The Bay Library Needs Our Help

Rebecca Ranallo distributes yard signs at the Bay Village Library.

With the tight presidential race and the contentious casino gambling issue garnering much of the election spotlight this year, one important issue may not be at the forefront of voters' minds. The Cuyahoga County Library system has a 2.5 mill levy (Issue 127) on the ballot, and the sagging economy may cause voters to tighten their purse strings at the polls.

The Bay Village branch of the county library has generally enjoyed the strong support of our community. Citizens here appreciate the valuable resources that the library provides, from the ever-expanding collection of books, DVDs, music CDs and magazines to the free internet access with printers and educational seminars and programs. The library was there during the September blackout, and welcomed area residents looking for a relaxing place to escape the darkness, send emails, or an outlet to charge their cell phones, scooters and laptops.

But the economic downturn has cast doubt on the library levy's passage year, and Bay residents need to step up and show their support for this community resource. The 2.5 mill levy will replace the expiring 2 mill levy passed in 2004, and allow the library to keep up with the rising costs of utilities and materials.

Our public library needs your help. Please support and vote for the library replacement levy - we need our library to continue to provide quality services and innovative resource materials for all our residents. Help keep the Cuyahoga County Library system and the Bay Village Branch strong. Vote YES on Issue 127

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 12:37 PM, 10.11.2008