve, Business Office, 
to move to New York due to family 
responsibilities . 

Iirs Donna C. Maxson, Washington Village, 
She v/ill return to work on a part- 
time basis. 

Transferred 



Isabelle G, Finn, from City Point to West 

Roxbury, 
Taimi Lilja, from East Boston to Codman 

Square . 
Felicia J. Langdon, from Roslindale to 

East Boston, 
Rose Hoorachian, from East Boston to 

Uphams Corner. 
¥ts Bridie P. Stotz, from Uphams Corner 

to Adams Street. 
Lawrence K, Vezin, from Open Shelf to 

Audio-Visual. 

WEDDINGS 

Louise M. Fogarty, Codman Square , 
became the bride of James J. Kenneally 
on Saturday, October 9, at- Saint Peter's 
Church in Dorchester. The bride wore a 
lovely goT/vn of white faille and carried a 
prayer book covered v/ith white orchids. 
A reception followed at the Kenmore Hotel. 
Bostone The couple took a motor trip 
through Canada. 

A few days before the wedding, the 



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bride-to-be Tvas given a small party by 
the members of the staff v;ho presented 
her with a place setting of sterling. 



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At 3 o'clock, on Saturday, October l6, 
at Grace Church, Newbon, Kaths rine A, 
LaBonte, was married to Paul J. I'/illiams, 
of Kew York and Michigan. 

The bride wore a floor length gown of 
imported embroidered organdy. Fashioned 
vdth a five tier skirt, it had a strap- 
less bodice, topped vdth a tiny jacket of 
matching organdy. Her fingertip veil of 
silk illusion was fastened to a seed 
pearl tiara, in a heart design. Her 
lovely bouquet consisted of x'iaite orchids, 
and white roses with stephanotis. 

Matron of honor was iirs Harvey Spencer 
Erik ITilliams served as best man. 

Folloviing a reception at the nearby 
Hunnewell Club, v-rith music ably provided 
by Herbie Sulkin's orchestra, Mr and Mrs 
Williams left for a honeymoon to Nova 
Scotia, 

THE SOCIAL TJHIRL 

On September 17, Urs Alice Harrison, 
part-time assistant, Codman Square, 
was guest of honor at a farewell dinner 
party at Joseph's, iiembers of the staff, 
both full and part-time assistants, 
gathered to wish Vxs Harrison the best 
of luck. She will be greatly missed by 
the staff and public. After an enjoy- 
able dinner, Iirs Harrison was presented 
with a monetary gift. 



On Saturday, November 6, Helen 
Connell was the guest of honor at a 
farewell luncheon given by the staff 
of Lower Kills, at the Fox and Hounds 
Restaurant in Quincy, She was pre- 
sented with a lovely corsage of pale 
pink rosebuds and a copy of the EN- 
CYCLOPEDIC COOK BOOK, A delicious 
lunch and a delightful afternoon were 
enjoyed by all, Hiss Connell has been 
transferred to Neponset, 

BEST vraSHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 
to 

Laura Cross Fletcher (Irs Alfred) 
former Branch Librarian at East Boston, 



T/ho is recovering from a recent operation. 
Her latest address is 101 Oakland Street, 
Brighton 3$, 

PRESIDENT'S MOTES 

At the November meeting of the 
Executive Board the question of pro- 
visions for amending the Constitution 
vias discussed. In view of the fact that 
our Constitution contains no specific 
provision for previous notice of amend- 
ment although Robert's Rules of Order 
states that each society should require 
previous notice, the Board was in agree- 
ment that the Constitution should be 
amended to provide previous written 
notice of proposed amendments at the 
same time that the notice of the annual 
meeting is distributed to the units of 
the Library, This suggestion has been 
conveyed to the Constitution Committee 
for action at the January meeting. 

Christiana M. Jordan, Alls ton, has 
resigned as chairman of the Special 
Committee on Personnel, and the Executive 
Board has accepted her resignation with 
regret. Louis Polishook, Patent Room, 
a member of the committee, has indicated 
his willingness to serve as Chairman, 
pro tern. Any suggestions on or cirticisms 
of the Progress Report of the Committee 
presented at the l&iy business meeting may 
be sent to Mr Polishook. 

The Centennial Musical Revue, Free 
To All , is now in the active-producation 
stage. A tremendous amount of prepara- 
tion has gone into it. It should be a 
credit to both the Library and the 
Association. It deserves the support of 
every member. If you have any talent, 
skill, or service you can contribute, 
get in touch with Mrs Muriel C. Javelin, 
Chairman, Felicia Langdon, East Boston, 
or Louis Rains or Paul Mulloney, Science 
and Technology, They need you. 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

THE STAFF IN PRINT 

THE ATLANTIC liDNTHLY for July, 195U, 
contained an article by Zoltan Haraszti, 
Keeper of Rare Books — The First Public 
Library, 



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WEST END IN PRINT 

THE PILOT for October 22 carried an 
account of a special exhibit in the 
Children's Room, West End, under the 
heading Books About Saints Went Like 
Hot Cakes at West End Library . 

Q and A 
DOES THE LIBRARY HAVE A BLOOD BANK? 



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A: 



Do we have a blood bank in the Li- 
brary? 

The Red Cross provides blood vdthout 
charge to those employees (and 
their families) viho have con- 
tributed blood under the City 
of Boston Employees Blood Donor 
Program. 

How do I go about getting this 
for myself and my family? 

Obtain a pledge card from lirs Wollent 
in the Library Hospital, Extension 
2hhi sign it and return it to Fts 
Tif client. You then may go to the 
Red Cross Blood Donor Center, 3lU 
Dartmouth Street, near Ikrlborough, 
to donate a pint of blood. 

Can I get time off to go to the 
Blood Donor Center? 

The Library allows h hours of ex- 
cused absence to any staff member 
for the purpose of making a 
donation under this program. 

VJhen is the Red Cross Blood Donor 
Center open? 

Tuesday and Thursday from 2 P.M. to 
8 P. II. and on Wednesday and 
Fridays from 11 A.Ii. to k P.M. 
am going to make my appointment 
right noviTj when are you going to 
make yours? 

???????? (It's up to 
you, but why not do it nov:?) 

CONGRATULATIONS 



Fary A. Hackett, Branch Librarian, 
Parker Hill, was recently one of the 
judges for the Stop and Shop Coloring 
Contest for Children in the Mission 
Hill neighborhood. 



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CARE 

Last month the response to CARE xvas fine 
And a note of thanl-cs is now in line 
'Tis gratifying to know because you CARE 
A bit of happiness with someone you share. 



TO tiEN'S NATIONAL 
BOOK ASSOCIATION 

On FricEay, October 29, an organi- 
zational neeting of the W,N8B.A. 
was held at the Hotel Gardner. 
About thirty women representing 
various aspects of the book trade 
met together to enjoy dinner, be- 
come better acquainted, and to lay 
plans for forming a Boston chapter 
of the VVoIJ.BcAo Following the 
dinner Elvajean Hall shared -v^dth the 
group by means of colored slides, 
wiih ccmments, some of her around- 
the-vrorld experiences, with emphasis 
on the Fiji Islands, which she enjoyed 
last summer. Guests for the evening 
viere Anne J. Richter, Book Editor, R. 
R« Bowker Company and Lillian Gurney, 
Educational Department, American News 
Company, both active members of the 
New York Chapter W.N.B.A, Plans were 
laid for the formation of a Boston 
Chapter. A nominating committee, 
including Louisa S. Metcalf , Readers 
Advisor for Adults, was appointed, 
to submit a slate of officers at the 
next meeting to be held at the Hotel 
Gardner at six o'clock on January 27, 1955. 
Anyone interested in becoming a member 
of the W.N.B.A., Boston Chapter, please 
contact Edna G. Peck, Book Selection 
(H.R.&C.So), B.PoL, 

RECENT MTERIAL 
OF PHofESSIONAL INTEREST 

The Hartzell }femorial Committee is 
happy to announce that those members 
TA*io were unable to attend the 19Sh 
Lecture by Sidney Butler Smith, may 
read an abridged version in the November 
first issue of the LIBRARY JOURNAL, 

FALL PROFESSIONAL MEETING 

One of the most delightful and instruc- 
tive professional meetings of the Associa- 
tion was one which was announced late 
but was well attended- — the talk on 
Wednesday evening, October 27, by Arthur 
W, Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, on 
The Wiggin Collection . 

In a "brief but effective introduction, 
liTs Beryl Y. Robinson, Chairman of the 
Program Committee, revie\7ed the accom- 
plishments of the speaker and welcomed 
Association members and friends. 



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}!t Heintzelman told of the gift of the 
Wiggin Collection by Albert H= Wigginj 
touched upon the exchange Italian exhibit 
now on displayj and, mth the assistance 
of J. J. Dante r, shoTed slides of etchings 
and drypoints from the YJiggin Collection. 
Ke supplemented his talk and the shoiTing 
of the slides by sketching to illustrate 
the development of an etching through. a 
series of "states" , and to show the 
difference between an etching and a 
drypoint. He made the subject alive and 
interesting for his audience by telling 
them in understandable language v/hat they 
should know and by never talking down to 
them as though they could not be ex- 
pected to understand. Demonstrating the 
use of the press, he and Paul Swenson 
pulled one print which T^as examined with 
great interest by the audience. 

In her closing remarks Mrs Robinson 
said that she for one — and I'm sure there 
were many who would agree with her — ^will 
never again associate a "state" exclusive- 
ly mth a governmental unit I 

Mr Heintzelman has graciously offered 
to devote another evening to lithographs, 
and it is sincerely hoped that the Pro- 
gram Committee wi3.1 take advantage of his 
offer in the not-too-distant future* 

The Refreshment committee, headed by 
Mrs Mary K. Harris, broke away from the 
traditional October combination of cider 
and doughnuts and proved that cider com- 
bined with delicious cakes and cookies 
makes a very tempting treat, 

Sarah M. Usher 

FRIENDS OF THE 
BOSTON CITY HOSPITAL 

On Wednesday evening October 27, 195U, 
the Friends of the Boston City Hospital 
held a reception for the new Director, 
Dr John Conlin, at the Vose House, The 
occasion was used to acquaint the many 
guests with the various special services 
rendered at the hospital, and displays 
shoT/ing the work done by these services 
were placed about the hall. The Hospital 
Library Service was represented by a 
book truck shoviing the extensive range in 
subject interest offered by the library. 
Books, both adult and juvenile, together 
Tdth magazines and pocket books were 
displayed. The guests at the reception 
showed a keen interest in the books 
displayed by the Hospital Library Service. 



The attractive appearance of the books 
with their plastic covers surprised and 
pleased them. They commented on the 
wide range in subject interest and were 
delighted that the Boston Public Library 
gave such a service to the patients in 
the hospital, 

Helen Kelleher, Supervisor of Training 
in Pediatrics, spoke briefly of each of 
the dozen or more services exhibited. 
In speaking, however, she gave special 
acclaim to the "one service whose presence 
means so much to everyone in the hospital; 
the one service which brings uplift and 
encouragement to all, big and little, 
young and old, juvenile and adult — ^the 
Hospital Library Service of the Boston 
Public Library." 

Mary G. Langton 

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC IDMEN 
VISIT B.P.L : 

Open House vias held in the Abbey Room, 
Central Library, on Monday, November 8, 
from five to six o'clock, for the National 
Council of Catholic Vifomen, Guided tours 
were provided and copies of David McCord's 
pamphlet published during the Library's 
Centennial Celebration were distributed. 
Officers and members of the Council who 
attended were \ve loomed by Patrick F. 
McDonald, President, Board of Trustees, 
and Hilton E, Lord, Director. 

