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Lake Nona Needs a Library

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Lake Nona area needs a library

 

The Lake Nona area has made headlines for many incredible things in recent years — Medical City, an autonomous shuttle called Beep, and becoming a hub for all-electric, vertical take-off and landing Lilium Jets.

One thing we don’t have? A library.

Currently, the closest branches all take about 20-40 minutes to get to by car and that’s not counting delays due to traffic and construction. They’re not easily accessible by bike, walking, nor public transportation.

The Lake Nona area is home to a wide variety of students from preschool to medical school, pharmacy school and more. We have professionals, business owners, veterans, artists and creators of every kind.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, our regional population is estimated to be near 33,000, having grown about 67% since 2010. That’s not to mention the 77,000 residents who are expected to move to Southeast Orlando by 2045.

Many in our community could benefit from not only books, but access to computers, printers, WiFi, software, English as a Second Language classes, technical skills classes, and study rooms.

The pandemic has left many residents unemployed and in need of the critical career resources that libraries offer. Stressed-out parents, many of whom are first-time homeschoolers, really need access to children’s books and programming like never before.

We desperately need a library here in the Lake Nona area and have created a petition to demonstrate support. To sign our petition, visit: change.org/nonalibrary

Opinion Letter to the Orlando Sentinel

Ashley Cisneros Mejia Orlando

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