$11.1 milllion Ludington Library Spending Kindle or Border's Gift Cards -more reading for more people
Lower Merion is spending $11.1 million on renovation of one in Lower Merion For this kind of money, the Township could buy everyone who uses the library a Kindle. Not only cost effective, for $11 million dollars, the Township, at retail, could buy 30,555 Kindles, for more than half the population of Lower Merion. There are about 23, 699 housing units in Lower Merion , so we could buy a Kindle for every house and apartment in Lower Merion and more people would have more access to more books at less cost and less impact on the environment.
$11.1 million for one library is $189 for each man, woman and child in Lower Merion, some of whom can’t read yet. Do the math, please, 58,740 is the approximate population of Lower Merion. Or each of 23, 868 households is paying $465, the more than the cost of the Kindle. One might think households would know better what their needs and interests are than government but that does not seem to be the consensus.
The reference to buying 30,555 Kindles is, admittedly, advanced facetiously to make a point. More seriously, would not the goal of making reading and books be more efficiently advanced if the Township bought every household a gift card to Borders, one in Wynnewood and one in Bryn Mawr, rather than renovate a building that is used by a relatively few people. The renovation site does not indicate how many individual users use the Ludington Library. Of course, the Ludington project is only one part of this multi, multi, million Library Renovation dollar plan. My goal of having Township Taxpayers buy Borders’ Gift Cards is to encourage and give incentives to Township residents to engage in same good public behavior that Ludington Library renovation is designed to encourage, more people have more access to more books and to give incentives to our fellow citizens to read, to learn and to enjoy. The objectives are the same: the Gift Certificate plan achieves that more people have more access to more books at a more affordable cost to them and to the Township Taxpayer.
It might be useful to find out whether there has been any determination that when the $11.1 million is spent whether anyone reads more. “If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” What is the purpose of a library other than to encourage more people to read more for learning or enjoyment? Would not the “gift card option” achieve same result. There are some, of course, who would advocate not taxing The Forgotten Taxpayer and permitting him or her to spend, save or invest his or her money as the individual thinks best. Of course, they might not spend as well as the wise and virtuous who govern our Township and that must be taken into consideration.
Perhaps the governing authorities, wise and virtuous, know best what is the public good. We voted for them to make these decisions, how best to spend our money, did we not?
Lower Merion Demographics – Income, Labor Force, Housing Type and Marital Status- linked here.