Yet this massive saving in our libraries is not merely a victory over Big Society sceptics, but evidence that Vaizey is achieving the unprecedented and seemingly miraculous: the delivery, for virtually nothing, of a treasured public service. The implications of his ministerial alchemy almost defy computation. It is not just the chilling realisation that local authorities have, for years, squandered unimaginable sums on librarians who are manifestly surplus to the operation of a statutory "comprehensive and efficient" library service. How many other tasks, the public will ask, could equally have been performed — and could be so in future — by the kind of civic, amiable, often elderly people, with neither the relevant vocation nor training, who are now coming to Vaizey's assistance? Assuming, as Arts Council England ACE does in a recent paper on "community libraries", there can be no principled objection to unpaid management where only inessential, vaguely cultural operations are at risk from local authority cuts, there must be lessons here for museums and galleries, theatres and green spaces, and any other easy targets to which volunteers already make a valued but peripheral contribution.
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The other morning, after too little sleep and with too much to do, Jenna Bush Hager found herself dragging, and kicked herself for it. Ring a bell? I asked her and her twin sister, Barbara, what they made of that. Jenna the irrepressible blonde. Barbara the reserved brunette.
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Graphic Novels. These latest titles offer engaging narratives with nonheteronormative leads that all young adults will find fun to read. Coulthurst, Audrey. Of Fire and Stars.
Every day I hear people expressing their opinions about what public libraries should be — and whether they should exist at all. Take the Adam Smith Institute, which in August claimed public libraries will become obsolete. The article references the latest data from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which shows a large drop in library usage but fails to mention that cuts and closures might have something to do with the decline.