A great letter by mobile library user Judy Monger appeared in the local press, and is reproduced (with Judy’s permission) below:
The lady over the road from me has been a regular user of the Mobile Library for 44 years as I have been for 38 years. We wonder how many people at other stops have been going for longer and benefitting from this invaluable service?
For 80 years, I have treasured books. Should the Mobile Library be cut, it will be the end of a lifetime’s education (amazing adventures in non-fiction books) and nothing to read at meal times. The nearest Library, although only 6 miles away, would entail 3½ hours of precious time, travelling by an afternoon bus, so cannot be considered. The problems must be similar for book readers in other villages.
Over 35 years ago, our pre-school son, too, enjoyed and greatly benefitted from visiting the Mobile, fortnightly then, and he still reads books when time permits. Many young children have learnt to use libraries on the Mobile.
We are so thankful for the people who are fighting these proposed discretionary cuts as the losers will be those who live in the country, the elderly and the very young.
Judy’s letter really brings home the impact Gloucestershire County Council’s plans to cut ALL the mobile libraries in our large rural county will have on kids and adults in rural areas (often with poor public transport links), the elderly and the vulnerable.
Gloucestershire County Council have just announced mobile library visit schedules up until Christmas. It is worth remembering that without the outcry from county library users and subsequent court case and injunction, these mobile libraries would have been withdrawn from service in July, with ZERO consultation with users (who were only asked what they thought of the plans after the decision was made), and ZERO alternative provision in place.