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Aspen deserves a better library

Dear Editor:

Our local library is a truly outstanding facility, honored both nationally and locally. While I love the library, times have changed, and what was state-of-the-art 20 years ago is now due for an update.

The modern library is no longer just a warehouse for books, no matter how well it fulfills that role. For a community that boasts a prestigious think tank such as the Aspen Institute and hosts an event such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, a world-class library seems as if it should be a given (pun intended).

Three times more library cardholders than year-round residents. Nearly a quarter million items checked out annually. Internet access for many, many people who might otherwise be left behind in the Information Age. Pumping new life into an otherwise moribund Galena Plaza. Badly needed meeting rooms for nonprofits as well as up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Upgrades in accessibility. Greater resources and security for our children.

Any of the above reasons would be enough to sway my vote. However, the clincher for me is the constant lobbying efforts by my two children, warming my heart every time I hear these lifelong learners plead – “Can we go to the library, p-l-e-e-e-a-s-e?”

Please vote “yes” on 5A and 5B.

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Michael Campbell

Aspen

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