The idea of closing down a library that Mark Twain opened is preposterous, unthinkable, absurd. It’s throwing away the generosity of parents and grandparents and all the generations for a hundred years. It’s saying to the pioneers of the public library system, those who struggled and sacrificed to bring the great illuminating blessing of books and reading to every corner of the country, that we don’t want light any more, thanks, we’d rather live in the dark. Well, any fool can put a light out; any fool can close a library. The struggle to keep libraries open is a simple one, in essence: it’s light against dark. And yes, you have to pay to keep the lamps lit. That’s what money’s for. Do we want to be a nation of greedy apes, hugging our money in the dark? Good luck to Kensal Rise, and every other place where people love reading and books and light. I’m completely with you.
– Philip Pullman, 4th February 2011