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Florida Library Bulletin
PUBLISHED BY THE ALBERTSON LIBRARY
ORLANDO, FLORIDA


VOLUME I AUGUST 1, 1927 NUMBER


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Florida State Library Board --- ------------- 1
A. L. A. Conference _------ ------------- 3
Psyche's Lamp----_-- ----------------- 6
"Smoky" wins prize ------- 6
Exhibit of Florida Books ------ 6
Vacation Reading Club ----------------- 9
News Items Appreciated ---------------- 11
S Books for the Blind __--- --------------11
A Bargain for Librarians ----_---- --------- 12









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

Volume 1 August 1, 1927 Number 3


THE FLORIDA STATE
LIBRARY BOARD
With the August issue of the
"Florida Library Bulletin" comes
definite announcement of the activi-
ties and impending operations of the
Florida State Library Board. Accord-
ing to information received from Mr.
W. T. Cash, Secretary, the first meet-
ing of the Board will be held about
August 15. At this time future poli-
cies and plans for action will be de-
termined. Florida is to be congratu-
lated on having a State Library Board
with men and women of such caliber
as those now serving. The appoint-
ments which have been made are as
follows:
Mr. Olin W. Kennedy, Chairman,
Miami
Major Albert M. Hall, Apopka
Mrs. D. P. Council, Lake Worth
A letter from Governor Martin
confirms the appointments and their
acceptance by the appointees.
The following is the first official
statement by a member of the Flori-
da State Library Board, and is writ-
ten for the "Bulletin" by Mr. W. T.
Cash, Secretary:
Editor Florida Library Bulletin,
Orlando, Florida.
I have been requested to outline the
policy and future activities of the
State Library Board and Florida State


Library. While I am not always
lucid in expression, I am glad to say
something in behalf of a work in
which I am greatly interested.
As you already know, the Act of
1925, creating the Library Board,
tells what the legal duties of the
Board are. Briefly outlined they are
as follows:
(a) To give advice and counsel to
the different classes of libraries
throughout the State and assist in the
organization and establishment of
new libraries, this advice and assist-
ance to be given upon request.
(b) To issue printed material and
circulars of information for the bene-
fit of those who are interested or ex-
pect to become interested in library
work, and cooperate with other
State Library Commissions and li-
braries in behalf of more economical
service.
(c) To conduct courses in library
administration and hold librarians'
institutes.
(d) To make biennial reports of
its activities.
As I interpret the law, (b) and
(c) are optional. With the small in-
itial appropriation, but little can be
done along these lines at present.
These are wise provisions of the law,
however, and after the work gets fair-
ly started I am sure the Library Board
will include the work they contem-









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plate among its activities. Much can
be done now in the way of giving
information, but I will refer more
specifically to this farther on in the
discussing of the kind of information
I am now preparing for those who
wish to establish school libraries.
The Library law makes it the duty
of the Secretary of the Library Board
to organize and conduct the State Li-
brary and to look after the establish-
ment of new libraries and the im-
provement of those already establish-
ed. With the present small appropria-
tion the Secretary can do but little
traveling and he will, therefore, be
limited mainly to sending letters, cir-
culars and printed matter giving in-
formation to those who request it.
At the request of the State Rural
School Supervisor, Mr. R. M. Evans,
the Secretary is now preparing a list
of books suitable for school libraries
of the various sizes and kinds. These
lists will be furnished school officials
throughout the State and it is hoped
they will give helpful information.
A few years ago agents of a Western
publishing house sold many so-called
"school libraries" to various County
and District School Boards in Flori-
da. These "libraries" were largely
unsuited to the needs of the schools,
not being arranged on a psychological
plan. If we can hereafter prevent the
organization of school libraries on a
"hit or miss" method it seems to me
we will be rendering a very helpful
service to education in Florida.
Every library established should be
a well balanced one if it is to be of
maximum service to its patrons. It is
the aim of the present Secretary to
get together all information he can


