Letters, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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City is facing an illiterate future

I AM shocked and appalled by the proposal of Sunderland City Council to close nine libraries in Sunderland in the name of saving money.

 I can only assume that increasingly people are using libraries for computers rather than books. So, if this is the case, then why not charge people a small and reasonable fee if they want to use libraries for anything other than borrowing books and save these institutions for future generations?

 As university fees rise, those seeking an education will have no other choice but to use libraries in order to teach themselves. How can anyone think that it is in the public interest to take these invaluable services away from communities?

 Libraries have been around for generations, and there is no reason why the council cannot look for alternate ways to save money.

  If this goes ahead, we are facing illiterate and uneducated future generations, so it is hardly surprisingly that no one is taking this lightly.

 Please support the cause by joining the Facebook group and signing the online petition.

Sarah Butler

We meet criteria

I AM writing regarding the proposed closure of Silksworth Library.

 Councillor John Kelly says: “We are looking to take libraries into places people go, rather than expect them to come to us.”

 Silksworth Library is located within Beckwith Mews Extra Care Scheme.

 This building contains 40, two-bedroom apartments, a busy hair salon, an excellent restaurant, and a public communal lounge for the use of the 43 residents and the local community.

 How can the council think of closing a library that already more than meets the requirements it is looking for is completely beyond my comprehension.

 I would appreciate Mr Kelly explaining to the many hundreds of visitors and residents why he wants to close a very busy library that is housed within this extremely busy community scheme?

Lisa Rowe,

Beckwith Mews

Carnegie legacy

I am appalled to read in the Sunderland Echo (June 13) that the council is closing nine libraries.

 Three of these were built on money gifted to Sunderland by Andrew Carnegie, who was a Scottish born American industrialist and benefactor.

 He opened Monkwearmouth library on October 21, 1909, and said: “The library is the cradle of democracy, and the men and women who read there will become more intelligent and think more of themselves and their rights and privileges, have more self-respect and therefore respect for others.”

 Mr Carnegie was invested with the Freedom of the Borough of Sunderland.

 I know that the council has to save money but these libraries need to be saved. They are within everyone’s reach, they are a mine of information, and don’t forget, not everyone has or wants a computer.

 They are a safe meeting place for people and are used by many local community groups, and now the tourist board has gone, libraries have excellent local knowledge.

 So, how can we save our libraries?

 Come on people, don’t just sit there and do nothing. Get down to your local library, sign petitions, get your heads together, come up with some plans, and if there is a secret millionaire out there, look at Mr Carnegie’s contribution and please help to save our libraries.

Linda Storey

Lost key handed in

A KEY and charm key ring was found in the car park at Hylton Riverside.

 This has been handed to Aldi. The owner can collect it from there.

Name withheld