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An opportunity for the library

With a windfall comes the sticky wicket of determining what the heck to spend the money on.
Certainly Ennis hasn’t had a lot of great sums of money turning up under rocks these days, so it will be interesting to see what the city has in store for the library with the money that has been given recently by a generous, long-time member of the community.

None of our ideas for expanding this educational resource would be possible without that donation. We have our suspicions about the identity of that big heart, but ultimately, the legacy of a more robust library is much more important than naming names.

We respect the desire to remain under the radar as a noble gesture that we’d be remiss to compromise.

So, Ennis has more than $600,000 that will make our library a better place to read and learn. The foundation that the library represents in the academic culture of our community has been extolled on this page before, as well as the efforts of the vibrant group of volunteers who are friends to our library, so you can imagine we’re fans of the whole idea.

This is the public’s money. We, through the representation of our elected officials with whom we trust the awesome responsibility of managing these decisions, have a lot to consider. What do we want to see done in our library?

For one, I’ve always thought that Ennis’ library had a great opportunity to have an atmosphere that is second to none.

Doing that will mean taking a good look at how our library feels — and that’s so hard to quantify that the fact we have several years to look at this idea will probably be a good thing in the end.

I’d love to see the adult area boost its resources in the computer department, as well as an expansion of the area that serves as a gathering place and meeting hall.

One of the biggest controversies of my former place of employment came from infighting over managing a convention space at a library, so I’d say we’re probably better off without trying to move toward any kind of large meeting space, but we could certainly dress up the technology available — the soundsystem, the project, the lighting. Just a few ideas.

The children’s area is arguably the most important area of the library, so you can’t leave it out of any retouching, as well. It’s the bedrock for a life of learning, and having the space, atmosphere and resources to create a good children’s section may be the best idea of them all.

What do you think? We’d love to hear from you about what areas of the library could use some sprucing up. Give us a call, send me an e-mail or mail me a letter, and we’ll let the discourse begin.

Nick Todaro is the editor of the Ennis Daily News. He can be reached at nick@ennisdailynews.com.

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