Who needs a library? I recently retired from the Powhatan Point Public Library, a branch of the Belmont County District Library, formerly known as the Martins Ferry Public Library. I had been a patron of the library for years before, but I never realized how many services a library provides for a community. A library is a place where you can borrow books, magazines, CD's and DVD's, use computers, but it is also a place where someone can make copies, send faxes, print from a computer, get HEAP forms, Golden Buckeye forms and get information about student loans, how to register to vote and many other pertinent topics.
A library is also a place where children can learn pre-reading skills through Story Times, refresh their reading skills over the summer by participating in the Summer Reading Programs or just learn to love to read by being exposed to so many different books. The libraries in the Belmont County District libraries provide Story Times for hundreds of children each month and over a thousand children during the Summer Reading Programs.
Because of a decrease in state funds, the Belmont County District Library system which is comprised of these public libraries: Martins Ferry, Powhatan Point, Bridgeport, Bethesda, Shadyside, and the Victoria Read in Flushing, is asking you to vote for a 1 mil levy for 5 years. A homeowner's home appraised at $100,000 would pay about $35 a year, the price of a hard back book. Isn't that a reasonable price to pay for our communities to keep our libraries?