I was very heartbroken to see what Terry Deary had to say about libraries. I know I shouldn't be, he's just one person.... but he was my hero growing up. I started to read his books when I was in grade three and the first one I read was borrowed from a school teacher who'd set up two giant bookshelves in her classroom to let all the kids borrow books from. /So yeah, I didn't buy the first book of his I read, I probably wouldn't have discovered them at all if it hadn't been for that teacher as they were really hard to find in Canada then.
And I got hooked on his books and they were one of the reasons why I fell in love with history, discovered my own libraries history section and just got me to read every history book I could find.
And he's saying that libraries aren't important.
Libraries are insanely important, just using me as an example, my entire life was changed by libraries. Some of my strongest memories are in libraries. Libraries lead to me reading more, becoming invested in books, realizing what I wanted to do with my life.
I took library tech, I've worked in the public library system for over five years now. Libraries are something I'm insanely passionate about, almost as much as books themselves. I will always defend them.
Libraries are important. Libraries let people who couldn't afford books, to read books. It lets you have a huge collection of books that as long as you bring back, you can read as much as you want. Libraries get people interested in books, they get people interested in authors and people who use libraries buy books. They start other people reading and buying books.
And also, though it pains the bibliophile in me to say this, my inner librarian has to point out. Libraries aren't just about books. The function of libraries has grown over the years so saying that libraries are outdated because of just one aspect, however important that one aspect is, is just idiotic.
Libraries are social places, they offer services and programs to people. They act as places of gathering, places for kids to hang out at instead of getting into trouble on the streets. Programs for babies, school groups, seniors, everyone. A library is a community centre. And saying that they're outdated and not needed. That they're hurting the bookstore industry? That's not true at all and quite frankly insulting. Libraries are not a threat to booksellers or authors. Quite the opposite in fact.
Libraries are always in danger of small minded people trying to shut them down, or censer them or just cutting money to them because they don't see the value of them. And that an author himself is doing it now is just even more insane considering how the vast majority supports libraries and understand how important they are.
Libraries are relevant Mr. Deary. They are important, they are not hurting authors or booksellers and most of all, libraries are good.
And that's all I can say about the subject.
/gets off soapbox