Rosehill Readers library campaigner gives evidence to Parliamentary Committee

9 Feb

Save Suffolk LibrariesRosehill Readers is proud to announce that our own Abigail Barker, speaking for a national library campaign group, gave evidence on Tuesday 7 February 2012 to the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media & Sport which is investigating cuts to the public library service. Witnesses seen during the first session of the day were: Miranda McKearney (Director, The Reading Agency), Abigail Barker (Voices for the Library) and Andrew Coburn (Secretary, The Library Campaign). The video of the session is available here:

and you click ‘Watch from the start’ to view Abby’s evidence. An uncorrected transcript of the meeting is here:

The session may be on the BBC Parliament Channel on TV this Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening we hope.

The written evidence to the Committee can be read here. (our submission is on page 503). Many councils which are making cuts also made submissions to this inquiry, explaining how their cuts will help to shape their local library service; nobody from Suffolk did. Abby even found time on Tuesday to speak to the BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show at 6am: it’s available on the ‘Listen Again’ feature on their website.

Following a successful National Libraries Day at Rosehill Library, Ipswich last Saturday (the 4th February) when the staff and Rosehill Readers campaigners welcomed readers of all ages to participate in all the activities (congratulations to our ‘volunteer’ inside the Bookstart Bear costume!), it feels as if it has been a momentous week for Rosehill Readers and our Rosehill Library. That date also saw the first birthday of our group and what a year it’s been… People who care about the future of Suffolk’s public library service should take heart: we are monitoring the developments in Suffolk County Council’s risky IPS project to run our libraries and will report regularly on this blog.


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