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REFERENCE DEPARTMENT. During the month of January there were received at the Library by purchase, 1,017 volumes and 768 pamphlets; by gift, 1,353 volumes and 2,056 pamphlets; and by exchange, 344 volumes and 3,064 pamphlets, making a total of 2,714 volumes and 5,888 pamphlets.
There were catalogued 3,721 volumes and 2,023 pamphlets; the number of cards written was 8,039, and of slips for the copying machine 2,916; from the latter were received 13,447 cards.
The following table shows the number of readers, and the number of volumes consulted, in both the Astor and Lenox Branches of the Library, also the number of visitors to the Print Exhibition at the Lenox during the month:
CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT. The most popular books of the month were in non-fiction): Ibsen's Plays, Gouin's “Teaching and Studying Languages,” Davis's “Real Soldiers of Fortune”; (adult fiction): Chambers's “Fighting Chance,” McCutcheon's “Jane Cable," ” Hichens's “Call of the Blood ”; (juvenile fiction): Pyle's “Robin Hood,” Grimm's Fairy Tales," Drysdale's “ Fast Mail.”
MANHATTAN. East Broadway, 33... East Broadway, 197.. Rivington Street, 61. ... Le Roy Street, 66.... Bond Street, 49... 8th Street, 135 Second Avenue.. Toth Street, 331 East.... 13th Street, 251 West... 22d Street, 230 East.. 23d Street, 209 West... 34th Street, 215 East.. 40th Street, 501 West.... 42d Street, 226 West... 50th Street, 123 East.. 51st Street, 463 West... 59th Street, 113 East.... 67th Street, 328 East. ...... 69th Street. 190 Amsterdam Avenue.
Travelling Libraries..... 77th Street. 1465 Avenue A. 79th Street, 222 East...... 81st Street. 444 Amsterdam Avenue.
Blind Library g6th Street, 112 East..... tooth Street, 206 West.. 110th Street, 174 East.. 123d Street, 32 West.... 125th Street, 224 East.. 135th Street, 103 West.. 145th Street, 503 West..... 156th Street. 922 St. Nicholas Avenue.
143 293 632 225
7,257 3,701 11,828 5,850 4,580 9,983 14, 322 12,452 58,519 15,773 22,058 16,736
847 24,801 16,669 19,424
8,553 11,520 19,069 9,830 8,733
135 2,496 1, 704
1,609 4,612 5,397
434 1,916 1,413 1,300 2,706
65 174 599 ΙΟΙ
Among the gifts received during the month may be mentioned those from Charles Francis Adams, “Some phases of the Civil War, an appreciation and criticism of Mr. James Ford Rhode's Fifth olume,” Cambridge, 1905, and “Lee's Centennial, an address by Charles F. Adams, delivered at Lexington, Virginia, January 19, 1907, on the invitation of the President and Faculty of Washington and Lee University"; from the American Bureau of Shipping its “Record of American and Foreign Shipping," with supplement, 1907; from Edwin S. Balch, a copy of his “Comparative Art,” Philadelphia, 1906; from the Bibliothèque Nationale, Volume 2 of the “Catalogue de l'Histoire de l'Amérique, par George A. Barringer," Paris, 1905; from Prof. John W. Burgess, a copy of his address as Roosevelt Professor at the University of Berlin, 1906; from the Carnegie Founda. tion for the Advancement of Teaching, the first annual report of the president and treasurer, 1906; from the Coal Trade Journal, 8 volumes of its Annual; from John W. Evans, 77 artist's proofs of his wood engravings; from the Province of Burma, India, 5 volumes and 36 pamphlets, chiefly Selected Judgments of the Court of the Judicial Commissioner, Upper Burma, Upper Burma Rulings, etc.; from the County Council of the Isle of Wight, 3 volumes, 16 pamphlets, and 4 broadsides, mainly Minutes of the County Council, Abstract of Accounts, etc.; from the University of Göttingen, 47 volumes and 366 pamphlets, dissertations submitted for degrees during the period 1903-4 to 1905-6; from Nicholas Krukaff, his “Australia, Agriculture in Australia in connection with the general development of the country,” Moscow, 1906 (in Russian); from Joseph Leete, a copy of “The family of Leete," by Joseph Leete, 2nd edition, London, 1906; from William Miller, 4 wood blocks and i electro of engravings by the late Frederick Juengling, also a large number of manuscripts; from J. Pierpont Morgan, catalogues of ten special collections in his library; from the National Slavonic Society of the U. S. A., Thomas Capek's “The Slovaks of Hungary, Slavs and Panslavism," New York, 1906; from John Hyndman Noblit, his privately printed “Genealogical collections relating to the families of Noblet, Noblat, Noblot and Noblets of France
with some particular account of William Noblit,” Philadelphia, 1906; from M. Paupa Rao Naidu, Madras, his “ The criminal tribes of India, No. 2, the history of Korawars, Erukulas or Kaikaries," Madras, 1905; from the Salop County Council, 16 volumes and 18 pamphlets, including Shropshire Parish Documents, Shropshire County Records, Abstract of accounts, etc.; from Dr. J. Six van Hillegom, i pamphlet and 1 print, the latter being an engraving by Pieter Dupont of Paul Potter's portrait of Dirk Tulp; from the Riksgäldskontoret, Sweden, 232 volumes, the Riksdagens Protokoll and the Bihang for 1868-1906; from Mrs. Frederic Ferris Thompson, 315 volumes, relating mainly to folk lore; and from Torquay, I volume and 15 pamphlets, all documents of the borough.
