Paraxis is a site dedicated to publishing new short stories and related art works from established and new authors. A couple of months ago it put out a call for works with a library theme. The editors received contributions in which “writers, readers and artists explored the part libraries play in people’s lives in a cornucopia of ways” and also non-fiction discussions “on the relevance and nature libraries of libraries”.
The contributions they selected have now been published on the site as Paraxis Vol.2 : The Library and they show the range of feelings about libraries and the value people place on them. The Paraxis editors are obviously well aware of cuts being made to library services and comment that “The tragedy and disgrace of our generation is that we are in danger of leaving a poorer cultural inheritance than the one we inherited.”
Why not take the time to read some of the pieces on the site? Here are a few links to a selection of works published in Paraxis Vol.2.
“Why do libraries matter?” (Alan Gibbons)
“A library user since I was a child…” (Susan Davy)
“Dear Janet…” (Terri Lucas)
Don’t forget that we’re always looking for contributions too, so if you feel inspired by these pieces please get in touch at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and share your positive library experiences on the Voices for The Library site.