More libraries

14th November 1997 at 00:00
My first reaction to the article "Go and look it up!" (TES, October 31) was to cry "hear, hear!".

Teacher horror stories have long been swapped by library staff. There are teachers who don't know where the town library is; there are those who take all the books on the homework subject they have set their own students. These stories are as much a part of staffroom folklore as reality. Many teachers and librarians can and do co-operate well.

Surely the main issue facing all of us is local authority spending cuts and their disastrous effect on library hours, staffing and materials. There appears to be money for special projects and an emphasis on "matching funding" rather than money for the basic service. Money is going on the icing and not the cake. Libraries need up-to-date reference books as well as Internet access.

As a parent, educator, and cursory and sometimes bemused scanner of The TES, my revolutionary idea is that we might all learn better with lots more libraries and far fewer schools!

MARY NOLZE Lowes Green Rd Rusthall, Kent

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