Day 17: Oadby Library – Free to join #30days30libraries

Oadby Library is stationed on a busy high street, opposite a NatWest, next to a wedding hire company.

Before I even get in there, I’m once again struck by just how many services libraries offer. It’s not just about books, although they will always form a library’s backbone.

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I stop. I listen. I look.

A woman sits in a quiet corner and calls social services to ask if they can help with care for her elderly mother.

A young student comes in to enquire if she can volunteer as a reading buddy for the Summer Reading programme.

A librarian helps someone to save a file onto a memory stick and shows them how to forward and delete emails.

Everywhere I look I see signs of learning, of support.

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IMG_0933.JPGA mother and daughter sit, leaning against one another on a sofa, sharing a book.

A student sits, writing furiously, plugged into her iPhone and her work.

A little boy walks through the room, counting his steps.

“1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4.”

No one dares shush him.

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