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CARTERTON DISTRICT LIBRARY
HISTORY 1874 - 2010
A concerted effort by the citizens of Carterton in 1873 enabled the first library to be established on March 24 1874 based on a collection of 200 books. Some of these initial books were purchased by Charles Rooking Carter, then residing in London.
Fundraising had begun as early as 1870 when early settlers held "readings" in each others homes, charging a penny to come and listen. The money was used to purchase books and soon the collection grew to such an