Use it or lose it: Support your local library

Just as we thought things were improving the budget cuts are biting harder. It’s up to everyone of us to do what we can to help. Borrow a book from your library TODAY.!

Rochester Literature Festival

library-1856327_960_720Our lovely new volunteer, Christina Lee, makes the case for one of our most important public services.

On Monday, The Guardian published an article on the imminent closure of 340 public libraries in the next five years if funding cuts are implemented.

This is sad news for all of us. Cutting funding for libraries may save some money for the next few years, but in the long run, this will have devastating effects on society as a whole.  We need libraries to stimulate children’s love of reading and engagement in the community, and to give students from low income families, adult learners, and recent immigrants the chance to access the resources they need to improve their skills and opportunities.

I remember fondly the times when I was a thirteen-year-old, scouring through the bookshelves for classics like George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss and Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. My…

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About Susan Pope

Writer, poet and author. Leader of Women's Writing Group
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