Vor wenigen Tagen veröffentlichte BBC 6 folgendes Animationsvideo des Spoken Word Poeten Scroobius Pip, das er im Rahmen einer Show Mitte November 2014 vortrug. Es kann als eine Art Reminiszenz an öffentliche Bibliotheken betrachtet werden.

Quelle: Westminster Libraries & Archives

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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.” Henry David Thoreau

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Die Linen Hall Library gibt es seit 1788. Sie ist somit die älteste Bibliothek in Belfast und berühmt für ihre historischen und politischen Bestände. Darüber hinaus verfügt sie über einen Spezialbestand zu Irland.

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Gestern fand in Großbritannien der “National Libraries Day” statt. Hierzu schrieb die Kinderbuchautorin Julia Donaldson ein Gedicht.


Library Poem

von Julia Donaldson

Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor.
There are books in boxes and books on shelves.
They’re free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.

Come and meet your heroes, old and new,
From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.
You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,
Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.

The librarian’s a friend who loves to lend,
So see if there’s a book that she can recommend.
Read that book, and if you’re bitten
You can borrow all the other ones the author’s written.

Are you into battles or biography?
Are you keen on gerbils or geography?
Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?
There’s something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.

There are students revising, deep in concentration,
And school kids doing projects, finding inspiration.
Over in the corner there’s a table with seating,
So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.

Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,
And help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow.

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Gestern fand in Großbritannien der “Save your libraries day” statt. Vor manchen Bibliotheken sah es tatsächlich wie auf dem folgenden Retrobild von Phil Bradley aus. In der Bibliothek in Bampton (siehe Foto) und in vielen anderen wurden sogenannte “Read-Ins” verstanstaltet. Dabei handelt es sich um öffentlichkeitswirksame Proteste, bei denen beispielsweise junge NutzerInnen die Regale leer räumten, um Solidarität zu zeigen. Das “Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals” rief die UnterstützerInnen zu folgenden Aktionen auf:

  • Got less than 2 minutes? Tweet why you love libraries using the hashtag #savelibrariesPost this page to your Facebook profile and spread the word
  • Got 2 minutes? Visit your library website to download an ebook or use online reference resources.
  • 5– 10 minutes? Contact all your friends and family, ask them to join their library and use library services on the 5th. Search and reserve books through this guide to library services in England.
  • 10 – 15 minutes? Email or write to your local MP, local press or Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about the unique contribution public libraries make to society.
  • 15 – 30 minutes? Pop down your local library on the 5th. Borrow as many books as you can. While you are there read a newspaper, go online and find out what’s happening in your local community.”

Die britische Zeitung “The Guardian” hatte vor einigen Tagen eine geographische Karte veröffentlicht. Sie bildet die von Schließungen bedrohten Bibliotheken landesweit ab und zeigt an, wo überall Aktionen stattfanden.  Folgende Aktionen wurden gestern durchgeführt:

  • Love your Library
  • “normale” Proteste
  • Autorenlesungen
  • Öffentliche Kundgebungen
  • Poetry Day

Am häufigsten wurden Proteste abgehalten. Insgesamt geht es um die Schließung von  etwa 450 Bibliotheken. Betroffen sind nach wie vor öffentliche Bibliotheken in den Grafschaften Suffolk, South Yorkshire, Sommerset, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Essex, Dorset, Gloucestershire und Buckinghamshire und Cambridgeshire. Genauere und ausführlichere Informationen befinden sich auf der Webseite des Guardian, auf der Internetseiten “Voices for the Library” und das Weblog von Alan Gibbons ist auch sehr informativ. Des Weiteren kommen folgende Städte, die zum Metropolregionen zählen bzw.  Stadtteilbibliotheken sind, hinzu: Bolton, London (mehrere Stadtteilbibliotheken betroffen), Edinburgh

In dem folgenden Video sind die EinwohnerInnen von Milborne zu sehen, wie sie gegen die Sparpläne und die mögliche Schließung mobil machen:

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Who uses libraries?

von Keren David

People who are poor.

