New li­brary

The Idaho Statesman - - Opinion -

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

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