The heart of the library is books

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Dear Editor,

A number of studies have shown that the single most important factor in a child’s ability to do well in school is the ability to read. Academic expectations increase with each grade and the role of reading becomes increasingly more important. Reading level at age 7 was linked to social class 35 years on.

I have been an avid reader most of my life and I know that our public library has a number of services and programs, but, for me, the heart of the library is books. While there are children in our community who are fortunate enough to have fairly extensive collections of books in their homes there are many who do not. I love to be in the library when a child brings in a stack of books to be returned and watch them choose the books they are going to check out to take home with them. The success and growth of the summer reading program has been remarkable.

For the cost of one book a year we, as a community, make it possible for all of our children to have access to books. Please show your support by voting yes on the library mill level.

Twyla McPherson