"A public library system is profoundly important for a democratic society".
Do you agree ? Read two contrasting opinions about the future of libraries.
One view is that : "Public libraries spend less than 10 per cent of their budget on books and... that they will all have closed in 15 years". Visit www.telegraph.co.uknewsmain.jhtml?xml=news20050604nlibrary04.xmlsShe et=news20050604ixhome.html
An alternative view is that: "A free and up-to-date public library service must be at the heart of Government cultural and social policy in the 21st-century". Visit www.culture.gov.ukglobalpress_noticesarchive_2005dcms096_05.htm
Now try a spectrum exercise - move to one side of the class if you are strongly in favour of the importance of libraries; move to the other side of the class if you think that people should pay for library services and that they should not be subsidised by taxpayers (you can choose to stand anywhere between these two positions). Justify where you have chosen.
Finally, write a paragraph for or against the opening statement (but you must also try to counter the opinions of classmates who disagree with you).