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READING FOR REMUERA.

NEW BRANCH iIBRARY. OPENED HY THE MAYOR. \raong tin- first fruits of amalgamation with Oreater Auckland, the people of Remuera have had conferred upon them the ben.tits of a branch public library. When the road district linked up with the city, tin- ( ouncil was confronted with tlie problem of dealing with the offices of the expiring board. The measure of success which had attended tinbranch libraries in the Grafton and Parnell districts nn- inquired into, and it was agreed that the system might safely he extended. \ scheme of alterations was carried out from suggestions given by tin- Chief Librarian t\!r. John Barn and this afternoon the new library was auspiciously opened by the Mayor . Mr. I. II Cii.isoni in tin- presence of a Urge gathering. Prominent public men joined in the ceremony, and at its close the visitors were entertained to afternoon tea by tbe Mayor nnd Mrs. Gun-on. TIIK BUILDING. Tbe building in winch tbe large selection of bonks will be housed is of two storeys. Alterations and furnishings hate been carried out under the direction of the 1 ity Engineer's department with satisfactory results. On the first floor is the lending department, 17ft. by Iff., with shelving for 2,000 volumes. The experiment of fitting up a reading room for juveniles is also being tri-'d in the lower part of tbe building. A book case, designed to hold 500 volumes, is located in a room ;17 x lPi together with tables and forms for 30 juvenile readers. The results of this experiment will be closely watched by the library committee with a view to extending the innovation to other libraries. On th's floor, also, is a room i 13 x 17 i intended for the use of clubs. The general reading room (17 x 23), with accommodation for 36 readers, is on the first floor.

MAYOR'S FIRST OPENING, A pleasing incident connected with the function was the presentation to the Mayor of a silver and greenstone key a* a souvenir of the first occasion on which he had performed an official openin., as Mayor. Tbe presentation was made by the chairman of the City Council's Library Committee (Mr. I. M. Mackay I. In acknowledging the graceful compliment, Mr. Guiisoi. expressed the pleasure which it gave him to open u.n institution which he felt sure would be appreciated and supported by the people of Remuera. Ihe Mayor referred to tin* circumstance of amalgamation, and also to the success which had attended the branch libraries established by the City Council in other districts. He spoke of the benefits to be derived by those intellectually inclined, and expressed tbe hope that the Remuera Branch Library would become a flourishing institution. (Applause.)

CATERING FOR THE YOUNG. The chairman of the Library Committee (Mr. Mackay) congratulated the citizens resilient in Remuera upon the acquisition of an up-to-date library. At present there were 1,218 volumes in tho lending department, of which H8 volumes had been specially selected for juvenile readers. In the children's reading room. also, were 146 volumes and numerous periodicals. The general reading room contained 93 Volumes and :)S peridicals. as well us the Auckland daily papers. No charge was to be made for the use of the reading rooms, but subscriptions such ns those in vogue elsewhere Would be charged by the lending department. In the eour.t: of an interesting spec, li. Mr. Mackay dwelt on the utility of libraries, remark ing that "beacon lights nnd monitory llain.-s " were often found between the .overs „f good books. 11,- spoke of the tabic of historical research, and ~l tho influence exercised by good literature in domestic and public' life Mr William Napier had once said in giving advice to a young officer. " By reading you may become distinguished: without it your abilities will !„■ nothing." -o he (the speaker) -aid to the young people of Remuera. ■Cultivate the taste for good literature, and avail yoursolvet, of the opportunities afforded by this excellent institution." i Applause i

Mi. T. W. Leys said that a public library should become the intellectual centre of the district win re it was estab ltshetl. Tlie emulation of vast numbers of books, from SO to 00 per cent indiffer cut He tion. which some librarians re garde.l as the teat of efficiency .In id no', appeal very much to him. Hut without public libraries good literature, which ,- costly, would be entirely beyond the reach of a majority of tin- people. The institution they were opening that utter noon would remove this disability from Remuera, and it remained lor the residents in that part of the city to make the library a success. Considering thai the building was not .specially designed fur a lil_.rul y . it bad been adapted lo meet the essential requirements in a remarkable degree, and he hoped that the juvenile reading room and the facilities afforded for the use of literary so. i etie.s and clubs would be taken full advantage of. He had no doubt that tincouncil would be willing to provide additional facilities, including a bull, whenever tlu-y were shewn to be really necca-

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READING FOR REMUERA., Auckland Star, Volume XLVI, Issue 235, 2 October 1915

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READING FOR REMUERA. Auckland Star, Volume XLVI, Issue 235, 2 October 1915

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