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TACOMA: Don’t close Swan Creek Library

Letter by Jerry M. Thorpe, Tacoma on Jan. 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm with 3 Comments »
January 26, 2011 3:04 pm

It is an undebatable fact that libraries are essential to the advancement of education in any community. The leadership in Tacoma is working to improve the level of education in our city, but at the same time does nothing to keep the Swan Creek Library open.

The test scores attained by schools on the East Side seriously lag behind the level desired by the state. Time after time, good libraries have been shown to help raise test scores. The token offered by the city leaders is to expand the Sunday hours in the downtown main branch.

Do these city leaders seriously expect the citizens who live in the area currently served by the Swan Creek Library to get on a bus and come downtown? Children and adults who need the library would be further disadvantaged by closing Swan Creek Library.

(Thorpe, a retired teacher, is a former Metro Parks commissioner and Tacoma port commissioner.)

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  1. And, where were all the citizens of Tacoma when Tacoma Public Library had their meetings on the subject? Where were the school administrators and teachers? Where were the students? They were not present. Where was the populous when the City Council discussed and approved the city budget. Hardly an indication of overwhelming support to keep the libraries open!

  2. “Do these city leaders seriously expect the citizens who live in the area currently served by the Swan Creek Library to get on a bus and come downtown?”

    Jerry, It would be nice if you just stopped exaggerating.

    Mottet library is just one mile away from the Swan Creek library. There is no need to go downtown to visit a library.

  3. Hey Jerry, You say that test scores on the East Side seriously lag behind levels desired by the state, and that good libraries have been shown to help raise test scores.

    So if Swan Creek Library has been there for years, how come the test scores are so low?

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