Title: Bulletin - Florida Library Association
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Title: Bulletin - Florida Library Association
Alternate Title: Florida library bulletin
Physical Description: v. : ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida Library Association
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Sarasota Florida
Publication Date: January 1934
Dates or Sequential Designation: v. 1-v. 4, no. 1; 1927-1936?
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Published at intervals by the Florida Library .


Officers 1932-1933

President, William F. Yust, Librarian,
Rollins College, Winter Park
First Vice President, Carl Bohnenberger,
Asst. Librarian, Public Library,
Second Vice President, O. K. Cole,
Library Trustee, Eustis
Acting Secretary, Olive Brumbaugh,
Librarian, Albertson Public Library,
Treasurer, Elizabeth Ruth Thorne, Uni-
versity of Florida Library, Gainesville
Editor, Florida Library Bulletin,
Verna B. Maxson, Reference Librarian,
Rollins College, Winter Park
Miss Agatha Deaver of the Tampa
Public Library was married October 25,
1933 to Mr. J. T. Bradley and is now
living at Bay Minette, Alabama. She
has resigned as Secretary of the Asso-
ciation and Miss Olive Brumbaugh, li-
brarian of the Orlando Public Library,
has consented to serve temporarily as

Read what Miss Thorne, our Treas-
urer, has to say and then send your dues
to her. Your help is needed to keep this
bulletin going and promote the library
cause in the state.

P634 .tta


The Florida Libr;y n, Vol. 1,
No. 1, made its appearance in Orlando in
January 1927. It was published by the
Albertson Library under the editorship
of Miss Olive Brumbaugh, librarian
there. Nos. 2 and 3 appeared in May
and June of that year. These excellent
numbers contain much information re-
garding libraries, librarians and the li-
brary movement in Florida.
During Mr. Joseph F. Marron's term
of office as President of the Florida Li-
brary Association, the Bulletin was pub-
lished at Jacksonville. Miss Pattie Frost,
Reference Librarian there, was the edit-
or. Vol. 2, No. 1 was issued in January
1929 and No. 2 in April 1930. The lat-
ter consists of a "Preliminary check list
of Floridiana 1500-1865 in the libraries
of Florida". It is a most valuable com-
pilation of books, manuscripts, newspa-
pers and periodicals, photostats and
photographs, pictures and maps.
The organ of the Florida Library As-
sociation next appeared as The Library
News Letter with Mr. Charles T. Gay,
Librarian of the Plant High School in
Tampa as editor. It was mimeographed
on paper of greenish tint. Nos. 1 to 6
were issued from October 1930 to April
1931. Several of these numbers were de-

Vol. 3

.No. 1


voted to the Southeastern Library Asso-
ciation, which held its sixth biennial
meeting in Tampa November 27-29, 1930.
The News Letter was also active in sup-
porting the county library law, which
was passed by the legislature in 1931.
In reviving the house organ of the
F. L. A. we are returning to the name
and form used in the early stages of its
development. We hope to maintain the
high standard it established. The length
and fullness of its life will depend on
the support which it receives.
Please send your library news and sug-


Florida librarians are well guarded at
their annual meetings, at least when Mrs.
L. L. Bow is present) with her police-
man's badge. At the meeting in Clear-
water she told this story of how she got
the badge.
In 1926 when things began to happen
to that bubble we called the real estate
boom, the Woman's club of Homestead,
looking about for something to do to
cheer things up a bit, decided to open its
library to the public. There were 350
books cataloged but only about half that
number could be located. So with 125
volumes and the nerve to call this collec-
tion a Public Library, the Club inserted
notices in the two local papers, inviting
not only the people of Homestead, but
also the adjacent community, to come and
borrow books and enjoy the reading
The club house is on the outskirts of

the town, and one had to make a real
effort to get there. The library was to
be open two afternoons and one night
each week.
Never shall I forget that first night.
We had been told by prominent citizens
that Homestead did not need a library
and the people did not want to read. I
turned on all the electricity and the place
was a blaze of light, a sort of beacon to
anyone who happened to be out. Seated
at the improvised desk I tried to look
busy, and longed and hoped and prayed
for at least one reader, just to prove the
error of the prominent citizens and show
them Homestead did need a library and
someone did want to read.
By and by my prayer was answered.
A solitary man, a stranger in the com-
munity, trying to find his way about, saw
our illumination, came in to ask informa-
tion, learned we were a library, decided
he would rather stay and read than go
where he had started. And stay he did.
When it came time to close, he turned
out the lights and locked the door.
That first reader on our first night is
still with us, one of our best and most
faithful patrons. Later he moved his
family to Homestead, and I like to think
the promise of a library had something
to do with his decision.
Immediately we began to grow. There
we stood with outstretched hands, beg-
ging books and magazines from every-
body. (And the hands are still out-
stretched). Soon we had outgrown the
club house, also the financial resources of
the club. Then things really became ex-
citing. The club offered to give the li-
brary to the city. But the city fathers
were not library minded and did not care


