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Little Libraries idea has great potential

One thing is certain. We now live in a world where the notion of thinking outside of the box is going to become much more common than ever.

For those who frequent libraries, there are still plenty of great options. This includes some who have expanded or will be expanding, including Angola and Hamburg.

At the same time, there is also getting to the library. That in itself can cause an issue.

For many communities, they still reap the rewards of having a public library.

But for places such as the Village of Blasdell, it is either they get somewhere like Hamburg or nothing.

For teenagers who are looking for a book to read, they have to find arrangements to get to the library.

Now the Village of Blasdell is working on a plan called “Little Libraries,” which would involve several kiosks placed at locations around the village where books could be borrowed from.

This certainly would be far from giving residents back the entire experience you get when going to a library. This includes Internet access to help with research for projects or papers as one example. You would not be able to take out movies or enjoy the many perks that come with the public library system.

However, reading is an important function in life. Giving an option and locations for people to check out books is a positive step.

On the flip side, there are still kinks that need to be worked out. For example, how do you keep track of what books are in what kiosk and can you keep track of who has removed the books?

Where would books be returned? Who would be eligible to rent books? Just village residents or anyone? Would this also be in partnership with the county library system or be a separate entity?

More important, these “Little Libraries” bring back a little something that has been missing in communities such as Blasdell for several years now.

The former library in the village is still used for other community functions, but the sign that says it was the Blasdell Public Library still hangs on the building, reminding residents of what the history of the building once was.

We love the potential of what this could be. We wish the Blasdell Village Board the best of luck as it strives towards serving its residents with the installation of “Little Libraries” in the future.

• We realize that in our coverage area, the sizes of our towns and villages range from large to small. The issues can be vastly different, and what may seem like something not as important to one community, may be of great importance to another.

One thing that all should have in common are up-to-date members of zoning and planning boards.

Most do, but in the Village of Farnham, a proposed Dollar General project has moved ahead in some key areas of the development process, while it has seen a snag in some others.

The key issue being that because there has not been a lot of activity in recent years, the village’s zoning and planning boards have become stagnant and virtually non-existent.

Mayor Julie Ann Gibbons has stated “In the past, our zoning and planning boards, because there was no activity in the village that required major zoning board appeals or planning board approval, there was more or less a moratorium on the requirements for regular meetings of the those boards.”

She said she has contacted members of the boards, and some have said they no longer have interest in returning to duty.

Hopefully, when the dust settles, the village has full boards and the Farnham zoning and planning boards can become a bit more active. Maybe meet a required once or twice a year. We know Farnham won’t be as active as some, but on occasion, the Dollar General’s of the world will need their assistance.


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