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Topic: Chisiwck Library
Posted by: David Darlow
Date/Time: 15/09/15 15:31:00

I don’t know how many website regulars are users of Chiswick Library, but perhaps some share my concern about the way it has been allowed to deteriorate this year.
If you should go into any bookshop – Waterstones, for instance – and be confronted with just endless shelves of book spines, it would soon go out of business. That is why they have displays, books facing outwards, stands with the latest best-selling releases – anything to encourage you to pick up a book and read. 

Until recently Chiswick Library had 17 such displays. Then, overnight, nearly all of them went.  It provoked an outcry from library users, and eventually one or two were restored. But gradually, stealthily, they have now started to disappear again.  The main library room now has none, and complaints to Hounslow yield no reply or reasoning.

Add to this the rota system that John Laing employs for its library staff. Each spends just a day in Chiswick before moving on somewhere else. The result is that none of them has any affinity to, or interest in, the place…here today, gone tomorrow.  The few displays that still remain go largely untouched…one has been in place for nearly three months.

All the accent now seems to be on computer useage, and readings aloud to children. Books and reading, the main purpose of a library, have become somewhat incidental and archaic.

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Chisiwck Library15/09/15 15:31:00 David Darlow
   Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 09:50:00 Andrew OSullivan
      Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 12:56:00 Andy Pease
         Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 14:07:00 Denis Fox
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 14:37:00 Dan Murphy
         Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 14:39:00 Loraine Pemberton
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 15:11:00 Linda Leaney
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 15:57:00 Colin Jordan
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 16:01:00 Sam Reardon Smith
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 16:08:00 Dan Murphy
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 17:22:00 Colin Jordan
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 23:28:00 Rima Jones
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library16/09/15 23:49:00 Rima Jones
                     Chiswick Library17/09/15 07:36:00 John Todd
   Re:Chisiwck Library17/09/15 00:54:00 Rima Jones
      Re:Re:Chisiwck Library17/09/15 13:14:00 James Dow
         Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library17/09/15 13:25:00 Rima Jones
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library17/09/15 13:29:00 Rima Jones
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library17/09/15 13:47:00 Rima Jones
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Chisiwck Library17/09/15 13:52:00 Rima Jones
                     Tree planting17/09/15 14:10:00 John Todd
                        Re:Tree planting17/09/15 14:34:00 Rima Jones

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