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Florida Library Bulletin


Successful Failures ---------- 1
The Florida Library Association
Early Days, by Geo. B. Utley--- ----------- 1
Later Days, by Cora Miltimore ---- 3

Florida State Meeting -- ----------------- 9
Model Town Library ---- ----------------12
Florida State Board ----- ---------------- 12

No Library, No Lecture ------------------13

Lake Worth's Municipal Library,
by Mrs. D. P. Council _--- ------------ 13
Tampa Library Anniversary ---- 15
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Issued at Intervals at Orlando, Florida

Vol 1 May 1, 1927 No. 2

Again the Florida Library Bulletin
makes its appearance. This number is
dedicated to the Florida Library Associ-
ation in sincere appreciation of its past
endeavors; to its hopes and aspirations
to which it still clings-although often
blighted by disappointment and failures.
May its unquenchable enthusiasm and
courage bring success to its dearly cherish-
ed aims, and though disappointments
must come, may they be turned into
"successful failures."

Demosthenes failed, only to become
the world's most famous orator.
Bankruptcy caused Sir Walter Scott
to write the Waverly Novels. The
same misfortune compelled U. S.
Grant to write his "Memoirs." Deaf-
ness could not prevent Beethoven
from giving the world his sonatas,
nor blindness Milton's "Paradise
Lost." Webster and Roosevelt were
"sickly." Robert E. Lee surrendered
the army of Northern Virginia, but
the government that conquered him
lovingly put up a monument for him
at Gettysburg. Don't sulk, but work;
don't frown, but smile; don't give up,
but keep on.
-Rev. Fred R. Chenault

Extract from letter of George B. Utley, Librar-
ian of Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois,
former President of American Library Associ-
I have not forgotten the request that
as one of the old-timers and pioneers,
I jot down what I can remember of the
early history of the Florida Library As-

sociation, and now you remind me of
that promise. Well, there is not very
much I can give, I am sorry to say, but
as I heartily believe in preserving the
record of the beginnings of things that
afterward become important I will give
you what I can, and if you think any-
thing I have recalled is worth recording
you can pass this letter over to the Keep-
er of the Archives, or whatever the high-
salaried officer may be called who per-
forms this important function. I may
say that I have had to refresh my own
memory by looking up the scanty re-
ports that were printed in the Library
The Florida Library Association, ac-
cording to Library Journal, was organ-
ized in 1901, and I presume the date is
correct, for I know it had been in exist-
ence for several years before I went to
Jacksonville in 1905. The first meeting
I attended was at Miami, December
27-29, 1905, held in connection with
the Florida Educational Association, as
librarians were not numerous enough to
hold an independent conference. Miss
Carolyn Palmer, librarian of Stetson,
was president, and I believe she was the
only person in the state devoting entire
time to library work, previous to the
opening of the Jacksonville Public Lib-
rary. I recall that at Miami we had a
business meeting. Some reports of pro-
gress were made, chiefly by teachers in-
terested in libraries, and that officers were
elected. Miss Palmer was re-elected pres-
ident, but soon after that was stricken
with the fatal malady that took her
while she was still in her prime. I recall
that I read a paper before the Educa-
tional Association on "The public lib-
rary in relation to the school," and that


later in the conference it was voted that
the subject of libraries be represented at
each succeeding program of the Educa-
tional Association. Dr. A. S. Murphree
was president that year and he was al-
ways in deep sympathy with our library
ambitions. At his request I recall that
I wrote several articles on library work
for the "Florida School Exponent", of
which he was editor. I also remember
that W. D. Carn, superintendent of
schools in Ocala, and Miss Hattie Car-
penter, a teacher from somewhere-the
place has slipped me-were also always
interested and helpful.
Our next meeting was in St. Augus-
tine, December 28-29, 1906 Dr. Lin-
coln Hulley gave an address on "The
Library as an educational factor," and
Miss Mollie Gibson, of the Jacksonville
Public Library, gave a very excellent
paper on library work for children. I
am pretty sure this was the first address
ever given on this subject in the State
of Florida. Both were before the main
body of the Educational Association,
but it was recognized that both speakers
were representing the Florida Library
Association. There was a brief business
meeting, at which I was elected presi-
dent and Miss Gibson, secretary and
treasurer. I can't recall that we had any
annual dues, so the treasurer's duties
were probably not very arduous.
The next meeting was held over at
St. Petersburg, January 2, 1908. Mr.
C. D. Rinehart, trustee of the Jackson-
ville library, and now, I believe, presi-
dent of the board, gave a talk on "The
public library as a modern necessity";
and I gave a talk on "How can the pub-
lic library aid the public schools." I re-
call that among other things I empha-
sized the need of a state library com-
mission, trying to point out the help it
would be. Professor S. M. Tucker, of
the State College for Women, prepared
a paper on "The library in the public
school," but he was absent and it was
read by a colleague, Professor Buchholz.
All these addresses, as usual, were before
the main body of the Educational As-
sociation, so we had a good audience.
At the business meeting the officers were

The next meeting was held in Gaines-
ville, December 30-31, 1908, the Flori-
da Educational Association going there
at the invitation of the State University.
W. D. Cam, of Ocala, who that year
was a member of the state legislature,
gave a talk on "Some needed library
legislation for Florida," and Miss Mary
Anthorp, librarian of the State College
for Women, gave a paper on "Reference
Work with College Students." Miss
Anthorp was elected president; M. B.
Hadley, who had recently come to the
state as librarian of the University, was
elected vice-president, and Miss Gibson
continued as secretary-treasurer.
The next meeting was held in De-
Land, by invitation of the John B. Stet-
son University, about the end of 1909,
but as Library Journal fails to have any
report to refresh my memory, I regret
to say I cannot give the program. I was
present and recall that in general we had
an interesting time, with Dr. Hulley
active as our host, but details have gone
from me. I do recall that at the busi-
ness meeting a committee was appointed,
of which I was chairman and Dr. Hul-
ley another member, to prepare a list
of books for supplementary school read-
ing. The list was prepared and it was
sent out to the schools I think from the
office of the State Superintendent of
Public Instruction, although I can not
be sure of this detail.
In anuary, 1911, I left the state and
came to Chicago to take up my work
as secretary of the American Library
Association, and although this ended
my active connection with the Florida
Library Association I have always kept
my interest in library affairs in this state
of my adoption and always read or
hear with interest of your progress. Your
state association now is something quite
different from what it was in those pio-
neer days, but seeds were sown and now
they are bringing a good harvest, with
prosperous libraries doing excellent serv-
ice for the public all over the state.


