Local library systems still living in the past
I commenced to read with interest and high hopes the P-1 story in the Friday, Nov. 22, edition of the Rushville Republican headed, “Library expansion proposal heard.”
It didn’t take long for disappointment, even disbelief, to set in as the story made no mention of any possible transition, now or ever, of the city library to a county-wide entity.
I’ve campaigned for a long time on this important matter, with absolutely no positive result, but must once again raise the subject.
Every, repeat every, surrounding county has a county library system. Only backward Rushville/Rush County continues to cling to an outmoded city- only system.
I suppose adherents of the city-only system can make many arguments as to why the status quo should remain in effect year after year, but I doubt those arguments would be very convincing.
Marilyn and I are Friends of the Decatur County Library; that group did not hold its regular November Book Sale, so we made the easy run up to the Hancock County Library in Greenfield to shop its November Book Sale.
The Hancock County Library in Greenfield is extremely impressive, as is the Decatur County Library in Greensburg, and I would not expect the much smaller Rushville/Rush County area to support such lavish surroundings, but in my mind there can be no valid reason for not having a local library whose users and supporters encompass the entire county, even if on a more modest level.
I am reconciled to the fact that nothing will change in our library system. Sadly, the only changes occurring in Rushville are the ongoing shutting down of businesses. Look around at all the empty building locations--the trend is obvious. Retailers, lumber yards, auto dealers, the shut-down list goes on--and seems to be accelerating.