Amanda Woodbury: Park County library questions |

Amanda Woodbury: Park County library questions

I respectfully disagree with Mike Nelson and all others who think the Old Courthouse lawn is a good place for the JBG Memorial Library. I know Jim would be offended. This plan is being pushed through because it has been attached to the urgent need for county office space and is someone’s myopic vision for acquiring funding using the county as a reason to qualify for various grants, just as was done when the Bailey Library was built. Note: those county offices are now located in the new, too small building in downtown Bailey. Park County has some, not so sly or clever moves up the sleeve.

In the beginning, I naively contributed a substantial amount of money to the Friends, to be used as inspiration for community fundraising with matching funds, just as the health care facility was funded. I was motivated by that success story, but unfortunately, was not advised to hold the funds until the matching had been done. Now the money has been spent on useless expenses or sits anonymously in a bank account, never used to gain attention from the community for a much-needed library building. Every time I have prodded and complained I have received the same answers which pertain to getting funding from the government instead of taking the much more wholesome road to success, by asking the community to contribute to the building of this library. I think the combination with the county offices is the first big mistake and the second is underestimating the willingness of the people to do this for the good of the community without involving the government in the use and building of it. In my mind the JBGLibrary and the need for county offices are two distinctly different issues and they should be handled as such.

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