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Florida Library Bulletin

PUBLISHED BY THE ALBERTSON LIBRARY STAFF
ORLANDO, FLORIDA


VOL. I. JANUARY 1, 1927 No. 1


CONTENTS


A Gap in the Hedge ---

Florida and Publicity --

Florida's Outlook ----

Library Work with Schools_

A Book Week Incident ------

Florida Library Association _

' ;trict Meetings ------..

Poem to Mervil Dewey on his

Among Florida Libraries --

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Test of a Book --


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FLORIDA LIBRARY BULLETIN
Issued at Intervals at Orlando, Florida
OLIVE BRUMBAUGH, Editor

Vol. 1 January 1, 1927 No. 1


Bearing a message of friendship and
of appreciation of what Florida libraries
are doing, the Florida Library Bulletin
makes its appearance during this year of
the celebration of the 50th anniversary
of the American Library Association.
Contributions and communications
for the bulletin will be gladly received at
the editorial desk.


A GAP IN THE HEDGE
There was once a beautiful garden
planted in a far country. The earth was
turned and carefully prepared-seeds
were dropped by wise and cautious
planters, and water, and sunshine, and
cultivation were given it at exactly the
right time.
Eventually the plants came up and
began to blossom and bear fruit. The
garden was a joyous thing to see, but
alas, none but the workers knew how
beautiful and wonderful it was, for they
had placed a high hedge about it.
Many of those who planted and
pruned and cared for the garden wished
that all might see over the hedge, but
each was so busy in his own bed, or
border, that he only wished it and let
it end there.
One day a band of workers who felt
the need of letting the people see into
the garden, decided to stop the care of
their plants for an hour and cut a gap
in the hedge, so that all who passed
might see the beauty and fruit that had
come from the labor in the garden.
This bulletin is the first stroke of our
axe in the hedge of silence, that has
helped to retard library work in Florida.
We have prepared our ground and
planted our seed and in many places we


have fruit of which we are proud. Now
we want to cut at least a little gap in
the hedge so that all may see and rejoice
in the cultivation of our garden.
It may seem a little pretentious for
the Albertson Library Staff to attempt
to do this work, but like others we see
its need and can at least hack away some
of the tallest branches that obstruct the
view.
It is our hope that this simple begin-
ning may lead to an efficient and force-
ful movement in Florida library work
that will bring much good to both those
on the inside and those on the outside
of the garden in which we work.


FLORIDA AND PUBLICITY
Publicity may be a slightly overwork-
ed institution in some branches of
Florida progress, but in Library work
just the opposite is true. A certain
amount of publicity is surely necessary
in order that we come into closer touch
with the work and hopes of each other
and with the needs and opportunities
on the outside.
It is true that libraries in Florida, as
compared with other states are few in
number, and their activities, so far, have
been quite limited, but every step ac-
complished inspires us to greater en-
deavor. Who, then, can say but that
this little journal of library comment
may unite our forces and expedite the
work of organization and development?
May it be a forerunner of better days
to come. As a timid star peeps from
the clouds after wind and storm, faint-
ly at first, but gaining in brightness
little by little, so may this bulletin after
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just passed, appear on the horizon of
library opportunity as a prophecy of
better, happier achievement to come.

FLORIDA'S OUTLOOK
Library work in Florida is still in its
pioneer stage and has wonderful ave-
nues of opportunity open before it.
With interest centered on progress,
four factors of immediate concern have
direct bearing on library improvement.
They are: 1, Library legislation; 2, in-
struction in library methods for librar-
ians and library assistants; 3, organiza-
tion of new tax supported libraries; 4,
reorganization of club and circulating
libraries, and all others not operating
under approved methods.
LIBRARY LEGISLATION
Probably no one in Florida is more
familiar with the existing situation in
regard to the present state of library
legislation than Mrs. Anne Van Ness
Brown, President of the Florida Lib-
rary Association. Mrs. Brown's untir-
ing efforts were largely responsible for
getting the library bill which was spons-
ored by the Florida Association through
the last general election.
In speaking of the situation, Mrs.
Brown says:
"The Library Journal of November
1st gives a brief summary of the legisla-
tion passed last year in Florida, estab-
lishing a State Library with a biennium
appropriation of $12,000. This law is
still inactive, owing to the failure of
Gov. Martin in appointing the State
Library Board, which he fully promised
he would do at our last annual meet-
ing. The only explanation that we have
been able to learn is from advice receiv-
ed from Hon. Frank L. Byrd, the mem-
ber of the House who introduced our
bill, who informed us that the Gover-
nor had not been able 'to have anyone
agree to serve on the board.' This is
not a valid reason, however, as several
names have been suggested to the Gov-
ernor, of persons who were sufficiently
interested in the library cause to serve
without compensation.
A consultation was held at the South-
eastern conference in the spring by the
delegates from Florida, and after con-


ferring with Mr. Belden, it was decided
not to take any action and to let the
matter stand as left by the Governor
until the next legislature. This will be
the subject of first importance to dis-
cuss at our next annual meeting, if we
wish to keep under our guidance the
library work of the State. Further legis-
lation will probably be necessary. The
President will be glad to receive con-
structive suggestions as to handling this
difficult situation, which should be fully
discussed at our State meeting."
LIBRABY SCHOOLS
The South can boast of only one full
fledged library school, that of the Car-
negie Library of Atlanta. The entrance
requirements of the Atlanta School are:
High school diploma and entrance exam-
inations, or degree from an approved
college.
The State University of Louisiana
offered, this summer, its initial course.
Mrs. W. L. Davis, principal of the lib-
rary school at Atlanta, was the princi-
pal director of the school and was as-
sisted by Katharine P. Carnes, librarian
of Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia.
The course of study was planned to
meet the standards recommended by the
American Library Association, and takes
the place of the course formerly given
by the Atlanta School at Athens,
Georgia.
SUMMER COURSE IN LIBRARY SCIENCE
A course in Library Science was of-
fered in the University of Florida sum-
mer school of 1926.
The course, although planned espec-
ially for the school librarian, touched
on the fundamental problems of every
small library. The total enrollment was
twenty-one, of whom six were men.
Practically all were teachers, who took
the course as preparation for organizing
their own school libraries. They show-
ed a splendid attitude toward the work,
devoting much time to it, despite their
other heavy courses in summer school.
This fine spirit made the class a success.
During the fall, word has been received
from various students who took the
work. Miss Almena Leitner of Kissim-
mee, Miss Georgie McCall of Lecanto,
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are all busy organizing their school lib-
raries, while Miss Janice Parham has de-
cided to make library work her profes-
sion and is now studying at the Univers-
ity of Illinois.
The course extended over eight weeks.
The first two weeks were devoted to in-
troductory lectures on library work, gen-
eral organization and administration,
Miss Cora Miltimore, Head Librarian.
The remaining six weeks were devoted
to classification and cataloging. Miss
Charlotte Newton, Head of the Cata-
loging Department, gave this work. The
class met one hour each day, in addition
to having four two hour periods a week
for practice work. Each student kept
her own work, so that by the end of
the course she had a model card cata-
log, which should be of help to her in
organizing her library. While those
students taking the work were interested
primarily in the practical aid it would
give them rather than credit toward the
degree, it may be interesting to some to
know that one University credit was
granted for the successful completion of
the course.
A number of the members of the
class expressed interest in knowing what
kind of work in Library Science is to
be offered in 1927. The Library would
like very much to hear from prospect-
ive students of next year as to the type
of course they would like to have.
The following persons attended the
summer course in Library Science:
Mrs. M. E. Clark, Micanopy, Fla.
Miss Rachel Crozier, Okeechobee, Fla.
Miss Lucy Getch, 2206 Morgan St.,
Tampa, Fla.
Mrs. M. L. Langston, 6803 Grace St.,
Tampa, Fla.
Miss Almena Leitner, 321 Verona St.,
Kissimmee, Fla.
Mrs. A. B. Lord, Oregon Ave., Orlando,
Fla.
Miss Georgie McCall, Lecanto, Fla.
Mrs. Sam Mclnnis, Wauchula, Fla.
Miss Janice Parham, University of Illi-
nois Library School, Urbana, Illi-
nois.
Sister Mary Brendon, St. Joseph's Acad-
emy, Jacksonville, Fla.
Sister Mary Paul, St. Joseph's Academy,
Jacksonville, Fla.


