I opened the Journal Star and did a double take when I saw the wonderful computer rendering of the proposed downtown main library at the Pershing Center ("Library board says Pershing should be site of new main library," July 23). What a fabulous idea! In almost 60 years I have visited Lincoln libraries literally thousands of times. I often tell the library staff I must have the oldest library card in town. You can barely read it.
I think of all of the changes in the library system over the years. There are computers available for Lincoln folk who don’t have one at home. Books, records, DVDs and lots of movies are all available for free. Just think what more could be offered in a new state of the art library.
For those, like LIBA members, who propose selling the Pershing block to private developers which would put the property on the tax rolls, I ask, “Can you honestly say that if the property was on the tax rolls you would be able to see a discernible drop in the taxes that you pay?”
We will need a bond issue of $55 million dollars to remodel the Pershing as the downtown library as well as remodeling some branch libraries. We have supported more than one bond issue to make sure Lincoln Public Schools are among the best in the country. We shouldn’t do any less for our libraries. It’s their turn now.
If you like the idea of Pershing becoming the new downtown main library, then I ask you to think what you can do to bring this idea into reality. The mayor and the City Council are as near as your keyboard or telephone. Make your support known. Think of others you can contact to promote a new library at Pershing Center. Let’s get talking.
Dick Patterson, Lincoln