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Move the Library and rent the Space

December 10, 2009 - 09:36
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I remember as a school child, any report or research paper required a trip to the library or if lucky enough you knew someone with an encyclopedia britannica. The Library was a depository for books, music, old newpapers on microfilm etc. Then along came the internet. The internet is a million libraries at your fingertips. So the question is : WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE LIBRARY AS THOUGH THE INTERNET DOESN'T EXIST?
An enlightened society surely doesn't want to tear down a library but an enlightened society wouldn't spend millions of dollars a year so insiders can justify their paychecks by turning the building into a hangout for pedophiles, homeless, free internet access and creating programs they try to justify their existence with.
Heating, air conditions, lights, maintenance. water payrolls, insurance, for what? There is so much empty space at the old city hall building (already heated and cooled) that the city could easily run a scaled down version of the library offering books, music and free internet, exactly what a library is supposed to be. Then the city could turn the library into a shopping site, collect rent and increase sales tax revenue while cutting the library costs by 75%.

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And rent the library space to Starbuck's, Foot locker, Abercrombie etc... make it a mini-outlet shop. Collect rent and save 3 million+ a year is wasted payrolls. Unfortynately the homeless and pedophiles will have to find another hang-out.

The library is an important part of the New Rochelle community. It serves as an educational site offering books, magazines, journals, video and other informational resources. It serves as an after school study location for many city youths who might otherwise end up home alone while their parents work late. It provides internet resources for those students or others who do not have access to internet resources at home. The library staff also aids patrons in their research needs. The library serves as a cultural center for the community overall, providing exhibits, performances, lectures, readings, not to mention a historical resources section devoted to the city's history.
The availability of books and printed resources on the internet is minuscule compared to the books and resources available at loibraries.

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