that would be of benefit to those
who are starting libraries or trying to
improve them. He hopes to have some
helpful suggestions printed and ready
for distribution at an early date.
Some of the things not mentioned
in the law, but which I am planning
that we shall do are:
1. Preserve the great mass of val-
uable material (books, maps, manu-
scripts, etc.) now in the custody of
the Secretary of State. Much of this
is of great historical value, but hereto-
fore the State has had no place to care
for it properly.
2. Secure, as far as possible, every
book written by a Florida author or
that partains to Florida.
3. Gather the history of the lead-
ing newspapers of Florida.
4. Secure all the old letters, pic-
tures and maps possible. Secure copies
of family histories and genealogical
records.
5. Lay the foundation for a Legis-
lative Reference Bureau to be of serv-
ice at each biennial session of the Leg-
islature.
6. Secure from the different libra-
ries of the State the names of all books
and lists of everything they have
which would assist the student of
Florida history. The State Library
will thus be able to help those study-
ing State history, even when it does
not have all the publications they
want.
7. Gather all records, as far as pos-
sible, of all organizations, religious,
fraternal, commercial, etc., especially
as concerns their activities in Florida.
8. Maintain circulating libraries as
the Library Commissions of Georgia
and other states are doing. These will









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be of especial value to the rural dis-
tricts.
The above does not fully give the
plans which I have in view, but it
does give some idea of what I think
can be done by the State Library
Board. Some of this cannot be ac-
complished in a day, but we can make
a beginning during the next bien-
nium.
It is my hope that we can get such
an appropriation from the next Legis-
lature that we can extend our work.
In the meantime I trust we can do
enough to prove it is worth extend-
ing. One of these days we should be
able to get a State Library building.
If we proceed with our work along
correct lines I think we can prove this
to the Legislature.
I trust this brief outline of the
plans I have in view will not prove
uninteresting to those who desire an
extension and improvement of li-
*braries in Florida.
Respectfully
W. T. CASH,
Secretary State Library Board

That the State Board will cooper-
ate to the fullest extent possible with
the Florida Library Association is
shown by the following quotation
from a letter written by Mr. Hall.
He says: "I trust that our relations
with your Association may be helpful
in all ways in the accomplishment of
something worth while for the li-
brary interests of the State."
The librarians of Florida have
waited long and have worked hard
to make the State Library Board a
reality. The satisfaction of achieve-
ment is now theirs, and their struggles


are repaid. They can look forward
to continued effort towards library
progress with the knowledge that
they will be aided by a Board which
will approach its task with vision,
ability and courage.


A. L. A. CONFERENCE
Florida delegates to the A. L. A.
are steadily increasing. This year there
were eight: Mr. Marron and Miss
Long of Jacksonville; Miss Stelle,
Miss Albury and Miss Gates of Tam-
pa; Miss Miltimore of Gainesville;
Miss Fife of Miami; and Miss Brum-
baugh of Orlando. The Florida
Breakfast was combined this year
with that of the Southern States As-
sociation at which there was an at-
tendance of about 250.
For the Florida librarians, Toronto
was the ideal place for the Conference.
It is always a pleasure to listen to the
leaders of a profession, but when these
are heard in an atmosphere of refresh-
ing coolness, the pleasure is heighten-
ed. The University of Toronto ex-
tended the hospitality of its grounds
and buildings, and the meetings were
held in red brick buildings on a green
campus, with the big city near, but
not obtrusive.
The address of the President is al-
ways one of the most enjoyable and
outstanding events of the meeting.
The difficulties confronting the As-
sociation, and those with which the
profession as a whole is more con-
cerned are as a rule discussed. This
year the address was given by Dr.
George H. Locke, President of the As-
sociation and Chief Librarian of the
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In that portion of his speech con-
cerned directly with the Association
he recommended a change in the term
of office from one year to two. Com-
missions are doing so much of the
work of the Association that Dr.
Locke feared the officers would be-
-ome mere approving boards, without
the ability or power to decide ques-
tions of administration or policy. Dr.
Locke advocated the parliamentary
idea of under secretaries, or some sim-
ilar official to carry on the work in a
professional manner, after elected
heads had decided matters of policy.
When he came to speak of mat-
ters that affect the profession as a
whole he chose to mention the ten-
dency of some librarians or friends of
libraries to say that the library is an
"educational institution," and then
having uttered that platitudinous
phrase, think they have done all pos-
sible to see that the library really did
educate. Dr. Locke is not alone in
this opinion, for no less an authority
than John Cotton Dana spoke only a
short while ago of the lessening con-
tribution of the library to national
education. Dr. Locke was not undu-
ly pessimistic, and to show that the
librarians are headed in the right di-
rection spoke of the establishment of
chairs of professorial rank in the Li-
brary of Congress. Another and most
interesting point was the description
of the library as a laboratory. In a
library is stored all the accumulated
wisdom of man, and he thought that
if youths of either retarded or ad-
vanced mentality could be taken to a
library, among all that knowledge,
some one field could be found to
awaken the child's interest, and so


