Editorial: Lend the library a hand

Published 7:31 pm Thursday, November 18, 2010

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

The Niles District Library is facing significant budget challenges: reductions in state aid, the elimination of the single-business tax and a dwindling tax base.

However, like most libraries in a down economy, it is seeing an increasing number of patrons taking advantage of its services.

Library Director Nancy Studebaker has stated its staff want to prevent as much loss of materials as possible so they can adequately serve its patrons. They have already taken measures to eliminate staffing costs, such as relocating the computer lab and local history room — two changes that may concern patrons but are a necessity. Studebaker said the relocation of the local history room will even allow for access at all hours, a service it could not provide before.

Studebaker said she is very concerned about the library’s funding in the future.

If you utilize or at least appreciate the services it provides to the community, give thanks this season for the Niles District Library. Some ways to show appreciation would be through monetary donations or volunteerism.

Libraries are a vital resource to people of all ages in a community. Support your local libraries, especially now, as they face budget cuts and loss of funding.