To The Daily Sun,
Former first lady Laura Bush has said that the most important thing in her wallet is her library card. I am in complete agreement with Mrs. Bush.
Libraries contribute to the educational success of children. Research shows that the amount of time children spend with books is crucial to reading achievement, and ultimately, to school achievement in general. Library programs encourage parents to play a greater role in their children's literacy development. Research also shows that students who take part in their local library's summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills.
Programs provided by our library staff help preschoolers and young people to develop social skills and to enjoy activities that will foster lifelong learning. Participants feel a sense of belonging in a safe place with their peers and caring adults.
Adult patrons also benefit from the many offerings the library provides. The use of computers and internet access is especially important and necessary in this digital age. Clubs and organizations have comfortable meeting space. Many varied programs are offered to the community free of charge.
As an educator, a mother, and a grandmother, I have always looked to libraries to provide me with opportunities to learn, to teach, to promote a love of reading, and to indulge my passion — reading.
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library provides all of that and more. On March 11 please vote to keep the GYRL open.