People who visit libraries also buy books, so you may be interested in The Books Are My Bag campaign launched on 14th September which runs till Christmas, with former Labour home secretary Alan Johnson among the high-profile figures revealing this week why they support the campaign.
“My childhood was lived in very poor conditions [in London] but my mother took us—me and my sister—to the Ladbroke Grove library before we could even walk. If there was one single reason we came out of that environment not too damaged, it was books—being able to discover them, and the power of reading.” He added: “I love books and bookshops have been an important part of my life.”
A third of bookshops have closed in the past 10 years—which equates to one bookshop closure a week for the past decade.
Other high profile people supporting the campaign — model Lily Cole, journalist Jon Snow, “Britain’s Got Talent” judge Amanda Holden, actors Robson Green and Lynda Bellingham, presenter Fern Britton, cook Mary Berry, glamour model turned author Katie Price, and journalists Andrew Marr and Jeremy Vine. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Sebastian Faulks, Marian Keyes, Jojo Moyes and Julia Donaldson.
The campaign invites you to visit your local bookshop, taking a photo of yourself and then telling WHY it’s your favourite bookshop. You could win your own bespoke bookmark, featuring your comment and photo, to be given out by your favourite shop