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Libraries and the National Year of Reading

I was delighted to be invited to the celebration of the Year of Reading at the House of Commons on Monday.  Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families took time out from a packed Parliamentary programme to make a speech to the gathering in the Strangers Dining Room.  This was a super celebration of the successes of the Year of Reading, with speeches from Jonathan Douglas of the National Literacy Trust,  Miranda McKearney of the Reading Agency, and the Director of  Bookaid International - which also launched their reverse book token, launched in time for Christmas gifts - see their website - http://www.bookaid.org/ .  The one disappointment was Ed Balls' comment that school libraries did not need to be statutory, but that they were very important and would be supported.  Although I would tend to disagree with him I was very pleased by the obvious and high level support for libraries and reading generally, and school libraries in particular!

Tricia Adams

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