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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- July 31, 1874
    Czech Books.

    At the beginning of this year one of the German members of the library board of directors wrote to Mr. Vojta Naprstek, eminent leader of the Czech national party in Prague, and asked him for a list of books in the Czech language most suited for the public library here. The attention of Mr. Naprstek was called to the fact that we intended to make our library a cosmopolitan one, containing especially the best literary works of the nationalities represented in Chicago. This was the first time that a public library in American was attempting to acquire Czech literature and it was to be hoped that the leader of the Czech national party would take part in it.

    The letter remained unanswered - as well as a second one mailed three months later to the same address and the deduction was justified that even such eminent Czech leaders as Mr. Naprstek were indifferent to the mental needs of their compatriots in this country.

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    This deduction has lately been refuted through the arrival of a box of Czech books, which are stamped with the words, "Vojta Naprstek Napamatku" or "Americk Klub." As this consignment was not accompanied by any written message, we are unable to say if it is the result of a collection or the gift of an individual. Many of the books are well bound and over nine tenths of them have been published since 1860, thus no old junk.

    At the beginning of this year one of the German members of the library board of directors wrote to Mr. Vojta Naprstek, eminent leader of the Czech national party in ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a, III H
  • Svornost -- October 08, 1878
    [Vlasta Women's Society Organized]

    It is true, that Chicago Bohemians had once before a Women's Society under the name "Libuse" but this did not prove enduring as , after the great fire of 1871, they did not meet again. For eight years our Bohemian Society was without the noble influence of a Women's Organization. Today, we are able to warmly welcome again the first such organization which incidently takes the name "Vlasta".

    Upon the invitation of some of our more enlightened ladies a meeting was held the 6th of October in the"Tel. Jed. Sokol"(Gymnastic Society Sokol) Hall. After a lenghty debate as to what kind of lodge would be organized and what its aims are to be, it was unanimously agreed to name it "Vlasta" and that it should be educational and social. Some debate was also carried on about the subject of benefits but this did not meet with approval.

    When organization was perfected 57 ladies present came forward and accepted active membership by paying an initiatory fee of fifty cents. Thereafter monthly 2dues were set at .15¢ so that they would not be burdensome to anyone.

    "Vlasta" will hold their educational meetings separately from their social gatherings. The members will do considerable reading and the society will find a great help in the library, which is made up of books belonging to Tel. Jed. Sokol(Gymnastic Society Sokol) Besedy(Literary Club) and Svobodne Obce (Republic.) The books will be loaned without charge.

    We know there are among the membership several wise and experienced ladies who know how to handle these difficult beginnings with a firm hand, and when some of the new members become accustomed to Parliamentary Prodecure, it will be a pleasure to listen to their debates.

    It is true, that Chicago Bohemians had once before a Women's Society under the name "Libuse" but this did not prove enduring as , after the great fire of 1871, ...

    Bohemian
    II B 1 d, II B 2 a
  • Svornost -- May 19, 1879
    [Bohemian Neglect Library]

    The Chicago Public Library Commissioners will in the near future purchase a considerable stock of new books of English, German, French and Scandinavian publication. For the purchase of Bohemian books not one cent has been set aside thus far in spite of the fact that we are continually boasting that there are 25,000 Bohemians in this city. Some time ago the "Ctenarska" Beseda"(Reading Club) managed to have appropriated about $500.00 for the purchase of Bohemian books, and requested a catalogue of recommended volumes, but since then everything seems to have been forgotten again. Since no one seems to be interested enough to go to the public library and ask for Bohemian publications, it is not to be wondered at, that the directors of this institution do not purchase Bohemian books in a great hurry, that we are considered as ignoramuses who do not know how to recognize the importance of a library.

    We ask for the third time: Does the "Ctenarska Beseda" (Reading Club) whose aim it should be, intend to do something about this matter. It is dependent on the Club to push this matter, because the first action in this cause was taken over two years ago by the Club.

    The Chicago Public Library Commissioners will in the near future purchase a considerable stock of new books of English, German, French and Scandinavian publication. For the purchase of Bohemian books ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a, I A 3
  • Svornost -- May 22, 1880
    For "Sokol Library."

