Resolution J2579-2013

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Bayport-Blue Point Library of Blue Point, New York

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  75th  Anniversary  of  the
Bayport-Blue Point Library of Blue Point, New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and character of life in the communities across the great State
of New York are reflective of the concerned  and  dedicated  efforts  of
institutions whose purpose is dedicated to serving the community and the
needs of its citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern and fully in accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  75th  Anniversary  of the Bayport-Blue Point Library of Blue
Point, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Bayport-Blue Point Library is  an  important  educational
and  cultural  institution  which has provided essential services to the
residents of Blue Point and its surrounding communities for the past  75
years; and
  WHEREAS,  Founded  in  1938  as  a Blue Point P.T.A. project, the Blue
Point Public Library began with a collection of donated books; tradition
has it that these books were gathered by wheelbarrow,  now  featured  on
the library's logo, from the homes of local residents; and
  WHEREAS,  The  library's first home was a small room in the Blue Point
School; later sites included part of the building now  occupied  by  the
Blue  Point Liquor Store, a small house on the corner of Madison Street,
now replaced by the dentist's office, and  the  Bennett  House  on  Blue
Point Avenue; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1957, a new building was constructed directly behind the
Bennett House, which was subsequently  torn  down,  following  a  debate
about  whether the new building should face Blue Point Avenue or Madison
Street; and
  WHEREAS, Now, 33 years  later,  the  library  has  entrances  on  both
streets;  the  present  building, the result of two additions, is nearly
three times the size of the 1957 building; and
  WHEREAS, When the Bayport and Blue Point school districts joined forc-
es in 1952, the library became the Bayport-Blue  Point  Public  Library;
until  1970,  the library was staffed entirely by volunteers, one of the
last all-volunteer libraries in the state; and
  WHEREAS, The current character of the library owes much to those early
volunteers, whose dedication and expertise laid a solid  foundation  for
the book collection and the philosophy of community service; and
  WHEREAS,  Over  the years, the Bayport-Blue Point Library has grown in
size and sophistication; today it offers not only books, but videotapes,
compact discs, and recorded books as well; and
  WHEREAS, A well-staffed reference department, equipped with up-to-date
computer communication, is able to retrieve from  many  sources  outside
the library walls; and
  WHEREAS,  Libraries  are  centers  of learning and the cornerstones of
community life; today the Bayport-Blue Point Library provides  the  full
range of library services; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, with its meeting rooms offering a broad range of
public programs, the library has become a cultural center of rare quali-
ty for a community of its size, and one in which the local citizens can,
and do, take great pride; and
  WHEREAS,  Through  all  its  programs  and endeavors, the Bayport-Blue
Point Library has continuously expanded its services to meet  the  needs
and  challenges  of  its  patrons  and has become an ever more important
educational, cultural, and community institution; and

  WHEREAS, The success enjoyed by the Bayport-Blue Point Library  is  in
direct  correlation  to  the  efforts of all those who have been instru-
mental in its establishment and development and to the superbly  skilled
staff,  whose involvement is and has been characterized by an impressive
commitment,  an  unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising standard of
excellence in all their endeavors on behalf of the library and the popu-
lation it serves; and
  WHEREAS, Steeped in a proud and distinguished  history,  the  Bayport-
Blue  Point  Library  may take just pride in its purposeful growth as it
looks forward to continuing to provide exemplary service to  the  people
of Bayport, Blue Point and Suffolk County; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 75th Anniversary  of  the  Bayport-Blue  Point  Library,
noting  the significance of the invaluable services it has provided, and
will continue to provide, to those it so ably serves; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

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