April 26, 2013 - Issue: Vol. 159, No. 59 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORADELL PUBLIC LIBRARY; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 59
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E562] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORADELL PUBLIC LIBRARY ______ HON. SCOTT GARRETT of new jersey in the house of representatives Friday, April 26, 2013 Mr. GARRETT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Oradell Public Library. On February 7th, 1913, a small group of community leaders met in Oradell to discuss the creation of a public library. A little over two months later, these individuals successfully opened the public library on April 19, 1913. The library was originally managed by its Board of Trustees and the president of the board, William Zabriskie, who served in that position for 25 years. The board dedicated their time and efforts to ensure the library continued to grow and serve the community. The examples of generosity that contributed to the development and evolution of the library are numerous, but some instances demand specific mention. The first librarian, Marie A. Skinner, worked on a volunteer basis for the first three months and thereafter received a mere ten dollars per month for her hard work. A local carpenter volunteered his time and materials to build the library's first shelves. World renowned painter Charles Livingston Bull, an Oradell resident and an original board member, donated multiple works of art which reside in the library to this day. After ten years of occupying a room behind the local post office, the library moved to its own building provided by the Bellis- Blauvelt family. Residents later donated books to increase the library's collection. A hundred years after its founding, the Oradell Public Library remains an exemplary model of what is possible when people come together for the betterment of their community. I congratulate the Oradell Public Library on this important and impressive milestone. It is an honor to represent the people of Oradell and to commend the hard work and personal sacrifice of so many that established the Oradell Public Library. ____________________