Letter: Rochester library's needs have changed and continue to grow

A letter in the Feb. 26 Post-Bulletin regarding the cost of the public library expansion contains a 21st century misconception.

I grew up in the mid-1900s, when libraries were a repository for books, magazines and research materials. I trained and worked as a librarian but retired as a media specialist.

The public library's programs educate and entertain. Computer classes offer assistance in learning to use technology. Computers allow people without computers access to word processing and the Internet. Teen Space gives teens a place of their own, and MakerSpace allows for creativity. Children's programming entices children into a world of reading and learning.

All of these things are traditional uses of a library in the 21st century, and if "warmer-uppers" want to come in, there is nothing wrong with that as long as behavior is appropriate.

The 20th century library no longer exists, but the current concept is far more exciting!


There is no longer space for everything our library offers. I'm sure the library board has considered every angle, even that the original building plan was scaled down when funds ran out. The staff has been creative in finding more space, and I commend them for that.

Let the library grow downtown in whatever way the Destination Medical Center planners and the city determine is best, along with the library board and staff.

Dulcie Berkman


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