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LAKEWOOD COURIER January 12, 1933

Following the installation of a rental department for new fiction and popular non-fiction, Miss Roena Ingham, librarian reported this week that 470 of these tomes have been rented. If this demand is maintained Miss Ingham anticipates adding new titles as rapidly as funds will permit.

A charge of two cents a day, with a minimum charge of five cents is made. No charge will be made for Sundays or other days on which the Library is not open.

This is one of the methods by which the Library hopes to meet the reduction in appropriation without cutting service.

Pays for Collection

The rental plan will make this collection self supporting and as fast as this is accomplished books will be transferred from this collection to the free shelves.

Postal orders will not be accepted for rental books.

The proportion of rental books is small to the thousands of books on the free shelves. The Lakewood readers have never made as great use of the Library as they are doing now and the inability to keep up with the new books is greatly regretted.

If anyone who reads this is fortunate to won a copy of any recent book and has finished it, the library could put that book to excellent use. Don't let your good books gather the dust of disuse, is the librarian's plea.


LAKEWOOD COURIER -- November 16, 1933 Pg. 3

The past week has been national book week. Here are a few facts about the high school library, which has approximately 8,565 books.

The non-fiction and fiction books have about an equal number. Most books belong to the history department. About 150 to 300 books are circulated each day.

During each of the last three years the Lakewood D.A.R. has given $10 for the purpose of increasing the history collection of the library. The first high school library was established, many years ago at Wilson School.

A course in training students in the use and placement of books is given to the sophomore English classes. The Cleveland Museum of Art has exhibits in two of the library cases almost every week.



It is natural that Lakewood as a city of homes and families should give its best to the boys and girls who are the citizens of tomorrow. From its beginning the library has maintained a well equipped children's department as an integral part of its organization. This has meant, first of all, carefully selected book collections, and trained librarians who have made a special study of library work with children. To make reading for both information and for delight a part of every child's background, attractive rooms is the goal. Personal attention in the library, printed lists, special exhibits and book talks in the school are some of the many ways in which the library tries to accomplish this.

Realizing that children must be served in more convenient centers, and also that a wide variety of books is essential to the modern school program, the library and the schools cooperated in school branches. The senior and junior high schools and two of the elementary schools have well rounded book collections and trained librarians. Special service is also given to teachers from the Main Library and from Madison Branch and many collections of books are sent each week to enrich the work in the classroom.

For the future the library hopes to strengthen the work in the elementary schools and to provide special service for young people of high school age who are leaving the children's rooms and who need a sympathetic introduction to the wider resources of the adult collection. The development of work with boys and girls of all ages offers rich possibilities and needs the help and interest of every adult who looks to the future.


LAKEWOOD POST February 24, 1933

Lakewood library is lending 25 per cent more books, operating at an annual expense of $86,622, has a bonded debt of $74,000 and is uncertain of its income from 1933, Miss Roena Ingham, librarian, shows in her 1932 report issued last week.

Meeting a 25 per cent increase in work with four less assistants, the staff of 31 full time assistants has been able to maintain its services competently.

Following are some excerpts from Miss Ingham's report: 610,661 books were circulated for home use from the main library, Madison branch and none school branches. The total circulation to the children in Lakewood was 242,938. 2,790 books were issued to patients in Lakewood hospital.

There are 67,334 books in use at the main library and branches. Added to the library were 560 volumes as gifts. 4,214 periodicals were made ready for use at the main library.

Over 1,000 meetings, varying in size from committee groups to capacity of the auditorium met in the library. 2,509 children listened to stories at the main library and Madison branch. 255 book talks and story hours were conducted by the assistants to groups outside the library.

An innovation in service was added during the year - new popular books can now be obtained from the rental collection at two cents a day.

During the year 1931 the total cost of operating the library and branches was $86,622.82. Of this amount $16,300 was spent for maturity of bonds. The present bonded debt is $74,000.

Because of the legislation which changed the source of income to the new tax on intangibles, the income of the library was very uncertain during 1932. The year 1933 opens with the same uncertainty.


SUBURBAN NEWS March 10, 1933

Hope to Maintain Work Despite Financial Worries; Ask State Relief For Libraries

At the last meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Lakewood Public Library, Miss Ingham, the librarian, submitted a report of the activities of the local library during 1932.

Expressing the hope that aid from the Legislature will materially assist the libraries in Ohio. Miss Ingham's report is particularly illuminating in setting forth the volume of work accomplished in spite of uncertain financial conditions.

The report in full is as follows:

The library was open 12 hours per day 308 days in 1932.

610,661 books were circulated for home use from the Main Library, Madison Branch, nine school branches.

The total circulation to the children in Lakewood was 242,938.

122,969 books were issued in the school branches.

13,700 pictures were drawn by teachers and art students.

2,790 books were issued to patients in the Lakewood Hospital.

The circulation has increased 100% in ten years and 25% since 1929.

About one-half of the population of Lakewood are enrolled as borrowers of the library.

There are 67,334 books in use at the Main Library and branches.

560 volumes were added to the library as gifts.

5,214 Periodicals were made ready for use at the Main Library.

Many magazines were given to the library. Recent current numbers of magazines can be sued at the Main Library and Hospital.

1,038 meetings, varying in size from committee groups to the capacity of the auditorium met in the library.

2.509 children listened to stories at the Main library and Madison Branch.

255 Book talks and story hours were conducted by the assistants to groups outside of the library.

Definite instruction in the use of the library, card catalog and the making of bibliographies is given by the librarians at the High School and Junior High Schools as part of the school curriculum.

The librarian and her assistant gave 20 book reviews to different clubs during the year.

Record of books used for reference in the library building is impossible to make. Without keeping actual count it is evident that several hundred are used each day.

Many reference questions are answered by the telephone. When in doubt call Boulevard 3276.

An innovation-new popular books can be obtained from the Rental Collection at 2 cents per day.

In co-operation with the Cleveland Museum of Art instructive exhibits are changes frequently.

The Lakewood Branch of the Cleveland Art School used the Library as its headquarters.

A staff of 31 full time assistants is employed in the library system. None of these devote their full time to work in the schools.

The staff numbers four less assistants than 1930 with 25% more work.



Miss Roena A. Ingham Has Been Librarian Since Organization in 1915

The Lakewood Public Library was opened to the public May 19, 1916.

Some years previous to this the Board of Education put aside money from taxes so that at the time the gift for the building was solicited from Andrew Carnegie enough money had accumulated to purchase the fine site at the corner of Detroit and Arthur avenues and over $10,000 was ready for the book stock.

The increase of the use of the library kept pace with the rapid growth of the city and in less than eight years the building proved inadequate.

In November 1922 the citizens of Lakewood passed a bond issue for $150,000 and later an additional $30,000 for the enlargement of the building and June 3, 1924, the beautiful building was again opened to the public with increased capacity in every department.

