LOSING OUR LIBRARY WOULD BE DEVASTATING
Elections have consequences. For the first time in 20 years, we have a one-time opportunity to address our failing library building and provide for the future of our library, and not a moment too soon. We cannot simply restart the project in a year when the looming catastrophic failure happens. If we do not replace the building now, we will lose our library.
And if we lose our library, the loss of library services for our residents would be devastating.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE LOSE OUR LIBRARY?
- Belmont residents would be BANNED from checking out books. What does that mean? Belmont would be de-certified if we have no library. When de-certification has happened in the past, area libraries have voted to stop loaning to residents of the de-certified town. If we let the building fail and Belmont does not have a library, we would not be able to borrow books in any local town. [more …]
- Belmont would not have a library, leaving a huge hole in our community. For more than 150 years, our Belmont library has stood as the only place in town that is open to everyone and everything is free. Our library is tremendously successful – ranked #10 in the state. It is unimaginable that we would allow our beloved library to be shuttered.
- Our most vulnerable residents would be hurt by the loss of a refuge during a heat wave or cold snap, the loss of free WIFI and computers for the many who do not have them at home, the loss of a place to escape the isolation of living alone or working from home, the loss of a safe place for youth to hang out after school before their parents come home, and the loss of the only free early childhood literacy programs that are available for all residents, just to name a few.
- Belmont would be the only town in Massachusetts to not have library services (except for the 225 residents of New Ashford). Just try selling your house when prospective buyers learn we do not have a library.
OUR WIDE ARRAY OF LIBRARY SERVICES COULD NOT BE REPLACED
Our library is the only place in town that is open to everyone and everything is free.
- A place to meet a friend without having to pay to sit down
- Homebound delivery of library materials
- Classes for adults, youth, & children
- Large community events like “One Book, One Belmont”
- Concerts & movie nights
- Lectures & author talks
- Language discussion groups
- Knitting circles and other social opportunities
- Homework help
- Storytime and toddler music
- Early childhood literacy programs
- A place for tweens & teens to hang out
- Young adult programs for Dungeons & Dragons, Lego, Minecraft, etc.
- Girls Who Code
- Free WIFI & computers
- Online movies & music streaming
- Online research databases
- Online & print newspapers
- Book club kits
- An enormous used book sale
- Rooms that can be reserved for meetings (with no fees)
- Collaboration rooms
- A “Library of Things” with tools, sewing machines, a 3-D printer, gaming consoles, etc.
- A collection of puzzles & games
- Museum passes
- OH … AND BOOKS