"As you are obviously aware, February 4th 2012 marks the very first National Libraries Day - an opportunity to celebrate the important contribution public libraries make to our society. Whilst the day is about celebration, it is also about highlighting the extent to which our public library service is being destroyed by short-sighted and undemocratic policies.
In light of this, we would like to highlight and promote the protest actions that are going to be taking place up and down the country. We have created a Facebook group to enable people to add details of any protest actions here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/348014265210194/ and people can add details of any protest action here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/348014265210194/docs/
If you are not on Facebook, please email us with details of any protest actions that are taking place to that we can share them with our supporters and raise awareness of what is happening across the country.
Please pass this information on to as many people as possible.
Best wishes and all the best for National Libraries Day,
Ian ClarkSo what is happening in Croydon? Er, NOTHING, as far as we can ascertain. Despite a string of organisations supporting National Libraries Day, including CILIP, The Society of Chief Librarians, The Reading Agency, Campaign for the Book, Voices for the Library, the Library Campaign, National Literacy Trust...the list goes on...Croydon Council library service has not replied to enquiries from residents on the subject and we are told that library staff say they know nothing of National Libraries Day.
Voices for the Library"
Authorities who really care about their library service are actively promoting this event in their libraries on council websites, via facebook and on twitter. You can view all the ways authorities are celebrating libraries on the day - some innovative, some very simple, but all showing a commitment to promoting libraries, by clicking on the interactive map here.
Portsmouth Council is holding an amnesty on late fees, advertised on their website. Details are here, reproduced below.
Sheffield Council are on board, offering a range of special events.
Northamptonshire Council is teaming up with the a local branch of the WI to promote the event.
Others tweet to spread the word.
But back to Croydon, Croydon Council is not doing anything to promote the day and as a campaign group we don't propose to organise anything officially.
Last year residents in Sanderstead tried to organise a walk to the library and Read -In but plans were thwarted when they met with the most remarkable amount of red tape and extremely unreasonable demands being placed on them by the local authority, should the event proceed.
But we will not be dissuaded from celebrating our much loved library service, and in so doing, showing appreciation for the staff who are working under increasingly difficult circumstances in our libraries. So, again, we suggest residents decide for themselves how they wish to mark the day. You might like to:
Send us your own ideas. We'll be happy to add them.