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The Book Bulletin
Chicago Public Library
The Library in 1921
Summary of the Annual Report of the Board of Directors
URING the year just closed 423,164 Chicago library patrons withdrew 7,472,768 books for home reading from the Public Library, an average of 24,501 volumes per day. During the same period, 910,784 volumes were read or consulted in the Reference Department. Sixteen of the 45 branches were closed early in the year because of a serious shortage in funds. In the preceding year these 16 branches showed an aggregate circulation of 819,794 volumes. Yet the net loss because of the curtailments of service is but 180,000 volumes for the year, slightly more than one average week's figures. It is therefore entirely safe to say that, with all activities running under full time, the book use for the year would easily have exceeded 8,000,000 volumes.
Direct service by means of deposits of books was given to 1,850 school rooms in 244 schools, in which 91,644 volumes were placed and were read 679,511 times. Business house and factory libraries, traveling libraries and collections in settlements, Sunday schools, community centers, camps and clubs, to the number of 211, show a book use of 1,432,677 volumes. During the summer 1,600 volumes were supplied to fifteen camps maintained by various Chicago organizations, such as Boy and Girl Scouts, Y. M. C. A., &c., in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. Library service is now maintained in four hospitals, the largest and most recent installation being in the Cook County Hospital,
where the response has been immediate and gratifying. The recognized therapeutic value of good books makes this a most important subdivision of our extension activities, which we hope to increase as rapidly as possible.
In the program for the new year, based upon the assurance of an income sufficient to justify a forward-looking policy, the first step will be resumption of complete and full-time library service in all agencies, including those that were kept closed during the entire past year. Extension by means of new agencies, to be established wherever proper accommodations can be found, will also occupy the attention of the Library. If industrial conditions permit, it is hoped that some building operations, long held in abeyance, may be initiated. Complete rehabilitation of book stocks in all agencies, much-needed repairs. and renovations, and the further extension of book distribution in all directions to the limit of our resources will be undertaken, made possible by the new tax rate of eight-tenths of a mill, which is expected to yield an income of approximately $1,300,000.
Branch Service Resumed
Attention is called to the resumption of full service hours in all of the principal branches.
All branches that have been in operation during the past year are now open from 9 A. M. to 9 P. M. every day except Sunday.
See Directory on Inside Front Cover.
Books Added to the Library
Books marked * do not circulate.
Those with the letter P are in the Art Room; other
collections are shelved in the Civics Department, Music Room and Thomas
La Rue, Daniel Wolford. Psychology for teachers. 1920. L 13970
(American education series.) Long, Constance E. Collected papers on the psychology of phantasy. 1921. L 13973
Nervous diseases and various illnesses are caused, the author believes, by suppressed tendencies or desires which are indicated by the subconscious mind in the half-waking state. McDougall, William. The group mind; a sketch of the principles of collective psychology, with some attempt to apply them to the interpretation of national life and character. 1920. L 15324 A sequel to Introduction to social psychology, L 11162. Platt, Charles. The psychology of thought and feeling; a conservative interpretation of results in modern psychology. 1921. L 13978
A lively popular work which summarizes the best known psychological truths and presents them in logical order.
Snoddy, George S., and Hyde, George E. Mental survey of Utah schools and adaptation of the army Beta tests. 1921. L 13714
(University of Utah bulletin.)
Cope, Henry Frederick. The parent and the child; case-studies in the problems of parenthood. 1921. L 14304
Sane, helpful discussions of the misdemeanors with which all parents are confronted. Hudson, Jay William. The truths we live by. 1921. L 14181
The philosopher speaks to the layman in a simple, direct and lucid fashion. He undertakes to present, and to solve as far as possible, the deepest problems before the modern mind; to give back to it what science seems to have taken away.
Bell, Mary I. M. A short history of the papacy. 1921. M 5881 Braithwaite, William C. The second period of Quakerism. 1919. M 7922
Sequel to The beginnings of Quakerism (M7877), dealing with the period from 1660 to 1725. Perkins, Jeanette Eloise, and Danielson, Frances Weld. The Mayflower program book; a week-day course in world friendship and training in service for children six, seven and eight years of age. 1920. M 8259
Twenty-six programs for children emphasizing the spirit of international friendship and service. It is intended for use in weekday church schools but has little direct connection with Bible lessons.
Sibley, Josiah. Pathfinders of the soulcountry, and other sermons for today. 1918. M 9944
Eloquent and inspiring addresses by the minister of Chicago's Second Presbyterian Church, of whom a colleague says: "He has a keen eye, a constructive mind, a brave and gentle soul." Smith, Henry Preserved. Essays in Biblical interpretation. 1921. M 6391
(The Amherst books.)
Not so much interpretation itself as a discussion of the correct principles on which it should be based. Professor Smith shows that the older degmatic methods are anachronisms now and devotes one chapter to current "apocalyptical vagaries."
THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Crane, Thomas Frederick. Italian social
(Cornell studies in English.) Freeman, R. Austin. Social decay and regeneration; with an introduction by HaveL 15301 lock Ellis. 1921. Contents: I. Analytical: Social physiology: The social reactions of mechanism; Social pathology.II. Synthetic.
Showing how labor saving machines beget more labor, how they substitute machinery for brains, and what an altogether deplorable effect this "machine-age" is having on man, mentally, physically and morally.
