These are difficult times
for the world of libraries and our many friends therein. Thank heavens the
great and the good seem to be galvanising some kind of mass reaction.
Ten days ago Philip Pullman
gave an impassioned speech in Oxfordshire where the current plan is to close 20
of the county’s 43 public libraries. I urge you to read his speech in its
entirety at http://falseeconomy.org.uk/blog/save-oxfordshire-libraries-speech-philip-pullman
or simply google 'Philip Pullman on libraries' to track it down.
Feb 5th is a
planned day of action in support of libraries that you may well have already in your diary, but it doesn’t stop there. Please look out for others.
As Mr Pullman says in closing, ‘Leave the libraries alone.
You don’t know the value of what you’re looking after. It is too precious to