Campaign for the Book

The Campaign for the Book was set up by the children's author, Alan Gibbons, and was formally launched in late September 2008 to fight cuts in school libraries, and to defend the place of books in libraries.

"The book remains the greatest single contributor to information technology in human history. A managed symbiosis of ICT and the book remain the gold standard. A cafe with a Playstation in the corner is not a library."

The Campaign supports both school and public libraries.

Alan Gibbons provides regular information about the campaign via his blog at www.alangibbons.net, and you can receive newsletters directly by emailing Alan at aagibbons(аt)blueyonder.co.uk and requesting to join the emailing list. There is also a Facebook group entitled ‘Campaign for the Book Official Facebook site’ that any Facebookers can join.

A highly successful conference was held at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, on June 28th 2009, out of which arose many ideas for moving the campaign forward.

Ask your local MP to sign the Unison sponsored Early Day motion supporting libraries. The relevant Early Day Motion can be found here: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMList.aspx; the correct EDM is number 1939, is entitled ‘Manifesto for Education Libraries’ and is sponsored by Judy Mallaber, with 25 MPs currently signed. You can ascertain who your MP is here: http://www.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/index.cfm.

There is an online petition which supporters can sign here: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/literacy/; the petition reads "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to make school libraries statutory. We, the undersigned, call on Her Majesty’s Government to accept in principle that it will make school libraries, run by properly qualified staff, statutory and to prepare the necessary legislation in consultation with the appropriate professional associations and trade unions."

About our Website

Designing the website

In 2004, an event was held at Doncaster North City Learning Centre where pupil representatives from several schools got together to pool their ideas on what they wanted from a website. The culmination of their ideas and designs that they put together using Dreamweaver was the first version of this site, brought together by CLC staff on the pupils' behalf. The day was a great success and everyone had a really good time.

In 2005 a searchable reviews database was added and the site was given a makeover for the second year of the award. This work was carried out by Intexta Web Services, working closely with Lyn Hopson of Don Valley Academy & Performing Arts College. As far as possible the pupils' original ideas from the brainstorming session were retained.

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