On the main floor is a large circulating department and the librarian's office. On the west side is the children's department fitted with low tables and chairs and shelf room for a carefully chosen collection of books suited to young people from the tiny tot just learning to read to the young people of junior high age.

Mounting the broad marble stair a the end of the circulating department one enters on the right the reference and reading room. Here will be found more than one hundred magazines, weeklies and monthlies on file. The corresponding room on the east side of the second floor is the auditorium with a seating capacity of two hundred. On the mezzanine floor at the front are two club rooms and the staff room.

The large use which is made of the auditorium and club rooms demonstrates that the library is a community center-about one hundred meetings each month has been the average. A program for a week would show groups studying parliamentary law, sewing class, groups of heard of hearing, French classes, meetings of P.T.A., the Teachers' Federation, classes as a branch of the Cleveland School of Art, Delphian groups, League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, and many other organizations. Free use is given to groups interested in civic, or educational purposes.

The library as an Art Center has been demonstrated through the cooperation with the Cleveland Art museum which loans interesting exhibits for the show cases.

The work of Cleveland and Lakewood artists are exhibited from time to time and demonstration of the art work of the Lakewood Schools is often shown.

Once a week a librarian visits Lakewood hospitals and supplies the patients with books and magazines. Books are supplied to the Lakewood Telephone Exchange.

The library has about 70,000 volumes and during the twenty years of its existence has issued to the residents of Lakewood 7,576,936 volumes. The peak in circulation was reached during 1932 when the capacity of the library was taxed to its utmost by the heavy demand made by those unemployed.

Madison Branch

In 1921 a branch library was opened in the South East section of Lakewood and after occupying rented quarters for several years an attractive building was erected in Madison Park on the land given by the city in 1929.

Serve Children and Schools

It is natural that Lakewood as a city of homes and families should give its best to the boys and girls who are the citizens of tomorrow. From its beginning the library has maintained a well equipped children's department as an integral part of its organization. This has meant, first of all, carefully selected book collections, and trained librarian who have made a special study of library work with children. To make reading for both information and for delight a part of every child's background attractive rooms is the goal. Personal attention on the library, printed lists, special exhibits and book talks in the school are some of the many ways in which the library tries to accomplish this.

Realizing that children must be served in more convenient centers, and also that a wide variety of books is essential to the modern school program, the library and the schools cooperate in school branches. The senior and junior high schools and two of the elementary schools have well rounded book collections and trained librarians. Special service is also given to teachers from the Main Library and from Madison Branch and many collections o books are sent each week to enrich the work in the classroom.

For the future the library hopes to strengthen the work in the elementary schools and to provide special service for young people of high school age who are leaving the children's rooms and who need a sympathetic introduction to the wider resources of adult collection. The development of work with boys and girls of all ages offers rich possibilities and needs the help and interest of every adult who looks to the future.

From 1915 until 1921 the library was under the management of the Board of Education but as it became a more active institution the necessity for its won board of trustees was evident. It is organized as a School District library with a Board of Trustees appointed by the Board of Education. The following are the members of this board: Mrs. Howard A. Byrnes, Mrs. Louis A. Corlett, Mr. J.S. Crider, Mrs. Charles B. DeLano, Mr. Isaac Metcalf, Mr. Anthony Poss and Mr. G.H. Thorne. Mr. George W. Grill acts as secretary and treasurer.

Miss Roena A. Ingham has been librarian since the organization in 1915 and has been directly responsible for the choice of books and development and growth of the work. The efficiency of the library can be attributed to the able staff of trained librarians who give conscientious service to the reading public of Lakewood. Among these should be mentioned Miss Hazel G. Caldwell, assistant librarian; Miss Lesley Newton, director of work with children and schools, and Miss Florence Cottrell, librarian of the Madison Branch.



Tuesday, the Lakewood Public library celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its opening.

As n that day in 1916, the library was decorated by a display of flowers sent in by appreciative friends. In size the building presents quite a contrast to that earlier day for in June, 1924, a second opening was held when the larger addition gave greater facilities for the work.

In the twenty years the library has made a place for itself in the community, not only as a center for the circulation of books and reference work but its co-operation with Cleveland Art museum and Museum of Natural History has made it a medium for the display of many interesting exhibits.

The use of the building as a community center has shown a constant growth. Classes in lip reading, French, Spanish and sewing, are conducted by WPA. A branch of the Cleveland School of Art meets three times each week, It is the center for Red Cross first aid classes. It is also the headquarters for a number of Lakewood organizations, the D.A. R., Delphians, Ladies of the G.A.R., P.T.A. The College club makes use of the club rooms for study groups.

The development of the work with children, has been an interesting feature as the trained children's workers are always ready to give individual attention to the young readers.

The co-operation with the schools is maintained in furnishing books to teachers and in providing circulation centers in the two schools most remote from the library.

Miss Roena Ingham has been librarian since the organization. Miss Hazel Caldwell, first assistant librarian came to the staff the first summer.

Miss Lesley Newton, Director of the work with children and schools, took this position in 1918. Mrs. Gladys Smith, reference librarian, and Miss Emily Cornell, head cataloger, were on the staff in the early days. Miss Winifred Christy in charge of the desk has held this position since 1920. Miss Florence Cottrell has been librarian of the Madison branch from the time of opening in 1921.

The library, like all tax supported institutions, has suffered a decrease in income during the depression years but through careful planning of the budget has been able to carry on an do effective work.



The annual exhibition of painting and crafts by the Lakewood Art Society is on view in the Lakewood library.

The library has been a friend and a haven to Lakewood art. It housed the Lakewood art classes until they moved to Wilson public school, on Warren road, Tuesday evening and became the Lakewood branch of the Cleveland School of Art. And now the Lakewood Art Society is exhibiting at the library, and will continue to have its annual show there as long as it likes or until it gets the club house it is talking about.

Mary Coopland is chairman of the exhibition committee this year, and she's made a good job of it.

Several members of the faculty of the Lakewood Art school are exhibiting. Among these are Walter H. Brough, portrait painter, who has won honors at the Cleveland Art Museum, and Ada Beckwith and Arthur Wolff, Others among the exhibitors who have won museum honors are Clifton Newell, Beatrice Detlefs and Walt Scott.

Many New Artists.

This has made these names familiar, but there are many fine artists in Lakewood that we're just getting acquainted with. There are twenty-eight of them, and it would pay almost anybody to make the trip out to Lakewood library to see the excellence of their work.

The one honorary member of the Lakewood Art Society is H.N. Cady of Boston. His son, who lives in Lakewood, is so proud of his seventy-five-year-old father's marine paintings that he brought some of them to a club meeting, and the members immediately voted to name the artist an honorary member. A number of his paintings are in the present exhibition.

