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Paper, "Making the Library Known to the Community" American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky LFP_rblue_2_02_03 These pages may freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Paper, "Making the Library Known to the Community" American Liberty League. Louisville Free Public Library Louisville, Ky unknown Is Part of the Reverend Thomas F. Blue Papers, ca. 1905-1935 housed at the Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, KY. This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has been done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Libraries Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. ï»¿PAPER BY THOMAS P. BLUE Head colored Division, Louisville public Library. Subject: Making the Library Known to the Community. We have just celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of our library in Louisville, Ky., and we are yet in the spirit of it. Two days were given to the celebration--one to children and one to grown-ups. The Mayor of Louisville who is president of the library board was present on both occasions and took part in each celebration. The mayor's appreciation was further expressed by the gift to the children's department of a large silk flag. The Mayor also furnished lollj^pops for all the children present and all die children went home happy except my four year old boy, Tom, Who was the real Boy Blue in the children's pageant on this occasion. Tom was looking very 3ad and when asked the trouble he replied; "The Mayor didn't get a lolypop.M The Mayor had left just before the distribution of lollypops. It has been my good fortune to be with the library since the beginning, and our good fortune that Mrs. Rachel Harris who is now in charge of the children's work has been with the library from the beginning. I do not think Mrs. Harris wanted me to make thislast statement, but I just had to. ï»¿Twenty-five years is a long time to look forward to "but not so long to look backward to some one has said that nothing falls lighter than the snow of age. During these twenty-five years the work has been so enjoyable, the support and co-operation of those in authority so generous and the success so apparent that the twenty-five years have fallen very lightly. My remarks on making the library known to the community are taken largely from my- experience during these twenty-five delightful years. One of the great oil companies has recently set aside $2,000,000 to make known to the world the value of its commodities This suggests the importance of not only having on the market some thing worth while but of making it known. In making the library service known to the community, three things will automatically contribute to that end: First, a suitable location for the library. This is very important and in the rush of things should not be overlooked. That is a location that commands attention and is of ready access. Some time ago, I visited a leading southern city and on inquiring about library service for colored persons was informed that there was a colored branch in the white library. Naturally I was anxious to see such an arrangement, as it seemed to be something "new under the sun." On visiting this colored branch library I found that all of the activities of this branch was confined ï»¿3 to one room in the main library building. This room contained a small collection of books and was in charge of a colored attendant and set apart for colored readers. referred to which contained an The white library was housed in a magnificent Carnegie building in an exclusive white residential section far away from the masses of colored readers. I remember how I stood in front of that beautiful building and read the words "Open to All" cut in the stone above but hesitated to go in until I saw a small lone colored boy timidly enter, Although there was a large population of colored people in that city, I learned that few knew about the library service that had been provided for them. Of course, the reason was quite apparent~-a most unfortunate location. The second factor in this automatic contribution is an adequate equipment. A poor collection of books rs- unsuitable, uninviting and unattractive quarters with an untrained, tactless attendant in charge will not invite attehtion nor create much interest. With our movies, radios, and other countless attract- ions, the library must have something to offer really worth while if it would make community. md sought by the people of the The third factor is efficient service. In commercial pursuits the objective is a satisfied customer because a satisfied customer is considered the best advertisement. In the public library the objective should be a satisfied patron, and the same results will be obtained. -J.