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LLANELLY HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS.

FREE LIBRARY ACT. — ♦—

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FREE LIBRARY ACT. — ♦— THE QUESTION DISCUSSED BY THE COMMITTEE OF THE INSTITUTE, A meeting of the Mechanics' Institute Committee as held all Friday evening last, Mr. J. G. Daw Presiding, when the question of establishing a free library in the town was discussed. Rev. Eivet Lewis proposed that steps be taken with a. "tew of adopting the Free Library Act in Llanelly. lIe said that a good deal had already been done to- ards establishing a free library in the town since he a-me here. Some progress had been made through Revisit of Mr, Ballinger, of Cardiff, some time ago, gave a very interesting lecture on the subject. t was a lecture which caused a large ?ouut of discussion at the time. Free libraries had been very successful in other parts of the ountry, and he did not see why there should be any deviation from rule at Llanelly. Some few weeks ago they instructed their secretary to pay a visit to the ■Swansea and Cardiff free libraries and to bring back all the facts and figures concerning those places. The Secretary had fulfilled his task and they would agree j "litit him that the report was an excellent one. The rteable value at Llanelly might not be sufficient to 1ve all that we wanted. However, if all the Id. rate e'3uld be devoted to the working of a free library they ould do very well, A good suggestion was that the Present members might continue their subscriptions of s- a year so as to guarantee a large collection of books Or the library, the paying members to have the sole 14se of the books for the first 12 months. There was a 8imilar charge made at Swansea in circumstances of 1S kind. First of all, no doubt, they would have to elI t °?cuitn meering oi me sunscnoers TO oDtam heIr consent in the matter. The handing over of the j titufcion would be a, great gift to the town at large. ()III be indeed a. deed of charity. It would mean a ing of a handsome present to the town. A free lib6 "ary was calculated to a great degree to induce the generosity of the wealthy. Moreover, a free library he a great boon to the to?n, advancing educa- ttien 11 and promoting habits of thought among an sec- ,0,8 of the inhabitants. llr- R. Peregrine seconded the motion. he Chairman You suggest a meeting of the sub- bribers Mr. Lewis ? :Rev. E. Lewis Yes, that will be the first thing. tb 41r. R. Stuart supported the motion, but considered tjh» p greatest difficulty would be that of inducing the ? ??gh Council to sanction a penny rate. ?Ir. W. David recognised the same difficulty. i l\i.f. R. Guest was not disposed to think that if the iosrftUti°n were converted into a free library, there 'u be any more readers. rl he Chairman was of a like opinion. 4r. Fred Thomas opposed the motion. 1\7 ».nally the meeting was adjourned on the motion of Air. John Marker.

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