Among those who are showing jewelry and other metal work, and embroidery and batiks are Nola M. Rearick, Vivien Uhl, Clara M. Hand, Elizabeth M. Barkley and Louise Webber.

The Lakewood Art Society has about 100 members and about fifty of them are extremely active, which is a very good proportion for any club. When they get their new club house they expect to have the drama and music under the same roof with art.



Plans are being laid by Lakewood artists and craftsmen to hold the first Lakewood Exhibit of Art in connection with the opening on June 3 of the Lakewood Public Library.

At a meeting Friday night in the library, more than a score of artists made arrangements with Librarian Ingham for holding the exhibit.

Tuesday it was announced that Walter H. Brough, 17640 Cannon avenue will be in charge, with a committee, of the exhibit.

Members of the committee are Earl J. Neff, 1441 Robinwood avenue; Miss Miriam Sheldon, 1475 Clarence avenue; Miss Vivian G. Uhl, 1566 Belle avenue and Arthur F. Wolff, 1300 Westlake avenue.

The plans are to have the exhibit continue until June 14, Mr. Brough said.


West Side Community Uses Building for Art and Civic Life.

by Grace V. Kelly

Lakewood Public library and its relation to the community came up so often that I went out there the other day to see what it was al about. I found that it was about nearly everything under the sun that might be of use or pleasure to residents of Lakewood.

The night I wa there Ada Beckwith, who is the supervisor of art for the Lakewood public schools, escorted me around and proudly displayed the year's exhibition of work of the public school pupils, which was supposed to hang in the auditorium, but which spread all over the upper floor,.

The work had so much ginger in it that I felt it to be worthy of the very active community that produced it.

I went from this exhibition to the children's department, where Miss Leslie Newton holds sway, and, while myriads of children swarmed around us, we viewed another exhibition which is now hanging on the walls, and which will be there for tow or three moths. This was of twelve paintings by Clara L. Deike, who teaches art at West High school and who is now on a year's leave of absence in Europe.

Berlin Heights to Capri

Some of these paintings were made in Berlin Heights, and some in Provincetown, Truro and Gloucester, Mass. Others were made in Capri, Italy, and are taken from among her latest work. One of the paintings, "Crystal and Flowers," won a prize at the Museum of Art in 1925.

Miss Roena Ingham, who has charge of the Lakewood library, told me that any time I might come I'd find an exhibition there and that Lakewooders live all over the library and use it for everything.

There's a big fireplace, and sometimes, in the winter, they just sit in front of this and read, or they wander around and study and enjoy the pictures and other art objects lent by the Museum of Art, or by generous owners.

All the many clubs of Lakewood use the auditorium for their programs, and the high school uses it for its debates. It's never idle and nobody wants it to be.


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Are you a good citizen? Do you pride yourself that you have the virtues of a true citizen of Lakewood Ohio, you do, do you!

One of the hallmarks of a true citizen is his pride in the good things of the community. Another is helpfulness is needed; but to the point. Complaint has come from Lakewood Public Library that certain Lakewood High pupils invade the library every evening--not for the perfectly legitimate purpose of the pursuit of literary amusement or collateral reading--but with no particular aim in mind--nothing more or less than a healthy appetite for fun and a strong feeling of bon-camaderie. These people detract the librarians' attention from their work, and annoy others by their persistent conversation.

You should know by this time that Lakewood Public Library was not erected for the express purpose of affording a clandestine meeting place or a general forum for high school students.

Bear this in mind--Lakewood Public Library is an institution to which a good citizen should lend his hearty support, instead of being a hindrance to its purpose. If you lay claim to the title of a good citizen, you will attempt to give Lakewood Library your firm backing, instead of your indifferent opposition.


Miss Ingham Acclaimed for Her Presentation of Author's Work

by Mr. Dan A. Huebner


An event of special interest to all book lovers and students of literature was the program given by the Lakewood Child Conservation League at the Library, last Tuesday.

Miss Roena Ingham gave a review of several of Willa Cather's books, including, "O! Pioneers," "My Antonia," "The Song of the Lark" and latest, "The Professor's House."

Miss Ingham is the librarian of Lakewood’s splendid Public Library and has served most capably and efficiently in this capacity for a number of years and it would be difficult to find any where, a woman who is so well fitted in every respect to fill this very important and responsible position in this city.

All those who patronize the Library, regularly, or just now and then, find a hearty welcome and willing and ready service from the librarian and her assistants.

Miss Ingham is particularly well adapted to giving a clear and well defined book review.

Her large and varied knowledge of books enables her to select most any book that might prove interesting, and in studying its contents, she vivifies the characters portrayed in the story in a very realistic style, therefore doing justice and honor to the author who created them.

Miss Ingham stated that Willa Cather has perhaps done more in her writings, to portray typical pioneer western life than any other writer. She went from Virginia to Nebraska at the age of nine years, where she remained until she was nineteen years of age and during that period she lived much in the open prairie, riding her pony.

At the end of that time she graduated from the Nebraska State University and sometime later she wrote the books with the western setting in which she had lived and observed and out of which experience, her characters grew.

Willa Cather's greatest characters perhaps are women, great women in their simplicity. Her stories are not of the exciting western type but a true portrayal of conditions and people as they are during the immigrant pioneer period.



Book talks have become an interesting part of the work of public libraries this winter. A review of the latest fiction, drama, poetry and prose has been presented to the various community groups. The Lakewood public library has arranged a series of book talks to be given Friday evenings at the library by Miss Clara L. Myers, of the College for Women. The first talk was on Friday evening when "Some Recent Plays" were reviewed. Miss Myers will speak on "The Interpretation of a Nation Through Its Statesmen," at the next meeting. The works of Bojer, Hamsum, Nexo and Jacobsen, Scandinavian authors, will be the theme for the talks the last of February and the first of March.



"Don't buy any more 'quick lunch' books for me. I want some books that I don't get tired of. Aren't there any better books written, or don't you know where to find them?' The mother of the ten year-old boy who made this comment on her selection of books for his reading, had been in the habit of buying a book in the midst of her general shopping. She had given no further thought to the matter than to ask for another book for a boy of ten years the price she was accustomed to pay. The boy's challenge to buy better books brought her to the children's room of a public library one day in September. There she was helped to make out a list, including "Treasure Island," "Tom Sawyer," "Robinson Crusoe," and Howard Pyle's "Merry Adventures of Robin Hood." Not one of these titles had her boy ever owned before. Moreover, this mother was roused to a sense of her own lack of equipment for meeting the book needs of an intelligent growing boy and determined to avail herself of every opportunity to make good in her future selection of his book. "From now on," she said, "it must be a book George will like and think worth reading not just another book. I can see that I shall have to read more of his books and know what he thinks about them if I expect him to put any confidence in my judgment. It will take more time to buy his books but I fell a new interest already and I am going to have a good time doing it."

