This beginning of the year seems to be library refurbishment year. At least for libraries that I visit or should be visiting. My book reservation titled “Twilight” was made available after 3-month wait, and 4 days after I moved down to Reading. I can’t collect it even if I want to, because the Longsight library is under refurbishment, and a temporary setup will be ready only on 23 February 2009.
3 minutes walk away from my home in Reading, there is the Battle Library. I wrote in to ask when they will reopen again, they said this summer 2009. In the meantime, if I need to visit a library, I could visit the Reading Central Library, but it is too far from home, at least 25 minutes walk. I have since placed a reservation for “Twilight” in Reading. Number 27 in a queue. I suppose I have to wait another 2 months. 😦
You wonder, when last month’s news talk about closing libraries in the Northwest England, the libraries I know are going through major refurbishment. There is going to be an Adult learning centre, more state of art decor, more new books in Longsight Library. I am happy for inhabitants of Longsight. A lot more support are needed there.
About the Battle Library
Battle was the first library to be built by Reading Borough. A striking structure, funded in part by Andrew Carnegie, Battle has provided a unique landmark for the local community since 1908 and is a grade II listed building. It has always played an important part in the lives of local residents, serving as a hospital in WWI and as an air raid depot in WWII. Today Battle library provides a venue for various activities and organisations such as Baby Clinic run in partnership with Reading Primary Care Trust and ESOL classes run by Reading Adult College.