Like many book lovers I can trace my love for literature back to my early childhood. Many of these early memories are of time spent in my local library.
My mother would take me and my siblings to the library on a Saturday and we would spend hours on end reading and exploring.
This Is why it hurts me so much to see my local library (darlington, UK, pictured below) in threat of closing.
Between 2012 and 2017 343 libraries closed in the UK alone. the figure is proportionally similar in most EU countries and the US.
With the explosion of easy access reading such as Amazon Kindles, E-readers, Apple books people seem to head to their local library less and less.
Going to the Library is an immersive experience. This is important for children especially. Simply putting a kindle in front of them may not inspire a love of books in them. Whereas an exiting trip out to the Library will, in my opinion have a much better shot at this.
The University of Sussex Reading a book can reduce stress by up to 68%. Not too shabby! Right now we are in the midst of a mental health crisis. With more and more young people being diagnosed with mental health problems.
Studies have shown that reading CAN and DOES improve mental health. If we can keep our libraries open, hopefully more children and young people will learn to love reading and this in turn could improve their mental health in the years to come.
KEEP OUR LIBRARIES OPEN.
COMMENT WITH YOUR STORIES ABOUT WHY YOU GOT INTO READING OR ABOUT YOUR LIBRARY EXPERIENCES.