Sister St. John, Riverside, Jacksonville,
Fla.
Mrs. Eva A. Wicks, Box 1971, Buena
Vista, Miami, Fla.
Miss Verde Wilson, Eustis, Fla.

For the first time the Florida College
for Women has a course in library meth-
ods. This course is designed to meet
the needs of school libraries in Florida
and is based on the needs of such schools
The class now numbers seven, all sen-
iors. The group meets three times per
week for the entire year and for satis-
factory work receives three hours of col-
lege credit. The work includes a study
of library administration, reference
work, book selection, classification, and
cataloging.
In the Summer School of 1927 the
same course will be offered to teachers
who are in charge of school libraries but
who have had no opportunity to take
a course of any kind in library science.
The work will be adapted to an eight-
weeks course.
The Geo. Peabody Institute for
Teachers offers a summer course in lib-
rary science.
The courses are designed primarily
for school librarians, but are broader
than that, and aim to train college,
normal school, and public librarians as
well. Full courses are offered during the
fall, winter and spring quarters-two
courses per quarter. During the summer
only short courses are given which are
intended primarily for the teacher who
must also have charge of the library.
They are very brief and do not pretend
to give anything like the background
and information that are given in the
regular quarters' work.
In September of last year a school for
library instruction for negroes was open-
ed at Hampton, Virginia. Miss Florence
C. Curtis is the Director. The course is
given during the school year, from Sep-
tember until May, and it aims to pre-
pare people for positions in school, col-
lege and public libraries. The school is
organized under the standards of the
Board of Education for Librarianship,
as a Junior Undergraduate Library
School. It admits a selected group of
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legiate courses, following four years of
high-school work.
Miss Curtis writes: "'A majority of
the members of this year's class are lib-
rarians of Negro colleges, here on schol-
arship from the General Education
Board. They will return to develop the
libraries of their institution. I feel that
the library of the Negro College is to-
day the most promising field, but hope
that opportunities for service in public
libraries may develop as well."
The courses offered are: Administra-
tion, Book Selection, Cataloging, Classi-
fication, Order, Shelf Loan, Reference,
Practice work, Printing, Binding, and
History of Books and Libraries.
Regular university credit is given for
the courses taken in Library Science.
Huntington Memorial Library of the
Institute contains about 55,000 vol-
umes, including some 3000 volumes re-
lating especially to Negroes and Indians.
Louis R. Wilson in his survey of lib-
rary activities and conditions in the
South of today which was given be-
fore the Fourth Biennial Conference of
the Southeastern Library Association,
says in part: "It is a significant fact,
that in nine states which now have an
area two and a half times as large as that
occupied by the nine states of the North-
east, and contain two-thirds as many
people, there has been only one school
with 16 students and 192 graduates,
as compared with eight library schools
in the Northeastern area with over 300
students and 4000 graduates." The task
therefore of supplying trained leaders
for effective library development has
only just begun.
TAX SUPPORTED LIBRARIES
Just what form relief for the present
difficulties should take is a matter for
discussion. Perhaps the most potent aid
as well as the most crying need is for
tax supported libraries. Of the 93 lib-
raries in the state of Florida, only 34
are free tax supported, 53 are subscrip-
tion libraries, largely sponsored by Wo-
men's Clubs, and six college and uni-
versity libraries.
Until libraries have an appropriate
income and can afford to pay for effi-
cient service, there is little incentive for
the trained worker to seek further in-


struction. No matter how great the love
of the work, a librarian must have a
living wage and be able to save some-
thing towards the future as well as
have sufficient funds with which to
operate the library.
The establishment of a tax supported
library comes only after public sentiment
has been created in its favor. This im-
plies a persistent campaign, for the peo-
ple in a city who are to pay taxes for
the support of the library must first see
how it will benefit them. It is not
strange that they should hesitate to add
to their taxes for some change which to
them seems a doubtful benefit.
The competition of circulating and
subscription libraries is keen when it
comes to getting tax support. The argu-
ment is to the effect that those who wish
books can obtain them through the cir-
culating agencies, while those who do
not wish them need not pay. The ardu-
ous problem now confronting those in-
terested in development of libraries is to
convince the communities where such
arguments prevail that every one wants
and needs books, and that better service
can be given through taxation with only
slight additional cost.


