By Marion Kresse
(Oct. 4, 2011) Ever since I could read the library has been an especially wonderful place to visit. I was amazed that perfect strangers would let me check out a whole stack of books to take home and read. I remember the smell of waxed wooden floors and books, the hushed tones of whispered conversations, and the dimly lit rows of shelves. It felt something like going into a church.
Libraries have changed a lot in the last thirty years. They are a lot brighter and people now go there for meetings, lectures, performances, and movies. As the wants and needs of people have changed, libraries have changed and adapted as well.
I am grateful that Andrew Carnegie had the wisdom and the foresight to invest in libraries and that the people of Ames have continued to build on that investment. I hope we will renew and improve the library - vote “yes” on November 8th.