Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Libraries campaign

After the successes enjoyed on the day of action last Saturday, some of which get a mention here, the libraries campagn continues. Authors Julia Donaldson, Kate Mosse and Tony Parsons, and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, put their two penn'orth in here. In the article, Kate Mosse tells us that:

'There are more than 5.2 million adults classed as "functionally illiterate" - with skills lower than expected of an 11-year-old.' 

That's worryingly debilitating. It's hard to imagine how a person can cope with such a disadvantage, since so much of what we do on a daily basis depends upon our ability to understand the written word. And whilst it's a problem that runs deeper than having access to books and other materials that will stimulate the mind and encourage people to learn and develop their literacy skills, surely shutting libraries is another nail in the coffin. Especially since many libraries work in tandem with adult literacy and numeracy initiatives.

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