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Why a YES vote on Measure S is important

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Measure S presently supports approximately 90 percent of the funding for the Stanislaus Library system, the main library in Modesto and 12 regional branches. The average resident pays approximately $18 a year to support the library. Local, county and state funding contribute about 10 percent of the county library funding.

If Measure S is not passed this is what our county will lose in services to its citizens:

• Story time for our preschoolers; their first experiences with literacy and books.

• Schools would not be able to visit and check out books.

• There will be no public access to the Internet or WIFI.

• No teen services would be available.

• No reference or resume help.

• No new books, e-books or books on CD would be purchased or circulated.

• There would not be an adult literacy tutoring program.

• Outreach to shut-ins and seniors would not be provided.

• Inter-library loans would not be available.

This is a partial list of the help and services that would be lost.

Possibly the most important reason to vote Yes on S is to keep alive the breadth of knowledge that is available to us all.

Joan Ahlstrand,

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