‘The loss of our library would be devastating’

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To the Editor,

It’s a rare person who has not visited a library at some point in their lives. I grew up with a mother who recognized the importance of reading. We visited the library often, and I remember the joy of selecting books to take home.

I have been a volunteer at the Tecumseh District Library for several years and it has proven to be an enjoyable and educational experience. I am impressed by the dedication and loyalty shown by the library employees. The knowledgeable and friendly staff is always eager to answer patrons’ questions to help make their visit worthwhile. Their hard work to ensure that the Tecumseh District Library provides a variety of programs and services to our community is inspiring.

Here are just a few of the programs and services offered: guest speakers; computer usage; free passes to Hidden Lake Gardens and Michigan State parks; the history room for history buffs or those interested in genealogy, separate sections in the library for teens and children; classes and activities for people of all ages, a place for clubs or groups to meet, etc.

One aspect of my volunteer work that is disheartening is the lack of respect some patrons have for library books and other materials. Each week I work two hours in the non-fiction section and I always find at least a dozen books that must be removed from the shelves so that an employee and another volunteer can repair them. Some of the damages found are torn pages, scribbling, chewed corners, and food and drink spilled on covers and pages, etc. I especially find it appalling when sentences are underlined and comments written in the margins. When pencil is used, it can be erased, but of course ink and magic marker cannot. If materials are beyond repair, they are permanently removed.

The library does not always have the funds to replace books and other materials that are carelessly treated. Please remember to keep materials out of the reach of children and pets and handle them gently.

Another strain on the library budget is materials borrowed and never returned. Please remember to return items so that others may enjoy them, too.

The loss of our library would be devastating to our community and surrounding areas. Please help ensure its survival by voting for both the millage renewal and the small millage increase.

Ellen Comstock
Tecumseh




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