As someone who loves to read, I always find myself in the library. Despite my initial. 'I'm just going to take these back' and 'I really don't need anymore more books' I always seem to come home with a pile under my arm. I understand how important libraries are, how they are the only place some people can get their hands on books and for others how they always seem to naturally walk in and browse the shelves for a while. They are an important place, and if they suddenly closed, there would be an empty-face that could never be filled.
Why, then, are libraries facing being shut-down across the country? Why are these places full of escapism and enjoyment for children and adults alike 'not worth spending the money on.' It really frustrates me to see, through articles online and news broadcasts, that so many libraries are facing closure because of 'Government spending cuts.' By doing this, they are turning that final page and deciding that reading isn't important. How any one group of people can make that decision for book-lovers, I can't begin to understand. How anybody can come to the conclusion that no longer having libraries is 'the best way to save' is...not even in my grasp. Politicians though, haven't experienced the community that we all have as bloggers - I know that if it wasn't for my mum taking me to a library and allowing me to choose books myself, I wouldn't be writing this right now.
The reason for this? I didn't always enjoy the books I was given to read at school. If you're not choosing what you read yourself - something is missing from the reading experience. Also, how is someone going to find a book six people(reading groups) are going to want to read? Six indecisive eleven year-olds? When will that even work. I do remember a time where, because I preferred reading my own book and found the school books 'boring' gave it to my Dad to read. The teacher realised and kept me in at lunch-time to read it. I think that's a point proven!
The Government are always announcing facts and figures on why children's reading ages are so low, yet, they decide to close down the place they can go to improve that? How ironic. They feel they have the right to take away something so many people care about. The next generation of readers and book-lovers will need libraries to visit; they will need these places where they can choose their own books for free. I think we can all remember a time - or quite a few times - when our parents have taken us to our local library as a child. Without libraries, how are children meant to discover books? The argument will probably be there's a library a short-drive away - but, a library should be right there for whenever we want to read!
I don't understand why places people can go to just get out of the house and communicate with others ahave an underlying message from the Government of 'being useless' - when, of course, they're not. Although, when I see something like THIS, I feel disgusted. I'd like to point out that, when they are the one's closing down the one place anyone can go to just pick up a book and read, they can't complain about lower grades and exam results across the country. We all know, that they still will though. We all see the news reports at exam times, and now, we just all need to think, "But you were the one's that closed the libraries" - they're not only a place I get books but somewhere I go to do work! If a library closes every group of people will be affected. Are we meant to go, 'Oh, never mind, the politicians need their Gym?' I certainly won't be.
What do you think of the latest library closures?
Do you feel there are still enough across the country?