Libraries are not obsolete

To the Editor:

I was horrified to read Sal Busciolano’s comments regarding the libraries in town. My family has lived in Fairfield for more than 20 years. My children have attended the schools, we have played in the parks, swam in the lake and sunbathed at the beaches. The kids have attended numerous camps and programs and have visited the three Fairfield libraries for years.

Pequot Library is in Southport on Pequot Avenue. The main library is on Old Post Road and the branch library is on Fairfield Woods Road. The Sanford Street library that Mr. Busciolano referred to was a temporary location for the main library while it was going through renovations years ago. There is no library on Stillson Road.

Myself and my family have grown up with libraries and we understand the major significance these institutions have on the community. Libraries are more than just books. They provide a safe environment for children to learn, play and grow. Middle school, high school and local college students find assistance, materials, activities and support at our libraries. Adults find that the libraries can help with job hunting, resume writing, tax information and filing. Libraries connect the community by offering free book chats and groups, seed sharing and gardening, knitting and couponing, music and artistic events, and even series on healthy living.

For Mr. Busciolano to state that libraries are becoming obsolete is absurd. When the town suffered from recent severe weather, the libraries provided refuge and water from the heat, powering stations for those who lost electricity after the hurricanes, as well as a safe haven for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed. Materials such as books, e-books, audio books, CDs, videos, computer use and magazines are provided for free.

Shame on anyone who believes anything other than libraries are an essential part of any community.

 

KC Davis

Fairfield

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