What would happen if a community lost its library?
When I was growing up, my mother took me and my brothers and sisters to our local library on a regular basis, especially over the summer.
I grew up during a time when the library had only books that you could borrow. There were no computers with Internet access, no DVDs or CDs, no books-on-tape or on CDs, no special programs that kids could attend both for entertainment and learning.
But just being able to read books that, without the library, I would never have had the opportunity to read made a tremendous difference in my life.
My passion was history, especially the Second World War, and I read through dozens of books on the subject.
The library and its books opened me to people, places and events that as a young person growing up I had no other way to experience. To say that experience was formative literally for my entire life is a massive understatement.
And without a library, none of that would have happened, or it would have happened at a much later point in my life and to a much lesser degree.
To me, that is what the Nov. 9 vote on the excess levy is all about: providing the coming generations, both young and old, with the same opportunity to read, discover and learn that I had.
And because libraries have meant so much to me throughout my life, I have tried to give something back by serving as a volunteer on the Cross Lanes Library Board for more than 20 years.
I hope that you who read this little note will feel the same way and vote "yes" to fully fund the excess levy.
Peckol serves as the Cross Lanes Library board president.