This paragraph, quoted from the November "Bookman," voices the feeling of many a child and expresses the difficulty of the Christmas shopper who waits until she reaches the book counter to select titles.

The week of November 15-20, marks the second national celebration of Children's Book Week. The slogan of the publishers is "More Books in the Home Libraries, in co-operating with this movement, prefer to say instead "Better Books in the Home." There is always the temptation to buy for the small child the book with the gaily colored cover and for the older boy and girl, one of the many series which are displayed in such numbers. Too often an examination of the reading matter reveals a story which if not actually harmful, is at the best, weak and insipid. Such a story may at first attract a youthful reader, but it is usually put aside after one reading. How much better investment to select a book which will bear re-reading and which will have a permanent and treasured place in the child's own library.

The Children's Department of your own Lakewood Library has not only a special collection of splendidly illustrated gift editions of children's books, but is ready at all times with suggestive lists and helps in selection.

Make your child's book shelf worth while by consulting these aids before buying.



by Roena A. Ingham Librarian

As in the past two years, the third week in November has been set aside as Children's Book Week. In these piping days of advertising, when everything from brooms to bread has an appointed "week," a Better Reading Week deserves even more than honorable mention. Libraries have always encouraged the personal ownership of books, but instead of the publisher's slogan, "More books in the home," they would choose to emphasize "Better books in the home." What they hope most to accomplish is to bring before parents and all those who have to do with children the sources of delight to be found in children's books and the great need for adult intelligence and discrimination in the choice of them.

Children's Book Week comes at a particularly opportune time, preceding as it does the Christmas season and the inevitable purchase of books for son or daughter. Too often in the stress of shopping less time is bestowed upon this choice than would be given to a hair ribbon or a picture-puzzle. The publicity during the week of Nov. 13-20 serves as a reminder and gives ample time to consider and to choose books that will have a permanent place in the child's own library rather than the many ephemeral and mediocre volumes that are to be found in so great numbers. The days of the penny thriller are past, but the era of the "harmless juvenile" is with us. Let us not be too easily beguiled by an attractive cover, the extravagant recommendation on the book jacket, or by the fact that a title belongs to a certain series for which Johnny or Mary has expressed a preference. Shall we not make sure that the newly added volume is one to "grow on," a book to be treasured and reread? If you are uncertain, there are always lists and suggestions which are yours for the asking. The Children's Department of your public library has a special case where attractive editions of the best books are kept both for circulation or examination. In addition, it has for distribution to parents copies of "The Children's Bookshelf," a descriptive list of books arranged according to age and interest.

But to go one step farther to the consideration of children's reading at all times, regardless of special occasions. In writing of Book Week someone has said:

"To buy a book a week is an excellent habit; to read a book a week is even better; what is needed more than a slogan or habit is a real and living interest in good books."

Theories and ideals are excellent, but they are no substitute for actual knowledge of the contents of books, for only so can a real standard of appreciation be gained. There is a widespread opinion that all juvenile literature is tame and tiresome and far removed from adult interests. True it is that we would not wish to read all the books our children possess or bring home from the public library, but among them are many that are too delightful not to be shared with grownups. Consider how many of the world's classics are to be found among children's books-Robinson Crusoe, Arabian Nights, Don Quixote and the Greek and Norse hero tales were not originally written for young people but have been adapted by them because of the story's appeal to youth. In addition to the so-called "standards" there are scores of the more modern titles that are written with real literary merit and a dramatic skill that make equally pleasurable reading for adults.

Why not celebrate Children's Book Week by beginning a short course in children's literature? Returns are guaranteed to be pleasant out of all proportion ot the effort. The following is only a short list of a few titles to start on:

To Read With the Younger Child:

Dr/ Doolittle. by Hugh Lofting.

Truly dedicated to "children in years and children in heart."

Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

Children enjoy the marvelous adventures, but only a more mature mind can fully appreciate the whimsical philosophy of the immortal Alice.

The Arkansaw Bear, by Albert Bigelow Jaine.

"And they travelled on forever, and they'll never, never sever, Bosephus and the fiddle of the Old Black Bear"

Rose and the Ring, by Thackeray.

A fairy tale extravaganza in which there is much droll humor.

Ancient Man, by H.W. Vann Loon.

Truthfully described on the book cover as "a wonderfully delightful history in story form for boys and girls of understanding parents."

Heroes, by Charles Kingsley.

A good retelling of some of the Greek myths.

Scotch Twins, by L.F. Perkins.

A volume of the ever popular twins which has both plot and atmosphere.

Just So Stories, by Kipling.

Written ostensibly for children, yet with the inimitable humor and trickey turns of speech that will delight light hearted elders.

Uncle Remus, by Joel Chandler Harris.

It will be worth father's while to learn "darky dialect" in order chuckle with his small son over the doings of Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox.

To be Read With the Older Boy and Girl:

Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain.

Strange and exciting adventures follow the event in which Edward VI and a pauper boy exchange places.

Men of Iron, by Howard Pyle.

A tale of medieval life, which stirring action and splendid atmosphere make one of the most perfect books of its kind.

Story of a Bad Boy, by Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

Boyhood life in New England. The story has humor and spirit as well as literary charm.

Lorne Doon, by Blackmore.

Katrinka, by Haskell.

A particularly interesting picture of Russian life.

Oregon Train, by Parkman.

The romance and adventure of the old West, told in vivid language.

Black Arrow, by Stevenson.

Story of My Boyhood and Youth, by John Muir

The Mutineers, by Hawes. A recent pirate story pronounced as second only to "Treasure Island."



Four Hundred and Thirty-Four New Members Enrolled; Demand For Books Increases.

The Lakewood Public Library issued more books last month than any other individual library in both Cleveland, East Cleveland and their immediate vicinity with the exception of the Cleveland main library.

Four hundred and thirty-four new members for last month increased the total membership to 3,731. The books issued last month numbered 12,716 which averages 508 books a day. There are 11,277 volumes in the library and more are being added every month. The club rooms in the building are also kept busy.

Fiction is the favorite subject with fine arts at its heels, while literature is running third.

Miss Brown the first assistant said that they were kept very busy all day long. The people of Lakewood can certainly be proud of the above record made by the new library. It is one of the busiest corners of Lakewood, and those who help to keep it busy, will not only be doing the library a favor, but they will also reap the intellectual profits which will help to make good citizens for Lakewood.

Following new books were recently added to the Lakewood Library.

Abbpitt-Society and Politics in Ancient Rome.

Anderson-New Thought; Its Light and Shadows.

Bower-Phantom Herd.

Brown-Faith and Health.

Canfield-Bent Twig.

Chapin-Masters of Music.

Cleghorn-The Spinster.

Crane-Right and Wrong Thinking.

Edelman-Inventions and Patents.

Foster-Debating For Boys.

