On the importance of libraries

I was recently asked to write a guest article for 'Voices for the Library'. I think our libraries are so important and I really enjoyed the chance to talk about one of my favourite subjects. Here's an extract from my article:

"Books in schools are frequently used purely as instruments of learning data; chunks are bitten off and digested as required to fit in with the national curriculum. Books are not viewed as a whole experience, a potential means of mutual discussion and support for mental and social health. Books are a window to the world; they challenge and teach, guide and often help children comprehend what is happening around them, easing isolation during times of change or crisis."

You can read my full article over on the Voices for the Library website.