To the Editor:
We are worn out. Our Facebook feeds bombard us with contentious views pitting neighbor against neighbor. Friendships are under political strain.
The Koch brothers founded Americans for Prosperity. They will soon send mailings or robocall us, the people of Plainfield, to reject the library referendum. These are billionaires without concern for your family.
They don’t live here. They will accost you with misinformation.
They have their own agenda and will use any means necessary.
The library is our community cornerstone. The classes and services are for us. Not every child has a computer for homework.
Not every out-of-work person has a way to job search. The library provides book clubs, technology lessons and movies. There are classes for stay-at-home parents, job fairs, English classes and classes to turn plastic bags into blankets for the homeless.
This isn’t about being liberal or being conservative. This is about Plainfield and who we are.
The library last expanded in 1990. The population? 14,123. Our district now has 75,337 people. The first referendum (thank you, Koch brothers) was voted down. The Trustees took our feedback.
$10.67 a month (for a house worth $237,000) will add space, programs and services for a community that has increased five-fold. Many of us spend more weekly for coffee.
I know people are strapped, but communities take care of their people.
As the April 4th referendum approaches remember the Koch brothers. Plainfield is not their pawn. Remember your neighbors. Remember your library.
I leave you with Ursula K. LeGuin’s words.
“That joy must not be sold. It must not be ‘privatized’ or made into another privilege for the privileged. A public library is a public trust. And that freedom must not be compromised. It must be available to all who need it, and that’s everyone, when they need it, and that’s always.”