I don’t think people understand how big a role literature plays in our day-to-day lives.
Whether we have our noses stuck in the latest ‘50 Shades’ instalment or reading up on Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, we are constantly involving literature in our lives.
This year at school – no, actually my whole time at high school – has required me to have extensive access to books of all genres, thick, thin or middle-sized.
They are a crucial part of my, and everyone else’s, education.
I was absolutely appalled when my librarian told me that the education board is thinking about closing down the library headquarters.
How dare they take my books away from me?
This year, for my Advanced Higher English course, I am required to write a 4000-word dissertation about a subject of my choice: for me, it was novels describing a dystopian future, i.e. Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ and Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.
Because the dissertation is marked so harshly, it is essential that I, and my nine other classmates, bring in outside sources in our analysis to back up our answers.
Cue our librarian, and she can source any book, no matter how expensive or rare, from library HQ, and lend it to us.
She can source fantastic materials that we can use to our advantage to allow us to achieve the grades essential for university.
This will no longer be the case if this service is closed.
I refuse to let future students grades be jeopardised by the closing of this fantastic service.
But it’s not only us advanced students who will be affected.
New children’s books will no longer be provided to the extent to which they are now, meaning this closure will greatly affect our younger students also.
How is that fair for the younger generations of the future?
I think it’s awful that we should be deprived of books that could better our futures.
And I must warn you that, if enough support isn’t raised, then, unfortunately, it would seem that the outcome of this would be inevitable.