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Public Libraries More Important Than You Might Imagine

Far from being just a repository for books, libraries play an important role in social learning and the health and well-being of children and society as a , argues Sue Williamson.
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‘For me’, she says ‘public libraries matter because they help to give a focus and an identity to the community they serve’. And, what’s more she says, ‘reading is cool again’ thanks to the ‘headliners of the last decade that have made it so:  Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Grey, Pride and Prejudice, The Da Vinci Code and Paddington Bear.  Not necessarily all great literature, but they have encouraged complete strangers to talk to each other about books and their reading experience….. ‘.

What is a library and why do libraries matter? 

Well, if you ask 40 people, the chances are that you will get 40 different answers because libraries mean different things to different people and people use libraries for different things at different stages of their lives.

For me, Public Libraries matter because they help to give a focus and an identity to the community they serve.

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