I’m a touch riled by Gina Damron’s Detroit Free Press piece, No Library in Troy? Don’t Count on Books Elsewhere. Though I haven’t followed the spending trends of Troy over the last decade, one must question what budgetary spending habits were in place to cause the demise of such a treasured institution. To close the doors on such an important community base not only undermines its culture, but also strips the schools of extra resources and necessary backbone.
Troy will now be left with nothing but a vast empty building leaving residents without an alternative. To blame this debacle on the voters is incredibly irresponsible. Clearly residents felt the need to financially protect themselves, even at risk of the most drastic cost – their own library.
Now that doors are slated to seal in Troy, other communities who wish to step up must regretfully turn Troy patrons away to protect their own communities. Understood, no? Sadly, the image that remains is a long line of saddened Troy citizens with an empty check-out bag in one hand and a useless library card falling from the other. Nice work leaders.
*Support your local bookstores, LIBRARIES, and universities. It matters.
-Post by Megan Shaffer