Dear Lyons Community,
As we all know by now, the Boulder and Larimer County Commissioners have voted and approved creation of the Lyons Library District, so let’s vote in November to Keep Lyons Alive, funding a 21st century facility full of books, audio, business resources, computers, Internet, and meeting spaces at the least; the staff to help us all (from three to one hundred and three in age), and the hours to
include evening access and all school breaks. YES! For most of us it will cost about one good cup of coffee a week; two cups for higher value properties. And I don’t mean a double tall mocha breve’ made with half and half.
The staff at our existing Depot Library does a wonderful job with so few resources and so little space. I use the library more or less weekly in Boulder, often just to pick up and drop off materials since we have so little here in Lyons, and there has never been an uncluttered place to sit down and browse. But it’s a forty minute drive for me, coming from the Lyons foothills.
Right now a friend of mine in Longmont who is in his seventies is, for economic reasons, having to mount a serious job search. His task is daunting, but due in large part to his local library and their staff, he has assembled the first resume of his entire life and is learning to use email and the Internet. I work with an aging population a few hours a week in Boulder and there are many seniors who are technophobic, with no unpressured place to be introduced to resources beyond their wildest dreams. In a library they have the dignity of being taxpaying patrons seeking to learn and it gets them out in a social environment as well. Learning keeps us healthy and alive. We can offer classes and mentoring with volunteers and staff for all ages. Local folks whose families are scattered across the country and across the globe will be able to make a Skype date (a shockingly simple thing) and in seconds be hearing and seeing their grandkids and great-grandkids on a regular basis if they like. Those worried, overworked, too busy parents far away will be able to see their moms and dads at the library on Skype or other free video calls.
Try to find a stimulating place in Lyons to meet folks and visit in the evening or just get out to exorcise some cabin fever, without having to always drink or buy dinner. A new library will be a dynamic place to find others who value feeding their minds. Drive around and look at small communities in Colorado. The ones that look and feel alive all have robust libraries. When a town feels and looks good, it in turn attracts people who value a well-kept community. Please vote in November to fund the library district.