Following on from recent articles in the press it seems as if authors are making a concerted effort to defend the value of public libraries. In the past week alone I’ve come across more than 10 blog posts highlighting the importance of libraries in the UK. I just wanted to share some of the things that authors are saying in defence of public libraries.
“A well-stocked library with a good librarian is a gateway to EVERYTHING. ” (Philip Ardagh)
“…libraries are the mark of development, of self-esteem, of open minds, of growth, of strength and of humanity.”
“Only someone with a closed mind closes libraries.” (Nicola Morgan)
“You get rid of libraries, you get rid of wisdom…” (Sarwat Chadda)
“To my mind libraries are the last bastion of civilization. The burning embers of culture.” (Nina Killham)
“We care that EVERYONE has access to learning, to culture. Don’t we? We should, access to ideas, freedom of thought, is integral to our democracy.” (V. Kathryn Evans)
“How many communities will not only be without books, but without their lovely, knowledgeable librarians? How many future readers, writers, and dreamers will be without inspiration and the joy of discovering new worlds and new ideas?” (Sue Hyams)
“A closed library means learning is cancelled.” (Philippa Francis)
It’s great that so many authors have written pieces to save libraries and library staff. The number of voices is increasing and the Government should be listening to those voices – the voices of people who use, work in and understand why public libraries are so important and what it would mean if these libraries no longer existed.