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 : 13th February
Learn from the UK library slaughter, say the Swedes
http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/02/learn-from-the-uk-library-slaughter-say-the-swedes.html 

THE BOOKSELLER : 14th February
Scotland’s Moray council to close seven libraries
Currently, the authority maintains 15 libraries, but it the council claims it needs to nearly halve that figure to balance its books.
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/scotlands-moray-council-close-seven-libraries.html

DAILY TELEGRAPH : 14th February
Terry Deary’s attack on libraries branded ‘ignorant twaddle’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9869559/Terry-Dearys-attack-on-libraries-branded-ignorant-twaddle.html

THE BOOKSELLER : 14th February
Deary library row continues
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/deary-library-row-continues.html

Alan Gibbons Blog : 14th February
Open letter to Terry Deary 
http://alangibbons.net/2013/02/open-letter-to-terry-deary/ 

THE INDEPENDENT : 14th February
Page 3 Profile: Terry Deary, Horrible Histories author 
http://www.independent.co.uk/i/page-3-profile-terry-deary-horrible-histories-author-8494019.html?origin=internalSearch

THE INDEPENDENT : 14th February
Libraries? Horrible Histories author believes they are ‘no longer relevant’ 
Deary: “Debate with him? In his dreams.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/libraries-horrible-histories-author-believes-they-are-no-longer-relevant-8494185.html?origin=internalSearch

Northern Echo : 13th February
Council tax freeze for Sunderland
He said: “What we haven’t done is make any decision over the closure of any libraries. That will come down to consultation process.”  Services could be spread out into school and community centres, functioning with the help of volunteers.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10226307.Council_tax_freeze_for_Sunderland/

Swindon Advertiser : 14th February
Petition launched on cuts to library hours
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10225814.Petition_launched_on_cuts_to_library_hours/

Wrexham.com : 13th February
Wrexham Councillors Reject Principle Of Closing Libraries
http://www.wrexham.com/news/councillors-reject-principle-of-closing-libraries-28971.html

Crosby Herald : 14th February
Crosby Civic Hall could be razed in radical library plans as thousands show support for Crosby and Litherland libraries 
http://www.crosbyherald.co.uk/news/crosby-news/2013/02/14/crosby-civic-hall-could-be-razed-in-radical-library-plans-as-thousands-show-support-for-crosby-and-litherland-libraries-68459-32805385/

Terry Deary – author
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Libraries News Round-up: 24 March 2016

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