Don Urban’s letter (“Brookfield Library plan flawed, excessive”) in the Sept. 5 Landmark claims that the Internet and the availability of digital materials negate the need for a larger library in Brookfield.
I don’t know the statistics for the Brookfield library, but my ongoing experience working in a public library shows me that physical formats remain very popular. Furthermore, many people rely on their libraries for Internet service. And when economic times are difficult, people turn to their libraries even more.
Librarians select authoritative resources in both physical and digital formats. They also sift through myriad Internet sites in order to highlight those that offer trustworthy information.
Libraries offer children’s programs that enhance their learning. Adult programs contribute to intellectual stimulation. Libraries also offer quiet spaces conducive to concentration and reflection.
All these services require space. While I don’t know if the proposed building is larger than necessary, I can see that the current space is bursting at the seams. The site the library board wants to purchase is easily accessible and joins two of Brookfield’s business districts. I endorse the board’s selection of that site.
Mr. Urban’s suggestion that the library build a branch on the old Moose site doesn’t make sense. A branch would require some duplication of services and another layer of oversight. A village the size of Brookfield needs to concentrate its resources in one place.