Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Library friends

April 26, 2007


To the editor:

While living in Eudora from 1970 to 1976, my late wife, Jo, our children and I were involved with the Eudora 4-H Club that voted to help the Eudora Library improve the building fund. I would like to quote a section of the letter that Jo sent to the editor.

"The library is so important to the very young, the middle young and old young in this community. Where else, when everyone else is busy, can you find a friend just waiting to tell you a story - a book is a friend indeed. Where else, when you want to get away from it all, is a faraway place just waiting for you to travel with - a book knows all the faraway places with the strange-sounding names. Where, when all else fails, can you find something about whatever it is you don't know anything about. ... Anyway, a book is indeed a friend, and its home is growing too small for its family and friends."

Perhaps much of what Jo expressed over 30 years ago relates to our current library situation here in Lawrence.

Clint Leon,



SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 12 months ago

Want a new library? Raise the necessary funds from private sources exclusively.

Leave the taxpayer our of your grand scheme to increase the size and expense of government.

Confrontation 10 years, 12 months ago

$30 million to cure loneliness? Sounds like something Lawrence would do.

johnadavies 10 years, 12 months ago

I was a founder of a Friends of the Library group in another town in Kansas and years after I moved from there they managed to scrape together the money and votes to build a new library. The one they had dated from the 1920's and was pretty sad to modern eyes; but the new one didn't cost anywhere near $30 million. I'd say put it to the voters but I really think some thought had ought to go into branches in the south, west and/or east parts of town. This town has multiple supermarkets, gas stations, and other things; why is branch libraries in existing empty storefronts such a foreign concept?

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