S.W.M.B.O. is elected to an important public office in our new town
New neighbors urged S.W.M.B.O. to run for Trustee of the Public Library. When she happily agreed she was out of town and phoned me at the last minute and asked me to crank out a Vote For Cynthia poster (above) and spread it around town in time for the election. With permission, the poster went up at the Transfer Station -- taped right above the big hole where everyone has to throw their trash -- the Public Library itself, and the General Store. (The Town Office, Senior Center / Grange Hall and Post Office were closed.)
My efforts as Campaign Manager bore fruit. The polling place closed at 8 pm, and we got a call from the very nice Town Clerk at 10 pm to inform Cynthia she'd been elected, with 38 votes -- which is many more townspeople than we think we actually know or could possibly have met yet. Any voter who wanted to vote for a Trustee had to have memorized the candidate's name, spelled reasonably correctly, to write it on the ballot; no candidate names for this office had been printed on the ballot.
From the Library's website:
The Chesterfield Public Library is the community connection to reading, lifelong learning, and personal and professional enrichment for people of all ages. The library maintains an open, unbiased environment and upholds the public’s right of access to information. The library also serves as an informal community gathering place.
But it's got books, bunches of books, books crammed floor to ceiling on every wall, it's got computers, it's comfortable, friendly, even intimate, and if a public school student can't find what he/she needs there, the expert librarians will track it down and get it for the kid. With the help and resources of our Library, an ambitious kid can get into Cal Tech or Sarah Lawrence.
The Library -- like every public library in this economy -- is stressed, stripped of traditional funding, important resources it's depended on -- the travelling Bookmobile -- have been shut down. So the challenge is to keep the Library as healthy and strong as possible during the Hard Times, to make sure it keeps serving every patron well. The neighbors thought S.W.M.B.O. would be good at that. She's excited and enthusiastic.
As for matching her talents and interests with this job, S.W.M.B.O. and I are both obsessively fond of books. Books were those physical, tangible things made of sheets of paper with words and images printed on the paper in ink. Older people may remember them. To read them, you sat down in a comfortable chair, held them in both hands and turned the pages one at a time. They didn't use batteries or need to be plugged in or recharged. No wi-fi involved, they just magically already had all the knowledge and wisdom inside them, reliably, every time you opened them.
A point is that which hath no dimension.
A line hath one dimension, length.
of books to read
where it's peaceful
............ -- "Lazy" by Irving Berlin
S.W.M.B.O. will be sworn in as Trustee, along with about ten other new and re-elected Town officials, some volunteers, some paid a small salary or stipend, at the upcoming Town Meeting.
I'm Bob, the new Library Trustee's husband (and campaign manager).