A digest of today’s news items, reproduced here, with kind permission from Shirley Burnham, who collated it.  For up to date libraries news follow @ShirleyBurnham on Twitter.

This Is Local London : 1st May
Harrow | The Civic Centre library, in Station Road, set to close as part of service merger
http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/10391960.Library_set_to_close_as_part_of_merger/

Southend Standard : 1st May
Who uses our libraries?
“I haven’t got a computer at home, we pensioners can’t really afford that sort of thing. If this wasn’t here I wouldn’t be able to get on it, we need our libraries.”
http://www.southendstandard.co.uk/news/echo/10388244.Who_uses_our_libraries_/?ref=nt

Media Bistro : 1st May
USA | 94% of Parents Think ‘Libraries Are Important for Their Children’
Last year, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project  surveyed 2,252 Americans aged 16 or older to find out more about library attitudes in America. Here is more information from the inspiring report:
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/94-of-parents-think-libraries-are-important-for-their-children_b69622

Publishers Weekly : 1st May
Pew Report: Parents Depend on Libraries to Nurture Reading Habits
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/57040-pew-report-parents-depend-on-libraries-to-nurture-reading-habits.html

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Libraries News Round-up: 17th August 2013

LGA | Free Libraries Leadership Seminar for new library portfolio holders  12 September 2013 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Local Government House, London  (Librarians unrepresented) http://www.local.gov.uk/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=81e53d51-6e82-42b1-835d-3eb85b5453db&groupId=10171 Spalding Today : 17th August Letter…

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