Tbe annual was then held. Present, tbe sama ladies and gentlemen, and Mr A. J. Turner,
The minutes of the previous annual meeting were read and confirmed.
The report and balance sheet were read as [under:—"ln presenting the adnual report, the Committee can congratulate subscribers on a successful year's working The balance, sheet shows a credit balance ,o£, £19 Is 6d up to December 81st, 1918J and- the credit balance at the present time is £21 6a 2d. There are. only a few small liabilities. The Government subsidy, amounting to £11 J2s 7d, came to hand last week, and is included in the credit balance. The now system of collecting subscriptions has answered well, and the Librarian is to be congratulated on the careful way in which she collects same. There are still fewer subscribers than there should be considering that the Committee makes every effort to buy the latest works. The Committee strongly urges residents to give the Library more support —For the Committee, E. M. Jacobson, Hon, Sco," iDcome—Balance brought forward from last year £18 5s _>d, members' subscriptions £24 7s, Borough subsidy £30, interest Savings Bank £1 3s 6d, petty cash in hand 3s Id, Government subsidy £11 13s. lOd, total £80 13s 2d Expenditure.—Librarian's salary £24 10s, fuel, light etc. 18s, printing and advertising £6 03 6d, stationery 6s Id, insurance £2 Is 9d, new books petiodicals, etc .£2O 3s 4d, furniture, fitting?, etc. s_"6d, legal expenses £6 15s, petty cash 10-, paint brushes Is 6d, credit balance £19 Is 6J, total £80 133 2d.
The chairman remarked on the raeagro support given to the library. It should be better patronised, as they catered for the public taste in the way of new books, and had such a number of valuable books on the shelves. He thought the Library should be better supported. If they had a list ot subscribers before them they could see who didnot belong and induce them to join. He noticed a suggestion from Auck': iaud that libraries should be. taken over by the local bodies, and should be free to the public. He thought their subscription was as low as it could possibly be. He moved the re port and balance sheet be adopted.
Mr Turner. suggested catalogues should be printed to induce people to subscribe.
Mr Dodds seconded the adoption of the report and balance sheet.
Mr Munro spoke in favour of a juvenile library Many books were never looked at.
Mr Thomas said a juvenile library should not be encouraged. The children had libraries at school and at various Sunday schools.. It would cause a deal of annoyance to have children running over the library.
The report and balance sheet were
The following officers were elected; President, Mr J. Bruce; VicePresident, Mr W. H. Henning ; Committee, Messrs J. S: Dodds, A. Gray, G. Armstrong, G. W. Thomas, A. R. Munro, A. H, Westenra, Revs A. H. Juliu3 and J. W. Hayward, Mr A, J. Turner, and Misses E Masefield and E Jacobeon : Hon Secretary and Treasurer, Miss E Jacobson ; Hon Auditor Mr C W Leets ; Selection Committee, Miss Jacobson, Rev J W. Hayward, and Mr Bruce. _
Mr Turner moved a hearty vote of thanks to the outgoing officers. Heconsidered the library a credit to the district t ! . '••■ Mr Thomas moved a vote of thanks to the auditor (Mr 0. W. Leete). ; Seconded by Mr Westenra, and carried.
The chairman spoke in high terms of the work done by the librarian, who was underpaid. He considered did ber work wonderfully well. He moved a hearty vote of appreciation of her; services, ;•
Seconded by. iMr Turner, acid carried.
Mr Westenra moved tbat the selection committee be empowered to spend £5 in books.
Seconded by Mr; Munro, and carried. v ,
Bievi J. W. Hayward said that Mc suggestion to'have a catalogue printed was worth considering. Mr Thomas said that the amount spent in printing a catalogue would be better spent in new works.
Rev. J. W. Hayward moved the matter of getting estimates' for printing a catalogue be left to a committee, consisting of Messrs Bruce, Turner and Miss Jacobson to report to next meeting.
Saconded by Mr Dodds, and carried.
Mr Thomas said that the shelves could not accommodate ,any more books, ihey should put in some more bays; He thought they should make enquiries as to cost of more shelves.
\The chairman undertook' to obtain estimates of the cost of putting in more shelves. He said that he hoped soon to be able to open the library all day. ;■;. • ■•'..,'■'
Mr Thomas drew attention to the fact that few people ever came to the library on Saturdays. He moved the library be closed on Saturday after* noon. ■;>
Rev. J. W. Hayward thought that tbe library should, be opened more often instead of being closed.
The chairman said Mr Thomas would have to give notice of motion, as tbe matter affected their rules.
Mr Munro said the only way in which the library could be kept open all day was for the institution to r§ teken over by the Akaroa Borough Council, and a rate to be struck to obtain a sufficient salary, so that a librarian could be asked to spend all day in 'the library. s Personally, he thought it would be a municipal library before many years were passed. The meeting then terminated.
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ANNUAL MEETING., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4382, 27 March 1914
ANNUAL MEETING. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4382, 27 March 1914
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