THE GUARDIAN : 11th December
Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination 
In a speech given to the Youth Libraries Group, The Dark Is Rising author recalls the events that fired her creative instincts as a child, and the importance of books and libraries in building a rich inner life for children

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 11th December
The law of the building site; Carillion and public libraries

Grimsby Telegraph : 11th December
Join live debate on future of librariess in North East Lincolnshire 
Log onto  from noon this Friday 

Save Old Town Library : 11th December
Swindon Shirley’s Question to Cabinet & Written Answer 

Toronto Public Library : 4th December
Press Release | $5.63 of value for every dollar invested in Toronto Public Library
On average, one open hour at any one of Toronto’s 98 Branch Libraries generates $2,515 in benefits for the city of Toronto 

PewInternet : 11th December
How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities
good data

THE GUARDIAN : 11th December
Norfolk & Norwich Millennium tops list of most popular UK libraries 
Library campaigners criticised the figures for presenting an incomplete picture, with the largest metropolitan authority, Birmingham, among those not supplying figures.

Public Libraries News : 10th December
Official figures show fewer closures; big rise in volunteers; decline in usage and funding : 11th December
Library staff numbers continue downward spiral

Public Finance : 10th December
Rate of library closures slowing, CIPFA survey finds

Bucks Free Press : 11th December
Russian visitors for Great Missenden Library
Russian delegation’s visit showcased and shared “the best of the UK’s experience in the library sector”

Cambrian News : 11th December
Hundreds sign petition to save library
Three hundred people have signed a petition opposing the closure of the town library in New Quay.  A plan to close the library on Uplands Square, along with the facility in Tregaron, is among the raft of early cut proposals in a bid to fill a £9.6million black hole in Ceredigion County Council’s finances.

Councillor Mick Burnett

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