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.

Public Libraries News : 1st May
Editorial | What the Chief Librarians said to the campaigners

BBC News : 2nd May
‘Restaurant’ proposal for Sheffield libraries at risk of closure

Wigan Today : 2nd May
Libraries being used as food banks
Traditionally seen as a support service for the homeless, Trish says the range of people using the food bank has changed drastically in recent  months.

Inside Croydon : 2nd May
“No service will be untouched” in further cuts, says CEO

Swindon Advertiser : 29th April
Have your say on the future of our theatres
The programme will look at alternative ways of providing the town’s leisure and cultural services.
Libraries, too ??

Chester Chronicle : 2nd May
Library commitment by Cheshire West and Chester Council
“It was always the older generation that used it and one by one they die off,” she added. Mrs Jones acknowledged the volunteers themselves were  suffering from health issues due to old age ….

Guardian Series : 2nd May
Essex |Loughton Library, Traps Hill, is one of the top five libraries in the county for unpaid fees

Ham & High : 2nd May
Camden | Book fine dodgers could have bailed out a doomed library

Northern Echo : 2nd May
Community which took over its library looks back at its first successful year
As well as continuing its book lending service, ….

Guardian Series : 2nd May
Harrow Green Community Library to open doors to public on Saturday
A team of around 10 volunteers have in recent weeks been busy processing books, of which more than 1,000 are ready for borrowing.

Bury Times : 2nd May
Have your say on library proposals
proposals described in detail

food bank

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