A week or two ago it was announced that the only public library on Fogo Island on the coast of Newfoundland will close at the end of October due to budget cuts. A major – and one of the few sources – of information for the 2,395 inhabitants is being taken away from them. As well as housing 14,000 books it serves as an Internet hub, a recreation centre and a town meeting place – all the things you’d want a community library to be. It’s a very sad state of affairs when something like that is taken away from a community and a sad commentary on government priorities.
And on the subject of libraries I’ve always found my librarian friends are amongst the coolest people around. What???? you say! Librarians cool? Prove it! Well how cool is this?
Dedicated to Lara, one of the coolest librarians I’ve ever met.
On this day in 1898: The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.