Campaign for the Book Charter and founding signatories

 

 

 

The Campaign for the Book

The Campaign for the Book is a combination of individuals and organisations united around the following Charter.

We, the signatories of this Charter commit ourselves to campaigning for the following:

1. The central place of reading for pleasure in society.

2. A proper balance of book provision and Information Technology in public and school libraries. We welcome the integration of new technologies but believe that they must not erode the key place of books and the need for a healthy and expanding book stock.

3. The defence of public libraries and librarians from attempts to cut spending in a ‘soft’ area.

4. An extension of the role of the school librarian and a recognition of the school library as a key engine of learning. All staff employed in school libraries to have access to appropriate and adequate support and training.

5. The recruitment of more school librarians. It is a national scandal that less than a third of secondary schools has a trained librarian.

6. The defence of the professional status of the public and school librarian. We oppose downgrading. In some places this has reduced librarians’ salaries by up to half.

7. A higher profile for reading for pleasure in schools, including shadowing book awards, inviting authors and illustrators to visit, developing school creative writing magazines.

8. To support the sustainability and future development of Schools Library Service provision nationally.

9. To promote a more positive reading culture in school, in which the reading of whole books is preferred to studying extracts alone

It is supported by the following:

Michael Rosen

Julia Donaldson

Philip Pullman

Anne Fine OBE, FRLS

Sue Palmer

Jacqueline Wilson

Malorie Blackman

Society of Authors

National Union of Teachers

Orion publishers

Cilip

ASCEL

Barrington Stoke publishers

Hachette Children’s Books

Sarah Marshall, Lollypop Publishing

National Literacy Association

Beverley Naidoo

National Association for Primary Education

David Almond

Geraldine McCaughrean

Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance

Toby Litt

Robert Muchamore

Tony Mitton

Doncaster Save Our Libraries Group

Jeremy Strong

Gillian Cross

Caroline Pitcher

Mike Lindley, bookseller

Joy Court, chair elect YLG

Tricia Adams Chair YLG 2008

Helen Melone, Chair SLG Scotland

Dr Rona Tutt OBE, past president National Association of Head teachers and chair of the National Literacy Association

Andrew O’Brien, Managing Director, Micro Librarian Systems Ltd

Fiona MacDonald Head of Library and Education Sales, Walker Books

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Tom Woodcock, President Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers and Secretary Cambridge TUC (in a personal capacity)

Cathy Cassidy

Tim Bowler

Debi Gliori

Berlie Doherty

Dave Cryer

Steve Skidmore

Mike Cole

Bali Rai

Francesca Simon

Adele Geras

Jacky Atkinson

Steve Barlow

Kath Langrish

Linda Newbery

Catherine MacPhail

Eleanor Updale

Celia Rees

Alan Gibbons

Steve Bowkett

Liz Laird

Michael Foreman

Ann Turnbull

June Crebbin

Echo Freer

Helen Craig

Jack Foreman

Mary Hoffman

Catherine Johnson

Bob and Brenda Swindells

Val Bierman

Dr Krishna Basu

Dr Ganesh Balasubramanian

(directors: The Literacy Consultants)

Bernard Ashley

Fiona Dunbar

Laurence Anholt

Jamila Gavin

Alex Shearer

Anthony Browne

Penny Dolan

Naomi Kingston

Peter J Murray

Julia Jarman

Ros Asquith

Graham Marks

Jane Ray

Gwen Grant

Tony Bradman

Tommy Donbavand

Helena Pielichaty

Caroline Harper

Anne Morddel

Carol Wootton

Gulay Dalkilic

David Hague

Jane Bassett, Head of English, Stoke

Newington School

Sue Jennings

Bridget Collins

Catriona Nicholson

Prue Goodwin

Benjamin Scott

Mary Goudge

Anne-Marie Perks

Lisa Joy Smith

Moira Munro

Jack G Priestley

Penny Kease

Chris Honeywill

Karen Wilkinson (Bookstart coordinator)

