, Derry, New Hampshire


May 8, 2014

Letters to the editor

Closing Taylor Library is still a bad idea

To the editor:

Another year, another challenge to the Taylor Library. It’s almost as if some of our town councilors have run out of ideas.

Many adults in our town have grown up in that library. Ex-town councilors have used that library as their primary library. It probably wouldn’t be a stretch to say that there is one person that has played golf on the moon that has used that library as his primary library. Many children owe their participation in accelerated language arts and composition classes to their time at this library; I know mine do. Without that library serving the “hobbies and interests of a few people in the community”, the town’s literacy level would surely be much lower.

Benjamin Franklin is not just a costume you wear when trying to get elected. One of his “hobbies and interests” was creating the country’s first library. Many of his “hobbies and interests” make it possible for people to read this sentence today, either by using bifocals, or by using electricity to view this on the internet.

The Taylor Library is part of Derry. Notwithstanding its presence on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of the few buildings left in our town that exhibits any character of what folks consider New England. Its very existence is a reminder of our roots. Each and every resident in town should be proud of that little building, Derry’s first library. It is one of the most valuable assets within Derry.

Last year, there was a challenge to the Taylor Library. My children and many others stood up in front of the Town Council to tell them exactly why it was a bad idea. They were fulfilling their responsibilities as citizens: telling the elected government exactly what they thought. The groundswell of support that was heard that day still resounds to today.

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