News: Neil Gaiman hearts libraries

I’ve been away for a few weeks, sunning myself in Cyprus, so I’ve got a lot of library news to catch up on.

First up, one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman, has won the CILIP Carnegie medal for The Graveyard Book. American Gods is one of my favourite books; comic book geek and American Studies alumnus that I am, how could I not love him? But he also writes spectacularly good children’s books (Stardust and Coraline among them). I can’t wait until my son is old enough to delve into the worlds he creates.

At the awards ceremony, Gaiman took the opportunity to rail against planned library cuts, saying:

“In this austerity world it’s incredibly easy if you are a local authority and you are looking for cuts, to say ‘Let’s cut libraries’. But that’s borrowing from the future.

“We’re now in an age of ‘too much information’. Libraries and librarians are more important than ever. Children want stories. They want information. They want knowledge about the strange world they’re in. Saying that the internet can be that is like setting a child free in a jungle and expecting them safely to find things to eat.”

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