Jmg 6 months ago on Editorial - Rural Library District should drop plans for urban library

The cost of a Walla Walla Public Library card is $68.00 for the whole family per year. I don't think you could find better value for your money anywhere else. This fee is based on taxes paid by City of Walla Walla residents, seems pretty fair to me.

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Jmg 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Editorial - Rural Library District should drop plans for urban library

Two years have gone by with no visible progress on the improvement to rural library district facilities in Burbank, Prescott, and Touchet. These are the areas most in need of stand-alone library facilities which provide not only access to all forms of information but can be a center for community activity. Many residents of the "doughnut" that surrounds the City of Walla Walla, in Fire Districts 4 & 8 principally, have wondered where they fit in the picture of library access. Granted, the Rural Library District has a storefront branch in the Safeway Plaza and has had a reimbursement program in place for county residents who purchase cards at the Walla Walla Public Library. However, this program is a cumbersome and inconvenient one in which to participate; the burden falls on the individual to first pay for the card, fill out paperwork, take it to an RLD facility, and then wait for repayment, all of this to avail themselves of a service for which they are already taxed. Previous agreements have allowed county residents to get cards without this process, because the RLD paid a fee to the city for this service. And, by the way, the $68.00 dollars is a year is a bargain for a family to have unlimited access to the the Walla Walla Public Library that provides a wealth of materials in all formats for its users, and, additionally, provides professional assistance in information retrieval and outstanding programs for children, youth, and adults throughout the year. It is time for the RLD to work with the Walla Walla Public Library to make this treasure available to ALL of its taxpayers.

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Jmg 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Editorial - Rural Library District should drop plans for urban library

Two years have gone by with no visible progress on the improvement to rural library district facilities in Burbank, Prescott, and Touchet. These are the areas most in need of stand-alone library facilities which provide not only access to all forms of information but can be a center for community activity. Many residents of the "doughnut" that surrounds the City of Walla Walla, in Fire Districts 4 & 8 principally, have wondered where they fit in the picture of library access. Granted, the Rural Library District has a storefront branch in the Safeway Plaza and has had a reimbursement program in place for county residents who purchase cards at the Walla Walla Public Library. However, this program is a cumbersome and inconvenient one in which to participate; the burden falls on the individual to first pay for the card, fill out paperwork, take it to an RLD facility, and then wait for repayment, all of this to avail themselves of a service for which they are already taxed. Previous agreements have allowed county residents to get cards without this process, because the RLD paid a fee to the city for this service. And, by the way, the $68.00 dollars is a year is a bargain for a family to have unlimited access to the Walla Walla Public Library that provides a wealth of materials in all formats for its users, and, additionally, provides professional assistance in information retrieval and outstanding programs for children, youth, and adults throughout the year. It is time for the RLD to work with the Walla Walla Public Library to make this treasure available to ALL of its taxpayers.

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Jmg 2 years, 9 months ago on Second library in area not needed

While there are two facilities in Kennewick in fairly close proximity, it should be pointed out that there are 73,900 residents in the city limits and over 153,000 in the urban area that are served by those libraries, quite a difference to Walla Walla's 31,000/42,000 population. Does Walla Walla need more options? Whatever happened to Phase 2 of the Master Plan? That might not be quite such a financial jump as to Phase 3. I guess another thing that should be pointed out is that that building project would be VOTED on by the citizens. The current building plan of the Rural Library District is NOT being voted on and it will be taxpayer dollars being spent - both from the Capital Outlay Fund and to repay the 2.3 million dollar loan that will be needed to fund the entire project.

It is a sad fact that the COMMUNITY of Walla Walla is not being considered. At a time when unavoidable financial shortfalls have made it more and more difficult for the City of Walla Walla to fully fund, not only the library, but other city services, that a solution that would strengthen the public library will not even be allowed to come to a vote because the Rural Library District Board of Trustees will not discuss annexation. A library which has served both city and county residents for nearly 40 years will soon be unavailable to county residents unless they purchase a card IN ADDITION to the taxes which they already pay for library service.

Why would not consolidating the two library systems and strengthening the existing primary library over the next two to three years and THEN considering another facility be a more practical approach to the issue of library services?

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Jmg 2 years, 10 months ago on Should merging city and county library services be explored?

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.

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