As there weren't any particular events in this area, the closest being Great Ayton or in N Yorkshire, I decided to do a quick tour of libraries nearby and take books out from each.
First I went to my local library in Sedgefield - it was fairly busy as usual with a few people coming and going getting books and the computers all taken. There are a lot of people who use it on a regular weekly basis. The librarians / assistants are quite friendly, most have been there a long time but they're also quite strict and tell people off. Eg there was a boy who wanted a cut out cardboard sheet to make a dalek from the box on the counter - but oh no, those are for half term & not before. Also I've tried to get fines waived before for son being away at Uni but to no avail. But they are efficient & popular with most users.
Next I went to Bowburn - nice and cheery library - friendly staff. Not very busy but some children and parents were in and it had lots of good books and good atmosphere.
Next to Ferryhill library - it's on the main street and well stocked. The staff looked at me a bit suspiciously but I didn't want to say I was doing a mini tour of libraries for save libraries day in case they thought I was weird. I didn't see any information or details in any of the libraries about the #savelibraries. Got two books out. It's very useful to be able to use the same card across all Durham county libraries. Usually I go to Sedgefield or Clayport library in Durham which is really great.
My last stop was Chilton library - looks grotty from outside but nice inside. Again, lots of good books, only two computers, friendly & efficient staff, got two books out.
I enjoyed my tour and was glad that I did something to support the cause. It would be incredibly sad if you couldn't just walk into a library and enjoy all those wonderful books. Without reading, life wouldn't be worth living.
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