Today hundreds of people are attending a lobby of Parliament to express their outrage at the threat of cuts and closures to libraries across the country. Sadly I couldn’t make the rally but I wanted to share my support for this important issue and blog about the libraries I have loved over the years and that have helped inspire my passion for reading.
|The refurbished library in Carrickfergus|
When I moved to London one of the first things I did was join the local library and then had to keep changing libraries as I moved around the city! When we had our first daughter we were living in Walthamstow in north east London and the library there has a fantastic children’s section. There is lots of bright colourful seating so children are encouraged to sit and look at books. Every week there was a wonderful Rhyme Time (which I hope is still going) where the librarian sang songs and read a story. It was always packed and we would never miss it.
We moved from Walthamstow a few years ago and now live in the borough of Redbridge. Again we are close to two libraries – South Woodford and Wanstead – but thankfully lending limits have increased in the intervening years since I was a child! Both run wonderful Rhyme Time sessions which my girls love and have a fantastic choice of books. S loves to choose her books each week and although B is more interested in pulling the books off the shelves I am glad she is experiencing the delights of the library environment! I had been pleased that my local libraries seemed to be escaping the cuts but this week I received communication from the Council that there will be cuts to opening hours. I’m not happy and will be getting in touch with my MP to protest.
If you love your library then please support the Speak Up For Libraries campaign