I work in a library,an endangered species perhaps?
The government seems to think that public libraries are the best and first places to make cuts!
Who goes to them anymore they say.
Why not have them open fewer hours and get them run by volunteers?
They seem to have the idea that all we do is shelve books,anyone could do that could'nt they?
Think again !
Libraries are places for entertainment ,study and inspiration!
Community based activities and having fun.
Reading aloud outside in our lovely garden.
The garden was created by volunteers.
All the family have a good time in the garden,kids are learning about planting and insects and making art!
Chidren are taking part in the summer reading scheme which keeps them reading through the summer hols!
The help desk where you can order your books,sign up for a bus pass or ask for all kinds of information.
Some of the organic veggies grown in the garden,they were sold and the money will go to buy more seeds!
Local crafts people had a day to show their talents and sell their work..
Some members of the library craft group who we know as The Material Girls!
Gorgeous recycled clothes!
Mother and daughter at their stall.
Two of the staff.
Gentleman checking the financial times in the newspaper lounge.
We have a literature room,art and history rooms with quiet study areas where people can use lap tops and generally browse .We also have a lively front of house with thrillers ,adventure general fiction,displays and chick lit!There is a local history lounge full of info about the amazing land of Cornwall and a young adult section which is positively alive or maybe undead with vampires and mates and dates!
The childrens library is crammed with great reads,talking books,board books for babies. There are regular story times an after school club too.
There are also yoga classes for little ones and carers etc.
I love those romantic poets,I run a poetry group and readers group once a month..
The best thing is still to curl up with a good book. I have not tried curling up with a Kindle yet ! A government that does not value libraries is a government that does not value it's citizens. It denies the magic ,the cohesion that a good library gives to a community. That is my rant folks!!Now to bed with a good book,I am away to Venice with Donna Leon's lovely Comissario Brunetti !