Source: The Bergen Evening Record, Monday, November 21, 1927. (Images were added by the webmaster.)
NEW FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY DEDICATED
WITH DUE CEREMONY
Musical Numbers, Prayers, Addresses and Refreshments for Crowd That Taxed Capacity of Room.
GREAT INTEREST IS SHOWN
The dedicatory exercises at the Free Public Library of Teaneck yesterday afternoon were made very attractive by the fine music rendered by the Lamberti Trio of Radio prominence.
The three instruments, the violin, harp and cello, were played by men who understood the instruments. There were over 15- who were seated or stood in the rooms at the new library.
The president of the association, Mrs. A. N. Jordan, sat at the western end of the large main room and was surrounded by many of prominence in Teaneck.
The exercises were opened by a selection by the Lamberti Trio playing the "Star Spangled Banner," with all persons standing.
The invocation of Deity was made by Rev. Reginald Rowland, pastor of the Teaneck Presbyterian church. This was a most intense request for divine guidance of Deity in the future of the library. Mrs. Jordan made a most delightful address of welcome to the guest and the residents of Teaneck to use the building for the future to help the men, women, and youth of Teaneck to a better understanding of the books.
Mrs. Edith Lamberti Rubens, daughter of the cellist of the trio, delighted the audience with several vocal selections that captivated the guests.
ADDRESS BY MRS. GAYLORD
Mrs. Franklin Gaylord, of the Teaneck gave the address of the afternoon and spoke of the great good that will come to Teaneck by the operation of this public library. Mrs. Gaylord was a most able speaker and covered her subject most fully.
The president then announced one more selection by the Lamberti trio and then asked the audience to wait and meet the committee and enjoy the refreshments that had been provided by the ladies of all sections of Teaneck.
Delicious cakes and punch were served, and the architect of the building, Frederick T. Werner, was the center of an appreciative group after the ceremonies. There were fully as many who failed to gain admittance to the building as were present.
The response to the invitation for inspection of the building was more general than the walls would contain. The purpose of the library is therefore assured.
The person who attended the formal opening of the library were the most representative of all Teaneck, and a listing of their names would be but that of the most prominent in the advancement of all good things in this up-to-date community.
The committees who helped make the ceremonies successful are as follow:
Reception committee: Mrs. Hawkey, chairman, Mrs. Schumann, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Peinecke, Mrs. Ahrens, Mrs. Inasdorf, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Sample, Mrs. Greenlaw, Miss Garton.
Refreshment committee: Mrs. Nibbe and Mrs. Franke, chairmen, Miss Scott, Mrs. Thackwell, Mrs. Beatty, Miss Kennedy, assisted by the women of the P. T. A. from Emerson school in the Bogota section of Teaneck.
The next item on the program was the unveiling of the tablet for the memory of Mrs. Evelyn Dyckmann Caddy, the only member of the library association who looked on from the far distant shore of eternity. This beautiful tribute to her memory was the gift of her niece, Miss Matte B. Scott, a member of the association.
Frank S. DeRonde was selected as the spokesman of the occasion for the unveiling of the lasting tribute to the memory of one who had been most unselfish in her efforts to promote the fine work of the library in Teaneck.
Mr. DeRonde paid the highest praise to Mrs. Caddy, who gave two sons to the defense of this country during the world war. He spoke in glowing terms of the deep interest Mrs. Caddy took in all the work of the forces in the war, and how she hardly dared read the papers for fear of seeing the names of one of her loved sons being among those who had paid the supreme sacrifice. Both sons were finally returned to her, and her closing days on earth were made happy by this fact.
The memorial is a beautiful representation of Mother Earth caring for her children, the four seasons that make life on this old planet possible. Mr. DeRonde gave full tribute to the memory of one who had been foremost in every good work in Teaneck for twenty years.
GOLD KEY PRESENTED
The Lamberti Trio then rendered a most pleasing selection, and Mrs. Rubens followed this by several vocal selections.
The presentation of the gold key of the building and the building itself to the Township of Teaneck was then made by Mrs. W. C. Thackwell, of the library trustees.
CHAIRMAN TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE
William H. Bodine accepted the gift in the name of the people of the township in a very appropriate response. Mr. Bodine spoke of the great good that would accrue to the future of the residents of Teaneck by having such a beautiful and efficient building to read the books that are worthwhile.
The children of the future will be well cared for in the matter of good reading. Mr. Bodine was roundly cheered at the conclusion of his response. A cello solo by Michael Lamberti was the next offering on this attractive program. An encore was given at the demand of the appreciate audience.
Mrs. Jordan then introduced Chris Shaffe, president of the Teaneck Board of Education, who spoke in the highest terms of the good work accomplished by the association and of what good books meant to the children of Teaneck. The board are "solidly behind the movement to make the library the center of Teaneck in the future of Teaneck," was one of his closing remarks.
Father B. J. O'Neill, of St. Anastasia's church was to have been the next speaker but owning to an urgent call he was unable to be present. Mrs. Rubens rendered another of her attractive selections and an encore was demanded and rendered.