I write to take issue with recent public assertions that due to current economic conditions, an expansion of the Falmouth Memorial Library should be characterized as a “want” and not a “need.”
In reality, public libraries are never needed more than during an economic downturn. Falmouth residents can come to their library to access free computers to update their resumes or search for jobs online. Parents can take their children to free enrichment activities like story times and craft workshops. Teens can check out free CDs and DVDs. Seniors can connect with each other through free discussion groups and visiting author talks. (And I haven’t even mentioned all the books we have available.)
The truth is that public libraries across the country – including here in Falmouth – have never been busier. I hope you will support Falmouth’s need for a new and permanent public library that will provide critical resources to residents – in good times and bad – for many years to come.
Amy Kuhn, trustee
Falmouth Memorial Library