Libraries News Round-up: 9 June

Oxford Mail: 8 June
Oxford tops chart for best city to be a primary school pupil
Museums, libraries and ‘outstanding’ schools have seen Oxford named one of the best cities in the UK to be a primary school pupil.
Yorkshire Post: 8 June
The new Children’s Laureate – why reading is more than just child’s play
‘If books are crucial during a child’s formative years then so, too, are libraries. 
 
“They do a lot more than just provide books, they act as community hubs and very often they are the first place where a child encounters a book and has the chance to choose a book. School libraries are incredibly important and yet some schools don’t even have one.” 
 
Around 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared since 2010, about a quarter of the overall total, as councils have slashed spending on public libraries, hundreds of which have been closed, and it’s an issue that authors like Child have repeatedly voiced concerns about. “I can’t change things on my own, nobody can, but what I can do is talk about the importance of them and if enough people do that then it can make a difference.”’
The Bookseller: 9 June
Libraries minister Wilson loses his seat
The Star: 9 June
Sheffield | Have your say on Woodseats library opening hours
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