To the editor:
I take offense at Mr. Mattos words that hardly anyone uses the library. I am a library user. At times, I will be there every day of the week. Sometimes, two or three times a week. And with my own eyes, I see many people using the library.
I've seen Poof Tardiff using it for his research on the history of Berlin. I see many others, myself included using it for research of various topics that interest us and we want to learn more about. I see many people using the computers. I see many people taking out books and videos.
Berlin Public Library is a great asset to our community. The librarians are second to none. They bend over backwards trying to help you locate a book, or a video, or the information you are seeking. They work hard to obtain books through the inter-library loan system that are not available at the library. You will find no group of people more dedicated to their jobs than the librarians at our local libraries. They earn every dime of their pay. In my mind, they should be paid more, not less.
The children's section is outstanding and I have seen lots of parents bringing in their children to instill in them the joy of reading and learning. Many programs are offered to help further children's educations on various things, including the arts and sciences. Story reading programs are done for the children on a regular basis.
I personally wish the library was open more, not less as you demand. Matter of fact? It should be open on Saturdays.
Maybe Mr Mattos, the problem is with you, not the library. Maybe you ought to think before you speak or write on something you seem to have absolutely no clue about. Maybe you ought to come to the library on a daily basis. Spend some time there. Then maybe instead of saying hardly anyone uses it, you would then be able to speak with truth, that the Berlin Public Library is in fact, one of the greatest assets the City of Berlin has to offer its citizens and that many people use it.