The annual meeting was then held. Present—the same gentlemen and Mr Leete The annual report and balance sheet was read as follows:—r
The balanoe sheet up to 31st December, 1915, shows a credit balance of £19 2a Bd, and were the library to receive the usual Government; subsidy wbioh amounted to £12 2s last year, the committee would be in a good financial position. After paying all accounts to date the Library is in credit £1 13s Bd. There will be no liabilities to meet for 6 months except ing the librarian's salary and the members at this meeting will be asked to night to discuss ways and means of making up for the loss of the subsidy. Members subscriptions this year amounted to £22 Is as against £24 6* 6d last year. A notice of motion given by Mr Thomas in regard to the alteration of the hour of opening on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. to 2 tb 3 p.m will be discussed at the annual meeting. <'n account of the shortage of fundi due to the loss of the subsidy, subscribers are asked to pay their sub scriptions as soon as possible to help the committee to meet all liabilities. The number of subsoribers to the Library totals 47, and the alteration of the hour on Saturday has not met with the response f'oro the bays 'that was anticipated. Altogether £9 8s 3d has been spent on new works this year, end considering its amount of good reading matter the Library should be better patronized by local people, Wishing the library a successful year.
Mr A J Turner moved the adoption of the report and balanoe sheet. Mr Turner said that ha thought a little more energy on behalf of the committee would bring in the equiva lent of the subsidy. Beoonderl by Mr J S Dodds and car ried.
The ohnirman Baid that it only meant that without the subsidy they could not get any more new booka. Man? of their subsoribers looked for new books. They bad six months bo-
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fore them in which to rai.se any money required.
Mr G Armstrong said there were likely to be fewer subscribers at tbpp« times. It was a pity to lose the £12 out of their revenue, and not to buy new boolo. If they could raise money by means of a concert it would be a good thing for the institution. Hβ would guarantee £3 towards a concert and that would be a help.
The chairman moved that the meeting accept with thanks Mr Arm strong's gaurantee of £3 towards a concert.
Seconded by Mr Turner, who suggested that all should help Mr Arm strong. The suggestion was made that a concert be held towards collec ting funds. He could not do much, but he could help to the best of his ability. Mr Dodds said many residents bought all the new bookp, and they might lend these works to the library. Rev. Hayward seconded the chaii' man's motion, which was carried OFFICERS. The following officers were elected : President, Mr J D Bruce; vice president, Mr W H Henning ; committee, Messrs J 8 Dodds, G Armstrong, G W Thomas, A J Turner, A H West enra, Reva, A H Julius and J W Hayward, and Miss E Jacobson , hon, auditor, Mr 0 W Leete ; hon. Bee and treasurer, Miss E Jacobson
Mr Thomas moved the notice of motion in his name that the motion whereby the library is open from 2 to 3pm on Saturday be rescinded. He said the alteration of the hour bad not benefited the library at all, and they had lost at least one subscriber by the change. Seconded by the chairman, who spoke in favour of the old arrangement. The motion was carried. Mr Thomas moved that the library be open on Saturdays from 8 to 4 Seconded by the chairman and oartied.
Mr Thomas moved a vote of thanks to the librarian, and spoke of the great energy ehe put into her work. Seconded by Mr Turner, who paid the librarian was very attentive The marvel was that they had a librarian to do the work for so small a salary For bis part if it were possible be would like to see the librarian better recompensed. The chairman said that he quite agreed with the previous speakers as to the librarian's good work,
Mr Turner said be believed some subscribers kept books out of the lib rary for a long period. The commit tee should make a firm stand and punish any offenders. Votes of thanks were passed to the bon. auditor (Mr G W Leete), and the hon sec.
A vote of thanks to the chair closed the meeting. . . ' ,
Receipts Momborf) subscriptiona Afcaroa Borough Council great Interest 1914 Government subsidy, 1915 .. Credit balance brought forward Patty cash in hand £ s a 22 1 0 15 0 0 5 6 12 2 0 9 13 2 11 11 £59 13 7 Expenditure. Librarian's salary Akaroa Borough rates.. Stampa W J Lane Insurance .. .. .. Books and periodicals.. A J Turner Credit balance .. .. .. £ s d 26 0 0 4 11 0 4 3 19 0 2 19 4 13 11 7 19 2 8 £59 13 7
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ANNUAL MEETING., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3523, 18 February 1916
ANNUAL MEETING. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3523, 18 February 1916
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