Archive | July, 2011

New Press Release and Council meeting report

15 Jul

Save Suffolk Libraries have put out a new press release, in response to yesterday’s Council Meeting, it starts thus:

Yesterday, County Councillors were asked to give an assurance that no library in Suffolk would close within the next two years. They were not willing to do this.

Neither, it seems, had some Councillors read the details in the new 2011 Review of Libraries document published by their own staff.  This begins with a grand vision for Suffolk libraries but after a few pages this, unfortunately falls apart.

Thanks for everyone who turned out to show their support yesterday, despite the dreary weather! Well done to Liz Williams, who spoke on behalf of everyone who signed the Rosehill library petition, you can read the text of her presentation here. Another one of our members (also of the Kesgrave Campaign Group), Sue Hall was also present inside the meeting and she wrote up her observations of the meeting (AKA the complete chaos with regard to Council procedures), you can read them here on the Suffolk Wiki. The outcome of the various amendments and votes in the meeting are officially posted here on the Suffolk CC web site.

Finally, remember you can show your support by buying an official Save Suffolk Libraries T-Shirt – details and order form are here – as worn in the Council Meeting itself by Bryony Rudkin!

Thursday 14th July – Save Suffolk Libraries need you!

6 Jul

Did you know… …that, contrary to reports in the media, all 44 public libraries in Suffolk are under threat of closure. The Conservative majority in Suffolk Council has a new leader but the cuts to services continue.

Suffolk has a long tradition of excellent libraries via an interlinked network of branches in towns and villages throughout the county. If you want to read a particular book and the only copy is held on the other side of Suffolk, reserve it online or at a branch for free and you’ll be informed when it’s ready to collect from the branch of your choice. Books give us power. Now this great service is being cut at the centre and libraries are under real threat. They want to ‘divest’ libraries to volunteers and eventually remove funding. How can they survive that?

Come and join us On Thursday 14th July at 12 noon at Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich come and join library campaigners and supporters from all over the county. Bring food & drink plus a library book or two for a picnic, library book swap, read-in, ‘Save Suffolk Libraries’ t-shirts, banners, press, TV, who knows? Let the Councillors know that you value your libraries!

Please feel free to print the flyer and pass on to your friends, the more the merrier!

T-shirts – meet our newest recruits

1 Jul

We’ll be at Rosehill Library on Saturday and Sunday 1pm-2pm to take your t-shirt orders. More details here.

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