By Cora Miltimore
To most of us the organization of
the Florida Library Association dates
back to a meeting held in Orlando,- April
26 and 27, 1920. However, it seems
that there was an earlier organization
by the same name.
Mr. Marron in an article in the Lib-
rary Journal of March 1, 1923, gives
us the following information: "In 1907
Mr. George B. Utley pointed out that
the Florida Library Association was or-
ganized in 1901 with but two or three
librarians and teachers anxious to stir
up library enthusiasm, and for several
years held merely business meetings at
the time and place of the annual confer-
ence of the State Teachers Association.
During Mr. Utley's service as a librar-
ian in the state it remained active, but
later became dormant until after the
,To most of us I am sure our Associ-
ation will not date back farther than
the 1920 meeting. I was very new in the
state and I remember quite distinctly a
post card that came a day or so before
the meeting giving the date, place and
purpose. I was much interested because
I had been very anxious to know the
librarians in the state. The call for the
meeting was sent out by Miss Stelle of
the Tampa Public Library and I have
never known just how many others were
interested and helped with that part of
the work. The Sorosis Club of Orlando
sponsored the meeting and the delegates
were all entertained at Duke Hall.
At the afternoon session April 26th,
Miss Stelle of the Tampa Public Lib-
rary was elected temporary chairman.
After stating the object of the meeting
the Chairman appointed the following
committees: On nomination, Miss Mar-
garet Duncan, Jacksonville Public Lib-
rary, chairman; Gertrude Mann, De-
Land Public Library, and Louise Rich-
ardson, State College for Women, Tal-
lahassee. For the Committee on Consti-
tution and By-Laws, Miss Mary Lewis,
Tampa, Public Library, chairman; Miss

Louise Gamsby, Ocala Public Library,
and S. S. Green, Bartow Public Library.
Upon these two committees rested the
responsibility of selecting officers for the
new organization and for the constitu-
tion and by-laws under which the offi-
cers were to work.
The social features introduced at this
first meeting were a motorcade over the
city and a buffet supper at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. O'Neal, both of which
were most pleasant affairs.
The evening session was a joint meet-
ing with the School of Americanization
being conducted by the General Exten-
sion Division of the State University.
Miss Louise Singley of New Orleans,
Field Representative of the American
Library Association, was the A. L. A.
representative and spoke at this session
on the Enlarged Program.
The session on the morning of the
27th opened with J. F. Marron of the
Jacksonville Public Library in the chair
and the main topic of discussion was
"Florida and the Enlarged Program."
Miss Stelle presided at the afternoon
session and the report of the Committee
on Constitution and By-Laws was pre-
sented and discussed. A motion by Mr.
Marron that the Constitution and By-
Laws be accepted as temporary was
carried. The Nominating Committee
through the Chairman reported as fol-
President, J. F. Marron
Jacksonville Public Library
First Vice-President, Louise Richardson
State College for Women
Second Vice-President, S. S. Green
Bartow Public Library
Corresponding Secretary, May Lewis
Tampa Public Library
Recording Secretary, Cora Miltimore
University Florida Library
The report was accepted and the re-
organized Florida Library Assocation
was ready for serious work in the state.
Personally I have always felt I missed
a great deal when I missed most of the
first session.
The roll of charter members shows
twenty-one individual and five institu-
tional members. It is quite interesting


to go over that roll at this time. Louise
Richardson is still at the State College
for Women, although she was out of
the State for a time. Mr. Marron and
Miss Frost are still in the Jacksonville
Public Library. Miss Gamsby is at Ocala
and Mr. Green is still a Trustee and
Librarian at Bartow. I always smile
when Mr. Green reports that he is not
doing anything and that the people of
Bartow do not read at all. Miss Mann
is still at DeLand and Mrs. Rogers is
in Ocala and while her interest is just
as great, ill health has kept her from her
former activity. Miss Stelle is in Tampa
but I am not sure about the others. Miss
Lewis I think left library work soon
after the Orlando meeting. Miss Howzie
has attended part of our meetings and
I think is still in Palmetto. Mrs. Ellen
J. Wilson is librarian at the S. Cornelia
Memorial Library at Daytona Beach but
has attended only the one meeting. Miss
Williams lives in St. Petersburg but has
given up library work on account of ill
health. Miss Whitaker is at Orange
City but I am not sure about Mrs.
Meade and Mrs. Trafford. Miss Bailey
resigned as Librarian at Palatka and is
at Winthrop College. I do not know
about Miss Chase. Mrs. Dickens and
Miss Duncan have passed away.
The second meeting was held in
Ocala, April 12 and 13, 1921. The
most important question under discus-
sion at this meeting was the bill before
the State Legislature creating a State
Library Commission for Florida. Mr.
Marron spent considerable time at Tal-
lahassee in the interest of the Bill and at
the meeting all librarians were urged to
make every effort to reach people of in-
fluence who could help get the bill passed.
However, it was not possible to succeed
at this session of the legislature and the
vote stood 20 to 40 at the last count.
The greatest good accomplished was the
publicity it gave the work and in this
way help when the next bill is intro-
The program was an interesting one.
Mr. Marron spoke on "Recruiting for
Library Service." Miss Stelle in her dis-
cussion of "Library Conditions and
Needs in Florida" emphasized more ful-

