Election Letter to the Editor – Coshocton Tribune

On Nov. 2, we, the voters of Coshocton County, have the opportunity to vote for the renewal of the Coshocton Library Levy. I urge you to do so.
This levy requires no additional tax burden to residents, but provides a lifeline for our library. The revenue realized from this renewal is for general operations of the library and so will support day-to-day operations of the Coshocton location, the West Lafayette location and the bookmobile.
As a former educator and longtime patron of our library, I have seen firsthand the impact of the programing and outreach the library has on our community. In 2019, for example, over 700 programs offered by the library realized almost 18,000 attendees, the bookmobile made 556 visits and more than 177,000 visitors enjoyed the benefits of our public library. That’s impressive. 
Even more impressive to me is the way the library staff responded during the challenging year of 2020. After a required closure, the staff found ways to continue serving the public. The children and youth departments created outstanding online programming opportunities, curbside services kept books in the hands of readers, and electronic services continued uninterrupted.
This renewal is imperative to the continuation of the outstanding services, opportunities and the newest publications and books available. The staff works diligently and passionately to instill a love of reading to young and old, to assist in research and to provide outreach to more than 250 homebound individuals. For most of us, the cost of this renewal remains less than $15 a year and will generate $380,429 per year to the library.
Coshocton County has a gem in our public library system. Please vote in favor of the Coshocton Library levy on Nov. 2.
Beth Nelson, Coshocton

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