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 : 7th March
Alarm over secondary school reading habits

Liverpool Daily Post : 7th March
Liverpool council tax up by 1.8% as libraries face the axe


Southport Visitor : 7th March
We need YOU to help save our libraries: Volunteer effort needed to help determined Southport library rescue operation 

Crosby Herald : 7th March
Sefton Action group to form to protect threatened Crosby Carnegie library from closure

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 6th March
The State of London’s Libraries 

Harrow Observer : 7th March
Kensal Rise | Council decision irrelevant for sale of library asset 

Bolton News : 7th March
War of words over Atherton Library 

Express & Star : 7th March
£300k savings from Sandwell libraries buddy-up
Leisure bosses have announced some libraries in older buildings, or some of the smaller libraries with lower footfall, could be moved out altogether to new locations to cut costs and to allow users to access more services.

Dorset Echo : 7th March
Charmouth library set to continue

View Online : 7th March
Charmouth, Dorset | Volunteers re-open library after two months of refurbishment

WSWS : 7th March
The occupation of Friern Barnet Library and future of public services in Britain

UK Authority.com : 7th March
Public libraries of future must ‘navigate real and virtual’ 
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