‘Culture’ means whatever you want it to, especially if you’re in public life
He asserted that “the culture minister is the weakest minister in the Cabinet,” said that Ed Vaizey is “truly conscious” that he has no  power, and wondered why “we have this horror, this fear, of culture.”   He’s right about Vaizey’s powerlessness (especially when it comes to  sticking up for libraries and resisting their closure)

DAILY MAIL : 13th June
Pullman: Pay us for library e–books or writing will not be ‘commercially viable’ : 13th June
Planning committee approves new library in Camberwell

Sunderland Echo : 13th June
Nine Sunderland libraries to close as council bids to save £850,000
Sunderland City Council says the move is needed to bring the city’s declining service into the 21st century.  The libraries facing closure are: Doxford Park, Easington Lane, East  Herrington, Fence Houses, Hendon, Monkwearmouth, Silksworth, Southwick  and Washington Green.

Sunderland Echo : 13th June
Job losses ‘inevitable’ as a result of Sunderland library closures
“Closing almost half the city’s libraries is a step further than simply modernisation.”

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News : 13th June
Views sought on future of Runcorn and Widnes libraries

Norwich Evening News24 : 12th June
Town library relocation a priority for new mayor of north Suffolk town
The new mayor of Eye has pledged to make the relocation of the town  library and the improvements to the Town Hall her priorities for the  forthcoming year.

Croydon Guardian : 13th June
New art gallery to raise funds for Upper Norwood Library
“The entire community has rallied round to protect it. Local musicians  have already raised money for the library and now our artists. It makes  me very proud to be a resident of Crystal Palace.”

Shropshire Star : 13th June
Shropshire library book fund hit by £100,000 cut

Shropshire Star : 13th June
Festival bosses’ fears over Shropshire library cutbacks
Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest successfully delivers reading  programmes and events in Shropshire via its annual May Festival,  School’s Week and Book Award Programme.

Shropshire Star : 13th June
Leading Article |Libraries need to move on to survive
see comments
see comments on yesterday’s article Re food and drink in libraries :

The Enquirer : 13th June
Southend library future to be decided
detailed report (but where did they get their figure of “over 400” successful community-run libraries in the UK ?)

Detail – The Beano has introduced a school library for the Bash St Kids
and report

BBC News : 11th June


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