‘The roles of the library go far beyond lending books’

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Letter to the Editor logoDear Editor,

I am writing in support of the Westborough Public Library Renovation Project that will be voted on at the Westborough Special Town Meeting on December 10.  A Yes vote on Articles 1 and 2 will support the Westborough Public Library, one of our most important public institutions.

The roles of the library go far beyond lending books.  The library serves residents of all ages and income levels.  The original building, built in 1908, is in disrepair, and does not have the physical, electrical or data infrastructure to meet the needs and demands of the community.  The central location of the library is the key to its function as a hub of the community.  Students from Gibbons Middle School and Westborough High School can walk there after school to meet with their friends and classmates and study together.  The library plays an important role in community events, such as the Winter Stroll that was held recently.  In addition, the library preserves history relevant to the community.  

As stated in the Library Renovation/Expansion FAQ, “This project was designed to meet the community needs for decades to come, while preserving and restoring the beautiful historic building.”  I will be supporting the community when I vote Yes on Articles 1 and 2 at the Westborough Special Town Meeting on December 10.

Sincerely,
Julia Rissmiller
Westborough