The Burley Public Library needs your help. Pledges have been made toward a new library and depend on the passage of a $3.2 million dollar General Obligation bond on Tuesday, May 15. If the election fails, the pledges expire on this date.
Our 1959 building is well taken care of, well loved, and previously served our community needs. However, it is also overcrowded and needs more space for library programs, books, computers and volunteers. Electrical, plumbing, lighting, ventilation, and access for the disabled require upgrades. Since 2006, community focus groups and the Library Board have researched ways to expand or relocate our seriously overcrowded library.
Times have changed… and in tough times more people turn to their library for a source of entertainment, information, resources, jobs, computer classes, and many other programs. As evidence, the library had over 95,000 visits in 2011!
This great community is OVERDUE for a new library! If we pass the bond now, with construction costs and interest rates at all time lows, the new library will cost the average homeowner ($120,000 home) less than $25 per year. Obtain additional information and visit with the architect at one of the open houses scheduled at the Library on April 24 and May 8 from 6-8 PM.
The public library is for everyone: brother, sister, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, and neighbor. Do the right thing. Support your community and vote ‘IN FAVOR OF’ the library bond election on Tuesday, May 15. You will be helping the people of Burley now and for generations to come.
Tommie Dean, Trustee
Burley Public Library Board