Headline

Featured

Football

Music

Magazine

Home » Featured

It’s National Libraries Day, why not shout about it?

Submitted by on February 4, 2012 – 7:27 pmNo Comment

Today has been designated as National Libraries Day, an occasion to champion and celebrate libraries. A moment of your time therefore:

1. 76% of 5-10 year olds in the UK use libraries

2. Over 10% of UK public libraries are under threat of closure

3. Councils have a legal obligation to provide libraries – and they aren’t allowed to charge for book loans

4. Want to know more? See http://www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk

National Libraries Day logo

“Libraries make available both the thoughts and dreams of great writers and the mundane documentation of day to day government. They present both the wisdom and the folly of the ages. They prize honest information, not propaganda, and a diversity of voices, allowing users to make up their own minds.”

“Libraries are not an indulgence. They can have a transformative power – especially for those marginalised, disenfranchised, alone, or simply open a world of stories and imagination to readers young and old.”

“The National Literacy Trust says that children who go to a library are twice as likely as those who don’t to read well. Children and adults do not just need information to thrive as thinking beings, but stories. Libraries are the temple of story. They are not in decline because of some natural, historic progression, but because of the monstrous cultural vandalism of savage cost-cutting. We will pay a terrible price for the behaviour of our masters.”

Leave a comment!

You must be logged in to post a comment.