Friday Fictioneers: 21st January

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our host for the Friday Fictioneers challenge.
This week, her photo choice is provided by Ted Strutz
Sharon sat at her desk and looked out of the window.
The doors had opened at 9 o’clock sharp and everything was as neat as a pin.
By eleven, not a single person, let alone a child, had set foot through the door.
She was gutted, as she’d believed a children’s library in a small village would prove very popular.
At midday, an elderly man came in and shuffled up to her desk.
‘No takers, huh,’ he rasped. ‘Not really surprised…….. few kids here can read anyway, spend all day playing computer games. Sign of the times Missy.’

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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41 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: 21st January

  1. Dale says:

    Oh how so very sad… And really is a sign of the times, unfortunately.

  2. Bear says:

    Oh, I wanted to sad face that… so sad that children these days aren’t reading like they used to. It’s so sad to go into our library right now and see the children’s area empty (more from covid fear than literacy). That said, I was shocked by the low level of literacy in our area…

  3. neilmacdon says:

    When a child discovers the magic of books, a door opens into a new universe. Of course computer games do that too, but the scenery is always better in books

  4. Bill says:

    Oh, how sad is that? Well done.

  5. Iain Kelly says:

    That’s a depressing take and one that I hope isn’t based on true life, but I fear in some places it could be.

  6. trentpmcd says:

    Hopefully not… Maybe once kids (and their parents!) discover it, people will begin to trickle in.

  7. murisopsis says:

    Sparky works in the library and it is a happening place! He hardly ever has any down time and is kept on his toes during his whole shift. And there are tons of kids all the time! (Though the adult readership is down, the kids have doubled. Possibly all the zoom school is making them not want to be on the computer!)

  8. jillyfunnell says:

    Sadly I think your story reflects reality today – whenever I read comments posted on newsfeeds etc. I am shocked. I so want to give them marks out of ten for spelling and grammar but have resisted so far as it would be too weird 😉

  9. James McEwan says:

    Turn up the heating and offer cookies. Maybe not seems sinister.

  10. A tale of our times. Fortunately, my local library entices kids in by holding reading sessions. One can only hope they continue to enjoy books into their teens.

  11. mjlstories says:

    Don’t give up – the children will find it and some will love it!

  12. Margaret says:

    Sadly I think your story is a true picture of reality for many children, and adults. I’m very glad that so many public libraries have met the challenge head on by coming up with creative ways to draw in new readers as children. Great story. I feel for your librarian, and hope she can break through in her village.

  13. So disappointing for her. I felt it. I’m sure there are fewer kids who read with all the digital distractions. Parents have to be intentional in encouraging their children to read.

    • I liked the idea of offering cookies, and also remember ‘Story TIme’ in You Got Mail with Meg Ryan for the kids. Just need to pique their interest………

  14. i b arora says:

    that’s the harsh reality of the new age

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