Thursday, February 03, 2011
Authors to lobby Scottish parliament on Save Our Libraries Day (UK)
"Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson and fellow children's writer Julie Bertagna will be among a group of authors and illustrators protesting to the Scottish parliament about library closures north of the border this Saturday, the national Save Our Libraries Day. The cutbacks will hit the most vulnerable the hardest, warn the authors in a formal statement to be handed to the Edinburgh parliament. "The cuts to book budgets, library opening hours, mobile services, branches, and the drastic and unnecessary deletion of professional posts strike at those most in need of a library service and those least able to protest against the cuts in that service – the less affluent, the elderly, the frail, people who are challenged mentally and physically and their carers, those who look after babies and toddlers and, crucially, our children – who are our future," they say. Authors Theresa Breslin, Nicola Morgan, Gill Arbuthnott , Vivian French and Alan Temperley will also be among the protesters"