'My tearaway teenage daughter found it a source of support': Campaigners rally together at public consultation to back libraries

L-R: Ron Mendel, Kate Scott, Anjona Roy, Tony Kightley, Eluned Lewis, Paul Bosworth, Marian Hudson, Dave Green and Alan Jones showing their support to keep libraries open.
L-R: Ron Mendel, Kate Scott, Anjona Roy, Tony Kightley, Eluned Lewis, Paul Bosworth, Marian Hudson, Dave Green and Alan Jones showing their support to keep libraries open.
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“She used the library to stay on her course. In the bedsit, she would do the notes of her coursework on her mobile phone and go into the library and use the computers to print it out the course work to submit in college.

“After finishing the course, she quickly secured employment and currently is an underwriter in a local insurance and finance company, living in her own home.

“Right now, I can look at my daughter and really be proud of what she is and can achieve and I know if it wasn’t for the library, she would not have been able to complete the course that she was on and certainly would not have secured employment.”

These are the words of library campaigner, Anjona Roy, 54 of Weston Favell who is describing how libraries in Northamptonshire have helped her daughter, Eshna.

Anjona along with a group of campaigners in Northampton took to Abington Street on Wednesday evening in a bid to put up a fight to keep smaller libraries open.

She added: “When people think of libraries the mental picture they have in their mind is often of very young children or pensioners using the services.

“My tearaway teenage daughter found it a source of support to enable her to turn her life around.

“The free service helps those who have the least because it is a service that is free for everyone to use.”

Paul Bosworth was also at the protest outside Central Library and says book-lending services are an integral part of the community.

“For me it’s about coming here today and showing those who are making the decisions that we have a voice of opposition to the cuts.”

Alan Jones said he is campaigning for others.

“It’s not so much for me, it’s for other people, like the children.

"What’s been said a lot, that it's a place for isolated young mothers to meet people.

"I should think it improves their mental health no end.”