Monson tries to clear up misconceptions of proposed countywide library system

There are a lot of misconceptions about a countywide library system according to Jay Monson, chairman of the Logan Municipal Council and also chair of a joint city/county council committee that has studied the countywide library system.Cache County residents will be able to vote on November 2 whether or not they favor a countywide library, and although the vote is non-binding Monson says he hopes people will vote yes.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Monson said he hopes people will study the issue carefully.”A lot of people just assume some things that aren’t so,” Monson said, “like it’s going to cost more, or they’ll lose local control. Some people are worried in Hyrum, for example, where they have a beautiful library. “I’ve been there. It’s wonderful. They’re worried that they won’t be able to keep that building. All of those just aren’t true.”Monson says no one would lose their jobs and those working for other libraries would become employees of Cache County.Some people say libraries are not as important in this era of technology, but Monson said he disagrees. Libraries do not just have books, he said. “There’s great DVDs, CDs, videos and information,” Monson said. “They’re information sources and they’re gathering places.”Monson encourages citizens to study the issue. Those who do, he said, will learn that with the countywide system, people would be paying less for library service.

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