ly the need of a Library Commission.
Miss Bailey of Palatka conducted a
Round Table on "Library Problems"
and Miss Dodgen of the Tampa Public
Library took for her subject "Library
Work with Children." Mrs. Rogers dis-
cussed in a most interesting way Travel-
ing Libraries and told what Marion
County was doing in that phase of the
Ocala did not forget the social side of
the meeting and we were taken to Silver
Springs, the Country Club and Golf
Links and in the evening enjoyed a re-
ception at the Woman's Club.
The officers elected for the year were
as follows:
President, Miss Stelle
Tampa Public Library
First Vice-President, Miss Gamsby
Ocala Public Library
Second Vice-President, Miss Bailey
Palatka Public Library
Treasurer, Mr. Marron
Jacksonville Public Library
The following were present at the
Ocala meeting: Serena Bailey, Palatka
Public Library; Helen V. Stelle, Tampa
Public Library; Miss Dodgen, Tampa
Public Library; S. S. Green, Bartow
Public Library; Gertrude Mann, De-
Land Public Library; J. F. Marron,
Jacksonville Public Library; Grace
Moase, Clearwater Public Library; Mrs.
Rogers, Ocala Public Library; Louise
Gamsby, Ocala Public Library; Emma
M. Williams, St. Petersburg Public Li-
brary; Mrs. Skivington, Winter Haven
Public Library; Cora Miltimore, Uni-
versity Florida Library.
It is interesting to note that the bal-
ance in the treasury amounted to forty-
eight cents.
The third meeting was held in Tam-
pa April 27 and 28, 1922. It was at
this meeting that our State Organiza-
tion affiliated with the Southeastern and
also the American Library Associations.
The fact that the Tampa Public Library
was five years old on April 27th was an
interesting incident. As the year before
at Ocala the delegates were entertained
by the local people. There were many
interesting and profitable papers and dis-
cussions along professional lines. Dur-


ing the session the members enjoyed a
story hour conducted by Miss Pierce of
the Tampa Public Library.
There was a delightful drive to Bal-
last Point, Sulphur Springs and over the
city as guests of the Library Board and
later all were entertained at a Spanish
dinner at the Plaza Cafe by the Library
Board. With Miss Stelle presiding the
speakers at the dinner were Judge H. B.
Peacock, Prof. E. L. Robinson, Mr. S.
S. Green and J. F. Marron.
The Miami Public Library won the
Poster Prize given by the Tampa Public
The Nominating Committtee, through
the chairman, reported the following of-
ficers for the following year:
President, Louise Gamsby
Ocola Public Library
First Vice-President, Cora Miltimore
University Florida Library
Second Vice-President, Dr. E. M. Avery
New Port Richey Library
Secretary, Mrs. S. A. Davies
Dunedin Public Library
Treasurer, J. F. Marron
Jacksonville Public Library
There were twenty-four present be-
side the members of the staff of the
Tampa Public Library, and among those
present were eight charter members. It
is interesting to note that there were
more than twice as many present as at
the Ocala meeting.
The Fourth Annual Meeting was
held in DeLand, April 12 and 13, 1923,
with thirty-two signing the register.
The meeting was called to order in
the afternoon with Miss Gamsby pre-
siding. The treasurer's report showed a
balance this time of $116.24. The
question of libraries cooperating with
schools in the matter of required read-
ing courses was one of the most import-
ant questions before the Association.
Miss Sarah E. Barker of DeLand
gave a most interesting talk on "Noted
Biographies of Recent Years." Dr. Hul-
ley of Stetson University also made a
very fine address which was appreciated
by the Association members.
Mr. Marron again presented the sub-
ject of the Library Commission Bill
which at this time had been received

by the House and reported to the Judici-
ary Committee. Dr. Avery offered to
pay for the printing of a synopsis of the
Bill to be distributed to all the libraries
in the state in order that the librarians
might be well informed as to the pro-
visions it contained. There was much
discussion over the entire subject and it
was voted to send Mr. Marron to Tal-
lahassee in the interest of House Bill No.
289. It is interesting to note here that
Mr. Carl Bohenberger, also of the Jack-
sonville Library, went to Tallahassee
after Mr. Marron returned and did some
very effective work for the Bill. While
the Bill did not pass at this session, the
vote was a tie of 30-30 and much had
been done to educate and interest the
people in library work in Florida and
the real need for a Library Commission.
An informal reception at the Wo-
man's Club followed by a theatre party
to see "The Flirt" at the Athens Thea-
tre were social features much enjoyed.
The nominating committee reported
through Mr. Green and the report was
accepted as follows:
President, Cora Miltimore
State University Library
First Vice-President, Gertrude Mann
DeLand Public Library
Second Vice-President, Dr. E. M. Avery
New Port Richey Library
Secretary, Emma M. Williams
St. Petersburg Library
Treasurer, J. F. Marron
Jacksonville Public Library
An invitation to hold the next meet-
ing at St. Petersburg was accepted by the
An attempt was made during the year
to get a complete list of all libraries in
the state with revised statistics for the
same and to arouse all the interest pos-
sible in the Association. Several letters
were sent out during the year including
a resume of the DeLand meeting. It
seems the interest in the Association
would be so much greater if the librar-
ians could know each other and the
work being carried on in the various
libraries. An official publication even
though modest would be a great help in
the work.


The conference in St. Petersburg was
held April 24 and 25, 1924, the meet-
ings being held in the City Hall. The
response to roll call was particularly in-
teresting because it showed real growth
in the work in the state. An interesting
visitor was Mr. Sherer, who said he
thought he was the founder of the Li-
brary at DeFuniak Springs in 1884,
being one of a group of six or seven
who established the Chautauqua there.
The book symposium brought forth
some interesting comments and some
good suggestions.
The afternoon session was followed
by a drive given by the Motor Club
and a swim and shore dinner at St.
Petersburg Beach as guests of the Li-
brary Board and the Chamber of Com-
merce. Between fifty and sixty were
present and the evening was an enjoy-
able one.
The major theme for discussion at
the Friday morning session was the Li-
brary and the School. Prof. A. R. Russ
of the St. Petersburg Junior High School
in a very interesting and helpful way
talked on "What the Library can do
for the Teacher." This was followed by
Mrs. Holmes on "What the Teacher can
do for the Library." The general dis-
cussion that followed brought out some
very interesting methods and results.
The consensus of opinion expressed
showed that a correlation of school and
library work is one of the most import-
ant functions of the library and that co-
operation should be encouraged in every
possible way. The Round Table on the
"Business Side of Bookbuying" led by
Miss Mann brought out many facts and
showed that it was a subject that many
librarians had been studying carefully.
The subject of "Library Publicity" was
also discussed. In this day of commer-
cialism it is agreed that the library must
make the most of every opportunity to
bring before the people the many bene-
fits to be derived from the regular use
of the public library.
No meeting could be held without
serious discussion of the Library Com-
mission situation. The importance of
legislation was again stressed and every

