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Gruf­falo sol­dier... au­thor’s fight for li­braries

- Society · Scottish Government · Julia Donaldson · Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

CHIL­DREN’S au­thor Julia Don­ald­son has thrown her weight be­hind a cam­paign to safe­guard Scot­tish li­braries.

The Gruf­falo cre­ator is back­ing the move af­ter it was re­vealed bud­get cuts have left only 11 out of 32 coun­cils with a full-time li­brar­ian in ev­ery se­condary, de­spite pupil num­bers in­creas­ing by more than 6,700 since 2010.

The Char­tered In­sti­tute of Library and In­for­ma­tion Pro­fes­sion­als in Scot­land is lead­ing the Li­braries Mat­ter cam­paign, which aims to main­tain staffed fa­cil­i­ties in schools. Mrs Don­ald­son, pic­tured, said: ‘Read­ing broad­ens the mind, stim­u­lates the imag­i­na­tion and in­creases lit­er­acy – li­brar­i­ans and li­braries are the most im­por­tant peo­ple and places for fos­ter­ing a love of read­ing.’

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said it was com­mit­ted to ‘in­vest­ing in the Na­tional Li­braries Strat­egy’ and will en­sure ‘ev­ery child re­ceives library mem­ber­ship’. School li­braries are, it added, the re­spon­si­bil­ity of local coun­cils.

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