to accept the library with the responsi-
bility of its support.
Someone suggested a special election
be called. Friends of the library got
busy and the election was held. There
were only 27 votes against it and I have
never been able to find 27 who would
acknowledge those votes.
Then in fact we were a municipal li-
brary, a thing to be nursed and cared for
and supported by the public funds. On-
ly, there were no public funds that could
be diverted to a library. Some one dis-
covered there was money in the police
department, but neither could that be di-
verted to another cause.
There was another consultation; some-
one had a happy thought. A committee
visited the librarian and asked if she
would consent to become a policeman?
Would she? Well; she told those men
she would be happy to become a scav-
enger if only the library could go on.
She was sworn in as a policeman and
the library is still going.


Now that we have a new deal and are
starting on a new year, we all are anx-
ious to settle our past debts and begin
anew. The Florida Library Association
is delighted to have several new members
this year. The institutional members
furnish another bright spot, in that
eighteen out of twenty-three on our ac-
tive list have paid up, or over seventy-
eight percent. Let's make the list one
hundred percent for 1933.
The active individual membership list
can also be made complete, if all of us
who have just neglected to send in our

dues will mail a check immediately. The
dollar from each one will help swell the
Treasury so that the Association can go
forward and do bigger things.
In a forthcoming issue of this Bulle-
tin we will publish a list of members in
good standing. Let all of us find our
names on it by sending in a dollar today
(or two dollars for libraries).
Sincerely yours
Elizabeth Ruth Thorne
University of Fla. Library
Gainesville, Florida


Statistics from the Jacksonville Pub-
lic Library prove the truth of the state-
ment that libraries are used more during
a period of economic stagnation than dur-
ing one of prosperity. 44,412 more
books were circulated in Jacksonville
during the twelve months ending Decem-
ber 1933 than during the same period
the preceding year.
Many other libraries have had a sim-
ilar experience. How gratifying this is
even in the face of reduced budgets,
shortened hours and smaller staffs!
The increase in employment so notice-
able now sounds a warning to all libra-
rians. Will the man who came for books
when he had no work forget about them
now that he has found something to do?
He still has leisure time. How will he
use it?
Now is the time for interesting book
displays, for attractive bulletin boards,
for newspaper publicity and most of all
for contact between the librarian and the
members of his community.



1920 Apr. 26-27 Orlando 1
Meeting called by Helen V. Stelle
1921 Apr. 12-13 Ocala 2
Pres. Joseph F. Marron
1922 Apr. 27-28 Tampa 3
Pres. Helen V. Stelle
1923 Apr. 12-13 DeLand 4
Pres. Louise Gamsby
1924 Apr. 24-25 St. Petersburg 5
Pres. Cora Miltimore
1925 Mar. 12-13 Orlando 6
Pres. Cora Miltimore
1926 Apr. 8-9 Eustis 7
Pres. Mrs. Anne Van Ness Brown
1927 Mar. 3-4 Miami 8
Pres. Mrs. Anne Van Ness Brown
1928 Apr. 4-5 Lakeland 9
Pres. Olive Brumbaugh
1929 No meeting
1930 Apr. 10-11 Jacksonville 10
Pres. Joseph F. Marron
1931 Mar. 18-19 Gainesville 11
Pres. Helen V. Stelle
1932 Mar. 18-19 Winter Park 12
Pres. Louise Richardson
1933 Mar. 30-31 Clearwataer 13
Pres. Louise Richardson
There was an earlier library associa-
tion organized in 1901, which, during the
next ten years, held a number of annual
meetings in various cities. Then fol-
lowed a decade of inactivity. As Miss
Miltimore says in the Florida Library
Bulletin of May 1927, p. 3: To most
of us our Association does not date back
further than the 1920 meeting.


An article by Melvil Dewey entitled
"Lake Placid Club in Florida" appears
in the Florida Library Bulletin of Jan-
uary 1929. He there tells the story of
the development of the Lake Placid Club
in the Adirondacks and the plan to have
another club of the same ideals and
standards "in the balmiest, loveliest spot
in Florida". Now comes an invitation
that our Association hold its meeting in
that balmy spot.
8 Ja 34
Wm. F. Yust, Pres.
Florida Library Ass'n
Rollins College
Winter Park, Fla
My dear Mr. Yust:
It would giv me great pleasure to
hav the Florida Library Association
hold its next annual meeting at the Lake
Placid Club in Florida, which was Mel-
vil Dewey's home.
After the 10th of April we could care
for your number very conveniently and
make most attractive rates. I am send-
ing yu a description of the Club and
hope that yu wil be able to make ar-
rangements to hold the meeting here.
Emily Dewey
(Mrs. Melvil Dewey)
This gracious invitation has been ac-
cepted by the Executive Board and our
next meeting will be held at the Lake
Placid Club April 12-13. The folder
which Mrs. Dewey sent describing the
club estate of 3000 acres is illustrated
and gives full information about its many


