In response to a recent letter appearing in the Jan. 1 issue referring to the “4,000 people who visit the main library on a typical day” amounts to only “2 percent of the people in Boise” being an unstated premise. It was pointed out that 70 percent of the citizens hold a library card. Assuming that is accurate, I am one of the 70 percent. However, I find it much more convenient to go to my branch library located in a shopping center that also offers a drug store, a fitness center, a branch bank, a grocery store close to where I live and the parking is no problem. That particular branch library has recently been remodeled (by a local architect, I might add), enlarged and offers access to books, documents, digital media, meeting spaces, individual study rooms, a bank of computers that can be used for free and a great area with picture books, educational toys for toddlers and grade-school children. Why should the city spend $100 million to duplicate these same accommodations in an already highly congested area? In the time of Bieter and City Council, we need to get serious. Leave The Cabin where it is. Stick to building branch libraries as they become needed.
– Betty Weston, Boise