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* : m- . Annual General Meeting. ; The annual general meeting of the] members of the Ashburton Public library 1 took place last evening, there being present only eight gentlemen. The Chair was occupied by Mr Ward, President. Mr Purnell moved the adjournment of the meeting on the* ground that the attendance was of too small a character to warrant the proceeding with the business. This, however, fell through, there being no seconder.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Mr St Pill moved—“ That a vote of thanks be accorded to the gentlemen who altered the general rules." This was seconded by Mr Martin, and carried. The Secretary read the annual report, which was as follows :—“The Committee: of the Ashburton Public Library have to report that there has been a little more interest shewn in the Institute than during the previous year. In spite of there having been no aid whatever from Government, twenty pounds worth of new books have been circulated. Ten pounds of the sum have been raised by winter readings, the remainder , being the gift of Mr G. D. Branson. Certain alterations in the rules were thought advisable, and these have been made and confirmed at a general meeting of subscribers held on January 6th. The. question of using the large room as a temporary museum, has been raised, and many members of the Committee are in favor of such a course, but think it advisable it should be confirmed by the subscribers. In response to the opinion expressed by many concerned, the. time of closing the reading room has been extended from 9 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Though far more interest has been shewn in the institute than in the previous year, your Committee regret that it is still a difficult matter to make it selfsupporting. They sincerely hope that if a part of the Institute is devoted to museum purposes, it may become more attractive to the general public and be a greater means of spending knowledge than it is at present. H. C. Jacobson, Hon. Sec. ”

The Treasurer read the balance sheet, which showed that the credit balance at the Bank to the Committee’s account, was 17s 9d, and that accounts remaining tu be paid amounted to over L 4. The Chairman moved the adoption of the Report and Balance sheet, and in doing so remarked >that it was satisfactory to see an increase of interest. The Committee appointed at the last meeting had entered on their • duties’ with eelat, but their enthusiasm soon cooled, and a rapid decline in the attendance at Committee; meetings followed. Happily,.during the-past.year, four members had' regularly attended, whereas, during the previous year,' only two members had formed the Committee. (A member “100 per cent, advance”— laughter.) He thought if they could improve the condition of the Institute, from an educational point of view, the public would take a greater interest therein. One change he thought was necessary, and that was regarding, the payment of subscriptions, and he .proposed later on bringing before the meeting the advisability of constituting the quarter day for the payment of subscriptions,) the first days in January, April, July, October, Regarding the application for a room for the specimens that had been promised for the formation of the nucleus of a museum,' he thought this a step in the right direction! and deserving, of cooperation on their part. It should, he thought,, prove-an additional attraction to the public to become subscribers.

Mr Purnell seconded the resolution, but considered the project of a museum in advance of their - capabilities. These institutions demanded a : large amount of time at the hands of persons possessed of; scientific knowledge, and also required monetary support to no, little extent, in the direction of the purchase of specimens l . He could not regard the idea as a feasible one, considering the size of the place. He should be greatly pleased to see such an institution inaugurated, but doubted thy possibility thereof. It would not, he thought, tend to increase the number of subscribers, for a day’s inspection whpld exhaust the resources of collections they might obtain. What they needed, was funds, and if they obtained the sinews of war, and purchased new books, the public would quickly come forward. Some further discussion followed, and adoption of the Report and Balance sheet was carried.

Mr Jacobson then moved —“ That room be found in the Library for the articles kindly given by various gentlemen to the nucleus of a museum, it being distinctly understood that before any one room be appropriated, the subscribers be consulted.” He pointed out that the Committee did not propose taking any responsibility in the matter of a museum, what they merely recommended was that room should be found for the temporary storage, if he might so term it, of the articles contributed. Mr Purnell had remarked on the necessity of funds for the purchase of specimens, but let them look at the large number of specimens being presented every week to the Christchurch Museum, he had little doubt if they inaugurated the scheme on however small a scale, they would quickly receive support from all parts of the district. Mr Bullock seconded the resolution, which was carried.

Mr Bullock then moved and Mr Douglas seconded —“ That quarterly payments be made payable on the first day in January, April, July, and October. This was carried unanimously. A vote of thanks to the retiring officers was carried on the motion of Mr Bullock.

Mr Ward was re-elected President, and in reply thereto thanked those present for the honor conferred on him. He would, however, have preferred that one younger and more energetic than he had been appointed. (Cries of “No, no.”) The Treasurer and Hon. Secretary were re-elected.

The following gentlemen were elected a Committee : Messrs Purnell, Douglas, St Hill, Scott, and Charlton. It was decided that the election of a Librarian be left in the hands of the Committee.

A vote of thanks to the chair terminated the proceedings.

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ASHBURTON PUBLIC LIBRARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 308, 1 April 1881

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ASHBURTON PUBLIC LIBRARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 308, 1 April 1881

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