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...
Fri, 29/06/2012 - 15:07
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has announced £6m of funding for libraries to use on arts and cultural activities, which he said would “help raise the ambition and expectation of libraries.”
In his speech yesterday (28th June) to The Future of Library Services Conference, Vaizey said the new pot of money, from the...
Fri, 08/06/2012 - 08:00
Authors and illustrators have pointed to a fall in the number of school events they are being asked to attend, largely as a result of school budget cuts. An author or illustrator event will cost schools around £350.
Author Alan Gibbons said: “There is definitely a tail-off in school events, I am still being booked up but...
Thu, 03/11/2011 - 09:53
Library campaigners have called for vision and leadership for the public library service following publication of the latest annual library statistics from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Thu, 24/02/2011 - 15:29
Author and library campaigner Alan Gibbons is proposing that the first day in February be made National Libraries Day every year, following Save Our Libraries day, the co-ordinated protest against library closures which saw 100 events taking place on 5th February.
Gibbons said he had received many emails in the weeks since the mass...