Everyone is entitled to library access. Everyone pays for it, if not on property tax, then with sales tax and the taxes paid by the local merchants. It is a boot strap which we pull ourselves up on. Poor and sick people who can’t drive to Colville or Spokane, drive the local economy, and pay their share.
Libraries are public to all and don’t charge for library cards, only for lost or damaged materials and late fees.
Children all have equal access to books, movies, internet, and services to aid in development.
It is a safe, clean place for them to spend their time.
Lonely people read together in a comfortable silence.
When I worked with homeless people, the ones that spent their days at the library and not on the street, were successful. They looked for jobs, and housing and stayed out of trouble.
The sick and elderly, keep their minds young and healthy.
I am learning to build a website at the library, to help expand a small business.
Seniors are learning technology, to keep up with their families and enrich their lives.
I’ve talked to many different people and got many different versions of why there is a problem now. The American Library goes back to a book club started by Ben Franklin and friends. I think that’s enough time to iron out the kinks.
Everyone involved in the funding and management – Lock yourselves in a room together with plenty of coffee and tea, and hash it out. No one gets to use the bathroom until a deal is reached.
Nancy M. McCormick