Bookwitch bites #42

In honour of the day I was going to link to a post on Alan Gibbons’s blog, but on consideration I feel he writes so much about libraries and it’s all so worthwhile that I’ll just put in a link to the whole blog instead and you can look at anything you like. And then go out there and save a library. After all, even old Andrew Carnegie is out protesting in Edinburgh. If he can, you can.

So much depends on libraries, when you think about it. This blog, for instance. Would it have got started if I hadn’t spent so much time in my first library? And would Meg Rosoff have become an author and told me what to do if she hadn’t had a library?

My interview colleague Charlie has been out and about again. His latest pursuits can be found over on CultureWitch this time, and I’d like to think that the boy’s reading fervour has something to do with libraries. He’s almost as crazy as I am.

Those crazy – but charming – mermaids of Michelle Lovric’s can now be seen in this short video clip.

It’s taken me a few years, but I’m finally dreaming Bookwitch. Usually the stuff you fill your time and thoughts with tend to feature in dreams, but it’s only very recently that I started filling my dreams with books. There was a good one last week. Except I’ve forgotten it. But before you draw a sigh of relief I need to mention the one where Random’s MD Philippa Dickinson made a house call (so hardworking, those publishing types) to hand over a new proof to me. It was green. It was also 1480 pages, which is a lot. I’m relieved it was only a dream, albeit an awfully precise dream. 'Carrot'

And last but not least, it’s The New Librarian’s birthday today. Happy 27th and may there be enough libraries for you to work in for years to come!

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4 responses to “Bookwitch bites #42

  1. This morning the Guardian has published letters by Alan Gibbons (Letters page) and by Julia Donaldson (Review) on the library closures. The main part of the paper also has an article, to which I can’t find an online link, so here is this one instead.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/04/protests-save-our-libraries-day

  2. And straight from the horse’s mouth, or that of Theresa Breslin at least:

    “It was brilliant!!!!!!

    We had nearly 200 people there from all walks of life plus a dozen or so random ( and rather bewildered ) tourists who just happened to be visiting the Parliament.

    Tons of press coverage.

    Youngest protester – only 6 weeks old! A gorgeous little red haired boy by the name of Gregor ( son of famous Duncan, school librarian of the year)

    Julia Donaldson read out the Protest Statement and then read from one of her books

    Then I read out from my steadily growing list of “Library Tributes” that people have sent me – interspersing these with readings from those who had gathered to support the protest – beginning with the one I received Olivia aged 4 and her Granny.

    And then folks stepped right up and read from their favourite book – our very first person being an exceptionally brave 7 year old.

    Such a terrific atmosphere!

    I’m still fizzy with delight!”

    That’s what we like; fizzing former librarians.

  3. And from Alan Gibbons:

    “Today’s Save Our Libraries Day was hugely successful. There were one hundred events at least attended by some five to ten thousand people. We received a lot of publicity on TV, in the press and on the radio. Well done everyone, but we can’t merely celebrate our success. We have as yet won nothing.”

  4. This is wonderful! That is exactly what is needed–protests, book readings, press coverage.
    Hope it all does the job!

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