Resolution J3666-2013

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, New York



  • Feb 27, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 25, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the found-
ing of the Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, 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  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 150th Anniversary of  the  founding  of  the  Tompkins  County
Public  Library  to be celebrated at a ceremony on April 4, 2014, at the
library's Gallery Opening Night; and
  WHEREAS, The Cornell Public Library Association was chartered in 1864,
after Ezra Cornell gifted a new public  library,  to  the  community  of
Ithaca, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Ezra  Cornell personally contributed 3,000 volumes, with the
stipulation that he would add 1,000 volumes each year for 12 years; many
other community members also donated books to  the  library  and  circu-
lation officially began on March 4, 1867; and
  WHEREAS,  The  auspicious  institution  included a library room with a
capacity for holding 30,000 volumes, reading areas,  Library  Hall,  and
space  for  community  organizations  and local businesses including the
First National Bank; and
  WHEREAS, On November 21, 1866, Andrew Dickson White  was  elected  the
first  president  of  Cornell  University at a meeting held in the First
National Bank; Cornell's Board of Trustees held their events  there  for
the  next  twenty  years;  on  October 7, 1868, in Library Hall, Cornell
University celebrated its Inauguration Day; and
  WHEREAS, After serving  the  community  for  many  years  the  Cornell
Library  was incorporated into the Tompkins County Public Library by the
New York State Board of Regents; its full charter was  granted  on  June
29, 1973; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2000,  the Tompkins County Library opened at its current
location at the corner of Green and Cayuga Streets;  its  amenities  and
programs  include  a  Health  Information  Center, art displays, Spanish
story time, and the  Discovery  Trail  Partnership  collaboration  among
seven museums and the library; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Tompkins  County  Public  Library  is  a core community
service for the over 100,000 residents of  Tompkins  County,  and  is  a
central library for the Finger Lakes Library System; and
  WHEREAS,  It  proudly  provides  free  and  open  access  to services,
resources, and programs which foster literacy, cultural appreciation and
personal growth and community connections; and
  WHEREAS, The success enjoyed by the Tompkins County Public Library  is
in  direct  correlation  to the efforts of the many individuals who have
supported its development over the years; and
  WHEREAS, Equally commendable are the Library's superbly-skilled staff,
whose involvement is and has always been characterized by an  impressive
commitment,  an  unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising standard of
excellence in all of their efforts on behalf  of  the  library  and  the
population it serves; and
  WHEREAS,  Steeped  in  a proud and distinguished history, the Tompkins
County Public 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
commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Tompkins County
Public Library, Ithaca, New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Tompkins County Public Library.


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