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Friends of Pevensey Bay Library

National Support for Libraries

National Support for Libraries

"Somehow we're letting our civilisation drain away into the sand, and the people in charge don't think it matters." Philip Pullman, November 2017

“Libraries matter. If we believe in equality of opportunity we must fight not just for the buildings but for the range of books inside and the skilled staff who can promote reading in all its forms. Not only do libraries encourage us to be more tolerant and better informed, they contribute enormously to the wealth of the nation.” Ann Cleeves, award-winning crime writer and creator of hit TV series Shetland and Vera.  2016 librariesweek@cilip.org.uk.

“..a library needs to be handy and local; it shouldn’t require an expedition. Municipal authorities of all parties point to splendid new and scheduled central libraries as if this discharges them of their obligations. It doesn’t. For a child a library needs to be round the corner. And if we lose local libraries it is children who will suffer.”  Extract from Baffled at a Bookcase, by Alan Bennett

“Libraries really are the gates to the future. So it is unfortunate that, round the world, we observe local authorities seizing the opportunity to close libraries as an easy way to save money, without realising that they are stealing from the future to pay for today. They are closing the gates that should be open.” Neil Gaiman, Author

“The simple fact is that we should never have to be in a position of defending someone’s right to benefit from a quality library service.  In an enlightened society, that right should be inalienable.  Lest we forget – we are the third largest economy in Europe, possibly the second, and the seventh largest in the world.  This isn’t about money it’s about ideology.”  Nick Poole,  CILIP

"I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” Carl Sagan, Cosmos

“Congratulations on the new library, because it isn't just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you -- and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.” 
Letters of Note; Troy (MI, USA) Public Library, 1971]” - Isaac Asimov