We’re launching a branch new series of Library Love Stories this February in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, grew up using her public library in rural Montana. Her family didn’t have a lot of money, and the Library provided her with a way to learn about the world, for free. The Bear Valley Branch Library in Southwest Denver became an integral part of her family’s lives when her children were young – from storytimes to Summer of Reading programs, they frequently found themselves at the Library. However, it wasn’t just having free access to a wealth of knowledge, but also the help from the friendly librarians that really made a difference in her life.
How does the chamber of commerce feel about actually funding the library so it has longer hours, more employees. How about increasing corporate taxes for the library. Talk is cheap.
How about creating a library district? That approach appears to work for the surrounding counties (e.g., Douglas and Arapahoe). No need to increase (or decrease) corporate taxes.