Mayor’s August message: ‘Use it or lose it’

Mayor Bill Phillips talks about the Aliso Viejo Library in his latest message, which follows:”Use it or lose it.”  We have all heard of this old adage that for several decades has been used to aptly describe the best way to offset the problems that come with aging.  But this saying also applies to our local library.  The Aliso Viejo Library’s operating hours were recently cut from seven days to six.  The reason the library is no longer open on Sundays is because we are not using it enough.The library at 1 Journey in Aliso Viejo is owned and funded through the County of Orange.  Looking at factors like population, property tax values and usage, the Orange County Public Libraries uses a formula to determine how many days libraries are open during the week.

While our population and property tax values haven’t changed much, the usage of this facility has.  There is no question the library is a great resource for people of all ages.  This facility serves as a window into the past and portal to the future.  You can visit the library to read and check out books, research projects or homework and enjoy a bevy of programs and events for kids.  You can even learn a new language or research your family tree.  The library encourages early literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading.  The opportunities are endless for expanding your knowledge.

The Orange County Public Libraries won’t assess our library again until next spring.  Therefore, if we don’t use this facility by checking out books and attending programs and events, we could lose even more.  If we want the luxury of having the library open 7 days a week, we need to come together as a community and use it more.

Kids are heading back to school, so now is the time to see what great resources are available at the Aliso Viejo Library.
You can find out more by visiting http://ocpl.org/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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