To the Editor:
On June 9, when next year’s town budget comes to the residents of Waldoboro for approval, we have a chance to vote for our priorities. When we read the list of tax-dollar-eating proposals, let’s give careful thought to what we receive for those shrinking dollars, and support the institutions that may best help us out of the financial fix we’re in.
The Waldoboro Public Library is the port in a storm that our town can’t do without right now. More people than ever are finding the free Internet access crucial to their lives and job searches.
More children are forming attachments to books that will open worlds to them, encourage the ingenuity difficult times require, and send them along paths of lifelong delight. Their mothers are finding social connections, trading ideas, creating community.
The library has become more than a venue for information, light reading, the audio books that make long drives safer, and movies. Its resources and programs-all free to residents-are heartland Waldoboro.
We might also remember that, as we try to fill our empty storefronts, a business looking for a new location will prefer a town with a good, functioning library. For the short term and the long, ours is an excellent investment. Please vote yes for the library budget at Town Hall on June 9.
Brooke Pacy, Waldoboro