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Letter from Pat Greenman

Recently a friend visiting from Boise asked me what I liked about living in Burley. I replied that Burley is a city where many people give their time, talents and resources to improve the community. We are fortunate to live in such a city. Now we, the citizens of Burley, have an opportunity to pass this legacy on to future generations by voting to have a much needed new library.

If we were to ask local citizens what they feel about having a new library, I’m sure we would hear a variety of answers. I would like to share with you some of my observations and feelings. Our library reflects the heart of our community. It is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds and interests gather to learn, to imagine, to communicate, to improve, to relax and to share. To some, it is like a home away from home, a place to be with others, a place to have time alone.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush said, “Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life and the lives of countless other Americans. They deserve the support and patronage of every single one of us who values education.”

The need for a new library has been well established. On May 15th, we have the privilege of voting. Let us continue the wonderful legacy of giving to present and future generations. Please join Mayor Greenman and me. Vote YES for a new library.

Pat Greenman

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