I have rarely written a letter to the editor, but the front page story “Future of Windsor Regional Library up in the air” (March 20, 2014 edition) requires a response.
I live in West Hants but travel to Windsor to use the public library on a weekly basis. On a recent trip, I ate lunch, had a coffee, purchased more than $300 worth of shoes and shopped for groceries. I have made other purchases at the clothing stores, the business supply shop and other businesses. I could do all this shopping in Bedford or Sackville, but I choose to do it in Windsor because the library provides excellent service. So yes, there is an economic benefit to having a library in the town in answer to Scott Geddes’ primary concern of finances.
But my main concern is what kind of a town even contemplates closing the public library? A viable town depends on community and one of the things Windsor has going for it is volunteer-run organizations such as the Hants Agricultural Society that has provided a hockey rink and other resources to the town, and the Windsor Curling Club that attracts plenty of visitors who spend money here. If you spend any time at all in the library, you will see every age group represented from a senior working on a jigsaw puzzle to teenagers and adults using the computers. Many programs at the library add to the sense of belonging to the community of Windsor.
If Windsor wants to prosper, I suggest the town leaders start seeing the library for what it is: a resource that can be used to promote the town as a great place to live.