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Opinion

May 9, 2013

Say 'yes' to the library

To the editor:

Salisbury has an opportunity that doesn’t come along everyday. On May 20, at Town Meeting, the citizens of this community can exercise their right and responsibility to vote for a brand- new, state-of-the-art library. It will be a facility that all ages may enjoy: children, young adults, families, seniors. Book clubs, perhaps, the enrichment of lectures and author visits may take place in a community room large enough for many people. Additional computers will be available. Building a new library will provide a space that will now be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, while at the same time allowing room to accommodate the library’s many uses.

Some say, “I read online.” First, why pay for a down-loaded book when you can borrow it online for free at your library? But consider the sense of wonder when a child gets his or her first library card and the deliciousness of physically being around books. Libraries may be changing, but their need has never been so great.

Others I have talked to say we need a police station, fire station, potholes fixed. I would agree, we need all these things and I will support all of them when the time comes. However, the time to increase the size of our library is now. With a grant for over 50 percent of the cost, it just makes sense to take on this project now. If we don’t, some other town will take advantage of it and it will be lost to Salisbury for many years.

I often think of a phrase by Warren Buffet: “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” In other words, someone took action for the future benefit of others. Now it is our turn to take care of the next generation. I say, “Someone’s sitting in the shade reading a book, because someone had the foresight to build a new library.”

This building is not just for beach people, Plains people, town people. The library is for all people. It is a time to come together. And its location, very appropriately, is in the center of town, the core, the heart of the community. Please attend Town Meeting on May 20 and say “yes” to the library.

Dianne M. Masiello

Trustee of the Salisbury Public Library

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