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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_05 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. 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»¿3 ..,D BRANCH EitBRARY WORK IN L0UI8VILL1 The Tenth Annual Report of the Louisville Free Public Library for the fiscal year ending August 31, 1914 shows interesting facta regarding the colored branches. There were 31,303 volumes circulated at the Western Colored Branch for the twelve months and 14,038 volumes at the Eastern Colored Branch for the seven months it was open, a total of 45,341 volumes. In addition there were 37,573 volumes issued through the class rooms in the colored schools and 3Â»071 volumes through the colored stations in the city, making a total circulation of 85,985 volumes for the year. This is an increase of 13,783 over last fiscal year. The report shows there were 2f789 reference topics looked up at the colored branches and that 3,859 persons were helped. There were 295 meeting held in the Assembly Rooms during the year showing that the buildings are used for social center as well as library purposes. The opening of the Eastern Colored Branch Library in January has not affected the circulati n at the western Colored Branch. The circualation at the Western Colored Branch has continued to in crease each month. This shows that new readers have been reached by the erection of the new building.. The increase in circulation at the We^t On Colored Branch over last year was 1,845 volumes. ï»¿4 But it requires efficiency to give the service that satisfies. Some one has said that the orator is made but the poet is born. Sometimes I think that the real librarian is born too. With the background of a suitable location, a proper equipment and efficient service the library will, under ordinary circumstances make itself known to the community by its (h*-tryt~ momentum. In the work of the colored department of the Louisville public library whose beginning twenty-five years ago was naturally pioneer in character, the one additional thing that has contributed most to making its srevice known was the tactful exercises of a missionary spirit. In the New Testament is a striking story about Philip and the Ethiopian which will fittingly illustrate my point. I gave this at the Hampton Convention and as II could do no better I am giving it again. "The Ethiopian was returning from Jerusalem sitting in his ckariot reading. Philip who happened to be passing that way was directed to go near and join himself to the chariot. Philip obeyed and it resulted in reaching the Ethiopian and making known to him the meaning of the passage he was reading.H In the establishment of public libraries for our people in the South where the service is so new and so untried, it seems to me that the one thing needful is to seek to make known to the people of the community the value and the uses of the library, ï»¿5 and to that-end it pays for the librarian to join herself to to the community as Philip did to the Ethiopian. Join herself to the community by making the library a real bureau of information; 9. real center of education; a real place of culture. join herself to the community by creating a taste for good literature and supplying the best recreational reading. Join herself to the public by placing deposit stations in sections remote from the library. If the people cannot come to the library, take the library to the people. Join herself to individuals by finding out what books are helpful to them in their work and seek to supply that need. Join herself to the young people of the community by organizing clubs-- reading clubs, literary clubs, debating clubs, dramatic clubs. Uoin herself to the children by providing an interesting story hour. Our two libraries have conducted an annual story telling contest which has been far reaching in inter-esting the child and making known to him the pleasure derived from story telling. ) Join herself to the publid schools and other educational institutions in the community by co-operating with the teachers and encouraging them to observe the slogan: wGo to the Library" when in need of reference matter and supplementary reading. Join herself to the professional,businesB and vocational activities of the people by suggesting for their use helpful books and magazines. Join herself to the public by preparing attractive posters and bulletins of our national and state holidays, and other important events such as Book Week, National Negro Health Week and Negro History Week with suggested list of books. ï»¿join herself to the important educational, social and religious activities of the people. The presence of the library teacher at these meetings is always a reminder of the library. Finally, join herself to the presB "by occasionally sending to the local papers lists of new ana important books and items of real interest about the library. In fact, seek to keep^|^^, librery in the minds of the people. Make the people f*~*~^^he library is indispensable and that it is really worth while. DISCUSSION: q. What methods have been found most effective in advertising the library and creating an interest in the library by the people. a. Through the Sunday School by having the preacher make announcements on Sunday morning to the Sunday School of the new books, magazines, and other interesting items of the library. Another way, through the Parent Teachers Association and by attractive posters in the school and library. One librarian has been very successful in using the telephone. as new books or other interesting items come in, she calls her patrons over the telephone and tells them of the arrival of these new books, etc. Of course this requires a lot of extra time on the part of the librarian and perhaps it is not practical in all libraries but where it is practical it is very successful. Still another way is to get publicity through the newspapers; however, most all have experienced difficulty, to some extent, in getting their announcements in the paper, or if they get in, they are often given an inconspicuous space and do not attract the people. ï»¿In discission of the situation from the scholastic view point Dean Russell suggested that the professional library people present should counteract any undue emphasis on the school library as contrasted with the public library. It was pointed out that Negro libraries should develop under white leadership; in the south, Negro library development can be expedited only as it follows white library development; branch libraries separated from the school library and buildings secure the best results with the Negro public. The young non-school person will not go to a Negro school library for his books, neither will an adult nonÂ«school person go* White aid through Negro agencies but with local direction seems best.