The Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas.

On the agenda of the next annual meeting of the Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries is the question of whether the Friends should continue to exist ... whether we really need an organization dedicated to furthering literacy and supporting public libraries in our community.

Do we care enough to support a community resource for literacy — both bound and digital books and all the tech services it could render? Do we need to be concerned about whether our population can read or how we develop readers? Do we want to provide for the larger part of our community that cannot afford these materials and opportunities? Do we need a cultural and intellectual center that provides a place for the segments of our society to come together?