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I'd prefer the County Library Board commit their money and resources to existing libraries in this Counties smaller towns and their schools. A new building, when there are vacant commercial properties available seems an edifice to ego. We can be sure they'll include a brass plaque with their names.
The County Library were expert at inter-library loans when I was conducting research in the 1980s. They had wonderful customer service and were a pleasure to work with.
The Working papers and meeting minutes are available online and worth a read. Still, it's unfortunate they cannot find a way to cooperate and create a truly Great Full Service Library System.
There has to be a way that city and county library service can be seamless. A strong central library in the urban area, smaller branches in outlying areas, with book mobile service for isolated areas and shut ins could provide for all. Combining technical and administrative services in one location could reduce duplication and be more cost effective than operating two separate systems. Let's explore the options and find a solution.
The county library has been paying the city library hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, to support a "seamless" integration of our libraries.
Every year, the Walla Walla Public Library has wanted more money, but wants to provide fewer services to the county residents.
I say the rural libraries invest the $245,000 our our tax dollars a year they gave to Walla Walla's library to bettering the rural library district.
$245,000 would go a long way towards retrofitting an existing building into a fantastic library for non-annexed people in the Walla Walla area. I don't feel good about MY tax dollars going to fund a library (WWPL) that then wants to turn around & charge me again for a library card.
At least the COUNTY libraries are living up to their mission statements.
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