Vote Yes On Issue 4

In addition to all of the federal and state races on the ballot in November, central Ohio voters will cast their ballots on Issue 4, a 2.8 mill property tax levy to support the Columbus Metropolitan Library system.  I strongly support Issue 4, and I hope Franklin County voters will, too.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library system is exceptional.  It has won national awards for excellence and is devoted to community service.  Its local branch libraries have become fundamental parts of many central Ohio communities.  That is certainly the case in New Albany, where the library branch is one of the cornerstones of the Market Street area and is a hub for meetings of local groups.  It also contributes greatly to the foot traffic that helps the nearby local stores.

Libraries are one of the institutions that help to bring communities together and makes them feel more like, well, communities.  A vote for Issue 4 is a vote for money well spent.

Free And Public — Why Libraries Are Great

Now that we are back home, I want to say “thank you” to the friendly folks at the Leelanau Township Library in Northport, Michigan.

The Leelanau Public Library in Northport, Michigan

When Kish and I were up in Michigan we regularly used the Leelanau library wireless system to access the internet, review e-mail, and keep in touch with the outside world.  The library has four computer terminals as well as a big indoor table where a number of people can plug in their laptops and work.  Even better, the library has created an outdoor seating area where people with laptops can do the same — even when the library itself is closed.  Every day we visited the library it was busy with people using the internet access areas. The internet access areas were incredibly easy to use, open to anyone who appeared with their laptop, and free.

The Leelanau library, though small in size, is a powerful example of how libraries can make nice communities even more attractive.  Kish and I loved the Northport area, and the town’s excellent library was a big part of the reason why.