THE CARDIFF LIBRARIES' REVIEW. Vol. I. No. 3- December, 1909. CONTENTS : page READERS' REVIEW. Page Library Notes and News - - - - 21 On the Reading of History - - - 161 The Political Situation : Magazine Articles - 22 ™™ Chats or,.Reading - 64 Recent Additions to the Reference Library- - 23 £he S«*">°» °J Bfooks " " ' ' S Recent Additions to the Central Lending Favourite Books of 1909 - - 69 T ., 2C Every Man his Own Critic, III. - - - 171 Llbrary S The Joy of the Road..... 173 Books and Bookmen..... 175 Library Notes and News. The Cardiff Libraries' Review is published by order of the Libraries Committee of the Cardiff Corporation. All communica¬ tions should be addressed to " The Librarian, Central Library, Cardiff." * * # * Christmas Holidays. All Departments of the Libraries will be closed on Christmas Day. All Departments except the General Reading Room at the Central Library will be closed on Monday, December 27th. The Children's Halls at Cathays and Canton will also be closed on Friday, December 24th. * * * * "The Heart of the Antarctic." The two copies of Sir Ernest Shackleton's book in the Central Lending Libary have been in great demand, and are bespoken weeks ahead. * * * # "Trans-Himalaya." Dr. Sven Hedin's new book (K1771) de¬ scribing his most recent discoveries and ad¬ ventures in Tibet, is now available, and is likely to be in almost as great request. It can be bespoken in the usual way. * * # # Current Welsh Literature. Commencing with the January issue, the recent additions to the Welsh Department will be printed monthly. This will form a useful record of current Welsh literature. Lectures. Arrangements for the lectures, to be de¬ livered in the Branch Libraries from January to March, 1910, are almost completed, and the list will be published early in January. The following lectures have been promised : Mr. W. T. Samuel— " The Two Notations: Staff and Tonic Sol-fa." Mr. W. J. Gruffydd, M.A.— " The Mabinogion." Mr. Arthur Mee— " The Planet Mars." Mr. C. H. Priestley, M.Inst., C.E.— " The Cardiff Waterworks." Mr. W. J. Roberts, M.A.— " Howel the Good and his Laws." The Rev. W. E. Winks— " Halley's Comet and other Comets." Miss Helena Jones, B.Sc. " The Land of the Midnight Sun " (Norway). Mr. R. Edwards James— " Orators and Oratory." Mr. R. Hedger Wallace— " The Land of Milk and Cheese " (Holland). Dr. Erie Evans— " The Action of Alcohol." Mr. W. W. Pettigrew— " Half an Hour in the Flower Garden." Dr. Walford— " Pure Milk Supply." Mr. E. Ernest Hughes, B.A.— A Literary Circle in Cardiff in the t2th Century." Mr. T. Vivian Rees— " Macbeth." Mr. Richard Meyrick— "The Christmas Carol." Miss Aurora Boyle— "The King of the Golden River." Mr. J. W. Hobbis-- " In and Around Jerusalem." The three last are for children.