Times Series : 10th January
CommUNITY Barnet ‘will not run’ Friern Barnet Library following squatters’ eviction
Libraries portfolio holder Councillor Robert Rams had said the voluntary sector support group would be handed a licence to run the building until official bids were made. But the charity’s interim CEO Denise Murphy told the Times Series that no such agreements were made.

Liverpool Post : 10th January
Revamped Liverpool Central Library expects to attract one million visitors in its first year

article and video 


THE BOOKSELLER : 10th January
Library cuts will make Newcastle ‘cultural wasteland’

Journal Live : 10th January
Save Newcastle Libraries campaign group steps up pressure over cuts

ITV News : 9th January
Newcastle Meetings over council cuts
At the Assembly Rooms the focus was on proposed cuts to ten libraries across the City where hundreds of residents were supported by local writers. Among them was children’s author David Almond, and the writer of ‘Vera’, Anne Cleeves.
with video

BBC News : 9th January
Public meeting over Newcastle library closure plans
Mr Hall said Newcastle was in danger of becoming a cultural wasteland

ITV News : 9th January
Newcastle Full Report: Protests over proposals to close libraries
with video

View Online : 10th January
Dorset | Volunteer librarians are facing an uphill struggle

Crosby Herald : 10th January
Sefton |Councillor urges Crosby library users to have their say on Carnegie closure 
“The officers informed us that the respondents to the consultation has been really low so far.  Time is rapidly running out for people to have their say.”

Southport Visitor : 10th January
Sefton | Campaigners urge people to have their say as consultation draws to a close on threatened Southport libraries 
“We have really fought hard to ensure that we keep our libraries because if we lose them now we will never get them back.”

London Evening Standard : 10th January
Don’t destroy Willesden Green town square, pleads author Zadie Smith 
Brent, which closed six of its 12 libraries despite residents’ protests, plans to give part of the existing library site to developers in return for them funding the new building, and said it was an “innovative opportunity” to get a new facility without direct investment.

Darlington & Stockton Times : 10th January
Residents consulted over library services in Stockton
“Although we face a substantial reduction in the library service budget we are committed to maintaining the best possible service.  We know that the Borough’s Library Service is well-liked and well-used – with more than a million visitors last year but the first consultation showed us some libraries are more well used and more efficient than others.”

Flintshire Chronicle : 10th January
Flintshire residents urged to have say on library and information services 
“This consultation is taking place to determine the strategy for Flintshire’s libraries for the next three years. I would encourage everyone to use this opportunity to have their say.”
Flintshire has 13 libraries, a mobile library, a service for housebound people and an online service.

Southern Reporter : 10th January
Scottish Borders | Libraries temporary closure 

Public Libraries News : 9th January
Interview with Michael Groenendyk | 3D Printers & Maker Spaces

THE BOOKSELLER : 9th January
McDonald’s to offer £1 deal on 15m books 
The “Happy Readers” offer, which has the backing of the National Literacy Trust, enables customers to buy books for £1, with a token redeemable on selected books at W H Smith. The offer will be featured on Happy Meal boxes until the end of 2014.

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