To the editor:
In response to opinions expressed by Peabody city councilors Jim Liacos and Rico Mello and reported in the Salem News of Jan. 29 (“Repairs overdue at library”) that libraries may be obsolete, I would like to remind everyone that public libraries in general and the Peabody Institute Library in particular are no longer, if they ever were, just book depositories or places to locate information. The many programs and learning opportunities provided by our Peabody Institute Library are phenomenal. They include everything from book discussion groups to computer how-tos, to historical presentations, evaluations of antiquities by auctioneers, children’s programs to how to locate “good” information online. These programs are always well attended and appreciated by many. This library is an old, historic landmark and a national treasure that serves a vital, current interest. By the way, not everyone in Peabody has their own computer.