Sadly for us poor residents, the new leader (oh so nearly the old leader last week), hates communities. She has appointed the most useless councillor she could find to flog them off and shut them down. This is currently being dressed up as a library review, saying nothing is being ruled out. Whilst the review is being performed another review is being done of the properties. In this, the Librarys have clearly been earmarked as up for sale to raise cash. The man in charge of all of this,
Now as Mr Rams
A) Starbucks is a coffee shop where people meet to drink coffee, socialise and chat. A library is a place where people go to borrow books, read books and study away from noisy environments.
B) Librarians are skilled and qualified staff who have a knowledge of books and indexing. With all due respect to Starbucks staff, they aren't.
C) People like to browse books before borrowing them. Older members of the public are not IT literate.
D) A library freehold is an assett for ever. It has already been paid for. A library lease is a cost until it is (as will inevitably happen when this hits the balance sheet) closed.
E) Once a library is sold off and closed, that asset is gone forever. The loss of a quiet space for study will be most detrimental to bright children from noisy households, with no private study area.
One wonders where Mr Rams
I am organising a collection of books for Robert Rams. He clearly needs educating and I'm starting a Save Barnet Library Service. A petition will be set up shortly. I will be manning a stall in Mill Hill Broadway on Saturday 25th September from 10am till Noon. If you can help, please contact me via the email address in my profile on this blog - Fight it or Lose it. Please register your vote in the poll in the to right hand of this blog
****** The Barnet Eye wishes to clarify that in our reference to books on the top shelf, we were clearly referring to motoring magazines. Our reference to tissues was clearly referring to the nasty cold the veneral Councillor was suffering which made his voice so squeaky ******