Jan’s story

Libraries have always been important to me. As a young child, a visit to the library was a real treat. When I was growing up, the books they provided fed my hungry mind and led me on fascinating voyages of discovery both satisfying and stimulating what was to become a life-long love of literature. Later, my local library was an invaluable means of research for various writing projects.

Most recently, a reading group (Carnegie Readers meeting regularly at Loughborough Library, Leics – one of ten such groups in the area) has put me in touch with lively, like-minded folk. Being able to discuss our book choices greatly enriches our reading experiences (whether or not we agree!). The group also provides a much-appreciated social link, which grows more significant for those of us troubled by increasing health problems. Now that my small grandson is growing to love story hour at his local library, the threat to such services for generations to come takes on a disturbing longer-term aspect. Libraries and library services are far too precious to lose!

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  2. Melanie Wood

    I work in a small library in a rural village. (I should make it clear that I work part time, and I am writing this in the hours when I am not employed as a library manager by Suffolk County Council.)

    I just wanted to add to this excellent website that two 15-year-olds came in to the library last week, they are regular visitors and volunteers and are horrified that their library could close. They said:

    “We’re teenagers. We get criticised for sitting at home in front of the TV or on the mobile, or PC. So we go out and meet our friends in the park. We get moved on because they think we’re being anti-social. The youth club is closing down. So we come here to the library because we’re welcome. Now they’re closing this too. And there won’t be any buses out of the village soon. There’s nothing left for us. Nothing at all.”

    Public libraries offer something for everyone. They have adapted to our changing lifestyles over the centuries and survived. People can appropriate their offer and take what they enjoy or need from them. As managers, we are caretakers, not owners, of these collective cultural resources. Libraries are not commodities. They are an established and flexible part of our way of life, and I believe they should remain so for future generations.

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