Everyone knows what a library buff I am. Ever since I was very young, going to the library was a special event. While most of my friends loved shopping, I loved walking the aisles of mystery, fiction and romance. I spent hours there and came home with my arms aching from the weight of all the books I checked out. I always wanted to be a librarian when I grew up, but life had other plans.
So I was just tickled when I came across this story at the guardian.co.uk about a library that was scheduled to close. Apparently, due to budget cuts, the Stony Stratford branch city council decided to take matters into their own hands before it was too late.
They instigated a Facebook campaign by urging all citizens to take advantage of the library’s policy of 15 books per person for a 1 week period. After only a few days, nearly all of the library’s 16,000 books were checked out leaving the shelves bare. What a sight that must have been.
One man was quoted as saying, “The library is the one place where you find five-year-olds and 90-year-olds together, and it’s where young people learn to be proper citizens.” What a wonderful way of putting things into perspective.
What would you do to keep your library open?
Bottom Line: “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” ~ Ray Bradbury