Where can you turn when you need help with directions and you don’t have access to the internet? I decided to call our local Crandall Library in Glens Falls to find out where a certain avenue was located in Glens Falls. The address I was looking for was Warren, which I found out was off Glen Street, which is a main street. Well, let me simply say, thank goodness for our Crandall Library! They were the ones that provided me with that information.
Now a map in a convenient place, such as the telephone book, would have taken care of this as well. Why doesn’t the wonderful well advertised phone book, that everyone receives free, ever have a map of our main streets in the towns that they list in the book? The telephone book that I receive covers Glens Falls (two books in fact), Lake George, Hudson Falls, Queensbury, Fort Edward and some others. Oh yes, the listing of doctors, insurance companies and so on are great to have, but in these thick books, where is a simple map which lists streets (or even the major ones) for each location? All you usually get is one page of general information. Then guess what happens to these telephone books that don’t list individual names anymore? Not everyone has access to a computer. Also, the free telephone books we get add to our “junk” mail pile. OK, some are kept for reference, but at least give us a general map of each street in these big thick pages filled with telephone numbers (that most people don’t even have anymore because they’d switched to just cellphones)!
Viola Fedor Farnsworth, Gansevoort