Letter: Take action to support the library
To the Editor:I encourage all Manchester residents to vote on March 7 in support of the Manchester Community Library in its need for additional funds. This exceptional community hub is a provider of service and learning to all Manchester residents and to many beyond our town line.For about two years, I have been invited to hold regular meetings at the library. Monthly, the Southern Vermont Entrepreneur and Small Business Group gathers to discuss the challenges business owners face. This meeting provides a sense of community and is welcome to entrepreneurs of all levels. The group was created because there was nothing previously like it in the region. It continues because members find gathering with others helpful and a learning opportunity. This meeting represents just one way my family and I use the library:- My two young boys and I head to the library after school for a diversion or to connect with friends. We borrow books, use the multi-media offerings and enjoy the delightful spaces designated for children. - As a member of the MEMS PTO board, we have held meetings at the library in order to be close to other community functions. - My husband and I attended meetings this fall to learn about our local state representative candidates. - My son will be attending an upcoming program where he will learn about 3D printing, among other technology. - Early in March I will attend meetings to better understand the anticipated outcomes of the proposed Act 46 school merger.In addition to our use, I am regularly told of friends using the library: to attend seminars, to learn about arts and crafts, to use the computers for research or job applications, to borrow movies, or simply to enjoy the environment it provides.This institution is much more than a place to borrow books. It is a hub of positive, educational and community activity that our townspeople are extremely lucky to have. We are currently only supporting about 35 percent of the library budget through our taxes. This low rate is due to the exceptional job the staff is doing raising alternative funds. Other towns in Vermont are currently supporting closer to 80 percent on average. My understanding of the desired increase from our taxes is to help with the costs of maintaining current library hours and the continually increasing event and material offerings. If you would like to see the library maintain its current level of services and continue to expand upon its offerings and ability to serve the community, please take action!
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