Lol at Storyseekers has written a very thoughtful and passionate post about the importance of reading for pleasure and the availability of library services. You should read it….
So, leading on (quite some time later, I know!) from my previous post about the future of booksellers, the next thing M and I discussed was the future of libraries.
Despite being aware of all the cuts that are being made to the funding for libraries, it seems to me (and I’m guessing many others too – I’m no rocket scientist…) that maintaing libraries is the perfect way to soften the blow of disappearing bookshops. They have the chance to offer impartial advice and one of the things people often say they love about bookshops (and especially independent ‘specialist’ ones) is that there are people there with ideas and knowledge who can point them in the right direction when it comes to choosing books. Libraries can, and often already do, do this brilliantly, though clearly will not be able to continue if they are not funded. Thinking about this…
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