Wed, 16/07/2014 - 09:00
Dozens of writers, illustrators and teachers have signed an open letter calling on the Department of Education (DoE) to act on its recent report on the state of school libraries.
Children's laureate Malorie Blackman, former poet...
Mon, 30/06/2014 - 14:08
Authors Jacqueline Wilson and Alan Gibbons have spoken out in defence of libraries as part of a BBC examination of library services in Staffordshire.
"Sunday Politics" West Midlands edition devoted a segment yesterday (29th...
Wed, 18/06/2014 - 09:10
Libraries in Wirral will be at risk of closure unless passed to volunteers if the council pushes ahead with its money-saving plans, a report has warned.
The possible cutbacks come five years after the council was forced to abandon proposals to close 11 of...
Mon, 31/03/2014 - 10:00
North Yorkshire County Council is to close its school library service because not enough schools have subscribed.
Schools in the area been given a year’s notice of the closure.
The North Yorkshire school library service aims “to open up a whole new world of opportunities for children to become independent learners...
Mon, 03/02/2014 - 09:00
Library campaigners are hoping that the third National Libraries Day, taking place on Saturday (8th February), will be the most successful event yet.
Previous years have seen some authorities fail to take part in the annual celebration, designed...
Thu, 14/02/2013 - 09:14
Author and library campaigner Alan Gibbons has called for Terry Deary (pictured) to debate the issue of library closures in public, following his comments that “Libraries have had their day”.
The Horrible Histories writer, who was the seventh most borrowed children’s author according to 2011-12 PLR figures, spoke...
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 07:30
Library campaigners are forecasting a grim 2013, predicting that 300 libraries could close or be lost from local authority control in the next 12 months.
2012 saw 200 libraries shut according to figures from CIPFA, but many fear 2013 could be worse.
Phil Bradley, president of the Chartered Institute for...
Wed, 21/11/2012 - 09:15
Newcastle City Council has announced plans to close 10 of its 18 libraries as it looks to make savings of £90m over the next three years.
The announcement was made as campaigners gathered together in Grainger Street in the city last night (20th November) and declared their intention to fight the plans.
Mon, 12/11/2012 - 13:00
Authors Philip Pullman, childrens laureate Julia Donaldson, Malorie Blackman and Meg Rosoff are among those protesting about the news that the bulk of Newcastle's 18 libraries are to be closed or handed to community groups.
It has emerged...
Wed, 29/08/2012 - 11:19
Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson will be showing her support for libraries and independent bookshops with a UK-wide tour this autumn.
The Gruffalo author will visit 35 libraries from Thurso to Cardiff on a six-week trip beginning on...