St James St Library Campaign


Open air library throughout National Year of Reading 2008
January 24, 2008, 11:35 pm
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Walthamstow book-lovers braved wind and rain on Saturday [19 January]
to launch the National Year of Reading at St James Street Library,
which was closed down last year.

“We were surprised that the borough’s library service hasn’t had a
launch for 2008 as National Year of Reading, so we thought we’d do it
ourselves,” said St James Street Library Campaign. “The people here
care about books but can’t afford the high cost of buying them. They
want to be able to use their library again.”

Though the country-wide event has been ignored by Waltham Forest
council, campaigners and supporters celebrated it outside the locked
building in Coppermill Lane, London E17. Children and adults swapped
books, put up new decorations on the windows and wrote messages calling
on the council to reopen the library.

They’ve renamed the area in front of the building “St James Street
Open-Air Library”. From 2 February, they plan to hold book swaps there
on the first Saturday of every month. No tickets, no payments: everyone
is welcome to bring as many books as they like to swap.

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3 Comments so far
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But why aren’t the libraries doing anything for the Year of Reading? Why isn’t the council backing this? It’s a nation-wide event, as you said, http://www.yearofreading.org.uk. It doesn’t cost anything.

Do they just hate books? Or are they embarrssed because, since they started closing libraries and dumping books, kids in Waltham Forest aren’t doing so well in reading?

Comment by Reader

My friend told me about the open air library and I was excited because I thought St James Street library was opening again. I was disappointed when she said it was only Saturday afternoon. But that’s much better than nothing. Thanks for bringing the books. I enjoyed it and I will come back next time. I wish we could have the real library back. Please read this, councillors!

Comment by Munira

Reader, he council probably does hate books — they’ve got rid of nearly a quarter of a million, some of them to Edmonton incinerator by all accounts! And every time they close a library for refurbishment it reopens with about a quarter as many books.
They’re not doing this to save money, because they already own the books, and the ones they get rid of are not not sold. And they don’t even do free things for readers, like Year of Reading.
But we only have to put up with them till the next elections.

Comment by Would-be Reader (only they've shut my library)




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