Library Petition Exceeds 25,000 Signatures After Rowling Support

By November 4, 2018 Libraries, News

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.

John Oliver’s Marlon Bundo Named One of 2018’s Most Controversial Books

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In 2018, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President was released. It was a children’s book written by the Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by her mother, Second Lady Karen Pence. The story follows the Pence’s real life bunny Marlon Bundo as he spends the day following the Vice President on his duties. In response to Mike Pence’s LGBT attitude, the writers behind the show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver decided to put out their own children’s book about the First Bunny, one that was inclusive to all sexual orientations.

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500-Year-Old Book Catalogue Sheds Light on Thousands of Lost Books

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The Libro de los Epítomes manuscript is over 2,000 pages,  more than a foot thick, and contains summaries of the books kept in the the library of Hernando Colón, who was the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus. Colón spent his life working to create the largest library in the world  during the early part of the 16th century. The library once hosted over 15,000 books, and was constructed during Colón’s travels. Only a quarter of the collection survives to this day and the books are now stored in Seville Cathedral. However, thanks to the discover of this manuscript, we have a fresh look at the literature of the 16th century.

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English Pubs to be Given Funding to Run Post Offices and Libraries

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They say that the pub is the hub of the community in the UK, especially in rural places and now the UK government has announced that seventy-six pubs across England will become ‘Pub is the Hub’ pubs, offering local services such as Post Office and Libraries.

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.
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British Library Consider Additional Location in Leeds

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The British Library is considering opening a second facility in Leeds, alongside existing plans to expand its reading rooms in the area. The library has discussed potential locations for a new building with the local authority according to information obtained by the Guardian in a freedom of information request.

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.
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New York Public Library to Open its First Permanent Exhibition Thanks to Polonsky Foundation

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After a $12 million gift from Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE and the Polonsky Foundation, the New York Public Library is to open its first permanent exhibition in 2020. The exhibition will feature rotating items from the NYPL’s extensive research collections and it’s fantastic news for those who would like to see these collections.

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.
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