Support the Rumford Library
To the Editor:
As a regular patron of the Rumford Public Library, I am very concerned by the severe cuts to its budget in recent years: 10 percent in 2008-09, another 10 percenrt in 2009-10 and a 20 percent cut in the fiscal year of 2010-11.
This gem of a library, and its staff, are not fully appreciated by many in town. If you do not have a card or do not take out books, videos or magazines, your are missing a delightful way to spend some of your recreation time.
The library computers are almost always busy and the shortened hours make it difficult for everyone to use one.
I have heard people comment that there are frequently no cars in the parking lot, and assume there are no people using the facility. Wrong! People walk there, kids ride their bikes and there are often a number of patrons there, even when there are no cars.
The Social Security Administration Interactive Video service serves folks there on Mondays and Tuesdays and Federal Tax forms are available, too.
The offerings for children in terms of books and programs is excellent.
Please consider how important the Rumford Public Library is to many of your friends and neighbors and to the school-age kids. Support the library and ask the Board of Selectmen to do the same.