Let’s hear it for public libraries!

… and for all the fabulous services they provide, many of which they are hopeless at publicising. (If you don’t believe me, Google your local library website and see what’s on offer. You may be surprised. Or you can scroll down this link to see what’s available at ours.)

Kelvin Hopkins, MP for Luton North, is clearly a chap who not only appreciates public libraries, but knows how vulnerable they are. If you live in the UK, please consider urging your local MP to sign his Early Day Motion on ‘The Future of the UK Library Service’ (EDM no. 248 )

The report he’s recommending is on the UNISON union website – ‘Taking Stock: The Future of our UK Library Service’. Whatever your politics, their summary of how the British library service developed is fascinating. Let’s hope in twenty years time we won’t be reading the report of how it was dismantled.