I have read Martin Vogel's letter to the editor in a previous issue of the Port Washington News. I wholeheartedly agree with his strong support for the library. I would like to submit my choice for one of the outstanding librarians, committed to the library and our community.

Her name is Jackie Kelly, the library's Community Relations director. She has been with the library for 21 years and her credits are outstanding. She is responsible for all aspects of publicity including newsletter editor, posters / fliers / invitations / brochures / press releases, updates to website, and the new library's daily information display in lobby.

Jackie interacts with all departments in the library. She is also liaison to Friends of the Library (FOL), the Art Advisory Council and works with the Music Advisory Council. She has her degree as master of library science. Her strong comment is "For those who use the library, there is no better deal in town . . .or anywhere."

I agree with the pros and cons listed by Mr. Vogel and Jackie Kelly's comments. The bottom line, and most important to my family as a senior taxpayer, is what value am I receiving for the property taxes I pay?

This magnificent library not only continues to educate, inform and entertain my wife and my family, but also the community at large. Can anyone tell me where else I can receive so much value for so little payment? I know the total tax bills have risen for all of us, but if you scrutinize the numbers carefully, you'll probably find that less than one-twentieth of the total is to fund the library.

As Mr. Vogel has written in the past, is it worth this modest price to have over 650 programs annually, expanded computer technology, an up-to-date book collection, a great selection of videos, digital and music CDs, books on tape, exciting art gallery exhibits, spectacular photography shows and diversified and interesting speakers? What would you pay for this entertainment, enlightenment and educational experience at other facilities on Long Island or in New York City? I am certain, many, many times more than your small annual library taxes.

Your library is a valuable investment in yourself, your family and the community as a whole. Please come and support it with a yes vote on the Port Washington Library Budget vote on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Carolyn and William Belinsky

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