Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
Saturday February 7th will mark the end of a week of celebrating the value of libraries to local communities – be they public or academic. This year’s National Library Day slogan is “Use it, Love it, Join it”. It’s the time of the year to celebrate the incredible value that a good library adds to a community and to encourage everyone to take advantage of the free access to resources on offer.
The positive effect of libraries on communities is hard to quantify and therefore of less interest to modern day managers who often point to recent decreases in library usage as a rationale for closure. According to Public Library News there were 4622 local authority libraries in 2003/4. Ten years later there are 4145 and some of these are under threat of closure or being considered for restructuring as volunteer run services. However, no one denies that libraries promote literacy and make life-long learning possible for even the underemployed and disadvantaged.
Now more and more people are speaking up for libraries and testifying to the life changing influence that access to library resources had on their lives. Even more powerful messages could be sent by increasing usage of libraries! Join your nearest library here in Uxbridge and learn the advantages it brings. Find free books, DVDs and music to take home and enjoy and when finished you can return them to the library and get more. You’ll have a constant supply of new books and entertainment and you’ll always have the same amount of shelf space – an important advantage of library use in our modern “space challenged” lives.
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.