Local control of library

To the editor:

By forcing the Marshall Library to rejoin Plum Creek, which is clearly what most of the City Council wants, we will lose local control of our library and instead have it managed by a bureaucrat in St. Paul.

Under the guise of rules and efficiencies, Plum Creek will decide what materials you can buy. They will “recommend” staffing levels.

Plum Creek has stated that libraries should have nothing on their shelves that has not been checked out for five years. Items that typically do not circulate frequently include old tractor repair manuals, literature classics, and local history materials.

I feel that the city council should follow (Council member John) DeCramer’s advice and, “let the people with the closest knowledge of the subject make the decision.”

Ross Anderson