Cornish Guardian : 3rd December
Coalition party councillors need to do more than just complain in a letter
Politicians from Westminster’s coalition parties must be much more forceful in demanding that the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats put an end to the cuts.  They could, for example, threaten the mass resignation of councillors from coalition parties unless drastic changes are made. 

News Shopper : 3rd December
Bromley Council invites residents to have their say on future of borough’s libraries
Local volunteer or social enterprise groups would manage community libraries in Burnt Ash, Hayes, Mottingham, Shortlands, Southborough and St Paul’s Cray under the plans. The borough’s remaining libraries would be subject to a full market testing exercise, which would see the council examine options to outsource management to an external provider.

Lincolnshire Echo : 3rd December
Lincolnshire libraries: Greenwich Leisure Ltd‘s expression of interest DOES make the grade
“GLL’s expression of interest meets the criteria for a valid challenge, so the council is now required to carry out a procurement exercise.  Services are likely to be put out to tender, which could result in libraries being outsourced.”

Chamberlain Files : 3rd December
Reduced opening hours and job losses at Library of Birmingham likely as council considers budget options
The Library of Birmingham is facing the possibility of drastic cuts in opening hours and significant job losses at the £187 million building which was opened to international acclaim only two years ago.

Barry & District News : 3rd December
MP meets with Rhoose library campaigners

South Wales Argus : 3rd December
Concerns over Newport council budget plans
“I’m not really in support of the Central Library being closed. First of all they closed the library in my ward [Allt-yr-yn] and they told us that the Central Library was nearby and residents could use that.”

Daily Echo : 2nd December
Reprieve for Poole’s threatened mobile library after decision deferred until 2015
The proposals are to replace the service with small community-run libraries in outlying locations run by residents and volunteers ….

Harrow Times : 3rd December
Library closures part of ‘tough financial decisions’ says council

Gazette & Herald : 3rd December
N. Yorkshire | Council urged to think again on Kirkbymoorside library plan
“We recognise that the county council needs to save money, but we believe it should come from elsewhere, not the libraries.”

THE GUARDIAN : 3rd December
Readers’ love letters to libraries 
Libraries won’t be going out of fashion any day soon, if readers’ love for them is anything to go by. They are nonetheless an endangered species, with demolitions and closures planned across the UK and beyond.

DAILY TELEGRAPH : 2nd December
You can bury your nose in a book, but not in an iPad
As our children get ever more wired in this digital age, disconnecting will be the ever greater challenge. And for that, it’s a book, not an iPad, that’s needed

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