As a 20-year resident of Roslyn, I have experienced the many benefits of a wonderful public institution, The Bryant Library. Over the years my family regularly has utilized the library for a variety of purposes: an outstanding book collection, adult and children's programs, book group selections, research, videos and CDs, leisure reading and much more. In addition to offering a full range of interesting programs and materials, the staff always has proven to be knowledgeable and helpful. The library is in many ways an important community center that attracts residents of all ages.
In a few weeks, Roslyn residents will vote on the Bryant Library's future. While the library building is gracious and attractive, it sorely needs renovation and expansion to continue its vital roll as an educational, cultural and social center. I believe that the proposal on which our community will vote March 24 addresses these needs effectively and with fiscal responsibility. The library director and trustees have developed plans with extensive thought, community input and professional assistance.
For a relatively small investment in 2004, the community will be able to create a 21st century library center. I feel lucky to live in a community that values an excellent library and I urge all voters to support the Bryant Library bond proposal on March 24.