make him a more useful member of
society.
The final plea was to restore the
pioneer spirit to the libraries, for
when that is lost dry rot sets in, and
work that should be performed by the
library is done by other institutions.
Dr. Locke made a plea for the library
as an aid in the preservation of demo-
cratic institutions. The world has ad-
vanced so far materially, that unless
the knowledge of how to live, which
can be found at least in part in the
library, is used, there is danger that
material progress will subdue man,
its creator, and Dark Ages will again
ensue. In other words, the library
too shall help teach that man does
not live by bread alone. In conclu-
sion Dr. Locke counselled against a
feeling of despair when the librarian
seeks to do his share to help mankind,
and the offer is rebuffed. His counsel
is not to say pearls before swine, but
to bear in mind the following lines of
Massingham, with which he closed
his address:

For like a child sent with a fluttering light
To feel his way along a gusty night,
Man walks the world. Again and yet again
The lamp shall be by fits of passion slain:
But shall not He who sent him from the
door
Relight the lamp once more-and yet once
more.

A meeting such as this is rich in
papers of interest to all librarians, and
it is rather unjust to choose three or
four from among the number, and
call those of special interest, but a
choice must be made on account of
limitations of space. One good paper
was given somewhat in the form of
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Latimer and Miss Bubb of the Wash-
ington, D. C. Public Library. They
discussed the merits of reading with
and without purpose. The result was
a triumph for both sides, and an even
greater triumph for libraries as a
whole, for both agreed that there is
really no difference in reading with
or without a purpose, for in one case
knowledge is derived from pleasure
and in the other pleasure from knowl-
edge.
Another paper that should interest
all librarians from its close connec-
tion with the question of salaries was
that of Mr. Fred Telford on "Salvag-
ing the Specialist." This dealt with
the tremendous waste of training
caused by the journeying of trained
specialists from one library to another
and from various departments of the
same library, such changes evidently
motivated by slight increases in sal-
ary. Mr. Telford thinks as well that
the specialist should have professional
honors. He pointed to the fact that
all the officers of the Association are
holders of administrative positions.
Hence it is but natural for the special-
ist to work for an administrative po-
sition, since not only is the pay larger,
but the honors are more certain.
Dr. Bostwick always commands a
good hearing. His plea was for the
humanizing of the library. Dr. Bost-
wick referred chiefly to the building
itself, although he thought the ar-
rangement of the furnishings nearly
as important, for if a reader is offered
all mechanical aids to find what he
wants to read, and then is offered
comfortable surroundings in which to
read he is far more apt to visit the


library, and to stay there for some
time.
Toronto arranged matters so that
the librarians should not lack a good
time. They were offered everything
from a municipal garden party with
invitations from "His Worship" the
Mayor, to a group singing the songs
of the French Canadians in habitant
costume. The audience showed its ap-
proval by joining in with gusto when
"Alouette" was sung. The Hart
House quartet gave a program of
classical music, but the best of all was
the Band of the Queens Own 48th
Highlanders, which played at the
Municipal Garden Party. Two of the
pipers walked among the tables play-
ing bagpipes between selections.
A librarian in a public library
might well feel humble in the pres-
ence of such a gathering of his pro-
fession as the one at Toronto. There
are so many public librarians, and so
few of the highly-trained specialists,
such as Miss Rankin vho works in
the John Rylands Library for weeks
at a time without seeing a word of
English, or some other specialist who
is given the task of compiling a bib-
liography of his special subject, which
he knows will take years to finish.
Libraries are like armies in that aux-
iliary corps are necessary, but it is the
infantry that bears the brunt of the
battle. The public librarian is the
contact between the knowledge con-
tained in his library and the people,
and it is always a difficult task to
bridge the gap between the present,
and what has gone before to make
life in the present as it is. The spe-
cialists are indebted to the public li-
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the public librarian who has the op-
portunity of discovering talent, which
can be developed into a genius or into
the highly-trained mind, which is
the specialist.