Foster-Dame Curtsey's Book of Guessing Contests.

Gordon-Quiet Talks on Prayer.


Hillis-Quest of Happiness.

Kalaw-Case of the Filipino.

McCutcheon-Light That Lies.

McSpadden-Shakesperian Synopsis.

McSpadden-Synopsis of Dickens' Novels.

Martin-Modern Chemistry and Its Wonders


Noyes-Collected Poems.

Olmstead-Farther Bernard's Parish.

Pennington-Woman Rice Planter.

Porter-Moths of the Limberlost.

Trull-Five missionary Minutes.

Walton-Peg Along.

Wayland-How to Teach American History.

Wilby-What is Christian Science.

Wright-When a Man's a Man.



More than 2,000 Books Destroyed as Fire Sweeps Madison Avenue Branch

More than 2000 books were destroyed and thousands of others damaged when fire swept the Madison avenue branch of the Lakewood Public Library early Monday morning of this week.

Fire Chief Charles Delaney said the fire evidently resulted from a short circuit in a rear wall on the first floor.

The building will be repaired and put to use again in short order.

The branch was comparatively new and was housed in a modern fireproof building, so that the damage was not as great as it might otherwise have been.

Four Lakewood companies, headed by Fire Chief Delaney and Assistant Chief C.T. Donelly, fought the flames more than an hour before they were brought under control.

The fire department estimated the damage at $2,000, but this was said to be conservative and other figures placed it at $20,000 or more.



The Madison branch of the Lakewood Public library has been closed for the past month while repairs and renovation made necessary by the fire have been made. It is now open full time and looks very attractive with redecorated walls and newly bound books.

The branch librarian, Miss Cottrell and her assistants, will be pleased to meet the patrons of the library during the following hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-9 P.M.; Tuesday and Thursday from 1-6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


12 Hour Day Too Short For Varied Uses

Fills Niche in Adult Needs School Does for Youth

LAKEWOOD POST? Thursday, February 5, 1931

Library-An apartment, a series of apartments or a building, devoted to a collection of books; a collection of books kept for study or reading and not as merchandise.


Lakewoodites, however, augment Webster's definition of library and have converted the House of Literature into a center for every conceivable kind of community activity.

From opening hour in the morning to closing hour at night, the library, its staff and its quarters cater to finer needs of hundreds of residents.

It is not alone a place to secure the latest best-seller, nor a place to while away an hour in leisure perusal of current magazines or newspapers, but it is a hive of industry filling a niche in the city's commercial and social life that no other single enterprise in the corporate limits holds.

The reference department can furnish information for the busy business man, data on a world-wide scope of affairs. Its auditorium provides space for amateur theatricals and a host of club activities. Its basement may be converted into a day nursery where the little folk are taken care of while mothers attend lectures upstairs, or it may be a schoolroom for the city's aliens who wish to master the language of their adopted land. Miss Roena Ingham, librarian, has day at Lakewood’s public library:

NINE O'CLOCK - Date stamps set. Cards for yesterday's circulation ready to file. A busy day - 1,689 books were issued. Notices must be written for the books which are a week overdue - 56 notices. Fine money counted for yesterday- $15.48 paid by patrons for books kept overdue. Mrs. Gross is busy sending out postal orders for books and magazines reserved - 28 orders go in the first mail.

The postman comes and reduces his burden of magazines and newspapers. During last year he delivered to the library over 6,648 periodicals. Miss Wood kept an accurate record of receipts and prepared them for reference and circulation.

The telephone bell rings - the call for information is transferred to Mrs. Sealand in the reference department who quickly gives the required facts.

TEN O'CLOCK - A group from the Lakewood Woman's club gather in the trustees' room for a French lesson. A lecture is being delivered in the auditorium to mothers on the "Patent as Educator." In a basement room a group of little children are entertained with picture books and games while mother is at the lecture.

ELEVEN O'CLOCK - The expressman delivers to the basement door a freight box of books from New York at the same time comes a delivery from a local book store. New books will keep Miss Cornell and Miss Wilson busy for much work must be done before they are ready for the shelves - "New books for our patrons as fast as possible" is the motto of the catalog department - 7,350 were added to the library in 1930. New books come but others must be mended and rebound and Mrs. Hopkins and Mrs. Robinson speed these along each day.

ONE O'CLOCK - William Townsend, a student of Western Reserve university, arrives and packs his auto with bundles and bags of books to be delivered to the branches and schools for use in the classrooms. These have been carefully chosen by the children's department to meet specific needs of the teachers and children.

Miss Brannan has included in the delivery her bundle of books and magazines which she will distribute to patients at the hospital during the afternoon.

All day men, women and children pass in and out, some to take books home, others to read or prepare reference work.

FOUR O'CLOCK - The school rush begins and until six o'clock children monopolize the desk and the assistant's in the children's room are busy with boys and girls, some with a serious question, for school work - others for just a good story and the tiny tot for a picture book. If the day is Friday the line is formed and an expectant group march to the auditorium for the story hour. Again at seven o'clock the older boys and girls gather for a special entertainment in the auditorium.

AT NIGHT - Mr. Terry talks about "Airports and Flying."

Seven to nine is the busiest time of the day. Books for grownups, high school pupils and children are checked out at the rate of 10 a minute. Every chair in the downstairs and upstairs reading room is filled and the clubrooms supply meeting places for an Americanization class. A teachers' extension class. A group of Lakewood players or a committee working on curriculum plans.

NINE O'CLOCK - Twelve hours have passed. What other public institution in the city can show as busy a day?

44:20 WHICH?

Dear Editor:-

The enclosed verses were not written with any thought of discrimination between our friends who are slender and those who are fat. In fact the verses were written on two different occasions and were not associated together until some time later, and because the word "soul" is left out of the one is no evidence that it does not exist in as much splendor as in the other. However, they have brought to mind some questions that I would like to see discussed through the columns of the Press. Here are the questions without a comment:

What, in women, appeals to the higher and nobler ideals of men; beauty of dress, beauty of physical makeup, or beauty of character? And which are modern women trying to display? Are modern fashions designed to appeal to the men for admiration, or are they designed as a means of competition among their own sex? Do the present fashions command the proper respect of decent men, or do they encourage the attack of the indecent?

These questions could have been submitted separately, so do not associate them too closely with the verses.

Beneath the Mask

I speak of one not very slender,

No need has she for a defender,

So broad no weight of care can bend her,

But with a heart so sweet and tender.

No fashion plate would show her build

Bedecked with silken gowns in gild.

The house she chooses will be filled

With love; and all her guests enthrilled.

A mind with breadth of observation

To kindly view each situation;

There's non more lovely in creation,

To love and laugh-her occupation

Her eyes of brown in dancing mood

Show that the thought within are good.

Portray aright I wish I could,

This lovely soul of womanhood.

