THE INDEPENDENT : 24th October
Welsh devolution? A cry from the valleys, for the nation Britain forgot
It’s come to a pretty pass when charities such as Save the Children have to campaign to improve matters, to ensure access to what is essentially a basic human right, to read. And this in a country where they’re lopping off branch libraries at an alarming rate.

Public Libraries News : 23rd October
Editorial Libraries represent value, not cost … and cuts to them are not “savings”

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 24th October
London libraries news
Alan Wylie’s new post on London libraries – inc Barnet, Bexley, Greenwich & Wandsworth 

Times Series : 23rd October
‘Great concern’ expressed over future of Barnet’s libraries

Biggleswade Today : 24th October
Central Bedfordshire Tales of woe over mobile library ‘bias’

North-West Evening Mail : 24th October
Cumbria residents’’ views sought in mission to save £83m
Public libraries run by community volunteers and fewer roads gritted through the winter are just two of the drastic options being put forward by desperate county bosses.

Warrington Guardian : 23rd October
We dismantle our library service at our peril

News North Wales : 24th October
Row erupts over Gwynedd Council cut consultation
“Why should the public choose between libraries and care or the elderly? It’s absurd”

News North Wales : 23rd October
We’re facing catastrophe in Flintshire
With a 27-year lease, the groups would take over all associated costs including insurance and maintenance.  Some councils have said they need more information before they can consider taking on the extra responsibility.  Flintshire Council cabinet member Derek Butler warned that some of the listed services “may well close” if communities did not take them on.


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