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To the Editor.

Sir,—Many letters of complaint as to the existing state of things in the Public Library have appeared in the several newspapers from time to time, without eliciting any reply from the directorate of the Library. I would suggest that all parties interested therein meet in the reading-room of the Library, on Monday, the 19 th inst., at 8 p.m., to consider what steps should be taken to alter the present and provide for the future management of that institution. Heaven helps those who help themselves, and unless some one moves in the matter the present miserable state of things will continue.—l am, Ac., J. Youxg. Ashburton, April 16, 1880. To the Editor. Sir, —As one interested in the Public Library, I should like to be informed how it is managed. I was told some time ago by the secretary that the annual meeting of members would he held in March. That month lias gone and yet no meeting has been called ; in fact, it has been stated that this is the second year no annual meeting has been held. Perhaps no committee meetings have been held. Is there any Committee in existence ? I question it if no annual meeting was held last year, as the Committee are only appointed for one year. Nevertheless it is true some steps were taken to make the library what it should he, more especially in view of the long winter months coming on. At present the whole concern seems (to say the least of it) very higgledy-piggledy. I notice that the Board of Education have advertised for applications from libraries desirous of sharing in the grant of LBOO voted—another reason for exertion on our part. Would the Secretary kindly call a meeting of members to consider the matter, otherwise those interested will find it necessary to try some other means of resuscitating our now almost defunct Public Library.:—l am, &c.. Lover of Literature.

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THE PUBLIC LIBRARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 88, 17 April 1880

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THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 88, 17 April 1880

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