Author Deborah Moggach has joined the campaign to save Brent’s libraries. The BAFTA-nominated writer and author of best-seller Tulip Fever was at the Preston Road quiz night fund-raiser. Speaking to the Willesden & Brent Times, she said:
“Nothing arouses people’s emotions like libraries because they are a source of enormous knowledge and closing them is a death knell to peoples’ prospects of educating themselves.
“I have known many people whose lives have been completely transformed by libraries. Browsing libraries with their experienced staff is how many people develop their curiosity and imagination.”
The author, who has been involved in the fight to keep open Camden’s libraries, warned that the closure of libraries combined with the growth of online reading and ebooks will leave people increasingly isolated.
She added: “They enable people to come together and have contacts with people as well as books. Ebooks are fine but we are encouraging this isolated life. We are getting very fragmented and losing our sense of community.”
The quiz night raised over £500 towards the Brent SOS campaign. Thanks to everyone for getting involved!