Libraries round up

Bath Chronicle : 10 April

Bath library consultation: Campaigners say findings show library already ‘ticks all the boxes’




Plymouth Herald : 10 April

Plymouth Labour ‘make no apologies’ for library leaflets






Swindon Advertiser : 11 April

Government investigates Swindon’s library cuts



Llantwit Major GEM : 11 April

Library usage in Wales in increasing




Hereford Times : 11 April

Exercise for both body and brain now easily accessible under one roof in Bromyard

The Halo team – with support from professional librarians and staff from Herefordshire library service – will now be handling the issuing and return of all library stock at the Bromyard Centre.



The Bookseller : 11 April

Young people’s library usage trends revealed in Carnegie report



Daily Post : 11 April

Look: Former Conwy library to become café for book lovers


Carnegie UK Trust : April 2017

Shining a Light

Link to all publications



The Herald : 10 April

Scotland |More families ‘just about managing’ turn to libraries



BBC News : 10 April

Scots ‘most likely’ to use public library



The National : 10 April

Rise in numbers of Scots primary school children using libraries




BBC News : 10 April

More young people using libraries, study finds



Yorkshire Post : 10 April

Calls for more to be done to future-proof library services



Local Berkshire : 10 April

Carnegie UK Trust conducted a study on library users between 2011 and 2016



Heart Radio: 10 April

Library use up in Wales



Local Gov : 10 April

Study reveals drop in frequency of library use



Leon’s Library Blog : 10 April

Shining a Light – Initial Response



Blackmore Vale magazine : 10 April

Dorchester TIC books into its new library home


The Scotsman : 10 April

Pamela Tulloch: Read all about it: children and libraries the ideal mix

‘Ninety per cent of brain development occurs before the age of five and there is a significant body of evidence that shows reading for pleasure has a huge impact on educational success and personal development.


That’s why it’s vital that children are introduced to books and reading at a young age – certainly pre-school, when they are curious, hungry for information and need regular stimulation to develop communications skills. Reading with babies and toddlers can shape how well or otherwise children perform academically.


Our public library network plays a unique and distinct role in this area. Libraries are a fantastic place to reach children at a young age and foster a love of books. Crucially, libraries offer free and easy access to books for everyone, regardless of age, social demographic and level of education, ensuring equality of opportunity – a fundamental ethos of public libraries.’



Henley Standard : 10 April

Benson | Community facilities ‘won’t cope with village expansion’



Yorkshire Coast Radio : 10 April

North Yorkshire | Grand Re-opening Of Scalby Library

Now run by volunteers and one of 21 libraries in North Yorkshire which are to be managed in that way.




Diss Express : 10 April

Suffolk Libraries wants your views as service faces shrinking budget


The Press : 8 April

Authors launch community libraries


Plymouth Herald : 9 April

Labour accused of spreading ‘political propaganda’ with library leaflets


Bradford Telegraph & Argus : 9 April

Exhibition shows how new library and archive building for Calderdale will look

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press: 6 April

Tax on new homes in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk to bring £1.7m boost for footpaths, football and libraries

‘Plumstead Road Library would be one of three, along with Wroxham and Diss, to share in £120,000 to bring in self-service technology, which would mean people could use libraries outside current opening times.’



PRIVATE EYE | Library News

Issue 1441 (page 32):

Libraries Taskforce innovation fund

“… a miserable sop compared to what has been lost”



Northern Echo : 7 April

Council help at last for Hambleton’s volunteer libraries
Dispute over business rates for volunteer-run libraries



Harrogate Advertiser : 7 April

Letter: Libraries – have we got our priorities right?



Spalding Today : 7 April

First birthday celebrations of library, run by volunteers

Bury Times : 6 April

Reader’s letter: Bury Council mismanagement to blame for libraries crisis



Bury Free Press : 6 April

Help shape the future of Suffolk’s libraries

Library user survey, ‘Suffolk Libraries’ Extra scheme




Bracknell News : 6 April

The Defend Our Community Services (DOCS) group are lobbying Bracknell Forest Council against possible job losses
Library campaigners fight to stop possible swathe of job cuts



The Times : 6 April

Pupils face postcode lottery as councils shut down libraries

behind paywall



Brixton Buzz : 6 April

Lambeth | Carnegie Library – after the protest. Photos of the messages left outside the closed library



Liverpool Echo : 5 April

St Helens libraries under threat as council review entire service



BBC News : 5 April

North East Lincolnshire | Grimsby and Immingham libraries hire security staff



Blackpool Gazette : 5 April

Lancashire | Wait goes on for library answers in spite of promise



Nottingham Post : 5 April

Bakersfield library to be sold to help fund new Sneinton community hub



Gazette & Herald : 5 April

Rydale | Authors help relaunch community libraries

‘community library’ = volunteer-run



Daily Record : 5 April

Crossmichael’s old phone box set to be tuned into community library

‘community library’ = disused phonebox, makeshift shelving & donated books



The Socialist : 5 April

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

mentions Carillion, GLL and Lord Bird



Wiltshire Times: 5 April

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid defends cash cuts

Sajid Javid: “People want to see good libraries, social care, transport – and of course that costs resources but they want to make sure that Wiltshire Council, who have shown they will find savings in the right places and protect frontline services, is spending every penny of tax payer money it’s got wisely and that is what it has done.”

The Bookseller : 3 April
Lambeth |  Hundreds gather to ‘ridicule’ Carnegie Library situation
Holyrood : 4 April
£150,000 programme launched to support public library projects
Third Force News : 4 April
Charities offer libraries funding opportunity
Ikley Gazette : 4 April
Burley Library welcomes 500 visitors
Event marked the take over of the management of the service which will be run by Parish Council and volunteers
News Shopper : 4 April
Library strikes over fears Bromley council are selling off services
Northern Echo : 4 April
Darlington library service plans delayed yet again amid legal concerns over Crown Street
Herts Advertiser : 4 April
Public meeting being held about Wheathampstead library’s future

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