attractions. A copy of the folder is be-
ing mailed with this bulletin to each of
our members.
The rates will be:
$5 a day, American plan, 2 in a
room, possibly 3, depending on reg-
istration, sharing bath.
$6 a day, 2 in a room, private bath.
Individual meals $1.50 each.
This means only $6.50 for lodging and
the four meals during the conference.
Reservations may be made at once by ad-
dressing the Club.
Lake Placid is located in the Scenic
Highlands of Florida on the Atlantic
Coast Line railroad and on State Route
number 8. It is easily accessible by fine
motor roads.
Librarians will welcome the opportun-
ity to visit this beautiful part of the
state, the Lake Placid Club, the home
of Melvil Dewey, and in so doing pay a
tribute of respect to a famous librarian.


The Florida Educational Association
held its annual meeting in Tampa De-
cember 28-30, 1933. The library section
met at the Tampa Public Library on
Friday afternoon, December 29. Miss
Mathewson of the Florida State College
for Women acted as chairman in place
of Miss Helms, who has retired from
school and library work because of ill-
ness. Miss Pickering of Daytona Beach
acted as secretary. At the business meet-
ing Mr. Gay was elected chairman and
Miss Regener, secretary of the section.
"How the School Library Can Aid in
Providing Minimum School Opportuni-

t:Ae in the Prtsent Crisis" and "What
ShaIll We Do Now?" were the subjects
f ;lalks by Mr. Charles Gay and Miss
Etta Lane Matthtws. Round table dis-
cu sion on the questions followed.


Albertson Pu'lic Library
(3ood news. The F.orida Library Bul-
letin is to be revived. An account of the
happenings and problems of Florida li-
)brries will be welcome to all. May the
Bu'letin continue in the future without
With the close of 1933 ten years of
history had been made by the Albertson
Public Library. Notwithstanding many
reverses, those years of history definitely
counted on the side of the city's progress.
The stupendous figure of 2,457,982 rep-
resents the number of books loaned for
home use during that time.
The year 1933 will be remembered as
most trying. Economic pressure ren-
dered efficient functioning extremely dif-
ficult. Every curtailment brought grief
and hardship. But on the whole the
Albertson Library has cause to be proud
of the year's work. Notwithstanding
the many difficulties, the work pro-
gressed and each department showed in-
creased activities over the preceding
During 1933 there were 293,574 vol-
umes loaned for home use, a gain of
19,317 over the previous year. Although
resources were limited, 2,590 new books
m ere added.
Olive Brumbaugh



Florida State College for Women

Although no books h.ve been bought
for the past six months, our library has
actually lent more Yboks by seve al
thousand than for the same time a velar
ago. Our bulletin boards and display
cases have emphasiz(fd serious as well as
lighter reading, carrying out the idea vf
"any book you haviw not read is a new
book to you".
For recreational reading per se oir
Browsing Room has been in constant use
by students, faculty, and alumnae. Eve-
nings for reading aloud in this room have
proved popular. Often there is "stand-
ing room only".
In addition to our regular work with-
in the Library, the staff has helped in a
number of community projects; Story
Hours sponsored by the Tallahassee Wo-
man's Club, programs of the local Par-
ent-Teacher Associations, cooperation
with CWA workers in nearby libraries,
and in making suggested programs for
more than one club in Florida.
Like other libraries, college and pub-
lic, we feel no depression as far as work
is concerned.
Louise Richardson

Florida State Library
The Florida State Library during the
past twelve months has performed.
among other things, the following kinds
of service:
Made community loans of books and
loans to individuals in various counties
of the state.
Assisted research workers in the State
Library; assisted in securing genealogical


information, and sent out historical and
other information in response to many
Furnished information to members of
the State Legislature, American Legis-
lators' Association and other agencies
outside the state; performed certain ser-
vices upon request for various depart-
ments of the state government.
Secured contributions of many books,
some translations from the Lowery Span-
ish Manuscripts in the Library of Con-
gress, more than 100 Civil War letters
written by Middle Florida soldiers, type-
written copy of Mrs. E. C. Long's Flor-
ida Breezes, a number of old newspapers
and other material.
Furnished publicity items to newspa-
pers concerning work of State Library.
W. T. Cash
State Librarian

