Another daily digest of library news items, with thanks to Shirley Burnham.  Follow her on twitter @shirleyburnham for tweets about libraries!


THE BOOKSELLER : 8th January
Cleeves ‘furious’ at Newcastle library plans 

THE BOOKSELLER : 8th January
Five Gateshead libraries to be volunteer-run

Chronicle Live : 8th January
Volunteers could man five Gateshead libraries
“People in Ryton don’t want to lose their library, but the current Friends know from our research that it is a tall order to replace a professional service and run it to the same standard as Gateshead Council,” said Alison.  “The question of whether we can move to a situation where the library is run entirely by volunteers is very much in the air.”

Steve Willshaw : 8th January
Why parents should read for pleasure
The National Literacy Trust and the Reading Association do their best to keep reading in the public eye, but against a backdrop of library closures and in the face of massive publicity for non-text based entertainment, this feels like too little.

American Libraries : 8th January
Digitized to Distraction

ITV News : 8th January
Community runs Dorset library
with video

Children’s Laureate | Reading aloud in class ‘does children no good’ 
Today, she launches a new series of short plays written for schools, featuring work by authors such as Vivian French, Alison Hawes, Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow.–in-class-does-children-no-good-8441931.html

CILIP : 7th January
Phil Bradley | Happy New Year

The Star : 8th January
Sheffield Care needed over libraries

The Star : 8th January
Sheffield libraries face axe in budget cuts 
Coun Bryan Lodge, council cabinet member for finance, would not reveal which libraries could be closed. He said: “There is a reduction in the amount of money available for the library service and we need to look at how we can best configure the service for the public. That may mean some might be closed or we may ask third parties if they would be willing to run them. There will be some closure within the service, whether that be reduced hours or loss of buildings. We cannot afford the service which is currently provided.”

Northern Echo : 7th January
Volunteers needed to run libraries in Gateshead

Brent & Kilburn Times : 7th January
Book donations to the Friends of Barham Library passes the 6,000 mark

This Is Tamworth : 7th January
Tamworth literacy course on target to be a hit with young learners
Cornerpost Education Centre – formerly know as Tamworth Amateur Boxing Club – runs a sports and literacy scheme for disengaged youngsters.


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