St James St Library Campaign

literacy levels fall in UK… government blames parents!
December 16, 2007, 12:44 pm
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see this bbc story here:

i love the comment from the government that ‘parents have a part to play in encouraging their children to love reading’.  Last week the government (Ed Balls) said that parents were partly to blame for falling literacy because they allowed children to spend too much of their after school time playing computer games, rather than reading.

i wonder if these ministers have been to Walthamstow central library, where since ‘refurbishment’, books you won’t find on the shelves include:

Wind in the Willows, the Hobbit, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Swallows and Amazons, The Owl Service, Tom’s Midnight Garden, The Borrowers, The Family from One End Street, Finn Family Moonmintroll, Emil and the Detectives, The Once and Future King, Far from the Madding Crowd, Cold Comfort Farm, The Odyssey…

(you can get many of these on DVD, of course…. ) makes you want to weep… or write angry letters, perhaps?

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Waltham Forest Libraries (and they are not alone, of course) have adopted the short-sighted policy of disposing of books that have not been BORROWED
in the past X years. Doesn’t everyone want to consult books (and I don’t just mean “Reference Books”) that they don’t necessarily want or need to borrow? I do that all the time. If public libraries only retain books that are readily available in any chain bookshop – or charity shop for that matter – they are not fulfilling their educational remit. Call me old-fashioned …

Comment by Michael

How can parents teach their children to read if the council closed their local library and destroy books in the borough?

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