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.

ITV News : 5th January
Newcastle | Protests over plans to close city libraries
includes video

ITV News : 5th January
Springwatch presenter speaks out against library cuts

BBC News : 5th January
Chris Packham attacks Cobbett Road Library plan 

Daily Echo : 5th January
TV wildlife expert Chris Packham slams Southampton City Council’s proposed library cuts
“We have approached the very active Friends of Cobbett Library but they do not want to run it or prop up council services – and that’s no clearer an example that what the Tories suggest is just not working.”  article has attracted comments

This Is Gloucestershire : 5th January
Michinhampton Much-loved author launches new era for library
But in future, the maintenance of the library building in School Road and its £10,000 to £12,000-a-year running costs would be down to the trust, supported by a small army of volunteershttp://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/loved-author-launches-new-era-library/story-17756424-detail/story.html

Huddersfield Examiner : 4th January
Kirklees | Friends group for Golcar library 

Times Series : 4th January
Barnet Council ‘disappointed’ by Friern Barnet Library squatters’ plans to appeal eviction

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