Library is a real bargain

Editor:

The Sweet Home Public Library, what a bargain!

In the last four years, the price of everything else has increased, (heat, water, electricity, etc.).

The library operating levy rate of 62 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value is the same as I have paid for the last four years. My total library levy is $62 per year, the price of two books. I cannot be without my library. I will vote yes for the library levy.

Libraries are for everyone. How wonderful. This summer, 255 children ages 3 to 16 read 5,151 hours in one month. Certainly they are literate. How did the Sweet Home Library encourage children to read this much? They had weekly programs that attracted more than 100 children each week, prizes for reading and a free book (provided by the Friends of the Library) for pre-registering. Parents and teachers have praised the Summer Reading Program saying how wonderful to keep the children reading.

The library is also for adults. There are informational and recreational books on all subjects and even books in large print. If my library doesn’t have a title I want, it will order it on interlibrary loan. In addition, there are music CDs, DVDs, videos, books on CD and tape and many magazines. At present, the books on Christmas crafts and decorations are exhibited for loan for those wanting to get a head start on Christmas.

There are four computers for all to use to search out information on the Internet, word processing or e-mail. Children must have parental permission.

During the school year, there are various story times for babies, toddlers, preschool and family. Nov. 18, the library will host a reception for a children’s author, Ellen Howard. We hope many will be there to meet her.

Sweet Home Public Library is a treasure to our whole community. Please vote yes on Measure 22-61, renewal of the Sweet Home Library four-year operating levy.

Mary Colletto Rife

Sweet Home

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