Archive | April, 2011

Rosehill the movie – watch online

28 Apr

With huge thanks to Pete from Crank Films and the users of Rosehill Library for this brilliant snapshot of how and why we use the library, and why it should be saved.


Petition handover – Wednesday 27th April

26 Apr

Meet at 10.45am on steps of Endeavour House. All the petitions from across Suffolk, including Rosehill, will be handed in. That’s over 13,000 signatures!

It would be great to get as many people there as possible, no need to let us know if you’re going, just turn up!

If you still have’t signed a petition you can still do so online (if you live, work or study in Suffolk) please click here to sign

Vote local, vote libraries

23 Apr

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) have produced details on how you can help your local library in the May 5th local elections.

Full details are on their website, but here are five questions that they suggest you could ask of local candidates.

1. Will there be any library closures?

2. What are your plans for libraries in the future?

3. Will you maintain the quality of service and not get rid of specialists? (Specialists include children’s librarians, local studies librarians, reader development staff and information specialists.)

4. Will you at least maintain, if not extend, opening hours?

5. Will you ensure that the schools library service is kept?

If you haven’t had chance to speak to your local election candidates yet, then you could always write to them , or email them to let them know your concerns and ask questions.

Details of who is standing for election in the wards around Ipswich is here don’t forget that the whole of the library service in Suffolk will be affected by these proposed cuts, so asking these questions is relevant to all candidates. Contact details for current councillors can be found here.

Cats Protection League – Car Boot Sale

22 Apr

We will be collecting signatures for the Save Suffolk Libraries Petition at the Cat’s Protection League car boot sale at the St Clement’s Social Club tomorrow, if you’re there, keep an eye out for us!

Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 – review of statutory duties

22 Apr

You have a few days left to let the government know which statutory duties you think it no longer needs, or, to use their  phrase, which statutory duties you can help your local council “unburden” itself of. There are almost 1,300 duties that are up for review, three of which concern the PLMA 1964.

Vitally, the clause in the PLMA that calls on local authorities to “provide a comprehensive and efficient library service” is up for review. This is the cause that is the basis of the legal challenge that we have submitted evidence to.

More information can be found at the Voices for the Library blog, which has all the information that you need and a link to the questionnaire. 

The deadline is April 25th. Please fill this in if you get chance over the Easter weekend, your opinion counts.

Rosehill ‘the movie’ – thank you

18 Apr

A big thank you to everybody who came to Rosehill Library on Saturday afternoon and took part in the filming. It was a very positive and empowering experience and we owe a huge debt of thanks to Pete our film maker who worked extremely hard filming and directing and did so with humour and good grace.

All comments were resolutely our own and it was inspiring to hear people talk with such passion and commitment about what Rosehill Library means to them- as individuals and as members of a library sharing community. Suffolk County Council may be denying us a voice but I hope this shows that we can find other ways of ‘speaking truth to power’.

We will post the film as soon as we can!

Rosehill Library – the movie!

13 Apr

On Saturday 16th April from 2-4pm Pete Kyle a Suffolk-based film-maker will be in Rosehill Library. He is coming at the request of Rosehill Readers to make a short film of library users talking about what Rosehill library means to them. Anybody who wishes to be filmed is welcome to come along.

For example:

  • Individuals
  • Family groups who have used the library across the generations.
  • Book groups that use the library.
  • Parents who take part in Tot Rock, Baby Bounce, Story, Song and Rhyme Time.

This is our chance to create a permanent record of what Rosehill Library means to us and the part that it plays in our lives. You may like to talk about a favourite book, a meaningful group activity or specific point in your life when the library has been particularly important. There is no right or wrong thing to say. We are all unique and to each of us the library offers something different at different points in our lives.

The edited film will be available for viewing here as part of an on-line alternative to Suffolk County Council’s consultation document.

  • Please note that any children who wish to participate must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

We hope to see you on Saturday.

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