NEW ENGUND LIBRARY 
ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 
0CT03ER 18, 19, 20, 19511 



KER OCEAN HOUSE 

Workshop on Library Buildings 

As an indication of -what is being 
done in the way of building for ciirrent 
library needs, the ^7orkshop on Library 
Buildings held on Monday afternoon was 
instructive. Representatives of the 
libraries at Trinity College, Providence, 
Springfield, and Orleans spoke about 
the considerations ■which influenced each 
in the determination of particular 
features of their new building, and 
the values and uses expected in the 
futiore from their planning. Photo- 
murals, photographs, and colored slides 
were used to illustrate the talks. The 
iTidespread interest in this facet of 
library work was demonstrated by the 



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large attendance at the meeting. 

Charles L, Higgins 

General Session 

Attendants at the opening meeting 
of the conference were welcomed by 
President Sidney Butler Smith who spoke 
briefly before introducing incoming 
President Helen A. Ridgway of Hartford, 
Connecticut, ivho in turn presented L. 
Quincy Mumford, Librarian of. Congress 
and President of A.L.A. Mr Mumford 
spoke first as Librarian of Congress, 
outlining L.C.'s activities, its services 
to American librarianship, its position 
as a cultural liaison activity, and its 
importance in training foreign service 
officers. Secondly, as A.L.A. president, 
Mr Mumford spoke glovri.ngly of NELA, 
citing its "simple sophistication" of 
structure and purpose and its leadership 
among American regional library associa- 
tions. A question period followed in 
which Mr Mumford was particularly quizzed 
about A.L.A. pressures to be exerted 
in governmental processes. The speaker 
pointed out that he had to excuse him- 
self (Hatch Act) from such activities, 
but assured the audience that the First 
Vice-President or some other officer of 
A,L.A. Tall act in behalf of the Associa- 
tion in such matters c 

M.L.A. Hospital Library Group 

The speater on Monday ivas Dr Merrill 
Moore, psychiatrist and author, who noted 
the fact that all civilizations have felt 
the relation existing between medicine 
or healing on the one hand and music 
and poetry on the other. He spoke 
especially of the fact that the Romans 
claimed the god Apollo as the god of 
healing, music, and poetry. He spoke 
of the joy of being a hospital librarian 
and the need patients had for books, be 
they books of poetry or others. Dr 
Moore spoke of the importance of biblio- 
therapy and stated that there is posi- 
tive scientific evidence that one's out- 
look is modified by books favorably or 
otheriTise, All biographies, he claimed, 
reveal the influence exerted on in- 
dividuals by books. This very fact makes 
the work of the hospital librarian of 
supreme importance, "There is no sub- 
stitute for a book," he said. 



Since Dr Moore spoke as both author 
and doctor in relation to hospital li- 
braries, his outlook was both different 
and refreshing. Every hospital, he felt 
should have a corner — even perhaps only 
a shelf — for books written by doctors. 
Some doctors are novelists, others write 
books on travel, biography, poetry, and 
people are interested in looking at the 
world through the eye of physicians, 

Dr Moore concluded his address by 
reading a half dozen or so of his own 
sonnetts — all delightful. 

Mary G. Lengton 

Special Libraries Association 

The Boston Chapter, together with 
members of the Connecticut Chapter, met 
on Monday, to hear an address by 
Gretchen D. Little, president of the 
national Association and librarian of 
Atlas Powder Company, Robert Lovett, 
local president, presided, and intro- 
duced Mrs Henrietta Perkins, president 
of the Connecticut chapter, who brought 
greetings from her chapter ^ 

Miss Little spoke of her irork with 
deficit spending of the Association 
budget, and described what is done with 
each dues dollar, and what proportion 
(about 8%) is returned to local chapters « 
She also talked of the national place- 
ment service, which is not permitted to 
charge for securing employment of mem- 
bers; told of the growing national pool 
of classifications, and discussed a pro- 
posed free consultation service in each 
city, to help and coxinsel industry to 
establish or improve company libraries c. 

A group of members met later for 
dinner at the hotel, and for the 
evening's program and speaker. 

Loraine A, Sullivan • 

Association of College 
and Reference Librari es 

Flora Bo Ludington, Librarian, Mt 
Holyoke College, opened the meeting with 
a talk on the relationship between ACRL 
and the parent organization. ALA. First 
outlining the organizational structure 
of the ALA step by step, she shovred how 
each of the several divisional members 
of ALA (Public Libraries, Library Edu- 
cation, Cataloging and Classification, 



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even Children's Librarians, etc.) should 
work vTith ACRL. Though each of the 
severa,! divisions and committees has its 
own. unique speciality, each also has a 
goal, basio to all — ^the improvement of 
libraries. She urged ACRL members to 
take more cognizance of the commonality 
of purpose of all libraries, whether 
they be school, college, public, or 
anything else, and to vrork more closely 
with other groups » Our o^.m library v/hich 
is, in effect, a unique combination of 
Children's Library, School Library, 
College Library, Research Library, etc., 
might make special note of her remarks, 

Arthur T. Hamlin, Executive Secretary, 
next spoke briefly on the duties of 
ACRL as an organization and the services 
it has to offer to members » He_^empha- 
sized that, while the raison d'etre of 
this group is to cater to the needs and 
to direct the progress of college and 
research librariss (by establishing 
standards, suggesting procedural im- 
provements, publications, etc.), it has 
other obligations. It must stress to 
its members that all libraries, college 
and research as well as public, have a 
two-fold obligation. They must, of 
course, be repositories of knowledge; 
but equally important, they must be 
dynamic disseminators of knowledge. 

Dr Robert E, Moody, Director of B.U. 
Libraries , next spoke on The Printer's 
Part in Early New England History . The 
17th and lath Century New England printer 
he explained, was far from being an 
artist. He was a fairly capable crafts- 
man, forced to work with a limited type 
font and with a limited supply of poor 
paper J and his work is definitely not 
attractive o Since most of the books of 
the Colonies vrere printed in England, 
his income was derived mainly from an 
almanac (each printer published his 
own), pan^hlets, broadsides, bookplates, 
and general stationery. His book vrork 
was, for the most part, the printing 
of sermons. The printer's part in the 
Revolution is perhaps best knoivn popu- 
larly from his political pamphlets and 
broadsides, Dr Moody pointed out that 
the printing and distribution of the 
records of the sessions of the House 
of Representatives, though a less 
spectacular task than the printing of 
political tracts, was just as important 
in the development of the feeling for 
rebellion against the Crown. 

George A, Adelman 



M.L.A. Round Table of 
Librarians for Young; Adults 

The regular fall meeting was both 
practical and exciting. Present to 
stimulate interest in current projects 
of the A.L.Ac division for Children 
and Young People were several dignitaries 
including the President, Alice L, LeFevre. 
Its newly appointed Young Adult Specialist, 
Jane Elstrem, described the beginnings 
of the American Heritage project in the 
Boston area. Virginia Haviland, Chairman 
of the Children's Librarians' Association 
called attention to the new package 
libraries of foreign books for children 
and young people. The Division's Execu- 
tive Secretary, Mildred Batchelder, -vvas 
the main speaker of the morning. 

Describing The Problems and Com - 
pensations in Library Work for Young 
People , Miss Batchelder stressed the need 
to work closely vdth other community 
agencies, including those concerned with 
juvenile delinquency, and with parents. 
She urged youn.^ adult participation in 
planning their own group programs and 
in selecting a book collection. Not 
only do young people and their leaders 
need to know v;hat libraries can offer j 
but librarians must listen attentively 
to their expression of their problems. 
Books may be an indirect approach to 
the discussion of a young adult's personal 
conflicts and in such informal therapy 
lies one of the greatest compensations 
of this work. Lists, Miss Batchelder 
continued, like those put out by the 
Boston Public Library or those now to 
appear regularly in TOP OF THE NEITS, her 
division's regular publication, are an 
excellent means of bringing books and 
young people together. Paying tribute 
to our I'lassachusetts Round Table as a 
pioneering endeavor, the only organiza- 
tion of its kind in the country. Miss 
Batchelder concluded by noting the great 
satisfaction that all young adults ' li- 
brarians should have in being part of an 
endeavor still only twenty-five years 
old. 

There followed a brief report from 
Katherine Jeffery, Hilton Public Library, 
on the progress of the Round Table's 
Book Review Committee. The morning con- 
cluded with a vivid and enthusiastic 
svimmary by Pauline ITinnick, Readers' 
'Advisor for Young Adults, B.P.L., of the 
jraeetings for young adults' librarians 
held at the Minneapolis siimmer session 



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of A.L.A. (This material was essentially 
a svunmary of the report given in the 
July, 195U issue of The Question Mark .) 
B. Ciertrude VVade 
Adult Education Group 

On Tuesday, the Adult Education Group, 
Tdth Chairman Muriel G. Javelin, Deputy 
Supervisor, In Charge of V/ork with 
Adults, B. P. L... presented an all-day 
program. In the morning, a unique 
demonstration and discussion. New 
Approaches to Programming for Adults , 
vreis led by Dr Kenneth D. Benne, Director 
of the Human Relations Center and 
Berenson Professor of Human Relations 
at B.U. 

In the demonstration, Leonard Archer, 
Librarian, Rutland Free Library, Vermont ^ 
assumed the role of a recently appointed 
librarian in the fictional town of 
T/alden. His role required him to be 
eager to promote adult programs in the 
library, but also to be a bit naive and 
inexperienced. In the demonstration 
situation, he has called in various 
members of the community, both lay and 
professional, to discuss and gain their 
support for a library program on the 
U,Nt In this group are a library 
trustee, played by Gertrude Callahan, 
Librarian, Thomas Crane Public Library, 
Quincy, who likes Mr Archer and has in 
fact voted for him, but is wary of any 
program which might bring criticism 
upon him or the library. Miriam Putnam, 
Librarian, Jfemorial Hall Library, Andcfser, 
took the role of an active women's club 
representative, who has worked in earlier 
years with P,T*A. groups. However, her 
husband is a member of the American 
Legion, and she is afraid of any program 
■v\^ich might be termed "pink", Mrs 
Margaret Foyer, Librarian, Middlebury 
College in Vermont, enacted the high 
school teacher who has charge of the 
high school's adult education activities. 
Although she likes and admires Mr Archer, 
she feels that perhaps such a program 
ought to be done at the school. The 
County Agricultural Extension Agent, 
played by Helen Ridgway, Chief of the 
Bureau of Libraries, Connecticut State 
Department of Education, has an uneasy 
suspicion of iirban programs and motiva- 
tions. Also, as Federal employee, she 
is worried about violating the Hatch 

Act, 

Within the limits prescribed by the 
roles defined above, the participants 



reacted spontaneously to one another. 
It became clear to the audience observing 
this interaction that both supports and 
obstacles were present, and that the 
librarian's sensitivity to them was an 
important factor to the success of his 
program. Breaking into smaller groups, 
the audience discussed these factors, and 
Dr Benne summarized their conclusions. 
When the actors revealed their roles 
and told how they felt in the situation, 
the marked resemblance between them and 
the audience's perceptions revealed the 
increased insight to be gained from this 
type of demonstration. 

The afternoon session was a novel 
presentation of the Wisconsin Adult Edu - 
cation Institute — Informal Education 
Through Libraries , In conversational 
form Robert S. Ake, Public Library Con- 
sultant at the State Department of 
Education in Connecticut j Sigrid Edge, 
Progessor at the School of Library 
Science of Simmons College; So Janice 
Kee, Executive Secretary of A.L.A. Public 
Libraries Division, and Dr Benne dis- 
cussed those aspects of the Institute 
which had particular significance in 
light of the points made in the imorning 
session. The discussion was supplemented 
throughout by comments, questions, and 
illustrative examples from the audience. 
The concensus was: that under varying 
circumstances, the library's function 
in programming for adults might include 
stimulating, initiating, and/or cooperat- 
ing with existing programs; that to know 
which is the proper function for yotir 
library, you must know your community; 
and that to facilitate successful pro- 
grams, you must contact and gain the 
support of the often invisible power 
structure in your community. 

At four o'clock, as on each day of 
the Conference, recent educational films 
were shovm. 

