|Image by Phil Bradley|
As most people reading this will know, I work in a college library. This has meant that I don't often visit a public library, as I can get plenty of books from where I work! So it was really nice for me to spend a day in public libraries again, proper community spaces which are quite a contrast with the college library. The first event I went to this morning was a public read-aloud flash mob around the Grand Arcade shopping centre, outside the Central Library. This event was organised amazingly quickly by Emma Coonan.There was a fantastic turnout for this, probably around 30 or 40 people showed up to hand out fliers, talk to shoppers about how they could help save their libraries, wave placards, and read their favourite books out.
|*blows conch* Library team, assemble!|
We got fairly mixed reactions from the shopping crowd, some giving us strange looks and hurrying by, but a lot of people were interested in what we had to say and took our leaflets. Quite a few were on their way to Central Library (inside the shopping centre) which was great too. Andy Priestner was in the group outside the main entrance to the Grand Arcade and they were getting a great reaction there by all accounts! Andy's post of the day is here and is well worth a read.
|I think this was Three Men in a Boat!|
So hopefully today we made some noise, made some people more aware of the threat to their local libraries, and gave the local newspapers some good photos to print! Also it's been great seeing all the #savelibraries tweets from all over the country. I haven't been watching any TV today but will try and catch up on library bits on iplayer later!
|Saving libraries sure is thirsty work!|