Madhavi Bhargava

Angela Robinson

LInda Kempton

Julia Jarman

Kathleen Milne

David Conway

Sandra Saer

Geraldine O’Brien Meade

Gaynor Cooper

Liz Chapman

Heather Bignold

Gus Grenfell

Renee Deans

Sue Eves

Sophia Nasaf

Alan Corkish

Michelle Shufflebottom

Nicola Smee

Kathryn Cave

Linda Kempton

Shana Nieberg-Suschitzky

Mary Green

Bridget Strevens-Marzo

Eugenie Summerfield

Sarah Mussi

Liz Brownlee

Amanda Lees

Eleanor Burnside

Beth Smith

Jane Carlton

Jillian Connolly

Lynne Roulstone

Philip Carter

Susan Morley-Smith

Lynn Varley

Shaun Case

Angela Patchett

Meg Harper

Leonie Wynne, Head of English, Park High School, Birkenhead

Lesley Hall, Y6 teacher

Jane Haywood

Dr Sue Jennings

Dyane Basinger

Gillian McClure

Anne Rooney

Pippa Goodhart

Ann Jungman

Sally Nicholls

Bridget Collins

Alan Davidson

Anna Ganley

Steve and Sue Weatherill

Patricia Kennon

Lesley Sims

Carole Seawert

Mara Bergman

Jan Ormerod

Ann Vrombaut

David Richardson

Jenny Alexander

Sue Purkiss

Anne Marie Young

Anne Marie Peters

Stephanie Baudet

D.J Blanch

Diane Lorriman

Graham Gardner

Mike Brownlow

Melissa Parker and Tom Ridge, Save Bancroft Library Campaign

Fay Sampson

Hilary Hawkes

Jan Oke

Richard Bradbury

Bernadette Main

Cat Magner

Amanda Hall

Sue Ferraty

Di Hofmeyr

P Thomas

Martin Kromer

Ali Sparkes

Daniel Blythe

Kate Eccleston-Wirtz

Sheila Rhodes

John Moore

Janet Bingham

Meg Harper

Chris Barton

Dee Shulman

Paul Shipton

Chris Buckton

Becky Stradwick

John Dougherty

Amanda Rainger

Birgit Bottner

Penny Dale

Jamie Scallion

David Thorpe

Lynne Chapman

David Bedford

Diana Kimpton

Rosemary Hayes

Nicola Killen

Rachel Kress

Chris Stephenson

Lynne Benton

Muz Murray

Laura Watkinson

Linda F Lawlor

Kathy Henderson

Dennis Hamley

Griselda Gifford

Catherine Henderson

Maureen Irving

Dawn Woods

J A Blanch

Lookman

Rebecca Colby

Anne Brine

Alison Allen Gray

Corinne Gotch

John Shelley

Rhona Whiteford

Catherine John

Julia Green

Liz Brownlee

Susan Isaacs

Michaela Morgan

Janine Amos

John Pilkington

Oisin McGann

Colin Dowland

Emily Dirmand

Penny Kendal

Ellen Renner

Gillian Shields

Hannah Broadway

Sarah Hayes

Jackie Marchant

Gill James

Sandy Stopher

Robbie Dodds

Ruth Colenso

Sian Smith

Ebru Keyman

Stephen Scianski

Bridget Frampton, Headteacher, Sacred Heart Primary School, Southend

Valerie Dewhurst

Enid Stephenson

Karen King

Nikki Heath

Karen Hans (CILIP NC member)

Elizabeth Bentley

Fiona Crawford

Dr Eddie Halpin

Dr Steve Wright

Lynne Hackett

John Foster

Stuart Paulley

Siobhan Ward

Bev Humphreys

Hazel and William Powell

Jean Coats

Wendy Mitchell (Senior Cultural Officer, Wakefield Schools Library Service)

