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.

THE GUARDIAN : 22nd March
The library: beating heart of the school 
The school library is a refuge and a place of discovery, says author Alan Gibbons
http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2013/mar/22/love-your-library-school-alan-gibbons

DAILY MAIL : 22nd March
Town battles against £2m new library as it calls on council to keep existing historic Victorian building
there is a further article in The Guardian
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2297400/Town-battles-2m-new-library-calls-council-existing-historic-Victorian-building.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Southend Standard : 21st March
Unison accuses council of blackmailing communities over library shake-up
http://www.southendstandard.co.uk/news/southend/10302054.Unison_accuses_council_of_blackmailing_communities_over_library_shake_up/

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Video | Ed Vaizey MP at Locality’s Enterprising Community Libraries (5th March)
for info:  Attempts by Save Kensal Rise Library to pin down the Minister: at 19:20min & 22:40min in. 
http://libraries.communityknowledgehub.org.uk/resource/ed-vaizey-mp-localitys-enterprising-community-libraries

Bicester Advertiser & Review : 22nd March
Buckinghamshire Enthusiasm from all ages for Winslow community library 
“We can’t really say how many solid volunteers we’ve got but we’ve certainly got enough to get us started on our training programme.”
http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/lifestyle/local-services/enthusiasm-from-all-ages-for-winslow-community-library-1-4925379

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Libraries News Round-up: 26 July 2016

DCMS : 25th July Letter from new Libraries Minister, Rob Wilson https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9r-dNr4kPL0dC1sb3MxNk9scjQ/view?pref=2&pli=1 Libraries Taskforce : 26th July A week is a long time in politics -- Kathy Settle https://librariestaskforce.blog.gov.uk/2016/07/26/a-week-is-a-long-time-in-politics/ Islington…

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