Monroe News Courier
March 7, 1916
Dorsch Memorial Library Opened to Public Last Night
The beautiful new Dorsch Memorial Library was formally opened to the public last evening, with services fitting to commemorate the appreciation of the valuable gift.
There were about seventy-five people who gathered to enjoy the evening's program.
Aubrey Choate played a very beautiful piano solo and "Impromptu" and Miss Kline sang, "O Heart of Mine". Miss Charlotte Dunbar sang a very pretty lullaby and Miss Doris Eber rendered "Venetian Song" on the piano.
The invocation was spoken by Rev. C. O'Mera.
Boyez Dansard gave the opening address and made mention of the fact that the large central room, about which the books are arranged, was also the library used by Dr. Dorsch forty-eight years ago.
Mr. Dansard gave a short sketch of the life of Dr. Dorsch from his boyhood until his older years, when he chose Monroe as his abode and built the Dorsch home which is now the library. He was a graduate of the University of Munich, and perfected his studies at Vienna. He had some trouble with his government and decided to come to America, because he believed that here he could think, talk, write, and act according to the dictates of his own conscience. He was a man who had many friends, but few intimate acquaintances.
Mr. Dorsch often expressed the wish that the home should some day become a library. After his death, Mrs. Dorsch pondered over whether it should be an Old Folk's Home, a Masonic Home or a hospital. She finally decided to carry out the wishes of her husband and willed it to the city for a library, with practically the only restriction being, that the room on the right, as one entered be kept for a ladies rest room, as it now is.
Mr. Dansard commended the committee, which consisted of Dr. C.T. Southworth, chairman and William P. Cooke for the way in which they had carried out the improvements on the Library. Mr. Dansard in closing said, "The library is one to be proud of, it is centrally located and is a great credit to the city."
Dr. Southworth who is chairman of the committee and who has had almost entire charge of the remodeling of the library was to have spoken but was not able to be present.
Dr. W.C. Burns gave a few fitting remarks, relative to the usefulness and influence of books, "A book is a living thing," said Dr. Burns. "Books cheer our life, more than any other thing; - they are our best companions."
Supt. E.E. Gallup spoke for a few minutes. Among other things he said: "A library is the place where we may commune with saints, saviors, philosophers and master minds of the past and present."
"However, we will make a mistake if we expect to find in the average library all the books to fit our needs. Some of us are taking special studies and we should not be annoyed if just the special book we require is not there. For special things we sometimes have to look to other sources for the books. A library fills the needs of the people, in general, and the library with a limited amount of funds cannot meet special needs but it will serve the best interests of all. However, in some cases a wish for certain books, if expressed to the librarian, may often be the means of bringing that book to your service."
In closing Supt. Gallup said, "We should be vastly proud of the gift made to us and should make the very best use of it."
At the conclusion of the program, the Monroe Club orchestra furnished music the remainder of the evening.
Those who braved the inclement weather to attend the formal opening of the library were more than repaid in the interesting and enjoyable program which had been arranged.
It really seemed as one sat in the long room lined with shelves filled with books and listened to the words which dedicated the library to the book loving public and made it an integrated part of this city, that those two, who by their thoughtfulness, had made it possible for Monroe to have this wonderful gift, must somehow know the great appreciation which is felt for the bestowal.
The library will be open all afternoons from two until five o'clock and in the evenings from seven until eight o'clock and Saturday evenings until eight-thirty.
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