By Ron and Susan Jackson
(Oct. 25, 2011) The library serves the public in many ways. The ones that come first to mind are free and easy access to information and entertainment via books, computers, video and audio tapes, newspapers and magazines, but it also provides meeting areas where groups can come together for a variety of purposes ranging from book discussions to cultural displays to symposiums on any of a number of issues. Its popularity is attested to by the amount of usage it receives,
The Ames Community Library is just not able to adequately provide everything the public wants as the building is now. We desperately need a larger building. It is extremely disturbing to realize that the current situation is so inadequate that one item must be discarded for every new item acquired. The library is also unable to provide enough meeting spaces to meet demand.
Enlarging and improving the building is not inexpensive, but if well done it will last for a long time. A modernized heating/cooling system means that we can have a much larger space with no rise in energy costs. Even if the bond is not approved, millions will have to be spent in renovating th library within its current confines and we will still not have enough room.
The cost of the bond to the taxpayer will not exceed $30 per year per $100,000 property valuation. That is less than $3 a month per household! Consider how much we as a community benefit from having the library as a resource, how much we use it, and how little the increase will be per use, then join us in voting for the library bond.