Ferndale voters have an opportunity to approve a bond to complete our new Ferndale library. I believe there are many reasons to vote yes.
Our current temporary library is a busy place. Small children come with their parents for special kids' programs, play with the puppets, or look for books to check out. Some of our new residents may be participating in a conversation class for English Language Learners. Many people of all ages are using the computers. Others are reading magazines or newspapers, or browsing books or CDs. Why do we need to replace it? The meeting rooms are too small for many programs. The toddlers programs have to meet in the open space, disturbing others who are reading, or trying to take a test for an online class. There are not enough terminals to meet the demand for computers.
Due to budget cuts, our Ferndale schools no longer have librarians. The Ferndale library, with its helpful staff, has helped to fill the gap. Its well-attended programs for toddlers and preschoolers teach early literacy. The summer reading program helps kids maintain their learning over the summer. At this time over 50 percent of our school families qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Having access to computers and books is an important resource for them.
One of my earliest childhood memories is walking to the library with my mother and returning with an armful of picture books to enjoy. This experience turned me into a lifelong lover of books. I hope that a new Ferndale library within walking distance of our residential communities will turn a new generation into avid readers. Please mark yes on your ballot and mail it today!