Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Dundee Library

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Senate Resolution No. 593

BY: Senator O'MARA

COMMEMORATING the 100th Anniversary of the Dundee

WHEREAS, It is the custom 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 organizations whose
purpose is dedicated to serving the community and the needs of its
citizenry; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Dundee Library; and

WHEREAS, With humble beginnings, the Dundee Library evolved from a
group of women who began to meet once a week in 1902 to study civic
government; one year later, the women formed the Woman's Study Club and
from the dues gathered, they bought books for use in preparing programs
for their meetings; and

WHEREAS, In March of 1908, E.L. Bailey gave the club 40 books and
suggested a library be opened; on May 2nd of the same year, the Dundee
Circulating Library, owning 290 books, opened on Saturday afternoons;

WHEREAS, A building fund was set up in 1912, and when Delia Cooper
died in 1917, she bequeathed her house and lot on Water Street to be
used for a library and educational purposes; the present building,
costing just under $10,000 was erected, and opened its doors to the
public on January 1, 1920; and

WHEREAS, A provisional charter was granted to the Library by the
Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in August of
1912, under the corporate name of the Woman's Study Club and Library;
its Absolute Charter was granted on July 18, 1946, when the library's
name changed to the Dundee Library; and

WHEREAS, Area libraries began to study a multi-county library system
in 1956, and the Southern Tier Library System (STLS) was established;
three years later, the contract was signed with STLS, serving Steuben,
Yates, Schuyler, Chemung and Allegany Counties; and

WHEREAS, The Friends of the Library organization was formed in March
of 1971, to promote interest in the library and to provide it with
additional financial assistance; the Children's Room was opened in
November of 1971, and the building was enlarged in 1979, adding two
rooms at the basement level and one room on the main floor; and

WHEREAS, In addition, a local history corner was developed in the
1980s, and in 1994, space was added to accommodate a lift for people
with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, The Dundee Library materials include books, audio books,
videotapes, music on disks, DVDs, and large print material and

magazines; equipment includes internet-access computers, printers, and a
TV/VCR, copier and fax machine; and

WHEREAS, Furthermore, the library is the repository for the weekly
Observer newspaper with bound volumes from 1983 to the present; the
Yates History Center began digitizing the volumes in 2019; and

WHEREAS, Open to the public 35 hours a week, the Dundee Library
staff includes a Library Director, Youth Services Specialist, Library
Clerks and an Account Clerk, as well as a Board of 11 Trustees; and

WHEREAS, The Dundee Library has been an invaluable resource for
residents of Dundee, New York, for 100 years; people come to the Library
to connect, discover and learn through story times, book group, and
various programs for all ages; and

WHEREAS, A vital part of its community, this remarkable institution
has continually strived to provide outstanding service to a diverse
population of neighborhood residents; and

WHEREAS, The success enjoyed by the Dundee Library is in direct
correlation to the efforts of the many individuals who have supported
the development of the Library over the years; and

WHEREAS, Steeped in a proud and distinguished history, the Dundee
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
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Dundee Library; and be it

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Dundee Library.


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