To the Editor:
As a proud New Canaan resident for 25 years, a mom, and a marketer with economic impact experience, I am enthusiastically writing in support of the rebuilding of the New Canaan Public Library.
When our adult children were young, like many families, we enjoyed the many youth programs offered by the library and met families who have become lifelong friends. Our 24-year-old son is now the founder of a startup and, when he is local, he uses the library as his “We Work” thanks to high-speed Internet and an environment conducive to productivity and focus. I continue to enjoy the library’s diverse lectures, programs and offerings—and I often bring my 81-year-old mother-in-law who lives nearby. It’s a multi-generational center of learning.
For 15 years, I was the executive director and CMO of Market New Haven. I had the privilege and pleasure of working alongside Yale University to tell the story of New Haven’s renaissance. And I can assure you that the New Haven Free Public Library played a role—and continues to play a role—in creating economic vitality on so many levels.
I have learned first-hand:
- Libraries today are the heart of a community because they support strengthening literacy and reading, and it’s so much more than that.
- Libraries today are true community centers.
- Libraries today are the most democratic institutions in the world because everyone is welcome and everyone benefits, learns, and grows from the many offerings.
- Libraries today are a stabilizing effect for a community, especially critical in today’s chaotic world.
For all these reasons and more, an expanded New Canaan Library will not only enrich the lives of our current residents, it will undoubtedly attract new families to New Canaan. Families looking for new communities are attracted to strong school systems and strong libraries—the two go hand in hand.
For all these reasons and more, I wholeheartedly support this rebuilding project. Thank you.