Editor, Watertown Daily Times:
Vote yes for our library.
Did that get your attention? I hope so. On Nov. 8 there is an advisory referendum that asks your opinion on the Watertown Public Library. Is it important to you? I hope you think so. Well over 550 people visit our library every day.
Our library is a crucial asset to Watertown, and an anchor in the community. It is a gateway to our community. Picture a prospective business person or someone who is looking for a place to live. We are in the perfect spot location wise. Now picture that person turning on to Main Street and seeing the current sights. You know what I am talking about. (Our existing library even has police tape across the stairs. They are unsafe and need to be repaired.) Now picture a beautiful library on Main Street. What a great introduction to our historic city. We need something as a stimulus for economic development.
Not only do we need a stimulus for economic development, our library needs to evolve to stay relevant to our changing world. We are a gathering place for programs, performances, group meetings and technology training. Just this week I was talking with some ladies who made use of the library’s job assistance program. Currently the library’s largest conference room can seat 37 people. The plans call for a 150-seat multipurpose room for community use. Can you imagine what a great asset that will be to the community?
I happen to think that children are also a great asset to the community. They are our future. The library has many programs that focus on early literacy but has an inadequate space. The new plans call for the children’s room to be larger and on the first floor. We will no longer have to find a space in the community to hold large children’s programs.
Please vote yes on Nov. 8 for the library of our future.
Jan Runge, President of Friends of the Watertown Public Library