LIBRARY WORK WITH SCHOOLS
The work with Schools conducted by
the Albertson Public Library in Orlan-
do is one of the outstanding branches
of extension service which the library
gives to the public.
During the first few weeks of school,
class room libraries are sent to each of
the six elementary grades as well as to
the Junior and Senior High and to the
Cathedral School; also to numerous
schools throughout the county. These
collections are made up of works of
fiction as well as non-fiction material
which is used as reference and for the
regular collateral reading required in the
school system.
In October, 90 class room libraries
were sent to the city and county schools.
Since that time two new schools with
24 additional class rooms have been
opened, making a total of 114 class
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room, according to their need, making
a grand total of 3573 books in actual
circulation. A student librarian is ap-
pointed to report the monthly circula-
tion, and to make requests for certain
books from time to time. Much friend-
ly rivalry exists among the various
schools as to the amount of circulation,
and much genuine interest is apparent at
the end of each month.
For the month of November, the cir-
culation in the 13 schools was 6,570,
which is more than double the circula-
tion of November of last year.
During Children's Book Week, about
3,000 new school and juvenile books
were on exhibit in the juvenile depart-
ment. On Monday evening of that
week, a reception was given to the teach-
ers of all the schools in the district, at
which time they were privileged to hand
in requests, after which they met the
Library Board and mingled with the
Staff in a general social manner.
Stories are told during the auditorium
exercises of each school about every two
months. This stimulates interest in the
library and the weekly Story Hours,
as well as adding scores of new borrow-
ers to the juvenile department.
A collection of about 500 books is
kept in the school department at the
library as a standing collection for the
County and Cathedral Schools to draw
upon for further exchange during the
semester.
At the end of each school term the
books are passed on unless there is some
particular reason why they should be
kept at their original location. The
school truck is called and the exchange is
made through the Library, and thus the
entire working collection is kept in con-
stant rotation. The children's supervis-
or is also supervisor for the school de-
partment.

A BOOK WEEK INCIDENT
By Claudine J. Wallace
In connection with Children's Book
Week this year the Albertson Public
Library of Orlando, was particularly
fortunate in having with them Eulalia
Grover, author of the Sunbonnet Babies
and the Overall Boys. Miss Grover was


present at one of the special story hours
conducted during the week, and told the
boys and girls of how the Sunbonnet
Babies were created.
It was during a discussion by three
artist friends that one remarked how
important the drawing of the face must
be in bringing out the expression of a
child.
Another contended that a picture of a
child could portray expression without a
face and to prove her point, sketched a
little figure with stiffly starched skirts and
tripping feet which was the very picture
of motion. She then put on a large
sunbonnet and the first Sunbonnet Baby
was made. To give it good luck she
drew a large four-leaf-clover over the
shoulder in place of a parasol.
Some time after, another friend con-
ceived the idea of writing about these
charming children, of which there are
two, Mollie and May. In these stories
Miss Grover tells how these dear little
girls do just the things all little girls
love to do, play games, play with their
pets, go on picnics, as well as go to
school.
Then the boys thought they should
have a book, and the Overall Boys, Jack,
Joe, Tim and Ted, with their big hats,
were created. They in turn were made
to do the things boys do and were loved
as well as the Sunbonnet Babies.
Later a travel book, "The Sunbonnet
Babies in Holland," was written, in
which Mollie and May visited their
cousins in that country and did the
things the little Dutch children do. The
Overall Boys decided they wished to
travel but demanded a more difficult
trip. They were taken to Switzerland
where they climbed mountains, explored
ice caves and did the things the boys
of that country do in everyday life.
Miss Grover ended her talk by read-
ing a chapter from her book, "The
Sunbonnet Babies in Italy." Not a few
grownups as well as children enjoyed
this story hour, and felt as Miss Grover
so charmingly expressed it, that since
she knew and loved the Sunbonnet
Babies and the Overall Boys as those
present knew and loved them, all were,
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FLORIDA LIBRARY
ASSOCIATION
The President's Corner
Owing to changes of plans, which
necessitate leaving the library profes-
sion, our newly elected Secretary, Miss
Alva Taylor of Gainesville, resigned her
position during the summer. The Ex-
ecutive Board appointed Mr. Carl Boh-
nenberger of Jacksonville, to fill the
vacancy, but he could not accept be-
cause of plans he is making for taking
a trip abroad. Miss Patty Frost kindly
consented to act in his place, and is now
serving in this important office.
Mrs. Davies, through unforeseen cir-
cumstances, was unable to edit the Bul-
letin, and this has been taken over by
the staff of the Orlando Library, with
Miss Brumbaugh as editor in chief. It
is hoped that everyone will contribute
towards its success and make this lib-
rary sheet one of the best publications
in the State.
The President appointed Miss Frances
E. Gates of Tampa to serve as Chair-
man of the District meetings, and Miss
Gates has given splendid service in ar-
ranging the meetings to be held. The
plans submitted by her were approved
by the Executive Board at their meet-
ing in Atlantic City, and she is now in
charge and asks for full co-operation in
assuring the success of the meetings.
Prof. R. M. Sealey, State Supervisor
of High Schools, is much pleased with
the co-operation given by our Commit-
tee appointed at the Southeastern con-
ference, composed of Miss Miltimore,
Miss Richardson, Miss Brumbaugh and
Mrs. Brown, who are assisting the State
Council of Teachers in English in the
survey they are making of Florida high
school libraries. Mr. Sealey suggests that
a section be devoted to high school lib-
rarians at our next annual meeting,
when it is hoped that he himself will be
present.
The A. L. A. anniversary publica-
tions have been received and may be bor-
rowed by any library, or librarian, for
a period of one month, by paying pos-
tal charges and applying to Mrs. Brown.
These belong to the Association, and
are sent by the A. L. A. for every


$25.00 contribution received towards
their Anniversary fund.
"Florida dawn," donated to the As-
sociation by its author, P. D. Gold,
may also be borrowed under the same
conditions.
Three members of the Executive
Board-the President, Vice-President
and Secretary, attended the A. L. A.
conference at Atlantic City, and with
the other six delegates from Florida en-
joyed the Florida breakfast at the Am-
bassador, when Mr. and Mrs. Utley and
Mr. Carroll were the guests of honor.
Miss Fife, our Treasurer, fully expected
to attend, but was prevented from doing
so owing to the effects of the storm,
from which, however, their library
escaped very lightly. Those present were
Miss Frost of New Smyrna, Miss Long
of Jacksonville, Miss Hickson and Miss
Starr of Tampa, Miss Newman of
Gainesville and Miss Bergman of Or-
lando.
The outstanding efforts for the year
are the establishment of the District
meetings and the publication of the Bul-
letin. These are both in the experi-
mental stage, but each should make its
own distinct contribution to the pro-
gress being made in the advancement of
the library work of the State. Many
requests for advice are received, and these
can be handled to some extent at the
District meetings, where problems of
every kind should be freely discussed
and helpful co-operation given.
The bulletin should promote closer
fellowship among the Association,
while the growth of high school librar-
ies is one of the most important educa-
tional features from the standpoint of
both the high schools and the library.
With continued enthusiasm each of these
new departments should meet with de-
served success and result in making a
greater Florida Library Association.
Anne Van Ness Brown.


