This week on the bookish internet

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    • Police in libraries is something I hadn’t thought about before – it’s not something I’ve seen here in the UK (and certainly not armed officers leading children’s storytime). I do recognise that picture of libraries as a haven for socially excluded and homeless people. There are few places today which are public, indoors and noncommercial. Funding cuts to local councils over the past decade has meant many public toilets have been closed or the buildings sold. All this makes the library more important as a place of sanctuary and practical support. Introducing social workers to support library staff sounds like a great idea – so often it seems funding goes to police ahead of those earlier and more holistic interventions.


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