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Letter to the Editor: Pass the Farmington Library Millage Renewal, Even If You Aren’t a Regular Patron

Here’s a good question.  If you don’t use the library in Farmington, why should you vote for the library millage renewal?  Here are five good reasons:


1.  This community truly uses its library.  Consider that 800,000 visits are made annually, with patrons checking out almost 4 million items.  Both the branch and main libraries hum with activity.


2.  Our library is extraordinary in its service to all members of our community.  Take a look at the calendar of events on the library’s website and you will be amazed at the number of programs serving people of all ages and interests. 


3.  The library budget has been reduced already in the last three years, going from $8.3 million in 2008 to $6.5 million in 2011.  Yet, we are not being asked for additional taxes, just a renewal of our current tax rate.


4.   The library is the best bargain around.  Where else can you get virtually free books, CDs, DVDs and magazines, as well as Internet access, resume assistance, summer reading programs for kids, and enrichment activities for the elderly?  Even in these times, almost all of us can afford to pay our share for our outstanding Farmington Community Library.


5.  Vibrant, high quality libraries are associated with good property values.  Supporting library is one thing you can do to protect the value of your home.


The best reason, though, can be found in the inscription above the library in ancient Thebes:  “Libraries: The Medicine Chest of the Soul.”


Join me in voting “Yes” for the renewal of the Farmington Community Library Millage. 


Mary Brown



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