Our wonderful libraries offer a magical world to children

Libraries are vital, argues Alex Kane 
I think about her a couple of times a month. Indeed, I’ve thought about her a couple of times a month since the mid-1970s. When I walk into a bookshop, or write in my study, or read the book reviews in a newspaper, or sit on Lilah-Liberty’s bed (she’s six) and read her some Dahl, Kipling, Blyton or Potter—Harry and Beatrix. The ‘her’ in question was a librarian in Armagh. I never knew her name and, oddly enough, never thought of asking. I met her in September 1967 when, aged 11 and after my first day at the Royal School, my mum took me to the library to g[...]

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