Saturday, 5 February 2011

Libraries are threatened with closure!

Books, real books!  They live in libraries for everyone!
Unfortunately, with the threat of the ubiqiutous 'kindle' -(and others similar),  less  reading in schools due to a lack of good  basic education, and too much 'on screen' work,   a too fast moving society that cannot concentrate for more than 10 minutes at a time, cuts to council budgets, falling numbers of people bothering to use and treasure the facilities in their libraries, visitors to libraries have fallen off drastically.
The Conservatives are planning to cut the numbers of libraries,- and  they preach the 'big society'. That doesn't make sense does it?
Where are the great philanthropists of the past? There are plenty of super rich out there with more money than they could ever spend in a lifetime, would it be impossible for them to give some of that money back to the community, where it came from in the first place?
Andrew Carnegie, the son of a handloom weaver, built his  first public library in Dunfermline his hometown in Scotland in 1883. "Let there be light" is the carved motto at the entrance. He believed in giving a chance to those who were most anxious to,  and able to help themselves. The libraries he  was responsible for building in America are still  some of the most imposing structures built in hundreds of American communities too.

Above........... oh the beauty and joy of books!


  1. The Tories that group of rich remember what thatcher the shopkeepers daughter did ! She wanted us to doth our caps as she drove by .This lot are no different you just watch the rich will get ever fatter and richer !

  2. I think therefore I am not5 February 2011 at 21:34

    Reading a real book is such a great experience -not like the sanitised experience of browsing/surfing on a bland often distracting and advertising-infested plastic screen.