Author Neil Gaiman Uses Award
Speech to Support Libraries
Neil Gaiman, 49, is the first person ever to have been awarded both Britain’s Carnegie Medal and the US Newbery Medal – considered the two most important children’s literary awards – for the same book.
Accepting the award in London yesterday, Gaiman said: “Libraries are our future – to close them would be a terrible, terrible mistake – it would be stealing from the future to pay for today which is what got us into the mess we’re in now.
“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.”