To the editor:
Spring is here and so is budget time. The buzz is that the budget for the Taylor Library is set at zero! Do you remember what happened when the town didn’t fund another historical building — the Upper Village Hall? It fell into such disrepair that it could not used. Is this the fate we want for Derry’s first public library, founded in 1778 with 917 books?
The Taylor Library is a historical gem that all Derry citizens use — not just those in East Derry. It has 21,244 various pieces of reading material and 2,755 audio/movies/computer games for both adults and children. In addition, three computers are available. The library started in one room in the Upper Village Hall in 1778 and the Shepard family built the present building in 1929. The following year, Astronaut Alan B. Shepard helped carry the books, as part of a human chain, across the street to the new public library.
As quoted in “Images of America - Derry” by William F. Dugan and Richard Holmes: “Our legacy to the future is not just what we build today but also what we preserve from yesterday. We cannot and should not stop all progress; but growth should be structured so that the character and history of Derry can be maintained for our children and for generations to come.”
Do we need another historical building that feeds our minds, bodies and spirit to be left vacant? My answer is no! I am willing to sacrifice my retirement funds to keep the Taylor Library open. If you agree attend the Town Council’s meetings on April 16 and April 30 to show your support.
Cecile M. Cormier