Dear Editor:

As a Chatham resident and strong supporter of our Library of the Chathams, I urge all Chatham citizens and residents of NJ to vote a strong “YES” on Tuesday, November 7 for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, supporting libraries across NJ. 

This act authorizes New Jersey to issue bonds in the amount of $125,000,000 for the purpose of the construction, reconstruction, development, extension, improvement and furnishing of New Jersey’s public libraries. 

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The Library of the Chathams plays a tremendous role in our community life. In addition to providing traditional services such as book-borrowing and lending, public libraries function as public spaces and community centers for reading, studying, and holding public meetings.

More recently, public libraries have helped to bridge the “digital divide” by providing patrons with access to computers and the Internet, while continuing to provide a wide range of critical services, including college-preparation, job-seeking and career-assistance, and the securing of government assistance.

The benefits of public libraries are numerous, and the construction, expansion, and improvement of public libraries should be actively promoted to ensure the well-being and success of New Jersey’s citizens.

Tony Britt