"Children, the Magazine for Parents"
has made its appearance with the No-
vember number. As one might guess
from the title, it is a magazine for the
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the editorial message Sidonie M. Green-
berg, Director, Child Study Association
of America, says, "Every department of
life has shown advance and improve-
ment in proportion as it has made use
of the methods and results of modern
study. Wise parenthood requires more
than good will and traditional ideas. It
requires understanding based upon the
studies of experts. It requires steady
application to the task of keeping up
with the growth of knowledge, as well
as the growth of children. Truly en-
lightened parenthood must be our goal."
The magazine is published by the
Parents' Publishing Association, Inc.,
353 Fourth Ave., New York, with
many specialists in child welfare on its
Board of Editors and Advisory Editors.
It is issued monthly, and is priced at 25
cents a copy, or $2.50 a year; two years
for $4.00.
In addition to special articles on var-
ious phases of child training, psychology
and welfare, it contains departments de-
voted to games, fashions, books and
motion pictures. Libraries should find
the magazine a useful addition to their
list of periodicals.


DISTRICT MEETINGS
By Gertrude Bergman
The plans for district meetings of
libraries have been carefully worked out
by Miss Frances E. Gates of the Tampa
Library. In speaking of the plans, Miss
Gates says:
"The state appears to divide fairly
logically into five centers-Jacksonville,
Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach
and Tampa. A list of the libraries in
each district follows, according to their
accessibility to each center."
Miss Gates suggests that either the
librarian, or an assistant whom she shall
choose, of each key city plan the pro-
gram and have charge of the meeting,
and advises that two meetings be held
during the year if possible, not to con-
flict with the State and Southeastern
meetings. If for any reason the district
assignment is not convenient the librar-
ian may choose a more accessible meet-
ing.
Division of Districts-


DISTRICT NO. 1-TALLAHASSEE (KEY CITY)


Apalachicola
DeFuniak Springs
Live Oak
Marianna
Monticello
Pensacola
Tallahassee
Tallahassee
Tallahassee
Tallahassee
Pensacola


Philaco Library
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Library Association
Supreme Court
State College for Women
A.IM. College (Colored)
Walker Memorial
U. S. Navy Air Service


Mrs. B. W. Morris
Rene Allen
Mrs. Dennis
Mrs. Pearl Lyman
Mrs. J. G. Bishop
Lottie Flinn
G. T. Whitefield
Louise Richardson
E. C. Weare
Margaret Williams
Laura Gray


DISTRICT No. 2-JACKSONVILLE (KEY CITY)


Fernandina
Florahome
Gainesville
Gainesville
Jacksonville
Lake City
Orange Park
Palatka
Pomona
St. Augustine
San Mateo


Public Library
Public Library
Carnegie
University of Florida
Public Library
Columbia High School
W. C. Library
Public Library
Library Association
Public Library
Village Improvem't A


Francis Carris
Mrs. E. J. Tucker
Mrs. J. S. White
Cora Miltimore
Joseph F. Marron
Miss M. Engle
Anna Allen
Bess MacGill
Mrs. Eckles
Elizabeth Monk
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DISTRICT NO. 3--ORLANDO (KEY CITY)


Avon Park
Cocoa
Daytona
Daytona Beach
DeLand
DeLand
Eustis
Haines City
Kissimmee
Lake Helen
Lake Wales
Leesburg
Maitland
Melbourne
Mt. Dora
New Smyrna
Ocala
Orange City
Orlando
Oviedo
Port Orange
Rockledge
Sanford
Seabreeze
Tavares
Titusville
Umatilla
Vero
Winter Park
Winter Park


Public Library
C. L. Association
Public Library
Young Memorial
Public Library
Stetson University
Memorial Library
W. C. Library
Public Library
Hopkins Library
W. C. Library
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Dickinson Memorial
Albertson Public
Public Library
Lib and Lit. Soc.
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Library Association
Public Library
Vero Beach Public
Rollins College
Public Library


Mrs. N. Y. Smith
Mrs. J. Trafford
Mrs. M. E. Bainter
Rene Allen
Gertrude Mann
Mrs. Stella M. Stevens
Mrs. F. M. Wight

Lena Lord
Mrs. Laura Bunger
Carrie Cundy
Mrs. J. L. Julian
Stella Waterhouse
Pearl Lyman
Margaret Lewis
Marie Frost
Louise Gambsy
Ruth Whitaker
Olive Brumbaugh
Mrs. T. L. Mead
Hettie Morrison
Mrs. F. D. Baldwin
Mrs Anne Van Ness Brown
Mrs. Bernard
Mrs. D. H. Moore
Mrs. W. H. Ford
Mrs. E. F. Quinley
Margaret St. J. Lane
Dr. Taintor
Mrs. Bellows


DISTRICT No. 4--WEST PALM BEACH (KEY CITY)


Delray
Fellsmere
Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce
Key West
Lake Worth
Lemon City
Miami
Sebastian
Stuart
West Palm Beach
Cocoanut Grove


Public Library
Marion Fell
W. C. Library
High School Library
Public Library
Public Library
Public Library
Flagler Memorial
Public Library
Woman's Club
Memorial Library


Edna Copeland
Mrs. F. W. Dole
Mrs. Fannie Hallowes
Mrs. L. G. Hubbard
Mrs. M. H. Lake
Mrs. L. S. Lowery
Mrs. E. T. Higgs
Margaret Ann Fife

Mrs. M. D. Stuart
Maude E. Clark


DISTRICT No. 5-TAMPA (KEY CITY)


Public Library
Women's Club
Carnegie Public
Public Library
W. C. Library
Public Library
Public Library
Cir. Library


Samuel S. Green
Voluntary
J. M. Esterling
Grace Moase
Emily Greeman
Mrs. S. A. Davies
Mrs. L. C. Gebhart
Mrs. J. S. Lucky


