My guilty pleasure is definitely book browsing!
Despite having a kindle (other brands of e-reader are available) and loving that I can store hundreds of books in the palm of my hand, I still love a real book shop or a library. There is something special about the presence of a book in your hand something that cannot be beaten.
I was both saddened and excited when I came across the following news article:-
A local library has been closed down as have so many over the last few years. However in an inspiring way the library has been transformed into a local community hub, with a café selling local produce and a gift shop selling goods created by craft enthusiasts in the local area.
This makes me wonder, if there was a need/opportunity for these facilities in the area, could councils not consider merging such opportunities with the library? I would love the opportunity to peruse the books on offer while enjoying a hot cuppa this is a facility Waterstones and costa have tapped into so clearly there is a market. I believe Starbucks in the states even have music & books to download with charging stations.
Libraries that are surviving are doing so by cutting there hours, as someone in full-time employment that actually makes the facility less useful for me. Instead I would like to see investment in alternative uses for the library what about crochet, knitting and craft groups, writing courses, language courses, trace your family tree; all these things aren’t just for the elderly. What about putting a modern twist on it and making bridal craft sessions? As someone who has recently got married on a budget I made my own invites, favours, orders of service, candy cart, post box etc etc. The wedding industry is huge and millions are spent each year on creating the perfect day! Combine this fun event with the cuppa and a cake and perhaps a selection of library loanable craft books, wedding advice or even some fictional romance novels (not to mention the 50 shades range!) and it really could be a hit, that saves our local library and brings the community together.
So although the old deathly silent libraries of the past would be on their way out. Instead of removing these great institutions the could become the phoenix of the community adapting to todays challenges.