We are thrilled to have received the news that the National Federation of Women’s Institutes voted in favour of campaigning in support of public libraries at their AGM today.
Ruth Bond, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, said:
“WI members confirmed their support for local library services today and have pledged their commitment to fight to prevent local library closures wherever they are proposed. As an educational organisation, WI members clearly recognise the worth that local library services bring to communities, often in isolated areas, and we will now work hard to prevent such services being removed from the areas where they are often needed most.”
This has come as welcome news and has given a much-needed boost to weary campaigners repeatedly rebuffed by local and central government. Let’s hope the politicians listen to the WI, who with over 208,000 members, are well-respected lobbying force.
Annie Mauger from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals addressed the WI today in favour of the resolution saying:
“We believe that libraries make change happen. Libraries change people through information and knowledge. As a child, books open up the worlds of knowledge and imagination. All through life libraries empower people through access to information beyond anything that anyone could buy for themselves. Libraries help fight illiteracy, ignorance and exclusion. Libraries bring people access to the world beyond their horizon.”
Her full speech is available here
Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries would like to thank the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire Federations of the Women’s Institute for letting us do our bit when they invited us to speak to their members about the library cuts. (details of the Gloucestershire event are here) We would also like to thank all of the members of the WI for their support – welcome aboard!