Libraries not obsolete | Letters to the Editor

Apr 04, 2018

Libraries are not obsolete

Recent articles in various local media suggest that there are some city officials who believe that libraries might be obsolete. I would wonder if these officials have actually been inside our Edmonds library recently?

I have.

I went last night, and was amazed that almost every seat was occupied. Kids were receiving reading assistance from older citizens; people were doing computer research; folks in the back were reading periodicals; and some folks were studying.

It would be a sad state of affairs if we stopped providing full support of our libraries. City activities that generate revenue are not the only priority a healthy and educated community should support.

Chris Walton
Edmonds

 

Lucky to have a great library system

Lucky us!

My husband and I and all of our neighbors live in Edmonds. We have excellent schools, which I happily support with my property tax, even though I have never had a child in the district, even though my tax money supports schools in Brier and Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood…

And we have a lovely library just blocks away from our home.

We have so much to be proud of in our neck of the woods, not the least of which is our award-winning Sno-Isle Libraries. Our libraries provide a huge collection of books, e-books, movies, journals, magazines and, best of all, librarians who help us sort through the onslaught of information, who help us fill out forms, apply for jobs, apply to college, who bring stories to the babies and activities to the teens.

Our libraries are meeting places and sponsors of important discussions on issues critical to our communities. Our libraries support civility and reason by providing forums for discussion, by vetting information and making solid information available to all of us.

Our libraries are funded almost entirely (98 percent) by revenue from a property tax, and on April 24 voters will decide whether to restore the levy level to 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or to force the libraries to make cuts to the hours, to the collections, to the activities we love.

I’m going to attend the open house at the Edmonds Library next Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m., where knowledgeable staff will help us understand the issues at hand. I want to know how it works, and we all deserve good information.

And then I’m voting yes. I urge you to join me.

Susan Kostick
Edmonds

 

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