Make some noise! Join the Save our Libraries rally this Saturday
Sutton Coldfield campaign group, The Library Lobby, are inviting everyone keen to show their support for Sutton Coldfield public library, or their own local library, to join them on Saturday 10th December in a march against the proposed cuts by Birmingham City Council.
The group will meet from 11am outside Aldi on The Parade in central Sutton Coldfield before marching through the town centre to the Library and then on to the United Reform Church for a public meeting.
There will be the opportunity to sign the petitions calling for Sutton Coldfield library to remain open, and members of the public are encouraged to take placards and percussion to ‘make some noise for our libraries!’
The call to join the public demonstration comes as yet more authors voice their support for Sutton Coldfield library. The four authors below will all be appearing at Waterstones Birmingham on Wednesday 7 December from 6pm and can be asked questions at the event.
Piers Torday, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (www.pierstorday.co.uk)
“Libraries are a frontline public service, like hospitals or prisons. They open the doors to a lifetime of imaginative achievement , and so every time we close a library – including Sutton Coldfield Library – we shut the door on a thousand life changing opportunities.”
Abi Elphinstone, author of the hugely popular Dreamsnatcher series (www.abielphinstone.com)
“My teachers taught me how to conjugate French verbs, how to use Pythagoras’ theorem and how to test electromagnetic currents. But it was my librarian who taught me how to tackle life. She steered me towards Lucy Pevensie’s compassion, Lyra Silvertongue’s courage and Mildred Hubble’s loyalty and it was within the library walls that I learnt what it meant to be a good human. And now, more than ever, we need to learn this. We need spaces which champion inclusivity, kindness and perseverance – for free – and this is the reason I am so wholeheartedly behind the campaign to keep Sutton Coldfield library open. Because by keeping our libraries open I believe we are in with a chance of keeping our minds open, too.”
Michelle Harrison, winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize (www.michelleharrisonbooks.com)
“I grew up reading my sisters’ musty hand-me-downs and anything else that was in the house. I was bought very few new books ‒ we couldn’t afford them. My local library kept me reading in those tricky teenage years where, without access to new stories, I might have lost interest altogether. Evidence has shown time and again that children who read for pleasure go on to be readers for life, and that reading enjoyment is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s background and finances. In a time when we are more aware than ever of the advantages of reading, how can cutting access to books be justified? I wish The Library Lobby every success with their campaign to save Sutton Coldfield Library”
Emma Carroll, award winning author of Frost Hollow Hall (emmacarrollauthor.wordpress.com)
“I’m wishing book lovers everywhere a wonderful Christmas & hoping the new year brings better fortune to Sutton Coldfield Library services who work tirelessly to ensure everyone has access to books.”