Like something out of a Dystopian novel

I’ve got my dander up this morning.

Those of you who know me will testify to the fact that I can be garrulous and a bit feisty but I normally attempt to keep myself under control – just.

But I’ve just become incensed this morning after reading this article in the Guardian entitled: Kensal Rise library stripped in night of books and Twain plaque. (Thanks to Val McDermid for tweeting it and drawing it to mine and Twitterland’s attention).

So sneaking into a local public library and stripping it bare of books, artworks, furniture at 02.30 in the morning has now become standard practice? What has it come to in the democratic world when this sort of behaviour is considered acceptable!?  Do our voices no longer count? Has the push to save money finally crashed over the public’s right to demonstrate and have a say in their local government issues?

I shall pause for a deep, cleansing breath ….

Nope, that didn’t help.  It still seems totally ridiculous behaviour.  Obviously the “they can’t put it back once we’ve destroyed it” premise is at play here.  It’s these types of things that make you feel helpless in the face of the government “Big Brother” mentality.  Heaven help us if this type of policy and it’s implementation was to ever reach NZ shores!  It just doesn’t bear thinking about. 

So I say, people everywhere, love your libraries, treasure them and at every opportunity tell the people who fund them (yes, you elect them!!) how much you want and value them! Don’t make the mistake of being passive about it, or assuming this could never happen here. It would seem this should never be taken for granted in case you end up like the library users at Kensal Rise – libraryless.

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2 thoughts on “Like something out of a Dystopian novel

  1. We also need to get behind the idea raised by the new National Librarian when he spoke at a conference in Ashburton in March – having a library needs to be legislated! Councils, and schools, will fund it if they have to by law, rather than ‘it’s nice to have a library if you can afford it’.

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    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, Lynette. Unfortunately I haven’t heard Bill Macnaught’s address, but to have our National Librarian speaking publicly (and no doubt passionately!) only serves to bring this important point to more people. Unfortunately for schools, the Ministry of Education is not likely to make it a stipulation for every school to have a library, but SLANZA along with others will endeavour to advocate for it regardless.

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