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Letter: Do you rely on the library without giving it a second thought?

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Jan Bauer
Ames, IA 50010

(Nov. 6, 2011) Last week, I attended a regularly scheduled monthly meeting at the Ames Public Library.  While I was there I checked out a book and several DVD’s.  Yet it was not until then that I took a moment to consider how much I depend upon our local library’s facilities, resources and services—all provided free of charge.

If you ever have scheduled a meeting in this community, you know how precious the library’s three meeting rooms are.  In the last fiscal year, alone--2,198 meetings or programs were scheduled with 42,991 people in attendance. Were you or anyone in your family one of those individuals? 

Furthermore, if you routinely reserve one of the three meeting rooms, you know how quick, convenient and easy the process is whether the space is booked online or by telephone.  You also know that the room will be fully equipped to meet your organization’s needs. 
Moreover, I always come home with a book, CD or DVD whenever I am at the library.  Until last week, I never really considered the savings of borrowing rather than buying a book, CD or DVD.

How about you and your family?  Are you like me?  Do you rely on the Ames Public Library without giving it a second thought? 

I encourage you to take some time to think about how and when you use the library.  Then think about your last visit.  Did you notice the library inevitably is showing signs of its age?

If our local library is to maintain its high level of service, it is time to invest in its future.  Please renew your commitment to the Ames Public Library by supporting the bond issue in the upcoming city election.  Vote YES Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


You paid for those books and dvds.

The comments here are favorable to our understanding and appreciating the Library, but our tax payer dollars buy every book, every dvd, cd, every shelf they are on, and every chair to sit in. It really isn't free of charge.

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