Given all the political turmoil as election day approaches, I want to make sure we do not overlook a local issue of tremendous importance to our quality of life here in Delaware County. I refer to the Delaware County District Library levy. It is a renewal and so will result in no increased taxes. However, it covers 66 percent of the budget for the Main, Orange, Ostrander and Powell branches, plus the Community & Family Outreach Services Department, which operates the Bookmobile.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote a famous love sonnet that begins, “How do I love thee, let me count the ways.”
I love our libraries because:
• They are free and open to all, hence the motto “Your Library.”
• I saved $877.62 last year checking out books instead of buying them.
• In partnership with many libraries, endless books can be accessed.
• There is a multiple copies section that my book club often chooses.
• There are delightful programs geared to tots, kids, teens and adults.
• Summer Reading Club awards free books when children read for just 12 hours.
• The staff is knowledgeable and unfailingly helpful and kind.
• As a friend and volunteer, I am aware of how many folks visit regularly.
• Tutors and students are often working together.
• Copies of numerous daily newspapers are available.
• There are lots of magazines and comfortable chairs.
• Plenty of recorded books on CDs.
• Let me not forget DVDs.
• As for computers, I know little, but there are lots of them as well as books you can download, movies you can stream, hot spots and more.
As a retired teacher, I love it that learning and the life of the mind are encouraged. When my own kids were young, they had a favorite saying that I think fits very well here: “Voting yes for the library levy is a no-brainer!”
Colleen J. Huckabee