To the Editor:

Albert Einstein and Dr. Seuss sum up most of my thoughts about the Manchester Community Library (MCL) and the importance of the upcoming appropriation request.

Einstein insightfully said, "The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library."

Dr. Seuss added his unique logic: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

The MCL sends a powerful message about what Manchester values — access to reading, movies, community. MCL is a hub vital to many today, with many others yet to discover; from toddlers starting their reading adventure to those of us with more miles, seeking to maintain interaction and stimulation in later years. You can come to the MCL if you want quiet time alone, or you can come when you want to feel less alone.

The MCL is a unique, valued, and well-used community asset. MCL is strong and still being discovered. The statistics are overwhelming. Attendance and membership soared in the first full year — up 106 percent and up 32 percent. Individuals logged on to the public computers nearly 6,000 times (or, over 20 times per day) and accessed the free Wi-Fi more than 7,500 times (or, over 25 times per day).

Whether you take it from Einstein or Dr. Seuss, the Library is a transformational place and can change your life and the lives of your neighbors, young and old.

Vote Yes on March 1. We have places to Go!

Martha McLaughlin

Manchester



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