New La Plata li­brary needed

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On March 23, the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent pub­lished an ar­ti­cle about the county’s cap­i­tal im­prove­ment plan. One item on that plan is a re­place­ment for the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary’s branch in La Plata. The La Plata branch has served the county well, but it has seen bet­ter days. There’s not enough park­ing. The floor shakes when the blow­ers run. The com­puter area is crowded. There’s not enough room for com­mu­nity events. And the re­strooms are ... well ... enough said.

The Wal­dorf West branch is a hint of what we could have in La Plata: a bright, friendly space with plenty of room for all kinds of fun things to do. The Town of La Plata is sup­port­ive, and we’ve heard in­ter­est from some of the com­mis­sion­ers. But what mat­ters most is sup­port from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Re­plac­ing the cur­rent build­ing will not be cheap. But we’ll reap the ben­e­fits for many years to come. Our li­braries are so much more than “just books.” Re­plac­ing the La Plata branch will en­able us to of­fer even more to area res­i­dents, whether you’re a reader or not. For those rea­sons, a build­ing for the li­brary will help build Charles County’s fu­ture.

Andrew Pi­zor, Pom­fret The writer is the vice pres­i­dent of the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary Board of Trustees.

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