"PSYCHE'S LAMP"
Florida's literary colony will soon
be as well known as that of Santa
Fe, for when one single town can
claim as many authors as Winter
Park, it is already far on the road to
literary fame. Some of the authors
living there are Jessie Rittenhouse,
Alice Hegan Rice, Clinton Scollard,
and Irving Bacheller.
Jessie Rittenhouse is President of
the Florida Poetry Society and under
her auspices the first book of the So-
ciety is to be published. This is Rose
Mills Powers "Psyche's Lamp." This
publication is further interesting in
that it will be printed by the Angel
Alley Press of'Winter Park, which is
operated by Prof. Edwin O. Grover
of Rollins College. Dr. Grover will
use this press to advance as far as pos-
sible the printing and publishing of
good books by Florida people.



"SMOKY" WINS PRIZE
The John Newbery Medal for the
most distinguished children's book of
the past year was awarded to Will
James for his book "Smoky." Louise
P. Latimer, chairman of the Chil-
dren's Librarians Section of the A.
L. A. made the presentation at Tor-
onto.


EXHIBIT OF FLORIDA BOOKS
By Gertrude Bergman
Enthused by the suggestion in
THE FLORIDA CLUBWOMAN that
Florida libraries set apart a week as
Florida Book Week, Miss Brum-
baugh, librarian of the Albertson
Public Library at Orlando, decided
that this would be an appropriate
time to initiate a cherished idea of a
permanent collection of autographed
books by Florida writers or books
about Florida. An effort was made
to secure as many autographed copies
as possible. Autographed photo-
graphs, manuscripts or parts of
manuscripts were also included to be
of interest in the exhibit. Letters
were sent to all writers who have liv-
ed in Florida, or who had written
about Florida, telling of the plan and
of the hope that it would be possible
for each to contribute something,
with the assurance that anything sent
would be greatly appreciated.
It was very gratifying indeed to re-
ceive interesting letters and material
from the various authors, and some
very useful books are the result. At
this time it is particularly fitting to
give a list of the writers who contrib-
uted to the exhibit together with the
titles of the books presented and a
few inscriptions. Bonnie Busch of
Miami sent two novels, EAGER VINE
and PROGRESSIVE MARRIAGE. Mary
F. Baker of Rollins College presented
six of the original photographs of
flowers in her book, FLORIDA WILD
FLOWERS, with a copy of the book.
Charles T. Simpson of Little River
very generously responded with IN
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on the wonderful contrivance for
cross fertilization of a Central Am-
erican Orchid. During the hurricane
all the copies of OUT OF DOORS IN
FLORIDA were completely water soak-
ed and ruined, so said Mr. Simpson.
Nevin O. Winter enclosed a small
photograph of himself, with a copy
of FLORIDA, THE LAND OF EN-
CHANTMENT. THE LOW-DOWN ON
FLORIDY from Joshuway Whipple
lent a bit of humor to the exhibit.
Rex Beach wrote that as soon as the
MATING CALL came from the pub-
lishers he would gladly send us an
autographed copy. Joseph Gray Kit-
chell of Winter Park had a copy of
THE EARL OF HELL sent directly
from the Century Company. George
B. Christian presented four copies of
MY LOST MILLIONS. FLORIDA, PAST,
PRESENT AND FUTURE,-Florida as
viewed by President Harding, General
W. T. Sherman, General U. S. Grant,
and Brig. General Charles E. Sawyer.
From Byrd Spilman Dewey came
THE BLESSED ISLE AND ITS HAPPY
FAMILIES, and BRUNO. Truly BRU-
NO is, as quoting from the Buffalo
Express, "Her hero. Bruno, loyal,
affectionate, keen-eyed and intelli-
gent-is a real dog." The inscrip-
tion, "Pleasant memories must be ar-
ranged for in advance", was most ap-
propriate.
As to poetry, there were a number
of lovely, contributions, such as
MOONLIGHT NIGHTS AT PALM
BEACH, and FLORIDA, THE BEAUTI-
FUL, by Lincoln Hulley, president of
John B. Stetson University; SONGS
OF THE WIND ON SOUTHERN SHORE
from George B. Merrick of Coral Ga-
bles; Jessie Rittenhouse's choice for


