We’ve all heard the argument that e-books have begun to render libraries unnecessary, but that does not mean that we should stop encouraging children to read. There has been a decline in school libraries as well as qualified librarians across the UK. This, however, is not because of technology, as e-books have become easily available in these same libraries.
The Guardian reports that Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig, and Antonia Frasier are among over 150 signatures in a letter to Justine Greenling, Secretary of State for Education, to stop the decline of libraries in public schools. They write:
Unless action is taken urgently to address these historically low levels of literacy, there is no way that HM Government can achieve the stated objective of delivering a future-ready ‘advanced skills’ economy. Before they can read to learn, children and young people must first learn to read, to research and successfully to navigate today’s information-rich world.
It is incredibly important to maintain the level of education and community that a school library exhibits for young children. Children will continue to read if they have a safe and welcoming environment to do so. Doing nothing to stop the decline of libraries is simply unacceptable. As you can see, many agree and are taking action. Praise to Gaiman!
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