To the Editor:
“Our country is made up of individual communities, each with its own needs that can be as unique as the communities themselves. In the middle on all of these challenges, often in the very heart of our community, is a solution, a trusted institution that makes it its business to understand our needs: the library.
Librarians listen and respond to meet community needs. Libraries provide the space for diverse groups to come together for a common purpose, to tackle local issues. Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students, seniors and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and to meet them.
The library helps foster all types of communities. We see this in our library firsthand, in ways big and small. New moms connect at story time, small business owners convene to share opportunities, teens meet up to collaborate on projects and to hang out together after school.
Service to the community has always been the focus of the library. While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.
This week, schools, campuses and communities across the country celebrate National Library Week. It is a time to remember that needs of our community matter to one of our most important institutions: our library.” (American Library Association)
The citizens of Chewelah have the opportunity to continue this long tradition of a public library for the greater good of all in our community. Please will you vote YES for Chewelah’s library by returning your ballot on or before Tuesday, April 23rd.