librarian urged to do all possible to help
in creating a strong sentiment for it.
The Tampa Public Library poster
prize was awarded the Albertson Pub-
lic Library of Orlando, the prize being
a copy of Bird Biographies by Alice E.
The report of the Nominating Com-
mittee through Mrs. S. Arthur Davies,
chairman, was accepted and the officers
for the next year as follows:
President, Cora Miltimore
University Florida Library (re-elected)
First Vice-President, Emma M. Williams
St. Petersburg Public Library
Second Vice-President, Capt. Albertson
Albertson Public Library
Secretary, Lucia Strong
Bradenton Public Library
Treasurer, Grace E. Moase
Clearwater Public Library
The very cordial invitation of Cap-
tain Albertson to hold the 1925 meeting
in Orlando was accepted and the 1924
meeting adjourned.
On account of getting the legislative
plans ready to work for the State Li-
brary Commission Bill it seemed wise
to change the time of meeting this year
from April to March. For that reason
this meeting was held in Orlando, March
12th and 13th and was the largest meet-
ing in the history of the Association.
After the usual opening Mrs. A. B.
Whitman of the Sorosis Club, who was
very active in the meeting in Orlando in
1920, gave a sketch of that organiza-
tion meeting. Mrs. Davies' paper on
"Books and Book Fads of 1924"
brought forth some very decided opin-
ions. It seems that the informal dis-
cussions are among the most helpful
features of the meetings and many mem-
bers expressed themselves in favor of
continuing these discussions as long as
the Association is small enough to make
it possible.
Captain Albertson spoke of his in-
teresting and valuable collection of old
and rare books and also his collection
of steel engravings. As in other years
great interest was shown in the two
minute reports from the various librar-
ies. It is really a distributing bureau of


information as well as a report on the
growth of the libraries in the state.
The Association was happy to have
as guests Dr. and Mrs. Koopman of
Brown University and all were particu-
larly interested in Dr. Koopman's ad-
dress. Among other things he said.
"Library meetings are alike whether in
Florida or Rhode Island," and that he
considered "Florida the most all-Ameri-
can state in the Union." We also had with
us for the meeting Mr. and Mrs. C. W.
Carroll of Philadelphia. Mr. Carroll,who
is President of the Universal Publishing
Syndicate, made a most forceful talk on
"Are you there?" An inspiring address
was given by Miss Leah A. Watterson
on "A Teacher's Point of View of the
Possibilities of the Public Library in the
Development of the Child." A splendid
talk was made by Mr. Kenneth Halt of
the Sanford High School on what can
be accomplished with the organization
of reading clubs, and told of the work
being done in Sanford.
The meeting adjourned the first day
at four o'clock for a motorcade over
Orlando, stopping at the Booker T.
Washington Colored Branch and later
going to Winter Park and visiting the
Library of Rollins College. In the even-
ing the delegates and visitors were en-
tertained at dinner at the Sorosis Club
by the Chamber of Commerce. The
speakers of the evening were Mr. Eugene
Duckworth, who has been very active
and much interested in the Albertson
Library, and who gave a most interest-
ing sketch of the growth of library facil-
ities in Orlando, and Miss Virginia
Robey, formerly editor of House Beauti-
ful, followed with a talk that was en-
joyed by all. The closing feature of the
evening was a one-act play, "A Wo-
man's Honor," presented by the staff of
the Albertson Library. Another very
pleasant social feature of the Conven-
tion was the breakfast given at the Ange-
bilt by Mr. and Mrs. Carroll to the en-
tire delegation.
At the morning session Miss Gates
of the Tampa Public Library gave a
most comprehensive paper on "What
Florida is doing for Adult Education."
Miss Brumbaugh discussed the details of

the Survey and explained very fully its
purpose. Mrs. Cooper of the DeLand
Public Library conducted a very instruc-
tive Round Table on Periodical Sub-
scriptions and Binding.
The poster prize was awarded to the
Sanford Public Library by Miss Robey
and Mrs. Gerome who acted as judges.
Every one looked forward to the
afternoon session on Friday realizing it
was probably the most important of the
entire program. In view of the fact that
the time was very short between the
meeting and the convening of the State
Legislature early in April, the president
had collected much information con-
cerning Library Commissions and State
Libraries and had received many letters
from the Secretaries and Librarians. The
Association was fortunate in having as
the speaker on Library Legislation Mrs.
W. R. Blanton of Zellwood, who as Miss
Minerva Leatherwood was Secretary of
the North Carolina Library Commission
and who took a very active part in get-
ting the necessary library legislation for
North Carolina. Too much emphasis
cannot be placed on the assistance Mrs.
Blanton gave the Association at this
time. The proposed Bill was gone over
and many changes suggested. In closing
her discussion Mrs. Blanton advised
using both the "genteel" and the ':po-
litical" methods in obtaining appropria-
tions, and making friends with every
one around the Legislature.
The business meeting followed with
the reading and correction of the min-
utes. The president and treasurer gave
their reports, but the vice-presidents and
secretary were absent and sent no reports
to be read at the meeting.
The report of the nominating com-
mittee, through Miss Mann, the chair-
man, was accepted and resulted in the
election of the following officers:
President, Mrs. Brown
Sanford Public Library
First Vice-President, Olive Brumbaugh
Albertson Public Library
Second Vice-President, Henry Giddings
Tampa Public Library
Secretary, Elizabeth Long
Jacksonville Public Library
Treasurer, Grace E. Moase


Clearwater Public Library
Miss Moase, the treasurer, reported
the addition of fifteen new members dur-
ing the session. The attendance was
considerably larger htan at any previous
meeting and many encouraging com-
ments were heard concerning the pleasure
and benefit derived.
After adjournment all were invited
to the Children's Room for a lovely tea
given by the staff of the Albertson Pub-
lic Library.

