"A cafe has taken the place of part of the fiction section and a computer learning zone has replaced the periodicals room"

MetaFilter has a good discussion on the death of libraries, this time about a library in the UK. 

“Hendon's library's opening hours have been cut, a cafe has taken the place of part of the fiction section,
and a computer learning zone has replaced the periodicals room. When I
complained, a local councillor wrote back to say that he did not feel
that the cut in opening hours was a great hardship for anyone.”  The Guardian writes on
the long slow death of libraries.


The thread also led to the obituary for a groundbreaking children's librarian who started one of the first children's libraries in the UK at that branch, Eileen Colwell.  Reading her obituary reminds me of why I love libraries, I love librarians and why I decided to get into this amazing world in the first place. 

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