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.
Northern Echo : 1st January
Durham libraries face hours cut
Eleven town centre libraries will be open for 36 hours per week, while 27 community branches will be open for 20 hours. The mobile library service is also being reduced, so vehicles will only stop at communities more than three miles from a library building – and only once in each community.
York Press : 1st January
“Community benefit society” plan for York’s libraries moves step closer
“Public libraries are vitally important, but continuing to run York’s library service as it is currently structured is not viable in the long-term with ongoing Government funding reductions.”
Don’t Privatise Libraries Blogspot : 1st January
Canada beware, the ‘red menace’ is no longer under our bed!
THE GUARDIAN : 31st December
MP pledges to fight fuel price rises and illiteracy in 2013
He added: “In 2013, I would like to do more work on literacy and for this reason I have been elected chairman of the all-party literacy group in Parliament.”
DAILY TELEGRAPH : 31st December
England’s local government system must be fundamentally reformed, says MP
“Neither the oppressor nor the oppressed are comfortable with this relationship, together they need to work out a sustainable relationship.”
Thurrock Gazette : 1st January
Library to close until March as community hub plans get underway
The aim is to open a wider system of hubs around the borough in the coming months and years.