Remarks from the Monticello Branch Library Ribbon Cutting on 8/5/2018
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 @ 10:20PM
Monticello Branch Library Ribbon Cutting
“On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, I want to welcome you to this grand opening. Thank you to the taxpayers of the Johnson County Library System whose support made this new library branch possible. This building is evidence of our community’s continued commitment to reading and gaining knowledge that touches many generations. Knowledge enables everyone in our community to determine the truth or lack of truth in today’s conservations
This Monticello branch is located in the old Monticello township founded in 1857. The township was named after President Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia. President Jefferson was dedicated to promoting books and their reading. After the War of 1812 destroyed the 3,000 volumes of the Library of Congress, Jefferson’s 6,500 book personal library was moved to the new Library of Congress. President Jefferson is quoted as saying, “I cannot live without books”.
For 66 years, the Johnson County library has promoted literacy and access to ideas and information. That performance is supported by the 93% satisfaction rating given our libraries in the latest community survey. This one of a kind library reflects our one of a kind community
I want to give a special thank you to the volunteers who serve on the library board, members of the library foundation and the excellent library employees who serve under the leadership of librarian Sean Casserly. ”