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 BOOKSELLER : 17th January
Westminster library staff tackle bosses on cuts

The Library Campaign : 17th January
Westminster library staff claims are swiftly refuted 

THE INDEPENDENT : 17th January
Letter Bin it – from Anne Papworth
As a person living in a rural area that has now had its mobile library and regular (infrequent) bus service axed, I would be horrified to learn that my local council was using limited resources to restore weekly bin collections, as suggested by Eric Pickles. Anne Papworth
Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire

Post Lib Magazine – Issue 66
Features: Frances Hendrix | Stay Calm and Carry On Quietly? I Think Not!
Scroll down to locate. 

THE GUARDIAN : 16th January
What should a library look like in 2013? Answer: ‘Open’

BBC News – Sunday Politics South
Dorset volunteer libraries open
on iPlayer

Chester Chronicle : 17th January
Hoole library in Chester reopens in residential suburb
The reduced library service, based in Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, has taken over from the former Hoole Road premises, which closed due to health and safety.  Hoole Community Development Trust has agreed to accommodate the facility although Cheshire West and Chester Council will still be responsible for running services but using volunteers.

Southport Visitor : 17th January
Sefton | Chance to have say in Southport library debate is over as consultation closes
Summing up the mood in Ainsdale to council leader Peter Dowd last week, Cllr Haydn Preece wrote: “If libraries are lost, they will be lost forever, impacting on future generations. If we can compromise, saving especially iconic buildings such as Ainsdale’s, we can redevelop in future more prosperous economic times.”

News Shopper : 17th January
One year anniversary of Bromley-Bexley shared library service

Surrey County Council : 17th January
Children’s library loans rocket

Artist's impression of The Forum, Southend on Sea

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