As a huge fan of libraries, I visit a Lincoln public library at least weekly. I love the books, programs, computers, e-books and audiobooks and reference services. I use the study rooms for tutoring and I supplement my kids’ educations with library DVDs, books and magazines. I’m fortunate to live within walking distance of two branch libraries and I believe that our libraries are tremendous assets to our community.
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That said, I’m troubled by the libraries’ position statement on its proposed Central Library at the Pershing Center. The great value of public libraries is that they offer educational resources to those who might otherwise not have access to them ("Amenities, sense of place among hopes young professionals have for new library," Jan. 11). Libraries aim to lift communities culturally, not to burden them financially. A $55 million bond added to our already exorbitant property taxes defeats the purpose of public libraries. No matter how attractive a state-of-the-art library sounds, I could never endorse a proposal such as this one, which will hurt our most vulnerable citizens: senior citizens and low-income families.
Until we can find a way to pay for our wish lists without raising our already sky-high property taxes, we should continue to use our more-than-sufficient, close-to-the-people branch libraries, which serve us so well.
Rachel Terry, Lincoln