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Leave the library be

Posted: August 14, 2010 6:27 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Along with Dianne Bartley in her recent letter to The Signal (“Keep libraries the same,” Aug. 8), I would be less concerned over the city’s proposal to take over operation of our local libraries were I not concerned about a subsequent loss of service.

The members of my family have been big library users since we moved here over 20 years ago. My children enjoyed “story hour,” reading clubs and have had their lives enriched by the well-trained and wonderful staff at the Newhall Library.
Additionally, we regularly request books from the county library system and have come to appreciate its size and diversity.

As an example, my son was able to locate textbooks (and audiobooks) in advanced French in order to review for a French placement for the University of California system. While in Boston attending college, my daughter regularly requested books and movies, including books required for her classes, starting weeks before she returned for a visit, and they were ready upon her arrival at home.

I have rarely found a subject I wanted to research for which the library could not get books into my hands within a week, be it coping with dyslexia or planning a trip to Italy. In addition, I make heavy use of the ever-growing audible downloads available from the library — the convenience is wonderful.

I understand the desire for local control and to save money. However, until the city can promise that libraries will be manned by equally qualified staff and that patrons will have access to an equally large selection as they do now, I say keep what we have and work within the current system.


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