I have been visiting Libraries since I was a baby. I have been with the library so long, recently, I found out the occupation on my library card was still: "book crawler" which basically means my occupation was still being a baby and that was because my mum got my library account made when I was a baby and they never changed it, but now I got my occupation changed to "student" so that's all good. xD
Now I've just started out as a Law student and that involves SO MUCH reading, so I spend a lot of time browsing books in the college library, borrowing books, returning books, borrowing them again, doing my homework, reading books- you get the picture.
But what is making me write this MyTake is something that happened on my way to the bus stop, to go home from college.
I was walking to the bus stop yesterday, it was a sunny day, kids were playing in the water fountains, people were sat down chattering- and then there was this elderly man in the middle of it all.
He looked at me, probably saw I was a student from my student lanyard and then asked me if I wanted to sign his petition, and told me it was to save one of our city libraries. So of course, I agreed to sign the petition- it was for our libraries.
Firstly, I was shocked about how happy this man was. He was practically shouting me praise in the middle of the city center which I am not going to lie- I did feel a little embarrassed about at the time, because people were looking and I don't really like being the center of attention.
But after a small conversation with him, I understood why he was so happy.
The college I got to is very well known in our city (we'll call it X college). He asked me if I got to X college and I said "yes."
Then he told me, that most students from my college just walked past, and he even said the librarian from my college said that kids from my college say they don't even read books, and that they get all of their sources off of the internet.
It completely shocked me that, hardly any students from my college signed the petition to save the local library! I mean last Friday, there was a march for climate change. Now there is nothing wrong with that because campaigning to help our environment is not a bad thing- but what gets me is, people can campaign for something which we can't even prove we are the cause of, but they can't stop for just two minutes of their life, to sign a petition to save our library!
Now I don't go to that library, I usually stay in college and go to the college library.
A) Just because I don't use a certain facility doesn't mean other people won't need it
B) One day college might be out of a book I need, so I could always use that library to see if they have the book I need
C) In the holidays when college is shut, I could use that library instead
D) I'm pretty sure volunteers put their heart and soul into working in that library- why shouldn't they be able to keep what they have worked for?
And tomorrow, I will go to that library. And I will sign up with them, and I will do everything to help keep them open.
It just angers me, that again hardly anybody cares that our libraries are being shut down. I remember, when I was little the library near my house (a different library to the petition one) was going to be shut down. I was too young to know what was going on, but I look back at it now and it all makes sense.
People fought for my local library to stay open, and it did. And as a result of that, I could go there and study with my best friend, I could use the free Wi-Fi when I didn't have internet, I could borrow books which I couldn't buy.
So I feel like the least I could do, is help the people fight for this other library in our city, near my college, to stay open- so prehaps in a few years time, kids like the little kids I saw playing in the water fountains who probably didn't understand what was going on, can use that library when they're older. Or maybe the mothers with their young children can go and take their children to the library. Or maybe the elderly members of our society can meet up, and do whatever they do.
If you're wondering why I wrote this on here- it's because I just want to let this all out, it's been building up inside of me, and I just ranted to my dad about it, and he advised me to join our student union and put the issue to light there, and that's something I'll do too- but I just needed to "write it out" as I do. :)
Thank you for reading :) <3