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Anthony Horowitz on school libraries

A great quote from Anthony Horowitz writing in the new journal Teach Reading and Writing: "The school library was both my refuge and my inspiration. I think it's very dangerous for someone like me to try and tell teachers what to do in order to improve reading and writing; it's arrogance to assume that  simply because you have sold lots of books , you know it all. However, if I am asked what schools need  in order to facilitate literacy, I can answer without hesitation: a well-stocked library and a full-time, trained librarian with the necessary resources and funds to ensure that library flourishes. The library should be the battery at the heart of every school. Everything begins there - communication, confidence, the acquisition of cultural references and the exploration of our hinterland. It's where you start to develop empathy and an understanding of the human condition - who you are, where you are, and how you got there". Anthony Horowitz, Author, Teach Reading and Writing, October 2015, p78.

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