|Roade Sign copyright James Rudd www.AboutMyArea.co.uk/nn12|
|The Roade Crowd|
|Lucy and Books copyright James Rudd www.AboutMyArea.co.uk/nn12|
|Emergency Library Aid Needed!|
|Rhymetime at Roade|
|A Quiet Moment|
One little boy had seized on the book he wanted and, not wanting to wait a moment longer to open it, had settled down in one of the few quiet corners to read.
|Lucy reading from Greek Beasts and Heroes|
|A Fanatical Library User|
|Councillor Clarke (l) and Counciller Gonzalez de Savage(r) of SNC and NCC|
"I'm not working towards a negative for you." Well, we're glad to hear that, Councillor.
"I would vote 100% against the council [closing Roade Library] if there was a sustainable plan for funding." We will hold you to that, Sir!
On any 'matching' by the council of funds to money raised by voluntary donations: "Funding support is a one year scenario." So where does that leave Roade next year, then, Councillor?
"I will do what I possibly can to link communities who want to share libraries...I am passionate for libraries but [funding] has to be supported fiscally by communities." We already pay our taxes for the library, Councillor! But it's good to know you are 'passionate for libraries'.
Despite the huge show of support, there is a long way still to go for Roade. The Parish Council will be discussing the planned closure and how to prevent it as a matter of urgency--Paula Davies of the Friends of Roade Library has to put together a skeleton plan and get it to the council by Tuesday. Time is not on Roade's side. But the fight has started in earnest--Roade library was just one of many all over the country where people were getting vocal for their local. We will not give up. We will not go away. We will not be quiet. We can't. Libraries and the many things they give us are essential to a civilised and literate society. As Kathy Lette said recently: "Closing our libraries will make us a nation of numbskulls – the Illiterati." And none of us want that, do we?