The seventh annual session of the
Florida Library Association was held at
the Memorial Library, Eustis, Florida,
April 8-8, 1926. Mrs. Anne Van Ness
Brown, President, was in the chair, and
Miss Elizabeth V. Long of Jacksonville,
Mrs. Wight, librarian of the Eustis
library, Miss Mabel Bishop, and Major
McClelland greeted the delegates. Mrs.
Maude Clark, who had charge of the
registration of delegates and visitors, re-
ported seventy-five names for the entire
A graceful, cordial welcome was given
by Mrs. Brown. The matter of sending
a telegram to Governor Martin was dis-
cussed. The following telegram was
sent: "Greetings from the Florida Li-
brary Association assembled in session.
We wish to know what action has been
taken in the appointing of the State
Library Board. Attorney General writes
that we will lose first year's appropria-
tion if not used before June 30. May
we not have a favorable report? Signed,
Executive Board."
Mr. Carl Bohnenberger read the bill
passed by the last Legislature in April,
1925. The bill was discussed and the
various changes in the bill prior to its
passage were shown by Mrs. Anne Van
Ness Brown.
An interesting talk was given by Miss
Cora Miltimore on the "History of the
Florida Library Association." She had
prepared an interesting paper, beginning
with the first meeting which was held
in Orlando in 1920.
At 12.30 the Executive Board met,
discussed resolutions and named commit-

A resolution was offered by the Ex-
ecutive Board: Resolved that a vote of
thanks be sent to Hon. F. L. Byrd, Hon.
Wm. MacKenzie, and Senator Hodges
for their valuable assistance in the pas-
sage of the State Library Board Bill,
and making them honorary members of
the Association. This resolution was
Mr. Carl Bohnenberger delivered a
brief informal talk on "Some old books
of Florida." He sketched lightly the
sources of Florida history and pointed
out that librarians should have knowl-
edge of the value and accuracy of Flori-
da historical works in order that their
collections might contain only works
reliable historically and of importance
to the student.
Miss Long then reviewed Florida
Books of 1925.
The President's address was then
heard with deep interest as she spoke of
the work accomplished during the year.
"Before telling you briefly about our
bill, I wish to express my sincere appre-
ciation of the splendid support you
have given me in various ways. Without
this interest and co-operation nothing
could have been accomplished and this
example of your teamwork is one of
the best assets of the future. Our bill,
known as House bill 771, after passing
through many experiences, reached a
triumphant vote in the House of 55 to
16, and in the Senate of 23 to 5. Only
those of us who were there know what
that means." Mrs. Brown then pro-
ceeded to give in a graphic way the his-
tory of the bill, which was the great
work of this year. She also spoke of the
desirability of having sectional meetings
and in closing urged every one to join
the A. L. A. and as many as possible to
attend the Fiftieth anniversary, and also
to increase the membership of our state
At 6:30 p. m. a "Get Acquainted"
dinner was given at the Grand View
Hotel. Mr. Frank Heath presided as
toast master, and Rev. Dr. John Loyd
gave a very timely speech interspersed
with clever Scotch anecdotes. After the
dinner the evening session was held at
the Memorial Library, Mayor Kenneday


extending greetings. Mr. S. S. Green re-
sponded to this welcome with a short
humorous talk. Hon. Wm. MacKenzie
gave a very timely address, and Mrs.
Crooks sang "Pale Moon."
The Friday morning session opened
at 9:30 with a paper by Miss Margaret
Anne Fife of Miami, on "Training for
A letter from the Attorney General
was read by the President as follows:
"It is my opinion that any of the $6,-
000.00 appropriated for the year end-
ing June 30, 1926, and not used could
not be used during the year ending June
30, 1927.
Governor Martin sent a letter of
apology expressing regret that he could
not attend the meeting, which was read
at this particular time. Also a telegram
saying, "Your wire received. Will make
appointments this week."
Mrs. Brown announced that the
meeting place for 1927 would be decid-
ed upon and various invitations were
read. Miami was chosen as the meeting
The afternoon session was given over
to General Round Table discussion.
County Library Laws were well taken
up by Miss Brumbaugh. Mrs. Clark of
Sanford gave impressions of County
Library work in California. Mr. Marron
spoke on Legislative Reference Service.
Miss Mabel Bishop, chairman of the
Committee on Posters, announced the
decision of the judges awarding the first
prize to Mrs. L. R. Tucker of the Al-
bertson Public Library. Particular at-
tention was made of "World of Books"
by the Jacksonville Library, and "Flori-
da", submitted by the Tampa Library.
The meeting was then adjourned.

By Gertrude Bergman
The Florida State Library Association
held its eighth annual meeting at the
Flagler Memorial Library in Miami,
March 3 and 4, 1927. Over one hun-
dred delegates were registered, making

this the largest attendance at a state lib-
rary meeting in the history of its organ-
Mrs. Anne Van Ness Brown of San-
ford, presided, calling the meeting to
order at 11 o'clock A. M. March 3. Miss
Cora Miltimore, librarian of the Uni-
versity of Florida Library, acted as sec-
retary in the absence of Miss Patty Frost
of Jacksonville. Telegrams of greeting
were read from Mrs. Katharine B. Tip-
petts, president of the Florida Federa-
tion of Women's Clubs, and Dr. Melvil
Dewey at Sebring. The following com-
mittees were appointed by Mrs. Brown:
Nominating, Miss Margaret Ann Fife of
Miami, chairman, Mrs. Frederick R.
Wallace of Orlando, and Miss Gertrude
E. Mann of DeLand; Resolutions, Dr.
Elroy M. Avery of New Port Richey,
Miss Eunice Coston of Lakeland and
W. W. Shirley of Orlando; Poster com-
mitee, Mrs. E. C. Hume of Miami, Miss
Maud Clark of West Palm Beach, and
Miss Louise Gamsby of Ocala. Reports
from the various libraries were given,
and eight new libraries were recorded.
Some interesting bits from the reports
are as follows:
May Walden of Avon Park spoke of
the interest taken in the library since an
exhibit had been held at a recent county
fair. It pays to advertise, seemed to hold
true in this case. Miss Cora Miltimore
said that "The University of Florida
was favored with a gift of $3,000.00
for the past year from the State Board
of Architecture, and as a result many
very lovely art and architectural works
had been purchased. A bulletin is mime-
ographed at the University, and the
library has assisted in making bibliog-
raphies for debates. There is splendid
co-operation on the part of the student
body and the faculty with the library."
Miss Richardson of Florida State College
for Women said, "Lack of space is one
of our greatest problems. It is almost
necessary to have a sign marked, 'Stand-
ing room only.' Our desire to be of help
to students who have gone out from
Tallahassee and are now in charge of
High School Libraries has been reward-
ed from the letters of appreciation we
have received." Mrs. Bow of Homestead


