While idly browsing through my Twitter feed this evening, I came across this:
Tell the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that fewer public libraries will contribute to Child Poverty: they’re asking. http://t.co/27BAnwrkM5
— Ian Anstice (@publiclibnews) February 26, 2014
It got me thinking about the value of public libraries for young readers and the disastrous consequences closures/service reductions could bring. It also got me reflecting on why I chose to work in libraries in the first place. It may be quite a personal story but, given the circumstances, I think it really highlights the importance of public libraries, including the chance for escape and the opportunities they offer young people.
My family never had that much spare money when I was growing up, despite both my mother and stepfather working. Both worked in a takeaway and, because all other immediate family members were also working there and cheap/free childcare was (as it…
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