Bartow
Brooksville
Bradenton
Clearwater
Dade City
Dunedin
Fort Myers
Gulfport








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Largo Public Librar'
New Port Richey Avery Librar,
Punta Gorda Public Librar'
Palmetto Public Librar'
St. Leo St. Leo Acad(
St. Petersburg Public Librar'
Sarasota Public Librar
Sebring Public Librar'
Seffner Public Librar
Tampa Public Librar
Winter Haven Public Librar'
SOUTH WEST FLORIDA DISTRICT
LIBRARY MEETING
Tampa Public Library, Tampa, Florida
The first of what is hoped will be
annual district meetings for librarians.
was held at the Tampa Public Library
on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1926. Librarians
and trustees of libraries in that immedi-
ate vicinity were in attendance. The
meeting was for mutual information and
discussion of library problems and was
held in two sessions, the first at 10 a.m.
and the second at 2 p.m.
Trustees, librarians and assistants
were present from St. Petersburg, Clear-
water, Winter Haven, Bartow, Tampa
Shores, Dunedin, Zephyrhills and Tam-
pa.
Miss Gates, assistant librarian of the
Tampa Public Library was chairman of
the meeting. Miss Stelle, librarian of
the Tampa Public Library, gave the ad-
dress of welcome and a message was read
from Mrs. Brown, President of the
Florida State Library Association.
Mrs. Davies, librarian of the Dune-
din library, gave a number of interest-
ing state news notes which included
these items: the State Bulletin is to be
edited by Miss Brumbaugh, of Orlan-
do; the Orlando library is to celebrate
Music Week; invitations have been re-
ceived by the Florida State Library As-
sociation from several cities to hold the
state meeting there; the state committee
on the selection of books for high
schools has been recommended to confer
with the librarians of public libraries
throughout the state; no Library Com-
mission for the state has, as yet, been
appointed by Gov. Martin. This com-
mission was created by the passage of
the bill approving such a commission
by the State Legislature in 1925. The


y Mrs. D. F. Judkins
y Rev. Louis Hollway
y Mrs. F. D. Robinson
y Mrs. F. A. Howse Gillet
!my Francis Sadlier
y Mary Bright
y Mrs. J. A. Farmer
y Mrs. Jane McClury
y Mrs. Mabel James
y Helen Stelle
y Hester Bonham
need of a Library Commission is felt
more and more in Florida, the need be-
coming acute at the time of the recent
disaster in the Miami district.
Miss Hester Bonham, librarian of the
Winter Haven library, gave a review of
some recent outstanding children's
books: Shen of the Sea, David Goes a
Voyaging, Winnie the Pough, Round
Robin Hood's Barn and Irwin's School
Stories for Girls.
Miss Bright of St. Petersburg, Miss
Moase of Clearwater, Miss Bonham of
Winter Haven, Mr. Green of Bartow,
Mrs. Davies of Dunedin, Mrs. Pearson
of Tampa Shores, and Mrs. Drinkall of
Zephyrhills, reported on their various
activities for Children's book week this
year. Miss Spooner, Supervisor of Chil-
dren's Work, Tampa Public Library,
told of the interesting contests sponsor-
ed by the library and the splendid re-
sponse made by the school children.
Specimens of their work in essays and
bulletins were on exhibit during the
meeting.
Miss Mary Moss, Children's librar-
ian, of St. Petersburg, read an amusing
poem, "If, for Librarians," after which
the meeting adjourned for lunch.
Thirty-six attended the luncheon at
12:30 at the Little Tea Shoppe, after
which cars were provided to take the
guests on a tour to see Tampa's three
branch libraries, Hyde Park, West Tam-
pa and Harlem.
The afternoon session was opened by
a Round Table discussion lead by Miss
Moase. The chief topics discussed were:
How many volumes per year can be cir-
culated by a competent staff; Good ref-
erence books on Florida; Tourist and
other transient cards; Fines; Problems
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Miss Worth, librarian in charge of
the George Washington Junior High
School library, gave a talk on the pe-
culiar problems of a High School lib-
rarian and how to solve them.
Miss Eunice Coston, librarian of the
Lakeland library, gave a description of
their new library building and the var-
ious excitements of starting with noth-
ing and building up a real library in
six months. The Lakeland library will
open to the public on Jan. 5, 1927.
The afternoon was pleasantly com-
pleted by the reviewing of two books
by Mrs. Merritt, assistant librarian of
St. Petersburg. The books reviewed
were, "The Backs of Books," by W. W.
Bishop and "Dark Dawn," by Martha
Ostenso.
Tea was served by the Tampa library
staff in the Children's room after the
afternoon session had adjourned.
F. ADELE MASTERSON,
Secretary of the meeting
CENTRAL FLORIDA DISTRICT LIBRARY
MEETING
Albertson Public Library, Orlando, Florida
The Central Florida District Library
meeting for librarians was held at the
Albertson Public Library on Friday, De-
cember 10, 1926. Librarians, trustees
and friends of the library movement
from Sanford, DeLand, Maitland, Mel-
bourne, Orange City, Winter Park, Zell-
wood and Orlando, were in attendance.
Dr. and Mrs. Melvil Dewey were honor-
ed guests at the meeting.
Miss Brumbaugh, librarian of the
Albertson Public Library, acted as chair-
man. In the address of welcome Miss
Brumbaugh expressed the wish that
every one present would feel free to take
part in the discussion, and called atten-
tion to the fact that the District meet-
ings were held to talk over our prob-
lems, interests and aims together.
As the first district meeting was held
in Tampa, December 4, Mrs. Maud
Clarke of the Sanford Public Library
read a letter and a report from Miss
Frances E. Gates, chairman of the dis-
trict meetings throughout the state, and
assistant librarian of the Tampa Public
Library.
Mrs. L. R. Tucker, reference librar-
ian of the Albertson Library, gave an


