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Letter (Web version): Communication is key to Roanoke Public Library

When our youngest child went to college, she learned a phrase that has become common in our household. That phrase “communication is key” explains why, more than anything else, the Friends of the Roanoke Public Library is beginning a newsletter to support of our local library.

Communication is key because we have a great library in Roanoke. Since its founding 100 years ago as a reading club to today, our library has been one through which we can explore brave new worlds and gain appreciation for humanity’s best and sometimes worst. We seek in our library to preserve the best of the past and offer insight into the present and future through books, videos, tapes, CDs, DVDs and computer resources.

Communication is key because through our library, citizens can access the world. We offer interlibrary loans, Internet connectivity through our computers and free WIFI access, access to other libraries through the Public Library Access Card. We also respond to requests for materials people would like to see in our collection.

Communication is key because we are embarking on times of exciting change at our library. We have long dreamed of having our own building, and events are leading us to make that dream become reality.

We are becoming part of the Evergreen network of libraries that will give, at no cost to citizens, instant access to libraries and their materials across the state of Indiana. We are seeking ways to improve the use of our current space and to encourage volunteerism at our library.

Communication is key because this is the public’s library. Citizens pay the salaries of the staff; the utilities and rent; new books and materials. Citizens they pay for everything we do through their tax dollars or by purchasing a library card. Citizens have the right to know what their library does with their money, and we are eager to tell them.

Communication is key because it is meant to be two-way. I hope citizens will take the time to contact me, Friends of the Roanoke Library, Roanoke Library Board members and the library staff to let us know how we can improve our services. We want our library to be the best it can be, and we are well on our way to making that happen with citizens’ help.

We are proud of our library, proud of our past, proud of what people can receive from it and proud of what citizens – the library owners and supporters – will do in the days ahead as we move into a new day at the Roanoke Public Library.

We want you to know because communication is key.

BRIAN SECOR Treasurer Friends of the Roanoke Public Library