2010-08-20 / Opinions & Editorial

Regionalization at a great price

A great value and a great example of regionalization is located at 30 West St.

Our local libraries offer nearly everything a large chain bookstore does – except the food – in the center of our communities. A library is not simply a place to sit in and do research in old, out-of-date encyclopedias, but it is a place that hundreds of members of our communities use every day that they are open.

In a day in age when local officials are talking about regionalizing services, they should look to the Leominster Public Library as an example of what do to. The system is great because it offers local residents exactly what they want in their community, as well as opens up a larger set of options and experiences.

And it is a great value for residents, because if a household bought two newly released hardcover adult books during a month and had a subscription to NetFlix, they would spend at least $60 a month, and therefore spend $720 a year. A library membership is free to residents.

Leominster’s public library has a convenient location in the center of town that serves the public with activities for adults and children. It has a large and varied collection of books, CDs and DVDs, as well as a comfortable environment. It allows people computer access as well as free wireless internet access.

And through the library’s membership with C/WMARs there is a large regional effort to provide access to a large array of digital materials, online access, and books, DVDs and CDs. Leominster residents can borrow a book from libraries throughout the area, either by requesting the material to be delivered to the library in Leominster or by dropping in on one of those other libraries and browsing the shelves. It also opens up a host of digital resources for either research databases or simply the ability to download an audiobook for an mp3 player.

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