Page 2, 23rd February 1945

23rd February 1945
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Page 2, 23rd February 1945 — CATHOLIC LITERATURE

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Silo-There seems to be at the present time an increasing interest in projects such as the establishment of parish libraries. Since my letter in January I have received replies from enquirers up and down the country, as well as Ireland, and from what have heard I am convinced that everything possible should be done to encourage such ventures. Undoubtedly there is an ever-growing need felt among' more thoughtful Catholics today. Ideas are being circulated as never before, and the good Catholic must be able to distinguish the true from the false. Unless he will read he is poorly equipped to do so.

We have acquired a good deal of experience in our organisation of the library, in all its aspects, and we would be very willing to help any inquirers who have aspirations in the same direction. Those who have al. ready sent to us and are still awaiting a ,reply are assured that this will be sent as soon as pressure of affairs allow.

A sub-committee is at present at work on a catalogue, which will be sent to those who have made inquiries for such.

We should be very glad if any priests, Catholic authors; Catholic booksellers, or the laity generally, could give us names of books which, in their experience. are suitable for Catholic readers in these times, under the following headings: 1. Doctrinal-jet a flee, light Style. 2. Devotional-spiritual works of a light type. 3. Sociological. 4. Historical. 5. Biography. 6. Travel. 7. Fiction-which would pass a Catholic censor.


Hon. Secretary, Ilford Catholic Library.

14, Benton Road West, Ilford.

Sute-With reference to the discussion on starting bookshops, I do think that Catholics fail to make enough use of the public libraries. The majority of these are run out of the rates and Catholic ratepaying Catholics could do much to get a good selection of Catholic books on the shelves if they repeatedly asked for them.

M. C. K.

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