Vote for the library levy on June 2

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Vote for the library levy on June 2

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my support for the Glendive Library Mill Levy. Our library supports all ages of our community from all walks of life and income levels. One does not need to figure out how to stretch the budget to visit the library. With a levy that costs less than one hardback book, our library offers thousands of books, internet and computer access, children’s programs, community rooms, and quiet, all with a friendly welcome. The loss of it would be devastating.

Where would parents with children 0-5 take their children to engage their social and cognitive skills during the winter months? Where would all the young pre-teen boys go to meet their friends and play video games? Would they be safe and have adults looking out for them? What about all of the adults that use the quiet atmosphere to write, research, or photoshop family pictures? Where would individuals without internet or home computers find access to printing, tax forms, and other technological needs, if the library closed?

Without the library, students, researchers, writers, and genealogists would have difficulty getting access to materials from other libraries and universities. Even today, while the library is physically limited, our library card gives us access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive. Nowhere else in town can a phone call get a movie for Dad, a book for Mom, and a children’s craft kit for the kids.

Even if one does not enjoy books, our Glendive Library offers so much more.

Storytime and Sensory Storytimes introduce kids to songs, books, activities, and crafts. They also give opportunities to parents to create friendships/community for their young children to enjoy. The Summer Reading program encourages all ages to engage in reading. It helps prevent school-age students from reading level regression over the summer months. With each year, the Summer Reading program brings something unique to Glendive. Last year, it was a planetarium, telescopes, and moon rocks. My young children still talk about the stars and constellations they learned about right here in our town. The library also offers a place for group meetings. A preschool co-op utilized the small community room for classes. Writing groups, Love and Logic classes, Lego club, and many others utilize the large basement community room to host their meetings throughout the year.

I urge you all to vote for the Glendive Library Levy on June 2, 2020. For the price of one hardback book, we have access to books and services worth far more.

Whitney Dutton