Following this misleading comment from libraries portfolio holder Cllr Noble which appeared several times in the local press:
I hope families concerned about proposed changes to libraries around the county will feel reassured that there are still fantastic resources available in their school library.
for the reasons detailed in this blog post I spent several months trying to get an answer out of Councillor Noble about how school library service provision across the county informed the decision-making process for the public library cuts, cuts which will mean many children will have their access to a county run public library service taken away from them.
Finally, after some wriggling on Cllr Noble’s part (she refused to answer my emails and only answered my question properly after I submitted it for a second time to a council meeting here Public questions & answers 22 June 2011), she admitted that school library provision DID NOT inform the library cuts plan at all.
She also finally acknowledges that public and school libraries have different but complementary roles to play – a bit difficult if you have one or the other…or none at all!
How many children will not have access to a school library OR a public library?
We now hope that Councillor Noble will desist from making such false reassurances and from misleading parents.