May 22, 2012 10:20:56 AM
I was shocked to read in its recent newsletter that only 87 memberships in Friends of the Library provide the crucial support that supplements public moneys for diverse library endeavors that serve as tools for learning for significant numbers of 60,000 city and county citizens of all demographic groups. I agree with John D. Rockefeller, Jr. "that every right implies a responsibility, every opportunity an obligation, and every possession a duty." His stance is a call to all who value our public library. It is easy to take something familiar for granted, but we cannot dismiss the library as an entitlement.
Individuals and the business community must rally to action in the form of contributions -- annually $12 for an individual; $25 for a family; $100 for a business/corporation; or one gift of $200 for life membership in Friends of the Library. Join 56 annual members and 31 life members to continue worthy endeavors.
Any contribution can be delivered to a local library or mailed to Jo Shumake, 720 College St., Columbus, MS 39701.
I urge each reader to agree with Rockefeller, weigh personal benefits or professional justifications, and act without procrastination.
Offering a genuine plea,
Jack H. White