Harding, Warren G. Our common country; mutual good will in America. 1921. L 15488
Contents: Reconsecration to God.-Business and government. The inspiration of labor.-American agriculture.-What of our children.-The press and the public.-The theater.-American education. The immigrant.-Conservation and development.Social justice. The value of play.-Fraternity.The village. -Two wars. The meaning of armistice. The federal constitution.-The national conscience.
Campaign speeches sub-titled to show that they are specially addressed to different sections of the people, as for instance farmers, actors, mothers,
Korzybski, Alfred. Manhood of humanity; the science and art of human engineering. 1921. L 15314
A book dealing with the fundamental philosophical theme, the nature of man. The distinguishing human characteristic is termed "time-binding," since man alone is able to build the present and future on the achievements of the past.
Bowley, Arthur L. Prices and wages in the United Kingdom, 1914-1920. 1921. L 16706 (Economic and social history of the world war: British series.)
Erdman, Henry E. The marketing of whole milk. 1921. L 17871 (The citizen's library of economics, politics and sociology.)
Pure milk at reasonable prices is the theme of this volume. The author follows the milk all the way from the time it leaves the cow, and discusses it from the industrial standpoints. Gilbert, Chester G., and Pogue, Joseph E. America's power resources; the economic significance of coal, oil and water-power. 1921. L 17873
A useful and apparently authentic record of investigations with the intent of interpreting the special importance attached to the energy resources, and of pointing out the shortcomings in the way they are handled.
Greenwood, W. J. American and foreign
stock exchange practice, stock and bond trading, and the business corporation laws of all nations, together with local regulations, laws, fees and taxes affecting American firms and corporations carrying on business in any other states of the U. S. A., or establishing branches or agencies in foreign countries. 1921. Civics Dept. Olds, Marshall. The high cost of strikes. 1921. L 17227
Mr. Olds lays the high cost of living to the prevalence of strike conditions, claiming that the unions are tyrannical labor monopolies, raising prices by reducing the supply to an even greater extent than the great capitalistic trusts of a generation ago.
Tannenbaum, Frank. The labor movement; its conservative functions and social consequences. 1921. L 16782
An effort to make the trade unions realize their tendency to encroach more and more on the freedom of capital, so that they will be able to outline their programs to better purpose. The Nation regards it as an essential approach to an understanding of the labor movement.
Socialism, Communism, Bolshevism
The larger socialism.
L 17563 Believing that the failure of the Socialist party to gain a wide popular support is due to error in method, the author urges the importance of extending its interests in every line of constructive endeavor.
Gompers, Samuel, and Walling, William
English. Out of their own mouths; a revelation and an indictment of sovietism. 1921. L 17585
An indictment of soviet domination in Russia, contrasting its achievements with its promises and claims.
Jones, Henry Arthur. My dear Wells; being a series of letters addressed by Henry Arthur Jones to Mr. H. G. Wells, upon bolshevism, collectivism, internationalism, and the distribution of wealth. 1921.
Pasvolsky, Leo. The economics of communism, with special reference to Rus1921. sia's experiment. L 17614
An account of the Soviet economic system followed by a discussion of the problems involved. The author regards the present upheaval in Russia as inevitable in any attempt to reduce a complicated system of production to communism. Yarros, Victor S. Our revolution; essays in interpretation. 1920. L 15450
Contents: Introduction: the essence of independent radicalism.-Making ready for the new day. The coming industrial democracy.-Socialism and individualism in evolution.-What shall we do with the state?-Human progress: the idea and the reality. Recent assaults on democracy.-Income and the principle of service.-How democracy functions. Shallow economics of the people.-Socialism recognizing its mistakes.-A neglected opportunity and duty in journalism.-The Russian revolutionary drama.-True democracy and progress.-Bolshevism: its rise, decline, and fall.
These social and economic essays of an independent radical are collected from various recent publications, and reflect broad, clear thinking. Mr. Yarros believes the solution of our problems will be found in "evolution, not revolution or miracle."
Ames, Edgar W., and Eldred, Arvie. Community civics. 1921. L 18368
Treats of community life and development of governmental departments in a simple and entertaining style that makes it comprehensible and attractive to seventh and eighth grades.
Boulnois, H. Percy. Municipal engineering; surveying the scope of municipal engineering and the statutory position, the appointment, the training, and the duties of a municipal engineer. 1921. L 18247 (Pitman's technical primer series.)
Haines, Charles Grove, and Haines, Bertha
Contents: Introduction. Public control of gov ernment.-Government organization and administration. Some special problems in the operation of government.
The author's intention is to give only so much of historical setting and specific analysis of governmental problems as is necessary to present them to the reader for discussion and to train him to form his own opinions and judgment on political issues. Hall, Arnold Bennett. Popular government; an inquiry into the nature and methods 1921. of representative government. L 15922
(The citizen's library of economics, politics and sociology.
Professor Hall lays stress on public opinion and the importance of its development. He also discusses the referendum and recall, providing much material for thought.
James, Herman G. Local government in the United States. 1921. L 18258
A comprehensive comparison of organization, functions and subdivisions of local government, their origins and tendencies as well as actual embodiments.-Survey.
Keith, Arthur Berriedale. War government of the British dominions. 1921. L 16069
National Transportation Conference, Wash-
Contents: The National transportation confer-
The freedom of the seas, in the author's mind,
a collection of papers upon various topics. 1910.
and Taxation and armaments.
School books and international
Suppl. Carnegie, A. Mr. Carnegie's letter to
Peace and the professor.
The first Universal Races