Each of us needs to give $1.67 to cover library shortfall

Dear Editor:

I have been reading the newspaper articles about the $39,000 shortfall at the Cambridge East Central Regional Library.

These are indeed tough economic times, but it is important for each member of the community to support their local library. The world we live in revolves around data and information and the library is a boundless source of both. Books, journals, computers all at our fingertips and all we have to do is apply for a free library card. We have access to over 300,000 items through the card catalog and thousands more through the inter-library loan system.

As a community, we need to help our library through this time of financial stress. The population of Isanti County in the 2010 census was 37,816. If we subtract those people less than 18 and those over 65, we have 23,331 people who are potentially out there earning wages. If each of those people gave $1.67 the budget shortfall would be resolved. That’s right $1.67 each. I think our library is worth that don’t you? Could you find a spare $1.67 to donate? Maybe even splurge and go for $2?

In fact, save a stamp and take your donation right to the library and put in it the jar on their counter. Then check out all that your library has to offer. If you are under 18 and over 65 you and could donate too and we could get a bit of a cushion for the wonderful services our library offers.

Carol Ann Smith, Cambridge