Veronica T. Yotts 

New England Children's Book ClirJ^ 

It was S.R.O. at the fall meeting 
on Tuesday. Louise Weiscopf , as chair- 
man, introduced the J'auth-strators" (a 
happy term which embraces authors , 
illvistrators , and author-illustrators) 
who spoke very briefly and informally. 
David McCord, well-knovm to Boston 
Librarians , opened the program by 
reading some humorous verses from Far 



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and Few and his new book. Odds Without 
Ends . He vas follovred by Nora Unwin 
viho demonstrated by means of a colorful 
chalk talk the v/ay she evolved the 
decorative initial letters for the verses 
of Your Prayers and Mine iivhich she 
recently illustrated. In a considerably 
lighter vein, Maurice Sendak drew a series 
of tv/o "then and now" pictures shelving 
the influence of the theory of self- 
expression on Juvenile book illustration. 
According to ¥cr Sendak 's drawings even 
dogs express themselves freely today, 
Tasha Tudor, looking as if she had 
stepped from one of her illustrations, 
and her husband, Tom McCready Jr., who 
was most conservative in his attire, 
told a little about the joys of vnriting 
and illustrating vfhile raising a family 
and taking care of an assortment of pets 
that range from Edgar Allen Crow to any 
number of rabbits. Then Eva Knox Evans 
Witty, who, it seems, is an author 
because she likes to read, discussed the 
research that -^oes into her anthropo- 
logical books and paid particular tribute 
to the assistance she has received from 
librarians. Isaac Asimov, alias Paul 
French, spoke of many things including 
his science fiction stories for young 
people. Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing closed 
the program v.rith a witty account of the 
physical obstacles that authors must 
overcome in order to write. 

Mary West 

Boston Regional Group 
of Catalogers and Classifiers 

Jlrs Orcena D. Mahoney, first full- 
time Executive Secretary of the A.LJ\., 
Division of Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, spoke to the Group on Wednesday. 
Her talk. The Activity Program of DCC , 
vfas from the viewpoint of a newcomer 
being introduced to her duties at A.L.A. 
headquarters. Her double responsibility 
as an officer of A.L.A. and as resident 
Executive Secretary of the Division 
enables her to apply the knowledge and 
experience obtained in the regular staff 
meetings at headquarters to the more 
efficient operation of the Division. 

Mrs Mahoney' s vrork is carried on 
largely by correspondence because of the 
^TJidely scattered residences of the 
Division's officers. Carbons of all J-ft-s 
Hahoney's letters about Division business 
are sent to the President and Vice-Presi- ' 



dent; additional carbons are sent to the 
other officers and to committee chairmen 
when the letters are pertinent to their 
interests. Standing and special 
committees are the backbone of the organi- 
zation in solving problems and in. 
forumlating programs of activity for 
libraries large and small. 

As part of the program to enlarge the 
scope of the. DCC it is expected that the 
report on technical services in large 
libraries, prepared by the Committee 
on Administration, will be ready this 
year. The Catalog Code Revision Committee, 
under the Chairmanship of Wyllis Wright, 
is at work on a new code, assisted by a 
steering committee and by an advisory 
group of professional librarians who are 
not catalogers. ' 

Mldred O'Connor 

Caroline M. Hewins Lecture 

This year's Lecture, so delightfully 

given by Mrs Bertha Mahoney Miller, had 
as its subject the beloved author of a 
generation ago, Eliza Orne "i/Vhite. The 
happy, wholesome family life protrayed 
in her books, v/as, I/irs Miller discovered, 
a reflection of the author's orm New 
England childhood j and her powers of 
observation, sense of balance and pro- 
portion, ani appreciation of beauty 
(inherited, perhaps from her artist- 
grandfather, Chester Harding) were 
apparent in her work even after she be- 
came both blind and deaf. 

Iats Miller closed her talk vdth a 
request that since the values stressed 
in Miss I'/hite's books have particular 
relevance in today's world, it would be 
helpful if librarians would send to her 
(care of THE HORN BOOK) a list of the ten 
of Miss YiTiite's books they would most 
like to have kept in print, so that she 
may winnow the lists and forward the 
results to the publishers, 

Anne E. Armstrong 

FOUND 

A ring was found in the Women's 
Lavatory, Stack 2 level, Monday evening, 
November 1, 195ii# OvvTier may claim it 
in the Personnel Office, 



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MARGARET FLETCHER FILBURN 
In Memoriam 

Margaret Fletcher Filbum entered the 
service of the Boston Public Library 
in the Cataloging and Classification 
Department, Reference and Research Divi- 
sion, on September 1, ISh.9. She -was the 
■wife of Howard Filburn of Ne\Ttonville , 
en the staff of the Dennis on Company of 
Framingham. A graduate of Skidmore 
College and of the Columbia University 
School of Library Science, she had pre- 
viously been employed as cataloger in 
the library at Skidmore, later at Beaver 
Country Day School, and had spent two 
years in the U. S, Air Force Library 
Service. She was promoted to the posi- 
tion of Cataloger in her department 
on June 3, 1953. On November 12, 195U, 
while she was on duty at the library, a 
sudden conplete collapse occurred, 
proving fatal, 

r&ny familiar words can be called up 
readily to describe Margaret Filburn. 
Poised— charming—witty— sympathetic- 
all these are true of her. Perhaps 
"courageous" is not the word that would 
first be thought ofj but it applies, 
perhaps more than any of the others. 

Margaret Filbum had for jrears been 
fighting a day-by-day — indeed hour-by- 
hour— battle against the twin handicaps 
of heart trouble and diabetes. Probably 
no detail cf her physical condition was 
unknown to her. She could have purchased 
added years of life at the price of 
retirement and a semi -secluded existence. 
But she did not believe that life was 
meant to be lived on those terms. 
Taking all possible precautions to safe- 
guard her health, she lived each day as 
it cair.e, as actively as her current con- 
dition would allow. 

It was her choice to carry out a 
full-time schedule at the library as 
cataloger and reviser, and this she did 
with all the conscientious thoroughness 
that such a position entails. She was a 
hone -maker as wellj and her social in- 
terests were many. Probably it iTas her 
sheer enjoyment of events and of people 
that gave her the needed buoyancy to 
carry on. No one can doubt that she 
relished life; her original and enter- 
taining comments on its details were a 
delight. 

She had what might be called a unique 



double vision. She could regard the 
passing shov/, herself a participant, 
with detachment and humor; at the same 
time, when another's problem came before 
her, she revealed a rare, sympathetic 
insight. Her personality invited con- 
fidences, and she probably received 
more than any of her associates ever 
realized. This partially accounts for 
the intensely personal grief felt by 
each of her colleagues at her passing. 

Like all proud-spirited people, 
l.feirgaret Filburn dreaded the possibility 
of invalidism and dependence. Her end, 
though to her friends untimely and of a 
shocking suddenness, was in all likeli- 
hood as she would have wished it. 

IJarjorie A. Brown 

An Appreciation 

In the recent death of ilrs Filburn 
the department has lost an earnest 
worker and a most gracious woman. She 
was a very interesting conversationalist 
and could hold her hearers ' attention 
to the very end. If a co-worker should 
ask her advice about certain problems 
of the work, she was always most co- 
operative and would put aside her own 
vrork in order to assist her associate 
in her difficulty. In spite of ill 
health she was always cheerful and 
hopeful for better and healthier days. 

As a hostess in her home she was very 
hospitable. I have spent many pleasant 
hours at her home and these times will 
always be a treasured memory. An 
association with such a personality 
through idle years cannot help but be 
an inspiration. 

May L. Crosby 

Skidmore Scholarship Fund 

In lieu of the flowers usually sent 
by the Association on the death of active 
members, a donation of $10 was sent 
to the Skidmore Scholarship Fund, in 
accordance with the request in the 
obituary notices in the Boston papers. 



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ALmmi NOTES 

Quoted from: 

COLLEGE AND RESEARCH LIBRARIES: 

April, 195h, page 230: 

"i.!aurice Fc Rahilly has been ap- 
pointed assistant college librarian 
in charge of readers ' services at 
the State University of New York 
Maritime College Library, Fort 
Schuyler, New York," 

October, 1951i, page I|62 : 

"Pauline O'Melia has been appointed 
assistant professor of library science 
at Indiana University." 

IvIISSING FH)M THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Library Trends 

Volume 2 Number 3 195U 

Subscription Books Bulletin 

Volume 21 Numbers 1, 2 1950 
Volume 22 Number 1 19^1 
Voliome 21; Number h 1953 

MORE SOCIAL T7HIRL 

Virginia Haviland was the hostess 
at her aparticent on Wednesday, November X 
at a dinner party for the members of the 
Book Selection Committee for children, 
of Ti'^iich she is the chairman. At the 
conclusion of a delicious dinner -the 
guest of honor, I'irs Bette (Freer) 
Pinckney, was presented with an eight- 
piece TV hostess set, in honor of her 
recent marriage. The guests then en- 
joyed the excellent colored slides, 
with appropriate comments, v/hich Miss 
Haviland took during her recent visit 
to Germany, France, the Channel Isles, 
and England. With best wishes to the 
bride and thanks to our hostess the 
usually staid committee members left 
for their respective homes wanting only 
more brides and more European tours to 
stage a repeat performance at the drop 
of a hat. 

Edna G. Peck 



SECATORE— CROTO-EY 

Lfeirie L. Crowley, Central Charging 
Records, daughter of Joseph Crowley, 
Assistant-in-Charge, Book Stack Service, 
and loTS Crowlay, the former Lillian 
Kennedy of Registration, vras married 
October 30th to Robert Secatore of 
I'.Iilton and Scituate. The eleven o'clpck 
nuptial Mass was followed by a recep- 
tion at Coral Gables, TZeymouth, where 
wit and music were provided by Frank 
Myers, for two hundred guests. Jfeiny 
library friends were among the well- 
wishers . 

The bride, uniisually beautiful and 
radiant, wore a bouffant period gown 
of pleated nylon and Alencon lace over 
satin with a chapel length veil of 
French tulle. Her bouquet was a cascade 
of white roses and stephanoitas with 
the traditional orchid. 

Four attendants wore crystallette 
and net gowns of delphinium blue and 
carried American Beauty roses. The 
asid of honor, Margaret Crowley, sister 
of the bride, wore a coral crystallette 
and net gown matching the bridesmaids. 
Tvro nieces of the bridegroom, Patty 
and Janet Secatore, aged 5 and 6 years, 
were the poised and charming flower 
girls. 

The happy couple are honeymooning in 
Washington and New York. 

ARNAVET3 

On Monday evening, November l6, the 
Arnavets held their annual banquet. 
This year's get-together took place at 
Eddie Davis's Steak House. 

Presiding over the affair, attended by 
more than sixty members, was Commander 
Louis Rains. A speech of welcome to new 
members was made by the Commander. The 
Commander-Elect, Samuel Greenland Past- 
Commander tfy'ers also addressed the members. 



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WILLIAM B. GALLAGHER H3K0RED 

On Wednesday afternoon, Noveniber tenth, 
from three to five o'clock, associates of 
ITilliam B, Gallagher, Chief of the Print- 
ing Department, Emeritus, gathered in- 
formally in the Women's Lounge to honor 
their colleague upon his retirement from 
the Library after twenty-eight years of 
service. Sharing the afternoon -with him 
were his vafe and youngest daughter, 
Paula • 

Attractive f Icvrer arrangements deco- 
rated the room. An efficient corps of 
Traitresses and pourers saw to it that 
all the guests vrere taken care of in a 
friendly and gracious manner, supplement- 
ing most effectively the equally efficient 
corps vihich functioned behind the scenes. 

Joining in the festivities were several 
other retired staff members who vrere wel- 
comed most cordially: 1.1, Florence GufflJn 
George H. Earley, Chester A. S. Fazakas, 
Christine Hayes, Frances McG. Kellegr, 
Alice li. Jordan, Patrick Kennedy, ITillLam 
J. Mulloney, and Morris J. Rosenberg. 
ITelcomed vdth equal cordiality was 
Francis B. Masterson, former Trustee. 

