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Letter

Library an anchor for community

To the editor:

April 14 to 20 is National Library Week. This is the perfect time to reflect on the crucial role libraries play in good communities, and to recognize the great staff members who do so much to enhance that.

Often when a budget crisis appears, libraries are seen as non-essential and come under attack. What amazes me is that some of the those who denigrate libraries are people who otherwise make money off the taxpayers. Perhaps they might stop and consider all the services good libraries provide, particularly for our children.

Libraries bring people together, in addition to supplying residents with a nearly endless supply of books, periodicals, newspapers, CDs and DVDs. A library anchors a community with the welcome mat out to every citizen of every age and persuasion.

Two years ago, I was conducting very difficult long-distance research for a scholarly paper to be presented at a national literary conference. Mr. Brian Hackett, Peterborough Research Librarian, gave me invaluable help through his exceptional skill at inter-library loans. Without his assistance I doubt I would have been able to complete my paper, ultimately archived into a permanent collection for future scholars.

Mr. Hackett, and Ms. Lisa Bearce, Children’s Librarian, also work hard to provide meaningful and interesting public programs throughout the year. National Library Week is the perfect time to recognize their efforts and, indeed, those of the entire staff, to reflect on how much poorer our community would be without them, and to thank them.

Susan O’Brien

Sharon

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