ELDER PARK LIBRARY
…by any stretch of the measurement of age, this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler is no longer a youth… I adulted around a-hem years ago… and having become in recent years an Author, I have more than a passing interest in the comparatively new debate as to whether books are better in print or on an eReader such as Auntie Amazon’s Kindle… and despite being part of the, (a-hem again), ‘older’ generation, I have no negativity toward the modern downloaded reader versions of books… don’t mistake me – I still enjoy immensely the feel of a paper book in my hands, and even, yes, the smell of the paper and the gum paste thats binds the spine (emb’dy else remember ‘sniffing’ a new book?)… but times move on – the electronic age has become an imbedded part of our lives whether we embrace it or not – however, that does not mean we should surrender the bedrock of readers everywhere… the local library… once a ubiquitous presence in any village, town or urban conurbation… now sadly, it seems, becoming as rare in some parts of the country as an honest politician… I recall fondly my first visit to our local library in the grounds of the Elder Park in Docklands Govan in Glasgow… standing guard over all things readable in our slum setting of the early 1950s, it became a haven for this then wee five-year old, National Health spectacles and all, devouring picture books, reading primers and illustrated tomes of the Wonders of the World… y’see, grand and all the Kindle phenomenon might be to some, it cannot take the place of sitting on the floor in the children’s section of yer library with several open books scattered around yer legs… no child is ever going have a circle of Kindles spread on the floor in such an accessible manner as that…
…for that alone, and for millions of other good reasons (mostly books) our libraries should be protected and preserved… now, where did I leave the bookmark for my Kindle, Mabel?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!
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