Citizens of the Chewelah Community,
Did you know that after 100 years of library service in the community Chewelah is in danger of losing library system services? This need not be if the citizens of Chewelah vote YES to annex into the Stevens County Rural Library District.
Library system services including Internet access; on-line learning resources; e-books; books, magazines & periodicals; book study groups; early childhood literacy programs; access to state library resources; research materials; GED program access; audio books; computer access including job information, employment information, job searches and applications; test proctoring; medical, legal, and health information; and on-line ordering which have all been available at the Chewelah library in the past could end. Since the City of Chewelah chose to withdraw funding half of the library costs shared with the Stevens County Library District, citizens of Chewelah will no longer have access to library services without a YES annexation vote. As well, services to county residents may not be available locally.
Without counting the numerous social, educational, and employment benefits, the ROI (Return on Investment) for a community library is $4 returned for each dollar invested (Online Computer Library Center study supported by the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation). The $3.25 per month investment (annual tax on a $100,000 property) by city residents added to the investment made by county residents would continue valuable library system services for all.
Please invest in the Chewelah Community by voting YES for annexation into the Stevens County Rural Library District by April 23.