What do you need for a great library? The answer, from those pushing the fifth renewal of Stanislaus County’s eighth-cent library sales tax, is money.
While that’s true, there’s more to it. It also takes commitment, innovation, dedication, perspiration and inspiration. Combine all those, and the library becomes something far more than just a place to find books and bookmarms.
Say Yes to S!
By Pat Portwood
If you think the line at Starbucks is long in the morning, check out the crowds waiting outside the Modesto Library 15 minutes before the doors open almost any day of the week.
And you know what? Everyone gets in, everyone is served, and it doesn’t cost them a penny.
By Key Oyer
My wife, Jackie, and I are supporting Measure S on the November ballot. It is a renewal of an existing 1/8th cent sales tax to support libraries in Stanislaus County that has been in effect since 1995.
This small sales tax has kept libraries open through hard financial times. On several occasions, Stanislaus County voters, by more than a two-thirds margin, have voted to retain the tax because they realize the importance of libraries.
By Daniel Marsh
Voters in November will be asked again to vote is a countywide election to renew the eighth-penny sales tax to support our countywide library system. I hope you will vote yes on Measure S .
We need to keep this first-rate library system up and running for the thousands who use it daily. By voting yes, we will protect the infrastructure we already have and allow for progressive advances in the near future.
By Jeff Jardine
Measure S presently provides nearly 90 percent of the funding for the Stanislaus County library system – the main library in Modesto and 12 branches. The average resident pays approximately $18 per year to support the library through an additional eighth-cent in sales tax. Local, county and state funding provide about 10 percent of the county library’s funding.
By Dick Hagerty
This month is Library Lovers Month.
Now, aren’t you happy you have discovered this little-known fact?
Actually, every month should be Library Lovers Month. Our Stanislaus County Free Library is a true treasure, in every sense of the word. And yes, it is totally free.
Approximately 415,000 county residents have library cards. The collection of books and periodicals totals nearly 700,000. The “extra” programs available are amazing and extensive.
In the back room of a post office torn down decades ago, a little bit of culture once graced a town full of lumberjacks, sawmill, office workers and their families.
I spent plenty of time in my youth in the early to mid-1960s in that little library, the wooden plank seating and splinters be damned. The whining of the saws became our Musak in Standard, then a tiny mill town near Sonora.