The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, MAY 15, 1882. The Library.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.40 p. m. j
We are glad to observe that at the last meeting of the Library Committee held on Thursday evening, it was resolved that a series of concerts and entertainments should be held throughout the winter months in aid of the Library funds. This is a step in the right direction, and it is to be hoped that the public will, for their own sake?, enter warmly into the project and accord it their hearty support. The unanimous opinion is that we should have a good Library in our midst, but the funds in hand are rather limited if the undertaking is to be carried out in a proper manner and a Library erected that shall be a credit to the town. If we may be permitted to offer the Libraiy Committee a suggestion, we would advise that, with a view to
strengthening its hands, it should invite the co-operation of some other public body, the Debating Society, for instance, and that a joint committee should be formed for the purpose of organising the proposed entertainments. If the latter are to prove really attractive they must be well “ worked up,” and all those who can be of the least assistance should be asked to give their services. “Penny Readings” have gone out of dale, and even concerts, by themselves, would hardly be likely to draw for any lengthened period, but if a miscellaneous programme were presented, say fortnightly, at the Town Hall, the firs! part to consist of songs, readings, and recitations, and the second of some amusing little dramatic trifle that would require but few “ properties and effects ” to produce, such as “ Box and Cox,” the trial scene from Pickwick, etc., etc., the entertainments would in all probability draw well, and be the means of raising a respectable sum. We trust our remarks will be taken in good part by the Library Committee. The establishment of our Library is a public matter which all should forward in every way possible, even it is only by a suggestion.