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 libraries across the country. As Alan says,

“The atmosphere should be celebratory, pointing to the positive impact libraries have in communities, raising literacy, giving access to ICT and information, providing meeting places and local events. We want to demonstrate what libraries are and argue what they could be with a proper strategy for their development.”

Organising ‘read-ins’ is something that has been suggested at Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries meetings, so we are very keen to plan activities at Gloucestershire libraries as part of this national initiative. It should attract a lot of media coverage, and will highlight the strength of feeling around library cuts, which we have all probably heard expressed when out collecting signatures for the county-wide petition.

We need volunteers to help plan and facilitate this event, and to suggest ideas as to how to create the best possible impact. If you think you may be able to help in any way, please get in touch at foc.cheltlib@gmail.com

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