A library opens. Rare enough in these days of enforced ‘austerity’ when branch libraries everywhere are being closed. So something to be celebrated, mainly in pictures. I will have more words when I’ve had a better, quieter look around.
But here we are, Friday 17th May, 2013. Liverpool Central Library re-opens after three years of intense rebuilding and renewal, and early in the evening I’m on my way to see it, along with a goodly part of the population.
Regular readers may remember Audubon as an early nineteenth century visitor to William Rathbone at Greenbank House.
Already impressed, next comes something spectacular. Deeper into Wonderland. The great room is crowded but quiet. Like a library. Before the library closed three years ago the Picton Reading Room had been long closed off. None of us living now have ever seen it looking like this, its 1875 self fully restored.
Next, the place where the stories are now living.
I don’t stay. Nothing could amaze me more than what I’ve already seen. In Wonderland.
So I’ll be back, of course I will. I’ll also be continuing to defend every library. This is like visiting a Cathedral, wonderful and uplifting. To support it, and to enrich our lives and teach our children, we also need our local places. For everyday contemplation and inspiration. Go on Liverpool, with a bit of creativity we can do both.