Friday, October 30, 2009

Minocqua Residents to Vote Tuesday on Library Referendum

Link to October 30 Lakeland Times article. (Thanks to Kris Adams Wendt.)

Excerpt: (Minocqua Town Chairman) Handrick said he thinks that despite the perception that libaries are an antiquity, they have actually evolved to become an integral part of economic development.

"Libraries are key to attracting people who want to move their jobs here," he said. "Professionals don't want to move to a town that doesn't have a library."

Taylor said the community has grown to the point that the library is too small to adequately serve them.

"We could do a lot more with a bigger space to help people," she said.

Since the library's original construction in 1983, wireless Internet access, audio visual materials and a variety of programs such as book groups and a partnership with Nicolet College have all been added.

"We have really seen our role expand, especially during the recession. We're part of the recovery ... we can provide people with the tools to do a new resume, to apply for jobs online and through our databases," Taylor said.

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