After carefully reviewing the plans for the proposed Family Enrichment Center in Carbondale, I wholeheartedly support this venture and believe that it is the best use for the Carbondale library facility. I am very impressed with the work and serious thought that has gone into this proposal and recognize that the center will fill a real need that exists in this community.
Carbondale is a wonderful place to raise children. They are our strength and our future. The Family Enrichment Center will further our goal to be a nurturing, supportive community for our families by serving diverse age groups. It will provide jobs for teachers and aides and will be a resource for all of us. Its presence in the middle of Carbondale will add vitality to our core. The benefits will spill over to the downtown shops and restaurants as the center will attract families to the area.
Having devoted over 50 years to teaching and practicing science, I am particularly excited about the plans to have children of all ages participate in growing and preparing some of their own food. We need to instill in our young people at an early age a love of science and curiosity about how the world around them works so that we can raise up another generation of scientists and engineers. Seeing how things grow and questioning, for example, why are plants green, or why does yeast make bread rise, opens the door to an appreciation of our amazing world as well as our agricultural heritage.
I have had the privilege and great joy of watching my grandsons grow up in Carbondale and become fine young men. It is an old but true adage that “It takes a village to raise a child.” Carbondale needs to be that village. Please support the use of the library for the Family Enrichment Center.
Janet A. Johnson