stated, "that there was no appropria-
tion for a library, but the mayor had
made her a Police woman since such a
provision had been made in the city
funds." As such she proudly exhibited
her badge, and has the honor of being
the only police woman librarian. Her
brave and courageous spirit won the ad-
miration and respect of all present.
"During the storm the library remained
open, and the night of the hurricane
twenty people were at the library read-
ing room." Miss Hayes from the Uni-
versity of Miami told of plans for the
University library.
Mrs. Clarence M. Busch, president of
the Miami Branch, League of American
Pen Women was the principal speaker
at the luncheon at which the Miami Wo-
men's Club entertained Thursday noon.
The guests were seated at a large table
which was decorated with Yellow mari-
golds, nasturtiums and green fernery.
Mrs. J. I. Conklin, president of the
Club introduced the President of the As-
sociation, Mrs. Brown and others. Mrs.
E. A. Chipp, accompanied by Mrs. W.
W. Perry, sang "Coming Through the
Rye." It is a pleasure, if a bit intimid-
ating, to be called upon to speak to so
well an informed delegation," said Mrs.
Busch. "Those of you who have not
visited Miami before have undoubtedly
seen her in cold black print. Now that
her colorful pages are unfolded before
you, we hope that you will like her type.
This book of Miami which I have been
requested to present to the libraries is
dedicated to the sun. She is very pic-
turesque and her illustrations are vivid
and colorful. Her prologue hints of a
great city that is rising on the roots of
the strange mango tree and her epilogue
is an ode to beauty. The gulf stream
flows through her warm pages. The
wind rustles the leaves of the palm tree
wherein is written the tale of the jungle,
gradually conquered by man's vision and
labor. In the first chapters the red man
skulks in the jungle, then civilization
gleams through the tangled wood and
the city rises with outspread wings on
the shores of the Atlantic. Miami is just
beginning to be catalogued in the world's
library, a volume made to endure and

one we hope you will be able to index
in your memory files, as novel, romantic
and inspirational."
An automobile trip through Miami,
Miami Beach and Coral Gables provided
very delightful and interesting entertain-
At the eighth annual banquet which
was given by the Miami Chamber of
Commerce at the Miramar Hotel, Thurs-
day night, Mrs. Lon Worth Crow, a
member of the Library Board of Flagler
Memorial Library, acted as toastmistress.
Mrs. Crow in speaking of the future for
Flagler Library said in content: "Miami
will have to run to catch up with Tampa
with her $60,000 appropriation, her
splendid circulation, branch activities;
and fly by Jacksonville with her $80,-
000.00 appropriation and great increase
in all activities; and she will have to put
on full speed to catch up with Orlando
and keep up with her 36,000 book col-
lection and $50,000.00 appropriation
with the largest book collection per
capital in the state.
Mr. Lon Worth Crow, president of
the Miami Chamber of Commerce, gave
greetings to the delegates. Welcome was
given by D. D. Leffler, one of the City
Commissioners. Samuel S. Greene, dean
of Florida librarians, and founder of the
Bartow Library, responded. Mrs. Brown
in giving the president's address quoted
Carlyle thus, "A true university of these
days is a collection of books." Continu-
ing her address she said, "Decided pro-
gress has been made during the eight
years since our association was organiz-
ed. The membership has increased, sev-
eral new libraries have been opened and
there has been a widening of vision and
a quickening of library activities all over
the state. Our work has been handi-
capped because of not having any central
headquarters, and although we now have
a library commission, Florida still re-
mains one of the few states in the union
with neither." Oliver Wendell Holmes'
statement, "Every library should try to
be complete in something if it were only
the history of pinheads," was brought
Clayton Sedgwick Cooper's topic was
"Books as life teachers." "College train-

The last phrase in column 2, paragraph 2, page
10, should read: and she will have to catch up with
Orlando and keep up with her 36,000 book collec-
tion and $50,000.00 appropriation, with the largest
book collection and circulation per capital in the state.

2nd paragraph, column 2, page 11, should read:
Mrs. E. C. Hume announced the winner of the poster
prize and awarded Miss Weaver of Tampa the coveted
honor of $5.00 for making the most appropriate and
best poster.


ing is excellent," he said, "but the best
training is that which a man gives him-
self." He gave examples of great soldiers
compared with writers, stating that the
work of Aristotle and Homer have done
more to maintain the fame of Greece and
Athens than the deeds of the great war-
riors of that time. He brought out three
points on the value of books: They
originate ideas, they influence the charac-
ter and give the highest satisfaction to
the mind and imagination. "This is a
place where a man with a sound mind or
an imagination would like to read," said
Mr. Cooper. These remarks were in de-
fense of the fact that some have said
people come to Florida only to play and
care little for books while here. "I have
read a sentence or a paragraph from some
book which would start me to thinking
or writing and have forgotten the book
forever, having gathered one thought
which started my mind to working.
Ideas, not brawn, not money, rule the
world. A man who founds a library
founds the greatest monument built by
man. Great books make you do what
you ought to do, using the Bible as an
Mrs. D. P. Council of Lake Worth
spoke on "The Library and the Trus-
tees." Dr. Elroy M. Avery, founder of
the library at New Port Richey, and
Samuel S. Green, librarian at Bartow,
were presented with a birthday cake.
The two men graduated from the Uni-
versity of Michigan together 55 years
ago. Dr. Avery is 82 and Mr. Green is
80 years old. Miss Margaret Ann Fife,
librarian of the Flagler Memorial Li-
brary and treasurer of the State Organ-
ization, presented the cake at the close
of the banquet.
Friday morning the meeting was cal-
led to order by Mrs. Brown. Miss Long
of Jacksonville read a letter from Mr.
George B. Utley reviewing the early his-
tory of the Association. Mr. Utley's
letter is published in full in another part
of the Florida Library Bulletin. Legis-
lation formed the chief topic of the
morning session. Miss Brumbaugh of
the Albertson Public Library of Orlan-
do, acted as chairman, calling upon Miss
Stelle, Miss Brock and others to discuss

