"We do so much more than issue books, shelve and say, 'Shhh' to people," he wrote. "We cater to our public from birth to death. We go out to antenatal and postnatal groups to sign up the youngest in our population, thus trying to help those families who do not read … We offer free sessions to under-fives, know all about school curriculums and how best to work with schools.So, basically, their claim to be spared the axe is because they are doing the work that should be done by parents or by other public servants? Or doesn't need to be done at all, at least by the state?
"We know our looked-after children, our troubled teens, our users who suffer from mental health issues … We know how to help with homework, teach internet skills to all ages, help unskilled people find jobs … We embraced using volunteers, but can they run our libraries without us? No. And in my authority they are losing about 60% of librarians."
Mind you, in taking money for doing everything other than their actual job, perhaps they are only following the lead of their quango, as North By Northwest points out?