Saturday, April 12, 2014

Value of Libraries

I was asked to write a letter to the editor of our local paper. The branch manager at the library explained that the library levy was set to come up in May. I was happy to oblige. The letter was published in both local papers along with others who voiced the need for the levy to pass. I want to share the letter here because I believe that we need libraries in all communities. If your library is up for vote, please show support. As a reader and a writer, I appreciate what the public library has to offer.

Dear Editor:
When I was a little girl, I loved visiting the library. I’d roam through the stacks seeking a story that would sweep me into another time or place. Little Women, Ann of Green Gables, Marguerite Henry’s horse tales, including Misty of Chincoteague entertained me for hours. As an adult with young children, I took my daughters to the library for books, videos and music. We’d read stories together and pick out movies for family night. When I worked at a public library I loved matching patrons with books, especially children. Many of the senior population depended on the library’s resources.

Now this wonderful public service has evolved to offer not only books, magazines, and newspapers. They also have ebooks, DVDs, books on CD, digital downloads, large print books, homebound delivery, free programs for children, teens and adults, meeting rooms for public use, computers, and so much more. Many children look forward to the library’s summer reading program. The activities and challenges offer a wonderful way for kids to keep up their reading skills during the summer. One of my favorite aspects of the library is the web site. It offers easy access to books and items across the state of Ohio. I can place a hold on a book from a library in Toledo and the currier carries it to southern Ohio for me to check out. They also have the latest best sellers in fiction and nonfiction and offer assistance for job seekers.

In May, the citizens of our county will have the opportunity to renew the levy for the public libraries. What a privilege to be part of the renewal process. When the levy passes the average homeowner will pay less than the price of a quarter pounder (per month) for all of these offerings. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see the levy pass. If you aren’t a library user, go to one of the branches and check out the incredible resources available to all users. Then show up at the polls and vote yes for our library.

What do you love about your library?

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