legislation. Miss Frances Gates of Tam-
pa discussed District meetings, and fu-
ture plans for the Florida Library Bulle-
tin were also considered.
The place of meeting for next year
was voted upon and Lakeland received
the largest number of votes. Invitations
were presented by Tampa, Clearwater,
Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach.
After the luncheon served on Friday
noon at the Women's Club by the
Chamber of Commerce, a discussion of
High School Libraries was led by Miss
Louise Richardson of Tallahassee, the
Florida State College for Women. Re-
viewing the important factors of "What
constitutes an efficient High School Li-
brary," brought out by Mrs. Glenn Cass
of the Miami High School, it was agreed
upon that the librarian is the most im-
portant factor in the library, that she
must be trained and familiar with school
routine and that she should establish
herself in the minds of students as one
who can be depended upon." Mrs. E.
C. Hume of Tampa won the coveted
honor of $5.00 for making the most ap-
propriate and best poster.
Miss Amy Hemingway Jones, assist-
ant in the division of education of the
Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace, announced the purpose of her
work, namely that of placing of Inter-
national Mind Alcoves, a name applied
to groups of books which are distributed
by the Carnegie Endowment to small
libraries. The books aim to help acquaint
the general reader with what other peo-
ple in other lands are thinking, how they
are living, and how they are governed.
Miss Jones will accompany a group of
thirty editorial writers chosen by the
Carnegie Endowment on a trip to
Europe this summer in order to study
international relations. The party will
visit Munich, Berlin, Prague, Paris,
London, Geneva and The Hague.
The officers elected for the coming
year are Miss Olive Brumbaugh of Or-
lando, President; Miss Frances Gates of
Tampa, 1st Vice-president; Mrs. E. C.
Hume, Miami, 2nd Vice-president; Miss
Eunice Coston, Lakeland, Secretary, and
Miss Louise Richardson of Tallahassee,
Treasurer. Miss Brumbaugh announced


the committees for next year, which
are as follows: Legislation, Mrs. Brown,
Miss Stelle and Mr. Marron; High
School Libraries Committee, Miss Cora
P. Miltimore, Miss Richardson and Miss
The resolutions committee read reso-
lutions thanking the Miami Chamber of
Commerce, the Miami Women's Club,
and the Flagler Memorial Library for
the very generous and gracious hospi-
tality, and the meeting was adjourned.

Income of $1.00 per capital (minimum)
Circulation of 5 books per capital
One assistant for every 20,000 books
50% of its income for salaries
25 % for books and periodicals
10% for binding and supplies
15 % for maintenance
Trained service
Carefully selected books
Extension service through branches and
Cooperation with schools, clubs and all
other community interests.
The above was prepared by the Massa-
chusetts Library Club and published in
the Massachusetts Library Club Bulle-

Much that might be said in regard
to the Florida Library Bill and the ap-
pointment of the Florida State Board
is now ancient history. The hopes of
the Association for a speedy organization
of a State Library and for the appoint-
ment of a Secretary diminished as time
went by and the appointments were not
forthcoming. Months passed with no

definite action in regard to State activi-
ties. The much-needed central head-
quarters with a properly qualified libra-
rian in charge failed to materialize, with
the result that library progress in Flori-
da, except for those libraries already
established, came practically to a stand-
On the eve of the annual meeting of
the Florida Library Association in Mi-
ami, March 8th and 9th, came the an-
nouncement that two members of the
State Board had been appointed by the
Governor. These members were Mr. E.
D. Lambright, Editor of the Tampa
Tribune, and Mr. Olin Kennedy, Editor
of the Miami Herald. This was indeed
good news, and Florida Libraries were
to be congratulated on having two such
intelligent, fair-minded, and public-
spirited men at their head. The fact
that the third member of the State
Board had not been appointed was
rather mystifying, particularly as the
announcement had been made of the ap-
pointment of Mr. W. T. Cash of Perry,
Taylor County, as Secretary of the
Board. Later came the word that Mr.
Lambright would be unable to serve.
This left but one member on the Board
and the time drawing near when the ap-
propriation would be lost unless the
State Board became active.
Upon hurried consultation it was
thought it might prove enlightening if
a committee from the Association would
visit the Governor in order to ascertain
his stand in regard to existing condi-
tions. Consequently Miss Brumbaugh,
as President of the Association, and
Miss Stelle of Tampa, as a member of
the legislative council visited the Gover-
nor upon appointment. Governor Mar-
tin proved to be most gracious and as-
sured the committee that the appoint-
ments had practically been made and
would be announced in a very short
time, and that a place for the State Li-
brary would be provided for in the new
Capitol building, to be completed with-
in 30 days. Also that he would make
a recommendation for an increase in the
Budget provided for by the Library Bill
passed two years ago. This was most
gratifying and the committee felt that


their mission had been at least in a
measure successful.
Further action is anxiously awaited.
The State Association and also the Am-
erican Library Association are watching
developments in library activities in
Florida with keen interest. The won-
derful opportunities for development
along educational and cultural lines, in
Florida, make the free public library,
which is one of the greatest factors in
education and culture, essential.
The outlook for Florida is bright

By Mrs. David Pendleton Council
Delivered at the banquet of F. L. A.
Miami, March 8, 1927

