I don’t think of myself as a city resident or a rural resident. I am a Walla Walla County resident.
All roads lead to all places, but I begin to think about the restrictions we have let happen to our library system.
Our best practice is to bring our separate costs down by putting our dollars into one unified library entity. All county residents paying their share. All libraries for all people.
I refer to it as the Walla Walla County Library District. We need to leave behind that old way of thinking. No rural, no city, no borders. The differing rules for municipal and rural libraries are not working for us. The financial support argument has gone from bad to worse.
The current Rural Library District wants to build a library that still will not bring about sharing library resources between Walla Walla city residents and rural residents or College Place.
The Walla Walla City Library has a growing children’s program that very much needs to expand to accommodate the inquiring young minds. What we do to educate our kids now we do to our future.
We have the need, the concern, the ideas and dedication. We need to get ourselves together on one team and play like we mean it.
The Walla Walla County commissioners and all concerned residents will put creative thinking into problem solving. Reaching a consensus developing a plan as to how the pilot project will operate a newly formed Walla Walla County Library District. Researching other districts for ideas will help.
Once we have made our case to the Washington state Legislature and get permission to implement our pilot project we will have gained further useful insight and information to make this a success.
Will we determine this approach to be a logical solution by a preliminary survey of residents? We have evidence in the form of newspaper articles, attendance/input at meetings, and the 75 percent of county residents who have thoughts but haven’t publicly made a declaration.
Our library system can set up the means for residents to communicate their ideas.
We’re all losing library services. Our money can be better spent. The choice is ours.