Letter from Sarah Blasius

Laurie Welch’s library photo displayed on the front page of the Times-News Mini-Cassia publication (Feb. 29) tells the story! The photo shows a mother sharing – emphasis on sharing – a book with her young son, an opportunity made available to both of them by the Burley Public Library.

There are multi-layered concepts projected by this photo, probably one of the most important is that of intra-personal communication, not seen often enough in this age of digital conversation. If you have ever watched a young child enjoying the experience of holding a book, sharing a book with another, you will understand the significance of a facility which allows this to happen.

A library, such as Burley’s, offers many opportunities to persons of all ages to participate in the culture of sharing – besides the pleasure of sharing a vis-a-vis conversation with another human being, ideas are generated, political debates made available to the public and the study of humanities are offered, currently one from the Smithsonian Institution – the definition of both a local and a universal culture.

And yes, there are computers available to those who may not be able to access the devices in their own homes but yet want to be able to take advantage of services offered by the digital medium.

Obviously, the current library has outgrown its quarters, and is attempting to have a bond issue for a new facility put on the ballet by the City Council during its March 7 meeting. There have already been private funds offered to the City by the Burley Lions Club ($100,000) and by an anonymous donor ($350,000,) all contingent upon the passage of the library bond issue, an offer we can’t refuse!

The plan is to construct the new library in the immediate vicinity of several upper-division schools, including the CSI Burley campus. The students from the adjacent Cassia H.S. are excited to think that they will have a real library to access. They put a high value on such a privilege.

Many defend the presence of the Burley Golf Course as an “asset to our city.” Imagine what an asset a beautiful, functional library would be – a true definition of a culture, as it was in ancient Ephesus and Alexandria – guardians of otherwise lost cultures.

We will devoutly hope that the citizens of Burley and those who represent them will consider all arguments being given for a library, one which can define Burley’s culture as no other facility can. Let’s show the world who we are.

Sincerely,

Sarah M. Blasius

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