2010-07-22 / Letters

Library An Asset, Please Contribute

To the Editor:

I have been a patron of the Fulton County Library since its inception. It was with a great deal of dismay that I read the article regarding the economic problems of the library in last week’s Fulton County News.

As a former reading specialist, I cannot stress enough the importance of reading. Studies have shown that infants and toddlers who are read to fare better in school than those that are not. The Fulton County Library provides many books and activities for children plus a children’s summer reading program. It also provides activities for children, teens and adults throughout the year. The collections of books are extensive, and if you are unable to find what you are looking for in the library, the librarians will help you use “Access PA” to find it. The library allows Fulton County residents to be lifelong learners.

During the past two years, the Fulton County Library has lost approximately $20,000 in funding. I have read that in the 2000 Census, the population of Fulton County was about 15,000 residents. If every person in Fulton County sent in just $1 to the library, it would almost make up for the shortfall in funds. If every person sent $5, the library would receive $75,0000 to use to continue programs and services.

Of course, I realize that not everyone can afford to support the library, but perhaps those that can would be willing to send a donation. I am confident at any amount would be greatly appreciated.

The Fulton County Library is a blessing and an asset to our small county. Won’t you join me in sending a contribution today?

Kathleen Lake McConnellsburg

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