Letter: Falmouth vote is about community

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Falmouth has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a place for all to learn, gather, and grow – to build memories and community. As a mother of three, I cannot imagine not seizing it. We’ve spent countless hours at the library, reading, enjoying story hour, and doing puzzles. We’ve also actively participated in Falmouth Community Programs, which continues to grow by leaps and bounds. We fully support expanding the library and creating a community center to meet the needs of our growing community.

I have incredibly fond memories of the libraries I frequented growing up – all to do with the experiences, not the books. The Falmouth Memorial Library houses so much more than books: videos, computer stations, children’s programming, author events, etc. Moreover, it houses community, knowledge, imagination, possibility, and history.

A community center could hold the same. This spring, two of my boys played basketball for Portland Community Programs. Games were held at the East End Community Center. Week after week, I would peer through the classroom windows, browse the artwork blanketing the walls, soak up the community vibe, and think, “How awesome would it be to have a place like this in our own backyard?”

We can have this here, in Falmouth, our wonderful town that only stands to become that much greater – that much more community focused. To me, life is about people. It’s about knowing each other, sharing experiences, and growing together. Ultimately, this is why I will vote yes on 1.

Angela Smith