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If you would like to have an impact on your community, get involved in strengthening the Lincoln City Library system by helping promote the plan to make the Pershing block into a new library and to remodel existing branches ("Library board says Pershing should be site of new main library," July 23).

Lincoln has a good library system. A new downtown site and updated branches will provide the facilities and innovative services fitting for the 21st century. The existing downtown library is out of date and inadequate to serve as a central library and meet the needs of the surrounding neighborhood and the downtown sector. If you doubt the viability of the libraries, stop in for a visit. You will be joining 650 other patrons that visit Bennett Martin on a daily basis and countless other preschoolers, teens and adults in the busy branch libraries.

Supporting this plan for improving the library system is an investment in the educational climate of our community and, in reality, a savings to individual taxpayers. It is estimated that the tax for a $157,000 home would be $34 per year, which seems like a bargain even if you only consider the amount a family would spend on books, DVDs or electronic titles. This is discounting the other service the library provides in educational programming for children, teens and adults, spaces for community meetings and computer access.

Everyone’s support matters. Contact your City Council representative and talk to your friends. Our beautiful community is teeming with improvements. Help add a new library to the list.

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Susan Vanneman, Lincoln

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