Library Board Proclamation
WHEREAS, the Cocoa Beach Library began as a project of the First Woman’s Club of Cocoa Beach, and on its opening date, December 1954, 4 people checked out 6 books from a stock of 400 books borrowed from the State library, by 1960 the circulation was 28,849 books; and
WHEREAS, with the aid of the Cocoa Beach American Association of University Women, in 1962, the Cocoa Beach Friends of the Library was created and was instrumental in the City passing a $60,000 referendum bond to build a library on the property donated by Gus Edwards, the City’s Founder, and
WHEREAS, in 1962, by City Code, the Cocoa Beach City Commission established the Cocoa Beach Library and appointed the Cocoa Beach Library Board for the operation and maintenance of the library; and
WHEREAS, in 1972, Brevard County voters approved a tax referendum to establish a Library Tax District to fund the library system’s budget, and in 1976, with conditions, the Cocoa Beach Library became part of the Brevard County Library System; and
WHEREAS the Cocoa Beach Library Board has been instrumental in supporting the Brevard County library system’s mission “Brevard County Libraries enables people of all ages to improve the quality of life by providing information and enrichment through traditional resources and new technology.” and
WHEREAS, for the past sixty (60) years, the Cocoa Beach Library Board has contributed to the quality of life of Cocoa Beach residents, by working with the Library Director to ensure that the best possible services, and programs are available, accepting donations to further invest in library services, and annually sharing successes with the City Commission; and
WHEREAS, with changes to the Library system, the role of the Cocoa Beach Library Board has been fulfilled, and the Commission supports the motion for Board dissolution.
WHEREAS, Cocoa Beach residents recognize the significant contributions the Cocoa Beach Library Board has made for the past sixty years, leaving behind a rich legacy of leadership, vision and a wonderful Cocoa Beach library for the citizens to be proud of.
NOW THEREFORE, I, BEN MALIK, Mayor of the City of Cocoa Beach, by virtue of the authority vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Cocoa Beach, do hereby proclaim August 18, 2022 as
COCOA BEACH LIBRARY BOARD APPRECIATION DAY.
Dated this 18TH day of August, 2022.
Ben Malik Loredana Kalaghchy
Mayor City Clerk