Back in May of 2016 it was announced that the library on Fogo Island, the largest of the offshore islands on the east coast of Newfoundland, was to close. There was concerted effort by the people of the Island to keep it open – protests, petitions, and confrontations with Provincial politicians. The list of services that their library offer to the upwards of 3,000 people living there include: Free Internet, Fax, Printing, Photocopying, Digital Camera loan, scanning, computer training, magazines, story time, audio books, DVDs and videos, and large print books. It was more than shelves of plastic covered, thumbed, books – it was the heart of learning, recreation, and community life. Fortunately it is still open – for only three days a week but open none the less and still available to the residents of the Island.
I’m not sure what is more lunatic: the decision of politicians to “save money” by closing libraries or Tracy Ullman’s musical threnody to the last day of a library in a small Welsh town.
At least Ullman’s is lunacy inspired by wit – the decisions made by the politicians by half that.
On this day in 988: The Norse King Glúniairn recognises Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill, High King of Ireland, and agrees to pay taxes and accept Brehon Law; the event is considered to be the founding of the city of Dublin.