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.
Don’t Privatise Libraries : 5th April
Alan Wylie | My submission on Library Cuts to the European Workers Conference in Tarragona, 16 & 17/3/13 
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/my-submission-on-library-cuts-to.html

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 5th April
In praise of the Mundane.
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/in-praise-of-mundane.html

Scriptonite Daily : 4th April
You Cannot Run a Public Service like a Business, and Here’s Why
What they fail to understand is that a public service and a business are inherently different beasts and asking one to behave as the other is like asking a fish to ride a bicycle. What is a Public Service? The primary aim of a public service is to provide a service to the public.
http://scriptonitedaily.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/you-cannot-run-a-public-service-like-a-business-and-heres-why/

THE GUARDIAN : 3rd April
Letter | Sefton – Bill Esterson MP
Many people who claim benefits do not use the internet. At the same time, access to the internet is being cut as councils are forced to close libraries.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/03/make-work-pay-poor-law?INTCMP=SRCH

THE BOOKSELLER : 5th April
Reading Agency launch library exploration game
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/reading-agency-launch-library-exploration-game.html

Chester Chronicle : 4th April
End of an era as village library closes in Saughall 
From March 28, a mobile library will be visiting the Vernon Institute between 9.50am and 10.10am on alternate Thursdays.  (20 minutes a fortnight)
http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/chester-news/local-chester-news/2013/04/04/end-of-an-era-as-village-library-closes-in-saughall-59067-33112283/

South Wales Argus : 5th April
Letter | Newport – Double think on libraries
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/letters/10336661.Double_think_on_libraries/

This Is Somerset : 4th April
Frome | Fresh chapter in life of town’s revamped library
http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Fresh-chapter-life-town-s-revamped-library/story-18609751-detail/story.html#axzz2PZ0B3w8O

This Is Somerset : 5th April
Bath & North East Somerset | Pub aims to open community library for its customers
The pub already runs a book exchange scheme and there are plans to extend this into a community library.http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Pub-aims-open-community-library-customers/story-18608859-detail/story.html#axzz2PZ0B3w8O

Dorset Echo : 5th April
Councillors support handover of library to local community
Head of community services Paul Leivers said that the particular circumstances of the building occupied by Corfe Castle would mean the council would need to pledge around £3,000 per annum of additional support to the Friends group, on top of the £5,000 package offered to all the community libraries. He added that he feels ‘positive’ about the situation.
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/10336008.Councillors_support_handover_of_library_to_local_community/

Liverpool Daily Post : 5th April
Vikki Wynne does her bit to promote Woolton’s community library
http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/ldpbusiness/business-local/2013/04/05/my-day-off-vikki-wynne-does-her-bit-to-promote-woolton-s-community-library-99623-33103179/

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Libraries News Round-up: 9th November 2013

East London Lines : 9th November Controversial company Carillion take over Croydon’s libraries despite facing accusations for blacklisting http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2013/11/controversial-company-carillion-take-over-croydons-libraries-despite-facing-multiple-compensation-claims-for-blacklisting/ Spalding Guardian : 9th November 23,000 sign petitions to save libraries…

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