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.

You Tube : 22nd February
Latvia | Libraries for Communities
Would that UK libraries were invested in and publicised so engagingly and efficiently!

Batley & Birstall News : 23rd February
Kirklees | Library protest backed by 7,000 
History Group chairman Malcolm Haigh said there had been overwhelming anger and disgust all round the town about the rumoured library changes.  He said: “I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed such outright opposition – people in Batley are totally disgusted at what has been suggested.”

BBC News : 23rd February
Campaigners march against council cuts in Manchester
Five libraries will be replaced with “outreach libraries or community book collections”, while Levenshulme Library will be moved into the another building.

BBC News : 23rd February
Brighton and Hove’s mobile library to be scrapped

Inside Croydon : 22nd February
Tax hikes, more borrowing and party splits
The property-hungry arrangement appears to have driven the council into the most expensive bid for running the borough’s public libraries, as the property needs of the URV’s partner, John Laing, became more important than the financial considerations of running libraries.

Epsom Guardian : 22nd February
Surrey Volunteer-run Stoneleigh library re-opens with professional staff members
The owner is yet to sign an agreement that it can be run by volunteers – forcing professional staff to remain on site.

Evesham Journal : 21st February
Worcestershire | Library could be run by volunteers to save money
“Whatever the outcome, the county council will continue to operate a comprehensive library service for the residents of Broadway.” http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/10242358.Library_could_be_run_by_volunteers_to_save_money/


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