Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate, and author of The Gruffalo children’s books, took time this week, whilst visiting her family in Gloucestershire, to show her support for the Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries in their campaign to keep libraries open and maintain local library services.
Julia, who has 60 books for children and teenagers currently in print, sought a meeting with the Friends to update her on progress. The picture below, taken on Tuesday 9 August, shows her with John Holland at their meeting in Stroud.
“I am full of admiration for the excellent work undertaken by the Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries. I think it is very short sighted to close libraries, especially because that is where a lot of children gain and develop a love of books and reading and can extend their repertoire. Sometimes governments and local authorities forget that children are the adults of the future. I am in total support of the court case against Gloucestershire County Council. If left to proceed unchallenged, the Council would clearly be failing in its duties to provide an efficient and comprehensive library service.”
John Holland of Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries said,
“It’s wonderful to have such an important writer and national figure supporting our campaign. It’s a real accolade for the Children’s Laureate to seek out a local campaign group to offer her support. Julia is very aware what the Judicial Review in September means not just for Gloucestershire but also for libraries and library users nationally.”
The Judicial Review takes place in the High Court in Birmingham on 27, 28 and 29 September. An injunction is currently in place which prevents Gloucestershire County Council from closing or transferring any of its libraries including mobile libraries.