Libraries, you and why they shouldn’t close.

“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.”
Lady Bird Johnson

It is not common knowledge but I had severe hearing difficulties when I was quite young, by proxy I started reading from an incredibly young age and never really stopped since.  My favourite author was Roald Dahl I’ve read every single one of his books, of course with the amount I read books they were not cheap, so my parents used to take me to the local library every week from around the age of around  five which in that point  of time was in the Gloucester city centre. Over the years I lost myself in many, many books and learnt so much and now I’m disgusted that we will be not only losing libraries but with the ones we have left are going to have gravely reduced hours.

“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.”

Marilyn Jager Adams

The latest argument has been that libraries are a relic of the past, no longer needed in this day and age, everyone can afford books and computers. Firstly I say that anyone who believes this has never seen some of the more deprived areas of Britain and in these areas how much it is used, loved and cherished by its citizens. Secondly I will also say that some libraries provide more services to the community than just books and internet, there’s also books readings, educational lessons, toddler groups and more.

It is impossible to enter a large library… without feeling an inward sensation of reverence, and without catching some sparks of noble emulation, from the mass of mind which is scattered around you.
James Crossley

No library ever goes unused I don’t think any person who has been educated to BTEC, NVQ, Degree, Doctorate or Master level has never used a library and the only thing that comes to my mind with these closures and the reducing of hours is the great Tory hope of a giant gap between the poor and the rich, a higher education system that will only cater for the people who can afford it and finally plummet the part of society that we need to nurture the most into true desperation.

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
Claude Adrien Helvetius

The library has the ability to open doors to endless possibilities we can learn about space and time, theories and science, explore worlds we could only dream of and learn of places we could one day go. My head and my heart are a million miles apart but on this issue I stand before you and can honestly say that taking these opportunities away from any generation let alone the future generations should surely be a crime?

The only true equaliser in the world are books; the only treasure-house open to all comers is a library; the only wealth which will not decay is knowledge; the only jewel which you can carry beyond the grave is wisdom.
J. A. Langford

The Library used to be a shining beacon to everyone that this is a first world country, that we believe that the greatest wealth is knowledge and that knowledge is power. It’s free, I believe it’s our right to have it and it certainly is not the governments, the councils or any individuals right to take away.

James Hoddy.

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