LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Gesture of kindness truly appreciated
Living in a small town is great because of the special people who are part of our community. We want to thank the anonymous person who recently picked up the tab at our table at the Harbor Café during lunch. Such a nice gesture of kindness. Just made our day. Pleasant and unexpected. Thank you.
Dick and Jean Lamphier
Leave “gift” alone
After months of reading pros and cons about the future of the library, I have two comments and one question. (1) As to space for story time for children: stagger the times 10-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. etc. (2) As for a place for teens to gather @ 508 Elm St. there is what’s call “The Community Center” – teens, children, adults gather there for a wide variety of activities; teens tutoring adults on modern electronic equipment i.e. cell phones, iPads. They play music there on occasion – there is an English as a second language course, as we speak, and it holds way more than 60 people as suggested for expansion.
Two problems solved, now for my question. Since parking is minimal at best, where are you going to park cars for 6,000 sq. ft. of library?
Also, who is authorizing spending money for all these “drawings,” “consultations,” etc.?
I used to live at our library as a child (circa 1950) but knowledge today has opened the world with the click of a button and you can still enjoy a good book anytime you want.
Please leave the “gift” to all of us, alone!
Carole Ann Campbell
ERAHS takes neutral position regarding library expansion
To the Elk Rapids Community,
In recent weeks, the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society has received a number of written notes related to the proposed Library expansion. As a result, our Board of Trustees believes it is necessary to reinforce our position, in regard to the proposed expansion, which was published in a “Letter to the Editor to the ER Editor” in September 2017.
At our June 13, 2017 board meeting it was decided that, while individual board members may have differing opinions about the proposed expansion of the library, the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society “makes no endorsement for or against the expansion of the library.” We wish all parties, for or against the issue, well in the pursuit of their objective, but want to make it very clear that the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society, officially and expressly, has no position for or against the proposed expansion of the Elk Rapids District Library. Due to our neutral position on this issue, there are no plans by ERAHS to take any action, for or against, in regard to the issue.
Dan LeBlond, President
Elk Rapids Area Historical Society
Experience new cultures courtesy of ER Cinema
What a great addition to “Experience Art Rapids!” The first film, “Shower” was a delight – educational and heart warming. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about other cultures and be entertained at the same time! Thank you, Joe.
Katie & Rick Kazarian
A library suited for the 21st century?
Glen Lake Library plans $1.7 million expansion! What does Glen Lake value in their library system that some in Elk Rapids do not recognize? Will the residents and leaders of the ER area want its community, with top rated schools, to have a library suited for the 1950’s or an updated community learning space suited for all?
Let’s face it – the role of libraries has changed. They are not solely a warehouse of stuff. Libraries are a shared space that support the community in many ways by providing events, classes, and support to our local schools. Information is power, and we need to keep our community strong and thriving. We should remodel the existing historical structure using an architect with a specialization in historical spaces to keep the library as a hub of information.
It seems to me that the second woman to graduate from MIT in 1904, the progressive Katherine Dexter McCormick, as a pioneer of the women’s suffrage and birth control movements, would be pleased that her gift to the village would be remodeled to maintain its structural integrity, architectural significance, and be a place to house a library suited for the 21st century.
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