Last weekend, I received a bad news from my librarian…..
She told me that from 2 January 2013 onwards the library will be charging 60p to reserve a title.
This news cut deeper than a knife. It hurts me more than someone telling me I won’t be eating Walkers crisps for a month, or the train is delayed for two hours again, or I won’t be getting a pay rise this year, or we won’t be having spicy noodle for lunch today, or my son lost his school bag……
It hurts so bad that when I think of it again, it still hurts.
It is all because of these cuts in public services. Fuel price goes up, food price rockets, train fare to London to increase another 8% this January 2013. They can increase everything but the one thing they shouldn’t do, is to charge me 60p to reserve a library book.
What can I do next?
Well, I followed the advice of my librarian, I max out my library loan and reserved the library books I have always wanted like a mad woman. I downloaded ebooks from Amazon.co.uk for free or for 20p (Expats by Chris Pavone and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson). I can get used books from as low as 25p to £1. I have to watch closely what new books arrive in my local library, which is within walking distance (I don’t drive), which I can grab hold off quickly.
Or perhaps I should just learn to read books from my own shelf rather than borrowing from the library. Assuming I could finish 70 books a year, at 300 books (plus 130 books on Kindle), it would take me 6 years to finish every book I own. 😉
Does this apply to your local library? I know that was the same policy London Westminster Library enforced. Nonetheless I still feel very sad.
So for now I will share some pictures of my local beloved Battle Library in Reading which I took about 18 months ago when it first opened after a year long refurbishment.
This is the children section. Those are my two boys when they were 3+ and 5+.
My little one is fascinated with the door lock of the caravan. The caravan are stocked with books and stuffed cuddle toys.
The local library organised craft lesson, children story telling session. The librarians here Carol and Harriet are so lovely. They kept books of dinosaurs for my boys without me asking and one day helped me to clean up when my boy fell ill and threw up on the carpet.
I pay great tribute to my local library and librarians. Without them, where would my boys and I be?