this collection was THE DOOR OF
DREAMS; POEMS by Faith Wads-
worth Collins; RIDE OF THE THIRTY
CAVALIERS by Rose Powers; WIND
IN THE PINES by Victor Starbuck;
and BUILDERS AND OTHER POEMS
by Roberts Shailor Holmes give an
idea of the variety of poetical subjects
treated.
Rena Sheffield presented OSCEOLA,
a pageant. To Elizabeth Williams
Sudlow we are indebted for the first
book to be published on Cradle Roll
work, namely, THE CRADLE ROLL
DEPARTMENT. THE QUEST OF THE
QUAINT by Virginia Robie gives an
insight into antiques. From the Prin-
cess Cantacuzene we received three
books, MY LIFE HERE AND THERE,
RUSSIAN PEOPLE, and REVOLUTION-
ARY DAYS, each bearing an appropri-
ate inscription. Quoting from the
letter from the Princess in regard to
the books, "I trust that they may be
of interest to those of your readers
who have felt sympathy with the
Russians through the past years when
the latter have so heroically borne the
buffetting of hard fate. I shall be
very proud to think that my three
books are given a place on the shelves
of such a distinguished organization
as your library. One of the books
was inscribed thus, "To a library of
my home state, Florida."
Harrison Rhodes, who is in Rome,
wrote "Will you please write to Har-
per and Brothers and ask them if they
will not let you have as a Florida
book my "A GIFT BOOK FOR MY
MOTHER"? Elizabeth Robins (Mrs.
George Richmond Parks) who is in
London recovering from a severe ill-
ness, sent a copy of THE SECRET








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THAT WAS KEPT. This novel deals
with Florida, and is greatly appreciat-
ed because of the effort put forth on
the part of the author to send a con-
tribution across the sea.
To Mrs. L. R. Tucker of the Al-
bertson Public Library staff much
:redit is due. She arranged the ma-
terial for the exhibit, and also made
:wo attractive posters. The one pos-
er which stands above the table on
which the autographed collection is
displayed is worthy of description in
this article. Rediscover Florida
through Literature being the title of
the poster, a map of Florida being
the background with an open book
drawn across the map. Above the
book is the heading Florida authors.
Under this is the list very artistically
lettered: Irving Bacheller, Jessie Rit-
tenhouse, Hamilton Holt, Victor
Starbuck, Rose Powers, Eulalie O.
Grover, Charles Simpson, Clinton
Scollard, Mary F. Baker, Elizabeth
Cooper, Clayton S. Cooper, Bonnie
Busch, Princess Cantacuzene, Merian
C. Cooper, George C. Currie, Sewall
Ford, Elizabeth Robins, Kirk Mun-
roe, Robert S. Holmes, Mabel L.
Todd, Elizabeth Murray, and Joseph
G. Kitchell.
A number of Florida books which
were already cherished possessions of
the Albertson Public Library were
also placed on the table with the auto-
graphed collection. The publications
of the Florida State Historical Society
hold a worthy place among this ma-
terial.
We are grateful for the interest
shown and hope to add to this per-
manent exhibit from time to time,and
we are always glad to hear of other


