Wallowa County is full of treasures. Many are obvious –– majestic mountains, beautiful productive valleys, the lake, historic buildings and friendly people.
There is one treasure that is no so obvious. In fact, it is almost hidden –– Wallowa County Library. I passed the building many times before stopping one day to discover what was inside. What a surprise.
I became so enamored by the library, its services and its stellar librarian that I began donating materials.
One of the things that impressed me about Sue is her motto “you have to meet people where they are,” and that she does. The programs of the Wallowa County Library are numerous and geared specifically for the county. One of my favorites is “Deliver-Me-A-Book,” a wonderful outreach to homebound providing them with personalized literary materials and a social contact that means a great deal.
I spend a lot of time in Wallowa County and participate in many activities there. The libraries are one of the draws. I find that communities that see the value in and promote literacy and libraries are the best communities.
While I recognize the budget problems, I urge citizens to find a way to keep the county library at its current service level. From newborns to senior citizens, the county library is helping and influencing the community and beyond. Don’t lose it. When it is gone, you may find there is a domino effect and other libraries may go as well.
I urge each of you to attend the hearings on June 13 and Sept 13 at 10 a.m. and support your library.