Resolution J262-2013

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Brentwood Public Library



  • Jan 29, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Brent-
wood Public Library

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  is  reflective  of  certain  exemplary  institutions  whose
purpose is dedicated to serving the community and the needs of its citi-
zenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate the 75th Anniversary of the Brentwood Public Library; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1937, the Brentwood community's first library opened in a
cloakroom of the old firehouse on First Avenue; during the following  24
years,  the  library  was located in a former store on First Avenue, the
annex of the Brentwood Schools  Administration  Building,  and  a  small
building  on  the southwest corner of Third Avenue and Fourth Street; in
1961, the Brentwood Public Library relocated to its current site; and
  WHEREAS, While Brentwood Public Library has remained at the address of
34 Second Avenue for more than 50 years, it has  grown  and  changed  to
meet the needs of the community; two major expansions took place in 1961
and  1988,  and  two  extensive  renovations were made in 1978 and 2008,
increasing the physical structure providing space for enhanced  programs
and services; and
  WHEREAS, In 1937, the population of Brentwood was approximately 1,500;
the library was open ten hours a week, and there was a collection of 500
books;  today,  the  population  is just over 87,000, and the library is
open 72 hours  a  week  along  with  access  through  its  website;  the
collection exceeds 285,500 items; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Brentwood Public Library has truly become the center of
its community; it is a place to meet formally or  informally,  to  study
and  conduct  research,  to  develop job searching skills, as well as to
learn and be entertained through a myriad of services that were  unimag-
inable 75 years ago; and
  WHEREAS,  Steeped  in a proud and distinguished history, the Brentwood
Public Library may take just pride in its purposeful growth, as it looks
forward to continuing to serve the educational, cultural and intellectu-
al needs of the community; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Brentwood Public Library; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Brentwood Public Library.


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