Friday, February 4, 2011

On the Need for a New Appleton Public Library

Building project or not....some great talking points on the importance of public libraries.

LINK to documents

Letters: New library remains important for Appleton. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 2/4/2011)

Excerpt: The library has served us well for 20 years. Future needs, however, require new information be accessible in new ways and in appropriate space. A new library has economic benefits as well cultural and educational benefits:

  • Companies invest in communities that value education, learning and the opportunity to develop and advance, and find it easier to recruit valuable employees.
  • Potential employees prefer to work and pay taxes in a place where both education and culture is valued.
  • Parents move to communities where their children will have resources that prepare them for successful careers.
  • Children who grow up in a community that has nurtured and supported its educational development are likely to remain, become taxpayers and open businesses.
  • Chamber leadership can more easily promote development in a community with a state-of-the-art library.
  • A library increases the technological literacy of its citizens, especially those with little access to technology through their own resources.
Related articles:
Director responds to 'frequently observed misconceptions'. (12/4/2009)
Readers weigh in on new library. (11/9/2009)
Mayor provides his perspective on library planning process.  (10/7/2009)
Post-Crescent supports next step in library facilities planning process.  (10/6/2009)
Financing options for Appleton's library project.  (10/6/2009)
Potential sites for new library under discussion.  (10/4/2009)
Membership of capital facilities committee for library project approved.  (8/7/2009)
Terry Dawson's discusses Appleton library building project.  (7/16/2009)
Library building project update.  (6/18/2009)
Appleton's library planning escapes budget cuts.  (11/13/2008)
Post-Crescent endorses library design study.  (11/11/2008)
Study:  New library should be built downtown.  (7/10/2008)

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