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Libby residents support local library system

| March 29, 2024 7:00 AM

We would like to express our support for the Lincoln County Library system and the need to bring the funding issues to the ballot. 

As Lincoln County residents for over a decade, the public library system is vital to my daily life and our community. The benefits and services the libraries provide to our rural community are invaluable.

In my opinion, the most important aspect of the libraries are the resources they provide to our two children (2 and 4 years old). Most weekdays our children ask if we can “please, please go to the library” on the way home from daycare. 

The excitement in their voice when we say yes leaves us grateful that our community offers and values (especially during the winter months) amplifies the importance of these three small yet crucial buildings in our county. 

We live in Libby but our children’s daycare is in Troy, so our family regularly uses both the Libby and Troy libraries. Troy’s Mother Goose on the Loose and Libby’s summer story time in the park program are a huge part of our life. 

Our 4-year old son gets so excited when he gets to go see Miss Dusty at the park, hear her read the stories, participate in the activities and then he gets to ride his bike with all of the kids. A summertime highlight for the both of us!

Aside from my personal interests in the library system, I have witnessed the far reaching impacts the library has with our community members. I see the library used as a place folks can conduct job searches and print documents, a place for children to do homework, a quiet place for professionals to work, or a venue to host events and workshops. 

Some folks come to the library just to get out of their homes in the winter, to break up the monotony, see a friendly face, work on a puzzle, or warm up in a nice comfy chair with a great book. 

In the upcoming election, we urge people to thoughtfully consider the impacts of our libraries as a precious resource to the people of our small community. 

Cass and Julie Hopkinson, Libby