Manatee's public library system a 'mighty educational institution'

December 15, 2013 

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A display of books and resources at the Manatee Central Library that are centered on helping someone find employment. GRANT JEFFERIES/gjefferies@bradenton.com

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A belated letter to the editor, but one I felt I should send regarding your informative, supportive and needed Dec. 1 editorial about our Manatee County public libraries.

You are right to refer to them as "a veritable treasure." As you pointed out, they provide a wide variety of library services that go far beyond just checking out books. The system is a mighty educational institution in itself and whose fine work should be supported more by officialdom as a nation should have a strong public sector activity to meet the needs and interests of its citizenry.

If there are any county commissioners who don't believe that, they have no business serving on the board.

Richard La Brecque

Bradenton

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