More than 80 events are being held across the UK to protest at threatened library closures. Over 450 libraries and mobile services across the country are currently under threat of closure.
Libraries provide an invaluable service making books accessible to everyone. In recent times they have also given lots of people access to computers and the internet. Whenever I visit my library, the computers are always in use by people of all ages. It’s not just about borrowing books. The librarians in my local library have known their visitors for years, they are involved with the local schools and provide activites during the school holidays.
This day of protest coincides with research just published by The National Literacy Trust. This research shows that children who use their local library are twice as likely to be above average readers.