Regardless of budget cuts to the new Dover Public Library, it will be a carefully planned meeting place, information source and more, according to Jim Flood Sr.

From the 1988 edition of Webster’s New World Dictionary of American English (Third College Edition) comes this definition of the word “library”:
“a) A collection of books, periodicals, music scores, films, phonograph records, etc., especially a large, systematically arranged collection for reading or reference b) a room or building where such a collection is kept.”

That was then, this is now, and in reference to the current project to build a new Dover public library a new understanding is needed concerning what a library is, or could or should be.

To be clear, this commentary is made by someone who wholeheartedly supports the new library, and I was made even more convinced after hearing the detailed explanation of the project by City Manager Tony DePrima last week before Dover City Council members. A news story in last week’s edition outlined that presentation. The library has been most carefully planned, and its cost has been cut in keeping with the economic times.

But the library itself, scheduled to open in September 2012, will be everything the current library is plus an information source keeping up with new ways of providing information and reading pleasure. It also will be a meeting place for all ages. It will indicate to new and old businesses that Dover is keeping up with how information is stored and retrieved.

The library, or whatever word accurately reflects its expanded features, will be an information source of top quality, as well as a reason for justifiable pride as an accomplishment by the citizens of the state capital. Plus, the city’s governmental and business center will be enhanced by its presence.

I think that a visit to the current library to see how busy it is will help convince doubters of the need for a new facility.

Altogether it’s an exciting venture, one to be proud of.