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On a patrist, a library and views of women.

It is natural that a *patrist should have his head in the past. That he should be so lacking in connection to the present as to write what follows about Suffolk libraries, is surprising

Doubtless there is some woman somewhere who receives a salary to run the organisation. (You can tell that it is a woman in charge because the conversion of Ipswich library into a playgroup is something that only a woman would do).

Perhaps Roger Pearce has been reading too much of St John Chrysostom who, according to the translation in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, wrote: “Of all the wild animals, none can be found as harmful as women.”

Pearse complains in his blog about the time it takes to a copy of Vermaseren’s Mithras: The Secret God (published 1963) from the reserve stock to Ipswich LIbrary. I am pleasantly surprised that they have a copy.

I started off with some sympathy, remembering that in my home town there was a separate children’s library. I like the quiet of libraries but have come to believe that the most important thing is to get children into a room full of books where they can be encouraged to read.

It has been throughout the determination of campaigners, probably the majority of them women, that he can still talk about 46 libraries in Suffolk (many other places are closing them). Our libraries are not as well funded as I would like them to be and there are more cuts to come. But by keeping the libraries open we have the option of improving them in the future.

*A patrist studies the lives , writings, and doctrines of the early Christian theologians.

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