Letter: Hamilton, Any library cuts need to be shared proportionally
Any library cuts need to be shared proportionally
If any good has come of the recent Grand County Library District Board (GCLDB) plans to possibly close important library branches, it is the public recognition of how important each community views “its” local library, with emphasis on “local.” In the spirit of the great library builder, Andrew Carnegie, a community library is more than about books and the grandeur of the building. It is about loving learning and expanding the world beyond your location through programs and services. Yes, tough financial times mean difficult decisions need to be made. However, the GCLDB needs to cut administrative costs before direct services. Perhaps, an advisory committee of knowledgeable citizens with experience in finance and accounting could review the budget and quickly provide suggestions for streamlining and cost cutting. Perhaps, greater use of the Library Foundation to pay down debt or sponsor various branch services could be ramped up. In my opinion, it would be better to have a shabby building with people services than a palace with a robot kiosk.
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