One reason I choose to make my home in Goldendale is that I can live in a friendly, rural community and still have one of the best library systems in the world at my fingertips. We don’t always appreciate what a good deal we have as part of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library. I like being able to order any book I need online and pick it up a few days later at our Goldendale library, but the library is important even to those who never check out a book.
In these hard times, people are using the library more than ever–to cut costs for magazine subscriptions, book purchases, and internet access. They also use the library to search for employment and sharpen their skills.
At the same time circulation and the demand for services has increased, funding has decreased, and library staff positions have had to be cut. The library doesn’t have the money it needs to purchase enough books and other materials to keep the collection up-to-date. Goldendale library has had to close its doors on Mondays, and if the levy doesn’t pass, there may be further cuts.
This August voters will be asked to decide if they are willing to restore library funding by raising the levy rate to the full 50 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation. For example, the increase will cost the owner of a $250,000 home about $20 per year additional, or $1.67 per month. All of the increase will go to restore library hours and purchase books and materials for the library’s collection.
Passing the levy will bring back Monday to our Goldendale library! Please vote yes for the library levy lid lift.