Libraries services, materials worth ‘Yes’ vote

Editor,

In the 1960s, Seattle’s Lake City public library was my haven. Now in my 60s, the Sno-Isle Library system meets my needs as well as those of students looking for resource material or getting homework help, people of all ages looking for the right book in hardback, paperback, e-book or audiobook or looking for movies or music or attending a class or event.

Every person visiting a library in the system is greeted by knowledgeable and courteous staff, ready to help find whatever is needed or desired.

There hasn’t been a library levy election since 2009. Sno-Isle has carefully budgeted your money and mine to maximize services and access, pay the bills and keep pace with new technologies. The 2009 levy covered nine years of expenses, and the 2018 levy is anticipated to cover the next eight to nine years.

Is it worth it? Sno-Isle customers made 3.3 million visits to its community libraries in 2017 and checked out 5.9 million items. Those visits included checking out books and magazines you can hold in your hands or access in digital formats, as well as music and movies in disk and digital formats.

Your vote will help keep vital library resources and services available. Vote YES for Sno-Isle Libraries on April 24.

Janet Wodjenski

Langley

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