‘Ripping out the heart of the community’
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