THE recent dearth of newspapers was in some ways revealing. They were missed by many it is true, but, with the greater newscasts by the B.B.C., the essential news was well presented to most of us. Intellectually we were probably not the worse, in fact, we may be better for less absorption in the daily and evening columns. But, what was missed was the something to read which has become essential in modern life. Statistics are not yet available of the effects on circulation figures from libraries but in at least one instance a considerable increase is attributed to the strike. It is probable that Everyman does not connect events and things well, and in the reading famine has not associated his need with his local library. The extent however, to which he and his wife have done so is a matter that may well be brought out in the library reports for 1955–6.
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