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.

Swindon Advertiser : 15th February
Support for petition over library cuts

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10229866.Support_for_petition_over_library_cuts/

They Work For You : 14th February
Library Closures – Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport 
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2013-02-14a.1029.7&s=speaker%3A25067#g1030.7

FINANCIAL TIMES : 15th February
Newcastle set on closing 10 libraries
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/53a6d4e4-779b-11e2-9e6e-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2L00mcsMG

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 15th February
The Myth of the 21st Century Library! 
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-myth-of-21st-century-library.html 

THE GUARDIAN | Education : 15th February
Why ready access to books is just as important as superfast broadband
The newest tool in social engagement? Reading – so think Gutenberg, not Zuckerberg, says Cathy Rentzenbrink
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2013/feb/15/power-reading-books-literacy-divide?CMP=

THE BOOKSELLER : 14th February
Quarter of adults ‘have barely read a book in past six months’
http://thebookseller.com/news/quarter-adults-have-barely-read-book-past-six-months.html-0

THE GUARDIAN : 15th February
Julia Donaldson defends libraries from Terry Deary’s attack
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/15/julia-donaldson-libraries-terry-deary-attack

Sunderland Echo : 15th February
Horrible Histories author Terry Deary defends library remarks
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local/all-news/horrible-histories-author-terry-deary-defends-library-remarks-1-5411608

THE TIMES : 15th February
Writers clash in library battle
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/books/article3689062.ece

Shoo Rayner : 14th February
Dear, Dear, Terry Deary! Are Libraries Finished? 
And it’s a little ungracious of him, he would have to spend that much every year in marketing and publicity just to buy the promotion that Libraries have given him for free all these years.
http://www.shoorayner.com/terrydeary/ 

HuffingtonPost.com : 15th February
Why Terry Deary Is Wrong – The Case For Libraries
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/foz-meadows/why-terry-deary-is-wrong-_b_2695825.html

Southport Visiter : 15th February
Sefton library campaigners buy extra time after more than 20,000 show support for service 
Volunteers and a private firm have offered to take over threatened libraries.  Voluntary group Sefton CVS could sell fruit and vegetables from Birkdale library if their plan to keep the service open is supported.
http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/southport-news/southport-southport-news/2013/02/15/sefton-library-campaigners-buy-extra-time-after-more-than-20-000-show-support-for-service-100252-32813284/ 

Bracknell News : 15th February
Binfield library to get £50k refit
http://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/bracknell/articles/2013/02/15/86768-binfield-library-to-get-50k-refit/

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