Camden Herald Letters to the Editor Oct. 24

Oct 24, 2019

Library Madness

The zoning assault by Mr. Earle on the new Rockport Library needs to stop.

After 10 mind-numbing hours of review by the ZBA, we have arrived at these stunning conclusions: (1) a library is not a commercial building; (2) two parking spaces do not equal a parking lot; (3) the physical site of the old library could not accommodate a parking lot and neither can the new one; (4) street parking serviced the old library and will service the new one; (5) the new library will be at legal height; (6) the brick exterior of the new library will match the brick exteriors of other buildings in the village; (7) the library’s exterior lighting will not be visible from outer space; (8) town ordinances do not require Planning Board review and approval.

These stupendous conclusions drive one response – DUH!

Mercifully, the ZBA denied this wrongheaded appeal.

Please, Mr. Earle – stop this madness and resulting waste of time and taxpayer dollars. When you return next summer, think about how fortunate you are to have this wonderful community library so close at hand.

Ralph Wallace


Dear Community,

For four days in early October, the Camden Public Library held its Fall Harbor Arts and Books book sale in tents on the Library’s front lawn. We would like to thank everyone involved for making this another successful event benefiting the library. Most especially, we would like to thank the boys and men of Scout Troop 200, which is chartered to the First Congregational Church of Camden, for helping us shift over 400 boxes of books from our book shed to the sale tents. Their cheerful assistance made a hard job go quickly, and simple thanks does not do justice to the work that they put in on the library’s behalf.

Over the course of the seven days that it took to set up, run, and break down the sale, more than 35 folks (in addition to the Scouts) volunteered their time and energy at the tents, and we thank them all. We also want to thank everyone who donates books, DVDs, and CDs to the Camden Public Library throughout the year – without you, there would not be a sale! And finally, we would like to thank those of you who shopped with us. We hope that you found something to treasure, at least for a little while. . . and when you are finished with it, well, you know where you can drop it off!

As a result of our collective effort we were able to raise $8,327 for the library during this sale. These funds will be used to keep the lights on, the books on the shelves, and the programs going. Last year, working together, an astounding $36,000 was raised for the Camden Public Library through its used book sales—truly an astonishing sum for two large sales and five smaller sales over the course of 12 months. We could not have done it without you. Thank you.

Nikki Maounis, Executive Director, Camden Public Library

Susan Fitzgerald, Volunteer CPL Book Sale Coordinator


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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Oct 28, 2019 13:40

And what a great library Camden has! Kudos for the volunteers and staff.

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