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A PERIODICAL NEWSHEET which made its first appearance in March of this year emphasizes the accelerating trend towards automation in our libraries. The editor of Program opens with a striking manifesto
WORDS COINED BY IMAGINATIVE WRITERS are nothing more than highly cultured pearls of thought. Though they never come into existence spontaneously or naturally, they truly adorn the language and help to perpetuate the works of novelists, playwrights, and poets. Better still, they prolong...
AT DAWN on May 7th, 1789, just over a week after the famous mutiny, the Bounty's launch sailed close to a reef between some uncharted islands in the South Pacific. Captain Bligh noted in his log We now observed two large sailing canoes coming swiftly after us along shore, and, being apprehensive...
WHILE MIGUEL DE CERNANTES SAAVEDRA languished as a guest of King Philip of Spain in a small noisome cell of the Madrid prison, he had time to do two things. He wrote each day at a rickety table with the quill and parchment he had bribed his jailer to supply. His manuscript concerned an old...
THE CARETAKER shook her wild grey curls and stuck the candle end in the whisky bottle. That was all the light the library could afford, she said. But when I said They must have afforded the whisky, she gave me a very odd look.
MANY OF US who enjoyed some years of childhood before our world blew up in August 1914 had the inestimable advantage of being born into a family where books and reading were of paramount importance. Learning to read myself at an early age, because for one thing I was finding the books read aloud...
THERE WERE FOUR CARS cars parked by the side of the road. This may at first sight seem a very prosaic remark, but all the vehicles were out of the ordinary. Together they formed a very unusual and puzzling group.
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