Madam President and Members of the
Library Association:
I was very happy to receive your cor-
dial invitation to be with you this even-
ing. It is always a real pleasure to repre-
sent my home town of Lake Worth,
which I have seen grow from a Sur-
veyor's tent and pump to a City of 15,-
000 in less than fifteen years.
I am not informed as to the number

with promise. The first steps toward
progress have been taken in the right di-
rection and immediate development is at
hand. With the immediate appointment
of the State Board the progress of Flori-
da Libraries is assured and the advance-
ment of education and intelligence must
go forward. The hopes of the members
of the Florida Association again mount
upward. Their enthusiasm and deter-
mination cannot fail. Half the battle is
won and their work moves on towards

of cities within the State that have a
Municipal Library, but we in Lake
Worth have apparently grown to think
of public needs from a municipal stand-
point. So, along with our Municipal
Bathing Beach and Casino, our Muni-
cipal Park System and Community Cen-
ter, our Municipal Public Utilities and
our Municipal Golf Course, it naturally
follows that we should and would have
a Municipal Library.
On October 19th of last year, 188
voters said "Yes," 24 voters said "No"
and the Lake Worth Municipal Library
was born. The City Commission ap-
pointed four able citizens and your
speaker to serve from one to five years
without salary. Such were the formali-
ties creating a trustee.

Once upon a time, when invited to give a lecture, Ralph Waldo
Emerson asked if a public library were in the town. When told
there was not he declined to lecture because the people in not having
a library were not readers, hence, not thinkers. Therefore, he de-
clared, the lecture would be neither understood nor appreciated.
What a sermon in this text! The library is a measure of in-
telligence. Go into the home where books and magazines are all
at hand and you find up-to-dateness, happiness, earnestness, suc-
cess. Where the library is lacking, mere existence, not living is ob-
served. The best investment any family can make is library-books
and periodicals for everyone to read.


This marked the beginning of a
Municipal Library financed through tax-
ation, but it did not mark the begin-
ning of the Lake Worth Public Library,
as this Board of Trustees inherited the
good will and effects, of which the 5,-
000 books were no small item, from the
organizers, members, co-workers and
friends, of the Lake Worth Library As-
sociation that has been in existence al-
most since the birth of the town.
When we began to receive the deeds,
books, collateral for building funds, be-
quests, etc., it was a revelation to some
of us who had been devoting our time
to other needs to see the tremendous
amount that had been accomplished by
this Association. I think I may have
felt like the old miner that was about to
die. His friends very much wanted him
to consult a minister, and he consented.
While the man of the cloth was endeav-
oring to comfort him, and evidently
feeling that the end was near, he began
to describe the beauties of the future
world. Just as he finished the descrip-
tion of the Golden Gate and began
painting a word picture of the streets
paved with pure gold, the old miner
opened his eyes and began to slowly
raise on one elbow-looking the pastor
directly in the eye, he said, "Say, Par-
son, are you quoting from the perspec-
tus or the battery report?"
One of the first and most important
facts I have learned as a Trustee, is, in
order to be an agreeable trustee, I must
consent to be taught over and over many
things which I already know.
Our Municipal Board's first move was
to secure the services of the best trained
Librarian we could find. It is a genuine
pleasure to tell you that we did not have
to leave our own City to satisfy our
needs. Mrs. Butler, together with her
assistant, Mrs. Thompson, have been
and are, rapidly cataloguing our list of
books and organizing our Library in
keeping with the most modern methods.
Thus our visitors from the cosmopolitan
sections need make no change in their
habits for research in order to find avail-
able data in the Lake Worth Library.
Probably that to which we point
with greatest pride is the branch which

our Library has established and is main-
taining, with the assistance of the faculty
and student body, in our High School.
This is receiving some very commend-
able comments, such as the State Super-
visor of High Schools and County
School Board, and it is credited with
being one of the most important con-
tributions made in assisting the work of
the student body.
During the month of January, which
is not above the average, we received
6,682 callers and circulated 3,020 books.
Based on our annual budget, we are giv-
ing this service to our community at a
cost of less than two cents per volume
per month, and book circulation is but
a small part of the educational work
that cannot be computed in any tang-
ible form.
These are some of the things that we
are preparing to do: In order to in-
crease our book supply, we are planning
to set aside family and fraternal shelves.
These will carry the names of the fam-
ily or organization that have made such
shelves of books available-the type and
classification of each shelf to be main-
tained in keeping with our accepted
standard, with the credit being given to
the donor.
We do not intend to wait for citizens
to come to the Library, but are planning
for a public forum to bring the Li-
brary to the citizens in an interesting
way. Subjects discussed will be perti-
nent to the time and needs of our town
and community life. A book credited
with being an authority on that subject
will be reviewed and discussed. Also, a
very definite piece of extension work will
be made an intricate part of each pro-
We are planning to furnish each civic
and social order with a brief but inter-
esting announcement to be made at each
regular meeting. It may be a new book,
it may be a question under discussion,
but it will always be something pertain-
ing to and signifying the importance of
the Library in the community.
I feel that the aim of the Trustees of
our Board has been, and will be, to con-
duct the work of the Library that each
citizen will come to appreciate that


"reading is to the mind what exercise is
to the body." As by the one health is
preserved, strengthened and invigorated,
by the other virtue, (which is the health
of the mind) is kept alive, cherished
and confirmed."
On behalf of the Municipal Library
movement and the citizens of our city,
I want to thank you for the place you
you have given us on your program.

The Tampa Public Library is pleas-
ed to announce that it will celebrate its
Tenth Anniversary on April twenty-
ninth. Plans are going forward for a
very interesting exhibition in all the de-
partments with a special speaker in the
evening. All Florida librarians and those
interested in libraries are invited and it
is hoped that those in the immediate
Tampa vicinity will be present.

The editor of the Library Bulletin
regrets that this issue is too late to per-
mit librarians to accept the invitation
from the Tampa Library.

However, it will be a pleasure to look
forward to an account of the Tampa
celebration in the next.issue of the Bulle-

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Though blind, I enlighten; though loose, I am
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I've no flesh and no bones, yet I'm covered
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I'm English, I'm German, I'm French, and I'm
Some love me too fondly, some slight me too
I often die soon, though I sometimes live ages,
And no monarch alive has so many pages.
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