...... So, Terry Deary, author of the Horrible Histories books, thinks its a good idea to hand out free e-readers to the 'impoverished', that it would be a 'hell of a lot cheaper' than keeping libraries open. Libraries after all being places that must 'move with the times',that have to 'modify' in order to survive by becoming part of the electronic age.
I'm sorry Mr Deary but I can't help but wonder when was the last time you where in a library?
Living in an area with high levels of unemployment and one of the highest populations of elderly people in the north east of England, our library is open from nine 0' clock through to 5.00 (5.30 on a Friday) and as well as 'tree books' has a wide range of audio books, DVD's and, yes Mr Deary, even digital books not to mention the use of computers, a selection of newspapers AND several readers groups, one of them offering a reading scheme for children.
So far from not keeping up with the times, the library offers something no e-reader can - a sense of community - just valuable to the 'impoverished' don't you think?
Not that, as the ARTICLE goes on to point out, the author is saying close all libraries. No, as he says (and I quote) 'If there's a problem of poor people - and I'm not picking on them particularly - having access to books, is there a better way of doing it than a library."
For as Mark Taylor from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals said (and I agree with him) .....
"A library can be replaced by an e-reader as much as a playground can be replaced by a PlayStation".
What thinks you?
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