Support for Friends of Gloucestershire keeps flooding in –
Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries are thrilled to have received a statement of support from best-selling author and trainer Neil Griffiths. Neil was a Primary School headteacher for 13 years before taking on the role of director of a National Literacy Project for the Basic Skills Agency. Neil set up what is now the worldwide, highly acclaimed, and award-winning StorySack® phenomenon.
As a local author and trainer for the Gloucestershire Library Service staff, I wish to add my voice to the campaign against the proposed cuts to funding. I have spent the last 15 years, both as the Director of a National Literacy Project and now as a Freelance Trainer, working alongside parents and practitioners highlighting the importance of catching and nurturing a love of reading at a young age. Central to all this work has been the importance of exposing children to a range of good reading material that is accessible to any parent. Naturally it is our wonderful Public Library Service, (which is the envy of the world!) that provides just this, in ever improving environments run by expert Library staff. If we are to lose Libraries and the expertise they offer, where is this vital service to be provided and by whom? I am proud to be from a country that allows a child to borrow up to 16 books at a time to enjoy! I hope I will continue to be proud and that Libraries in Gloucester and nationally, are protected from major funding cuts to ensure every child has the chance of discovering the joy of reading!