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Bestselling author riles many, calling libraries 'no longer relevant'

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(Read caption) Courtney MacArthur reads to her daughter Mackenzie at the Longmont Public Library in Colorado.

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Just when you think you've heard it all.

A bestselling British children’s author is advocating for the closure of public libraries, saying they “have been around too long,” “are no longer relevant,” and have “had their day.”

Terry Deary, author of the bestselling children’s series “Horrible Histories,” has been raising ire in the UK – and beyond – with his controversial claim that libraries are outdated and hurtful to the publishing industry.

"I'm not attacking libraries, I'm attacking the concept behind libraries, which is no longer relevant," Deary told the Guardian. “...we've got this idea that we've got an entitlement to read books for free, at the expense of authors, publishers and council tax payers. This is not the Victorian age, when we wanted to allow the impoverished access to literature. We pay for compulsory schooling to do that.”

Deary, who ironically is the seventh-most borrowed children’s writer from UK libraries, said libraries are hurting the industry.


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