(Posted Oct. 6, 2011)
Levy critical to maintaining service at London Library
“Im bored. I hear this all too often in my household. I am a bit surprised by this pronouncement considering all of the electronic devices that litter the floors of various rooms in my home. My response is typically,Read a book. This inevitably leads to a trip to the London Public Library where there is a plethora of resources and services of which to take advantage.
We have a great resource in our community in the library. That is why I am happy to be the chairperson of the group, Citizens for the London Library, which has formed to promote passage of a 1.2-mill, five-year replacement levy on Nov. 8. The current levy expires next year, and it helps fund day-to-day operations of the library. We want to keep our library strong.
During the last three years, our library (and other public libraries) experienced a 25 percent reduction in state funding. This year, the library faces an additional 6.5 percent cut. Library leaders and staff members have worked hard to deal with these cuts and still provide the same high quality library services to meet the needs of our community. However, passing this renewal levy is critical to maintaining the current level of services. Income from the levy represents 42 percent of the librarys annual budget.
For those who dont buy books or dont own a computer, the library opens a whole new world of exploration and entertainment. Even people with means could never afford the vast array of resources available to everyone at the London Public Library.
I am extremely proud of my children. They have excelled in so many ways far beyond what their father ever did. I attribute this in part to our library. Young children are introduced to the joys of reading through special story times and a wide selection of books and special programs. The summer reading program assists kids in retaining and improving skills in a fun manner. They also access research materials to help with school projects and attend unique programs which spark their creativity and desire to learn new things.
I myself have turned to the library for business and personal reading materials, audio books, the latest movies, access to the Internet, and adult reading groups. So, after a trip to the library, the comments ofIm bored disappear and I witness my kids reading a little more and getting to watch a favorite movie. These are just a few reasons I ask that you join me in remembering the London Public Library on Nov. 8. Lets keep our library strong.
Timothy J. Ruesch
Chamber board endorses London Schools levy
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce has the mission to enhance the economic, civic and cultural growth of Madison County and act as avoice of the business community.
As part of this mission, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce board of directors announces the endorsement of the London City Schools tax levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The Chamber board voted to endorse the levy at its Sept. 6 meeting. Excellent schools are necessary for strong workforce development, as well as for attracting future employers to our communities.
As state funding continues to be reduced for schools, libraries and local governments, we are collectively forced to find new sources of revenue to fill funding gaps. These entities have made significant cuts in the last couple of years while still delivering excellent services to our communities.
Improvements to education, infrastructure and public safety are essential to Madison Countys ability to develop and maintain a strong workforce; to attract, retain and grow employers; and to provide the high rural quality of life that we all enjoy.
Please join the Madison County Chamber of Commerce in supporting this important levy with a vote ofyes.
Madison County Chamber of
Commerce Board of Directors
Library is a treasure
The London Public Library is a treasure of resources offering educational and entertainment opportunities to all ages. Please continue to support one of our communitys most valuable assets.
Library employees and resources are valuable assets
The London Public Library is a beautiful, unique building. It is easily accessible to the elderly and handicapped, as well as children and families.
The range of educational and entertainment options offered there is amazing, whether you are interested in books, books on tape or CDs, videos, magazines, newspapers or DVDs. Computers and access to the Internet are available for those of us who dont own personal computers. And if youre not a computer user, there are classes available to help you learn.
The library has wonderful staff members who can assist you, whether its selecting the perfect book, or researching a project or problem. As a regular library patron, I always find the staff to be friendly, outgoing and helpful.
As a resident of London, I want to encourage everyone to voteyes for the librarys levy on Nov. 8. And please remember, this is just a replacement of our current operating levy, not a new levy.
Library levy is a replacement only
I want to encourage community members to join me in votingyes in November to replace the London Public Librarys current operating levy, which expires next year. The library is not asking for additional funds, just a replacement levy at the same rate.
The library is a vital link in the educational chain for Londoners. The story time for tots, homework help for older youngsters and computer classes for those of us a little too old to understand all the finer points of new technology benefit hundreds of community members. You can even learn to knit or crochet there.
Personally, I would really be at a loss if not for the three or four books I borrow each week.
I truly hope all voters will join me in markingyes for this important renewal levy which will keep our library strong.