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New Year Resolutions.

Have you stopped making New Year resolutions since you passed beyond your teens? Then begin over again even if the fifty-year mile-post is behind you. I know an old lady of ninety-six who never fails to make new year resolutions. Dear Grandmother, what can she resolve upon unless it be to sew more faithfully upon those quilt squares that even now are never out of her hands as long as the daylight lasts.

"But it is too discouraging," you say, "to make New Year resolutions they are so easily made and alas! so easily broken." True, but there is some good in just making resolutions. It is the right thing to take stock of ourselves at the beginning of the New Year, to have a sort of inventory of what we are, mentally, morally and physically, and more than this let us hope,

"That some slight good is also wrought

Beyond self-satisfaction

When we are merely good in thought,

Howe'er we fail in action."

This at any rate has been the opinion of some of the world's best poets and teachers. The lines above are from our own Lowell, and Browning has written:

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That Browning, the poet of action, whose heroes are all fighters and whose saints are all soldiers, should constantly reiterate that shame is not in defeat, that the only shame is being found with "theunlit lamp and the ungirt loin ;" that it is not what we do but what we would do that is of consequence ought to be a profound encouragement to those of us who are tempted to despair because our deeds match so illy with our aims.

But I would not have you think that Browning teaches or that I would propagate a doctrine of purely intentional goodness. We all know where that road leads. "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," and "By their fruits ye shall know them," are not contradictory statements. Every genuine desire tends to produce a corresponding action, and in making our New Year resolutions the doing should follow very closely upon the resolving. Dreaming implies procrastination; resolving, determination. "You cannot dream yourself into a character," Froude says, "You must hammer and forge yourself one."

And it will be hard work. That is what we are apt to forget in making our resolutions. We leave out the drudgery, the obstacles, the frictions, and so when we come to cast up accounts we are appalled by the difference between our ideals and our realizations. Nevertheless keep the ideal high.

"That low man with a little thing to do,

Sees it and does it;

This high man with a great thing to pursue,

Dies ere he knows it.

And yet we feel that the latter chose the better part. "Death led him at his grandest to the grave and then-"

Aiming at a star we will shoot higher than if we aimed at a tree. So make your new year resolutions, teachers all. Have a clearly defined purpose, and then-what is far more difficult-keep a grip on the purpose.

That you may make worthy resolutions and worthily strive to keep them is THE JOURNAL'S wish for the teachers in 1898.

The Woman to be Pitied.

Alas! for the woman who does not know when to put on a red gown instead of a gray; whose doctor has not told her that, for a certain weariness of the flesh, a club meeting is better than a bottle of bitters; who does not avoid indulging anxiety over trifles as she would the small-pox.

"Linger not too long in the thought of thy shortcomings. For one look at self, take fifty at God,' says the German teacher."-Trinities and Sanctities.

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READING ROOM, YOUNG MEN'S LIBRARY, ATLANTA, GA.

GEORGIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

PROCEEDINGS AND PAPERS

OF THE

First Annual Meeting Held at Macon, Georgia, October 28-29 1897.

The Georgia Library Association, on invitation of the city of Macon, convened at that city, in the hall of the Public Library, Thursday, October 28th, at 3:30 o'clock P.M. The President, Miss Wallace, in the chair.

Mr. Hughes Reynolds, Director of the Rome Public Library, acted as Secretary in the absence of Mr. Chas. W. Hubner.

Miss M. R. Campbell, of Augusta, acted as Treasurer until the arrival of Miss L. A. Field.

In calling the Association to order, Miss Wallace said:

"Unlike the usual optimistic reports of retiring officers, this short address will touch upon the seamy side of the library problem of the State. Georgia stands to-day without library legislation, as a free public library, supported by the people, is unknown in our State. The association library, as we have it, has done good work, but the time has come for the establishment of a free public library supported by the municipality. It is unjust to expect private corporations to do city work unless aided by the city."

Miss Wallace then, in brief fashion, outlined the work of the Association, and spoke of the urgent need of co-operation among the librarians of the State. Before taking up the various reports Miss Wallace read a letter from Mrs. Moses Wadley, of Augusta, VicePresident of the Association, stating that providential causes would prevent her being present. Miss Wallace voiced the regret of the Association at the absence of Mrs. Wadley, who has been one of the most ardent movers in the organization of the librarians of the State. The report of the Secretary was then read, which gave an account of the organization of the Association, May 30, 1897, at the Young Men's Library, in Atlanta.

The report of the Treasurer was read.

The Committee on By-Laws, of which Miss M. R. Campbell, of Augusta, was chairman, presented report and a copy of the Constitu

tion and By-Laws, which had been printed and circulated among the members for consideration.

It was decided to act upon the report by sections, and Miss Wallace called Mrs. Jno. K. Ottley to the chair. Miss Wallace then spoke in favor of the name of the Association being that of "The Georgia Library Club." On vote, however, it was found that a majority of the members favored "The Georgia Library Association,' " and the word "Association" was substituted for that of "Club." With this correction the Constitution and By-Laws were accepted, as follows:

CONSTITUTION OF THE GEORGIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION.

Article 1.-Name.—This organization shall be called "The Georgia Library Association.' Article 2.-Object.-Its object shall be to awaken interest in libraries throughout the State of Georgia, and give encouragement, aid and information to all libraries. Article 3.--Members-Any librarian, library assistant, or director of a library in the State of Georgia, may become a member upon payment of the annual assessment, and remain a member as long as dues are paid. Other persons interested in litrary work may, with the consent of the Executive Committee, become members on the same terms. Any person eligible to membership may become a life member and be exempt from future assessments on the payment of $5.00.

Article 4.-Officers.-The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, six Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. They will be elected by ballot at the annual meeting, and will together constitute the executive committee, and serve till their successors are chosen.

Article 5.-Meetings.-There shall be one or more meetings of the Association in each year, one of which shall be the annual meetiug, to be held on the last Tuesday in October of each year. The date of the annual meeting may be changed in any year when all the members of the Executive Committee so agree.

Article 6.-Dues and Debts.-The annual assessment shall be fifty cents. Noofficer, committee or member of the Association shall incur any expense in its name, nor shall the Treasurer make any payment from its funds, unless authorized so to do by vote of the Executive Board.

Article 7.- Amendment.-This Constitution may be amended by three-fourths vote of those present at any stated meeting, notice of the proposed change having been given in the call for the meeting.

Owing to the lateness of the hour Mrs. Chas. A. Read's paper was postponed until the evening session, and the remainder of time was devoted to the discussion of the subject of Traveling Libraries, as presented by Mrs Eugene Heard, of Middleton.

Mrs. Heard said:

MADAME PRESIDENT:- Before presenting my paper I beg leave to state that I have not considered it necessary to give a description of the traveling library system which has been so thoroughly explained and discussed in the Library Journal. It has passed its experimental stage and is now a grand reality, accomplishing more than even its projectors hoped for. The need and possibilities of the system, as it relates to the rural population, I have tried to consider, dwelling at length on the deplorable condition of the isolated communities and the need of State aid in their behalf.

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