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Consider This...Library changes needed no matter what

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I think it is admirable that city leaders reached out to Texas Tech architecture graduate students for ideas about a possible new library.

They have presented plans to replace the Godeke Branch that now occupies the old Barnes & Noble at the S. Loop and Slide.

Here's some background: Lubbock is nearing the end of a five-year rental agreement that has cost taxpayers $25,000 a month in rent. That was the remedy after mold had overtaken the original location.

At the time, city leaders said it would be a great location for many years to come. Turns out, it wasn't such a great idea.

Consider this:

I agree with current leaders that spending almost $1.5 million over five years to rent space for our own library is bad business.

But now that we are almost done with that deal, I am happy to see current leaders approaching solutions with an open mind.

Getting bright, creative, fresh minds involved is always good. And the theme "Think Outside the Books" is a smart one.

Now, let's take those ideas, build on them, get out of the bad deal we are in and do something that moves our library service into the 21st century.

And let's do it in a way that is much more cost effective for the taxpayers.

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