There isn't enough room on this page to capture all the reasons I believe supporting the Bexley Public Library is the right thing to do as a resident of our great community.

To the Editor:

There isn't enough room on this page to capture all the reasons I believe supporting the Bexley Public Library is the right thing to do as a resident of our great community.

As president of Friends of Bexley Public Library, I could write about how we raise a significant amount of money to support the library but not enough to support all that is needed to serve a community that so highly values education and discovery. This is especially true when one considers that when the current levy expires, more than a third of the library's budget will expire.

As a graduate of Bexley schools and a parent of children educated by them, I could write about the committed partner we have in a library that supports our educators' goals. Consider for example the Homework Help Center, with 3,500 plus visits.

As a Bexley native, I could write about my strong family history with the library including my mother's legacy of service that included the whole family and reached far beyond Bexley.

But those are my memories and motivators to vote "yes." And as much as I love it, the library is not just mine. The Bexley Public Library is ours. That's the most important reason you should join me in voting for Issue 49.

Each of us has our own special connection to the library, whether it was discovering a favorite author, hearing squeals of delight from children at story time, catching up with friends while browsing the new releases, attending a wonderful concert or event or learning how to use new technology.

The Bexley Public Library embodies our community in a way few other institutions do. I see it every time I walk through the doors -- patrons who span many generations engaging with each other and their library in a way that meets their unique needs, makes them feel welcome and inspires them as lifelong learners.

I cannot imagine a thriving Bexley without a thriving Bexley Public Library. And that's why I encourage you to join me in voting "yes" on Issue 49.

Elizabeth Murphy
president, Friends of the Bexley Library