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History of the Colored Branch "Colored Branch Library Work in Louisville" American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky LFP_rblue_2_06_03 These pages may freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. History of the Colored Branch "Colored Branch Library Work in Louisville" American Liberty League. unknown unknown 1965-07-29 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»¿Mr. TUoTaaii Blue, librarian of the $o lotted Branohea of trie JtouiÂ»yillo Prv PubliO Library vae born at Farraville, va. Ho was educated at the Ha/croton Horraal and Agricultural lJ%Â«tituta and the. Richmond Theological seminary, graduating from the latter in tne class of â€¢Pft with the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. During the Spanlsh-Arnerioan war Mr. Blue served as Association Array Secretary of the Sixth Virginia Reginont, Vols. He was secretary of the Loinsvi.iie Y.M.C.A., 1899 - 1905. For the paat nine years he has been a member of the Committee of Kanagftwent aid tretsur^r of the Colored Brunch of the Louisville Y.M.O.A. In September 1905 when the Western Colored Branch of the Lou1.syilieâ€¢ Pree Public Library was est ;bj.ished, Mr. Blue was ap pointed 'librarian. As a recognitio?, of efficiency and faithful service ho has been appointed librarian of the new Fastrn Colored Brm oh in Wditi r. to his former duties. Ho is courteous, obliging and untirtn in his efforts to ret icier â€¢ ha pleasure and convenience of the rna?.y patrons of the library. He is held i|i th e highest esteem by both white and colored people in the city of Louisville and is popular with all classes. He is identified wi th all the religious, social and moral raove-' isnts for t?ie irtmrov ement of the race. A very deserving oompliioe* t was paid to Mr. Blue by U:c. Oao. T. Settle, chief librarian; of the Louisville Frae Public Libr ;.ry, "7h& said," Mr. Blue is especially fitted for the position which ho so artmjTÂ»ahly i1 11 s as the "librarian of the colored branch libraries ï»¿Â»3Â» and is hh mich admired by white people ae be is by members of fili Mr. Blue has the distinction of being the first colored mar, to be appointed librarian of a public library for negroes in the The first colored branch of the touisviiie ?rPublic Library was opened in temporary quirt^rs Sept?. 23rd.., i* 05 and the new building corny-let-3d and opened on Oct. 2Rth. â€¢ 190R. It wan the fir^t institution of the kind in existence. The library contains 10,048 volumes and receives 91 current periodicals. In eight years 404,122 volumes have been borrowed the library serves a^ a reverence library for the High School, Tard Schools and other educational inetltutiona in the city. Information is loofced up on all kinds of topics arid all sorts of practical yiestions. Since the opening of the lie try informattoy* on 12,0-54 subjects has been looked u. and 20,571 per*one have been assisted in Ee iterance work by the liorary. The library also eerves as an educutiorai and social center* ABide from furnishing facts and circulating books, the library en-courages and assists all efforts to an educational end and the advancement of our people in the city. The Â«:ol lowing clubs mo t ^egulirly i the building: Banneker, Heading Oiub, Normal Alumni, Dunbar Literary, Fisk Club, Sunday School Training CIhss, Girls1 Hoadir.g Olub, Ki 1berforce Olub, ï»¿Douglass Debating Club, Y.V.C.A. and Story hour. The library conducts an apprentice class for those desiring to ent *r library service. Applicants are required to pass an exaioi-nation and then put in three months actual work in the library in all departments. T?iis course has oaen taken by nine persons The work at the '-'astern Colored Branch has been so successful that the Library Trustees have established a second colored branch in the eastern part of the city, which was opened Jan. 88th* Louisville long ent1oyed the distinction af having the only colored branch in the country: it now has the distinction of being the only city having two colored branones. Trie library buildings are among the best in the country and adapted Cor social as well as library uses. The cost oC the two libraries including sites and equipments The library staff consists of five persons With three trained substitutes.;:'V-;-'''M W^^^^^M:^^&00: SlSM^ i