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When we lived in Buffalo (1989-1997), I could walk to two branch libraries. Neither was automated, had full-time hours, a full-time children's librarian, a usable reference collection or parking. While I could usually find something to read, if I had a list of specific titles, they often had to be requested from another branch.

We now live in Amherst. Our closest library is the Eggertsville branch at 4622 Main St. Nine blocks east at 5571 Main St. is the Williamsville branch. If I need a specific title or extensive reference I have to go to the Audubon branch -- and even then I am not sure I will not end up downtown. The library staffs are very nice and helpful. They do the best with what they have.

I know people get attached to their local libraries. With the current proposal, people would still have a local library, but it would be in a more central location. It would be open every day. It would have adequate seating. It would have full-time professional staff in all areas. It would have complete collections. It would have meeting space. It would have parking. And it would be much more fiscally prudent.

Jill Brown

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