UK library news

Libraries in the news | 26 July 2017

More news on school children taking their Barnet library protest to the DCMS,

A CIC use volunteers to reopen a library in Sunderland,

James Cleverly MP’s statement on issuing kindles for children as a replacement for libraries,

A library reopens after refurbishment, 

Co-location in Somerset & Open+ plans in North Somerset

And the Mayor of London pledges funds, bringing FOCL’s fundraising for Cricklewood Library to the half-way mark….


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Borehamwood Times: 26 July
Barnet | Children from Martin Primary, East Finchley, storm Parliament armed with postcards to protest against library changes

Ham & High: 26 July
East Finchley schoolchildren take to Whitehall to protest against culture secretary’s cuts to Barnet library services

Sunderland Echo: 26 July
Volunteers bring closed Sunderland library back to life
Fulwell library re-opened run by volunteers and a CIC. Short opening hours, with a room for hire and a cafe. Honesty system in place for book loans.

Clacton Gazette: 26 July
Braintree MP James Cleverly describes Conservative election campaign as ‘a big spoonful of bitter medicine with no sugar’

‘When answering a question from a member of the audience, Mr Cleverly went on to say a friend in local government had told him it would be cheaper to buy a kindle for every child in the borough than it would be to keep libraries open.’


Somerset Live: 26 July
New One Stop Shop and library in Midsomer Norton could save £200,000


Nottingham Post: 26 July
Take a look around Beeston Library after its £1 million refurbishment
Refurbished library to reopen after 11 months.

Brent & Kilburn Times: 26 July
Brent | Cricklewood Library receives £40,000 pledge from Mayor of London

The donation now means that Friends of Cricklewood Library are halfway to reaching their target but need to raise the full amount of nearly £120K by the 25 September. The library has been shut for 6 years now. & FOCLare crowdfunding.


Weston Mercury: 26 July
North Somerset | Worle library closure date confirmed
Library building to be sold off. Library moving into children’s centre. Plans to add Open+ technology.


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