Jennifer McFadyen

Steve and Julie Hird

Lucinda Neall

Liz Cullen

Richard York

Patsy Moody

Lynne Coppendale

Annike Dase

Paul Fletcher

Hayley Ramsey

Carla Tate

Christine Ball

Lin Stanley

Deirdre Livingstone

Wendy Smith

Sue Taylor, WEA Sheffield

Jol Miskin, WEA Sheffield

Tracey Collins, Right to Read coordinator, Kirkby Library

Rachel Bide

Dawn Knox

Shaun Case

Dyane Basinger

Susan Morley Smith

Lynn Roulstone

Philip Carter

Maureen Pavey, Libraries Consultant

Giles Miskin

Kay Waddilove

Harry Shapiro, author

Lisa Myers

Harriet Simpson, English teacher

Pam Parish, Senior Librarian, Children and Young People, Shropshire Libraries

Steve Goddard, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate

Ruth Wilkinson, librarian, Unison steward and Lib Dem city councillor

David Smith, Education and Projects director, Mid Pennine Arts

Lynne Loy

Sarah Matheison

Tim Davies

Anne Robinson

Bridget Rogers

Chris Beckingham

Charlie Alcock

Mark Robson

Claire Broadbelt

Barbara Egglesfield

Anne Harding

Rosemary Reed

Janis Wilson

Gyl Wood

Elaine Patterson

Helen Farrar

Liz Clinch, English teacher

Susie Hodge

Carol Wootton

Danny Middleton

Philip Caveney

Hazel Riley

Peggy Aylan

Jayne Gould

Tracey Paddon

Margaret Houston

Janet Painting

Emma Ostler

Cat Wand

Susan Westwood

Matthew Imrie

Vivienne Squire

Rosemary Hill

Anne Dawson

Anne Hetherington

June Taylor

Sharon Spreling

Hannah Fraser

Carl Cross

Dorothy McKenna

Susan Deering-Punshon

Jane Sandell

Ferelith Hordon

Matthew Watson

Ian Dodds

Karen Robinson

Margaret Pemberton

Tracey-Ann Dickinson

Janetta Otter Barry

Alex Williams

Valerie Nicholson

Robin Griffiths

Sue Roe

Jackie Cairns

Niamh Brown

Gillian Gardiner

Julie Musselwhite

Chris Turner

Emma Carrick

Judy Ottaway

Madeleine Fogelman

Hazel Sharrock

Mandy Turnbull

Liz Smith

Tracy Hager

Claire Harris

Emily Jacques

Sarah Smith

Nicola Vaughan

Julie Atkinson

John Birdsail

Michael Stead

Ayesha Johnson

Liz Rose

Helen Kenward

Helen Griffiths

Lionel Clauzon

Linne Omissi

Liz Rowling

Carol Hales

Janette Tuckwell

Gary Wilson

Jean Burke

David Lamont

Jackie Howse

Patrick Howse

Susie Cornfield

Ian Edwards

Agnes Guyon

Karen Usher

John Birdsall

Niamh Brown

Gary Wilson

Jackie Howse

Patrick Howse

Julia Hale

Alyson Bryant

Jan Dawson

Angela Parkin

Judith Harridge

Amy Breakwell

Diana Barnes

Ingrid Hopson

Diana Barnes

Margaret Taylor

Linda Lucas

Jayne Crawshaw

Alex Kingsbury

Sue Taylor

Nita Patel

Mentoria

Hannah Plom

Maureen King

Karen Crompton

Kate Stevens

A Gardner Medwin

Sally Anne Flemons

Gwen Woods

Linda Jenkinson

Margaret Fennick

Judi Steen

Sheila Corbishley

Elizabeth Lawson

Dorothy Massey

Urszula Piotrouska

Damaris Wade

Sam Burt

E Phethean

D Court

N Liller

W Heath

B A Harms

C Bell

W McArdle

Maria Kirkby

Sue Brown

Karen Compton

Jane Stack

Nikki Gamble

Ms T Head

John Malam

Marie Harper

Denise Woodgate

Bev Robertson

Carol Ballard

Gail Savage

Lynn Ashworth

Caroline Howick

Heather Holder

Kathy Roberts

Anne Woodworth

Amanda Stirrup

Kate Cann

Cathy Gould

G Lato

Emma Green

Sheila Compton

Nikki Packer

Leonard Elwell

Alan Summer

Stuart Aken

Frances Green

Alison Roberts

Pam Plowman

Anne Walker

Anna Franks

Phil White

Alan Nash

Wendy Knight

Lynne Jenks

and several hundred others

75 thoughts on “Campaign for the Book Charter and founding signatories

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  7. Dear Alan,

    Many thanks from all the public sector librarians in the UK. You are doing such a wonderful job and we are eternally grateful for this. It is so sad witnessing how this coalition government is so rapidly destroying our library service throughout the UK. It is terrible!

  8. Please add my name to the campaign.
    Libraries are not a failing service. We will lose far more than we will save if we are prepared to accept such a wilful decimation of our National library network.

  9. I run a school library and work in an academic library – both of which are potentially under threat. Surely someone can see how vital libraries are both for study and pure pleasure! We should be building the service up, not tearing it down.

  10. Hi Alan, Please add my name to the Campaign, if it’s not there already. You guys are doing a brilliant job! Many thanks. Ripping the heart out of communities to save peanuts doesn’t add up in any way, shape or form.

  11. Hello Alan, Please can you add my name to the Campaign. As someone who spent my school hols in my local library, Fact: libraries provide a lifeline to communities in so many ways. Why is this so difficult for those in government to understand? Let them visit any local library and talk to the people there to find out what they think.

