I took two crates of books into the Barham Pop Up Library today on its first Saturday at Barham Primary School. There was a plentiful supply of books being processed by the volunteers and many children present. The place was buzzing with a sense of purpose and determination.
Although I support volunteer libraries as an interim measure what I really want to see in the long term is the reopening of the closed libraries (they may have to be on new sites if the Council succeeds in selling any off) properly funded by the local authority and professionally staffed.
Meanwhile the community spirit that has fed the campaign against library closures was very much in evidence and really should shame the Labour councillors who supported the closures which so damage community cohesion and the life chances of our young people.
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