No matter what she finds to do

No stormy cloud can make her blue;

Lovelier friends, we find but few-

Her soul beneath her face shines through.

Describing souls in human mask

I find is not a simple task

For who on earth has right to ask

What flows beneath that human mask?

D.W. Blevins

"Take Along a Book"

Summer has come back. And all over the land we are making plans and packing trunks, getting railway transportation, starting off in boats or ships. Everyone who can is leaving the cities for the country, with its thousand calls to rest, to peace, to joyous exercise, to long sweet idleness and health and play. Some go for two weeks only, some for months. But go you for a short time or for a long time, for days or for weeks. If you want your vacation to be completely delightful, don't forget to take along a book, to take along several books in fact.

For never is a good book, an entertaining book, so enjoyable as when you have leisure in which to read it. When the hours are long with charm and silence, when you have time to lie all the morning in a hammock, or when you are driven inside by summer showers or a rainy day or two, you can settle down to a book with a satisfactory sensation that you are not to be interrupted, not to be hurried; that you are to be allowed to lose yourself in the story, or to march along new paths of information or description without feeling the prick of duty. Leisure and a good book are delightful companions, and any vacation that does not know them both is only a poor sort of outing, a holiday pretense of a good time.

So take along a book, whether you go to the mountains or the sea, whether your destination is some sleepy farm or a gay resort where tennis and dancing claim most of your hours. For even in such a place you will want occasionally to be alone, to idle, to dream, to read some favorite author or explore the talents of some new one as your boat rocks with the tide, or when fogs close in and shut you from the out-of-doors. Or you will want to make a cozy party of two, possibly, in some fragrant nook, there to read aloud to the gentle accompaniment of humming bees and warbling birds. Many a fine book has been remembered a life time in a frame of greenery and bloom, has been hallowed because of some friend who shared its wisdom with the reader under the skies. Books read in vacation are books and vacation, too. You turn the pages later and the sweet moments come again, like echoes across a lake, faint and musical.

But what are the books you should take along as you go a-pilgriming with the flowers and the birds? Who can answer that query? Hours and moods vary. There are places and moments when you will want, it may be, to have a book of poems in reach. Lying at ease in a canoe, while someone does the paddling, and the water whispers at the prow, a book of poems may prove the very thing to strike the perfect chord; for a poem may be as delicate and airy as the winged creatures that brighten through the blue haze about you; or, as solemn and magnificent as the river on which you float, mirroring the mountain peaks for the great trees on its banks. Poetry belongs with the summer and the peace of spirit summer brings. But poetry is not enough; you want other reading.

Perhaps you will seek some book that tells of the places you are to visit, that has legends to bring you of older days, or information for the present. Or you may want to learn something of bird, butterfly, or fish, to study the flora, to come to know the trees or the stars. There are books that throw wide many a curious and interesting door, opening into worlds of which you know hardly anything, and yet worlds full of beauty and wonder. Take such a book along.

And is there not, for each one of us, some book or books we long have planned to read? Some masterpiece of the past, some splendid new thing we could not find time for at home, in the press of everyday life. A novel it may be, or a history, a work of solid worth or a volume of plays, but at least not a thing of ephemeral value; a book that will build itself into your life, add a permanent asset to you mental possessions. Some such book, surely, you should take with you on your vacation.

Then there are gay tales of fun and adventure, light stories of thrilling interest, which will turn a dull day into a jolly one, while away the tedium of a necessary railway trip or fill in the wasted hour of a long wait. Two or three stories of that kind belong with every vacationist, for they have something of the spirit of vacation in themselves.

If held continually to the routine of the office, a book that takes you away to the South Seas or that leads you to the adventurous life of a westerner in the old days when the West was really wild and woolly is a boon. Good for such a routine tired mind, too, would be one of Prescott's great histories, filled was they are with color and romance, or one of Fiske's inimitable studies of our own country in the forming. A book that will broaden the horizon for you, will take you to men and places strange and new, that is the book to rest and rejoice you at the same time that the summer days and nights amid woods and fields, by stream or sea-beach, rejoice and refresh you.

But whatever you do, take along the book or books that will give you pleasure. Don't make a task of your vacation reading, for that way failure lies. The world is full of books , and some you will like and others will not hit the mark for you. Don't try to read these through any urging of the sense of duty. Read them for your own particular delight and delectation, and for no other reason.

So, by all means take along a book when you go away on that longed for vacation. But take time to think over what book or books you are going to choose. Don't rush out the 1st minute and get anything in bright covers whose title seem to hold a promise. You make make a lucky hit, of course, but then you may not. Look around a little, get some advice, ask something about the new books and study a bit over the old ones. It will pay you well. For the right book taken along can give you such wonderful pleasure and occupation; can add lustre to your whole trip. Take along the right book, and make it a real vacation.

Your Lakewood Public Library is at your service; ask too about the vacation loan privileges.


By H.G. Caldwell

Acting Librarian, Lakewood Library


"Take along a book," is the excellent slogan of the summer reading campaign now in active progress - but why just one book? "Fiction for vacation satchels" is a newspaper headline for a review of about a dozen books which have just one thing in common - they are all new. But if this is over-inclusive, the next headline we meet is too restricted, for under the broad title "Summer-time Fiction" a paper reviews three books, two of which are detective tales and one a "placid, gentle narrative of an autumn wooing!"

In the main, the advertisers who are urging people not to forget to read something in vacation lay too much stress on the idea that only the lightest fiction can be read with enjoyment during the summer. If they mean by light reading, entertaining reading, well and good; but the emphasis seems to be laid on the idea that nothing is "light" that does not deal with murders of flappers. The intelligent person doesn't lose his intellect or his taste during the months which have "R" in their names. "The book for a real vacationist," says one propagandist in the "Take a book" campaign, "mustn't occupy the mind too much, for then it would not be a real vacation or weekend. It should occupy the mind just a little bit, sort of titillate it, as it were."

On the other hand, why not assume that if one wants entertainment he wants it to be of good quality in summer as well as in winter; that he wants a first-class novel, a book of real humor, or a book or reminiscence abounding in stories. Don't let any of use encourage the overproduction of silly fiction under the notion that anything is good enuf of the dear old summertime.

In an article by Marguerite Wilkinson in a special number of the "Publisher's Weekly" we find two interesting suggestions. The first is a little fantastic, perhaps, but it has a logical point.

"The right sort of book to take on a vacation is the sort of book that we seldom read at home, or the sort of book that tells of a life remote from the moods and thoughts of our own workaday existence. Teachers should find books of the most devastating humor, or the wildest detective stories. Clerks, stenographers, salesmen and others who work in figures should read the world's dearest old romances and mush poetry. Tired ministers should get hold of tales of adventure in the open air and books of exploration into far countries. Poets should have sedative literature in summer-time--preferably garden manuals and cook books. Honest lawyers should read fairy tales. The nervous stockbroker should fill his pockets full to bulging with the poetry of Walter de la Mare. William Jennings Bryan should buy a whole library of modern books on biology."

