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submitted to the voters at a special election to be held the next day after the regular election. The number of

electors who must so petition is as follows:

For First and Second-class Districts, 20 electors.
For Third, Fourth and Fifth class Districts, 10 electors.
For Sixth and Seventh class Districts, 5 electors.

Section 8. The vote must be by ballot upon which shall be written or printed either the words "For a Free Library," or "Against a Free Library," and a majority of the ballots cast at this special election shall decide the question. All persons entitled to vote at the last regular school election are entitled to vote at this special election also.

The place of voting, conduct of the election, counting of ballots and the like shall be as provided by law in the District wherein the question is submitted.

The Board of Education or School Committee upon being petitioned to submit this question to the voters, must post notices (see p. 9) to that effect in at least five public places in the District at least ten days before the election is to take place, and the notices must state not only the question to be voted upon, but shall state when and where the election shall be held.

In case the Board of Education or School Committee neglects or refuses to give such notice, any qualified elector may do so and their notice shall be equally effectual.

Section 9. If the vote shall be against the establishment of a Free Public Library the question may be brought up again in the same way at a special election the day after the next school election.

Section 10. If the vote is in favor of the establishment of a Free Public Library, then the Board of Education or School Committee is required to raise by taxation a sum of money for the purpose. The amount of the sum to be raised shall be determined by the class to which the District belongs and will be as follows:

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Annually thereafter the Board of Education or School Committee shall raise the specified sum for the support and increase of the Library established.

All such sums shall be raised as those for current school expenses are, and, if the Board of Education or School Committee deem it necessary, they may be in addition to to the amount authorized in the District for such school expenses.

Any District may fix the sum to be raised for Library support during the ensuing year, providing the sum raised is not less than the minimum required by law according to the table above.

The vote to fix a sum shall be by ballot.

Section II. A Free Public Library having been voted for, the Board of Education or School Committee must immediately elect a School District Library Commission of which the number of members and the length of their terms shall be according to the class of their District as follows:

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All of these members shall serve until their successors are duly chosen and qualified.

Having established a Free Public Library, thereafter the electors must annually elect the members of their School District Library Commission at a special election to be held the day after the regular school election.

The members may or may not be members of the Board of Education or School Committee, and they may be either

women or men.

Section 12. The first meeting of the District Library Commission shall be on the first Tuesday next succeeding the election of its members, and it must organize by electing a Chairman, Secretary and such other officials as it deems necessary.

The Treasurer of the School District shall be Treasurer of the Library Commission, and subject to the Commission as to the money of which the Commission has custody.

A vacancy in the Commission may be filled by the Commission till the next election of members occurs. A failure to attend three successive meetings of the Commission may be declared a vacancy at the option of the other members.

Section 13. The District Library Commission shall have entire control of the Library and its property of all

sorts.

It shall make an explicit report to the District at each annual school meeting of all its receipts and expenditures, and of all the property in its care.

It shall also recommend as to the amount of money it deems necessary to raise for the Library for the ensuing year, and must do so before fixing the rate of taxation for the Library by the Board of Education or the School Committee. It shall also make such reports embracing such matters as the State Library Commission shall require.

The District Library Commission shall also have the power to obtain or to accept room and equipment for a

Library and to employ the necessary caretakers and to have all necessary powers for the foundation and maintenance of a Library, including the making of all rules and regulations for the conduct of its employees, use of its property and the conduct of people in and about the Library, providing the use of it, its reading matter and privileges are free to people in the District or to any person outside the District who owns property assessable within it.

The District Library Commission is authorized to enforce these rules by a penalty which it may impose at its discretion.

This penalty may consist either of a suspension of the privileges of the Library, or of a money fine which may be collected, if necessary, by proceedings instituted in the name of the District before a Justice of the Peace of the County.

The money thus collected must be paid to the District Library Commission to be used for the Library.

Section 14. The District Library Commission may, in its discretion and upon payment of such fee as it deems proper, admit persons living outside the District to use the Library, and reading room in the same manner as the residents of the District.

Section 15. Any two or more School Districts may unite for the purpose of obtaining the benefit of this Act.

Whenever five electors of any such Districts shall petition therefor, the committee shall arrange with the Boards of Education or School Committees of any other said Districts for a special election to determine the establishment of a Free Public Library for said Districts. For the purposes of this Act, such Districts shall be considered as belonging to the class which any one of the said Districts would have belonged to if they had not united.

Section 16. Whenever the State Library Commission

shall certify to the State Treasurer that any School District or union of School Districts has established a Free Public Library according to the provisions of this law, then the State Treasurer shall pay to the District Library Commission one-half the lowest sum prescribed in Section 10, for the class in which these Districts belong, and annually thereafter he shall pay a like sum to the District Library Commission upon the certificate of the State Library Commission that the District has raised its necessary quota for the support of its Free Public Library.

I am not going to speak with disparagement of the library of reference, but I am going to speak with peculiar admiration and affection of the library of circulation; and or this reason:-because it tends to purify and maintain that which is the very strength of a nation, the very glory of a people; among all the ordinances of God, the most merciful and the most amicable-the domestic system of the country. And I hope that many a husband, and many a brother, availing himself of the opportunity offered, will carry the book to his own fireside, and make his wife and his children, or his mother and his sister, partake of his studies.-SHAFTESBURY.

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