The paper's lead editorial on June 9, "Vote 'no' on library bond," both astonished and perplexed me. I was astonished because I thought that the Standard's usually thoughtful editorial board would strongly back the upcoming library bond vote. The only thing about which we agree is that the main library is urgently in need of an infrastructure overhaul.
I was perplexed because your two main arguments were, first, building the new library in Roy just accumulates bigger spaces. But, that space is critically overcrowded and will become more so due to the projected growth in population. A bigger space at the southwest branch is sorely needed. And the north branch is only 50 percent complete and already overcrowded. Furthermore, the usage of library services is increasing at the rate of 9 percent per year.
Second, the paper stated that the need for library buildings close to patrons will not define customer service for future library patrons. Say what? That thought may have had some validity a few decades ago when libraries were mainly book-loaning facilities. We in Weber County are fortunate that Library Director Lynnda Wangsgard and her staff are focused on creating library services well suited for the future. The good news is that we can all avail ourselves of the multitude of services provided by our forward-thinking Weber County Library System and those services will be able to expand and change as new needs arise.
An elementary teacher at the library bond forum held at WSU's Olene S. Walker Institute last week, said that about a third of her students don't have Internet access at home and depend on libraries to provide that service.
I strongly recommend that we vote 'yes' on the library bond election so that we can continue to provide Internet access and a wide range of information services to all our residents. A 'yes' vote is critical to meet the future library needs of all Weber County residents.