It seems, in today's world, that we are besieged with information. So-called facts are thrown at us from billboards, yard signs, e-mail messages from unknown sources, electronic messages and radio and TV programs and advertising ... all this in addition to magazines and surviving newspapers.
But, information is not knowledge. Knowledge requires investigation and reading and thoughtful analysis. Before Googling and blogging and the speed and abundance of computer-generated "information," libraries held the key to access to books and thoughts. The quiet and calm of our Pitkin County Library houses those thoughts today, if only we take the time and energy to seek them out. When one has information, and knowledge, and thoughts, and a calm place to collect them, one has access to dreams and plans and ideas that might change the world.
Perhaps our world would be a better place if the thinkers in our society had a comfortable and secure place where true statesmen could meet to discuss, and investigate, and speak together, and honestly debate the issues of our time.
Our library staff and volunteers have long recognized the value of a library that houses music, and art, and new literature, and dusty old books, and immediate access to electronic data ... a library that represents the soul of a community, a community that serves not only our children and adults, but that serves our guests. The renovations and additions are creating better community meeting spaces and safe and resource-filled children and young adult spaces. The proposed modifications and additions to the existing library represent years of thought and planning and review.
A "yes" vote indicates our support, with a very limited tax investment, for a place of calm where, surrounded by ideas, we can meet the challenges of our worlds.