Monday 7 May 2012: Book Bugs
The new Dunbar Library opened today, and we
were first through the door ... I mean just made it before closing time. Katie and Gordon settled into the beanbags and I had to drag them away. The yellow thing is called "Book Bug" and we spent a fair bit of time colouring in Mr Bug pictures in a wide range of garish colours. Now, we really have to go. Oh, after a play in the really good new park outside. A "quick visit" took a couple of hours - which is great, isn't it?
Big bugs. Katie had just found the smoothie recipes in her Children's Cookbook, hence the "Ooooooh" expression :)
There's lots of mixed feelings about this new Community Centre. For a start, the old library is across the road in a lovely old building with gallery space, which there's nothing wrong with and which is now lying empty. Then there's the Scout Hall and Youth Club that were demolished to make way for this - OK, Scouts and Youths get new space but neither's particularly delighted with the arrangements. Then there's the politics of it - it's been the hobby project of our local SNP "coonsilor" who was Coonsil Leader until the elections this week, when Labour took more seats than the SNP by one (9 versus 8) and I was told in the pub yesterday that Labour have done a deal with the solitary Tory to take control of the Coonsil. So, our local lad's just a local lad again. Bit of a bummer for him, and then "his" Community Centre opens a few day later. Ha! Mixed feelings indeed. Oh, and it's built on Common Good land that ought to be left alone. And then there's the money - whilst there's debates over cutting school bus routes, we spent pure dead thoosands on this.
But... But... It's very nice, it's kept a load of good honest tradesmen in employ for ages, the Scout Hall was a tip and the Youth Club wasn't much better, the Bleaching Field was really just a place for lazy people to let their dogs poo, and investment in the local Library in this day and age is brilliant to see. So, grouchy old git that I am, I like it.