FINCHLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL
On 21st May at Friern Barnet Community Library we held the Library Debate, with myself as Chair and a panel of Laura Swaffield, Chair of The Library Campaign, the local activists Barbara Jacobson, Polly Napper and Alasdair Hill, and Adam Tipple, a former librarian with Barnet.
|Alasdair, Polly, Keith, Laura, Barbara, Adam|
The debate ranged from why libraries are necessary, who needs them, how should they be run, to the question of whether history suggests any lessons?
Should libraries in the future cater for the increase in Barnet’s population?
Should Citizens’ Advice Bureaux be given a home there?
Laura loves the feel of our library. Polly, who works in the production department of the publishers, Bloomsbury, joined the continuing stream of well-wishers who offer to donate new books to us.
The mood of the panellists and the floor was for action. Alasdair emphasised the common interest of all political parties in the future of libraries. Conservative aspirations for commerce as much as all other parties aspiring to Barnet Council’s own dictum of Putting the Community First. Unity is strength, and this will be the message on the fifth March for Libraries on Saturday 12 September. There will be speakers, a red London bus and a marching brass band. But before that, Unison has called for strike action, 1st and 2nd June - if you support our librarians and want to get involved, you can find out more information here
22 May 2015
22 May 2015