National Library Week is being observed April 11 -April 17 and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my thoughts on my local library.
I think it can be assumed that I have always loved to read and remember walking to the library when I was younger with a wagon which badly needed a paint job. Between my brother and I we easily filled our “book mobile” and were usually pretty good about returning them on time.
Flash forward fifteen years, and while I can still walk to the library it won’t be for much longer. My town’s library board is a bit like the supreme court, all board members are getting old (or older) and most likely will never leave the board until they are six feet under. While this may be harsh it is very true in my case. For the past five years they have been in the process of raising money to build a new, bigger and better library. I think we do need one as we are outgrowing the library we have now with no room to expand. Unfortunately, the current library is downtown but the land bought is on the outskirts of city limits which I find frustrating as it is difficult for most of the community to walk there. The one disagreement that has been brought numerous times by community members and at city hall is why they won’t build it in one of our parks, which is mostly green space. I believe they are stuck in their ways and nothing anyone can say will change their thought process. An example of this is that to build the new library funds of 3 million dollars need to be raised and only half of that has been collected. Wouldn’t that show that the community doesn’t want the public library in said location. Apparently, we needn’t bother because as the years pass on the design of both square footage and quality of materials has been scaled back to such large proportions that it will only be a few 100 feet larger than the current building compared to the proposed thousand.
Even though National Library Week is meant to appreciate libraries, I’m finding it very difficult at this time. I really do love public libraries which they are and should be a pillar and central to a community and think it’s wonderful that we have a week to recognize them.