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Libraries Alert goes on / 21 November 2014

Mark Twain (penname of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) in the lab of Nikola Tesla, spring of 1894. Clemens is holding Tesla's experimental vacuum lamp, which is powered by a loop of wire which is receiving electromagnetic energy from a Tesla coil (not visible).

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.” Image: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Regarding library week on the BBC here is my contribution about Kensal Rise Library which is now being tampered with. There is continuing confusion as to what will happen to the library.

I have blogged before re this beloved place where I found solace and relaxation when recuperating after a major illness. Having no decent computer at the time I was glad to see my council tax was going towards such a worthwhile cause and helped to keep me in touch with the cyber world. It smelt of wood and wax and held books from G K Chesteron's bio on Chaucer to diverse subjects and dvds.  It was small and had the old fashioned one to one service that we miss now. 

Can't see me going to the hyper library in Wembley - sounds like my idea of hell if Willesden Library was a stepping stone.  More like a security section at an airport than a temple of books and knowledge.

It's good to hear BBC6Music is highlighting the libraries but will we ever get back the past?

Ne’er the Twain shall meet …with cuts!

Mark Twain
Lain in his grave
A hundred years
May turn to learn
The library he opened in 1900
When people had nothing
Would  be CUT
Along with other branches
In the 21st century
By bureauprats who know
The price of everything
And the value of nothing!
Not anticipating (or caring) what the ultimate price will be!