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,DOLGELLEY FREE .LIBRARY.

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DOLGELLEY FREE LIBRARY. L THE public spirit of Dolgelley on the ques- tion of providing a free library for the town is at a very low ebb. It is incredible that the county town of Merioneth is without a public library when almost every village in the county can boast of such an institution, —and it is certainly a reproach to Dolgelley that it is without one at this time of day. No public-spirited community should rest satisfied until it possesses a treasure house of human knowledge, in a collection of freely accessible books. It is too late in the day to dwell upon the great boon of public libraries. That fact is firmly established by experience, and no reasonable man will dispute it. That the lack of one at Dolgelley is a great drawback to the com- munity is also, by this time, generally admitted; but still, in spite of all this, those in authority do not seem to feel the weight of their obligations in the least degree. Our schools are throwing out intelligent readers in increasing numbers from year to year, and books have become a necessity in the lives of many who are unable to buy them. Free libraries wisely furnished afford rational and healthy recreation and the means of serious study nd self-improve- meat, and what is more important from a ] public point of view, they are potent factors in the making of good citizens. Minor matters, such as the provision of billiard' tables, should not be allowed to thwart a great movement: of this kind. But then, on the other hand, it is idle to hope to see the movement ever carried to a successful issue unless the members of the committee gird themselves to the work, and make a serious and sustained effort, instead of the spasmodic attempts which have characterised their proceedings in the past.

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