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NO. R-129. JOINT RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE GOODRICH MEMORIAL LIBRARY IN NEWPORT CITY.

(J.R.S. 61)

Offered by: Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County.

Whereas, in 1862, Dr. John M. Currier organized a "members-only" stockholder-based circulating library, helping to vastly increase literary knowledge and reading pleasure to certain residents in the Newport area in an era when the Information Super Highway did not exist, and

Whereas, although members of this first library could purchase their shares through the donation of books worth at least two dollars, many aspiring readers lacked the financial or personal bibliographic resources to afford the membership fee, and

Whereas, even though library service continued throughout the 19th century, Newport lacked a free public library that would welcome all individuals hungry for the nourishment of the printed word regardless of their ability to pay, and

Whereas, in 1896, recognizing that a free public library would richly enhance community life, Converse Goodrich, who had served as public school superintendent and justice of the peace, and his wife, Almira, generously bequeathed the Sherman lot, located on the corner of Main Street and Field Avenue, as well as a substantial monetary donation, for the construction, development and maintenance of a library to bring a new and special dimension to daily life in the Newport area, and

Whereas, construction commenced in the spring of 1898, and the new library was opened with great fanfare and with a fully catalogued collection of 6,500 books that the first librarian, Miss Lizzie M. Sargent, carefully supervised for the next three decades, and

Whereas, while neither Mr. nor Mrs. Goodrich lived to witness this festive occasion, their unique generosity was permanently commemorated by naming the library in their honor, and

Whereas, a century later, as the Goodrich Memorial Library proudly commemorates its centennial anniversary, it continues to flourish as a very special place for the reading public in Northern Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its congratulations to the trustees, staff and volunteers of the Goodrich Memorial Library on a century of outstanding community service, with best wishes for the next hundred years, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the trustees of the Goodrich Memorial Library with a request that it be displayed in a place of public view and prominence in the library.