J. K Rowling’s support for a petition fighting to protect libraries in the UK by assuring government funding has helped garner another 15,000 signatures in just over a week.
Many prominent authors such as Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and Joanne Harris have added their names to the petition, which aims to ringfence government funding to assure libraries stay open. Rowling retweeted the petition last weekend, but the petition needs more signatures if it’s to make a difference.
Libraries are the last refuge for many and a lifeline, not just for readers but for those looking for work, the homeless and many others. They offer vital services to the community and are one of the few places left where you are not expected to spend any money for your time there. Critics claim the current situation for libraries, where many are volunteer run is simply unsustainable and unless a solution is found and more funding is created, many libraries may be under threat.
Over the last couple of years many UK libraries have been threatened with closure and many cities in the UK are facing a situation where they may lose all but their main central library.
The petition is currently at 25,000 signatures and we hope you’ll also add your name on the petition page, which can be found here.
The government will share £188,000 of funding through the Pub is the Hub project to help rural pubs diversify their offerings and help bring communities together by expanding their services beyond food and drink. Rural pubs are particularly threatened with fourteen pubs closing every week, and with austerity always at the forefront, libraries and community services are also under threat.
With Leeds working towards its £35 million celebration of Leeds in 2023 in the wake of the city’s collapsed bid to be 2023 European Capital of Culture, the plans could not have come at a better time. The proposal includes a six year programme, currently underway, that will culminate in a year long celebration of culture in 2023.
The Polonsky Exhibition of the New York Public Library’s Treasures is expected to open in late 2020 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The free exhibition will be housed in Gottesman Hall, a 6,400 square-foot exhibition space on the Library’s main floor.