Cheryl Zoll: ‘Yes’ is the smart choice for the library

Thursday, October 21, 2021

As a former director of the Amherst Survival Center, I got to know many people who were forced to work against incredible odds to provide for themselves and their families. Many relied on the Jones Library for vital access to computers, job search support and English lessons.

It has always pained me to see long lines for access to the few public computers. Tutoring and career programs take place in basement corners, and sensitive services for people who are homeless are crammed into public hallways.

The trustees’ plan for the library addresses the inadequacies of the current building, opening programs and services to folks for whom it is currently difficult or downright inaccessible. It provides an opportunity to meet the diverse needs of our community with dignity and without increasing town spending, and it lays the groundwork to meet new challenges that will undoubtedly arise.

I encourage Amherst voters to make the smart choice and choose “Yes” on Nov. 2.

Cheryl Zoll