Library as support system for society’s vulnerable

ns-hi-library-852-8colThe author of this article eloquently notes how crucial the library became to her while she was recuperating from the effects of a serious illness. Clarke writes that she has always been a long time supporter of libraries in her native England, but she gained a new level of appreciation when she was isolated from her regular social circles.  She is especially concerned in light of predicted closings in the next few years. The far-reaching value of libraries is once again driven home.

Shira S.

Online Librarian Flooded with Response to Booksharing Concept

A British founder of an online book sharing service has been swamped with people calling to join his project. Peter Baillie has received over 700 requests to share in his scheme! The plan works like this:  for a nominal annual fee (8.95 pounds) each member must be able to share 10 paperback books that are in good condition. Each person is responsible to pack and ship his items. The hope is that people will be able to reduce the number of books they buy and save resources. The website My Book Your Book was to go live Aug. 22, 2010.

My questions- Do you think arrangements such as this  one could ever impact traditional libraries? Is it a good idea or not?

Shira S.

Booker Prize Announced Last Night

The Finkler Question, a comic novel about being Jewish, won the Booker Prize. British author and columnist Howard Jacobson prevailed against more favored writers. Sir Andrew Motion, head of the judging committee, comments ‘The Finkler Question’ is a marvellous book: very funny, of course, but also very clever, very sad and very subtle.”‘

Shira S.