LETTER: Improved library building pays off in benefits to public, city

To Ozaukee Press:

As a Port resident and director of the Cedarburg Public Library, I found the “Library at a Crossroads” article in Ozaukee Press a needed and timely piece.  

Cedarburg’s library was also in bad shape and in need of a new building. The city, along with private donors, stepped up in support to create the beautiful modern facility we now have, with a digital lab, maker spaces, 3D printers, study rooms, community room with audio/visual equipment for classes, an internet radio lab and our well-loved traditional library services.    

 Hundreds of people use the library to do work via Wi-Fi to conduct business or hold
meetings.  

There were many who didn’t find the need for a new library, but once they came inside and saw what a modern library looks like, minds were changed. If dollars only matter, then realize libraries are an economic anchor for a downtown. In Cedarburg, we have upwards of 13,000 people a month coming to use the library.  We are a reason for the locals to come downtown and we bring in people from other communities in Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington counties, who then patronize local businesses.  

I give credit to Port Washington Library Director Tom Carson and the Library Board for starting the process, and I would be remiss to not recommend a book for our City of Port Washington leaders.Eric Klinenberg’s “Palaces for the People” studies the use of public spaces and effects on communities.  

As Port progresses, so should the library building.

Linda Pierschalla
Port Washington

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