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Necessity of a library?

December 07, 2011

(In response to: 'Brandon Township Library gears up for millage campaign', The Citizen, Dec. 3, page 1)

Dear Editor,

I just read the article about the Brandon Township Library gearing up for a millage campaign, and it started me thinking. Do we really need a library anymore? Every time I go to the library there are very few people there, and the majority seem to be using the computers. When I was a kid I used to love going to the library and reading books;it was always a bustling place with lots going on, but now with the internet, Kindles and smart phones it seems to me that library s will soon be a thing of the past. Does it make sense to raise taxes on the Brandon township home owners to try and keep a library running the way it has been in the past, with lots of books in print in a large mostly empty building that we have to pay to heat in the winter and cool in the summer? I think it is time the library started to cut its costs, and as for the services it provides today I would think a much smaller and less lavish building would be sufficient, with more computer services and e-books, we just don't need rows and rows of printed books anymore. It is something to think about when it is time to vote on more tax increases.

David Allen