Resolution J5673-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Fluvanna Free Library



  • Jun 10, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  100th  Anniversary  of  the
Fluvanna Free Library in Jamestown, New York

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State  of  New  York  to
recognize  and acknowledge certain exemplary institutions that strive to
provide educational and cultural opportunities to benefit their communi-
ties within this great Empire State through increased access  to  educa-
tional resources; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern, and full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  100th Anniversary of the Fluvanna Free Library in Jamestown,
New York; and
  WHEREAS, In September of 1914, a meeting was called  by  the  Fluvanna
Girls  Club  for  the  purpose of forming a Library Association; at this
meeting, 20 men and women signified their interest by agreeing to become
members of the association; on September 23, 1914, a meeting was held at
the home of G.E. Bentley where five trustees were elected in addition to
officers; the first President of the library was Edwin Sample; and
  WHEREAS, The first money contributed towards the Fluvanna Free Library
was made by the Fluvanna Girls Club in the amount of $30 for a book fund
and $17 for supplies; the amount of donations was matched by  the  State
of  New  York; the library opened with 58 books for adults, and 33 books
for children; and
  WHEREAS, The Fluvanna Free Library was first located in a  cloak  room
on  the  top  floor  of the old Fluvanna School; as the school grew, the
library was forced to move into the basement;  eventually,  the  library
was  forced  out  of  the  school and relocated in a barn on the farm of
Ronnie Lambs; and
  WHEREAS, On November 28, 1916,  the  library  was  registered  as  the
Fluvanna  Free  Library by a vote of the Board of Regents in Albany, New
York; in 1917, the library moved from the farm to property purchased  on
the  corner of Elmhurst Avenue and Old Route 17; this lot was later sold
and the money used toward the construction of  the  current  library  in
1953; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  the  library is located on Fluvanna Avenue in James-
town, New York; the original librarian, Anna Sondell, was able to secure
the land through a  donation;  Anna  Sondell  successfully  managed  the
library for a total of 76 years; and
  WHEREAS,  The Fluvanna Free Library is open six days a week and is run
by all volunteers, except for the Director and Assistant Librarian;  the
library  offers  information, education, and entertainment to the public
through books, DVDs, and computers; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of  this  Legislative  Body  to  commemorate
milestones  in  the  histories  of certain exceptional libraries in this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  100th Anniversary of the Fluvanna Free Library; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Fluvanna Free Library.


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