Powerful backing for libraries campaign

The editorial in The Northern Echo on Monday (February 31) has backed the idea that Darlington Borough Council does not press ahead with scaling back the library service before considering all other options, something we have also been calling for.
In addition a number of big name authors have backed the campaign, including best-selling crime novelist Peter James,peter james who said: “Libraries have always played a vital role in our communities. As a child growing up in Brighton, so much of my love of reading came from the passion and enthusiasm for books from our wonderful library staff in Brighton and in Hove. With the disappearance of independent bookstores from so many towns and cities, for millions of people in the UK today it is only in libraries where they can get informed opinions on both literature and non -fiction. Without libraries, who will give the new generations their passion for reading good books?”
Len Tyler, Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association,len tyler said: “The Crime Writers Association values immensely its links with public libraries. Our Dagger in the Library award is made in conjunction with representatives of libraries all over the country. Our members regularly reach their readers via talks and other events held at libraries and most crime writers began their journey towards publication by reading novels borrowed from their local library. Public libraries give unrivalled free access both to best sellers and little known gems. Each library closure reduces the opportunities for these interactions and the chance for people to discover great books. Though we understand the financial pressures that local authorities are now under, we deeply regret all proposals to scale back library services, especially in areas where libraries are already relatively scarce.”
You can read more, including the comments of Anne Fine and Philippa Gregory at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14307795.Bestselling_authors_join_fight_to_save_Darlington_s_Crown_Street_library_from_closure/