Lakeland Public Library
To the Florida Library Bulletin the
staff of the Lakeland Public Library ex-
tend congratulations on its recovery and
add many good wishes for a long and
useful life. We look forward with much
pleasure to receiving its regular visits
and to hearing through it about other
Florida libraries.
January 6 was the seventh birthday of
the Lakeland Public Library.
In years to come perhaps January 15
will be another red-letter day in our his-
tory, for on that date, 1934, we are to
open a reading room for Negroes. Our
service to them is beginning in a small
but, we trust, auspicious way.
Serena C. Bailey


Tampa Public Library
Miss Ellen Janet Chapline, a gradu-
ate of the Florida State College for Wo-
men and Emory Library School, has
joined the staff of the Tampa Public Li-
Notice that the Tampa Public Library
is again open twelve hours per day after
four years of shortened hours is indeed
good news.
Miss Mary Hawkins of the reference
department was transferred to the posi-
tion of head of the cataloging department
of the Tampa Public Library, a position
left vacant when Miss Agatha Deaver
was married.
Helen V. Stelle

St. Petersburg Public Library
It is not my intention to start a Round-
Table discussion, but I am sending out
an S. O. S. call to my librarian friends,
to ask their help in furthering the read-
ing of non-fiction by the borrowers from
the Children's Department.
I do not know whether there is some-
thing wrong with our particular methods,
or whether this condition exists in all li-
braries. We have done everything we
can to get our young readers interested
in more worthwhile reading, but as we
fail to get much assistance from the
mothers, we are left with a hard propo-
sition to deal with; so I would appreciate
any suggestions that might be of help in
changing their reading tastes.
We have put' on attractive reading
contests, featuring our best non-fiction,
but as soon as they were over, we were
back to the same old level. I would like

so much to hear from others on this sub-
Mary Bright
(Replies to the above will be welcomed
by the Editor with a view to possible
publication in the Bulletin.)


1. By joining the Florida Library As-
sociation and attending its meetings.
2. By joining the American Library
3. By securing sustaining members for
the American Library Association.
4. By securing members for the Florida
Library Association among local li-
brary trustees and winter visitors.



High Water, a novel with a Florida
setting, is scheduled to appear late this
spring. Professor Edwin Granberry,
who is the author, has written three other
novels using Florida for a background.
Librarians will not need to be reminded
of their titles: Strangers and Lovers,
The Erl King and The Ancient Hunger.
Professor Granberrv has also written
a number of short stories, one of which,
A Trip To Czardis, gives an especially
vivid picture of an event in the life of
a native Florida family. This story, pub-
lished in the April 1932 issue of the
Forum magazine, was awarded the C.
Henry Memorial prize for short short
stories that year and included in the vol-


une 0. Henry Memorial Award Prize
Stories for 1932.
Professor Granberry is a member of
the faculty of Rollins College.


Cities of 10,000 to 200,000 population
should have at least two books per cap-
ita in their public library according to
the standard of the American Library
Association; communities of less than
10,000, three books. The library appro-
priation should be about one dollar ($1)
per capital annually. Let each commun-
ity test itself.


During the two years that I have been
chairman of this committee we have en-
deavored to have a library chairman ap-
pointed in local, county and district as-
sociations. Reports received last Spring
showed that Book Week was very gener-
ally observed, that many schools were
being equipped with libraries or that
these libraries were being enlarged and
better cared for. We find that there is
splendid cooperation between the school
and the city library in many places.
This year we have asked county chair-
men to try to reach the rural schools and
several counties have travelling libraries.
In my county the travelling library is
owned, by the County Federation of Wo-
men's Clubs and this year the different
units were taken to the schools by mem-

bers of the County School Board. We
have succeeded in making our children
very decidedly book conscious. Our
problem now is to furnish sufficient read-
ing to supply the demand.
Ellen B. Richardson, Librarian
Hugh Embry Memorial Library
Dade City, Florida

Miss M. E. Ahern of Chicago, honor-
ary member of the Florida Library As-
sociation, is sojourning in Winter Park.
She made a notable record through her
magazine, Public Libraries later named
Libraries, which she edited from its
founding to its finish. She completed, as
Melvil Dewey said, "36 volumes of
which eni leader myt justli be veri


The American Library Association
will hold its next annual meeting in Mon-
treal, Canada, June 25-30. A regional
meeting of the American Library Asso-
ciation, which will also be a joint confer-
ence of the Southeastern and Southwest-
ern Library Associations, will be held in
Memphis, Tennessee, October 18, 1934.
Show this bulletin to your library
trustees and urge them to join the Flor-
ida Library Association.


One of the latest additions to the ranks
of libraries in Florida is the Grace Bick-
ford Library at Ferry Pass. Established
by the gift of the private collection of
Mrs. Grace Bickford early in 1933, the
library, under her leadership, has already
proved its value to the community.

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