Reminder! We need your Save Somerset Libraries Petitions by 9th February 2011!
UPDATE – as of 3rd Feb, over 19,500 signatures have been collected! Please keep them coming, whilst some libraries have had a reprieve, the council is still planning to cut the funding and close some of our libraries!
Saturday 22nd January – Join a ‘Read-In’ at your local library!
You can do all sorts of things to get your voice heard and take part in the council’s consultation on the future of the library service. If enough people show their support for our libraries, we can make a real difference. Here are a few suggestions for how you can do that:
1. Take part in the council’s consultation
Somerset County Council are consulting with the public about their proposed cuts. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and directly influence their decision.
There is an online questionnaire here, and there are six consultation events planned for January 2011:
- Burnham – 4 January
- Crewkerne – 5 January
- Glastonbury – 7 January
- Castle Cary – 8 January
- Williton – 10 January
- Wellington – 11 January
You can find full details of the events on the council’s web site.
2. Sign the online petition
There is an online petition. Sign up and show your support today. The more people we get the better.
Some signatures collected so far and counting…
You can also print off paper copies ot the petition for those who do not have internet access. SaveSL Petition PDF copy.
3. Tell the Council what you think
Why not tell the council what you think of their plans? Somerset County Council provides all sorts of ways to get in touch with them, so it makes sense to take advantage of that and let them know what you think.
If you prefer the direct route, why not get in touch with the key people directly and let them know how you feel:
Go straight to the top! Ken is the leader of Somerset County Council.
Email Ken at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Even better, give him a ring on 01458 850906 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01458 850906 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Christine is the cabinet member with specific responsibility for Libraries.
Email Christine at: email@example.com
Write to her: 33 Quay Street, Minehead, TA24 5UL
Or give Christine a call on 01643 707889.
If you would like to write to councillors about a specific library, we have a list of Councillors by library.
4. Use your local library!
Of course the best way to show your support for Somerset’s library service is to use your local library. Libraries in Somerset are dotted around the county, free to join, and you get access to millions of books, DVDs, CDs and computer games. Find out more about Somerset’s libraries here.
5. Spread the word!