Your Opinion: Library tax levy increase favored

Dear Editor:

A ballot issue in the upcoming election which deserves a solid yes vote is Question A, a 10-cent levy increase for the Missouri River Regional Library.

The last increase in the levy occurred nearly 50 years ago in 1964. Remember when libraries were all about print books and card catalogs? Today’s libraries have a whole new role in the technology age, providing the public with e-books, audio books, video materials, computer technology, online academic searches such as ASE, ERIC, Primary Search, Newspaper Source, and much, much more. All these services are available to users both inside and outside our library. Last year over 300,000 individuals used the Missouri River Regional Services.

Additionally, the MRRL offers children and teens programs, outreach to rural communities, reading discussion groups, noted speakers, evening films, outdoor summer concerts, an art gallery for local artists, and recently, yoga classes taught by volunteer certified yoga instructors. Our MRRL is a full-service stop!

Like good schools, plentiful parks and recreation, a vibrant library is a mark of an enlightened, forward-looking community. We have such a library in the Missouri River Regional Library.

Vote yes on Question A on Aug. 7.

(For more information, visit www.MRRL.org)

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