Given that it’s my holiday, I’ve been reading lots lately. Whilst at work I usually manage a book a week but, with more time, I can read up to three a week depending on the books. With that in mind I’d like to blog about the right to read.
I came across this article which is both heartwarming and sad. I have a student who is in a similar position: She is looked after by the local authority and lives in a different town to our school. She reads a whole book every night and, on the last day of term, we sent her away with an armful of books, knowing that they would last her only a week at best. Her local library has closed down and she has no means of getting to the library in the next town.
I find that tragic. Reading should be a human right, it is that important. It is criminal that so many libraries are closing down and the ones that do remain open seem to have to do everything besides issue books. When I visited my two local libraries last week I was dismayed by how few books there actually where there. Councils are giving libraries less and less money and librarians are instead expected to hand out recycling bags and issue bus passes. What message does this send out about the importance of reading?