Letter: Vote yes on Woodstock Library bond issue

I love the little old library building as I’m driving past it — no question that it is very picturesque. And if all I ever did was drive past it, I might be on the Vote No side of this issue. If I hadn’t attended events with a max of about 70 people, including those standing at the back, squashed (hello Covid!) into the only space available for events, I’d vote no. If I’d never seen the art-book collection moldering and spent time in that ugly art-books room, nor noticed the inadequate space for the staff, nor had friends who can’t go into the building because of the mold issues or who can’t take advantage of certain library offerings because they can’t climb stairs, I’d vote no If I didn’t care a whit about the younger generations coming up, for sure. But I don’t have those “advantages,” so I am voting yes.

Claire Lambe

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There are 3 comments

  1. Margaret Smith

    I gladly voted No on this issue already. Interesting how each time I ask anyone connected with the Library whatever happened to that quarter million they frittered away and cannot account for before 2018, there is always evasion. If they can’t be trusted with a quarter million, why should they be trusted with 5 million? And the deliberately deceptive ‘Save the Library’ campaign of 2018 is still well within memory. No, just No on trusting this group with 5 million dollars on what looks like a set from an Ed Wood grade-Z film, and I suspect will be spent on anything but books and accessibility.

  2. Anne Carlton

    I’m a No voter too. The Library did have a bonding survey back in 2017 and, along with 71% of the Woodstock voters taking that survey, I stated my preference. We weren’t heard and so we’ll just have to see how it goes on Nov 3rd.

  3. andrew cowan

    $5mm for a new library for a tiny town with a very shaky local economy, high unemployment and many people in need of some sort of aid, be it food, shelter or other services seems to be extravagant. Given the steady decline of libraries nationally (as Google / the web offer more robust and efficient alternatives) it further looks to be a questionable plan.Perhaps considering shoring up the local economy and individuals in need first may make more sense.

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