A NORTHAMPTON literary giant has backed campaigners fighting to save their libraries from closure, claiming the town’s libraries have helped make him the writer he is today.
Alan Moore will speak at a reading event arranged by those fighting the potential closure of St James Library in Northampton, on February 5. The library is one of eight libraries in the county earmarked for closure by Northamptonshire County Council due to service cuts.
Mr Moore, who penned Watchmen, said: “I am absolutely against the closure of any library – particularly in the St James area which has had enough taken away from it already. I joined the library in Abington when I was five and all the books available gave me a broad reading experience – without Northampton’s libraries I would not be the writer I am today.
“I am very concerned about the kids today which might grow up without this access. I am very against taking literacy away from people. Education must not be a privilege for the well-off.”
Around 40 people attended a meeting about the potential closure of St James on Thursday and more than 300 people have signed a petition to save it. A further protest is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 29 outside the library, in addition to the reading event in February.
Graham Croucher, secretary of St James Residents’ Association, said: “St James is an area of deprivation and keeping the library is essential.
“The reading event will take place three days before the consultation ends, from about noon and people are encouraged to come along and read passages that have inspired them. We hope it will encourage a last burst of people writing in to protest.”
Campaigners against Moulton Library’s potential closure are being urged to protest outside a meeting at the library on Saturday, January 29 from 10am.
Barry Care, chairman of Moulton Parish Council, said: “More than 27,000 use our library for one reason or another and if it closes people will have to travel all the way to Daventry.”
Cabinet member for customer and communities, Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage, said: “If we weren’t suffering these huge cuts in government funding reducing our staffing and proposing closing libraries wouldn’t be something we would be doing.”
The council has said it will work with users of the libraries identified to see how the impact can be lessened for them if the closures go ahead.
The consultation ends on February 8.