‘Rip­ping out the heart of the com­mu­nity’

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - This let­ter was ad­dressed to mem­bers of the Stor­mont- Dun­dasGlen­garry Li­brary Board.

The Edi­tor,

As a long-time res­i­dent of Glen­garry, par­tic­u­larly Lochiel, I want to add my voice to those who are urg­ing that you sup­port keep­ing the li­brary in Dalkeith open.

What seems to be missing in the dis­cus­sion is a con­sid­er­a­tion that I feel is as im­por­tant as main­tain­ing easy ac­cess to books for cit­i­zens like my­self, and that is: the li­brary is the one place other than the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety's build­ing, that is an es­sen­tial site for com­mu­nity gather­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Clos­ing the li­brary re­moves vi­tal sup­port for a crit­i­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre. Small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties like Dalkeith need a vis­i­ble cen­tre that is at the heart of what makes a com­mu­nity vi­able. Clos­ing the li­brary will be like rip­ping the heart out of that com­mu­nity.

For those of us who value small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and the rich­ness of life that they pro­vide, it is es­sen­tial that we fight to pre­serve what is left of these small com­mu­ni­ties. To that end, I hope that you will con­sider the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of clos­ing the li­brary, ram­i­fi­ca­tions that go way be­yond easy ac­cess to books and/or the sav­ings of a few dol­lars. Much more worth sav­ing is the vi­tal­ity and health of Dalkeith.

Thank you for your con­sid­er­a­tion.

Wil­liam Gils­dorf, Alexan­dria

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