Thanks to my fellow Barre City voters for voting “yes” on the city budget which included an increase for the Aldrich Public Library. This library means so much to me. There is no other public resource like it. I can find the latest books, videos, CDs and audiotapes for my enjoyment on just about any topic. I can get help in using computer resources for research and information. Newspapers are available to read including the Times Argus, the Burlington Free Press and the Boston Globe. There are many people who just sit and read in the dignified peace and quiet without having to purchase anything for that privilege. How great is that! I enjoy browsing the art exhibits in the Milne Room downstairs where you can usually find the beautiful works of local artists, some of whom I know personally. What I’m trying to say is that the Aldrich is really a treasure and is worth every penny of the public’s investment. I sincerely appreciate that other voters apparently feel the same.
I might also add that the Aldrich couldn’t offer its awesome presence and programs and services without the help from many volunteers. Just recently the Friends of the Aldrich Library raised about $5000 for the library at its annual Winter Banquet/Auction. That was accomplished with the generous help of local businesses and individual donors. The Friends will use these proceeds to provide programs for all ages, including story times in the Children’s Library, the Authors at the Aldrich summer programs, poetry slams, book clubs and senior programs that connect senior citizens with each other and the community.
Thanks again, everyone. You’ve really encouraged me. See you at the Aldrich!