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The Bethlehem Globe-Times – June 1943


Library Urges Books
To Replace Summer Travel

Since there will be no gas and no tires for Summer vacation travel, plans are being made by the city's public library to urge readers to "Go Places with Books", Harriet Root, librarian, has revealed in the monthly report she compiled for submission to the library board at its session Friday afternoon. Due to absence of a quorum, the meeting was cancelled.

Miss Root's report shows a total circulation for April of 16,768 books, of which number 10,123 were borrowed at the central library, 5,163 at the South Side branch. 1,187 at the Northampton Heights branch and 295 at the Pembroke station. In addition 174 new readers were registered and 933 pictures were borrowed. During May, the report indicates, 322 books were added to the adult collection, of which number 47 were gifts, and 333 were added to the juvenile collection.

In the Children's department at the Central library preparations are being made for the Vacation reading club to open June 18. A puppet show will be held on that day as an opening feature and about 150 new spring books will be placed in circulation. Story hours will continue until the beginning of the summer club. Suggested reading lists for the summer have been prepared and distributed to children, and to parents and teachers at meetings addressed by the children's librarian, Miss Marion Christ, during May.

An even larger number of new titles and replacements has been prepared for the South Side branch where Miss Ruth Hemmerly has been assisting in their preparation for circulation.

Personal narratives of war experiences are particularly popular among readers at the South Side branch, Miss Root's report indicates, many of these being issued to teen age youngsters. Many requests for various services are being received there it was stated. Tentative plans are also under way for organization of a Victory Reading Club to place emphasis on a better understanding of the country and its neighbors.

Bills for the month totalling $3,088.85 are as follows: salaries, $1,572.70; wages $200.00; books, $638.83; periodicals, $8.68; binding, $89.83; heat, $282.31; light, $88.62; telephone, $18.37; supplies, $120.73; building maintenance, $35.25;transportation, $10.78 and repairs, $22.75.


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