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Libraries in the news | 30 Oct 2017

Manchester gives homeless people access to library services, 

Country Council oppose East Sussex library cuts, 

Calderdale Council has plans for remodelling and refurbishing Elland Library to include services provided elsewhere, 

And co-location of services in Norfolk proposed….


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Libraries in the news: 29 Oct 2017

Author, Tamsin Cooke, speaks of the immense value of libraries and library staff for children & engaging them as readers, 

Protests against proposed cuts in East Sussex, 

Numbers up in Slough’s ‘The Curve’ which includes a library, but this includes visits for events….

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Libraries in the news | 27 Oct 2017


Banbury Guardian: 27 October
Northants | ‘Disaster’: Group slams plan to close Middleton Cheney Library as consultation opens


The Star: 27 October
The Star Looks at Sheffield’s Libraries: More than just books as Upperthorpe shows it has Zest
Upperthorpe Library is part of the Zest Centre, a volunteer-managed facility including a gym, swimming pool, youth club, citizen’s advice clinic and the ‘pay as you feel’ Citrus Café. Zest is the Netherthorpe & Upperthorpe Community Alliance charity, who run the library with volunteers.


South Bristol Voice: 27 October
Library Friends reject volunteer idea


Bristol Post: 27 October
Councillors want to move Bristol central library to The Galleries or Colston Hall

Westmoreland Gazette: 27 October
Cumbria |  Public have a say on museum expansion
Concerns that any expansion of the museum, currently housed on the first floor of Windermere Library, may encroach on the space for the library. 


Blackpool Gazette: 27 October
New chapter for reading dads
Blackpool Council harnesses skills of volunteers to revamp library spaces through a community-led makeover, starting with the children’s library at Paletine and now Central. Revamps at Revoe, Layton and Mereside libraries to follow.

BBC News: 27 October
Manchester scheme to give homeless access to libraries
The project will allow people who are being helped by homeless charity Lifeshare to register for a library card without a permanent address.

Manchester City Council said the service will give those involved access to all 22 of the city’s libraries.
Lifeshare’s operations manager Judith Vickers said it would be “a lifeline for many”


Eastbourne Herald: 27 October
East Sussex | MP urges residents to write to county council to save Pevensey Bay Library


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Libraries in the news | 26 Oct 2017

The Guardian: 26 October
No one needs libraries any more? What rubbish


Darlington & Stockton Times: 26 October
Court date set in battle to save Darlington’s historic Crown Street library


Northamptonshire Telegraph: 26 October
Meeting in Desborough over library proposals


Hastings & St Leonards Observer: 26 October
East Sussex | Demonstration to be held in fight to save Ore library


Blackpool Gazette: 26 October
Lancashire | Library battle given timely online boost
Online petition launched.


Brixton Buzz: 26 October
Lambeth Council spends almost £200,000 on ‘security’ for the closed Carnegie and Minet libraries


Bristol Post: 26 October
Pressure grows on Bristol City Council to scale back library cuts
The council is looking to close 17 of the city’s 27 libraries.

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Libraries in the news | 25 Oct 2017

Libraries Taskforce invites feedback,

7-year-old campaigns against library cuts in Northamptonshire,

Member and borrowing figures up in Slough’s The Curve, 

Kingston library gets extension to widen use and activities on offer

Tweeters disabuse journalist of view that no one uses libraries,  

Lib Dems to challenge decisions made re Bath Library,

Petition started to object to plans to shut all but one of Midlothian’s libraries,

Nursery and under 5s childcare services move into a Stockton library,

And a Bradford library reopens as a volunteer-run facility for just 12 hours a week…

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Libraries in the news | 24 Oct 2017


Ann Widdecombe speaks at event in Devon organised by library friends group whose library is open just six hours a week,

Volunteers considered crucial in the running of a library in West Berks,

Snags hit attempting to create a ‘hub’ in Wiltshire, 

Cisco to deliver digital skills training in schools and libraries,

Crowdfunding and libraries,

And a post office may co-locate with a library in Warrington….



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Libraries in the news | 23 Oct 2017


Voices for the Library folds, 

Alan Moore speaks out about plans for  libraries in Northampton, 

Plans for cultural hub in Hereford put on hold, 

 Co-location and community ownership a possibility in Wrexham.

Co-location in Wigan,

Parish Council running library will not extend opening hours,

And activities in Lancashire libraries detailed….




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Libraries in the news | 20 Oct 2017


Alan Moore defends Northamptonshire libraries,
Outcry at councillor’s suggestion that book stock should be cut in Bournemouth libraries, 

Plans for co-location of Bath Library & the council’s one-stop-shop criticised,

Concern raised re lack of privacy at access points in Windsor libraries,

12-week consultation in Staffordshire approved to consult on libraries, including staffless access, mobile library service and increasing community-managed libraries,

And 17 Bristol libraries under threat of closure….


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