Council partners with Bloomsbury to promote library use

28 June 2011

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc announced plans (Tuesday 28 June ) to form a working partnership designed to promote reading and to encourage people to visit and use their local libraries.

Council librarians will use their knowledge of the public's reading interests to work with the Bloomsbury team to design a series of events that will run throughout the year.

The first event will be a major initiative focussed on London schools this September. This will be open to teachers and children attending any school in Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster or Hammersmith & Fulham. Librarians hope the event will encourage children to visit libraries regularly.

This will be followed by a spring festival in early 2012 for which Bloomsbury will supply a wide range of authors from across their list. The festival events will be open to all and events will be held in libraries across the borough.

Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, Cabinet Member for Libraries said: "Our libraries are highly valued by our residents but we don't want to rest on our laurels and want to do all we can to continue to encourage a culture of reading by getting more people to visit libraries to discuss books with their authors or listen to readings. We hope our partnership with Bloomsbury will help promote libraries and foster a love of reading."

Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury Chief Executive, said: "Bloomsbury's partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea arises from a call I made at a recent Reading Agency event for publishers to use their access to authors to create more library based events to bring books alive in the community. We are very keen to support UK Public Libraries. In particular, we look forward to working with the Royal Borough on this exciting partnership and we will look for others too."