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NO. R-33. JOINT RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE JAQUITH PUBLIC LIBRARY IN MARSHFIELD, VERMONT.

(J.R.S. 10)

Offered by: Senator of Doyle Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, the citizens of Marshfield had organized a circulating library as early as 1850, and

Whereas, this ad hoc, but much appreciated endeavor lacked any organizational governance, a librarian to maintain the collection, or a building where the books and other printed matter could be properly housed and catalogued, and

Whereas, in 1894, the Vermont General Assembly adopted Act No. 38, "AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FREE PUBLIC LIBRARIES" that offered each municipality $100.00 to purchase books, provided that the locality appropriated $25.00 and elected a library board of trustees, and

Whereas, the town of Marshfield accepted the state's offer, and in November 1895, the new library opened with a collection of 117 books, and

Whereas, on December 17, 1895, the library's board of trustees appointed Alvi T. Davis as the first librarian at the salary of $10.00 per year, and

Whereas, Mr. Andrew Jaquith, a native of Peacham, Vermont, who lived most of his life in Massachusetts, retained a particular fondness for the town of Marshfield, and at the time of his death, he bequeathed $6,000.00 to the municipality for the establishment of a public library, provided that the town would be responsible for the costs of operating the library, and

Whereas, after considerable debate at several town meetings, the gift was accepted, and the Jaquith Public Library was opened in September 1899, and

Whereas, this turn-of-the-century Queen Anne structure served as the home of the Jaquith Public Library until its relocation in 1993 to more suitable quarters at the former Marshfield Elementary School, and

Whereas, 1999 marks the centennial anniversary of the Jaquith Public Library, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to extend its congratulations to the Jaquith Public Library as it celebrates a century as a cherished community resource where youngsters learn to treasure the glory of the printed word and the town's citizenry is constantly reacquainted with the literary wonders of the world, and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Kasamatsu, librarian of Jaquith Public Library.