When I was a little girl, it was a regular Saturday morning treat to visit the local Library with my dad and browse the books in the children’s section before finally choosing three books to take home.
I loved the library, the smell of the books, the whispers of the other browsers and the punch of the date stamp as the ink smudged on the return label.
We are fortunate that in the area where I live we still have two local libraries which are, if not buzzing, regularly inhabited by a trickle of readers.
Now I have a confession to make and this is not easy for me to admit…
For a number of years, I was one of many readers who turned their back on the library. I took the occasional trip to my old haunt, with my children when they were younger, and I’d reminisce about the good old days but these visits were few.
I became a buyer of books, paperbacks at first (with the occasional hardback when the budget allowed) then with the Kindle revolution my allegiance changed to ebooks.
It was only when I read the article below that guilt struck me like a slap across my cheek. By being an old expired library visitor I could be contributing to the closure of local libraries…even my own.
Take a look at the blog post below written by…
Cath Staincliffe the writer of Scott and Bailey novels. Police procedural’s which were serialised on television starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones both detectives in a fictional Manchester Metropolitan police force.
This article made me change my reading habits. I still read on my Kindle but I try to make regular trips to the library. I still love the smell of the library books and although the library has undergone many changes, for a generation adept at using with technology, my local library is still with us.
I ask one thing of you as readers, if you do not already, please support your local library for our future generations who may only have the chance to share the pleasures of a story within a magical world where books can be borrowed by all.
My latest library read is Die of Shame by Mark Billingham. I will share my thoughts on this book as a Summer read in the next blog.
Let me know in the comments below whether you are a regular visitor to the library or share a great read you can recommend.
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