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

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.”

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:

Publishers Weekly : 1st May
Pew Report: Parents Depend on Libraries to Nurture Reading Habits


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