Reader dis­crim­i­na­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

MY GRIPE with Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil is the new li­brary ren­o­va­tions. I was look­ing for­ward to the open­ing and must say I was very dis­ap­pointed. Yes, it’s mod­ern, open, has new fur­ni­ture, etcetera, but the li­brary has lost many of the quiet cor­ners that were there, and there are not many ar­eas for dis­play. Also the won­der­ful area for kids has gone. But my big­gest dis­ap­point­ment is the amount of non-fic­tion books now avail­able. At first I could not find them, the area was so small. Then at last, here they were, tucked down in the far back cor­ner, very sadly de­pleted from what we used to have. Cook­ery books are nearly non-ex­is­tent – the same with travel books and art and craft books. I feel we have at least nine tenths fewer non-fic­tion books than we used to have. Be­fore we had two very long rows plus another shorter row. I was gob­s­macked when I saw this, and thought surely more must be com­ing, but no, when I asked the li­brar­ian where all the non-fic­tion books were, she said this was it. She also said Childers peo­ple didn’t read a lot of non-fic­tion books, and this was the rea­son why there was so lit­tle. I said, “Well, looks like I will have to travel to Bund­aberg in fu­ture.” She said, “I can al­ways or­der

Judy Petschulies I am hop­ing ... we can get a pe­ti­tion go­ing.

books in for you”, but my plea­sure is to walk into the li­brary and find a gem of a book to read. Plus, where would they put all the books that were or­dered in? What do other non-fic­tion read­ers in Childers think? Surely if there are enough of us, with peo­ple power we can have a larger sec­tion of the new li­brary. I do not think that is a lot to ask. Read­ing is one of my great­est plea­sures, and now this has vir­tu­ally been taken from me, and at my age don’t think it is fair that I have to travel over 50km each week to find some books, After all, I pay my rates, like ev­ery­one else. It is ac­tu­ally vic­tim­i­sa­tion of fac­tual read­ers, and what about all the stu­dents, who I imag­ine would still use the li­brary for re­sources? Most of them have gone now. Th­ese ren­o­va­tions were done with­out any con­sul­ta­tion from our com­mu­nity re­gard­ing de­sign etcetera, to find out what we would like in our li­brary, and I am very, very dis­ap­pointed. I am hop­ing this let­ter will rus­tle up other read­ers and maybe we can get a pe­ti­tion go­ing. Judy Petschulies, Ap­ple Tree Creek

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