Letter: What’s next for Clarkdale, a book burning in the town park


The Mayor’s holding up a cell phone in a council meeting, suggesting that it replaces a library since one can find anything one needs on it, seems to indicate that he must have never done serious research.

Unfortunately, most academic books and articles are still not available on the Internet and can only be accessed through purchase or high fees–hardly something most Clarkdale residents, particularly our school children, who use the library, can afford.

Because of the interconnectivity of modern libraries, patrons can access academic and other materials at no or little cost through their local library. Yavapai College, for that matter, does not replace a true community library. Its atmosphere is often intimidating to both young and old alike outside the college community.

Directing them instead to go to the Cottonwood library or any other public library in the Verde Valley poses serious access problems for most of them, especially if they do not have any means of transpor tation, and children often depend on their parents for that, or access to public transportation.

Showing movies on shaky screens in the park is no substitute. Seemingly an outdated idea since Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and such offer streaming of movies and rental of DVDs that can be watched within the comfort of one’s own home.

At least seniors can still attend concerts of music from the last century performed in the park. There are not many public ‘safe havens’ anymore for young people. Already, they have been deprived of the swimming pool and now the library... What’s next? A book burning in the park?

Dr. Dieter Bartels

Professor Emeritus

Yavapai College



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nutso_fasst 2 years, 1 month ago

Ah, yes, book burnings, a logical progression. How can reality be redefined without destroying physical evidence of the past?

These could draw HUGE crowds at minuscule cost to government.

Of course, it can be argued the price paid by future generations would be immeasurable, but at least we wouldn't have to worry about running out of books. Just record the burnings on smartphones and they could be replayed forever at Movies in the Park.


ItsyBitsySpider 2 years, 1 month ago

Ah, where is Ray Bradbury when we need him?

Or Senator Clark, for that matter. I wonder how long officials of his town would last if they told him they couldn't finance current staff and add a qualified librarian. Highly debatable, given the fact Clarkdale could afford two full-time library staffers and a part-time assistant in 2010.

But maybe he'd say, "It's your library now. Use it or lose it." From what I've read, he didn't have much sympathy for people who allowed themselves to be politically hornswaggled.


Gonagain 2 years, 1 month ago

With an opinion piece like this, I am just thankful you are "emeritus". I don't believe school age children that cannot arrange their own transportation are in need of serious research capabilities. Not to mention the Cottonwood library is just as close as the Clarkdale library for a significant number of Clarkdale residents, only old Clarkdale and Mountain gate are significantly closer to the Clarkdale library. Movies in the park are about more than "shaky" screens and old movies. It's about building community spirit and memorable experience, just as the Concerts in the park do.