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Letter: Weathersfield Needs a Larger Library

To the Editor:

Weathersfield, Vt., is a good town. Like every good town, it needs a good school, a good fire department, a good highway department, and a good public library — a library that is much more than a museum stuffed with books (though books are surely essential). A good public library should be a community resource that makes available a broad spectrum of information and diversion, in print, digital and audio-visual form, with convenient room in which townspeople can freely meet to share their interests and concerns. A good public library must especially have space to serve children’s needs to foster inquisitive minds and help create a literate citizenry.

Weathersfield is a good town, but its Proctor Library, built in 1902, is painfully cramped and falls short in its ability to fully deliver many of the services its community can use. Despite years of innovation by librarians and trustees (one of which I was for 10 years), it is clear that the handsome little building in Ascutney sorely lacks the space to serve the needs of the community.

Architects have studied the building, and produced detailed plans for a sensible and attractive expansion to create the necessary space and preserve the best of the original building. The library bond article at Town Meeting asks Weathersfield voters to fund this library expansion to create a modern institution from which we all will benefit. I urge all Weathersfielders to vote in support of the library bond article.

Christopher Harris