February 5th (this Saturday) is the National Day of Action in defence of Libraries in order to highlight the crucial role libraries play in our culture, education and communities. In the face of philistine attacks on our public services, for many libraries budget cuts are only the starting point of the ConDem government’s plans. Closures and sell-offs to private trusts/companies have already begun and are planned for many more.

Support your local libraries against the cuts! Here are a couple of links to local campaign events on the day:

Coaliation of Resistance national library actions list

Alan Gibbons’ blog (Author of Shadow of the Minotaur)

Some examples of plans for London libraries:

Barnet: Between 10:30 and 12:30 there will be a stall outside The Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Edgware promoting the Save Barnet Libraries Campaign, Unsion’s Love Your Libraries Campaign and The Campaign for the Book.

Battersea: Roman mysteries author Caroline Lawrence will be doing a Read-In at York Gardens Library in Battersea on Feb 5 along with other local authors. Do please come along from 1.00 -3.00pm! Other authors attending this Read-In so far are : Sophie Bennett and Nadifa Mohamed!

Brixton: Friends of the Tate Library, Brixton, London will joining in with the day and will be collecting signatures and testimonials in support of Lambeth Libraries on the 5th Feb.

Haringey: Read in. Nine authors are going to be reading in nine Haringey libraries on Feb 5th

Brent: Kensal Rise Library in Brent will be holding a Read In on Sat 5th February. We will be having readings for children, a children’s entertainer, Quizzes Balloons etc Hoping to raise awareness of the benefits of our library and of the many libraries threatened with closure nationally.

Lewisham: 11.30-1pm at the following libraries: Sydenham, Crofton Park, New Cross, Blackheath, Grove Park. Sly and Reggie are performing to help and spice up the Lewisham read-ins. They’ve even composed a song especially for use by libraries campaigners! And a plus is, they reckon they can attend all five participating libraries. Attendance at New Cross is already confirmed.

Please support your local campaign on February 5th.

Bring yourself, friends, artistic skills and link up with the local campaigns!