Scottish Protest At Library Cuts

TEXT OF STATEMENT TO BE HANDED IN AT THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT DURING A PROTEST ORGANISED BY SCOTTISH AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS TO TAKE PLACE AT 11a.m. ON SATURDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2011 – A day of U.K. wide protest about Library Cuts.
To: The First Minister and all Members of the Scottish Parliament.
We would like to protest at the widespread cuts to the library service taking place throughout Scotland. In addition to the promotion of knowledge, literacy, and information retrieval skills, a professionally delivered library service embeds the joy of reading in our young people, building self awareness, articulate self expression, confidence, validating their life and
culture, and leads to social and emotional literacy.
In a society experiencing a widening gap in household incomes, our libraries, in the great tradition on which they were first inaugurated and enshrined in the law of the land, provide access for all.
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.
Among those present on the day and available for interview Julia Donaldson (writer): Theresa Breslin (writer): Lari Don (writer): Nicola Morgan
(writer): Liz Holt (writer): Keith Gray (writer): and others.
Also intending to be present: Gill Arbuthnott (writer): Vivian French (writer): Julie Bertagna (writer): Alan Temperley (writer): Alison Adams: Sally J. Collins (illustrator)
Protesters (among others) include: Theresa Breslin, Julia Donaldson, Emma Barnes, Lari Don, Catriona Wilson, Nicola Morgan, Gillian Philip, Joan Lingard, Margaret Ryan, Catherine MacPhail, Sara Sheridan, Catherine Forde, Frank Rodgers, Barry Hutchison, Liz Holt, Alison Prince, Joan Lennon, Julie Bertagna, Gill Arbuthnott, Vivian French: Alan Temperley: Ann Giles: Stephanie McGregor: Anne Fine: Keith Gray: Cathy Cassidy: Liz Laird: Julia Jarman: Tessa Ransford: Jamie Jauncey: Alison Adams:  Rosemary Reeves:
Anne de’Ath: Hugh C. Rae: Dave Sutton: Sally J. Collins: Kirsty McEachern: Ken Simpson: Dorothy McMillan: and others.
More Information from Theresa Breslin Email: breslinweb@ntlworld.com

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  2. Julia Jarman

    Thank you, Scotland for articulating the vital importance of libraries for all of us. On Saturday morning a group of protesters will be reading out your Protest Statement at a small library in Roade, Northants, threatened with closure. Next stop Westminster! We shall overcome!

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  3. GB

    Hi,
    If anyone lives in the Aberdeen area there will be a small gathering outside the Central Library at 1pm with posters and hopefully some readings. It would be great if you could come along. Feel free to bring your favorite book and join in the readings.

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  4. Theresa Breslin

    Terrific turnout yesterday at the Scottish Parliament! Authors, librarians, educators, concerned members of the public, children, a couple of friendly policemen,a plethora of Press and a dozen or so random tourists brought the numbers up to about 200. Folk brought along their favourite books – hats off to Gregor at only 6 weeks for bringing his. He had a bit of nap while his dad read the book out to him and us. Well done everyone!
    Theresa Breslin.

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