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

THE BOOKSELLER : 4th February

Government says library service ‘not in crisis’


THE INDEPENDENT : 4th February
It’s not our libraries’ responsibility to help the mentally ill. It’s the Government’s 

THE GUARDIAN : 4th February
There is cold fear and resentment, but little sense of hope
Libraries, swimming pools, youth services: all are under threat, with no evidence of an entrepreneurial spirit being created
see comments re. Libraries


Digital Journal : 4th February
Next Saturday is National Libraries Day

Postcode Gazette : 4th February
Sheffield | Frecheville Library under threat of closure
Each and everyone of the people that I spoke with passed the same comment. “It would be such a shame for the library to close.” This was closely followed by “If I have to travel to Crystal Peaks to their library, I just won’t bother anymore.”  It will be interesting to see what happens to this quaint local library.

Postcode Gazette : 4th February
Sheffield | ‘Save our Library’ urge Walkley campaigners  
Local Walkley councillor, Labour’s Ben Curran welcomed the bunting “as a creative way of showing the value that local people attach to Walkley library.”

Northampton Herald & Post : 4th February
Rallying call to be a volunteer
“Without their time and effort, libraries simply couldn’t afford to offer all the extra activities and events that library users rely on. In fact, we are currently looking for another 200 volunteers to help the libraries deliver even more.”

Thurrock Gazette : 4th February
Volunteers needed to help Thurrock library scheme
Internet experts are needed to help people learn computer skills at Thurrock Council’s libraries.

Romford Recorder : 4th February
Borough of Havering | Rainham Library construction expected to begin ‘next month’ – council

STV Scotland : 4th February
Free pole dancing classes at library ‘great success’ with readers
and “head massages” 

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