Arthur 17. Heintzelman, a member of the 
committee in charge, presented the gift 
and has given permission for his remarks 
to be reprinted herso }Sr Gallagher's 
acknovifledgment made \7ith warmth and 
characteristics wit, Tra.s enjoyed by all. 

The committee, learning that Mr 
Gallagher had already petitioned Santa 
Claus for a Polaroid camera for Christ- 
mas, made Santa's task less arduous by 
answering this request a month early. 
With the camera were a flash attachment, 
bulbs, films, and an albumo 

Previous to the tea, Mr Gallagher's 
associates in the Printing and Binding 
Departments had presented him a gift 
of money and a beautifully-bound book 
filled with messages from his friends 
throughout the Library system. 

He has the warm good v/ishes of all his 
friends, who share the sentiments ex- 
pressed so ably by Mr Heintzelman: 

"One can Hardly speak of any department 
in the Boston Public Library without 
thinking of Bill Gallagher, I feel 
certain that we all agree in pronouncing 
him first of all a great and dear friend. 
That he is an accomplished printer, great 
craftsman, and master of his profession 
is a foregone conclusion. For pro- 
fession it is, as printing vras an art in 
his hands, V/hile in the Printing Depart- 



ment Bill's technical virtuosity was 
extraordinary and his repertoire Td.th 
antique caslon seemed endless. His 
understanding and reverence for fine 
work of the past and present has made 
him a most eloquent exponent of the 
graphic arts. Bi.ll did much to build 
his task of printed natter into a vital 
force which has become a monument to 
him in the Boston Public Library. As 
a printer. Par axcellence , he gave much 
more than was expected of him by the pur- 
suit of his oLvn ideal, and in so doing, 
he achieved signal success. No one has 
accomplished more in this respect or 
with greater fidelity than Bill, with 
tjrpe, ink, and paper. His palette held 
no limitations and his tools obeyed 
every thought. In looking over the 
years in retrospect we find his oeuvre 
an achievement that not only brings 
praise from us for the very spirit of 
fine printing, but admiration also for 
his interpretive powers as well. We 
are conscious of a fine apprenticeship 
Tiiich flowered into an accomplishment 
worthy of the great periods v;hen master 
printers aspired to creative skill. 

In our Boston Public Library Quarterly , 
catalogs , exhibition cards and other 
publications, there has always been a 
successful result that has played no 
little part in the departments where 
the arts are represented: Literature, 
Rare Book, Fine Arts, Music, or Print, 
especially in the educatioral fields of 
TJhich his part was inestimable. 

Like the true artist he felt there was 
always room for improvement. In each 
successful result there was the fresh 
challenge resulting in steady and sure 
growth that brought him to the very 
pinnacle of the limitations of his 
material . 

We feel sure that his unusual talent 
will not be sobered by the years that 
lie ahead, although he will remember 
our requests with deadlines in mindj 
which \7ere fraught with tense emotions 
•vihen dealing with our various ideas and 
difficult personalities. His patience 
and fundamental beliefs demonstrated to 
us on occasions will remain with us 
always, deepening and maturing through 
the passage of time. We have been 
enriched by the recollection of pleasant 
hours working over the printing of a 
manuscript, looking over a reproduction, 
or reading proof together « His rich ex- 
periences, both here and abroad, our chil- 



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dren, oiir problems , and the many things 
we found in common helped to make life 
worthv/hile and interesting. 

And so to you. Bill, who coveted your 
?oal and a place in our hearts iThile 
working with us in this famous institu- 
tion your being one of us was all im- 
portant. The steps leading to your 
accomplishment must have been difficult 
at times but they were rungs in your 
ladder tihich reached great heights in 
the hearts of your many friends gathered 
here -vrtio want to convey their fondest 
good wishes that only our inner beings 
and no v/ords can express. May the best 
years of your life lie ahead. We pray 
that your fondest wishes and dreams, and 
those of your dear family, will be 
fulfilled a thousand fold. We shall miss 
you more than we can tell, 

MM BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Wbn«<Fiotion--Library Science 

American Library Association, Annual 

conference summary reports, 195ii. 73d. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

19Sh 
Association of American Library Schools, 

Directory, 19^2 

Seattle, University of VJashington 

Press, 19^1i 
Dewey, Melvil, Decimal classification 

and relative index, 7th ed. 

Lake Placid Club, New York, Forest 

Press, 19^3 
Wilson, H. W, Standard catalog for 

public libraries. 

Supplement 1950-53 to 19li9 edition. 

New York, H. V/. Wilson, 1951; 
U. S. Library of Congress, General 

Reference and Bibliography Division 

Bibliographical procedures and styles; 

a manual for bibliographers in the 

Library of Congress, 

TiTashington, Library of Congress, 195U. 

Non-Fiction 

Flexner, James T, 

The traitor and the spy: Benedict 

Arnold and John Andre. 

New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1953. 
Foley, Albert S, Bishop Healy, 

New York, Straus and Young, 195U 



y BRANCH N3TES 

East Boston 

On October 27, a Halloween Story Hour 
was held at the Branch. The 205 children 
who came certaixily seened to have cap- 
tured the spirit of Halloween, as evi- 
denced by the large number of witches, 
gypsies, and skeletons, but predominantly 
little devils, who appeared. The darkened 
hall downstairs did not seem to stifle 
their spirit in the least, however, since 
they were neither frightened nor silenced 
by the inky darkness with its one flicker- 
ing flame. 

The children's worker then attempted 
to raise a few hairs by her cackling 
and moaning accompanying the telling of 
a spooky story. A few were further 
frightened by a haunt ingly poignant poem, 
"Someone Came Knocking" by Walter de la 
Mare, But the piece de resistance broke 
ALL resistance when someone did come 
knocking in -the form of a gruesome, ugly, 
horrible witch. Many young hearts almost 
stopped beating as she slowly shuffled 
across the roomj these same yoiuig hearts 
jiggled Tdth relief as the children 
recognized the gruesome, ugly, horrible 
witch to be only lirs Saffren, one of the 
children's workers. 

The children's obvious desire for 
some form of recreation was then gratified 
by having next the game called "Statues," 
Presently, the good and fair and true 
Halloween fairy, Mrs Colarusso, pro- 
duced her magic wand, whose powers were 
inconceivable. With only the slightest 
flutter of this bejewelled object she 
turned boys and girls into witches, 
ghosts, scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns 
(but not little devils,) 

A short episode then followed in which 
a few of the children divulged some of 
their secrets for making their Halloween 
excursions more enjoyable. Only sugges- 
tions of the constructive type were 
accepted, of course. 

If, however, in spite of all this. 
Some of the children had not absorbed 
the correct spirits, the children's worker 
reviewed briefly some Halloween books 
with their many pages of hoots and howls. 

Needless to say, the Halloween Story 
Hour was immensely enjoyed by both the 
children and the children's workers, 
obviously quite equally as much by the 
latter as by the former. 



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Mattapan 

Despite the marked drop in professional 
Broadway productions in recent years, 
the theatre today reniains a vital and 
appreciated art. Friends of the Mattapan 
Eranch Library v/ere told by Eagene 
Blackman, Professor of English and 
Director of the Silver L«iasque Dramatic 
Society at Northeastern University, 

The organization's first meeting of 
the season was held Monday evening, 
October 2$, at the library \mder the 
chairmanship of lirs Robert Rotman. The 
group heard Prof, Blackman, who is also 
book critic for the Boston Post, detail 
the tremendous costs involved in pro- 
ducing a play. Increased expenditures 
for labor, from prima donna to prop man, 
for costumes and for sets have resulted 
in fewer first-run professional Broadway 
shows. But the vitality of the theatre 
cannot be doubted. Prof, Blackman pointed 
out, Tihen new playrights and new actors 
continue to be developed. 

Decentralization of the theatre with 
more emphasis on amateur, community and 
semi-professional groups would insure the 
continued groivth and appreciation of the 
living theatre in this age of "canned" 
shows. Prof, Blackman held. 

An excellent film of a trio concert 
by Jascha Heifetz, Artur Rubinstein and 
Gregor Piatigorsky was also shovrn. 
Home-made refreshments were served by 
Irs David Klass, hospitality chairman. 

On October 27, the first meeting of 
the Mattapan Branch American Heritage 
discussion group vras held. The film 
Due Process of Law Denied (a condensed 
version of the feature film Ox-Bow 
Incident ) was shown, followed by a 
lively and interesting discussion, 
liar jorie Groves of Mount Bowdoin and 
Harry Karpeles, Assistant Director of 
Hecht House, co-leaders of the group, 
will be conducting future sessions at 
the Branch, 

* 

The Great Books Discussion Group- 
first year program — under the leadership 
of Zelda Kublin has an enrollment of 
fourteen participants , mostly women. 
The reports about the meeting have been 
most enthusiastic, and futiire sessions 
promise to be both interesting and 
profitable for those enrolled. 



"Blackbeard," "Tom Sawyer," and "Jo 
i.^rch" were among the characters of 
Bookland -viio assembled on October 29 
for the Hallowe'en Frolic. Authentic 
and effective costume impersonations, 
designed by the yoving wearers from 
materials readily available at home, 
indicated their ingenuity and imagina- 
tion, and made the selection of winners 
an almost impossible task. The staff 
of the Children's Room vras particularly 
impressed with a lad -vJho came as 
Cinderella's stepsister garbed in a 
creation concocted from a bedspread and 
three turkish towels ! Prior to the 
selection of vanners, a program of 
Hallowe'en stories and games was pre- 
sented. 



Latest inducement to reading in the 
Junior High circle: We had a request 
from a charming young lady for a book — 
any book — named Martin , "because that's 
my boy friend's name — and I want to 
read a book with I^iartin in the title." 

Phillips Brooks 

The essay contest is sponsored this year 
by the Readville Improvement Association, 
Judges of the contest are George Noonan, 
president of the Association; Sister 
Mary Adele, principal of St Anne's 
School; Margaret Cassidy, teacher at the 
Hemenway School, 

Tfest End 

Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian at 
West End, delightedly reports that during 
a sojurn of work and play in New York 
recently she had the honor of attending 
the dinner and reception tendered Her 
Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen 
Mother, by the English Speaking Union 
in Ne\7 York, on Wednesday evening, 
November 3, She states that the Queen 
Mother's charm, voice, and attractiveness 
thoroughly bewitched everyone at the 
affair, said to be the largest gathering 
that the Waldorf Astoria has ever served 
at one time, 

Ex-Ambassador William 0, Douglas T/as 
the very xvitty Chairman of the evening. 
And the guests — the men in tails and 
their decorations ^i^ich they were re- 
quested to wear, and the women in their 
beautiful and varigated formals offered 
a veritable fashion show. 



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Rebecca Hillmeister returned to work 
at West End from her hospitalization 
raring-to-go , to the delight of the rest 
of the Staff and her friends among the 
library patrons, many of whom had thought 
she Twas off on another trip. 



SOAP BOX 



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



Dear Soap Box E ditor; 

November — season of thanksgiving; 
"YJhite Christmas"— Irving Berlin covun- 
seling us to fall asleep counting ovr 
blessings instead of sheep I IThat better 
atmosphere could be desired than this for 
saying a sincere "Thank You" to the 
Director and the Trustees for their part— 
and we assume it was a big part— in 
bringing about salary increases retro- 
active to January 1, 195U. We gripe 
about our superiors, from department 
chiefs to the Director, with the greatest 
of ease and rush our complaints to the 
Soap Box while we are still -vTrathy over 
something which may turn out to have 
been a molehill instead of the mountain 
we thought it to be . I am wondering how 
many will as quickly rush to the Soap 
Box to express appreciation for the 
raises. I hope I will have plenty of 
company I 

THANKFUL 



Dear Editor: 

Ve^ry often I think of the whole BPL 
family and the diversity of jobs and 
the demands of those jobs — necessary to 
serve the public well. I also realize 
the pressure of work to be done at a 
given time and hovr difficult it is to 
alv/ays keep in pace with what vre would 
like to accomplish. Amidst the heavy 
schedules of all of us and the problems 
that arise, hew would it be if all of 
us took a more encouraging, happy, and 
xinderstcinding attitude toward the 
demands of our -svDrk each day? Anian 
approach I venture to suggest is one 
of more emphasis on INSPIRATION and 
ENCOURAGEMENT as we work together, I 
guess I am old-fashioned, but I think 
inspiration— and htimor and understanding — 
are very important in the routine chores 
of the day — in committee meetings, day- 
to-day conversations regarding pro- 
cedures of a unit, or a problem with a 
patron, etc. 