  12. Please add my name to your campaign list, and thank you for working to bring this situation to the public’s notice. I’m a school librarian whose budget is cut every year while our Head teacher makes speeches about ‘giving more for less’. In 2011 targets are going to be set to judge my level of achievement – how do you assess the pleasure a student gets from coming into the library and just hanging out with friends and books? Lynn Jenks

  13. Please add my name to the list. I have spent so much of my time bringing books and children together in UK, Belgium and now Africa. My weekly trips to the library as a child in England, then with my own children just don’t happen for so many children around the world and it seems that while in some countries chances to read for pleasure are improving, in the UK there are tales of such woe.

  14. As a writer, teacher and avid reader I support the campign wholeheartedly. Libraries have played a huge part in my education and working life, providing research material, expert advice, inspiration and pleasure. More importantly, they provide access to books for all, which I believe is a pre-requisite for any civilised society which values equality. Librarians are the keepers of our literary and information heritage and their knowledge and expertise are part of that treasure.

  15. I absolutely agree that they are making these cuts and closures in a ‘soft’ area. They think we are too weak to fight them; that we do not have the guts or wherewithal to stand up to them. They are in for a surprise! Put my name on the list!

  16. Please sign me up. As a former public ibrarian I have been sad to witness the rundown of my public library service. Apart from clossures, many libraries like bradford have seen book funds diminish, the loss of professional library staff -in Bradford thishas ledto book selection done by the commercial library supplier. The introoduction of charges for books borrowed via the interloan service has restricted readers still further – few are willling to pay £5.50 toborrow a book. We really need to build up this campaign.

  17. Please sign me up. The glib assumption that libraries can be handed over to communities to be run by volunteers ignores both the value and professionalism of librarians and the special circumstances (and incredible hard work) that have prevailed in the few areas where voluntary libraries have been successful.

  18. Please sign me up for this campaign. Libraries in the community and in schools play a vital role in inspiring and encouraging children to read. School Librarians have a vast knowledge of children’s books and are sometimes a “key” person in children’s lives in schools. We can provide that spark for reading which is so important for creating readers of the future.

  19. Please, please add my name. We MUSt defend libraries, books and the future of creativity. The library is and should continue to be a place to explore and escape for both young and old alike.

  20. I really like the library
    It’s got lots of books
    I like them a lot,
    They have lots of books on the shelves
    And lots of sparkly DVD’s and CD’s,
    I like the comics and Beast Quest and Yuck.
    So if it closed down I would be bored
    and sad
    and annoyed
    and angry.
    I would walk up to my bedroom and slam myself in,
    I would jump off the top of the Eiffel Tower
    and fall on a Library Cutter.

    Louis Tebbutt (8)
    This poem is by my grandson who lives in South east London

  21. Please put my name on the list! The coalition government needs to learn that non-millionaires benefit from public services like libraries, and that we wont stand for their unfair cuts.

    Tory toffs in charge cutting services left, right and centre; Britain at war in the middle east; Take That on the radio… HAVE I GONE BACK IN TIME TO THE EARLY ’90S?!?!?!

  22. Please add my name to the list

    Dan Thompson
    President, Campaigns Officer and Young Teachers Rep
    Windsor and Maidenhead National Union Of Teachers
    Teacher of Religious Studies and Life Skills
    Reader

  23. Closing libraries is a backward step; not everyone has books in the home, somewhere quiet to study and internet access. Public libraries help to level the playing field for for the disadvantaged in society. Handing over libraries to volunteers is also a backward step; here are some examples of what volunteers would have to learn to do:
    Control a budget to buy books, dvds, newspapers, magazines, journals, computers etc.
    Catalogue books (a sometimes lengthy and complex process as many books fall into several categories and have to be listed as such) and put them all on a database along with the newspapers, magazines etc.
    Teach people how to use the computers.
    Process the books ie stamp, cover and put labels in new books and other resources.
    Have knowledge of and be able to access hundreds of on-line resources to enable children and students to do their homework.
    Train in new computer systems as they are updated.
    Recognise when books are out of date and should be withdrawn so that people aren’t being misinformed, or crucially, using that information in school/college work.
    Keep abreast of new books – in all genres.
    Provide and maintain community information.
    Maintain a system of reservations.
    Maintain a fines system to ensure books are brought back.
    Ensure the service caters for people with disabilities and minority groups; including pc software for people with visual impairments, loop systems and books reflecting diverse backgrounds and interests.
    Archive and preserve important documents (after all librarians are the custodians of our literary and information heritage)
    Oh and issue books (some people think this is all there is to it.)
    I work in a college library, I’m sure public librarians could add to to this list. I think we should compile a huge list of what librarians do on a practical level and give it to David Cameron, he can then dish it out to prospective volunteers of the big society so they can get some training in. Email them to me at ludlowcca@yahoo.com.

