Author’s Campaign for the Book

The children’s author Alan Gibbons is launching a ‘Campaign for the Book’ which has the aim of establishing “a network of authors, professional bodies, trade unions and local pressure groups to resist attacks on reading for pleasure”. In a recent article Alan writes about how reading for pleasure is being eroded as both public and school libraries are facing the challenge of cuts in library budgets, resulting in: library closures south of the border; a fall in number of professionals in library posts; and professionals being re-graded and their pay cut. The campaign is being supported by a growing number of authors, illustrators, librarians and teachers. Many of the authors are offering to speak at public meetings and rallies where library services are under threat.

If you would like to support the ‘Campaign for the Book’ email Alan using the contact link at www.alangibbons.com.

Alan also has a blog. In his most recent posting he states the very worrying statistic that 24 UK councils spend less than 1% of their total library budget on children’s books.

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