News Roundup – 18th January 2011

Mass book-outs staged in Somerset
18/01/2011 The mass book-out idea, staged in Buckinghamshire recently has sparked plans for mass book-outs here in Somerset. In both Shepton and Wiveliscombe. Shepton are aiming to achieve this by the 22nd January and by the 28th in Wiveliscombe. If you’re near either of these libraries, please help by borrowing your full entitlement of books. There is a Facebook event for the Wiveliscombe book-out here. If anyone has more details regarding Shepton please leave a message.

Michael Eavis speaks out for library campaign
17/01/2011 Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis is set to star in a Save Our Libraries campaign film, shot by the ever-active library supporters of Somerset. More from www.guardian.co.uk

Library emptied in bid to fight closure
15/01/2011 A town has emptied its library in a bid to fight plans to close it down.
People in Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, have spent the week withdrawing their maximum allowance of books in protest against council plans to close it as part of budget cuts. More from www.independent.co.uk/.

Library emptied in closure fight
15/01/2011 A town has emptied its library in a bid to fight plans to close it down. People in Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, have spent the week withdrawing their maximum allowance of books in protest against council plans to close it as part of budget cuts. And they said the plan had been a success, with all 16,000 books withdrawn from the library. More from aol news.

Councillors hoping for public support to save library
14/01/2011 Highbridge councillors have sent out an SOS to town residents, urging them to show their support for their under-threat library, or see it disappear. Hundreds of people have signed a petition urging Somerset County Council to keep the library open, after the announcement that it was one of 20 which are due to lose all funding as Somerset County Council looks to cut £75million. More from The Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury

Protest over library closure plans
14/01/2011 Angry Cheddar residents have been protesting over county council plans to close the village library. They met outside the Union Street facility on Saturday to campaign against proposals to withdraw the funding from 20 libraries as Somerset County Council attempts to slash 25 per cent off its library service budget. More from The Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury

Libraries face cuts – ITV West Country Tonight
14/01/2011 The library service in Somerset is facing some serious cut backs, with a large number having their funding withdrawn. Public meetings are being held across the county as people fight to keep theirs open – there’s one this evening in Shepton Mallet. In all, twenty libraries are under threat and the County Council says if the smaller ones aren’t taken over and run by the community, they will close. To watch this please visit http://www.itv.com/westcountry-west/libraries-face-cuts01409/

Trade backs call for library inquiry
14/01/2011 With widespread protests up and down the country over the scale of threatened library closures, campaigners in Somerset are calling for a national public inquiry into the service—and receiving support from the trade.
Individual library campaign groups, including those in Gloucestershire, Lewisham and Dorset, are considering legal measures to oppose cuts in their areas, with the option to call for intervention from the Secretary of State—who has a duty to superintend the service under the 1964 Public Libraries Act—if proposed closures are confirmed. More from TheBookseller.Com.

Library campaigners demand public inquiry into closures
13/01/2011 Somerset library campaigners are leading a call for a national public inquiry into the threatened closures of hundreds of libraries across the country. And, if the government won’t order one urgently, they say they are ready to set it up themselves. Campaigner Steve Ross said he was asking prime minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg to offer leadership over the severe threats the public library service is facing. “I’m calling on them to consider urgently the likely detrimental impact that the conduct of flawed and rushed local processes will have on our communities and culture and to establish an independent inquiry, with proposed library closures suspended pending the outcome,” he said. More from www.guardian.co.uk

Campaigners urge government to stand up for libraries
13/01/2011 Somerset library campaigner Steve Ross and children’s writer Michael Morpurgo called on the government to “stand up” for libraries on Radio 4’s “You and Yours” as part of the show’s debate into library closures. But culture minister Ed Vaizey, who in opposition was vocal in his support for libraries, did not appear on the show despite being asked. A spokeswoman for the Department of Media, Culture and Sport confirmed that Vaizey had been approached, but said he “wasn’t available”. More from TheBookseller.Com.

Fight for West Somerset libraries
13/01/2011 Fierce opposition has been mounted by people in West Somerset against the proposed cut backs to library services in the area. The consultation period for people to give their views is tomorrow (Friday). Councillors in Williton are against the proposed move of the village’s library from its purpose built home in Killick Way. More from www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk

Families may mount legal challenge over library cuts
12/01/2011 Parents and children are considering mounting a legal challenge over plans to hand 20 Somerset libraries to volunteers or close them down. The families believe the county council may be failing in its statutory duty to provide a comprehensive library service and plan to notify the authority of their possible legal challenge this week. More from www.thisissomerset.co.uk.

Call for national inquiry into library service
11/01/2011 A Somerset library campaigner is proposing a national public inquiry in response to the widespread closures threatening the library service. Steve Ross said it seemed “sensible and cost effective” to focus nationally on the issue, as well as on specific local situations. Many local campaign groups, including Gloucestershire, Lewisham and Dorset, and Somerset itself are considering legal measures to oppose the cuts. More from TheBookseller.Com.

Council considers £15,000 plan to save Highbridge library
11/01/2011 Town councillors have this week considered a proposal to spend £15,000 on securing the future of Highbridge Library.”The library is an important service for Highbridge and the town council should consider allocating this money, providing there is support from the community to run it,” he said. However, the proposal was not supported from fellow councillors despite widespread concern about the future of the Market Street building. More from Burnham-On-Sea.com

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