instructive talk on "Publicity-Creating
Public Opinion."
Miss Louise Gamsby, librarian at
Ocala, was unable to be present, but
sent the paper which she had prepared.
This paper was read by Miss Gertrude
Bergman of the Albertson Library staff.
Miss Bergman also gave her own
thoughts on "What Constitutes a Dead
Book."
Mrs. Wilkinson, of the Senior High
School library, reported upon the co-
operation of the Albertson Library with
the school library, and of her work in
high school libraries.
Mrs. R. M. Stewart, Jr., told of the
work in the Children 's department, and
also reported on the work with the
schools from the Albertson Library.
Each librarian present was asked to
speak very briefly on "Some recent li-
brary activity in their library." Mrs.
Blanton of Zellwood, and formerly sec-
retary of the North Carolina Library
Commission, took part in this discus-
sion. Mrs. Bellows of Winter Park
Public Library, said: "Our greatest
growth is in the Children's depart-
ment"; Pearl Lyman, librarian at Mel-
bourne, told of the new concrete build-
ing which the library at Melbourne is
occupying; Mrs. Anne Van Ness Brown
of Sanford, said that Sanford was mak-
ing a steady normal growth in every re-
spect; Dr. Taintor of Rollins College
Library, spoke of the difference in prob-
lems confronting a college library and
the public library. Miss Waterhouse,
librarian at Maitland, told of the hours
that the Maitland Public Library have;
and Mrs. Frederick R. Wallace spoke
briefly upon the staff meetings and cir-
culation statistics at the Albertson Pub-
lic Library. Professor E. O. Grover
talked on Posters and poster making,
and the meeting was adjourned for
luncheon.
The Albertson Library had the plea-
sure of giving a luncheon at the Yellow-
stone Tea House at 12:00 in honor
of Dr. Melvil Dewey's 75th birthday.
There were fifty-three present at the
luncheon. Dr. Badger asked grace. Miss
Brumbaugh in greeting Dr. Dewey said:
"Birthday anniversaries mark a begin-
ning of time, as well as an end. Dr.
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future is bright with promise, because of
his 75 years of achievement behind him.
It is a great privilege to have Dr. and
Mrs. Dewey in our midst. It is a high
privilege to carry forward into the next
quarter century the work which Dr.
Dewey started fifty or more years ago.
This is Dr. Dewey's birthday party
and this is our way of showing our love
and affection and of wishing him many
happy returns of the day."
Mrs. Anne Van Ness Brown, presi-
dent of the Florida Library Association,
in behalf of the Association, made some
very gracious remarks, and presented Dr.
Dewey with a bouquet of red roses. Mrs.
Brown said in part: "It is always a
pleasure to be the guests of the Albertson
Public Library, as we always find such
a royal welcome when we come to your
beautiful city, and this occasion, which
adds a new chapter to our history, is
made doubly happy by having with us
one whom the entire library world de-
lights to honor.
Those of us who were present at the
anniversary session in Philadelphia on
October 6th, were privileged to hear
Dr. Dewey's brilliant address forecast-
ing "Our next half century." How little
did I imagine at that time that he with
Mrs. Dewey would now be with us,
gracing our festive board with the force
of their personalities.
Dr. Dewey's experience has been so
wide and varied that we feel very hum-
ble in his presence, and we appreciate
more than we can express his spending
with us today one of the most memor-
able days of his life. We would never
guess that he reaches today one of his
red letter anniversaries, and can well
understand why he has so often been
asked the paradoxical question as to
whether or not he is the father or son
of the "hard working Melvil Dewey
who has been so persistent in library
work, and who is still in the harrow."
Dr. and Mrs. Dewey know that lib-
rary work in Florida is yet in its begin-
ning, for we are a very young as well
as a very old state, but upon carefully
looking over the reports of the Com-
mittee on Library Extension, it was en-
couraging to note that Florida is second
among the ten states of the Southeastern
group in the number of libraries, third


in the total income, first in the expendi-
ture per capital and first in the number
of volumes per capital. Of course, these
figures are far below those of other sec-
tions of the country, and we well real-
ize how much there is to be accomplish-
ed. The District meetings are an effort
in that direction, and Dr. Dewey is find-
ing us in the experimental stage, as this
is only the second one in the history of
Florida, the first having been successfully
held in Tampa, last week, so we trust
he will lay any sins of omission or com-
mission to our extreme youth.
We hope Dr. and Mrs. Dewey, that
you will favor us with your presence at
many more such occasions, and also at-
tend our State meeting in Miami early
in March. We are not going to burden
you with the many problems we are
trying to solve, but we will always ap-
preciate your counsel and active interest
in our work. We cannot fittingly be-
stow upon you the honors which are
rightfully yours upon this happy day,
but our Association wishes to convey its
sincere congratulations for the half cen-
tury of service you have given to libra-
rianship, to which we add our united
wishes for many happy future years,
when we trust you will find as Longfel-
low tells us: "The sky is filled with stars
invisible by day."
Dr. Dewey responded with a keen
sense of appreciation and as he passed
the roses on to Mrs. Dewey said: "Mrs.
Dewey says I look like 50, act like 60,
and I am 75."
Mr. Edwin Osgood Grover of Rollins
College then read a poem dedicated to
Dr. Dewey.

"What rumor this that reaches my anxious
ears,
Not five and seventy years?
Surely the hand of Time ne'er touched a
brow
As lightly as on yours it falleth now;
And hoary winter never came to autumn
reddening tree
And found the youthful sap still flowing as in
thee;
And purple twilight never came to shed its
sacred light
And found a heart aglow as yours today.
Teach us the secret that hath kept you young,
Though Bellman Time his five and seventy
years has rung?
Is there some tonic in the Adirondack hills
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Is Nature there so kind one need not know
The coming of perpetual winter and its snow?
Have you in rare companionship the sweet
elixir found
That keeps one young though centuries roll
round?
Perchance in some far city of your fondest
dreams
You've found the spring where youth eternal
gleams;
Or may it be
The buoyant heart of Nature in itself renewed
in thee?
In spite of silence we have guessed the truth-
In none of these doth lie your golden youth.
'Tis not what you have gained in fame or gold
Hath kept your happy heart from growing old.
Life lives in giving, and we find
In your long service unto humankind,
The secret plan revealed for all to see,
'Tis loyal service that hath kept you free.
In teaching others how to find the Truth,
Lo, you have found yourself immortal youth.
And we your friends in this and distant lands,
Reach here our hands
In pledge of love till life itself shall end,
Our Teacher, Guide, our Comrade and our
Friend.
'Twas of your very self you gave a part-
'Tis gifts like this that bind men heart to
heart.
May heaven bestow her choicest gifts the
while
You journey down Life's ever shortening
mile,
And day by day, unto the very end,
May you Life's roses pick, our honored
friend.
EDWIN OSGOOD GROVER

Dr. Melvil Dewey then gave a talk
upon library problems from his own
observations in the past fifty years.
The afternoon session was held at the
Albertson Library, and was opened with
a talk by Professor Grover. He outlined
the work of a Professorship of books,
and told how this professorship origin-
ated.
Mrs. Anne Van Ness Brown, librar-
ian of the Sanford Public Library, ad-
dressed the meeting upon "Library De-
velopment in Florida-What Next?"
Miss Gertrude Mann, librarian of the
DeLand Public Library, discussed many
new books of fiction, and gave a list of
new fiction which was very worthy of
attention.
Dr. Taintor of Rollins College Li-
brary, reviewed new non-fiction books
which he himself has read and recom-
mends.
GERTRUDE BERGMAN,
Secretary of the meeting.


