Al Kiefer recently retired from the Spokane Public Library after over 30 years of service. An article in the paper highlighted his dedication to accommodating the reading needs of people with limited mobility through the Outreach Program. I saw Al in action when I worked in apartments in downtown Spokane. He is a true gentleman and demonstrated a positive outlook on life. Totally deserving of this recognition.
Just as equally, we should all support the work of our local library systems. Libraries, like the arts and social services, can be dismissed as a waste of resources. After all, they do not generate any income. But they are vital to the health and well-being of our community, benefits that money cannot buy.