Concerned by library changes

A few weeks ago, I went to the library with a list of classic novels I hoped to check out. Not finding them in the stacks, I went to the relocated desk to ask for assistance. I was told that they’re no longer in the library, but that I could order them and receive them in a couple of weeks.

That experience was my first insight as to how the library was changing operationally as well as visually.

I went to the Board of Trustees meeting May 20 to understand what’s happening.

My questions and comments were respectfully received, but I was shocked by the information I received.

The assistant librarian for adult books said many “older” books have been sold. He tried to reassure us by saying that the library can get them from several other libraries in the country in a few weeks.

He added that he buys newly released books every month — as if that replaces those that have disappeared. Somehow the flawed logic of that arrangement seemed to be lost on him: What if those libraries decide to divest themselves of their libraries? Eventually library books will cease to exist.

As alarming as that information and the other facts shared with us by library staff were, nothing was as upsetting as the realization that the community has never been advised about the myriad, irreparable changes being planned and that those changes were not approved by the community or the City Council.

The library took the “outcome” of the Anacortes 2020 study that the town wanted a “Family Place Library” as license to completely remodel and refocus the library.

There appears to be no oversight of the library staff, their decisions and their actions. No one seems to realize that the taxpayers have a vested interest in our beautiful library and must be engaged.

Sharron Stringer

Anacortes

Anacortes needs another option

Sedro-Woolley is getting a new grocery store. Why can’t Anacortes?

I moved here 26 years ago, in 1993, at which time we had the same two, outrageously expensive grocery stores that we have now.

I believe that in those 26 years, our population has increased considerably, yet we can’t seem to get another grocery store — which, in my opinion, is purely political, no matter how detrimental it is to the residents.

It is very difficult, especially for people like me, of which there are more and more, who are disabled, elderly and/or on a fixed income. Residents, not just tourists. Yet there seems to be plenty of room for boat storage, banks, pizza parlors and salons.

Has anyone tried to buy dry goods without driving 32 miles round trip?

Vicky Grady

Anacortes

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