The Ann Arbor District Library is an essential community resource. My goal is to contribute to its innovative
growth and development. I am committed to meeting the needs of
current and future patrons of all ages, socio-economic levels, and capabilities.
I was honored by your vote two years ago electing me
to the board. As a Trustee for the past two years, I have
had the opportunity to represent the input of our community and
encourage your presence at board meetings.
Now I again ask for your vote to continue to
represent you as an Ann Arbor District Library Board Trustee.
The library is at an important juncture. With an
excellent history of fiscal responsibility, the library has built
three innovative neighborhood libraries. Depending on your vote, the
library maybe embarking on a new project. The November ballot will
have the proposal to finance a new downtown library. If approved the library will significantly enhance its ability to
serve you in the twenty-first century. The focus of the improvement is on you the patrons
of the library.
A new building would: accommodate the significant increase in daily visits--more than 600,000 per year (yes, downtown
library visit numbers are up approximately 30% since 1997); offer more computer and internet sessions (decrease wait time and increase use time); make available more meeting and work rooms; have a comfortable, quiet, well lit reading room; have an environmentally efficient infrastructure; improved ADA compliance (better for all), and more (for more details go to www.aadl.org). The decision and opportunity are yours.
Whatever the next steps, I welcome your views and input. Contact me by email and let me hear you speak at public comment time at board meetings. I encourage your involvement
in your public library.