I find I can do much better work when 
buoyed up by some inspiration or new 
learning or note of HOPE. Life is so 
short, it would seem that this quality 
of inspiration should have more emphasis 
at every routine meeting or hard problem 
we inust thrash out to-gether, now and 
then. And I do not intend to imply 
that department chiefs, or business 
managers should sit down and quote 
poetry to balance up a session with 
difficult problems to be solved ! No ! 

One day I observed an employee of the 
Central Library's coffee shop hurrying 
into a department of the library with 
a book Tfliiich she believed a staff 
member had left at tiie coiinter by mis- 
take. The employee was anxious to try 
to catch the person who had forgotten 
her book before she might have left the 
building. Her long trip to this departnent 
was in vain, but it certainly made me 
realize, as Jefferson once said, that 
"there is wisdom in the people." The 
employee's thoughtfulness made me 
wonder if I myself were not thou^tless 
and self -centered with my co-workers 
much too often. I could not dismiss it 
from my mind as routine, for I knew the 
employee might have been on her feet 
for a long day, and she was doing this 
quite on her own "after hours'.'. It made 
me realize that tnie qualities of great- 
ness are not limited to the leaders of 



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society, but that flashes of human 
understanding, quite inspirational in 
themselves, are found in ordinary daily 
working situations in the ranks inhere I 
work. This little incident inspired me 
and made _rae do a lot of thinking. 
Another one — quite of a different sort — 
mif^ht help someone else. But it is this 
idea of INSPIRATION and ENCOURAGMffiNT 
vjhich I feel should be a part of many 
routine jobs we have to get done to- 
gether. 

Job needs of us all .demand records . 
and other statistics showing accomplish- 
ment. Things do not always come off as 
planned no natter how hard vre try. But 
I think that meetings, routine chores, 
and many things we do together could.' be 
more fun in the course of our day. 
People throughout the vrorld today in very 
dire circumstances are able to carry on 
Yfith inspiration, humor and gracious- 
ness and our problems are far from being 
as serious, 

I guess I am old-fashioned. But, 
really, ten years from nov/, nobody is 
going to remember how many showed up at 
that meeting we knocked ourselves out 
for, or how that order got mislaid, or 
how difficult the budget was in 195U so 
we could not do as planned. But ten 
years from now, I believe that any 
unusually human understanding, encourage- 
ment, or r;enuinely thoughtful deed or 
INSPIRATION given by a leader or ? 
follower in the BPL family MIGHT have 
changed a lifetime philosophy or helped 
a number of people or been tlie beginning 
of new learnings or a better way — and whd 
is to attempt to measure the value of 
that? It is the adding up of these HUMAN 
things that inspires a better society 
and a finer and better working institu- 
tion. 



AN EMPLOYEE 



Dear Editor; 



It is shocking and distressing to 
learn in the public press 'of a policy 
controversy between the Director and 
the President of the Board of Trustees. 
In an institution that is extremely rumor 
conscious this is the first I have heard 
of such a controversy being in existence. 

One statement surprised me greatly. 
It was to the effect that while the 
Director favored the Research Division, 
the President favored the Home Reading 



Division, Now, I do not know the latter 's 
position in the matter as I do not enjoy 
his confidence, but the Director is the 
last person in the world to be accused 
of coddling the Reference Divisicn, 

In the period 19UO-19$0, immediately 
prior to iVIr McDonald's incumbency as a 
trustee, the Reference and Research 
Division received an average of about 
$i4.,ij00 per year from city funds for the 
purchase of books, vrhich included such 
lows as ','??. 20, '4>8,19. and mth one 
beneficient year of ^.11,659, as opposed 
to Home Reading Division's average of 
$95,000 for the same purpose. And this 
in the face of diminishing trust funds. 

Personnel-wise the Home Reading 
Division has enjoyed the lion's share 
of the budget, v/hich is understandable 
in view of the large number of branches,. 
However, in this same period the pro- 
motional opportunities afforded the Home 
Reading Division out-numbered those in 
the Reference and Research Division about 
three to one. Not to mention the fact 
that the aforementioned division was 
and still is dominated by one sex. And 
in addition innumerable vacancies in the 

Reference Division are not even slated 
for filling, including the Supervisor 
and the Municipal Reference Librarian, 
All of this can hardly demonstrate 
coddling of the Reference and Research 
Division* 

No, the Director is guiltless of the 
charge and deserves the apology of the 
newspaper involved. As to the statemient 
that this library has maintained its 
high standard as a research institution 
I can only say vdth George Gobel, "Sure, 
it has." 

Eamon McD enough 

General Reference Department 



CARE 



For the holiday season CARE is 
offering special "FOOD CRUSADE" packages 
which are selling at $,50 per package, 
Ifede up of government surplus they weigh 
approximately II4 lbs. 

It is hoped that many Ytill want to 
take advantage of this fine offer and 
contribute now. 

Special Committee for CARE 



A PUBLIC SPEAKS 




BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 

May we remind you that the books noted below arc now over- 
due. Please return them promptly, together with your library card, 

JOHN M. CARROLL 

Chief Librarian, Division of 

Home Reading and Community Services 



l0-30-5li 

(date) 



By. 



mzl 



Book 

LB 2822.5 E U5 

Copy 2 



Date due.... 197^37511. 



Transaction Number 



B71666 



at .. . . .99^t'-rfl.9^??. 



10 13 ' Sk 

Has passed on, and is no more 

I cannot, alas, return the book on time, 

But I still remain relaxed 
'Cause the money I am taxed 

van be worth it for the pleasure of this rhyme. 
I have not picked up my. pen 
Since that famous ev'ning when 
I banged my shins on tables slung too low, 
As I sat down in the gloom 
Of the former "Teachers' Room" 
Where none but 3-foot pygmies ought to go. 

I'm reminded by your card 

Thai the sinner's vray is hard 

And that he who keeps a book 'til over due 

Will be chased from here to h — 1 

B^ a certain "mzl" 

For B71666, Copy 2 

So I'm happy to indite 

That I brought it back last night 

Yes, LB 28225 is back 

I said, "Look, the fault is mine I 

Here's my 36 cent fine I" 

And Jamaica Plain now has it in its stack I 

Mr John J. Stanley Curran 3r, 



Thanx , cranx ! 




TO 



uestion 




TIT 
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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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



Volume IX, Number 12 



December 195U 



Publications Conmittee: Gerald L. Ball, John J. McCafferty, Sheila W, Pierce, 

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 

This is the December issue , the Publi- 
cations Committee's last chance to extend 
best wishes for the Christmas and New 
Year holiday season to the staff at all 
Library units, to retired staff Timbers, 
to Library Alumni, and to all our frienda 

lie can feel pride again this year in 
that the Library is offering to its 
staff and visitors something in the 
nature of what Christmas 'really is. 
Christmas has_, of course, meant many 
things in the history of Christianity^ 
it has been seen as a period of solemn 
restraint, of uproarious revelry, and 
even of the most abandoned debauchery, 
df^pending upon the time and place and the 
temperament of the celebrants. It has 
in our time and in our country become 
something of all these things for we 
Americans have mth characteristic 
efficiency digested all of history's 
oractices and taken a little of each, 
adding hugh portions of sentimentality 
("I'm Dreaming of a Yftiite Christmas") 
and dovmri'^ht nonsense ("I Want Eddie 
Fisher for Christmas" and "I Saw Mommy 
Doin' the llambo Ydth You-Know-?Jho" ) , 
garnishing the vriiole with ruthless 
commercialism, and lo I — ^we have come up 
with "Xmas" I Xmas is the greatest feast 
on the calendar of trade, a conventional 
dcariline for the end of the gift-buying 
period. It is immediately preceded 
oj as wild a party as can be run off 
■.vithout fear of arrest j it is observed 
by big heads, big meals and impatience 
for stores to open that gifts may be 
exchanged; and it is followed by January 
mark-dovm sales. We can thank the 
niggardly spirit of the inspired merchant 
v*io seized upon "Xmas" as a convenient 
and type-saving symbol — for Xmas and 
Christmas are not the same thing and now 
each can have its ovm name. 

Christmas is the feast of the birth 
of Christ and of all Christianity, some- 



thing which Xnas advertising has for- 
gotten, but which the Exhibits Office, 
happily, has not» The displays in the 
lobby at Central this year offer a bold, 
striking blending of the Christmas 
tradition ivith the world about us. 
Without the over-alaborate dressing-up 
seen in too many versions of the Christm.8S 
story, told through the simple words of 
the Evangelists themselves, scene after 
scene of Christ's birth are unfolded 
before familiar scenes in our own city. 
The picture of the travelers from Naza- 
reth standing in the cold and unfamiliar 
bustle of Dewey Square makes us feel 
more acutely the confusion and lone- 
liness that Mary and Joseph must have 
felt arriving at crovj-ded Bethlehem, , . 
the Annunciation scene set against the 
background of an unpretentious tenement 
points up the humble , workaday world that 
Christ's Mother lived in. 

Congratulations to Boston artist Allan 
Rohan Crite, who painted these scenes 
and to the staff of the Exhibits Office 
for their part in this fine tribute to 
Christmas — a refreshing breath in an 
atmosphere of too much Xmas. 

John McCafferty 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

December 22, Staff tea. Women's Lounge, 
3-5 p.m. 

December 23. Open House in Men's 

Lounge, 10-11:30 a.m. 

January 29. "Free to All", B.P.L.P.S.A, 
J&isical Revue, New England 
Mutual Hall, 8:30 p.m. 



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PERSONAL NOTES 

Marriages 

Mrs Bette B. Freer, Mt Pleasant, to 
Robert P. Pinckney, October 19. 

Transfers 

ISrs Florence M, Bickford, from Codman 

Square to East Boston. 
Elizabeth C. Bowling, from Bookmobile 

to Dorchester. 
Pasquale A, Vacca, from Dorchester to 

Bookmobile II. 



ENGAGEMENTS i 
I 

Announcement has been made of the i 

engagement of Anne B. Doherty, Charles- ! 

town, to Daniel W. Kelly, Jr., Audio- j 

Visual. I 

BIRTHS 

}Sr and Mrs Charles J, Gillis, 
Cataloging and Classification (H.R. and 
C.S.), have announced the birth of a son, 
David, on December 3. Congratulations 
to our Editor', (and to Mrs Gillis, too I) 

JOHN J. CONNOLLY AND A "YOUNG READER " 

On the cover of the LIBRARY JOURNAL 
for Decenber 1, 19^1, appears a picture 
with the caption BostOTi__Pub]Jx_J^ibrary 
Diaplay. On page 2303, the picture is 
further identified: "The plans for 
development of the Boston Public Library 
include the preparation of exhibits. 
Here John J. Connolly, Chief Executive 
Officer, with a young reader examine a 
Dickens village," The unidentified 'young 
reader" just happens to be the film star, 
Margaret ' Brien I 

THE BPL ON RADIO 

The Boston Public Library has been 
featured in a l5-minute WBE Public 
Service program, at k p.m. on Sundays, 
December $ and 12 , and will be again 
on tvro future Sundays, Pec ember 19 and 26, 

. On December $, Jane Manthorne, local 
director of the Anerican Heritage Project 
a discussion program for Young Adults, 
and Jane Anne Ellstrom, Young Peoples' 
Specialist of the American Heritage 
Project, presented representatives of 
the local groups . 