LIBRARY CALENDAR
Florida Library Association, Miami,
March 3-4, 1927
Southeastern Association, Biloxi, Miss.
District meetings:
District 1-Tallahassee, December 26
or 27, 1926
District 2-Jacksonville. Date not
set.
District 3-Orlando, December 10,
1926
District 4-West Palm Beach, Jan-
uary 12, 1927
District 5-Tampa, December 4,
1926


AMONG FLORIDA LIBRARIES
The Sanford Public Library has near-
ly completed its third year, and during
this time it has made decided progress
in its various activities, as befits "The
City Substantial." The budget for this
year is about $9,000.00, and a third
full time assistant has been added to the
staff. The number of members register-
ed is over 2,500, and very gratifying in-
creases are shown in the circulation of
books and in the reading room attend-
ance, all enjoying the attractive new
building and its ideal location.
The Library takes an active part in
the civic life of the city, the Librarian
on request having addressed the Rotary,
Kiwanis and other civic organizations,
and is frequently called upon to assist
in other club affairs. The Children's
work is being carried on under the di-
rection of Mrs. Maud E. Clark, and
special attention is given to the needs of
the High school students.
The Sanford Library has won an
established place in the community, and
its normal and substantial growth is evi-
denced by its increasing use and appreci-
ation by the public.
ANNE VAN NESS BROWN,
Librarian

FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE
The year for the Library of Florida
State College for Women started very
auspiciously with two new assistants
and a new Reference Room. The new
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Haynes of Darien, Georgia, and Miss
Bertha McMurray of Iowa. Miss Haynes
is a graduate of Bernard College, New
York, and of the Pratt Institute School
of Library Science. Miss McMurray is
a graduate of the State University of
Iowa and of Pratt Institute also. The
staff now numbers eleven.
The Reference Room gives much ad-
ded shelving and seating space. Already
the students. are finding it a place where
they may read for pleasure and for profit
and where they may have many puz-
zling questions answered for them. In
the past the reference books have been
shelved with the other books so that a
student hardly knew what the term ref-
erence book meant. This room also
makes it possible for the students to have
free access to the bound files of periodi-
cals, a privilege which has from necessity
been denied them in the past.
DE FUNIAK LIBRARY
Your letter of recent date, addressed
to Miss Alice Fellows asking for library
news for the state bulletin, has been re-
ceived. Miss Fellows died the early part
of this year and as her successor, I will
give you some of the facts regarding this
library. Before giving them I would like
to state that our town has only between
two and three thousand inhabitants.
The DeFuniak Library is not a free
library, but is operated by The Ladies
Library Association. It is self support-
ing, deriving its support from member-
ship fees, rents, fines and also receives a
small sum from the town each month.
We have over 4873 volumes on our
shelves and each month adds as many as
six or eight more volumes. Our books
are catalogued and each step we take we
try to raise our standard and bring it
nearer to perfection. Since last March
we have spent something like $400.00
on the interior and exterior of the library
building and we feel we are doing a
good work. We co-operate with the
schools by having as many of the books
needed for required reading as possible.
Our greatest regret is that we cannot
offer free reading to those who care to
read.
MRS. C. W. ELLENBERG,
Librarian.


THE BOOK BULLETIN
The University Library, Gainesville,
issues a bi-monthly bulletin, the purpose
of which is to keep the University pub-
lic informed as to what new reading ma-
terial the Library has to offer. The bul-
letin varies somewhat in form. Some-
times it is a selected list of new books of
all kinds; and sometimes it is an anno-
tated list of books devoted to some spe-
cial subject. The bulletin is put out by
the Library staff in mimeographed form
and contains usually about fifteen pages.
A copy of each number is sent to every
member of the faculty and copies are
kept at the desk where they are available
for every person who is interested. Ex-
changes are made with libraries of other
states; some have asked that they receive
the bulletin regularly. Any Florida Li-
brary that would find the bulletin use-
ful may receive it on making request.
BOOK DISPLAYS
In the main reading room of the Li-
brary is the display stand. Every two
weeks a different collection of the best,
most interesting and newest books is
placed on this stand. The books for
each collection are selected in harmony
with some definite subject or idea which
is of special interest to college readers
and a poster calls attention to each new
group of books. Brief reviews tell read-
ers what to expect of the newest books.
There have been displays of: "Florida
books", "Books for college men", "As
interesting as a novel" (Biography and
travel), and "What's your hobby?" It
is the purpose of these displays to stim-
ulate interest in the best reading ma-
terial, and to make it easily accessible to
every person who enters the Library.
The display stand has proved very pop-
ular.
A NEW STAFF MEMBER
Miss Margaret H. Johnson is the new
member of the Library staff, taking the
place of Miss Ava Taylor who resigned
at the end of summer school. Miss John-
son comes from Knoxville, Tennessee,
and is a graduate of the University of
Tennessee. She has had also a year's
training at the New York State Library
School. She is now head of the Circu-
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STUDENT ASSISTANTS
There are twelve boys who work in
the University Library as student- as-
sistants. Aside from their studies they
find time for four or five hours' library
work each day. They are a congenial
group and have many good times to-
gether. Recently they have bee enter-
tained by Miss Miltimore, the Librarian,
and Miss Newton and Miss Johnson,
her assistants, at a picnic and again at a
candy-making party. The boys are plan-
ning to organize a Library Club which
shall further library and social interests.
AT THE A. L. A. CONFERENCE
Miss Charlotte Newton, Head of the
Cataloging Department, attended the
conference of the American Library As-
sociation in Atlantic City. She reports
a highly enjoyable trip. Besides attend-
ing the meeting, she visited the Libraries
of the University of Pennsylvania and
Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, and the
Congressional and Public Libraries of
Washington.
CORA MILTIMORE,
Librarian.
MEMORIAL LIBRARY, WEST PALM
BEACH
Our Library has witnessed a steady
normal growth. A chart made by Li-
brarian Vane Post (Assistant) showed a
2000% gain in circulation for the period
from 1919 to 1926. Other departments
have grown in proportion.
In January, 1924, we moved from
our old frame building to this County
War Memorial building, erected in hon-
or of the men and women who served
in the World War. During the two
years we have been in this building our
circulation has increased 200%.
We have a lecture room which seats
about 60 comfortably, and is used for
meetings of the Art Club, Shakespeare
Club, and educational features. We have
a light and airy Juvenile Room which
is well patronized.
This fall we are beginning an Inter-
mediate Department, funds for the pur-
chase of books being from a trust fund
from the Stowers estate. Mr. J. C.
Stowers was president of the board at
the time of his death. Mrs. Stowers sur-
vived Mr. Stowers about a year, and the


