Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cut backs by the Government..............

I don't delve into politics normally but do have to mention I am ticked off about the cut back to the library services.  If our local library branches do not have a book, then we can order it through inter-library loan.  So they search the library system for the copy closest to us and order it in.  Due to the cut backs that service is no longer available.

This will affect book clubs as there are generally 10 + members in each book club and each month you read a book and discuss it.  Now granted you can read a book on an electronic device, but I am one of those people who like to feel paper between my fingers when reading a book.  Normally when ordering for 10 members they have to find books from different libraries.  You can also buy the book from a book store, but I personally don't want to buy books as I read that many.

There are "book club" packs of books where there are multiple copies of books perfect for a book club; BUT one member has to check out the pack for the whole club and no one was willing to do that in the club I had joined....LOL  I really did chuckle to myself when they were discussing this, as it's as though they don't trust one another to bring the books back.

Already the book club members have sent out email messages wondering how this will work out and how we will share books.  I decided that I didn't want to go through all the hassle of doing that and have sent an email to the organizer saying I won't be attending any more meetings.

One of the good things about our library here where we live is that they send out weekly emails for different genre's of book and I am finding those to be useful.  I will just carry on as before with my reading.

Are you a member of a book club?  Do you like it?  I have a stack of books to get through in May; five to review and a couple of my own choices.

To keep up with what I have read pop by my other blog That British Woman's Book Review Blog.


Andi's English Attic said...

Some of the mums at school began a book club but they used the meetings to gossip about school and most hadn't bothered to read the book. I left.

Evelyn said...

wow that is awful they are cutting that service as it was so popular. I don't really like book clubs as I like to read my own choice when I want to.

Patio Postcards said...

The change to library loans is going to affect me greatly. I am so annoyed at Ford Nation for this & other cut backs that just don't make sense. Cutting back on forest fire fighting, planting trees & flood control. OK enough said.

I have tried two different book clubs & in the end gave up both. One club it turned out to be just a reason to drink wine & no one ever seemed to read the book. I'm with you on wanting to feel a book in my hands. ... Mary-Lou =^..^=

Julierose said...

I don't belong to any book (or other) clubs; my reading is just done pour moi...I won't even begin to talk politics here in what used to be my country...aaargh!! hugs, Julierose

Wisewebwoman said...

Our library system has book club kits which holds about 12 copies of the book for the month and we prioritize the read and pass them on. We also sign out individually for the copies on a sheet. It works.

I read a lot and do wonder what would happen if the inter-library transfer was stopped here too :(


William Kendall said...

The ex-drug dealer who turned the party into his personality cult and swindled enough people to get elected into the premiership of this province... is a vile, rotten excuse for a human being. I truly despise him, his family, and his supporters.

Margie from Toronto said...

Doug Ford actually made me vote NDP at the last election!
Sorry you are being affected - some friends and I were just discussing this the other night. We can still get this service in the city but the "burbs" and more rural areas really need it (I can always take the subway to another branch).
I belong to a book club through the Probus social group that I belong to - it's hit or miss. I didn't attend over the winter as a) it's a bit of a walk in for me and the winter was bad and b) the books didn't really appeal. As one other member put it - "If I have to read one more depressing Canadian book about some poor "victim" of one thing or another I'm going to slash my wrists!" Have to say - I agreed with her.
May's book is "Educated" by Tara Westover so I do plan on attending this session. It was an amazing story - and if there is anyone who could have claimed to be a "victim" it is her - but her philosophy is anything but - she is compassionate and understanding and she truly demonstrates the power of education! I read the copy from the library (waited months) but enjoyed it so much that I am going to buy myself a copy.

Chris said...

I also belong to a monthly book club. We have just selected our books for the next year and "Educated" is one of them. We're not affiliated with a library so have to find the books ourselves but several members share free online resources. I usually reserve them at the library but often the waiting lists have several hundred people in front of me!

Jackie said...

This is kind of what happened with the Sask Party here a couple of years ago. They started to cut back libraries funding and people got together.

What we ended up doing was taking our books and reading for an hour in front of our MLA's offices. Kept doing that across the province for a number of weeks. This happened in cities, villages and towns.

Finally they backed down a bit.

Could something like this be done in Ontario? You have a larger population than we do here in Saskatchewan and a quiet "sit in" type fight could make a difference. It was each and every library system in our province that got together to fight. Talk it over with your head librarian and see if they think it would work.

Hate to say it, but this is what Conservative governments do best, cut everything for regular people and give big business and themselves raises or tax cuts.

God bless.

Winifred said...

Well the cut backs in UK have led to many of our libraries being closed! Some are being run by volunteers if they are allowed to do that.

We have no mobile libraries which affects the homebound & now have only one full time library.
We can still borrow from other local libraries but it takes an age to get the books!

As Jackie says Conservative governments cut things for the less well off & look after themselves ie the rich! Doesn't matter which country you live in they're the same greedy self serving politicians.