As a mother of two small children, the Walla Walla Public Library is very important to our family. We are county residents and will soon face losing access to the city library.
The Rural Library District Board of Trustees and the Walla Walla City Council need to pass resolutions to have the creation of a unified library district on the ballot! This needs to happen before any property is purchased or leased for a new Rural Library District library building!
The RLD’s plans to build a new building should be advertised and a public meeting should be held solely dedicated to discussing this issue. I attended the last RLD public meeting and was disappointed to see how the meeting ended. All public comments shared were against building a library. At the end of the meeting an elderly woman stood up and asked if the trustees would hold a survey asking RLD residents if they wanted a new library building. The answer was, “No. We are done.”
It is time to forget about past frustrations and failed contract negotiations and look at this logically. I urge the Rural Library Board of Trustees to please hold a public hearing on the issue of building or leasing a new library and give two weeks notice for people to plan to attend.