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I won't be reading Harper Lee's new book. If I understand correctly, it will be about an older Scout and Atticus. Ray Bradbury absolutely destroyed Dandelion Wine for me by bringing out another book with Doug as an adolescent. I don't want Mockingbird destroyed for me too.


The library loan statistics make for depressing but not entirely surprising reading.
Here in North Yorkshire the library system has taken a real battering with funding cuts and the closure of a lot of the local libraries unless a sufficient number of volunteers could be found to run them.
Luckily for me, the main library in town is categorised as one of the hub libraries so isn't under threat at the moment but since a very expensive re-vamp a few years ago, there are definitely fewer books on offer and much more emphasis on the computers and ancillary offerings.
Everything is light and bright and spacious but from conversations I have had with other library users and the staff I have got to know over the years, I don't think I am the only person with a hankering for the solid wooden bookshelves packed full of a wide selection of books of all ages - many no longer available anywhere else - which were discarded in the modernisation.

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