To The Daily Sun
After reading Carolyn Baldwin's letter which appeared in Jan. 21 Daily Sun, headlined "Gilmanton Had No
Library That Could Meet Criteria Set By State," I would like to make the following points.
It seemed pointless to me why someone would cite a law/statute — in this case RSA 202-A:2 I — andnot give it in its entirety, and then apply it in such a way that anyone with an ounce of initiative, a little spare time and a computer or phone could disprove in 15 minutes. The fact is that the State Of New Hampshire's recognized public library for the town of Gilmanton, as listed on the State Library's website (under Library Directory-Gilmanton ), is the Gilmanton Corner Public Library, 509 Province Road, a library that has been both publicly funded by tax dollars and private donations for decades and decades, clearly falling within the definitions and guidelines of the above statute.
It is the library my daughter and all her friends grew up with, and along with our great school library, the Gilford school library and the seasonal Iron Works and Lower Gilmanton libraries, served them and the rest of this community incredibly well for as long as I can remember, long before the private GYRL was ever conceived.
Baldwin minimizes this wonderful institution (our Corner Public Library which runs programs year-round)
by calling it "tiny" and "it doesn't have this and it can't do that." But I'll say this for it: it's never divided any of the people (and now, even town government) in this town.
That speaks to integrity and an institution with a board of directors in touch with its community and a community in turn that is vested in it.
I do agree with Baldwin on one point, though. We need to consider the needs of the 21st Century. However, all needs hinge on values that bind communities together, not tear them apart. These are the values of trust, accountability and responsibility.
The GYRL did make what amounts to a pledge — a promise. It was in effect written down, and it was trusted by the many original donors and volunteers who contributed and pitched in to be sincere and binding and now the GYRL and its supporters need to be accountable and responsible to it ... and to those whose backs, the GYRL was truly built on.
Gilmanton voters, do not believe the "Myth Of Closure," that the GYRL will close without town money. It's simply not true and the past reflects that truth. On March 8 vote "No" on Articles 4 and 21 to fund the library and allow the GYRL the opportunity to demonstrate that it can in fact make things right with this town.
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