Orkney Library & Archive: Library of the Year, Librarian of the Year, attracting attention on social media and in person from stars of the book world, like JK Rowling. Yet, behind the scenes the service is being eroded. Cuts are proposed to the wonderful Mobile Library, the service that brings the library to the Outer and Inner Isles, and the country parishes on the Orkney Mainland. The frequency of visits will be reduced. Someone will lose their job. Though social media connects more folk to the library via the Internet, those who take the service to the places far from the main library buildings bring not only books, CDs, DVDs, but the sense that those they serve are part of the wider community; that they matter; that they are not forgotten; that it is possible to live in an outlying place and not be isolated, to have a real connection to the centre. It is an essential service. It encourages reading in young and old alike. A reduction will damage communities and leave them impoverished. Please urge Orkney Islands Council to retain Orkney's Mobile Library Service at its present level or better, and protect the jobs of those who deliver it.