At the Lenox branch the selection from the A. A. Hopkins Collection of photographs of Italian paintings remained on view. On the lower floor, the Lalauze etchings were replaced on January uth by an exhibition of the etchings of the late Dr. Leroy Milton Yale, who was closely connected with the history of painter-etching in this country, and who took a warm and active interest in our print department, especially in the effort to form a representative collection of American work. The exhibition includes a number of plates and etching tools
which, with all our specimens of his work, and a manuscript catalogue, were presented by the artist.
At the Astor branch the plates from the “Etcher" were replaced by plates from F. R. Martin's “History of Oriental Carpets before 1800." F. Hopkinson Smith's “Venice of to-day” remained on exhibition.
The exhibitions at the circulation branches were as follows: Chatham SQUARE, Racinet's Costumes after the XVIth century; RIVINGTON STREET, Reproductions of paintings by modern artists; HUDSON PARK, Hollyer's Etchings of New York City; TOMPKINS SQUARE, Color plates of birds; MUHLENBERG, Presidents of the United States; 67TH STREET, Masterpieces of art at Paris Exposition of 1900; RIVERSIDE, Racinet's Costume to XVIth century; St. Agnes, Color plates from Audsley's “Ornamental arts of Japan," and photographic views in Japan; 96TH STREET, Plates from the Wilkie gallery; AGUILAR, Exhibition of architecture, sculpture, and views; 125TH STREET, Color plates of animals; 135TH STREET, Reproductions of paintings in the Dresden Gallery; HAMILTON GRANGE, Plates from Molinier's “Royal Interiors;” Mott Haven, Reproductions of paintings by old masters; TREMONT, Photographic views in the Island of Luzon.
Picture bulletins and temporary collections of books on special shelves at the circulation branches were as follows:
EAST BROADWAY, Animals, wild and tame, Birthdays of celebrated men and women, Music and musicians, Opera scores; RIVINGTON STREET, Board of Education lectures, Shakespeare, Siegfried; BOND STREET, Chivalry, Roma Immortalis, Julius Cæsar, China, Sugar where and how we get it, Songs, Rhine and Heidelberg, Growth of a great city, Imperial Berlin; OTTENDORFER, Yellowstone Park, Alaska, When we keep house; TOMPKINS SQUARE, Board of Education ectures, Civil war from the southern point of view, Henry W. Longfellow; JACKSON SQUARE, Economics, Far East, Four American statesmen, Money; MUHLENBERG, Songs, Jean d'Arc, Richelieu, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Panama Canal; 34TH STREET, Little cousin series, Indians; BRUCE, School and College stories, Goop panels, Manhatttan old and new; SACRED HEART, Popular Authors, Wasps and their nests; 67TH STREET, Goops, Little housekeepers, Little breadmakers; RIVERSIDE, Foreign children, Animal friends, Indians, Babyhood, Sea stories, English and French literature; YORKVILLE, Books for little folks; St. Agnes, The opera, Fairy tales; 96TH STREET, Books about children, Greek heroes, Bed-time stories; BLOOMINGDALE, Animal pictures, Charge of the Light Brigade, Making and raising of cocoa, Flags of the world; AGUILAR, Songs and song writers, The Riviera, Greece, Naples and Vesuvius, Alexander Hamilton, Sicily, Holland, Charles Dickens, Turkey and the Turks, France, her people and her art, Progress of the telegraph, Photography, Petroleum, New York, Morocco and Southern Spain, Algiers and Algeria; 125TH STREET, Printing and paper making, Polar exploration, Stories of the opera; HAMILTON GRANGE, Indians, Candy country; Mott Haven, Lincoln, Longfellow, Washington, Books for boys and girls, Some notable people and books about them; TREMONT, Fairy tales, Open squares of the people, Winter poems, Palaces of the Renaissance, Architecture; PORT RICHMOND, New Year's Day, Africa, Mines and miners, Games, The opera.
In addition there were bulletins on new books at four branches; on Japan at four branches; on music at three branches; on Benjamin Franklin at three branches, and on William McKinley at two branches.
The second branch of the New York Public Library on Washington Heights, to be known as the HAMILTON GRANGE Branch, was opened on January 8 in a new building (the twentieth erected from the Carnegie fund) at 503 West 145th Street, near Amsterdam Avenue. At the formal exercises, which were held at four o'clock in the afternoon in the large assembly room on the basement floor, the whole building was open for inspection, but the work of the branch was not resumed until the following morning, Wednesday, January 9, at nine o'clock.
At the opening Dr. Billings, Director of the Library, acted as presiding officer. He received the building from Archbishop Farley, representing the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library, and at once turned it over again to the library for administration. An address was also made by Rev. Dr. Joseph H. McMahon, of the Circulation Committee. Music was furnished by the Glee Club of Public School 186, by Our Lady of Lourdes Girls' High School, and by Miss Clara J. Smith.
The branch that occupies this new building was formerly the headquarters of the Cathedral Free Circulating Library, and was located for some time on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 86th Street. Its place in that neighborhood will be taken by the new branch opened last March at 444 Amsterdam Avenue, near 82d Street.