Sally Fairfield: Another chance for the library

  • The M.N. Spear Memorial Library in Shutesbury center. file photo

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

This Saturday, the town of Shutesbury will once again vote at Town Meeting whether or not to build a new library. Ten years ago the town voted in favor of doing so. With much disagreement and dissension, it didn’t happen.

In those 10 years, the Friends of the MN Spear Library and the town have worked diligently to set aside money to reduce the burden of a tax increase on those who can’t afford or don’t want to pay for a new library. If we had been able to work together 10 years ago we would have a library, with a good chunk of the loan already paid off. Let’s work together this time.

Come to Town Meeting, cast your vote, visit with your friends and neighbors, especially those with whom you disagree. We have been given another chance to build a library, another chance to build bridges with each other. Let’s look beyond our win-lose world view and see that getting along with each other has lasting benefits.

We don’t know what the next 50 or 100 years will bring to our town. We do know that we are going to need to depend on each other more. We have a great town. We have hope and a future. And did you know that there has been a record number of babies born to Shutesbury residents in the past year? Let’s give them a space for story time and ukulele singalongs, knitting and yoga classes, a community garden to grow and share veggies and flowers and most of all to get to know and trust each other, even when we have different opinions.

Sally Fairfield