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Stan Hall

Cooperstown

Library offers more than books

I have always gone to the library. When I was young, my mother took my siblings and me to our local library at least once a week to select books. I felt I had the world at my fingertips, so many books to explore!

I still go to the library, not only by myself, but also with my daughters. Books are just the beginning of what the library has to offer now. Especially here in this rural area, the library has become more of a community center. I see members of our community of all ages, from young children and their families to seniors, not just getting books, but using the computers and free internet access (a necessity in an area where not everyone has accessibility), reading the newspapers, attending story hours and after school game clubs, holding club meetings, attending lectures of all types, and meeting with tutors.

There really is always activity going on at our village library. I know there are folks who believe books will one day be obsolete and that there will be no need for libraries. I do hope they can see the bigger picture and realize how essential our local library is to our community.

Annmarie Bascio

Cooperstown

Vote to fund library

 “Why should I take on more tax burden? I don’t use the library and don’t plan to in the near future. I have all the reading materials I need right here on my IPAD, and Amazon is only a click away.”

Today’s library offers so much more than books, and our local libraries are no exception:

- Wireless computer access

- Daily (and expensive!) newspapers

- Periodicals

- Audio and video coursework

- Meeting places

- Tutoring spot

- Safe after school place for students

There are many local residents who cannot afford computer devices . There are many who live in areas without wireless access. There are many who need or want a meeting place for community and continuing education with other living, breathing human beings. Should this vote in May NOT be approved, there would be a good chance that hours, staff, programs and services would be reduced or eliminated at our local libraries in Cooperstown and Hartwick.

Please vote yes this May on the school district vote to fund Hartwick and the Village of Cooperstown Libraries.

Deb Dalton

Village Library board member

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