On December 12, Felicia Langdon and 



Lawrence K, Vezin of Audio-Visual, pre- 
sented a review of the facilities 
available in the Recordings Section. 

On December 19, Elizabeth M. Gordon, 
Deputy Supervisor in Charge of Work 
vrLth Children, vo.ll present Mrs Phyllis 
Barclay, Children's Librarian, Uphams 
Corner, 

In connection vdth Jewish Book Month, 
Fanny Goldstein, YIest End, interviewed 
Harry H, Fein, author-poet, over ¥VDM 
on December 6. Mr Fein gave several 
readings and discussed his latest book 
Songs at Eventide . 

TALKS BY STAFF MEffiERS 

Fanny Goldstein, West End, has given 
tJiree talks recently in connection with 
the American Jev;-ish Tercentenary: On 
November 30 at Norfolk Prison; on 
December 7, at a meeting of the Golden 
Age Club of Temple Kehillath Israel j 
Brooklinej and on December 8, at Charles- 
town Prison. 

MR CARPEMTER SHOWS COIORED SLIDES 

On Monday, November 29, Albert L, 
Carpenter shoTired colored slides taken 
in Ireland and on the continent during 
the trip enjoyed recently by Mr and I'irs 
Carpenter. Those who saw the pictures, 
shovm in the preview room, were most 
enthusiastic, 

ENJOYED AGAIN 

The exhibition of the collection of 
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTlilAS, which 
has reached k9 copies since it was shown 
fife years ago, has brought much enjoyment 
to those who have viewed it in Sargent 
Hall. This unusual collection is ovmed 
by Mrs Allen MacFadden, and lent by her 
through Pr is cilia S. MacFadden, Chief of 
Fine Arts, 

RECENT VISITOR 

Miss Rita Ejlersen, Assistant Librarian, 
Danish Institute of International Exchange 
of Scientific and Literary Publications, 
Royal Library, Copenhagen. 



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CARE 

The CARE Food Cru5d.de program in the 
B.P.L.P.S.A. has been going very vrell. 
Bctvireen orders already placed and cash 
now on hand o ver 2 tons of food should 
be distributed in the name of the 
Association. Our grateful thanks to each 
of you vjho contributed to this fine 
response. 

Food Crusade packages are expected to 
be available the remainder of this year. 
It is hoped that many yet vri.ll -want to 
have part in this program. 

Surely the knowledge that you have 
given something to someone in need will 
cheer and bless your oim Christmas also. 

Special Committee on CARE 

TAKE A F)W 

The members of the Publications 
Committee unanimously and enthusiastically 
nominate individually and collectively 
those members of the staff viho have 
shared in sending the tv/o-plus tons of 
food through CARE* Contributors j please 
take your b^./s I 

E.P.L.P.S.A. ITELCOIviES BACK 

Geraldine S. Herrick, North End 
Josephine PeLuca Carter, Central Charging 

Records 
John F. Collins, Jr., Business Office 

THE SOCIAL iVHIRL 

Cn Tuesday evening, November 16, a 
supper party v.'as held at the home of Mrs 
Marjorie Bouquet for Laura Abate, in honor 
of her approaching marriage to Angelo 
Abate of Rome, Italy. 

The guests included Gilda and Jeanne 
Rossetti, Fary Brady, Barbara Coffey, 
Barbara Cotter, and Ruth Michelson. 

Mrs Bouquet served a delightful and 
appetizing supper after i\toch the guests 
enjoyed Laurie's lovely voice via records. 
As a climax to the evening, Laurio opened 
several beautiful and useful gifts. 

On Eeceirber it, 195h, at the Boston 
Center for Ad\ilt Education, $ Common- 
vrealth Avenue, Boston, a Prc-Nuptial Tea 
Tras giv.:n for Laurie Abate, a member of 
the Office of the Division of Reference 
and Research Services Staff, in honor of 
her approaching marriage to Angelo Abate 



of Rome, Italy. 

High light of the afternoon vras the 
arrival of a vjhitc orchid for Laurie 
vjhich her fiance arranged to have sent 
for this occasion. Laurie received many 
beautiful gifts which she i/ill be able 
to enjoy in her new home. 

Musical entertainment was provided 
by the talented Harvie Family (Patty- Bo 
v/as employed formerly in the Cataloging 
and Classification Department, Division 
of Reference and Research Services)- 

Tea pourers vrcre Mrs Marjorie G, 
Bouquet, and Mrs Ann Las bury. 

Over fifty friends and co-workers of 
Ifey Crosby, catalogcr in the Reference and 
Research Division, held a luncheon party 
in her honor at the Du Barry Restaurant 
on Friday, November l6, the fortieth 
anniversary of her entrance into the 
service of the Library. Miss Crosby will 
retire from her position at the end of 
December. 

The luncheon vras served in the inner 
dining room of the restaurant, and con- 
sisted of onion soup, turkey v.dth its 
traditional Thanksgiving accompaniments, 
and an ice cream dessert. 

Follovri.ng the luncheon. Miss Crosby 
was presented by Esther Lissner, rep- 
resenting her friends , with a gold and 
amethyst brooch. Hiss Lissner, who 
joined the library staff only two days 
after Miss Crosby, made a short speech 
giving many entertaining details of their 
early ser\ace together. Miss Crosby 
also received an orchid corsage from her 
colleagues* 

Miss Crosby acknowledged her friends' 
tribute with a few gracious v:ords, 
Richard G. Hens ley, head of the Division, 
concluded the celebration with some 
appropriate quotations. 

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On the afternoon of November 18, the 
co-workers of Esther Lissner in the 
Reference and Research Catalog Department 
gave a surprise icc-crcam-and-cake party 
to celebrate her fortieth anniversary 
as an employee of the library. Earlier 
in the day. Miss Lissner was presented 
vri.th a black leather handbag as an 
anniversary gift, 

■if 

Surprise I Surprise I intoned (somewhat 
off key) by the staff of Upharas Corner, 
proved to be just that for Bernardine 
J, Grace, at a surprise bridal shower and 



dinner party given for her Friday evening, 
November 19, at the Brookline home of 
Mjts Phyllis L. Barclay, Children's Li- 
brarian, The dinner, prepared and served 
by Mrs Rirclay, v/as ample proof of her 
complete mastery of the field of hospita- 
lity and the culinary arts. Miss Grace 
Tifas delighted with the electric coffeo- 
matic presented to hor as a gift from the 
staff. The latter also sent flovrers to 
Ifrs Barclay. The tvro weeks of subterfuge 
and intrigue preceding the surprise party 
were quite wearing on everyone. Miss 
Grace, vj-hose wedding is on December 19, 
I95I4, summed it all up by calling us all 
"a wonderful bunch of liars." 



If you would like to enjoy a really 
entertaining, exciting program, reserve 
the evening of Saturday, January 29, and 
take your family and friends to the 
Centennial Musical Revue, Free To All . 
The revue mil be presented at Nev7 
England Mutual Hall and promises to be 
a most successful musical shovf. Make 
your pLans now. Don't miss it I 



In the meantime, A Merry Christmas and 
Happy New Year to all I 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

REVEREND AND MRS ARNOLD ENTERTAIN 



PRESIDENT'S NC'TEG 

Mildred C, O'Connor, Alice E. Hackett 
and Mrs Mary I. Farrell, Cataloging 
and Classification, Reference and 
Research Services, and B. Joseph O'Neil, 
Periodical and Nevrspaper, vrcre the 
official representatives of the Pro- 
fessional Staff Association at the funeral 
services held in Trinity Church for Mrs 
Ifergaret F, Filbum, The follovdng letter 
was received in acknowledgement of the 
contribution sent in the name of the 
Staff Association: 

SKIDMDRE COLLEGE 
Saratoga Springs, New York 



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November 19, 195U 



Dear Mr O'Neil: 



This vdll acknov/ledge mth apprecia- 
tion the gift of mJIG to the Skidmorc 
Scholarship Fund from the Professional 
Staff Association of the Boston Public 
Libri.ry in memory of Mrs Margaret Fletcher 
Filburn, Her many friends at the college 
•were shocked to learn of her untimely 
death. 

Will you please transmit our thanks 
to your organization for this thoughtful 
and generous memorial gift. 

Sincerely yours, 
(Signed) NDRJ-IA IfecRURY 

Norma lacRurj 
Cha.irman 
Committee on Financial Aid 

Mr B. Joseph O'Neil 
Professional Staff Association 
Boston Public Library 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 



On Sunday J December $, Reverend and 
Mrs Harold Greene Arnold T/erc "at home" 
to a group of friends of the late Caroline 
M. Hevri.ns. Yifhilc the tea vras primc^.rily 
to honor the recent publication of 
CAROLINE M. HFOTNS : HER BOOK, it happily 
coincided mth the anniversary of tvro 
other events \-.tiich helped to shape the 
career of Caroline M. Hewins . It \ms 
approximately one hundred years ago, ca, 
1851;, when Mr Hevdns purchased the land 
and laid the plans for the home v/hich was 
to house the eight Hevdns girls and their 
parents at 55 Emmonsdale Road,. West Rox- 
bury. This house, completed for occupancy 
about 1857, is now ovmed by I'tr and Mrs 
Arnold and has retained so much of its 
early furnishings and atmosphere that it 
is almost a "HeTriLns Museum," although its 
charm and informality give the house no 
resemblance to a museum. The second event 
ifttiich happened fifty years ago, was Caroline 
M. Hewins' association vri.th the Hartford 
Public Library, v;hich began in 190[i and 
culminated in her outstanding v/ork vath 
children, in honor of v;hich Frederic G. 
Melcher founded the Hev/ins Lectures, 
Mr and Mrs Arnold, in welcoming their 
guests, noted these events of the past and 
present v.'hich blended so effectively and 
provided the occasion for those interested 
in Miss Hewins and her work to pay tribute 
to her in the home in which she grew up. 

Miss Hev;ins' niece recalled many happy 
incidents of her childhood #ien she fre- 
quently visited the Hewins' home and came 
to love and respect her Aunt Caroline, 
Anne Carroll Moore, Supervisor of Work 
with Children, Emeritus, New York Public 
Library, recalled her long and happy asso- 
ciation i/dth Miss Hevdns. Jennie Lindquist, 
editor of THE HORN BOOK, told how CAROLINE 
M. HEi'TINSs HER BOOK came to be published. 
Alice M. Jordan, Supervisor of Fork vath 
Children, Emeritus, Boston Public Library, 



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Tjas present to add to the happy occasion^, 
Carrie L. Morse, Branch Librarian, " ' 
Ekneritus, and members of the staff of 
the West Roxbury Branch Library frere , 

among the special guests, ! 

The dainty refreshments vihich concluded 
the afternoon vrere a nice material | 

counterpart to the mental feast which had 
preceded, Boston can be grateful that ' 
the former Hev.ins home is nov ov.'ned by j 
people iiho appreciate its value in the 
literary background of Nev; England. 

Edna G. Peck 

INTRODUCING THE CHRISTMS SMSON 

At the conclusion of the monthly meet- 
ing of officers of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services on Decem- 
ber first, the group met together for 
luncheon at Joseph's Restaurant, The 
luncheon vras given to honor tvo "post 
graduates" of the Division — Edith 
Guerrier, Supervisor of Branch Libraries, 
Emeritus, and Orlando C. Davis, Chief 
Librarian of the Division of Home Readingj 
and Community Services, Emeritus, Join- ] 
ing -with the group, to pay special tri- 
bute to their former officers were the 
f olloi/ini-: Emeriti: M. Florence Cufflin, 
¥srs Edith H. Bailey, l\£rs Sara Lyon, 
Katharine S. Rogan, Elizabeth P, Ross, 
Mary M. Sullivan, and Rebecca E, Willis. 
Other guests were John J, Connolly, 
Elizabeth M, Wright, and Sarah M, Ushero 

A delightful coffee party follov/ed the 
meeting of Children's Librarians on 
Wednesday morning, December 8. Alice M, 
Jordan, Supervisor of Work vdth Children, 
Emeritus, vras guest of honor, and, vath 
Mr Lord and several other officers of the 
Library, enjoyed hot coffee and delicious 
pastries vd.th the group. 

