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GEORGE BRINTON MCCLELLAN, Mayor of the City of New York, ex officio.
EDWARD M. GROUT, Comptroller of the City of New York, ex officio.
CHARLES V. FORNES, President of the Board of Aldermen, ex officio.


President, Hon. JOHN BIGELOW, LL.D.

First Vice-President, Rt. Rev. HENRY C. POTTER, D.D. LL.D.

Second Vice-President, JOHN S. KENNEDY, Esq.

Secretary, CHARLES HOWLAND RUSSELL, Esq., 40 Lafayette Place.
Treasurer, EDWARD KING, Esq., Union Trust Company, 80 Broadway.
Director, Dr. JOHN S. BILLINGS, 40 Lafayette Place.

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During the month of November there were received at the Library, by purchase, 630 volumes and 172 pamphlets; by gift, 1,245 volumes and 4,712 pamphlets; and by exchange, 65 volumes and 86 pamphlets, making a total of 1,940 volumes and 4,970 pamphlets.

There were catalogued 4,070 volumes and 4,655 pamphlets, for which were written 6,560 cards, in addition to which 3,511 slips were written for, and 16,167 cards received from, the copying machine.

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:

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The most popular books of the month were (in non-fiction): Saintsbury's History of Nineteenth Century Literature," Ulmann's Landmark History of New York," Villari's "Russia Under the Great Shadow"; (adult fiction): Thurston's "The Gambler," Wharton's "House of Mirth," McCutcheon's "Nedra"; (juvenile fiction): Barbour's "Four in Camp," Lang's "Crimson Fairy Book," Burnett's "Sarah Crewe."

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On recommendation of the Director the Board of Trustees voted at its regular meeting held December 13, to keep the Astor branch open until 9 P. M. on week days, to extend the hours of six reading rooms in circulation branches from 9 to 10 P. M., and to open twelve reading rooms in circulation branches on Sunday afternoons and evenings--these changes to go into effect in January next.

As it will be difficult, if not impossible, at the Astor branch in the evening to find books not on the main floor, owing to lack of light on the shelves, it will be best for readers to give notice during the day as to what books they desire for evening use, that these books may be found and made ready for their use. This notification may be given by filling out order slips in the usual way or by postal card or letter.

The Board also approved the recommendation to keep open until 10 P. M. reading rooms in the Rivington Street, Ottendorfer, Tompkins Square, Yorkville, Amsterdam Avenue, and Tremont branches; and to open on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 6 o'clock reading rooms in the Chatham Square, Rivington Street, Ottendorfer, Tompkins Square, Jackson Square, Yorkville, 96th Street, Bloomingdale, Aguilar, Harlem Library, and Mott Haven branches.

One of the important gifts of the month came from Mrs. Henry Draper, 61 volumes, 97 pamphlets, 8 photographs, 13 prints, I map; included in this lot was a collection of 24 volumes relating to witchcraft, alchemy, etc., ranging in date from Lambertus Danaeus' "Dialogue of Witches" (1575) to the "Short enquiry concerning the hermetic art, addressed to the studious by a lover of Philalethes " (1714); John Webster's "Displaying of supposed witchcraft" (1677) is a copy of interest aside from its importance as an early attack on current opinions about witches, being a large paper copy from the Ashburnham library; other titles worthy of mention are William Perkins' "Discourse of the damned art of witchcraft " (1610), John Gaule's "Select cases of conscience touching witches and witchcraft" (1646), Glauber's "New philosophical furnaces" (1615), and the 1689 edition of his Works, Glanvil's "Vanity of dogmatizing" (1662), Beecher's “Magnalia naturæ" (1680), the "Theologia mystica" (1653), Bekker's "World bewitched" (1695), and Beaumont's "Historical, physiological, and theological treatise of spirits, apparitions, witchcrafts, and other magical practices " (1705).

From the Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura of Helsingfors, Finland, was received a large and interesting collection of its publications, 83 pieces in number, making a valuable addition to our material on the history, language, and literature of Finland.

Other noteworthy gifts came: From the American Railway Master Mechanics Association, 4 volumes, reports of proceedings of conventions; from John Bigelow, 8 volumes, being the record of indemnities paid by France for damages to the French proprietors in the Island of Santo Domingo during the French Revolution, with their names, etc., 1827-1833, and 35 copies of "Lest we forget, Gladstone, Morley and the Confederate loan of 1863, a rectification by John Bigelow," New York, 1905; from the "Chief" Publishing Co., copies for each branch of their instructions for entering the Customs service, for applicants for firemen, for lettercarriers, for patrolmen; from Cleveland H. Dodge, 28 volumes and 10 pamphlets;

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