Thank you, Mr. President. Today I am privileged and honored to recognize an institution that has served as the educational bedrock of the Point Breeze community.
When I received the notice regarding the honoring of the Queen Memorial Branch of the Free Library in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia and how it was celebrating 100 years of service, it made me think about my life as a young man growing up in Point Breeze and how I often would spend hours in the library in elementary school, in junior high school, and even when I was in high school. This library served as a laboratory of creative ideas that shaped my character, that enabled me to become the young man that I am today.
So today I am privileged and honored in recognizing and commending the Queen Memorial Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on the occasion of its 100th Anniversary for its extraordinary service and dedication to the citizens of Philadelphia.