The Library Book is published today – and I have taken the words of one of its contributors to headline my post this week. Kate Mosse, a local Chichester resident, is a frequent and eloquent advocate on behalf of libraries. She speaks up for libraries everywhere, even though West Sussex is relatively healthy on that front.
She is in good company.
Big names such as Stephen Fry, and tireless long-term campaigners like Alan Gibbons, are asking all of us to do something for our local libraries on Saturday 4th February : National Libraries Day.
My contribution will be a little unusual. Instead of taking books out, I shall bringing books in. ‘The Local Rag’ ( yes, Castle Printers‘ news round up really is called that) ran a story on the library wanting books. The Witterings Library was overwhelmed – which shows the level of local support. Since the original influx, they have asked for paperbacks under two years old and hardbacks under four. I will do what I can to provide.
You might like to check what your local library wants – or in some wonderful cases – is giving on Saturday. Show them you care.
Join a wonderfully diverse band of supporters : The Bookseller, The WI, and Unison.
Please sign this e-petition ( if you haven’t had chance yet ) by FEBRUARY 5TH
Buy the Library Book from Waterstones or Amazon or even better from Hive and delivered free to your local bookshop.
Take books in – or out – of your local library.
Do something so that people will have the chances you had in the future.