Irene’s story: ‘People think libraries are just about going to borrow books, but there’s a great service there…’

When my husband died my children were 6 and 15. I needed books other than  “Badger’s parting gift”(!!!) (if you don’t know, this is about an old badger  dying and handing on his gifts to other younger animals in the wood and for some  reason people think this is a good story for a bereaved child) as my husband was in his mid 40s. The children’s librarian found about a dozen books for me and  for my children at the big book store and they were so very very useful….  meant that the children could read about other children who had lost a parent  when they were young. It made a huge difference to us. People think libraries are just about going to borrow books, but there’s a great  service there.

I wish there was more I could do (regarding the proposed closure of Summertown library) – we are great library users in our house – my son (now 27) is sure my late husband still haunts the Summertown library – especially near the CD racks…..
I can remember being taken to the library by my mother at least once a week when I was small and we took our children to the library every Saturday. Even now my daughter and I go to the library together most Saturdays. It’ll be a huge gap in our lives if the library is closed. I work full time and I just don’t have time to take 2 hours out of my weekend to get to the city library every week (which is what a round trip would mean).

All that talk from Mr Cameron about measuring happiness – happiness IS a book from the library!

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