Florida authors and will always be
glad to receive contributions.
Among the Florida books at The
Albertson Public Library are the fol-
lowing: Florida in the Making, by
Frank Parker Stockbridge; Birds of
Florida, by H. H. Bailey; Manual of
tropical and subtropical fruits, by W.
Popenoe; Florida Trees, by J. K.
Small; The Cultivation of Citrus
Fruits, by H. H. Hume; History of
Florida, by C. M. Brevard; Dr. An-
drew Turnbull and the New Smyrna
Colony, by Caritta Doggett; The
Seminoles of Florida, by Minnie
Moore Wilson; In Florida's Dawn,
by P. G. Gold; Spanish Bayonet, by
Stephen V. Benet; Florida Days, by
Margaret Deland; Pedro Mendez de
Aviles, Colonial Records of Spanish
Florida, and Jean Ribaux by Jean-
ette Thurber Connor; Highways and
Byways of Florida, by Clifton John-
son; Florida Trails, by Winthrop
Packard; Florida Loafing, Sun Hunt-
ing, and Florida by Kenneth Roberts;
Spanish Settlements Within the Pres-
ent Limits of the United States, Flor-
ida 1562-74, by W. Lowery; Florida
Gardens, by Mrs. Millar; Under the
Rainbow Sky, by A. M. Colver:
The Spanish Borderlands, by Bolton;
Notes on the Floridian Peninsula, its
Literary History, Indian Tribes, and
Antiquities, by Daniel Brenton; His-
torical Sketches of Colonial Florida,
by Campbell; Purchase of Florida, its
History and Diplomacy, by H. B.
Fuller; History of Jacksonville, Flori-
da and Vicinity, 1513-1924, by T.
F. Davis; Conquest of Florida by
Hernando de Soto, by Theodore Irv-
ing; De Soto and His Men in the
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Territorial Florida Journalism, by J.
O. Knauss, Short History of Florida,
by J. M. Leake; Notes on the Life of
Bernard Romanes, by P. L. Phillips;
Old St. Augustine, by Charles B.
Reynolds; Lily and the Totem, by
W. G. Simms; Truth About Florida,
by C. D. Fox; The Flamingo Feather,
and Wakulea by Kirk Munroe. Two
books by Orlando citizens but not on
Florida are The Water Star by Dr.
Badger, and The Making of Hawaii,
by Dr. Blackman.
In addition to this collection of
Florida books in the Albertson Pub-
lic Library we find that there are a
few other books which we do not
have that were mentioned in the
article "Florida Books" by the Flori-
da Federation of Women's Clubs and
published in FLORIDA CLUB WOMAN
for February, 1927. We shall make
an effort to secure the following books
for our collection. The list is as fol-
lows: Through Eventful Years, Mrs.
Susan Eppes; The Tallahassee Girl
and The Ocala Girl, by Maurice
Thompson; The Pleasure Buyers, by
A. S. Roche; 'Twixt Toast and Cof-
fee, by Glenn Long; The Book of the
Tarpon, reissued in 1926 by A. W.
Dimock; The Importance of Bird
Life, by G. Innes Hartley, and East
Angels by C. F. Woolson.
Although several weeks have pass-
ed since these books were first dis-
played, the exhibit still holds the in-
terest of the public, and is one of the
most popular collections in the Al-
bertson Public Library.


THE VACATION READING
CLUB
By Marian P. Stewart
On the tenth of June, the Chil-
dren's Department of the Albertson
Public Library launched its Summer
Reading Club amidst much enthus-
iasm.
Lists of books for each grade, in-
cluding the third to Junior High
were printed on separate folders, a
copy of which was given to each read-
er in the Club. The graded books
were arranged in one section of the
room with "Vacation Heading" cap-
tions above each division. Children
were allowed to take two books at
one time with the understanding that
each must be reported on when the
books were returned. Printed sheets
were prepared upon which the reader
answered a few leading questions
about the book, i. e., author's full
name; full title; publisher; what part
of the book he liked best and why.
Many worthwhile reports resulted as
well as many amusing ones.
After three books had been satis-
factorily reviewed a pin, bearing the
message, "I belong to the Public Li-
brary Reading Club" was presented.
As the "Bulletin" goes to print we
are using the second consignment of
pins, as well as the third thousand
report sheets.
The Club gains in enthusiasm. Re-
cently we have posted the names of
all those having read ten or more
books, giving a gold star for each ten
books read. At present, our leader-
a sixth grade member-has read 101
books, and so boasts ten gold stars.
Many others have eight and nine, and