The loarty made an auspicious moment for 
the presentation of a sterling silver 
steak set, in her chosen pattern, to Virs 
Bette B, (Preer) Pinckney, in honor of 
her recent marriage. 

The Children's Librarians presented 
also a lovely Christmas gift, an ex- 
quisite Royal Copenhagen figurine of a 
T^ite duck, to Elizabeth M. Gordon, 
Deputy Supervisor in Charge of Work vdth 
Children. 



" Inspired by the ChristnHS Season " 

The stars T/^ich blanket us at night 

Are just as bright by day. 
Yet not a glimmer struggles past 

The Sun's superior ray. 

Thus private talent v/ill amaze 

Your neighbors and your fansj 
And sink to nothingness beside 

The Shakespeares and Chopins, 

H. Andrews 

ALTOMI NOTES 

T\TO of The Question ferk's loyal 
readers among the retired group recently 
sent checks vrith these, notations: (l) 
"Would you please see that the enclosed 
check is forvrarded to the treasurer of 
the Staff Association, I enjoy receiving 
' The Question Mark' and hope this con- 
tribution v/on't put the Association in 
the 'income tax' bracket," (2) "Accept 
enclosed check as a tribute to 'The Ques- 
tion Mark ', a literary journal." The 
checks have been gratefully received 
and forvrarded to the treasurer and the 
QM is glad that it is keeping alumni 
members "in touch". 



John Florence Sullivan, better knovrm 
as Fred Allen, visited Central Library 
on November 19. Accompanied by LTFH 
photographers, he reanacted some of the 
duties he performed v^hen he worked as 
an "extra" J visited v/ith several who had 
worked with him; autographed tv/o copies 
of his new book Treadmill to Oblivion 
(see page 165 0; and was presented with 
Special Card No, 100 made out to "Fred 
Allen, Distinguished Aliimnus, Boston 
Public Library, Boston 17. Expires 
November 19, 205U." All of this furnishes 
material for possible inclusion in a 
forthcoming article in LIFE, 



The LIBRARY JOURNAL for November l5, 
195U contains an article entitled $0 years 
of Business Library Service , by Marion 
C, Manley, Business Librarian, Newark 
Public Library, Since two paragraphs 
on page 2135 concern l^Irs Mary Watkins 
Dietrichson, Business Branch Librarian, 
Emeritus, vre quote them here, and offer 
her our congratulations: 

"Minneapolis was fortunate enough to 



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have Maiy Watkins Dietrichson as the head, 
of the Business and Municipal Branch from' 
1916 until 1927 and her fine mind and j 
pov/ers of discernment meant much in her I 
interpretation of business service. One { 
incident \rill serve to illustrate this, j 
A Minneapolis paper planned an enlivening 
feature story about the Business and 
Municipal Branch andj along vath ample 
rnaterial on its service, Mrs Dietrichson 
supplied the reporter \,-ith a simple 
computation of the actual cash value 
of the time saved their business patrons. 
It las this computation that made the 
headlines andv;as picked up by papers in 
other cities o 

"ttrs Dietrichson came to Boston to 
head the Kirstoin Business Branch 
established by Louis E. Kirstein, a 
trustee of the Boston Public Library. 
This gift by ¥x Kirstein, in memory of 
his father, is so far the major contribu- 
tion by an individual businessman to the 
development of this service, Mrs 
Dietrichson 's discerning approach to 
fundamentals and the application of her 
sound scholarship v/ero invaluable in the 
gTo\rth of this vfork. Both ItLnncapolis 
and Boston are moninnents to these quali- 
ties in her and in both places uherc she 
vras follov/ed as business branch librarian 
by assistants die had trained, that 
influence v.as marked, ?ihether through 
conditions or by inclination she v:as 
less active in national association or 
general promotion efforts than others 
but she \rill always be notable for 
having probably the most scholarly and 
profound approach to this movement of 
those concerned vdth it in these early 
days ," 

Leonard Burkat, formerly First 
Assistant in Music and no\T Secretary 
to I'.tr I/i\inch, has translated into 
English JE SUIS CHEF D'ORCHESTRE, by 
Charles M^inch, Musical Director of the 
vrorld-faraous Boston Symphony Orchestra, 
An abridged edition of this is currently 
appearing in the Boston GLOBE, 

FOUND 

A pair of gold earring s in the 
Women's Lavatory, Stack 2 area, 

A pair of glasses in the Coffee Shop 
on December 7, 195U 

A pair of navy blue cotton gloves 
folloT/in^ the Children's Librarians'* Coffee 
Party on December 8, 195l4» 



A black knitted v nr iste -^ follovang 
the Children's Librai^ians? Coffee Party 
on December 8, 195U' 

Ovmers may claim in the Personnel 
Office, 

R0UM3 TABLE OF CHILDREN'S LIBRARIANS 

Nev/s of two a;:ards v;as the highlight 
of the December meeting held in the 
Lecture Hall at Central, December 9» 
Elizabeth Johnson, Supervisor of ?rork 
mth Children, Lynn Public Library, told 
about the plans for the proposed Melcher 
Scholarship Fund vhich, it is hoped, 
Trill be announced in July at the ALA 
convention. The children's librarians 
were asked to help publicize the news 
of this avrard so that other librarians 
Tjho might be interested vrauld have an 
opportunity to participate in this fine 
tribute to Mr Melcher, Alice Cushman, 
Fitchburg Library, announced the new 
Flanders-Perreault Literary Award which 
is to be given annually by Edivin Flanders. 
This v/ill be a dual award given both to 
the individual girl and to the Ciirls 
Club of vdiich she is a member, 

Virginia Haviland made a preliminary 
announcement of the programs T;hich will 
be of interest to children's librarians 
at the forthcoming convention in Phila- 
delphia in July, and Arlene Thorp, of 
City Library, Manchester, New Hampshire, 
stressed the value and importance of 
ALA membership to all librarians. 

After the brief business meeting,. 
■Mrs Muriel C, Javelin introduced the 
group to the techniques of conducting 
a buzz session, A practice session pro- 
vided opportunity for much spirited 
buzzing as the groups discussed the 
questions of borderline books, books in 
series, readers, and pre-school programs, 

Mary Yfest 

JEViflSH BOOK f/DNTH 

"The Jew in Literature" a special 
Jevri-sh Book Month program, and one of a 
series of American-Jev/-ish Tercentenary 
observances, was hold in the Lecture 
Hall at Central, Sunday afternoon, 
November 28, Dr Eisig Silberschlag, 
Dean of tho Hebre'tr Teacher's College in 
Brooklino, presided. Tercentenary 
Greetings were extended by Fanny Goldstein 
as Curator of Judaica, and secretary of 
the Boston Jewish Book Month Committee, 



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The distinguished andv/armly received ; 
speakers virorc Hannah R, London, author, ; 
vi*io spoke on Hovit I discovered early | 

American-Jewish portraits j Harry H, Fein, ; 
poet-author, v;ho road from his latest i 

book Sonp:s at Eventide ; Dr Meir Bcn-Horinj 
author, v:hose talk vjas From an Author's I 
Note-Book ; and, Dr S. Norman Fcingold, 
Executive Director of the Jev/ish Voca- 
tional Service of Greater Boston, vi^o 
spoke on Books for Self-Help . Pianist 
Mollio Ehrlich provided the music for the 
program, 

■it 

Boston had a hi'jily exciting and 
rewarding experience December 11, at 
West End. A literary evening was held 
in honor of Dr Judd Teller of Ne\7 York, 
author of the very recent stimulating 
and provocative book SCAPEGOAT OF REVOLU- 
TION. The topic of the address vras "The 
Jewish Problem Yesterday and Today." 

This vas Dr Teller's first appearance 
in Boston. He proved to be a gentleman 
who was exceedingly vrall informed on 
his topic and \rho presented rapid-fire 
glimpses of the material contained in 
his book in a dynamic and convincing 
manner. His audience vjas definitely 
held spell-bound as he sky-rocketed 
through tiire, space and history, tracing 
the fate of the Jew in each critical 
period of the country, 

Richard G. Hensley, Chief Librarian, 
Division of Reference and Research 
Services, brought the greetings of the 
Library and commented on the importance 
of such literary evenings in the 
community, Dr Leon F. Medalia imde a 
fcvf appropriate remarks as a member of 
the Examining Committee, Dr Hyman 
Morrison, a member of the JevrLsh Book 
Month Committee since its inception, 
gave the formal greetings in behalf of 
the Committee and spoke on the importance 
of the jQwieh book as an everlasting 
force in Jewish life, Mark Bortraan, a 
former West End boy, a leading Boston 
industrialist, and President of the 
Boston Chapter of the American Jewish 
Historical Society, gave th^:. historic 
back-ground of the Jew in America* 

A surprise guest of the evening was 
Ben Yahouda, from Israel, son of the 
illustrious Eliezer Yahouda, who is 
responsible for the revival of the Hebrew 
language and the publication of the 
dictionary, 

A social hour followed. 



NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Fiction — Library Science 

Akers, Susan G. Simple library 
cataloging. Uth ed, 
Chicago, American Library Association, 

19Sh 
Columbia University. School of Library 

Service 

The subject analysis of library 

materials; papers prepared at an 

institute, June 2U-28, 19^2 

New York, 1953 
Grove, Lee E, Of Brooks & books, 

J.iinnea polls, Univ. of Minneapolis 

Press, 19U5 
Conference on Intellectual Freedom, 

2d, ^.f^ittior, California, 19^3. 

Freedom of book selection, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

195U 
!,tuir, Percival H. English children's 
books, 1600 to 1900, 
New York, Praeger, 195U 

DEPARTMNT NOTES 

General Reference 

The Department congratulates P, Joseph 
Hoilly and his force on the excellent job 
of cleaning and polishing the wood sur- 
faces and tables in Bates Hall, This 
task, and others incidental to a complete 
cleaning job, improved the appearance 
of the Department immensely and is much 
appreciated, 

BRANCH NDTES 

Mattapan 

The busy month of November was high- 
lighted mth a variety of activities in 
addition to those regularly scheduled. 

For Book Week, the feature attraction 
T/as a talk given by Richard T. Flood, 
vrell-knovm author of sports stories for 
young people. Speaking before a capacity 
audience of l50 boys and girls, % Flood 
described his method of writing a book 
from the time he has chosen his subject 
until the story is ready for publication, 
A question period followed the conclusion 
of the talk, 

A special program honoring Jevdsh Book 
Month v-jas presented by the Friends of 
the Mattapan Branch Library at their 
monthly meeting on November 22, Included 
on the program vrerc The Ballad of the 



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AmGrican Jew a monologue given by Mary 
Kadishj a series of Jev;ish melodies by 
the JeiTish Folk Chorus of Boston] and 
a review of Sholem Aleichem and his World 



by Mrs Blanche Daniels. A social hour 
follovdng the meeting gave the nevrer 
members of the Friends group an oppor- 
tunity to become fxirther acquainted v;ith 
the vrark of the Friends of the Library. 

Prizes for the pet show Essay and 
Poetry contest vrerc a\7ardcd on Friday, 
December 3 in the Children's Room, 
First-prize -winners v;ero Maxine Creed 
and Beverly and Lynda Flaum* Certifi- 
cates of Honorable Mention vrero given to 
Harvey Goldberg, Phyllis Gruska, Linda 
Halperin, Anita Kassncr, Ronnie Miller, 
Marsha Prefontaine, Barbara Slotnick 
and Carol Ann Smith, 

Neponset 

During Book "Teek the children in the 
Noponsdt schools were asked to virrite a 
composition on Fnat the Library Means 
to Mo » 

Great enthusiasm for the subject was 
manifested by the children of both lower 
and upper grades, and numerous composi- 
tions of varying length vrarc submitted. 
These compositions proved so interesting 
in content and expression that we felt 
sure the staffs of other branches vrould 
enjoy reading them as much as we have here 
at Neponset, We have, therefore, taken 
the liberty to quote parts of these 
compositions for your diversion. 

