The Value to School Boys and Girls of Free Libraries

Free libraries are of immense educational and pleasurable value to school boys and girls. The educational value comes from the fact that in school libraries and public libraries, there are undoubtedly large encyclopedias, and a wide range of other factual books. These books are a great help to children’s educational prowess, for they provide masses of useful information that can help with a child’s school work. This stock of information is, of course, undeniably useful to school children who still have large gaps in their knowledge and experience of life, and these gaps can be filled in with the proper use of the library’s non-fiction books. Where else, but from an encyclopedia in a library can one find out that Zolaism is a vigorous but coarse realism of the style of the French novelist, Zola? There are, of course, many hundreds, nay thousands, of more down to earth examples, such as a volt is not only a unit of electromotive force, but also the circular gait of a horse or a leap to avoid a thrust during a fencing match. It is these kind of examples that make libraries into British institutions of learning, a hall of knowledge, a room full of books…

The pleasurable side of libraries is, of course, in the many thousands of novels or short stories that have been written and are obtainable through libraries. For the very young, those in age and at heart, in most public libraries there is a special section catering for them. This section includes Enid Blyton books about the torrid Famous Five or Roger Hargeaves’ Mister Men. Who can be without them? For the older pupil’s there are Westerns, featuring the awesome Roy Rogers, or spy thrillers with the omnipresent Dick Barton. Also for the girls are romantic novels about love and happy endings, and for the even older school boys are novels about Confessions of everyday, commonplace Frank Harris’. There can be no denying that the examples given can widen a school persons’ experience of the world.

The greatest value of free libraries is, of course, that they are free, unless the book is overdue. Anybody, even the poorest person in the district can sign their children on to a library and these children can visit the library whenever they want to, if it’s open, and withdraw any book they require, provided the librarian knows about the withdrawal.

One aspect of libraries that is perhaps overlooked is that they are quiet and provide a pleasant working atmosphere with few interruptions, and the children can copy from the encyclopedias without being distracted too often.

The values of libraries are that they provide educational reading, pleasurable reading, ability to read a book without having to pay, and a quietness that provides a satisfying working ability.

Teacher’s Comments

Remember that books can be specially ordered or borrowed from other libraries. They can also be ‘loaned’ on a long-term basis.
A ‘good’ essay.

(c) M. Robert Gibson
Written 1979-02-08
This is a school essay.
It was written well before the internet. It is full of inaccuracies and assumptions; bad punctuation; bad grammar and a woeful lack of research, but, it is also a first draft. It was also hand-written in an exercise book, none of your fancy electronic gizmos back then.
And don’t forget, it was written by a schoolboy in a time before political correctness.
It is published here for purely selfish vanity reasons, so read it at your own peril and do not expect any great revelations.