Long Neck needs its own public library

A note to the Sussex County Council: the Long Neck region needs its own library.  Families with children, adults, and seniors in the Angola-Long Neck-Oak Orchard area have to make roughly a 20-mile round trip to visit a library in Millsboro, Lewes or Rehoboth Beach.

In order for students to spend some time at the library after school, parents would have to make a 20-mile round trip to take them there and drop them off for an hour or two, and then make another 20-mile round trip to pick them up again. How often does this really happen?

There is a well-stocked and pleasant kids’ room and a teen room at the Millsboro library, not to mention the computers, but it is not practical for Long Neck area parents to have their children take advantage of these facilities with any frequency.

Millsboro is the library I use, but I am sure that Lewes and Rehoboth have the same amenities, but with the same distance problem.

And for the many seniors and retirees in the Long Neck region, a 20-mile round trip can be quite inconvenient at any time of the year, not to mention during “the season.”

But those who would benefit the most from such a facility would be, of course, the children.

The need for this library will only grow more critical in the near future. We need this more than another gas station or fast food place. The population density in the area is exploding exponentially. For example, hundreds of new homes are slated to be built on Bay Farm Road alone, not to mention the new developments on Route 5 just north of the Route 24 intersection.

I am not on expert on local government, but since Angola, Long Neck and Oak Orchard are not officially incorporated, it seems that it will be up to the County Council to take the initiative in having a library constructed for the region.

Editor’s note: Frank Rega resides in Long Neck, De.

 

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