    All our countrymen in Chicago know that we have in the Tel. Jed. Sokol" (Gymnastic Union Sokol) building a Bohemian library consisting of over 300 bound books, of fiction, educational, and humorous, and that these books have been circulated free of charge among Chicago Bohemians the past three years.

    The library is appreciated very much by our readers, so that in some months there are as many as a hundred who borrow books and thereby with the aid of the library are furthering their education.

    Some have read practically the entire collection and would still like to continue reading if only there were some new material available.

    No doubt there are in the possession of our countrymen many individual volumes , which they themselves have probably read several times, and which are now thrown aside in idleness.

    It is indeed wasteful to allow a book to remain unused when there are so many 2people who would like to read it.

    We call on all our local countrymen who might posses such unused Bohemian books to be so kind as to make a gift of it to our Bohemian Library, where it will be taken care of always and loaned to our fellow-countrymen without any charge.

    The names of the donors will be published and memorialized in the volumes they donate.

    Let us act according to the motto:

    "Work and knowledge is our salvation," and cooperate in educating and elevating ourselves.

    Respectfully,

    Fr. B. Zdrubek, Librarian.

    All our countrymen in Chicago know that we have in the Tel. Jed. Sokol" (Gymnastic Union Sokol) building a Bohemian library consisting of over 300 bound books, of fiction, educational, ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a, II B 3, IV
  • Svornost -- March 22, 1881
    Bohemian Section of the Public Library

    The readers of this paper know that the Board of Directors of our Public Library, allotted five hundred dollars for the purchase of Bohemian books a few years ago. This was done to comply with a petition of the "Ctenarske Besedy" (Reading Club). The money thus set aside was never used, although the Reading Club furnished the library with a list of books suitable for the purpose.

    However, since Mayor Harrison, a short time ago, appointed our countryman, L.W. Kadlec, to the Board, the matter was revived, and the well-known bookseller, August Geringer, was chosen to purchase the books from book dealers in Bohemia.

    There have been purchased for the Library a total of 700 volumes, all of which were included in the list as selected by the Readers Club. So that all our readers may know what books are available, we shall publish the titles of the books in the near future.

    The readers of this paper know that the Board of Directors of our Public Library, allotted five hundred dollars for the purchase of Bohemian books a few years ago. This ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a, IV
  • Svornost -- July 18, 1881
    From the Public Library

    We have before us the ninth annual report of the Librarian of the Chicago Public Library, William F. Poole, the report is of extraordinary interest to us Bohemians. It is shown in the report that among the directors is a countryman of ours, Mr. L.W. Kadlec, his term of office expires in 1883. To Mr. Kadlec was given the supervision of the finance committee.

    In addition there are employed under the supervision of the Librarians, Mr. W.A. Purer and Mr. L. Meilbek. Mr. F. Novy is employed as night attendant. We have in the Public Library service four Bohemians. In the reading room the following Bohemian Newspapers can be obtained: "Svornost," daily, "Delnicke Listy", daily, "Dennice Novoveku", "Slavie", "Diblik" and "Volnost," all of which are donated. The Library now has 939 volumes of Bohemian books which is an increase of 838 volumes over previous years, however, this number of volumes will be doubled as soon as possible.

    For any success that we Bohemians were able to realize in the Public Library during the past year, thanks should be given primarily to Mr. Kadlec, for his energetic action and intelligence. No one can deny him this, not even his enemies, if he has any.

    We have before us the ninth annual report of the Librarian of the Chicago Public Library, William F. Poole, the report is of extraordinary interest to us Bohemians. It is ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a, II B 2 d 1, IV
  • Svornost -- November 22, 1881
    The Bohemian Section of the City Public Library

    The Bohemian Section of the Public Library, which has really existed only since Mr. L.W. Kadleck was appointed to the Board of Directors by Chicago's present Mayor C.H. Harrison, is now quite a separate unit, having much valuable literature from former times as well as of the present day. The Library now has more than 1,000 bound volumes of high literary value, for care is exercised in selection of material so that no trash will be accumulated.

