Saturday 9 February is National Libraries Day in the UK. Sadly, recent years have seen a decline in our local libraries and those that survive have had to get creative at re-imagining their uses. I’m all for local communities using their library as a resource for activities and events, but please don’t forget that libraries should primarily be about books!
The children’s author Alan Gibbons has established his own site in order to campaign for libraries as a place for books first and foremost. It’s worth checking out as he has some very well known children’s authors supporting him.
I agree with every principle he outlines, plus he’s a great supporter of school libraries too. I can’t for the life of me understand why my daughter who is in Year 2 doesn’t have access to her school library to borrow books. At least they have a book library, but who is it for exactly? We borrow our books from the public library, but why isn’t there an opportunity for her to use school library books? If there is, I have no knowledge of it….
I digress, please support your local library. Shout about it or just use it, but support it in any way you can!