NEIL Gaiman has said to lose them would be like ‘silencing the voices of the past [and] damaging the future’ while Zadie Smith has said they are ‘absolutely essential.’
Of course am talking about libraries. The little book havens have made headlines yet again last week when we revealed a sad but true statistic last week showing numbers are down.
People just aren’t visiting libraries like they used too.
You can cite all kinds of reasons – my favourite being it’s thanks to the increasing coffee culture, ie we prefer to sip our Starbucks with free wifi than pop in to borrow a book.
Or what about paperback is out, ebooks are in?
Whatever the reason that is flavour of the month, would be among those saddened if we lost our libraries.
have fond memories of summer reading challenges, burrowing my head in Blyton tales and loosing myself in the world of Anne of Green Gables in order to earn little badges.
There is something romantic about a library, yes, romantic.
It was Isaac Asimov that said “It just a library.”
It’s whatever you want it to be; a spaceship to take you off to the farhest reaches of the galaxy, a time machine to fling you back into the past, “a friend to amuse you and console you – and most of all – a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.”
Despite us all knowing this, we are just as guilty as one another. We lament the loss of our libraries, but do we use them?
think the last time darkened mine’s doors was to check a book out for my mum. I have a Kindle.
The latest stats though have prompted me to change that.
Yes I can find any book want on my Kindle, but the feeling of finding some dusty tome tucked into a shelf just waiting to bed read, can never be beaten by clicking download on Amazon.
had almost forgotten the satisfying feeling of turning the last page of a book, or reading aloud to a child enraptured with the tale you are sharing with them.
The libraries are the place to share this magic, so visit yours before it’s too late.