Delaware General Assembly




WHEREAS, the American Library Association was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 4, 1876, and marked the beginning of a new era in library development; and

WHEREAS, libraries and their services have become integral parts of the educational, cultural, social, and economic life of our Nation, and our State; and

WHEREAS, through its "Library Bill of Rights" the American Library Association has set forth policies which provide all citizens with access to information on the highest level of intellectual freedom; and

WHEREAS, throughout its 75th anniversary year, the American Library Association is conducting an educational program under community library leadership with the theme: "The Heritage of the U. S. A. in Times of Crisis"; and

WHEREAS, this 75th anniversary program is devoted to a restatement of the American Heritage in terms of present-day crisis and to a stimulation of general thinking on the problem of how to defend our freedom by understanding its origin and its application to the great problems of today; and

WHEREAS, in this way and through constant devotion to the great task of helping citizens think through their problems, our librarians render inestimable service; and

WHEREAS, October 4, 1951 has been designated National Library Day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the American Library Association and to give special opportunity for our citizens to pay tribute to libraries and librarians;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim October 4, 1951, as


in the State of Delaware and call on all citizens and civic organizations to bring their attention and their expressions of appreciation to this occasion in their own communities throughout the State of Delaware.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Twenty-fifth day of September, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth.


By the Governor:


HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.