Libraries and reading round up

Grimsby Telegraph : 11 February

More than 3,000 people sign petition to save Cleethorpes Library


Bournemouth Echo : 11 February
Dorset  | Job Centre, library and day care centre could all be provided from one building



Rutland and Stanford Mercury ; 11 February

Lincolnshire | Double celebration for Deeping Library


South Wales Evening Post : 11 February

Pre-council election row over future of Brynhyfryd Library in Swansea

Row follows rumours that the conclusions of a review of library services are being kept secret until after the council elections


Plymouth Herald : 11 February

Library closure would ‘devastate’ North Prospect
Plymouth City Council plans to close 10 of the city’s libraries


Blackpool Gazette : 11 February

Lancashire | Council tax rise approved

Tory councillor fails to persuade ruling Labour group to accept alternative budget which he claimed would allow library services & others to be reinstated.


Leigh Journal : 10 February

Wigan | Councillor Mark Aldred shelves MP Chris Green’s claims about the future of Atherton Library

North Yorkshire Advertiser : 12 February 2017

Library in need of more help

A library facility dies to open on April 1, run by volunteers, pleads for more volunteer help



The Guardian : 13 February

Hi-tech library project spawns book promoting ‘new ways to work with readers

What we found were libraries and librarians fulfilling a key role in communities. The idea that a librarian can be replaced by a vending machine is just completely ridiculous.”



The Big Issue : 13 February

Join The Big Issue’s literacy campaign. Fight for libraries – and the future



Warrington Guardian: 13 February

Library campaigners cautiously welcome new plans



South Wales Evening Post: 13 February

Staff and residents assured that Brynhyfryd Library in Swansea is not closing

The Bookseller : 14 February

Graeme Macrae Burnet backs campaign against Scottish library cuts

Macrae Burnet is backing the CILIPS Libraries Matter campaign


Plymouth Herald : 14 February

Closure of library would mean loss of ‘safe place’ for disabled

Closing a city library would mean the loss of a ‘Safe Place’ for people with learning difficulties who are faced with crime, harassment or abuse.


Socialist Worker : 14 February

Lambeth | Reports round up: activists protest at Labour assault on libraries 102/Reports+round+up%3A+activists+protest+at+Labour+assault+on+libraries


Cheshire Today : 14 February

Group considers future of Warrington libraries



Weston Mercury : 14 February

North Somerset Council spending £800k in cash-saving bid after libraries review



ITV News : 14 February

Bath | Protesters fight for local library


Lancashire Post : 14 February

Lancashire | Scrutiny called in over book rumours



ITV News : 14 February

Crowd funding appeal to transform Guernsey children’s library



Isle of Wight Press: 14 February

‘Much has been achieved’ — Ofsted praise for Medina College

Inspectors commended work done to stock the library with more books and involve the newly appointed librarian in helping raise literacy standards.

The Bookseller : 14 February

West Berkshire to axe half its library staff


Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal : 14 February

Bath & NE Somerset | Waterloo Road’s new Surgery, Library and Children’s Centre

New GP surgery to include library and children’s centre



Bude & Stratton Post : 15 February

Cornwall | Council to revisit library plans


Plymouth Herald : 15 February

Comedy writer Armando Iannucci backs Plymouth library campaign


Plymouth Herald : 15 February

Angry community turns out in force to fight library closure plan


Bath Chronicle : 15 February

Hundreds protest in defence of Bath’s library service outside B&NES budget meeting


BBC News : 15 February

Director Ken Loach joins hundreds in Bath library move plan protest



Lichfield Live : 15 February

Green Party accuses Lichfield MP of insulting thousands who signed library petition



East Anglian Daily Times : 15 February

All Suffolk libraries safe for now – but struggling with more spending cuts?


Warrington Guardian : 15 February

Focus turns to working group as LiveWire’s library plans approved by councillors


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