The other suggestion is one that we enthusiastically endorse-that the vacationist take with him at least some books he has always wanted to read and hasn't. We know that his entails a little trouble and thought, but it will be worth while. Probably most people can pick out three or four books published recently which they know to be worth while but haven't happened to see. Take last year alone; here is an off-hand list of several books which have made a distinct success. Perhaps you have read them all; if not, now is your chance; they are not out of print.

John Burrough's "Boyhood," Van Loon's "Story of Mankind," "The mirrors of Downing Street," Strachey's "Queen Victoria," and in fiction Tarkington's "alive Adams," Sabatini's "Scaramouche," Galsworthy's "To Let," Louis Hemon's "Maria Chapdelaine," Quick's "Vandermark's Folly."

Every one of these books has entertainment in it. The point is for each vacationist to think out for himself or herself something that will increase the pleasure of vacation time and not grab the first thing that offers because it is said to be "light" (meaning feathery) or because it was published day before yesterday.

And, by the way, how about rereading an old book that you rejoiced in greatly when you first read it? There are those who in the realm of adventure would a hundred times sooner re-read "Kim" or "The cloister and the hearth" than all of Zane Grey or E.P. Oppenheim that may flow fresh from the press for the next twenty years.

The Lakewood Public Library will issue a special vacation loan of a reasonable number of books to any registered borrower leaving the city for the summer, the time on the books being extended until September 30th.

Seven and fourteen day books are not included in this long loan privilege also all books in special demand are excepted.

Books may be returned by parcel post at the borrower's expense, all books are subject to recall after the expiration of four weeks, if required for library use. During absence from the city card-holders may borrow any book from the library, subject to the usual rules for short loans; transportation for such loans both ways will be at the borrower's expense.



Extending the services of the Lakewood Public Library to Hayes school, too far distant for easy access to the main building on Detroit and Arthur avenues, the children's department is devoting Mondays to the children in the school.

The plan worked out by Miss Roena Ingham, librarian, and Miss Lesley Newton, head of the children's department, was requested by school authorities.

The above picture shows Miss Miriam Sheldon, who is in charge and Miss Georgia Deering and Miss Totter of the library staff, with a group of Hayes school children.

"We are proud of the 'extension library' in our building," Miss Edith L. Curren, principal, told The Lakewood Post reporter.

More than 750 books are on the Hayes library shelves and children are given cards of the library.

Younger children may take out only one book a week and older pupils may take two books. Classes are brought into the library one at a time during the day and Miss Sheldon helps the children to choose books.

Plans are underway to establish another "extension library" in Taft school, which will be available on Thursdays. It is understood that the same plan will be sued in the new school. Branches have been established at Lakewood High school and in the 3 junior High schools.


Hayes elementary school and the Lakewood Public Library have worked out an admirable scheme to supply school children with the right kind of reading. Every Monday children in the school have a library service of their own, supervised by a staff of librarians, and may borrow one or two books weekly, according to age.

This extension program will soon be working in Taft school, which with Hayes, is too far from the library for library reading or reference.

The Lakewood library has been noted for its constant service to the community and the main building has become the major community center of the city. A schedule of meetings that are held in the building throughout the week reads like a directory of organizations. The new plan is not new to the spirit of service which has marked the library and the schools of Lakewood.



Dr. Parsons Pleased by Reception Pleasantries

by Josephine Robertson

Lakewood citizens welcomed yesterday their new librarian, Dr. Mary P. Parsons, who taught the librarian of the king of Siam, the national librarian of Turkey and other great librarians in her five years as resident director of the International Library school in Paris. Moreover, she taught them in French.

Dr. Parsons' welcoming was at a public reception given her by the Lakewood Library Board at the library, Detroit and Arthur Avenues. She had requested Isaac S. Metcalf, president of the board , and other members to introduce her as "Miss" Parsons rather than as "Dr.," as it would be less formidable.

However, in spite of an impressive list of achievements and esoteric studies to her credit, there was nothing formidable about her appearance as she, a slightly built, medium blond woman of early middle age, listened with friendly attention ot the prattle of children and the pleasantries of their elders and laughed an had fruit juice and cakes with them.

Wrote Thesis in German

Miss Parsons received her doctor's degree from the University of Vienna. For her thesis, which she wrote in German and which was entitled "Contributions to Anglo-Saxon Diplomatics to the End of the Ninth Century," she studied stacks of old manuscripts, consisting mostly of charters which were granted by the English kings and which are preserved in the British Museum and other state libraries. She made her own photostatic copies. The manuscripts which she studied dated from before the time of King Alfred back to that of King Wintred of Kent, who in 697 A.D. granted a piece of land to a monastery near Canterbury.

Miss Parsons is a graduate of Smith College and a former librarian of Morristown, N.J. She is a cousin of Paul and Miss Claire Lerch, 17823 Lanseer Road N.E. She will live at 1418 Northland Avenue, Lakewood.

Her policy in administration of the library will be to follow in the main the plans of her predecessor, the late Miss Roena Ingham, who organized the library 22 years ago.

One of attentions received by Miss Parsons, which pleased her as much anything else, was a great plate of Slovak cakes sent for the party by Mrs. Mary Folta, the library cleaning woman.




Will Assume Duties August 1st-Studied in Cleveland

Board of trustees of the Lakewood library announced yesterday that Miss Mary P. Parsons of Morristown, New Jersey, will assume the position of head librarian of Lakewood left vacant by the recent death of Miss Roena Ingham. Vote of the trustees was unanimous. Her acceptance has been received.

Miss Parsons is a graduate of Smith, and of the New York State Library school. She served for several years in the reference department of the New York Public library, and was for seven years head of the Morristown, (N.J.), library which she had organized.

Later she organized and served for five years as resident director of the Paris Library school, an international center of library training conducted by the American Library association. She has conducted summer library courses at McGill university, Montreal, and also at the University of Michigan, where she served as a visiting faculty member and associate professor in the Department of Library Science. Her courses at Michigan included reference work, library administration, and a public library seminar for advanced students.

Miss Parsons has a wide acquaintance among Cleveland librarians, both through her American Library association work and because much of the research for her University of Vienna doctorate was done in the White collection and the history division of the Cleveland public library. She will come to Lakewood about August 1.

"The Library Board counts itself fortunate in that it has induced Miss Parsons to come to Lakewood", says the prepared statement issued by the trustees. "Lakewood is the largest and finest purely residential suburban city in the country, and Miss Ingham's broad vision and efficient management helped to build an institution which has deserved national reputation.

