Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Save Mirfield Library! #Mirfield

Mirfield Library 
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Well, it's a sign of the times, with cutbacks and all that, that many local libraries are in danger of being closed.

I've heard the argument that a lot of people no longer use them, what with online downloads and the age of the tablet etc. Who needs them, eh?

However, in my opinion it would be a massive shame to lose Mirfield Library for numerous reasons:

  • It's about the only civic building left in the town.
  • It acts as a hub for commemorations and festivities.
  • It's a great place to take children to discover and choose books. Yes, proper books.
  • While we're on the topic of books. Yes you can take out books - and lots more besides.
  • It provides services and support for people who don't always have internet access (for example) at home.
  • It employs dedicated, helpful and passionate people.
  • It has a great reading room upstairs to do research, reading and writing (I wrote a lot of the Hopfield Tales up there). Or just soak up the relaxing atmosphere in there. 
  • Libraries are a cornerstone of civilisation. Okay, I'm over-egging the pudding a bit here, but I mean it.

I could go on...

Anyway, like many other local libraries, we need to get vocal to keep them, or they'll just get washed away in the drive to save money.  

I've signed the petition below. Perhaps you could, too.

The petition to save Mirfield Library

Or maybe there's a library to save in your area.

All the best



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