Most of the children remarked on the 
valuable aid the Library has rendered 
thom in their school vrork, and how much 
pleasure they ha.v^ had in reading all 
the wonderful books during their hours 
of leisure. But let's have the children 
speak for themselves, \nth no editing; 

Donald Z.— "I like the Library 
Grade 3: because it helps me to 

be smart in school. And 
it is onjoyin^^. And it 
is fine becaiise you read 
about difrent people. 
Funny p^^ople and mystrous 
people. And that is vfhy 
I like the Library," 

Elissa M.— "Books are fine. They 
Grade h: help to grow a wonder- 
ful mind." 

Thonns B, — "Through the library you 
Grade ^i can help educate yourself 



Marion R, — 
Grade 6: 



Kathlcem H.- 
Grade 7 J 



Francis T.— 
Grace 8: 



by reading good books," 

"The library is like a 
boat carrying me to far- 
off countries," 

"It is a place to go for 
peace and quiet, a place 
toj concentrate and think 
over any problems vihich 
may be bothering us." 

"Tilhen I go into ,a library, 
it is like going into 
another vrorld where I 
meet new friends. The 
more books I read, the 
more friends I meet," 



South Bos ton 

C. W. Anderson, noted author and 
artist, Tjas guest speaker at a Saturday 
morning meeting of the Imagination 
Club, as a culmination of Book Week 
activities, Mr Anderson gave the chil- 
dren a fine demonstration on how to drav/ 
a horse, with particular attention being 
given to rhythmic lines of construction 
and anatomical details. The manner in 
V'fhich the hind legs should be dravm was 
described very carefullye The boys and 
girls of the Club, ranging in grades 
from kindergarten through the second year 
of high school, accorded Mr Anderson 
the respectful attention due to a famous 
artist. We know that % Anderson has 
spoken to larger groups than the one 
present, but we doubt if he has often 
encountered a child audience that honored 
him prinnrily as an artist rather than 
as celebrity. The staff vrould like to 
belipTC that Mr Anderson was as much 
impressed vdth the boys and girls of 
South Boston and their interest in art, 
as they were in him and his skill, 
Follovring his lecture, Mr Anderson had 
coffee vjith the members of the staff and 
the Alumni Advisors to the Imagination 
Club vfho had served as ushers at the 
program. 

On Friday morning, November 26, the 
Teen Age Reporters Club, a book review 
club for girls of junior high school age, 
visited Central Library with IvLartha C, 
Engler, Children's Librarian, The 
members had previously reported on 
books and articles dealing -with various 
aspects of the Library in preparation 
forthe tour, Mrs Muriel C. Javelin, 



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Dcputy Supervisor, In Chirgc of ITork 
with Adults J greeted the girls and 
arranged for them to have a special 
record program in the Preview Room. 
P/hilo departments were visited, perhaps 
the biggest thrill of th-^ day occurred 
in the Treasure Room where Moorf ield 
Storey opened a case and let them in- 
spect, page by page, one of the medieval 
ma.nuscript books. As a grand finale, the 
girls vrcre treated to ice-cream cake in 
the Coffee Shop, 

South End 

Book Week -was celebrated by a variety 
of events. About thirty teachers from 
the Rice and Dwight school districts,, 
who responded to invitations to a tea 
on YJednesday, enjoyed seeing the large 
display of new books. The enthusiastic 
response may be attributed to the RSVP 
on the invitations. At least, one 
teacher said that that was what con- 
vinced him and his colleagues that a tea 
at the library was of real importance. 
It seems that a tea for teachers may 
well become an annual Book Week affair. 

It was delightful to be able to arrange 
special Book TTeek story hours for two 
separate groups from South End House, 
seven and eight year olds on Tuesday, 
and six year olds on Thursday. Phyllis 
R. Kallman, Assistant in Charge of ITork 
with Children, told stories with the aid 
of Bertha D. Streeter, also a staff 
member, 

A delegation of children attended the 
wonderful Book ''.Teek program at Central 
Library, on Saturday. The group "vras 
small, bad weather keeping many of the 
children at home. The few -who went 
truly enjoyed the program, especially 
"that picture-making man," 

Uphams Corner 

Anyone passing by on Wednesday evening. 
November 17, at 7:30 P,I,L, would have 
perhaps raised an eyebrow at the peculiar 
animal sounds emanating from the Chil- 
dren's Room, In celebration of Book 
Week, a pet show was ^resented Tfith an 
appropriate display of pet and anirrnl 
books, old and nevr, 

Mr ■'■folfe, ovmer of a pet store, v;as 
kind enough to bring a hamster, a 
parakeet, a guinea pig, and other 
animals, in addition to his presenting 
a very engaging talk about his animals 
and their habits. He apologized for 



not being able to bring the baby lion 
and baby leopard he had planned on. 
This statement met with mixed reactions 
from the audience, 

Jane Larson kept children, parents, 
and staff fascinated with the antics of 
her trained dog, Rinso. John J, O'Neill 
from Franklin Park Zoo displayed oae of 
the main fe-'tures of the evening, a large 
white cockatoo. A fascinating question 
and answer period was conducted by Dr 
Ghitteridge, a Canton Veterinarian. 

The parents and children, comprising 
an audience of about lUO people, were 
quite vociferous in their rpaise of the 
program. It can be accurately stated 
that the animals seemed to enjoy tjio people 
as much as the latter enjoyed them, A 
spirit of good aniraal-and fellow-ship 
prevailed all around' 

West End 

On Friday, November 19, The Space 
Travelers, members of the Summer Reading 
Club, embarked on their last flight 
through the universe, transported by the 
magic of words and music (by means of 
book reviews and recordings) to the Grand 
Canyon in Colorado, to a maplewood in 
Vermont, to New York for a visit v/ith 
a queen, to China, and to a far-off 
planet in outer space. The tako-off 
place was the lecture hall at the library; 
Jiirs Lehane, children's librarian, piloted 
the expedition; Frances Jaworski, club 
secretary, called out the stops, 

Reading Certificates were awarded to 
the children -iiio had circled the heavens, 
visiting each of the planets, at least 
once. And four prizes, books donated by 
the Branch Librarian, vrere presented by 
her to the three girls and one boy who 
had traveled farthest during the summer. 

Ice cream, cookies, and candy were pro- 
vided to refresh the travelers at the 
end of their long journey, 

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On November 30, at 8 p.m., more than 
sixty parents and children gathered in the 
main room to observe Children's Book 
Yfeek, Fanny Goldstein, welcomed the 
group; spoke about the early history 
of the Branch; and explained the significance 
of Book Week, She commented on tv;o of 
this fall's children's books r/hich happened 
to have been read in manuscript by West 
End children, explaining the role the 
children had played in the publication of 
these books. 



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Quoting President Eisenhower's , 

recently expressed desire that more ■. 

mothers should teach their children i 

about the children of other lands, Mrs j 
Lehane, Children's Librarian, pointed 
out hov; well today's books for children 
accomplish that very end. lErs Lehane 
reviewed a number of nev/ly published 
children's books, 

Carl F. Bowen of 'Test Cedar Street, 
one of the fathers v^ho attended the 
Parent's night with his daughters, pre- 
sented the Library with a gift of six 
books « 

The children served their parents 
vrith cider and doughnuts; and afterv/ard, 
everyone took advantage of the oppor- 
tunity to examine the nev^r books that 
were displayed on tables around the room. 

Phillips Erooks 

On November 15, a special Book Week 
record program v.us held for children in 
grades 3 through 8, 

On Tuesday afternoon, the three 
vfinners of the Book leek essay contest 
read their essays on M FAVORITE BOOK 
CHARACTER . Book prizes vrerc avfarded to 
the vdnners in each age group participat- 
ing: Grades 3-h'} 5-6; 7-9. Follov/ing 
the awards there vras an illustrated 
talk by author-artist Nancy Barnhart vfho 
entertained the audience with original 
draivings and an account of her trip 
to the Holy Land in preparation for her 
bock THE LORD IS ?iY SHEPHERD . 

Bookmobile I 

On November 19, Mrs Joyce P. Ellis 
of the Bookmobile I staff gave a book 
talk to the parents and patrons of the 
Vfest Medvny Public Library in observance 
of the annual National Book Week, 

That part of the program presented 
for the adults was entitled "Ho\^ to Use 
Books -.-.dth Children", and iirs Ellis con- 
cluded her talk by giving a story hour 
for the children. 



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be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether vdth the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department, or Office in v:hich he 
or she is employed. The name is v/itliheld 
from publication, or a pen name used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 



The author of the article is known only 
to the contributor and to the Editor- 
in-Chief, The contents of articles 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
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not necessarily indicate that the Pub- 
lications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement vdth the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words vdll be accepted. 



Dear Editor: 

Hot/ Ion-, should a person be expected 
to assume charge of a department or 
branch library, performing the duties 
of chief or branch librarian, without 
receiving the recognition he or she is 
entitled to — a fair and just coirpensation? 
Additional take-home pay amounting in 
some cases to less than $.70 a week is 
merely a token payment for such added 
responsibility. 

If the present policy did not 
anticipate that those below the level 
of Fifth Step would be Assistants-in- 
Charge for periods of years, it seems 
only fair to make adequate provision 
for salaries \rt;ich vrould more justly com- 
pensate individuals placed in such posi- 
tions. 

Fair Play 

Dear Editor: 

The November 195U issue of The Question 
Mark carried a gracious editorial of 
tlTanks from our Editor in behalf of 
those individuals v\/ho received raises, 
HoT/evcr, lest we forget, there are groups 
T^io did not share in this bounty, 
Assistants-in-Charge, those unfortunates 
v;ho in some instances received the 
princely sum of $50.00 a year (one step 
vdthin grade) over and above their 
regular salaries, still have bestovred 
upon them the privilege of discharging 
the duties of a chief and all the res- 
ponsibilities entailed, 

A situation such as this is permitted 
to exist. Yet, concern is actually felt 
in some quarters about "staff morale," 
Payment of less than $1,00 a vrcek for 
substituting for a chief could hardly 
be considered a morale -builder, 

PUZZLED 



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LATE FLASHES 
More Parties 



On December lU, a group of 
staff friends gathered at the 
Darbury Room for a limcheon 
in honor of Laurie Abate, Office 
of the Division of Reference and 
Research Services, ■who will leave 
for Rome on December 18 to be 
married there on December 27. 

Along with a beautiful white 
orchid corsage trimmed vdth holly, 
Laurie was presented ivlth an 
electric mixer, and a mayonnaise 
dish with sterlini? silver ladle. 



I;Irs Janice Hunt, Office of the 
Division of Home Reading and Com- 
munity Services, was the guest of 
the staff of the office at a fare- 
well luncheon at Joseph's on De- 
cember 15» Mr Hunt was also a 
guest at the luncheon. I'irs Hunt 
is to be away from the Library 
on a maternity leave of absence. 



Young Adult '"Jorkers (Div. of 
H.R. and G.S.) enjoyed a Christ- 
mas coffee hour in the Women's 
Lounge during their regular 
monthly meeting on December 1$, 

Dr Kenneth D. Benne, Director 
of the Human Relations Center and 
Eerenson Professor of h\unan Rela- 
tions at B.U. had been the speaker 
of the morning and was guest of 
honor at the coffee hour. Other 
invited quests included officers 
from various units in Central 
Library, 

ANOTHER VISITOR 

Dr Julio Cesar Arroyave, 
Director, Medellin Library Pro- 
ject, Colombia, South America, 



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Donate a pint of blood at the Red Cross Blood 
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under the City of Boston Employees Blood Donor Pro- 
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are promised, -#hilc in any Massachusetts hospital, 
such blood as may be needed in v^iatever amounts are 
available. 

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