I have been reading for many months the letters regarding funding to the Dunkirk Free Library. To start, I will answer the questions I know will be asked of me: Yes, I am a taxpayer in the city, and no, I do not know the ins and outs of the city budget. It may be a naive thought, but that is why I put my trust in our city officials, both past and present, to compile a budget that is in the best interest of the city and all of the residents.
The Dunkirk Free Library has been a part of my life since I attended storytime over 30 years ago. I continued to utilize the library throughout my junior and high school years for numerous assignments and even helped out with the annual auction while a member of the Key Club in high school. I continue to visit the library at least once a week with my three young children to attend storytime and the other great events held there.
I feel that the library is one of the greatest assets to our community and it is a slap in the face to the employees, volunteers and patrons to continue to read all of the negative letters that continue to be printed in this column.
I am not out to change anyone's mind, because I can see the letter writer's mind is not going to be swayed by myself or anyone else, but I do hope that the writer can take the time to visit the library and see what takes place there on a daily basis.
The children's room has wonderful storytimes, craft events, puzzles, computer games and animals for the kids to visit. It is also a way for parents, grandparents and caregivers to connect with others on a weekly basis and establish friendships. While I do not visit the upstairs regularly, when I do, the computers are being utilized while other patrons are checking out the books, magazines and movies.
Promoting reading and computer skills does cost money, but I feel that the Dunkirk Free Library spends every penny given to them wisely to better the citizens of our community, whether it comes from donations or the city budget.