Commending the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library upon the occasion of celebrating its 100th Anniversary

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  • 31 / May / 2013
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
  • 04 / Jun / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library
upon the occasion of celebrating its 100th Anniversary

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across the great State
of New York is reflective of certain exemplary institutions whose
purpose is dedicated to serving the community and the needs of its citi-
zenry; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library upon the occasion of celebrating
its 100th Anniversary to be celebrated on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the
Library, Branchport, New York; and
WHEREAS, Modeste Bedient Memorial Library began in the 1890s when
people who loved to read books organized a book club, and in homes
throughout the community, club members exchanged books; and
WHEREAS, The library was organized December 4, 1912, at the home of
Emma and Verdi Burtch; in February of 1913, members of the original book
club applied to New York State for a Charter, and the library officially
opened as The Branchport Free Library on April 12, 1913, in a room of
the Burtch Building; and
WHEREAS, On April 12, 1940, South Main became the library's second
home; now known as the Elizabeth Otis Memorial Library, the library
formally opened with its new name on July 15, 1940, and had room for
6,000 books; and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, in 1965, the Cooke Family gifted land, enabling
the library to construct an addition; the floor space was doubled,
providing room for 10,000-12,000 books, and in 1968, a community room
was opened in the basement; and
WHEREAS, In June of 2004, after his wife Modeste's death, Vincent
Bedient donated land, and building began on the third home for the
library; construction of the new library was completed in February of
that year, and on December 5, 2006, a Charter Amendment changed the
library to its present name, the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library; and
WHEREAS, The Modeste Bedient Memorial Library maintains its original
simplicity with no charge for library cards, and no penalty for overdue
books; it is updated with the latest computers and a projection which is
used to show movies and give presentations; and
WHEREAS, In addition, a community room within the Modeste Bedient
Memorial Library is used for many local activities; and
WHEREAS, Under the luminous leadership of Director/Librarian Karen
McKerlie, the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library continues to be a proud
and vital part of life in the Town of Jerusalem, 100 years after it
began; and
WHEREAS, Steeped in a proud and distinguished history, the Modeste
Bedient Memorial Library may take just pride in its purposeful growth,
as it looks forward to continuing to serve the educational, cultural and
intellectual needs of the community; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library upon the occasion of cele-
brating its 100th Anniversary; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Karen McKerlie, Director/Librarian, The Modeste Bedient Memo-
rial Library.


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