Last night I saw an article saying that my local library was going to have its hours cut. I couldn’t believe it! it’s an amazing place and if anything, like one person commented it should open earlier to allow preschool children in before school. How can the council let a vital element/resource dwindle so much?
Yes, I know, since the horrible invention of e-readers (and yes I own one but its collecting dust somewhere) and the cheap prices on the internet and in supermarkets has killed things but surely the libraries should be kept alive as in some cases they are the heart of the community. I love Beeston Library, the women who work there are amazing, they’ve recommended books, they’ve chatted with me when I’ve been in there, they’ve helped me when I get stuck on them silly self-service machines. More should be done to keep these places alive. Like when we were young I walk past the library and see parents sitting with their children reading books, yes they may not borrow some of them but it’s the fact they have that safe place to do it.
There’s mention recently of coffee mornings for the elderly in churches, perhaps these could be picked up and bring the community together with books.
When my sister and I were growing up, my Dad took ill and we were on a low income, Mum always made sure we were creative, and when we went food shopping our first stop was the library, Mum would go off and choose her books and we’d sit in our section and loving being surrounded by books, then we had a paper/cardboard card where they wrote on our details and tucked the tickets in our cards when books were borrowed, we would leave with armfuls of books and be wandering round the supermarket trying to read them.
One book that always stayed with me was one about an elf in a fridge. That I found randomly looking and has always stayed with me. Later when my niece was the same age we did the same. She loved it. She only stayed some weekends but always wanted to go and look. I was hoping I’d get to do this again sometime if I had kids but it’s now looking unlikely.
I understand we now live in a world where electronic reading is more accessible than picking up a paperback but if we’re not careful we’re going to lose an amazing skill we were taught to learn from such a young age. When we read things digatilly we don’t absorb it as much, I know I find reading stuff online feels more like work and not as enjoyable and I fully understand the benefits of an e-reader, but for me it will always be the paperback, that’s why I always try and use my library for book club, whether I go in and find it or reserve it for 90p and pick it up. Not only that, some of Leeds Libraries are in amazing buildings, just look at central or Bramley even, they hold a lot of history in themselves alone.
As for reading, my Mum sent me these articles from the Times newspaper on the importance of it, I couldn’t link to them so hopefully you can read them here:
So please help us save our libraries and not lose a vital part of our community
campaign in Yorkshire The Guardian
reading paperbacks…. something silly
South Leeds cuts http://www.southleedslife.com/library-opening-hours-cut/
Thank you for reading