"The Board believes that Miss Parsons is peculiarly fitted to carry on the work and is confident that her unusual experience and cultural background will make her services particularly valuable to Lakewood.

"One of the major functions of a librarian, as we see it, is to train more librarians. Miss Parsons' work along this line, as well as in administrative capacities, has given her national reputation."

In addition to the main collection at Detroit and Arthur avenues, the Lakewood library has a well equipped branch at 13229 Madison avenue and is represented in five schools, in the Lakewood City hospital and the local telephone exchange. Mire than 20,000 Lakewood residents are registered patrons, and May circulation exceeded 42,750.



Dr. Mary P. Parsons who was recently appointed head librarian by the board of trustees of the Lakewood public library, to fill the position left vacant by the death of Roena Ingham, arrived in Lakewood Sunday and assumed duties Monday morning.

A graduate of Smith College and the New York state library school, Dr. Parsons has gained valuable experience in various libraries in the United States and Europe. She served for several years years in reference department of the New York public library before organizing and directing the Morristown library in New Jersey.

Dr. Parsons organized and was resident director of the Paris library school, an institution which instructed Europeans in American library methods. She had conducted classes in library instruction at McGill university in Montreal and at the University of Michigan. She was granted her doctor's degree by the University of Vienna after research work at the Cleveland library.

"I received a charming welcome from the members of the Lakewood staff;" Dr. Parsons told The Post this week. "I have found them to be unusually well-trained."

Commenting on the board of trustees, Dr. Parsons said, "It is seldom that one finds a board so vitally interested in its library as the Lakewood board."

She further stated, "At the present time all I am doing is trying to acclimate myself to the library conditions here. I want to give Lakewood what it wants in the way of a library and will welcome any suggestions from Lakewood people.

Swimming and skiing constitute two of Dr. Parsons favorite sports. While doing research work in Europe she had ample opportunity for skiing in the Austrian Alps. At present she is staying at the Clifton Club until permanent residence can be arranged.



Fifty-Eighth Annual Conference of American Library

Association to be Held at Richmond May 11-16;

Miss Ingham, Local Library, Will Lead Group

Approximately 3,000 librarians, library trustees and other friends of reading are expected to attend the Fifty-Eighth Annual Conference of the American Library Association at Richmond, May 11-16.

Lakewood will be represented by a delegation of four staff members of the Lakewood Public Library headed by Miss Roena A. Ingham, librarian. The other staff members leaving this week for Richmond are: Miss Lesley Newton, Miss Hannah Hunt from the boys' and girls' room and Miss Bernice Harper of the Emerson School Library.

General sessions speakers will include Louis Round Wilson, president of the American Library Association, who has chosen for the conference theme, "The Extension and Improvement of Library Service"; Douglas S. Freeman, author of the 1935 Pulitzer prize biography, R.E. Lee; David Cushman Coyle, author of another recent favorite, Brass Tacks; Lionel R. McColvin, honorary secretary of the British Library Association; Robert D.W. Connor, national archivist; Frank P. Graham, president of the University of North Carolina; Ralph Munn, director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; and William Warner Bishop, librarian of the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, May 13, has been designated as Citizens' Day, with an all day program planned for the consideration of library activities and needs from the layman's point of view. President Roosevelt has promised a message to the "Friends of the Library" luncheon on that day when library donors, distinguished authors and other library friends will be guests of honor and there will be a radio address to the meeting by Secretary Harold L. Ickes from Washington.

Microphotography, the new process for reproducing books and newspapers on film, will claim the special attention of many of the library groups. Public documents, religious books, reading problems of children and young people in and out of school, library gifts and bequests, salaries and employment problems are only a few of the topics which will be considered at more than one hundred meetings during the six-day conference.

Other national library groups holding meetings in connection with the A.L.A. Conference are the American Library Institute, The Bibliographical Society of America, the League of Library Commissions an the National Association of State Libraries.



The Lakewood Public library will be hosts for a district meeting of the Ohio Library Association which will meet at the library Friday, April 29. The topic for discussion will be The Book, discussed in various phases. Miss Katherine Wilder of the Medina public library is chairman of the program and will open the meeting at 10 a.m.

Buying of books will be the first subject under discussion, Miss Mildred Yeaton of the Lorain public library will read a paper on book selection to be followed by a paper of Methods of Book Buying by Miss Roena Ingham of the Lakewood public library. A discussion on these two topics will follow led by Miss Mary N. Baker, field representative of Ohio State library. Miss Dorothy Grout of the East Cleveland public library will read a paper on recent worthwhile juvenile books. The afternoon session will open at two o'clock with a paper on popular fiction by Miss Bessie Kelsey, of the popular division of the Cleveland public library. Books in biography will be discussed by Miss Venn of the Oberlin College library, and Miss Jean Anderson of the Shaker Heights branch of the Cuyahoga county libraries will take as her topic, "Some books which I like to recommend."

The last paper of the afternoon will be given by Mrs. Gale Williams of the Cleveland Heights library on "Good Books for Intermediate Readers."

Luncheon will be served at the library at noon and opportunity will be given for the examination of several exhibits which have been prepared by the Lakewood public library. The delegates will represent the libraries in the near vicinity to Lakewood, about seventy-five visitors are expected.



A formal dedicatory program will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 9 o'clock, in the Lakewood public library to inaugurate the establishment of a Memorial library collection of books in the fields of religious education, character education, and parent education, in honor of Dr. Charles P. Lynch, former superintendent of schools and prominent citizen and Christian layman.

The program will include brief remarks by representatives from the Lakewood Methodist church, where the idea of the library originated, the public school teachers of Lakewood who raised a large sum for a memorial to Dr. Lynch, and Miss Roena Ingham, librarian, and Mr. Isaac Metcalf, president of the board of the Lakewood public library.

It is expected that Mrs. Lynch will be present. Ministers of Lakewood churches, close friends of Dr. Lynch, and other interested people of the community are invited to the ceremony.

Funds and books have been contributed to the Memorial library by the Lakewood Methodist and other churches, the public school teachers, and interested people of the community are invited to the ceremony.

Funds and books have been contributed to the Memorial library by the Lakewood Methodist and other churches, the public school teachers, and interested friends. New books have been purchased and an original bookplate is in preparation for placing in all the books. A new book stack has been purchased for the books and a bronze plate with the title of the collection will be placed on it.

The books in the collection will be subject to the same rules for use as the other books of the library. They will be of special interest to church school workers, public school teachers, and parents.


OCTOBER 1, 1943


Miss Mary P. Parsons, Librarian of the Lakewood Public Library for five years past, is en route to the Southwest Pacific. She goes as a representative of the United States Office of War Information. The board of trustees of the Lakewood Library has granted her a year's leave of absence.

Miss Parsons came to Lakewood to take the place of the late Miss Roena Ingham, who had headed the Lakewood Library since its establishment in 1916.