Cuts Watch #369 National Library Action Day
Tomorrow is the National Library Action Day, when libraries and campaigners all over the country will be holding special events in their local libraries. There’ll be read-ins, some with fancy dress, some with celebrities, treasure hunts, songs, writing workshops and many other events. Stars planning to take part include Mark Haddon, Phillip Pullman, Julia Donaldson, Billy Bragg, Anna Ford, Susan Penhaligon and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis.
You’re injuring a child, you’re hindering it from learning to read and you’re taking away something of the wonderfulness of childhood. We’ll see the effect in 10 to 15 years’ time, when you’ll have a generation of children reading later than they should.
Mr Bennett was interviewed a reception to mark National Storytelling Week. Other celebreties at the event who also expressed concern included Tom Stoppard, Jacqueline Wilson and Anne Fine, who said:
It’s going to be disastrous. Children need easy access to libraries.