News round up – 29th January 2011

Boyd Tonkin: The struggle on the shelves
If a country wished to commit collective suicide, how would it set about the task? First, given its slender natural resources and absolute dependence on high levels of knowledge and skill, restrict access to advanced education to an already-favoured elite. Deepen entrenched class divisions by choking off entry into the professional strata via the cost of study. For full article visit /www.independent.co.uk.

Library campaigners plan court action over closures
28/01/2011 Campaign groups are drawing up plans to take the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and his minister Ed Vaizey to court over the closure of more than 400 public libraries. Steve Ross, a former solicitor from Somerset, said campaigners would be applying for a judicial review. “The action will be taken in the name of children from around the country,” Ross said. For full article visit www.guardian.co.uk.

Village library saved from closure
28/01/2011 Campaigners are celebrating following Somerset County Council’s announcement this week that the Cheddar service is among nine libraries that may no longer face the axe. More from www.thewestonmercury.co.uk.

ILMINSTER: Ray of hope for Ilminster Library
28/01/2011 AS ILMINSTER was poised to do serious battle to save its library from closure, it seemed there may have been a reprieve, although the petition is still running and the signs are staying up for now. Somerset County Council announced on Tuesday that they have a new proposal to put before their committee next month, which means that nine libraries previously marked for closure could now be saved, including Ilminster and Martock. More from www.viewfrompublishing.co.uk/

Mass Book-out staged in Wiveliscombe
28/01/2011 Protesters say they’ll continue to put pressure on Somerset County Council to keep all its libraries open. This week the authority unveiled new proposals. See our blog post and also ITV Westcountry Tonight.

Losing libraries in Somerset & Gloucestershire
26/01/2011 What is it about libraries? I don’t just mean why are they taking such a hammering as councils slash their spending. But how come they stir up much more protest than other, bigger cuts? Dozens are threatened with closure across the West. Somerset County Council went furthest, at first announcing 20 would lose their funding. Read more on Paul Barltrop’s (BBC Westcountry’s political editor) blog.

Library closure threats spark campaigns across England
26/01/2011 Joseph Reynolds and his 13-year-old daughter Eve love to read.
The marine engineer pops over the road to his library in the small town of Wiveliscombe, Somerset, about three times a week. More from BBC England

List of Somerset libraries saved from closure
25/01/2011 SOMERSET County Council has unveiled a list of libraries which could be spared the axe as part of is sweeping spending cuts. More details from www.chardandilminsternews.co.uk/

Somerset County Council U-turn will save libraries
25/01/2011 Somerset County Council has made a major U-turn in the face of huge public opposition to proposals to close libraries.
Nearly half of the 20 libraries threatened with closure in Somerset could now be saved, a new report to councilors published today reveals.
And a year’s grace has been given to a further five threatened libraries to help communities gear up to take them over. More from www.thisissomerset.co.uk

Libraries Latest – press release from Somerset County Council
25/01/2011 Nearly half of the 20 libraries threatened with closure in Somerset could now be saved, it can be revealed. And a year’s grace has been proposed for a further five threatened libraries to help communities gear up to take them over.
Of Somerset County Council’s 34 libraries, that means just six could be at risk of closure in the current year – as opposed to the 20 that was first feared. More from Somerset County Council

Ilminster Town Council backed calls to save library
25/01/2011 ILMINSTER Town Council backed calls from a number of members of the community to save their library before last night’s announcement. The town council unanimously agreed to support the community in the effort to keep Ilminster Library open. More from /www.chardandilminsternews.co.uk/.

New plans ‘could save Somerset libraries’ from closure
24/01/2011 Campaigners against the closure of a Somerset library are celebrating after the county council told them it was looking at new plans to keep it.
Residents in Wiveliscombe had been due to stage a protest on Saturday against their library closing, but instead they were celebrating. More from BBC Somerset.

Library protesters declare day of action
24/01/2011 A ‘carnival of resistance’ to threatened closures planned at more than 40 libraries on 5 February 2011, with over forty library “read-ins” scheduled in a coordinated protest over the threatened closures. More from www.guardian.co.uk.

Library fightback is under way
21/01/2011 THE fight is on to save Wiveliscombe library – one of 20 across Somerset set for closure. On Monday the Friends of Wiveliscombe Library set up communications and campaigning sub-groups to increase the pressure on the county council.
A spokesman for the group said: “We are writing to councillors and officers asking them to put back any decisions about the future of our libraries until proper discussions have taken place and solutions found. More from www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/

A selection of local and national news and articles about saving libraries.

Protest film being made over cuts to library services
19/01/2011 Celebrities including Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis are making a campaign film against the closure of libraries. More from BBC Somerset

Call to save Dulverton from service cuts
19/01/2011 PEOPLE in Dulverton are rallying together against spending cuts.
The town’s library, recycling centre and youth club are all under threat from Somerset County Council cuts. More from www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk

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