I just got home from work and did my usual routine activities like switching on the computer and with a hot cup of coffee sitting down, today in the sun, to read all the latest hot off the press news on the various conductive blogspots and websites.
I couldn’t believe it when I read Gill Maguire’s latest posting. At 7.30 this morning, pedalling along on my bike to work, I was practising my new activity, doing my “Fit im Kopf” training by “writing” a blog.
The idea for the posting had seeded itself last night when I had been reading a paper about brains and minds and ecological plasticity. At the end of the paper is a huge list of references and I felt sure that the few I had picked out would be there on the shelves in the National Library and for a split second I forgot that I can not access them.
If only there was a librarian there too, then if these papers were indeed on the shelves they would soon be accessible to me. A couple of month ago they would have either landed on my doorstep in a big brown envelope or appeared on my computer screen the next day.
This morning as I was on my bike I got to wondering if there are others in the world who are missing the Library, and of course its librarian, as much as I am.
I was also thinking about the untidy piles of paper I have, that I have collected over the past twenty years. I had stuffed them in a box when I moved, twice, last summer and before throwing them away I was going to take this box over to England, for Gill to look through and sort out anything of interest for the Library shelves.
What to do with them now?
I have put them back in the cardboard box, hoping for a later date!
This afternoon I then cycled home again “writing” more blogs in my head. At home I switched on the computer and read that Gill to is hoping for much the same things as I am and I expect many others are hoping for too. She wrote:
“It is still my hope that the National Library of Conductive Education will become a ‘living’ library again, providing all established services and perhaps introducing a few new ones. Who knows? A new librarian, a new era, could bring fresh ideas. What is important to me is that the library goes on, carries on being an important resource for all those interested in Conductive Education”.
I was also considering on my bike this morning how many others will be spending more of their precious pennies like I will have to on books (and extra bookshelves) so I can expand my own “library” and have access to the things that interest me.
Is this necessary? How can we breath the life back into the Library again and get it back up on its feet and living?
Synchro-something – Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events which are causually unrelated occurring together in a supposedly meaningful manner. In order to count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronicity
Gill Maguire -
Fit in Kopf - Book, Neurobics-Fit Im Kopf, L. C. Katz and M. Rubin, Goldmann 2001
Title picture - "Daffodowndilly" taken from my book, 1965, where it illustrates this poem:
It is of course very human from Gill to wish the Library running well again without her. Every penny they think to save not using Gill will be double spent for the mistakes and learning process of the new ones.
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