Monthly Archives: December 2010

Petition update

The 31st December deadline for our county-wide petition calling for an urgent and independent review of the County Council’s plans for our library service is drawing close. If you have any completed petition sheets please try your best to get … Continue reading

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Alice Jolly – ‘Libraries are an essential service’

We are pleased to have received a message of support from Gloucestershire-based writer Alice Jolly: I am entirely opposed to these library cuts. Libraries are an essential service and are vitally important to local communities. At present, social mobility in this … Continue reading

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Day of protest against library cuts

Children’s author and library campaigner Alan Gibbons has forwarded proposals for a national day of protests against library cuts and closures (covered in today’s Guardian). On Saturday 5th February coordinated activities such as mass ‘read-ins’ will take place at affected … Continue reading

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County-wide petition – now online

The county-wide petition calling for an urgent independent review of the County Council’s plans for our library service is now available as an e-petition. We hope this will allow the petition to reach even more people across the county. Please … Continue reading

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A small victory – but the fight continues!

Gloucestershire County Council has backed down from its expectation that voluntary groups will run libraries without ongoing financial support. In a recently released statement, Councillor Antonia Noble says; ‘we are looking into the possibility of providing some ongoing funding to … Continue reading

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Author and Historian Alison Weir – “this is cultural madness”

Author and Historian Alison Weir Libraries give access to the written word, to learning and information, broadening minds and facilitating study. I thoroughly endorse what Francis Barton, Joanna Trollope and others have said. This is cultural madness. Thank you for … Continue reading

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Message of support from Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne

We are delighted to have received this message of support from Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne. “I fully support the Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries campaign against such horrendously damaging cuts to the library service. Welcoming, well-stocked and staffed libraries are absolutely … Continue reading

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