By Mary Richards
(Oct. 14, 2011 - 10 a.m.) How do I feel about “my” public library? My lifelong love affair with books stretches back to the first things I can remember: leaning against my mother at bedtime, listening to her read ‘Ferdinand the Bull’ or a beautifully illustrated fairy tale; and it continued through decades of reading to myself and my brothers, and later to my own children and grand-children. Now it includes downloading books to a “robot reader” that can do the reading for me, if I want.
All that lifetime of exploring worlds of adventure and ideas, of history and people and animals and the universe and countless other topics, all that boundless enrichment would never have been available to me without the public libraries I could access wherever I lived. I’ll wager that most of you who are reading this have had the same experience.
And, of all the libraries I’ve patronized in seven plus decades, the Ames Public Library ranks high in innovation, availability to all, proactive presention of all kinds of ideas in all kinds of media, and welcoming community gathering places for accessing, disseminating, and discussing ideas.
But it doesn’t rank highly in space in which to display its books, conduct its business, offer comfortable gathering spaces for all the different population groups (think teens and pre-teens) that can benefit so much from what it has to offer. And for a minimal personal contribution each year we can erase those space and service deficits for years to come.
I urge you to consider the central role of the Ames Public Library in your life and the lives of your friends and family, and join me in supporting the bond issue that will provide the necessary funds to help our library serve our community to its full potential.
Vote YES for the Library on November 8.