Each year, Jasper County Council passes a budget to fund the services that are necessary to keep our government operating. Those necessities include our county libraries in Hardeeville and Ridgeland. Our libraries are most vital to our communities. The books they provide encourage literacy and comprehension to young and old. Books fill us with a sense of wonder and escape, knowledge and growth.
But our libraries also offer a much larger service to the many people in our area who do not have Internet access. Students can research and create educational projects. Teens and adults search for jobs, make contact with family and friends, and even apply to colleges. For many, this lifeline would not exist without our libraries.
Last year, the Jasper County libraries were funded to barely cover the cost of salaries and benefits. There was no extra money for additional books, new computers, supplies, programs, etc. We must do better than this, for the sake of our children and our community. How can we expect our children to excel if they don't have access to the latest books, information, and technology?
A budget review meeting will be held at 4:15 p.m. today at the Jasper County Courthouse. We need you to come and speak on behalf of the libraries. Tell the council members how the libraries have impacted your lives. Your voice can make all the difference.
Leslie Jones Hart
Friends of Pratt Memorial Library