These days everytime I enter a library they are empty, appart from a few pensioners returning books.
The global scope of library activity
1,212,383- librarys world wide
166,041,975,140- annual transactions
18,954,563- transactions a day
5,265- transactions a second
Doesn’t the results show that some librarys ARE being used right now as we speak? Yet these statistics are 5 years old, they can’t have changed that much?
An early library that allowed access to the public was that of the Kalendars or Kalendaries, a brotherhood of clergy and laity who were attached to the Church of All-hallowen or All saints in Bristol, England. Records show that in 1464, provison was made for a library to be erected in the house of the kalendars, and Reference is made to a deed of that date by which it was
Appointed that all who wish to enter for the sake of instruction shall have ‘free access and recess
And there a library was born.
When I was younger I went to the library every Saturday, especially through the holidays! They use to run this kids competition where you read as many books as possible, the only problem was I read them too fast and no one ever believed I’d actually read the book.
Unfortunately this put me off going alot of the time, especially in my library the librarian is a little too snooty for my liking. I didn’t go for over 3 years until a month ago! The same woman was there from all them years ago, and surprisingly remembered me! Once again I read a book faster than average and this time no questions were asked!
I don’t necessarily enjoy visiting the library as the organisation sucks, but I’m also very fortunate to be able to buy what ever books I want. It’s no secret that some people aren’t as lucky or fortunate which is a huge shame, because everyone should have access to reading material, as it’s so vital we feed out brians with words to interpret which creates a beautiful story many people have spent months on.
Library’s are fantasic for people who can’t afford books, to go in and have access to new books, or old classics! Even if the cracked spines bother me a little. I do think more people need to use them, even once a month so the people who can’t afford books, have that institution avaliable to them.
We also need to remember librarys aren’t just for books, they offer a wider variety of things.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post, as it took alot of time and effort! I hope to do more discussion blogs, because I like hearing your opinions- so let me know in the comments what you think!
Happy reading 🙂