LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Beltrami County is proposing a 35% cut to the library budget
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I am writing to express my deep concern about the proposed 35% cut to the library budget.
I was born and raised in Bemidji and have seen the library move through many changes (and even buildings) over the many years I have lived here. All of these changes built upon the foundation of a truly wonderful resource for residents of our county.
A sudden cut to the budget would not only mean the importance of this community resource would be reduced to mere dollar signs but it would mean that future generations will not have the benefit of accessing the same resources.
Some of my most treasured memories as a young child in Bemidji are of walking into the library and feeling the magic of all the books around me.
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I felt safe there snuggled into one of the reading nooks with my stack of books as my mom would go to choose some for herself. It was a family event that brings so many loving memories back to me.
Now, as an educator, I often cite my early introduction to the library as vital to my success. Though I moved away from Bemidji for my education at Harvard and Boston Universities, I always vowed to come back to Bemidji.
The commitment to education and community in my hometown was a significant part of this decision — both of which are personified in the strong library system.
I continue to relish the community events, author readings and Red Door nook at the library. I connect to the history of Minnesota through the local author talks and to my continued passion to support our community through fun and educational events.
I ask you to consider a quote by the Swiss philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel, "Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library."
Let us continue to provide this important community resource for the better future and success of Beltrami County.