August 17 ended up being a landslide for library elections (okay, there were a few close ones). But, you have to admit, it is pretty impressive that when given the chance, voters didn’t fail to support their local libraries.
- With the final votes being counted last night, Ocean Shores passed by a three vote margin a levy to fund their library.
- We’ve already seen victories in Spokane and Clallam counties and in Fort Vancouver.
- I didn’t notice until a few days ago, but Port Orchard voted by 71 percent to annex into the Kitsap library system.
- Also, Castle Rock also supported by 62 percent (a supermajority was needed) funding their library (via Ahniwa).
I’ve speculated about the reasons for this. My thoughts boil down to rural areas supporting their libraries in slow economic times and that when faced with actual building closures, voters react.
What are your thoughts?
And, yes, the original title of this post was “seven for seven.” I can’t count or was just really excited. Or both.