To the Editor:

Vermont Reading Partners looks forward to further partnering with the Mark Skinner Library to help achieve the library's goals of being a community hub and learning center. Meeting all the literacy needs of a community is a challenging endeavor, especially when one realizes that libraries no longer mean just books and the definition of literacy includes computer, math, test taking, or job search skills, as well as reading skills. Meeting these challenges, however, most often results in wonderful outcomes.

As a nonprofit volunteer organization, we are keenly aware of the continuing economic constraints. Just as Vermont Reading Partner volunteers invest approximately 1,500 hours annually in tutoring and stocking Bookshares, we encourage Manchester voters to invest in the operating expenses of a vibrant library. The prudent use of dollars for the library will help increase the all-inclusive services the library can provide in the new privately funded, highly functional, visionary building.

Suzanne Rose, Donna Calder, John Cave, Gail Dexter, Lucinda Krautheim, Sarah Post, Karen Rose, Yuval Sela

Vermont Reading Partners Board of Directors


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