Dorcas Library deserves support



Dear Editor:

I have been privileged to be helping and trying to be encouraging to our marvelous local library, Dorcas Library, which is a private nonprofit institution. This amazing little library offers our town of Gouldsboro the highest quality of services. Our community of Gouldsboro is about 33 percent the physical size of Cincinnati but only has 1,700 residents. Only about 800 to 900 of these folks live in Gouldsboro year-round.

Dorcas Library has an annual budget of $60,000. The library earns $12,000 annually from a $300,000 endowment. This leaves $48,000. That has to be raised each year by selling pies, cakes, having various fundraisers and relying on their generous board of directors and library members. Recently a wonderful building across the street became available; a library member generously made a non-interest loan of $200,000 available. This enabled Dorcas Library to purchase the building so that it can provide computer, internet and other educational opportunities for young families, children and young adults of Gouldsboro.

The library decided to finally ask the people of Gouldsboro for an annual gift of $8,000 so that it can make this important dream an actual reality. I recently attended a town meeting where this was discussed. The opposition was overwhelming and scornful. Townsfolk were incensed and offended; they said that they did not want to give taxpayer money to a library that had political ideas that they did not agree with. I was, to say the least, shocked. I was the only person who spoke up in favor of and supportive of this financial request to the Dorcas Library. As you can imagine, this is a major and disturbing dispute amongst our local citizenry.

I was just watching the NBC and CBS nightly newscasts. One story was about the central library in San Francisco. This downtown library has a full-time social worker offering invaluable and desperately needed social services to wayward folks. One such lady was a former nurse who is now homeless with her little puppy dog and wheelchair-bound. The social worker has helped this former nurse to find housing and many other needed services for her safety and for survival.

The other story was about twin boys whose parents were migrant grape-field workers from Mexico who came to California to pick grapes. Their mother took the little twin boys to the local library each day to teach, to expose them to literature and any educational materials available in the library. Now these two boys are grown men. They both received full university scholarships, one to Harvard the other to UCLA. Both boys went on to enter medical schools and have just graduated from their respective medical schools and are embarking on their hospital residencies.

Our nation’s libraries are performing impressive, unprecedented services that could have never been foreseen during the days of our innocent childhoods. When I spoke in support of the Dorcas Library at our local Gouldsboro town meeting, I said that it is actually utterly amazing that our tiny rural town could be so fortunate to have such a fine private library. And that we, as a community have a duty to show our support financially and by all means in helping the Dorcas Library to offer needed services to our young families and their children. These families and youngsters are our life’s blood and represent the key to the future. There are so many children of Gouldsboro who benefit from exposure to educational enrichment and who deserve a tender nudge given by their fellow neighbors.

Mark Kallick

Gouldsboro

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