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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

anonymous opines on Ligonier Township decision to stop financial support to the Ligonier Valley Library

At a Ligonier Township Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Secretary Bruce Robinson recommended that the Ligonier Township Supervisors not give the Ligonier Valley Library their annual $1500 contribution, citing that all sorts of other community groups will be after the Township for money and donations!  I was horrified, after all these years of giving money to the Ligonier Valley Library; the Supervisors are now going to stop?    If you were wondering Mr. Robinson, the Second Class Township Code allows Townships to make donations and gifts for providing library service to the township.  It seems that there is no new  policy required when it comes to the Township providing a $1500 grant to our library!
How many residents of Ligonier Township utilize the Library?  And of that amount, how many of them are children completing reports for schools, or our Senior Citizens enjoying  the daily newspapers?  How about the programs offered at the Library like the Cookbook Club,   the Genealogy Forum, the Mystery Book Club, Let’s Book, the Tea and Title Book Club or the Pennsylvania Room? Mr. Robinson, have you taken the opportunity to enjoy the WWI Photo Exhibit put together by our Library Staff?  Have you given any consideration to lives enriched by these programs and services?  Before you made this unilateral decision, Mr. Robinson, did you take the time to stop in and look around?  I know they carry Golf Magazine and have many books on improving your golf game!
The Library is a cornerstone of this Valley, a point of pride to the residents and I am ashamed of the Ligonier Township Supervisors for undervaluing the importance of this Library to the community at large!
I urge the Supervisors Knupp, Matson and Komar to re-examine this counsel offered by Mr. Robinson, open your checkbook and send that $1500 budgeted contribution to the Ligonier Valley Library.

Signed, Book Lover,  a Longtime Resident of Ligonier and a friend of the Ligonier Valley Library