Morehead City, N.C.

May 30, 2020

TO THE EDITOR:

I find it very sad that The Webb Library will be closed because its budget has been slashed to only include pay phones, utilities, and building maintenance. The Webb provides library services for locals and visitors alike. Its book collection has grown to over 13,500 books. There are six public use computers (which are always in use when I visit the library) and one computer dedicated as a catalog. The librarian assistants are always very helpful and knowledgeable in finding a book that meets your reading interests.

There are many great programs for the community that are held throughout the year, especially the children’s hour with Ms. Laura. Ms. Laura always had interesting books for the children and activities that related to the book they just read. My granddaughters loved going to see Ms. Laura and listening to her read her selected stories.

I use the library at least once a month to find a good book to read. Since I use the library to find my books to read, will I now have to buy them? And what about the patrons who cannot afford to buy books? What happens to them?

In August 2019, The Webb celebrated its 85th year of service to the public. Certainly, there are other programs within Morehead City’s budget that could be reduced in order to keep the Webb Library alive. I encourage everyone to write or call Mayor Jones and City Council to protest this closure.

LIZ JONES-DERN

(2) comments

SandFiddler

Great letter! Many people do not have computer access. The library provides that. Many people don't drive so they walk to the library. Many people still prefer to turn pages of a hardcover or paperback book. Many do not read on e-readers that they may or may not own. A kindle does not take the place of a book, newspaper or magazine! Flipping physical pages and feeling the pages between your fingers increases understanding and remembering what you're reading. When one visits a library and they see all the books on the shelves with various illustrated covers, the "visual" promotes a desire to read more. Reading boosts brain power. Reading contributes to one's health, happiness and promotes relaxation. Reading is contagious, it fights Alzheimer's, and helps one sleep. Reading contributes to higher scores on intelligence testing for our children. We need Webb Memorial Library.

kenwood

The Webb library provides a valuable service. I have used the service for years in addition to the county library in Beaufort. For a Morehead City resident to be able to walk, bike, to the library and either sit and read / research or to check out a book is one of the things that makes living in Morehead City unique and pleasant. Economically it may not be an asset, but as a positive element of living in the city, it is well worth cost. One can think of so many other "services" we pay for as part of our taxes that do not provide the service / enrichment the Webb library does. All our money does not have to have an equivalent monetary return. Our investment in enrichment may just be a wiser investment.

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