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How about selling the Year-Round Library to the town for $1?

To The Daily Sun,

I am a librarian, and given that knowledge, I imagine you would think I support the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. The truth is at this time, I do not unconditionally support it. I do however appreciate the GYRL, and the continuing search for knowledge and education beyond traditional schooling. My objection is a matter of principle: the GYRL is in the community, but not owned by the community.

The GYRL was intended to be a self-sustaining, non-profit organization within the community.

Here we have a wonderful community resource betwixt and between The Corners and The Iron Works, adjacent to our school, and serving many members of the community, but still not embraced by all.

I have personally supported the GYRL by sponsoring a lecturer educating the community about the New Hampshire coyote population and I am glad to have done that. But again I must state that my objection is a matter of principle. Shouldn't a self-sustaining, non-profit organization seeking funds resolve their financial woes via continuing fundraising and donations vs. seeking money from a community that is not directly vested in it?

I say to you, the founding members and supporters of The GYRL, you have created a wonderful resource, but as yet, you have not given ownership to the entire community. I acknowledge what you have achieved. I salute your self-directed accomplishment, but why not consider empowering the community by giving ownership to those whose taxes are being sought to support your continuing efforts.

Why not consider "selling" the GYRL to the town for a dollar? It's a win/win situation. Gilmanton taxpayers become "vested owners" thanks to your hard work and stewardship, your vision and perseverance. This action would make you Gilmanton's greatest philanthropists and that is a title to be proud of. You would not be forgotten for what you have achieved and what you will have contributed to your community.

For the good of the whole please consider this option. We would all reap the benefits of your labor and that gesture might conceivably garner greater acceptance/support from those of us whose taxes you seek toward ensuring the future of The GYRL.

With the best of intentions in mind,

Bill Tetreault

Gilmanton Iron Works

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Gilmanton had no library that could meet criteria set by state

To The Daily Sun,

Roger Amsden's recent article in The Sun spoke of three libraries in the Town of Gilmanton. In some sense that is true. Each "library" has its own special place in the history and character of the town.
Unlike most towns, Gilmanton historically had not one but three village centers — Gilmanton Corners, Gilmanton Iron Works, and Lower Gilmanton. Still today these centers form separate entities, separated by as much as seven miles from one another. At a time when travel between them on foot, or by horse and buggy, was a significant outing, each village had its own amenities: schools, churches, shops, post office, and indeed libraries.
The tiny library in Gilmanton Corners, housed in a former cobbler shop, is an important feature in the Corners village, both historically and aesthetically. The Gilmanton Iron Works Library, built after the 1915 fire that wiped out much of the village, is also an essential feature of the present day village, along with the church, Old Town Hall, and other buildings that survived the fire or were built shortly thereafter. It has the advantage of being within walking distance of many homes in the Iron Works village, but can be open only in the summer. (Lower Gilmanton, not too long ago, also had its own library, housed in a private home.) Neither of the little village libraries host such modern amenities as plumbing, nor could they be expanded to serve the entire population of the town with the needs of the 21st century.
The third library is, of course, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library, sited on Route 140 across from the Gilmanton School. Built entirely with private or foundation contributions, the Year-Round Library was designed to provide the people of Gilmanton with the services of a modern library — ranging from books and periodicals, inter-library loan and public access computers. In addition it provides a place for community gatherings and events, special activities such as twice-weekly story time for pre-schoolers and after school events for school children, informational presentations for adults, and much more.
Until the Year-Round Library opened, Gilmanton had no library that could meet the criteria of public library established in state statute. RSA 202-A:2 I. "Public library'' shall mean every library which receives regular financial support, at least annually, from public or private sources and which provides regular and currently useful library service to the public without charge.
The town recognizes and is grateful for the ongoing effort of volunteers who maintain and operate the little village libraries with small annual contributions from Town coffers. Each is an essential feature of its historic community. Their function is important, but should not be confused with the vital services required of a public library in the 21st century and provided by the Year-Round Library, available year-round and 5 days a week to all of the Town's inhabitants, young and old. 

Carolyn Baldwin

























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