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.

Gov.uk : 27th February
DCMS | Supporting the library services provided by local authorities

BBC News : 1st March
Sefton Council approves budget cuts after protest
Proposals to close seven libraries and alter children and adult social care are also now due to be reviewed. A decision will be taken on these issues in three months’ time, the council said.

This Is Somerset : 1st March
Chew Stoke residents to choose agenda for Community Library (in pub)

Chew Stoke residents are invited to a Community Library Open Event, hosted by Bath & North East Somerset Council and partners, at The Stoke Inn Pub, on Wednesday 10April 2013, from 10am until 2pm. The event will give residents a chance to indicate their preferences about future projects and sessions taking place at the pub. The Stoke Inn project aims to develop the pub’s current book exchange into a Community Library.


Mancunian Matters : 1st March
Donation for Central Library re-vamp will make it ‘even better than originally anticipated’ – Manchester councillor
“The Wolfson Foundation are hoping other funders might join them in supporting high quality initiatives at public libraries at a time of acute funding pressure”

This Is Croydon : 1st March
Croydon libraries contract up for grabs after deal falls through 

London Evening Standard : 1st March
Ed Vaizey: the dedicated Minister of Fashion

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