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THE CARDIFF LIBRARIES' REVIEW. Vol. i. No. 8. May, 1910. CONTENTS: Page READERS' REVIEW. Page King Edward and the Cardiff Libraries - - 59 p[ain Chats on Reading, VI., Tanslating List of Additions to the Central Lending Literature into Life - - - - - 4u Library -.....62 From a Teacher>s Bookshelf, IV. - - - ^1 Supplement-Royal Autographs. From a Countrv Study - - - - - 53 More Personal Friends - - _ - - 59 Omarians, Part II. - - - - - - ^2 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." * * * The list of Additions to the Welsh Department is held over till next month. # # * King Edward and the Cardiff Libraries. The visit of King Edward VII. (then Prince of Wales) to Cardiff in 1896, when he opened the new portion of the Central Library Building, was perhaps the most noteworthy event in the history of the Libraries. It was the starting point of a new period of development. From that time till this progress has been rapid and continuous, and it is not too much to say that the Cardiff Library is now recog¬ nised as one of the leading British public libraries. It is held high in esteem, both at home and abroad, and inWales it occupies a position of semi-national importance as a literary and educational institution. The following account of the pro¬ ceedings at the Opening Ceremony is re¬ printed from the 35th Annual Report of the Libraries Committee, 1895-6 :— "The Opening Ceremony of the new Library Buildings took place on Satur¬ day, June 27th, 1896, the ceremony being performed by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, K.G., who was ac¬ companied by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, and their Royal Highnesses the Princesses Victoria and Maud of Wales. The ceremony took place in the General Reading Room, which had been elaborately decorated for the occasion, and was filled to its utmost capacity with an audience which included a large number of persons who have taken an active interest in the Library movement. The loyalty and enthusiasm displayed by the many thousands who witnessed the opening ceremony and the arrival and departure of Their Royal High¬ nesses, combined with entire absence of accidents, makes the occasion a memor¬ able one in every way. Prior to the opening of the Library, His Royal Highness had been presented with the Freedom of the Borough at the Exhibition Hall, and had also visited the Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition. The Royal Party was received at the entrance to the Library by the Mayor and Mayoress of Cardiff (Lord and Lady Windsor), and escorted to the dais, the whole assembly rising and giving an enthusiastic welcome. The Mayor then ' presented to His Royal Highness, the following gentle¬ men, viz.:—Mr. E. W. Shackell, J.P., Chairman of the Free Libraries Com¬ mittee ; Councillor Edwd. Thomas, J.P., Vice-Chairman of the Free Libraries Committee; Councillor Munn, Vice- Chairman of the Free Libraries Building Committee; Mr. John Cory, D.L., J.P. ; Mr. Edwin Seward, F.R.I.B.A., Archi¬ tect; Mr. John Ballinger, Librarian.