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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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in organizations was slower during the second than the first year, it was never-
theless substantial.
Activities of various kinds exceeded 2,200 in 1948. This is considerably above
the 1531 reported for 1947 and nearly 75% higher than the 1946 figure. Allowing
for the fact that the latest total includes a figure for book discussions which was
not reported for the previous years, the 1948 total is nevertheless substantially
above the earlier ones.
Exhibits appear to have had the largest steady growth. In fact, the nearly 700
exhibits in 1948 were more than double the number reported two years earlier,
and more than one-third above the previous year’s figure. Forums and lectures
continued in first position as the largest component of all activities reported.
The number of school programs changed little, and sermons reported actually
declined.
Summary Statistics of Jewish Book Month
1946-1948
Participating
1948
1947
1946
No. of communities................................
476
440
405
No. of organizations................................
1978
1756
1304
Activities — to ta l..........................................
2,207
1,531
1,265
forums and lectures................................
751
526
502
exhibits......................................................
694
501
334
book discussions......................................
280
a
a
sermons......................................................
200
241
216
Hebrew & Sunday school programs..
282
263
213
Attendance....................................................
136,918 128,658 107,979
a — not reported
COMMEMORATION OF JEWISH LITERARY
ANNIVERSARIES
Commemoration of significant Jewish literary anniversaries and historical events
were included in the observance of Jewish Book Month. Among those events
were the 100th anniversary of the birth of the 19th century poet, Emma Lazarus;
the 300th anniversary of the death of the celebrated Renaissance rabbi and scholar,
Leon of Modena; the 400th anniversary of the appearance in Venice of the third
edition of Biblia Rabbinica, which gave the definite pattern for most of the impor-
tant present day editions; the 70th birthday of Alexander Marx, eminent scholar
and librarian of the Jewish Theological Seminary; the 70th birthdays of the
Yiddish poets, H. Rosenblatt and Joseph Rolnick; the 10th anniversary of the
death of Abraham Liessin, and the 60th anniversary of the Jewish Publication
Society and the 50th of the American Jewish Year Book.
LIBRARY CITATIONS
The reception to the project of the presentation of citations to libraries that
meet the minimum criteria has been most gratifying and is already beginning to
show evidence of its need. The criteria developed are being used in a number of
communities as a guide to the development of libraries. A number of ceremonies
have taken place in local communities at which the presentation of the library