Kanawha County voters have an important decision to make on Saturday: whether to support lifelong education.
Not only will the proposed levy assist our schools, it will help to sustain our libraries and communities.
Every time I walk into my local branch library, I see people of all ages. There are mothers and fathers in the children's area, instilling in their children a love of reading and learning. There are students using the computers and Internet access to complete school assignments.
There are people of all ages meandering through the aisles of books and other media, revisiting favorite authors and meeting new ones, learning new information, visiting faraway places and having new adventures. The community room has activities for all local residents, from children's programs to regular meetings of local groups to special activities and more every week.
Branch libraries are often the heart of their communities, and this center of activity and learning is critical to these areas. With Kanawha County spanning more than 900 square miles, many residents would be unable to drive to Charleston to find and return books, attend activities and enjoy the learning available in the main library.
Without the levy, we could lose six of our nine branch libraries across the county. This means our students would lose access to necessary resources for schoolwork and our communities would lose a vital, vibrant resource.
Yes, it will cost us more to pass the levy for the benefit of our schools and libraries. If we don't pass it, though, the cost of losing these resources will be