Resolution J3148-2013

Commending the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library upon the occasion of celebrating its 100th Anniversary



  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 31, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library
upon the occasion of celebrating its 100th Anniversary

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  commend
the  Modeste  Bedient  Memorial Library upon the occasion of celebrating
its 100th Anniversary to be celebrated on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the
Library, Branchport, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Modeste Bedient Memorial Library  began  in  the  1890s  when
people  who  loved  to  read  books  organized a book club, and in homes
throughout the community, club members exchanged books; and
  WHEREAS, The library was organized December 4, 1912, at  the  home  of
Emma and Verdi Burtch; in February of 1913, members of the original book
club applied to New York State for a Charter, and the library officially
opened  as  The  Branchport Free Library on April 12, 1913, in a room of
the Burtch Building; and
  WHEREAS, On April 12, 1940, South Main  became  the  library's  second
home;  now  known  as  the  Elizabeth Otis Memorial Library, the library
formally opened with its new name on July 15, 1940,  and  had  room  for
6,000 books; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore, in 1965, the Cooke Family gifted land, enabling
the library to construct an  addition;  the  floor  space  was  doubled,
providing  room  for  10,000-12,000 books, and in 1968, a community room
was opened in the basement; and
  WHEREAS, In June of 2004, after  his  wife  Modeste's  death,  Vincent
Bedient  donated  land,  and  building  began  on the third home for the
library; construction of the new library was completed  in  February  of
that  year,  and  on  December  5, 2006, a Charter Amendment changed the
library to its present name, the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library; and
  WHEREAS, The Modeste Bedient Memorial Library maintains  its  original
simplicity  with no charge for library cards, and no penalty for overdue
books; it is updated with the latest computers and a projection which is
used to show movies and give presentations; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, a community  room  within  the  Modeste  Bedient
Memorial Library is used for many local activities; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  the  luminous  leadership of Director/Librarian Karen
McKerlie, the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library continues to be  a  proud
and  vital  part  of  life  in the Town of Jerusalem, 100 years after it
began; and
  WHEREAS, Steeped in a proud and  distinguished  history,  the  Modeste
Bedient  Memorial  Library may take just pride in its purposeful growth,
as it looks forward to continuing to serve the educational, cultural and
intellectual needs of the community; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  the Modeste Bedient Memorial Library upon the occasion of cele-
brating its 100th Anniversary; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Karen McKerlie, Director/Librarian, The Modeste Bedient Memo-
rial Library.


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