I value libraries as the hallowed places of our culture, our democracy, places where we can find and compare books with disparate points of view and evaluate their arguments in ways beyond Amazon's "look inside" feature. The Romans built public libraries throughout the empire to preserve and sponsor learning, and as public libraries developed over centuries, they have met ever more sophisticated community needs for research, instruction, appreciation of the arts, and debate.
Now what better place for our community library than our beloved park? Centrally located, safe, beautiful — our community emblem — a place where parents can drop older kids off in the library and if they wish take younger ones to the swings. (My earliest memory of delicious freedom was being dropped at the library to wander the stacks while my mother went to survey the blander tastes of supermarket.)
Libraries need to grow and change to meet the needs of communities. Our present library facility is too outdated to do that. Our new one can become a magnet for guest speakers, community meetings, exhibits for art and history and science, forums for debate and instruction, as well as an access point for the newest information technology — and we already have the money collected to build it.
The facts in favor of Measure F speak so eloquently: The funds already collected can build a beautiful state-of-the-art library and they can only be spent on the library. We have a gorgeous location in the park, the centerpiece of our town. Given its size and location, the existing library can never become what a new library would be.
There are those who wish to "save" the park by opposing the library and keeping the park the same. I too wish to save the park, but I welcome change. The park is not an antique. Let's save the park for future generations by truly enhancing the park, building our community's library there to meet the evolving needs of our changing community.