Archive for the Library closures Category

Surrey libraries – some good news

Posted in Authors, Books, Libraries, Library closures, News on February 27, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The mobile library service is still under threat as the eleven libraries under threat get a possible reprieve ahead of the Council’s decision tomorrow – March 1st.

You can sign the petition to save the mobile library service here

Children’s authors dominate most borrowed list

Posted in Authors, Books, Libraries, Library closures, News on February 18, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Seven out the ten most borrowed library authors last year were children’s authors according to a recent news piece in the Bookseller magazine. My two children love going to the library and its ideal when they get through so many books!

How much? £213K for Surrey’s Chief Exec

Posted in Authors, Books, Libraries, Library closures, News on February 16, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Nice work if you can get it… perhaps we could cap his salary as per the Coalition advice and use the surplus to save some services? Or better still how about he volunteers each week and helps at his local library.

More press coverage as Age UK weigh into saving  Surrey’s libraries.

Good news as the decision to close the mobile library and 11 other libraries is ‘called in’ by the independents and Resident’s Association county councillors. On March 1st there maybe some developments as the council’s cabinet meets and may take on any recommendations from the Safer and Stronger Communitites committee.

Please sign the petition to help keep Surrey’s mobile library service.

Save Surrey’s mobile library service update

Posted in Authors, Books, Libraries, Library closures, News on February 15, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The online petition now has 139 signatures but more are needed – feel free to add your support here. The local press are picking up on the growing anger at this cut including interviews with some mobile users in the Surrey Herald  and the Surrey Heath Residents blog kindly featured the petition.

On Alan Gibbons website one mobile library user sums up what the service provides…

‘I’ve used the mobile library which visits the Windlesham Field of Remembrance for 25 years and have been so grateful for the wonderful service and warm welcome provided by the excellent librarians. The mobile library is a meeting place for young and old and, if the closure goes ahead, will be a devastating loss to the community. I feel so strongly that this is just plain wrong and will be writing to Surrey County Council to tell them so!’

Surrey CC are issuing a few press releases about WiFi coming to libraries and the massive growth in downloaded ebooks (although when your starting base is small any growth looks big in percentage terms). All good but the cynic in me thinks it is all part of a show trying to justify cuts in the library service. Not everyone has access to a PC and internet and there can be no greater pleasure than escaping into a good book. It costs nothing (unless your book goes overdue) but can bring so much into your life. Please help to persuade Surrey CC to rethink this closure.

Help keep Surrey’s mobile library service

Posted in Authors, Blues rock, Libraries, Library closures, News on January 31, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
It has 3,900 users but with more promotion and a decent publicity drive it could reach many more people. Given that most users are over 65 and have a mobility issue of some kind it is a cruel cut in my view.

Please sign the petition and spread the word!

http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/mobilelibrary/
 

What does this service currently provide?

* Four mobile libraries visit 148 sheltered housing units every four weeks as well as 181 village and similar isolated communities every week or fortnight.

* A larger mobile library serves sixteen isolated urban areas every week and one location fortnightly.

* There is also a dedicated mobile library that visits 235 residential homes for elderly and disabled people across Surrey every three months to exchange deposit collections.

Stop the library closure madness

Posted in Authors, Books, Family life, Library closures, News, Poetry, The Bookseller on January 19, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Coalition govenment have now turned their fire onto closing libraries (view the full updated list here). They seem to think libraries are simply a place for lending books and of course the numbers lent each year falls, hence their interest on cost savings. But libraries on the whole have adapted with the times and now have free web access, free basic PC skills courses, lots of activities for younger children, author events and even tea & coffee!

Do your bit and help save YOUR library, even if you have never set foot in it go along and see what’s on offer. Once it is closed there is no going back…

More at one of my old employers ‘The Bookseller’ magazine and their campaign plus Orion (another old employer!) author Alan Gibbons is inspiring many to take up the fight on behalf of libraries.