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!