What is a library? Beyond the bricks and mortar that both the county and city are seemingly focused, a library should have the ability to provide the information required from an interested population that enhances our community. "An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will." Thomas Jefferson
Understanding the Rural Library District's position that the city of Walla Walla Public Library has had a diminishing commitment of funds from the city general fund along with a stable county cash flow the consolidation of the two libraries appears to be the best solution. However to achieve consolidation City of Walla Walla voters and elected officials will have to agree, which could prove to be a major obstacle.
Through years of conservative management the RLD has amassed a reserve of around $3 million that has been identified for capital improvements. I suggest that the RLD board re-identify some of these funds for services rather than buildings when the city of Walla Walla proposes a workable solution.
As we stand now, the RLD and the WWPL are so focused on the lines in the sand that they are unable or unwilling to provide quality services that are the expectations of our Valley.