A review of St James Street Library by Anon written on Friday 13th of July 2007
Have you ever truly been in love and die for the one you love? What about a faithful friend of many years being deprived of her rights and disband without warning? How would you react?
Imagine the birth of St James' library more than 40 years ago. From its birth, it grew to be part of the community grooming scholars of all abilities for the future. Councillors even remember their young days poring over books in the local library.
The position of St James Library had grown in importance over the years. Since its birth, for the past years the children of at least 5 local primary schools were being taken to visit it as part of the school curriculum. It gave them an understanding of how important libraries are in building up their education.
Parents with young children found it a delight to spend their time after school at St James. They could
choose the books they want as well as meeting friends. The toddlers attended Mr Squash club in the afternoon and it was a good time to interact with others.
The older children were allowed by their parents to come to the library to do their research work on the computers or other reference work.
Besides the above, there were the senior citizens who came to St James to enhance their PC skills and read the newspapers. It was their form of leisure time.
Now the council wants the local residents to trot up to Walthamstow library to borrow books and use the PCs. Imagine the parents going there with their young ones in tow or even the senior citizens! It shows that the council is not in touch with people's needs and feelings. All they are interested in is statistics. This is shown through the lack of consultation done before the closure and just to cut cost. We are people - not statistics - and have as much right as the councillors!
Do we want such a "council" to be running our borough? We voted them into office but when that position is secured, our opinion does not matter! We are fighting for the reinstating of St James' Library. Would you want to join in this campaign to fight for justice and fairness to the community?
As part of Waltham Forest community, let us unite and see that our borough is properly run by the council we put in office. Do not think that the council will not close one of your local libraries in the future. Who knows - it may be Hale End next if the council's measure is still based on visitation and issue. The 2006/07 figures showed St James figure of 4.3 and Hale End of 4.5. The latter's end is nigh!
Our love for St James never dies and its right legacy is very much in the heart of our community! We will fight to our very breath for a true and loyal friend to the community - ST JAMES' LIBRARY!
RESIDENTS OF WALTHAM FOREST - LET US UNITE WITH ONE VOICE AND LET THE COUNCIL KNOW THAT WE ARE ONE COMMUNITY! WHEN ONE PART OF THE COMMUNITY SUFFERS THE OTHER PART SUFFERS TOO!
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Map showing St James Street Library on Coppermill Lane