Letter: Nuzum, Drop the discussion of closing Hot Sulphur Springs library
October 19, 2016
Drop the discussion of closing Hot Sulphur Springs library
I was a member of the Library Board from 1989 until 2001and was President of the Library Board during the campaign seeking a separate mil levy for the Library District. Every board member campaigned throughout the county for the passage of the district. Voters were asked to approve a tax increase for funding the library district and promises were made to service the five community libraries. You will find that promise in the Service Plan that is on file. This matter is being brought to your attention because of the recent discussions concerning closing the Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Each community has it's own distinct personality and style. The Library District established the courier system in order to facilitate media accessibility without patrons having to drive to another library to be served. Each library has it's individual collection designed for the population it serves. Children use to the library to study, to play, and to relax in a safe environment. Adults use it for education, research, and relaxation. While I no longer live in Grand County, it is my understanding from newspaper accounts that the District faces financial issues. Volunteers were essential when I was at the helm and can certainly be utilized to mitigate some issues. Increased funding for a specific period of time may also be necessary to bridge a shortfall in mortgage obligations. Libraries have a history of being community meeting places, buildings that welcome new residents into the community, a place for seasonal employees to obtain media for both study, communication and relaxation, a reference center, and, not to forget, children's story time. Therefore, as a former library trustee, I implore you to drop this discussion of closing Hot Sulphur Springs Library.
Theresa W Nuzum