Jack Selmer Johnson

Librarian Lists Types of Books Enjoyed in Training Centers
Three Eau Claire Bluejackets in training at the Farragut, Idaho  Naval Station are using some of their spare time to check out books from one of the station's several libraries. They are ( left to right) Robert Witta, 625 North Barstow, Eau Claire; Henry Tracey, Route 4, Chippewa Falls; and Charles Vaccaro, 1226 Bellevue Avenue, Eau Claire. Miss Marion Langdell (right), also of Eau Claire and librarian in Camp Bennion, is recommending titles to these future men of the fighting fleet.

The following correspondence was received from Miss Marion E. Langdell, librarian at Camp Bennion, the United States Naval Station at Camp Farragut, Idaho in response to a letter from the local committee of the Victory Book Drive in which they asked her the types of books most in demand by the men in training centers. Miss Langdell, who was formerly a librarian in the Eau Claire Public Library, left here on the 23rd of November to take up her new duties in the service.

Miss Langdell writesó"In order of importance, a letter from home ranks first in a sailor's reading at this U.S. Navy Station. This is closely followed by his home town newspaper. Next comes the Blue jacket's Manual, a 'best seller' at Farragut."

Naturally, boys from Eau Claire, WI, who are located here, are no exception to the rule. However, they are turning to the camp libraries for other types of reading matter. As a help, the librarian at Camp Bennion tries to help the boys pick a book for reading in lieu of the letter or the home town news. 

According to Miss Langdell, the one book most asked for is t he atlas. "Where did I come from, where am I now, where am I going?" An atlas or map does help to answer these queries. 

"I want to make it in school. What material do you have on radio, aviation, mathematics, pattern making, navigation, welding, engines?" are the next in routine requests.

Demand for books on anatomy, physiology, personal hygiene, and health books in general is constant.

Future cooks and bakers, who are attending the Cooks and Bakers School, have been asking for cook books, none of which are available in any of the station libraries. This is perhaps a point to be remembered in the Victory Book Drives now in progress over the country.

Books written in Spanish, inspirational biographies, popular accounts of the war, such as From the Land of Silent People by Robert St. John, are in constant demand.

Sailors here at Farragut are living and facing a faster- moving, more- thrilling story than can be found in print, and fiction has to be good and it has to be recent in order to be read during the precious hours of leisure.

Libraries at this station have plenty of space, and thousands of books are needed to fill that space. Miss Langdell, in outlining the needs said, if you could not give a book, remember the Bluejacket's first reading choice, that letter from home."

Some of the Eau Claire boys in training here include: Charles T. Vaccaro. 1226 Bellevue Avenue; Leonard Lubinski, 426 East Madison Street; Kenneth N. Danielson, 220 Seventh Avenue; Clarence C. McMillan, 1129 1/2 Barstow; Jack Selmer Johnson, 713 Broadway; Charles E. Waste; and Henry A. Tracey, Route 4, Chippewa Falls. Two more local boys, Duane Herrick and Dale Sherman, left on Monday for Camp Farragut.