THE FIRST batch of Everyman's Library classic books has now arrived in secondary schools and what an uninspiring, dismal collection has been foisted on us. The paper jackets are ugly and unattractive, and the binding is dull and boring.
School librarians are appalled at the waste of National Lottery money which has been spent on this production, particularly as they are desperately short of material and persistently underfunded year after year.
Many schools do not have the space required to house and display items which will get such little use and the fact that only about 20 titles are ever likely to be read is a scandalous misuse of Lottery funds.
School librarians are not opposed to receiving free classic collections, but what is needed is the familiar paperback format with attractive jackets and abridged editions for special needs.
There has been a lack of consultation with those who are trained and experienced in dealing with teenagers' reading, and this edition is not the standard required in secondary schools.
Joan Shoush. Havering School Library Service. St Edward's Way. Romford. Essex