Today’s letter lends itself to a shout out for Libraries.
In times of austerity, the arts and other non-direct profit making institutions suddenly seem to become pointless to support.
They are not!
I cherish the library space and even though I use it quite traditionally, borrowing books and as a quiet writing space, I always meet people who use the computers for study/work, or for finding work. The children’s area is a space for children to explore not only books from a young age, but their social surrounding as well, while parents/carers can catch up with other parents/carers.
Libraries are community spaces and they are needed. I can agree that they need to evolve into something more than simply lending books, but the space is there to do something special in a community.
When I still lived in the area, I was part of the community group to try to save Kensal Rise library from closing. Unfortunately it didn’t go quite as planned, but the group has been promised space in the new development to open a (smaller) community run library.
Visit your local library today, even if it is just to have a walk around and increase the footfall for today.