Here’s what libraries mean to Trevor:
‘I count myself fortunate that when growing up I had access to a well-stocked local library that we would visit as a family every few weeks. Rushing in and seeing row upon row of coloured spines waiting to be pulled out and taken home was exhilarating. I would race around the displays checking on favourite authors, browsing new acquisitions and beating my sister to the loans desk. I could never quite believe that you could do all this for nothing. And not having to buy a book meant I was free to experiment with my reading. I didn’t have to procrastinate over blurbs picking just one, or ponder whether I should wait for the paperback release. Because of libraries, reading for me was a roller-coaster of highs, with occasional lows, that shot me to places that were otherwise unreachable.
‘Libraries bring a freedom to reading that is unique. As a parent I buy my children books, but I must not deprive them of the same experience I had: freedom to find their own favourites, browse and make choices that allow them to grow and launch their own reading journeys.’