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Seventh Class, the sum so required as aforesaid shall be not less than twenty-five, nor more than seventy-five dollars.

And annually thereafter, such Board of Education or School Committee shall levy and raise by taxation for the maintenance and increase of the Library so established as aforesaid, a sum as hereinbefore prescribed and limited in this section for the establishment of such Library.

All sums authorized to be levied and raised by taxation under this Act, shall be levied, raised and collected as school taxes for current school expenses are, and shall, if the said Board or Committee deem it necessary, be in excess of and in addition to the sum or amount authorized to be raised in said District by taxation for current school expenses.

Any District in which a Library has been established as aforesaid, may fix any sum (not less than the minimum sum required to be raised in said District as hereinbefore prescribed in this section) to be levied and raised in the District for the maintenance and increase of the Library therein during the ensuing year: the vote to fix any sum shall be by ballot, and a majority of the ballots cast at such election shall determine the question.

Section II. Every School District in this State which shall establish a Free Public Library pursuant to the provisions of this Act, shall annually thereafter, at an election held on the day next following the regular school election (not being Sunday or a legal holiday) elect members of a School District Library Commission.

The said District Library Commission shall be composed of the following number of members, namely: if it be a Commission in a District of the First or Second Class, nine members; in a District of the Third or Fourth Class, five members; in a District of the Fifth, Sixth or Seventh Class, three members. The members shall hold office for

the term of three years, or until their successors are duly elected and qualified; provided that at the first election of said Commission next succeeding the establishment of a Free Public Library as aforesaid the members of said Commission shall be elected for the following terms, namely: for a District of the First or Second Class, three members shall be elected for one year, three for two years, and three for three years, or until their successors are duly chosen and qualified; for a District of the Third or Fourth Class, two of the members shall be elected for one year, two for two years, and one for three years, or until their successors are duly chosen and qualified; for a District of the Fifth, Sixth or Seventh class, one of the members shall be elected for one year, one for two years, and one for three years, or until their successors are duly chosen and qualified; provided further, that the Board of Education or School Committee in any School District wherein the question as to the establishment of a Free Public Library has been submitted and carried in favor of such establishment as herein before provided, shall, as soon as may be after the decision upon such question has been ascertained, elect all of the members of such District Library Commission to compose the first District Library Commission to act until their successors have been elected by the qualified electors of the District at the time hereinbefore provided for such election.

The members of any District Library Commission may or may not be members of the Board of Education or School Committee of the District and no person shall be ineligible to serve on said Commission by reason of sex. The election of the members of said Commission at any district election shall be by ballot by the qualified electors of said District, and, in all other respects except as to the day of election shall be conducted as is the election of members of the Board of Education or School Committee in the District.

Section 12. The first meeting of the District Library

Commission shall be on the evening of Tuesday next succeeding the election of its members. The Commission shall organize by electing from its members a chairman and secretary, and such other officers as it may deem proper. The treasurer of the School District shall be the treasurer of said Commission, and shall be subject to all orders of said Commission relative to moneys in his hands of which the said Commission has custody, as provided in this Act. The official bond of said treasurer shall be held and deemed to cover and include all such moneys, and the due and proper accounting therefor. A vacancy in said Commission caused by refusal to act, death, resignation or otherwise, shall be filled by said Commission until the regular school election next succeeding. A failure to attend three meetings of said Commission in succession shall, at the option of said Commission, be deemed a vacancy.

Section 13. The District Library Commission so elected as aforesaid shall have the entire custody and management of the Library and all property owned or leased, or donated, relating thereto, and all money raised by the District or donated for its establishment and maintenance, or paid by the State Treasurer, as hereinafter provided, shall be placed in the care and custody of said Commission to be expended or retained by said Commission for and in behalf of the District for the foundation and establishment and for the maintenance and increase of its Free Public Library.

The Commission shall make an explicit report to the District at each annual school meeting of all its receipts and expenditures, and of all the property of the District in its care and custody, including a statement of any unexpended balance of money, and of any bequests or donations in behalf of the District, and of any sum or sums received from the State as hereinafter provided, with such recommendations with reference to same as is deemed necessary for the District to consider.

The said Commission shall also make report and recommendation concerning the amount of money deemed necessary and proper by said Commission to be raised by taxation for any one year for said Library, to the Board of Education or School Committee after the selection of said Commission as aforesaid and prior to the fixing of the rate of taxation for said purpose by said Board of Education, or School Committee. The said District Library Commission shall also make such reports, at such times and embracing such matters, to the State Library Commission created by this Act as the said State Library Commission shall order and direct.

The said District Library Commission shall also have the power to procure by purchase, lease or acceptance of a gift or donation, a room or rooms for said Library, and to fit and furnish for the heat and light in the same, and the care thereof; and may, with the consent of the Board of Education or the School Committee, use any school room or rooms for this purpose; to purchase or accept donations or gifts of books, magazines, newspapers and reviews; to employ a librarian or librarians and a custodian and caretaker, and shall have such further and additional powers in the premises as are or may be deemed necessary for the foundation and establishment, and the support and maintenance of a Library, or a Library and reading room.

The said Commission shall also have the power to make such rules and regulations for the conduct of the persons employed by it, and for the care and use of the books, newspapers, magazines and reviews in said Library by the persons having authority to use said Library, and also concerning the conduct and deportment of all persons while in or about said Library or Library and reading room, as said Commission shall or may from time to time deem proper and advisable; provided, the use of said Library or Library and reading room or the contents thereof shall be free to said District, or to any person outside the Dis

trict who owns real estate assessable for the school of the District. The rules and regulations so made by said Commission shall be enforcible by a penalty which the Commission is hereby authorized the same for a Library, or a Library and reading room, to provide to impose.

Such penalty shall consist either of a suspension from the privileges of said Library or Library and reading room and the contents thereof, or by a money fine. All money

fines imposed as aforesaid may be collected by proceedings instituted in the corporate name of the District before any Justice of the Peace of the County, and jurisdiction to hear and finally determine all such proceedings is hereby conferred upon any and all Justices of the Peace. The process, mode of proceeding and rendering of judgment shall be as now is, or hereafter may be, provided by law for the collection of fines before Justices of the Peace.

All fines so collected shall be paid to the District and by it paid over to the District Library Commission to be used as other money of which it has the custody and care as hereinbefore provided.

Section 14. In addition to its other powers, the District Library Commission may, if it deem proper, permit persons living without the corporate limits of said District, to enjoy and use said Library or Library and reading room exactly as though residents of said District, upon the payment to said Commission for the use of the Library such fee or fees as said Commission shall deem proper.

Section 15. That any two or more School Districts may unite for the purpose of obtaining the benefit of this Act, whenever any School Committee of any such districts shall be petitioned therefor by at least five qualified electors thereof, said Committee shall arrange with the School Committee of any other of said Districts for the holding of a special election to determine the question. At such election, any qualified elector in any one of said Districts shall be entitled to vote at said special election.

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