Letter to the Citizens of Burley from Sheila Adams

April 15, 2012

Dear Citizens of Burley,

Soon you will have an opportunity to build a wonderful asset for the community. A new Burley Public Library will provide the opportunity to expand many of the existing programs which lead to the increased literacy of our population (Story Time) as well as travelling exhibits which expand our knowledge of the world around us (Smithsonian exhibits.)

The increased usage of the library has put a huge demand on staff and facilities. We want this resource to continue to provide the latest in research materials, the latest fiction, large print materials, bi-lingual materials as well as Internet access to government forms, job applications and school texts.

After turning on their water and electricity, the library is one of the first public buildings a newcomer to Burley may visit, for they know they can find answers to many questions about our area there. They want the answers made quickly available in surroundings easy to navigate and pleasant for staff and visitors to utilize.

The new facility being adjacent to the CSI campus can only be a plus for both the college and the city. New businesses looking at our area, retirees desiring to return to their birthplace and those looking for a small community atmosphere to raise a family will find additional benefit from the synergy of having the 2 facilities next door to each other. The two will complement each other nicely and help our reputation as a progressive community.

Although I do not live within the city limits, I have always held a library card for I found the cost to be, at most, the same as buying 3 books per year. Since retiring I serve as a library volunteer and I see how the staff must juggle to accommodate all the children when the weather is bad. I’ve seen how crowded the place is during political panels with people peering around columns and shelves to see the speakers. It would be great if there was room or a way to enlarge the current library, but that has been done to the extent that it can be. It is time for a new library in a more useful location. I encourage you to vote “YES” at the upcoming election.

Sheila B. Adams

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