Trust Fund is being administered by
Miss Miriam Stowers.
During the summer vacation we have
a Story Hour each Friday afternoon,
with volunteer helpers. This summer
we gave two afternoons to puppet shows
which were given by the boys and girls
of the Municipal playgrounds. These
were enjoyed by old and young. The
boys and girls hear the stories in their
room and then play games on the lawn.
MADE E. CLARK,
Librarian.
DE LAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Children's Book Week was fittingly
observed by the Public Library at De-
Land. The Book Room was decorated
with attractive posters, some of which
called attention to the value of "Good
books" and their influence on the child,
others calling attention to individual
books of interest and value to the chil-
dren. The exhibition of books was very
attractive and helpful to the parents and
teachers who examined them; these
books were graded, from the picture
book for the little tots to books for the
older boys and girls. The local papers
carried daily Book Notes furnished by
the librarian, giving in addition to a
general article on children's reading, an
annotated list on some special subject
each day.
The Public Library has a steady
growth, the circulation for the month
of October being much larger than for
any previous year. Something like 200
new books have been placed on the
shelves for use during the past few
weeks, largely fiction, and Juvenile,
though there were some valuable refer-
ence books. Another large order of class
books and books for the reference de-
partment will soon be ready.
GERTRUDE E. MANN,
Librarian.
PUBLIC LIBRARY, KEY WEST, FLORIDA
Our library was started thirty years
ago from gifts of books. It is owned by
the Woman's Club and supported by the
county, which pays twenty-five dollars
a month, by dues of borrowers, at 25
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Lately we have been in a position to
buy a few new books each month which
we rent at ten cents a week until they
are paid for, then they go into the main
library.
We also supply books, such as we
have, for the parallel reading needed by
the school children, and also encourage
them to come to our rooms for any ref-
erence they need in their school work.
MRS. MARY H. LAKE,
The following clipped from the Or-
lando Reporter Star, Nov. 14, 1926,
shows activity in St. Cloud:
WILL DISCUSS HANDING LIBRARY OVER
TO CITY
"St. Cloud, Nov. 13.-Owing to the
rain Wednesday afternoon, the attend-
ance of the Ladies' Improvement Club,
held at the Library building, was not
so good. Mrs. Nettie Severn, second vice
president, presided over the business
meeting.
The matter of turning the library
over to the city was brought up by Mrs.
Sarah Norris and it was discussed at
length, and will be the main issue at the
next meeting of the club held Nov. 17,
and the importance of this meeting
should insure a full attendance."
OVIEDO, FLORIDA
Our small library reports that we are
going to keep open the Women's Club
house, where the books are kept, every
evening for a reading room. Two young
men who see the town's need for this
have volunteered to be at the club house
to keep order and quiet and see that
magazines and library books are proper-
ly used and not abused. Magazines will
be contributed by club members. The
town does not give us any income yet,
so we are mainly dependent on gifts for
our reading matter.
EDITH E. MEAD,
Librarian
The Albertson Public Library circula-
tion continues to increase each month.
Last year when one half the people
of the United States were either think-
ing of or coming to Florida, we were
of course very busy, and the circulation
records were very good. This year in
November, 1926, without the crowds


here that came with the boom, the
Albertson Public Library loaned nearly
four thousand more books than in 1925
in the corresponding month. November,
1926, circulation statistics totaled 22,-
291.
During the present year the circula-
tion has increased in all departments.
The juvenile department and school
branches show the greatest advance.
Booker T. Washington Branch (col-
ored) reports an increase in the loan this
past month that is encouraging. Over
426 more books were loaned than in
October, the total for November being
1428.
Interest in the reading of non-fiction
books shows'that considerable attention
is being given to art, history, biography,
science and travel. The higher type of
reading is coming to the front.
In the adult department 48% of the
books loaned was fiction and 52% non-
fiction.
The appropriation for the coming
year is $50,000.00.
Albertson Public Library, although
but three years old, has 33,641 books
on the shelves.
There are eleven regular members on
the staff, with two apprentices and two
janitors.
OLIVE BRUMBAUGH,
Librarian.

Lake Worth reports that on October
19, 1926, an election was held and a
municipal library was established. For
this year a tax levy of a mill was levied
which yields six thousand dollars.



0 FOR A BOOKE
O for a booke and a shadie nooke,
eyther in-a-dore or out,
With the grene leaves whispering overhede,
or the Streete cryer all about,
Where I maie Reade all at my ease,
both of the Newe and Olde:
For a jollie good Booke when to looke,
is better to me than Golde.
-Old English.








16 FLORIDA LIBRARY BULLETIN


TEST OF A BOOK
The following is an extract from a
communication from a Florida libra-
rian: "I am sorry I could not be pres-
ent at the meeting of the Florida State
Library Association, for there is at least
one subject I am eager to hear discussed.
The fiction in the popular magazine and
the accompanying illustrations. I can
cite you titles that I wonder how they
could find a publisher. And the amazing
thing is that they will be reviewed by
conservative magazines something like
this: 'The arresting story of a girl who
achieved motherhood despite the conven-
tions.' This actually appeared in the
Atlantic Monthly for Nov. '24, and
from Henry Holt! Good Gracious!
Didn't she have a doctor? Or does it
mean parthenogenisis?"
A. H. D.
On the subject of the immoral book
the editor wishes to refer A. H. D. to
Corinne Bacon in "What makes a Novel
Immoral":
After all, the main test of a book is
the personal one: How does it affect me?
There are undoubtedly some books of
which it may be said they are always
harmful; to every one, at every age and
in every time. But of the great majority
we can only say that we must pick and
choose our friends in the book world
just as we do in the real world, not look-
ing for perfection in books any more
than we do in people, but choosing
those that are akin to us, and that help
rather than hurt us. There are people
who rasp us, people who debase us, and
there are people whose mere presence in
the room makes us saner and happier.
And so with books. The book
which degrades our intellect, vulgarizes
our emotions, kills our faith in our kind
and in the Eternal Power, not ourselves,
which makes for righteousness, is an im-
moral book; the book which stimulates
thought, quickens our sense of humor,
gives us a deeper insight into men and
women, a finer sympathy with them,
and a firmer belief in their power to real-
ize the divine ideal, is a moral book, let
its subject-matter have as wide a range
as life itself.-Corinne Bacon, in "What
Makes a Novel Immoral."


SMILES WIN!

I know a little lady
Who keeps our library,
She never is too busy
To help a kid like me.
If I want Indian stories
Or one about a bear,
She always helps me get it
If it happens to be there.
She tells the nicest stories
At the children's Story Hour,
About a lovely maiden
Shut up in a tower.
Or about an Indian princess
Who saved a fellow's life;
And just because she did that
He takes her for his wife
I'd rather spend my playtime
In the library with her
Than playing with the other boys
Or with my puppy "Burr."
1 read about so many things
A fellow wants to know;
I'm sure she's glad to have me
For she often tells me so
I never talk, nor run about,
Nor soil the lovely books,
I wouldn't want to make her sad
And spoil her smily looks.
Us fellows like to please her-
She's so good to us, you know;
And when I get to be a man
I'd like to be her beau.



The next issue of the Bulletin will
contain historical sketches of the Flori-
da Library Association, and of the or-
ganization of some of the early li-
braries.
The editor wishes to express her
thanks to those who have so kindly con-
tributed material for the Bulletin, and
regrets that, owing to the limited space,
all of it could not be published in this
first issue.




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