Details are emerging of ‘The Library Book’ a celebratory book on libraries due to be published in support of the very first National Libraries Day on February 4th. The book will feature writers such as Stephen Fry, Alan Bennett, Zadie Smith, Kate Mosse and Caitlin Moran amongst others, describing libraries real or imagined, past, present, and future – why they matter and to whom. All royalties from the book will be donated by the contributors to The Reading Agency to support their work in inspiring people to read more.
Editor Rebecca Gray, who volunteers in her spare time on a mobile library for homeless people, said:
‘What’s really come through in this project is how libraries liberate people, shape them, allow them to educate themselves. So many people are passionate about libraries – not just for the books, but for the space – and freedom – they provide. I’ve so enjoyed working with The Reading Agency and all these wonderful writers on this book.’
Miranda McKearney, Director of The Reading Agency added
“What a wonderful way to celebrate National Libraries Day! The generosity of Profile and the contributing writers will help drive two crucial programmes: our popular ‘six book challenge’ schemes for children and adults – meaning that, despite the cuts, libraries can continue to use them in their communities.”
The book will be available on National Libraries Day, priced £9.99.
To find out more about the first National Libraries Day you can sign up to the official events page on Facebook and, if you are on Twitter, follow the official Twitter account for regular updates. An accompanying website is also due to be launched shortly.