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Letter: Painful library cut

I would like to let the new library administration know what they have done to the Silt community by eliminating my mother’s position at the Silt library. Everyone in the town of Silt that uses the library knows who my mother, Melissa, is.

Every patron who ever needed help with a computer or hand-held device knows Melissa because she helped them with their device one time or another. She put together a variety of fun and informative classes ranging from cross stitching and crochet to Halloween paranormal activities. She has been an asset to the library for 20 years helping our community with story time and job applications or just being a friendly face and a listening ear. The children in this community all know her because they all go to school with my children and my brothers. I have witnessed on several occasions her smiling face helping students with homework.

My father even helped maintain the old building with maintenance concerns and cleaning while my mom was on maternity leave. I even helped her clean on occasions as well so we could go home and have dinner as a family or simply just to keep her company.

My mother was part of a family at the Silt library, and losing her is a tremendous loss to the Silt library family. I have not even had the strength to walk through the doors since the layoffs because I am so brokenhearted for my mother and our community. The administration has destroyed the livelihood of an amazing woman who was dedicated to her community and the people that live in this amazing little town.

The administration will probably never recover from the way it has shown us to be a cold, heartless group of people that could care less about our community. As my father stated in his letter, the former administration would never have treated the committed, dedicated and experienced people this way because they were all from this community. The new administration contains people from out of state who have no idea what this community is about and how close we are to our library family. I pray that God will help guide the new administration and teach them to be more respectful to their employees in the future, because Lord knows our library family deserves it.

Crystal McCartney

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