We all benefit from library expansion
July 28, 2012
I write to offer my enthusiastic support of the Pitkin County Library’s proposed expansion.
I grew up in Aspen, and the library was a huge part of my life. I remember visiting the small library originally located on Main Street. Downstairs I found a collection of Nancy Drew books, which I read one-by-one over my third-grade school year. I learned to use the card catalogue from Kathy Chandler, the head librarian.
While that library no longer exists (nor does the outdated card catalogue), a much more impressive library took its place. I have my own children now, and they are growing up with amazing resources at their disposal.
I encourage you and the City Council to permit the Pitkin County Library to expand to serve the community in a deeper and ever more meaningful way. I see individuals using the library computers to look for jobs, I carve out hours to enjoy the magazine selection, my mother borrows the library’s ebooks on her Kindle, and my children absorb treasure after treasure in the children’s area.
Among other things, the expansion will provide a more private and secure space for the children’s area. To expand the library is to expand all that is wonderful about Aspen – to provide free access to high-quality materials, to encourage a love of learning, to promote the use of technology and to bring together the benefits of a big city in a small town prized for its forward thinking.
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Please approve the library expansion. We will all benefit.