As I’ve often maintained, here in the Okanagan, at least, the library system is THE best thing ever….
….. in the UK though, they seem to be under attack. Again.
If You Tolerate This….
It’s hard not to feel utterly despondent at the current plight of public libraries.
“….. a good library should offer escape routes down the most extraordinary avenues, pathways into different worlds from the one you’ve left outside.”
Having not been in the UK for over 5 years, I have no idea what the situation is like, but I do remember the one we frequented in Richmond was always full of young kids with their mums and dads. I remember the one in Eastbourne being the next best thing, with DVD and CD’s rentals. Have they really found themselves that unused? Totally empty? I find that hard to believe.
With the cost of living increasing every time I look and with job security uncertain, the library would and should be, I would have thought, a place to learn new skills, or to develop existing ones and chart a course for yourself over the next few years. New languages easy to try via CD or audio book, tips and books on growing your own food, beekeeping, building a shed. Far from being depressing, this period we find ourselves in could be, as Wire says, allowing you to find “pathways into different worlds from the one you’ve left outside.”
So, wherever you live, turn the TV off, get your shoes on and bugger off to your library. Support it. You never know what you’re going to discover or what ideas you’re going to have. One day, when it’s too late, you may suddenly realise what you gave up when you allowed them to get rid of them.
The rest of us are waiting for and, relying on you.