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(J.R.H. 67)

Offered by: Representative Darrow of Newfane.

Whereas, in the waning moments of the twentieth century, the Townshend Public Library commemorates the conclusion of its own first century of serving the citizens of Townshend, with a literary menu that has educated, enlightened and entertained readers both young and old, and

Whereas, the original home of the Townshend Public Library, when, in 1899, it triumphantly inaugurated its invaluable community role, was a small corner of the Townshend grade school, and

Whereas, as the library's collection expanded, both in quantity and bibliographic scope, it moved across the common to a more commodious location at the Townshend Town Hall, and

Whereas, by the late 1960's, the library had once again become spatially confined, and in 1969, it commenced a new existence in a building constructed exclusively for the library's use and longevity, and

Whereas, the staff and trustees of the Townshend Public Library are rightfully proud of their facility's extensive reference and children's departments which are vital cornerstones for a thriving public library, and

Whereas, the Townshend Public Library is far more than a fine edifice housing an admirable collection of books and periodicals; it is also a community center which provides a convenient meeting place for many local events and organizations, and

Whereas, Townshend librarian Marilee Attley directs the daily operations of the library in an incomparable manner that has brought great credit to this venerable community institution, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate the staff, trustees, and patrons of the Townshend Public Library, who have striven to create a very special place that on its centennial anniversary is as vital a community resource as the day in 1899 when this very special public library initially opened, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Marilee Attley at the Townshend Public Library.