Another busy week draws to a close – with a Bank Holiday to look forward to, though the weather looks less generous than previously!

The end of last week saw me in London again for a stimulating and rewarding discussion that will feed into the Literacy Inquiry of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education – school libraries, as you would expect, were talked about in depth and the impact they have was acknowledged by all there.  This was supported by the case studies from the Ofsted ‘Excellence in English’ report published a few days earlier – another reiteration of the importance of school libraries to excellent achievement. 

Back in London on Monday – to meet with YLG and SLG colleagues to plan our joint 2012 conference; this is really taking shape and promises to be a stimulating, spectacular conference.  Watch out for announcements very shortly.

The office was the venue mid week – and we are so busy with final planning for the weekend course – that our feet hardly touched the ground!  Then on Thursday I was delighted to be involved in the national Libraries Planning Day at CILIP – and to see so many other partners keen to be involved and supportive – the press release below says it all –

A national day to celebrate libraries has been launched today. National Libraries Day will take place in early February 2012. It will be the finale to a week of events that will celebrate libraries and librarians, and highlight the importance of reading.

Children’s author and libraries campaigner Alan Gibbons announced the launch:  "We are delighted to launch National Libraries Day, a week of events in early February leading to a day of celebration of reading, libraries and librarians around the United Kingdom. A reading child is a successful child. A child who goes to the library is twice as likely to be a good reader and that child becomes a literate adult, a lifelong reader. There are 320 million visits a year to our libraries but we can make them even more popular.”

“We see National Libraries Day as a positive day of celebration to promote the whole culture of reading for pleasure, information and engagement whether you read your traditional books or on your laptop or e-reader. It is time to make reading a universal culture. We want people to go to their local School or Public Library and use their School Library Service. Use it. Join it. Love it."

A group of leading literacy, reading, library and education organisations met today at the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals and agreed to support the day. Planning is at an early stage but National Libraries Day activities will include encouraging people to join and use their library, and providing promotional materials and support so local communities can run events such as read-ins, poetry sessions and parties across the country. It is hoped that all sorts of libraries across the country will get involved including public libraries, in schools, colleges and Universities.

“National Libraries Day follows the tremendously successful Save Our Libraries Day, which took place on the 5th February.” said Annie Mauger, CILIP’s Chief Executive, “Save Our Libraries Day was successful because individuals and communities that deeply care about their libraries got out there and made a noise. People love libraries; National Libraries Day will be an amazing opportunity to show how deeply they care.”

Tricia Adams

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