Public Libraries: As Good Today As They Have Ever Been

10 Oct

The perfect complement to my meanderings last night at Dukinfield Library – as we celebrate Library Week. Stuart – the best n’brightest autie writer in the UK – grew up a stone’s throw from me. It was wonderful to have him chipping in with the exact dates of my own municipal memories – and even more fabulous to read that he feels the same way as I do;
Libraries are needed more than ever.
The perfect community base for Entertainment and Learning; ‘story-telling’ being the common theme.
And a hearty thanks to all parents who force their kids into these buildings. *It could be the best thing that you EVER do, folks…*

East of the M60

For National Libraries Week, East of the M60 looks at why public libraries have an important role in the 21st century

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, DukinfieldThe first love for many bibliophiles: your local library, such as Dukinfield Library on Concord Way, which opened in November 1984.

Thank goodness for public libraries. With a parent or primary school teacher, they have helped ten of millions of Britons (or billions around the world) to get hooked on reading. Some, like this gentleman, have chosen the TV Times or the Manchester Evening News as their gateway drug (prior to borrowing their first book). Each day, many people call in for their literary fix. They come back for more every three weeks, sometimes carrying up to twelve items with them.

Whether Jackie Collins, Lewis Carroll or O.S. Nock, they can get sucked into a world of uncharted lands, plot lines, or travel back in time. Its mind altering…

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2 Responses to “Public Libraries: As Good Today As They Have Ever Been”

  1. beatdepression776 December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    Oh Chris, I would hate it if they scrapped our library. It’s always so warm and inviting and there’s something about it that makes me want to stay forever. Unfortunately I am usually dashing in and dashing out again. But I’m scared. Real scared. If they can take our A&E away then say they are taking our entire hospital, what’s to say they won’t take our library too? Great post.

    • funnylass December 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

      Thanks – you know what, I am SO surprised that they have lasted this long. Esp. given the attacks on the A&E. You’d think that libraries would be the first to go – but in our area they are only surviving thanks to the volunteers. I wrote some ‘funny’ sketches about this 7 or 8 years back – when the idea of volunteers was first mooted. I never thought that it would ‘come to this’.

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