Libraries round up

Brixton blog : 2 April

Lambeth | Library protesters rally against council’s ‘April fools’



Bath Chronicle : 2 April

WATCH: Protesters join Bath Deserves Better march to demand B&NES Council to hold public meeting



Sutton Coldfield : 2 April

Royal Sutton Coldfield could split from Birmingham City Council as town council ‘explore’ options

Four Oaks Cllr Simon Ward (Con) … said the city council had expressed ‘contempt’ for the Royal Town; had ‘decimated’ library services; …



Birmingham Mail : 2 April

Two councils squabbling over threatened Sutton Coldfield Library’s future


The Bookseller : 31 March

Disappointment over ‘basic’ Taskforce dataset



Harwich and Manningtree Standard : 31 March

Essex | Silver End Library celebrates moving into new home in village hall



Sutton Coldfield Observer : 31 March

Temporary lifeline handed to Sutton Coldfield Library by Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council


Bath Chronicle : 31 March

LETTER: Foot the bill but don’t ask any questions – I’ve had enough of Bath & NE Somerset Council



Bath Chronicle : 31 March

Hundreds of campaigners expected to march in Bath on April Fool’s Day in call to meet council chiefs


Bedfordshire News : 31 March

Have your say over Bedford Borough Mobile Library consultation



The Southern Reporter : 31 March

Live Borders axes 12 staff to cut wage bill



Shoreham Herald : 31 March

Horsham | Call for rethink on new car park charges

Includes several library car parks

Windsor Observer : 27 March

New mobile library plan




Bournemouth Echo : 27 March

Library and seafront services merged: bid to save £1million approved in Bournemouth and Poole



The National : 27 March

Gruffalo writer Julia Donaldson backs campaign to save libraries as council elections loom



All Media Scotland : 27 March

Media Release: Gruffalo author calls to protect school libraries from ‘short-sighted’ cuts




The Courier : 27 March

Scotland | Gruffalo writer Julia Donaldson backs campaign to save libraries



Sunderland Echo : 27 March

Letter : Speechless over library’s insufficient storage





BBC News : 27 March

Police’s ‘rare objection’ to Bridgend hub’s alcohol plan

‘Plans to sell alcohol at a community hub in Bridgend county would have a “negative impact” on the village, police have said.

A community group wants a licence to sell alcohol at the Bettws Life Centre – which has a library, hall and cafe – from noon until midnight every day.

But South Wales Police has concerns about underage drinking and bottles being used as “weapons”.’




Keighley News : 27 March

Bradford | Volunteers come forward to make a success of Silsden Library re-launch

ITV News : 24 March

Darlington Crown Street Library to close



Wigan Today : 24 March

‘Transforming services’ is key to saving them

Merging roles of life centre and library staff, job losses and greater reliance on volunteers – including to deliver the home library service is on the cards as part of this ‘transformation’



Plymouth Herald : 24 March

People power could save Peverell library, says poet laureate



Bath Chronicle : 24 March

LETTER: Time to enhance Bath’s library for all users



Bath Chronicle : 24 March

LETTER: Shocked to hear ‘The council has never said the library was moving’



The Northern Echo : 24 March

Library volunteers resort to FOI in council business rates row

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