On the 21 February 2011 the Yorkshire Post printed an article about the planned closures of Bradford's smaller libraries; Addingham, Denholme, Heaton, Wilsden and Wrose. It also stated that 1 in 6 libraries with close in Yorkshire alone, that brings the total to 65 libraries, including 20 in Leeds and 14 in Barnsley.
On the 15th March 2011 the Bradford council had a closed meeting about the proposed closures. It stated that because these libraries were only open for 10 a week they could be covered successfully by a mobile library and would be in the future. The other option was for volunteers could operate the effected libraries. Addingham is the only one that is in the process of taking over their library with volunteers and have a stay of closure until the end of August when there is a proposed review. The Bradford council does say that staff will be re-deployed, to where? or what?
It's rather dire. It reminds me of the saying 'give a man a fish, feed him for the day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for life.' Let me had my own saying - teach a child to read and you will teach not only themselves but also future generations.
With all the techno wizardry parents and teachers have a hard enough time just getting their children to read anything. With the state of the economy at the moment parents do not have spare cash to keep buying their children new books or even magazines. With the closure of local libraries parents travelling further to reach a library may not be an option either.
I cannot stop these closures, i am no one important but i can share how i feel about reading and i hope to do so through my new blog and you never know i may even get brave enough to challenge the system. I don't like really long blogs but there is more and more and more but not all doom and gloom i can assure you.