EDITORIAL: A petition to open the library on Saturday

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

Thirty-five years ago a group of moms, dads, grandparents, and “city fathers and mothers” came together to petition the community to keep the library in the park … not across the busy highway.  After months of meetings and conversations and protests, common sense finally ruled and the library remained a quiet place for the children to learn about books and the worlds they reveal. 

Today, we are asking the County Commissioners to reconsider the permanent Saturday closing of the Coastal Branch Library. There must be a way to make the library available to those people who work Monday through Friday and parents and grandparents who want to take their children to the library. 

In difficult economic times such as what we have had for the last few years, libraries are more important than ever; in all times, spending time at the library makes a contribution to the people and by extension to the community that no budget sheet can ever truly represent. Please join us in signing the petition online to ask our County Commissioners to take a second look at this decision and find a way to remove this obstacle.


Or write, email or call the county commissioners if you do not have access to the Internet. Monday through Friday, you can use the computers and Internet at the library.

In Maryland , in 1978, I feared a child would be killed crossing the highway to get to the library; today in Santa Rosa Beach , I fear too many children’s sense of curiosity and enrichment are being killed because of Saturday’s closed doors.

We can do better — as a community we need to do better for the children, if not for ourselves. We are asking the County Commission to take a second look; please join us.

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