  24. Really glad to have discovered this campaign. We have a lot in common!
    Best
    Frances Laing
    Editor of the international petition to “Stop School League Tables for Five Year Olds” (a plan now dropped – due largely to the pressure of public opinion) see last week’s TES.

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  26. Hi Alan,
    Just advising you that I was told on Friday I am being made redundant and the head is closing the School library. He is simply making it a bookable resource, I asked what he intends on doing with the resources, books etc, he said he doesnt know that yet. The school is a Academy that also will be running the International Baccalaureate Diploma in September, while I am not a qualififed librarian, I set up and have been managing the library since 2006.

    Kind Regards
    Angela
    Learn Centre Manager

  27. Angela,
    This is really depressing, especially when most of the international IB schools I visit in many countries have thriving libraries. If you want me to organise some letters asking for a change of mind I can. Just let me know.

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  29. Dear Alan,
    I’m in East Sussex. I stumbled on your campaign by accident and I’m very glad I did. I also feel absolutly passionate about books and libraries for children. Getting my nine year old son to love books as much as my eleven year old daughter was really hard. We all went to the library about once a week for years and while Amy would stick her head in a book as soon as she could read , Rubin would get on-line, check out the DVDs or pick dismally at the lego. Finally, he found something he really liked on the shelf and his reading took off! Now they both go in and use the dedicated terminal to order books from other libraries all the time. I’m on a volunteer Saturday-morning rota there, serving coffee, tea and yummy chocolate biscuits. It’s been going a few months and is becoming really popular.

    My son’s school opened a new, tiny library last week, effectively in a corridor area. Many of the books were donated by parents. I really wish you well.

  30. As a writer and life-long reader, I totally endorse your campaign and will try and spread the word to as many people as possible. A whole generation deprived of the chances to explore literature and reading for pleasure that a library offers, and turning instead to reality tv and celebrity biographies is a frightening thought.

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  32. Please sign me up. It saddens and sickens me that rich, spoilt Eton-boys (to whom requiring a library in order to access books is a totally alien concept) have put the library protection legislation under the title “burden.”

  33. Please add my name to your list. One of the greatest joys of my life has been reading – I remember how much I enjoyed choosing books from our local library in Devon when I was a child. Local libraries are a wonderful source of stimulation and delight for all ages of children, starting with the story -telling groups which are enjoyed by the tiniest children.

  34. You may not be too surprised to learn that I also would be more than happy to be added to your list.

    My full name is in fact Nick Osmond, and I am based in Derbyshire.

    Any other details you need, just let me know.

    All the Best

    Nick O

  35. Hi Alan
    On Wednesday the secondary school where I work announced there would be redundancies. Yesterday (Thurs) the Assistant Librarian was told that her post would be cut in the restructuring, and I was told that my post of Librarian would no longer have a 52 week contract but be term time only, reducing my pay by 20% at a stroke.The library budget has also been cut by 20% which gives us enough money to pay for the subscription to our School Library Service and pay for the support packages for our Library Management System and leave just under £1 per pupil to spend for the year.

  36. Sarah,
    This is awful news, but I suspect that there are going to be an awful lot more announcements like this. Is the decision final? Is there anything the Campaign can do to help?

  37. Thanks Alan. I have fought for a bigger library budget but there is no flexibility there. That’s final. The library post cuts are just part of a bigger restructuring going on in school to cut costs. As a result I shall not be running my usual literacy sesssions in the summer holiday for students joining us in September.

  38. Please count me in. My town library was an absolute lifeline to me growing up. I was introduced to it by my father who regarded it as a treasure. He was right. It was.
    Hilary McKay (children’s writer)

  39. thanks for all your help with our campaign in Bolton, Alan. You will have heard that the Council has now decided to go ahead with closing FIVE of our branch libraries (one third of the network) but they have had a lot of bad publicity for this and we are determined to fight on and press for a DCMS Local Inquiry.
    Hope the conference in London goes well tomorrow and only sorry I can’t make it

    Ian McHugh Secretary
    Save Bolton Libraries Campaign

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