by awitherick on 5 November, 2010
A library is many things to many people- a place to read- well yes! But also a place to escape to, to study away from the noise of home, or simply a desk. For others it’s that musty smell we all know instinctively and link to learning. More recently though it’s also been the computers which aid our research and the place for childrens hour.
But all of this is under threat.
The changes proposed aren’t small locally:
-The Maltings library will reduce by 14 hours- with 7pm closing times and half days on Mondays and Thursdays.
-Marshalswick library meanwhile will close at 6pm and all day Tuesday with half days on Wednesday and Friday, a loss of 20 hours service.
Cllr Allan Witherick is working to find alternatives to what the Tories have labelled ‘Transformation Proposals’.
“These are cuts. These are not transformation savings which will see students given some where else to study, or job seekers and others some where else to access resources they might not have at home.
St Albans has already lost physical libraries, but now what is left is being cut in to such that those who work long hours are being disenfranchised and students are being kicked out.”
Join the campaign at:
Or sign the petition online:
And for those who want to know the value of books over computers…
“Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a-a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and-and-and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is a – it, uh, it has no-no texture, no-no context. It’s-it’s there and then it’s gone. If it’s to last, then-then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible, it should be, um, smelly.”
-Giles, The Librarian, Buffy the Vampire slayer