A children’s author will do free events at libraries throughout the UK this summer after revealing how they “changed his life”.
Tom Palmer, whose books are published by children's book publisher Barrington Stoke, is offering his services through a “#LoveLibraries2017” tour after libraries pitched to the author their event ideas.
He will visit libraries at various locations including Warrington, Alsager, Widnes, St Helens, Plymouth, Chester, York, Barnsley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Salford, West Bromwich, Crewe and Dudley.
The tour was developed with the support of Barrington Stoke and educational books and furniture specialist, Peters, based in Birmingham.
Palmer emphasised the importance of libraries, which are increasingly under threat due to reduced budgets.
He said: “By making books available to me for free, libraries changed my life. I want to work in libraries this summer to help them do the same for the next generation of library users. If these events help us achieve that together, then it is well worth it."
The Halifax-based author has written a range of sports fiction titles for Barrington Stoke, including the series Football Academy and Foul Play.
Jane Walker, sales and marketing director of Barrington Stoke, paid tribute to the “commitment” of librarians. She said: "Barrington Stoke wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the commitment of librarians to reach and encourage young people in so many innovative ways. We are extremely grateful to Tom who has given up so much of his free time this summer to support their valuable work with this initiative."
Claire Bowles, head of sales and marketing at Peters, said: “Here at Peters we are delighted that Tom will be visiting public libraries across the UK during the summer holidays and inspiring and engaging more children to read.”
In December it was revealed that 67 libraries had closed in Great Britain, while library funding has been slashed by £25m, according to figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
For more information, follow #lovelibraries2017 on Twitter or tompalmer.co.uk/meet-me.