September 11, 2007
Now that we are settling into our 'flat' in Scotland, I made a point of making sure I could find the essentials. I am thrilled to be sitting in one of the most awesome libraries ever -- six floors, two 'lifts,' a café. The Mitchell Library boasts the largest collection of archival works in Europe... and the smallest YA and children's section I've seen in awhile.
THAT'S, about to change.
I'm pretty sure the Interlibrary Loan people are going to be shocked very soon at the volume of books being requested, but I hope to find that, like at my library in the States, it eventually expands the collection. I saw a class of children crammed into the tiny corner that made up the Middle Grade/chapter books, and I thought good things at their teacher for bringing them, even though the place was quite small, and she was more than a little bit harried with so many children in such a small space. (And it's remarkable how the words "And put that back RIGHT NOW" come out so very clearly, despite whatever accent or brogue.)
I have been to two libraries in Glasgow now, and though the one in Hillhead is very well stocked, there was only one person sitting and reading. I've only ever seen one kid voluntarily reading since I arrived, except for magazines. There is a big grant and a push going to get Scotland reading... what a great time to be here, no? Because I can surely lend some enthusiasm.
Six floors. I am so in love...