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.

What has Culture Secretary Ed Vaizey done to anger Dame Helen? 
Imagine Mr Vaizey’s surprise when, last week, 60 of the biggest names in the arts, from Sir Richard Eyre and Sir Tom Stoppard to Penelope Wilton and Sheila Hancock, wrote him an open letter pointing out that he had not bothered to reply. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport then rushed out an anodyne response,  saying what the current spending on the arts is. This week Dame Helen Mirren joined the fray, protesting that Mr Vaizey should answer the concerns directly.

This Is Croydon : 20th April
Croydon Council to press ahead with £3million furniture spend for new HQ
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Ripley & Heanor News : 20th April
Derbyshire | New mobile libraries

The Echo : 18th April
Southend | New public library could open at Shoebury primary school
A year-long review of the library service suggested replacing Thorpedene Library, also in Delaware Road, and Friars Library, in The Renown Centre, with a new centralised library in Delaware Road.

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Libraries News Round-up: 1 December 2015

THE BOOKSELLER : 1st December Croydon may close all but one of its libraries http://www.thebookseller.com/news/croydon-may-close-all-one-its-libraries-317495 THE BOOKSELLER : 1st December Barnet | Campaigners raise thousands to challenge library cuts http://www.thebookseller.com/news/campaigners-raise-thousands-challenge-library-cuts-317497 Droitwich Advertiser…

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