Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2006 | It’s wonderful that San Diego has a Central Library to collect and exhibit rare and beautiful Edward Curtis photographs of Native Americans, now on display every weekday afternoon in the Wangenheim Room of the downtown library on E Street.

The Curtis show is a classic example of the expanded capacity and broader function of a city’s central library from its branch libraries which are much more limited in scope.

In this new year, we can all contribute something to the capital campaign of the Central Library by sending a check to the San Diego Public Library Foundation, care of Kathy Boskoff, Main Library Development, 820 E Street, San Diego CA 92101.

To provide for books, equipment or programs, gifts can be earmarked differently, to Friends of the Main Library at that same address. Contributions to Friends of the Main Library will be matched by the city.

I’d like to imagine 2007 as the year when San Diego finally realizes its plan for a Central Library that is at least equivalent to libraries in other west coast cities.

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