Prevent the closure of public libraries
Libraries offer computer access to the poor, give access to books to those unable to afford them, and provide education for all, regardless of social status.
They are inclusive of all, not just the 'white middle class'. They provide ways to learn about other cultures as well as our own, promoting understanding of foreign ways of life. They enable people to learn about subjects they may not have had the oppurtunity to study in the past. They provide a quiet place to study and read. They allow people to see the world in new ways.
Knowledge is power!
A vital record of history and culture. If everything becomes digital then when computers go bust we will lose all that information, unless libraries keep the hard copies which are also much more enjoyable to read and study than images on a screen.
Trevor Craig commented
They are under threat across the UK and the political class are supine because they don't use them or understand how vital they are.
They talk in our area about Charitable Organisations which are to take over the libraries. Does this mean the poor volunteers have even more work to do? What will happen to the experienced, trained staff?
Hazel Rothera commented
In the current age of austerity it is even more crucial than ever that public libraries, which provide access to books, DVDs, quiet study/homework space for children, computers and the internet, and professional help finding information, to all regardless of income, continue to be open and accessible. Challenge local authorities to pool back-office services, work more efficiently, and hold down councillors' allowances and salaries before cutting these essential public spaces.
Andrea Dudding commented
Public libraries are under threat just as much as the NHS is; but because they are seen as an easy target to cut, they are being ruthlessly sacrificed on the altar of choosing between social care and libraries. This is indefensible as they are totally inclusive of all society, and give access to books, reading and information to those who cannot afford to buy a book. You can borrow books for free, access the internet, browse papers and magazines, ask for information and it will be found for you; learn new skills; research your family history .... In fact what ever you might be looking for you can find it or about it in your local library.
Once they are closed, they will not re-open and our socirty and culture will be measurably poorer.
Lauren - I've signed. Shirley - I totally agree. Richard - Yes. joany - I don't understand the voting system either
Suffolk's libraries are going to be decided in December - please sign this petition if you live in Suffolk:-
why cannot we use more than 3 votes at a time?
why can't we use more than 3 votes at a time?
Richard Hawkins commented
If you are in any doubt about the value of public libraries please go to the Voices for the Library website and find out more: http://www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk/wordpress/?page_id=1812
Shirley Burnham commented
I sincerely hope that individual library campaigners and their supporters across the country will be urged to unite under the 38 DEGREES banner -- to challenge local councils and central government, as these officials duck and dive in their efforts to ignore them -- and their statutory duty.
There is real anger that the role of library staff is belittled, that book stocks are being decimated and opening hours slashed. There is dismay that rural villages are being robbed of their mobile services, that beleaguered residents are being press-ganged into fundraising and volunteering to prevent their libraries' closure and that hundreds of branches upon which neighbourhoods depend are now under threat.
Lauren Smith commented
Please also sign this epetition to get library closures discussed in Parliament: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1269
Dear Catherine, What a perfect World you portray. The millionaires just give up their money and then in 5 years we return to council run libraries. Perfect. What happens when reality kicks in? The reality is that the libraries will be in the private sector, the millionaire would soon give up and the libraries would close.
There are many millionaires and multi- millionaries in this country. Is it beyond the realms of possibility that they might be persuaded to 'sponsor' a library for, say 5 years? This would be tax deductable for them, would enable this very important public service to continue and keep jobs from being lost. In five years, when we have a different colour of government, and the economy has picked up, the libraries can be returned to local authority funding.
Well we turned up at Endeavour House, Ipswich today. Where were you all? Sob !!!!
Suffolk Libraries are still under threat
At least 18 libraries may close according to latest Council papers
Save Suffolk Libraries Event
Thursday 14th 12 noon
Endeavour House, Ipswich IP1 2PX
See you there!
LAST CHANCE TO SAVE SUFFOLK LIBRARIES
SCC meet on THURSDAY 14th JULY - ENDEAVOUR HOUSE, IPSWICH - 2pm. Bring banners/library book swap and picnic at 12 noon
SEE YOU ALL THERE
Suffolk County Council meets at Endeavour House, Ipswich on Thursday 14th July - 2pm to discuss the libraries issue. Banners, book swap and picnic at 12 noon - see you all there !
Thanks Nick O. Reggie's fame won't go to his head as I'm changing his name in the stories. Thanks for the plug online. I've chosen 2 photos and printed them - they look great!
Nick O commented
Yes indeed. Reggie would I`m sure be only too happy for his likeness to be used in this way. There are five pictures in all. Feel free to take them off the blog, or I can e-mail them if you prefer.
As an added bonus, I`ll give the events a plug online, I don`t suppose it will make much difference but it would be nice to mark Reggie`s new-found status.
Fortunately he seemed a level-headed lad and is unlikely to adopt a celebrity hedgehog lifestyle !