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Recent additions to the collection

wroclaw book

Wroclaw: Portret Miasta by Tadeusz Drankowski.

Call number: DK4780.1 K36

41C79W1V5RL._SL500_AA300_Lech Walesa: The Struggle and the Triumph: An Autobiography

“In this speechifying autobiography, Poland’s president delivers a dramatic and self-dramatizing account of the rise of the Solidarity movement, his role in the labor strikes of 1988, his battle with the Polish Communist party and his election to the presidency. Interspersing transcripts, Walesa presents a witty, Kafkaesque replay of government wiretapping and judicial harassment of him through 1986, and vividly re-creates the news-making kidnap and murder of the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko in 1984. He credits Solidarity’s survival as due in large measure to the moral support of the Roman Catholic Church. In down-to-earth prose, the former electrician writes about his father’s internment in a Nazi concentration camp, his own religious faith, and the joys of family life and of raising eight children. But in denying the existence of “racially based” anti-Semitism in Poland, past or present, he ignores history. Glaringly short on specifics about his plans for Poland’s future, his self-portrait is padded with accounts of a blur of meetings, talks and travel, as well as encounters with Elie Wiesel, George Bush, Elton John, Pope John Paul II and Francois Mitterrand, among others.”

Call number: DK4452 .W34 A3

Chopin bookFrederic Chopin by Victor Seroff.

Call number: ML410 .C54 S47

Come to the library and check out these books!

Recent Additions to the Collection

Come check out our new additions to the library’s catalog.

50th Anniversary, 1942-1992, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America edited by Tadeusz Gromada. Its call number is  AS36.P843 F5.

“The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA), Polski Instytut Naukowy w Ameryce (in Polish) a non profit, 501 © tax exempt, academic, cultural organization founded in 1942 in New York City is dedicated to the maintenance of a center of learning and culture. Its mission is to advance knowledge about Poland and Polish Americans and serve as a liaison between American and Polish academic circles.” (PIASA’s website)

Visit the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America’s website to learn more about the organization.

Dziela wybrane, a seven volume collection of works written by Ignacy Maciejowski. Their call number is PG7158 .M15 S95.

The volumes are entitled:
Szkice z anglii
Nowele cz.1
Nowele cz.2
Nowele cz.3
Slowa a czyny;
U progu sztuki
Matka. Bajecznie Kolorowa

Adding to the List

I have been adding books to the WorldCat list and adding spine labels onto them. You can see my progress in the past few days.

Here you can see that I had to remove some books from a shelf, because it was missing a screw. A screw was found shortly after, however.

I was quickly running out of room, so I took all of the language and literature books, (all of the books whose call numbers begin with ‘P’) and moved them to their semi-final location, in the second room on the right side.

Become a librarian for a Polish social club? Sure, why not…

On my journey to becoming a fully fledged librarian, I volunteered for a big job.

I have been recently appointed as the librarian for a private social club. The club is known as a library and dramatic circle. It has a theater attached and a library upstairs. But no one uses the library. The last librarian worked there in the early 1990s. The library is in complete disarray. It is filled with all kinds of donations. The club accepted them all because the library had no collection development policy of any kind. I wrote an interim policy and was appointed the librarian.

Did I mention that this was a club for Polish-Americans and Polish immigrants? Did I also mention that I don’t speak any Polish?

It will be a huge undertaking sorting these thousands of books and journals into some kind of order. I will have to decide what system is the best to use. Some of these books are from the turn of the century. There are handwritten manuscripts and artifacts. There are even two manual typewriters, one is Polish.

I will post photographs of my progress.

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Bibliotekarz — Librarian