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|The Homer Public Library was
dedicated Saturday, August 25, with library official praising
members of the community for their support in making the new
facility a reality.
||Mary Jane Saxton, library
board president, gave the welcome speech, in which she announced
important guests, and the library staff. She gave a brief outline
of the history of the funding for the library and explained the
design process. She also noted that in the first month the library
was open, more than 3,000 titles were checked out of the library.
|JoAnne Miller, library board
vice president, presented recognition plaques.
The donor plaque hangs in the front entranceway to the left and
has 287 listings of those who donated to the library.
|| There is a small plaque
that recognizes those from the Homer Community Foundation, which
played a vital role in the fundraising effort.
| The third plaque that
hands in the front entranceway to the right is made of cast bronze
and recognizes George and Betty Petredean, the main financial
supporters of the new library, for the meeting room doors also
honor the Petredeans and all that they have done for the community.
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|| "They are special
plaques for special people," said Miller.
Miller also presented a collage that was put together and framed
by Daphne Stonebaker. The collage contains a portrait of the
Petredeans, a photo of thte ground-breaking ceremony and a written piece about the
which detailed George's interest in libraries, which
began with his job at the Detroit Public Library when he was
a college student.
"This collage was put together so that this day and how
it came to be won't be lost in the future," stated Miller.
| "I believe that
knowledge is power," said George Petredean in a few brief
remarks during the program. "This new library is like a
fountain of knowledge for community members."
"This is a beautiful library inside and out," added
Betty. "Everybody will be able to enjoy it."
| Susan Hopps, village
president, presented remarks on behalf of the village.
She thanked the Petredeans and all those who donated their time,
money and talents.
"All the support that everyone has given shows how much
they care about the library and the community," she said.
"It took more than one person to bring everything together
and this commemorated the group effort."