Dear Southern Pines Public Library:
When my husband and I moved to town four years ago, getting a library card was one of the first things on our to-do list. According to your website, "to obtain a card at no charge, you must show proof of ... residency or ownership of property within the town of Southern Pines." Although we don't reside in Southern Pines, we own property here -- an office building and a single-family home in downtown, and a lot in National Golf Club -- and were deemed eligible for a library card at that time.
But last week, when my husband was trying to check out a book, he was told we have to give up our library cards because our Southern Pines properties are in the name of our company rather than our personal names. Apparently the library has adopted, or recently has begun enforcing, a policy of not extending library privileges to companies.
I ask you to please, please make an exception in this case. My husband and I are the only people with Southern Pines library cards through our company, and free library access is an essential element of our budgeting and mental-health goals.
We pay Southern Pines property taxes. We cheerfully pay overdue fines. We buy books by the dozen at your library sales. We sing your praises to everyone we know. We support libraries in general, and the Southern Pines one in particular, in every way we can think of.
I hope you'll agree that we have a legitimate case, and will restore our free library privileges. Thanks for your time and consideration.