Walkers crossing via the Moss boardwalk on a recent Sunday were probably puzzled to encounter a stationary group of peoople gathered round one person kneeling on the wet moss ground and pointing out various features of a long sausage of peat. The peat expert was Dr Richard Tipping of Stirling University, who was explaining how peat layers from 1.7 metres down could be analysed to tell us how our ancestors, even from before the Romans, seemed to have started the process of cutting down trees to clear land for crops. Information from a Glasgow University PhD study based on Lenzie Moss was handed out to show how microscopic examination of pollen content and radio-carbon dating was used to do this. This demonstration of peat coring and the talk based on a ‘live’ sample, had been arranged by Mugdock Park Ranger Service and Friends of Lenzie Moss. The telling point was made that the peat formation provides a treasure trove of historical and environmental information, which continues to yield evidence relating to land use, social history and climate change. Two hours passed very quickly and fortunately the rain held off.
Opening hours for Lenzie Library have been reduced. It is no longer open on Wednesdays and there are other reductions.
See timetable for the full schedule.
The pressure to reduce hours is not going to go away, given the need for East Dunbartonshire Council to cut budgets, but you can help to maintain the good wee library we have by visiting it as often as you can.
East Dunbartonshire Council is currently running a survey to find out how to improve library services and you can contribute to that by clicking survey.
The budget cuts proposed by East Dunbartonshire Council officials for 2010 included a recommendation to close Lenzie Library, together with three other small libraries. An alternative, to “investigate possibility for transfer to community ownership” was also listed. However Councillors did not accept this recommendation but agreed on a cut in opening hours to save money. The opening hours at Lenzie Library are already restricted – it is not open on Saturdays, for example – so further reduction will undoubtedly reduce usage, making the case for closure next year even stronger.
Lenzie has a great wee library. In addition to books, there are audio books, CDs and DVDs. The library runs weekly rhymes and stories sessions for pre-school children and offers free internet access. If you are looking for a particular book, perhaps for a school project, this can be ordered and collected from Lenzie. You can also access the library catalogue online and order a book to collect from Lenzie. Why not give your library a regular visit and try to maintain usage. See ‘Links’ page for further information. (Comments on this post have been enabled.)