Letters to the Editor: Isley Library upgrades needed

I am writing to encourage community members to learn more about the plans to renovate Ilsley Library.
I attended the excellent informational meeting and tour last fall, and it was an eye-opener. Particularly as regards general maintenance. I was actually quite appalled. The basement area most especially, is of great concern.  Although I rarely even walk through this lower level of the library, it houses the children’s collection and in fact, youth services is the most widely used of all the library programs. Did you know that the foundation of the building is sinking in parts, the electrical wiring is outdated and often malfunctions, poor ventilation, and even mold, is a problem? The list goes on and on.
Although a paying patron of the library, I am a Weybridge resident and thus will not be allowed to vote. But I do hope Middlebury residents will attend meetings, ask questions, and become thoroughly informed. Yes, there has been an awful lot of construction in Middlebury in recent years, all very worthy endeavors. But what could be more important than a healthy and vibrant public library?
In my opinion, the proposed renovations and improvements are not excessive;  they are very much needed!
Susan Humphrey

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