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I was looking for some positive news about libraries, since we are still awaiting the go-ahead from Fife Council for our community run library in Kinghorn. Lo and Behold it came from my old haunting ground – Bedford!
Looking backwards …The father of public libraries, Andrew Carnegie, was born in
Dunfermline and so it is unfortunate that many libraries in his home county, the Kingdom of Fife, should be closing in 2017. Over 600 libraries opened in the UK in the latter part of the nineteenth century, due to this man’s vision. I believe he will ‘turn in his grave’ at recent events.
After a major campaign, which ceased a year ago, several community groups were determined not to be defeated and took up the mantle to work towards reopening volunteer run facilities when their beloved libraries finally close. One of these groups is in The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn, where I now live.
There is a willingness within the residents of Kinghorn to support this vital campaign, although many organisations already stretch our resources and the resourcefulness of such a community, including the church, the RNLI, the Rotary, Kinghorn in Bloom and I’m sure many more.
The support has been tremendous. Kinghorn Library Renewed have met for for past year to work towards a transitional phase. The passing of our current library will be a sad time for the library users here in Kinghorn and we will all miss Tricia, but with energy we can make KLR work for the people of Kinghorn once more.
I hope that, if Andrew Carnegie is looking on, he appreciates the efforts of groups up and down the county and that, after his initial frustration and possibly anger, I hope he will smile down on us!
I’ll keep you posted but meanwhile here is a link of news from The Fife Cultural Trust regarding the progress of all libraries under threat.
I’m back on the road again but this time I’m in Fife.
On Saturday 5th November I’ll be at the
Kinghorn in Bloom Gift and Craft event
in The Church Hall by the war memorial
from 10 am to 12 noon.
(on the High Street, Kinghorn ~ you can’t miss it)
I’ll be donating £1 for each of my Fife Fantasy novels I sell to
(more posts about that soon)
Then two weeks later, on Saturday 19th November I‘m joining the folks at
The St Andrews Winter Graduation and Christmas Market
at The Vic, 1 St Mary’s Place, St Andrews Fife.
This is a Little Birds Market event.