    Through the efforts of Mr. Kadlec, there was received the first shipment of books, of the value of 1,100 crowns. These books are now in the Bohemian Section of the library, from where they may be borrowed by any one who has complied with the rules as set up by the Library.

    Shortly after the receipt of this first order of books, there was placed a larger order. This last order has been delayed some what because many of the older volumes were not in stock at the booksellers and had to be obtained from private individuals who were willing to sell. Since all the books ordered could not be obtained at one time, shipment was made of those that could be had. The shipment consisted of more than 1,373 volumes of fiction, educational and scientific works, etc.

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    As soon as the shipment arrives and is checked, they will be turned over to the bindery and efforts will be made to have them available for circulation as soon as possible. Our Library will then have over 2,000 volumes of the finest Bohemian poets and authors and will be a Library of which Chicago Bohemians may justly be proud. No where in Bohemia is there a library which can boast of such a large number of the finest and richest writings.

    This does not mean that we need to be satisfied with these 2,000 volumes. If we just care about it, surely the Bohemian section of the library will continue to grow.

    The Directors of the Public Library, set aside each year various amounts for the purchase of books and it will, no doubt, provide as much as possible for Bohemian books.

    Mr. Kadlec will have no difficulty in securing allotments for the purchase of Bohemian Literature, if he is given support by those most interested, and this support costs no one anything. It merely means that we Bohemians should make use of the Library service now that we have been recognized and books provided for us.

    The Bohemian Section of the Public Library, which has really existed only since Mr. L.W. Kadleck was appointed to the Board of Directors by Chicago's present Mayor C.H. Harrison, is ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a, IV
  • Svornost -- February 03, 1882
    Public Library Branches

    We reported some time ago that there was under consideration the establishment of Branch Libraries in several sections of the city. This thought has many friends and it is also favored among the Directors of the Public Library, so that there can be no question, but that it will be accomplished soon. The Bohemian member of the Board of Directors of the Public Library is also in favor of the establishment of Branches, and especially, that at least one should be established on the west side where the majority of inhabitants are working people who do not have so much time to come down to the Central Library. There are to be found at the Library many volumes of more than one copy and these can be turned over to the branch to be established on the west side. Many Bohemians are now borrowing books from the library and if we had a branch out on the west side they would use it even more.

    It is quite probably that at the next meeting of the Board of Directors, the matter may be decided.

    We reported some time ago that there was under consideration the establishment of Branch Libraries in several sections of the city. This thought has many friends and it is also ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a
  • Svornost -- March 27, 1883
    New Bohemian Books in the Public Library

    The present management of the Chicago Public Library agreed decisively with the request of Mr. L. W. Kadlec, a very active member of the Library Committee, to order a new supply of Bohemian books for the local library. The committee of the Library, consisting of Messrs Callaghan, Moses and MacMillan, entrusted the order again to August Geringer, and it has been already sent to Prague, Bohemia, to be filled. The Bohemian department in the local library is frequented by the Bohemians very diligently. It serves as a literary home for the Bohemian people.

    The present management of the Chicago Public Library agreed decisively with the request of Mr. L. W. Kadlec, a very active member of the Library Committee, to order a new ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a, IV
  • Svornost -- July 24, 1883
    From the City Library.

    The board of directors of the city library have published the eleventh annual bulletin, from which we choose a few extracts of special importance to us Bohemians: A member of the board of directors, our countryman Mr. L. W. Kadlec, was elected to the following committees: committee of alterations, committee for real estate and buildings, and committee of organization of the future new building for the city library. There are employed the following Bohemians: Mrs. D. Goldberger, Sophie Warhanik, and Mr. Carl Lhotka; at evenings Mr. Wm.A.Purer and Ed. L. Dvorak. - The library is in possession of 2800 Bohemian volumes and seven Bohemian newspapers, including the Svornost. Two donators of Bohemian books arementioned: Fred Novy donated four volumes and F. L. Dvorak - seven.

    The board of directors of the city library have published the eleventh annual bulletin, from which we choose a few extracts of special importance to us Bohemians: A member of ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 a, I F 4, IV