Kill a Mockingbird’ tops librarian poll
OF ALL the books ever written,
the one that tops the list of ‘must reads’ is To Kill a
Mockingbird by Harper Lee according to the nation’s librarians.
The results of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council’s (MLA)
survey© of librarians coincides with World Book Day on 2 March, when
everyone in the country is encouraged to read more books.
In answer to the question ‘Which book should every adult read
before they die?’ the librarian survey received an eclectic
response with nominations varying from the Bible (the 2nd
most recommended book) to the Karma Sutra. Following JRR
Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy in 3rd place the
classics dominated. Favourites included Charlotte Bronté’s Jane
Eyre, George Orwell’s 1984, Charles Dickens’ A
Christmas Carol and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Surprisingly however, Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code received only
1 nomination, despite being a bestseller in the bookshops.
In this classic tale by Harper Lee, a black man is charged with the
rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch,
Harper Lee explores with energetic humour the irrationality of adult
attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.
Diana Ashcroft, a librarian at Trafford Libraries voted for To
Kill a Mockingbird. She commented:- “This book has all the
factors of a great read. It is touching and funny but has a serious
message about prejudice, fighting for justice and coming of age. I
read it years ago at school and have since re-read it many times and
each time I see something different as it has many layers and topics
Mark Wood, Chairman of MLA commented on the results:- “World
Book Day is the perfect time to rediscover libraries as they can
open up whole new worlds and capture our imagination. While many of
the nominations were classics which have stood the test of time, it
was interesting to note which of the newer titles are also making
their mark among librarians. This goes to show that if you are stuck
for something to read, you should ask a librarian.”
Although the newer titles received fewer nominations in this survey,
Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,
Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Audrey Niffenegger’s
The Time Traveler’s Wife all featured in the top 30, and so
could potentially climb the poll to become top recommendations and
classics of the future.
World Book Day is the biggest annual event supporting books and
reading in the UK and Ireland and the emphasis for 2006 is
celebration. Schools, libraries, bookshops and other venues are
being encouraged to hold even more book related events, activities
and parties than in previous years!
your say... Which is the best National Lottery funded project in the
THE search is on to find the North West's favourite Lottery
funded projects with the launch of The National Lottery Awards 2006.
If you know of someone in the area who deserves recognition, or you
are involved with a Lottery funded project that is doing amazing
The Awards celebrate and recognise how Lottery funding has
transformed the lives of communities and individuals throughout the
UK. So far 17,083 National Lottery grants have been given out in the
North West, totalling over £1.5 billion. The National Lottery
is calling for all those in the North West who have received Lottery
funding, whether big grants or small, to take this opportunity to
share their success stories and show how they have made a
Encouraging people to enter the Awards is last year's North West
winner Mel Diack. The youth worker who has helped hundreds of
children and young people in his community, said:- "I was over
the moon to win a Lottery award last year. I feel privileged to have
had the opportunity to work with so many young people, and this is
all thanks to Lottery funding. I look forward to the Lottery helping
many more young people. I would definitely recommend anyone who is
using Lottery money to enter the Awards. The whole experience from
start to finish was just a wonderful experience."
Following the close of nominations on 28 April, a judging panel will
draw up a short-list of the best entries from the North West; these
will then be put to a public vote. The most popular project from the
region will then face 11 other finalists from across the UK and will
a second round of public voting to decide the overall UK winners.
Winners will be announced at a special event later this year and
will have their achievements highlighted on a special BBC programme
to celebrate National Lottery Day this Autumn.
Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport said:-
"In just over a decade the National Lottery has gone from
numbers game to national institution. But it's not just about
creating millionaires. From village halls to Olympic gold, the
£18bn raised for good causes has made an enormous impact on people's
lives across the country. The National Lottery Awards are a
fantastic way of showcasing the breadth of this accomplishment. And
just like the Lottery you've got to be in it to win it, so I'd
encourage grant recipients to enter and show how they've made a
Since The National Lottery began in 1994, Lottery players have
raised £18 billion for good causes and over 220,000 grants have been
given out. As the largest programme of civic regeneration
since the 19th
century, The National Lottery has changed the face of the UK.
Funding has assisted a huge range of projects including well known
icons such as the Lowry centre in Salford; community-based
initiatives such as last year's regional winner Mel Diack as well as
Olympic athletes, sporting facilities and hundreds of community
halls and churches.