Several research studies have been publicized recently that clearly show that early exposure to reading, numbers and art can lead to later success in school and in life.

Unfortunately, many families in Augusta can’t afford books and games, and many don’t have time to read to their toddlers because they work multiple jobs. This situation means that the Lithgow Library is a critical resource for our children so that they can succeed.

Ninety percent of brain development occurs before age 5, and Lithgow’s many programs for children target this young age group. We need to renovate and improve our community library now for the good of our city.

On June 10, we can vote yes for the Lithgow renovation and assure that our library’s programs for Augusta’s young people will continue and expand, giving our children a chance for success in this competitive world.

John LaCasseAugusta