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Residents speak out

Quote from Barnet Council’s Strategic Library Review

Barnet Council states that one of the objectives of its Strategic Library Review is:

‘Opportunity for all children:(to) increase reading, literacy and learning opportunities for children. More than ever, literacy is the key to a full and productive life…Literacy is the gateway to learning at school; it is a basic requirement for acquiring and maintaining the essentials in life, like a home and a job, and, increasingly, it is the key to economic success.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED) has found that reading for pleasure is one of the most important indicators for the future success of a child.

Promoting reading and literacy for all children must be at the heart of our library service in the future.’



Quotes from local residents

Fiona Cochrane, Hampton Close N11, says:


“The library is central to the Friern Barnet community, well used by people of all ages. I have taken my daughter to the rhyme time classes since she was a baby and she continues to attend with her childminder now. These classes form an essential part of a child's development, both through learning and socially through interaction with other children. This is something that we should be strongly encouraging. Expecting childminders and parents to take several toddlers on public transport to North Finchley is simply not feasible. Closing Friern Barnet library will be depriving young children of a vital resource which aids development and is something that they love.”   



Sheri Darby, Holly Park Road N11, says:


“Friern Barnet Library occupies an almost unique position in the borough being within walking distance of 6 schools and one college, and therefore is of immense value to a wide range of people. Barnet Council has every right to be proud of the high academic standards achieved in this borough and the excellent local libraries provided are surely are a large contributory factor. I certainly remember my children researching projects at Friern Barnet Library regularly or just choosing books or dvds for leisure.


In these days when  parents work, a bus journey after school or an environmentally unfriendly car journey are just out of the question.


All that aside, our library is a warm friendly place, a far cry from the "Silence, Please" of yesteryear and is highly valued by everyone. It is also the closest we have to any community centre in Friern Barnet. In terms of expenditure, running costs are relatively small and the money can surely be saved elsewhere.”




 Alfred Rurangirwa, Holly Park Road N11, says:


“After school, it is our Library which helps to educate children: the service is wonderful. The ladies who run the library are the real Mums for the children like their teachers. The children feel at home and are very happy to have their library close to them. The ambience is wonderful: beautiful building with a green garden around, very clean and confortable inside, children meet other children there and do the same hobby: reading, internet, writing, enjoying listening nursery's songs and borrowing DVD, books, etc...

Friern Barnet Library not only helped me to educate my children but also it's there I rediscovered emotionally my ancient studies on Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Homer, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Seneca, all my notes had been burnt during the Rwanda genocide. 

Closing this library will be detrimental for pregnant women, mum with babies, old and retired people, single parents, disabled, schoolchildren, no vulnerable person will go to the new site, therefore their rights will be denied. Our Friern Barnet is for us and our children what our soul is to our body. Friern Barnet Vulnerable people have a right to culture!”