Imagine this: A boy tugging at the locked doors of a library. It was open yesterday -- why not today? Perhaps he chose the wrong day or wrong time. Or perhaps the political management of Erie County has made a massive mistake.
Twenty-eight years ago, another political team also tried to close libraries in response to a budget crisis. On Sept. 28, 1976, a public forum of protest against such action resulted in a traffic jam around Daemen College. Citizens wrote a flood of letters condemning such an incredible political error. Close libraries? No! Open libraries are the intellectual lifeblood of a community.
Citizens try to elect politicians who are leaders, able to anticipate and solve problems with integrity as well as concern for the people they serve. Years ago, answers to a monetary crisis were found; libraries remained open. They have to remain open today. We need a public outcry, creative ideas and political savvy. By working together, we can assure the continued existence of the Erie County Public Library System. Let's get busy now!
Beatrice J. Elye
Citizens to Save the Libraries