October 5, 2003
Parsons Memorial Library
Alfred, Maine
Centennial Celebration
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On a bright sunny afternoon Bruce McMillan was the honored keynote speaker.
The Value of Libraries

Including many references to libraries and reading in Iceland, his personal life-long history with public libraries, and remarks about the Parsons Memorial Library, Bruce McMillan spoke to the centennial gathering. Sprinkled in his talk was an anonymous Chinese proverb, "To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one," and also the twentieth century quotation, "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read," from Groucho Marx.


Welcome / Priscilla Blanchette, Chair, Board of Directors

Blessing / The Reverend Bruce Burnham, Alfred Parish Church

Presentation of Gift Certificate / Priscilla Blanchette

Music / Almon Williams and Children, "God Bless America"

Essay / "What Libraries Mean to Me " Cindy Anderson

Poem / Emily Cook

History of Library / Allison Williams

Music / Richard Frost

"The Value of Libraries" / Bruce McMillan

"Read 1903" / Drawing

A Word of Appreciation / Allison Williams, Chair of Centennial Celebration Committee

Refreshments / Friends of the Parsons Memorial Library

Band Concert on the Lawn / Music Makers

photos by Allison Williams and Betty Morrison

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