Several articles regarding the Arnold Foundation gifts to various organizations in Madera have been published in this newspaper and in the Fresno Bee. Recently in the list of recipients, the $500,000 gift to the Madera County Library has been omitted. As county librarian, this concerns me greatly. Why is the library forgotten?
The library is a champion advocate for literacy, free information, free computer access, historical documents and pictures, entertainment and a neutral location for the community to gather. Despite painful staff and budget reductions we have maintained a welcoming place for children and adults alike, offering updated computers, WiFi, ebooks, special programs for all ages, and a growing California history and genealogy room. Our Web page (www.madera countylibrary.org) has information about all five libraries in Madera County, including upcoming events, preschool story times, local authors, new books, online library catalog, and much more.
For example, this Saturday at 3:30 p.m., the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will perform “Julius Caesar” in the Galloway Room. This is professional theatre presenting Madera a FREE performance and a chance to ask the actors questions afterward.
The library is an important part of our community. The Arnold Foundation gift was given by people who value the library and want to see the building improved to meet the needs of the people. We are forever grateful to the Arnolds and hope that there are more like-minded people in Madera who won’t forget about the library. Please don’t forget about the library!