I WAS horrified to discover today that drastic cuts are about to be made to the Schools’ Library Service budget in Solihull. Such are these cuts, that they will cease to lend books to schools as they do at present.
As a librarian in a local primary school, I know how many of the children rely on books and artefacts from the School Library Service to assist their learning.
My school borrows books and artefacts on a termly basis which we could never afford to buy.
This enriches the children’s understanding. In future a few books may be sent from the presumably over-stretched Warwickshire service but they do not loan artefacts so we will not have these again.
The ‘lifelong interest in children and young people’s issues’ of which Ken Meeson talks on his website, is not in evidence.
I am amazed and ashamed of a council who will make cuts in such a necessary service.
I can only hope that they show that they care about education and libraries by saying ‘no’ to this proposal.
Alison Faulkner (Librarian at Greswold Primary School)