IN California we have been doing county library work so long that we may possibly be assuming rather a grand‐fatherly air toward this service. It is easy to forget the early days when conditions were crude and primitive, and to feel that we were always tenants of regular houses with proper facilities for contributing our part towards human culture and enjoyment. Gradually most of our counties are growing into better central offices, with plans and ambitions for special buildings of greater or lesser pretensions. Here and there over the state local communities, in one way or another, are finding their branches housed in small but real library buildings. The people have quite come to the conclusion that books properly administered are a necessary feature in this modern world—and are willing to pay the price.
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