People who are rich
and lots in the middle, squeezed or not

People without computers, who don’t know what the internet is,
People with laptops and wiis and Playstations and ipods.
People without homes.
People with second homes.
People without many books.
People with shelves overspilling.
People with lots of time and
too little time
with not much quiet
or too much quiet.
People whose homes are chilly
and lonely
and dull.

Parents and carers and babies and toddlers.
Children who don’t know what books are.
Children, magically turning letters into words and words into stories.
Children who want to read every book a particular author ever wrote. Because she wrote it just for them.
Or there’s just one book they read again and again and again.
(I still remember my special book, the one that I read week after week after week, till it became part of who I am now and then and forever)

Children and adults who don’t find it easy to learn by jumping
from website to website.
Children who want to find out what and why and how and when and who.
And read the ideas of others for real…
not bite-sized and  bullet-pointed on websites and worksheets.
Teenagers with homework to do
Teenagers with nothing to do
Teenagers whose home is empty
Teenagers with no home at all

People who like to browse among books
People who like to discover new writers. Even if those writers were new years ago.
People who want the latest must-read best-selling hit.
Dan Brown, Jacqueline Wilson, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
People who want something else
Something obscure and unpopular and – gasp – uncommercial.
People who don’t like Horrid Henry
or horror
or Horowitz, and who don’t find much else
in WH Smith.

People who hate vampires, werewolves and angels
People who dream
of a dark, dangerous stranger
with a loving, tortured soul
a strange, sweet scent
and gleaming, pointed, uncontrollable

People who don’t trust the internet
Who don’t have a kindle, an iphone, an ipad.
Who like the feel and smell of a book, the print on the page, the pages turning
the pictures glowing.
People who want help
and advice
and recommendations from experts
(not volunteers, however well-meaning)
and company,
and education
and someone to notice that they’re alive that day. Everyday.
Writing groups and
reading groups and
story-telling sessions and
slimming clubs and
visiting authors and
community noticeboards offering music and cleaning and clubs and anything you need.

Writers who can’t work in a cafe, even though J K Rowling did.
Writers without a Room of their Own.
People who like to think.

Labour voters and
Conservative voters
Liberal Democrats
and people who don’t know who the hell to vote for
because they’re all as bad as each other.

People with a sense
of history
and the future,
of community
of a shared culture
of equality and opportunity hand in hand
of a Big-hearted Society –
where a homeless kid has the same access
to books and warmth, internet  and silence as they do at
(just a random comparison there).
People who complain and mutter and might write a letter or two,
but don’t riot.
Not about libraries.
Not about books.

But then there are
Government ministers who won’t protect libraries
and local councillors trying to cut budgets
Because budgets are easier to cut than bankers’ bonuses. And it’s getting a bit fuzzy, isn’t it? About who was to blame. For the mess we’re all in together.
That’s all of us.
But especially some of us.

And those who think that libraries are a soft target
and out-dated
and unpopular
and could easily be run by volunteers
– because, after all, there will be lots of people with time on their hands –
– not to mention the workshy –
–  and the fake disabled, don’t forget them.

And  after all, libraries don’t need to buy more books
because everything’s available on the internet
and books are so cheap nowadays
and  how much do you have to pay to rent books from a library anyway?
and where is the local library?
and why isn’t it open when I need it to be open?
and why are there so few books?
and isn’t it disgraceful how children leave school unable to read?
What they need are Phonics and Literacy and Extracts and
testing testing testing
testing testing testing
because the economy demands literate workers
who’ve studied relevant subjects
so they can earn money and pay
graduate taxes
because that’s what  Britain needs
Isn’t it?

This is happening now.
Libraries are being closed and cut
Librarians are being sacked
In shires and cities and towns

If we allow it.

Quelle:  Almost True: A blog by Keren David, author of When I Was Joe and Almost True

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