NO. R-108.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the South Londonderry Free Library on the celebration of its centennial anniversary.

(H.C.R.67)

Offered by:  Representative Hube of Londonderry.

Whereas, the history of the South Londonderry Free Library commenced at a meeting on February 1, 1902, at the home of the Honorable Addison E. Cudworth, where the learned judge and the Rev. Fred E. Coburn laid the preliminary foundation for the library’s birth, and

Whereas, these two gentlemen and Mary Pierce were chosen to be the bylaws committee, and

Whereas, at a subsequent meeting on February 8, 1902, the library was formally established, and the Rev. Mr. Coburn was elected as president, while Mary E. Cudworth earned the honor and privilege of being named the first librarian, and

Whereas, the 33 charter members, whose first book order totaled $55.36, pursued their reading adventures at the home of Mary Cudworth and the librarians who followed her tenure, and

Whereas, by 1918, the collection numbered in excess of 1,500 books and there were nearly 2,400 loans, but the library’s history had reached its initial nadir, and

Whereas, in 1932, interest in the library revived, and with the election of Mrs. (Charles) June Pearson as president, whose consecutive terms would last for an amazing 34 years, the library once again became an enriching center in South Londonderry’s community life, and

Whereas, in 1933, the Sifter Building was purchased for the library’s exclusive use, and

Whereas, as the decades passed, and the library’s collections grew, the need for more commodious quarters became increasingly apparent, and

Whereas, in 1964, the South Londonderry Library Association was incorporated, and it purchased the library’s current home, the former Lizzie McAllister property, and

Whereas, on Sunday, August 25, 2002, the South Londonderry Free Library’s centennial anniversary was celebrated with festivities long to be remembered, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its warmest congratulations to the South Londonderry Free Library on the occasion of its centennial anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Butera, the librarian at the South Londonderry Free Library.