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HE publication of this catalogue is intended to supply a long felt want to all Catholic patrons of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Imbued with the idea of doing some special work in connection with their regular bi-weekly meetings, the members of the Roger B. Taney Council of the Catholic Benevolent Legion decided unanimously to lend their best efforts in compiling and editing this catalogue with the sole desire of fostering good and wholesome literature among our Catholic Sunday School children, and of giving an up-to-date list of works suitable for Catholics, found in the aforesaid library.

Our grateful thanks are extended to Dr. Bernard C. Steiner, Librarian of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Mr. Louis H. Dielman, Miss Catherine Codd, and others of the Library staff, who were untiring in their efforts to bring this work to completion. Some sixteen years ago, Rev. John F. O'Donovan, S. J., issued a catalogue of Catholic literature, that list has outlived its usefulness. Today there are upwards of five thousand (5000) volumes in the Library, suitable for all Catholic patrons. In compiling this catalogue, we have included books on subjects in which no question of creed arreligion is involved; such as works in the Industrial and Fine Arts, Games, Sports, etc. These lists are limited to books recently accessioned, and a few which are in demand. This has been done to give patrons an idea of the resources of the Library.

His Eminence, James Cardinal Gibbons, has given his earnest endorsement to the publication of this catalogue, and has recommended its immediate introduction in to all Catholic Sunday Schools.

Several clergymen at the request of Right Rev. Owen B. Corrigan, have carefully examined the list of books and heartily approve of their introduction into their Sunday Schools.

In addition to the catalogue prepared by Rev. J. F. O'Donovan, S. J., helpful information was secured from the Catholic Reading List of the Chicago Public Library, the catalogue of Catholic Topics and Authors in the Public Library, Washington, D. C., "Books by Catholic Authors" in the Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Pa., and List of Books suitable for Parish School Libraries issued by the Catholic Educational Association.

It is to be hoped that every Catholic family will secure a copy of this catalogue, and that it will serve as a guide to good reading, and a more frequent patronage of our great Enoch Pratt Free Library.


Pastor of Sts. Philip and James Church, and

Chaplain of Roger B. Taney Council,

Catholic Benevolent Legion,

Christmas, 1912.

Baltimore, Maryland.


I cheerfully endorse the publication of this Catalogue, and heartily commend the members of the Roger B. Taney Council of The Catholic Benevolent Legion, and all who assisted in compiling this:work.

I trust that every Catholi pastor in the city will secure one or more copies of this Catalogue for use in his Sunday School, and that every Catholic family will foster good and salutary reading by

obtaining a copy for consultation in the

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