Tonight I emailed the candidates for city council, asking where they stood on building a new library in Olympia. I've been thinking about the races the last few weeks, and whether a candidate belives we should build a new library in Olympia is the most important issue for me right now.
Here's the letter:
I’m emailing all of the city of Olympia candidates to get your feedback on the most important issue for me in this upcoming city election. When can Olympia build a new library?
For me, building a new library for Olympia is our largest unmet need.I am a member of both the Timberland Regional Library board trustees and the board of the Friends of the Olympia Library. But, I am not representing either of these organizations in this inquiry. I have also posted this letter on olyblog.net and will post your response there.
I understand that the city government doesn't necessarily need to fund a new library for one to be built (through tools like a library capital facility area), so I'm not asking you to make a public commitment to fund a library. But I do want to find out where you place the library on the list of projects to be completed.
For more information and an opportunity to directly contribute to a new library, the Friends of the Olympia Library has some information on their building fund here: http://www.olympiafriends.com/building-fund/
Thanks very much for your involvement and your contributions to our city,
Here are some of the reasons Olympia needs a new library (via the Friends):
Northern/the Olympia All Ages Project and the Olympia Timberland Library are bringing Zines on Toast, an evening of entertainment and information with zine writers from the UK (United Kingdom) and Alex Wrekk from Portland. Hear accounts of the London zine symposium, UK zine tours, vegan mass catering, UK social centers, revolt, punkrock, anarchy and more (www.zinesontoast.org). The event is at Northern, 321 4th Ave., Olympia on Wednesday, September 1 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Excerpts from the Website::
Alex Wrekk lives in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Brainscan zine and the DIY zine resource book, Stolen Sharpie Revolution. She volunteers with various self publishing projects and is a long time organizer of the Portland Zine Symposium. Wrekk went on a UK zine tour in 2009 and convinced the people she met to tour the US this year. www.smallworldbuttons.com | brainscan.etsy.com