Saturday is normally a very quiet, rather lazy day in this house but I actually made a start on sorting stuff yesterday so I have got twenty items ready to leave the premises. I knew if I didn’t get started yesterday I wouldn’t get started at all!
I had a quick look through some of my books. There seem to be quite a lot of bloggers who have worked in libraries and I’m one of them. Including my years at Library School I worked eleven years in various libraries both here in the UK and in Nigeria when I was doing Voluntary Service Overseas. I take a real joy in handling books but what I like is not the physical ownership of a lot of tomes but the wonderful stuff which is in them. I have had my years when possession of books was very important to me, but these days I am happy to use my Kindle, and even more important I am happy to use the public libraries.
I never thought that the day would come when public libraries would be a service under threat but that day is already here. The library here in Caistor is run by volunteers who do such a good job that it is now open seven days a week. I have taken a very deliberate decision that I do not need to own books in order to own knowledge or the pleasure of reading. Libraries need my support so I shan’t be acquiring to make up the stuff I have sorted for the charity shop.
Apart from seventeen books I’ve sorted a storage jar, a foot scrubber and some make-up sponges. I hope Sally Ann enjoys them