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Libraries: More timely than ever

May 15, 2019
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Have you said, or have you heard it said, "Why do we need libraries anymore"? If so, you need to check out what is currently offered by these "white elephants."

Your friends and neighbors do. In fact, according to the Lee County Library System, in Fiscal Year 2017-2018, 1,978,879 of them visited a Lee County Library. They checked 4,655,097 physical materials and 1,479,710 electronic items.

Almost 100,000 adult, young adult and youth attended nearly 4,000 programs offered by your 13 libraries. The children and teens all received a free book provided during Summer Reading Programs which are supported by the individual Friends of the Library groups as well as county taxpayers.

National Library Week was celebrated earlier this month; registration for this year's Summer Reading Program will start in late May.

Libraries are funded by a separate millage rate which you will find on your property tax bill. However, you don't need to be a property owner to get a library card. Lee County residents can show a utility bill or other documents to qualify; visitors can pay a fee to obtain a library card which can be used at any Lee County Library. There's one near you!

New libraries will open this summer in Bonita Springs and North Fort Myers. Both will be much larger, more modern, are sorely needed and much anticipated.

Linda Yorde

Friends of the North Fort

Myers Library



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