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Everyone benefits from a new library

Dear Editor:The board of the Basalt Regional Library District is asking for the support of all of the voters of Eagle and Pitkin counties, within the district, for ballot Questions 4A and 4B. Approval of these questions would provide money to construct a new library in the town of Basalt on Midland Avenue adjacent to the post office and to increase the funding for its operational costs.What will the community receive for their support? First and foremost, one new library immediately adjacent to the downtown core of Basalt. It will help to rebuild a sense of community and provide an investment in civic pride. Libraries have always promoted both learning and community, and the new library will do precisely that. The existing library has served us well, but its small size and limited resources are preventing rather than promoting the building of community.The new library will provide for greatly improved children’s programs along with more space for books, magazines, audio and video tapes and CDs. There will be meeting rooms, more computer stations and quiet reading areas. Overall, it will be a more spacious, energy efficient building. There will be substantially more parking than at the existing library with 68 spaces on site.Our children and families, seniors and individuals will all greatly benefit from the new library. In the end, it’s about coming together as a midvalley community. Please join me in voting YES on ballot questions 4A and 4B. Also, please remember to vote! Early voting has started and absentee ballots can be obtained from your respective county clerks offices. Pitkin County residents can vote early at the Pitkin County clerk’s office at 530 E. Main St., Aspen. Eagle County residents in the Roaring Fork Valley can vote at the Eagle County Community Center (at El Jebel), 20 Eagle County Drive.Bud EylarBasalt Regional Library Board