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.

Sky News : 18th January
Campaigners Plan Occupation Of Newcastle Libraries In Fight Against Cuts

Chronicle Live : 18th January
Axe council jobs to save Newcastle’s libraries, leaders told

DAILY TELEGRAPH : 18th January
Library under fire after offering free pole-dancing lessons to encourage users

THE GUARDIAN : 18th January
Library turns to pole dancing to entice new readers

The Scotsman : 18th January
Plan to encourage people to visit library by offering pole fitness session among books 

This Is Croydon : 18th January
Council promises no loss of books as library moves from ‘derelict’ site 
New Addington’s library, along with all but one other in the borough, is to be taken over by John Laing Integrated Services in a deal being finalised.

A follow up to this article is anticipated on the Save Croydon Libraries blog tomorrow.

Darlington & Stockton Times : 18th January
Council raises thousands charging for net use

Buckingham Today : 18th January
New page opens for Winslow’s library? 
The Friends Of Winslow Library aim to retain the services of one professional librarian, assisted by a team of volunteers, which should save the county council about £20,000 a year.

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