Library Lady Has My Backing

A GOOD sign of a well-read local newspaper is its Letters Page. Ours, most weeks of the year is brimming over with views and opinions and, in recent weeks, we have even had some rather charming verse. I don t often publish anonymous letters unless the se

A GOOD sign of a well-read local newspaper is its Letters' Page. Ours, most weeks of the year is brimming over with views and opinions and, in recent weeks, we have even had some rather charming verse. I don't often publish anonymous letters unless the sender has provided me with their details and a good reason why their anonymity should be protected. Having a pop at someone or making spiteful remarks and then attempting to hide behind 'name and address withheld' is not acceptable. But, last week I did receive an anonymous letter from someone I have chosen to call Library Lady. Now, it may not be from a lady, as I have no idea of the writer's sex and there is no clue in the letter. I read it out loud in the office and at first we chuckled and I almost put it in the bin, but then I couldn't help thinking that Library Lady has a point. If you read the letter you will hopefully understand.

I am right behind you Library Lady. You carry on with your mission to keep the classics in circulation and ensure they are available for us all. Let's face it, I'm sure a generation of youngsters can live without a book on the intricacies of Facebook, but should anyone who visits the library be deprived of classic literature? I think not. I would be interested to learn how many people actually go into the library and take out the Facebook book. My limited experience of Facebook is that you ask someone or work it out for yourself.

I do actually have a Facebook account because it's a good way of keeping in touch with two of my sons who are travelling in far flung parts of the world at the moment. It is also a useful way to trace friends you have lost touch with. I usually ask someone in the office if I get stuck and when they have stopped sniggering they tell me what I need to know. I am still a bit confused about writing on walls and sending messages and accepting friends, but the other day Russell (my youngest son who is in Australia) accepted me as a 'friend' and sent me a message to say he had moved to Darwin and had a job on a fishing boat. I went to his Facebook page, and it did feel a bit like snooping in his bedroom. Under the section that says 'interests' he has written 'girls' and I noticed that a high percentage of his 'friends' seem to be very attractive blond ladies.

I replied in seconds of receiving the message to remind him that there were sharks in Australia; to be careful of the midday sun and not drink alcohol on the boat in case he fell over board. I also told him that our cats Felix and Lulu were missing him. After I had sent the message, I announced to the office that I was getting the hang of the Facebook thing and had sent a message to Russell. Only to be informed that I should have replied to the section that allowed me to send a message that only Russell would see rather than his wall post, which all his other friends, including all those young ladies he is trying to impress, can see! Oh well. Girls like boys with caring mums, don't they?

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