Library's value worth expanding on

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2007

One of Kenai's most valued assets, the Kenai Community Library, needs our help.

Since its construction in 1976, we have never adequately funded this great resource, yet the good folks who work at the library have provided the community with a stellar facility.

We, as a community, support the library in surveys and polls, but we do not respond accordingly in the voting booth. We have continued to postpone vital funding.

Now is the time to prove our sincerity and vote "Yes" on Proposition 2, which would allow the city to sell bonds for $2 million toward a library expansion and commit the community to doing the right thing for the library. This money would be the base funding which, combined with other financial resources, would guarantee the library expansion.

The library's needs are definitely not frivolous: book/collection space; quiet study areas; seating areas; designated teen space; library program areas; technology upgrades; workspace for staff and volunteers; more computers; more children and young-adult fiction; more adult fiction and nonfiction. In basic terms, this community has done a wonderful thing by outgrowing its library, and we must be willing to provide for that growth.

According to a 2006 survey, over 90 percent of those contacted have Kenai Community Library cards, yet most of those surveyed agree that the library needs to be expanded.

Now is the time for those erudite folks to support that expansion.

The funds necessary to support the library expansion will never decrease. I urge you to support Kenai Bond Proposition 2 so that our community can have a library that we can be proud of.

As lifelong teachers, we know the value of a good library.

Craig Jung

Lois Massie


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