TERRY PRONE: Libraries still lending a welcome hand to all parts of our society

Hearing that libraries are going to be the locus for health-promotion programmes in the coming year prompted me to do a little research over the last two weeks. 

My report to Examiner readers comes “caveatted up to the gills”, as some famous writer whose name escapes me once said. It is not statistically valid. In fact, it’s not valid at all, because I simply asked people I encountered at work how they felt about libraries.

The question had the satisfactory effect of causing a double-take: Libraries? Haven’t thought of libraries in forever. After that two-second pause, however, a remarkable thing happened. The people being questioned nearly always began to smile. And nod. Some of them said they loved their local library and brought their children to it. One of them said she felt extremely grateful to her library because it had been her refuge during months of agonising job-searching during the recession. 

Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers

Not a member yet? Register here

More on this topic

Irish author's mental illness memoir on book prize list

We Sell Books: ‘Romance rules the world’

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine named An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

The Power of Small can change it all: Why it's important to let go of your new year's resolutions

More in this Section

Courage needed to rekindle rural Ireland

Time to clean up the social media mess

Readers' Blog: The actions of arsonist thugs shame us all

An economic concern but not yet a crisis

More by this author

The debate on alleged blackface racism doesn’t allow for grey areas

Leaks put every patient in every hospital in real and present danger

Our morbid curiosity an accident waiting to happen on social media

Philip didn’t crash because he’s old. He crashed because he’s male


Lifestyle

Away with red tape!

Review: Post Malone in Dublin - Not music to change your life but tremendous fun

Review: Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next is a rollercoaster you’ll want to stay with

Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

More From The Irish Examiner