Dorothy Says

Dear Library

Dear Library (Every Public Library),

I wanted to tell you how much I love you. I would not be the person I am today without you. You were always there for me, throughout my life.

You were there, when I was a child and on the way home from school I would drop in and spend hours reading – nurturing and stoking and growing my love of books and the craft of fiction.

When I grew older and I couldn’t afford the textbooks needed so I could complete my O’Levels and A’Levels, you were there with the tomes required and the place to study and revise.

When I got even older and I had been to university both times and I was between jobs, you were the places that were there for me to hang out and read and generally not feel so alone on a daily basis.

When I got even older and I realised my dream of becoming a published author, a career I would not have if you hadn’t been there in the early days, you were there for me so I could attend readings and meet readers.

I love you, Library (Every Public Library). Not only for the things you have done for me over the years, but how you have helped people from all walks of life without question or without prejudice.

I’m sorry, so sorry, that the Government and local councils see you as an easy target for cuts and closures. Maybe it’s because you’ve always been so loyal – so quietly and diligently carrying out your job, helping to educate those who can’t afford to buy books and have too much of a moral centre to steal them from the internet. Maybe it’s because across the country, you provide a welcoming hub for communities to meet and thrive and support each other and that doesn’t seem to chime with the way those in power want our world to be right now. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through all that.

But I will continue to support you, to do what I can to highlight how wrong library closures are – how they damage the community and the collective intellect of our country.

Thank you, for being so wonderful and giving and supportive over the years – not only to me but to every other person who has walked through your doors.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

With my eternal love,

Dorothy Koomson