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much wholesome rivalry is evidenced
among the readers.
Quoting from a few of the best re-
ports, one can readily see that much
individuality has been expressed. In
writing of Alcott's "Old Fashioned
Girl", a practical Junior High stud-
ent states, "I like this book because
it goes to show that a girl doesn't
have to be rich or fashionably dressed
to be happy or to make others hap-
py." The same Miss, in speaking of
Stevenson's "Black Arrow" says,
"The part I like best is where the girl
dressed as a boy, accompanied Dick
and stood the hardships as a boy.
I like a girl to show she can stand as
much as a boy."
In carefully discerning and expres-
sing the points which impressed them,
many opinions are outstanding, such
as these: A Junior High boy in writ-
ing of "Master Skylark" says "Even
though it is a story of a younger boy
than I, it has its good points-three
are: (1) Romance, (2) History, (3)
Biography." A sixth grade lad in
commenting on "A Dog of Flanders"
says, "I like the finding of Patrasche,
in which Patrasche's first master was


mean and cruel but Bello was kind,
which teaches us to be cruel does not
gain us anything."
A lad in the fifth grade says of
"Rackety Packety House," "I don't
like this book because it is about a
doll home, and I don't like doll
stories," whereas a little girl of the
same grade says, "I like "Racketty
Packetty House." It teaches that it
does not pay to be "stuck up."
Even the third and fourth grade
boys and girls have been able to ex-
press the results of their reading, and
one lad says he likes "Peter and Polly
in Summer" "because they were so
happy."
The results have been varied. First
of all, the greatly increased circula-
tion of the Children's Department
has been most gratifying. Our June
and July circulation totals consider-
ably over ten thousand. In June our
circulation was the highest in the his-
tory of the Library, and exceeded
June, 1926, by over 1,000, and the
circulation of the previous month by
almost 700.
Beside increasing the circulation so
greatly, the Vacation Reading Club


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has added many new borrowers to
the Children's Department, it has
helped the children to express them-
selves on paper, and has aided them
in concentrating when they read.
The Club will close in September,
at which time the leaders in each
grade will be presented with awards.
To date, we have 39 gold star mem-
bers, and 116 others, who are rapid-
ly striving toward the gold star list.


NEWS ITEMS APPRECIATED
All news, notes, articles and reports
from Florida librarians are welcomed
by the editor who wishes at this time
to thank the contributors for their
generous response and co-operation.
In a small bulletin it may not always
be possible to include all the items
submitted; it is hoped, however, that
none of the librarians will be dis-
couraged for this reason, but will keep
the editor supplied with information.
Any item not included in the first
number of the Bulletin issued after it
is sent in will in most cases appear in
the next issue.

BOOKS FOR THE BLIND
In a Library of Gongress publica-
tion, "Current Practices in the Service
for the Blind," mention is made of
Florida and other Southern states as
further fields for development. Miss
Brumbaugh, Librarian at Orlando,
will be glad to aid this work by
lending to Florida libraries books
printed in revised Braille, which are
owned by the Albertson Public Li-
brary. As these books are quite ex-
pensive the librarians are asked to see


that they are loaned only to respon-
sible people.
At present the Albertson Public Li-
brary collection consists of the fol-
lowing books and the back numbers
of "Braille", a magazine published
for the blind:


Burt

Conwell
Crane
Dickens
Rice


Poems Every Child Should
Know (3 vols.)
Acres of Diamonds
If You are Up Against It
Christmas Carol
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage


Patch
Strachey Florence Nightingale
Other books will be added from
time to time.


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A BARGAIN

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, the
new staff publication of the Detroit
Public Library relates the receipt by
one of the branches of a circular which
begins:
SINGLE GIRLS
Would you like an opportunity to meet
THE RIGHT MAN?
and proceeds to tell you how you can,


provided you have three dollars and a
passionate desire to live in Alaska.
To which the Editor adds, "it oc-
curs to us that membership in the A.
L. A. is likewise $3.00, but never has
it offered anything like this for the
money."
All of which we reprint in the hope
that it will not only furnish some
amusement but may prove a practical
suggestion to the A. L. A. Member-
ship Committee.-Gaylords Triangle




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